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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432993/chemical-biological-and-dna-markers-for-tracing-slaughterhouse-effluent
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P J Harvey, M P Taylor, H K Handley, S Foster, M R Gillings, A J Asher
Agricultural practices, if not managed correctly, can have a negative impact on receiving environments via waste disposal and discharge. In this study, a chicken slaughter facility on the rural outskirts of Sydney, Australia, has been identified as a possible source of persistent effluent discharge into a peri-urban catchment. Questions surrounding the facility's environmental management practices go back more than four decades. Despite there having never been a definitive determination of the facility's impact on local stream water quality, the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) has implemented numerous pollution reduction requirements to manage noise and water pollution at the slaughter facility...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432853/an-evidence-based-approach-to-reducing-cardiac-telemetry-alarm-fatigue
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Ekta Srinivasa, Jaspreet Mankoo, Charles Kerr
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that between 80% and 99% of alarms in the clinical areas are in actionable alarms (Gross, Dahl, & Nielson). Alarm management is one of the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals (2014) because sentinel events have directly been linked to the devices generating these alarms. PURPOSE: At an acute care facility in Boston, a multidisciplinary team consisting of Nursing, Biomedical Engineers, Patient Safety and Providers was formed to conduct a pilot study on the state of telemetry alarms on a surgical floor...
April 22, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431362/rna-aptamer-based-electrochemical-aptasensor-for-c-reactive-protein-detection-using-functionalized-silica-microspheres-as-immunoprobes
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Junchun Wang, Jinjin Guo, Junjun Zhang, Wenjuan Zhang, Yuzhong Zhang
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a widely accepted biomarker of cardiovascular disease and inflammation. In this study, a RNA aptamer-based electrochemical sandwich type aptasensor for CRP detection was described using the functionalized silica microspheres as immunoprobes. Silica microspheres (Si MSs), which have good monodispersity and uniform shape, were firstly synthesized. The silica microspheres functionlized with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) provided large surface area for immobilizing signal molecules (Zinc ions, Zn(2+)) and antibodies (Ab)...
April 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430507/beating-the-standard-sensitivity-bandwidth-limit-of-cavity-enhanced-interferometers-with-internal-squeezed-light-generation
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M Korobko, L Kleybolte, S Ast, H Miao, Y Chen, R Schnabel
The shot-noise limited peak sensitivity of cavity-enhanced interferometric measurement devices, such as gravitational-wave detectors, can be improved by increasing the cavity finesse, even when comparing fixed intracavity light powers. For a fixed light power inside the detector, this comes at the price of a proportional reduction in the detection bandwidth. High sensitivity over a large span of signal frequencies, however, is essential for astronomical observations. It is possible to overcome this standard sensitivity-bandwidth limit using nonclassical correlations in the light field...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421394/waveform-integrity-in-atrial-fibrillation-the-forgotten-issue-of-cardiac-electrophysiology
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Miguel Martínez-Iniesta, Juan Ródenas, Raúl Alcaraz, José J Rieta
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice with an increasing prevalence of about 15% in the elderly. Despite other alternatives, catheter ablation is currently considered as the first-line therapy for the treatment of AF. This strategy relies on cardiac electrophysiology systems, which use intracardiac electrograms (EGM) as the basis to determine the cardiac structures contributing to sustain the arrhythmia. However, the noise-free acquisition of these recordings is impossible and they are often contaminated by different perturbations...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420960/contralateral-inhibition-of-click-and-chirp-evoked-human-compound-action-potentials
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Spencer B Smith, Jeffery T Lichtenhan, Barbara K Cone
Cochlear outer hair cells (OHC) receive direct efferent feedback from the caudal auditory brainstem via the medial olivocochlear (MOC) bundle. This circuit provides the neural substrate for the MOC reflex, which inhibits cochlear amplifier gain and is believed to play a role in listening in noise and protection from acoustic overexposure. The human MOC reflex has been studied extensively using otoacoustic emissions (OAE) paradigms; however, these measurements are insensitive to subsequent "downstream" efferent effects on the neural ensembles that mediate hearing...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420104/low-power-near-field-communication-methods-for-rfid-applications-of-sim-cards
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Yicheng Chen, Zhaoxia Zheng, Mingyang Gong, Fengqi Yu
Power consumption and communication distance have become crucial challenges for SIM card RFID (radio frequency identification) applications. The combination of long distance 2.45 GHz radio frequency (RF) technology and low power 2 kHz near distance communication is a workable scheme. In this paper, an ultra-low frequency 2 kHz near field communication (NFC) method suitable for SIM cards is proposed and verified in silicon. The low frequency transmission model based on electromagnetic induction is discussed...
April 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417170/reduced-dose-ct-with-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-compared-to-standard-dose-ct-of-the-chest-abdomen-and-pelvis-in-oncology-patients-intra-individual-comparison-study-on-image-quality-and-lesion-conspicuity
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Linda Nayeli Morimoto, Aya Kamaya, Isabelle Boulay-Coletta, Dominik Fleischmann, Lior Molvin, Lu Tian, George Fisher, Jia Wang, Jürgen K Willmann
PURPOSE: To compare image quality and lesion conspicuity of reduced dose (RD) CT with model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) compared to standard dose (SD) CT in patients undergoing oncological follow-up imaging. METHODS: Forty-four cancer patients who had a staging SD CT within 12 months were prospectively included to undergo a weight-based RD CT with MBIR. Radiation dose was recorded and tissue attenuation and image noise of four tissue types were measured...
April 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417101/role-of-active-listening-and-listening-effort-on-contralateral-suppression-of-transient-evoked-otoacousic-emissions
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Mohan Kumar Kalaiah, Nikhitha B Theruvan, Kaushlendra Kumar, Jayashree S Bhat
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to investigate the effect of active listening and listening effort on the contralateral suppression of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (CSTEOAEs). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Twenty eight young adults participated in the study. Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) were recorded using 'linear' clicks at 60 dB peSPL, in three contralateral noise conditions. In condition 1, TEOAEs were obtained in the presence of white noise in the contralateral ear...
April 2017: Journal of Audiology & Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416429/-life-threatening-sleepwalking-elpenor-s-syndrome-in-a-10-year-old-child
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M-A Madigand-Tordjman, P-J Egler, F Bertran, M Jokic, F Guénolé
Though benign in the majority of cases, sleepwalking sometimes causes injuries due, among other causes, to falls. Such accidents can be life-threatening - a situation that has been termed Elpenor syndrome (in reference to an accident experienced by a character in Homer's epic The Odyssey) - in particular when entailing defenestration. This syndrome has been described in adults and adolescents; we report here a case in a child. OBSERVATION: This 10-year-old girl was admitted at night to our hospital after a 3-m fall at home...
April 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415490/poly-ionic-liquid-functionalized-polypyrrole-nanotubes-supported-gold-nanoparticles-an-efficient-electrochemical-sensor-to-detect-epinephrine
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Hui Mao, Haifeng Zhang, Wei Jiang, Jiachen Liang, Ying Sun, Yu Zhang, Qiuhua Wu, Guolin Zhang, Xi-Ming Song
Poly(ionic liquids) (PILs) have been applied as the linkers between Au nanoparticles (NPs) and polypyrrole nanotubes (PPyNTs) for the synthesis of Au/PILs/PPyNTs hybrids. Due to the presence of PILs, high-density and well-dispersed Au NPs have been deposited on the surface of PILs/PPyNTs by anion-exchange with Au precursor and the in-situ reduction of metal ions. The obtained Au/PILs/PPyNTs hybrids can be used as a good steady electrode material for sensitively and selectively detecting epinephrine (EP). The catalytic oxidation peak currents obtained from differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) increased linearly with increasing EP concentrations in the range of 35-960μM with a detection limit of 298...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415367/collective-phase-reduction-of-globally-coupled-noisy-dynamical-elements
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Yoji Kawamura
We formulate a theory for the collective phase reduction of globally coupled noisy dynamical elements exhibiting macroscopic rhythms. We first transform the Langevin-type equation that represents a group of globally coupled noisy dynamical elements into the corresponding nonlinear Fokker-Planck equation and then develop the phase reduction method for limit-cycle solutions to the nonlinear Fokker-Planck equation. The theory enables us to describe the collective dynamics of a group of globally coupled noisy dynamical elements by a single degree of freedom called the collective phase...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415344/simple-noise-reduction-method-based-on-nonlinear-forecasting
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James P L Tan
Nonparametric detrending or noise reduction methods are often employed to separate trends from noisy time series when no satisfactory models exist to fit the data. However, conventional noise reduction methods depend on subjective choices of smoothing parameters. Here we present a simple multivariate noise reduction method based on available nonlinear forecasting techniques. These are in turn based on state-space reconstruction for which a strong theoretical justification exists for their use in nonparametric forecasting...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414862/editorial-perspective-longitudinal-research-in-autism-introducing-the-concept-of-chronogeneity
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EDITORIAL
Stelios Georgiades, Somer L Bishop, Thomas Frazier
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD or autism) is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder. We are now at a critical juncture in autism research where we have the knowledge base and expertise to begin to think about studies that view heterogeneity, not as 'statistical noise' that can be 'accounted for' using data-reduction techniques (such as group trajectories), but rather as 'informative variance' that can help form a more precise and dynamic picture of autism. In this Editorial we coin a new term and introduce the concept of 'chronogeneity' for the study of autism heterogeneity in relation to the dimension of time (chrono)...
May 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412953/quantification-of-task-dependent-cortical-activation-evoked-by-robotic-continuous-wrist-joint-manipulation-in-chronic-hemiparetic-stroke
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Martijn P Vlaar, Teodoro Solis-Escalante, Julius P A Dewald, Erwin E H van Wegen, Alfred C Schouten, Gert Kwakkel, Frans C T van der Helm
BACKGROUND: Cortical damage after stroke can drastically impair sensory and motor function of the upper limb, affecting the execution of activities of daily living and quality of life. Motor impairment after stroke has been thoroughly studied, however sensory impairment and its relation to movement control has received less attention. Integrity of the somatosensory system is essential for feedback control of human movement, and compromised integrity due to stroke has been linked to sensory impairment...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412761/preoperative-assessment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-split-bolus-combined-phase-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography
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Jian Jiang, Ke Wang, Yufeng Xu, Jianxin Liu, Jingjing Luo, Xin Tao, Xiaoying Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of a split-bolus combined phase contrast-enhanced computed tomography protocol in evaluation of liver vasculature in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients for the purpose of surgery guidance. MATERIAL AND METHODS Two groups of patients were recruited for the study: 24 consecutive cases of HCC who underwent multiphasic CT examination, and 22 consecutive cases who afterwards underwent split-bolus combined phase CT examination. The multiphasic protocol included an unenhanced scan and 3 image acquisitions after contrast injection...
April 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412235/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-metal-artifact-reduction-algorithm-in-different-cone-beam-computed-tomography-scanning-parameters
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Polyane Mazucatto Queiroz, Francisco Carlos Groppo, Matheus Lima Oliveira, Francisco Haiter-Neto, Deborah Queiroz Freitas
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a metal artifact reduction (MAR) algorithm in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images of dental materials obtained with different field-of-view (FOV) and voxel sizes. STUDY DESIGN: Two imaging phantoms were custom-made of acrylic resin. Each phantom had 3 cylinders made of the same dental material: dental amalgam or copper-aluminum alloy. CBCT scans were obtained separately for each of the imaging phantoms using the Picasso-Trio CBCT (Vatech, Hwaseong, Republic of Korea) unit at 4 FOV sizes and 2 voxel sizes...
March 9, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410615/signal-to-noise-ratio-evaluation-of-magnetic-resonance-images-in-the-presence-of-an-ultrasonic-motor
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Peyman Shokrollahi, James M Drake, Andrew A Goldenberg
BACKGROUND: Safe robot-assisted intervention using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance requires the precise control of assistive devices, and most currently available tools are rarely MRI-compatible. To obtain high precision, it is necessary to characterize and develop existing MRI-safe actuators for use in a high magnetic field (≥3 T). Although an ultrasonic motor (USM) is considered to be an MRI-safe actuator, and can be used in the vicinity of a high field scanner, its presence interferes with MR images...
April 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410386/radiation-dose-reduction-in-pediatric-great-vessel-stent-computed-tomography-using-iterative-reconstruction-a-phantom-study
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Annemarie M den Harder, Dominika Suchá, Pieter J van Doormaal, Ricardo P J Budde, Pim A de Jong, Arnold M R Schilham, Johannes M P J Breur, Tim Leiner
BACKGROUND: To study dose reduction using iterative reconstruction (IR) for pediatric great vessel stent computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Five different great vessel stents were separately placed in a gel-containing plastic holder within an anthropomorphic chest phantom. The stent lumen was filled with diluted contrast gel. CT acquisitions were performed at routine dose, 52% and 81% reduced dose and reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP) and IR. Objective image quality in terms of noise, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) as well as subjective image quality were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410104/low-rank-embedding-for-robust-image-feature-extraction
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Wai Keung Wong, Zhihui Lai, Jiajun Wen, Xiaozhao Fang, Yuwu Lu
Abstract-Robustness to noises, outliers and corruptions is an important issue in linear dimensionality reduction. Since the sample-specific corruptions and outliers exist, the class-special structure or the local geometric structure is destroyed and thus many existing methods, including the popular manifold learning based linear dimensionality methods, fail to achieve good performance in recognition tasks. In this paper, we focus on the unsupervised robust linear dimensionality reduction on corrupted data by introducing the robust low rank representation...
April 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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