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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822141/applicability-of-quantitative-optical-imaging-techniques-for-intraoperative-perfusion-diagnostics-a-comparison-of-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-sidestream-dark-field-microscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Sanne M Jansen, Daniel M de Bruin, Dirk J Faber, Iwan J G G Dobbe, Erik Heeg, Dan M J Milstein, Simon D Strackee, Ton G van Leeuwen
Patient morbidity and mortality due to hemodynamic complications are a major problem in surgery. Optical techniques can image blood flow in real-time and high-resolution, thereby enabling perfusion monitoring intraoperatively. We tested the feasibility and validity of laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and sidestream dark-field microscopy (SDF) for perfusion diagnostics in a phantom model using whole blood. Microvessels with diameters of 50, 100, and 400  μm were constructed in a scattering phantom...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822005/a-supply-model-for-nurse-workforce-projection-in-malaysia
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Zuraida Abal Abas, Mohamad Raziff Ramli, Mohamad Ishak Desa, Nordin Saleh, Ainul Nadziha Hanafiah, Nuraini Aziz, Zaheera Zainal Abidin, Abdul Samad Shibghatullah, Ahmad Fadzli Nizam Abdul Rahman, Haslinda Musa
The paper aims to provide an insight into the significance of having a simulation model to forecast the supply of registered nurses for health workforce planning policy using System Dynamics. A model is highly in demand to predict the workforce demand for nurses in the future, which it supports for complete development of a needs-based nurse workforce projection using Malaysia as a case study. The supply model consists of three sub-models to forecast the number of registered nurses for the next 15 years: training model, population model and Full Time Equivalent (FTE) model...
August 18, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821648/bilingual-language-switching-in-the-lab-vs-in-the-wild-the-spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-adaptive-language-control
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Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, Liina Pylkkänen
For a bilingual human, every utterance requires a choice about which language to use. This choice is commonly regarded as part of general executive control, engaging prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices similarly to many types of effortful task-switching. However, while language control within artificial switching paradigms has been heavily studied, the neurobiology of natural switching within socially cued situations has not been characterized. Additionally, although theoretical models address how language control mechanisms adapt to the distinct demands of different interactional contexts, these predictions have not been empirically tested...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820744/simulation-of-morphologically-structured-photo-thermal-neural-stimulation
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Y Weissler, N Farah, S Shoham
OBJECTIVE: Rational design of next-generation techniques for photo-thermal excitation requires the development of tools capable of modeling the effects of spatially- and temporally-dependent temperature distribution on cellular neuronal structures. APPROACH: We present a new computer simulation tool for predicting the effects of arbitrary spatiotemporally-structured photo-thermal stimulation on 3D, morphologically realistic neurons. The new simulation tool is based on interfacing two generic platforms, NEURON and MATLAB and is therefore suited for capturing different kinds of stimuli and neural models...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820674/restoration-of-fmri-decodability-does-not-imply-latent-working-memory-states
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Sebastian Schneegans, Paul M Bays
Recent imaging studies have challenged the prevailing view that working memory is mediated by sustained neural activity. Using machine learning methods to reconstruct memory content, these studies found that previously diminished representations can be restored by retrospective cueing or other forms of stimulation. These findings have been interpreted as evidence for an activity-silent working memory state that can be reactivated dependent on task demands. Here, we test the validity of this conclusion by formulating a neural process model of working memory based on sustained activity and using this model to emulate a spatial recall task with retro-cueing...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820012/effect-of-rotational-prosthetic-alignment-variation-on-tibiofemoral-contact-pressure-distribution-and-joint-kinematics-in-total-knee-replacement
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Xin Xie, Roy Rusly, John D DesJardins, Frank Voss, Kim Chillag, Martine LaBerge
In total knee replacement surgery, implant alignment is one of the most important criteria for successful long-term clinical outcome. During total knee replacement implantation, femoral and tibial alignment are determined through appropriate bone resections, which could vary based on patient anatomy, implant design and surgical technique and further influence loading conditions and clinical outcomes. The current research focused on three critical alignment parameters for total knee replacement insertion: femoral component internal/external (I/E) rotation, varus-valgus tibiofemoral angulation and posterior tibial slope...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819690/conductance-based-refractory-density-approach-comparison-with-experimental-data-and-generalization-to-lognormal-distribution-of-input-current
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Anton V Chizhov
The conductance-based refractory density (CBRD) approach is an efficient tool for modeling interacting neuronal populations. The model describes the firing activity of a statistical ensemble of uncoupled Hodgkin-Huxley-like neurons, each receiving individual Gaussian noise and a common time-varying deterministic input. However, the approach requires experimental validation and extension to cases of distributed input signals (or input weights) among different neurons of such an ensemble. Here the CBRD model is verified by comparing with experimental data and then generalized for a lognormal (LN) distribution of the input weights...
August 17, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819462/virtual-factory-framework-for-supporting-production-planning-and-control
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Deogratias Kibira, Guodong Shao
Developing optimal production plans for smart manufacturing systems is challenging because shop floor events change dynamically. A virtual factory incorporating engineering tools, simulation, and optimization generates and communicates performance data to guide wise decision making for different control levels. This paper describes such a platform specifically for production planning. We also discuss verification and validation of the constituent models. A case study of a machine shop is used to demonstrate data generation for production planning in a virtual factory...
2017: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819276/a-new-mathematical-model-and-experimental-validation-on-foamy-oil-flow-in-developing-heavy-oil-reservoirs
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Pengcheng Liu, Zhenbao Mu, Wenhui Li, Yongbin Wu, Xiuluan Li
To model foamy-oil flow in the development of heavy oil reservoirs, three depletion experiments were conducted with foamy oil treated as a pseudo-single-phase flow. In this pseudo single phase, dispersed bubbles are viewed as a part of the oil, and the redefined effective permeability varies with the changes of pressure depletion rate, oil viscosity, and gas saturation. A mathematical expression for the effective permeability was developed based on experiments, where the viscosity of foamy oil is assumed to be approximately equal to the saturated oil under equivalent conditions...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818602/operational-modelling-of-bigeye-tuna-thunnus-obesus-spatial-dynamics-in-the-indonesian-region
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P Lehodey, I Senina, T A Wibawa, O Titaud, B Calmettes, A Conchon, B Tranchant, P Gaspar
With INDESO, Indonesia has implemented a system for the monitoring and management of its tuna resources. Despite increasing catch, very few is known about the dynamics and real abundance of tuna species in the Indonesian waters and adjacent oceanic regions. The SEAPODYM model was implemented in an operational chain of production for the Indonesian region to simulate tuna spatial dynamics in realtime. This challenging objective imposed developing a global scale model at coarse resolution to provide initial and boundaries conditions of the regional model...
August 14, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817568/an-optimal-strategy-for-epilepsy-surgery-disruption-of-the-rich-club
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Marinho A Lopes, Mark P Richardson, Eugenio Abela, Christian Rummel, Kaspar Schindler, Marc Goodfellow, John R Terry
Surgery is a therapeutic option for people with epilepsy whose seizures are not controlled by anti-epilepsy drugs. In pre-surgical planning, an array of data modalities, often including intra-cranial EEG, is used in an attempt to map regions of the brain thought to be crucial for the generation of seizures. These regions are then resected with the hope that the individual is rendered seizure free as a consequence. However, post-operative seizure freedom is currently sub-optimal, suggesting that the pre-surgical assessment may be improved by taking advantage of a mechanistic understanding of seizure generation in large brain networks...
August 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817383/combined-influence-of-ct-random-noise-and-hu-rsp-calibration-curve-nonlinearities-on-proton-range-systematic-errors
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Sébastien Brousmiche, Kevin Souris, Jonathan Orban de Xivry, John Aldo Lee, Benoit Macq, Joao Seco
Proton range random and systematic uncertainties are the major factors undermining the advantages of proton therapy, namely, a sharp dose falloff and a better dose conformality for lower doses in normal tissues. The influence of CT artifacts such as beam hardening or scatter can easily be understood and estimated due to their large-scale effects on the CT image, like cupping and streaks. In comparison, the effects of weakly-correlated stochastic noise are more insidious and less attention is drawn on them partly due to the common belief that they only contribute to proton range uncertainties and not to systematic errors thanks to some averaging effects...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817288/in-silico-modeling-approach-for-the-evaluation-of-gastrointestinal-dissolution-supersaturation-and-precipitation-of-posaconazole
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Bart Hens, Shriram M Pathak, Amitava Mitra, Nikunjkumar Patel, Bo Liu, Sanjaykumar Patel, Masoud Jamei, Joachim Brouwers, Patrick Augustijns, David B Turner
The aim of this study was to evaluate gastrointestinal (GI) dissolution, supersaturation, and precipitation of posaconazole, formulated as an acidified (pH 1.6) and neutral (pH 7.1) suspension. A physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling and simulation tool was applied to simulate GI and systemic concentration-time profiles of posaconazole which were directly compared with intraluminal and systemic data measured in humans. The Advanced Dissolution Absorption and Metabolism (ADAM) model of the Simcyp® Simulator correctly simulated incomplete gastric dissolution and saturated duodenal concentrations of posaconazole in the duodenal fluids following administration of the neutral suspension...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817253/cuts-guided-deterministic-buckling-in-arrays-of-soft-parallel-plates-for-multifunctionality
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Gaojian Lin, Dengteng Ge, Yichao Tang, Yu Xia, Gaoxiang Wu, Lin Han, Shu Yang, Jie Yin
Harnessing buckling instability in soft materials offers an effective strategy to achieve multifunctionality. Despite great efforts in controlling the wrinkling behaviors of film-based systems and buckling of periodic structures, the benefits of classical plate buckling in soft materials remain largely unexplored. The challenge lies in the intrinsic indeterminate characteristics of buckling, leading to geometric frustration and random orientations. Here, we report the controllable global order in constrained buckling of arrays of parallel plates made of hydrogels and elastomers on rigid substrates...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816344/comparison-of-two-finite-element-modeling-solutions-for-biomechanical-simulation-using-a-case-study-of-a-mandibular-bone
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Yunfeng Liu, Ying-Ying Fan, Hui-Yue Dong, Jian-Xing Zhang
BACKGROUND: The method used in biomechanical modeling for finite element method (FEM) analysis needs to deliver accurate results. There are currently two solutions used in FEM modeling for biomedical model of human bone from CT images: one is based on a triangular mesh, and the other is based on the parametric surface model and is more popular in practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The outline and modeling procedures for the two solutions are compared and analyzed...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816179/embedded-atom-method-potential-for-modeling-hydrogen-and-hydrogen-defect-interaction-in-tungsten
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Li-Fang Wang, Xiaolin Shu, Guang-Hong Lu, Fei Gao
An embedded-atom method potential has been developed for modeling hydrogen in body-centered-cubic (bcc) tungsten by fitting to an extensive database of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Comprehensive evaluations of the new potential are conducted by comparing various hydrogen properties with DFT calculations and available experimental data, as well as all the other tungsten-hydrogen potentials. The new potential accurately reproduces the point defect properties of hydrogen, the interaction among hydrogen atoms, the interplay between hydrogen and a monovacancy, and the thermal diffusion of hydrogen in tungsten...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816177/electrical-stimulation-of-gut-motility-guided-by-an-in-silico-model
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Bradley Brigham Barth, Craig S Henriquez, Warren M Grill, Xiling Shen
OBJECTIVE: Neuromodulation of the central and peripheral nervous systems is becoming increasingly important for treating a diverse set of diseases-ranging from Parkinson's Disease and epilepsy to chronic pain. However, neuromodulation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract has achieved relatively limited success in treating functional GI disorders, which affect a significant population, because the effects of stimulation on the enteric nervous system (ENS) and gut motility are not well understood...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815237/induced-polarization-restricts-the-conformational-distribution-of-a-light-harvesting-molecular-triad-in-the-ground-state
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Oleg N Starovoytov, Pengzhi Zhang, Piotr Cieplak, Margaret S Cheung
The light-harvesting molecular triad consisting of carotenoid polyene (C), diaryl-porphyrin (P) and pyrrole-fullerene (C60) is a donor-acceptor molecule capable of absorbing incident light in the visible range. Its ability to convert solar energy to electrical excitation and charge separation energy suggests a great potential in real-world applications. The ensemble of its conformations under ambient conditions varies widely according to its electronic state. In previous work, we applied a non-polarizable model to study the conformational distribution of the molecular triad in the ground and charge separated states...
August 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813570/experimental-and-numerical-characterization-of-the-mechanical-masseter-muscle-response-during-mastication
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Johannes Weickenmeier, Mahmood Jabareen, Benjamin J D Le Révérend, Marco Ramaioli, Edoardo Mazza
Predictive simulations of the mastication system would significantly improve our understanding of temporomandibular joint disorders and the planning of cranio-maxillofacial surgery procedures. Respective computational models must be validated by experimental data from in-vivo characterization of the mastication system's mechanical response. The present work introduces a combined experimental and numerical procedure for the validation of a computer model of the masseter muscle during biting. The proposed experimental setup enables simultaneous bite force measurements and ultrasound-based visualization of masseter deformation for the direct comparison with the numerically predicted masseter response...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812439/evaluating-disease-prediction-models-using-a-cohort-whose-covariate-distribution-differs-from-that-of-the-target-population
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Scott Powers, Valerie McGuire, Leslie Bernstein, Alison J Canchola, Alice S Whittemore
Personal predictive models for disease development play important roles in chronic disease prevention. The performance of these models is evaluated by applying them to the baseline covariates of participants in external cohort studies, with model predictions compared to subjects' subsequent disease incidence. However, the covariate distribution among participants in a validation cohort may differ from that of the population for which the model will be used. Since estimates of predictive model performance depend on the distribution of covariates among the subjects to which it is applied, such differences can cause misleading estimates of model performance in the target population...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
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