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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092848/the-initial-use-of-arterial-spin-labeling-perfusion-and-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-images-in-the-diagnosis-of-nonconvulsive-partial-status-epileptics
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Takafumi Shimogawa, Takato Morioka, Tetsuro Sayama, Sei Haga, Yuka Kanazawa, Kei Murao, Shuji Arakawa, Ayumi Sakata, Koji Iihara
BACKGROUND: In the diagnosis of nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE), capture of ongoing ictal electroencephalographic (EEG) findings is the gold standard; however, this is practically difficult without continuous EEG monitoring facilities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and perfusion MRI with arterial spin labeling (ASL), have been applied mainly in emergency situations. Recent reports have described that ictal MRI findings, including ictal hyperperfusion on ASL and cortical hyperintensity of cytotoxic edema on DWI, can be obtained from epileptically activated cortex...
December 21, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092636/an-analysis-of-intrinsic-variations-of-low-frequency-shear-wave-speed-in-a-stochastic-tissue-model-the-first-application-for-staging-liver-fibrosis
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Yu Wang, Min Wang, Jingfeng Jiang
Shear wave elastography is increasingly being used to non-invasively stage liver fibrosis by measuring shear wave speed (SWS). This study quantitatively investigates intrinsic variations among SWS measurements obtained from heterogeneous media such as fibrotic livers. More specifically, it aims to demonstrate that intrinsic variations in SWS measurements, in general, follow a non-Gaussian distribution and are related to the heterogeneous nature of the medium being measured. Using the principle of maximum entropy (ME), our primary objective is to derive a probability density function (PDF) of the SWS distribution in conjunction with a lossless stochastic tissue model...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092591/relational-regularized-discriminative-sparse-learning-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis
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Baiying Lei, Peng Yang, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Dong Ni
Accurate identification and understanding informative feature is important for early Alzheimer's disease (AD) prognosis and diagnosis. In this paper, we propose a novel discriminative sparse learning method with relational regularization to jointly predict the clinical score and classify AD disease stages using multimodal features. Specifically, we apply a discriminative learning technique to expand the class-specific difference and include geometric information for effective feature selection. In addition, two kind of relational information are incorporated to explore the intrinsic relationships among features and training subjects in terms of similarity learning...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092558/discriminant-context-information-analysis-for-post-ranking-person-re-identification
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Jorge Garcia, Niki Martinel, Alfredo Gardel, Ignacio Bravo, Gian Luca Foresti, Christian Micheloni
Existing approaches for person re-identification are mainly based on creating distinctive representations or on learning optimal metrics. The achieved results are then provided in form of a list of ranked matching persons. It often happens that the true match is not ranked first but it is in the first positions. This is mostly due to the visual ambiguities shared between the true match and other "similar" persons. At the current state, there is a lack of a study of such visual ambiguities which limit the re-identification performance within the first ranks...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092551/hierarchical-image-segmentation-based-on-iterative-contraction-and-merging
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Jia-Hao Syu, Sheng-Jyh Wang, Li-Chun Wang
In this paper, we propose a new framework for hierarchical image segmentation based on iterative contraction and merging (ICM). In the proposed framework, we treat the hierarchical image segmentation problem as a sequel of optimization problems, with each optimization process being realized by a contraction-and-merging process to identify and merge the most similar data pairs at the current resolution. At the beginning, we perform pixel-based contraction and merging to quickly combine image pixels into initial region-elements with visually indistinguishable intra-region color difference...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092522/active-self-paced-learning-for-cost-effective-and-progressive-face-identification
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Liang Lin, Keze Wang, Deyu Meng, Wangmeng Zuo, Lei Zhang
This paper aims to develop a novel cost-effective framework for face identification, which progressively maintains a batch of classifiers with the increasing face images of different individuals. By naturally combining two recently rising techniques: active learning (AL) and self-paced learning (SPL), our framework is capable of automatically annotating new instances and incorporating them into training under weak expert recertification. We first initialize the classifier using a few annotated samples for each individual, and extract image features using the convolutional neural nets...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092507/real-time-intravascular-ultrasound-and-photoacoustic-imaging
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Donald VanderLaan, Andrei B Karpiouk, Doug Yeager, Stanislav Emelianov
Combined intravascular ultrasound and intravascular photoacoustic (IVUS/IVPA) imaging is an emerging hybrid modality being explored as a means of improving the characterization of atherosclerotic plaque anatomical and compositional features. While initial demonstrations of the technique have been encouraging, they have been limited by catheter rotation and data acquisition, displaying, and processing rates on the order of several seconds per frame as well as the use of off-line image processing. Herein, we present a complete IVUS/IVPA imaging system and method capable of real-time IVUS/IVPA imaging, with online data acquisition, image processing, and display of both IVUS and IVPA images...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092236/-the-journals-role-in-continuing-medical-education
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Manuel Ramiro-H, J Enrique Cruz-A
In the 19th century, the first journals in medicine appeared in order to disseminate knowledge among creators and discoverers, but especially among users of knowledge, some of these journals continue to be published nowadays. Subsequently, an organization that initially aspired to collect, sort, archive and distribute the publications: the Index Medicus. Over time, it was imperative to create indexes that measure the performance of journals and with that of researchers.
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092227/the-reliability-of-the-extra-load-index-as-a-measure-of-relative-load-carriage-economy
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Sean Hudson, Carlton Cooke, Ray Lloyd
The aim of this study was to measure the reliability of the Extra Load Index (ELI) as a method for assessing relative load carriage economy. Seventeen volunteers (12 males, 5 females) performed walking trials at 3 km(.)h(-1), 6 km(.)h(-1) and a self-selected speed. Trial conditions were repeated 7 days later to assess test-retest reliability. Trials involved four, four-minute periods of walking, each separated by 5 minutes of rest. The initial stage was performed unloaded followed in a randomised order by a second unloaded period and walking with backpacks of 7kg and 20kg...
January 16, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092225/comparison-of-dysphagia-outcomes-between-rostral-and-caudal-lateral-medullary-infarct-patients
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Min Ho Chun, Daeha Kim, Min Cheol Chang
OBJECTIVE: A detailed knowledge of dysphagia outcomes in lateral medullary infarct (LMI) patients would enable proper establishment of swallowing therapy goals and strategies. However, little is known about the impact of infarct location on dysphagia outcomes in patients with LMI. METHODS: Twenty patients with rostral LMI (rostral group) and 20 patients with caudal LMI (caudal group) participated in the study. All patients underwent swallowing therapy, which included compensatory treatments and strengthening exercises, for >3 months...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092204/impact-of-combination-therapy-and-early-de-escalation-on-outcome-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Laurène Deconinck, Agnès Meybeck, Pierre Patoz, Nicolas Van Grunderbeeck, Nicolas Boussekey, Arnaud Chiche, Pierre-Yves Delannoy, Hugues Georges, Olivier Leroy
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Guidelines recommend dual coverage of P. aeruginosa, but the beneficial effect of combination therapy is controversial. We described antibiotic prescriptions and evaluated the clinical impact of initial combination antibiotic therapy and de-escalation strategy in patients with VAP caused by P. aeruginosa. METHODS: Between 1994 and 2014, all 100 patients with VAP caused by P...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091996/zeolitic-tuffs-for-acid-mine-drainage-amd-treatment-in-ecuador-breakthrough-curves-for-mn-2-cd-2-cr-3-zn-2-and-al-3
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Xavier Buenaño, Laureano Canoira, Domingo Martin Sánchez, Jorge Costafreda
Zeolitic tuff constitutes a technical and economical feasible alternative to manage acidic waters in initial phases of generation. A study of cation exchange with two zeolitic tuffs from Ecuador and one from Cuba has been conducted using breakthrough curve methodology. Cations Mn(2+), Cd(2+), Cr(3+), Zn(2+), and Al(3+) have been chosen owing to their presence in underground water in exploration activities (decline development) in Fruta del Norte (Ecuador). Zeolites characterized by X-ray diffraction and thermal stability after heating overnight as heulandites show a similar exchange behavior for the five cations studied...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091947/characteristics-of-the-energetic-micro-initiator-through-integrating-al-ni-nano-multilayers-with-cu-film-bridge
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Yuxin Zhang, Hongchuan Jiang, Xiaohui Zhao, Yichao Yan, Wanli Zhang, Yanrong Li
An energetic micro-initiator through integrating Al/Ni nano-multilayers with Cu film bridge was investigated in this study. The Cu film bridge was initially fabricated with wet etching, and Al/Ni nano-multilayers were alternately deposited on the surface of Cu film bridge by magnetron sputtering. The periodic layer structure of Al/Ni nano-multilayers was verified by scanning electron microscopy. The exothermic reaction in Al/Ni nano-multilayers can be initiated with onset reaction temperature as low as 503 K, and the total reaction heat is about 774...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091865/improving-the-diagnostic-workup-of-hyponatremia-in-the-setting-of-kidney-disease-a-continuing-medical-education-cme-initiative
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Ladan Golestaneh, Joel Neugarten, William Southern, Faraj Kargoli, Amanda Raff
PURPOSE: Hyponatremia is a common electrolyte disorder and is associated with mortality. We examined the frequency of appropriate testing in response to an episode of inpatient hyponatremia in a large urban hospital to better inform our educational intervention. We then evaluated the impact of a live CME activity with a focus on CKD- and ESRD-associated hyponatremia physiology, on diagnostic practices of audience hospitalist attendings. METHODS: We performed a retrospective database analysis of all patients admitted to Montefiore Medical Center in 2014 to examine the performance of hospital staff in response to hyponatremia across all CKD stages...
January 13, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091771/localization-of-parathyroid-adenomas-using-11-c-methionine-pet-after-prior-inconclusive-imaging
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Milou E Noltes, Annemieke M Coester, Anouk N A van der Horst-Schrivers, Bart Dorgelo, Liesbeth Jansen, Walter Noordzij, Clara Lemstra, Adrienne H Brouwers, Schelto Kruijff
PURPOSE: Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (MIP) is the recommended treatment in primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) for which accurate preoperative localization is essential. The current imaging standard consists of cervical ultrasonography (cUS) and MIBI-SPECT/CT. (11)C-MET PET/CT has a higher resolution than MIBI-SPECT/CT. The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic performance of (11)C-MET PET/CT after initial inconclusive or negative localization. METHODS: We performed a retrospective single center cohort study of patients with pHPT undergoing parathyroid surgery after prior negative imaging and later localization by means of (11)C-MET PET/CT between 2006 and 2014...
January 14, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091606/long-term-efficient-organic-photovoltaics-based-on-quaternary-bulk-heterojunctions
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Minwoo Nam, Minjeong Cha, Hyun Hwi Lee, Kahyun Hur, Kyu-Tae Lee, Jaehong Yoo, Il Ki Han, S Joon Kwon, Doo-Hyun Ko
A major impediment to the commercialization of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is attaining long-term morphological stability of the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) layer. To secure the stability while pursuing optimized performance, multi-component BHJ-based OPVs have been strategically explored. Here we demonstrate the use of quaternary BHJs (q-BHJs) composed of two conjugated polymer donors and two fullerene acceptors as a novel platform to produce high-efficiency and long-term durable OPVs. A q-BHJ OPV (q-OPV) with an experimentally optimized composition exhibits an enhanced efficiency and extended operational lifetime than does the binary reference OPV...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091590/high-performance-magneto-fluorescent-nanoparticles-assembled-from-terbium-and-gadolinium-1-3-diketones
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Rustem Zairov, Asiya Mustafina, Nataliya Shamsutdinova, Irek Nizameev, Beatriz Moreira, Svetlana Sudakova, Sergey Podyachev, Alfia Fattakhova, Gulnara Safina, Ingemar Lundstrom, Aidar Gubaidullin, Alberto Vomiero
Polyelectrolyte-coated nanoparticles consisting of terbium and gadolinium complexes with calix[4]arene tetra-diketone ligand were first synthesized. The antenna effect of the ligand on Tb(III) green luminescence and the presence of water molecules in the coordination sphere of Gd(III) bring strong luminescent and magnetic performance to the core-shell nanoparticles. The size and the core-shell morphology of the colloids were studied using transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. The correlation between photophysical and magnetic properties of the nanoparticles and their core composition was highlighted...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091572/a-computational-psychiatry-approach-identifies-how-alpha-2a-noradrenergic-agonist-guanfacine-affects-feature-based-reinforcement-learning-in-the-macaque
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S A Hassani, M Oemisch, M Balcarras, S Westendorff, S Ardid, M A van der Meer, P Tiesinga, T Womelsdorf
Noradrenaline is believed to support cognitive flexibility through the alpha 2A noradrenergic receptor (a2A-NAR) acting in prefrontal cortex. Enhanced flexibility has been inferred from improved working memory with the a2A-NA agonist Guanfacine. But it has been unclear whether Guanfacine improves specific attention and learning mechanisms beyond working memory, and whether the drug effects can be formalized computationally to allow single subject predictions. We tested and confirmed these suggestions in a case study with a healthy nonhuman primate performing a feature-based reversal learning task evaluating performance using Bayesian and Reinforcement learning models...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091568/identification-of-misexpressed-genetic-elements-in-hybrids-between-drosophila-related-species
#19
Hélène Lopez-Maestre, Elias A G Carnelossi, Vincent Lacroix, Nelly Burlet, Bruno Mugat, Séverine Chambeyron, Claudia M A Carareto, Cristina Vieira
Crosses between close species can lead to genomic disorders, often considered to be the cause of hybrid incompatibility, one of the initial steps in the speciation process. How these incompatibilities are established and what are their causes remain unclear. To understand the initiation of hybrid incompatibility, we performed reciprocal crosses between two species of Drosophila (D. mojavensis and D. arizonae) that diverged less than 1 Mya. We performed a genome-wide transcriptomic analysis on ovaries from parental lines and on hybrids from reciprocal crosses...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090633/magnetic-field-effects-on-particle-beams-and-their-implications-for-dose-calculation-in-mr-guided-particle-therapy
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Hermann Fuchs, Philipp Moser, Martin Gröschl, Dietmar Georg
PURPOSE: To investigate and model effects of magnetic fields on proton and carbonion beams for dose calculation. METHODS: In a first step Monte Carlo simulations using Gate 7.1/Geant4.10.0.p03 were performed for proton and carbon ion beams in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 3 T. Initial particle energies ranged from 60-250 MeV (protons) and 120-400 MeV/u (carbon ions), respectively. The resulting dose distributions were analyzed focusing on beam deflection, dose deformation as well as the impact of material het- erogeneities...
January 16, 2017: Medical Physics
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