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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239473/fine-scale-foraging-movements-by-fish-eating-killer-whales-orcinus-orca-relate-to-the-vertical-distributions-and-escape-responses-of-salmonid-prey-oncorhynchus-spp
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Brianna M Wright, John K B Ford, Graeme M Ellis, Volker B Deecke, Ari Daniel Shapiro, Brian C Battaile, Andrew W Trites
BACKGROUND: We sought to quantitatively describe the fine-scale foraging behavior of northern resident killer whales (Orcinus orca), a population of fish-eating killer whales that feeds almost exclusively on Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.). To reconstruct the underwater movements of these specialist predators, we deployed 34 biologging Dtags on 32 individuals and collected high-resolution, three-dimensional accelerometry and acoustic data. We used the resulting dive paths to compare killer whale foraging behavior to the distributions of different salmonid prey species...
2017: Movement Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238902/effect-of-spacers-on-the-bipolar-electrostatic-charge-properties-of-metered-dose-inhaler-aerosols-a-case-study-with-tilade-%C3%A2
#2
Sharon Shui Yee Leung, Adam Chong Ming Chiow, Philip Chi Lip Kwok, Ari Ukkonen, Hak-Kim Chan
Aerosols emitted from metered dose inhalers (MDIs) are generally electrically charged and bipolar in nature. While a spacer can effectively dampen the charge magnitude of aerosols, the electrostatic interactions between the positively and negatively charged particles and the spacer have not yet been characterized separately. The Bipolar Charge Analyzer (BOLAR) was employed to investigate interactions between the spacer and the charged aerosols. Three individual actuations of Tilade(®) MDI were introduced without a spacer and through an anti-static AeroChamber Plus® Z Stat(®), an uncoated and a detergent-coated AeroChamber Plus(®) spacer into the BOLAR at 60 L/min...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238588/rest-stress-limb-perfusion-imaging-in-humans-with-contrast-ultrasound-using-intermediate-power-imaging-and-microbubbles-resistant-to-inertial-cavitation
#3
Brian P Davidson, James Hodovan, J Todd Belcik, Federico Moccetti, Aris Xie, Azzdine Y Ammi, Jonathan R Lindner
BACKGROUND: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEU) limb perfusion imaging is a promising approach for evaluating peripheral artery disease (PAD). However, low signal enhancement in skeletal muscle has necessitated high-power intermittent imaging algorithms, which are not clinically feasible. We hypothesized that CEU using a combination of intermediate power and a contrast agent resistant to inertial cavitation would allow real-time limb stress perfusion imaging. METHODS: In normal volunteers, CEU of the calf skeletal muscle was performed on separate days with Sonazoid, Optison, or Definity...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237970/clinical-predictors-of-length-of-stay-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
#4
Ari Cedars, Lawrence Benjamin, Sara V Burns, Eric Novak, Amit Amin
OBJECTIVE: Length of stay (LOS) is a major driver of inpatient care costs. To date, few studies have investigated risk factors associated with increased LOS in patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). In the present work, we sought to address this knowledge gap. METHODS: We conducted an analysis of the State Inpatient Databases from Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska and New York. We analysed data on admissions in patients with ACHD and constructed a series of hierarchical regression models to identify the clinical factors having the greatest effects on LOS...
February 25, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237614/3d-shaping-of-electron-beams-using-amplitude-masks
#5
Roy Shiloh, Ady Arie
Shaping the electron wavefunction in three dimensions may prove to be an indispensable tool for research involving atomic-sized particle trapping, manipulation, and synthesis. We utilize computer-generated holograms to sculpt electron wavefunctions in a standard transmission electron microscope in 3D, and demonstrate the formation of electron beams exhibiting high intensity along specific trajectories as well as shaping the beam into a 3D lattice of hot-spots. The concepts presented here are similar to those used in light optics for trapping and tweezing of particles, but at atomic scale resolutions...
February 20, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237182/correlation-of-c-met-expression-and-outcome-in-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma-treated-with-sunitinib
#6
Katriina Johanna Peltola, Patrick Penttilä, Juhana Rautiola, Heikki Joensuu, Erkki Hänninen, Ari Ristimäki, Petri Bono
BACKGROUND: Treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) has improved substantially since the introduction of targeted therapies, but no predictive biomarkers are available. The proto-oncogene c-Met is involved in tumor angiogenesis, development, and metastasis. The main objective was to evaluate c-Met expression in sunitinib-treated patients with mRCC, including patients with bone metastases. METHODS: c-Met expression was analyzed from 137 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor samples using a validated immunostaining protocol...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237116/methods-to-study-autophagy-in-zebrafish
#7
E Fodor, T Sigmond, E Ari, K Lengyel, K Takács-Vellai, M Varga, T Vellai
Autophagy (cellular self-eating) is a highly regulated degradation process of the eukaryotic cell during which parts of the cytoplasm are delivered into, and broken down within, the lysosomal compartment. The process serves as a main route for the elimination of superfluous and damaged cellular constituents, thereby mediating macromolecular and organellar turnover. In addition to maintaining cellular homeostasis, autophagy is involved in various other cellular and developmental processes by degrading specific regulatory proteins, and contributing to the clearance of intracellular pathogens...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237024/missing-mediated-interruptions-in-manual-assembly-critical-aspects-of-breakpoint-selection
#8
Ari Kolbeinsson, Jessica Lindblom, Peter Thorvald
The factory of the future aims to make manufacturing more effective and easily customisable, using advanced sensors and communications to support information management. In this paper, we examine how breakpoint selection during interruption management can fail, even when using recommendations for interruption management from existing research. We present an experiment based on prior work where mediated interruptions (i.e. smart interruptions that should interrupt at opportune moments) were missed by participants when sent at one of two pre-defined breakpoints...
May 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230356/assessment-of-particle-pollution-from-jetliners-from-smoke-visibility-to-nanoparticle-counting
#9
Lukas Durdina, Benjamin T Brem, Ari Setyan, Frithjof Siegerist, Theo Rindlisbacher, Jing Wang
Aviation is a substantial and a fast growing emissions source. Besides greenhouse gases, aircraft engines emit black carbon (BC), a climate forcer and air pollutant. Aviation BC emissions have been regulated and estimated through exhaust smoke visibility (smoke number). Their impacts are poorly understood because emission inventories lack representative data. Here, we measured BC mass and number-based emissions of the most popular airliner's engines according to a new emission standard. We used a calibrated engine performance model to determine the emissions on the ground, at cruise altitude, and over entire flight missions...
February 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229575/effects-of-a-low-volume-plyometric-training-in-anaerobic-performance-of-adolescent-athletes
#10
Ari R Assunção, Martim Bottaro, Euler A Cardoso, Daiane P Dantas da Silva, Marcelo Ferraz, Carlos A Vieira, Paulo Gentil
BACKGROUND: Parameters related to the anaerobic capacity and power may be important for the performance of many sports whose skills are related to high-intensity and short- duration efforts. Although plyometric training (PT) has been widely used in the regular strength and conditioning programs of young athletes, its effects on anaerobic performance are still controversial. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of PT in anaerobic performance in young athletes...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228052/inhalation-therapy-in-patients-with-tracheostomy-a-guide-to-clinicians
#11
Arzu Ari, James B Fink
Inhalation therapy has become a popular procedure for the treatment of patients with tracheostomy. However, clinicians are faced with many challenges during inhalation therapy because of the many factors affecting aerosol therapy to this patient population, and the lack of literature providing guidance in this area of research. Areas covered: The purpose of this paper is to describe the factors affecting aerosol drug delivery to patients with tracheostomy and to explain how to optimize inhalation therapy through device selection, interface selection and delivery technique in this patient population...
March 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227567/a-method-to-assess-the-location-and-positional-stability-of-supra-choroidal-retinal-neuroprostheses
#12
Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning, Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning, Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of the retina is now firmly established as a means of restoration of rudimentary vision for blindness particularly that caused by retinitis pigmentosa. Of the various approaches, the novel positioning of an ultra-thin stimulating electrode array (SEA) posterior to the choroid has shown promising results. Following their implantation, reliable imaging methods are essential to establish the SEA's location relative to the optic disk and retinal vasculature. Because the opacity of the choroid precludes the use of conventional light-based fundus imaging, we developed an instrument (Wangiscope) that relies on infra-red illumination from LEDs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226736/automatic-segmentation-of-lungs-in-spect-images-using-active-shape-model-trained-by-meshes-delineated-in-ct-images
#13
Cheimariotis Grigorios-Aris, Al-Mashat Mariam, Haris Kostas, Aletras H Anthony, Jogi Jonas, Bajc Marika, Maglaveras Nicolaos, Heiberg Einar, Cheimariotis Grigorios-Aris, Al-Mashat Mariam, Haris Kostas, Aletras H Anthony, Jogi Jonas, Bajc Marika, Maglaveras Nicolaos, Heiberg Einar, Bajc Marika, Al-Mashat Mariam, Jogi Jonas, Heiberg Einar, Haris Kostas, Maglaveras Nicolaos, Aletras H Anthony, Cheimariotis Grigorios-Aris
This paper presents a fully automated method for segmentation of 3D SPECT ventilation and perfusion images. It relies on statistical information on lung shape derived by CT manual segmentation and its main processing steps are: shape model extraction, binary segmentation, positioning of mean shape in SPECT images and iterative shape adaptation based on intensity profiles and on what is considered `plausible' lung shape. The Active Shape Model is used to generate accurate anatomic results in SPECT images with functional information and thus unclear borders, especially in the case of pathologies...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226272/automated-processing-extraction-and-detection-of-herpes-simplex-virus-types-1-and-2-a-comparative-evaluation-of-three-commercial-platforms-using-clinical-specimens
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Matthew J Binnicker, Mark J Espy, Brian Duresko, Cole Irish, Jay Mandrekar
BACKGROUND: Recently, automated platforms have been developed that can perform processing, extraction and testing for herpes simplex virus (HSV) nucleic acid on a single instrument. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we compared three commercially-available systems; Aptima(®)/Panther (Hologic, San Diego, CA), ARIES(®) (Luminex Corporation, Austin, TX), and cobas(®) 4800 (Roche Molecular Systems Inc, Pleasanton, CA) for the qualitative detection of HSV-1/2 in clinical samples...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225820/analysis-of-spatial-mobility-in-subjects-from-a-dengue-endemic-urban-locality-in-morelos-state-mexico
#15
Jorge Abelardo Falcón-Lezama, René Santos-Luna, Susana Román-Pérez, Ruth Aralí Martínez-Vega, Marco Arieli Herrera-Valdez, Ángel Fernando Kuri-Morales, Ben Adams, Pablo Antonio Kuri-Morales, Malaquías López-Cervantes, José Ramos-Castañeda
INTRODUCTION: Mathematical models and field data suggest that human mobility is an important driver for Dengue virus transmission. Nonetheless little is known on this matter due the lack of instruments for precise mobility quantification and study design difficulties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a cohort-nested, case-control study with 126 individuals (42 cases, 42 intradomestic controls and 42 population controls) with the goal of describing human mobility patterns of recently Dengue virus-infected subjects, and comparing them with those of non-infected subjects living in an urban endemic locality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222949/rare-bleeding-disorders-old-diseases-in-the-era-of-novel-options-for-therapy
#16
Tami Livnat, Assaf Arie Barg, Sarina Levy-Mendelovich, Gili Kenet
Rare diseases are defined as life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases with a prevalence of less than one per 2000 according to the European Union or one per 1250 according to the USA. Congenital rare bleeding disorders RBD are reported in most populations, with incidence varying from 1 in 5000 (Hemophilia A), 1:30,000 (Hemophilia B) to much rarer (1:500,000 for FVII deficiency, 1-3 million for Prothrombin or FXIII deficiency). Acquired Hemophilia A is also a rare bleeding disorder with estimated frequency of 1 in million...
February 14, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222717/causes-of-death-in-very-preterm-infants-cared-for-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
#17
Tim Schindler, Louise Koller-Smith, Kei Lui, Barbara Bajuk, Srinivas Bolisetty
BACKGROUND: While there are good data to describe changing trends in mortality and morbidity rates for preterm populations, there is very little information on the specific causes and pattern of death in terms of age of vulnerability. It is well established that mortality increases with decreasing gestational age but there are limited data on the specific causes that account for this increased mortality. The aim of this study was to establish the common causes of hospital mortality in a regional preterm population admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)...
February 21, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222173/back-to-basics-the-effects-of-block-vs-interleaved-trial-administration-on-pro-and-anti-saccade-performance
#18
Liran Zeligman, Ari Z Zivotofsky
The pro and anti-saccade task (PAT) is a widely used tool in the study of overt and covert attention with promising potential role in neurocognitive and psychiatric assessment. However, specific PAT protocols can vary significantly between labs, potentially resulting in large variations in findings across studies. In light of recent calls towards a standardization of PAT the current study's objective was to systematically and purposely evaluate the effects of block vs. interleaved administration-a fundamental consideration-on PAT measures in a within subject design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222168/fewer-acute-respiratory-infection-episodes-among-patients-receiving-treatment-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
#19
Herng-Ching Lin, Sudha Xirasagar, Shiu-Dong Chung, Chung-Chien Huang, Ming-Chieh Tsai, Chao-Hung Chen
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) present with comorbid complications with implications for healthcare utilization. To date, little is known about the effects of GERD treatment with a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) on patients' subsequent healthcare utilization for acute respiratory infections (ARIs). This population-based study compared ARI episodes captured through outpatient visits, one year before and one year after GERD patients received PPI treatment. We used retrospective data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005 in Taiwan, comparing 21,486 patients diagnosed with GERD from 2010 to 2012 with 21,486 age-sex matched comparison patients without GERD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221965/explanatory-variables-associated-with-campylobacter-and-escherichia-coli-concentrations-on-broiler-chicken-carcasses-during-processing-in-two-slaughterhouses
#20
Ewa Pacholewicz, Arno Swart, Jaap A Wagenaar, Len J A Lipman, Arie H Havelaar
This study aimed at identifying explanatory variables that were associated with Campylobacter and Escherichia coli concentrations throughout processing in two commercial broiler slaughterhouses. Quantative data on Campylobacter and E. coli along the processing line were collected. Moreover, information on batch characteristics, slaughterhouse practices, process performance, and environmental variables was collected through questionnaires, observations, and measurements, resulting in data on 19 potential explanatory variables...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
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