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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534800/a-deep-convolutional-neural-network-based-framework-for-automatic-fetal-facial-standard-plane-recognition
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Zhen Yu, Ee-Leng Tan, Dong Ni, Jing Qin, Siping Chen, Shenli Li, Baiying Lei, Tianfu Wang
Ultrasound imaging has become a prevalent examination method in prenatal diagnosis. Accurate acquisition of fetal facial standard plane (FFSP) is the most important precondition for subsequent diagnosis and measurement. In the past few years, considerable effort has been devoted to FFSP recognition using various hand-crafted features, but the recognition performance is still unsatisfactory due to the high intra-class variation of FFSPs and the high degree of visual similarity between FFSPs and other non-FFSPs...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534753/barrier-function-based-neural-adaptive-control-with-locally-weighted-learning-and-finite-neuron-self-growing-strategy
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Zi-Jun Jia, Yong-Duan Song
This paper presents a new approach to construct neural adaptive control for uncertain nonaffine systems. By integrating locally weighted learning with barrier Lyapunov function (BLF), a novel control design method is presented to systematically address the two critical issues in neural network (NN) control field: one is how to fulfill the compact set precondition for NN approximation, and the other is how to use varying rather than a fixed NN structure to improve the functionality of NN control. A BLF is exploited to ensure the NN inputs to remain bounded during the entire system operation...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528862/crocetin-restores-diabetic-endothelial-progenitor-cell-dysfunction-by-enhancing-no-bioavailability-via-regulation-of-pi3k-akt-enos-and-ros-pathways
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Wei Cao, Jinjin Cui, Shufeng Li, Donghui Zhang, Yibo Guo, Qiannan Li, Ying Luan, Xian Liu
AIMS: Endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) dysfunction underlies a critical risk factor in diabetic vascular complications due to function defect in restoring endothelium injury. Crocetin has attracted increasing attention in several vascular-related diseases. In present study, we aimed to explore the role of crocetin in diabetic EPC dysfunction. MAIN METHODS: EPCs were isolated from bone marrow in diabetic mice and identified using the fluorescence staining and flow cytometry...
May 18, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526886/fk866-attenuates-acute-hepatic-failure-through-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-jnk-dependent-autophagy
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Enshuang Guo, Renlong Li, Jiankun Yang, Jun Zhang, Anyi Li, Yan Yang, Shenpei Liu, Anding Liu, Xiaojing Jiang
FK866 exhibits a protective effect on D-galactosamine (GaIN)/lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and concanavalin A (ConA)-induced acute liver failure (ALF), but the mechanism by which FK866 affords this benefit has not yet been elucidated. Autophagy has a protective effect on acute liver injury. However, the contribution of autophagy to FK866-conferred hepatoprotection is still unclear. This study aimed to investigate whether FK866 could attenuate GaIN/LPS and ConA-induced ALF through c-jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK)-dependent autophagy...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526338/redox-signaling-in-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-induced-cardioprotection-evidences-and-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Lovedeep Singh, Puneet Kaur Randhawa, Nirmal Singh, Amteshwar Singh Jaggi
Reactive oxygen species are the reactive molecules that are derived from molecular oxygen and play an important role as redox signaling molecules to confer cardioprotection. Various scientists have demonstrated the key role of redox signaling in cardioprotection by showing a transient increase in their levels during remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) phase. The transient increase in reactive oxygen species levels during remote preconditioning phase may take place either through activation of KATP channels or through increased nitric oxide (NO) production...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526318/is-there-really-an-evolved-capacity-for-number
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REVIEW
Rafael E Núñez
Humans and other species have biologically endowed abilities for discriminating quantities. A widely accepted view sees such abilities as an evolved capacity specific for number and arithmetic. This view, however, is based on an implicit teleological rationale, builds on inaccurate conceptions of biological evolution, downplays human data from non-industrialized cultures, overinterprets results from trained animals, and is enabled by loose terminology that facilitates teleological argumentation. A distinction between quantical (e...
April 29, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526128/is-there-really-an-evolved-capacity-for-number
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REVIEW
Rafael E Núñez
Humans and other species have biologically endowed abilities for discriminating quantities. A widely accepted view sees such abilities as an evolved capacity specific for number and arithmetic. This view, however, is based on an implicit teleological rationale, builds on inaccurate conceptions of biological evolution, downplays human data from non-industrialized cultures, overinterprets results from trained animals, and is enabled by loose terminology that facilitates teleological argumentation. A distinction between quantical (e...
June 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525377/dna-methylation-mediated-silencing-of-microrna-874-is-a-promising-diagnosis-and-prognostic-marker-in-breast-cancer
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Lei Zhang, Da-Li Yan, Fan Yang, Dan-Dan Wang, Xiu Chen, Jian-Zhong Wu, Jin-Hai Tang, Wen-Jie Xia
MicroRNA-874 (miR-874) is downregulated in several human cancers and has been suggested to be a tumor suppressor gene. However, the molecular mechanism of miR-874 downregulation in breast cancer has not been well elucidated. Here we aimed to study the aberrant hyper-methylation of CpG sites with the utility of miR-874 downreregulation in breast cancer and evaluate the clinical function of miR-874 as a prognostic marker. The miR-874 expressions in cells and tissues of two breast cancer lines were measured by real-time PCR...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522238/biomechanical-comparison-of-four-coupled-fixation-systems-for-acl-reconstruction-with-bone-socket-or-full-tunnel-on-the-tibial-side
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Edoardo Monaco, Mattia Fabbri, Riccardo Maria Lanzetti, Andrea Del Duca, Luca Labianca, Andrea Ferretti
BACKGROUND: To compare in an animal model the biomechanical properties of four coupled fixation devices currently used in ACL reconstruction. Three out of four devices used a full tibial tunnel with an interference screw, while the other one system used a tibial socket and an adjustable loop suspension device. The null hypothesis is that there are no biomechanical differences between all the techniques tested. METHODS: Thirty two femur-graft-tibia complexes were mounted on a tensile machine using bovine digital extensor tendons, porcine knees and four different fixation device combinations: After a preconditioning with a tensile load of 90N for five minutes, 1000cycles between 0 and 150N were applied to the complex before the final pulled to failure...
May 15, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515052/exercise-training-improves-free-testosterone-in-lifelong-sedentary-aging-men
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Lawrence Hayes, Peter Herbert, Nicholas Sculthorpe, Fergal Grace
As the impact of high intensity interval training (HIIT) on systemic hormones in aging men is unstudied to date, we investigated whether total testosterone (TT), sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), free testosterone (free-T), and cortisol (all in serum) were altered following HIIT in a cohort of 22 lifelong sedentary (62 ± 2 years) older men. As HIIT requires preconditioning exercise in sedentary cohorts, participants were tested at three phases, each separated by six weeks' training; baseline (phase A), following conditioning exercise (phase B), and post-HIIT (phase C)...
May 17, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514971/effects-of-organic-complexed-or-inorganic-co-cu-mn-and-zn-supplementation-during-a-45-day-preconditioning-period-on-productive-and-health-responses-of-feeder-cattle
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K D Lippolis, R F Cooke, L G T Silva, K M Schubach, A P Brandao, R S Marques, C K Larson, J R Russell, S A Arispe, T DelCurto, D W Bohnert
This experiment evaluated production and health parameters among cattle offered concentrates containing inorganic or organic complexed sources of supplemental Cu, Co, Mn and Zn during a 45-day preconditioning period. In total, 90 Angus×Hereford calves were weaned at 7 months (day -1), sorted by sex, weaning BW and age (261±2 kg; 224±2 days), and allocated to 18 drylot pens (one heifer and four steers per pen) on day 0; thus, all pens had equivalent initial BW and age. Pens were randomly assigned to receive a corn-based preconditioning concentrate containing: (1) Cu, Co, Mn and Zn sulfate sources (INR), (2) Cu, Mn, Co and Zn complexed organic source (AAC) or (3) no Cu, Co, Mn and Zn supplementation (CON)...
May 18, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511916/pre-treatment-with-amitriptyline-causes-epigenetic-up-regulation-of-neuroprotection-associated-genes-and-has-anti-apoptotic-effects-in-mouse-neuronal-cells
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Nguyen Quoc Vuong Tran, An Nghia Nguyen, Kyoko Takabe, Zentaro Yamagata, Kunio Miyake
Antidepressants, such as imipramine and fluoxetine, are known to alter gene expression patterns by inducing changes in the epigenetic status of neuronal cells. There is also some evidence for the anti-apoptotic effect of various groups of antidepressants; however, this effect is complicated and cell-type dependent. Antidepressants of the tricyclic group, in particular amitriptyline, have been suggested to be beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We examined whether amitriptyline exerts an anti-apoptotic effect via epigenetic mechanisms...
May 13, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511345/ros-homeostasis-a-key-determinant-in-liver-ischemic-preconditioning
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Ignacio Prieto, María Monsalve
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are key mediators of ischemia-reperfusion injury but also required for the induction of the stress response that limits tissue injury and underlies the protection provided by ischemic-preconditioning protocols. Liver steatosis is an important risk factor for liver transplant failure. Liver steatosis is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and excessive mitochondrial ROS production. Studies aiming at decreasing the sensibility of the steatotic liver to ischemia-reperfusion injury using pre-conditioning protocols, have shown that the steatotic liver has a reduced capacity to respond to these protocols...
May 4, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511069/ischaemic-preconditioning-current-knowledge-and-potential-future-applications-after-30-years-of-experience
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REVIEW
Karolina Stokfisz, Anna Ledakowicz-Polak, Maciej Zagorski, Marzenna Zielinska
Ischaemic preconditioning (IPC) phenomenon has been known for thirty years. During that time several studies showed that IPC provided by brief ischaemic and reperfusion episodes prior to longer ischaemia can bestow a protective effect to both preconditioned and also remote organs. IPC affecting remote organs is called remote ischaemic preconditioning. Initially, most IPC studies were focused on enhancing myocardial resistance to subsequent ischaemia and reperfusion injury. However, preconditioning was found to be a universal phenomenon and was observed in various organs and tissues including the heart, liver, brain, retina, kidney, skeletal muscles and intestine...
May 13, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510242/riktlinjer-f%C3%A3-r-endoskopisk-kontroll-efter-kolorektal-polypektomi
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Henrik Thorlacius, Jan Björk, Åke Öst, Ervin Toth
Endoscopic surveillance after colorectal polypectomy These guidelines for endoscopic surveillance after colorectal polypectomy are based on the recommendations published by European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) in 2013. A precondition for the guidelines is that patients have undergone a high-quality colonoscopy, including complete removal and histopathological evaluation of all detected neoplastic lesions. Current research has made it possible to stratify patients into a low-risk and a high-risk group in terms of metachronous cancer...
May 15, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508715/data-and-reporting-quality-in-tympanoplasty-and-ossiculoplasty-studies
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Susen Lailach, Thomas Zahnert, Marcus Neudert
Objective The objective of our study was to check the documentation of hearing outcome parameters and influencing factors (surgical, pathological, and methodological) in published literature evaluating hearing outcome after tympanoplasty. We aimed to assess how effectively the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) 1995 guidelines were applied. Study Design Retrospective noncontrolled study. Setting Ear research center. Subjects and Methods This study was based on a PubMed research, including peer-reviewed English-speaking original studies published from January 2005 to December 2015...
May 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505573/effect-of-inorganic-regenerant-properties-on-pharmaceutical-adsorption-and-desorption-performance-on-polymer-anion-exchange-resin
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Shaokui Zheng, Xiaofeng Li, Xueyu Zhang, Wei Wang, Shengliu Yuan
This study investigated the potential effect of four frequently used inorganic regenerant properties (i.e., ionic strength, cation type, anion type, and regeneration solution volume) on the desorption and adsorption performance of 14 pharmaceuticals, belonging to 12 therapeutic classes with different predominant chemical forms and hydrophobicities, using polymeric anion exchange resin (AER)-packed fixed-bed column tests. After preconditioning with NaCl, NaOH, or saline-alkaline (SA) solutions, all resulting mobile counterion types of AERs effectively adsorbed all 14 pharmaceuticals, where the preferential magnitude of OH(-)-type = Cl(-) + OH(-)-type > Cl(-)-type...
May 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504995/remote-ischemic-preconditioning-decreases-oxidative-lung-damage-after-pulmonary-lobectomy-a-single-center-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trial
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José García-de-la-Asunción, Laura Bruno, Jaume Perez-Griera, Genaro Galan, Alfonso Morcillo, Richard Wins, Eva García-Del-Olmo, Ricardo Guijarro, Benjamín Sarriá, Francisco Martí, Marina Soro, Francisco Javier Belda
BACKGROUND: During lobectomy in patients with lung cancer, the operated lung is often -collapsed and hypoperfused. Ischemia/reperfusion injury may then occur when the lung is -re-expanded. We hypothesized that remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) would decrease oxidative lung damage and improve gas exchange in the postoperative period. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, randomized, double-blind trial in patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer undergoing elective lung lobectomy...
May 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502714/why-is-it-so-difficult-to-determine-the-yield-of-indoor-cannabis-plantations-a-case-study-from-the-netherlands
#19
Wouter Vanhove, Nicole Maalsté, Patrick Van Damme
Together, the Netherlands and Belgium are the largest indoor cannabis producing countries in Europe. In both countries, legal prosecution procedure of convicted illicit cannabis growers usually includes recovery of the profits gained. However, it is not easy to make a reliable estimation of the latter profits, due to the wide range of factors that determine indoor cannabis yields and eventual selling prices. In the Netherlands, since 2005, a reference model is used that assumes a constant yield (g) per plant for a given indoor cannabis plant density...
March 31, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501115/postconditioning-attenuates-coronary-perivascular%C3%A2-and-interstitial-fibrosis-through-modulating-angiotensin-ii-receptors-and-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-after-myocardial-infarction
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Zhang-Feng Wang, Ning-Ping Wang, Suzanna Harmouche, Tiji Philip, Xue-Fen Pang, Feng Bai, Zhi-Qing Zhao
BACKGROUND: Postconditioning (Postcon) is known to reduce infarct size. This study tested the hypothesis that Postcon attenuates the perivascular and interstitial fibrosis after myocardial infarction through modulating angiotensin II-activated fibrotic cascade. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to 45-min coronary occlusion followed by 1 and 6 wk of reperfusion. Postcon was applied at the onset of reperfusion with four cycles of 10/10-s reperfusion-ischemia at the onset of reperfusion...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
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