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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528503/a-flux-enhancing-forward-osmosis-nanofiltration-integrated-treatment-system-for-the-tannery-wastewater-reclamation
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Parimal Pal, Sankha Chakrabortty, Jayato Nayak, Suman Senapati
Effective treatment of tannery wastewater prior to discharge to the environment as per environmental regulations remains a big challenge despite efforts to bring down the concentrations of the pollutants which are often quite high as measured in terms of chemical oxygen demand (7800 mg/L), total dissolved solids (5400 mg/L), chloride (4260 mg/L), sulphides (250 mg/L) and chromium. A pilot-scale forward osmosis and nanofiltration integrated closed loop system was developed for continuous reclamation of clean water from tannery wastewater at a rate of 52-55 L/m(2)/h at 1...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528461/novel-imaging-using-a-touchless-display-for-computer-assisted-hepato-biliary-surgery
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Yukio Oshiro, Kenoki Ohuchida, Toshiyuki Okada, Makoto Hashizume, Nobuhiro Ohkohchi
PURPOSE: We developed a touchless display system that allows the user to control the medical imaging software via hand gestures in the air. We conducted this study to verify the effectiveness of this novel touchless display system as a tool for assisting with surgical imaging. METHODS: The patient's computed tomography (CT) data are generally observed on a display during surgery. The "Dr. aeroTAP" touchless display system was developed to generate virtual mouse events based on the position of one hand...
May 20, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528128/comparison-of-the-diagnostic-value-of-four-scoring-systems-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients
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Xuan Qi, Chao Sun, Yu Tian, Yuxiang Han, Chenxing Peng, Hongtao Jin, Lixia Gao
PURPOSE: We attempted to evaluate the diagnostic value of different salivary gland ultrasonography (SGUS) scoring systems for primary sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: Total 134 patients with pSS and 109 non-SS sicca controls were included in our study. All the cases were evaluated by four scoring systems (such as 0-16 SGUS, 0-3 SGUS, Parotid glands and Submandibular salivary glands scoring system). The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed for the four scoring systems...
May 17, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527967/feasibility-and-safety-of-the-transbronchial-access-tool-for-peripheral-pulmonary-nodule-and-mass
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Mark R Bowling, Craig Brown, Carlos J Anciano
BACKGROUND: Navigational bronchoscopy and other imaging modalities have improved the ability to evaluate pulmonary nodules/mass. Many of these lesions are located outside the bronchial airway and are difficult to access even with these devices. The Transbronchial Access Tool (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN) allows the bronchoscopist to create a pathway from the bronchial airway, across the lung parenchyma, and into the target lesion. We are reporting the feasibility and safety of this new device...
May 17, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527861/cellular-computational-generalized-neuron-network-for-frequency-situational-intelligence-in-a-multi-machine-power-system
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Yawei Wei, Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy
To prevent large interconnected power system from a cascading failure, brownout or even blackout, grid operators require access to faster than real-time information to make appropriate just-in-time control decisions. However, the communication and computational system limitations of currently used supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system can only deliver delayed information. However, the deployment of synchrophasor measurement devices makes it possible to capture and visualize, in near-real-time, grid operational data with extra granularity...
April 4, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527759/selection-of-new-lactic-acid-bacteria-strains-bearing-probiotic-features-from-mucosal-microbiota-of-healthy-calves-looking-for-immunobiotics-through-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-approaches-for-immunoprophylaxis-applications
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Sávio Sandes, Luige Alvim, Bruno Silva, Leonardo Acurcio, Cinara Santos, Márcia Campos, Camila Santos, Jacques Nicoli, Elisabeth Neumann, Álvaro Nunes
From the birth, since their mucosal microbiota and immune system are not fully developed, newborn calves are susceptible to several mucosal pathogenic microorganisms. Operating through humoral and non-humoral mechanisms in the host, several lactic acid bacteria strains bearing probiotic features are often employed in livestock as food supplement, improving animal production performance, promoting health and reducing the severity of mucosal infections. Accordingly, we isolated, species-level identified and screened for their probiotic potentials seventy lactic acid bacteria strains from upper airway, vaginal and intestinal mucosa of healthy calves...
July 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527389/dynamics-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-riverine-sediments-affected-by-weir-impoundments-production-benthic-flux-and-environmental-implications
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Meilian Chen, Sung-Han Kim, Heon-Jae Jung, Jung-Ho Hyun, Jung Hyun Choi, Hyo-Jin Lee, In-Ae Huh, Jin Hur
In order to understand the characteristics and dynamics of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the sediment of rivers affected by impoundments, we examined the vertical profiles and the benthic fluxes of DOM in four different core sediments located at upstream sites of weirs in major rivers of South Korea. In three out of four sites, exponential accumulation of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) with depth was observed with the signature of seasonal variability. Except for the site displaying a below-detection limit of Fe(II), the general accumulation trends of DOC with depth was concurrent with the increases of Fe(II) and NH4(+) and the decrease of PO4(3-), signifying a close linkage of the DOM dynamics with anaerobic respiration via iron reduction, an important early diagenesis pathway...
May 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527380/measurement-differences-between-turbidity-instruments-and-their-implications-for-suspended-sediment-concentration-and-load-calculations-a-sensor-inter-comparison-study
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A Rymszewicz, J J O'Sullivan, M Bruen, J N Turner, D M Lawler, E Conroy, M Kelly-Quinn
The use of turbidity for indicating environmentally detrimental levels of suspended and colloidal matter in freshwater systems, and for defining acceptable water quality standards in national and European drinking water regulations, is well established. Turbidity is therefore frequently adopted as a surrogate for suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), or as a relative and objective measure of water clarity in monitoring programmes. Through systematic, controlled experimentation, we tested the response of 12 commercially available turbidity sensors, of various designs, to gauge their measurement consistency when benchmarked against pre-prepared sediment suspensions of known SSC...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527231/nordic-walking-improves-trunk-stability-and%C3%A2-gait-spatial-temporal-characteristics-in%C3%A2-people-with-parkinson-disease
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Marie-Anne Gougeon, Lei Zhou, Julie Nantel
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the effect of walking with Nordic walking (NW) poles on postural stability and gait spatial-temporal characteristics in individuals with PD and to determine the cognitive load associated operating the poles. METHODS: Twelve individuals with PD (age: 61.6±11.7) were asked to perform four 90 s walking trials; with/without poles and with/without verbal fluency task (category fluency) after a 6-week independent NW training. We assessed gait spatial-temporal characteristics, and trunk postural stability using the APDM accelerometry system...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526962/prediction-of-surgical-outcomes-of-laparoscopic-liver-resections-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-defining-surgical-difficulty
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Mohan Periyasamy, Jai Young Cho, Soyeon Ahn, Ho-Seong Han, Yoo-Seok Yoon, YoungRok Choi, Jae Seong Jang, Seong Uk Kwon, Sungho Kim, Jang Kyu Choi, Hanisah Guro
BACKGROUND: Several classification systems for assessing the surgical difficulty of laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) have been proposed. We evaluated three current classification systems, including traditional Major/Minor Classification, Complexity Classification, and the Difficulty Scoring System for predicting the surgical outcomes after LLR. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical data of 301 patients who underwent LLR for hepatocellular carcinoma between March 1, 2004 and June 30, 2015...
May 19, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526944/ventilator-data-extraction-with-a-video-display-image-capture-and-processing-system
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David B Wax, Bryan Hill, Matthew A Levin
Medical hardware and software device interoperability standards are not uniform. The result of this lack of standardization is that information available on clinical devices may not be readily or freely available for import into other systems for research, decision support, or other purposes. We developed a novel system to import discrete data from an anesthesia machine ventilator by capturing images of the graphical display screen and using image processing to extract the data with off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software...
June 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526885/experimental-linear-optics-simulation-of-ground-state-of-an-ising-spin-chain
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Peng Xue, Xian Zhan, Zhihao Bian
We experimentally demonstrate a photonic quantum simulator: by using a two-spin Ising chain (an isolated dimer) as an example, we encode the wavefunction of the ground state with a pair of entangled photons. The effect of magnetic fields, leading to a critical modification of the correlation between two spins, can be simulated by just local operations. With the ratio of simulated magnetic fields and coupling strength increasing, the ground state of the system changes from a product state to an entangled state and back to another product state...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526634/microsurgery-simulation-training-system-and-set-up-an-essential-system-to-complement-every-training-programme
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Dhalia Masud, Nadine Haram, Margarita Moustaki, Whitney Chow, Samer Saour, Pari Naz Mohanna
INTRODUCTION: Microsurgical techniques are essential in plastic surgery; however, inconsistent training practices, acquiring these skills can be difficult. To address this, we designed a standardised laboratory-based microsurgical training programme, which allows trainees to develop their dexterity, visuospatial ability, operative flow and judgement as separate components. METHOD: Thirty trainees completed an initial microsurgical anastomosis on a chicken femoral artery, assessed using the structured assessment of microsurgical skills (SAMS) method...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526578/barrel-cortex-what-is-it-good-for
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Maik C Stüttgen, Cornelius Schwarz
The rodent whisker system, with barrel cortex as its most prominent structure, has evolved into a powerful model system to study sensory processing. However, despite the vast amount of data collected on barrel cortex neural activity patterns, as well as its circuitry and plasticity, the precise behavioral and cognitive operations for which this structure is needed are still elusive. Proposed functions of barrel cortex include detection, discrimination, coordination of whisker movements during exploratory locomotion or active touch, and associative learning...
May 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526455/comparison-of-3d-and-2d-shear-wave-elastography-for-differentiating-benign-and-malignant-breast-masses-focus-on-the-diagnostic-performance
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H Y Choi, Y-M Sohn, M Seo
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of three-dimensional (3D) image shear-wave elastography (SWE) for differentiating benign from malignant breast masses compared to two-dimensional (2D) SWE and B-mode ultrasound (US). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study consisted of 205 breast lesions from 199 patients who underwent B-mode US and SWE before biopsy from January 2014 to March 2016. Quantitative elasticity values (maximum and mean elasticity, Emax and Emean) obtained from 2D and 3D SWE (axial, sagittal, and coronal images) were reviewed retrospectively, in addition to the histopathological findings including immunohistochemistry profiles (luminal A, luminal B, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-enriched, and triple-negative breast cancer) in cases of malignancy...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526189/potential-impact-of-salinity-on-methane-production-from-food-waste-anaerobic-digestion
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Jianwei Zhao, Yiwen Liu, Dongbo Wang, Fei Chen, Xiaoming Li, Guangming Zeng, Qi Yang
Previous studies have demonstrated that the presence of sodium chloride (NaCl) inhibited the production of methane from food waste anaerobic digestion. However, the details of how NaCl affects methane production from food waste remain unknown by now and the efficient approach to mitigate the impact of NaCl on methane production was seldom reported. In this paper, the details of how NaCl affects methane production was first investigated via a series of batch experiments. Experimental results showed the effect of NaCl on methane production was dosage dependent...
May 16, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526137/cellular-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-autoimmunity-and-lupus-nephritis
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S K Devarapu, G Lorenz, O P Kulkarni, H-J Anders, S R Mulay
Autoimmunity involves immune responses directed against self, which are a result of defective self/foreign distinction of the immune system, leading to proliferation of self-reactive lymphocytes, and is characterized by systemic, as well as tissue-specific, inflammation. Numerous mechanisms operate to ensure the immune tolerance to self-antigens. However, monogenetic defects or genetic variants that weaken immune tolerance render susceptibility to the loss of immune tolerance, which is further triggered by environmental factors...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525968/survivalgwas_sv-software-for-the-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-studies-of-imputed-genotypes-with-time-to-event-outcomes
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Hamzah Syed, Andrea L Jorgensen, Andrew P Morris
BACKGROUND: Analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) with "time to event" outcomes have become increasingly popular, predominantly in the context of pharmacogenetics, where the survival endpoint could be death, disease remission or the occurrence of an adverse drug reaction. However, methodology and software that can efficiently handle the scale and complexity of genetic data from GWAS with time to event outcomes has not been extensively developed. RESULTS: SurvivalGWAS_SV is an easy to use software implemented using C# and run on Linux, Mac OS X & Windows operating systems...
May 19, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525851/a-fully-integrated-distance-readout-elisa-chip-for-point-of-care-testing-with-sample-in-answer-out-capability
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Dan Liu, Xingrui Li, Junkai Zhou, Shibo Liu, Tian Tian, Yanling Song, Zhi Zhu, Leiji Zhou, Tianhai Ji, Chaoyong Yang
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a popular laboratory technique for detection of disease-specific protein biomarkers with high specificity and sensitivity. However, ELISA requires labor-intensive and time-consuming procedures with skilled operators and spectroscopic instrumentation. Simplification of the procedures and miniaturization of the devices are crucial for ELISA-based point-of-care (POC) testing in resource-limited settings. Here, we present a fully integrated, instrument-free, low-cost and portable POC platform which integrates the process of ELISA and the distance readout into a single microfluidic chip...
May 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525809/one-step-preparation-of-nanostructured-martite-catalyst-and-graphite-electrode-by-glow-discharge-plasma-for-heterogeneous-electro-fenton-like-process
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Alireza Khataee, Saeed Sajjadi, Aliyeh Hasanzadeh, Behrouz Vahid, Sang Woo Joo
Natural Martite ore particles and graphite were modified by alternating current (AC) glow discharge plasma to form nanostructured catalyst and cathode electrode for using in the heterogeneous-electro Fenton-like (Het-EF-like) process. The performance of the plasma-treated martite (PTM) and graphite electrode (PTGE) was studied for the treatment of paraquat herbicide in a batch system. 85.78% degradation efficiency for 20 mg L(-1) paraquat was achieved in the modified process under desired operational conditions (i...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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