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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736809/dose-evaluation-of-grid-therapy-using-a-6-mv-flattening-filter-free-fff-photon-beam-a-monte-carlo-study
#1
Immaculada Martínez-Rovira, Josep Puxeu, Yolanda Prezado
PURPOSE: Spatially fractionated radiotherapy is a strategy to overcome the main limitation of radiotherapy, i.e., the restrained normal tissue tolerances. A well-known example is Grid Therapy, which is currently performed at some hospitals using megavoltage photon beams delivered by Linacs. Grid Therapy has been successfully used in the management of bulky abdominal tumors with low toxicity. The aim of this work is to evaluate whether an improvement in therapeutic index in Grid Therapy can be obtained by implementing it in a flattening filter-free (FFF) Linac...
July 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736737/diffraction-tomography-with-fourier-ptychography
#2
Roarke Horstmeyer, Jaebum Chung, Xiaoze Ou, Guoan Zheng, Changhuei Yang
This paper presents a technique to image the complex index of refraction of a sample across three dimensions. The only required hardware is a standard microscope and an array of LEDs. The method, termed Fourier ptychographic tomography (FPT), first captures a sequence of intensity-only images of a sample under angularly varying illumination. Then, using principles from ptychography and diffraction tomography, it computationally solves for the sample structure in three dimensions. The experimental microscope demonstrates a lateral spatial resolution of 0...
August 2016: Optica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736308/laminar-fmri-what-can-the-time-domain-tell-us
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REVIEW
Natalia Petridou, Jeroen C W Siero
The rapid developments in functional MRI (fMRI) acquisition methods and hardware technologies in recent years, particularly at high field (≥7 T), have enabled unparalleled visualization of functional detail at a laminar or columnar level, bringing fMRI close to the intrinsic resolution of brain function. These advances highlight the potential of high resolution fMRI to be a valuable tool to study the fundamental processing performed in cortical micro-circuits, and their interactions such as feedforward and feedback processes...
July 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734530/joint-optic-disc-and-cup-boundary-extraction-from-monocular-fundus-images
#4
Arunava Chakravarty, Jayanthi Sivaswamy
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Accurate segmentation of optic disc and cup from monocular color fundus images plays a significant role in the screening and diagnosis of glaucoma. Though optic cup is characterized by the drop in depth from the disc boundary, most existing methods segment the two structures separately and rely only on color and vessel kink based cues due to the lack of explicit depth information in color fundus images. METHODS: We propose a novel boundary-based Conditional Random Field formulation that extracts both the optic disc and cup boundaries in a single optimization step...
August 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733859/the-past-and-future-in-understanding-the-health-risks-of-and-responses-to-climate-variability-and-change
#5
Kristie L Ebi, Jeremy J Hess
Climate change and health was established as a formal field of endeavor in the early 1990s, with the number of publications increasing since the mid-2000s. The key findings in assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1995, 2001, 2007, and 2014 indicate the progress in understanding the magnitude and pattern of the health risks of a changing climate. The assessments maintained a similar structure, focusing on assessing the state of knowledge of individual climate-sensitive health outcomes, with confidence in the key findings tending to increase over time with greater understanding...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731722/dynamically-reconfigurable-metadevice-employing-nanostructured-phase-change-materials
#6
Zhihua Zhu, Philip Gareth Evans, Richard F Haglund, Jason Valentine
Mastering dynamic free-space spectral control and modulation in the near-infrared and optical regimes remains a challenging task that is hindered by the available functional materials at high frequencies. Here, we realize an efficient metadevice capable of spectral control by minimizing the thermal mass of a vanadium dioxide phase-change material (PCM) and placing the PCM at the feed gap of a bow-tie field antenna. The device has an experimentally measured tuning range up to 360 nm in the NIR and a modulation depth of 33% at the resonant wavelength...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731366/chondromyxoid-fibroma-of-the-distal-fibula-treated-by-percutaneous-radiofrequency-ablation
#7
Tamar Berenstein-Weyel, Ehud Lebel, Daniela Katz, Yaakov Applbaum, Amos Peyser
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been shown to be an effective treatment for soft tissue lesions and also benign bone tumors, especially osteoid osteoma. There are limited data regarding this technique in other bone tumors, specifically larger and more aggressive ones. PURPOSES: To describe the use of RFA as a definitive treatment and an alternative to traditional open surgery for the treatment of chondromyxoid fibroma (CMF), a benign but locally aggressive bone tumor...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731297/smart-capsules-for-lead-removal-from-industrial-wastewater
#8
Bartosz Tylkowski, Renata Jastrząb
Ground and especially drinking water could be contaminated by heavy metal ions such as lead and chromium, or the metalloid arsenic, discarded from industrial wastewater. These heavy metal ions are regarded as highly toxic pollutants which could cause a wide range of health problems in case of a long-term accumulation in the body. Thus, there have been many efforts to reduce the concentration of lead ions in effluent wastewater. They have included the establishment of stringent permissible discharge levels and management policies, the application of various pollution-control technologies, and the development of adsorbent materials for lead reduction...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727813/label-free-three-dimensional-imaging-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-with-visible-optical-coherence-microscopy
#9
Séverine Coquoz, Paul J Marchand, Arno Bouwens, Laurent Mouchiroud, Vincenzo Sorrentino, Daniel Szlag, Johan Auwerx, Theo Lasser
Fast, label-free, high-resolution, three-dimensional imaging platforms are crucial for high-throughput in vivo time-lapse studies of the anatomy of Caenorhabditis elegans, one of the most commonly used model organisms in biomedical research. Despite the needs, methods combining all these characteristics have been lacking. Here, we present label-free imaging of live Caenorhabditis elegans with three-dimensional sub-micrometer resolution using visible optical coherence microscopy (visOCM). visOCM is a versatile optical imaging method which we introduced recently for tomography of cell cultures and tissue samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727551/inverse-rendering-and-relighting-from-multiple-color-plus-depth-images
#10
Siying Liu, Minh N Do
We propose a novel relighting approach that takes advantage of multiple color plus depth images acquired from a consumer camera. Assuming distant illumination and Lambertian reflectance, we model the reflected light field in terms of spherical harmonic coefficients of the Bi-directional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) and lighting. We make use of the noisy depth information together with color images taken under different illumination conditions to refine surface normals inferred from depth. We first perform refinement on the surface normals using the first order spherical harmonics...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726696/a-novel-freeze-protection-strategy-for-shallow-buried-sewer-pipes-temperature-modelling-and-field-investigation
#11
Youen Pericault, Mikael Risberg, Mattias Vesterlund, Maria Viklander, Annelie Hedström
The burial of sewer and water pipes below the maximum ground frost depth can be very costly and laborious in regions with cold winters. If a freeze protection measure is applied, the utility lines can be installed in a shallower trench to reduce the excavation needs. One freeze protection measure, so called heat tracing, consists of supplying heat along the pipes. In this work, the use of 4th generation district heating as a heat tracing solution was investigated at a pilot site in Kiruna, Sweden. The influence of the system on sewer and water pipe temperatures was studied at a snow-free and snow-covered cross section...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725975/supporting-sustainability-initiatives-through-biometeorology-education-and-training
#12
Michael J Allen, Jennifer Vanos, David M Hondula, Daniel J Vecellio, David Knight, Hamed Mehdipoor, Rebekah Lucas, Chris Fuhrmann, Hanna Lokys, Angela Lees, Sheila Tavares Nascimento, Andrew C W Leung, David R Perkins
The International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) has covered significant breadth and depth addressing fundamental and applied societal and environmental challenges in the last 60 years. Biometeorology is an interdisciplinary science connecting living organisms to their environment, but there is very little understanding of the existence and placement of this discipline within formal educational systems and institutions. It is thus difficult to project the ability of members of the biometeorological community-especially the biometeorologists of the future-to help solve global challenges...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725839/nursing-strategies-for-engaging-families-of-older-immigrants-hospitalized-for-end-of-life-care-an-australian-study
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Megan-Jane Johnstone, Alison M Hutchinson, Helen Rawson, Bernice Redley
BACKGROUND: Engaging with families of older non-English-speaking background (NESB) immigrants hospitalized for end-of-life (EOL) care can be challenging, especially when their cultures, lifeways, and family decision-making processes are unfamiliar to the nurses caring for them. Despite the recognized importance of family engagement when providing EOL care, the issue of ethnic minority family engagement has received little attention in the field. AIM: To explore and describe the strategies nurses use to facilitate engagement with families of older immigrant NESB patients hospitalized for EOL care...
September 2016: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725524/spin-polarized-scanning-tunneling-microscopy-with-quantitative-insights-into-magnetic-probes
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REVIEW
Soo-Hyon Phark, Dirk Sander
Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (spin-STM/S) have been successfully applied to magnetic characterizations of individual nanostructures. Spin-STM/S is often performed in magnetic fields of up to some Tesla, which may strongly influence the tip state. In spite of the pivotal role of the tip in spin-STM/S, the contribution of the tip to the differential conductance dI/dV signal in an external field has rarely been investigated in detail. In this review, an advanced analysis of spin-STM/S data measured on magnetic nanoislands, which relies on a quantitative magnetic characterization of tips, is discussed...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725346/diagnosing-allergic-sensitizations-in-the-third-millennium-why-clinicians-should-know-allergen-molecule-structures
#15
REVIEW
C Alessandri, R Ferrara, M L Bernardi, D Zennaro, L Tuppo, I Giangrieco, M Tamburrini, A Mari, M A Ciardiello
Diagnostic tests to detect allergic sensitization were introduced at the end of the nineteenth century but only in the late 1990s did the advent of molecular allergology revolutionize the approach to the allergic patient. Personalized Medicine, a medical procedure that separates patients into different groups with different medical decisions, practices and interventions has sanctioned this change. In fact, in the last few years molecular allergology and the observation that not every patient has the same allergic profile, even when allergic to the same allergenic source, has originated the concept "one size does not fit all"...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724231/arsenic-speciation-in-aquifer-sediment-under-varying-groundwater-regime-and-redox-conditions-at-jianghan-plain-of-central-china
#16
Yanhua Duan, Yiqun Gan, Yanxin Wang, Chongxuan Liu, Kai Yu, Yamin Deng, Ke Zhao, Chuangju Dong
At Jianghan Plain of central Yangtze basins where the health of >73, 000 people has been affected by long term intake of high arsenic groundwater, over 100 sediment samples from four boreholes at the field monitoring sites were collected and analyzed to delineate the distribution and speciation of As in the shallow aquifer sediment. Results showed that sediment As concentration is generally dependent on the lithological conditions, with the higher As concentration present in fine particle sediment, especially in the silty sand layers underlying clay or silty clay layers...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724080/qtls-associated-with-crown-root-angle-stomatal-conductance-and-maturity-in-sorghum
#17
Jose R Lopez, John E Erickson, Patricio Munoz, Ana Saballos, Terry J Felderhoff, Wilfred Vermerris
Three factors that directly affect the water inputs in cropping systems are root architecture, length of the growing season, and stomatal conductance to water vapor (). Deeper-rooted cultivars will perform better under water-limited conditions because they can access water stored deeper in the soil profile. Reduced limits transpiration rate () and thus throughout the vegetative phase conserves water that may be used during grain filling in water-limited environments. Additionally, growing early-maturing varieties in regions that rely on soil-stored water is a key water management strategy...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724061/multi-locus-mixed-model-analysis-of-stem-rust-resistance-in-winter-wheat
#18
Paul D Mihalyov, Virginia A Nichols, Peter Bulli, Matthew N Rouse, Michael O Pumphrey
Genome-wide association mapping is a powerful tool for dissecting the relationship between phenotypes and genetic variants in diverse populations. With the improved cost efficiency of high-throughput genotyping platforms, association mapping is a desirable method of mining populations for favorable alleles that hold value for crop improvement. Stem rust, caused by the fungus f. sp. is a devastating disease that threatens wheat ( L.) production worldwide. Here, we explored the genetic basis of stem rust resistance in a global collection of 1411 hexaploid winter wheat accessions genotyped with 5390 single nucleotide polymorphism markers...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722459/-mesotherapy-in-trichology
#19
Stephanie Alexandra Ihrisky
Mesotherapy (from Greek meso = in between, therapeia = treat) is a non-surgical, mostly cosmetic therapy, where active substances are injected intradermally into a depth of about 4 mm. It is an effective and easy-to-use method in the treatment of alopecia. It is effective both in the therapy of androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium. In recent years, it has been massively expanded also among non-medical fields, which has caused its contradictory perception by professional medical circles outside dermatologists...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722059/nanofluidics-in-two-dimensional-layered-materials-inspirations-from-nature
#20
REVIEW
Jun Gao, Yaping Feng, Wei Guo, Lei Jiang
With the advance of chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology, significant progress has been achieved in the design and application of synthetic nanofluidic devices and materials, mimicking the gating, rectifying, and adaptive functions of biological ion channels. Fundamental physics and chemistry behind these novel transport phenomena on the nanoscale have been explored in depth on single-pore platforms. However, toward real-world applications, one major challenge is to extrapolate these single-pore devices into macroscopic materials...
July 19, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
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