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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646399/mousetrap-an-integrated-open-source-mouse-tracking-package
#1
Pascal J Kieslich, Felix Henninger
Mouse-tracking - the analysis of mouse movements in computerized experiments - is becoming increasingly popular in the cognitive sciences. Mouse movements are taken as an indicator of commitment to or conflict between choice options during the decision process. Using mouse-tracking, researchers have gained insight into the temporal development of cognitive processes across a growing number of psychological domains. In the current article, we present software that offers easy and convenient means of recording and analyzing mouse movements in computerized laboratory experiments...
June 23, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645895/multiparity-improves-outcomes-after-cerebral-ischemia-in-female-mice-despite-features-of-increased-metabovascular-risk
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Rodney M Ritzel, Anita R Patel, Monica Spychala, Rajkumar Verma, Joshua Crapser, Edward C Koellhoffer, Anna Schrecengost, Evan R Jellison, Liang Zhu, Venugopal Reddy Venna, Louise D McCullough
Females show a varying degree of ischemic sensitivity throughout their lifespan, which is not fully explained by hormonal or genetic factors. Epidemiological data suggest that sex-specific life experiences such as pregnancy increase stroke risk. This work evaluated the role of parity on stroke outcome. Age-matched virgin (i.e., nulliparous) and multiparous mice were subjected to 60 min of reversible middle cerebral artery occlusion and evaluated for infarct volume, behavioral recovery, and inflammation. Using an established mating paradigm, fetal microchimeric cells present in maternal mice were also tracked after parturition and stroke...
June 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645890/tailored-communication-within-mobile-apps-for-diabetes-self-management-a-systematic-review
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Heidi Holmen, Astrid Klopstad Wahl, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Lis Ribu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diabetes is increasing and with the requirements for self-management and risk of late complications, it remains a challenge for the individual and society. Patients can benefit from support from health care personnel in their self-management, and the traditional communication between patients and health care personnel is changing. Smartphones and apps offer a unique platform for communication, but apps with integrated health care personnel communication based on patient data are yet to be investigated to provide evidence of possible effects...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642994/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-myocardial-fibrosis-in-valvular-heart-disease
#4
Tomaz Podlesnikar, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
The left ventricular (LV) remodeling process associated with significant valvular heart disease (VHD) is characterized by an increase of myocardial interstitial space with deposition of collagen and loss of myofibers. These changes occur before LV systolic function deteriorates or the patient develops symptoms. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) permits assessment of reactive fibrosis, with the use of T1 mapping techniques, and replacement fibrosis, with the use of late gadolinium contrast enhancement...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642603/imaging-of-anticancer-drug-action-in-single-cells
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REVIEW
Miles A Miller, Ralph Weissleder
Imaging is widely used in anticancer drug development, typically for whole-body tracking of labelled drugs to different organs or to assess drug efficacy through volumetric measurements. However, increasing attention has been drawn to pharmacology at the single-cell level. Diverse cell types, including cancer-associated immune cells, physicochemical features of the tumour microenvironment and heterogeneous cell behaviour all affect drug delivery, response and resistance. This Review summarizes developments in the imaging of in vivo anticancer drug action, with a focus on microscopy approaches at the single-cell level and translational lessons for the clinic...
June 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639753/screening-for-ovarian-cancer-imaging-challenges-and-opportunities-for-improvement
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EDITORIAL
Kelsey B Mathieu, Deepak G Bedi, Sara L Thrower, Aliya Qayyum, Robert C Bast
The United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) recently reported a reduction in the average overall mortality among ovarian cancer patients screened with an annual sequential, multimodal strategy that tracked biomarker CA125 over time, where increasing serum CA125 levels prompted ultrasound. However, multiple cases were documented wherein serum CA125 levels were rising, but ultrasound screens were normal, thus delaying surgical intervention. A significant factor which could contribute to false negatives is that many aggressive ovarian cancers are believed to arise from epithelial cells on the fimbriae of the fallopian tubes, which are not readily imaged...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638961/evaluation-of-systolic-and-diastolic-properties-of-hypertensive-heart-failure-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-with-high-volume-rates
#7
Shingo Minatoguchi, Masanori Kawasaki, Ryuhei Tanaka, Takashi Yoshizane, Koji Ono, Maki Saeki, Maki Nagaya, Hidemaro Sato, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Toshiyuki Noda, Michael R Zile, Shinya Minatoguchi
Left ventricular (LV) properties in hypertension (HTN) could be deteriorated by pressure overload, especially in endocardium, resulting in hypertensive heart failure (HHF). We sought to noninvasively examine LV systolic and diastolic functions at three myocardial layers in HTN and elucidate features of HHF by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) with high volume rates. We examined normotensive controls (n = 54), HTN patients without LV hypertrophy (LVH) (n = 50), and HTN patients with LVH (n = 40) and HHF patients (n = 45)...
June 21, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637183/nuclitrack-an-integrated-nuclei-tracking-application
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Sam Cooper, Alexis R Barr, Robert Glen, Chris Bakal
Summary: Live imaging studies give unparalleled insight into dynamic single cell behaviours and fate decisions. However, the challenge of reliably tracking single cells over long periods of time limits both the throughput and ease with which such studies can be performed. Here, we present NucliTrack, a cross platform solution for automatically segmenting, tracking and extracting features from fluorescently-labelled nuclei. NucliTrack performs similarly to other state-of-the-art cell tracking algorithms, but NucliTrack's interactive, graphical interface makes it significantly more user friendly...
June 20, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637052/subtle-eye-movement-metrics-reveal-task-relevant-representations-prior-to-visual-search
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Anouk M van Loon, Katya Olmos-Solis, Christian N L Olivers
Visual search is thought to be guided by an active visual working memory (VWM) representation of the task-relevant features, referred to as the search template. In three experiments using a probe technique, we investigated which eye movement metrics reveal which search template is activated prior to the search, and distinguish it from future relevant or no longer relevant VWM content. Participants memorized a target color for a subsequent search task, while being instructed to keep central fixation. Before the search display appeared, we briefly presented two task-irrelevant colored probe stimuli to the left and right from fixation, one of which could match the current target template...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634819/establishment-of-a-tagged-variant-of-lgr4-receptor-suitable-for-functional-and-expression-studies-in-the-mouse
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Vitezslav Kriz, Michaela Krausova, Petra Buresova, Jan Dobes, Dusan Hrckulak, Olga Babosova, Jiri Svec, Vladimir Korinek
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 4 (LGR4) is produced in a broad spectrum of mouse embryonic and adult tissues and its deficiency results in embryonal or perinatal lethality. The LGR4 function was mainly related to its potentiation of canonical Wnt signaling; however, several recent studies associate LGR4 with additional signaling pathways. To obtain a suitable tool for studying the signaling properties of Lgr4, we generated a tagged variant of the Lgr4 receptor using gene targeting in the mouse oocyte...
June 20, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633953/reversal-learning-and-resurgence-of-operant-behavior-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Toshikazu Kuroda, Yuto Mizutani, Carlos R X Cançado, Christopher A Podlesnik
Zebrafish are used extensively as vertebrate animal models in biomedical research for having such features as a fully sequenced genome and transparent embryo. Yet, operant-conditioning studies with this species are scarce. The present study investigated reversal learning and resurgence of operant behavior in zebrafish. A target response (approaching a sensor) was reinforced in Phase 1. In Phase 2, the target response was extinguished while reinforcing an alternative response (approaching a different sensor)...
June 17, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630924/capturing-the-radical-ion-pair-intermediate-in-dna-guanine-oxidation
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Jialong Jie, Kunhui Liu, Lidan Wu, Hongmei Zhao, Di Song, Hongmei Su
Although the radical ion pair has been frequently invoked as a key intermediate in DNA oxidative damage reactions and photoinduced electron transfer processes, the unambiguous detection and characterization of this species remain formidable and unresolved due to its extremely unstable nature and low concentration. We use the strategy that, at cryogenic temperatures, the transient species could be sufficiently stabilized to be detectable spectroscopically. By coupling the two techniques (the cryogenic stabilization and the time-resolved laser flash photolysis spectroscopy) together, we are able to capture the ion-pair transient G(+•)⋯Cl(-) in the chlorine radical-initiated DNA guanine (G) oxidation reaction, and provide direct evidence to ascertain the intricate type of addition/charge separation mechanism underlying guanine oxidation...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630900/reconstructed-storm-tracks-reveal-three-centuries-of-changing-moisture-delivery-to-north-america
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Erika K Wise, Matthew P Dannenberg
Moisture delivery to western North America is closely linked to variability in the westerly storm tracks of midlatitude cyclones, which are, in turn, modified by larger-scale features such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation system. Instrumental and modeling data suggest that extratropical storm tracks may be intensifying and shifting poleward due to anthropogenic climate change, but it is difficult to separate recent trends from natural variability because of the large amount of decadal and longer variation in storm tracks and their limited instrumental record...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630445/myocardial-deformation-in-cardiac-amyloid-light-chain-amyloidosis-assessed-with-3t-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking
#14
Rui Li, Zhi-Gang Yang, Hua-Yan Xu, Ke Shi, Xi Liu, Kai-Yue Diao, Ying-Kun Guo
Clinically, assessment of myocardial function is essential in patients with amyloid light-chain cardiac amyloidosis (AL-CA) to predict outcome and determine therapeutic approach. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)-derived feature tracking algorithm for assessing left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation in AL-CA, and to determine if these abnormal myocardial deformation parameters are correlated to impaired LV myocardial microvascular dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629574/biventricular-mechanics-in-prediction-of-severe-myocardial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-cmr-study
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Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Joanna Petryka, Mateusz Spiewak, Barbara Miłosz-Wieczorek, Konrad Werys, Łukasz A Małek, Magdalena Polanska-Skrzypczyk, Natalia Ojrzynska, Agata Kubik, Magdalena Marczak, Jolanta Misko, Jacek Grzybowski
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the ability of various parameters of myocardial mechanics to predict large amounts of biventricular fibrosis assessed via T1 mapping in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIAL: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance feature tracking analysis and T1 mapping were performed in 26 patients with DCM [mean age: 34.4±9.1years, 15 (57.6%) males]. The values of various parameters of myocardial mechanics at predicting advanced left-ventricle (LV) and right-ventricle (RV) fibrosis were compared using logistic regression analysis and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) analysis...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628785/looking-at-a-contrast-object-before-speaking-boosts-referential-informativeness-but-is-not-essential
#16
Catherine Davies, Helene Kreysa
Variation in referential form has traditionally been accounted for by theoretical frameworks focusing on linguistic and discourse features. Despite the explosion of interest in eye tracking methods in psycholinguistics, the role of visual scanning behaviour in informative reference production is yet to be comprehensively investigated. Here we examine the relationship between speakers' fixations to relevant referents and the form of the referring expressions they produce. Overall, speakers were fully informative across simple and (to a lesser extent) more complex displays, providing appropriately modified referring expressions to enable their addressee to locate the target object...
June 16, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626436/judgments-at-gaze-value-gaze-cuing-in-banner-advertisements-its-effect-on-attention-allocation-and-product-judgments
#17
Johanna Palcu, Jennifer Sudkamp, Arnd Florack
Banner advertising is a popular means of promoting products and brands online. Although banner advertisements are often designed to be particularly attention grabbing, they frequently go unnoticed. Applying an eye-tracking procedure, the present research aimed to (a) determine whether presenting human faces (static or animated) in banner advertisements is an adequate tool for capturing consumers' attention and thus overcoming the frequently observed phenomenon of banner blindness, (b) to examine whether the gaze of a featured face possesses the ability to direct consumers' attention toward specific elements (i...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624755/stereo-vision-based-tracking-of-soft-tissue-motion-with-application-to-online-ablation-control-in-laser-microsurgery
#18
Andreas Schoob, Dennis Kundrat, Lüder A Kahrs, Tobias Ortmaier
Recent research has revealed that image-based methods can enhance accuracy and safety in laser microsurgery. In this study, non-rigid tracking using surgical stereo imaging and its application to laser ablation is discussed. A recently developed motion estimation framework based on piecewise affine deformation modeling is extended by a mesh refinement step and considering texture information. This compensates for tracking inaccuracies potentially caused by inconsistent feature matches or drift. To facilitate online application of the method, computational load is reduced by concurrent processing and affine-invariant fusion of tracking and refinement results...
June 8, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624492/cortical-function-and-corticomotoneuronal-adaptation-in-monomelic-amyotrophy
#19
José Manuel Matamala, Nimeshan Geevasinga, William Huynh, Thanuja Dharmadasa, James Howells, Neil G Simon, Parvathi Menon, Steve Vucic, Matthew C Kiernan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate corticomotoneuronal integrity in monomelic amyotrophy using threshold tracking transcranial magnetic stimulation (TT-TMS). METHODS: Cortical excitability studies were prospectively performed in 8 monomelic amyotrophy patients and compared to 21 early-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and 40 healthy controls. Motor evoked potentials responses were recorded over abductor pollicis brevis. RESULTS: Maximal motor evoked potential (MEP/CMAP ratio) was significantly increased in monomelic amyotrophy compared with controls (monomelic amyotrophy 51...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624332/comparison-of-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking-with-cspamm-harp-for-the-assessment-of-global-and-regional-layer-specific-strain
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Daniel L R Kuetting, Andreas Feisst, Darius Dabir, Rami Homsi, Alois M Sprinkart, Julian Luetkens, Hans H Schild, Daniel K Thomas
PURPOSE: Layer specific strain assessment is increasingly being employed clinically. Cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) Feature Tracking (FT) is considered to be an adequate alternative for strain assessment. The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility of FT derived layer specific strain assessment. METHODS: CSPAMM and SSFP-Cine sequences were acquired in 38 individuals (19 patients with HFpEF, 19 controls) in identical midventricular short-axis locations...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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