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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106715/seasonal-effects-on-the-population-morphology-and-reproductive-behavior-of-narnia-femorata-hemiptera-coreidae
#1
Lauren A Cirino, Christine W Miller
Many insects are influenced by the phenology of their host plants. In North Central Florida, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae) spends its entire life cycle living and feeding on Opuntia mesacantha ssp. lata. This cactus begins producing flower buds in April that lead to unripe green fruit in June that ripen into red fruit through December. Many morphological and behavioral characteristics of N. femorata are known to be affected by cactus phenology in a controlled laboratory setting, including the degree of sexual dimorphism and mating behavior...
January 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104408/adding-simultaneous-stimulating-channels-to-reduce-power-consumption-in-cochlear-implants
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Florian Langner, Aniket Saoji, Andreas Büchner, Waldo Nogueira
Sound coding strategies for Cochlear Implant (CI) listeners can be used to control the trade-off between speech performance and power consumption. Most commercial CI strategies use non-simultaneous channel stimulation, stimulating only one electrode at a time. One could add parallel simultaneous stimulating channels such that the electrical interaction between channels is increased. This would produce spectral smearing, because the electrical fields of the simultaneous stimulated channels interact, but also power savings...
January 16, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103193/comprehensive-use-of-curvature-for-robust-and-accurate-online-surface-reconstruction
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Damien Lefloch, Markus Kluge, Hamed Sarbolandi, Tim Weyrich, Andreas Kolb
Interactive real-time scene acquisition from hand-held depth cameras has recently developed much momentum, enabling applications in ad-hoc object acquisition, augmented reality and other fields. A key challenge to online reconstruction remains error accumulation in the reconstructed camera trajectory, due to drift-inducing instabilities in the range scan alignments of the underlying iterative-closest-point (ICP) algorithm. Various strategies have been proposed to mitigate that drift, including SIFT-based pre-alignment, color-based weighting of ICP pairs, stronger weighting of edge features, and so on...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102897/controls-on-methane-occurrences-in-shallow-aquifers-overlying-the-haynesville-shale-gas-field-east-texas
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Jean-Philippe Nicot, Toti Larson, Roxana Darvari, Patrick Mickler, Michael Slotten, Jordan Aldridge, Kristine Uhlman, Ruth Costley
Understanding the source of dissolved methane in drinking-water aquifers is critical for assessing potential contributions from hydraulic fracturing in shale plays. Shallow groundwater in the Texas portion of the Haynesville Shale area (13,000 km(2) ) was sampled (70 samples) for methane and other dissolved light alkanes. Most samples were derived from the fresh water bearing Wilcox formations and show little methane except in a localized cluster of 12 water wells (17% of total) in a approximately 30 × 30 km(2) area in Southern Panola County with dissolved methane concentrations less than 10 mg/L...
January 19, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101428/wide-field-and-highly-sensitive-angiography-based-on-optical-coherence-tomography-with-akinetic-swept-source
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Jingjiang Xu, Shaozhen Song, Wei Wei, Ruikang K Wang
Wide-field vascular visualization in bulk tissue that is of uneven surface is challenging due to the relatively short ranging distance and significant sensitivity fall-off for most current optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) systems. We report a long ranging and ultra-wide-field OCTA (UW-OCTA) system based on an akinetic swept laser. The narrow instantaneous linewidth of the swept source with its high phase stability, combined with high-speed detection in the system enable us to achieve long ranging (up to 46 mm) and almost negligible system sensitivity fall-off...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101416/light-field-otoscope-design-for-3d-in-vivo-imaging-of-the-middle-ear
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Noah Bedard, Timothy Shope, Alejandro Hoberman, Mary Ann Haralam, Nader Shaikh, Jelena Kovačević, Nikhil Balram, Ivana Tošić
We present a light field digital otoscope designed to measure three-dimensional shape of the tympanic membrane. This paper describes the optical and anatomical considerations we used to develop the prototype, along with the simulation and experimental measurements of vignetting, field curvature, and lateral resolution. Using an experimental evaluation procedure, we have determined depth accuracy and depth precision of our system to be 0.05-0.07 mm and 0.21-0.44 mm, respectively. To demonstrate the application of our light field otoscope, we present the first three-dimensional reconstructions of tympanic membranes in normal and otitis media conditions, acquired from children who participated in a feasibility study at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101132/what-are-good-outcomes-in-public-mental-health-settings-a-qualitative-exploration-of-clients-and-therapists-experiences
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Christian Moltu, Jon Stefansen, Jan Christian Nøtnes, Åse Skjølberg, Marius Veseth
BACKGROUND: The mental health field sees a surge of interest in Routine Outcome Monitoring, mandated by a wish to help better those not-on-track to recovery. What constitutes positive outcomes for these patients is not fully understood. AIMS: To contribute knowledge into what constitutes meaningful outcome concepts in the experiences of patients with long and complex mental health suffering and treatment, and the clinicians who work to help them. METHODS: A qualitative in-depth study of 50 participants' experiences...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100641/new-sources-of-value-for-health-and-care-in-a-carbon-constrained-world
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Kate Emma Charlesworth, Maggie Jamieson
BACKGROUND: Due to the climate crisis, it is increasingly evident that countries will have to decarbonize. Healthcare, which has a large carbon footprint and uses vast quantities of resources, will have to undergo significant transformation. In this research, we sought the ideas of leading thinkers in the field, to address the question of how health systems can provide high-quality care in a carbon-constrained world. METHODS: Semi-structured, qualitative in-depth interviews with 15 healthcare thought leaders from Australia, the UK, the USA and New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097271/prevalence-and-management-status-of-urologic-diseases-in-geriatric-hospitals-in-south-korea-a-field-research
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Sang Heon Lee, Jungyo Suh, Hyung Suk Kim, Young Ju Lee, Sang Rim Lee, Khae Hawn Kim, Chang Wook Jeong
PURPOSE: We aimed to investigate the current management status of urologic diseases in geriatric hospitals in South Korea. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Questionnaire surveys and in-depth person-to-person interviews were conducted at 13 hospitals within the Seoul and Incheon areas. RESULTS: The study was carried out from July to December 2014; 75.6% of patients (1,858/2,458) and 77.5% (779/1,031) of medical personnel responded to our survey. All surveys and interviews were performed by urology specialists, fellows, residents, or nurses...
January 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095992/changes-in-ecosystem-carbon-pool-and-soil-co2-flux-following-post-mine-reclamation-in-dry-tropical-environment-india
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Jitendra Ahirwal, Subodh Kumar Maiti, Ashok Kumar Singh
Open strip mining of coal results in loss of natural carbon (C) sink and increased emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. A field study was carried out at five revegetated coal mine lands (7, 8, 9, 10 and 11years) to assess the impact of the reclamation on soil properties, accretion of soil organic C (SOC) and nitrogen (N) stock, changes in ecosystem C pool and soil CO2 flux. We estimated the presence of C in the tree biomass, soils, litter and microbial biomass to determine the total C sequestration potential of the post mining reclaimed land...
January 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095910/profile-of-bioactive-compounds-in-nymphaea-alba-l-leaves-growing-in-egypt-hepatoprotective-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Riham Omar Bakr, Mona Mohamed El-Naa, Soumaya Saad Zaghloul, Mahmoud Mohamed Omar
BACKGROUND: Nymphaea alba L. represents an interesting field of study. Flowers have antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects, rhizomes constituents showed cytotoxic activity against liver cell carcinoma, while several Nymphaea species have been reported for their hepatoprotective effects. Leaves of N. alba have not been studied before. Therefore, in this study, in-depth characterization of the leaf phytoconstituents as well as its antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities have been performed where N...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094856/percent-depth-doses-and-x-ray-beam-characterizations-of-a-fluoroscopic-system-incorporating-copper-filtration
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Kevin A Wunderle, Andrew R Godley, Zhilei Liu Shen, Joseph T Rakowski, Frank F Dong
PURPOSE: In this investigation, we sought to characterize X-ray beam qualities and quantify percent depth dose (PDD) curves for fluoroscopic X-ray beams incorporating added copper (Cu) filtration, such as those commonly used in fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGI). The intended application of this research is for dosimetry in soft tissue from FGI procedures using these data. METHODS: All measurements in this study were acquired on a Siemens (Erlangen, Germany) Artis zeego fluoroscope...
January 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094209/simplified-low-dose-rate-infant-total-body-irradiation
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Nels Knutson, Y James Rao, Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Stephanie M Perkins, H Harold Li
PURPOSE: Low-dose-rate total body irradiation (LDR TBI) in infants possesses unique challenges because of the setup limitations imposed by anesthesia. We present an LDR TBI method with an anteroposterior/posteroanterior arrangement and dose rate < 10 cGy/minute for infants (thickness <14 cm) without the use of a beam attenuator. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The delivery used a 6 MV TrueBeam linear accelerator (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) with adjustable meterset rates below 100 MU/minute...
October 24, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093955/anatomically-realistic-simulations-of-liver-ablation-by-irreversible-electroporation
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Radwan Qasrawi, Louis Silve, Fernando Burdío, Ziad Abdeen, Antoni Ivorra
Irreversible electroporation is a novel tissue ablation technique which entails delivering intense electrical pulses to target tissue, hence producing fatal defects in the cell membrane. The present study numerically analyzes the potential impact of liver blood vessels on ablation by irreversible electroporation because of their influence on the electric field distribution. An anatomically realistic computer model of the liver and its vasculature within an abdominal section was employed, and blood vessels down to 0...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092525/light-field-reconstruction-using-shearlet-transform
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Suren Vagharshakyan, Robert Bregovic, Atanas Gotchev
In this article we develop an image based rendering technique based on light field reconstruction from a limited set of perspective views acquired by cameras. Our approach utilizes sparse representation of epipolar-plane images (EPI) in shearlet transform domain. The shearlet transform has been specifically modified to handle the straight lines characteristic for EPI. The devised iterative regularization algorithm based on adaptive thresholding provides high-quality reconstruction results for relatively big disparities between neighboring views...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079471/pre-implant-modeling-of-depth-lead-placement-in-white-matter-for-maximizing-the-extent-of-cortical-activation-during-direct-neurostimulation-therapy
#16
Leopoldo Cendejas Zaragoza, Richard W Byrne, Marvin A Rossi
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this work was to predict preoperatively the maximum extent to which direct stimulation therapy can propagate through an epileptic circuit for stabilizing refractory focal-onset epilepsy. A pre-surgical workflow is presented which comprises a computationally intensive process for calculating the volume of cortical activation (VOCA) surrounding cylindrical depth contacts virtually placed in white matter. The process employs an activation function (AF) derived from cable modeling of an axon...
January 12, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079107/phenotyping-for-the-dynamics-of-field-wheat-root-system-architecture
#17
Xinxin Chen, Qishuo Ding, Zbigniew Błaszkiewicz, Jiuai Sun, Qian Sun, Ruiyin He, Yinian Li
We investigated a method to quantify field-state wheat RSA in a phenotyping way, depicting the 3D topology of wheat RSA in 14d periods. The phenotyping procedure, proposed for understanding the spatio-temporal variations of root-soil interaction and the RSA dynamics in the field, is realized with a set of indices of mm scale precision, illustrating the gradients of both wheat root angle and elongation rate along soil depth, as well as the foraging potential along the side directions. The 70d was identified as the shifting point distinguishing the linear root length elongation from power-law development...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078409/determination-of-molecular-size-parameters-and-quantification-of-polyacrylic-acid-by-high-performance-size-exclusion-chromatography-with-triple-detection
#18
Jean-François Cotte, Afifa Bouadam, Agathe Sordoillet, Isabelle Jaudinaud, Véronique Chambon, Philippe Talaga
Synthetic polyelectrolytes are a broad class of vaccine adjuvants. Among them, polyacrylic acid (PAA), a polyanionic polymer, is currently evaluated by Sanofi Pasteur. As chain length is considered to be a critical quality attribute for adjuvant properties of PAA, measurement of precise and accurate molecular size parameters is important for these polymers. In the field of synthetic polymer chemistry, methods for determination of molecular size parameters are well defined. Specifically, high performance size-exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) with multi-detection system is a method of choice...
January 11, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077869/age-extent-and-carbon-storage-of-the-central-congo-basin-peatland-complex
#19
Greta C Dargie, Simon L Lewis, Ian T Lawson, Edward T A Mitchard, Susan E Page, Yannick E Bocko, Suspense A Ifo
Peatlands are carbon-rich ecosystems that cover just three per cent of Earth's land surface, but store one-third of soil carbon. Peat soils are formed by the build-up of partially decomposed organic matter under waterlogged anoxic conditions. Most peat is found in cool climatic regions where unimpeded decomposition is slower, but deposits are also found under some tropical swamp forests. Here we present field measurements from one of the world's most extensive regions of swamp forest, the Cuvette Centrale depression in the central Congo Basin...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076533/similarities-and-differences-in-crack-cocaine-use-patterns-in-santa-catarina-brazil-capital-vs-midwest
#20
Maria Terezinha Zeferino, Vivian Costa Fermo, Marcelo Brandt Fialho, Francisco Inácio Bastos
Crack cocaine has been a major public health problem in Brazil due to the individual and social harms and risks deriving from its use. This article aims to assess the characteristics of drug scenes in the capital and Midwest of Santa Catarina state. The project used the Time-Location Sampling. Between January and June 2011, 41 crack cocaine scenes were mapped in capital of Santa Catarina, whereas 33 were mapped in the Midwest of that state. Such scenes were randomly selected to be observed, as well as their days and shifts (time periods/day) for in-depth observation...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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