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Matteo Mazzotti, Marco Miniaci, Ivan Bartoli
A hybrid Finite Element-Plane Wave Expansion method is presented for the band structure analysis of phononic crystal plates with two dimensional lattice that are in contact with acoustic half-spaces. The method enables the computation of both real (propagative) and imaginary (attenuation) components of the Bloch wavenumber at any given frequency. Three numerical applications are presented: a benchmark dispersion analysis for an oil-loaded Titanium isotropic plate, the band structure analysis of a water-loaded Tungsten slab with square cylindrical cavities and a phononic crystal plate composed of Aurum cylinders embedded in an epoxy matrix...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasonics
E Auvinet, F Multon, V Manning, J Meunier, J P Cobb
Gait asymmetry information is a key point in disease screening and follow-up. Constant Relative Phase (CRP) has been used to quantify within-stride asymmetry index, which requires noise-free and accurate motion capture, which is difficult to obtain in clinical settings. This study explores a new index, the Longitudinal Asymmetry Index (ILong) which is derived using data from a low-cost depth camera (Kinect). ILong is based on depth images averaged over several gait cycles, rather than derived joint positions or angles...
August 24, 2016: Gait & Posture
Patrizia Carità, Egle Corrado, Gianluca Pontone, Antonio Curnis, Luca Bontempi, Giuseppina Novo, Marco Guglielmo, Gianfranco Ciaramitaro, Pasquale Assennato, Salvatore Novo, Giuseppe Coppola
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a successful strategy for heart failure (HF) patients. The pre-requisite for the response is the evidence of electrical dyssynchrony on the surface electrocardiogram usually as left bundle branch block (LBBB). Non-response to CRT is a significant problem in clinical practice. Patient selection, inadequate delivery and sub-optimal left ventricle lead position may be important causes. OBJECTIVES: In an effort to improve CRT response multimodality imaging (especially echocardiography, computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance) could play a decisive role and extensive literature has been published on the matter...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jessica A Nash, Albert L Kwansa, James Samuel Peerless, Ho Shin Kim, Yaroslava G Yingling
Nanoparticles (NPs) play increasingly important roles in nanotechnology and nanomedicine where nanoparticle surface chemistry allows for control over interactions with other nanoparticles and biomolecules. In particular, for applications in drug and gene delivery, a fundamental understanding of the NP-nucleic acid interface allows for development of more efficient and effective nanoparticle carriers. Computational modeling can provide insights of processes occurring at the inorganic NP-nucleic interface, in detail which is difficult to access by experimental methods...
October 24, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Julia H Chariker, Donald M Miller, Eric C Rouchka
G-quadruplex structures (G4) are found throughout the human genome and are known to play a regulatory role in a variety of molecular processes. Structurally, they have many configurations and can form from one or more DNA strands. At the gene level, they regulate gene expression and protein synthesis. In this paper, chromosomal-level patterns of distribution are analyzed on the human genome to identify high-level distribution patterns potentially related to global functional processes. Here we show unique high density banding patterns on individual chromosomes that are highly correlated, appearing in a mirror pattern, across forward and reverse DNA strands...
2016: PloS One
Ulrike Herberg, Katharina Linden, Oliver Dewald, Eva Gatzweiler, Matthias Seehase, Georg Daniel Duerr, Jonas Dörner, Stephanie Kleppe, Dennis Ladage, Johannes Breuer
BACKGROUND: Pressure-volume loops (PVL) provide vital information regarding ventricular performance and pathophysiology in cardiac disease. Unfortunately, acquisition of PVL by conductance technology is not feasible in neonates and small children due to the available human catheter size and resulting invasiveness. The aim of the study was to validate the accuracy of PVL in small hearts using volume data obtained by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and simultaneously acquired pressure data...
2016: PloS One
R Barrois, Th Gregory, L Oudre, Th Moreau, Ch Truong, A Aram Pulini, A Vienne, Ch Labourdette, N Vayatis, S Buffat, A Yelnik, C de Waele, S Laporte, P P Vidal, D Ricard
For diagnosis and follow up, it is important to be able to quantify limp in an objective, and precise way adapted to daily clinical consultation. The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine if an inertial sensor-based method could provide simple features that correlate with the severity of lower limb osteoarthritis evaluated by the WOMAC index without the use of step detection in the signal processing. Forty-eight patients with lower limb osteoarthritis formed two severity groups separated by the median of the WOMAC index (G1, G2)...
2016: PloS One
B C C Khoo, J K Brown, R L Prince
OBJECTIVES: In recent years quantitative computed tomography (QCT) has allowed precise non-invasive, three dimensional, in vivo measurement of hip structure in large numbers of individuals. The effects of ageing on proximal femur structure are reported and implications for the prevention of hip prosthesis loosening and hip fracture considered. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: An observational cross-sectional study of proximal femur QCT in 719 unselected female European descent aged 20 to 89 years recruited from US and Australian populations...
2016: PloS One
Lise Løvereide, Peter Hagell
The 5-item Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) was designed to measure general life satisfaction (LS). Here we examined the psychometric properties of the SWLS in a cohort of persons with Parkinson`s disease (PwPD) and age and gender matched individuals without PD. The SWLS was administered to PwPD and controls from the Norwegian ParkWest study at 5 and 7 years after the time of diagnosis. Data were analysed according to classical test theory (CTT) and Rasch measurement theory. CTT scaling assumptions for computation of a SWLS total score were met (corrected item-total correlations >0...
2016: PloS One
Catherine Mazzola, Lissa C Baird, David F Bauer, Alexandra Beier, Susan Durham, Paul Klimo, Alexander Y Lin, Catherine McClung-Smith, Laura Mitchell, Dimitrios Nikas, Mandeep S Tamber, Rachana Tyagi, Ann Marie Flannery
BACKGROUND: No evidence-based guidelines exist for the imaging of patients with positional plagiocephaly. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review and evidence-based guideline is to answer the question, Is imaging necessary for infants with positional plagiocephaly to make a diagnosis? METHODS: The National Library of Medicine Medline database and the Cochrane Library were queried with the use of MeSH headings and key words relevant to imaging as a means to diagnose plagiocephaly...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
Marc Argilés, Genís Cardona, Elisabet Pérez-Cabré, Ramon Pérez-Magrané, Bernardo Morcego, Joan Gispets
PURPOSE: To develop and test the sensitivity of an ultrasound-based sensor to assess the viewing distance of visual display terminals operators in real-time conditions. METHODS: A modified ultrasound sensor was attached to a computer display to assess viewing distance in real time. Sensor functionality was tested on a sample of 20 healthy participants while they conducted four 10-minute randomly presented typical computer tasks (a match-three puzzle game, a video documentary, a task requiring participants to complete a series of sentences, and a predefined internet search)...
October 22, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Kerim Sonmezoglu, Betul Vatankulu, Tugrul Elverdi, Resit Akyel, Melih E Erkan, Metin Halac, Meltem Ocak, Emre Demirci, Yildiz Aydin
OBJECTIVE: In this observational pilot study, we aimed to evaluate the role of gallium-68-labelled DOTA-TATE (Ga-TATE) PET/computed tomography (CT) scanning in patients with multiple myeloma (MM), considering previous promising results obtained from conventional somatostatin receptor scintigraphy with In pentetreotide. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with a diagnosis of MM were prospectively included in this study: eight patients were referred for initial staging and 13 patients for restaging purpose...
October 21, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
William D Erwin, Aaron C Jessop, Martha V Mar, Homer A Macapinlac, Osama R Mawlawi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of IQ-SPECT gated blood pool (MUGA) under conditions of decreased scan time (ST). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ten patients underwent routine 26-min, two-view planar, followed by LEHR and IQ-SPECT MUGA, on a Siemens dual-head Symbia scanner. Six 'back and forth' 4-min SPECT scans were summed into 4-, 8-, 12-, 16-, 20-, and 24-min equivalent scans, and reconstructed iteratively (IQ-SPECT and LEHR) and with FBP (LEHR)...
October 21, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Samuel Y Ash, Alejandro A Diaz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review aims to summarize the most recent evidence related to imaging and severe asthma, both with regard to advances in imaging research and to their current and potential clinical implications. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent work in imaging in severe asthma has principally been using computed tomography (CT) and MRI, as well as the integration of the two. Some of the most notable findings include the use of CT imaging biomarkers to create unique clusters of asthmatics, and the use of co-registration to link CT images of airways with regional variation in ventilation in MRI...
October 20, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Yiqian Cui, Junyou Shi, Zili Wang
The centers and radii of radial basis functions (RBFs) greatly affect the approximation capability of RBF networks (RBFNs). Traditional statistics-based approaches are widely used, but they may lack adaptivity to different data structures. Quantum clustering (QC), derived from quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger equation, demonstrates excellent capability in finding the structure and conformity toward data distribution. In this paper, a novel neural networks model called quantum local potential function networks (QLPFNs) is proposed...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Cinzia Pizzi, Mattia Ornamenti, Simone Spangaro, Simona E Rombo, Laxmi Parida
Entropy, being closely related to repetitiveness and compressibility, is a widely used information-related measure to assess the degree of predictability of a sequence. Entropic profiles are based on information theory principles, and can be used to study the under-/over-representation of subwords, by also providing information about the scale of conserved DNA regions. Here we focus on the algorithmic aspects related to entropic profiles. In particular, we propose linear time algorithms for their computation that rely on suffix-based data structures, more specifically on the truncated suffix tree (TST) and on the enhanced suffix array (ESA)...
October 21, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Narayanan Viswanath
In this study, the expected time required to eradicate HIV-1 completely was found as the conditional absorbing time in a finite state space continuous-time Markov chain model. The Markov chain has two absorbing states: one corresponds to HIV eradication and another representing the possible disaster. This method allowed us to calculate the expected eradication time by solving systems of linear equations. To overcome the challenge of huge dimension of the problem, we applied a novel stop and resume technique...
October 20, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Ana Coito, Christoph M Michel, Pieter van Mierlo, Serge Vulliemoz, Gijs Plomp
: The importance of functional brain connectivity to study physiological and pathological brain activity has been widely recognized. Here, we aimed to 1) review a methodological pipeline to investigate directed functional connectivity between brain regions using source signals derived from high-density EEG; 2) elaborate on some methodological challenges; 3) apply this pipeline to temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients and healthy controls to investigate directed functional connectivity differences in the theta and beta frequency bands during EEG epochs without visible pathological activity...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Adrian N Beyer, Jeremy O Richardson, Peter J Knowles, Judith Rommel, Stuart C Althorpe
The instanton method obtains approximate tunneling rates from the minimum-action path (known as the instanton) linking reactants to the products at a given temperature. An efficient way to find the instanton is to search for saddle-points on the ring-polymer potential surface, which is obtained by expressing the quantum Boltzmann operator as a discrete path-integral. Here we report a practical implementation of this ring-polymer form of instanton theory into the Molpro electronic-structure package, which allows the rates to be computed on-the-fly, without the need for a fitted analytic potential-energy surface...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Karen Druart, Julien Bigot, Edouard Audit, Thomas Simonson
Multistate protein design explores sidechain mutations with the backbone allowed to sample a small, predetermined library of conformations. To achieve Boltzmann sampling of sequences and conformations, we use a hybrid Monte Carlo (MC) scheme: a trial hop between backbone models is followed by a short MC segment where sidechain rotamers adjust to the new backbone, before applying a Metropolis-like acceptance test. The theoretical form and a practical approximation for the acceptance test are derived. We then compute backbone conformational free energies for two SH2 and SH3 proteins using different routes and protocols, and verify that for simple test problems, the free energy behaves like a state function, a hallmark of Boltzmann sampling...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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