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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440273/active-matter-logic-for-autonomous-microfluidics
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Francis G Woodhouse, Jörn Dunkel
Chemically or optically powered active matter plays an increasingly important role in materials design, but its computational potential has yet to be explored systematically. The competition between energy consumption and dissipation imposes stringent physical constraints on the information transport in active flow networks, facilitating global optimization strategies that are not well understood. Here, we combine insights from recent microbial experiments with concepts from lattice-field theory and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to introduce a generic theoretical framework for active matter logic...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440060/a-practical-approach-in-bioreactor-scale-up-and-process-transfer-using-a-combination-of-constant-p-v-and-vvm-as-the-criterion
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Sen Xu, Linda Hoshan, Rubin Jiang, Balrina Gupta, Eric Brodean, Kristin O'Neill, T Craig Seamans, John Bowers, Hao Chen
Bioreactor scale-up is a critical step in the production of therapeutic proteins such as monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). With the scale-up criterion such as similar power input per volume or O2 volumetric mass transfer coefficient (kL a), adequate oxygen supply and cell growth can be largely achieved. However, CO2 stripping in the growth phase is often inadequate. This could cascade down to increased base addition and osmolality, as well as residual lactate increase and compromised production and product quality...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439751/development-of-a-streamlined-work-flow-for-handling-patients-genetic-testing-insurance-authorizations
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Wendy R Uhlmann, Katie Schwalm, Victoria M Raymond
Obtaining genetic testing insurance authorizations for patients is a complex, time-involved process often requiring genetic counselor (GC) and physician involvement. In an effort to mitigate this complexity and meet the increasing number of genetic testing insurance authorization requests, GCs formed a novel partnership with an industrial engineer (IE) and a patient services associate (PSA) to develop a streamlined work flow. Eight genetics clinics and five specialty clinics at the University of Michigan were surveyed to obtain benchmarking data...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439656/-management-of-paraophthalmic-aneurysms-review-of-endovascular-treatment-strategies
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P Bhogal, M Aguilar Pérez, G Sauder, H Bäzner, O Ganslandt, H Henkes
BACKGROUND: Aneurysms of the cerebral vessels are relatively common and aneurysms of the ophthalmic segment of the internal carotid artery (ICA) represent approximately 10% of intradural aneurysms. ANATOMICAL ASPECTS: The ophthalmic segment of the ICA extends from the origin of the ophthalmic artery to the origin of the posterior communicating artery. Aneurysms can originate from the ophthalmic artery itself or directly from the ICA at a distance from the ophthalmic artery...
April 24, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439449/mobilizable-genomic-islands-different-strategies-for-the-dissemination-of-multidrug-resistance-and-other-adaptive-traits
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Nicolas Carraro, Nicolas Rivard, Vincent Burrus, Daniela Ceccarelli
Mobile genetic elements are near ubiquitous DNA segments that revealed a surprising variety of strategies for their propagation among prokaryotes and between eukaryotes. In bacteria, conjugative elements were shown to be key drivers of evolution and adaptation by efficiently disseminating genes involved in pathogenicity, symbiosis, metabolic pathways, and antibiotic resistance. Conjugative plasmids of the incompatibility groups A and C (A/C) are important vehicles for the dissemination of antibiotic resistance and the consequent global emergence and spread of multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria...
2017: Mobile Genetic Elements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438673/infants-and-adults-have-similar-regional-functional-brain-organization-for-the-perception-of-emotions
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N Rotem-Kohavi, T F Oberlander, N Virji-Babul
An infant's ability to perceive emotional facial expressions is critical for developing social skills. Infants are tuned to faces from early in life, however the functional organization of the brain that supports the processing of emotional faces in infants is still not well understood. We recorded electroencephalography (EEG) brain responses in 8-10 month old infants and adults and applied graph theory analysis on the functional connections to compare the network organization at the global and the regional levels underlying the perception of negative and positive dynamic facial expressions (happiness and sadness)...
April 21, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438653/the-fate-of-side-branches-covered-by-flow-diverters-results-from-140-patients
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P Bhogal, O Ganslandt, H Bäzner, H Henkes, M Aguilar Perez
BACKGROUND: Flow diverter stents (FDS) are a recognised treatment option for intracranial aneurysms. There remain on-going concerns regarding the safety of FDS especially when it comes to the fate of covered side branches. We sought to report on the patency of side branches covered by FDS. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our database of prospectively collected information for all patients treated with FDS for an unruptured saccular aneurysm of the clinoid, ophthalmic, and terminating segments of the internal carotid artery between September 2009 and July 2016...
April 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438012/smartphone-based-dual-modality-imaging-system-for-quantitative-detection-of-color-or-fluorescent-lateral-flow-immunochromatographic-strips
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Yafei Hou, Kan Wang, Kun Xiao, Weijian Qin, Wenting Lu, Wei Tao, Daxiang Cui
Nowadays, lateral flow immunochromatographic assays are increasingly popular as a diagnostic tool for point-of-care (POC) test based on their simplicity, specificity, and sensitivity. Hence, quantitative detection and pluralistic popular application are urgently needed in medical examination. In this study, a smartphone-based dual-modality imaging system was developed for quantitative detection of color or fluorescent lateral flow test strips, which can be operated anywhere at any time. In this system, the white and ultra-violet (UV) light of optical device was designed, which was tunable with different strips, and the Sobel operator algorithm was used in the software, which could enhance the identification ability to recognize the test area from the background boundary information...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437128/neural-dynamics-of-grouping-and-segmentation-explain-properties-of-visual-crowding
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Gregory Francis, Mauro Manassi, Michael H Herzog
Investigations of visual crowding, where a target is difficult to identify because of flanking elements, has largely used a theoretical perspective based on local interactions where flanking elements pool with or substitute for properties of the target. This successful theoretical approach has motivated a wide variety of empirical investigations to identify mechanisms that cause crowding, and it has suggested practical applications to mitigate crowding effects. However, this theoretical approach has been unable to account for a parallel set of findings that crowding is influenced by long-range perceptual grouping effects...
April 24, 2017: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436980/amygdala-inputs-to-prefrontal-cortex-guide-behavior-amid-conflicting-cues-of-reward-and-punishment
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Anthony Burgos-Robles, Eyal Y Kimchi, Ehsan M Izadmehr, Mary Jane Porzenheim, William A Ramos-Guasp, Edward H Nieh, Ada C Felix-Ortiz, Praneeth Namburi, Christopher A Leppla, Kara N Presbrey, Kavitha K Anandalingam, Pablo A Pagan-Rivera, Melodi Anahtar, Anna Beyeler, Kay M Tye
Orchestrating appropriate behavioral responses in the face of competing signals that predict either rewards or threats in the environment is crucial for survival. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) and prelimbic (PL) medial prefrontal cortex have been implicated in reward-seeking and fear-related responses, but how information flows between these reciprocally connected structures to coordinate behavior is unknown. We recorded neuronal activity from the BLA and PL while rats performed a task wherein competing shock- and sucrose-predictive cues were simultaneously presented...
April 24, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436226/unleashing-the-power-and-energy-of-lifepo4-based-redox-flow-lithium-battery-with-a-bi-functional-redox-mediator
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Yun Guang Zhu, Yonghua Du, Chuankun Jia, Mingyue Zhou, Li Fan, Xingzhu Wang, Qing Wang
Redox flow batteries, despite great operation flexibility and scalability for large-scale energy storage, suffer from low energy density and relatively high cost as compared to the state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries. Here we report a redox flow lithium battery, which operates via the redox targeting reactions of LiFePO4 with a bi-functional redox mediator, 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine, and presents superb energy density as the Li-ion battery and system flexibility as the redox flow battery. The battery has achieved a tank energy density as high as 1023 Wh/L, power density of 61 mW/cm2, and voltage efficiency of 91%...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435881/the-memory-remains-understanding-collective-memory-in-the-digital-age
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Ruth García-Gavilanes, Anders Mollgaard, Milena Tsvetkova, Taha Yasseri
Recently developed information communication technologies, particularly the Internet, have affected how we, both as individuals and as a society, create, store, and recall information. The Internet also provides us with a great opportunity to study memory using transactional large-scale data in a quantitative framework similar to the practice in natural sciences. We make use of online data by analyzing viewership statistics of Wikipedia articles on aircraft crashes. We study the relation between recent events and past events and particularly focus on understanding memory-triggering patterns...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434862/consequences-of-the-oculomotor-cycle-for-the-dynamics-of-perception
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Marco Boi, Martina Poletti, Jonathan D Victor, Michele Rucci
Much evidence indicates that humans and other species process large-scale visual information before fine spatial detail. Neurophysiological data obtained with paralyzed eyes suggest that this coarse-to-fine sequence results from spatiotemporal filtering by neurons in the early visual pathway. However, the eyes are normally never stationary: rapid gaze shifts (saccades) incessantly alternate with slow fixational movements. To investigate the consequences of this oculomotor cycle on the dynamics of perception, we combined spectral analysis of visual input signals, neural modeling, and gaze-contingent control of retinal stimulation in humans...
April 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434821/an-overview-of-geophysical-technologies-appropriate-for-characterization-and-monitoring-at-fractured-rock-sites
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Frederick D Day-Lewis, Lee D Slater, Judy Robinson, Carole D Johnson, Neil Terry, Dale Werkema
Geophysical methods are used increasingly for characterization and monitoring at remediation sites in fractured-rock aquifers. The complex heterogeneity of fractured rock poses enormous challenges to groundwater remediation professionals, and new methods are needed to cost-effectively infer fracture and fracture-zone locations, orientations and properties, and to develop conceptual site models for flow and transport. Despite the potential of geophysical methods to "see" between boreholes, two issues have impeded the adoption of geophysical methods by remediation professionals...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433678/montreal-accord-on-patient-reported-outcomes-use-series-paper-4-patient-reported-outcomes-pro-can-inform-clinical-decision-making-in-chronic-care
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Clifton O Bingham, Vanessa Noonan, Claudine Auger, Debbie Feldman, Sara Ahmed, Susan J Bartlett
BACKGROUND: Providing patient-centered healthcare requires that patient needs, preferences, and valued outcomes are more fully integrated into all decisions. Patient reported outcome measures (PROs) provide unique information from the patient perspective on overall health, symptoms, burden, and treatment response. OBJECTIVE: We sought to describe applications of PROs in clinical settings and considerations for implementation from the perspectives of PRO researchers, clinicians, administrators, policy makers, and patients attending a multidisciplinary meeting...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432882/analysis-of-factors-affecting-the-severity-of-crashes-in-urban-road-intersections
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L Mussone, M Bassani, P Masci
Road crashes are events which depend on a variety of factors and which exhibit different magnitudes of outputs when evaluated with respect to the effects on road users. Despite a lot of research into the evaluation of crash likelihood and frequency, only a few works have focused exclusively on crash severity with these limited to sections of freeways and multilane highways. Hence, at present there is a large gap in knowledge on factors affecting the severity of crashes for other road categories, facilities, and scenarios...
April 19, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432341/detection-of-red-blood-cell-surface-antigens-by-probe-triggered-cell-collision-and-flow-retardation-in-an-autonomous-microfluidic-system
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Éva Sautner, Krisztián Papp, Eszter Holczer, Eszter L Tóth, Rita Ungai-Salánki, Bálint Szabó, Péter Fürjes, József Prechl
Microfluidic devices exploit combined physical, chemical and biological phenomena that could be unique in the sub-millimeter dimensions. The current goal of development of Point-of-Care (POC) medical devices is to extract the biomedical information from the blood. We examined the characteristics of blood flow in autonomous microfluidic devices with the aim to realize sensitive detection of interactions between particulate elements of the blood and the appropriately modified surfaces of the system. As a model experiment we demonstrated the fast analysis of the AB0 blood group system...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431980/shear-stress-alterations-in-the-celiac-trunk-of-patients-with-a-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-as-shown-by-in-silico-and-in-vitro-flow-analyses
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Francesco Scardulla, Salvatore Pasta, Leonardo D'Acquisto, Sergio Sciacca, Valentina Agnese, Christian Vergara, Alfio Quarteroni, Francesco Clemenza, Diego Bellavia, Michele Pilato
BACKGROUND: The use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to treat advanced cardiac heart failure is constantly increasing, although this device leads to high risk for gastrointestinal bleeding. METHODS: Using in-silico flow analysis, we quantified hemodynamic alterations due to continuous-flow LVAD (HeartWare, Inc., Framingham, MA) in the celiac trunk and major branches of the abdominal aorta, and then explored the relationship between wall shear stress (WSS) and celiac trunk orientation...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430458/gating-classical-information-flow-via-equilibrium-quantum-phase-transitions
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Leonardo Banchi, Joaquín Fernández-Rossier, Cyrus F Hirjibehedin, Sougato Bose
The development of communication channels at the ultimate size limit of atomic scale physical dimensions will make the use of quantum entities an imperative. In this regime, quantum fluctuations naturally become prominent and are generally considered to be detrimental. Here, we show that for spin-based information processing, these fluctuations can be uniquely exploited to gate the flow of classical binary information across a magnetic chain in thermal equilibrium. Moreover, this information flow can be controlled with a modest external magnetic field that drives the system through different many-body quantum phases in which the orientation of the final spin does or does not reflect the orientation of the initial input...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429603/effect-of-high-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-therapy-versus-conventional-oxygen-therapy-and-noninvasive-ventilation-on-reintubation-rate-in-adult-patients-after-extubation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hua-Wei Huang, Xiu-Mei Sun, Zhong-Hua Shi, Guang-Qiang Chen, Lu Chen, Jan O Friedrich, Jian-Xin Zhou
PURPOSE: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the effect of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) on reintubation in adult patients. PROCEDURES: Ovid Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched up to November 1, 2016, for RCTs comparing HFNC versus conventional oxygen therapy (COT) or noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in adult patients after extubation. The primary outcome was reintubation rate, and the secondary outcomes included complications, tolerance and comfort, time to reintubation, length of stay, and mortality...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
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