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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323824/local-structure-preserving-sparse-coding-for-infrared-target-recognition
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Jing Han, Jiang Yue, Yi Zhang, Lianfa Bai
Sparse coding performs well in image classification. However, robust target recognition requires a lot of comprehensive template images and the sparse learning process is complex. We incorporate sparsity into a template matching concept to construct a local sparse structure matching (LSSM) model for general infrared target recognition. A local structure preserving sparse coding (LSPSc) formulation is proposed to simultaneously preserve the local sparse and structural information of objects. By adding a spatial local structure constraint into the classical sparse coding algorithm, LSPSc can improve the stability of sparse representation for targets and inhibit background interference in infrared images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316615/a-robust-shape-reconstruction-method-for-facial-feature-point-detection
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Shuqiu Tan, Dongyi Chen, Chenggang Guo, Zhiqi Huang
Facial feature point detection has been receiving great research advances in recent years. Numerous methods have been developed and applied in practical face analysis systems. However, it is still a quite challenging task because of the large variability in expression and gestures and the existence of occlusions in real-world photo shoot. In this paper, we present a robust sparse reconstruction method for the face alignment problems. Instead of a direct regression between the feature space and the shape space, the concept of shape increment reconstruction is introduced...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303648/subadventitial-techniques-for-chronic-total-occlusion-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-concept-of-vessel-architecture
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Lorenzo Azzalini, Mauro Carlino, Emmanouil S Brilakis, Minh Vo, Stéphane Rinfret, Barry F Uretsky, Dimitri Karmpaliotis, Antonio Colombo
Despite improvements in guidewire technologies, the traditional antegrade wire escalation approach to chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalization is successful in only 60-80% of selected cases. In particular, long, calcified, and tortuous occlusions are less successfully approached with a true-to-true lumen approach. Frequently, the guidewire tracks into the subadventitial space, with no guarantee of distal re-entry into the true lumen. The ability to manage the subadventitial space has been a key step in the tremendous improvement in success rates of contemporary CTO percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), whether operating antegradely or retrogradely...
March 17, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294198/external-and-internal-resin-infiltration-of-natural-proximal-subsurface-caries-lesions-a-valuable-enhancement-of-the-internal-tunnel-restoration
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Andrej M Kielbassa, Ina Ulrich, Vanessa D Werth, Christoph Schüller, Wilhelm Frank, Rita Schmidl
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this ex-vivo study was to evaluate both the external and the internal penetration ability of a resin infiltrant into natural proximal and macroscopically intact white spot lesions, and to merge this approach with the internal tunnel preparation concept. METHOD AND MATERIALS: 20 premolars and 20 molars with proximal subsurface lesions (ICDAS, code 2) and respective radiographic lesion depths extending into the middle third of dentin (D2 lesions) were selected and divided into two groups...
March 14, 2017: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291665/cardiac-arrest-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-concept-of-circulatory-support-with-mechanical-chest-compression-and-impella-to-facilitate-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Kaleab N Asrress, Maciej Marciniak, Natalia Briceno, Divaka Perera
Cardiogenic shock in the context of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains a challenge to manage and results in significant mortality and morbidity, cardiac arrest in this setting even more so. The increase in myocardial oxygen demand and consumption with the use of inotropes is recognised as increasing mortality. Alternatives include the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), which has yet to be shown to improve outcomes, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which requires super-specialised techniques not widely available...
February 28, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289990/dual-contrast-agent-photon-counting-computed-tomography-of-the-heart-initial-experience
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Rolf Symons, Tyler E Cork, Manu N Lakshmanan, Robert Evers, Cynthia Davies-Venn, Kelly A Rice, Marvin L Thomas, Chia-Ying Liu, Steffen Kappler, Stefan Ulzheimer, Veit Sandfort, David A Bluemke, Amir Pourmorteza
To determine the feasibility of dual-contrast agent imaging of the heart using photon-counting detector (PCD) computed tomography (CT) to simultaneously assess both first-pass and late enhancement of the myocardium. An occlusion-reperfusion canine model of myocardial infarction was used. Gadolinium-based contrast was injected 10 min prior to PCD CT. Iodinated contrast was infused immediately prior to PCD CT, thus capturing late gadolinium enhancement as well as first-pass iodine enhancement. Gadolinium and iodine maps were calculated using a linear material decomposition technique and compared to single-energy (conventional) images...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289423/automated-method-to-determine-two-critical-growth-stages-of-wheat-heading-and-flowering
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Pouria Sadeghi-Tehran, Kasra Sabermanesh, Nicolas Virlet, Malcolm J Hawkesford
Recording growth stage information is an important aspect of precision agriculture, crop breeding and phenotyping. In practice, crop growth stage is still primarily monitored by-eye, which is not only laborious and time-consuming, but also subjective and error-prone. The application of computer vision on digital images offers a high-throughput and non-invasive alternative to manual observations and its use in agriculture and high-throughput phenotyping is increasing. This paper presents an automated method to detect wheat heading and flowering stages, which uses the application of computer vision on digital images...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285483/a-perspective-on-the-potential-for-battlefield-resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta
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Ryan M Knight
Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) has a place in civilian trauma centers in the United States, and British physicians performed the first prehospital REBOA, proving the concept viable for civilian emergency medical service. Can this translate into battlefield REBOA to stop junctional hemorrhage and extend "golden hour" rings in combat? If yes, at what level is this procedure best suited and what does it entail? This author's perspective, after treating patients on the battlefield and during rotary wing evacuation, is that REBOA may have a place in prehospital resuscitation but patient and provider selection are paramount...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274021/pharmaco-penile-duplex-ultrasonography-in-the-evaluation-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Phani Chakravarty Mutnuru, Harshavardhana Kuruba Ramanjaneyulu, Rammurti Susarla, Jyotsna Yarlagadda, Rahul Devraj, Prabakaran Palanisamy
INTRODUCTION: The National Institute of Health defined 'erectile dysfunction' as the persistent inability to achieve and/or to maintain an erection for a satisfactory sexual performance. In last few years, the concept of erectile dysfunction has evolved from that of a disorder referred to as 'impotence' which used to be considered predominantly psychogenic to that of 'Erectile Dysfunction' (ED), a well understood physiologic result of multiple risk factors, both psychological and organic...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258795/additively-manufactured-sub-periosteal-jaw-implants
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M Y Mommaerts
Severe bone atrophy jeopardizes the success of endosseous implants. This technical note aims to present the innovative concept of additively manufactured sub-periosteal jaw implants (AMSJIs). Digital datasets of the patient's jaws and wax trial in occlusion are used to segment the bone and dental arches, for the design of a sub-periosteal frame and abutments in the optimal location related to the dental arch and for the design of the suprastructure. The implants and suprastructure are three-dimensionally (3D) printed in titanium alloy...
February 28, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229852/-treatment-goals-in-face-philosophy
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Domingo Martin, Amaia Maté, Paula Zabalegui, Jaime Valenzuela
INTRODUCTION: The FACE philosophy is characterized by clearly defined treatment goals: facial esthetics, dental esthetics, periodontal health, functional occlusion, neuromuscular mechanism and joint function. The purpose is to establish ideal occlusion with good facial esthetics and an orthopedic stable joint position. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors present all the concepts of FACE philosophy and illustrate them through one case report. RESULTS: Taking into account all the FACE philosophy concepts increases diagnostic ability and improves the quality and stability of treatment outcomes...
March 2017: L' Orthodontie Française
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228483/new-concepts-and-mechanisms-of-platelet-activation-signaling
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REVIEW
Brian Estevez, Xiaoping Du
Upon blood vessel injury, platelets are exposed to adhesive proteins in the vascular wall and soluble agonists, which initiate platelet activation, leading to formation of hemostatic thrombi. Pathological activation of platelets can induce occlusive thrombosis, resulting in ischemic events such as heart attack and stroke, which are leading causes of death globally. Platelet activation requires intracellular signal transduction initiated by platelet receptors for adhesion proteins and soluble agonists. Whereas many platelet activation signaling pathways have been established for many years, significant recent progress reveals much more complex and sophisticated signaling and amplification networks...
March 2017: Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223181/the-effect-of-salpingectomy-on-ovarian-function
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REVIEW
Alexander Kotlyar, Julian Gingold, Shirley Shue, Tommaso Falcone
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature concerning the effects of salpingectomy on ovarian function as assessed using measures of ovarian reserve and outcomes from in-vitro fertilization and spontaneous pregnancy cycles. BACKGROUND: Tubal surgery is performed for a variety of indications in gynecology. Salpingectomy is the most aggressive form of tubal surgery and may be performed for potential risk reduction for epithelial ovarian cancer, sterilization, ectopic pregnancy and as a method to enhance fertility in the setting of a hydrosalpinx...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216398/engaging-in-a-keyhole-concept-for-the-management-of-ruptured-and-unruptured-aneurysms
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Daniel D Cavalcanti, Roberto C de Paula, Paula L Alvarenga, Paulo José P da Mata, Paulo Niemeyer Filho
OBJECTIVE: Many new endovascular devices have been used under the guidance of the International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT). Clipping still offers higher occlusion rates, and its technique continues to evolve, resulting in smaller exposures and reduced manipulation to brain tissue. We sought to evaluate the routine use of the minisphenoidal approach to manage intracranial aneurysms in a high-volume institution. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our database of aneurysm patients from October 2013 to May 2016...
February 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216142/astrocytic-calcium-waves-signal-brain-injury-to-neural-stem-and%C3%A2-progenitor%C3%A2-cells
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Anna Kraft, Eduardo Rosales Jubal, Ruth von Laer, Claudia Döring, Adriana Rocha, Moyo Grebbin, Martin Zenke, Helmut Kettenmann, Albrecht Stroh, Stefan Momma
Brain injuries, such as stroke or trauma, induce neural stem cells in the subventricular zone (SVZ) to a neurogenic response. Very little is known about the molecular cues that signal tissue damage, even over large distances, to the SVZ. Based on our analysis of gene expression patterns in the SVZ, 48 hr after an ischemic lesion caused by middle cerebral artery occlusion, we hypothesized that the presence of an injury might be transmitted by an astrocytic traveling calcium wave rather than by diffusible factors or hypoxia...
March 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188153/what-are-the-decision-making-preferences-of-patients-in-vascular-surgery-a-mixed-methods-study
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T B Katrien Santema, E Anniek Stoffer, Marleen Kunneman, Mark J W Koelemay, Dirk T Ubbink
OBJECTIVES: Shared decision-making (SDM) has been advocated as the preferred method of choosing a suitable treatment option. However, patient involvement in treatment decision-making is not yet common practice in the field of vascular surgery. The aim of this mixed-methods study was to explore patients' decision-making preferences and to investigate which facilitators and barriers patients perceive as important for the application of SDM in vascular surgery. DESIGN AND SETTING: Patients were invited to participate after visiting the vascular surgical outpatient clinic of an Academic Medical Center in the Netherlands...
February 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185073/natural-conception-rates-in-subfertile-couples-following-fertility-awareness-training
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P Frank-Herrmann, C Jacobs, E Jenetzky, C Gnoth, C Pyper, S Baur, G Freundl, M Goeckenjan, T Strowitzki
PURPOSE: To analyze cumulative pregnancy rates of subfertile couples after fertility awareness training. METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study followed 187 subfertile women, who had received training in self-observation of the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle with the Sensiplan method, for 8 months. The women, aged 21-47 years, had attempted to become pregnant for 3.5 years on average (range 1-8 years) before study entry. Amenorrhea, known tubal occlusion and severe male factor had been excluded...
April 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131461/proof-of-concept-of-a-tracheoesophageal-voice-prosthesis-insufflator-for-speech-production-after-total-laryngectomy
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Heather Starmer, Russell H Taylor, Salem I Noureldine, Jeremy D Richmon
IMPORTANCE: There may have a variety of reasons why patients are unable to produce tracheoesophageal speech after total laryngectomy (TL) including poor pulmonary reserve or other comorbidities that prevent adequate stoma occlusion and intratracheal pressure to voice. Other patients find it difficult, uncomfortable, or socially awkward to manually occlude the stoma with the finger or thumb. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to assess the feasibility of achieving TE speech with a prototype TE voice prosthesis insufflator (TEVPI)...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117180/the-role-of-resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta-reboa-as-an-adjunct-to-acls-in-non-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-a-review-of-key-concepts-physiology-current-evidence-and-future-directions
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James Daley, Jonathan James Morrison, John Sather, Lisa Hile
Non-traumatic cardiac arrest is a major public health problem that carries an extremely high mortality rate. If we hope to increase the survivability of this condition, it is imperative that alternative methods of treatment are given due consideration. Balloon occlusion of the aorta can be used as a method of circulatory support in the critically ill patient. Intra-aortic balloon pumps have been used to temporize patients in cardiogenic shock for decades. More recently, resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) has been utilized in the patient in hemorrhagic shock or cardiac arrest secondary to trauma...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106949/atherectomy-using-a-solid-state-laser-at-355-nm-wavelength
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Amir Herzog, Grzegorz Oszkinis, David Planer, Krzysztof Ziaja, Łukasz Kruszyna, Michał Goran Stanisić, Damian Ziaja, Amiel A Ishaaya, Wacław Kuczmik
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), caused by atherosclerotic processes, is allied with an increased risk of ischemic events, limb loss, and death. Recently, the use of a solid-state laser at 355 nm within a hybrid catheter was suggested for that purpose. In this work, short nanosecond pulses of a solid-state laser at 355 nm delivered through a hybrid catheter, composed of optical fibers and a blunt mechanical blade, are used to conduct a pre-clinical study and two clinical cases. The pre-clinical study consisted of an atherosclerotic calcified cadaveric leg and a porcine in vivo trial within the iliac artery, respectively...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
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