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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149795/development-of-a-psycho-educational-support-program-for-individuals-with-primary-progressive-aphasia-and-their-care-partners
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Darby J Morhardt, Mary C O'Hara, Kristine Zachrich, Christina Wieneke, Emily J Rogalski
Primary progressive aphasia is a language-based dementia that initially spares other cognitive domains; however, aphasia interferes with many life roles such as work and interpersonal relationships. Psycho-educational programs, such as support groups have been shown to be effective for persons with Alzheimer's dementia; however, little is known regarding their effectiveness for persons with primary progressive aphasia. This paper describes the development of a program that offers support, education and activities for persons with primary progressive aphasia and their care-partners and its feasibility...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149735/carbamazepine-lamotrigine-levetiracetam-and-valproic-acid-in-dried-blood-spots-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-development-and-validation
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Camilla Linder, Anna Hansson, Sara Sadek, Lars L Gustafsson, Anton Pohanka
Monitoring of antiepileptic drugs in children with epilepsy require multiple visits at a clinic for blood collection. Dried blood spot sampling is an alternative way of collection, performed at home by self-collection and can save time and costs for patients and family members. The aim was to develop and validate an LC-MS/MS dried blood spot method for carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam and valproic acid with the requirements of using standard equipment and material in a routine laboratory setting. Whatman-903 filter paper was utilized, and discs were punched into a 96 well plate with an automated puncher and barcode reading...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149712/detection-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-and-sulphonates-in-italian-eel-samples-by-hplc-hrms-orbitrap
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Luca Maria Chiesa, Maria Nobile, Elisa Pasquale, Claudia Balzaretti, Petra Cagnardi, Doriana Tedesco, Sara Panseri, Francesco Arioli
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) contain one or more carbon-bound hydrogens substituted by fluorine. Since the 1950s, these compounds have been used to manufacture fat- and water-resistant fabrics, paper and food containers, and to produce photographic films, firefighting foams, detergents and insecticides. The widespread use and global distribution of PFASs, have led to their accumulation in the environment. Food, particularly fish and other seafood, is considered the main route of human exposure to PFASs...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149693/near-infrared-spectroscopy-based-monitoring-of-extraction-processes-of-raw-material-with-the-help-of-dynamic-predictive%C3%A2-modeling
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Haixia Wang, Tongchuan Suo, Xiaolin Wu, Yue Zhang, Chunhua Wang, Heshui Yu, Zheng Li
The control of batch-to-batch quality variations remains a challenging task for pharmaceutical industries, e.g., traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) manufacturing. One difficult problem is to produce pharmaceutical products with consistent quality from raw material of large quality variations. In this paper, an integrated methodology combining the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and dynamic predictive modeling is developed for the monitoring and control of the batch extraction process of licorice. With the spectra data in hand, the initial state of the process is firstly estimated with a state-space model to construct a process monitoring strategy for the early detection of variations induced by the initial process inputs such as raw materials...
November 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149684/combining-benford-s-law-and-machine-learning-to-detect-money-laundering-an-actual-spanish-court-case
#5
Elena Badal-Valero, José A Alvarez-Jareño, Jose M Pavía
OBJECTIVES: This paper is based on the analysis of the database of operations from a macro-case on money laundering orchestrated between a core company and a group of its suppliers, 26 of which had already been identified by the police as fraudulent companies. In the face of a well-founded suspicion that more companies have perpetrated criminal acts and in order to make better use of what are very limited police resources, we aim to construct a tool to detect money laundering criminals...
November 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149680/modification-of-the-association-between-high-ambient-temperature-and-health-by-urban-microclimate-indicators-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Leah H Schinasi, Tarik Benmarhnia, Anneclaire J De Roos
BACKGROUND: Landscape characteristics, including vegetation and impervious surfaces, influence urban microclimates and may lead to within-city differences in the adverse health effects of high ambient temperatures. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to quantitatively summarize the epidemiologic literature that assessed microclimate indicators as effect measure modifiers (EMM) of the association between ambient temperature and mortality or morbidity. METHODS: We systematically identified papers and abstracted relative risk estimates for hot and cool microclimate indicator strata...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149679/innovative-urban-forestry-governance-in-melbourne-investigating-green-placemaking-as-a-nature-based-solution
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Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Kelly Hertzog, Ian Shears
A nature-based approach to climate resilience aims to challenge and re-frame conventional environmental management methods by refocusing solutions from technological strategies to socio-ecological principles such as human well-being and community-based governance models, thereby improving and legitimizing the delivery of ecosystem services (ES). There are, however, many challenges to applying a socio-ecological agenda to urban climate resilience and thereby re-framing ES delivery as community and people focused, a knowledge gap extensively outlined in the environmental governance literature...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149658/evaluating-casama-contextualized-semantic-maps-for-summarization-of-lung-cancer-studies
#8
Jean I Garcia-Gathright, Nicholas J Matiasz, Carlos Adame, Karthik V Sarma, Lauren Sauer, Nova F Smedley, Marshall L Spiegel, Jennifer Strunck, Edward B Garon, Ricky K Taira, Denise R Aberle, Alex A T Bui
OBJECTIVE: It is crucial for clinicians to stay up to date on current literature in order to apply recent evidence to clinical decision making. Automatic summarization systems can help clinicians quickly view an aggregated summary of literature on a topic. Casama, a representation and summarization system based on "contextualized semantic maps," captures the findings of biomedical studies as well as the contexts associated with patient population and study design. This paper presents a user-oriented evaluation of Casama in comparison to a context-free representation, SemRep...
November 3, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149558/quantification-of-humic-substances-in-natural-water-using-nitrogen-doped-carbon-dots
#9
Yan-Fang Guan, Bao-Cheng Huang, Chen Qian, Han-Qing Yu
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is ubiquitous in aqueous environments and plays a significant role in pollutant mitigation, transformation and organic geochemical circulation. DOM is also capable of forming carcinogenic by-products in the disinfection treatment processes of drinking water. Thus, efficient methods for DOM quantification are highly desired. In this work, a novel sensor for rapid and selective detection of humic substances (HS), a key component of DOM, based on fluorescence quenching of nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots was developed...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149495/a-redox-activated-g-quadruplex-dna-binder-based-on-a-platinum-iv-salphen-complex
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Ramon Vilar, Stephane Bandeira, Jorge Gonzalez Garcia, Evangelina Pensa, Tim Albrecht
There has been increasing interest in the development of small molecules that can selectively bind to G-quadruplex DNA structures. The latter have been associated to a number of key biological processes and therefore are proposed to be potential targets for drug development. In this paper we report the first example of a reduction-activated G-quadruplex DNA binder. We show that a new octahedral platinum(IV)-salphen complex does not interact with DNA in aqueous media at pH 7.4; however, upon addition of bio-reductants such as ascorbic acid or glutathione, the compound readily reduces to the corresponding square planar platinum(II) complex...
November 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149325/the-iuphar-bps-guide-to-pharmacology-in-2018-updates-and-expansion-to-encompass-the-new-guide-to-immunopharmacology
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Simon D Harding, Joanna L Sharman, Elena Faccenda, Chris Southan, Adam J Pawson, Sam Ireland, Alasdair J G Gray, Liam Bruce, Stephen P H Alexander, Stephen Anderton, Clare Bryant, Anthony P Davenport, Christian Doerig, Doriano Fabbro, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Michael Spedding, Jamie A Davies
The IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY (GtoPdb, www.guidetopharmacology.org) and its precursor IUPHAR-DB, have captured expert-curated interactions between targets and ligands from selected papers in pharmacology and drug discovery since 2003. This resource continues to be developed in conjunction with the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the British Pharmacological Society (BPS). As previously described, our unique model of content selection and quality control is based on 96 target-class subcommittees comprising 512 scientists collaborating with in-house curators...
November 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149246/asian-cleft-rhinoplasty-the-open-structural-approach
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Chin-Ho Wong, Rollin K Daniel, Seng-Teik Lee
Background: Asian cleft rhinoplasty is a unique procedure with specific challenges. Objectives: This paper presents our experience with the use of an open structural technique for Asian cleft rhinoplasty utilizing a complete autologous approach. Methods: An open approach that reconstructs the malpositioned nasal cartilage was utilized. Centrally, the septocolumella graft fixed securely in the midline with extender spreader grafts was utilized to project and lengthen the nose...
November 15, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149217/per-service-supervised-learning-for-identifying-desired-wot-apps-from-user-requests-in-natural-language
#13
Young Yoon
Web of Things (WoT) platforms are growing fast so as the needs for composing WoT apps more easily and efficiently. We have recently commenced the campaign to develop an interface where users can issue requests for WoT apps entirely in natural language. This requires an effort to build a system that can learn to identify relevant WoT functions that fulfill user's requests. In our preceding work, we trained a supervised learning system with thousands of publicly-available IFTTT app recipes based on conditional random fields (CRF)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149213/optimal-design-and-control-of-an-electromechanical-transfemoral-prosthesis-with-energy-regeneration
#14
Farbod Rohani, Hanz Richter, Antonie J van den Bogert
In this paper, we present the design of an electromechanical above-knee active prosthesis with energy storage and regeneration. The system consists of geared knee and ankle motors, parallel springs for each motor, an ultracapacitor, and controllable four-quadrant power converters. The goal is to maximize the performance of the system by finding optimal controls and design parameters. A model of the system dynamics was developed, and used to solve a combined trajectory and design optimization problem. The objectives of the optimization were to minimize tracking error relative to human joint motions, as well as energy use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149206/automatic-structural-scene-digitalization
#15
Rui Tang, Yuhan Wang, Darren Cosker, Wenbin Li
In this paper, we present an automatic system for the analysis and labeling of structural scenes, floor plan drawings in Computer-aided Design (CAD) format. The proposed system applies a fusion strategy to detect and recognize various components of CAD floor plans, such as walls, doors, windows and other ambiguous assets. Technically, a general rule-based filter parsing method is fist adopted to extract effective information from the original floor plan. Then, an image-processing based recovery method is employed to correct information extracted in the first step...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149088/model-based-heterogeneous-data-fusion-for-reliable-force-estimation-in-dynamic-structures-under-uncertainties
#16
Babak Khodabandeloo, Dyan Melvin, Hongki Jo
Direct measurements of external forces acting on a structure are infeasible in many cases. The Augmented Kalman Filter (AKF) has several attractive features that can be utilized to solve the inverse problem of identifying applied forces, as it requires the dynamic model and the measured responses of structure at only a few locations. But, the AKF intrinsically suffers from numerical instabilities when accelerations, which are the most common response measurements in structural dynamics, are the only measured responses...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149085/the-design-and-characterization-of-a-prototype-wideband-voltage-sensor-based-on-a-resistive-divider
#17
Fernando Garnacho, Abderrahim Khamlichi, Jorge Rovira
The most important advantage of voltage dividers over traditional voltage transformers is that voltage dividers do not have an iron core with non-linear hysteresis characteristics. The voltage dividers have a linear behavior with respect to over-voltages and a flat frequency response larger frequency range. The weak point of a voltage divider is the influence of external high-voltage (HV) and earth parts in its vicinity. Electrical fields arising from high voltages in neighboring phases and from ground conductors and structures are one of their main sources for systematic measurement errors...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149080/novel-tactile-sensor-technology-and-smart-tactile-sensing-systems-a-review
#18
REVIEW
Liang Zou, Chang Ge, Z Jane Wang, Edmond Cretu, Xiaoou Li
During the last decades, smart tactile sensing systems based on different sensing techniques have been developed due to their high potential in industry and biomedical engineering. However, smart tactile sensing technologies and systems are still in their infancy, as many technological and system issues remain unresolved and require strong interdisciplinary efforts to address them. This paper provides an overview of smart tactile sensing systems, with a focus on signal processing technologies used to interpret the measured information from tactile sensors and/or sensors for other sensory modalities...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149063/estimating-stair-running-performance-using-inertial-sensors
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Lauro V Ojeda, Antonia M Zaferiou, Stephen M Cain, Rachel V Vitali, Steven P Davidson, Leia A Stirling, Noel C Perkins
Stair running, both ascending and descending, is a challenging aerobic exercise that many athletes, recreational runners, and soldiers perform during training. Studying biomechanics of stair running over multiple steps has been limited by the practical challenges presented while using optical-based motion tracking systems. We propose using foot-mounted inertial measurement units (IMUs) as a solution as they enable unrestricted motion capture in any environment and without need for external references. In particular, this paper presents methods for estimating foot velocity and trajectory during stair running using foot-mounted IMUs...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149050/combining-a-disturbance-observer-with-triple-loop-control-based-on-mems-accelerometers-for-line-of-sight-stabilization
#20
Yong Luo, Yongmei Huang, Chao Deng, Yao Mao, Wei Ren, Qiongyan Wu
In the CCD-based fine tracking optical system (FTOS), the whole disturbance suppression ability (DSA) is the product of the inner loop and outer position loop. Traditionally, high sampling fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOGs) are added to the platform to stabilize the line-of-sight (LOS). However, because of the FOGs' high cost and relatively big volume relative to the back narrow space of small rotating mirrors, we attempt in this work to utilize a cheaper and smaller micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer to build the inner loop, replacing the FOG...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
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