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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343304/geometry-calibration-between-x-ray-source-and-detector-for-tomosynthesis-with-a-portable-x-ray-system
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Kohei Sato, Takashi Ohnishi, Masashi Sekine, Hideaki Haneishi
PURPOSE: Tomosynthesis is attracting attention as a low-dose tomography technology compared with X-ray CT. However, conventional tomosynthesis imaging devices are large and stationary. Furthermore, there is a limitation in the working range of the X-ray source during image acquisition. We have previously proposed the use of a portable X-ray device for tomosynthesis that can be used for ward rounds and emergency medicine. The weight of this device can be reduced by using a flat panel detector (FPD), and flexibility is realized by the free placement of the X-ray source and FPD...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343269/neophobia-is-negatively-related-to-reversal-learning-ability-in-females-of-a-generalist-bird-of-prey-the-chimango-caracara-milvago-chimango
#2
Jorgelina María Guido, Laura Marina Biondi, Aldo Ivan Vasallo, Rubén Nestor Muzio
In an ever-changing environment, the ability to adapt choices to new conditions is essential for daily living and ultimately, for survival. Behavioural flexibility allows animals to maximise survival and reproduction in novel settings by adjusting their behaviour based on specific information and feedback acquired in their current environments. However, a growing body of evidence indicates that an individual's personality type can limit the extent to which the individual might behave flexibly, by influencing the way an individual pays attention to novelty and how much information it collects and stores, which in turn affects the individual's decision-making and learning process...
March 25, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343165/student-directed-video-validation-of-psychomotor-skills-performance-a-strategy-to-facilitate-deliberate-practice-peer-review-and-team-skill-sets
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Gregory A DeBourgh, Susan K Prion
Background Essential nursing skills for safe practice are not limited to technical skills, but include abilities for determining salience among clinical data within dynamic practice environments, demonstrating clinical judgment and reasoning, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork competence. Effective instructional methods are needed to prepare new nurses for entry-to-practice in contemporary healthcare settings. Method This mixed-methods descriptive study explored self-reported perceptions of a process to self-record videos for psychomotor skill performance evaluation in a convenience sample of 102 pre-licensure students...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343096/sd-sem-sparse-dense-correspondence-for-3d-reconstruction-of-microscopic-samples
#4
Ahmadreza Baghaie, Ahmad P Tafti, Heather A Owen, Roshan M D'Souza, Zeyun Yu
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging has been a principal component of many studies in biomedical, mechanical, and materials sciences since its emergence. Despite the high resolution of captured images, they remain two-dimensional (2D). In this work, a novel framework using sparse-dense correspondence is introduced and investigated for 3D reconstruction of stereo SEM images. SEM micrographs from microscopic samples are captured by tilting the specimen stage by a known angle. The pair of SEM micrographs is then rectified using sparse scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) features/descriptors and a contrario RANSAC for matching outlier removal to ensure a gross horizontal displacement between corresponding points...
March 20, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342963/new-insights-into-cellular-cholesterol-acquisition-promoter-analysis-of-human-hmgcr-and-sqle-two-key-control-enzymes-in-cholesterol-synthesis
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Vicky Howe, Laura J Sharpe, Anika V Prabhu, Andrew J Brown
BACKGROUND: The two control points of cholesterol synthesis, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) and squalene monooxygenase (SQLE) are known targets of the transcription factor sterol-regulatory element binding protein-2 (SREBP-2). Yet the location of the sterol-regulatory elements (SREs) and cofactor binding sites, nuclear factor-Y (NF-Y) and specificity protein 1 (Sp1), have not been satisfactorily mapped in the human SQLE promoter, or at all in the human HMGCR promoter...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342790/lipocalin-2-and-iron-trafficking-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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Michaela Jung, Christina Mertens, Rebekka Bauer, Claudia Rehwald, Bernhard Brüne
Iron is an essential element for virtually all organisms. It facilitates cell proliferation and growth but also contributes to major hallmarks of cancer such as tumor initiation, growth, and metastasis. Often, iron handling of tumor cells is disturbed, with altered iron acquisition, efflux, and storage. Targeting perturbed iron metabolic pathways might open opportunities towards novel approaches in cancer treatment. It is becoming clear that cells of the tumor microenvironment such as macrophages contribute to tumor progression...
March 22, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342654/the-role-of-the-signal-intensity-ratio-on-fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-in-stroke-patients-achieving-successful-recanalization-with-endovascular-treatment
#7
Taehoon Kim, Jong-Won Chung, Myung Suk Jang, Mi Hwa Yang, Sang-Hwa Lee, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Jae Hyoung Kim, Cheolkyu Jung, Jae-Sung Lim, Hee-Joon Bae
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate whether fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) imaging hyperintensity can be used as a surrogate marker for the severity of ischemic insult and predict lesion growth. METHODS: Based on a prospective stroke registry database, we identified patients with ischemic stroke who were treated with endovascular treatment (EVT) within 8 hours of onset and achieved successful recanalization (modified thrombolysis in cerebral infarction ≥2B)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342606/increased-anaplerosis-of-the-tricarboxylic-acid-cycle-decreased-meal-size-and-energy-intake-of-cows-in-the-postpartum-period
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Laura B Gualdrón-Duarte, Michael S Allen
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of anaplerosis of the tricarboxylic acid cycle on feeding behavior and energy intake of cows in the postpartum period. We infused propionic acid (PA) and glycerol (GL) continuously into the abomasum and hypothesized that PA will decrease meal size and energy intake compared with GL because PA enters the tricarboxylic acid cycle, likely stimulating oxidation of acetyl CoA and satiety compared with GL. Three experiments (Exp.) were conducted using 20 Holstein cows between 3 and 22 d postpartum (8 cows in Exp...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342382/words-cluster-phonetically-beyond-phonotactic-regularities
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Isabelle Dautriche, Kyle Mahowald, Edward Gibson, Anne Christophe, Steven T Piantadosi
Recent evidence suggests that cognitive pressures associated with language acquisition and use could affect the organization of the lexicon. On one hand, consistent with noisy channel models of language (e.g., Levy, 2008), the phonological distance between wordforms should be maximized to avoid perceptual confusability (a pressure for dispersion). On the other hand, a lexicon with high phonological regularity would be simpler to learn, remember and produce (e.g., Monaghan et al., 2011) (a pressure for clumpiness)...
March 22, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342323/computer-aided-tumor-diagnosis-using-shear-wave-breast-elastography
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Woo Kyung Moon, Yao-Sian Huang, Yan-Wei Lee, Shao-Chien Chang, Chung-Ming Lo, Min-Chun Yang, Min Sun Bae, Su Hyun Lee, Jung Min Chang, Chiun-Sheng Huang, Yi-Ting Lin, Ruey-Feng Chang
The shear wave elastography (SWE) uses the acoustic radiation force to measure the stiffness of tissues and is less operator dependent in data acquisition compared to strain elastography. However, the reproducibility of the result is still interpreter dependent. The purpose of this study is to develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) method to differentiate benign from malignant breast tumors using SWE images. After applying the level set method to automatically segment the tumor contour and hue-saturation-value color transformation, SWE features including average tissue elasticity, sectional stiffness ratio, and normalized minimum distance for grouped stiffer pixels are calculated...
March 15, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340356/acquiring-variation-in-an-artificial-language-children-and-adults-are-sensitive-to-socially-conditioned-linguistic-variation
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Anna Samara, Kenny Smith, Helen Brown, Elizabeth Wonnacott
Languages exhibit sociolinguistic variation, such that adult native speakers condition the usage of linguistic variants on social context, gender, and ethnicity, among other cues. While the existence of this kind of socially conditioned variation is well-established, less is known about how it is acquired. Studies of naturalistic language use by children provide various examples where children's production of sociolinguistic variants appears to be conditioned on similar factors to adults' production, but it is difficult to determine whether this reflects knowledge of sociolinguistic conditioning or systematic differences in the input to children from different social groups...
March 21, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339206/utilizing-electron-spin-echo-envelope-modulation-to-distinguish-between-the-local-secondary-structures-of-an-%C3%AE-helix-and-an-amphipathic-310-helical-peptide
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Lauren Bottorf, Sophia Rafferty, Indra Dev Sahu, Robert M McCarrick, Gary A Lorigan
Electron Spin Echo Envelope Modulation (ESEEM) spectroscopy was used to distinguish between the local secondary structures of an α-helix and a 310-helix. Previously, we have shown that ESEEM spectroscopy in combination with site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) and 2H-labeled amino acids (i) can probe the local secondary structure of α-helices, resulting in an obvious deuterium modulation pattern, where i+4 positions generally show larger 2H ESEEM peak intensities than i+3 positions. Here, we have hypothesized that due to the unique turn periodicities of an α-helix (3...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339140/acquisition-of-voice-onset-time-in-toddlers-at-high-and-low-risk-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Karen Chenausky, Helen Tager-Flusberg
Although language delay is common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research is equivocal on whether speech development is affected. We used acoustic methods to investigate the existence of sub-perceptual differences in the speech of toddlers who developed ASD. Development of the distinction between b and p was prospectively tracked in 22 toddlers at low risk for ASD (LRC), 22 at high risk for ASD without ASD (HRA-), and 11 at high risk for ASD who were diagnosed with ASD at 36 months (HRA+). Voice onset time (VOT), the main acoustic difference between b and p, was measured from spontaneously produced words at 18, 24, and 36 months...
March 24, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339110/a-fast-non-iterative-approach-for-accelerated-high-temporal-resolution-cine-cmr-using-dynamically-interleaved-streak-removal-in-the-power-spectral-encoded-domain-with-low-pass-filtering-dispel-and-modulo-prime-spokes-mops
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Keigo Kawaji, Mita B Patel, Charles G Cantrell, Akiko Tanaka, Marco Marino, Satoshi Tamura, Hui Wang, Yi Wang, Timothy J Carroll, Takeyoshi Ota, Amit R Patel
PURPOSE: To introduce a pair of accelerated non-Cartesian acquisition principles that when combined, exploit the periodicity of k-space acquisition, and thereby enable acquisition of high-temporal cine-Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR). METHODS: The mathematical formulation of a non-iterative, undersampled non-Cartesian cine acquisition and reconstruction is presented. First, a low-pass-filtering step that exploits streaking artifact redundancy is provided; (i.e...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339107/studies-of-signal-estimation-bias-in-grating-based-x-ray-multi-contrast-imaging
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Xu Ji, Yongshuai Ge, Ran Zhang, Ke Li, Guang-Hong Chen
PURPOSE: In grating-based x-ray multi-contrast imaging, signals of three contrast mechanisms-absorption contrast, differential phase contrast (DPC), and dark-field contrast-can be estimated from the same set of acquired data. The estimated sig-nals, N0 (related to absorption), N1 (related to dark-field), and ϕ (related to DPC) may be intrinsically biased. However, it is yet unclear how large these biases are and how the data acquisition parameters affect the biases in the extracted signals...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338971/progressive-silencing-of-the-zinc-transporter-zip8-slc39a8-in-chronic-cadmium-exposed-lung-epithelial-cells
#16
Yangmin Gao, Yanming Xu, Dandan Wu, Feiyuan Yu, Lei Yang, Yue Yao, Zhanling Liang, Andy T Y Lau
Cadmium (Cd), a non-essential metal, stealthily enters the cells by utilizing the essential metal importing pathways. The zinc transporters Zip8, Zip14, and divalent metal transporter 1 (Dmt1) are now emerging as several important metal transporters involved in cellular Cd incorporation and their expressions have been shown to be down-regulated in several Cd-resistant (CdR) cell lines, however, the involvement of these transporters during the development of Cd-resistance in lung cells is unclear. In this study, we therefore check the expression of these metal transporters in our previously established rat lung epithelial cells (LECs) and show that the level of Zip8 is progressively silenced when LECs are adapted to increasing concentrations of CdCl2 (from 1 to 20 μM)...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338931/evolutionary-dynamics-of-pathoadaptation-revealed-by-three-independent-acquisitions-of-the-virb-d4-type-iv-secretion-system-in-bartonella
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Alexander Harms, Francisca H I D Segers, Maxime Quebatte, Claudia Mistl, Pablo Manfredi, Jonas Körner, Bruno B Chomel, Michael Kosoy, Soichi Maruyama, Philipp Engel, Christoph Dehio
The α-proteobacterial genus Bartonella comprises a group of ubiquitous mammalian pathogens that are studied as a model for the evolution of bacterial pathogenesis. Vast abundance of two particular phylogenetic lineages of Bartonella had been linked to enhanced host adaptability enabled by lineage-specific acquisition of a VirB/D4 type IV secretion system (T4SS) and parallel evolution of complex effector repertoires. However, the limited availability of genome sequences from one of those lineages as well as other, remote branches of Bartonella has so far hampered comprehensive understanding of how the VirB/D4 T4SS and its effectors called Beps have shaped Bartonella evolution...
March 7, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338728/characterising-root-trait-variability-in-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l-germplasm
#18
Yinglong Chen, Michel Edmond Ghanem, Kadambot Hm Siddique
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is an important grain legume crop but its sustainable production is challenged by predicted climate changes, which are likely to increase production limitations and uncertainty in yields. Characterising the variability in root architectural traits in a core collection of chickpea germplasm will provide the basis for breeding new germplasm with suitable root traits for the efficient acquisition of soil resources and adaptation to drought and other abiotic stresses. This study used a semi-hydroponic phenotyping system for assessing root trait variability across 270 chickpea genotypes...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338677/integrated-metabolism-in-sponge-microbe-symbiosis-revealed-by-genome-centered-metatranscriptomics
#19
Lucas Moitinho-Silva, Cristina Díez-Vives, Giampiero Batani, Ana Is Esteves, Martin T Jahn, Torsten Thomas
Despite an increased understanding of functions in sponge microbiomes, the interactions among the symbionts and between symbionts and host are not well characterized. Here we reconstructed the metabolic interactions within the sponge Cymbastela concentrica microbiome in the context of functional features of symbiotic diatoms and the host. Three genome bins (CcPhy, CcNi and CcThau) were recovered from metagenomic data of C. concentrica, belonging to the proteobacterial family Phyllobacteriaceae, the Nitrospira genus and the thaumarchaeal order Nitrosopumilales...
March 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338604/radar-interferometry-for-monitoring-the-vibration-characteristics-of-buildings-and-civil-structures-recent-case-studies-in-spain
#20
Guido Luzi, Michele Crosetto, Enric Fernández
The potential of a coherent microwave sensor to monitor the vibration characteristics of civil structures has been investigated in the past decade, and successful case studies have been published by different research teams. This remote sensing technique is based on the interferometric processing of real aperture radar acquisitions. Its capability to estimate, simultaneously and remotely, the displacement of different parts of the investigated structures, with high accuracy and repeatability, is its main advantage with respect to conventional sensors...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
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