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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636919/monitoring-quantitative-ultrasound-parameter-changes-in-a-cell-pellet-model-of-cell-starvation
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Lauren A Wirtzfeld, Elizabeth S L Berndl, Gregory J Czarnota, Michael C Kolios
Although it has previously been shown that the spectral analysis of ultrasound backscatter data is sensitive to the cellular changes caused by apoptosis, the sensitivity of spectral analysis to oncosis or ischemic cell death had not previously been studied. Whereas many anticancer treatments induce apoptosis, others induce cell starvation, or oncosis. HT-29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were formed into pellets and covered in phosphate-buffered saline at room temperature for 56 h. The pellets were imaged every 8 h with high-frequency (55 MHz) ultrasound and the raw radio-frequency data processed...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636811/performance-evaluation-of-gpu-parallelization-space-time-adaptive-algorithms-and-their-combination-for-simulating-cardiac-electrophysiology
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Rafael S Oliveira, Bernardo M Rocha, Denise Burgarelli, Wagner Meira, Christakis Constantinides, Rodrigo Weber Dos Santos
The use of computer models as a tool for the study and understanding of the complex phenomena of cardiac electrophysiology has attained increased importance nowadays. At the same time, the increased complexity of the biophysical processes translates into complex computational and mathematical models. In order to speed up cardiac simulations and to allow more precise and realistic uses, two different techniques have been traditionally exploited: parallel computing and sophisticated numerical methods. In this work, we combine a modern parallel computing technique based on multicore and graphics processing units (GPUs), and a sophisticated numerical method based on a new space-time adaptive algorithm...
June 21, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636203/directional-matrix-nanotopography-with-varied-sizes-for-engineering-wound-healing
#3
Jangho Kim, Won-Gyu Bae, Yeon Ju Kim, Hoon Seonwoo, Han-Wool Choung, Kyoung-Je Jang, Sunho Park, Bog Hee Kim, Hong-Nam Kim, Kyoung Soon Choi, Myung-Sun Kim, Pill-Hoon Choung, Yun-Hoon Choung, Jong Hoon Chung
Topographic features play a crucial role in the regulation of physiologically relevant cell and tissue functions. Here, an analysis of feature-size-dependent cell-nanoarchitecture interactions is reported using an array of scaffolds in the form of uniformly spaced ridge/groove structures for engineering wound healing. The ridge and groove widths of nanopatterns are varied from 300 to 800 nm and the nanotopography features are classified into three size ranges: dense (300-400 nm), intermediate (500-600 nm), and sparse (700-800 nm)...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634543/cannabis-and-cognitive-functioning-in-multiple-sclerosis-the-role-of-gender
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Viral P Patel, Anthony Feinstein
BACKGROUND: Cognitive function in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) is associated with gender differences and the use of smoked/ingested cannabis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this report is to explore a possible gender-cannabis interaction associated with cognitive dysfunction in PwMS. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was undertaken of cognitive data collected from 140 PwMS. A general linear model was conducted to determine gender and cannabis effects on processing speed (SDMT), verbal (CVLT-II) and visual (BVMT-R) memory, and executive functions (D-KEFS), while controlling for age and years of education...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634458/phone-conversation-while-processing-information-chronometric-analysis-of-load-effects-in-everyday-media-multitasking
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Michael B Steinborn, Lynn Huestegge
This is a pilot study that examined the effect of cell-phone conversation on cognition using a continuous multitasking paradigm. Current theorizing argues that phone conversation affects behavior (e.g., driving) by interfering at a level of cognitive processes (not peripheral activity) and by implying an attentional-failure account. Within the framework of an intermittent spare-utilized capacity threading model, we examined the effect of aspects of (secondary-task) phone conversation on (primary-task) continuous arithmetic performance, asking whether phone use makes components of automatic and controlled information-processing (i...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633060/childhood-adversity-and-cognitive-functioning-in-patients-with-major-depression
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Katharina Dannehl, Winfried Rief, Frank Euteneuer
OBJECTIVE: Major depression is often accompanied by deficits in cognitive functioning and lowered executive functions. However, not all depressed patients show impairments in these domains. The aim of this study was to examine whether different kinds of childhood adversity might account for cognitive deficits in patients with major depression. METHODS: Ninety-one patients with major depression (DSM-IV) and 40 healthy controls completed a neuropsychological test battery assessing memory, processing speed and executive functions...
June 17, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632427/speed-of-processing-and-executive-functions-in-adults-with-phenylketonuria-quick-in-finding-the-word-but-not-the-ladybird
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Cristina Romani, Anita MacDonald, Sara De Felice, Liana Palermo
A reduction in processing speed is widely reported in phenylketonuria (PKU), possibly due to white matter pathology. We investigated possible deficits and their relationships with executive functions in a sample of 37 early-treated adults with PKU (AwPKUs). AwPKUs were not characterized by a generalized speed deficit, but instead their performance could be explained by two more specific impairments: (a) a deficit in the allocation of visuo-spatial attention that reduced speed in visual search tasks, in some reading conditions and visuo-motor coordination tasks; and (b) a more conservative decision mechanism that slowed down returning an answer across domains...
June 20, 2017: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632246/declines-noted-in-cognitive-processes-and-association-with-achievement-among-children-with-leukemia
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Kathleen C Insel, Marilyn J Hockenberry, Lynette L Harris, Kari M Koerner, Zhenqiang Lu, Kristin B Adkins, Olga A Taylor, Patricia M Gundy, Ida M Moore
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To assess change in specific cognitive processes during treatment with chemotherapy only among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). 
. DESIGN: A prospective, repeated measures design.
. SETTING: Pediatric oncology treatment centers at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson/Banner Children's-Diamond Medical Center (University of Arizona) and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology centers (Baylor College of Medicine) in Houston...
July 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632170/current-research-in-lidar-technology-used-for-the-remote-sensing-of-atmospheric-aerosols
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Adolfo Comerón, Constantino Muñoz-Porcar, Francesc Rocadenbosch, Alejandro Rodríguez-Gómez, Michaël Sicard
Lidars are active optical remote sensing instruments with unique capabilities for atmospheric sounding. A manifold of atmospheric variables can be profiled using different types of lidar: concentration of species, wind speed, temperature, etc. Among them, measurement of the properties of aerosol particles, whose influence in many atmospheric processes is important but is still poorly stated, stands as one of the main fields of application of current lidar systems. This paper presents a review on fundamentals, technology, methodologies and state-of-the art of the lidar systems used to obtain aerosol information...
June 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631969/cognitive-functions-among-predominantly-minority-urban-adolescents-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Alexander Mangone, Kathy F Yates, Victoria Sweat, Adriana Joseph, Antonio Convit
The rise in the rate of adolescent obesity has led to a concurrent rise in the rate of metabolic syndrome (MetS) among young people. In addition to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, MetS has also been linked to cognitive dysfunction. The goal of this study was to assess whether cognitive differences exist between minority urban adolescents carrying excess weight who meet criteria for MetS as compared to their peers without MetS. Two hundred and ninety-six urban adolescents, predominantly Hispanic and carrying excess weight as defined by a BMI above 25 kg/m(2), were screened for MetS and divided into MetS and no MetS groups...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631965/short-term-test-retest-reliability-of-the-impact-in-healthy-young-athletes
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Amanda M O'Brien, Joseph E Casey, Rachel M Salmon
The present study examined the short-term test-retest reliability of the Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) variables with healthy 11- to 14-year-old athletes. 53 young athletes (Mage = 12.4 years, 9 female) were administered the ImPACT on two separate occasions two weeks apart. Participants were instructed to complete the Post-Concussion Symptom Scale (PCSS) and the baseline computerized neurocognitive test during both the baseline and retest phases. Intraclass correlation (ICC), standard error of measurement (SEM), and reliable change index (RCI) were used as reliability metrics...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631952/the-development-of-visual-speech-perception-in-mandarin-chinese-speaking-children
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Liang Chen, Jianghua Lei
The present study aimed to investigate the development of visual speech perception in Chinese-speaking children. Children aged 7, 13 and 16 were asked to visually identify both consonant and vowel sounds in Chinese as quickly and accurately as possible. Results revealed (1) an increase in accuracy of visual speech perception between ages 7 and 13 after which the accuracy rate either stagnates or drops; and (2) a U-shaped development pattern in speed of perception with peak performance in 13-year olds. Results also showed that across all age groups, the overall levels of accuracy rose, whereas the response times fell for simplex finals, complex finals and initials...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630943/parasites-lacking-the-micronemal-protein-mic2-are-deficient-in-surface-attachment-and-host-cell-egress-but-remain-virulent-in-vivo
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Simon Gras, Allison Jackson, Stuart Woods, Gurman Pall, Jamie Whitelaw, Jacqueline M Leung, Gary E Ward, Craig W Roberts, Markus Meissner
Background: Micronemal proteins of the thrombospondin-related anonymous protein (TRAP) family are believed to play essential roles during gliding motility and host cell invasion by apicomplexan parasites, and currently represent major vaccine candidates against Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria. However, recent evidence suggests that they play multiple and different roles than previously assumed. Here, we analyse a null mutant for MIC2, the TRAP homolog in Toxoplasma gondii. Methods: We performed a careful analysis of parasite motility in a 3D-environment, attachment under shear stress conditions, host cell invasion and in vivo virulence...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630909/dynamic-fracture-of-tantalum-under-extreme-tensile-stress
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Bruno Albertazzi, Norimasa Ozaki, Vasily Zhakhovsky, Anatoly Faenov, Hideaki Habara, Marion Harmand, Nicholas Hartley, Denis Ilnitsky, Nail Inogamov, Yuichi Inubushi, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Tetsuo Katayama, Takahisa Koyama, Michel Koenig, Andrew Krygier, Takeshi Matsuoka, Satoshi Matsuyama, Emma McBride, Kirill Petrovich Migdal, Guillaume Morard, Haruhiko Ohashi, Takuo Okuchi, Tatiana Pikuz, Narangoo Purevjav, Osami Sakata, Yasuhisa Sano, Tomoko Sato, Toshimori Sekine, Yusuke Seto, Kenjiro Takahashi, Kazuo Tanaka, Yoshinori Tange, Tadashi Togashi, Kensuke Tono, Yuhei Umeda, Tommaso Vinci, Makina Yabashi, Toshinori Yabuuchi, Kazuto Yamauchi, Hirokatsu Yumoto, Ryosuke Kodama
The understanding of fracture phenomena of a material at extremely high strain rates is a key issue for a wide variety of scientific research ranging from applied science and technological developments to fundamental science such as laser-matter interaction and geology. Despite its interest, its study relies on a fine multiscale description, in between the atomic scale and macroscopic processes, so far only achievable by large-scale atomic simulations. Direct ultrafast real-time monitoring of dynamic fracture (spallation) at the atomic lattice scale with picosecond time resolution was beyond the reach of experimental techniques...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630907/wind-invariant-saltation-heights-imply-linear-scaling-of-aeolian-saltation-flux-with-shear-stress
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Raleigh L Martin, Jasper F Kok
Wind-driven sand transport generates atmospheric dust, forms dunes, and sculpts landscapes. However, it remains unclear how the flux of particles in aeolian saltation-the wind-driven transport of sand in hopping trajectories-scales with wind speed, largely because models do not agree on how particle speeds and trajectories change with wind shear velocity. We present comprehensive measurements, from three new field sites and three published studies, showing that characteristic saltation layer heights remain approximately constant with shear velocity, in agreement with recent wind tunnel studies...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630643/improved-classification-accuracy-of-powdery-mildew-infection-levels-of-wine-grapes-by-spatial-spectral-analysis-of-hyperspectral-images
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Uwe Knauer, Andrea Matros, Tijana Petrovic, Timothy Zanker, Eileen S Scott, Udo Seiffert
BACKGROUND: Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging means of assessing plant vitality, stress parameters, nutrition status, and diseases. Extraction of target values from the high-dimensional datasets either relies on pixel-wise processing of the full spectral information, appropriate selection of individual bands, or calculation of spectral indices. Limitations of such approaches are reduced classification accuracy, reduced robustness due to spatial variation of the spectral information across the surface of the objects measured as well as a loss of information intrinsic to band selection and use of spectral indices...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630435/in-situ-electrical-and-thermal-monitoring-of-printed-electronics-by-two-photon-mapping
#17
Francesco Pastorelli, Nicolò Accanto, Mikkel Jørgensen, Niek F van Hulst, Frederik C Krebs
Printed electronics is emerging as a new, large scale and cost effective technology that will be disruptive in fields such as energy harvesting, consumer electronics and medical sensors. The performance of printed electronic devices relies principally on the carrier mobility and molecular packing of the polymer semiconductor material. Unfortunately, the analysis of such materials is generally performed with destructive techniques, which are hard to make compatible with in situ measurements, and pose a great obstacle for the mass production of printed electronics devices...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630235/ultrasound-markers-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-cognition-the-northern-manhattan-study
#18
Hannah Gardener, Michelle R Caunca, Chuanhui Dong, Ying Kuen Cheung, Mitchell S V Elkind, Ralph L Sacco, Tatjana Rundek, Clinton B Wright
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ultrasound markers of carotid atherosclerosis may be related to cognitive status. We hypothesized that individuals with greater carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and carotid plaque burden would exhibit worse cognition. METHODS: One thousand one hundred sixty-six stroke-free participants from the NOMAS (Northern Manhattan Study) underwent carotid ultrasound and neuropsychological examination. Among them, 826 underwent a second neuropsychological examination an average of 5 years later...
June 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629965/%C3%A2-cortical-atrophy-is-associated-with-accelerated-cognitive-decline-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-with-subsyndromal-depression
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Mitzi M Gonzales, Philip S Insel, Craig Nelson, Duygu Tosun, Niklas Mattsson, Susanne G Mueller, Simona Sacuiu, David Bickford, Michael W Weiner, R Scott Mackin
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between cognitive decline and cortical atrophy in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and chronic subsyndromal symptoms of depression (SSD) over a 4-year period. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Multicenter, clinic-based. PARTICIPANTS: Within the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative repository, the Neuropsychiatric Inventory was used to identify individuals with MCI and stable endorsement (SSD group N = 32) or no endorsement (non-SSD group N = 69) of depressive symptoms across time points...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629025/polycaprolactone-and-polycaprolactone-ceramic-based-3d-bioplotted-porous-scaffolds-for-bone-regeneration-a-comparative-study
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K K Gómez-Lizárraga, C Flores-Morales, M L Del Prado-Audelo, M A Álvarez-Pérez, M C Piña-Barba, C Escobedo
One of the critical challenges that scaffolding faces in the organ and tissue regeneration field lies in mimicking the structure, and the chemical and biological properties of natural tissue. A high-level control over the architecture, mechanical properties and composition of the materials in contact with cells is essential to overcome such challenge. Therefore, definition of the method, materials and parameters for the production of scaffolds during the fabrication stage is critical. With the recent emergence of rapid prototyping (RP), it is now possible to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds with the essential characteristics for the proliferation and regeneration of tissues, such as porosity, mechanical strength, pore size and pore interconnectivity, and biocompatibility...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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