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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227987/incorporating-shape-prior-into-active-contours-with-a-sparse-linear-combination-of-training-shapes-application-to-corpus-callosum-segmentation
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Mohammad M Farhangi, Hichem Frigui, Robert Bert, Amir A Amini, Mohammad M Farhangi, Hichem Frigui, Robert Bert, Amir A Amini, Robert Bert, Mohammad M Farhangi, Amir A Amini, Hichem Frigui
In this paper, a novel method of embedding shape information into level set image segmentation is proposed. Our method is based on inferring shape variations by a sparse linear combination of instances in the shape repository. Given a sufficient number of training shapes with variations, a new shape can be approximated by a linear span of training shapes associated with those variations. At each step of curve evolution the curve is moved to minimize Chan-Vese energy functional as well as toward the best approximation based on a linear combination of training samples...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227981/assessment-of-sedation-analgesia-by-means-of-poincare%C3%AC-analysis-of-the-electroencephalogram
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Jose D Bolanos, Montserrat Vallverdu, Pere Caminal, Daniel F Valencia, Xavi Borrat, Pedro L Gambus, Jose F Valencia, Jose D Bolanos, Montserrat Vallverdu, Pere Caminal, Daniel F Valencia, Xavi Borrat, Pedro L Gambus, Jose F Valencia, Jose D Bolanos, Xavi Borrat, Jose F Valencia, Montserrat Vallverdu, Pere Caminal, Pedro L Gambus, Daniel F Valencia
Monitoring the levels of sedation-analgesia may be helpful for managing patient stress on minimally invasive medical procedures. Monitors based on EEG analysis and designed to assess general anesthesia cannot distinguish reliably between a light and deep sedation. In this work, the Poincaré plot is used as a nonlinear technique applied to EEG signals in order to characterize the levels of sedation-analgesia, according to observed categorical responses that were evaluated by means of Ramsay Sedation Scale (RSS)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227647/a-feasibility-study-of-depth-image-based-intent-recognition-for-lower-limb-prostheses
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Huseyin Atakan Varol, Yerzhan Massalin, Huseyin Atakan Varol, Yerzhan Massalin, Huseyin Atakan Varol, Yerzhan Massalin
This paper presents our preliminary work on a depth camera based intent recognition system intended for future use in robotic prosthetic legs. The approach infers the activity mode of the subject for standing, walking, running, stair ascent and stair descent modes only using data from the depth camera. Depth difference images are also used to increase the performance of the approach by discriminating between static and dynamic instances. After confidence map based filtering, simple features such as mean, maximum, minimum and standard deviation are extracted from rectangular regions of the frames...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227525/multi-direction-hand-movement-classification-using-eeg-based-source-space-analysis
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Vikram Shenoy Handiru, A P Vinod, Cuntai Guan, Vikram Shenoy Handiru, A P Vinod, Cuntai Guan, Vikram Shenoy Handiru, Cuntai Guan, A P Vinod
Recent advances in the brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have demonstrated the inference of movement related activity using non-invasive EEG. However, most of the sensorspace approaches that study sensorimotor rhythms using EEG do not reveal the underlying neurophysiological phenomenon while executing or imagining the movement with finer control. Therefore, there is a need to examine feature extraction techniques in the cortical source space which can provide more information about the task compared to sensor-space...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227248/the-precuneus-may-encode-irrationality-in-human-gambling
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P Sacre, M S D Kerr, S Subramanian, K Kahn, J Gonzalez-Martinez, M A Johnson, S V Sarma, J T Gale, P Sacre, M S D Kerr, S Subramanian, K Kahn, J Gonzalez-Martinez, M A Johnson, S V Sarma, J T Gale, S Subramanian, M S D Kerr, M A Johnson, J T Gale, K Kahn, P Sacre, S V Sarma, J Gonzalez-Martinez
Humans often make irrational decisions, especially psychiatric patients who have dysfunctional cognitive and emotional circuitry. Understanding the neural basis of decision-making is therefore essential towards patient management, yet current studies suffer from several limitations. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have dominated decision-making neuroscience, but have poor temporal resolution and the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal is only a proxy for neural activity. On the other hand, lesion studies in humans used to infer functionality in decision-making lack characterization of neural activity altogether...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226859/effects-of-prefrontal-anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-working-memory-and-reaction-time
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Ines S Verissimo, Isabel M Barradas, Tiago T Santos, Pedro C Miranda, Hugo A Ferreira, Ines S Verissimo, Isabel M Barradas, Tiago T Santos, Pedro C Miranda, Hugo A Ferreira, Pedro C Miranda, Ines S Verissimo, Tiago T Santos, Isabel M Barradas, Hugo A Ferreira
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has proven to be a useful tool in the scientific research community, particularly for clinical investigation purposes. Neuroimaging studies indicate that there is a connection between the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and working memory (WM), as well as between the primary motor cortex and reaction time (RT). Thus, our goal was to evaluate the effect of anodal stimulation of the PFC, with respect to WM and RT. We tested 20 healthy subjects randomized into two groups - half received active stimulation and the other half sham stimulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226802/unscented-kalman-filter-for-neural-decoding-of-human-treadmill-walking-from-non-invasive-electroencephalography
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Trieu Phat Luu, Yongtian He, Sho Nakagame, Jeffrey Gorges, Kevin Nathan, Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Trieu Phat Luu, Yongtian He, Sho Nakagame, Jeffrey Gorges, Kevin Nathan, Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Trieu Phat Luu, Jeffrey Gorges, Yongtian He, Sho Nakagame, Kevin Nathan
The feasibility of decoding lower limb kinematics in human treadmill walking from noninvasive electroencephalography (EEG) has been demonstrated with linear Wiener filter. However, nonlinear relationship between neural activities and limb movements may challenge the linear decoders in real-time brain computer interface (BCI) applications. In this study, we propose a nonlinear neural decoder using an Unscented Kalman Filter (UKF) to infer lower limb joint angles from noninvasive scalp EEG signals during human treadmill walking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225790/direct-and-indirect-effects-of-enablers-on-hiv-testing-initiation-and-retention-in-antiretroviral-treatment-and-aids-related-mortality
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Ali Safarnejad, Jose-Antonio Izazola-Licea
BACKGROUND: An enabling environment is believed to have significant and critical effects on HIV and AIDS program implementation and desired outcomes. This paper estimates the paths, directionality, and direct and indirect associations between critical enablers with antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage and to AIDS-related mortality. METHODS: Frameworks that consider the role of enablers in HIV and AIDS programs were systematically reviewed to develop a conceptual model of interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223939/no-influence-of-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-on-exercise-induced-pain-and-5-km-cycling-time-trial-performance
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Andrew W Hibbert, François Billaut, Matthew C Varley, Remco C J Polman
Introduction: Afferent information from exercising muscle contributes to the sensation of exercise-induced muscle pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) delivers low-voltage electrical currents to the skin, inhibiting nociceptive afferent information. The use of TENS in reducing perceptions of exercise-induced pain has not yet been fully explored. This study aimed to investigate the effect of TENS on exercise-induced muscle pain, pacing strategy, and performance during a 5-km cycling time trial (TT)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223460/mechanism-of-h2s-oxidation-by-the-dissimilatory-perchlorate-reducing-microorganism-azospira-suillum-ps
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Misha G Mehta-Kolte, Dana Loutey, Ouwei Wang, Matthew D Youngblut, Christopher G Hubbard, Kelly M Wetmore, Mark E Conrad, John D Coates
The genetic and biochemical basis of perchlorate-dependent H2S oxidation (PSOX) was investigated in the dissimilatory perchlorate-reducing microorganism (DPRM) Azospira suillum PS (PS). Previously, it was shown that all known DPRMs innately oxidize H2S, producing elemental sulfur (S(o)). Although the process involving PSOX is thermodynamically favorable (ΔG°' = -206 kJ ⋅ mol(-1) H2S), the underlying biochemical and genetic mechanisms are currently unknown. Interestingly, H2S is preferentially utilized over physiological electron donors such as lactate or acetate although no growth benefit is obtained from the metabolism...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223395/oxygen-therapy-for-interstitial-lung-disease-a-systematic-review
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Emily C Bell, Narelle S Cox, Nicole Goh, Ian Glaspole, Glen P Westall, Alice Watson, Anne E Holland
This review aims to establish the impact of oxygen therapy on dyspnoea, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), exercise capacity and mortality in interstitial lung disease (ILD).We included studies that compared oxygen therapy to no oxygen therapy in adults with ILD. No limitations were placed on study design or intervention type. Two reviewers independently evaluated studies for inclusion, assessed risk of bias and extracted data. The primary outcome was dyspnoea.Eight studies evaluated the acute effects of oxygen (n=1509)...
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222757/spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-hiv-1-transmission-in-france-1999-2014-and-impact-of-targeted-prevention-strategies
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Antoine Chaillon, Asma Essat, Pierre Frange, Davey M Smith, Constance Delaugerre, Francis Barin, Jade Ghosn, Gilles Pialoux, Olivier Robineau, Christine Rouzioux, Cécile Goujard, Laurence Meyer, Marie-Laure Chaix
BACKGROUND: Characterizing HIV-1 transmission networks can be important in understanding the evolutionary patterns and geospatial spread of the epidemic. We reconstructed the broad molecular epidemiology of HIV from individuals with primary HIV-1 infection (PHI) enrolled in France in the ANRS PRIMO C06 cohort over 15 years. RESULTS: Sociodemographic, geographic, clinical, biological and pol sequence data from 1356 patients were collected between 1999 and 2014. Network analysis was performed to infer genetic relationships, i...
February 21, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220129/no-silver-bullet-canonical-poly-adp-ribose-polymerases-parps-are-no-universal-factors-of-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-resistance-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Dagmar Rissel, Peter P Heym, Kathrin Thor, Wolfgang Brandt, Ludger A Wessjohann, Edgar Peiter
Abiotic and biotic stress can have a detrimental impact on plant growth and productivity. Hence, there is a substantial demand for key factors of stress responses to improve yield stability of crops. Members of the poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) protein family, which post-translationally modify (PARylate) nuclear proteins, have been suggested as such universal determinants of plant stress responses. A role under abiotic stress has been inferred from studies in which a genetic or, more commonly, pharmacological inhibition of PARP activity improved the performance of stressed plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219035/conceptualizing-agency-folkpsychological-and-folkcommunicative-perspectives-on-plants
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Bethany L Ojalehto, Douglas L Medin, Salino G García
The present research addresses cultural variation in concepts of agency. Across two experiments, we investigate how Indigenous Ngöbe of Panama and US college students interpret and make inferences about nonhuman agency, focusing on plants as a critical test case. In Experiment 1, participants predicted goal-directed actions for plants and other nonhuman kinds and judged their capacities for intentional agency. Goal-directed action is pervasive among living kinds and as such we expected cultural agreement on these predictions...
February 17, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218893/dopant-activation-mechanism-of-bi-wire-%C3%AE-doping-into-si-crystal-investigated-with-wavelength-dispersive-%C3%AF-uorescence-x-ray-absorption-%C3%AF-ne-structure-and-density-functional-theory
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Koichi Murata, Christopher Kirkham, Masaru Shimomura, Kiyofumi Nitta, Tomoya Uruga, Yasuko Terada, Koh-Ichi Nittoh, David Bowler, Kazushi Miki
We successfully characterized the local structures of Bi atoms in a wire-δ-doped layer (1/8 ML) in a Si crystal, using wavelength dispersive fluorescence X-ray absorption fine structure at the beamline BL37XU, in SPring-8, with the help of density functional theory calculations. It was found that the burial of Bi nanolines on the Si(001) surface, via growth of Si capping layer at 400°C by molecular beam epitaxy, reduced the Bi-Si bond length from 2.79 ± 0.01 Å to 2.63 ± 0.02 Å. We infer that following epitaxial growth the Bi-Bi dimers of the nanoline are broken, and the Bi atoms are located at substitutional sites within the Si crystal, leading to the shorter Bi-Si bond lengths...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218270/magma-plumbing-system-and-seismicity-of-an-active-mid-ocean-ridge-volcano
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Florian Schmid, Vera Schlindwein, Ivan Koulakov, Aline Plötz, John-Robert Scholz
At mid-ocean ridges volcanism generally decreases with spreading rate but surprisingly massive volcanic centres occur at the slowest spreading ridges. These volcanoes can host unexpectedly strong earthquakes and vigorous, explosive submarine eruptions. Our understanding of the geodynamic processes forming these volcanic centres is still incomplete due to a lack of geophysical data and the difficulty to capture their rare phases of magmatic activity. We present a local earthquake tomographic image of the magma plumbing system beneath the Segment 8 volcano at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217745/the-baltic-sea-virome-diversity-and-transcriptional-activity-of-dna-and-rna-viruses
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Lisa Zeigler Allen, John P McCrow, Karolina Ininbergs, Christopher L Dupont, Jonathan H Badger, Jeffery M Hoffman, Martin Ekman, Andrew E Allen, Birgitta Bergman, J Craig Venter
Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data were generated from size-fractionated samples from 11 sites within the Baltic Sea and adjacent marine waters of Kattegat and freshwater Lake Torneträsk in order to investigate the diversity, distribution, and transcriptional activity of virioplankton. Such a transect, spanning a salinity gradient from freshwater to the open sea, facilitated a broad genome-enabled investigation of natural as well as impacted aspects of Baltic Sea viral communities. Taxonomic signatures representative of phages within the widely distributed order Caudovirales were identified with enrichments in lesser-known families such as Podoviridae and Siphoviridae...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216670/intraluminal-pressure-patterns-in-the-human-colon-assessed-by-high-resolution-manometry
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Ji-Hong Chen, Yuanjie Yu, Zixian Yang, Wen-Zhen Yu, Wu Lan Chen, Hui Yu, Marie Jeong-Min Kim, Min Huang, Shiyun Tan, Hesheng Luo, Jianfeng Chen, Jiande D Z Chen, Jan D Huizinga
Assessment of colonic motor dysfunction is rarely done because of inadequate methodology and lack of knowledge about normal motor patterns. Here we report on elucidation of intraluminal pressure patterns using High Resolution Colonic Manometry during a baseline period and in response to a meal, in 15 patients with constipation, chronically dependent on laxatives, 5 healthy volunteers and 9 patients with minor, transient, IBS-like symptoms but no sign of constipation. Simultaneous pressure waves (SPWs) were the most prominent propulsive motor pattern, associated with gas expulsion and anal sphincter relaxation, inferred to be associated with fast propagating contractions...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215740/inhibition-of-htert-expression-by-map-kinase-inhibitor-induces-cell-death-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Deeksha Pal, Ujjawal Sharma, Shrawan Kumar Singh, Nandita Kakkar, Rajendra Prasad
BACKGROUND: Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is one of the components of telomerase enzyme and its activity is associated with cell proliferation and differentiation. Extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK)-mitogen activated protein kinase signaling pathway play an important role in hTERT expression. The present study was conducted to ascertain hTERT messenger RNA (mRNA) expression in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and its association with clinicopathological characteristics...
February 16, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215391/childhood-trauma-related-alterations-in-brain-function-during-a-theory-of-mind-task-in-schizophrenia
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Yann Quidé, Xin H Ong, Sebastian Mohnke, Knut Schnell, Henrik Walter, Vaughan J Carr, Melissa J Green
Childhood trauma is a risk factor for schizophrenia that affects brain functions associated with higher cognitive processes, including social cognition. Alterations in Theory-of-Mind (ToM), or mentalizing skills, are a hallmark feature of schizophrenia, and are also evident in individuals exposed to childhood trauma. However, the impact of childhood trauma exposure on brain function during social cognition in schizophrenia remains unclear. We thus examined the association between childhood trauma and brain function during the performance of a ToM task in 47 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder...
February 15, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
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