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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636511/feasibility-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-used-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Chenglin Zhao, Mengxi Jiang, Jianxin Liu, Li Gao, Xiaoying Wang
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires a large exposure dosage or repeated examinations. This study evaluates the feasibility of using low-dose CCTA in the double prospectively ECG-triggered high-pitch spiral acquisition mode (Double Flash Spiral mode). METHODS: Twenty-eight AF patients with suspected CAD were recruited. Double Flash Spiral mode (tube voltage 100 kVp) and iterative reconstruction was used for CCTA examination...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634306/representations-of-time-varying-cochlear-implant-stimulation-in-auditory-cortex-of-awake-marmosets-callithrix-jacchus
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Luke A Johnson, Charles C Della Santina, Xiaoqin Wang
Electrical stimulation of the auditory periphery organ by cochlear implant (CI) generates highly synchronized inputs to the auditory system. It has long been thought such inputs would lead to highly synchronized neural firing along the ascending auditory pathway. However, neurophysiological studies with hearing animals have shown that the central auditory system progressively converts temporal representations of time-varying sounds to firing rate-based representations. It is not clear whether this coding principle also applies to highly synchronized CI inputs...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634151/speech-and-swallowing-abnormalities-in-adults-with-polg-associated-ataxia-polg-a
#3
Adam P Vogel, Natalie Rommel, Andreas Oettinger, Marius Horger, Patrick Krumm, Eva-Maria Kraus, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the nuclear-encoded mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (POLG) can result in a wide spectrum of neurological deficits. A common presentation is progressive ataxia (POLG-A) which includes impaired speech and swallowing. The nature, severity and impact of these deficits in POLG-A is not known. A comprehensive quantitative and qualitative characterization of dysarthria and dysphagia in this recurrent ataxia disorder will assist in diagnostics, provide insights into the underlying pathology, and establish the foundation for future therapy trials...
June 17, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632144/optimal-pitching-axis-location-of-flapping-wings-for-efficient-hovering-flight
#4
Qi Wang, J Goosen, Fred Van Keulen
Flapping wings can pitch passively about their pitching axes due to their flexibility, inertia, and aerodynamic loads. A shift in the pitching axis location can dynamically alter the aerodynamic loads, which in turn changes the passive pitching motion and the flight efficiency. Therefore, it is of great interest to investigate the optimal pitching axis for flapping wings to maximize the power efficiency during hovering flight. In this study, flapping wings are modeled as rigid plates with non-uniform mass distribution...
June 20, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632054/middle-finger-and-ball-movements-around-ball-release-during-baseball-fastball-pitching
#5
Tomoyuki Matsuo, Tsutomu Jinji, Daisaku Hirayama, Daiki Nasu, Hiroki Ozaki, Daisuke Kumagawa
The objectives of this study were to investigate middle finger movements and dynamics of ball movements around the instant of ball release during baseball pitching. Baseball pitching from an indoor mound among 14 semi-professional pitchers was captured using a motion capture system with 16 high-speed cameras (1,000 Hz). Kinematics of middle finger joints, ball rotation, and force applied to the ball were calculated. The proximal and distal interphalangeal joints continued to extend until the instant of ball release, then abruptly flexed...
February 28, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632048/effects-of-structural-components-of-artificial-turf-on-the-transmission-of-impacts-in-football-players
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Alberto Encarnación-Martínez, Antonio García-Gallart, Ana M Gallardo, Juan A Sánchez-Sáez, Javier Sánchez-Sánchez
The third generation of artificial turf systems (ATS) has matched the mechanical behaviour of natural grass, but today a high heterogeneity at structural level and mechanical behaviour in the new ATS also exists. The objective was to analyse the effect of the structural components of ATS football pitches and running speed on the capacity of impact attenuation. A total of 12 athletes were evaluated at three speed conditions (3.33 m/s, 4 m/s and maximum speed) on four different ATS, classifying them by their components (length of fibre, type of in-fill and sub-base)...
February 24, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631616/on-the-dynamics-of-perching-manoeuvres-with-low-aspect-ratio-planforms
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J N Fernando, D E Rival
The dynamics of a simple perching manoeuvre are investigated using circular and aspect-ratio-two elliptical flat plates, as abstractions of low-aspect-ratio planforms observed in highly-manoeuvrable birds. The perching kinematic investigated in this study involves a pitch-up motion from an angle of attack of [Formula: see text] to [Formula: see text], while simultaneously decelerating. This motion is defined by the shape change number, [Formula: see text], which acts as a measure of the relative contributions of added-mass and circulatory effects...
June 20, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630442/ir-sensitivity-enhancement-of-cmos-image-sensor-with-diffractive-light-trapping-pixels
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Sozo Yokogawa, Itaru Oshiyama, Harumi Ikeda, Yoshiki Ebiko, Tomoyuki Hirano, Suguru Saito, Takashi Oinoue, Yoshiya Hagimoto, Hayato Iwamoto
We report on the IR sensitivity enhancement of back-illuminated CMOS Image Sensor (BI-CIS) with 2-dimensional diffractive inverted pyramid array structure (IPA) on crystalline silicon (c-Si) and deep trench isolation (DTI). FDTD simulations of semi-infinite thick c-Si having 2D IPAs on its surface whose pitches over 400 nm shows more than 30% improvement of light absorption at λ = 850 nm and the maximum enhancement of 43% with the 540 nm pitch at the wavelength is confirmed. A prototype BI-CIS sample with pixel size of 1...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629434/reduction-of-breathing-irregularity-related-motion-artifacts-in-low-pitch-spiral-4d-ct-by-optimized-projection-binning
#9
René Werner, Christian Hofmann, Eike Mücke, Tobias Gauer
BACKGROUND: Respiration-correlated CT (4D CT) is the basis of radiotherapy treatment planning of thoracic and abdominal tumors. Current clinical 4D CT images suffer, however, from artifacts due to unfulfilled assumptions concerning breathing pattern regularity. We propose and evaluate modifications to existing low-pitch spiral 4D CT reconstruction protocols to counteract respective artifacts. METHODS: The proposed advanced reconstruction (AR) approach consists of two steps that build on each other: (1) statistical analysis of the breathing signal recorded during CT data acquisition and extraction of a patient-specific reference breathing cycle for projection binning; (2) incorporation of an artifact measure into the reconstruction...
June 19, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628369/premier-league-academy-soccer-players-experiences-of-competing-in-a-tournament-bio-banded-for-biological-maturation
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Sean P Cumming, Daniel J Brown, Siobhan Mitchell, James Bunce, Dan Hunt, Chris Hedges, Gregory Crane, Aleks Gross, Sam Scott, Ed Franklin, Dave Breakspear, Luke Dennison, Paul White, Andrew Cain, Joey C Eisenmann, Robert M Malina
Individual differences in the growth and maturation have been shown to impact player performance and development in youth soccer. This study investigated Premier League academy players' experiences of participating in a tournament bio-banded for biological maturation. Players (N = 66) from four professional soccer clubs aged 11 and 14 years and between 85-90% of adult stature participated in a tournament. Players competed in three 11 vs 11 games on a full size pitch with 25-min halves. Sixteen players participated in four 15-min focus groups and were asked to describe their experiences of participating in the bio-banded tournament in comparison to age group competition...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627711/fermentation-strategy-for-second-generation-ethanol-production-from-sugarcane-bagasse-hydrolyzate-by-spathaspora-passalidarum-and-scheffersomyces-stipitis
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S C Nakanishi, L B Soares, L E Biazi, V M Nascimento, A C Costa, G J M Rocha, J L Ienczak
Alcoholic fermentation of released sugars in pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass is a central feature for second generation ethanol (E2G) production. Saccharomyces cerevisiae used industrially in the production of first generation ethanol (E1G) convert sucrose, fructose and glucose into ethanol. However, these yeasts have no ability to ferment pentose (xylose). Therefore, the present work has focused on E2G production by Scheffersomyces stipitis and Spathaspora passalidarum. The fermentation strategy with high pitch, cell recycle, fed-batch mode and temperature decrease for each batch were performed in a hydrolyzate obtained from a pretreatment at 130 °C with NaOH solution (1...
June 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623061/comparison-of-extraosseous-talotarsal-stabilization-implants-in-a-stage-ii-adult-acquired-flatfoot-model-a-finite-element-analysis
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Jian Xu, Xin Ma, Daping Wang, Wei Lu, Weimin Zhu, Kan Ouyang, Haifeng Liu, Hao Li, Luoyong Jiang
Subtalar arthroereisis has been proved to be an efficient method for correcting flexible adult flatfoot. However, the optimal sinus tarsi implant is still debated and yet to be determined. In the present study, we compared the biomechanical effects of type I and II sinus tarsi implants in stage II adult-acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD). First, a finite element model of stage II AAFD was established in which virtual surgery of subtalar arthroereisis was simulated. The indexes of plantar stress distribution, peak von Mises of the medial and lateral columns, strain of the medial ligaments and plantar fascia, arch height, talo-first metatarsal angle, calcaneus pitch angle, talonavicular coverage angle, and hindfoot valgus angle were all compared and analyzed...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622755/cross-sensory-correspondences-heaviness-is-dark-and-low-pitched
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Peter Walker, Gabrielle Scallon, Brian Francis
Everyday language reveals how stimuli encoded in one sensory feature domain can possess qualities normally associated with a different domain (e.g., higher pitch sounds are bright, light in weight, sharp, and thin). Such cross-sensory associations appear to reflect crosstalk among aligned (corresponding) feature dimensions, including brightness, heaviness, and sharpness. Evidence for heaviness being one such dimension is very limited, with heaviness appearing primarily as a verbal associate of other feature contrasts (e...
July 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622615/domain-general-neural-correlates-of-dependency-formation-using-complex-tones-to-simulate-language
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Ingmar Brilmayer, Jona Sassenhagen, Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Matthias Schlesewsky
There is an ongoing debate whether the P600 event-related potential component following syntactic anomalies reflects syntactic processes per se, or if it is an instance of the P300, a domain-general ERP component associated with attention and cognitive reorientation. A direct comparison of both components is challenging because of the huge discrepancy in experimental designs and stimulus choice between language and 'classic' P300 experiments. In the present study, we develop a new approach to mimic the interplay of sequential position as well as categorical and relational information in natural language syntax (word category and agreement) in a non-linguistic target detection paradigm using musical instruments...
May 30, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621537/electrochemical-deposition-of-conformal-and-functional-layers-on-high-aspect-ratio-silicon-micro-nanowires
#15
Tuncay Ozel, Benjamin Zhang, Ruixuan Gao, Robert W Day, Charles M Lieber, Daniel G Nocera
Development of new synthetic methods for the modification of nanostructures has accelerated materials design advances to furnish complex architectures. Structures based on one-dimensional (1D) silicon (Si) structures using top-down and bottom-up methods are especially prominent for diverse applications in chemistry, physics, and medicine. Yet further elaboration of these structures with distinct metal-based and polymeric materials, which could open up new opportunities, has been difficult. We present a general electrochemical method for the deposition of conformal layers of various materials onto high aspect ratio Si micro- and nanowire arrays...
June 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618854/verification-of-organ-doses-calculated-by-a-dose-monitoring-software-tool-based-on-monte-carlo-simulation-in-thoracic-ct-protocols
#16
Nika Guberina, Saravanabavaan Suntharalingam, Kai Naßenstein, Michael Forsting, Jens Theysohn, Axel Wetter, Adrian Ringelstein
Background The importance of monitoring of the radiation dose received by the human body during computed tomography (CT) examinations is not negligible. Several dose-monitoring software tools emerged in order to monitor and control dose distribution during CT examinations. Some software tools incorporate Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) and allow calculation of effective dose and organ dose apart from standard dose descriptors. Purpose To verify the results of a dose-monitoring software tool based on MCS in assessment of effective and organ doses in thoracic CT protocols...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618809/binaural-sensitivity-in-children-who-use-bilateral-cochlear-implants
#17
Erica Ehlers, Matthew J Goupell, Yi Zheng, Shelly P Godar, Ruth Y Litovsky
Children who are deaf and receive bilateral cochlear implants (BiCIs) perform better on spatial hearing tasks using bilateral rather than unilateral inputs; however, they underperform relative to normal-hearing (NH) peers. This gap in performance is multi-factorial, including the inability of speech processors to reliably deliver binaural cues. Although much is known regarding binaural sensitivity of adults with BiCIs, less is known about how the development of binaural sensitivity in children with BiCIs compared to NH children...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618483/heterogeneous-colloidal-particles-immersed-in-a-liquid-crystal
#18
Setarehalsadat Changizrezaei, Colin Denniston
In this paper, we explore anisotropic interactions between particles with heterogeneous boundary conditions inside both nematic and cholesteric liquid crystals. The results show that when particles are put at different distances and angles with respect to each other, new types of defect structures are produced, depending on the relative distances and directions. In a cholesteric liquid crystal, the value of the pitch affects the defect structures and induced forces. Moreover, it was observed that it is energetically favorable for the particles to remain in a plane parallel to the far-field director in a nematic liquid crystal, while for particles immersed in a cholesteric there are multiple energy minima not all located in the same plane...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617864/pitch-contour-impairment-in-congenital-amusia-new-insights-from-the-self-paced-audio-visual-contour-task-sact
#19
Xuejing Lu, Yanan Sun, Hao Tam Ho, William Forde Thompson
Individuals with congenital amusia usually exhibit impairments in melodic contour processing when asked to compare pairs of melodies that may or may not be identical to one another. However, it is unclear whether the impairment observed in contour processing is caused by an impairment of pitch discrimination, or is a consequence of poor pitch memory. To help resolve this ambiguity, we designed a novel Self-paced Audio-visual Contour Task (SACT) that evaluates sensitivity to contour while placing minimal burden on memory...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616150/pitch-perception-in-tone-language-speaking-adults-with-and-without-autism-spectrum-disorders
#20
Stella T T Cheng, Gary Y H Lam, Carol K S To
Enhanced low-level pitch perception has been universally reported in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This study examined whether tone language speakers with ASD exhibit this advantage. The pitch perception skill of 20 Cantonese-speaking adults with ASD was compared with that of 20 neurotypical individuals. Participants discriminated pairs of real syllable, pseudo-syllable (syllables that do not conform the phonotactic rules or are accidental gaps), and non-speech (syllables with attenuated high-frequency segmental content) stimuli contrasting pitch levels...
May 2017: I-Perception
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