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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646305/the-effect-of-hydrodynamic-and-thermodynamic-factors-and-the-addition-of-citric-acid-on-the-precipitation-of-calcium-oxalate-dihydrate
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Anamarija Šter, Silvija Šafranko, Katarina Bilić, Berislav Marković, Damir Kralj
This paper reports on the investigation of experimental conditions relevant for spontaneous precipitation of significant amount of pure calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD). For this purpose, the hydrodynamic and thermodynamic parameters, such as mode of agitation, temperature, supersaturation and concentration of additives (citrate ions), have been studied. The results show that in the model systems, without the citrate addition and applied mechanical stirring, calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) was observed as dominant modification after 20 min of aging, while the magnetic stirring resulted in a formation of a mixture of COM and calcium oxalate trihydrate (COT), regardless of the temperature applied...
June 23, 2017: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643582/adverse-childhood-circumstances-and-functional-status-throughout-adult-life
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James N Laditka, Sarah B Laditka
OBJECTIVE: We studied the association of childhood adversity with adult functional status. METHOD: With data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (1992-2013; N = 6,705; 62,885 person-years), we estimated functional status transition probabilities associated with childhood adversity, with multinomial logistic Markov models adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, and education. Microsimulation then estimated functional status outcomes throughout adulthood for African American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic White women and men...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640319/observational-constraints-on-particle-acidity-using-measurements-and-modelling-of-particles-and-gases
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J G Murphy, P K Gregoire, A G Tevlin, G R Wentworth, R A Ellis, M Z Markovic, T C VandenBoer
In many parts of the world, the implementation of air quality regulations has led to significant decreases in SO2 emissions with minimal impact on NH3 emissions. In Canada and the United States, the molar ratio of NH3 : SO2 emissions has increased dramatically between 1990 and 2014. In many regions of North America, this will lead the molar ratio of NHx : SO4, where NHx is the sum of particle phase NH4(+) and gas phase NH3, and SO4 is the sum of particle phase HSO4(-) and SO4(2-), to exceed 2. A thermodynamic model (E-AIM model II) is used to investigate the sensitivity of particle pH, and the gas-particle partitioning of NHx and inorganic nitrate, to the atmospheric NHx : SO4 ratio...
June 22, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606328/influence-of-physical-and-chemical-factors-on-the-embryonation-hatching-and-infectivity-of-spirocerca-lupi
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Alicia Rojas, Niva Freedberg, Alex Markovics, Yuval Gottlieb, Gad Baneth
Spirocerca lupi is a parasitic nematode which causes spirocercosis, a severe disease of dogs. Its life cycle involves dung beetles as intermediate hosts and canids as definitive hosts. The effect of different physical conditions and chemical factors on the embryonation and hatching of S. lupi eggs were investigated in this study in order to understand the triggers for progression in the early development of this parasite. Exposure to potassium dichromate significantly enhanced the embryonation of eggs compared to formaldehyde and controls (p<0...
August 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550423/tactile-feedback-is-an-effective-instrument-for-the-training-of-grasping-with-a-prosthesis-at-low-and-medium-force-levels
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Alessandro Marco De Nunzio, Strahinja Dosen, Sabrina Lemling, Marko Markovic, Meike Annika Schweisfurth, Nan Ge, Bernhard Graimann, Deborah Falla, Dario Farina
Grasping is a complex task routinely performed in an anticipatory (feedforward) manner, where sensory feedback is responsible for learning and updating the internal model of grasp dynamics. This study aims at evaluating whether providing a proportional tactile force feedback during the myoelectric control of a prosthesis facilitates learning a stable internal model of the prosthesis force control. Ten able-bodied subjects controlled a sensorized myoelectric prosthesis performing four blocks of consecutive grasps at three levels of target force (30, 50, and 70%), repeatedly closing the fully opened hand...
May 26, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541730/results-of-a-metabolic-health-clinic-at-a-hostel-for-homeless-men
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Olav Nielssen, Alan Chudleigh, Mia Chen, Matthew Large, Tania Markovic, Lucy Cooper
OBJECTIVES: People who are homeless have high mortality and morbidity, including from metabolic disorder. The aim of this study was to report on the characteristics and progress of the metabolic health of people attending a metabolic clinic at a homeless men's shelter. METHODS: Homeless men attending the clinic were assessed by measuring their weight, height, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, blood pressure, blood lipids, fasting blood glucose and, if indicated, HbA1c...
June 2017: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541228/transductive-regression-for-data-with-latent-dependence-structure
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Nico Gornitz, Luiz Alberto Lima, Luiz Eduardo Varella, Klaus-Robert Muller, Shinichi Nakajima
Analyzing data with latent spatial and/or temporal structure is a challenge for machine learning. In this paper, we propose a novel nonlinear model for studying data with latent dependence structure. It successfully combines the concepts of Markov random fields, transductive learning, and regression, making heavy use of the notion of joint feature maps. Our transductive conditional random field regression model is able to infer the latent states by combining limited labeled data of high precision with unlabeled data containing measurement uncertainty...
May 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537857/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-using-dermatologists-versus-pediatricians-to-treat-mild-to-moderate-acne
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Scott A Davis, Sebastian Himmler, Steven R Feldman
OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost-effectiveness from the payer perspective of using dermatologists versus pediatricians to treat acne in adolescents ages 10-18. METHODS: A Markov model was constructed to explore outcomes over a 2-year period from the US private payer perspective. Patients ages 10-18 with acne entered the model under the "dermatologist"and "pediatrician" conditions. In each 3-month cycle,each modeled patient received topical retinoids,benzoyl peroxide (BP), antibiotics, or no treatment,and could progress to an acne-free state or remain in an acne state...
May 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535333/patterning-superconductivity-in-a-topological-insulator
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Jerome T Mlack, Atikur Rahman, Gopinath Danda, Natalia Drichko, Sarah Friedensen, Marija Drndić, Nina Marković
Topologically protected states in combination with superconductivity hold great promise for quantum computing applications, but the progress on electrical transport measurements in such systems has been impeded by the difficulty of fabricating devices with reliable electrical contacts. We find that superconductivity can be patterned directly into Bi2Se3 nanostructures by local doping with palladium. Superconducting regions are defined by depositing palladium on top of the nanostructures using electron beam lithography followed by in situ annealing...
May 31, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527626/the-impact-of-economic-conditions-on-the-disablement-process-a-markov-transition-approach-using-share-data
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Y Arrighi, T Rapp, N Sirven
A growing number of studies underline the relationship between socioeconomic status and health at older ages. Following that literature, we explore the impact of economic conditions on changes in functional health overtime. Frailty, a state of physiological instability, has been identified in the public health literature as a candidate for disability prevention but received little attention from health economists. Using SHARE panel data, respondents aged 50 and over from ten European countries were categorised as robust, frail and dependent...
May 10, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527448/estimating-thermodynamic-expectations-and-free-energies-in-expanded-ensemble-simulations-systematic-variance-reduction-through-conditioning
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Manuel Athènes, Pierre Terrier
Markov chain Monte Carlo methods are primarily used for sampling from a given probability distribution and estimating multi-dimensional integrals based on the information contained in the generated samples. Whenever it is possible, more accurate estimates are obtained by combining Monte Carlo integration and integration by numerical quadrature along particular coordinates. We show that this variance reduction technique, referred to as conditioning in probability theory, can be advantageously implemented in expanded ensemble simulations...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524088/a-hybrid-generalized-hidden-markov-model-based-condition-monitoring-approach-for-rolling-bearings
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Jie Liu, Youmin Hu, Bo Wu, Yan Wang, Fengyun Xie
The operating condition of rolling bearings affects productivity and quality in the rotating machine process. Developing an effective rolling bearing condition monitoring approach is critical to accurately identify the operating condition. In this paper, a hybrid generalized hidden Markov model-based condition monitoring approach for rolling bearings is proposed, where interval valued features are used to efficiently recognize and classify machine states in the machine process. In the proposed method, vibration signals are decomposed into multiple modes with variational mode decomposition (VMD)...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507514/markovian-analysis-of-the-sequential-behavior-of-the-spontaneous-spinal-cord-dorsum-potentials-induced-by-acute-nociceptive-stimulation-in-the-anesthetized-cat
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Mario Martin, Javier Béjar, Gennaro Esposito, Diógenes Chávez, Enrique Contreras-Hernández, Silvio Glusman, Ulises Cortés, Pablo Rudomín
In a previous study we developed a Machine Learning procedure for the automatic identification and classification of spontaneous cord dorsum potentials (CDPs). This study further supported the proposal that in the anesthetized cat, the spontaneous CDPs recorded from different lumbar spinal segments are generated by a distributed network of dorsal horn neurons with structured (non-random) patterns of functional connectivity and that these configurations can be changed to other non-random and stable configurations after the noceptive stimulation produced by the intradermic injection of capsaicin in the anesthetized cat...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505138/estimating-density-and-temperature-dependence-of-juvenile-vital-rates-using-a-hidden-markov-model
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Robert M McElderry
Organisms in the wild have cryptic life stages that are sensitive to changing environmental conditions and can be difficult to survey. In this study, I used mark-recapture methods to repeatedly survey Anaea aidea (Nymphalidae) caterpillars in nature, then modeled caterpillar demography as a hidden Markov process to assess if temporal variability in temperature and density influence the survival and growth of A. aidea over time. Individual encounter histories result from the joint likelihood of being alive and observed in a particular stage, and I have included hidden states by separating demography and observations into parallel and independent processes...
May 15, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504948/substructural-regularization-with-data-sensitive-granularity-for-sequence-transfer-learning
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Shichang Sun, Hongbo Liu, Jiana Meng, C L Philip Chen, Yu Yang
Sequence transfer learning is of interest in both academia and industry with the emergence of numerous new text domains from Twitter and other social media tools. In this paper, we put forward the data-sensitive granularity for transfer learning, and then, a novel substructural regularization transfer learning model (STLM) is proposed to preserve target domain features at substructural granularity in the light of the condition of labeled data set size. Our model is underpinned by hidden Markov model and regularization theory, where the substructural representation can be integrated as a penalty after measuring the dissimilarity of substructures between target domain and STLM with relative entropy...
May 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496407/unsupervised-idealization-of-ion-channel-recordings-by-minimum-description-length-application-to-human-piezo1-channels
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Radhakrishnan Gnanasambandam, Morten S Nielsen, Christopher Nicolai, Frederick Sachs, Johannes P Hofgaard, Jakob K Dreyer
Researchers can investigate the mechanistic and molecular basis of many physiological phenomena in cells by analyzing the fundamental properties of single ion channels. These analyses entail recording single channel currents and measuring current amplitudes and transition rates between conductance states. Since most electrophysiological recordings contain noise, the data analysis can proceed by idealizing the recordings to isolate the true currents from the noise. This de-noising can be accomplished with threshold crossing algorithms and Hidden Markov Models, but such procedures generally depend on inputs and supervision by the user, thus requiring some prior knowledge of underlying processes...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493924/cognitive-function-in-multiple-sclerosis-improves-with-telerehabilitation-results-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Leigh E Charvet, Jie Yang, Michael T Shaw, Kathleen Sherman, Lamia Haider, Jianjin Xu, Lauren B Krupp
Cognitive impairment affects more than half of all individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS). We hypothesized that training at home with an adaptive online cognitive training program would have greater cognitive benefit than ordinary computer games in cognitively-impaired adults with MS. This was a double-blind, randomized, active-placebo-controlled trial. Participants with MS were recruited through Stony Brook Medicine and randomly assigned to either the adaptive cognitive remediation (ACR) program or active control of ordinary computer games for 60 hours over 12 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493042/on-the-stochastic-evolution-of-finite-populations
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Fabio A C C Chalub, Max O Souza
This work is a systematic study of discrete Markov chains that are used to describe the evolution of a two-types population. Motivated by results valid for the well-known Moran (M) and Wright-Fisher (WF) processes, we define a general class of Markov chains models which we term the Kimura class. It comprises the majority of the models used in population genetics, and we show that many well-known results valid for M and WF processes are still valid in this class. In all Kimura processes, a mutant gene will either fixate or become extinct, and we present a necessary and sufficient condition for such processes to have the probability of fixation strictly increasing in the initial frequency of mutants...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488390/mesenchymal-stem-cells-protect-from-acute-liver-injury-by-attenuating-hepatotoxicity-of-liver-nkt-cells-in-inos-and-ido-dependent-manner
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Marina Gazdic, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Ljubica Vucicevic, Tamara Nikolic, Valentin Djonov, Nebojsa Arsenijevic, Vladimir Trajkovic, Miodrag L Lukic, Vladislav Volarevic
The effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on phenotype and function of natural killer T (NKT) cells, is not understood. We used concanavalin A (ConA) - and α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer)-induced liver injury to evaluate effects of MSCs on NKT-dependent hepatotoxicity. Mouse MSCs (mMSCs) significantly reduced Con A- and α-GalCer-mediated hepatitis in C57Bl/6 mice, as demonstrated by histopathological and biochemical analysis, attenuated influx of inflammatory (T-bet(+) TNF-α, IFN-γ producing and GATA3(+) , IL-4-producing) liver NKT cells and down-regulated TNF-α, IFN-γ and IL-4 levels in the sera...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482111/conditional-adaptive-bayesian-spectral-analysis-of-nonstationary-biomedical-time-series
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Scott A Bruce, Martica H Hall, Daniel J Buysse, Robert T Krafty
Many studies of biomedical time series signals aim to measure the association between frequency-domain properties of time series and clinical and behavioral covariates. However, the time-varying dynamics of these associations are largely ignored due to a lack of methods that can assess the changing nature of the relationship through time. This article introduces a method for the simultaneous and automatic analysis of the association between the time-varying power spectrum and covariates, which we refer to as conditional adaptive Bayesian spectrum analysis (CABS)...
May 8, 2017: Biometrics
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