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  1. The correlation between accelerated and field corrosion tests performed in carbon steel and weathering steel coupons, coated and non-coated; Correlacao entre ensaios acelerados e ensaios de campo em corpos-de-provas de aco carbono e aco patinavel, sem e com revestimento

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    Antunes, Renato Altobelli

    2002-07-01

    The performance of four different organic coating systems applied to carbon and weathering steel coupons has been assessed in this investigation. applied on the surface of carbon steel and weathering steel coupons. The coupons have been evaluated using five different tests, three field tests and two accelerated tests. The field tests were carried out at three atmospheric stations, located at COSIPA in Cubatao-SP, at Alto da Serra in Cubatao-SP and at Paula Souza in Sao Paulo city. The accelerated tests consisted of (a) exposure to alternate cycles of ultraviolet radiation/condensation combined with salt spray cycles (UVCON combined with Salt Spray) and of (b) exposure to alternate cycles of ultraviolet radiation/condensation combined with the Prohesion test. The performance of the coatings was assessed by visual observation and photographs, using a method based on ASTM D-610, ASTM D-714 and ASTM-1654 standards to rank them. The oxide phases formed on the surfaces of the non-coated specimens of carbon and weathering steels, exposed to the same tests performed with the coated specimens, were identified using three different techniques: X-ray diffraction, Raman microscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy. In the field tests, the specimens have been exposed for 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9 months. In the accelerated ones, the results were obtained after 1340 hours (4 cycles) test. The main component identified in all the specimens collected from the field tests and from the UVCON combined with the Prohesion test was lepidocrocite ({gamma}-FeOOH). Goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH ) and magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) were identified as the other two main phases present in ali the specimens. In the UVCON combined with Salt Spray test, the dominant phase was magnetite, followed by goethite and lepidocrocite. The morphology of the rust formed on the specimens was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Structures corresponding to goethite and lepidocrocited were recognized on ali specimens

  2. Pioneer ACO PUF

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Pioneer ACO PUF - To address the increasing number of requests for Pioneer ACO data, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a standard...

  3. Pioneer ACO Model

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Pioneer ACO Model is designed for health care organizations and providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings. It...

  4. Comparação entre a medida contínua do débito cardíaco e por termodiluição em bolus durante a revascularização miocárdica sem circulação extracorpórea

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    Kim Sílvia M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem o uso de circulação extracorpórea (CEC relaciona-se a importantes alterações hemodinâmicas bruscas, que podem não ser prontamente detectadas pela medida contínua de débito cardíaco. Este estudo compara resultados obtidos pela medida do índice cardíaco com o cateter de artéria pulmonar com filamento térmico (Baxter Edwards Critical Care, Irvine, CA com o método padrão por termodiluição com solução, durante a anastomose coronariana distal. MÉTODO: Dez pacientes submetidos à cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem CEC foram monitorizados com o cateter de artéria pulmonar com filamento térmico. As medidas de índice cardíaco foram obtidas em quatro momentos: no início da anestesia, enquanto o tórax ainda estava fechado (M1, após a esternotomia (M2, após a estabilização do coração com o aparelho octopus (M3 e ao final da anastomose coronariana distal (M4. RESULTADOS: Houve diminuição significativa (p < 0,05 do índice cardíaco durante a anastomose coronariana, detectada pela medida com termodiluição com bolus de solução. O índice cardíaco variou de 2,8 ± 0,7 para 2,3 ± 0,8 l.min.m-2 no início da anastomose e 2,5 ± 0,8 l.min.m-2 ao final da mesma. Essa variação não foi detectada pela medida contínua (de 3 ± 0,6 para 3,2 ± 0,5 e 3,1 ± 0,6 l.min.m-2 durante a anastomose coronariana. CONCLUSÕES: A medida de débito cardíaco contínuo utilizando o cateter de artéria pulmonar com filamento térmico apresentou atraso na detecção das alterações hemodinâmicas agudas relacionadas à mudança do posicionamento do coração na cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem CEC.

  5. Financial Performance of Rural Medicare ACOs.

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    Nattinger, Matthew C; Mueller, Keith; Ullrich, Fred; Zhu, Xi

    2018-12-01

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has facilitated the development of Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs), mostly through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). To inform the operation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI) ACO programs, we assess the financial performance of rural ACOs based on different levels of rural presence. We used the 2014 performance data for Medicare ACOs to examine the financial performance of rural ACOs with different levels of rural presence: exclusively rural, mostly rural, and mixed rural/metropolitan. Of the ACOs reporting performance data, we identified 97 ACOs with a measurable rural presence. We found that successful rural ACO financial performance is associated with the ACO's organizational type (eg, physician-based) and that 8 of the 11 rural ACOs participating in the Advanced Payment Program (APP) garnered savings for Medicare. Unlike previous work, we did not find an association between ACO size or experience and rural ACO financial performance. Our findings suggest that rural ACO financial success is likely associated with factors unique to rural environments. Given the emphasis CMS has placed on rural ACO development, further research to identify these factors is warranted. © 2016 National Rural Health Association.

  6. Feocromocitoma cardíaco

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    Gustavo L. Knop

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Los feocromocitomas cardíacos primarios (FCP son sumamente infrecuentes. Hasta el presente son menos de 50 los casos comunicados en el mundo. Presentamos el caso de un tumor intrapericárdico, que resultó ser un feocromocitoma primario, en una mujer de mediana edad, cuyo signo principal fue hipertensión arterial severa (HTAs. Los estudios diagnósticos por imágenes corroboraron la presencia de un tumor intrapericárdico como único hallazgo y los estudios bioquímicos de catecolaminas y sus metabolitos excretados por orina reafirmaron el diagnóstico etiológico. El tumor fue resecado quirúrgicamente sin complicaciones mediante cirugía cardíaca convencional con circulación extracorpórea (CEC y paro cardíaco con cardioplejía. Siete meses después de la operación, la paciente se encuentra asintomática y normotensa.

  7. [Transcriptional regulation of aco gene cluster in Bacillus thuringiensis].

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    Huang, Minzhong; Zhang, Jie; Gao, Jiguo; Song, Fuping

    2015-09-04

    We analyzed the transcriptional regulation of aco gene cluster and the phenotype of acoR mutant, to determine the effect of acoR deletion on sporulation efficiency and Cry protein production. Sequence of aco gene cluster in Bacillus thuringiensis was analyzed by sequence alignment. RT-PCR was carried out to reveal the transcriptional units of the aco gene cluster. acoR insertion mutant was constructed by homologous recombination. Transcriptional activity was analyzed by promoter fusions with lacZ gene. Comparison of the Cry1Ac protein production was determined by protein quantitation. The aco gene cluster was composed of four genes. The acoABCL formed one transcriptional unit. The transcriptional activity of acoA promoter sharply decreased in sigL and acoR mutants, respectively. Deletion of acoR had no effect on growth and Cry protein production, but decreased the motility of cells and sporulation efficiency. The aco gene cluster is controlled by Sigma 54 and activated by AcoR. Deletion of acoR has no effect on Cry protein production, but decreased the motility of the cells.

  8. Tratamento da luxação paralítica do quadril na paralisia cerebral tetraparética espástica com osteotomia do fêmur e do ilíaco sem abertura da cápsula articular (capsuloplastia Hip dislocation treatment in cerebral palsy patients with spastic quadriplegia with femoral and pelvic osteotomies, without opening of the joint capsule (capsuloplasty

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    Fernando Farcetta Junior

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Mostrar o planejamento pré-operatório, e os resultados do tratamento cirúrgico da luxação paralítica do quadril em pacientes com paralisia cerebral. A técnica utilizada foi a osteotomia derrotatória e varizante do fêmur proximal, associada à osteotomia do ilíaco tipo Dega, sem abertura da cápsula articular. MÉTODOS: Realizamos um estudo retrospectivo de 10 quadris em oito pacientes com paralisia cerebral tipo tetraparesia espástico, submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico entre 2003 e 2005 com a mesma técnica cirúrgica. Foram avaliados parâmetros clínicos e radiográficos pré e pós-operatórios, bem como o planejamento pré-operatório com uso do intensificador de imagem. Os parâmetros clínicos analisados foram: dor, dificuldade de higiene e dificuldade de posicionamento. Os parâmetros radiológicos foram os índices de Reimers, índice acetabular e ângulo cervicodiafisário. Estes resultados foram submetidos a análise estatística. RESULTADOS: Obtivemos bons resultados com esta técnica. Com um seguimento médio de três anos, todos os quadris estavam reduzidos na última consulta, com alto grau de satisfação dos familiares, em relação ao tratamento. Além disso, mostramos que o planejamento pré-operatório com uso do intensificador de imagem nos permite a redução e estabilização desses quadris sem a necessidade de capsuloplastia. CONCLUSÃO: Os autores concluíram que no tratamento da luxação do quadril dos pacientes com paralisia cerebral tetraparéticos espásticos com o planejamento pré-operatório, não é necessária a capsuloplastia para estabilização da articulação coxofemoral.OBJECTIVES: To show the preoperative planning and the results of surgical treatment for paralytic hip dislocation in children with cerebral palsy. The techniques used were proximal femoral varus derotation osteotomy and Dega osteotomy without opening of the joint capsule. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of

  9. Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS): A diagnostic challenge.

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    Tho, Nguyen Van; Park, Hye Yun; Nakano, Yasutaka

    2016-04-01

    Asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS) is characterized by persistent airflow limitation with several features usually associated with asthma and several features usually associated with COPD. ACOS may be a special phenotype of a spectrum of chronic obstructive airway diseases, in which asthma and COPD are at the two opposite ends. The prevalence of ACOS varies considerably due to differing criteria being applied for diagnosis. Patients with ACOS utilize a large proportion of medical resources. They are associated with more frequent adverse outcomes than those with asthma or COPD alone. ACOS is currently a diagnostic challenge for physicians because there are no specific biomarkers to differentiate ACOS from asthma or COPD. The approach to diagnosing ACOS depends on the population from which the patient originated. The management of ACOS should be individualized to ensure the most effective treatment with minimal side effects. In this paper, we review the diagnostic criteria of ACOS used in previous studies, propose practical approaches to diagnosing and managing ACOS and raise some research questions related to ACOS. © 2015 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

  10. Cardiac muscle apoptosis: a comparison of myocardium revascularization with and without cardiopulmonary bypass Apoptose no músculo cardíaco: comparação na revascularização do miocárdio com e sem circulação extracorpórea

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    Diego Felipe Gaia

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Inflammatory response and metabolic disturbances in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB and without (OFF-PUMP have been researched. Apoptosis in ischemic reperfusion and chronic disease models has been shown in recent studies. The objective of this study is to compare the apoptosis intensity detected in cardiac myocytes before and after CABG with and without cardiopulmonary bypass. METHOD: Eighteen patients undergoing elective CABG were divided in two groups: the first group underwent cardiopulmonary bypasses and the second group did not. Auricle myocardial samples were obtained at the beginning and at the end of the surgery. Specimens were examined for apoptosis using the TUNEL method. RESULTS: There was no significant difference between the two groups in the surgical, demographic and postoperative data. The number of grafts was statistically different. There was no significant difference between the numbers of cells undergoing apoptosis in the two groups at the beginning of the procedure. There was no significant difference in the number of cells undergoing apoptosis from the beginning to the end of CABG in the OFF-PUMP group. There was a significant difference between the number of cells undergoing apoptosis at the beginning and the end of the CABG in the CPB group (pINTRODUÇÃO: A resposta inflamatória e os distúrbios metabólicos nas cirurgias de revascularização do miocárdio (RM com e sem circulação extracorpórea (CEC têm sido pesquisados. A apoptose vem sendo estudada em modelos de isquemia, reperfusão e processos crônicos. O objetivo deste trabalho é comparar o grau de apoptose detectada em cardiomiócitos, antes e após a RM com e sem CEC. MÉTODO: Dezoito indivíduos com indicação de RM, divididos em dois grupos (CEC e OFF-PUMP, sendo o primeiro (CEC com o emprego da CEC e o segundo sem o auxílio desta (OFF-PUMP, tiveram coletadas biópsias da aurícula direita, ao início e

  11. Importância da troponina-I cardíaca nos portadores de obstrução no tronco da artéria coronária esquerda sem evento cardíaco prévio Importance of cardiac troponin-I in the preoperative period of patients without prior cardiac events but suffering from left coronary branch obstruction

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    Domingo M. Braile

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a importância dos níveis séricos de troponina I-cardíaca no pré-operatório de pacientes portadores de obstrução no tronco da artéria coronária esquerda (OTCE sem evento cardíaco prévio. MÉTODO: Foram analisados os níveis séricos da troponina I-cardíaca de 115 pacientes com doença coronariana obstrutiva, com idade variando entre 32 e 81 anos (média e desvio-padrão de 59,7±10,5 anos. Os pacientes foram divididos em dois grupos: Grupo A - 41 pacientes portadores de OTCE, variando o grau de obstrução entre 20% de perda do diâmetro e subtotal (moda de 60%; Grupo B - 74 pacientes sem OTCE. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos a cineangiocoronariografia de forma eletiva e não apresentavam infarto agudo do miocárdio prévio. O método empregado na dosagem da troponina-I cardíaca foi o da Quimioluminiscência, admitindo-se como valor normal abaixo de 0,1 nanogramas por mililitro (ng/ml. RESULTADOS: Não houve correlação entre o grau de OTCE e os níveis séricos de troponina-Ic (P= 0,4617, porém a média dos níveis séricos da troponina-I nos grupos A e B foi, respectivamente, 0,3841 ng/ml e 0,1711 ng/ml (P=0,0324; teste de Mann-Whithey; OR= 4,44 (IC95% 1,60 _ 12,31. CONCLUSÕES: Os pacientes do grupo A têm 3,44 vezes mais chance de apresentar lesão miocárdica representada por elevação de troponina I-cardíaca que o grupo B, independente do grau da OTCE. A sensibilidade para suspeita clínica de mionecrose foi relativamente baixa (31,7%, porém a especificidade foi elevada (90,5%. Destaca-se, entretanto, a importância clínica da documentação de mionecrose em uma determinada porcentagem de pacientes com lesão de tronco, sem constatação eletrocardiográfica. Assim, os pacientes com OTCE devem ser submetidos com rapidez a procedimento operatório, a fim de evitar extensão da mionecrose.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the importance of cardiac troponin-I serum levels in the preoperative period of patients

  12. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS): structured literature review and physician insights.

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    Ding, B; Enstone, A

    2016-01-01

    To understand the key characteristics of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Overlap Syndrome (ACOS) and to identify evidence gaps relating to the identification, treatment and management of ACOS patients. A structured literature review and 1-hour telephone interviews with specialist respiratory physicians were conducted (n=10; China, France, Germany, Japan and the USA). All 10 physicians used the term ACOS in clinical practice. ACOS was not clearly defined in the literature. Prevalence of ACOS among adult patients with COPD or asthma ranged from 12-55%. ACOS patients had severe disease, with increased exacerbations and hospitalisations compared to some asthma and COPD patients. ACOS represented a clinical challenge due to a lack of evidence-based guidelines distinguishing between asthma, COPD and ACOS. Published data quantifying ACOS costs were limited. There is a need for consensus evidence-based guidance to facilitate earlier diagnosis and to optimise the management of ACOS patients.

  13. ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO): Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP): Temperature

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The University of Hawaii's ALOHA ("A Long-term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment") Cabled Observatory (ACO) is located 100 km north of the island of Oahu, Hawaii (22...

  14. ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO): Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP): Velocity

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The University of Hawaii's ALOHA ("A Long-term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment") Cabled Observatory (ACO) is located 100 km north of the island of Oahu, Hawaii (22...

  15. Registro de paro cardíaco en el adulto

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    Ricardo Navarro Vargas

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available En nuestro país no hay un registro estandarizado de los eventos cardíacos que requieren reanimación cerebro-cardio-pulmonar (RCCP siguiendo los lineamientos "Utstein". El propósito de este estudio fue determinar la calidad de los registros extrahospitalarios de paro cardíaco en el adulto, en Bogotá-Colombia. Entre enero y marzo de 2005 se realizó un análisis retrospectivo de los casos que correspondieron a paro cardíaco en el adulto atendidos por el "Centro Regulador de Urgencias del Distrito (CRU". El estudio reveló un registro deficiente de los eventos que requirieron RCCP realizados a nivel prehospitalario, e identificó al trauma como causa de paro cardíaco en 22% de los casos, una cifra particularmente elevada si se compara con los reportes mundiales, que oscilan entre 5% y 8%. Recomienda la estandarización del registro de paro cardíaco en el adulto, para lo cual se sugiere utilizar el formato de registro que sigue los lineamientos "Utstein".

  16. Definition and diagnosis of asthma-COPD overlap (ACO).

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    Yanagisawa, Satoru; Ichinose, Masakazu

    2018-02-09

    It is now widely recognized that asthma and COPD can coexist as asthma-COPD overlap (ACO), but the preliminary attempts at providing universal guidelines for the diagnosis of ACO still need to be improved. We believe that a case can be made for devising guidelines for the diagnosis of this increasingly common disease that are specific to Japan. In this paper, we present our consensus-based description of ACO which we believe is realistic for use in our country. In addition, we cite the scientific evidence for our own "objective" features used to develop the criteria for COPD and asthma diagnosis. We acknowledge that they will need to be validated and updated over time, but hope the results will encourage further research on the characteristics and treatment of this commonly encountered clinical problem. Copyright © 2018 Japanese Society of Allergology. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA alteration in new phenotype ACOS

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    Carpagnano, G. E.; Lacedonia, D.; Malerba, M; Palmiotti, G. A.; Cotugno, G.; Carone, M.; Foschino-Barbaro, M P

    2016-01-01

    Background Mitochondria contain their own DNA (MtDNA) that is very sensitive to oxidative stress and as a consequence could be damaged in quantity. Oxidative stress is largely recognized to play a key role in the pathogenesis of asthma and COPD and might have a role in the new intermediate phenotype ACOS (asthma-COPD overlap syndrome). The aim of this study was to investigate MtDNA alterations, as an expression of mitochondrial dysfunction, in ACOS and to verify whether they might help in the...

  18. Multiobjective Optimization of Evacuation Routes in Stadium Using Superposed Potential Field Network Based ACO

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    Jialiang Kou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiobjective evacuation routes optimization problem is defined to find out optimal evacuation routes for a group of evacuees under multiple evacuation objectives. For improving the evacuation efficiency, we abstracted the evacuation zone as a superposed potential field network (SPFN, and we presented SPFN-based ACO algorithm (SPFN-ACO to solve this problem based on the proposed model. In Wuhan Sports Center case, we compared SPFN-ACO algorithm with HMERP-ACO algorithm and traditional ACO algorithm under three evacuation objectives, namely, total evacuation time, total evacuation route length, and cumulative congestion degree. The experimental results show that SPFN-ACO algorithm has a better performance while comparing with HMERP-ACO algorithm and traditional ACO algorithm for solving multi-objective evacuation routes optimization problem.

  19. Energirenovering af Sems Have

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    Jensen, Søren Østergaard; Rose, Jørgen; Mørck, Ove

    energirenovering af boligblokke. Vejledningen omfatter optimering af økonomi, energibesparelser og CO2-reduktion ved renovering af boligblokke til lavenerginiveau. Fokus er på elementbyggeri fra 60-70erne samt murstensbyggeri. Der tages udgangspunkt i to konkrete renoverings-cases: Traneparken og Sems Have, hvor...... renoveringen er udført på to principielt forskellige måder: Traneparken med udvendig efterisolering til næsten lavenergiklasse 2015 niveau (nuværende BR2015 krav), Sems Have med helt ny klimaskærm og nye installationer til bygningsklasse 2020 niveau. Begge bebyggelser har fået nyt ventilationsanlæg samt PV......-anlæg. Nærværende rapport beskriver renoveringen af Sems Have....

  20. SEM-EDX

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    aghomotsegin

    2015-03-11

    Mar 11, 2015 ... http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB. African Journal of Biotechnology. Full Length Research Paper. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM-EDX) detection of arsenic and cadmium in himematsutake mushroom. Chun-Yen Liu1, Chao-Jen Wang1, Wen-Chuan Chung2, ...

  1. SEM microcharacterization of semiconductors

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    Holt, D B

    1989-01-01

    Applications of SEM techniques of microcharacterization have proliferated to cover every type of material and virtually every branch of science and technology. This book emphasizes the fundamental physical principles. The first section deals with the foundation of microcharacterization in electron beam instruments and the second deals with the interpretation of the information obtained in the main operating modes of a scanning electron microscope.

  2. 178. Linfoma cardíaco. Una neoplasia infrecuente

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    E. Sandoval

    2010-01-01

    Conclusiones: Los linfomas cardíacos son de alto grado de agresividad. La localización principal es la aurícula derecha, con clínica inespecífica y variable. No existe claro consenso sobre el tratamiento de elección, pero parece haber mayor supervivencia con tratamiento combinado con quimioterapia con antraciclínicos y radioterapia.

  3. Determinants of success in Shared Savings Programs: An analysis of ACO and market characteristics.

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    Ouayogodé, Mariétou H; Colla, Carrie H; Lewis, Valerie A

    2017-03-01

    Medicare's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs introduced shared savings to traditional Medicare, which allow providers who reduce health care costs for their patients to retain a percentage of the savings they generate. To examine ACO and market factors associated with superior financial performance in Medicare ACO programs. We obtained financial performance data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); we derived market-level characteristics from Medicare claims; and we collected ACO characteristics from the National Survey of ACOs for 215 ACOs. We examined the association between ACO financial performance and ACO provider composition, leadership structure, beneficiary characteristics, risk bearing experience, quality and process improvement capabilities, physician performance management, market competition, CMS-assigned financial benchmark, and ACO contract start date. We examined two outcomes from Medicare ACOs' first performance year: savings per Medicare beneficiary and earning shared savings payments (a dichotomous variable). When modeling the ACO ability to save and earn shared savings payments, we estimated positive regression coefficients for a greater proportion of primary care providers in the ACO, more practicing physicians on the governing board, physician leadership, active engagement in reducing hospital re-admissions, a greater proportion of disabled Medicare beneficiaries assigned to the ACO, financial incentives offered to physicians, a larger financial benchmark, and greater ACO market penetration. No characteristic of organizational structure was significantly associated with both outcomes of savings per beneficiary and likelihood of achieving shared savings. ACO prior experience with risk-bearing contracts was positively correlated with savings and significantly increased the likelihood of receiving shared savings payments. In the first year, performance is quite heterogeneous, yet organizational structure does not

  4. Regional cost and experience, not size or hospital inclusion, helps predict ACO success.

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    Schulz, John; DeCamp, Matthew; Berkowitz, Scott A

    2017-06-01

    The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) continues to expand and now includes 434 accountable care organizations (ACOs) serving more than 7 million beneficiaries. During 2014, 86 of these ACOs earned over $300 million in shared savings payments by promoting higher-quality patient care at a lower cost.Whether organizational characteristics, regional cost of care, or experience in the MSSP are associated with the ability to achieve shared savings remains uncertain.Using financial results from 2013 and 2014, we examined all 339 MSSP ACOs with a 2012, 2013, or 2014 start-date. We used a cross-sectional analysis to examine all ACOs and used a multivariate logistic model to predict probability of achieving shared savings.Experience, as measured by years in the MSSP program, was associated with success and the ability to earn shared savings varied regionally. This variation was strongly associated with differences in regional Medicare fee-for-service per capita costs: ACOs in high cost regions were more likely to earn savings. In the multivariate model, the number of ACO beneficiaries, inclusion of a hospital or involvement of an academic medical center, was not associated with likelihood of earning shared savings, after accounting for regional baseline cost variation.These results suggest ACOs are learning and improving from their experience. Additionally, the results highlight regional differences in ACO success and the strong association with variation in regional per capita costs, which can inform CMS policy to help promote ACO success nationwide.

  5. First national survey of ACOs finds that physicians are playing strong leadership and ownership roles.

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    Colla, Carrie H; Lewis, Valerie A; Shortell, Stephen M; Fisher, Elliott S

    2014-06-01

    The extent to which physicians lead, own, and govern accountable care organizations (ACOs) is unknown. However, physicians' involvement in ACOs will influence how clinicians and patients perceive the ACO model, how effective these organizations are at improving quality and costs, and how future ACOs will be organized. From October 2012 to May 2013 we fielded the National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations, the first such survey of public and private ACOs. We found that 51 percent of ACOs were physician-led, with another 33 percent jointly led by physicians and hospitals. In 78 percent of ACOs, physicians constituted a majority of the governing board, and physicians owned 40 percent of ACOs. The broad reach of physician leadership has important implications for the future evolution of ACOs. It seems likely that the challenge of fundamentally changing care delivery as the country moves away from fee-for-service payment will not be accomplished without strong, effective leadership from physicians. Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

  6. Dolor mandibular de origen cardíaco

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    MR Sáez Yuguero; Bermejo Fenoll, A.; JL Calvo Guirado; E. Álvarez Martínez

    2003-01-01

    En las complejas estructuras anatómicas orofaciales, asientan muchos procesos dolorosos. Las algias orofaciales más comunes tienen su origen a nivel dental, periodontal o en estructuras musculoesqueleticas. Sin embargo, el paciente puede manifestar dolor en esta región, bien en dientes o estructuras musculoesqueleticas, y la fuente originaria localizarse a distancia. A este tipo de dolor se le llama dolor heterotópico. Una posible fuente de dolor heterotópico es el dolor de origen cardíaco. E...

  7. MODELO ACO PARA LA RECOLECCIÓN DE RESIDUOS POR CONTENEDORES ACO MODEL APPLIED TO THE WASTE COLLECTION BY CONTAINERS

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    Eduardo Salazar Hornig

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available ACO es una metaheurística inspirada en el comportamiento de las colonias de hormigas para solucionar problemas de optimización combinatoria, por medio de la utilización de agentes computacionales simples que trabajan de manera cooperativa y se comunican mediante rastros de feromona artificiales. En este trabajo se presenta un modelo para resolver el Problema de Recolección de Residuos Domiciliarios por Contenedores, el que aplica un concepto de secuencias parciales de recolección que deben ser unidas para minimizar la distancia total de recolección. El problema de unir las secuencias parciales se representa como un TSP, el que es resuelto mediante un algoritmo ACO. En base a recomendaciones de la literatura, se calibran experimentalmente los parámetros del algoritmo y se recomiendan rangos de valores que representan buenos rendimientos promedio. El modelo se aplica a un sector de recolección de la comuna de San Pedro de la Paz, Chile, obteniéndose rutas de recolección que reducen la distancia total recorrida respecto de la actual ruta utilizada y de la solución obtenida con otro modelo desarrollado previamente.ACO is a metaheuristic inspired in the behavior of natural ant colonies to solve combinatorial optimization problems, based on simple agents that work cooperatively communicating by artificial pheromone trails. In this paper a model to solve the municipal waste collection problem by containers is presented, which applies a concept of partial collection sequences that must be joined to minimize the total collection distance. The problem to join the partial collection sequences is represented as a TSP, which is solved by an ACO algorithm. Based on the literature, algorithm parameters are experimentally calibrated and range of variations that represents good average solutions are recommended. The model is applied to a waste collection sector of the San Pedro de la Paz commune in Chile, obtaining recollection routes with less total

  8. ENHANCED HYBRID PSO – ACO ALGORITHM FOR GRID SCHEDULING

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    P. Mathiyalagan

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Grid computing is a high performance computing environment to solve larger scale computational demands. Grid computing contains resource management, task scheduling, security problems, information management and so on. Task scheduling is a fundamental issue in achieving high performance in grid computing systems. A computational GRID is typically heterogeneous in the sense that it combines clusters of varying sizes, and different clusters typically contains processing elements with different level of performance. In this, heuristic approaches based on particle swarm optimization and ant colony optimization algorithms are adopted for solving task scheduling problems in grid environment. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO is one of the latest evolutionary optimization techniques by nature. It has the better ability of global searching and has been successfully applied to many areas such as, neural network training etc. Due to the linear decreasing of inertia weight in PSO the convergence rate becomes faster, which leads to the minimal makespan time when used for scheduling. To make the convergence rate faster, the PSO algorithm is improved by modifying the inertia parameter, such that it produces better performance and gives an optimized result. The ACO algorithm is improved by modifying the pheromone updating rule. ACO algorithm is hybridized with PSO algorithm for efficient result and better convergence in PSO algorithm.

  9. Comorbidome, pattern and impact of asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) in real-life

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    van Boven, Job F. M.; Roman-Rodriguez, Miguel; Palmer, Josep F.; Toledo-Pons, Nuria; Cosio, Borja G.; Soriano, Joan B.

    BACKGROUND: Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) has been described and acknowledged as a distinct clinical entity; however, its characteristics in daily clinical practice are largely unknown. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of ACOS in the real-life population, its pattern of

  10. Substantial Physician Turnover And Beneficiary 'Churn' In A Large Medicare Pioneer ACO.

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    Hsu, John; Vogeli, Christine; Price, Mary; Brand, Richard; Chernew, Michael E; Mohta, Namita; Chaguturu, Sreekanth K; Weil, Eric; Ferris, Timothy G

    2017-04-01

    Alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), attempt to stimulate improvements in care delivery by better alignment of payer and provider incentives. However, limited attention has been paid to the physicians who actually deliver the care. In a large Medicare Pioneer ACO, we found that the number of beneficiaries per physician was low (median of seventy beneficiaries per physician, or less than 5 percent of a typical panel). We also found substantial physician turnover: More than half of physicians either joined (41 percent) or left (18 percent) the ACO during the 2012-14 contract period studied. When physicians left the ACO, most of their attributed beneficiaries also left the ACO. Conversely, about half of the growth in the beneficiary population was because of new physicians affiliating with the ACO; the remainder joined after switching physicians. These findings may help explain the muted financial impact ACOs have had overall, and they raise the possibility of future gaming on the part of ACOs to artificially control spending. Policy refinements include coordinated and standardized risk-sharing parameters across payers to prevent any dilution of the payment incentives or confusion from a cacophony of incentives across payers. Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

  11. Report on the 10th International Conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society (ACOS 2012).

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    Kim, Yeul Hong; Yang, Han-Kwang; Kim, Tae Won; Lee, Jung Shin; Seong, Jinsil; Lee, Woo Yong; Ahn, Yong Chan; Lim, Ho Yeong; Won, Jong-Ho; Park, Kyong Hwa; Cho, Kyung Sam

    2013-04-01

    The 10th International Conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society (ACOS 2012) in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Korean Cancer Association, was held on June 13 to 15 (3 days) 2012 at COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea. ACOS has a 20-year history starting from the first conference in Osaka, Japan, which was chaired by Prof. Tetsuo Taguchi and the ACOS conferences have since been conducted in Asian countries every 2 years. Under the theme of "Work Together to Make a Difference for Cancer Therapy in Asia", the 10th ACOS was prepared to discuss various subjects through a high-quality academic program, exhibition, and social events. The ACOS 2012 Committee was composed of the ACOS Organizing Committee, Honorary Advisors, Local Advisors, and ACOS 2012 Organizing Committee. The comprehensive academic program had a total of 92 sessions (3 Plenary Lectures, 1 Award Lectures, 1 Memorial Lectures, 9 Special Lectures, 15 Symposia, 1 Debate & Summary Sessions, 1 Case Conferences, 19 Educational Lectures, 1 Research & Development Session, 18 Satellite Symposia, 9 Meet the Professors, 14 Oral Presentations) and a total 292 presentations were delivered throughout the entire program. Amongst Free Papers, 462 research papers (110 oral presentations and 352 poster presentations) were selected to be presented. This conference was the largest of all ACOS conferences in its scale with around 1,500 participants from 30 countries. Furthermore, despite strict new financial policies and requirements governing fundraising alongside global economic stagnation, a total of 14 companies participated as sponsors and an additional 35 companies purchased 76 exhibition booths. Lastly, the conference social events provided attendees with a variety of opportunities to experience and enjoy Korea's rich culture and traditions during the Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Invitee Dinner, Banquet, and Closing Ceremony. Overall, ACOS 2012 reinforced and promoted

  12. ACOS GOSAT/TANSO-FTS ACOS Level 2 bias-corrected XCO2 and other select fields from the full-physics retrieval aggregated as daily files V7.3 (ACOS_L2_Lite_FP) at GES DISC

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The ACOS Lite files contain bias-corrected XCO2 along with other select fields aggregated as daily files. Orbital granules of the ACOS Level 2 standard product...

  13. ACO-Based Sweep Coverage Scheme in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Peng Huang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Coverage problem is one of the major issues in wireless sensor networks (WSN. In order to optimize the network coverage, different coverage formulations have been proposed. Recently, a newly emerging coverage scheme in wireless sensor networks, sweep coverage, which uses mobile sensors to monitor certain points of interest (POIs, is proposed. However, the data delivery to sink, an important problem in WSN, is not considered in original sweep coverage and many of the existing works did not consider it yet. In this work, a novel algorithm named ACOSC (ACO-based sweep coverage to solve the sweep coverage problem considering periodical coverage of POIs and delivery of data simultaneously is proposed. The evaluation results show that our algorithm has better performance than existing schemes.

  14. Layered ACO-OFDM for intensity-modulated direct-detection optical wireless transmission.

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    Wang, Qi; Qian, Chen; Guo, Xuhan; Wang, Zhaocheng; Cunningham, David G; White, Ian H

    2015-05-04

    Layered asymmetrically clipped optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM) with high spectral efficiency is proposed in this paper for optical wireless transmission employing intensity modulation with direct detection. In contrast to the conventional ACO-OFDM, which only utilizes odd subcarriers for modulation, leading to an obvious spectral efficiency loss, in layered ACO-OFDM, the subcarriers are divided into different layers and modulated by different kinds of ACO-OFDM, which are combined for simultaneous transmission. In this way, more subcarriers are used for data transmission and the spectral efficiency is improved. An iterative receiver is also proposed for layered ACO-OFDM, where the negative clipping distortion of each layer is subtracted once it is detected so that the signals from different layers can be recovered. Theoretical analysis shows that the proposed scheme can improve the spectral efficiency by up to 2 times compared with conventional ACO-OFDM approaches with the same modulation order. Meanwhile, simulation results confirm a considerable signal-to-noise ratio gain over ACO-OFDM at the same spectral efficiency.

  15. MOEA/D-ACO: a multiobjective evolutionary algorithm using decomposition and AntColony.

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    Ke, Liangjun; Zhang, Qingfu; Battiti, Roberto

    2013-12-01

    Combining ant colony optimization (ACO) and the multiobjective evolutionary algorithm (EA) based on decomposition (MOEA/D), this paper proposes a multiobjective EA, i.e., MOEA/D-ACO. Following other MOEA/D-like algorithms, MOEA/D-ACO decomposes a multiobjective optimization problem into a number of single-objective optimization problems. Each ant (i.e., agent) is responsible for solving one subproblem. All the ants are divided into a few groups, and each ant has several neighboring ants. An ant group maintains a pheromone matrix, and an individual ant has a heuristic information matrix. During the search, each ant also records the best solution found so far for its subproblem. To construct a new solution, an ant combines information from its group's pheromone matrix, its own heuristic information matrix, and its current solution. An ant checks the new solutions constructed by itself and its neighbors, and updates its current solution if it has found a better one in terms of its own objective. Extensive experiments have been conducted in this paper to study and compare MOEA/D-ACO with other algorithms on two sets of test problems. On the multiobjective 0-1 knapsack problem,MOEA/D-ACO outperforms the MOEA/D with conventional genetic operators and local search on all the nine test instances. We also demonstrate that the heuristic information matrices in MOEA/D-ACO are crucial to the good performance of MOEA/D-ACO for the knapsack problem. On the biobjective traveling salesman problem, MOEA/D-ACO performs much better than the BicriterionAnt on all the 12 test instances. We also evaluate the effects of grouping, neighborhood, and the location information of current solutions on the performance of MOEA/D-ACO. The work in this paper shows that reactive search optimization scheme, i.e., the "learning while optimizing" principle, is effective in improving multiobjective optimization algorithms.

  16. Trauma penetrante cardíaco en la unidad de emergencia del Hospital Carlos Van Buren

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    GÓMEZ C,GONZALO; Hola B,José

    2009-01-01

    El trauma penetrante cardíaco representa una de las mayores causas de muerte por motivo de violencia urbana y se clasifica en penetrante o contuso. La causa más común de trauma cardíaco penetrante es la herida por arma blanca o de fuego. La principal causa de trauma penetrante cardíaco en nuestra serie fue la lesión por arma blanca, siendo el ventrículo derecho la principal cámara cardíaca afectada. Los resultados quirúrgicos son comparables con otras series, con una mortalidad del 16,6% y un...

  17. Immunolabeling for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and field emission SEM.

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    Goldberg, Martin W

    2008-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is a high resolution surface imaging technique. Many biological process and structures occur at surfaces and if antibodies are available, their components can be located within the surface structure. This is usually done in a similar way to immuno-fluorescence, using an unconjugated primary antibody followed by a tagged secondary antibody against the primary. In this case the tag is usually a colloidal gold particle instead of a fluorophore. Therefore it is quite straightforward to adapt an immuno-fluorescence procedure for SEM, as long as certain precautions are followed, as discussed here. Progressing from immuno-fluorescence, which essentially only indicates the position of a protein within the volume of a cell, to immuno-SEM, puts the labeling into the context of cellular structures. The principles and practices of sample preparation, labeling and imaging are described here.

  18. Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS): Single disease entity or not? Could exhaled nitric oxide be a useful biomarker for the differentiation of ACOS, asthma and COPD?

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    Karampitsakos, Theodoros; Gourgoulianis, Konstantinos I

    2016-06-01

    Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) represent two major public health problems. However, there is a significant proportion of patients with a mixed asthma-COPD phenotype. This condition is defined as asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). Since there are no internationally accepted criteria for the diagnosis of that syndrome, its management remains difficult. Given the fact that patients with ACOS have an increased risk of exacerbation and hospitalization, there is a pressing need for a more targeted approach and better management. We propose that fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), a marker of eosinophilic inflammation, could help clinicians differentiate ACOS from asthma and COPD. We evaluate this hypothesis, using data derived from the existing literature. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Tumores cardíacos malignos Malignant cardiac tumours

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    Paulo Ruiz Lucio de Lima

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Os tumores do sistema cardiovascular são afecções raras. Manifestam-se por sinais e sintomas inespecíficos, na maioria das vezes. O tratamento de alterações de ritmo cardíaco, das doenças que acarretam disfunção no sistema de condução Hiss-Purkinje e das síndromes que podem acometer o coração (isquêmica, particularmente devem levar em consideração a possibilidade de neoplasias cardíacas. Os tumores do músculo cardíaco são os rabdomiossarcomas, que se desenvolvem com maior freqüência nas cavidades cardíacas esquerdas, principalmente no ventrículo esquerdo. Dentre os tumores endovasculares, o mais freqüente é o mixoma de átrio esquerdo e suas possíveis variantes. Os tumores metastáticos do coração, entre eles o melanoma maligno, são descritos com maior freqüência acometendo o ventrículo direito (parede anterior e septal, com invasão do ventrículo esquerdo, nas formas de doença não disseminada. O diagnóstico tardio implica em altas taxas de morbidade e mortalidade, associada ou não ao tratamento cirúrgico. Os autores descrevem caso de paciente com melanoma localizado no ventrículo direito, a abordagem diagnóstica e terapêutica realizada, comparando-as com os dados da literatura. A revisão da literatura é inconclusiva quanto ao tratamento de escolha dos tumores malignos do músculo cardíaco (primários ou metastáticos. Os autores sugerem a realização de estudos retrospectivos com metanálise na tentativa de estabelecer critérios diagnósticos e terapêuticos para os tumores malignos do coração, devido à pequena incidência desta doença.Neoplasms of the cardiovascular system are rare pathologies associated with non-specific signs and symptoms. Cardiac neoplasms should be considered when treating cardiac arrhythmia, Hiss-Purkinje conduction system dysfunction and ischemic syndromes. Tumors of the cardiac muscle are rhabdomyosarcomas that develop frequently in the left chambers, mainly the left

  20. Presenting Provenance Based on User Roles - Experiences from the ACOS System

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    West, P.; Michaelis, J.; Fox, P. A.; Zednik, S.; McGuinness, D. L.

    2010-12-01

    One goal of provenance is to provide users an understanding of the steps a system took to generate data products. Here, the level of detail captured by provenance becomes an important consideration. As detail is added, more questions can be hypothetically addressed. However, presenting significant provenance detail may also overwhelm end users, for one of two reasons: (i) the detail presented is irrelevant to the objectives, or (ii) the detail requires background knowledge a user lacks. Both of these challenges are present for data generated by the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory’s (MLSO) Advanced Coronal Observing System (ACOS). In ACOS, photometer-based readings are taken of solar activity and subsequently processed into data products consumable by end users. To fully understand these sequences of steps, background knowledge corresponding to various areas (e.g., astronomy, digital imaging, and ACOS specific techniques) is required by end users. This makes reviewing provenance difficult for users outside the ACOS development team, where varying degrees of background may be expected (ranging from outside domain experts in Solar Physics to citizen scientists). Likewise, even when steps taken by ACOS are understandable, they may provide undesired detail to an end user if presented. The work with ACOS involved the development of a Semantic Web based framework to selectively present provenance detail for data products in ACOS. Here, provenance is captured according to two sets of ontologies, the Proof Markup Language, which is an ontology based domain-independent provenance model, and a step ontology, designed to capture hierarchies of provenance steps. Used in combination, these ontology sets enable the creation of multiple levels of provenance, ranging from coarse to fine grained detail. In this setting, users may choose to expand/collapse provenance steps to view desired details. However, the specific provenance details a user initially sees is defined through

  1. Statistical analysis for validating ACO-KNN algorithm as feature selection in sentiment analysis

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    Ahmad, Siti Rohaidah; Yusop, Nurhafizah Moziyana Mohd; Bakar, Azuraliza Abu; Yaakub, Mohd Ridzwan

    2017-10-01

    This research paper aims to propose a hybrid of ant colony optimization (ACO) and k-nearest neighbor (KNN) algorithms as feature selections for selecting and choosing relevant features from customer review datasets. Information gain (IG), genetic algorithm (GA), and rough set attribute reduction (RSAR) were used as baseline algorithms in a performance comparison with the proposed algorithm. This paper will also discuss the significance test, which was used to evaluate the performance differences between the ACO-KNN, IG-GA, and IG-RSAR algorithms. This study evaluated the performance of the ACO-KNN algorithm using precision, recall, and F-score, which were validated using the parametric statistical significance tests. The evaluation process has statistically proven that this ACO-KNN algorithm has been significantly improved compared to the baseline algorithms. The evaluation process has statistically proven that this ACO-KNN algorithm has been significantly improved compared to the baseline algorithms. In addition, the experimental results have proven that the ACO-KNN can be used as a feature selection technique in sentiment analysis to obtain quality, optimal feature subset that can represent the actual data in customer review data.

  2. Secondary emission monitor (SEM) grids.

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    Patrice Loïez

    2002-01-01

    A great variety of Secondary Emission Monitors (SEM) are used all over the PS Complex. At other accelerators they are also called wire-grids, harps, etc. They are used to measure beam density profiles (from which beam size and emittance can be derived) in single-pass locations (not on circulating beams). Top left: two individual wire-planes. Top right: a combination of a horizontal and a vertical wire plane. Bottom left: a ribbon grid in its frame, with connecting wires. Bottom right: a SEM-grid with its insertion/retraction mechanism.

  3. SEM: A Cultural Change Agent

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    Barnes, Bradley; Bourke, Brian

    2015-01-01

    The authors advance the concept that institutional culture is a purposeful framework by which to view SEM's utility, particularly as a cultural change agent. Through the connection of seemingly independent functions of performance and behavior, implications emerge that deepen the understanding of the influence of culture on performance outcomes…

  4. RNA interference of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO1 and ACO2) genes expression prolongs the shelf life of Eksotika (Carica papaya L.) papaya fruit.

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    Sekeli, Rogayah; Abdullah, Janna Ong; Namasivayam, Parameswari; Muda, Pauziah; Abu Bakar, Umi Kalsom; Yeong, Wee Chien; Pillai, Vilasini

    2014-06-19

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using RNA interference in down regulating the expression of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene in Eksotika papaya. One-month old embryogenic calli were separately transformed with Agrobacterium strain LBA 4404 harbouring the three different RNAi pOpOff2 constructs bearing the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene. A total of 176 putative transformed lines were produced from 15,000 calli transformed, selected, then regenerated on medium supplemented with kanamycin. Integration and expression of the targeted gene in putatively transformed lines were verified by PCR and real-time RT-PCR. Confined field evaluation of a total of 31 putative transgenic lines planted showed a knockdown expression of the targeted ACO1 and ACO2 genes in 13 lines, which required more than 8 days to achieve the full yellow colour (Index 6). Fruits harvested from lines pRNAiACO2 L2-9 and pRNAiACO1 L2 exhibited about 20 and 14 days extended post-harvest shelf life to reach Index 6, respectively. The total soluble solids contents of the fruits ranged from 11 to 14° Brix, a range similar to fruits from non-transformed, wild type seed-derived plants.

  5. RNA Interference of 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic Acid Oxidase (ACO1 and ACO2 Genes Expression Prolongs the Shelf Life of Eksotika (Carica papaya L. Papaya Fruit

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    Rogayah Sekeli

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using RNA interference in down regulating the expression of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene in Eksotika papaya. One-month old embryogenic calli were separately transformed with Agrobacterium strain LBA 4404 harbouring the three different RNAi pOpOff2 constructs bearing the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene. A total of 176 putative transformed lines were produced from 15,000 calli transformed, selected, then regenerated on medium supplemented with kanamycin. Integration and expression of the targeted gene in putatively transformed lines were verified by PCR and real-time RT-PCR. Confined field evaluation of a total of 31 putative transgenic lines planted showed a knockdown expression of the targeted ACO1 and ACO2 genes in 13 lines, which required more than 8 days to achieve the full yellow colour (Index 6. Fruits harvested from lines pRNAiACO2 L2-9 and pRNAiACO1 L2 exhibited about 20 and 14 days extended post-harvest shelf life to reach Index 6, respectively. The total soluble solids contents of the fruits ranged from 11 to 14° Brix, a range similar to fruits from non-transformed, wild type seed-derived plants.

  6. Contributions of Relational Coordination to Care Management in ACOs: Views of Managerial and Clinical Leaders

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    Rundall, Thomas G.; Wu, Frances M.; Lewis, Valerie A.; Schoenherr, Karen E.; Shortell, Stephen M.

    2017-01-01

    Background The accountable care organization (ACO) is a new type of health care organization incentivized to improve quality of care, improve population health, and reduce the total cost of care. An ACO’s success in meeting these objectives will depend greatly upon its ability to improve patient care management. Numerous studies have found relational coordination to be positively associated with key measures of organizational performance in health care organizations, including quality and efficiency. Purpose The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) identify the extent to which ACO leaders are aware of the dimensions of relational coordination, and (2) identify the ways these leaders believe the dimensions influenced care management practices in their organization. Methodology/Approach We performed content analysis of interviews with managerial and clinical leaders from a diverse group of 11 ACOs to assess awareness of relational coordination and identify the ways that dimensions of relational coordination were perceived to influence development of care management practices. Findings ACO leaders mentioned four relational coordination dimensions: shared goals, frequency of communication, timeliness of communication, and problem solving communication. Three dimensions – shared knowledge of team members’ tasks, mutual respect, and accuracy of communication – were not mentioned. Our analysis identified numerous ways leaders believed the four mentioned dimensions contributed to the development of care management, including contributions to standardization of care, patient engagement, coordination of care, and care planning. Discussion We propose two hypotheses for future research on relational coordination and care management. Practice Implications If relational coordination is to have a beneficial influence on ACO performance, organizational leaders must become more aware of relational coordination and its various dimensions and become cognizant of relational

  7. Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) vs 'pure' COPD: a distinct phenotype?

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    Caillaud, D; Chanez, P; Escamilla, R; Burgel, P-R; Court-Fortune, I; Nesme-Meyer, P; Deslee, G; Perez, T; Paillasseur, J-L; Pinet, C; Jebrak, G; Roche, N

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    Some studies suggest that asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) is associated with worse outcomes than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The goal of this study was to further explore the clinical characteristics and survival of patients with ACOS identified in a real-life cohort of patients with COPD. Data from the French COPD cohort 'INITIATIVES BronchoPneumopathie Chronique Obstructive' (n = 998 patients) were analyzed to assess the frequency of ACOS defined as a physician diagnosis of asthma before the age of 40 years and to analyze its impact. Univariate analyses were performed to assess the relationship between ACOS and sociodemographic characteristics, risk factors (smoking, occupational exposure, atopic diseases), symptoms (chronic bronchitis, dyspnea-modified Medical Research Council scale and baseline dyspnea index), quality of life (QoL), mood disorders, exacerbations, comorbidities, lung function, prescribed treatment, and survival. ACOS was diagnosed in 129 patients (13%). In multivariate analyses, ACOS was associated negatively with cumulative smoking (odds ratio [OR]: 0.992; 95% CI 0.984-1.000 per pack-year) and positively with obesity: OR: 1.97 [1.22-3.16], history of atopic disease (hay fever: OR: 5.50 [3.42-9.00] and atopic dermatitis: OR 3.76 [2.14-6.61]), and drug use (LABA + ICS: 1.86 [1.27-2.74], antileukotrienes 4.83 [1.63-14.34], theophylline: 2.46 [1.23-4.91], and oral corticosteroids: [2.99;.1.26-7.08]). No independent association was found with dyspnea, QoL, exacerbations, and mortality. Compared to 'pure' COPD patients, patients with ACOS exhibit lower cumulative smoking, suffer more from obesity and atopic diseases, and use more asthma treatments. Disease severity (dyspnea, QoL, exacerbations, comorbidities) and prognosis (mortality) are not different from 'pure' COPD patients. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Transplante cardíaco humano: experiência inicial Human cardiac transplant: initial experience

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    Noedir A. G Stolf

    1986-12-01

    Full Text Available No Instituto do Coração, de março de 1985 a fevereiro de 1986,11 pacientes foram submetidos a transplante cardíaco ortotópico. Eram todos do sexo masculino, com idade variando de 39 a 54 anos; 6 com cardiopatia isquémica, 4 com cardiomiopatia dilatada e um com cardiomiopatia chagásica. Foi realizado estudo hemodinâmico através de catéter de Swan-Ganz, no pré-operatório, no pós-operatório, após estabilização na unidade de recuperação, e trinta ou mais dias após o transplante. Os dados mostram melhora progressiva em relação ao índice cardíaco, pressão em artéria pulmonar, pressão de capilar pulmonar, resistência vascular pulmonar e resistência vascular sistêmica. Três dos 11 pacientes apresentaram disfunção renal transitória no pós-operatório imediato e que regrediram até o 15º dia, enquanto que 2 pacientes apresentaram aumento moderado da creatinina plasmática. Apenas 3 pacientes não apresentaram qualquer episódio de rejeição; nos demais, esses episódios foram um diagnóstico histológico sem repercussões clínicas. Complicações infecciosas ocorreram em 9 pacientes e foram de fácil controle clínico. No pós-operatório tardio, a hipertensão esteve presente em 8 pacientes, sendo mais acentuada em 2 deles. Não houve óbitos, nesta série de pacientes; todos estão assintomáticos e os 6 primeiros estão trabalhando.At the Instituto do Cora��ão, University of São Paulo Medical School, 11 patients were submitted to heart transplantation from march 1985 up to february 1986. All were male, with ages of 39-59 years, 6 with coronary heart disease, 4 with dilated cardiomyopathy and 1 with Chagas cardiomyopathy. The patients were studied hemodynamically with a Swan-Ganz catheter pre-operatively, at the arrival in the intensive care unit, in the first postoperative day and 30 or more days after the transplant. The data showed that there was a progressive increase of cardiac index and decreases of

  9. Tamponamento cardíaco em dois recém-nascidos causado por cateter umbilical Cardiac tamponade caused by central venous catheter in two newborns

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    Andrey José Monteiro

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Tamponamento cardíaco secundário ao uso de cateter venoso central é uma complicação rara, porém potencialmente tratável, quando identificada a tempo. Nós relatamos dois casos de tamponamento cardíaco, diagnosticados por ecocardiograma transtorácico, seguido de pericardiocentese de urgência e drenagem pericárdica cirúrgica como complicação de cateterização venosa umbilical. Em um caso, a ponta do cateter estava adequadamente localizada e, no outro caso, não. Em ambos os casos, solução hiperosmolar estava sendo infundida. Apesar de situação incomum, esta deve ser sempre considerada em neonato, evoluindo com choque cardiogênico sem causa aparente.Cardiac tamponade secondary to the use of central venous catheter is a rare complication; however, it is potentially reversible when it is caught in time. We report two cases of cardiac tamponade that was diagnosed using a transthoracic echocardiography, followed by urgent pericardiocentesis and surgical pericardial drainage as a complication from umbilical venous catheterization. In one case, the tip of the catheter was properly placed, and in the other case, it was not. In both cases, a hyperosmolar solution was being injected. Although it may be an uncommon situation, it should be always considered as a possibility in a newborn who develops cardiogenic shock without an apparent cause.

  10. SEM Analysis of Tooth Enamel

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    Azinović, Zoran; Keros, Jadranka; Buković, Dino; Azinović, Ana

    2003-01-01

    SEM analysis contains researches of tooth enamel surfaces of two populations. First group of samples is tooth enamel of prehistorically ancestor from Vu~edol and the second group of samples is enamel of modern Croatian citizen. Even on small number of human teeth samples from cooperage site of Vu~edol (3,000 BC) and today’s Croatian people, we can conclude about chewing biometry of prehistorically ancestors and today’s modern Croatian people, comparing interspecifically the mor...

  11. LATE-BREAKING ABSTRACT: Prevalence of comorbidities in patients with asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) in primary care

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    van Boven, Job FM; Roman-Rodriguez, Miguel; Palmer, José F; Toledo Pons, Nuria; Cosío, Borja G; Soriano, Joan B.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Comorbidities are known to be frequent in COPD patients. However, less is known about the prevalence of comorbidities in patients with the asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). Aims: To estimate the prevalence of comorbidities in patients with ACOS in comparison with patients with COPD.

  12. Sexual Arousal and Sexually Explicit Media (SEM)

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    Hald, Gert Martin; Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Lange, Theis

    2017-01-01

    -mainstream and mainstream SEM groups, and (iii) to explore the validity and predictive accuracy of the Non-Mainstream Pornography Arousal Scale (NPAS). METHODS: Online cross-sectional survey of 2,035 regular SEM users in Croatia. MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURES: Patterns of sexual arousal to 27 different SEM themes, sexual...

  13. Trasplante cardíaco pediátrico: pasado, presente y futuro

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    María-Teresa González-López

    2017-01-01

    Conclusión: El trasplante cardíaco pediátrico presenta óptimos resultados en nuestro medio, superponibles a series mundiales. Aunque el perfil de riesgo está incrementándose, los resultados actuales reflejan los avances en el manejo de estos pacientes.

  14. Postharvest Analysis of Lowland Transgenic Tomato Fruits Harboring hpRNAi-ACO1 Construct

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    Bita Behboodian

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The plant hormone, ethylene, is an important regulator which involved in regulating fruit ripening and flower senescence. In this study, RNA interference (RNAi technology was employed to silence the genes involved in ethylene biosynthetic pathway. This was achieved by blocking the expression of specific gene encoding the ACC oxidase. Initially, cDNA corresponding to ACO1 of lowland tomato cultivar (MT1, which has high identity with ACO1 of Solanum lycopersicum in GenBank, was cloned through RT-PCR. Using a partial coding region of ACO1, one hpRNAi transformation vector was constructed and expressed ectopically under the 35S promoter. Results showed that transgenic lines harboring the hpRNA-ACO1 construct had lower ethylene production and a longer shelf life of 32 days as compared to 10 days for wild-type fruits. Changes in cell wall degrading enzyme activities were also investigated in cases where the transgenic fruits exhibited reduced rates of firmness loss, which can be associated with a decrease in pectin methylesterase (PME and polygalacturonase (PG activities. However, no significant change was detected in both transgenic and wild-type fruits in terms of β-galactosidase (β-Gal activity and levels of total soluble solid, titratable acid and ascorbic acid.

  15. 288. Feocromocitoma Cardíaco a Nivel Del Surco Interauricular

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    C. Iglesias Gil

    2012-04-01

    La localización extraadrenal de los feocromocitomas es infrecuente, siendo la torácica inferior al 2% y la intrapericárdica excepcional. Dado que son escasos los reportes de tumores secretores de catecolaminas a nivel cardíaco, presentamos este caso.

  16. Quality of care and racial disparities in medicare among potential ACOs.

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    Anderson, Ryan E; Ayanian, John Z; Zaslavsky, Alan M; McWilliams, J Michael

    2014-09-01

    The Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs encourage integration of providers into large groups and reward provider groups for improving quality, but not explicitly for reducing health care disparities. Larger group size and better overall quality may or may not be associated with smaller disparities. To examine differences in patient characteristics between provider groups sufficiently large to participate in ACO programs and smaller groups; the association between group size and racial disparities in quality; and the association between quality and disparities among larger groups. Using 2009 Medicare claims for 3.1 million beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease or diabetes and linked data on provider groups, we compared racial differences in quality by provider group size, adjusting for patient characteristics. Among larger groups, we used multilevel models to estimate correlations between group performance on quality measures for white beneficiaries and black-white disparities within groups. Four process measures of quality, hospitalization for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs) related to cardiovascular disease or diabetes, and hospitalization for any ACSC. Beneficiaries served by larger groups were more likely to be white and live in areas with less poverty and more education. Larger group size was associated with smaller disparities in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol testing and retinal exams, but not in other process measures or hospitalization for ACSCs. Among larger groups, better quality for white beneficiaries in one measure (hospitalization for ACSCs related to cardiovascular disease or diabetes) was correlated with smaller racial disparities (r = 0.28; P = 0.02), but quality was not correlated with disparities in other measures. Larger provider group size and better performance on quality measures were not consistently associated with smaller racial disparities in care for Medicare beneficiaries with

  17. Optimization of reload of nuclear power plants using ACO together with the GENES reactor physics code

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    Lima, Alan M.M. de; Freire, Fernando S.; Nicolau, Andressa S.; Schirru, Roberto, E-mail: alan@lmp.ufrj.br, E-mail: andressa@lmp.ufrj.br, E-mail: schirru@lmp.ufrj.br, E-mail: ffreire@eletronuclear.gov.br [Coordenacao de Pos-Graduacao e Pesquisa de Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Eletrobras Termonuclear S.A. (ELETRONUCLEAR), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    The Nuclear reload of a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) occurs whenever the burning of the fuel elements can no longer maintain the criticality of the reactor, that is, it cannot maintain the Nuclear power plant operates within its nominal power. Nuclear reactor reload optimization problem consists of finding a loading pattern of fuel assemblies in the reactor core in order to minimize the cost/benefit ratio, trying to obtain maximum power generation with a minimum of cost, since in all reloads an average of one third of the new fuel elements are purchased. This loading pattern must also satisfy constraints of symmetry and security. In practice, it consists of the placing 121 fuel elements in 121 core positions, in the case of the Angra 1 Brazilian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), making this new arrangement provide the best cost/benefit ratio. It is an extremely complex problem, since it has around 1% of great places. A core of 121 fuel elements has approximately 10{sup 13} combinations and 10{sup 11} great locations. With this number of possible combinations it is impossible to test all, in order to choose the best. In this work a system called ACO-GENES is proposed in order to optimization the Nuclear Reactor Reload Problem. ACO is successfully used in combination problems, and it is expected that ACO-GENES will show a robust optimization system, since in addition to optimizing ACO, it allows important prior knowledge such as K infinite, burn, etc. After optimization by ACO-GENES, the best results will be validated by a licensed reactor physics code and will be compared with the actual results of the cycle. (author)

  18. Endovascular repair of an aorto-iliac aneurysm succeeded by kidney transplantation Tratamento endovascular de aneurisma aorto-ilíaco sucedido por transplante renal

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    Marcelo Bellini Dalio

    2010-09-01

    posicionamento da endoprótese, sem migração ou endoleak. O reparo endovascular do aneurisma aortoilíaco em paciente com insuficiência renal terminal em hemodiálise mostrou-se exequível, seguro e eficaz, e não comprometeu o sucesso do transplante renal posterior.

  19. Tamponamento cardíaco tardio traumático: análise de cinco casos Traumatic late cardiac tamponade: analysis of five cases

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    FERNANDO LUIZ WESTPHAL

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    Full Text Available São analisados cinco casos de tamponamento cardíaco tardio traumático. Os pacientes eram masculinos, idade média de 26,2 anos, vítimas de ferimento por arma branca em região precordial, área de Ziedler, sendo admitidos em centro de referência para trauma. Foram classificados pelo índice fisiológico de Ivatury para trauma cardíaco e inicialmente tratados por pleurotomia intercostal e reposição volêmica, com estabilização do quadro hemodinâmico e respiratório. Os pacientes foram readmitidos após intervalo de oito a 24 dias (mediana de 20 dias, agora no serviço de cirurgia torácica de um hospital de referência terciária, com sinais de tamponamento cardíaco. Os exames diagnósticos confirmaram derrame pericárdico com espessamento pericárdico associado a encarceramento de base pulmonar esquerdo em quatro casos, os quais foram abordados por toracotomia póstero-lateral, com realização de pericardiectomia parcial e descorticação pulmonar. Um paciente evoluiu com pericardite purulenta, comprovada por exames complementares, e foi submetido à drenagem pericárdica subxifóidea. Ocorreu arritmia pós-operatória em um paciente; os demais evoluíram sem complicações pós-operatórias ou recidiva do tamponamento.Five traumatic late cardiac tamponade cases were analyzed. All patients were male, mean age was 26.2, victims of thoracic penetrating stabbing wound in the precordial region, Ziedler area, admitted to a trauma reference center. They were classified by the Ivatury physiological index for cardiac trauma. The first treatment approach was intercostal pleurectomy and volemic resuscitation followed by hemodynamic and respiratory recovery. Patients with cardiac tamponade symptoms were re-admitted within an interval from eight to twenty four days (mean 20 days in a thoracic surgery service of a tertiary reference hospital. Diagnostic exams confirmed thickening and pericardial effusion associated with a left pulmonary base

  20. Trasplante cardíaco en pacientes con enfermedad de Chagas. Experiencia de un único centro

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    Fiorelli,Alfredo Inácio; Groppo Stolf, Noedir Antonio; Bonno zambrano, Juan Antonio; Da Silva, Marcelo Fiorelli Alexandrino; Conceicao souza, Germano Elias; Bacal, Fernando; Brocchi, Edimar Alcides

    2011-01-01

    La enfermedad de Chagas es un problema de salud pública en América Latina con repercusión mundial por la globalización. Objetivo: Presentar la experiencia acumulada después de 25 años de un único centro con trasplante cardíaco en la cardiomiopatía chagásica. Método y casuística: De 417 pacientes sometidos a trasplante cardíaco desde marzo de 1985 hasta marzo de 2010, 111 (26,6%) eran portadores de cardiomiopatía chagásica: 77 (69,3%) estaban en clase funcional IV; 34 (30,6%) usaban agen...

  1. A Hybrid Algorithm Based on ACO and PSO for Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problems

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    Yucheng Kao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The vehicle routing problem (VRP is a well-known combinatorial optimization problem. It has been studied for several decades because finding effective vehicle routes is an important issue of logistic management. This paper proposes a new hybrid algorithm based on two main swarm intelligence (SI approaches, ant colony optimization (ACO and particle swarm optimization (PSO, for solving capacitated vehicle routing problems (CVRPs. In the proposed algorithm, each artificial ant, like a particle in PSO, is allowed to memorize the best solution ever found. After solution construction, only elite ants can update pheromone according to their own best-so-far solutions. Moreover, a pheromone disturbance method is embedded into the ACO framework to overcome the problem of pheromone stagnation. Two sets of benchmark problems were selected to test the performance of the proposed algorithm. The computational results show that the proposed algorithm performs well in comparison with existing swarm intelligence approaches.

  2. Trauma cardíaco penetrante. Experiencia en el Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia 1984-1993.

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    Castañeda, Enrique; BAZAN, Noé; VASQUEZ, Julio; Delgado, Hugo

    2013-01-01

    Se revisaron las historias clínicas de 21 pacientes que sufrieron traumatismo cardíaco penetrante, atendidos entre enero de 1984 y diciembre de 1993 en el Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia de Lima – Perú. Todos los pacientes fueron de sexo masculino y correspondieron en el 76%, a la segunda y tercera década de la vida. La mayoría de traumatismos fueron por herida cortopunzante (85.7%) y la forma de presentación más frecuente fué taponamiento cardíaco (77.8%). El ventrículo derecho (47.6%) e ...

  3. Protocolo del manejo y selección del donante cardíaco

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    José Elizalde

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El trasplante cardíaco es una terapia aceptada en grupos de pacientes afectos de insuficiencia cardíaca terminal. El envejecimiento progresivo de los donantes y la reducción del número de traumatismos craneoencefálicos mortales obliga a una valoración exhaustiva en cada caso. La ecocardiografía es, hoy en día, una exploración obligada en la valoración del donante. La Organización Nacional de Trasplantes ha elaborado un protocolo de manejo del donante torácico para optimizar su aprovechamiento. Se revisan los criterios de selección del donante cardíaco insistiendo en las contraindicaciones, en el despistaje de enfermedad coronaria y el mantenimiento durante el proceso de selección.

  4. Update Strength in EDAs and ACO: How to Avoid Genetic Drift

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    Sudholt, Dirk; Witt, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    , there is a general trade-off: too strong updates can lead to genetic drift and poor performance. We demonstrate this trade-off for the cGA and a simple MMAS ACO algorithm on the OneMax function. More precisely, we obtain lower bounds on the expected runtime of Ω(K√n + nlogn) and Ω(√n/ρ + nlogn), respectively...

  5. Tailoring Systems Engineering Processes in a Conceptual Design Environment: A Case Study at NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center's ACO

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    Mulqueen, John; Maples, C. Dauphne; Fabisinski, Leo, III

    2012-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of Systems Engineering as it is applied in a conceptual design space systems department at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC) Advanced Concepts Office (ACO). Engineering work performed in the NASA MFSC's ACO is targeted toward the Exploratory Research and Concepts Development life cycle stages, as defined in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) System Engineering Handbook. This paper addresses three ACO Systems Engineering tools that correspond to three INCOSE Technical Processes: Stakeholder Requirements Definition, Requirements Analysis, and Integration, as well as one Project Process Risk Management. These processes are used to facilitate, streamline, and manage systems engineering processes tailored for the earliest two life cycle stages, which is the environment in which ACO engineers work. The role of systems engineers and systems engineering as performed in ACO is explored in this paper. The need for tailoring Systems Engineering processes, tools, and products in the ever-changing engineering services ACO provides to its customers is addressed.

  6. Processing time tolerance-based ACO algorithm for solving job-shop scheduling problem

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    Luo, Yabo; Waden, Yongo P.

    2017-06-01

    Ordinarily, Job Shop Scheduling Problem (JSSP) is known as NP-hard problem which has uncertainty and complexity that cannot be handled by a linear method. Thus, currently studies on JSSP are concentrated mainly on applying different methods of improving the heuristics for optimizing the JSSP. However, there still exist many problems for efficient optimization in the JSSP, namely, low efficiency and poor reliability, which can easily trap the optimization process of JSSP into local optima. Therefore, to solve this problem, a study on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) algorithm combined with constraint handling tactics is carried out in this paper. Further, the problem is subdivided into three parts: (1) Analysis of processing time tolerance-based constraint features in the JSSP which is performed by the constraint satisfying model; (2) Satisfying the constraints by considering the consistency technology and the constraint spreading algorithm in order to improve the performance of ACO algorithm. Hence, the JSSP model based on the improved ACO algorithm is constructed; (3) The effectiveness of the proposed method based on reliability and efficiency is shown through comparative experiments which are performed on benchmark problems. Consequently, the results obtained by the proposed method are better, and the applied technique can be used in optimizing JSSP.

  7. A performance improvement and cost-efficient ACO-OFDM scheme for visible light communications

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    Zhang, Tiantian; Zhou, Ji; Zhang, Zhenshan; Qiao, Yaojun; Su, Fei; Yang, Aiying

    2017-11-01

    In this paper, we propose a performance improvement and cost-efficient discrete Hartley transform (DHT)-based asymmetrically clipped optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM) scheme for visible light communications (VLC). The simple one-dimensional modulation constellation and simplified encoding structure reduce the complexity of system considerably. The DHT-spreading technique is employed to reduce peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) of ACO-OFDM signals. Moreover, the intra-symbol frequency-domain averaging (ISFA) technique is used to increase the accuracy of channel estimation by removing the effect of ambient noise in the VLC channel effectively. To verify the feasibility of the proposed scheme, we study its performance via simulation. This scheme reduces the requirement to the resolution of DAC and increases the tolerance to the nonlinear characteristics of LED, both of which are cost-efficient. At forward error correction (FEC) limit (BER = 1 × 10-3), simulation results illustrate that compared with DHT-based ACO-OFDM without the ISFA technique, our scheme has 3.2 dB and 2.7 dB improvement of the required Eb /N0 when BPSK and 4-PAM are modulated, respectively.

  8. Enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal en pacientes celíacos Inflammatory bowel disease in celiac patients

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    M. Masachs

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: se ha sugerido una potencial asociación entre la enfermedad celíaca y la enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal, que puede justificar que ambas enfermedades puedan presentarse en un mismo enfermo o en sus familiares de primer orden con mayor frecuencia de lo esperado. Objetivo: determinar la prevalencia de la enfermedad de Crohn y la colitis ulcerosa en los enfermos celíacos y en sus familiares. Método: estudio epidemiológico prospectivo transversal en un grupo de pacientes celíacos, sus familiares de primer grado y un grupo control de características epidemiológicas similares, constituido por familiares de pacientes que acuden al Servicio de Urgencias por un problema agudo. Para detectar la existencia de colitis ulcerosa y enfermedad de Crohn en los celíacos y sus familiares, se realizó una entrevista semiestructurada. Resultados: se han incluido 86 celíacos y 432 familiares, que se han comparado con 809 controles (129 pacientes con una enfermedad aguda y 680 familiares de primer grado suyos. Se han detectado 3 casos de enfermedad de Crohn en el grupo de los enfermos celíacos y 4 casos de enfermedad de Crohn en sus familiares. Sólo se ha detectado 1 caso de enfermedad de Crohn en el grupo control (p Introduction: a potential association between celic disease and inflammatory bowel disease hs been suggested, which may explain the fact that both disorders occasionally present in one patient or in his/her first-degree relatives more frequently than expected. Objective: to establish the prevalence of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in celiac patients and their relatives. Method: a cross-sectional, prospective epidemiological study in a group of celiac patients, their first-degree relatives, and a control group with similar epidemiological characteristics including the relatives of patients presenting at the ER for acute conditions. A semistructured interview was used to identify the presence of Crohn's disease and

  9. Best practices: improving patient outcomes and costs in an ACO through comprehensive medication therapy management.

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    Brummel, Amanda; Lustig, Adam; Westrich, Kimberly; Evans, Michael A; Plank, Gary S; Penso, Jerry; Dubois, Robert W

    2014-12-01

    One of the most important and often overlooked challenges for accountable care organizations (ACOs) is ensuring the optimal use of pharmaceuticals, which can be accomplished by utilizing pharmacists' skillsets and leveraging their full clinical expertise. Developing capabilities that support, monitor, and ensure appropriate medication use, efficacy, and safety is critical to achieving optimal patient outcomes and, ultimately, to an ACO's success. The program described in this article highlights the best practices of Fairview Pharmacy Services' Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program with additional thoughts and considerations on this and similar MTM programs provided by The Working Group on Optimizing Medication Therapy in Value-Based Healthcare. Fairview Pharmacy Services utilizes 23 MTM pharmacists (approximately 18 full-time equivalents) working in 30 locations, who conduct pharmacotherapy workups as part of the MTM services that Fairview provides. Pharmacists focus on patients in a comprehensive manner and assess all of their diseases and medications. Responsibilities include (a) identification of a patient's drug-related needs with a commitment to meet those needs; (b) an assessment and confirmation that all of a patient's drug therapy is appropriately indicated, effective and safe, and that the patient is compliant; (c) achievement of therapy outcomes and ensuring documentation of those outcomes; and (d) collaboration with all members of a patient's care team. Since 1998, pharmacists have cared for more than 20,000 patients and resolved more than 107,000 medication-related problems which, if left unresolved, could have led to hospital readmissions and emergency visits. Since becoming a Pioneer ACO, Fairview pharmacists have focused on the highest-risk members and have seen over 670 ACO patients, resolving over 2,780 medication-related problems. In terms of clinical outcomes, MTM contributed to optimal care in complex patients with diabetes. A review of

  10. Hardware-efficient signal generation of layered/enhanced ACO-OFDM for short-haul fiber-optic links.

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    Wang, Qibing; Song, Binhuang; Corcoran, Bill; Boland, David; Zhu, Chen; Zhuang, Leimeng; Lowery, Arthur J

    2017-06-12

    Layered/enhanced ACO-OFDM is a promising candidate for intensity modulation and direct-detection based short-haul fiber-optic links due to its both power and spectral efficiency. In this paper, we firstly demonstrate a hardware-efficient real-time 9.375 Gb/s QPSK-encoded layered/enhanced asymmetrical clipped optical OFDM (L/E-ACO-OFDM) transmitter using a Virtex-6 FPGA. This L/E-ACO-OFDM signal is successfully transmitted over 20-km uncompensated standard single-mode fiber (S-SMF) using a directly modulated laser. Several methods are explored to reduce the FPGA's logic resource utilization by taking advantage of the L/E-ACO-OFDM's signal characteristics. We show that the logic resource occupation of L/E-ACO-OFDM transmitter is almost the same as that of DC-biased OFDM transmitter when they achieve the same spectral efficiency, proving its great potential to be used in a real-time short-haul optical transmission link.

  11. SmartPATH: An Efficient Hybrid ACO-GA Algorithm for Solving the Global Path Planning Problem of Mobile Robots

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    Imen Châari

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Path planning is a fundamental optimization problem that is crucial for the navigation of a mobile robot. Among the vast array of optimization approaches, we focus in this paper on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO and Genetic Algorithms (GA for solving the global path planning problem in a static environment, considering their effectiveness in solving such a problem. Our objective is to design an efficient hybrid algorithm that takes profit of the advantages of both ACO and GA approaches for the sake of maximizing the chance to find the optimal path even under real-time constraints. In this paper, we present smartPATH, a new hybrid ACO-GA algorithm that relies on the combination of an improved ACO algorithm (IACO for efficient and fast path selection, and a modified crossover operator to reduce the risk of falling into a local minimum. We demonstrate through extensive simulations that smartPATH outperforms classical ACO (CACO, GA algorithms. It also outperforms the Dijkstra exact method in solving the path planning problem for large graph environments. It improves the solution quality up to 57% in comparison with CACO and reduces the execution time up to 83% as compared to Dijkstra for large and dense graphs. In addition, the experimental results on a real robot shows that smartPATH finds the optimal path with a probability up to 80% with a small gap not exceeding 1m in 98%.

  12. Ação do licopeno nos músculos esquelético e cardíaco sob estresse oxidativo por exercícios

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    Karina Simões

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os radicais livres produzidos durante os exercícios podem exceder o sistema de defesa antioxidante, provocando danos oxidativos de biomoléculas específicas. As lesões causadas pelos radicais livres nas células podem ser prevenidas ou reduzidas por meio da atividade de antioxidantes naturais, sendo estes encontrados em muitos alimentos. O licopeno é um dos mais potentes carotenoides com ação antioxidante, sendo utilizado na prevenção da carcinogênese e aterogênese por proteger moléculas como lipídios, lipoproteínas de baixa densidade (LDL, proteínas e DNA. OBJETIVO: Investigar a atuação do licopeno a uma possível ação protetora das fibras musculares cardíacas e esqueléticas contra o estresse oxidativo, durante a atividade física exaustiva, a qual provocaria alterações morfológicas nesses tecidos. Método: Na realização dos experimentos foram utilizados 32 ratos machos adultos divididos em quatro grupos, sendo dois grupos controles e dois grupos treinados sem e com suplementação de licopeno (6 mg por animal. Os animais dos grupos treinados foram submetidos a 42 sessões de natação por nove semanas, com sessões diárias de natação, cinco dias por semana, com sobrecarga produzida pelo aumento do tempo de treinamento. A avaliação morfológica foi realizada por meio de lâminas histológicas dos tecidos cardíaco e muscular esquelético. RESULTADOS: Modificações teciduais cardíacas e musculares esqueléticas no grupo treinado sem suplementação com licopeno foram observadas, sendo que o grupo treinado suplementado apresentou aspecto morfológico normal. Nos grupos sedentários controle suplementado e não suplementado não houve alteração em relação às características histológicas dos tecidos. CONCLUSÃO: Podemos afirmar que o licopeno exerceu um efeito protetor nos músculos cardíaco e esquelético contra o estresse oxidativo, induzido por exercícios exaustivos, além de promover uma

  13. Anastomose cavo-pulmonar total sem uso de material protético

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    PINTO Jr. Valdester C.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Demonstrar a viabilidade na feitura de túnel cava inferior-cava superior com retalho da parede atrial direita, evitando o emprego de material protético. Casuística e Métodos: Foram operados 2 pacientes nos quais se empregou a técnica de anastomose cavo-pulmonar total, sem uso de material protético. O primeiro caso, A.L.M., masc, 4 anos, 15 kg, era portador de atresia tricúspide (EP, com comunicação interventricular (CIV restritiva. O segundo caso, M.E.N.O., fem, 15 anos, 47 kg, tinha doença de Ebstein. O controle pós-operatório dos pacientes foi feito com ecocardiograma e cateterismo cardíaco. As operações foram realizadas com o emprego de circulação extracorpórea (CEC, e cardioplegia sangüínea como método de proteção miocárdica. A canulação das cavas foi o mais distal possível. A tunelização foi realizada com retalho de tecido atrial direito, suturado ao septo interatrial, deixando-se o seio coronariano e a comunicação interatrial (CIA para a esquerda. Resultados: Ambos os pacientes evoluíram, sem complicações, na UTI. O primeiro apresentou derrame pleural discreto à direita, e o segundo mantém-se em estimulação artificial (VVI,R. Conclusões: A tunelização intra-atrial para anastomose cavo-pulmonar total pode ser realizada sem o uso de material protético, evitando-se os riscos advindos do seu emprego (calcificação, retração, embolização.

  14. A REVIEW ON THE DETECTION OF HEART ATTACK USING DATA MINING BY ACO TECHNIQUE

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    Pise Satish Prakashrao*1, Anoop Singh 2 & Ritesh Kumar Yadav3

    2018-01-01

    The goal of data mining is to extract knowledge from huge amount of data. Now a day’s data mining technique used in the field of medical diagnose of critical diesis and clinical data. In this research propose model give a solution to predict heart diseases. In this paper proposes a novel approach of applying the Ant Colony Optimization technique (ACO) for extracting the Association Rules (AR) from the database to detect heart attack. This algorithm is broadly are many types of heart disease ...

  15. Cateterismo cardíaco esquerdo: lacunas nas informações transmitidas aos pacientes

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    Cavalcanti,Taciana de Castilhos; Sarmento-Leite, Rogério; Carlos A.M. Gottschall; de Quadros, Alexandre Schaan; Goldmeier,Sílvia; De Souza, Emiliane Nogueira; de Moraes, Maria Antonieta Pereira

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: A prática dos procedimentos na Cardiologia Intervencionista está marcada por grandes avanços, mas o mesmo não se verifica no trato das informações e conhecimento dos pacientes acerca do tema. É imperativa a necessidade de consolidar as orientações transmitidas aos pacientes, instruindo-os sobre os benefícios alcançados pela sua compreensão sobre os exames invasivos. OBJETIVO: Verificar o conhecimento dos pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco em um hospital especializado em C...

  16. Tumores cardíacos em criança: análise retrospectiva

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    Juliano Gomes Penha

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Avanço dos métodos não invasivos de imagem proporcionou o aumento no número de diagnóstico de tumores cardíacos. Apesar disso, a literatura apresenta poucos trabalhos envolvendo tumores cardíacos primários em crianças. OBJETIVO: Avaliar retrospectivamente casos de tumores cardíacos primários em crianças, considerando manifestações clínicas iniciais, exames utilizados para o diagnóstico, indicação cirúrgica, tipos histopatológicos encontrados e evolução pós-operatória imediata. MÉTODOS: O estudo foi retrospectivo, baseado na avaliação de prontuários no período de 1983 a 2011. Incluímos somente casos que foram orientados para tratamento cirúrgico no período. Avaliaram-se a idade na admissão, o diagnóstico pré-natal, a história familial, os sintomas iniciais e os resultados de exames realizados. Foram coletados, ainda, a data e indicação de cirurgia, os achados intraoperatórios, o resultado do exame histopatológico, assim como as complicações imediatas no pós-operatório. RESULTADOS: Dos 18 pacientes estudados, as manifestações clínicas mais encontradas foram dispneia e sopro cardíaco (7 e 6 pacientes, respectivamente; o método de complemento diagnóstico mais usado foi o ecocardiograma (18 pacientes; a obstrução cavitária ou do trato de entrada ou saída ventricular foi a principal indicação de cirurgia (12 casos; o perfil histológico mais encontrado foi rabdomioma (7 pacientes; a maioria dos pacientes apresentou boa evolução clínica. CONCLUSÃO: Neste estudo o diagnóstico por imagem foi basicamente ecocardiográfico, com boa correlação com os achados intraoperatórios. Os achados histopatológicos foram concordantes com a literatura, com o rabdomioma apresentando-se como o tumor mais comum em crianças. A evolução após tratamento cirúrgico mostrou-se favorável na maior parte dos casos.

  17. Impact of Model Resolution in ACOS-xCO2 Observation Assimilation

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    Weidner, R. J.; Lee, M.; Miller, C. E.; Duren, R. M.

    2013-12-01

    Assimilation techniques are generally employed in two major applications, to fill the gaps in sparsely sampled observations or to improve the uncertainties in a model system. Both applications rely on estimating optimal states that minimize the total deviation between the observation and model forecast. In order to compute the deviation, the model forecast is transformed into observation space via an observation operator which represents sampling geometry, sounding profile, measurement sensitivity, and processing error of an observing system. Ideally, the observation space transformation implies the spatial and temporal resolution of the transformed model forecast matches those of the observation. However, current global chemistry-transport models (CTM) cannot deliver the required observation resolution of ACOS-XCO2 whose foorprint diameter ranges between 10 km and 50 km and sampling frequency is less than a minute. The quality of the assimilation degrades as the resolution mismatch increases, but the degrade level varies depending on the surface emssion property of the region, observation period, and assimilation duration. In this study, we present the impact of model resolution in ACOS-xCO2 observation assimilation based on two types of statistical analyses: 1) sample-level comparison between the bias-corrected V3.3 ACOS-xCO2 observations and the model forecasts in three spatial/temporal resolutions (2°x2.5° in 15 min, 1°x1.25° in 5 min, and 0.5°x0.625° in 2.5 min) over one year period (2010); 2) Evaluation of the model runs before and after assimilating V3.3 ACOS-xCO2 observations in the above three spatial/temporal resolutions compared to the HIPPO and TCCON data sets. The CO2 flux inventory developed by the NASA's Carbon Monitoring System-Flux (CMS-Flux) task and GEOS-5/MERRA meteorology fields developed by the NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilatoin Office (GMAO) were employed for the study.

  18. Advanced metrology by offline SEM data processing

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    Lakcher, Amine; Schneider, Loïc.; Le-Gratiet, Bertrand; Ducoté, Julien; Farys, Vincent; Besacier, Maxime

    2017-06-01

    Today's technology nodes contain more and more complex designs bringing increasing challenges to chip manufacturing process steps. It is necessary to have an efficient metrology to assess process variability of these complex patterns and thus extract relevant data to generate process aware design rules and to improve OPC models. Today process variability is mostly addressed through the analysis of in-line monitoring features which are often designed to support robust measurements and as a consequence are not always very representative of critical design rules. CD-SEM is the main CD metrology technique used in chip manufacturing process but it is challenged when it comes to measure metrics like tip to tip, tip to line, areas or necking in high quantity and with robustness. CD-SEM images contain a lot of information that is not always used in metrology. Suppliers have provided tools that allow engineers to extract the SEM contours of their features and to convert them into a GDS. Contours can be seen as the signature of the shape as it contains all the dimensional data. Thus the methodology is to use the CD-SEM to take high quality images then generate SEM contours and create a data base out of them. Contours are used to feed an offline metrology tool that will process them to extract different metrics. It was shown in two previous papers that it is possible to perform complex measurements on hotspots at different process steps (lithography, etch, copper CMP) by using SEM contours with an in-house offline metrology tool. In the current paper, the methodology presented previously will be expanded to improve its robustness and combined with the use of phylogeny to classify the SEM images according to their geometrical proximities.

  19. Does Sexually Explicit Media (SEM) Affect Me?

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    Hald, Gert Martin; Træen, Bente; Noor, Syed W

    2015-01-01

    Using a self-selected online sample of 448 Norwegian men who have sex with men(MSM) and a cross-sectional design, the present study investigated first-person effectsof sexually explicit media (SEM) consumption on sexual knowledge, enjoyment of andinterest in sex, attitudes towards sex and underst......Using a self-selected online sample of 448 Norwegian men who have sex with men(MSM) and a cross-sectional design, the present study investigated first-person effectsof sexually explicit media (SEM) consumption on sexual knowledge, enjoyment of andinterest in sex, attitudes towards sex...... Scale (PCES). The study found that 93% of MSM reported smallto-largepositive effects from their SEM consumption on their sexual knowledge,enjoyment of and interest in sex, attitudes towards sex and understanding of theirsexual orientation. Only 7% reported any negative effects from their SEM...... consumptionon these outcomes. Furthermore, the psychometric properties of the revisedversion of the PCES were found to be very satisfactory. The results of the studyindicate that SEM consumption among MSM may play a positive role in MSM’ssexuality by enhancing their sex life, being a major source of sexual...

  20. Domainwise Web Page Optimization Based On Clustered Query Sessions Using Hybrid Of Trust And ACO For Effective Information Retrieval

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    Dr. Suruchi Chawla

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper hybrid of Ant Colony OptimizationACO and trust has been used for domainwise web page optimization in clustered query sessions for effective Information retrieval. The trust of the web page identifies its degree of relevance in satisfying specific information need of the user. The trusted web pages when optimized using pheromone updates in ACO will identify the trusted colonies of web pages which will be relevant to users information need in a given domain. Hence in this paper the hybrid of Trust and ACO has been used on clustered query sessions for identifying more and more relevant number of documents in a given domain in order to better satisfy the information need of the user. Experiment was conducted on the data set of web query sessions to test the effectiveness of the proposed approach in selected three domains Academics Entertainment and Sports and the results confirm the improvement in the precision of search results.

  1. A novel phylogeny and morphological reconstruction of the PIN genes and first phylogeny of the ACC-oxidases (ACOs

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    Ronald Matthew Clouse

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The PIN and ACO gene families present interesting questions about the evolution of plant physiology, including testing hypotheses about the ecological drivers of their diversification and whether unrelated genes have been recruited for similar functions. The PIN-formed proteins contribute to the polar transport of auxin, a hormone which regulates plant growth and development. PIN loci are categorized into groups according to their protein length and structure, as well as subcellular localization. An interesting question with PIN genes is the nature of the ancestral form and location. ACOs are members of a superfamily of oxygenases and oxidases that catalyze the last step of ethylene synthesis, which regulates many aspects of the plant life cycle. We used publicly available PIN and ACO sequences to conduct phylogenetic analyses. Third codon positions of these genes in monocots have a high GC content, which could be historical but is more likely due to a mutational bias. Thus we developed methods to extract phylogenetic information from nucleotide sequences while avoiding this convergent feature. One method consisted in using only A-T transformations, and another used only the first and second codon positions for serine, which can only take A or T and G or C, respectively. We also conducted tree-searches for both gene families using unaligned amino acid sequences and dynamic homology. PIN genes appear to have diversified earlier than ACOs, with monocot and dicot copies more mixed in the phylogeny. However, gymnosperm PINs appear to be derived and not closely related to those from primitive plants. We find strong support for a long PIN gene ancestor with short forms subsequently evolving one or more times. ACO genes appear to have diversified mostly since the dicot-monocot split, as most genes cluster into a small number of monocot and dicot clades when the tree is rooted by genes from mosses. Gymnosperm ACOs were recovered as closely related and

  2. METROLOGICAL PERFORMANCE OF SEM 3D TECHNIQUES

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    Marinello, Francesco; Carmignato, Simone; Savio, Enrico

    2008-01-01

    This paper addresses the metrological performance of three-dimensional measurements performed with Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) using reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. Reconstruction is based on the model function introduced by Piazzesi adapted for eucent......This paper addresses the metrological performance of three-dimensional measurements performed with Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) using reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. Reconstruction is based on the model function introduced by Piazzesi adapted...... and the instrument set-up; the second concerns the quality of scanned images and represents the major criticality in the application of SEMs for 3D characterizations. In particular the critical role played by the tilting angle and its relative uncertainty, the magnification and the deviations from the eucentricity...

  3. Marcadores cardíacos na medicina veterinária Cardiac markers in veterinary medicine

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    Letícia Andreza Yonezawa

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Os marcadores cardíacos são utilizados com o intuito de auxiliar no diagnóstico clínico de animais com doença cardíaca com maior acurácia e em menor tempo possível, possibilitando o estabelecimento do prognóstico e a terapia precocemente. Entretanto, em medicina veterinária, no Brasil, sua aplicabilidade ainda é, em geral, restrita a pesquisas. Esta revisão tem como objetivo abordar os principais marcadores cardíacos para que futuramente estes possam se tornar índices essenciais na avaliação cardíaca.Cardiac markers have been used in order to assist clinical diagnosis of animals with heart disease, more accurately, enabling the establishment of earlier prognosis and therapy. However, in Brazilian veterinary medicine, these markers are generally still restricted to researches. This review aims to approach the major cardiac markers, which further may become essential indexes in heart assessment.

  4. Sarcoidosis cardíaca: trasplante cardíaco y recidiva de la enfermedad

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    César A. Belziti

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENLa sarcoidosis cardíaca es una enfermedad granulomatosa multisistémica de causa desconocida.El compromiso aislado del corazón es poco frecuente y el pronóstico se correlacionacon el grado de afectación de este órgano. El tratamiento inmunosupresor y el trasplantecardíaco han demostrado que prolongan la sobrevida; no obstante, existen comunicacionesde recidiva de la enfermedad en el órgano implantado. En esta presentación se describe uncaso de recidiva de sarcoidosis cardíaca en un paciente con miocardiopatía dilatada coninsuficiencia cardíaca avanzada, sometido a un trasplante cardíaco y en quien el diagnósticode sarcoidosis cardíaca se estableció por el estudio anatomopatológico del corazón explantado.La evolución clínica fue favorable a pesar de la recidiva de la sarcoidosis en el órgano implantado.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2010;78:358-360.

  5. A Family of ACO Routing Protocols for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks.

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    Rupérez Cañas, Delfín; Sandoval Orozco, Ana Lucila; García Villalba, Luis Javier; Kim, Tai-Hoon

    2017-05-22

    In this work, an ACO routing protocol for mobile ad hoc networks based on AntHocNet is specified. As its predecessor, this new protocol, called AntOR, is hybrid in the sense that it contains elements from both reactive and proactive routing. Specifically, it combines a reactive route setup process with a proactive route maintenance and improvement process. Key aspects of the AntOR protocol are the disjoint-link and disjoint-node routes, separation between the regular pheromone and the virtual pheromone in the diffusion process and the exploration of routes, taking into consideration the number of hops in the best routes. In this work, a family of ACO routing protocols based on AntOR is also specified. These protocols are based on protocol successive refinements. In this work, we also present a parallelized version of AntOR that we call PAntOR. Using programming multiprocessor architectures based on the shared memory protocol, PAntOR allows running tasks in parallel using threads. This parallelization is applicable in the route setup phase, route local repair process and link failure notification. In addition, a variant of PAntOR that consists of having more than one interface, which we call PAntOR-MI (PAntOR-Multiple Interface), is specified. This approach parallelizes the sending of broadcast messages by interface through threads.

  6. IMPROVED LS-SVM USING ACO TO ESTIMATE FLASHOVER VOLTAGE OF POLLUTED INSULATORS

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    SID AHMED BESSEDIK

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The reliability of insulators under polluted environment is one of the guiding factors in the insulation coordination of high voltage transmission lines. In order to improve understanding of the flashover phenomenon in polluted insulators, several experimental studies and mathematical approaches have been made‎ in‎ last‎ year’s.‎ In‎ this‎ paper,‎ the‎ critical flashover voltage behavior of polluted insulators has been calculated and a hybrid model between machine Learning (ML and optimization technique has been proposed. For this purpose, firstly the ant colony optimization (ACO technique is utilized to optimize the hyper-parameters needed in least squares support vector machines (LS-SVM. Then, a LS-SVM-ACO model is designed to establish a nonlinear model between the characteristics of the insulator and the critical flashover voltage. The data used to train the model and test its performance is derived from experimental measurements and a mathematical model. The results obtained from the proposed model are in good accord with other mathematical and experimental results of previous researchers.

  7. Optimization of Vibration Reduction Ability of Ladder Tracks by FEM Coupled with ACO

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    Hao Jin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ladder track, which has drawn increased attention in scientific communities, is an effective method for reducing vibrations from underground railways. In order to optimize the vibration reduction ability of ladder track, a new method, that is, the finite element method (FEM coupled with ant colony optimization (ACO, has been proposed in this paper. We describe how to build the FEM model verified by the vibration tests in the Track Vibration Abatement and Control Laboratory and how to couple the FEM with ACO. The density and elasticity modulus of the sleeper pad are optimized using this method. After optimization, the vibration acceleration level of the supporting platform in the 1–200 Hz range was reduced from 102.8 dB to 94.4 dB. The optimized density of the sleeper pad is 620 kg/m3, and the optimized elasticity modulus of the sleeper pad is 6.25 × 106 N/m2.

  8. Studies on Pumice Lightweight Aggregate Concrete with Quarry Dust Using Mathematical Modeling Aid of ACO Techniques

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    J. Rex

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The lightweight aggregate is an aggregate that weighs less than the usual rock aggregate and the quarry dust is a rock particle used in the concrete for the experimentation. The significant intention of the proposed technique is to frame a mathematical modeling with the aid of the optimization techniques. The mathematical modeling is done by minimizing the cost and time consumed in the case of extension of the real time experiment. The proposed mathematical modeling is utilized to predict four output parameters such as compressive strength (Mpa, split tensile strength (Mpa, flexural strength (Mpa, and deflection (in mm. Here, the modeling is carried out with three different optimization techniques like genetic algorithm (GA, particle swarm optimization (PSO, and ant colony optimization (ACO with 80% of data from experiment utilized for the training and the remaining 20% for the validation. Finally, while testing, the error value is minimized and the performance obtained in the ACO for the parameters such as compressive strength, split tensile strength, flexural strength, and deflection is 91%, 98%, 87%, and 94% of predicted values, respectively, in the mathematical modeling.

  9. A hybrid ACO/PSO based algorithm for QoS multicast routing problem

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    Manoj Kumar Patel

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Many Internet multicast applications such as videoconferencing, distance education, and online simulation require to send information from a source to some selected destinations. These applications have stringent Quality-of-Service (QoS requirements that include delay, loss rate, bandwidth, and delay jitter. This leads to the problem of routing multicast traffic satisfying QoS requirements. The above mentioned problem is known as the QoS constrained multicast routing problem and is NP Complete. In this paper, we present a swarming agent based intelligent algorithm using a hybrid Ant Colony Optimization (ACO/Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO technique to optimize the multicast tree. The algorithm starts with generating a large amount of mobile agents in the search space. The ACO algorithm guides the agents’ movement by pheromones in the shared environment locally, and the global maximum of the attribute values are obtained through the random interaction between the agents using PSO algorithm. The performance of the proposed algorithm is evaluated through simulation. The simulation results reveal that our algorithm performs better than the existing algorithms.

  10. Search Engine Marketing (SEM: Financial & Competitive Advantages of an Effective Hotel SEM Strategy

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    Leora Halpern Lanz

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Search Engine Marketing and Optimization (SEO, SEM are keystones of a hotels marketing strategy, in fact research shows that 90% of travelers start their vacation planning with a Google search. Learn five strategies that can enhance a hotels SEO and SEM strategies to boost bookings.

  11. Search Engine Marketing (SEM): Financial & Competitive Advantages of an Effective Hotel SEM Strategy

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    Leora Halpern Lanz

    2015-01-01

    Search Engine Marketing and Optimization (SEO, SEM) are keystones of a hotels marketing strategy, in fact research shows that 90% of travelers start their vacation planning with a Google search. Learn five strategies that can enhance a hotels SEO and SEM strategies to boost bookings.

  12. Partial Least Squares Strukturgleichungsmodellierung (PLS-SEM)

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    Hair, Joseph F.; Hult, G. Tomas M.; Ringle, Christian M.

    einer einheitlichen Fallstudie. Viele Grafiken, Tabellen und Illustrationen erleichtern das Verständnis der PLS-SEM. Zudem werden dem Leser herunterladbare Datensätze, Aufgaben und weitere Fachartikel zur Vertiefung angeboten. Damit eignet sich das Buch hervorragend für Studierende, Forscher und...

  13. Advances in SEM beam micro-irradiation

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    Thomson, I.; Mackay, G.; Haythornthwaite, R.

    1991-03-01

    An instrument designed to measure the dose deposited by the beam under routine irradiation conditions using Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET) dosimeter cells is described. The dosimeter response is calibrated against various types of radiation sources to enable intercomparisons with Co-60, electrons and protons. The technique enables Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) users to carry out micro-irradiations of operating devices.

  14. Accuracy of a New Algorithm to Identify Asthma-COPD Overlap (ACO) Patients in a Cohort of Patients with Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease.

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    Pérez de Llano, Luis; Cosío, Borja G; Miravitlles, Marc; Plaza, Vicente

    2017-12-08

    We aimed to characterize the clinical, functional and inflammatory features of patients diagnosed diagnosed with ACO according to a new algorithm and to compare them with those of other chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD) categories (asthma and COPD). ACO was diagnosed in a cohort of COAD patients in those patients with COPD who were either diagnosed with current asthma or showed significant blood eosinophilia (≥300cells/μl) and/or a very positive bronchodilator response (>400ml and >15% in FEV1). Eighty-seven (29.8%) out of 292 patients fulfilled the ACO diagnostic criteria (12.8% asthmatics who smoked 200eosinophils/μl in blood and none with non-eosinophilic COPD). ACO, asthma and COPD patients showed no differences in symptoms or exacerbation rate. Mean pre-bronchodilator FEV1 in ACO and asthma were similar (1741 vs 1771ml), higher than in COPD (1431ml, p<0.05). DLCO was lower in ACO than in asthma (68.1 vs 84.1%) and similar to COPD (64.5%). Mean blood eosinophil count was similar in ACO and asthma (360 vs 305cells/μl) and higher than in COPD (170cells/μl). Periostin levels were similar in ACO to COPD (36.6 and 36.5IU/ml) and lower than in asthma (41.5IU/ml, p<0.05), whereas FeNO levels in ACO were intermediate. This algorithm classifies as ACO all smoking asthmatics with non-fully reversible airway obstruction and a considerable proportion of e-COPD patients, highlighting those who can benefit from inhaled corticosteroids. Copyright © 2017 SEPAR. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  15. Best Practices: Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management.

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    Brummel, Amanda; Lustig, Adam; Westrich, Kimberly; Evans, Michael A; Plank, Gary S; Penso, Jerry; Dubois, Robert W

    2014-12-01

    One of the most important and often overlooked challenges for accountable care organizations (ACOs) is ensuring the optimal use of pharmaceuticals, which can be accomplished by utilizing pharmacists' skillsets and leveraging their full clinical expertise. Developing capabilities that support, monitor, and ensure appropriate medication use, efficacy, and safety is critical to achieving optimal patient outcomes and, ultimately, to an ACO's success. The program described in this article highlights the best practices of Fairview Pharmacy Services' Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program with additional thoughts and considerations on this and similar MTM programs provided by The Working Group on Optimizing Medication Therapy in Value-Based Healthcare. Fairview Pharmacy Services utilizes 23 MTM pharmacists (approximately 18 full-time equivalents) working in 30 locations, who conduct pharmacotherapy workups as part of the MTM services that Fairview provides. Pharmacists focus on patients in a comprehensive manner and assess all of their diseases and medications. Responsibilities include (a) identification of a patient's drug-related needs with a commitment to meet those needs; (b) an assessment and confirmation that all of a patient's drug therapy is appropriately indicated, effective and safe, and that the patient is compliant; (c) achievement of therapy outcomes and ensuring documentation of those outcomes; and (d) collaboration with all members of a patient's care team. Since 1998, pharmacists have cared for more than 20,000 patients and resolved more than 107,000 medication-related problems which, if left unresolved, could have led to hospital readmissions and emergency visits. Since becoming a Pioneer ACO, Fairview pharmacists have focused on the highest-risk members and have seen over 670 ACO patients, resolving over 2,780 medication-related problems. In terms of clinical outcomes, MTM contributed to optimal care in complex patients with diabetes. A review of

  16. NHETS - Estudo de Necrópsias de Pacientes Submetidos a Transplante Cardíaco

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    Thiago Ninck Valette

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: Discordâncias entre diagnóstico pre e post-mortem são relatadas na literatura, podendo variar de 4,1 a 49,8% dentre os casos encaminhados para exame necroscópico, com importante repercussão no tratamento dos pacientes. Objetivo: Analisar pacientes com óbito após o transplante cardíaco e confrontar os diagnósticos pre e post-mortem. Métodos: Por meio da revisão de prontuários, foram analisados dados clínicos, presença de comorbidades, esquema de imunossupressão, exames laboratoriais, causa clínica do óbito e causa do óbito à necrópsia. Foram confrontadas, então, a causa clínica e a causa necroscópica do óbito de cada paciente. Resultados: Foram analisados 48 óbitos submetidos à necrópsia no período de 2000 a 2010; 29 (60,4% tiveram diagnósticos clínico e necroscópico concordantes, 16 (33,3% tiveram diagnósticos discordantes e três (6,3% tiveram diagnóstico não esclarecido. Entre os discordantes, 15 (31,3% apresentaram possível impacto na sobrevida e um (2,1% não apresentou impacto na sobrevida. O principal diagnóstico clínico feito equivocadamente foi o de infecção, com cinco casos (26,7% dos discordantes, seguido por rejeição hiperaguda, com quatro casos (20% dos discordantes, e tromboembolismo pulmonar, com três casos (13,3% dos discordantes. Conclusão: Discordâncias entre o diagnóstico clínico e achados da necrópsia são comumente encontradas no transplante cardíaco. Novas estratégias no aperfeiçoamento do diagnóstico clínico devem ser introduzidas, considerando-se os resultados da necrópsia para melhoria do tratamento da insuficiência cardíaca por meio do transplante cardíaco.

  17. Integrating Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services Provided by Community Pharmacists into a Community-Based Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

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    Isetts, Brian

    2017-10-16

    (1) Background: As the U.S. healthcare system evolves from fee-for-service financing to global population-based payments designed to be accountable for both quality and total cost of care, the effective and safe use of medications is gaining increased importance. The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of integrating medication therapy management (MTM) services provided by community pharmacists into the clinical care teams and the health information technology (HIT) infrastructure for Minnesota Medicaid recipients of a 12-county community-based accountable care organization (ACO). (2) Methods: The continuous quality improvement evaluation methodology employed in this project was the context + mechanism = outcome (CMO) model to account for the fact that programs only work insofar as they introduce promising ideas, solutions and opportunities in the appropriate social and cultural contexts. Collaborations between a 12-county ACO and 15 community pharmacies in Southwest Minnesota served as the social context for this feasibility study of MTM referrals to community pharmacists. (3) Results: All 15 community pharmacy sites were integrated into the HIT infrastructure through Direct Secure Messaging, and there were 32 recipients who received MTM services subsequent to referrals from the ACO at 5 of the 15 community pharmacies over a 1-year implementation phase. (4) Conclusion: At the conclusion of this project, an effective electronic communication and MTM referral system was activated, and consideration was given to community pharmacists providing MTM in future ACO shared savings agreements.

  18. Dynamic Fuzzy Logic Parameter Tuning for ACO and Its Application in the Fuzzy Logic Control of an Autonomous Mobile Robot

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    Oscar Castillo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is a population-based constructive meta-heuristic that exploits a form of past performance memory inspired by the foraging behaviour of real ants. The behaviour of the ACO algorithm is highly dependent on the values defined for its parameters. Adaptation and parameter control are recurring themes in the field of bio-inspired algorithms. The present paper explores a new approach to diversity control in ACO. The central idea is to avoid or slow down full convergence through the dynamic variation of certain parameters. The performance of different variants of the ACO algorithm was observed to choose one as the basis for the proposed approach. A convergence fuzzy logic controller with the objective of maintaining diversity at some level to avoid premature convergence was created. Encouraging results have been obtained on its application to the design of fuzzy controllers. In particular, the optimization of membership functions for a unicycle mobile robot trajectory control is presented with the proposed method.

  19. Equilibrio de disociacion del amoníaco como base débil en medio acuoso

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    Milla González, Miguel; Bellido Milla, Dolores

    2010-01-01

    El amoníaco se comporta como una base débil en disolución acuosa, en la que las moléculas de agua actúan como ácido. Se presenta una animación del equilibrio protolítico de esta especie, mostrando la naturaleza dinámica de dicho proceso

  20. Bases de Datos Semánticas

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    Irving Caro Fierros

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    Full Text Available En 1992, cuando Tim Berners-Lee dio a conocer la primera  versión  de  la  Web,  su  visión  a  futuro  era  incorporar metadatos  con  información  semántica  en  las  páginas  Web.  Es precisamente   a   principios   de   este   siglo   que   inicia   el   auge repentino  de  la  Web  semántica  en  el  ambiente  académico  e Internet. El modelo de datos semántico se define como un modelo conceptual que permite definir el significado de los datos a través de  sus  relaciones  con  otros.  En  este  sentido,  el  formato  de representación  de  los  datos  es  fundamental  para  proporcionar información de carácter semántico. La tecnología enfocada en las bases de datos semánticas se encuentra actualmente en un punto de  inflexión,  al  pasar  del  ámbito  académico  y  de  investigación  a ser una opción comercial completa. En este artículo se realiza un análisis  del  concepto  de  base  de  datos  semántica.  También  se presenta  un  caso  de  estudio  donde  se  ejemplifican  operaciones básicas  que  involucran  la  gestión  de  la  información  almacenada en este tipo de base de datos.

  1. Performing probe experiments in the SEM.

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    Peng, L-M; Chen, Q; Liang, X L; Gao, S; Wang, J Y; Kleindiek, S; Tai, S W

    2004-01-01

    A four nanoprobe system has been installed inside a FEI XL30 F scanning electron microscope (SEM), and shown to be fully compatible with the normal functions of the SEM and also a Gatan cold stage (model C1003, -185-400 degrees C). With some selected examples of applications, we have shown that this nanoprobe system may be used effectively for gripping, moving and manipulating nanoobjects, e.g. carbon nanotubes, setting up electric contacts for electronic measurements, tailoring the structure of the nanoobject by cutting, etc. and even for making unexpected nanostructures, e.g. a nanohook. Applications in other areas have also been speculated, limitations or disadvantages of the current design of the probe system were discussed, and methods for possible improvement were suggested.

  2. SEM investigation of heart tissue samples

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    Saunders, R; Amoroso, M [Physics Department, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)

    2010-07-01

    We used the scanning electron microscope to examine the cardiac tissue of a cow (Bos taurus), a pig (Sus scrofa), and a human (Homo sapiens). 1mm{sup 3} blocks of left ventricular tissue were prepared for SEM scanning by fixing in 96% ethanol followed by critical point drying (cryofixation), then sputter-coating with gold. The typical ridged structure of the myofibrils was observed for all the species. In addition crystal like structures were found in one of the samples of the heart tissue of the pig. These structures were investigated further using an EDVAC x-ray analysis attachment to the SEM. Elemental x-ray analysis showed highest peaks occurred for gold, followed by carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium. As the samples were coated with gold for conductivity, this highest peak is expected. Much lower peaks at carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium suggest that a cystallized salt such as a carbonate was present in the tissue before sacrifice.

  3. SEM investigation of heart tissue samples

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    Saunders, R.; Amoroso, M.

    2010-07-01

    We used the scanning electron microscope to examine the cardiac tissue of a cow (Bos taurus), a pig (Sus scrofa), and a human (Homo sapiens). 1mm3 blocks of left ventricular tissue were prepared for SEM scanning by fixing in 96% ethanol followed by critical point drying (cryofixation), then sputter-coating with gold. The typical ridged structure of the myofibrils was observed for all the species. In addition crystal like structures were found in one of the samples of the heart tissue of the pig. These structures were investigated further using an EDVAC x-ray analysis attachment to the SEM. Elemental x-ray analysis showed highest peaks occurred for gold, followed by carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium. As the samples were coated with gold for conductivity, this highest peak is expected. Much lower peaks at carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium suggest that a cystallized salt such as a carbonate was present in the tissue before sacrifice.

  4. Multi-criteria ACO-based Algorithm for Ship’s Trajectory Planning

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    Agnieszka Lazarowska

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a new approach for solving a path planning problem for ships in the environment with static and dynamic obstacles. The algorithm utilizes a heuristic method, classified to the group of Swarm Intelligence approaches, called the Ant Colony Optimization. The method is inspired by a collective behaviour of ant colonies. A group of agents - artificial ants searches through the solution space in order to find a safe, optimal trajectory for a ship. The problem is considered as a multi-criteria optimization task. The criteria taken into account during problem solving are: path safety, path length, the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs compliance and path smoothness. The paper includes the description of the new multi-criteria ACO-based algorithm along with the presentation and discussion of simulation tests results.

  5. Controlling‏ ‏the Balance of Exploration and ‎Exploitation in ACO Algorithm ‎

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    Ayad ‎ Mohammed Jabbar

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Ant colony optimization is a meta-heuristic algorithm inspired by the foraging behavior of real ant colony. The algorithm is a population-based solution employed in different optimization problems such as classification, image processing, clustering, and so on. This paper sheds the light on the side of improving the results of traveling salesman problem produced by the algorithm. The key success that produces the valuable results is due to the two important components of exploration and exploitation. Balancing both components is the foundation of controlling search within the ACO. This paper proposes to modify the main probabilistic method to overcome the drawbacks of the exploration problem and produces global optimal results in high dimensional space. Experiments on six variant of ant colony optimization indicate that the proposed work produces high-quality results in terms of shortest route

  6. Validation of OCO-2 and ACOS-GOSAT using HIPPO and TCCON

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    Kulawik, Susan S.; Wunch, Debra; O'Dell, Christopher; Miller, Charles; Osterman, Greg; Wennberg, Paul; Griffith, David; Sherlock, Vanessa; Deutscher, Nicholas M.; Notholt, Justus; hide

    2017-01-01

    Consistent validation of satellite CO2 estimates is a prerequisite for using multiple satellite CO2measurements for joint flux inversion and establishing a long-term atmospheric CO2 data record. Wevalidate recent satellite observation of OCO-2 v7 and ACOS-GOSAT v7.3 using similar analysis as previouswork (Kulawik et al. (2016) and Frankenberg et al. (2106)) through comparisons to the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) and the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) to estimate biasesand errors affecting the understanding of carbon cycle science. CarbonTracker RT is also compared tothe validation data, and additionally used to evaluate the mismatch between the HIPPO observationtimeframe and the OCO-2 record, which are offset by 3-7 years. Some key metrics that are validatedinclude the seasonal cycle phase and amplitude, latitudinal gradient by season, regional biases, anderrors with respect to averaging.

  7. Transfer function fitting using a continuous Ant Colony Optimization (ACO algorithm

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    A. Reineix

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available An original approach is proposed in order to achieve the  fitting of ultra-wideband complex frequency functions, such  as the complex impedances, by using the so-called ACO  (Ant Colony Optimization methods. First, we present the  optimization principle of ACO, which originally was  dedicated to the combinatorial problems. Further on, the  extension to the continuous and mixed problems is  explained in more details. The interest in this approach is  proved by its ability to define practical constraints and  objectives, such as minimizing the number of filters used in  the model with respect to a fixed relative error. Finally, the  establishment of the model for the first and second order  filter types illustrates the power of the method and its  interest for the time-domain electromagnetic computation.

  8. 251. Seno coronario imperforado con clínica de taponamiento cardíaco

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    M.T. Conejero Jurado; Moya González, J.; Ávalos Pinto, R.M.; Otero Forero, J.; D. Valencia Núñez; Maiorano Iuliano, P.; Sauchelli Faas, G.; Pernia Oreña, I.; Merino Cejas, C.; Casares Mediavilla, J.; P. Alados Arboledas

    2012-01-01

    Las alteraciones anatómicas del seno coronario son extraordinariamente raras; presentamos el caso de una paciente con seno coronario imperforado que debutó con clínica de taponamiento cardíaco. Material y métodos: Paciente de 61 años que ingresa en el servicio de urgencias por clínica de dolor torácico atípico y disnea. En la ecocardiografía transtorácica (ETT) se aprecia masa retrocardíaca quística, debajo de ambas aurículas. Tomografía computarizada (TC) coronaria: sospecha de fístula de...

  9. Trasplante cardíaco en pacientes con enfermedad de Chagas. Experiencia de un único centro

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    Alfredo Inácio Fiorelli

    2011-07-01

    Conclusiones: El trasplante cardíaco es el único tratamiento actual eficaz de tratamiento de la enfermedad de Chagas en fase terminal. La reactivación de la enfermedad es un problema real que es fácilmente revertido con la introducción de la terapéutica farmacológica específica, restaurando los padrones histológicos del miocardio sin dejar secuelas. La inmunosupresión, en especial los corticoides, predisponen al desarrollo de neoplasias y a la reactivación de la enfermedad, exigiendo una atención especial su interrupción o reducción precoz.

  10. Bases de Datos Semánticas

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    Irving Caro Fierros; Víctor Hugo Menéndez Domínguez; María Enriqueta Castellanos Bolaños

    2016-01-01

    En 1992, cuando Tim Berners-Lee dio a conocer la primera  versión  de  la  Web,  su  visión  a  futuro  era  incorporar metadatos  con  información  semántica  en  las  páginas  Web.  Es precisamente   a   principios   de   este   siglo   que   inicia   el   auge repentino  de  la  Web  semántica  en  el  ambiente  académico  e Internet. El modelo de datos semántico se define como un modelo conceptual que permite definir el significado de los datos a través de  sus  relaciones  con  otros.  E...

  11. Curvelet based offline analysis of SEM images.

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    Syed Hamad Shirazi

    Full Text Available Manual offline analysis, of a scanning electron microscopy (SEM image, is a time consuming process and requires continuous human intervention and efforts. This paper presents an image processing based method for automated offline analyses of SEM images. To this end, our strategy relies on a two-stage process, viz. texture analysis and quantification. The method involves a preprocessing step, aimed at the noise removal, in order to avoid false edges. For texture analysis, the proposed method employs a state of the art Curvelet transform followed by segmentation through a combination of entropy filtering, thresholding and mathematical morphology (MM. The quantification is carried out by the application of a box-counting algorithm, for fractal dimension (FD calculations, with the ultimate goal of measuring the parameters, like surface area and perimeter. The perimeter is estimated indirectly by counting the boundary boxes of the filled shapes. The proposed method, when applied to a representative set of SEM images, not only showed better results in image segmentation but also exhibited a good accuracy in the calculation of surface area and perimeter. The proposed method outperforms the well-known Watershed segmentation algorithm.

  12. Experiência com transplante cardíaco heterotópico em pacientes com resistência pulmonar elevada: seguimento tardio Experiencia con trasplante cardíaco heterotópico en pacientes con resistencia pulmonar elevada: seguimiento tardío Experience with heterotopic heart transplantation in patients with elevated pulmonary vascular resistance: late follow-up

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    Jose Henrique Andrade Vila

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Nos últimos anos o numero de artigos sobre transplante cardíaco heterotópico tem sido escasso na literatura, inclusive internacional, e em particular do seguimento de longo prazo destes pacientes, o que levou ao presente relato. OBJETIVO: Relatar a experiência clínica inicial e evolução tardia de quatro pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco heterotópico, sua indicação e principais complicações. MÉTODOS: As cirurgias ocorreram entre 1992 e 2001, sendo que a indicação de transplante heterotópico, em todas, foi pela RVP, variável de 4,8UW a 6.5UW, com gradiente transpulmonar acima de 15mmHg. No 3º paciente, foi realizada uma anastomose direta entre as artérias pulmonares sem emprego de tubo protético e, no coração nativo, foi realizada uma valvoplastia mitral e aneurismectomia de ventrículo esquerdo (VE. O esquema imunossupressor imediato foi duplo com ciclosporina e azatioprina nos três primeiros pacientes e ciclosporina e micofenolato mofetil no 4º paciente. RESULTADOS: Um óbito imediato por falência do enxerto, um óbito após dois anos e meio por endocardite em trombo intraventricular no coração nativo, e um terceiro óbito seis anos após o transplante, por complicações pós-operatórias de cirurgia na valva aórtica do coração nativo. O remanescente, 15 anos após o transplante, encontra-se bem, em classe funcional II (NYHA, seis anos após a oclusão cirúrgica da valva aórtica do coração nativo. CONCLUSÃO: O transplante cardíaco heterotópico é um procedimento com resultado inferior ao transplante cardíaco ortotópico, por apresentarem maior RVP. Os trombos intraventriculares no coração nativo, que exigem anticoagulação prolongada, bem como as complicações de válvula aórtica, também no coração nativo, podem exigir tratamento cirúrgico. Entretanto, em um paciente, a sobrevida de 15 anos mostrou a eficácia de longo prazo desse tipo de alternativa, para pacientes

  13. Modified UMS, Modified SemRep and SemMedDB-UTH | Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR)

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    Modified UMLS, modified SemRep and SemMedDB-UTH – these are resources (UMLS, SemMedDB-UT) and tools (SemRep) created and maintained by National Library of Medicine that we have modified for personalized cancer therapy and returned to the NLM.

  14. O ciberativismo sem bússola

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    Francisco Rüdiger

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Questiona-se no texto se uma abordagem que, no essencial, relata a trajetória do chamado ciberativismo de acordo com seus próprios termos se justifica academicamente ou, em vez disso, se mantém prisioneira de uma mitologia que o fenômeno, em si mesmo, já construiu e, por isso, autoriza seus sujeitos a dispensarem sem prejuízo eventual contribuição de origem universitária.

  15. SEM analysis of weathered grains: Pretreatment effects

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    Cremeens, D. L.; Darmody, R. G.; Jansen, I. J.

    1987-05-01

    Fresh microcline, albite, and almandine, along with soil grains, were treated with various traditional pretreatments prior to observation with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The grains were observed with SEM and given ratings for each of several surface properties to determine which pretreatments produced clean surfaces on soil grains without laboratory-induced damage on the fresh mineral grains. Gentle overnight shaking in 2% sodium bicarbonate at pH 9.5 produced the most effective cleaning of soil grains with the least amount of induced damage to fresh mineral samples. This pretreatment was equivalent to that given the control samples (shaken overnight in distilled water) for observations of etch pits on fresh mineral samples within a 25% equivalence (or negligible difference) interval. Ultrasonification, hydrogen peroxide, and boiling hydrochloric acid caused the most damage to mineral samples, mainly in the form of 0.5-μm etch pits. Boiling hydrochloric acid, boiling nitric acid, and stannous chloride resulted in increased coated surfaces on soil grains.

  16. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Procedure for HE Powders on a Zeiss Sigma HD VP SEM

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    Zaka, F. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2016-11-15

    This method describes the characterization of inert and HE materials by the Zeiss Sigma HD VP field emission Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The SEM uses an accelerated electron beam to generate high-magnification images of explosives and other materials. It is fitted with five detectors (SE, Inlens, STEM, VPSE, HDBSD) to enable imaging of the sample via different secondary electron signatures, angles, and energies. In addition to imaging through electron detection, the microscope is also fitted with two Oxford Instrument Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) 80 mm detectors to generate elemental constituent spectra and two-dimensional maps of the material being scanned.

  17. Taponamiento cardíaco secundario a carcinoma papilar esclerosante difuso de tiroides

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    Verónica Riva

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa, corresponde al 2% de todos los carcinomas papilares de la tiroides. Se caracteriza por comprometer de manera difusa y bilateral a la glándula tiroides. Clínicamente se manifiesta con metástasis ganglionares y pulmonares, afectando predominantemente a mujeres jóvenes. Se describe un caso de taponamiento cardíaco como presentación inicial de un carcinoma papilar de tiroides variante esclerosante difusa. Una mujer de 32 años concurrió al servicio de emergencias médicas refiriendo epigastralgia y tos seca. Durante el examen físico se constató hipotensión arterial, taquicardia y ruidos cardíacos disminuidos. Se realizó un ecocardiograma, observándose derrame pericárdico. Por medio de una pericardiocentesis se obtuvo líquido pericárdico, cuyo análisis mostró células neoplásicas. Durante la evolución la paciente presentó recurrencia del derrame pericárdico por lo que se realizó una ventana pleuropericárdica, detectándose durante la cirugía una lesión nodular subpleural, la cual fue biopsiada e informada posteriormente como una metástasis de carcinoma papilar vinculable a origen tiroideo. Se realizó una tiroidectomía total con linfadenectomía cervical bilateral. El diagnóstico final fue carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa. Esta variante infiltra el tejido conectivo de los espacios interfoliculares, simulando una tiroiditis y se caracteriza por una permeación vascular temprana. En oposición a la variante clásica, la esclerosante difusa presenta mayor agresividad y mayor tasa de recurrencia. El carcinoma papilar de tiroides debe tenerse presente como diagnóstico diferencial en nuestro medio, en todas aquellas lesiones neoplásicas papilares metastásicas, más aún si se trata de mujeres jóvenes.

  18. Análise das complicações hospitalares relacionadas ao cateterismo cardíaco

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    Rossato,Géderson; de Quadros, Alexandre Schaan; Sarmento-Leite, Rogério; Gottschall, Carlos Antonio M.

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: As complicações relacionadas ao cateterismo cardíaco são os principais limitantes desta técnica, e podem variar desde eventos adversos leves e transitórios até eventos graves, como infarto do miocárdio ou morte. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a incidência de complicações imediatas do cateterismo cardíaco diagnóstico em adultos, conforme um modelo de categorização das complicações em tipo e gravidade. MÉTODO: Estudo de coorte prospectivo em um centro de referência. As características dos pacien...

  19. Reabilitação e condicionamento físico após transplante cardíaco

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    Guilherme Veiga Guimarães; Fernando Bacal; Bocchi, Edimar A.

    1999-01-01

    Nas últimas décadas a prática regular de atividade física tem sido estimulada entre pessoas saudáveis e pacientes cardiopatas. Os programas de reabilitação cardíaca têm objetivos profiláticos e terapêuticos. Entretanto, existem poucos relatos de programas de reabilitação e condicionamento físico pós-transplante cardíaco no Brasil. O presente trabalho relata a experiência dos autores com pacientes pós-transplante cardíaco submetidos a programa de reabilitação física, na fase hospitalar e pós-a...

  20. Silencing of ACO decreases reproduction and energy metabolism in triazophos-treated female brown plant hoppers, Nilaparvata lugens Stål (Hemiptera: Delphacidae).

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    Liu, Zong-Yu; Jiang, Yi-Ping; Li, Lei; You, Lin-Lin; Wu, You; Xu, Bin; Ge, Lin-Quan; Wu, Jin-Cai

    2016-03-01

    The brown plant hopper (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens Stål (Hemiptera: Delphacidae), is a major pest affecting rice in Asia, and outbreaks of this pest are closely linked to pesticide-induced stimulation of reproduction. Therefore, the BPH is a classic example of a resurgent pest. However, the effects of different genes on the regulation of pesticide-induced reproductive stimulation in the BPH are unclear. In this study, the regulatory effects of acyl-coenzyme A oxidase (ACO) on the reproduction and biochemistry of the BPH were investigated with gene silencing. The number of eggs laid per female by triazophos (TZP)+dsACO BPH females was significantly lower than those of TZP-treated (without ACO silencing) or TZP+GFP females (negative control), with the number of eggs decreasing by 30.8% (from 529.5 to 366.3) and 32.0% (from 540.5 to 366.3), respectively. The preoviposition period, oviposition period, and longevity of the TZP-treated females were also influenced by dsACO treatment. Additionally, the amounts of crude fat, protein, and some fatty acids (oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and myristoleic acid) in TZP+dsACO females were significantly lower than in TZP-treated females. Thus, ACO is one of the key genes regulating the TZP-induced stimulation of reproduction in BPH females. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Afasia global sem hemiparesia: relato de caso

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    MARCUS TULIUS TEIXEIRA DA SILVA; JOSÉ LUÍS DE SÁ CAVALCANTI; DENISE MADEIRA MOREIRA

    2000-01-01

    Afasia global geralmente é acompanhada por hemiparesia direita devido à extensão da lesão subjacente. Recentemente têm sido registrados na literatura casos em que tal síndrome ou não se acompanha do déficit motor ou este é apenas transitório, sendo esta condição conhecida como afasia global sem hemiparesia (AGSH). Relatamos caso de AGSH devido a infarto cerebral embólico cardiogênico, corroborando a tese de que esta condição pode ter valor preditivo para o diagnóstico de infartos embólicos.Sy...

  2. In-situ SEM electrochemistry and radiolysis

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    Møller-Nilsen, Rolf Erling Robberstad; Norby, Poul

    (EIS) measurements between two electrodes when irradiating at an average intensity of 6 MGy/s indicate that the conductivity may be at least 200 μS/cm, two orders of magnitude higher than what would be expected from H+ alone. Finally, the radiolytic yield of copper is measured by gradually increasing...... the radiation intensity until copper precipitated. Based on the amount of backscattered electrons it has been possible to quantify the amount of reduced copper, resulting in an average radiolytic yield per 100 eV of deposited energy (g-value) of 0.05, lower than the value of 4.4 seen in pulse radiolysis...... experiments. During the course of these studies it has also been possible to improve on the EC-SEM system. This has resulted in pyrolysed carbon electrodes, which offer the benefit of stability at 0.75 V higher potentials than traditional gold thin-film electrodes. With the quantitative insight...

  3. Sem analysis zirconia-ceramic adhesion interface

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    CARDELLI, P.; VERTUCCI, V.; MONTANI, M.; ARCURI, C.

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Objectives Modern dentistry increasingly tends to use materials aesthetically acceptable and biomimetic. Among these are zirconia and ceramics for several years, a combination that now has becoming synonym of aesthetic; however, what could be the real link between these two materials and especially its nature, remains a controversial topic debated in the literature. The aim of our study was to “underline” the type of bonding that could exist between these materials. Materials and methods To investigate the nature of this bond we used a SEM microscopy (Zeiss SUPRA 25). Different bilaminar specimens: “white” zirconia Zircodent® and ceramic “Noritake®”, after being tested with loading test in bending (three-point-bending) and FEM analysis, were analyzed by SEM. Fragments’ analysis in closeness of the fracture’s point has allowed us to be able to “see” if at large magnifications between these two materials, and without the use of linear, could exist a lasting bond and the possible type of failure that could incur. Results From our analysis of the specimens’ fragments analyzed after test Equipment, it is difficult to highlight a clear margin and no-adhesion zones between the two materials, although the analysis involving fragments adjacent to the fracture that has taken place at the time of Mechanical test Equipment. Conclusions According to our analysis and with all the clarification of the case, we can assume that you can obtain a long and lasting bond between the zirconia and ceramics. Agree to the data present in the literature, we can say that the type of bond varies according to the type of specimens and of course also the type of failure. In samples where the superstructure envelops the ceramic framework Zirconium we are in the presence of a cohesive failure, otherwise in a presence of adhesive failure. PMID:27555905

  4. Aleteo auricular postrasplante cardíaco tratado exitosamente mediante ablación por catéter

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    Carlos López

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENEl desarrollo de arritmias supraventriculares es un hallazgo frecuente en el seguimiento depacientes sometidos a trasplante cardíaco. La ablación por radiofrecuencia del aleteo auricularha demostrado que es el tratamiento de elección en pacientes con cardiopatía subyacentey sin ella, en tanto que son escasas las comunicaciones en la bibliografía acerca de sueficacia postrasplante cardíaco.En esta presentación se describe el caso de un paciente de 26 años con antecedente detrasplante cardíaco que presentó aleteo auricular en la evolución. En el estudio electrofisiológico se observó un aleteo auricular típico antihorario dependiente del istmo en laaurícula derecha del donante. La aurícula derecha del receptor se encontraba disociada, enritmo sinusal. Durante la aplicación de radiofrecuencia en el istmo a la altura de la línea desutura auriculoauricular derecha se observó la interrupción del aleteo. Ambas aurículasderechas quedaron en ritmo sinusal, disociadas por bloqueo bidireccional a nivel de la anastomosis.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2009;77:408-410.

  5. O estupor melancólico e o estupor maníaco

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    Rubens Coura

    Full Text Available O Estupor Melancólico e o Estupor Maníaco são quadros clínicos das mais completas apatia e inibição motora, hoje tornados raros devido às intervenções psiquiátricas. Eles parecem corresponder aos pontos da máxima pressão possível da pulsão de morte: dirigida, respectivamente, contra o próprio Eu e contra os objetos – naquele sujeito e naquele período de sua vida. Sendo então o estado clínico do ponto intransponível de toda melancolia e de toda mania, esses dois estupores devem compor um verdadeiro elo perdido entre a melancolia e a mania, para a psicanálise. Se a relíquia de Pierre Fédida é, no luto, o fragmento de permanência daquilo que morreu, o autor propõe a romaria do sujeito ao seu tesourinho de criança como uma imagem regressiva apropriada à melancolia e à mania.

  6. Ant Colony Optimization ACO For The Traveling Salesman Problem TSP Using Partitioning

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    Alok Bajpai

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract An ant colony optimization is a technique which was introduced in 1990s and which can be applied to a variety of discrete combinatorial optimization problem and to continuous optimization. The ACO algorithm is simulated with the foraging behavior of the real ants to find the incremental solution constructions and to realize a pheromone laying-and-following mechanism. This pheromone is the indirect communication among the ants. In this paper we introduces the partitioning technique based on the divide and conquer strategy for the traveling salesman problem which is one of the most important combinatorial problem in which the original problem is partitioned into the group of sub problems. And then we apply the ant colony algorithm using candidate list strategy for each smaller sub problems. After that by applying the local optimization and combining the sub problems to find the good solution for the original problem by improving the exploration efficiency of the ants. At the end of this paper we have also be presented the comparison of result with the normal ant colony system for finding the optimal solution to the traveling salesman problem.

  7. The luminal surface of thyroid cysts in SEM

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    Zelander, T; Kirkeby, S

    1978-01-01

    Four of the five kinds of cells constituting the walls of thyroid cysts can be identified in the SEM. These are cuboidal cells, mucous cells, cells with large granules and ciliated cells. A correlation between SEM and TEM observations is attempted.......Four of the five kinds of cells constituting the walls of thyroid cysts can be identified in the SEM. These are cuboidal cells, mucous cells, cells with large granules and ciliated cells. A correlation between SEM and TEM observations is attempted....

  8. Metastização pulmonar na apresentação de angiossarcoma cardíaco – Caso clínico e discussão

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    Vítor Fonseca

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Apresenta-se um caso clínico referente a doente de 35 anos, do sexo masculino sem antecedentes pessoais relevantes, admitido no serviço de urgência por quadro de toracalgia e tosse produtiva com alterações electrocardiográficas sugestivas de pericardite. Inicialmente admitido pelo Serviço de Cardiologia, com melhoria do quadro clínico após terapêutica anti-inflamatória; contudo, no internamento houve como intercorrência pneumonia de provável etiologia bacteriana, complicada por derrame pleural. Após a alta, foi referenciado à consulta de pneumologia, onde se manteve o estudo etiológico do derrame persistente, tendo vindo a complicar-se o seu quadro com alterações das cavidades cardiacas e múltiplos nódulos pulmonares, sugestivos de endocardite subaguda com embolização séptica pulmonar. Internado no serviço de Pneumologia e submetido a videotoracoscopia, foi-lhe diagnosticado angiossarcoma cardíaco com metastização pulmonar. Assistiu-se a uma rápida evolução do quadro clínico, quase fulminante, com falência cardíaca e óbito do doente sem ter iniciado radioterapia ou quimioterapia adjuvante. Abstract: We present a case report of a 35 year-old male without any relevant former pathology admitted to the emergency room with atypical chest pain, cough and sputum with ECG changes suggesting pericarditis. He was initially admitted to the cardiology ward and experienced clinical improvement after initiating anti-inflammatory treatment. As intercurrence he had bacterial origin pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion (PE. After discharge patient was referred to a pulmonology appointment where aetiological investigation of the PE was instigated. Investigation revealed changes in the cardiac cavities and multiple lung nodules, suggesting subacute endocarditis with septic pulmonary embolism. Admitted to the pulmonology unit patient underwent

  9. A importância do ecocardiograma transesofágico na captação do coração para transplante cardíaco

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    Marcello Fonseca Salgado Filho

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A utilização do ecocardiograma transesofágico na captação para o transplante cardíaco pode orientar a avaliação do coração, pois, se for captado um coração marginal, pode-se colocar em risco o sucesso do transplante cardíaco. RELATO DO CASO: Homem, 30 anos, sofreu um acidente automobilístico que lhe causou um TCE grave, evoluindo para morte cerebral. O paciente encontrava-se entubado, ventilando com auxílio de um respirador, 0,6 de fração inspirada de oxigênio, VC 500 mL, FR 14 irpm, PEEP de 3 mmHg, 99% de saturação periférica de O2 e gasometria normal. Estava também hipovolêmico, com débito urinário de 9.300 mL.dia-1, sódio de 157 meq.L-1, hematócrito de 27% e PAI 90x60 mmHg mantida por infusão de noradrenalina a 0,5 mcg.kg.min-1. Foi otimizado clinicamente e avaliado pelo ecocardiograma transesofágico (ETE, que mostrava cavidades cardíacas de tamanho normal, fração de ejeção de 66%, válvulas cardíacas anatômicas e sem alterações funcionais e forâmen oval íntegro. Imediatamente após a confirmação da viabilidade cardíaca e estabilização clínica, o paciente foi encaminhado ao centro cirúrgico e iniciou-se a captação. O período de isquemia teve a duração de duas horas e o coração foi transplantado com sucesso. CONCLUSÕES: Na maioria dos serviços de transplante cardíaco, a avaliação do coração é realizada de forma subjetiva pelo cirurgião, que muitas vezes não tem o suporte do anestesiologista para otimizar clinicamente o doador. No Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia (INC/MS, o anestesiologista faz parte da equipe de captação para poder realizar o ETE intraoperatório, avaliando de forma objetiva o coração captado. Desta forma, proporcionam-se maiores chances de sucesso do transplante cardíaco com um menor custo para o sistema público de saúde brasileiro.

  10. Tumores cardíacos: 10 anos de experiência

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    Antônio Augusto MIANA

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a experiência cirúrgica do grupo no tratamento dos tumores cardíacos durante o período de janeiro de 1985 a dezembro de 1994. Casuística e Métodos: De um total de 2268 cirurgias cardíacas com circulação extracorpórea realizadas neste período de 10 anos, 6 foram para extirpação de tumores intracavitários, perfazendo 0,26% dos casos. Destes, 3 eram mixomas de átrio esquerdo, 1 fibroelastoma papilar de valva mitral, 1 rabdomioma de ventrículo esquerdo e 1 fibroma de ventrículo esquerdo. A forma clínica de apresentação foi embolia sistêmica (3 casos ou insuficiência cardíaca (3 casos. O diagnóstico foi ecocardiográfico (5 casos e angiográfico (6 casos. Resultados: Todos os pacientes tiveram evolução imediata favorável, exceto 1 deles, com mixoma de átrio equerdo, que evoluiu com mediastinite e septicemia, vindo a falecer e constituindo o único óbito hospitalar. O seguimento pós-operatório tardio, obtido em 4 pacientes (15 a 111 meses - média 49 ± 36,8 meses, não detectou qualquer recidiva, encontrando-se todos em classe funcional I (NYHA. Conclusões: Os autores concluem que os tumores cardíacos são bastante raros, de fácil diagnóstico desde que considerados, na grande maioria benignos e que cursam favoravelmente com a extirpação cirúrgica.Purpose: To review the surgical experience of our group in the treatment of primary cardiac tumors, during a 10 year period beginning January 1985 till December 1994. Material and Methods: From a total of 2268 cardiac surgeries with the aid of extracorporeal circulation performed during this 10 year period, there were 6 cases of intracavitary tumor resection, an incidence of 0.26%. Three were myxomas of the left atrium, 1 papillary fibroelastoma of the mitral valve, 1 rhabdomyoma of the left ventricule and 1 fibroma of the left ventricle. Three patients presented systemic embolism and the other three congestive heart failure. The diagnosis was confirmed

  11. Changes in oxidative stress in transgenic RNAi ACO1 tomato fruit during ripening

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    Eglous, Najat Mohamed; Ali, Zainon Mohd; Hassan, Maizom; Zainal, Zamri

    2013-11-01

    Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum L.) is the second most cultivated vegetable in the world and widely used as a system for studying the role of ethylene during fruit ripening. Our objective was to study the oxidative stress and antioxidative metabolism during ripening of non transgenic tomato and transgenic line-21 tomato which reduced ethylene. The line-21 of transgenic tomato plants (RNAi ACO1) had lower ethylene production and longer shelf-life more than 32 days as compared to the wild-type fruits which have very short shelf-life. In this study, tomato fruit were divided into five different stages (MG: mature green 5%, B: breaker 25%, T: turning 50%, O: orange75%, RR: red ripe100%). The activity of lipoxygenase (LOX) and lipid peroxidation (MDA) were measured to assess changes in oxidative stress. The LOX activity and MDA content decreased significantly obtaining 2.6-fold and 1.2-fold, respectively, as compared to the wild type fruit. However, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities were increased to 1.9 and 1.2 folds from the mature green to the fully ripe stage in transgenic tomatoes. Furthermore, the wild type tomato increases 1.3 in SOD and 1.6 in CAT activities. The overall results indicate that the wild type tomato fruit showed a faster rate of ripening, parallel to decline in the rate of enzymatic antioxidative systems as compared to the transgenic line-21 tomato fruit. In addition, the results show that the antioxidant capacity is improved during the ripening process and is accompanied by an increase in the oxidative stress.

  12. Rapid evaluation of particle properties using inverse SEM simulations

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    Bekar, Kursat B.; Miller, Thomas M.; Patton, Bruce W.; Weber, Charles F.

    2017-09-01

    The characteristic X-rays produced by the interactions of the electron beam with the sample in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) are usually captured with a variable-energy detector, a process termed energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The purpose of this work is to exploit inverse simulations of SEM-EDS spectra to enable rapid determination of sample properties, particularly elemental composition. This is accomplished using penORNL, a modified version of PENELOPE, and a modified version of the traditional Levenberg-Marquardt nonlinear optimization algorithm, which together is referred to as MOZAIK-SEM. The overall conclusion of this work is that MOZAIK-SEM is a promising method for performing inverse analysis of X-ray spectra generated within a SEM. As this methodology exists now, MOZAIK-SEM has been shown to calculate the elemental composition of an unknown sample within a few percent of the actual composition.

  13. Rapid evaluation of particle properties using inverse SEM simulations

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    Bekar, Kursat B [ORNL; Miller, Thomas Martin [ORNL; Patton, Bruce W [ORNL; Weber, Charles F [ORNL

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    The characteristic X-rays produced by the interactions of the electron beam with the sample in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) are usually captured with a variable-energy detector, a process termed energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The purpose of this work is to exploit inverse simulations of SEM-EDS spectra to enable rapid determination of sample properties, particularly elemental composition. This is accomplished using penORNL, a modified version of PENELOPE, and a modified version of the traditional Levenberg Marquardt nonlinear optimization algorithm, which together is referred to as MOZAIK-SEM. The overall conclusion of this work is that MOZAIK-SEM is a promising method for performing inverse analysis of X-ray spectra generated within a SEM. As this methodology exists now, MOZAIK-SEM has been shown to calculate the elemental composition of an unknown sample within a few percent of the actual composition.

  14. De lo demoníaco a lo abyecto. Figuras de lo terrible en el arte moderno

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    Martínez Arias, Leonardo

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    El presente trabajo de investigación parte del complejo miedo-terror como inherente a la condición humana, y pretende observar cómo dicho complejo se manifiesta en la historia del arte, especialmente en las artes visuales, desde comienzos de la modernidad hasta fines del siglo XX. La manifestación del complejo se lleva a cabo a través de tres figuras, las cuales surgen a partir de la desintegración de la figura medieval de lo demoníaco: lo sublime, lo siniestro y lo abyecto. Lo sublime alude ...

  15. Sedação com sufentanil e clonidina em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco

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    Anita Perpetua Carvalho Rocha

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A sedação para a realização de cateterismo cardíaco tem sido alvo de preocupação. Benzodiazepínicos, agonistas alfa-2 adrenérgicos e opioides são utilizados para esse fim, entretanto, cada um destes medicamentos possui vantagens e desvantagens. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia do sufentanil e da clonidina como sedativos em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco, observando o impacto dos mesmos sobre os parâmetros hemodinâmicos e respiratórios, a presença de efeitos colaterais, além da satisfação do paciente e do hemodinamicista com o exame. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um ensaio clínico prospectivo, duplo-cego, randomizado e controlado, que envolveu 60 pacientes que receberam 0,1 µg/kg de sufentanil ou 0,5 µg/kg de clonidina antes da realização do cateterismo cardíaco. O escore de sedação segundo a escala de Ramsay, a necessidade de utilização de midazolam, os efeitos colaterais, os parâmetros hemodinâmicos e respiratórios foram registrados, sendo os dados analisados em 06 diferentes momentos. RESULTADOS: O comportamento da pressão arterial, da frequência cardíaca e da frequência respiratória foi semelhante nos dois grupos, entretanto, no momento 2, os pacientes do grupo sufentanil (Grupo S apresentaram menor escore de sedação segundo a escala de Ramsay, e a saturação periférica da oxihemoglobina foi menor que o grupo clonidina (Grupo C no momento 6. Os pacientes do Grupo S apresentaram maior incidência de náusea e vômito pós-operatório que os pacientes do Grupo C. A satisfação dos pacientes foi maior no grupo clonidina. Os hemodinamicistas mostraram-se satisfeitos nos dois grupos. CONCLUSÃO: O sufentanil e a clonidina foram efetivos como sedativos em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco.

  16. Asistencia ventricular y trasplante cardíaco en las cardiopatías congénitas

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    Cabo, Javier; Hübler, Michael; Herreros, Jesús; Hübler, Samira; Villar, Miguel Ángel; García-Guereta, Luis; Trainini, Jorge

    2011-01-01

    En pacientes jóvenes y adultos con cardiopatías congénitas y fallo ventricular grave refractarios al tratamiento médico intenso con fármacos vasoactivos y en aquellos pacientes con fallo primario del injerto postrasplante cardíaco, la asistencia circulatoria, bien mediante extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), asistencia centrífuga, o asistencia ventricular mecánica (AVM) representan la últimas terapias posibles disponibles en el protocolo de actuación estratégica para mantener al pacie...

  17. Impacto del riesgo cardíaco sobre la Aneurismectomía

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    Orestes Díaz Hernández

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available Se realiza un análisis cardiológico a 100 pacientes a los cuales se les efectuó cirugía electiva por aneurisma de la aorta abdominal infrarrenal; para esto se emplearon 5 métodos: el índice de riesgo cardíaco de Goldman original y modificado, los marcadores coronarios de Eagle, las indicaciones por niveles recomendadas por Hollier y la ecuación de Cooperman. La cardiopatía isquémica se detectó en el 59 % del total de los pacientes. De ellos, el 43 % tenía antecedentes de infarto del miocardio, el 33 % angina estable bajo tratamiento medicamentoso, el 6 % insuficiencia cardíaca congestiva con tratamiento digitálico y el 11 % un ritmo no sinusal detectado en el electrocardiograma. La supervivencia a largo plazo en la cardiopatía isquémica se comportó al año y 2 años en el 80 %, a los 5 años en el 72 % y a los 10 y 13 años en el 35 %. Se propone un algoritmo simple y modificado de valoración cardiológica en los pacientes que muestran aneurisma de la aorta abdominalA cardiological analysis of 100 patients whe underwent elective surgery due to infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm was made. 5 methods were used to this end: the original and modified Goldman´s cardiac resk index, Eagle´s coronary markers, the indications by levels recommended by Hollier and Cooperman´s equation. Ischaemic heart disease was detected in 59 % of the patients. 43 % of them had history of myocardial infarction, 33 % of stable angina under drug treatment, 6 % of congestive heart failure with digitalis treatment and 11 % had a nonsinusal rate detected in the EKG. Among those suffering from schemic heart disease there was a long term survival of 80 % at the lst and 2nd year, 72 % at the 5 th year, and 35 % at the 10th and 13th year. A simple and modified algorithm of cardiological assessment was proposed for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm

  18. Transplante cardíaco ortotópico pela técnica bicaval

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    CHACCUR Paulo

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    Full Text Available Há trinta anos tem sido empregada a técnica descrita por Lower e Shumway para o transplante cardíaco ortotópico, com bons resultados. Complicações, como estase venosa, formação de trombos, arritmias atriais e insuficiência das valvas tricúspide e mitral, estão presentes no pós-operatório tardio. A partir de 1995, passamos a utilizar a técnica bicaval em todos os casos (6 pacientes. Cinco eram do sexo masculino e a média de idades dos receptores era de 50,6 anos. A cardiomiopatia era dilatada e isquêmica em 2 casos cada, e chagásica e reumática nos demais. Três pacientes apresentavam operações prévias, sendo que um deles havia sido submetido a três operações de prótese valvar aórtica, o segundo a implante de marcapasso epimiocárdico definitivo, e o último a duas operações de revascularização do miocárdio associada a aneurismectomia de ventrículo esquerdo. A técnica cirúrgica consistiu, na maioria dos casos, na anastomose das veias pulmonares, em conjunto com o átrio esquerdo do coração a ser implantado e, a seguir, a da cava superior, inferior, do tronco pulmonar e aorta. Todos os doadores estavam em hospitais da cidade e com retirada múltipla de órgãos. Não tivemos óbito hospitalar e todos os pacientes estão vivos para um período de um a quinze meses de pós-operatório. Não houve diferença significativa quando se comparou as duas técnicas para o tempo de anóxia, tempo de C E C, tempo de implante, presença de taquiarritmias atriais, sangramento e permanência hospitalar. Houve diferença significativa (p<0,05 para a utilização de marcapasso temporário e presença de insuficiência tricúspide. Acreditamos que a técnica bicaval, além de reduzir o tamanho das cavidades atriais, é uma técnica simples, com índice menor de complicações e que poderá ser empregada com mais freqüência.

  19. Drenagem anômala total das veias pulmonares: terapêutica cirúrgica dos tipos anatômicos infracardíaco e misto

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    Atik Fernando Antibas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar a evolução hospitalar em portadores de drenagem anômala total de veias pulmonares (DATVP, nas formas infracardíaca e mista, submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico. MÉTODOS: De 65 pacientes operados com o diagnóstico isolado de DATVP, de dezembro/1993 a março/2002, foram selecionados, retrospectivamente, 7 (10,8% pacientes das formas mista e infradiafragmática, sendo 5 (71,4% do sexo masculino, idades variando de 5 dias a 19 (média de 7 meses, com diagnóstico clínico feito pelo ecocardiograma bidimensional. Quatro (57,1% pacientes apresentavam formas mistas, em um, obstrutiva intrínseca, com estenose discreta da veia inferior esquerda. Os restantes três (42,9% apresentavam a forma infradiafragmática obstrutiva, extrínseca ao nível do diafragma. Todas as operações foram realizadas através de esternotomia mediana, sob circulação extracorpórea hipotérmica com parada circulatória total em 2 casos. RESULTADOS: Óbito hospitalar ocorreu em 1 paciente com DATVP infradiafragmática com conexão da veia vertical inferior com a veia porta. A causa mortis foi relacionada à falência de múltiplos órgãos e sistemas. O pós-operatório foi caracterizado pela presença de baixo débito cardíaco e hipertensão pulmonar em 4 (57,1% pacientes. CONCLUSÃO: O resultado da correção cirúrgica desta anomalia está associado à morbidade e mortalidade aceitáveis, na dependência do encaminhamento e tratamento cirúrgico precoces, sem progressão do quadro de hipertensão vascular pulmonar.

  20. Interacciones entre dispositivos cardíacos implantables y modalidades fisioterapéuticas: ¿Mito o realidad?

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    Genevieve C. Digby

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available La fisioterapia se ha transformado en una especialidad que claramente incide en la calidad de vida de nuestros pacientes. En poblaciones añosas, el uso de fisioterapia incluye múltiples modalidades para un alto número de distintas enfermedades. Varios informes sobre posibles interacciones negativas entre las distintas modalidades de fisioterapia y los dispositivos cardíacos implantables (marcapasos y cardiodesfibriladores han sido publicados en los últimos aňos. A pesar de ello, existe muy poca evidencia y guías precisas para identificar cuáles son las modalidades de fisioterapia seguras a utilizar en esta población de pacientes. En la siguiente revisión, nos propusimos resumir las interacciones documentadas entre fisioterapia y dispositivos cardíacos implantables (DCI, discutir el estándar actual de estas prácticas e identificar las principales consideraciones que existen desde la perspectiva de un servicio de electrofisiología cardíaca, para el tratamiento adecuado en estos pacientes. Finalmente, abogamos por fortalecer la colaboración entre fisioterapeutas y electrofisiólogos, con el fin de asegurar una óptima y segura atención de este grupo de pacientes.

  1. Trasplante cardíaco y de médula ósea en un paciente

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    CÉSAR BELZITI

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENLa amiloidosis es una enfermedad infiltrativa sistémica que compromete al corazón y representauna causa importante de miocardiopatía restrictiva.Se describe el caso de un paciente masculino de 35 años con insuficiencia cardíaca avanzadasecundaria a miocardiopatía infiltrativa por depósito amiloide. Durante su evaluación serealizó diagnóstico de neoplasia de células plasmáticas. Debido a la rápida progresión de lossíntomas, el deterioro de la función ventricular y la incapacidad para tolerar el tratamientoadecuado para su enfermedad hematológica, se realizó trasplante cardíaco seguido de trasplanteautólogo de médula ósea sin complicaciones. La presentación de este caso constituyela primera comunicación en nuestro país de trasplante cardíaco seguido de trasplante demédula ósea como tratamiento de la amiloidosis cardíaca.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2009;77;309-311.

  2. T2DiACoD: A Gene Atlas of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Associated Complex Disorders.

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    Rani, Jyoti; Mittal, Inna; Pramanik, Atreyi; Singh, Namita; Dube, Namita; Sharma, Smriti; Puniya, Bhanwar Lal; Raghunandanan, Muthukurussi Varieth; Mobeen, Ahmed; Ramachandran, Srinivasan

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    We performed integrative analysis of genes associated with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) associated complications by automated text mining with manual curation and also gene expression analysis from Gene Expression Omnibus. They were analysed for pathogenic or protective role, trends, interaction with risk factors, Gene Ontology enrichment and tissue wise differential expression. The database T2DiACoD houses 650 genes, and 34 microRNAs associated with T2DM complications. Seven genes AGER, TNFRSF11B, CRK, PON1, ADIPOQ, CRP and NOS3 are associated with all 5 complications. Several genes are studied in multiple years in all complications with high proportion in cardiovascular (75.8%) and atherosclerosis (51.3%). T2DM Patients' skeletal muscle tissues showed high fold change in differentially expressed genes. Among the differentially expressed genes, VEGFA is associated with several complications of T2DM. A few genes ACE2, ADCYAP1, HDAC4, NCF1, NFE2L2, OSM, SMAD1, TGFB1, BDNF, SYVN1, TXNIP, CD36, CYP2J2, NLRP3 with details of protective role are catalogued. Obesity is clearly a dominant risk factor interacting with the genes of T2DM complications followed by inflammation, diet and stress to variable extents. This information emerging from the integrative approach used in this work could benefit further therapeutic approaches. The T2DiACoD is available at www.http://t2diacod.igib.res.in/ .

  3. Quantifying Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Solar Radiation over the Northeast China Based on ACO-BPNN Model and Intensity Analysis

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    Xiangqian Li

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    Full Text Available Reliable information on the spatiotemporal dynamics of solar radiation plays a crucial role in studies relating to global climate change. In this study, a new backpropagation neural network (BPNN model optimized with an Ant Colony Optimization (ACO algorithm was developed to generate the ACO-BPNN model, which had demonstrated superior performance for simulating solar radiation compared to traditional BPNN modelling, for Northeast China. On this basis, we applied an intensity analysis to investigate the spatiotemporal variation of solar radiation from 1982 to 2010 over the study region at three levels: interval, category, and conversion. Research findings revealed that (1 the solar radiation resource in the study region increased from the 1980s to the 2000s and the average annual rate of variation from the 1980s to the 1990s was lower than that from the 1990s to the 2000s and (2 the gains and losses of solar radiation at each level were in different conditions. The poor, normal, and comparatively abundant levels were transferred to higher levels, whereas the abundant level was transferred to lower levels. We believe our findings contribute to implementing ad hoc energy management strategies to optimize the use of solar radiation resources and provide scientific suggestions for policy planning.

  4. Mensuração do tamanho cardíaco em radiografias de gatos com hipertireoidismo experimental

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    Mauro José Lahm Cardoso

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available O hipertireoidismo felino ou tireotoxicose é a doença endócrina mais freqüente em gatos domésticos. O hipertireoidismo felino é uma desordem multissistêmica associada com aumento das concentrações dos hormônios tireoidianos circulantes, triidotironina (T3 e tiroxina (T4. Anormalidades cardiovasculares em gatos com hipertireoidismo espontâneo já foram bem descritas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar a mensuração cardíaca em 19 gatos submetidos a tireotoxicose experimental, utilizando o "vertebral heart size" (VHS. A mensuração utilizando o VHS foi realizada a partir de radiografias torácicas lateral, dorsoventral e ventrodorsal. As radiografias torácicas laterais foram mais eficazes do que as ventrodorsal e dorsoventral em ilustrar o aumento progressivo do coração. O VHS é um método fácil de ser usado, permitindo a avaliação do tamanho cardíaco em gatos hipertireóideos, e facilita a identificação de cardiomegalia e progressão do tamanho cardíaco.

  5. Perfil de los clientes del sistema único de salud de Brasil (sus) sometidos a implante de marcapasos cardíaco definitivo en hospital universitario.

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    Lobo Domingo, E.L.; Gonçalves Delatorre, P.; Martins Rembold, S.; Lima da Silva, J.L.

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    El objetivo de este estudio fue investigar los aspectos sociodemográficos de los clientes atendidos en el Hospital Universitario (HU), de Rio de Janeiro/Brasil, para implante de marcapasos cardíaco definitivo entre diciembre de 2005 y diciembre de 2006. Se analizaron 78 historias clínicas, incluyendo todos los clientes sometidos a implante o cambio de marcapasos cardíaco definitivo en el sector de hemodinámica o en el centro quirúrgico del HU. De esos 78 clientes estudiados, 52 se sometieron ...

  6. Experiência com transplante cardíaco heterotópico em pacientes com resistência pulmonar elevada: seguimento tardio

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    Vila, Jose Henrique Andrade; Silva, José Pedro da; Fonseca,Luciana da; Baumgratz,José Francisco; Tangari Jr, Américo; Leite,Weverton Ferreira; Guilhen,Claudia Jesus; Armelin, Egas

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    FUNDAMENTO: Nos últimos anos o numero de artigos sobre transplante cardíaco heterotópico tem sido escasso na literatura, inclusive internacional, e em particular do seguimento de longo prazo destes pacientes, o que levou ao presente relato. OBJETIVO: Relatar a experiência clínica inicial e evolução tardia de quatro pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco heterotópico, sua indicação e principais complicações. MÉTODOS: As cirurgias ocorreram entre 1992 e 2001, sendo que a indicação de trans...

  7. Reporte de un caso de pericarditis hemorrágica y taponamiento cardíaco asociados a lupus eritematoso sistémico

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    Barrera-Ramírez,Carlos Felipe; Pineda-Pompa,Luis R; Melo,Mario; Valdez Castro, Ricardo; Medina-Gómez,Héctor; Godina-Alonso,Gustavo; Guzmán,Carlos E

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    El lupus eritematoso sistémico es una enfermedad autoinmune inflamatoria capaz de afectar cualquier aparato y sistema. Aunque la pericarditis es la manifestación cardíaca más frecuentemente observada, usualmente no es una situación que comprometa la vida del paciente. El taponamiento cardíaco ocasionado por derrame pericárdico en el lupus es una situación extremadamente rara, con una incidencia no mayor al 2%. Informamos el caso de una mujer de 21 años de edad con taponamiento cardíaco por lu...

  8. Web semántica y servicios web semanticos

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    Marquez Solis, Santiago

    2007-01-01

    Des d'aquest TFC volem estudiar l'evolució de la Web actual cap a la Web Semàntica. Desde este TFC queremos estudiar la evolución de la Web actual hacia la Web Semántica. From this Final Degree Project we want to study the evolution of the current Web to the Semantic Web.

  9. Using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to predict use of ...

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    subsequently the use of VCT services are generally lacking. We employed Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) ... Voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), Structural equation modelling (SEM), AMOS program Introduction ..... similar to those reported in hospital or satellite. (stand-alone) VCT centres, we feel that our findings.

  10. Experiencia con hipotermia terapéutica en el paro cardíaco extrahospitalario

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    Ricardo Levin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El paro cardíaco extrahospitalario (PCEH, una de las principales causas de mortalidad en el mundo occidental, se asocia con una muy baja sobrevida hospitalaria y con un número elevado de secuelas neurológicas entre los sobrevivientes, sin modificaciones significativas en el pronóstico en las últimas tres décadas. Estudios clínicos más recientes plantearon la utilidad de la hipotermia terapéutica en la reducción de la mortalidad y el grado de deterioro neurológico en sobrevivientes de un PCEH. Objetivos: Evaluar la mortalidad y el resultado neurológico de pacientes comatosos resucitados de un PCEH tratados con hipotermia terapéutica. Considerar las indicaciones y los hallazgos de la cinecoronariografía y detectar complicaciones asociadas con la hipotermia. Material y métodos: Se incluyeron pacientes resucitados de un PCEH tratados bajo hipotermia terapéutica, que consistió en una fase de enfriamiento a 33 °C, un mantenimiento durante 24 horas y recalentamiento a 0,25 °C/hora. Se analizaron las indicaciones y los hallazgos de la cinecoronariografía. Se evaluaron complicaciones metabólicas, arrítmicas, infecciosas y hemorrágicas. Se consideró significativo valor de p menor de 0,05. Resultados: De los 213 pacientes incluidos, la sobrevida hospitalaria fue de 109 pacientes (51,2%, de los que 96 (46,1% presentaron al egreso buena recuperación neurológica. Se observó mayor sobrevida en pacientes con ritmos pasibles de desfibrilación respecto de aquellos con ritmos no pasibles de desfibrilación (58,2% vs. 37,7%; p = 0,007. Se derivaron (3,5 horas en promedio a cinecoronariografía 147 (69% pacientes, de los cuales 121 (82,3% mostraron enfermedad significativa, observándose en 69 (57% oclusión coronaria completa. Ciento siete pacientes fueron sometidos a angioplastia; 43 (40,2% de ellos fallecieron durante la internación frente a 61 (58,6% óbitos entre los no intervenidos o no estudiados (p = 0,005. Entre

  11. Intelligent Search Method Based ACO Techniques for a Multistage Decision Problem EDP/LFP

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    Mostefa RAHLI

    2006-07-01

    the algorithm getting to him a rate preferably more or less justifiable. In operational research, this subject is known under the name of CPO [14] (combinatory problem optimization.The choice of a numerical method to use for a merged case study and calculation of the LFP/Fitting/EDP what is [7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 19, 20] (in theoretical form of a problem compensates the final decision to adopt and a strategy of optimal production (which is a practical problem form and the final task most wanted.Each method is imposed by:· The algorithm complexity.· In an application gathering all calculations, the number of uses of method compared to the total number of later issues.· The maximum number of iterations for a given use.· The maximum iterations count allowed for this algorithm kind.· The limitations of the algorithm such as: applicability of a method (algorithm adapted or not to the problem; does the problem constrained or not; problem dimension or order N (N ≤ Nmax; the algorithm stability.It's well-known that for an approached calculation method, the propagation of errors strongly conditions the need of making its adequate choice and if it can be adopted compared to others for the same area.More is the number of the elementary operations is large more the final result misses precision and especially if the finality of the study is a responsible decision to make and a satisfaction of constraints and multiple conditions. Our study proposes an inference based solution (AI with the use of ACO technique (Ant colony Optimization2.

  12. Automated CD-SEM metrology for efficient TD and HVM

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    Starikov, Alexander; Mulapudi, Satya P.

    2008-03-01

    CD-SEM is the metrology tool of choice for patterning process development and production process control. We can make these applications more efficient by extracting more information from each CD-SEM image. This enables direct monitors of key process parameters, such as lithography dose and focus, or predicting the outcome of processing, such as etched dimensions or electrical parameters. Automating CD-SEM recipes at the early stages of process development can accelerate technology characterization, segmentation of variance and process improvements. This leverages the engineering effort, reduces development costs and helps to manage the risks inherent in new technology. Automating CD-SEM for manufacturing enables efficient operations. Novel SEM Alarm Time Indicator (SATI) makes this task manageable. SATI pulls together data mining, trend charting of the key recipe and Operations (OPS) indicators, Pareto of OPS losses and inputs for root cause analysis. This approach proved natural to our FAB personnel. After minimal initial training, we applied new methods in 65nm FLASH manufacture. This resulted in significant lasting improvements of CD-SEM recipe robustness, portability and automation, increased CD-SEM capacity and MT productivity.

  13. Expression Study of LeGAPDH, LeACO1, LeACS1A, and LeACS2 in Tomato Fruit (Solanum lycopersicum

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    Pijar Riza Anugerah

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    Full Text Available Tomato is a climacteric fruit, which is characterized by ripening-related increase of respiration and elevated ethylene synthesis. Ethylene is the key hormone in ripening process of climacteric fruits. The objective of this research is to study the expression of three ethylene synthesis genes: LeACO1, LeACS1A, LeACS2, and a housekeeping gene LeGAPDH in ripening tomato fruit. Specific primers have been designed to amplify complementary DNA fragment of LeGAPDH (143 bp, LeACO1 (240 bp, LeACS1A (169 bp, and LeACS2 (148 bp using polymerase chain reaction. Nucleotide BLAST results of the complementary DNA fragments show high similarity with LeGAPDH (NM_001247874.1, LeACO1 (NM_001247095.1, LeACS1A (NM_001246993.1, LeACS2 (NM_001247249.1, respectively. Expression study showed that LeACO1, LeACS1A, LeACS2, and LeGAPDH genes were expressed in ripening tomato fruit. Isolation methods, reference sequences, and primers used in this study can be used in future experiments to study expression of genes responsible for ethylene synthesis using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and to design better strategy for controlling fruit ripening in agroindustry.

  14. Hybridisations Of Simulated Annealing And Modified Simplex Algorithms On A Path Of Steepest Ascent With Multi-Response For Optimal Parameter Settings Of ACO

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    Luangpaiboon, P.

    2009-10-01

    Many entrepreneurs face to extreme conditions for instances; costs, quality, sales and services. Moreover, technology has always been intertwined with our demands. Then almost manufacturers or assembling lines adopt it and come out with more complicated process inevitably. At this stage, products and service improvement need to be shifted from competitors with sustainability. So, a simulated process optimisation is an alternative way for solving huge and complex problems. Metaheuristics are sequential processes that perform exploration and exploitation in the solution space aiming to efficiently find near optimal solutions with natural intelligence as a source of inspiration. One of the most well-known metaheuristics is called Ant Colony Optimisation, ACO. This paper is conducted to give an aid in complicatedness of using ACO in terms of its parameters: number of iterations, ants and moves. Proper levels of these parameters are analysed on eight noisy continuous non-linear continuous response surfaces. Considering the solution space in a specified region, some surfaces contain global optimum and multiple local optimums and some are with a curved ridge. ACO parameters are determined through hybridisations of Modified Simplex and Simulated Annealing methods on the path of Steepest Ascent, SAM. SAM was introduced to recommend preferable levels of ACO parameters via statistically significant regression analysis and Taguchi's signal to noise ratio. Other performance achievements include minimax and mean squared error measures. A series of computational experiments using each algorithm were conducted. Experimental results were analysed in terms of mean, design points and best so far solutions. It was found that results obtained from a hybridisation with stochastic procedures of Simulated Annealing method were better than that using Modified Simplex algorithm. However, the average execution time of experimental runs and number of design points using hybridisations were

  15. The use of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) in Capital Structure ...

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    analytic structural equation modelling (SEM) methodology. ... Consistent with the dominant theory, the findings of this study are that non-debt tax shields, business risk and probability of bankruptcy are negatively related to gearing, while tangibility, ...

  16. semPLS: Structural Equation Modeling Using Partial Least Squares

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    Full Text Available Structural equation models (SEM are very popular in many disciplines. The partial least squares (PLS approach to SEM offers an alternative to covariance-based SEM, which is especially suited for situations when data is not normally distributed. PLS path modelling is referred to as soft-modeling-technique with minimum demands regarding mea- surement scales, sample sizes and residual distributions. The semPLS package provides the capability to estimate PLS path models within the R programming environment. Different setups for the estimation of factor scores can be used. Furthermore it contains modular methods for computation of bootstrap confidence intervals, model parameters and several quality indices. Various plot functions help to evaluate the model. The well known mobile phone dataset from marketing research is used to demonstrate the features of the package.

  17. Certeza diagnóstica en la mortalidad de una población de pacientes con trasplante cardíaco

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    Marcos Amuchástegui

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    Full Text Available RESUMENIntroducciónA pesar de que la morbimortalidad en el trasplante cardíaco ha sido motivo de extensoanálisis, la mayoría de los estudios y registros de mortalidad en pacientes trasplantados sebasan sobre datos clínicos. En la bibliografía existen comunicaciones aisladas de autopsiasen pacientes con trasplante cardíaco.ObjetivoDeterminar la importancia de la realización de estudios anatomopatológicos para el diagnósticode causa de muerte en un programa de trasplante cardíaco.Material y métodosSe incluyeron todos los pacientes con trasplante cardíaco fallecidos entre enero 1990 y enero2005. El diagnóstico definitivo de la causa de muerte fue corroborado por autopsia obiopsia de órgano sólido. Las causas de muerte evaluadas fueron falla precoz del injerto,rechazo celular, infección, enfermedad vascular del injerto, neoplasia y otros.ResultadosDurante el período en estudio 73 pacientes fueron sometidos a trasplante cardíaco; de ellos,fallecieron 31. Se obtuvieron 12 autopsias y 7 biopsias de órgano sólido que certificaron lacausa de muerte (61%. La causa de muerte más frecuente fue el rechazo celular mayor degrado III. En el 12,9%, la anatomía patológica difirió de la sospecha clínica de la causa demuerte.ConclusiónLa información clinicopatológica derivada de estudios post mortem es un indicador de nuestrarealidad asistencial y se constituye en un pilar fundamental para el conocimiento y elmanejo futuro de los pacientes trasplantados, por lo que consideramos que la realización deautopsias en estos pacientes es de vital importancia.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2008;76:292-294.

  18. New optical metrology for masks: range and accuracy rivals SEM

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    Cottle, Rand; Fiekowsky, Peter; Hung, C. C.; Lin, Sheng-che

    2001-09-01

    Metrology is essential to success in all manufacturing processes. In microlithography metrology techniques have begun to shift from optical to SEM. In this paper we compare the capabilities of the new Flux-Area optical technique and of SEM techniques. SEM measurement has been increasing in mask shops because of the higher resolution it provides, despite disadvantages including damage to masks, charging effects, and inability to operate with pellicles. Optical measurements of photomasks are preferred because they are performed with light, in transmission. The success of virtual stepper software, which uses optical images in simulating stepper output, has demonstrated that optical images contain sufficient information to predict the results of even subwavelength lithography. Flux-Area measurement allows optical instruments to accurately measure features as small as (lambda) /6, or 0.08 (mu) using visible light (Fiekowsky and Selassie, 1999). It also allows the measurement of Optical Dimensions. This is the width of a line defined by the flux of light it transmits to the objective lens. In this study Flux-Area measurements of linewidths and contact are compared to SEM measurements and DUV AIMS microscope images. Results show that Flux-Area measurements are linear down to the smallest lines and holes tested, 0.23 (mu) and 0.4(mu) respectively. Thus the Flux-Area technique provides a practical alternative to SEM for metrology on current and future generation photomasks.

  19. Statistical measure for the sharpness of SEM images

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    Zhang, Nien-Fan; Postek, Michael T., Jr.; Larrabee, Robert D.; Vladar, Andras E.; Keery, William J.; Jones, Samuel N.

    1997-07-01

    Fully automated or semi-automated scanning electron microscopes (SEM) are now commonly used in semiconductor production and other forms of manufacturing. Testing and proving that the instrument is performing at a satisfactory level of sharpness is an important aspect of quality control. The application of Fourier analysis techniques to the analysis of SEM images is useful methodology for sharpness measurement. In this paper, a statistical measure known as the multivariate kurtosis, is proposed as a useful measure of the sharpness of SEM images. Kurtosis is designed to be a measure of the degree of departure of a probability distribution from the Gaussian distribution. It is a function of both the fourth and the second moments of a probability distribution. For selected SEM images, the two- dimensional spatial Fourier transforms were computed. Then the bivariate kurtosis of this Fourier transform was calculated as though it were a probability distribution, and that kurtosis evaluated as a characterization tool. Kurtosis has the distinct advantage that it is a parametric measure and is sensitive to the presence of the high spatial frequencies necessary for acceptable levels of sharpness. The applications of this method to SEM metrology will be discussed.

  20. Nondestructive assay for seamless steel pipes of the Vallourec and Mannesmann from Brazil; Ensaios nao destrutivos para inspecao de tubos de aco sem costura da Vallourec e Mannesmann do Brasil

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    Cancado, Mario Luiz Lopes; Pawelletz, Reinhard [Vallourec and Mannesmann do Brasil, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2000-07-01

    Seamless steel pipes are high quality products with a large application field, often used in areas with high confidence requirements. To assure a high quality grade, adequate product capability, and a continuous process control, rigorous inspection are requested, by using of a combination of multiple destructive and nondestructive techniques and appropriate measurement systems, which are strategically positioned in all production lines. (author)

  1. Autotransplante cardíaco: um novo método no tratamento de problemas cardíacos complexos Heart autotransplantation: a new technique to complex intracardiac reppairs

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    Randas J. V Batista

    1995-06-01

    Full Text Available No período de janeiro de 1990 a maio de 1995 foram operados com a técnica do autotransplante cardíaco 92 pacientes com cardiopatias complexas e arritmias supraventriculares, principalmente fibrilação atrial (n=89, reentrada (n=2, QT longo (n=1. O sexo feminino predominou (n=63. A idade variou de 18 a 76 anos (m=43. Os defeitos concomitantes foram: átrio esquerdo gigante (medido pelo ecocardiograma > 6 cm (n=65; átrio direito gigante (n=9; átrio esquerdo aumentado (4 cm (n=23; estenose mitral (n=46; insuficiência mitral (n=28; dupla lesão mitral (n=16; estenose aórtica (n=12; insuficiência aórtica (n=5; insuficiência tricúspide (n=78; trombose atrial (n=23; calcificação atrial (n=12; hipertensão pulmonar (n=86; fibroelastose biventricular (n=3; rotura atrioventricular (pós-troca de valva mitral (n=1; aneurisma da raiz aórtica (n=1; ventriculectomia parcial (n=8; 88 pacientes saíram do centro cirúrgico em ritmo sinusal e assim permaneceram; 6 precisaram de drogas inotrópicas e 3 de drogas antiarrítmicas. Todos os pacientes que apresentavam átrio esquerdo ou direito gigante com fibrilação atrial tiveram seus átrios reduzidos ao tamanho normal. Não houve mortalidade operatória e 6 evoluíram a óbito hospitalar. Na reavaliação aos seis meses de pós-operatório, os sobreviventes estavam bem, em ritmo sinusal. A técnica do autotransplante cardíaco facilita o reparo intracardíaco, proporciona a redução atrial e conseqüente retorno do paciente ao ritmo sinusal e abre novas perspectivas.From January 1990 to May 1995,92 patients with complex cardiac problems and supraventricular arrhythmias were operated upon with the technique of heart autotransplantation. The arrhythmias were: atrial fibrillation (n=89; reentry (n=2; long QT syndrome (n=1. Females predominated (n=63. The age varied from 18 to 76 years (m=43. Concomittant defects were: giant left atrium (> 6 cm measured by echo (n=65; giant right atrium (n=9; large

  2. Metastização pulmonar na apresentação de angiossarcoma cardíaco – Caso clínico e discussão

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    Vítor Fonseca

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Apresenta-se um caso clínico referente a doente de 35 anos, do sexo masculino sem antecedentes pessoais relevantes, admitido no serviço de urgência por quadro de toracalgia e tosse produtiva com alterações electrocardiográficas sugestivas de pericardite. Inicialmente admitido pelo Serviço de Cardiologia, com melhoria do quadro clínico após terapêutica anti-inflamatória; contudo, no internamento houve como intercorrência pneumonia de provável etiologia bacteriana, complicada por derrame pleural. Após a alta, foi referenciado à consulta de pneumologia, onde se manteve o estudo etiológico do derrame persistente, tendo vindo a complicar-se o seu quadro com alterações das cavidades cardiacas e múltiplos nódulos pulmonares, sugestivos de endocardite subaguda com embolização séptica pulmonar. Internado no serviço de Pneumologia e submetido a videotoracoscopia, foi-lhe diagnosticado angiossarcoma cardíaco com metastização pulmonar. Assistiu-se a uma rápida evolução do quadro clínico, quase fulminante, com falência cardíaca e óbito do doente sem ter iniciado radioterapia ou quimioterapia adjuvante.Rev Port Pneumol 2009; XV (6: 1175-1184 Abstract: We present a case report of a 35 year-old male without any relevant former pathology admitted to the emergency room with atypical chest pain, cough and sputum with ECG changes suggesting pericarditis. He was initially admitted to the cardiology ward and experienced clinical improvement after initiating anti-inflammatory treatment. As intercurrence he had bacterial origin pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion (PE. After discharge patient was referred to a pulmonology appointment where aetiological investigation of the PE was instigated. Investigation revealed changes in the cardiac cavities and multiple lung nodules, suggesting subacute endocarditis with septic pulmonary embolism. Admitted to the

  3. Annual International DIC Society Conference and SEM Fall Conference

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    This collection represents a single volume of technical papers presented at the Annual International DIC Society Conference and SEM Fall Conference organized by the Society for Experimental Mechanics and Sandia National Laboratories and held in Philadelphia, PA, November 7-10, 2016. The volume presents early findings from experimental, standards development and various other investigations concerning digital image correlation - an important area within Experimental Mechanics. The area of Digital Image Correlation has been an integral track within the SEM Annual Conference spearheaded by Professor Michael Sutton from the University of South Carolina. In 2016, the SEM and Sandia joined their collaborative strengths to launch a standing fall meeting focusing specifically on developments in the area of Digital Image Correlation. The contributed papers within this volume span numerous technical aspects of DIC including standards development for the industry. .

  4. Critical factors in SEM 3D stereo microscopy

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    Marinello, F.; Bariano, P.; Savio, E.

    2008-01-01

    This work addresses dimensional measurements performed with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) using 3D reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. The paper presents both theoretical and experimental investigations, on the effects of instrumental variables and measure......This work addresses dimensional measurements performed with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) using 3D reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. The paper presents both theoretical and experimental investigations, on the effects of instrumental variables...... and measurement parameters on reconstruction accuracy. Investigations were performed on a novel sample, specifically developed and implemented for the tests. The description is based on the model function introduced by Piazzesi and adapted for eucentrically tilted stereopairs. Two main classes of influencing...... factors are recognized: the first one is related to the measurement operation and the instrument set-up; the second concerns the quality of scanned images and represents the major criticality in the application of SEMs for 3D characterizations....

  5. Histopathologic and SEM analysis of primary teeth with pulpectomy failure.

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    Tannure, Patricia Nivoloni; Barcelos, Roberta; Portela, Maristela Barbosa; Gleiser, Rogerio; Primo, Laura Guimarães

    2009-07-01

    The objective of this study was to identify the probable factors associated with pulpectomy failure of primary teeth through qualitative analysis by histopathology (HIST) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A longitudinal clinical investigation of the efficacy of pulpectomy in primary teeth with irreversible pulp changes was carried out with 133 teeth (66 children) evaluated up to 48 months. The overall success was 86.1% during follow-up. Of the 18 teeth extracted as a result of treatment failure, 8 presented sufficiently undamaged roots to be randomly selected for HIST (n = 4) and SEM (n = 4) analysis. Necrotic tissue and chronic inflammatory cells were observed in all specimens submitted to HIST as external radicular resorption associated with Howship's lacunae. SEM analysis showed apical and furcation areas heavily infected with microorganisms and Howship's lacunae. These findings suggest that the main factors responsible for pulpectomy failure were technique limitations associated with the morphological irregularities created by external/inflammatory resorption.

  6. Development of the size calibration SOP for SEM measurement

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    Kwon, Hyuksang; Noh, Si Yeon; Song, Nam Woong

    2013-09-01

    The size and size distribution of nanomaterials are important factors for understanding their characteristics. A scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provides an easily accessible method to characterize nanostructures. We have developed a standard operating protocol (SOP) for the calibration of SEM by using CRMs (certified reference materials) of 1 dimensional (1D) gratings with 80 and 180 nm spacing, respectively, which have been certified by using a metrological AFM. To get consistent analysis results using a fast Fourier transform (FFT) method, the numbers of lateral and longitudinal pixels in the SEM images were determined for line profiling. We could also observed that the pitch values of 1D grating CRM could be obtained as the reference ones within the uncertainty under the following imaging conditions; the exposure time of the sample to the electron beam for an image scanning should be shorter than 120 s and the working distance from 5 to 8.9 mm can be used.

  7. A Data-Driven Approach to SEM Development at a Two-Year College

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    Pirius, Landon K.

    2014-01-01

    This article explores implementation of strategic enrollment management (SEM) at a two-year college and why SEM is critical to the long-term viability of an institution. This article also outlines the five initial steps needed to implement SEM, including identifying SEM leadership, building a SEM committee, developing a common understanding of…

  8. Transmissão de energia sem fios

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    Bonifácio, Nuno Miguel Coluna

    2009-01-01

    Há perspectivas de que a transmissão de energia sem fios tenha uma grande utilização no futuro, tal como acontece actualmente com a comunicação sem fios. É previsível que esta tecnologia seja uma solução promissora para as primeiras empresas inovadoras a chegar ao mercado. Daí o interesse que despertou na realização desta dissertação, sendo parte do desafio, saber o rendimento que se poderia obter, uma vez que a energia é tema dominante à escala global. Esta dissertação, propõe inicialm...

  9. Nexos sem?nticos em certificados de garantia

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    Estrela, K?nio Angelo Dantas Freitas

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    O estudo das rela??es de significado entre senten?as ? um campo bastante discutido e pesquisado nos estudos lingu?sticos. A observa??o de como se comportam os termos na constru??o de significados em textos de diversos g?neros e seus efeitos de interpreta??o tamb?m s?o temas muito difundidos entre as pesquisas das sem?nticas. Nesta produ??o discutiremos sobre as rela??es de significado e seus efeitos de sentido em um g?nero espec?fico. As rela??es que investigaremos s?o os nexos sem?nticos ou ...

  10. Automated SEM-EDS GSR Analysis for Turkish Ammunitions

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    Cakir, Ismail; Uner, H. Bulent

    2007-04-01

    In this work, Automated Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (SEM-EDS) was used to characterize 7.65 and 9mm cartridges Turkish ammunition. All samples were analyzed in a SEM Jeol JSM-5600LV equipped BSE detector and a Link ISIS 300 (EDS). A working distance of 20mm, an accelerating voltage of 20 keV and gunshot residue software was used in all analysis. Automated search resulted in a high number of particles analyzed containing gunshot residues (GSR) unique elements (PbBaSb). The obtained data about the definition of characteristic GSR particles was concordant with other studies on this topic.

  11. Estudio semántico en pacientes con afasia

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    Rubio Díaz, Roberto

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    En muchas ocasiones las afasias expresivas se caracterizan entre otras cosas, por el déficit léxico-semántico apreciable en su discurso. Aparecen manifestaciones que pueden distorsionar el significado de lo que quieren comunicar. En estos sujetos se potencia la utilización de gestos y la entonación, para intentar compensar el déficit y transmitir el mensaje oral de manera correcta. En este trabajo se clasifican, evalúan y justifican las manifestaciones léxico-semánticas en tres pacientes con ...

  12. Modificações técnicas no transplante cardíaco ortotópico Technic modifications to the cardiac orthotopic transplantation

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    José Teles de Mendonça

    1994-09-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos algumas modificações na técnica convencional de implante de coração nos transplantes cardíacos ortotópicos. As modificações propostas consistem basicamente em: 1 ressecar, durante a cardiectomia, o máximo do coração doente deixando apenas tecido suficiente para permitir a sutura do novo coração, durante o implante; 2 abrir o átrio direito do coração doador, a partir da veia cava inferior, próximo e paralelamente ao septo interatrial até a parte mais alta, quando a incisão deve ser bruscamente direcionada para a aurícula direita; 3 iniciar o implante pelo tronco pulmonar e 4 suturar os átrios conjuntamente, em um só plano, ao nível do septo. Estas modificações técnicas foram utilizadas em todos os pacientes transplantados nas três Instituições e apresentam como vantagens: 1 perfeito alinhamento do tronco pulmonar, evitando-se acotovelamentos e torções e 2 cavidades atriais menores, sem suturas salientando paradentro dos átrios e, conseqüentemente, menores oportunidades de fenômenos tromboembólicos ou contrações assincrônicas dos átrios (doador-receptor que, além de favorecer a formação de trombos, podem interferir na suficiência das valvas atrioventriculares. O método é facilmente reproduzível e pode ser recomendado para os transplantes ortotópicos de coração.OBJECTIVE: To present a number of modifications to the conventional heart implant technique in orthotopic cardiac transplants. METHODS: The proposed modifications consist basically of the following: 1 resecting as much of the disease heart as possible during the cardiectomy, leaving only sufficient tissue to enable the new heart to be sutured during the implant; 2 opening the right atrium of the donor heart from the inferior vena cava, close and parallel to the interatrial septum as far as the highest part, where the incision should be sharply directed towards the right atrial apendix; 3 initiating the implant through the

  13. Neurologic complications after heart transplantation Complicações neurológicas em transplantes cardíacos

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    Suzana M.F. Malheiros

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Neurologic complications are known as important cause of morbidity and mortality in orthotopic heart transplantation. Our aim was to identify the frequency and outcome of neurologic complications after heart transplantation in a prospective observational study. METHOD: From September 93 to September 99, as part of our routine heart transplantation protocol all patients with end-stage cardiac failure were evaluated by the same neurologist before and at the time of any neurologic event (symptom or complaint after transplantation. RESULTS: Out of 120 candidates evaluated, 62 were successfully transplanted (53 male; median age 45.5 years, median follow-up 26.8 months. Fifteen patients (24% had ischemic, 22 (35% idiopathic, 24 (39% Chagas' disease and 1 (2% had congenital cardiomyopathy. Neurologic complications occurred in 19 patients (31%: tremor, severe headache, transient encephalopathy and seizures related to drug toxicity or metabolic changes in 13; peripheral neuropathy in 4; and spinal cord compression in two (metastatic prostate cancer and epidural abscess. No symptomatic postoperative stroke was observed. CONCLUSIONS: Although frequent, neurologic complications were seldom related to persistent neurologic disability or death. Most of the complications resulted from immunosuppression, however, CNS infection was rare. The absence of symptomatic stroke in our series may be related to the lower frequency of ischemic cardiomyopathy.OBJETIVO: Complicações neurológicas são frequentemente descritas como causa de morbidade e mortalidade em transplantes cardíacos. Nosso objetivo foi avaliar a frequência de complicações neurológicas em pacientes submetidos a transplantes cardíacos, bem como sua evolução, através de um estudo prospectivo observacional. MÉTODO: Todos os candidatos a transplantes cardíacos foram avaliados pelo mesmo neurologista, como parte do protocolo de rotina de avaliação pré-transplante no período de 9

  14. Achados oftalmológicos em pacientes que receberam transplante cardíaco Ophthalmologic findings in cardiac transplant recipients

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    Cecília Sales Pires

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os achados oculares, pelo exame oftalmológico, em indivíduos que receberam transplante cardíaco, buscando especialmente investigar possíveis alterações na camada de fibras nervosas da retina com polarímetro de varredura a laser. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 15 indivíduos que receberam transplante cardíaco no período de setembro de 2003 a julho de 2004. Todos foram submetidos a exame que constava de acuidade visual para longe (AVL, biomicroscopia, tonometria e fundoscopia. Onze pacientes foram submetidos ao analisador de fibras nervosas GDx. Doze eram do sexo masculino e a média da idade foi de 55,0 ± 13,5 anos. O tempo decorrido desde o transplante variou de 3 a 74 meses, com média de 29,7 ± 20,8 meses. RESULTADOS: A AVL com melhor correção foi igual ou melhor do que 20/40 em todos os pacientes. Em um deles observou-se a presença de catarata subcapsular posterior; em outro, nubéculas na córnea secundárias a quadro de herpes zoster. À fundoscopia pôde-se observar lesão cicatrizada sugestiva de retinocoroidite em um paciente. As alterações observadas à biomicroscopia e à fundoscopia eram esperadas devido à imunossupressão subseqüente ao transplante. Ao GDx observou-se perda de fibras da camada de fibras nervosas da retina superior em 12 dos 22 olhos avaliados. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados apóiam a suposição de que antes ou durante o transplante cardíaco tenha havido diminuição no aporte de oxigênio à circulação retiniana, levando a perda parcial de fibras da retina.PURPOSE: To evaluate findings of ophthalmologic examinations in cardiac transplant recipients, searching especially for changes in the retinal nerve fiber layer by means of Scanning Laser Polarimetry. METHODS: Fifteen cardiac transplant recipients were examined from September 2003 to July 2004. All of them underwent ophthalmologic examination, which consisted of visual acuity (VA, biomicroscopy, tonometry and fundoscopy. Fiber layer

  15. Síndrome de bajo gasto cardíaco en la tetralogía de Fallot

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    Lincoln de la Parte Pérez

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Se realiza un estudio retrospectivo de 200 niños operados de tetralogía de Fallot en el Cardiocentro del Hospital Pediátrico Universitario "William Soler" durante el período comprendido entre los años 1990 y 1993. Se observó una relación directamente proporcional entre el tiempo de pinzamiento aórtico (paro anóxico, el tiempo de circulación extracorpórea (CEC y el desarrollo del síndrome de bajo gasto cardíaco. La incidencia de bajo gasto cardíaco en los niños con tiempo de pinzamiento aórtico menor a los 30 min fue nula, en los pacientes con tiempo menor a los 60 min la incidencia fue del 23,2 % (40 pacientes. En los 24 pacientes que sufrieron procedimientos quirúrgicos prolongados y tiempo de pinzamiento aórtico mayor de 1 hora la incidencia fue del 95,8 %. En los pacientes con tiempo de CEC menor de 90 min la incidencia de bajo gasto cardíaco que de sólo el 9,75 %, en los niños con tiempo de CEC entre 91 y 105 min fue de 15,53 %, en los que necesitaron entre 106 y 120 min de CEC fue del 62,5 % y en los procedimientos quirúrgicos prolongados fue del 95,8 %. La mayoría de los pacientes respondió bien al tratamiento, aunque en un pequeño número de ellos se mantuvo la disfunción ventricular a pesar del tratamiento. Siete niños fallecieron en el posoperatorio para una mortalidad del 3,5 %.A retrospective study of 200 children with Tetralogy of Fallot, who were operated on the Cardiology Center of "William Soler" University Pediatric Hospital from 1990 to 1993, was performed. There was a direct proportional relation between time of holding aorta with forceps (anoxic arrest, time of extracorporeal circulation and the development of low cardiac output syndrome. The incidence of low cardiac output in children who underwent holding of aorta with forceps for less than 30 minutes was zero, but the same procedure applied in patients for less than 60 minutes, the incidence was 23,2%(40 patients. The 24 patients that underwent

  16. Sildenafil vs. Nitroprussiato de Sódio durante Teste de Reatividade Pulmonar pré-transplante cardíaco

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    Aguinaldo Figueiredo Freitas Jr

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A hipertensão pulmonar é associada ao pior prognóstico no pós-transplante cardíaco. O teste de reatividade pulmonar com Nitroprussiato de Sódio (NPS está associado a elevados índices de hipotensão arterial sistêmica, disfunção ventricular do enxerto transplantado e elevadas taxas de desqualificação para o transplante. OBJETIVO: Neste estudo, objetivou-se comparar os efeitos do Sildenafil (SIL e NPS sobre variáveis hemodinâmicas, neuro-hormonais e ecocardiográficas durante teste de reatividade pulmonar. MÉTODOS: Os pacientes foram submetidos, simultaneamente, ao cateterismo cardíaco direito, ao ecocardiograma e à dosagem de BNP e gasometria venosa, antes e após administração de NPS (1 - 2 µg/Kg/min ou SIL (100 mg, dose única. RESULTADOS: Ambos reduziram a hipertensão pulmonar, porém o nitrato promoveu hipotensão sistêmica significativa (Pressão Arterial Média - PAM: 85,2 vs. 69,8 mmHg, p < 0,001. Ambos reduziram as dimensões cardíacas e melhoraram a função cardíaca esquerda (NPS: 23,5 vs. 24,8 %, p = 0,02; SIL: 23,8 vs. 26 %, p < 0,001 e direita (SIL: 6,57 ± 2,08 vs. 8,11 ± 1,81 cm/s, p = 0,002; NPS: 6,64 ± 1,51 vs. 7,72 ± 1,44 cm/s, p = 0,003, medidas pela fração de ejeção ventricular esquerda e Doppler tecidual, respectivamente. O SIL, ao contrário do NPS, apresentou melhora no índice de saturação venosa de oxigênio, medido pela gasometria venosa. CONCLUSÃO: Sildenafil e NPS são vasodilatadores que reduzem, de forma significativa, a hipertensão pulmonar e a geometria cardíaca, além de melhorar a função biventricular. O NPS, ao contrário do SIL, esteve associado a hipotensão arterial sistêmica e piora da saturação venosa de oxigênio.

  17. A cena constituinte da psicose maníaco-depressiva no Brasil The emergence of manic depressive psychosis as a diagnosis in Brazil

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    Joel Birman

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available A intenção deste ensaio é esboçar a leitura da psicose maníaco-depressiva no Brasil, no começo do século XX. Destaca a transformação teórica ocorrida na psiquiatria brasileira, que se deslocou da tradição francesa para a alemã. Sublinha o modo como a problemática da histeria foi substituída pela da psicose maníaco-depressiva nesse contexto histórico.This essay examines the early twentieth-century interpretation of manic depressive psychosis in Brazil, during a moment when Brazilian psychiatry witnessed a theoretical shift from the French to German traditions. It calls special attention to how the problem of hysteria was replaced by manic depressive psychosis within this historical context.

  18. Registro Español de Trasplante Cardíaco. XIX Informe Oficial de la Sección de Insuficiencia Cardíaca, Trasplante Cardíaco y Otras Alternativas Terapéuticas de la Sociedad Española de Cardiología(1984-2007

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    Luis Almenar Bonet

    2008-07-01

    Conclusiones: La supervivencia obtenida en España con el TC, sobre todo en los últimos años, sitúa al trasplante cardíaco como el mejor tratamiento ante cardiopatías terminales en situación funcional avanzada y sin otras opciones médicas o quirúrgicas establecidas.

  19. Registro Español de Trasplante Cardíaco. XX Informe oficial de la sección de insuficiencia Cardíaca y Trasplante Cardíaco de la sociedad Española de Cardiología (1984-2008

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    Luis Almenar Bonet

    2009-07-01

    Conclusiones: La supervivencia obtenida en España con el TC, sobre todo en los últimos años, sitúa al trasplante cardíaco como el tratamiento de elección para cardiopatías irreversibles en situación funcional avanzada y sin otras opciones médicas o quirúrgicas establecidas.

  20. Applications of CryoSEM in medical research

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    The field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) allows imaging resolution clown to 0.5-1.5 nm, With this improved resolution, the cryo-preparation technique (Cryo-FE-SEWI) can now compete with freeze-fracture replication techniques for the transmission electron microscope (TEM) and with

  1. A New Methodology to Analyze Instabilities in SEM Imaging

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    Mansilla, Catalina; Ocelik, Vaclav; De Hosson, Jeff T. M.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a statistical method to analyze instabilities that can be introduced during imaging in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The method is based on the correlation of digital images and it can be used at different length scales. It consists of the evaluation of three different

  2. Estudo comparativo entre histerectomia abdominal e vaginal sem prolapso uterino

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    Lisboa, Vânio Cardoso

    2002-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Ciências da Saúde. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Médicas. Objetivo: Comparar a histerectomia abdominal e vaginal sem prolapso uterino.

  3. DynSem : A DSL for Dynamic Semantics Specification

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    Vergu, V.; Neron, P.; Visser, E.

    2015-01-01

    The formal definition the semantics of a programming language and its implementation are typically separately defined, with the risk of divergence such that properties of the formal semantics are not properties of the implementation. In this paper, we present DynSem, a domain-specific language for

  4. SEM Analysis of Surface Impact on Biofilm Antibiotic Treatment

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    Luciana Calheiros Gomes

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to use scanning electron microscopy (SEM to investigate the effect of ampicillin treatment on Escherichia coli biofilms formed on two surface materials with different properties, silicone (SIL and glass (GLA. Epifluorescence microscopy (EM was initially used to assess biofilm formation and killing efficiency on both surfaces. This technique showed that higher bacterial colonization was obtained in the hydrophobic SIL than in the hydrophilic GLA. It has also shown that higher biofilm inactivation was attained for GLA after the antibiotic treatment (7-log reduction versus 1-log reduction for SIL. Due to its high resolution and magnification, SEM enabled a more detailed analysis of the antibiotic effect on biofilm cells, complementing the killing efficiency information obtained by EM. SEM micrographs revealed that ampicillin-treated cells have an elongated form when compared to untreated cells. Additionally, it has shown that different materials induced different levels of elongation on cells exposed to antibiotic. Biofilms formed on GLA showed a 37% higher elongation than those formed on SIL. Importantly, cell elongation was related to viability since ampicillin had a higher bactericidal effect on GLA-formed biofilms. These findings raise the possibility of using SEM for understanding the efficacy of antimicrobial treatments by observation of biofilm morphology.

  5. The Spores of Pyrrosia Mirbel (Polypodiaceae), a sem study

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    Uffelen, van G.A.; Hennipman, E.

    1983-01-01

    The spores of all 51 currently recognized species in the homosporous fern genus Pyrrosia have been studied with the aid of the scanning electron microscope (SEM). In all species a perispore has been found. The wide diversity in sporoderm sculpture as encountered in this genus has been described and

  6. Infrared spectra, Raman laser, XRD, DSC/TGA and SEM ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 34; Issue 4. Infrared spectra, Raman laser, XRD, DSC/TGA and SEM investigations on the preparations of selenium metal, (Sb2O3, Ga2O3, SnO and HgO) oxides and lead carbonate with pure grade using acetamide precursors. Moamen S Refat Khaled M Elsabawy.

  7. Comparing SVARs and SEMs : Two models of the UK economy

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    Jacobs, J.P.A.M.; Wallis, K.F.

    2005-01-01

    The structural vector autoregression (SVAR) and simultaneous equation macroeconometric model (SEM) styles of empirical macroeconomic modelling are compared and contrasted, with reference to two models of the UK economy, namely the long-run structural VAR model of Garratt, Lee, Pesaran and Shin and

  8. Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN: quantitative and qualitative educational evaluation of the program in a region of China

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    Singhal Nalini

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN program was developed in Canada for trained health care providers for the identification and management of newborns who are at-risk and/or become unwell in the first few hours or days after birth. The ACoRN process follows an 8-step framework that enables the evaluation and management of babies irrespective of the experience or expertise of the caregiving individual or team. This study assesses the applicability of the program to Chinese pediatric practitioners. Methods Course content and educational materials were translated from English into Chinese by bilingual neonatal practitioners. Confidence and knowledge questionnaires were developed and reviewed for face and content validity by a team of ACoRN instructors. Bilingual Chinese instructors were trained at the tertiary perinatal centre in Hangzhou Zhejiang to deliver the course at 15 level II county hospitals. Participants completed pre- and post-course confidence and knowledge questionnaires and provided feedback through post-course focus groups. Results 216 physicians and nurses were trained. Confidence and knowledge relating to neonatal stabilization improved significantly following the courses. Participants rated course utility and function between 4.2 and 4.6/5 on all items. Pre/post measures of confidence were significantly correlated with post course knowledge. Focus group data supported the perceived value of the program and recommended course adjustments to include pre-course reading, and increased content related to simulation, communication skills, and management of respiratory illness and jaundice. Conclusions ACoRN, a Canadian educational program, appears to be well received by Chinese health care providers and results in improved knowledge and confidence. International program adaptation for use by health care professionals requires structured and systematic evaluation to ensure that the program meets the needs of

  9. Sem porta-voz na rua, sem dono em casa : as lutas do Movimento de Mulheres Camponesas (MMC Brasil) pelo direito a uma vida sem violência

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    Pereira, Diana Melo

    2015-01-01

    Ao contrário do que vem sendo comumente trabalhado a respeito da temática da violência contra a mulher, o Movimento de Mulheres Camponesas (MMC Brasil), tem trabalhado uma visão mais ampla sobre a percepção da questão: tem defendido a necessidade do relacionamento entre opressões de sexo e classe social, no que diz respeito ao enfrentamento à violência. Compreendendo as ligações entre capitalismo e patriarcado, desenham sua atuação na luta pelo direito a uma vida sem violência para as mulhere...

  10. Caso clínico del Departamento de Psiquiatría: Trastorno afectivo bipolar 1, episodio maníaco

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    José Manuel Calvo Gómez

    1995-04-01

    Full Text Available Se trata de un paciente de 21 años con un cuadro clínico de una semana de evolución cuyas características satisfacen los criterios diagnósticos de la Cuarta Edición del Manual Estadístico y Diagnóstico de los Trastornos Mentales (DSM IV para trastorno afectivo bipolar 1,episodio maníaco severo con características psicóticas congruentes con el estado de ánimo. Criterios diagnósticos para trastorno afectivo bipolar 1: A. Actualmente (o recientemente en episodio maníaco. B. Ha existido previamente al menos un episodio depresivo mayor, episodio maníaco o episodio mixto. C. Los episodios afectivos de los criterios A y B no son producidos por un trastorno esquizoafectivo y no están superpuestos sobre esquizofrenia, trastorno esquizofreniforme, trastorno delirante, o trastorno psicótico no especificado en otro sitio.

  11. Total oxidation of benzene over ACo2O4 (A = Cu, Ni and Mn) catalysts: In situ DRIFTS account for understanding the reaction mechanism

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    Wang, Xiuyun; Zhao, Weitao; Wu, Xiangwei; Zhang, Tianhua; Liu, Yi; Zhang, Kai; Xiao, Yihong; Jiang, Lilong

    2017-12-01

    Mesoporous ACo2O4 (A = Cu, Ni and Mn) catalysts with high surface area were synthesized by a simple co-nanocasting approach using SBA-15 as a hard template. Their catalytic performances for total oxidation of benzene were tested and physicochemical properties were characterized in detail by means of XRD, N2 physisorption, TEM/HR-TEM, XPS, H2-TPR, O2-TPD-MS and in situ DRIFTS. The results demonstrate that benzene conversion in MnCo2O4 is more than 90% at 238 °C, which is higher than that of NiCo2O4 and CuCo2O4. The superior catalytic activity in MnCo2O4 is associated with its highly ordered mesoporous structure, higher surface Mn concentration and more active oxygen species. In situ DRIFTS results indicate that the lattice oxygen species are participated in the generation of carboxylates intermediate species over ACo2O4, while the surface active oxygen species favor the oxidation of carboxylates species to final products. All the results indicate that the oxidation of benzene in ACo2O4 catalysts consist of MvK and L-H mechanisms.

  12. Oxigenación de membrana extracorpórea para soporte cardíaco o respiratorio en adultos

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    Salvador Torregrosa

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available La oxigenación de membrana extracorpórea (ECMO es un sistema de asistencia mecánica circulatoria y respiratoria extracorpórea de corta duración. Está indicado en el shock cardiogénico e insuficiencia respiratoria con compromiso vital de cualquier causa, cuando las medidas terapéuticas médicas o quirúrgicas convencionales, incluyendo el empleo del balón intraaórtico de contrapulsación, han fracasado. Sus ventajas respecto a otros sistemas de asistencia mecánica circulatoria son: 1 inicio rápido de la asistencia mediante canulación periférica; 2 es una técnica poco agresiva, por lo que es mejor tolerada en estos pacientes críticos; 3 al no necesitar toracotomía, permite continuar con las medidas de resucitación cardiopulmonar en los pacientes con parada cardíaca; 4 proporciona soporte pulmonar, univentricular o biventricular; 5 se ha mostrado eficaz como puente a una asistencia ventricular de larga duración o como puente a trasplante cardíaco, y 6 es mucho más económico que otros dispositivos de asistencia ventricular.

  13. DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION OF PERMANENT MAGNET SYNCHRONOUS GENERATOR FOR USE IN HYDRODYNAMIC RENEWABLE ENERGY BY APPLYING ACO AND FEA

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    Amir Nikbakhsh

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    Full Text Available One of the most important ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption and consequently reduce greenhouse gases and environmental pollution is the use of renewable energies such as water, sun, wind, etc. One of the most efficient ways to take advantages of the shallow flowing waters such as rivers and fountains in electrical power generation is the use of hydrodynamic screw in the direction of water flow. The design of the generator for this application results in environmental dangers decrease. On the other hand, it provides some part of electrical energy required for human beings. Generators in hydrodynamic renewable energy system ought to have features such as high efficiency, power density and reliability as well as low volume. Among various generators, the permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG meets these requirements very well. In this paper, first, analytical calculations and the design process of PMSG were explained. Then, the ant colony optimization (ACO was used for the optimization of design quantities. PMSG design optimization increased in efficiency and decreased in volume. By improving these two parameters in the designed PMSG, it gets very suitable to be used in hydrodynamic renewable energy system. Finally, the results of the optimized design of PMSG were validated through simulation of it in Maxwell software and applying finite element analysis (FEA. Also the final results have been compared to similar experimental researches results.

  14. La asistencia ventricular mecánica como puente al trasplante cardíaco: fundamentos y objetivos

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    Carlos García Montero

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available La introducción clínica de los dispositivos de tercera generación para asistencia cardiocirculatoria ha significado un notable avance en la terapia de los candidatos a trasplante cardíaco en fase de descompensación hemodinámica, mediante la modalidad conocida como puente al trasplante (PAT. La situación actual de dicha estrategia en nuestro país refleja una dispersión de criterios en cuanto a la selección de pacientes, indicación del dispositivo, manejo táctico de las opciones terapéuticas y, especialmente, detección del momento adecuado del trasplante. El presente trabajo: a analiza las características del régimen a flujo continuo y sus consecuencias sobre distintos órganos diana en el contexto de la estrategia PAT; b describe de forma resumida las líneas de actuación cubiertas por los dispositivos mecánicos de uso más frecuente, y, finalmente, c proporciona unas recomendaciones de manejo clínico antes, durante y para el momento de la desconexión del dispositivo. resulta imprescindible una adecuación de los distintos centros implicados en este tipo de terapia si se pretende avanzar en su aplicación y resultados.

  15. Expanding the Conversation about SEM: Advancing SEM Efforts to Improve Student Learning and Persistence--Part II

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    Yale, Amanda

    2010-01-01

    The first article in this two-part series focused on the need for enrollment management conceptual and organizational models to focus more intentionally and purposefully on efforts related to improving student learning, success, and persistence. Time and again, SEM is viewed from a conventional lens comprising marketing, recruitment and …

  16. Expanding the Conversation about SEM: Advancing SEM Efforts to Improve Student Learning and Persistence--Part I

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    Yale, Amanda

    2010-01-01

    It's now nearly ten years since the author started participating in and presenting at national conferences related to strategic enrollment management (SEM). Having entered this profession with nearly 20 years of experience in transitional initiatives related to the first-year experience and academic advisement services, she has perceived an…

  17. Qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco: aplicação da escala Whoqol-Bref

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    Maria Isis Freire de Aguiar

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O sucesso do transplante cardíaco significa garantir a sobrevida dos pacientes com cardiopatia e permitir-lhes desenvolver suas atividades diárias. O transplante cardíaco apresenta-se como a primeira opção de tratamento na falência cardíaca, representando um aumento de sobrevida e qualidade de vida dos transplantados. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco através da aplicação de uma escala padronizada (Whoqol-Bref. MÉTODOS: Estudo exploratório descritivo de abordagem quantitativa, realizado com 55 pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco, em um período entre o terceiro e o 103º mês, que realizam acompanhamento na Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca em um Hospital de Referência em Cardiologia na cidade de Fortaleza, CE. Os dados foram coletados no período de fevereiro a abril de 2009, por meio da aplicação de um questionário padronizado pela Organização Mundial da Saúde e utilização de dados constantes nos prontuários. RESULTADOS: Com relação ao domínio físico, 62,8% e 58,3% dos pacientes, dos sexos masculino e feminino, respectivamente, estão satisfeitos. No domínio psicológico, dentre pacientes do sexo masculino, 65,1% apresentam satisfação quanto à qualidade de vida e, no sexo feminino, 58,3% encontram-se satisfeitas. No domínio das relações sociais, observou-se que, no sexo masculino, 53,5% estão muito satisfeitos, e apresentou-se um nível de satisfação de 100% no sexo feminino. No domínio do meio ambiente, 65,1% do sexo masculino encontram-se satisfeitos, e no sexo feminino, 83,3% estão satisfeitas. CONCLUSÃO: O transplante cardíaco teve bastante influência na qualidade de vida dos pacientes transplantados, pois os resultados mostram-se estatisticamente significantes no pós-transplante.

  18. Rapid Evaluation of Particle Properties using Inverse SEM Simulations

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    Bekar, Kursat B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Miller, Thomas Martin [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Patton, Bruce W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Weber, Charles F. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    This report is the final deliverable of a 3 year project whose purpose was to investigate the possibility of using simulations of X-ray spectra generated inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM) as a means to perform quantitative analysis of the sample imaged in the SEM via an inverse analysis methodology. Using the nine point Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) typically used by the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this concept is now at a TRL of 3. In other words, this work has proven the feasibility of this concept and is ready to be further investigated to address some of the issues highlighted by this initial proof of concept.

  19. Characterization of some biological specimens using TEM and SEM

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    Ghosh, Nabarun; Smith, Don W.

    2009-05-01

    The advent of novel techniques using the Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopes improved observation on various biological specimens to characterize them. We studied some biological specimens using Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopes. We followed negative staining technique with Phosphotungstic acid using bacterial culture of Bacillus subtilis. Negative staining is very convenient technique to view the structural morphology of different samples including bacteria, phage viruses and filaments in a cell. We could observe the bacterial cell wall and flagellum very well when trapped the negative stained biofilm from bacterial culture on a TEM grid. We cut ultra thin sections from the fixed root tips of Pisum sativum (Garden pea). Root tips were pre fixed with osmium tetroxide and post fixed with uranium acetate and placed in the BEEM capsule for block making. The ultrathin sections on the grid under TEM showed the granular chromatin in the nucleus. The protein bodies and large vacuoles with the storage materials were conspicuous. We followed fixation, critical point drying and sputter coating with gold to view the tissues with SEM after placing on stubs. SEM view of the leaf surface of a dangerous weed Tragia hispida showed the surface trichomes. These trichomes when break on touching releases poisonous content causing skin irritation. The cultured tissue from in vitro culture of Albizia lebbeck, a tree revealed the regenerative structures including leaf buds and stomata on the tissue surface. SEM and TEM allow investigating the minute details characteristic morphological features that can be used for classroom teaching.

  20. Surface characteristics of isopod digestive gland epithelium studied by SEM.

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    Millaku, Agron; Leser, Vladka; Drobne, Damjana; Godec, Matjaz; Torkar, Matjaz; Jenko, Monika; Milani, Marziale; Tatti, Francesco

    2010-05-01

    The structure of the digestive gland epithelium of a terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber has been investigated by conventional scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM), and light microscopy in order to provide evidence on morphology of the gland epithelial surface in animals from a stock culture. We investigated the shape of cells, extrusion of lipid droplets, shape and distribution of microvilli, and the presence of bacteria on the cell surface. A total of 22 animals were investigated and we found some variability in the appearance of the gland epithelial surface. Seventeen of the animals had dome-shaped digestive gland "normal" epithelial cells, which were densely and homogeneously covered by microvilli and varying proportions of which extruded lipid droplets. On the surface of microvilli we routinely observed sparsely distributed bacteria of different shapes. Five of the 22 animals had "abnormal" epithelial cells with a significantly altered shape. In three of these animals, the cells were much smaller, partly or completely flat or sometimes pyramid-like. A thick layer of bacteria was detected on the microvillous border, and in places, the shape and size of microvilli were altered. In two animals, hypertrophic cells containing large vacuoles were observed indicating a characteristic intracellular infection. The potential of SEM in morphological investigations of epithelial surfaces is discussed.

  1. Analysis of microtraces in invasive traumas using SEM/EDS.

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    Vermeij, E J; Zoon, P D; Chang, S B C G; Keereweer, I; Pieterman, R; Gerretsen, R R R

    2012-01-10

    Scanning electron microscopy in combination with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (SEM/EDS) is a proven forensic tool and has been used to analyze several kinds of trace evidence. A forensic application of SEM/EDS is the examination of morphological characteristics of tool marks that tools and instruments leave on bone. The microtraces that are left behind by these tools and instruments on the bone are, however, often ignored or not noticed at all. In this paper we will describe the use of SEM/EDS for the analysis of microtraces in invasive sharp-force, blunt-force and bone-hacking traumas in bone. This research is part of a larger multi-disciplinary approach in which pathologists, forensic anthropologists, toolmark and microtrace experts work together to link observed injuries to a suspected weapon or, in case of an unknown weapon, to indicate a group of objects that could have been used as a weapon. Although there are a few difficulties one have to consider, the method itself is rather simple and straightforward to apply. A sample of dry and clean bone is placed into the SEM sample chamber and brightness and contrast are set such that bone appears grey, metal appears white and organic material appears black. The sample is then searched manually to find relevant features. Once features are found their elemental composition is measured by an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). This method is illustrated using several cases. It is shown that SEM/EDS analysis of microtraces in bone is a valuable tool to get clues about an unknown weapon and can associate a specific weapon with injuries on the basis of appearance and elemental composition. In particular the separate results from the various disciplines are complementary and may be combined to reach a conclusion with a stronger probative value. This is not only useful in the courtroom but above all in criminal investigations when one have to know for what weapon or object to look for. Copyright © 2011

  2. Utilidade do Ultrassom intracardíaco no isolamento de veias pulmonares usando cateter-balão a laser Utilidad del ultrasonido intracardíaco en el aislamiento de venas pulmonares usando catéter-balón láser Utility of intracardiac ultrasound imaging to guide pulmonary vein ablation using laser balloon catheter

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    Luiz Leite

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O isolamento das veias pulmonares (IVP tem sido usado como endpoint para a ablação da fibrilação atrial (FA com cateter balão. OBJETIVO: Determinar a utilidade do ultrassom intracardíaco (USIC para guiar o IVP, usando cateter balão a laser. MÉTODOS: 59 VP foram ablacionadas em 27 cães. Imagens de Doppler foram usadas para identificar os vazamentos do fluxo sanguíneo entre a VP e o balão. Após cada liberação de energia, o cateter de mapeamento circular foi reposicionado para verificar se o isolamento tinha sido obtido. A posição de vazamento foi então correlacionada com a posição do gap no estudo patológico. A análise de regressão logística multivariada foi realizada. RESULTADOS: Cinquenta e nove VP foram submetidas à ablação. O tempo médio de energia liberada foi de 279±177 seg., o diâmetro médio do balão era de 23±3 mm, e o comprimento médio do balão era 25±4 mm. O isolamento completo foi obtido em 38/59 (64%, e foi significantemente mais comum sem vazamento: [30/38 (79% versus 8/23 (35%, pFUNDAMENTO: Se usó el aislamiento de las venas pulmonares (AVP como endpoint para la ablación de la fibrilación atrial (FA con catéter-balón. OBJETIVO: Determinar la utilidad del ultrasonido intracardíaco (USIC para guiar el AVP, usando catéter-balón láser. MÉTODOS: Se ablacionaron 59 VP en 27 perros. Se usaron imágenes de Doppler para identificar los derrames del flujo sanguíneo entre la VP y el balón. Tras cada liberación de energía, se reposicionó el catéter de mapeamiento circular para verificar si se obtuvo el aislamiento. Se correlaccionó, entonces, la posición del derrame con la posición del gap en el estudio patológico. Se realizó el análisis de regresión logística multivariada. RESULTADOS: Se sometieron 59 VP a la ablación. El tiempo promedio de energía liberada fue de 279±177 seg., el diámetro promedio del balón era de 23±3 mm, y la largura promedio del balón era 25±4 mm

  3. Uso de membrana de oxigenação extracorpórea venoarterial em um caso de miocardite chagásica fulminante como ponte para transplante cardíaco

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    André Rodrigues Durães

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Jovem com 17 anos de idade atendido com dispneia progressiva há 15 dias e piora nas últimas 24 horas. Foi admitido em estado de insuficiência respiratória e choque cardiogênico com disfunção de múltiplos órgãos. O ecocardiograma mostrou fração de ejeção ventricular esquerda de 11%, grave hipocinesia difusa e pressão sistólica da artéria pulmonar de 50mmHg. Houve necessidade de suporte hemodinâmico com uso de dobutamina (20mcg/kg/minuto e noradrenalina (1,7mcg/kg/minuto. Após 48 horas, o paciente não apresentou melhora hemodinâmica nem clínica, optando-se, então, pela implantação de membrana de oxigenação extracorpórea. Ocorreu melhora do ponto de vista hemodinâmico, da perfusão sistêmica, da função renal e hepática, porém, após 72 horas, não houve recuperação da função cardíaca. Optou-se, assim, pela transferência para outro hospital. O paciente foi transferido por transporte aéreo de Salvador (BA para Recife (PE. Foi realizado transplante cardíaco com rápida recuperação da função hepática e renal, e boa função do enxerto. A histopatologia do coração explantado demonstrou miocardite crônica ativa e amastigotas de Trypanosoma cruzi. A prevalência global estimada de infecção por T. cruzi caiu de 18 milhões em 1991, quando a primeira iniciativa regional de controle teve início, para 5,7 milhões em 2010. A miocardite é uma doença inflamatória causada por condições infecciosas ou não infecciosas. As manifestações clínicas variam desde um quadro subclínico até insuficiência cardíaca e choque cardiogênico. Diversos relatos sugerem que o uso de membrana de oxigenação extracorpórea em pacientes com quadro grave e refratário de miocardite é uma opção como terapia ponte até transplante cardíaco, nos casos sem recuperação espontânea da função ventricular. Em uma consulta ambulatorial de acompanhamento realizada 6 meses após o transplante, o paciente encontrava

  4. Marcapasso cardíaco artificial: considerações pré e per-operatórias

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    Ramos Gilson

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O avanço tecnológico da propedêutica médica diagnóstica em cardiologia difundiu grandemente a indicação de marcapasso (MP cardíaco artificial, definitivo ou temporário. Isso fez com que outros especialistas, além dos cardiologistas, se envolvessem ainda mais no manuseio desses aparelhos. Quando pacientes portadores de MP se apresentam para cirurgia, a participação do anestesiologista pode ser decisiva para o sucesso do procedimento. O objetivo da presente revisão é familiarizar o anestesiologista com as principais indicações clínicas e com o funcionamento desses dispositivos, além dos cuidados pré e per-operatório que se deve ter. CONTEÚDO: Foram tratadas a classificação, funcionamento e as principais indicações clínicas para o implante de MP. Da mesma forma, procurou-se elucidar os principais cuidados pré e per-operatórios relativos ao uso de MP para lograr êxito no procedimento indicado. CONCLUSÕES: O principais conhecimentos sobre o funcionamento do MP e suas indicações clínicas devem fazer parte da prática diária do anestesiologista. Assim, o manuseio e a indicação do MP temporário amplia a atuação desses especialistas, além do que pode salvar vidas, inclusive em situações emergenciais dentro do centro cirúrgico. O uso de eletrocautério deveria ser evitado em portadores de MP.

  5. Optimization on Paddy Crops in Central Java (with Solver, SVD on Least Square and ACO (Ant Colony Algorithm))

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    Parhusip, H. A.; Trihandaru, S.; Susanto, B.; Prasetyo, S. Y. J.; Agus, Y. H.; Simanjuntak, B. H.

    2017-03-01

    Several algorithms and objective functions on paddy crops have been studied to get optimal paddy crops in Central Java based on the data given from Surakarta and Boyolali. The algorithms are linear solver, least square and Ant Colony Algorithms (ACO) to develop optimization procedures on paddy crops modelled with Modified GSTAR (Generalized Space-Time Autoregressive) and nonlinear models where the nonlinear models are quadratic and power functions. The studied data contain paddy crops from Surakarta and Boyolali determining the best period of planting in the year 1992-2012 for Surakarta where 3 periods for planting are known and the optimal amount of paddy crops in Boyolali in the year 2008-2013. Having these analyses may guide the local agriculture government to give a decision on rice sustainability in its region. The best period for planting in Surakarta is observed, i.e. the best period is in September-December based on the data 1992-2012 by considering the planting area, the cropping area, and the paddy crops are the most important factors to be taken into account. As a result, we can refer the paddy crops in this best period (about 60.4 thousand tons per year) as the optimal results in 1992-2012 where the used objective function is quadratic. According to the research, the optimal paddy crops in Boyolali about 280 thousand tons per year where the studied factors are the amount of rainfalls, the harvested area and the paddy crops in 2008-2013. In this case, linear and power functions are studied to be the objective functions. Compared to all studied algorithms, the linear solver is still recommended to be an optimization tool for a local agriculture government to predict paddy crops in future.

  6. Classification and printability of EUV mask defects from SEM images

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    Cho, Wonil; Price, Daniel; Morgan, Paul A.; Rost, Daniel; Satake, Masaki; Tolani, Vikram L.

    2017-10-01

    Classification and Printability of EUV Mask Defects from SEM images EUV lithography is starting to show more promise for patterning some critical layers at 5nm technology node and beyond. However, there still are many key technical obstacles to overcome before bringing EUV Lithography into high volume manufacturing (HVM). One of the greatest obstacles is manufacturing defect-free masks. For pattern defect inspections in the mask-shop, cutting-edge 193nm optical inspection tools have been used so far due to lacking any e-beam mask inspection (EBMI) or EUV actinic pattern inspection (API) tools. The main issue with current 193nm inspection tools is the limited resolution for mask dimensions targeted for EUV patterning. The theoretical resolution limit for 193nm mask inspection tools is about 60nm HP on masks, which means that main feature sizes on EUV masks will be well beyond the practical resolution of 193nm inspection tools. Nevertheless, 193nm inspection tools with various illumination conditions that maximize defect sensitivity and/or main-pattern modulation are being explored for initial EUV defect detection. Due to the generally low signal-to-noise in the 193nm inspection imaging at EUV patterning dimensions, these inspections often result in hundreds and thousands of defects which then need to be accurately reviewed and dispositioned. Manually reviewing each defect is difficult due to poor resolution. In addition, the lack of a reliable aerial dispositioning system makes it very challenging to disposition for printability. In this paper, we present the use of SEM images of EUV masks for higher resolution review and disposition of defects. In this approach, most of the defects detected by the 193nm inspection tools are first imaged on a mask SEM tool. These images together with the corresponding post-OPC design clips are provided to KLA-Tencor's Reticle Decision Center (RDC) platform which provides ADC (Automated Defect Classification) and S2A (SEM

  7. Line Edge Detection and Characterization in SEM Images using Wavelets

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    Sun, W; Romagnoli, J A; Tringe, J W; L?tant, S E; Stroeve, P; Palazoglu, A

    2008-10-07

    Edge characterization has become increasingly important in nanotechnology due to the growing demand for precise nanoscale structure fabrication and assembly. Edge detection is often performed by thresholding the spatial information of a top-down image obtained by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) or other surface characterization techniques. Results are highly dependent on an arbitrary threshold value, which makes it difficult to reveal the nature of the real surface and to compare results among images. In this paper, we present an alternative edge boundary detection technique based on the wavelet framework. Our results indicate that the method facilitates nano-scale edge detection and characterization, by providing a systematic threshold determination step.

  8. Intoxicación con glicósidos cardíacos en un perro debido a la ingestión de Cotyledon orbiculata

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    Planellas, Marta

    2010-01-01

    Las intoxicaciones por plantas son comunes en animales. En este articulo exponemos un caso de intoxicación en un perro debido a la ingestión de una planta cardiotóxica, Cotyledon orbiculata.. El paciente se presentó con un cuadro agudo gastrointestinal (vómitos y diarreas) y cardíaco (bradicardia severa de 20-40 ppm, con bloqueos atrioventriculares). En la historia clínica destacó la presencia de fragmentos de una planta de jardín en los vómitos del paciente. Después de seis días de hospitali...

  9. Significados dos episódios maníacos para pacientes com transtorno bipolar em remissão: um estudo qualitativo

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    Luiz Carlos Pereira Bin

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo Discutir os significados da vivência de episódios maníacos para pacientes com transtorno bipolar (TAB. Métodos Trata-se de uma pesquisa qualitativa, feita por meio de entrevistas semidirigidas em profundidade, em uma amostra fechada pelo critério de saturação com oito pacientes com TAB em remissão. A técnica de tratamento de dados foi feita por meio da análise de conteúdo das entrevistas transcritas na íntegra e categorização. Os resultados foram submetidos à validação externa, no Laboratório de Pesquisa Clínico-Qualitativa do Departamento de Psicologia Médica e Psiquiatria da Unicamp, composto por 37 pesquisadores do método, entre eles mestrandos, doutorandos, pós-doutorados e pesquisadores seniores. Resultados Foram identificadas três categorias – Ambivalência e vergonha: pensar ou não pensar sobre os episódios maníacos; Organizando sentimentos pessoais: a remissão como um momento de autoconsciência; Episódios maníacos estruturando relações interpessoais versus projeções da angústia. Conclusão Os achados da presente pesquisa contribuem para a maior compreensão dos quadros maníacos no TAB, que podem auxiliar nas reflexões acerca da relação profissional-paciente, para elaborar estratégias para aderência e para as medidas terapêuticas e preventivas da recorrência dos episódios. Podem auxiliar a equipe de saúde envolvida no acompanhamento desses casos e também os pesquisadores na investigação da contribuição dos significados aqui discutidos nos fenômenos de aderência ao tratamento e de um melhor prognóstico.

  10. Is photography-based taxonomy really inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences? A reply to Ceríaco et al. (2016).

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    Thorpe, Stephen E

    2017-01-26

    An opinion piece was recently published in this journal which, remarkably, is less than one page in length, but has 493 authors (signatories) and has gained over 15 thousand reads on ResearchGate in a very short time. Ceríaco et al. (2016) argue for a blanket ban to be imposed on the uncommon practice of basing new species descriptions in zoology on photographic evidence only of the animal. I herein aim to show that their argument is a non sequitur, i.e. their stated reasons do not support their desired conclusion.

  11. Taponamiento cardíaco debido a perforación de la aurícula derecha por catéter venoso central

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    V. Ramos Medina; I. Palomo Gómez; Aranda Granados, P.J.; J.L. Palomo Rando; M. Salguero Villadiego

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    El taponamiento cardíaco es una complicación devastadora de los catéteres venosos centrales. Se debe en general a que la punta del catéter alcanza indebidamente las cavidades cardíacas derechas. Para la correcta identificación en la autopsia por el patólogo forense es importante que a los pacientes fallecidos en los hospitales que van a ser sometidos a autopsia no se les retiren los dispositivos que tengan insertados, e igualmente que no se les retiren en la sala de autopsias hasta que no se ...

  12. SEM study on the dentin and cementum of oreodont teeth.

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    Higashi, Y; Iwai-Liao, Y; Tada, I; Okumura, A; Fujita, K; Takagi, M

    1989-04-01

    An SEM study on the dental hard tissue was conducted on the canines and molars removed from a fossil oreodont. The orthodentin was densely distributed with dentinal tubules measuring 2.2 microns in diameter; the tubules were filled with their related odontoblastic processes. They coursed in a parabolic fashion from the pulpal aspect towards the tooth surface. There were many fine lateral offshoots that branched from the tubules, such that the mantle dentin measuring 50 microns in thickness was mostly distributed with these terminal branches measuring 0.7 micron in diameter. However, they did not intrude into the enamel to form spindles and rods. SEM study indicated that the uneven surface of the tubular wall was due to a crisscross of the underneath dentinal matricial fibers, and the peritubular dentin was not observed. The superficial circumpulpal dentin was distributed with interglobular dentin, while the radicular dentin beneath the cementum was additionally distributed with a granular layer. We also observed concentric lamellae corresponding to incremental lines in the dentin, as well as a flat wavy dentinoenamel junction. We noticed the radicular dentin was covered with an acellular cementum except at the apical portion, where it was paved with cellular cementum.

  13. Vald forseta sem handhafa framkvæmdarvalds

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    Björg Thorarensen

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Samkvæmt 2. gr. stjórnarskrárinnar, sbr. stjórnarskipunarlög nr. 33/1944, fara forseti og önnur stjórnarvöld samkvæmt stjórnarskránni og öðrum landslögum með framkvæmdarvaldið. Í sama stjórnarskrárákvæði er mælt fyrir um að Alþingi og forseti Íslands fari saman með löggjafarvaldið. Viðfangsefni mitt hér er að fjalla um fyrrnefndan þátt í störfum forsetans, vald hans sem handhafa framkvæmdarvalds en minna hefur verið rætt um þann þátt starfa forsetans en störf hans sem handhafa löggjafarvaldsins.

  14. Comparing the detection of iron-based pottery pigment on a carbon-coated sherd by SEM-EDS and by Micro-XRF-SEM.

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    Pendleton, Michael W; Washburn, Dorothy K; Ellis, E Ann; Pendleton, Bonnie B

    2014-03-01

    The same sherd was analyzed using a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and a micro X-ray fluorescence tube attached to a scanning electron microscope (Micro-XRF-SEM) to compare the effectiveness of elemental detection of iron-based pigment. To enhance SEM-EDS mapping, the sherd was carbon coated. The carbon coating was not required to produce Micro-XRF-SEM maps but was applied to maintain an unbiased comparison between the systems. The Micro-XRF-SEM analysis was capable of lower limits of detection than that of the SEM-EDS system, and therefore the Micro-XRF-SEM system could produce elemental maps of elements not easily detected by SEM-EDS mapping systems. Because SEM-EDS and Micro-XRF-SEM have been used for imaging and chemical analysis of biological samples, this comparison of the detection systems should be useful to biologists, especially those involved in bone or tooth (hard tissue) analysis.

  15. Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral em pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Há poucos estudos avaliando a frequência do espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV nos pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar a frequência do EOAV em uma amostra de pacientes com malformações cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos uma coorte prospectiva de pacientes com DCC, admitidos em uma unidade de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica no Brasil. O diagnóstico de EOAV foi feito com base em dados clínicos, considerando critérios padrões. Os pacientes que preenchiam esses critérios foram submetidos ao cariótipo de alta resolução com bandamento GTG e hibridização fluorescente in situ para a microdeleção 22q11.2. O teste exato de Fisher (P < 0,05 foi usado para as análises estatísticas. RESULTADOS: Durante o período de avaliação, 330 pacientes foram hospitalizados pela primeira vez na UTI, mas trinta deles não participaram deste estudo. Dos 300 pacientes que constituíram a amostragem final, o EOAV foi verificado em três casos (1%. Todos apresentaram estudos citogenéticos normais. CONCLUSÃO: O EOAV parece ser uma condição frequente em pacientes com DCC. Contudo, não podemos excluir a possibilidade de que a frequência de EOAV encontrada em nosso estudo possa ter sido subestimada devido à baixa taxa de detecção pré-natal de DCC e ao acesso limitado dos pacientes ao tratamento médico apropriado em nosso meio. Estudos prospectivos futuros com critérios clínicos bem definidos e pacientes com defeitos leves e graves serão importantes para avaliar o papel do EOAV na população em geral de indivíduos com malformações cardíacas.

  16. Resultados del tratamiento quirúrgico en el traumatismo cardíaco y de grandes vasos

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    Armando Leal Mursulí

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Se informa que la frecuencia de lesiones cardíacas y vasculares tratadas quirúrgicamente ha aumentado considerablemente, por un aumento de la violencia urbana y el mejoramiento de los servicios de emergencia médica, fundamentalmente en el transporte hospitalario que ha permitido que pacientes con lesiones cardiovasculares lleguen vivos a los centros hospitalarios. Con el objetivo de conocer características del trauma y resultados del tratamiento, se realizó una investigación retrospectiva desde 1987 hasta 1999, en estos pacientes. Se intervinieron 15, 11 del sexo masculino; con una edad promedio de 29 años; 11 pacientes mostraban heridas cardíacas, 2 de vena cava superior, 1 de la ácigos y 1 de vena cava inferior. Predominaron lesiones por arma blanca (93,3 %. La principal forma de presentación fue el taponamiento cardíaco (40 %. El abordaje quirúrgico que más se usó fue la toracotomía posterolateral y la anterolateral izquierda. La lesión asociada más frecuente fue la laceración pulmonar (46,6 %. Las infecciones respiratorias fueron la principal complicación. Hubo un solo fallecido. Se demuestra la necesidad de un tratamiento quirúrgico inmediato, pues sólo así se logrará una supervivencia mayorIt is reported that the frequency of surgically treated heart and vascular injuries has increased considerable due to a rise of urban violence and to the improvement of the emergency medical services, mainly in the hospital transportation that has allowed that patients with cardiovascular injuries arrive alive to the hospitals. In order to know the characteristics of the trauma and the results of the treatment, a retrospective research was made among these patients from 1987 to 1999. 15,11 males with an average age of 29 years old were operated on. 11 patients had heart wounds, 2 of the superior vena cava, 1 of the azygous vein and 1 of the inferior vena cava. A prevalence of steel arm lesions (93,3% was observed. The main form of

  17. Cultivo sem solo do morangueiro Strawberry soilless cultivation

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    Gustavo Giménez

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    Full Text Available O morangueiro é uma cultura importante em vários países, principalmente nos Estados Unidos e na Europa, por suas características sensoriais, propriedades nutritivas e por sua rentabilidade. O cultivo comercial sem solo de morangueiro está bem desenvolvido na Europa, onde tem permitido um aumento da produtividade e qualidade da produção assim como a ampliação da oferta do produto ao longo do ano. Predomina o sistema aberto, em sacolas ou vasos com diferentes tipos de substratos, utilizando-se densidades de 8 a 12plantas m-2. As produtividades obtidas estão entre 5 e 10kg m-2. Para isolar as plantas do solo e facilitar o manejo da cultura, os vasos ou sacolas são suspensos a uma altura entre 0,8 e 1m da superfície do solo. A composição da solução nutritiva é variável, refletindo as diferentes condições produtivas. As mudas são produzidas principalmente em bandejas com substrato, a partir de pontas de estolões obtidas da multiplicação de plantas matrizes provenientes da propagação in vitro. No Brasil, o cultivo sem solo de morangueiro é ainda incipiente e os resultados produtivos e econômicos têm sido insatisfatórios, principalmente por falta de informações de pesquisas capazes de indicar sistemas apropriados de cultivo para as condições locais. É necessário desenvolver sistemas sustentáveis, preferencialmente fechados, combinando alta produtividade e elevada eficiência de utilização da água e dos nutrientes. No presente trabalho, são revisados os principais aspectos da produção em sistemas de cultivo sem solo de mudas e fruta de morangueiro. São descritos a produção de mudas, os sistemas e as soluções nutritivas empregadas em diferentes países. Ao final, são feitas inferências sobre a possibilidade de adoção e geração do sistema de cultivo sem solo apropriado para as condições brasileiras.Strawberry is a very important crop in Europe and USA due to its nutritional and sensorial

  18. Estilística semântica

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    Sebastião Cherubim

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    Full Text Available This paper on Semantic Stylistics attempts to study the figures of speech in the framework forwarded by Charles Bally and his associates. We discuss the problem which arises when we pose a question about the place the figure of speech has in language, and we try to present an adequate answer. We also make a practical study of the figures of speech in Luis Jardim’s literary language. Este trabalho de Estilística Semântica tenta fazer um estudo das figuras de linguagem na esteira de Charles Bally e seus sucessores. Discute-se o problema da questão que se coloca quando se pergunta qual é lugar da figura de linguagem, procurando apresentar uma resposta adequada. Faz-se também um estudo prático das figz4ras de linguagem na língua literária de Luís Jardim.

  19. Implicaturas Escalares e Propriedades Semânticas

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    Dissertação apresentada para cumprimento dos requisitos necessários à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Desenvolvimento e Perturbações da Linguagem na Criança, área de Especialização em Terapia da Fala e Perturbações da Linguagem Grice (1975) defende uma distinção entre significado semântico (lógico) e significado pragmático, bem como máximas conversacionais que regem a interpretação pragmática. A interpretação de um enunciado constituído por quantificadores pode apresentar diferentes valores ...

  20. Primary enamel permeability: a SEM evaluation in vivo.

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    Lucchese, A; Bertacci, A; Chersoni, S; Portelli, M

    2012-09-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate in vivo the occurrence of outward fluid flow on primary tooth sound enamel surface. Sixty primary upper canines from preadolescent patients (mean age 8.0±1.9) and 24 retained primary upper canines from adult subjects (mean age 35.0±1.8) were analysed. The enamel surface was gently polished and air dried for 10 s. An impression was immediately obtained by vinyl polyxiloxane. Replicas were then obtained by polyether impression material, gold coated and inspected under SEM. The hydrophobic vinyl polyxiloxane material enabled to obtain in situ a morphological image of the presence of droplets, most likely resulting from outward fluids flow through outer enamel. For each sample three different representative areas of 5μ² in the cervical, medium and incisal third were examined and droplets presence values was recorded. All data were analysed by by Fisher's exact test. Primary enamel showed a substantial permeability expressed as droplets discharge on its surface. Droplets distribution covered, without any specific localisation, the entire enamel surface in all the samples. No signs of post-eruptive maturation with changes in droplets distribution were observed in samples from adult subjects. No statistically significant differences (P = 0.955) were noted in the percentage distribution of enamel area covered with droplets among the two group studied. SEM evaluation of droplets distribution on enamel surface indicated a substantial enamel permeability in primary teeth, accordingly with histological features, without changes during aging. A relationship between enamel permeability, caries susceptibility and bonding procedures effectiveness could be hypothesised.

  1. Comparative SEM analysis of nine F22 aligner cleaning strategies

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    Luca Lombardo

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The orthodontics industry has paid great attention to the aesthetics of orthodontic appliances, seeking to make them as invisible as possible. There are several advantages to clear aligner systems, including aesthetics, comfort, chairside time reduction, and the fact that they can be removed for meals and oral hygiene procedures. Methods Five patients were each given a series of F22 aligners, each to be worn for 14 days and nights, with the exception of meal and brushing times. Patients were instructed to clean each aligner using a prescribed strategy, and sections of the used aligners were observed under SEM. One grey-scale SEM image was saved per aligner in JPEG format with an 8-bit colour depth, and a total of 45 measurements on the grey scale (“Value” variable were made. This dataset was analysed statistically via repeated measures ANOVA to determine the effect of each of the nine cleaning strategies in each of the five patients. Results A statistically significant difference in the efficacy of the cleaning strategies was detected. Specifically, rinsing with water alone was significantly less efficacious, and a combination of cationic detergent solution and ultrasonication was significantly more efficacious than the other methods (p < 0.05. Conclusions Of the nine cleaning strategies examined, only that involving 5 min of ultrasonication at 42 k Hz combined with a 0.3% germicidal cationic detergent was observed to be statistically effective at removing the bacterial biofilm from the surface of F22 aligners.

  2. Advance Payment ACO Model

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  3. MARCAPASOS CARDÍACO

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    Guillermo Sánchez Vanegas

    2016-04-01

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    El marcapasos es actualmente la prótesis más utilizada en el mundo, por lo cual es importante que la comunidad médica conozca sus características y diferentes usos en este momento; además ha sido uno de los dispositivos más accesibles a la comunidad, mejorando la calidad de vida de los pacientes.

    En 1932 el médico Albert Hyman describió un aparato que generaba impulsos eléctricos al músculo miocárdico, considerándose así el padre del marcapasos, y a través del tiempo ha sido modificado y mejorado por múltiples médicos y electrofisiólogos. Está compuesto de una batería, un generador de impulsos y electrodos conductores que están ubicados en las cámaras o en la cámara del corazón que sea necesario, siendo estos los encargados de generar el impulso y así mantener un ritmo estable.

    La primera patología en que se implantó un marcapasos fue el bloqueo aurículo-ventricular y actualmente es el motivo por el que más se usa, aunque también se ha utilizado en múltiples patologías como arritmias y bloqueos causados por infarto agudo de miocardio, entre otras.

    Los pacientes que tienen marcapasos necesitan una serie de recomendaciones que deben ser dadas por el médico, por lo cual es importante conocer, por parte de la comunidad médica, qué puede interferir con su adecuado funcionamiento: la resonancia magnética, los teléfonos, los procesos dentales, los defectos del marcapasos y los traumas y ocasionar daño de alguna de sus partes.

  4. Angiosarcomas cardíacos. Implicación diagnóstica, pronóstica y terapéutica

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    Luciana Schocron

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Los tumores cardíacos primarios constituyen una entidad rara. Sólo el 10% a 25% de ellos son malignos y el angiosarcoma es el más frecuente. Ocasionan sintomatología cardíaca y sistémica variada, por sí mismos o por compromiso de otros órganos, lo que puede simular otras patologías y derivar en un retraso del diagnóstico de certeza.Se describen dos casos de angiosarcoma cardíaco con presentaciones atípicas, por lo que inicialmente no se consideró esta patología como un diagnóstico probable.Se requiere un alto grado de sospecha clínica, junto con métodos por imágenes de alta resolución como la resonancia magnética, para la aproximación diagnóstica correcta y el tratamiento adecuado.

  5. Willis PM 10-2.5 Precision Results, pdf has summary table and SEM images

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Precision data from the SEM and SEM images from the samples. This dataset is associated with the following publication: Peters, T., E. Sawvel, R. Willis, R. West,...

  6. Mixomas cardíacos: presentación clínica, resultados quirúrgicos y pronóstico a largo plazo

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    María N. Pizzi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENIntroducciónLos tumores cardíacos primarios constituyen una patología poco frecuente y de ellos elmixoma es el más común. Con el progreso acelerado de los métodos por imágenes se haincrementado la frecuencia de su identificación in vivo. El cuadro clínico de presentaciónvaría ampliamente de acuerdo con el tamaño y la localización tumoral. En Latinoaméricason escasas las comunicaciones acerca de los resultados quirúrgicos de la resección demixomas cardíacos y del pronóstico a largo plazo.ObjetivosAnalizar la forma de presentación anatomoclínica, los resultados perioperatorios y la evoluciónde pacientes con mixoma cardíaco sometidos a resección quirúrgica.Material y métodosRevisión de 59 casos de mixomas cardíacos operados en nuestro centro entre 1992 y 2006.El seguimiento se realizó mediante consulta clínica, encuesta telefónica y ecocardiografía.ResultadosLa edad media fue de 53 ± 16,8 años. El 54,2% eran mujeres. La localización tumoral másfrecuente fue en la aurícula izquierda en el 81% de los casos. La forma clínica de presentaciónfue obstructiva en el 52,5%, embólica en el 37,2%, constitucional en el 27,1%, arritmiasupraventricular en el 22% y asintomática en el 10,1%. En dos casos (3,4% se trató derecurrencias tumorales. El diámetro tumoral mayor se relacionó con la presentaciónobstructiva y la arritmia supraventricular. El diámetro tumoral menor se asoció con la presentaciónembólica. La localización ventricular se observó en pacientes más jóvenes. Serealizó resección tumoral asociada con revascularización coronaria en el 8,4% y cirugíavalvular y/o de grandes vasos en el 13,5%. La mortalidad posoperatoria fue del 1,7% y lascomplicaciones más frecuentes fueron bloqueo auriculoventricular completo en el 23,7%,arritmia supraventricular en el 23,7% y bajo volumen minuto en el 18,6%. El seguimientoalejado se realizó en el 94,8% de los casos, con un promedio de 78,3 meses. El 65

  7. Cardiac tumours: clinical, echocardiographic and pathological features Tumores cardíacos: aspectos clínicos, ecocardiográficos e histopatológicos

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    Ricardo Pereira Silva

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our paper was clinical and echocardiographic characterisation of patients with cardiac tumours and the evaluation of the surgery and tumour recurrence. METHOD: The first part of research was a retrospective investigation to identify cardiac tumours identification and to collect data from patients' records of the Messejana Hospital and Walter Cantídio University Hospital, from 1981 to 2001. In this period, 19 cases of cardiac tumours were discovered. The patients were submitted to clinical, electrocardiographic and echocardiographic re-evaluation from March to July 2002. RESULTS: Congestive symptoms and thoracic pain were the most frequent symptoms. The location in which most of the tumours were identified was left atrium. Among patients submitted to surgery, all of them had the tumour extracted from atrium. The most common histopathologic type was myxoma (78%. Surgical mortality was 14%. Tumour recurrence occurred in one patient. CONCLUSION: Cardiac tumours were more frequent in left atrium, benign tumours were more frequent than malignant tumours, and the most frequent histopathologic type was myxoma.OBJETIVO: Caracterização clínica e ecocardiográfica dos pacientes com tumores cardíacos, avaliação da terapêutica cirúrgica e da recidiva dos tumores. MÉTODO: Na primeira parte da pesquisa, o delineamento metodológico foi do tipo retrospectivo, através da identificação de tumores cardíacos e coleta de dados dos prontuários do Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio (UFCE e Hospital de Messejana, no período de 1981 a 2001, onde foram encontrados 19 casos de tumores cardíacos. Os pacientes foram submetidos a uma reavaliação clínica, eletro e ecocardiográfica durante o período de março a julho de 2002. RESULTADOS: Sintomas congestivos e dor torácica foram os sintomas mais freqüentes em nossa série. A localização preferencial dos tumores cardíacos em nossa série foi no átrio esquerdo. Entre os

  8. GASTO CARDÍACO MATERNO COMO PREDICTOR DEL SÍNDROME DE PREECLAMPSIA-ECLAMPSIA / Maternal cardiac output as a predictor of preeclampsia-eclampsia syndrome

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    Luis A. Díaz Moreno

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Introducción y objetivos: La hipertensión es la complicación médica más común del embarazo, y puede dejar secuelas permanentes como: alteraciones neurológicas, hepáticas, hematológicas o renales. Cada tres minutos muere una mujer debido a la preeclampsia. Durante el embarazo el gasto cardíaco sufre un incremento de hasta 40 %. Este incremento es secundario al aumento de aproximadamente 30 % del volumen sistólico. El objetivo de la investigación fue predecir la aparición del síndrome de preeclampsia-eclampsia mediante la identificación de alteraciones del gasto cardíaco. Método: Se realizó un estudio observacional, descriptivo, longitudinal y analítico, de cohorte prospectiva, donde se determinó, por ecocardiografía, el gasto cardíaco en 31 embarazadas, entre las semanas 11 y 13,6 de gestación como único valor; y mediante seguimiento prenatal, se observó la aparición o no del síndrome de Preeclampsia-Eclampsia. Resultados: Se logró el seguimiento de 31 embarazadas a las que se le midió el gasto cardíaco, y se encontró una prevalecía de la enfermedad de 12,9 % con un 64,5 % de pacientes correctamente diagnosticados, con una sensibilidad de 75 %, con valor predictivo positivo de 23 %, especificidad de 62 % y valor predictivo negativo de 94%, con un riesgo relativo de 4,1 (intervalo de confianza 95 %, 0,48-35,6. Conclusiones: Es posible establecer la medición de gasto cardíaco como estudio de escrutinio para predecir la aparición del síndrome de Preeclampsia desde el control prenatal, y contribuir así a la disminución de la muerte materna. / Abstract Introduction and Objectives: Hypertension is the most common medical complication of pregnancy, and it can leave permanent sequelae such as neurological, hepatic, hematological or renal disorders. Every three minutes a woman dies due to preeclampsia. During pregnancy, cardiac output suffers an increase of 40%. This increase is secondary to an increase of

  9. CAUSAL MODELING OF WEB-ADVERTISING EFFECTS BY IMPROVING SEM BASED ON DEMATEL TECHNIQUE

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    PAO-LIEN WEI; JEN-HUNG HUANG; GWO-HSHIUNG TZENG; SHWU-ING WU

    2010-01-01

    Causal analysis greatly affects the efficiency of decision-making. Scholars usually adopt structural equation modeling (SEM) to establish a causal model recently. However, statistical data allow researchers to modify the model frequently to arrive at good model fitness, and SEM is often misapplied when the data are merely fitted to an SEM and the theory is then extended from the analytical result based on presumed hypotheses. This paper proposed SEM modified by DEMATEL technique, taking causa...

  10. 78 FR 48890 - Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed...

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    ...? (Attach associated documentation) SEMS Audits ISO 140000 API Spec Q1 Other (specify) BSEE Form BSEE-0130... the operator's SEMS program and align with the principles of managing safety set forth in API RP 75..., and 22,364. maintain all documentation and records pertaining to your SEMS program, according to API...

  11. Efeitos da suplementação do 17beta-estradiol no dano oxidativo cardíaco de ratas submetidas à privação dos hormônios ovarianos Effects of 17beta-estradiol replacement on cardiac oxidative damage in rats submitted to ovarian hormone deprivation

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    Sônia Maria Rolim Rosa Lima

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar o estresse oxidativo em tecido cardíaco de ratas ooforectomizadas, com ou sem terapia hormonal. MÉTODOS: ratas Wistar foram divididas em três grupos: grupo controle (GC, grupo ooforectomizada (GO e grupo ooforectomizada + suplementação hormonal (GOS. A privação estrogênica foi obtida pela ooforectomia bilateral. Uma semana após a ooforectomia, um pellet de 1,5 mg de 17beta-estradiol foi implantado nos animais do grupo GOS. Nove semanas após a ooforectomia, o tecido cardíaco foi obtido para a análise do estresse oxidativo por meio da medida da quimiluminescência e da atividade das enzimas antioxidantes catalase (CAT, superóxido dismutase (SOD e glutationa peroxidase (GPx. RESULTADOS: a quimiluminescência estava aumentada no GO (7348±312 cps/mg proteína quando comparado ao GC (6250±41 cps/mg proteína, pPURPOSE: to evaluate oxidative stress in cardiac tissue of ovariectomized rats, with and without hormonal therapy. METHODS: female Wistar rats were divided in three groups: control group (CG; ovariectomized group (OG; ovariectomized group with estrogen supplementation (ESG. The estrogen deprivation was done through bilateral ovariectomy. After one week from the ovariectomy, a pellet of 1.5 mg of 17beta-estradiol was implanted in the ESG animals. Nine weeks after the ovariectomy, cardiac tissue was obtained for the analysis of the oxidative stress through CL (chemiluminescence, and measurement of antioxidant enzymes catalase (CAT, superoxide dismutase (SOD and gluthatione peroxidase (GPx. RESULTS: CL was increased in the OG (7348±312 cps/mg protein when compared with the CG (6250±41 cps/mg protein, p<0.01, but there was no significant difference between the CG and the ESG (6170±237 cps/mg protein. Ovariectomy reduced SOD (35%, p<0.05 and CAT (22%, p<0.001 activities in the OG as compared with the CG. Hormonal therapy normalized antioxidant enzymes activities in the ESG. There was no statistically significant

  12. Modelo de web semántica para universidades

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    Karla Abad

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A raíz del estudio de estado actual de micrositios y repositorios en la Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena se encontró que su información carecía de semántica óptima y adecuada. Bajo estas circunstancias, se plantea entonces la necesidad de crear un modelo de estructura de web semántica para Universidades, el cual posteriormente fue aplicado a micrositios y repositorio digital de la UPSE, como caso de prueba. Parte de este proyecto incluye la instalación de módulos de software con sus respectivas configuraciones y la utilización de estándares de metadatos como DUBLIN CORE, para la mejora del SEO (optimización en motores de búsqueda; con ello se ha logrado la generación de metadatos estandarizados y la creación de políticas para la subida de información. El uso de metadatos transforma datos simples en estructuras bien organizadas que aportan información y conocimiento para generar resultados en buscadores web. Al culminar la implementación del modelo de web semántica es posible decir que la universidad ha mejorado su presencia y visibilidad en la web a través del indexamiento de información en diferentes motores de búsqueda y posicionamiento en la categorización de universidades y de repositorios de Webometrics (ranking que proporciona clasificación de universidades de todo el mundo.   Abstract After examining the current microsites and repositories situation in University, Peninsula of Santa Elena´s, it was found that information lacked optimal and appropriate semantic. Under these circumstances, there is a need to create a semantic web structure model for Universities, which was subsequently applied to UPSE´s microsites and digital repositories, as a test study case. Part of this project includes the installation of software modules with their respective configurations and the use of metadata standards such as DUBLIN CORE, to improve the SEO (Search Engine Optimization; with these applications, it was

  13. Prevalência da estenose aterosclerótica do tronco celíaco e da artéria mesentérica superior na arteriopatia oclusiva dos membros inferiores Prevalence of atherosclerotic stenosis of celiac trunk and superior mesenteric artery in occlusive arteriopathy of lower limbs

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    Wenes Pereira Reis

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Contexto: A eventual relação entre a aterosclerose das artérias dos membros inferiores com a aterosclerose das artérias intestinais foi pouco estudada. Objetivo: Avaliar pela ecografia vascular (Doppler presença de lesões com estenose 70% na artéria mesentérica superior e/ou tronco celíaco em doentes com arteriopatia obstrutiva crônica dos membros inferiores. Método: Foram estudados dois grupos, cada um com 60 doentes (40 homens e 20 mulheres. O grupo-caso foi composto por doentes com arteriopatia obstrutiva crônica dos membros inferiores, claudicação intermitente limitante ou dor de repouso e/ou lesões tróficas de extremidade, sem queixas gastrintestinais. O grupo-controle foi constituído por enfermos sem doença arterial obstrutiva dos membros inferiores e sem queixas gastrintestinais. Consideraram-se fatores de risco presença de diabetes melito, hipertensão arterial, obesidade, angina/infarto, tabagismo e dislipidemia. Todos os doentes foram submetidos a ecografia vascular do tronco celíaco e da artéria mesentérica superior. Os doentes do grupo-caso foram separados pela presença de claudicação intermitente limitante (N = 12 ou lesão trófica e/ou dor de repouso (N = 48. Resultados: Houve associação significante entre idade (p = 0,04 e cardiopatia isquêmica (p = 0,04 com aterosclerose da artéria mesentérica superior. Os fatores de risco não mostraram associação significante com presença de estenose do tronco celíaco. Observou-se associação significante entre arteriopatia dos membros inferiores e lesão estenótica da artéria mesentérica superior (p = 0,006 e do tronco celíaco (p Background: The occasional relationship between arterial atherosclerosis of lower limbs and atherosclerosis of intestinal arteries has not been fully studied yet. Objective: To assess the presence of lesions with ≥ 70% stenosis in the superior mesenteric artery and/or in the celiac trunk in patients with chronic obstructive

  14. Challenges of SEM-based critical dimension metrology of interconnect

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    Ukraintsev, Vladimir A.; Jessen, Scott; Mikeska, Brian; Sallee, Chris; Khvatkov, Vitali

    2011-03-01

    Semiconductor technology is advancing below 50 nm critical dimensions bringing unprecedented challenges to process engineering, control and metrology. Traditionally, interconnect metrology is put behind high-priority gate metrology; however, considering metrology, process and yield control challenges this decision is not always justified. Optical scatterometry is working its way to interconnect manufacturing process control, but scanning electron microscopy (SEM) remains the number one critical dimension (CD) metrology for interconnect process engineering and optical proximity correction (OPC) modeling. Recently, several publications have described secondary electron (SE) trapping within narrow high-aspect ratio interconnect structures. In these papers, pre-dosing of the sample helped to extract SE from the bottom of the hole and measure its diameter. Based on current understanding of the phenomenon, one should expect that high-aspect ratio interconnect structures (holes and trenches) with critical dimensions below 100 nm may show signs of SE trapping of various degree. As a result, there may be an uncontrolled effect on SE waveform and, therefore, bias of CDSEM measurement. CD atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed in this work as a reference metrology for evaluation of uncertainty of trench and hole measurements by CDSEM. As the data indicates, CDSEM bias shows a strong dependence on pitch of periodic interconnect structure starting from drawn CD of 50 nm. CDSEM bias variation for the evaluated set of samples is about 19 nm. A typical OPC sample consists of both photoresist and etched interlayer materials. As the AFM data for photoresist material indicates, the hole diameter changes quite significantly with depth and the hole profile varies from one OPC structure to another. Abe et al. [1] have used a clever way to correlate physical bottom diameter of holes with CDSEM measurements and demonstrated that for their process and dimensions the SEM "top" diameter

  15. Transplante cardíaco em Campo Grande - MS. Redução significativa de lesão coronária pós transplante: relato de caso

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    Full Text Available No Serviço de Cirurgia Cardíaca da Santa Casa de Campo Grande/MS - foi realizado, em 23 de setembro de 1994, um transplante cardíaco ortotópico no paciente C.A.D., 27 anos, portador de miocardiopatia dilatada idiopática, o qual transcorreu sem anormalidades. O paciente recebeu alta da UTI com 7 dias e alta hospitalar no 40º dia de pós-operatório, recebendo ciclosporina, azatioprina e prednisona para manutenção do enxerto, captopril, furosemida e aspirina. Apresentou no 1º ano de seguimento 2 episódios de rejeição, leve e moderada, sendo modificada a posologia dos imunossupressores. Em setembro de 1995, nos exames de seguimento, foi detectada, na coronariografia, lesão obstrutiva de 50% em artéria coronária direita. Decidiu-se modificar a terapêutica do paciente, iniciando diltiazen substituindo o captopril, e associando-se complexo vitamínico (betacaroteno, C e E mais selênio, na tentativa de evitar progressão da lesão obstrutiva. Foi também realizada orientação dietética por nutricionista. Após 12 meses com a nova terapêutica, a coronariografia mostrou redução significativa da lesão obstrutiva em artéria coronária direita. Durante todo o período de seguimento o paciente apresentou níveis normais no lipidograma. Hoje o paciente encontra-se no terceiro ano de seguimento, assintomático e tendo suas atividades habituais sem intercorrências.The Cardiac Surgery Service of Campo Grande, Santa Casa/MS performed on September 23 rd, 1994 an orthotopic cardiac transplantation in a 27 year-old man with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, which elapsed without abnormalities. The patient left the ICU in 7 days and was discharged at 40 th postoperative day, receiving cyclosporine, azathioprine and prednisone for graft support; captopril, furosemide and aspirin. Presented at one year follow-up, 2 rejection episodes, mil and moderate, when the immunesupressivet herapy dose was modified. On September 1995, at follow up, an

  16. stainless steel by SEM-XRD and image analysis

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    Robinson Constanzo-R.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue realizar un análisis cualitativ o de la distribución de un electrodepósito de cobre en el inter ior de electrodos porosos (EP de acero inoxidable y carbono grafito. Para ello, se reali zaron pruebas de electrodepositación de cobre a nivel de labora torio, con un posterior análisis de cortes de muestras de acero y grafito vía Microscopía Estereoscópica, Microscopía SEM-DRX y Análisis de Imagen, los cuales mostraron que el cobre no se deposita en forma uniforme al interior del electrodo. En el electrodo de acero, la penetra ción del depósito en el espesor fue alrededor de 50%, mientras que para el grafito a lrededor de 90%. En forma general, se observó un aumento de la cantidad de depósito hacia el extremo frente al ánodo y con sitios de difer ente crecimiento en depósito de cobre. Esto demuestra una distr ibución de corriente y potencial, función de parámetros físicos de electrodo y de la s características fisicoquímicas e hidrodinámicos del electroli to.

  17. LM and SEM study on the swordfish (Xiphias gladius) tongue.

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    Abbate, Francesco; Guerrera, Maria Cristina; Cavallaro, Mauro; Montalbano, Giuseppe; Germanà, Antonino; Levanti, Maria

    2017-10-13

    Swordfish (Xiphias gladius L. 1758) is a predatory and migratory fish. Its characteristic feature is a flat and sharp upper jaw forming a "sword". The adaptation of vertebrates, including fish, to their environment is strictly related to the capacity of feeding and is carried out by often severe modifications of the anatomy of the buccal cavity, especially of the tongue. The aim of this study is, using light and scanning electron microscopy and considering that no data are so far available about the morphology of the tongue in this species, to analyse the anatomical characteristics of the tongue, especially its dorsal surface. The tongue shows a triangular shape and an apex, a body and a root. By SEM the presence of several small denticles and filiform papillae on the latero-ventral body was demonstrated while no taste buds or other sensitive structures are observed. LM shows a squamous stratified epithelium, becoming simple cuboidal around the denticles. Therefore this study could add further data to the knowledges of the fish oral cavity morphology supporting the hypothesis that the modifications and evolution of the tongue anatomy are, also in fish, related to the environment and especially to the feeding habits. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Water Quality Development in the Semíč Stream

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    Petra Oppeltová

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aims of the work were to analyse selected quality indicators of a small water stream called Semíč and evaluate the results based on the valid legislation. Eight sampling profiles (SP were selected and water was sampled four times a year in the period May 2013–April 2014. PH, conductivity, oxygen content and temperature were measured directly in the field. Subsequently, ferrum, nitric nitrogen, ammoniacal nitrogen, sulphates, chlorides, chemical oxygen demand tested using dichromate, total phosphorus, total nitrogen and manganese were analysed in the laboratory. Analyses of selected heavy metals – zinc, copper and aluminum – were carried out in spring 2014. The results were classified in compliance with Government Decree (GD No. 61/2003 Coll., as amended, and Czech standard ČSN 75 7221. The results of the period 2013–2014 were compared with the results from 2002–2003 and 1992. The resulting concentrations of substances manifest considerable instability during the year, which can most likely be attributed to large changes in flow rates in different seasons. When comparing the values to older results, it can be concluded that the concentrations of a number of substances have decreased; by contrast, others have increased. An extreme increase in copper was detected, where the concentration exceeded the environmental quality standard several times.

  19. Biofouling Occurrence in Seawater through SEM analysis and Optical microscope

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    Yoon, H.; Kong, M.; Yoon, B.; Kim, B.; Chung, K.

    2012-12-01

    Any surfaces immersed in seawater are fouled by marine microorganisms, macroorganisms, microalgae and attached algae. Biofouling is extremely troblesome and affect hard substrates immerged in seawater under goes organic attachment on surfaces which become a limiting factor for extended use [1]. Microorganisms possesses the ability to adhere to surfaces and grow within an extracellular matrix of their own synthesis. It is generally accepted that most microorganisms in nature grow as surface-attached communities called biofilms [2]. Usually, the composition of fouling biofilms is dominated by the autochthonous flora, which can differ profoundly with different fouling sites and conditions. This study aimed to visualize adherent microorganisms or microalgae using LV-SEM (SUPRA55VP) analysis and to examine its morphology using optical microscope. The sorbents and foams exposed to seawater for a certain period of time and collected on 20 days. The morphology of the microorganisms was examined with field emission scanning electron microscope. Scanning electron microscopy was carried out from the Laboratroy for Electron Microscopy, the Korea Basic Science Institute, Chun-cheon, Korea. The samples were coated with gold and palladium. Identifying results, there are Nitzshhia sp., Eucampia sp., Coscinodiscus sp., Licmophora sp., Rhizosolenia sp., Cylindrotheca sp., Striateela sp., Thalassionema sp., Guinardia sp., and Helicostomella sp.

  20. Semáforo de habilidad digital para estudiantes universitarios

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    Javier Organista Sandoval

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available El vertiginoso cambio tecnológico y el creciente uso de dispositivos portátiles en el entorno educativo universitario han propiciado una carga importante de mediación tecnológica del proceso educativo. Ante este contexto, el reto es lograr que los estudiantes aprovechen el potencial pedagógico que ofrecen estas herramientas. Para ello, el estudiante debe contar con las habilidades digitales para utilizar eficientemente las tecnologías digitales. Se parte de la identificación de las habilidades en torno al manejo de comunicación, información, organización y dispositivos con una orientación educativa. Los resultados mostraron que 68% de los estudiantes tienen un nivel aceptable de habilidad digital, 25% regular y un 7% insuficiente. El instrumento utilizado identifica las habilidades digitales que requieren mejorarse y se muestran mediante una señalización similar a la de un semáforo. En la medida en que se identifiquen las habilidades digitales que se requieran mejorar, se espera que la comunidad académica se apropie y aplique la tecnología digital en la educación, de cara a los desafíos de la formación de recursos humanos que la sociedad actual demanda.

  1. Avaliação do sopro cardíaco na infância Assessment of heart murmurs in childhood

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    Maria Elisabeth B.A. Kobinger

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: discutir a avaliação clínica e laboratorial do sopro cardíaco, considerando sua alta freqüência no atendimento ambulatorial do pediatra geral. FONTE DE DADOS: revisão baseada na análise crítica da literatura atual e consulta a compêndios de cardiologia pediátrica e pediatria contendo informações básicas sobre o tema. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: os principais destaques do artigo referem-se à importância da anamnese e exame físico do sistema cardiovascular, essenciais para o pediatra geral diagnosticar o sopro cardíaco inocente, e identificar situações que indiquem a ocorrência de cardiopatias congênitas, ou adquiridas, e a necessidade de encaminhamento ao especialista. CONCLUSÕES: o pediatra geral é geralmente o primeiro médico a detectar um sopro cardíaco e deve estar apto a reconhecer o sopro inocente, assim como a suspeitar precocemente de doenças cardiovasculares.OBJECTIVE: to discuss clinical and laboratorial evaluation of heart murmurs in children, an important problem faced by pediatricians in their practice. SOURCES OF DATA: this review was based on a critical analysis of the current literature, as well as pediatrics and pediatric cardiology textbooks, which were found to be an important source of information on the subject. SUMMARY OS THE FINDINGS: it is important for pediatricians to know how to obtain precise information regarding the patient's medical history and to perform extensive physical examination of a child with heart murmur. The diagnosis of innocent heart murmur is essentially clinical and it can help the pediatrician to identify situations which are associated with cardiovascular diseases. CONCLUSIONS: in our series, short-term video-EEG monitoring established a reliable diagnosis in most patients due to correlation between clinical and EEG data. This procedure was well tolerated by children, including infants and those with psychiatric disorders.

  2. Investigating fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma-COPD overlap (ACO): a scoping review protocol.

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    Mostafavi-Pour-Manshadi, Seyed-Mohammad-Yousof; Naderi, Nafiseh; Barrecheguren, Miriam; Dehghan, Abolfazl; Bourbeau, Jean

    2017-12-21

    During the last decade, many articles have been published, including reviews on fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) use and utility in clinical practice and for monitoring and identifying eosinophilic airway inflammation, especially in asthma, and evaluating corticosteroid responsiveness. However, the exact role of FeNO in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and its ability to distinguish patients with COPD and those having concomitant asthma, that is, asthma-COPD overlap (ACO) is still unclear and needs to be defined. Due to the broad topics of FeNO in chronic airway disease, we undertook a scoping review. The present article describes the protocol of a scoping review of peer-reviewed published literature specific to FeNO in COPD/ACO over the last decade. We used Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewers' Manual scoping review methodology as well as Levac et al 's and Arksey et al 's framework as guides. We searched a variety of databases, including Medline, Embase, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and BioSciences Information Service (BIOSIS) on 29 June 2016. Additional studies will be recognised by exploring the reference list of identified eligible studies. Screening of eligible studies will be independently performed by two reviewers and any disagreement will be solved by the third reviewer. We will analyse the gathered data from article bibliographies and abstracts. To investigate the body of published studies regarding the role of FeNO in patients with COPD and its usefulness in the clinical setting, a scoping review can be used as a modern and pioneer model, which does not need ethics approval. By this review, new insights for conducting new research specific to FeNO in COPD/ACO population will emerge. The results of this study will be reported in the scientific meetings and conferences, which aim to provide information to the clinicians, primary care providers and basic

  3. Imunodepressão induzida por talidomida e ciclosporina em transplante cardíaco heterotópico de coelho

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    João Batista Vieira de Carvalho

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A talidomida, por seus efeitos antiinflamatórios e imunodepressores, tem sido utilizada no tratamento de doenças dermatológicas e na doença enxerto-contra-hospedeiro no transplante de medula óssea. O objetivo deste trabalho é avaliar a ação deste medicamento como imunodepressor em transplante de órgãos, estudando sua ação isoladamente ou em combinação com a ciclosporina na prevenção da rejeição ao aloenxerto cardíaco heterotópico em coelho. MÉTODO: Foram utilizados 50 coelhos, sendo 25 doadores e 25 receptores.Os animais receptores foram subdivididos em cinco grupos (n= 5 : Grupo I (controle animais não-imunodeprimidos; Grupo II (imunodeprimidos com ciclosporina na dose de 10 mg/kg/dia; Grupo III (imunodeprimidos com talidomida na dose de 100 mg/kg/dia; Grupo IV (imunodeprimidos com ciclosporina na dose de 5,0 mg/kg/dia e Grupo V (imunodeprimidos com ciclosporina na dose de 5,0 mg/kg/dia associada a talidomida na dose de 50 mg/kg/dia. Os medicamentos foram administrados através de cateter orogástrico, a partir do dia anterior ao transplante. RESULTADOS: O coração do doador foi implantado no abdome dos receptores. A associação de talidomida e ciclosporina apresentou o menor escore histopatológico de rejeição (p < 0,05. Observou-se que a talidomida empregada isoladamente ou associada à ciclosporina foi efetiva contra a rejeição, aumentando a sobrevida (p < 0,01 de animais submetidos ao transplante cardíaco heterotópico em posição abdominal. CONCLUSÕES: A talidomida empregada isoladamente, ou associada à ciclosporina, pode representar uma opção de imunodepressão em transplantes cardíaco heterotópico experimental de coelho.

  4. Cardiac beta-receptors in experimental Chagas' disease Receptores beta cardíacos na doença de Chagas experimental

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    Julio E. Enders

    1995-02-01

    Full Text Available Experimental Chagas' disease (45 to 90 days post-infection showed serious cardiac alterations in the contractility and in the pharmacological response to beta adrenergic receptors in normal and T. cruzi infected mice (post-acute phase. Chagasic infection did not change the beta receptors density (78.591 ± 3.125 fmol/mg protein and 73.647 ± 2.194 fmol/mg protein for controls but their affinity was significantly diminished (Kd = 7.299 ± 0.426 nM and Kd = 3.759 ± 0.212 nM for the control p Estudaram-se os receptores beta cardíacos de camundongos infectados pelo Trypanosoma cruzi na fase pós-aguda da doença de Chagas para estabelecer em que medida os mesmos contribuem a gerar respostas anômalas às catecolaminas observadas nestes miocardios. Utilizara-se 3-H/DHA para a marcação dos receptores beta cardíacos dos camundongos normais e dos infectados na fase pós-aguda (45 a 90 dias pós-infecção. O número dos sítios de fixação foi similar nos dois grupos, 78.591 ± 3.125 fmol/mg. Proteína nos chagásicos e 73.647 ± 2.194 fmol/mg. Proteína no grupo controle. Em vez disso, a afinidade verificou-se significativamente diminuida no grupo chagásico (Kd = 7.299 ± 0.426 nM respeito do controle (Kd = 3.759 ± 0.212 nM p < 0.001. Os resultados obtidos demonstram que as modificações observadas na estimulação adrenérgica do miocárdio chagásico se correlacionam com a menor afinidade dos receptores beta cardíacos e que estas alterações exerceriam uma parte determinante para as consequências funcionais que são detectadas na fase crônica.

  5. Transplante experimental cardíaco heterotópico e cutâneo em camundongos Experimental heterotopic cardiac and cutaneous transplantation in mice

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    Patrícia Sestrheim

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudo experimental com o objetivo de desenvolver e avaliar a viabilidade das técnicas de transplante experimental cardíaco heterotópico abdominal vascularizado e cutâneo em camundongos, criando um instrumento para investigação da eficácia de soluções de preservação, novas drogas imunossupressoras, agentes biológicos, terapia gênica e indução de tolerância imunológica. MÉTODO: Para este estudo, as técnicas utilizadas foram descritas previamente por Corry et al. e Billingham et al. RESULTADOS: O tempo cirúrgico total para a realização dos transplantes cardíacos (n=20 foi, em média, 60,3±6,3 minutos e para os transplantes cutâneos (n=20, 17,75±0,71 minutos. A média de sobrevida dos aloenxertos cutâneos (n=34 e cardíacos (n=24 foi, respectivamente, 7 e 11 dias, enquanto que os isoenxertos sobreviveram por mais de 100 dias. CONCLUSÕES: Ambas as técnicas se caracterizaram pela fácil reprodutibilidade dos modelos experimentais. As diferenças entre as técnicas não se limitaram às peculiaridades metodológicas ou ao tempo de sobrevida e vascularização, mas principalmente à sua imunogenicidade e suscetibilidade à rejeição.OBJECTIVE: This is an experimental study which aims at developing and evaluating the feasibility of experimental techniques of vascularized and cutaneous abdominal heterotopic heart transplant in mice, creating an instrument of investigation for the effectiveness of prservation solutions, new immunosuppressive drugs, biological agents, genetic therapy and induction of immunological tolerance. METHOD: The techniques used in this work were previously described by Corry et al. and Billingham et al. RESULTS: The total surgical time to perform the cardiac transplants (n=20 was on average 60.3+6.3 minutes and the time of cutaneous transplants (n= 20 17.75+0.71 minutes. The average survival of the cutaneous allografts (n=34 and cardiac (n=24 allografts was 7 and 11 days, respectively, while

  6. 123. Intervención quirúrgica urgente en paciente varón joven con angiosarcoma primario cardíaco con diagnóstico de tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo

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    N. Miranda

    2012-04-01

    Conclusiones: Son infrecuentes los casos de sarcoma cardíaco primario publicados en la bibliografía y muy pocos los que han cursado como tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo. Este caso ilustra la enorme dificultad que presentan para un diagnóstico y tratamiento precoz que ofrezca unas mínimas expectativas de vida a medio plazo.

  7. Correlação entre gasometria atrial direita e índice cardíaco no pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca

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    João Jackson Duarte; José Carlos Dorsa Vieira Pontes; Otoni Moreira Gomes; Guilherme Viotto Rodrigues da Silva; Neimar Gardenal; Arino Faria da Silva; Marcos Douglas Zamboni Viola

    2010-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Determinar a confiabilidade em se correlacionar o índice cardíaco com os dados fornecidos pela gasometria do sangue venoso atrial direito em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia cardíaca, durante o período pós-operatório. MÉTODOS...

  8. Bioimpedância transtorácica comparada à ressonância magnética na avaliação do débito cardíaco

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    Humberto Villacorta Junior

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A ressonância magnética cardíaca é considerada o método padrão-ouro para o cálculo de volumes cardíacos. A bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca avalia o débito cardíaco. Não há trabalhos que validem essa medida comparada à ressonância. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o desempenho da bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca no cálculo do débito cardíaco, índice cardíaco e volume sistólico, utilizando a ressonância como padrão-ouro. MÉTODOS: Avaliados 31 pacientes, com média de idade de 56,7 ± 18 anos, sendo 18 (58% do sexo masculino. Foram excluídos os pacientes cuja indicação para a ressonância magnética cardíaca incluía avaliação sob estresse farmacológico. A correlação entre os métodos foi avaliada pelo coeficiente de Pearson, e a dispersão das diferenças absolutas em relação à média foi demonstrada pelo método de Bland-Altman. A concordância entre os métodos foi realizada pelo coeficiente de correlação intraclasses. RESULTADOS: A média do débito cardíaco pela bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca e pela ressonância foi, respectivamente, 5,16 ± 0,9 e 5,13 ± 0,9 L/min. Observou-se boa correlação entre os métodos para o débito cardíaco (r = 0,79; p = 0,0001, índice cardíaco (r = 0,74; p = 0,0001 e volume sistólico (r = 0,88; p = 0,0001. A avaliação pelo gráfico de Bland-Altman mostrou pequena dispersão das diferenças em relação à média, com baixa amplitude dos intervalos de concordância. Houve boa concordância entre os dois métodos quando avaliados pelo coeficiente de correlação intraclasses, com coeficientes para débito cardíaco, índice cardíaco e volume sistólico de 0,78, 0,73 e 0,88, respectivamente (p < 0,0001 para todas as comparações. CONCLUSÃO: A bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca mostrou-se acurada no cálculo do débito cardíaco quando comparada à ressonância magnética cardíaca.

  9. A SEM study of the reindeer sinus worm (Linguatula arctica

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    Sven Nikander

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Pentastomids are a group of peculiar parasitic arthropods, often referred to as tongue worms due to the resemblance of some species to a tongue. Linguatula arctica is the sinus worm of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus, being the only pentastomid to have a direct life cycle and an ungulate as a definite host. Here, the surface structures and internal anatomy of adult L. arctica are described as seen by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Sinus worms were collected in the winter 1991-92 in Finnish Lapland. Paranasal cavities of about 80 reindeer were examined and 30 sinus worms were found. The sinus worms had typical Linguatula sp. morphology, being paddle-shaped, transparent, pale yellow, dorsoventrally flattened and pseudosegmented with a long tapering end. Present at the anteroventral part of the cephalothorax was an oral opening with a large, conspicuous, head-like papillar structure. Bilaterally, on both sides of this opening, was a pair of strong curved hooks. The cephalothorax and abdomen had a segmented appearance, as they showed distinct annulation. There was a small cup-shaped sensory organ present at the lateral margin on each annula. The posterior edge of each annula was roughened by tiny spines projecting backwards. Throughout the cuticular surface, small, circular depressions that represented the apical portion of chloride cells. The genital opening of the male was located medioventrally between the tips of the posterior pair of hooks, and that of the female posteroventrally and subterminally. In both sexes, the genital opening was bilaterally flanked by papillar (in males or leaf-like (in females structures. One copulating couple was present, with the male attached to the posteroventral part of the female with its anteroventral hooks and papillae. Several structures typical of arthropods and other pentastomids were identified. Because SEM allows only surfaces to be studied, the morphology and especially the sense organs of L. arctica

  10. Prolongamentos na fala de adultos com e sem gagueira

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    Pâmila Bento da Silva

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: realizar uma análise quantitativa e qualitativa dos prolongamentos de adultos com e sem gagueira. Métodos: os participantes foram divididos em: Grupo de Pesquisa (GP, 15 adultos com gagueira e Grupo Controle (GC, 15 fluentes. Os procedimentos utilizados foram: avaliação da fluência, Instrumento de Gravidade da Gagueira e análises quantitativa e qualitativa dos prolongamentos. Resultados: GP mostrou maior número de prolongamentos não hesitativos, enquanto que GC mostrou maior ocorrência de prolongamentos hesitativos em relação ao total das disfluências. Prolongamentos não hesitativos ocorreram com maior frequência na palavra inicial e monossilábica, bem como na posição medial da frase para GP. Em relação à tensão muscular e duração, observou-se diferença apenas para a tensão muscular nos prolongamentos não hesitativos com maior média de ocorrência para GP. Conclusão: os prolongamentos não hesitativos ocorreram com maior frequência no GP, nas palavras iniciais, monossílabos e na posição medial da frase. Qualitativamente a tensão muscular foi uma característica típica dos prolongamentos não hesitativos no GP. Com relação aos prolongamentos hesitativos houve semelhança entre os adultos dos dois grupos quanto à frequência em relação ao total da fala, a posição dos prolongamentos nas palavras e nas frases e nos aspectos qualitativos, relacionados a tensão muscular e duração.

  11. Hydroxyapatite coating on stainless steel by biomimetic method; Recobrimento de hidroxiapatita em acos inoxidaveis austeniticos pelo metodo biomimetico

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    Dias, V.M.; Maia Filho, A.L.M.; Silva, G.; Sousa, E. de; Cardoso, K.R., E-mail: katiarc@univap.b [Universidade do Vale do Paraiba (IPD/UNIVAP), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento

    2010-07-01

    Austenitic stainless steels are widely used in implants due to their high mechanical strength and corrosion, however, are not able to connect to bone tissue and were classified as bioinert. The calcium phosphate ceramics such as hydroxyapatite (HA) are bioactive materials and create strong chemical bonds with bone tissue, but its brittleness and low fracture toughness render its use in conditions of high mechanical stress. The coating of steel with the bioactive ceramics such as HA, combines the properties of interest of both materials, accelerating bone formation around the implant. In this study, austenitic stainless steel samples were coated with apatite using the biomimetic method. The effect of three different surface conditions of steel and the immersion time in the SBF solution on the coating was evaluated. The samples were characterized by SEM, EDS and X-ray diffraction. (author)

  12. Ventriculectomia parcial mediante oclusão do influxo venoso cardíaco em cães

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    Martins,Liége Georgia Andrioli; Raiser,Alceu Gaspar; Braga,Fabrício de Vargas Argony; Rappeti,Josaine Cristina; Pohl,Virgínia Heinz

    2009-01-01

    A redução na função sistólica do ventrículo esquerdo em cães com insuficiência cardíaca congestiva está relacionada ao aumento de volume do ventrículo. A despeito dos avanços no tratamento conservador, o prognóstico é desfavorável com alta taxa de mortalidade. Este trabalho propôs um protocolo cirúrgico da redução ventricular para tratamento de cardiomiopatia dilatada em cães, a ventriculectomia parcial. A intervenção cirúrgica foi realizada sem circulação extracorpórea, mediante oclusão do i...

  13. Associação independente do tabagismo aos eventos cardíacos pós-operatórios e à mortalidade em 30 dias

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    Sakuma, Luciane Midory; Machado, Fabio Santana; Martins, Milton Arruda

    2010-01-01

    FUNDAMENTO: Há poucos estudos que demonstrem a associação do tabagismo, como fator de risco independente, aos eventos cardíacos pós-operatórios. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a associação do tabagismo, como variável independente, às complicações cardiovasculares pós-operatórias e à mortalidade em 30 dias em operações não cardíacas. MÉTODOS: Utilizou-se coorte retrospectiva de um hospital geral, na qual foram incluídos 1.072 pacientes estratificados em tabagistas atuais (n = 265), ex-tabagistas (n = 335) ...

  14. LUCHA TEMPERANTE Y ‘AMOR LIBRE’. ENTRE LO PROMETEICO Y LO DIONISÍACO: EL DISCURSO MORAL DE LOS ANARQUISTAS CHILENOS AL DESPUNTAR EL SIGLO XX

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    Godoy Sepúlveda,Eduardo A

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    En el siguiente artículo se aborda el discurso moral de los anarquistas chilenos de comienzos del siglo XX en torno al consumo de alcohol y las prácticas amorosas, a partir de las categorías analíticas del sociólogo francés Michael Maffesoli. Se postula que el discurso anarquista transitó indistintamente entre lo "prometeico" y lo "dionisíaco", ya que mientras, por una parte, la prensa ácrata repudió acérrimamente el consumo de alcohol, en tanto permitía la reproducción de la dominación polít...

  15. Investigação de lipofuscina em miócitos cardíacos de camundongos após tratamento com oxamniquine

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    Maria Luiza Silveira Mello

    1984-10-01

    Full Text Available A fluorescencia natural devida à presença de corpos de lipofuscina foi pesquisada em miócitos cardíacos de camundongos adultos jovens tratados com oxamniquine. O objetivo foi buscar uma evidência de indução de envelhecimento celular precoce, com base em dados prévios de acentuação poliploidia, promovida pela droga. Comparando o miocárdio dos camundongos tratados com animais contrôle jovens e velhos, não foi observada a presença de lipofuscina nos seus miócitos. Isto possivelmente se deva a um não comprometimento da eficiência das lipases lisossomiais apesar da acentuação do fenômeno de poliploidização induzida pela droga.

  16. Un sistema presión-volumen para la medición de propiedades mecánicas de vasos cardíacos menores

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    Javier Navarro Rueda

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Las propiedades mecánicas de vasos cardíacos menores (VM son poco estudiadas. El sistema Presión-Volumen (PV propuesto, desarrollado para evaluar comportamientos esfuerzo-deformación (σ-ε de VM, permite variar controladamente la presión interna y simular alteraciones geométricas al tubo. Se obtuvieron imágenes de las geometrías para cada valor de presión interna. Asumiendo el tubo en equilibrio, con pared elástica y presiones conocidas, se determinaron esfuerzo y deformación circunferenciales. Se obtuvieron curvas σ-ε, validadas con ensayos de tensión uniaxial (TU. Aunque se esperaban comportamientos diferentes, los datos experimentales son consistentes frente a resultados TU, con diferencias entre 5.68 y 12.60 %.

  17. Cerebral physiology and preservation during cardiac arrest Fisiología y preservación cerebral durante el paro cardíaco: vulnerabilidad del cerebro

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    Luis M. Gómez

    1991-03-01

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    Cerebral physiology during cardiac arrest is discussed with particular Interest on selective neuronal damage. Previous concepts on brain tolerance to hypoxia are analyzed and new information about brain function prognosis after cardiac arrest is presented. Therapeutic alternatives for brain preservation are discussed with emphasis on the lack of effectiveness of barbiturates, the results of research with other drugs and the future role that blockers of excitatory neurotransmission may have as elements of cerebral preservation.

    Se hace una aproximación a la fisiología cerebral durante el paro cardíaco, destacando el concepto de darlo neuronal selectivo. Se presentan elementos que permiten modificar concepciones antiguas sobre la tolerancia del cerebro a la hipoxia severa. Además, se hace un nuevo planteamiento sobre el pronóstico cerebral luego de un paro cardíaco y se esbozan las alternativas terapéuticas utilizadas hasta la fecha para la preservación cerebral. Se hace énfasis en la inefectividad de los barbitúricos, en la investigación sobre la terapia con otras drogas y en el futuro abierto hacia los bloqueadores de los neurotransmisores excitadores, como elementos terapéuticos para la preservación cerebral.

  18. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate rapidly remodels PAP85-120, SEM1(45-107, and SEM2(49-107 seminal amyloid fibrils

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    Laura M. Castellano

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Semen harbors amyloid fibrils formed by proteolytic fragments of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP248-286 and PAP85-120 and semenogelins (SEM1 and SEM2 that potently enhance HIV infectivity. Amyloid but not soluble forms of these peptides enhance HIV infection. Thus, agents that remodel these amyloid fibrils could prevent HIV transmission. Here, we confirm that the green tea polyphenol, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG, slowly remodels fibrils formed by PAP248-286 termed SEVI (semen derived enhancer of viral infection and also exerts a direct anti-viral effect. We elucidate for the first time that EGCG remodels PAP85-120, SEM1(45-107, and SEM2(49-107 fibrils more rapidly than SEVI fibrils. We establish EGCG as the first small molecule that can remodel all four classes of seminal amyloid. The combined anti-amyloid and anti-viral properties of EGCG could have utility in preventing HIV transmission.

  19. Sedação com sufentanil e clonidina em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco Sedación con sufentanil y clonidina en pacientes sometidos a cateterismo cardíaco Sedation with sufentanil and clonidine in patients undergoing heart catheterization

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    Anita Perpetua Carvalho Rocha

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A sedação para a realização de cateterismo cardíaco tem sido alvo de preocupação. Benzodiazepínicos, agonistas alfa-2 adrenérgicos e opioides são utilizados para esse fim, entretanto, cada um destes medicamentos possui vantagens e desvantagens. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia do sufentanil e da clonidina como sedativos em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco, observando o impacto dos mesmos sobre os parâmetros hemodinâmicos e respiratórios, a presença de efeitos colaterais, além da satisfação do paciente e do hemodinamicista com o exame. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um ensaio clínico prospectivo, duplo-cego, randomizado e controlado, que envolveu 60 pacientes que receberam 0,1 µg/kg de sufentanil ou 0,5 µg/kg de clonidina antes da realização do cateterismo cardíaco. O escore de sedação segundo a escala de Ramsay, a necessidade de utilização de midazolam, os efeitos colaterais, os parâmetros hemodinâmicos e respiratórios foram registrados, sendo os dados analisados em 06 diferentes momentos. RESULTADOS: O comportamento da pressão arterial, da frequência cardíaca e da frequência respiratória foi semelhante nos dois grupos, entretanto, no momento 2, os pacientes do grupo sufentanil (Grupo S apresentaram menor escore de sedação segundo a escala de Ramsay, e a saturação periférica da oxihemoglobina foi menor que o grupo clonidina (Grupo C no momento 6. Os pacientes do Grupo S apresentaram maior incidência de náusea e vômito pós-operatório que os pacientes do Grupo C. A satisfação dos pacientes foi maior no grupo clonidina. Os hemodinamicistas mostraram-se satisfeitos nos dois grupos. CONCLUSÃO: O sufentanil e a clonidina foram efetivos como sedativos em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco.FUNDAMENTO: La sedación para la realización de cateterismo cardíaco ha sido blanco de preocupación. Benzodiazepínicos, agonistas alfa-2 adrenérgicos y opioides son utilizados para ese fin

  20. Perfil dos pacientes na Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco no estado do Ceará Perfil de los pacientes en la lista única de espera para transplante cardíaco en el estado de Ceará Profile of patients in the Unified Waiting List for heart transplantation in state of Ceará

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    Francisca Elisângela Teixeira Lima

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Os transplantes de órgãos têm aumentado consideravelmente nos últimos anos em razão da evolução tecnológica e da sensibilização da sociedade para doação de órgãos. OBJETIVO: Descrever as características dos pacientes da Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco; identificar as principais cardiopatias; e verificar o tempo médio de permanência do paciente na Lista até a realização da cirurgia. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo descritivo, documental e retrospectivo, com abordagem quantitativa, desenvolvido na Central de Transplante do Estado do Ceará, com 156 pacientes incluídos na Lista Única de Espera do ano de 1999 a 2006. Os dados foram organizados em figuras. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados: 81% do sexo masculino; 22,4% adultos jovens (20 a 40 anos e 56,4% adultos de meia-idade (40 a 64 anos, com uma média de 36 anos; 79% procedentes de Fortaleza-CE; 91% tinham miocardiopatia como causa do transplante cardíaco. Dentre esses pacientes 102 (69% foram transplantados; 37 (25% evoluíram para óbito antes do transplante e 8 (6% foram excluídos por melhora ou piora do quadro clínico. CONCLUSÃO: Os pacientes da Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco no Estado do Ceará, no período de 1999 a 2006, eram do sexo masculino (80%, com faixa etária variando de 1 a 71 anos, com predomínio da miocardiopatia dilatada (53,4%, e o tempo médio de espera foi de 136 dias até o dia do transplante cardíaco.FUNDAMENTO: Los transplantes de órganos han aumentado considerablemente en los últimos años, en razón de la evolución tecnológica y de la sensibilización de la sociedad para la donación de órganos. OBJETIVO: Describir las características de los pacientes de la Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco; identificar las principales cardiopatías; y verificar el tiempo medio de permanencia del paciente en la Lista hasta la realización de la cirugía. MÉTODOS: Se trata de un estudio

  1. 3D-SEM Metrology for Coordinate Measurements at the Nanometer Scale

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    Carli, Lorenzo

    The present work deals with a study concerning 3D-SEM metrology as a tool for coordinate measurements at the nanometer scale. The relevance of 3D-SEM, based on stereophotogrammetry technique, has been highlighted with respect to the other measuring instruments nowadays available and the main issues....... In the last part of the work, the development and application of two novel multiplestep heights artefacts, intended for 3D-SEM calibration, is addressed. Experimental results of the different step-height values, measured from 3D-SEM reconstructions, are compared with the calibrated ones obtained from...

  2. FIB-SEM imaging of carbon nanotubes in mouse lung tissue

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    Købler, Carsten; Saber, Anne Thoustrup; Jacobsen, Nicklas Raun

    2014-01-01

    volume imaging not easily obtained with TEM, but it is time-consuming to locate CNTs in the tissue. We demonstrate that protruding CNTs after ultramicrotomy can be used to locate the region of interest, and we present FIB-SEM images of CNTs in lung tissue. FIB-SEM imaging was applied to lung tissue from...... excluding them from TEM analysis. To provide an alternative to ultramicrotomy and subsequent TEMimaging, we studied focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) of CNTs in the lungs of mice, and we evaluated the applicability of the method compared to TEM. FIB-SEM can provide serial section...

  3. Evolución semántica en wikis: una estrategia basada en refactorings

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    Etchevest, Mauricio Hernán

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    Las Wikis han ganado popularidad gracias a la libertad y flexibilidad con la que permiten a los usuarios generar contenido. Por otro lado, las Wikis Semánticas extienden el concepto mediante la incorporación de anotaciones semánticas. Las anotaciones se realizan en forma de texto y se generan junto al contenido de los artículos wikis. El conjunto de todas las anotaciones conforman la ontología de la Wiki Semántica. La flexibilidad y libertad de las Wikis Semánticas provoca que el trabajo de l...

  4. Qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco: aplicação da escala Whoqol-Bref Calidad de vida de pacientes sometidos a transplante cardíaco: aplicación de la escala Whoqol-Bref Quality of life of patients that had a heart transplant: application of Whoqol-Bref scale

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    Maria Isis Freire de Aguiar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O sucesso do transplante cardíaco significa garantir a sobrevida dos pacientes com cardiopatia e permitir-lhes desenvolver suas atividades diárias. O transplante cardíaco apresenta-se como a primeira opção de tratamento na falência cardíaca, representando um aumento de sobrevida e qualidade de vida dos transplantados. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco através da aplicação de uma escala padronizada (Whoqol-Bref. MÉTODOS: Estudo exploratório descritivo de abordagem quantitativa, realizado com 55 pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco, em um período entre o terceiro e o 103º mês, que realizam acompanhamento na Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca em um Hospital de Referência em Cardiologia na cidade de Fortaleza, CE. Os dados foram coletados no período de fevereiro a abril de 2009, por meio da aplicação de um questionário padronizado pela Organização Mundial da Saúde e utilização de dados constantes nos prontuários. RESULTADOS: Com relação ao domínio físico, 62,8% e 58,3% dos pacientes, dos sexos masculino e feminino, respectivamente, estão satisfeitos. No domínio psicológico, dentre pacientes do sexo masculino, 65,1% apresentam satisfação quanto à qualidade de vida e, no sexo feminino, 58,3% encontram-se satisfeitas. No domínio das relações sociais, observou-se que, no sexo masculino, 53,5% estão muito satisfeitos, e apresentou-se um nível de satisfação de 100% no sexo feminino. No domínio do meio ambiente, 65,1% do sexo masculino encontram-se satisfeitos, e no sexo feminino, 83,3% estão satisfeitas. CONCLUSÃO: O transplante cardíaco teve bastante influência na qualidade de vida dos pacientes transplantados, pois os resultados mostram-se estatisticamente significantes no pós-transplante.FUNDAMENTO: El éxito del transplante cardíaco significa garantizar la sobrevida de los pacientes con cardiopatía y permitirles

  5. Cardiopatia chagásica crônica causando insuficiência cardíaca congestiva na infância: estudo clínico e histopatológico de um caso, com ênfase para as lesões dos sistemas excito-condutor e nervoso autônomo intracardíaco

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    Ademir Rocha

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    Full Text Available Descreve-se caso de cardiopatia chagásica em menino de nove anos, natural e procedente do sulde Goiás, que desenvolveu insuficiência cardíaca congestiva quatro meses antes do óbito. As reações sorológicaspara doença de Chagas eram reagentes, epositivo o xenodiagnóstico. Os eletrocardiogramas mostraram taquicardia sinusal, extra-sístoles ventriculares e supraventriculares, hemibloqueio anterior esquerdo, bloqueio completo do ramo direito e sinais de sobrecarga de câmaras. O exame ecocardiográfico evidenciou dilatação de câmaras com hipocontratilidade difusa. O quadro se agravou progressivamente, complicando-se por vários episódios pneumônicos, o último dos quais provocou o óbito. A necrópsia, verificou-se, no coração, inflama ção crônica dos três folhetos, com miocardite crônica fibrosante predominando no septo interventricular e no ventrículo esquerdo. As estruturas componentes do sistema excito-condutor mostraram processoflogístico crônico, essencialmente exsudativo, ora discreto, ora moderado. No sistema nervoso autônomo intracardíaco constataram-se focos esparsos de discreta periganglionite crônica, e raros fenômenos degenerativos dos neurônios sem despopulação neuronal.

  6. Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) in Self-Financed Higher Education of Hong Kong: Evaluation and Measurement

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    Ng, Peggy; Galbraith, Craig

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to examine how the dimensions of strategic enrolment management (SEM) tie to the success metrics in the area of enrolment, retention and graduation from senior and programme management perspectives of a self-financed institution in Hong Kong. The literature on SEM has demonstrated that managing enrolment is a global…

  7. Shocked quartz in the SEM: Distinction between amorphous and healed PDFs

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    Hamers, M.F.; Pennock, G.M.; Drury, M.R.

    2012-01-01

    Combined SEM techniques show that different CL signatures of PDFs are related to fresh and healed microstructures of PDFs and host quartz. This is confirmed by TEM results. A combination of SEM techniques can give the same type of information as TEM

  8. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Procedure for HE Powders on a LEO 438VP System

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    Zaka, Fowzia [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States). Energetic Materials Center

    2016-03-08

    This method describes the characterization of HE powders by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). HE particles are dispersed onto an aluminum standard SEM specimen mount. Electron micrographs are collected at various magnifications (150 to 10,000 X) depending on HE particle size.

  9. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Procedure for HE Powders on a LEO 438VP System

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    Zaka, Fowzia [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States). Energetic Materials Center

    2016-03-21

    This method describes the characterization of HE powders by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). HE particles are dispersed onto an aluminum standard SEM specimen mount. Electron micrographs are collected at various magnifications (150 to 10,000 X) depending on HE particle size.

  10. THE MORGAGNIAN AND BRUNESCENS CATARACT MORPHOLOGY STUDIES WITH SEM AND TEM

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    JONGEBLOED, WL; KALICHARAN, D; LOS, LI; WORST, JGF

    1993-01-01

    The Morgagnian cataract lenses - pre-fixed with GA for SEM & TEM and post-fixed with tannic-acid-arginine-OsO4 for SEM and OsO4/K4Fe(CN)6 for TEM after staining with Ur-acetate/Pb-citrate - showed areas in the cortex with radial in stead of concentric running lensfibres, degeneration of lensfibres

  11. On the emancipation of PLS-SEM : A commentary on Rigdon

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    Sarstedt, Marko; Ringle, Christian M.; Henseler, Jörg; Hair, Joseph F.

    2014-01-01

    Rigdon's (2012) thoughtful article argues that PLS-SEM should free itself from CB-SEM. It should renounce all mechanisms, frameworks, and jargon associated with factor models entirely. In this comment, we shed further light on two subject areas on which Rigdon (2012) touches in his discussion of

  12. SEM and FIB-SEM investigations on potential gas shales in the Dniepr-Donets Basin (Ukraine): pore space evolution in organic matter during thermal maturation

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    Misch, D.; Mendez-Martin, F.; Hawranek, G.; Onuk, P.; Gross, D.; Sachsenhofer, R. F.

    2016-02-01

    Porosity and permeability are essential parameters for reservoir rocks. Techniques developed for conventional reservoir rocks characterized by large pores, cannot be applied to study gas shales. Therefore, high resolution techniques are increasingly used to determine reservoir quality of shale gas plays. Within the frame of the recent study, Upper Visean black shales (“Rudov Beds”) from the Dniepr-Donets-Basin (DDB, Ukraine) were characterized by X-ray diffraction, conventional SEM imaging and FIB/BIB-SEM. According to SEM and FIB/BIB-SEM data, nanopores are not abundant in primary macerals (e.g., vitrinite) even in overmature rocks, whereas they develop within secondary organic matter (bitumen) formed mainly at gas window maturity. Frequently occurring sub-micrometre porosity, probably related to gas generation from bituminous organic matter, was detected within mudstones at a vitrinite reflectance > 2.0 % Rr. However, such pores have also been detected occasionally in solid bitumen at oil window maturity (0.9 % Rr). Authigenic nanoscale clay minerals and calcite occur within pyrobitumen at gas window maturity. Furthermore, Rudov Beds can be subdivided into mineralogical facies zones by SEM imaging and X-ray diffraction. A basin-centred, brittle siliceous facies is most likely caused by increased contribution from deeper water radiolaria and is separated from a marginal clayey and carbonate-rich facies.

  13. GAGG:ce single crystalline films: New perspective scintillators for electron detection in SEM.

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    Bok, Jan; Lalinský, Ondřej; Hanuš, Martin; Onderišinová, Zuzana; Kelar, Jakub; Kučera, Miroslav

    2016-04-01

    Single crystal scintillators are frequently used for electron detection in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We report gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG:Ce) single crystalline films as a new perspective scintillators for the SEM. For the first time, the epitaxial garnet films were used in a practical application: the GAGG:Ce scintillator was incorporated into a SEM scintillation electron detector and it showed improved image quality. In order to prove the GAGG:Ce quality accurately, the scintillation properties were examined using electron beam excitation and compared with frequently used scintillators in the SEM. The results demonstrate excellent emission efficiency of the GAGG:Ce single crystalline films together with their very fast scintillation decay useful for demanding SEM applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Hemorrhage in cerebral metastasis from angiosarcoma of the heart: case report Hemorragia em metástase cerebral de angiossarcoma cardíaco: relato de caso

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    Pasquale Gallo

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical and pathological features of metastatic angiosarcoma in the central nervous system. Only a few cases of cerebral metastasis from angiosarcoma of the heart have been recorded in the literature; particulary related to intracerebral hemorrhage. A case of secondary cerebral angiosarcoma of the heart in a 33 years old man is presented. The initial symptoms were headache, vomiting, lethargy and aphasia. There was a mass in the left temporal lobe with hemorrhage and edema on the computerized tomography (CT. After 24 hours the neurological status worsened and another CT scan showed rebleeding on the tumor area. He underwent an emergency craniotomy but died two days after. Considering the longer survival of sarcoma patients with new modalities of treatment, the incidence of brain metastasis may increase, demanding a bether preventive and more aggressive approach. Besides, due to the hemorrhagic nature of such lesions, we suggest the imediate surgery to prevent a fast and lethal evolution because rebleeding.O propósito deste artigo é descrever os achados clínicos e patológicos das metástases de angiossarcoma no sistema nervoso central. Apenas poucos casos de metástases cerebrais de angiossarcoma cardíaco foram relatados na literatura, menos ainda relacionados a hemorragia intracerebral. Relatamos o caso de um tumor cerebral secundário a angiossarcoma cardíaco em um paciente masculino de 33 anos. Os sintomas iniciais foram: cefaléia, vômitos, letargia e afasia. A tomografia computadorizada mostrou massa no lobo temporal esquerdo associada a hemorragia e edema. Após 24 horas houve piora do estado neurológico e nova tomografia demonstrou ressangramento no leito tumoral. Foi submetido a uma craniotomia de urgência mas faleceu dois dias após. Considerando a longa sobrevida dos pacientes com sarcoma devido às novas modalidades terapêuticas, poderá aumentar a incidência de met

  15. A família vivienciando o transplante cardíaco La familia vivenciando el trasplante de corazón Family living cardiac transplantation

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    Lise Maria Pinheiro de Mattos Brito

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Estudo de abordagem qualitativa. O objetivo foi analisar a experiência vivida por familiares durante o processo de transplante cardíaco de seus parentes. Foi realizado na Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca UTIC do Hospital de Messejana, em Fortaleza-Ceará, com sete familiares. Os discursos foram obtidos através de entrevistas gravadas, e organizados em categorias: descrevendo as mudanças ocorridas, promovendo a adaptação para a provisão do cuidado, e redescobrindo e vivenciando a solidariedade. A análise realizada sugere que o transplante cardíaco gera mudanças, crises e momentos de desestruturação, e que não só a pessoa é abalada, mas também a rede familiar que se esforça para se adaptar a nova situação.Estudio de naturaleza cualitativa. El objetivo fué analizar la experiência vivida por el familiar durante el proceso del transplante del corazón de sus parientes.Se desarrolló en la unidad del trasplante y insuficiência de corazón - UTIC del hospital de Messejana, en Fortaleza-Ceará, con siete personas. Los datos fueran obtenidos mediante entrevistas registradas, y organizados en temáticas: describiendo los cambios ocurridos, promoviendo la adaptación para la disposición del cuidado, y redescobrindo y vivenciando la solidaridad. El análisis sugiere que el trasplante cardiaco genera cambios, crisis y momientos de desestruturacion; y no solamente los pacientes son afectados, pero también la familia que si consolida para enfrentar la nueva situación.Study with qualitative approach that aimed at analyzing the experience lived for family members during the process of heart transplantation of their relatives. It was carried through in the Unit of Transplantation and Heart Failure - UTIC of the Hospital of Messejana, in Fortaleza-Ceará, with seven family members. The speeches were obtained through interviews, and classified in categories: describing the occured changes, promoting the adaptation for the

  16. Valor de la ecocardiografía en el diagnóstico contemporáneo de tumores cardíacos primarios en pediatría

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    Erdmenger Orellana, Julio; Vázquez,Clara; Ortega Maldonado,Jesús

    2005-01-01

    Con el propósito de comunicar la experiencia en el diagnóstico de tumores cardíacos primarios diagnosticados en el Instituto Nacional de Cardiología "Ignacio Chávez", se revisaron 8,500 estudios ecocardiográficos realizados durante el período comprendido de noviembre de 1999 a septiembre del 2004. En 21 pacientes se diagnosticó Tumor Intracardíaco, 11 de sexo femenino (55%). La edad de presentación fue menor de 1 año en 15/21 (71%) pacientes. En 9 casos el tumor fue múltiple (42.8%), alojado ...

  17. Efeitos do sulforafano sobre vias de morte celular em cardiomioblastos em cultura e no remodelamento cardíaco pós-infarto do miocárdio

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    Rafael Oliveira Fernandes

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    Introdução: O remodelamento cardíaco patológico é um processo complexo que ocorre no coração após dano, com eventos de morte celular, hipertrofia, fibrose e inflamação que favorecem a progressão para a insuficiência cardíaca. Envolvido na patogênese do remodelamento cardíaco está o estresse oxidativo, onde espécies reativas de oxigênio (ERO) podem modular vias de sinalização relacionadas com sobrevivência e morte celular. O aumento das defesas antioxidantes é uma estratégia eficaz na redução ...

  18. Focused ion beam (FIB)/scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in tissue structural research.

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    Leser, Vladka; Milani, Marziale; Tatti, Francesco; Tkalec, Ziva Pipan; Strus, Jasna; Drobne, Damjana

    2010-10-01

    The focused ion beam (FIB) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) are commonly used in material sciences for imaging and analysis of materials. Over the last decade, the combined FIB/SEM system has proven to be also applicable in the life sciences. We have examined the potential of the focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope system for the investigation of biological tissues of the model organism Porcellio scaber (Crustacea: Isopoda). Tissue from digestive glands was prepared as for conventional SEM or as for transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The samples were transferred into FIB/SEM for FIB milling and an imaging operation. FIB-milled regions were secondary electron imaged, back-scattered electron imaged, or energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzed. Our results demonstrated that FIB/SEM enables simultaneous investigation of sample gross morphology, cell surface characteristics, and subsurface structures. The same FIB-exposed regions were analyzed by EDX to provide basic compositional data. When samples were prepared as for TEM, the information obtained with FIB/SEM is comparable, though at limited magnification, to that obtained from TEM. A combination of imaging, micro-manipulation, and compositional analysis appears of particular interest in the investigation of epithelial tissues, which are subjected to various endogenous and exogenous conditions affecting their structure and function. The FIB/SEM is a promising tool for an overall examination of epithelial tissue under normal, stressed, or pathological conditions.

  19. Sobre la estructura semántica de las palabras autosemánticas

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    Morales Ascencio Bernardo

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    A partir de los conceptos de semema o estructura semémica y de los conceptos tradicionales de afijos y los accidentes gramaticales se plantea una supuesta estructura semántica profunda de la palabra, análoga a la de la oración en el modelo de la gramática de casos. Con base en este supuesto se reinterpretan algunas funciones semánticas de los afijos (particularmente de los sufijos, entre otras, como formas de la expresión de la modalidad léxica; se plantea una correlación entre rasgos semánticos específicos y las relaciones semánticas de caso. Por último se deducen algunas consideraciones pertinentes y se demuestra un isomorfismo entre la estructura profunda de la oración y la supuesta estructura semántica profunda de las palabras auto  semánticas.

  20. Tamponamento cardíaco como uma das primeiras manifestações do lúpus eritematoso sistêmico

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    Michelle keiko Molina

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available O Lúpus Eritematoso Sistêmico (LES é uma doença autoimune de causa desconhecida que pode produzir apresentações clínicas variáveis, com períodos de remissões e de recaídas. O diagnóstico é confirmado pela presença de quatro dos onze critérios clínicos e/ou laboratoriais (erupção malar, erupção discoide, fotossensibilidade, úlceras da mucosa oral, artrite, serosite, distúrbio renal, distúrbio neurológico, distúrbio hematológico, distúrbio imunológico e anticorpo antinuclear. Dentre as manifestações cardiovasculares, o derrame pericárdico e a pericardite clínica são observados na maioria dos pacientes. Porém, o tamponamento cardíaco é raro como manifestação clínica.

  1. Mixoma cardíaco con diagnóstico prenatal: Presentación de un caso y revisión de literatura

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    Josías Ríos

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available El mixoma es la tumoración cardíaca más frecuente en el adulto, constituyendo aproximadamente el 50% de las mismas. En la edad pediátrica el tumor cardíaco más frecuente es el rabdomioma, generalmente asociado a esclerosis tuberosa. La presentación del mixoma en pacientes pediátricos es muy rara y más aun en la etapa neonatal. Presentamos el caso de una paciente de sexo femenino que fue sometida a cirugía a los 8 días de nacida por presentar dos tumoraciones intracardiacas diagnosticadas en la etapa intrauterina a las 38 semanas de gestación. La cirugía se realizó mediante esternotomía media, con circulación extracorpórea y arresto circulatorio. Las tumoraciones, que eran de aspecto polipoide se localizaban en la aurícula derecha, los estudios de patología fueron compatibles con mixoma. La evolución postoperatoria fue satisfactoria y la paciente fue dada de alta a los 14 días después de la cirugía.

  2. Comparação da qualidade de vida entre pacientes em lista de espera e pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco

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    Vanessa Monteiro Mantovani

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivos Comparar a qualidade de vida (QV entre pacientes em lista de espera e pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco. Métodos Estudo transversal conduzido com 56 pacientes adultos em duas instituições de referência no sul do Brasil, 9(16% em lista de espera e 47(84% transplantados. A coleta de dados ocorreu entre agosto e dezembro de 2012. Utilizou-se o Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36, com escores variando de zero a 100. Resultados Houve diferença estatística no escore geral da QV entre os grupos (p=0,010 e em quatro domínios. A média das ordenações (mean rank foi igual a 16,9 nos pacientes em lista de espera e 30,7 nos pacientes transplantados. Pacientes em lista de espera tiveram o menor escore no estado geral de saúde (9,1 e maior escore nos aspectos emocionais (24,8; pacientes transplantados apresentaram maior pontuação no estado geral de saúde e pior pontuação na dor (29,1. Conclusões A realização de transplante impacta positivamente na QV dos pacientes, quando comparada à CV daqueles em lista de espera.

  3. Desarrollo de una escala de auto-reporte para medición de síntomas maníacos

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    Karol Barrios

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Antecedentes. No existen instrumentos de auto-reporte en español para medir síntomas de trastorno bipolar. La perspectiva del paciente puede dar información complementaria de utilidad para el diagnóstico y manejo de la enfermedad. Objetivo. Desarrollar una escala de auto-reporte para medir síntomas maníacos, a partir de la escala EMUN. Materiales y métodos. Los ítems de la escala EMUN se transformaron a un lenguaje en primera persona por parte de dos psiquiatras. Esta versión preliminar en primera persona fue analizada en un estudio piloto y ajustada de acuerdo con los resultados de la evaluación. Se realizó un segundo estudio piloto con 20 pacientes con enfermedad bipolar, aplicando la versión ajustada. Resultados. Se generó una escala con 26 ítems que incorporan síntomas del episodio mixto. La escala mide tres dimensiones de importancia clínica en salud mental: frecuencia, intensidad y grado de desadaptación producido por los síntomas. Conclusión. El instrumento desarrollado puede ser de utilidad en áreas de investigación y en escenarios clínicos para intervenciones psicoeducativas y seguimiento del paciente.

  4. Electrospun poly(bisphenol A-co-4-nitrophthalic anhydride-co-1,3-phenylenediamine fibers: Preparation and potential for use in filtration applications

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    Patcharaporn Thitiwongsawet

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Poly(bisphenol A-co-4-nitrophthalic anhydride-co-1,3-phenylenediamine (PEI fibers were successfully prepared byelectrospinning from PEI solutions in dichloromethane (DCM, 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE, N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP andcertain mixtures between NMP and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF. Electrospinnability of PEI solutions in NMP was greaterthan that in DCM and DCE. The addition of DMF with NMP for the preparation of PEI solutions helped improve electrospinnabilityof the PEI solutions. The effect of solution concentration on morphological appearance and/or size of the obtainedproducts was investigated. At low concentrations of the PEI solutions, discrete beads and/or beaded fibers was formed.Smooth fibers were obtained at the highest concentration investigated, i.e., 20% (w/v. The size of the obtained fibers wasfound to be an increasing function with the solution concentration or, to be exact, the solution viscosity. The water fluxesthrough the electrospun fiber mats prepared from 20% (w/v PEI solutions in 75/25 and 50/50 NMP/DMF mixtures wereinvestigated in comparison with the films prepared by phase immersion-precipitation technique. The fiber mats exhibitedmuch greater fluxes of water than the films, which implied their potential for uses as filtration membranes.

  5. Sobre la estructura semántica de las palabras autosemánticas

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    Morales Ascencio Bernardo

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    A partir de los conceptos de semema o estructura semémica y de los conceptos tradicionales de afijos y los accidentes gramaticales se plantea una supuesta estructura semántica profunda de la palabra, análoga a la de la oración en el modelo de la gramática de casos. Con base en este supuesto se reinterpretan algunas funciones semánticas de los afijos (particularmente de los sufijos), entre otras, como formas de la expresión de la modalidad léxica; se plantea una correlación entre rasg...

  6. Eficácia da atorvastatina sem administração diária Efficacy of atorvastatin when not administered daily

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    Antonio Edmond Ghattas

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: As estatinas têm larga utilização por reduzirem eventos cardíacos. Indicadas para uso diário, no entanto alguns a utilizam em dias alternados, principalmente visando diminuição de custos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia da atorvastatina sem administração diária sobre os níveis de LDL-colesterol (LDL-C e a redução dos custos. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 100 pacientes (P hipercolesterolêmicos em prevenção primária (PP e secundária (PS. Após período de dieta de 12 semanas iniciou-se atorvastatina 10 mg por dia. Após seis semanas foi dosado o LDL-C, e se níveis BACKGROUND: Statins are widely used because they reduce cardiac events. Although they are indicated for daily use, some doctorsgive prescriptions for every other day, mainly with the purpose of reducing costs. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of atorvastatin, when not administered everyday, on LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C levels, and also to evaluate cost reduction. METHODS: A total of 100 patients with hypercholesterolemia in primary (PP and secondary prevention (SP were assessed. After a 12-week diet period, atorvastatin was initiated at a dose of 10 mg per day. After six weeks, LDL-C was determined, and if the levels were <80 or <104 mg/dL for SP and PP, respectively, two atorvastatin doses were subtracted per week. If LDL-C remained <80 or <104 mg/dL, a further reduction to three times a week was allowed, and the last determination was performed after six more weeks. The percentage variation in costs was the parameter to evaluate the saving. RESULTS: In 47 out of the 52 patients of this group, a reduction by 32% in LDL-C was observed, and daily atorvastatin was maintained. Forty one patients remained throughout the study and had their weekly dosage reduced. In 25 patients the medication was administered three times a week, and in 16, five times a week, with reductions of 42.4% and 46.1% in LDL-C, respectively. As regards costs, one of the groups had their

  7. Reprocessamento de cateteres cardíacos: uma revisão Reuse of cardiac catheters: a review

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    Silma Maria Cunha Pinheiro Ribeiro

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Os cateteres de hemodinâmica são amplamente reprocessados, principalmente em países em desenvolvimento, onde os custos da utilização desses insumos são altos. A literatura científica aponta a ausência de processos validados de limpeza e esterilização e é unânime a afirmação de que o reprocessamento provoca alterações na integridade física, química e funcional desses materiais. Dentro desse contexto, questionam-se quais as evidências publicadas sobre os danos provocados pelo reprocessamento dos cateteres de hemodinâmica? O objetivo é identificar as evidências científicas em relação aos efeitos do reprocessamento dos cateteres, do ponto de vista mecânico, físico, químico e biológico. Foi realizada uma pesquisa na base de dados Medline/Pubmed e LILACS, sem restrições de tempo, em inglês, português e espanhol, usando vocabulário controlado e não-controlado. Um total de 21 publicações foi analisado. Os artigos analisados apontam a ocorrência de alterações físicas, mecânicas e químicas. A limpeza e a esterilização dos cateteres não foi eficiente, tendo sido identificada a presença de debris e microrganismos ao final do processo. Vale ressaltar a importância dessas informações para a tomada de decisão em relação ao reprocessamento e reuso de cateteres de hemodinâmica.Hemodynamic catheters are widely reused mainly in developing countries where the cost of new devices is very high. Scientific publications point to an absence of validated cleaning and sterilization processes and there is a consensus that reusing these devices causes physical, chemical and funcional damage. So what is the evidence related to the use of this kind of catheter? The objective of this study is to identify the scientific evidence related to the effects of reprocessing. A search for publications in English, Portuguese and Spanish was performed in Medline/Pubmed and LILACS using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms and free

  8. Three-dimensional characterization of Gd nanoparticles using STEM-in-SEM tomography in a dual-beam FIB-SEM

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    Van Leer, Brandon; Bouchet-Marquis, Cedric; Cheng, Huikai

    2015-10-01

    Serial sectioning using the FIB and subsequent imaging of the same FIB-exposed surface by both FIB microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in a DualBeam has proven especially useful to study the three-dimensional (3D) morphology of complex engineered materials systems. The technique was first introduced as an automated process in 2004 and since then has established itself as one of the primary applications for FIB and DualBeams. While state-of-the-art systems can produce datasets with a z-axis slice thickness of 3-5 nm, FIB nanotomography remains a destructive technique and is limited in resolution by the z-axis slice thickness. Electron tomography is another technique used to visualize 3D structures within a transmission electron microscope used in TEM or STEM mode. Using a thin sample focused on a region of interest, the electron beam passes through the specimen incrementally tilting around the center of the region of interest as images are acquired sequentially on a camera (TEM) or a Detector (STEM). The resulting images are reconstructed into a 3D volume using a variety of algorithms including Weighted Back Projection (WBP), or Serial Iterative Reconstruction Technique (SIRT). Low energy STEM in SEM is a routine analysis in SEMs and DualBeam FIB-SEM instrumentation for morphological characterization and ultra high-resolution imaging. With a DualBeam or SEM configured with a solid state silicon diode STEM detector and a stage with adequate tilt freedom, it is possible to acquire a sufficient number of images for 3D reconstruction using STEM tomography in SEMs and DualBeam instruments. A thin section sample of gadolinium nanoparticles ranging in size up to 50 nm mounted on an aluminum substrate was prepared using in-situ lift-out (INLO) by FIB. The sample was thinned using 30 kV Ga+ FIB to approximately 125 nm. Using an in-situ stage with 360 degree continuous tilt, the thin section was imaged every 1 degree with 30 keV SEM and the STEM detector through

  9. In-line CD metrology with combined use of scatterometry and CD-SEM

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    Asano, Masafumi; Ikeda, Takahiro; Koike, Toru; Abe, Hideaki

    2006-03-01

    Measurement characteristics in scatterometry and CD-SEM for lot acceptance sampling of inline critical dimension (CD) metrology were investigated by using a statistical approach with Monte Carlo simulation. By operation characteristics curve analysis, producer's risk and consumer's risk arising from sampling were clarified. Single use of scatterometry involves a higher risk, such risk being particularly acute in the case of large intra-chip CD variation because it is unable to sufficiently monitor intra-chip CD variation including local CD error. Substituting scatterometry for conventional SEM metrology is accompanied with risks, resulting in the increase of unnecessary cost. The combined use of scatterometry and SEM metrology in which the sampling plan for SEM is controlled by scatterometry is a promising metrology from the viewpoint of the suppression of risks and cost. This is due to the effect that CD errors existing in the distribution tails are efficiently caught.

  10. 78 FR 50079 - Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed...

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    ...: 134E1700D2 EEEE500000 ET1SF0000.DAQ000] Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed Collection; Comment Request Correction In notice document 2013-19416...

  11. Assessment of Paint Layers by FE-SEM and EDS Examination

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    Harris, Donovan

    2004-01-01

    .... The approach was to remove free-film samples from each panel, fracture the films, and then examine at high magnification the cross sections using a field emission-scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM...

  12. SEM imaging capability for advanced nano-structures and its application to metrology

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    Suzuki, Makoto; Ikeda, Uki; Kasai, Yuji; Mizuhara, Yuzuru; Kishimoto, Takanori; Tachibana, Ichiro; Suzuki, Naomasa; Kawano, Hajime

    2017-03-01

    In recent trend of semiconductor manufacturing, accurate critical dimension (CD) metrology is required to realize miniaturized three-dimensional (3D) structures. However, the conventional edge contrast of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is often suppressed when imaging the deep bottom of the 3D structures. In this paper, we propose effective approaches realizing the improved SEM image contrast for such metrology targets. Our approach utilizes the principle of the SEM contrast, and optimizes the three major influencing factors of SEM contrast; signal generation, signal propagation inside the specimen, and signal detection by the detectors. We show the examples of improved image contrast including, embedded voids imaging by high landing beam energy, contact-hole bottom imaging by angular selective detections, and precise edge position extraction realized by energy-angular selective imaging.

  13. Nanomanufacturing concerns about measurements made in the SEM Part V: dealing with noise

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    Postek, Michael T.; Vladár, András. E.

    2016-09-01

    Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) are used extensively in research and advanced manufacturing for materials characterization, metrology and process control. Unfortunately, noise can limit the specimen-specific detail and the information that can be acquired in any SEM micrograph, or measurement made from those data. The majority of SEM measurements are done at low primary electron beam currents and fast imaging mode resulting in rather noisy signals - often too noisy. The amount and the type of the noise and the steps taken to deal with it are critical to the quality and amount of the information gathered. This fifth presentation, in this series of SEM dimensional metrology tutorial papers, discusses some of the various causes of measurement uncertainty in scanned particle beam instruments specifically dealing with signal-to-noise (SNR) and its contribution to measurement imprecision.

  14. Semánticas para álgebras de procesos estocásticos no markovianos

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    López Barquilla, Natalia

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    En esta Tesis se ha realizado un estudio de Semánticas para Álgebras de Procesos estocásticos no Markovianos. En primer lugar se ha estudiado una extensión de la Bisimulación débil llamada "Global", con la que se pretende solucionar diversos problemas que tiene la definición original. A continuación se ha definido una Semántica Operacional para las álgebras estocásticas donde las variables aleatorias puden ser de cualquier tipo. Basándose en esa Semántica Operacional se han estudiado Semántic...

  15. A combined SEM, CV and EIS study of multi-layered porous ceramic reactors for flue gas purification

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    He, Zeming; Andersen, Kjeld Bøhm; Nygaard, Frederik Berg

    2013-01-01

    The effect of sintering temperature of 12-layered porous ceramic reactors (comprising 5 cells) was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The difference in microstructures of the reactors was evaluated by SEM...

  16. Mixomas cardíacos: análisis estadístico de 20 años Cardiac myxomas: a 20 years-statistical analysis

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    Alejandro Villar Inclán

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. Los tumores primarios del corazón pueden ser malignos o benignos, mientras que los tumores secundarios son siempre metastásicos. El 75 % de los tumores primarios son benignos y de localización endocavitaria, la mayoría es del tipo mixoma, sobre todo en los adultos. MÉTODOS. De un total de 2925 pacientes operados con circulación extracorpórea entre enero de 1986 y enero del 2006 en el Hospital «Hermanos Ameijeiras», se seleccionaron 30 expedientes clínicos de pacientes con diagnóstico histopatológico de mixoma cardíaco. Para el análisis de los resultados se aplicaron cálculos de incidencia. A las variables se aplicaron porcentajes, medias y desviación estándar. RESULTADOS. Diecinueve pacientes fueron del sexo femenino y 11 del masculino, con rango de edad entre 15 y 66 años (media, 44 años. Los elementos clínicos desde el punto de vista semiológico fueron muy variados, y predominaron las palpitaciones y la disnea en el 83 % y 73 % de los pacientes, respectivamente. El intervalo de aparición de los síntomas fue desde 1 mes hasta 92 meses (media, 15 meses. El ecocardiograma confirmó el 100 % del diagnóstico en los pacientes. La localización más frecuente de los mixomas fue la aurícula izquierda (80 % de los casos. A todos los pacientes se les practicó la exéresis del tumor y su base de implantación. La mortalidad observada fue del 6,6 %. CONCLUSIONES. La incidencia de esta enfermedad fue del 1,2 % de todos los pacientes operados en este tiempo. La proporción sexo femenino-masculino fue de 2:1. El ecocardiograma constituye la piedra angular del diagnóstico positivo de los mixomas cardíacos. La mortalidad en la serie estuvo dentro de los rangos documentados en la literatura médica internacional.INTRODUCTION: Heart primary tumors may be maligns or benigns, whereas the secondary tumors always are of metastatic origin. The 75% of primary tumors are benigns and of a endocavitary localization, most are of

  17. Reprodutibilidade do teste de caminhada de 6 minutos e marcadores autonômicos cardíacos em idosas ativas e sedentárias

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    André Igor Fonteles

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2016v18n3p287   Objetivou-se verificar a reprodutibilidade do teste de caminhada de 6 minutos (TC6 e de marcadores autonômicos cardíacos pós-esforço em idosas fisicamente ativas e sedentárias. Dezoito idosas ativas (64,2 ± 3,1 anos; 63,0 ± 2,7 kg; 1,52 ± 0,06 m; 26,9 ± 2,7 kg.m-2 praticantes de Tai Chi Chuan (≥6 meses de prática e 18 idosas sedentárias (64,0 ± 3,7 anos; 63,8 ± 8,9 kg; 1,49 ± 0,05 m; 28,4 ± 3,5 kg.m-2 foram submetidas a dois TC6 com uma semana de intervalo. Foram medidas a frequência cardíaca de recuperação (FCR de um e dois minutos (FCR1’ e FCR2’, respectivamente e variabilidade da frequência cardíaca (VFC pós-esforço. A reprodutibilidade foi verificada pelos: coeficiente de correlação intraclasse (CCI com 95% de intervalo de confiança; análise de concordância de Bland-Altman; e coeficiente de variação (CV. O desempenho no TC6 (528,8±71,4 m e 473,2±62,4 m; CV=7,9% e CV=8,5% apresentou alta reprodutibilidade (CCI=0,86 em idosas ativas e sedentárias, respectivamente. Similarmente, as medidas pós-esforço da FCR1’ (29,0±11,0 bpm e 17,0±8,0 bpm; CV=30,1% e CV=40,2% e FCR2’ (36,0±10,0 bpm e 24,0±9,0 bpm; CV=23,7% e CV=22,8% apresentaram alta reprodutibilidade (CCI≥0,84 e CCI≥0,80 em ambos os grupos. Quanto a VFC verificou-se reprodutibilidade moderada (CCI≥0,57; CV=35-47% em idosas ativas e moderada-alta nas sedentárias (CCI=0,65-0,76; CV=34-69%. Todas as variáveis apresentaram concordância em ambos os grupos. Conclui-se que o TC6, FCR e VFC pós-esforço são instrumentos reprodutíveis na avaliação da capacidade funcional e controle autonômico cardíaco em idosas ativas e sedentárias.

  18. Ergometría en pacientes con bypass total de ventrículo venoso con tubo extracardíaco

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    Inés T. Abella

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available IntroducciónLas diversas modificaciones técnicas introducidas a lo largo de los años en los procedimientos hemodinámicos y quirúrgicos han hecho posible que pacientes que inicialmente no reunían los criterios básicos para ser sometidos a un bypass total de ventrículo venoso con tubo extracardíaco pudieran acceder tardíamente a esta cirugía.ObjetivoAnalizar la respuesta al esfuerzo de pacientes operados antes de los 10 años y después de esta edad con bypass total de ventrículo venoso (BTVV con tubo extracardíaco (EC.Material y métodosSe evaluaron 49 pacientes, que se dividieron en dos grupos: A (n = 24 intervenidos antes de los 10 años en forma electiva (menor riesgo y B (n = 25 operados después de los 10 años, con patologías más complejas (mayor riesgo; en estos pacientes se incluyen reconversiones de anastomosis auriculopulmonares (AAP.ResultadosLa edad actual (grupo A: 8,58 ± 2,54 años, grupo B: 20,84 ± 6,99 años y la edad quirúrgica (grupo A: 6,15 ± 1,78 años, grupo B: 18,04 ± 7,16 años fueron significativamente diferentes (p < 0,000001, con un tiempo de seguimiento similar para ambos grupos (A: 2,49 ± 1,51 años, B: 2,82 ± 1,6 años. La CF en porcentaje de CF esperada fue mejor en el grupo A que en el B (A: 81,7% ± 13,9%, B: 60,24% ±15,9%; p < 0,000001. Se comparó la SatO2 (% de reposo con la del máximo esfuerzo de los 49 pacientes; ésta resultó significativamente más baja (p < 0,000001 en el máximo esfuerzo (92% ± 4,77% versus 82,45% ± 7,39% secundario a la fenestración. Presentaron arritmias 7 pacientes del grupo A (29% y 15 (60% del grupo B.ConclusionesA igual tiempo de seguimiento, la respuesta al esfuerzo es mejor en los pacientes operados más tempranamente y con menos factores de riesgo. En este grupo se observa además un porcentaje menor de arritmias.

  19. Taponamiento cardíaco secundario a carcinoma papilar esclerosante difuso de tiroides Metastatic cardiac tamponade as initial manifestation of papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Verónica Riva

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa, corresponde al 2% de todos los carcinomas papilares de la tiroides. Se caracteriza por comprometer de manera difusa y bilateral a la glándula tiroides. Clínicamente se manifiesta con metástasis ganglionares y pulmonares, afectando predominantemente a mujeres jóvenes. Se describe un caso de taponamiento cardíaco como presentación inicial de un carcinoma papilar de tiroides variante esclerosante difusa. Una mujer de 32 años concurrió al servicio de emergencias médicas refiriendo epigastralgia y tos seca. Durante el examen físico se constató hipotensión arterial, taquicardia y ruidos cardíacos disminuidos. Se realizó un ecocardiograma, observándose derrame pericárdico. Por medio de una pericardiocentesis se obtuvo líquido pericárdico, cuyo análisis mostró células neoplásicas. Durante la evolución la paciente presentó recurrencia del derrame pericárdico por lo que se realizó una ventana pleuropericárdica, detectándose durante la cirugía una lesión nodular subpleural, la cual fue biopsiada e informada posteriormente como una metástasis de carcinoma papilar vinculable a origen tiroideo. Se realizó una tiroidectomía total con linfadenectomía cervical bilateral. El diagnóstico final fue carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa. Esta variante infiltra el tejido conectivo de los espacios interfoliculares, simulando una tiroiditis y se caracteriza por una permeación vascular temprana. En oposición a la variante clásica, la esclerosante difusa presenta mayor agresividad y mayor tasa de recurrencia. El carcinoma papilar de tiroides debe tenerse presente como diagnóstico diferencial en nuestro medio, en todas aquellas lesiones neoplásicas papilares metastásicas, más aún si se trata de mujeres jóvenes.Papillary carcinoma, diffuse sclerosing variant corresponds to 2% of all papillary thyroid carcinomas. It is usually diffuse and bilateral, affecting the entire

  20. Hypothèses sur le peuplement pré-hispanique des quebradas Yungas, Acos-Vallée du Chancay

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    Full Text Available l'auteur est en train de préparer une thèse de troisième cycle dont le thème de recherche est la naissance et l'essor de la petite propriété privée dans les fonds de vallée du versant pacifique, plus couramment désignés sous le nom de Yungas. Cette recherche est centrée autour de l'étude de la communauté de Acos dans la vallée du Chancay. L'article, qui est un chapitre de cette thèse, se propose de montrer que ces fonds de vallée, généralement délaissés dans les études menées sur ce versant à cause de l'opposition traditionnelle entre la Sierra et la Côte, ont en fait dès l'époque préhispanique joué un rôle économico-religieux important. Pour le démontrer l'auteur a recours à différentes sources, documents d' archives, toponymie locale et relevés sur le terrain témoignant d'une présence humaine Importante probablement inscrite dans un schéma de contrôle vertical tel que l'a défini John. V. Murra. La conquête espagnole en bouleversant ce système modifiera considérablement l'occupation et l'exploitation de cet espace en laissant aux Kurakas la jouissance de ces terres autrefois destinées aux Dieux, les Espagnols vont favoriser le développement des premières formes d'appropriation privée dans les Yungas. El autor está preparando una tesis de postgrado centrada en el tema de la aparición y el desarrollo de la pequeña propiedad en los fundos de los valles de la vertiente pacífica, llamadas más comúnmente 'Yungas'. La investigación se lleva a cabo principalmente alrededor del estudio de la comunidad de Acos en el valle del Chancay. Este artículo, un capítulo de la tesis, tiene el propósito de manifestar cómo esos fundos de valles, muy poco estudiados por el motivo de la oposición dualista entre la Costa y la Sierra, desempeñaron en la época prehispánica un papel religioso-económico importante. Para demostrarlo, el autor utiliza diferentes fuentes tal como son los documentos de archivos, la

  1. The importance of scanning electron microscopy (sem in taxonomy and morphology of Chironomidae (Diptera

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    Full Text Available The paper reports on the value of scanning electron microscopy (SEM in the taxonomy and morphology of Chironomidae. This method has been relatively rarely used in Chironomidae studies. Our studies suggest that the SEM method provides a lot of new information. For example, the plastron plate of the thoracic horn of Macropelopia nebulosa (Meigen under light microscopy is visible as points, while under SEM we have found that it consists of a reticular structure with holes. By using SEM a more precise picture of the body structure of Chironomidae can be revealed. It allows researchers to explain inconsistencies in the existing descriptions of species. Another advantage of the SEM method is obtaining spatial images of the body and organs of Chironomidae. However, the SEM method also has some limitations. The main problem is dirt or debris (e.g. algae, mud, secretions, mucus, bacteria, etc., which often settles on the external surface of structures, especially those which are uneven or covered with hair. The dirt should be removed after collection of chironomid material because if left in place it can become chemically fixed to various surfaces. It unnecessarily remains at the surface and final microscopic images may contain artifacts that obscure chironomid structures being investigated. In this way many details of the surface are thus unreadable. The results reported here indicate that SEM examination helps us to identify new morphological features and details that will facilitate the identification of species of Chironomidae and may help to clarify the function of various parts of the body. Fast development of electron microscope technique allows us to learn more about structure of different organisms.

  2. BIB-SEM of representative area clay structures paving towards an alternative model of porosity

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    Desbois, G.; Urai, J. L.; Houben, M.; Hemes, S.; Klaver, J.

    2012-04-01

    A major contribution to understanding the sealing capacity, coupled flow, capillary processes and associated deformation in clay-rich geomaterials is based on detailed investigation of the rock microstructures. However, the direct characterization of pores in representative elementary area (REA) and below µm-scale resolution remains challenging. To investigate directly the mm- to nm-scale porosity, SEM is certainly the most direct approach, but it is limited by the poor quality of the investigated surfaces. The recent development of ion milling tools (BIB and FIB; Desbois et al, 2009, 2011; Heath et al., 2011; Keller et al., 2011) and cryo-SEM allows respectively producing exceptional high quality polished cross-sections suitable for high resolution porosity SEM-imaging at nm-scale and investigating samples under wet conditions by cryogenic stabilization. This contribution focuses mainly on the SEM description of pore microstructures in 2D BIB-polished cross-sections of Boom (Mol site, Belgium) and Opalinus (Mont Terri, Switzerland) clays down to the SEM resolution. Pores detected in images are statistically analyzed to perform porosity quantification in REA. On the one hand, BIB-SEM results allow retrieving MIP measurements obtained from larger sample volumes. On the other hand, the BIB-SEM approach allows characterizing porosity-homogeneous and -predictable islands, which form the elementary components of an alternative concept of porosity/permeability model based on pore microstructures. Desbois G., Urai J.L. and Kukla P.A. (2009) Morphology of the pore space in claystones - evidence from BIB/FIB ion beam sectioning and cryo-SEM observations. E-Earth, 4, 15-22. Desbois G., Urai J.L., Kukla P.A., Konstanty J. and Baerle C. (2011). High-resolution 3D fabric and porosity model in a tight gas sandstone reservoir: a new approach to investigate microstructures from mm- to nm-scale combining argon beam cross-sectioning and SEM imaging . Journal of Petroleum Science

  3. Comparative study of nanoscale surface structures of calcite microcrystals using FE-SEM, AFM, and TEM.

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    Chien, Yung-Ching; Mucci, Alfonso; Paquette, Jeanne; Sears, S Kelly; Vali, Hojatollah

    2006-08-01

    The bulk morphology and surface features that developed upon precipitation on micrometer-size calcite powders and millimeter-size cleavage fragments were imaged by three different microscopic techniques: field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of Pt-C replicas, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Each technique can resolve some nanoscale surface features, but they offer different ranges of magnification and dimensional resolutions. Because sample preparation and imaging is not constrained by crystal orientation, FE-SEM and TEM of Pt-C replicas are best suited to image the overall morphology of microcrystals. However, owing to the decoration effect of Pt-C on the crystal faces, TEM of Pt-C replicas is superior at resolving nanoscale surface structures, including the development of new faces and the different microtopography among nonequivalent faces in microcrystals, which cannot be revealed by FE-SEM. In conjunction with SEM, Pt-C replica provides the evidence that crystals grow in diverse and face-specific modes. The TEM imaging of Pt-C replicas has nanoscale resolution comparable to AFM. AFM yielded quantitative information (e.g., crystallographic orientation and height of steps) of microtopographic features. In contrast to Pt-C replicas and SEM providing three-dimensional images of the crystals, AFM can only image one individual cleavage or flat surface at a time.

  4. Morphological characteristics of primary enamel surfaces versus permanent enamel surfaces: SEM digital analysis.

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    Lucchese, A; Storti, E

    2011-09-01

    The morphology of permanent and primary enamel surface merits further analysis. The objective of this study was to illustrate a method of SEM digital image processing able to quantify and discriminate between the morphological characteristics of primary and permanent tooth enamel. Sixteen extracted teeth, 8 primary teeth and 8 permanent teeth, kept in saline solution, were analysed. The teeth were observed under SEM. The SEM images were analysed by means of digitally processed algorithms. The two algorithms used were: Local standard deviation to measure surface roughness with the roughness index (RI); Hough's theorem to identify linear structures with the linear structure index (LSI). The SEM images of primary teeth enamel show smooth enamel with little areas of irregularity. No linear structures are apparent. The SEM images of permanent enamel show a not perfectly smooth surface; there are furrows and irregularities of variable depth and width. In the clinical practice a number of different situations require the removal of a thin layer of enamel. Only a good morphological knowledge of both permanent and primary tooth enamel gives the opportunity to identify and exploit the effects of rotary tools on enamel, thus allowing for a correct finishing technique.

  5. SEM metrology on bit patterned media nanoimprint template: issues and improvements

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    Hwu, Justin J.; Babin, Sergey; Yushmanov, Peter

    2012-03-01

    Critical dimension measurement is the most essential metrology needed in nanofabrication processes and the practice is most commonly executed using SEMs for its flexibility in sampling, imaging, and data processing. In bit patterned media process development, nanoimprint lithography (NIL) is used for template replication and media fabrication. SEM imaging on templates provide not only individual dot size, but also information for dot size distribution, the location of dots, pitch and array alignment quality, etc. It is very important to know the SEM measurement limit since the feature nominal size is less than 20 nm and the dot feature size and other metrics will relate to the final media performance. In our work an analytical SEM was used. We performed and compared two imaging analysis approaches for metrology information. The SEM beam was characterized using BEAMETR test sample and software for proper beam condition setup. A series of images obtained on a 27 nm nominal pitch dot array patterns were analyzed by conventional brightness intensity threshold method and physical model based analysis using myCD software. Through comparison we identified the issues with threshold method and the strength of using model based analysis for its improvement in feature size and pitch measurement uncertainty and accuracy. TEM cross sections were performed as accuracy reference for better understanding the source of measurement accuracy deviation.

  6. SEM/EDS and optical microscopy analyses of microplastics in ocean trawl and fish guts.

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    Wang, Zhong-Min; Wagner, Jeff; Ghosal, Sutapa; Bedi, Gagandeep; Wall, Stephen

    2017-12-15

    Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths. SEM/EDS analysis was used to rule out non-plastic particles and screen the prepared samples for potential microplastic, based on their element signatures and surface characteristics. Chlorinated plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) could be easily identified with SEM/EDS due to their unique elemental signatures including chlorine, as could mineral species that are falsely identified as plastics by optical microscopy. Particle morphology determined by optical microscopy and SEM suggests the fish ingested particles contained both degradation fragments from larger plastic pieces and also manufactured microplastics. SEM images of microplastic particle surfaces revealed characteristic cracks consistent with environmental exposure, as well as pigment particles consistent with manufactured materials. Most of the microplastic surfaces in the fish guts and ocean trawls were covered with biofilms, radiolarians, and crustaceans. Many of the fish stomachs contained micro-shell pieces which visually resembled microplastics. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. In Situ Characterization of Boehmite Particles in Water Using Liquid SEM

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    Yao, Juan; Arey, Bruce W.; Yang, Li; Zhang, Fei; Komorek, Rachel E.; Chun, Jaehun; Yu, Xiao-Ying

    2017-09-27

    In situ imaging and elemental analysis of boehmite (AlOOH) particles in water is realized using the System for Analysis at the Liquid Vacuum Interface (SALVI) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). This paper describes the method and key steps in integrating the vacuum compatible SAVLI to SEM and obtaining secondary electron (SE) images of particles in liquid in high vacuum. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) is used to obtain elemental analysis of particles in liquid. A synthesized AlOOH particle is used as a model in the liquid SEM illustration. Our results demonstrate that particles can be imaged in the SE mode with good resolution. The AlOOH EDX spectrum shows significant signal from the Al compared with deionized water and the empty channel control. In situ liquid SEM is a powerful technique to study particles in liquid with many exciting applications. This procedure aims to provide technical details in how to conduct liquid SEM imaging and EDX analysis using SALVI and reduce potential pitfalls using this approach for other researchers.

  8. Metals sediment toxicity: Chemical approach by SEM/AVS ratio. Application on Seine estuary sediments

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    Clarisse, O.; Ouddane, B.; Fischer, J. C.; Wartel, M.

    2003-05-01

    Within the framework of environmental quality criteria for certain heavy metals in sediment, Acid Volatile Sulphides (AVS) has been proposed as the primary standardisation parameter in combination with the amount of simultaneously extracted metals (SEM) [1]. AVS, comprising essentially iron monosulphides in sediments, are available for binding divalent cationic metals through the formation of insoluble metal-sulphide complexes, thereby controlling the metal bioavailability and subsequent toxicity for benthic biocommunities. AVS is operationally defined as the amount of sulphides that can be volatilised during a cold acid extraction. The AVS-bound metals, with environmental concern (usually Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn), are extracted at the same time and are called simultaneously extracted metals (SEM). The ratio or the difference between AVS and SEM gives an indication of the potential sediment toxicity. Such problems on extraction procedure appears: for AVS hydrochloric acid 6 mol.dm^{-3} is current1y used [2-3] even so for SEM use of hydrochloric acid 1 mol.dm^{-3} is advised [4-5]. To investigate the influence of acid strength, sulphides and metals extractions are realized on anoxic sediments from seine estuary. SEM/AVS ratio for different acid was calculated and toxicity associated is discussed.

  9. The use of SEM/EDS method in mineralogical analysis of ordinary chondritic meteorite

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    Breda Mirtič

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersiveX-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDS for determination of mineral phases according to their stoichiometry and assessment of mineral composition of ordinary chondritic meteorite. For the purposes of this study, H3 type ordinary chondritic meteorite Abbott was selected. SEM/EDS allows identification and characterisation of mineralphases, whose size is below the resolution of an optical microscope. Mineral phases in chondrules and interstitial matrix were located in backscattered electron (BSE mode and were assessed from atomic proportions of constituent elements, obtained by the EDS analysis. SEM/EDS analyses of mineral phases showed that Abbott meteorite is characterised by Fe-rich (Fe, Ni-alloy kamacite, Fe-sulphide troilite or pyrrhotite, chromite, Mg-rich olivine, orthopyroxene bronzite or hypersthene, clinopyroxene Al-diopside, acid plagioclase oligoclase, accessory mineral chlorapatite and secondary minerals Fe-hydroxides (goethite or lepidocrocite. Results of semi-quantitative analyses confirmed that most of analysed mineralphases conform well to stoichiometric minerals with minor deviations of oxygen from stoichiometric proportions. Comparison between mineral phases in chondrules and interstitial matrix was also performed, however it showed no significant differences in elemental composition.Differences in chemical composition between minerals in interstitial matrix and chondrules are sometimes too small to be discernedby the SEM/EDS, therefore knowledge of SEM/EDS capabilities is important for correct interpretation of chondrite formation.

  10. In Situ Characterization of Boehmite Particles in Water Using Liquid SEM.

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    Yao, Juan; Arey, Bruce W; Yang, Li; Zhang, Fei; Komorek, Rachel; Chun, Jaehun; Yu, Xiao-Ying

    2017-09-27

    In situ imaging and elemental analysis of boehmite (AlOOH) particles in water is realized using the System for Analysis at the Liquid Vacuum Interface (SALVI) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). This paper describes the method and key steps in integrating the vacuum compatible SAVLI to SEM and obtaining secondary electron (SE) images of particles in liquid in high vacuum. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) is used to obtain elemental analysis of particles in liquid and control samples including deionized (DI) water only and an empty channel as well. Synthesized boehmite (AlOOH) particles suspended in liquid are used as a model in the liquid SEM illustration. The results demonstrate that the particles can be imaged in the SE mode with good resolution (i.e., 400 nm). The AlOOH EDX spectrum shows significant signal from the aluminum (Al) when compared with the DI water and the empty channel control. In situ liquid SEM is a powerful technique to study particles in liquid with many exciting applications. This procedure aims to provide technical know-how in order to conduct liquid SEM imaging and EDX analysis using SALVI and to reduce potential pitfalls when using this approach.

  11. Correção simultânea de defeito congênito intracardíaco e pectus excavatum Simultaneous repair of congenital heart defect and pectus excavatum

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    João Roberto Breda

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos tratamento simultâneo de pectus excavatum e defeito congênito intracardíaco representado por comunicação interatrial ostium secundum. Paciente do sexo masculino, 8 anos de idade, com diagnóstico clínico e ecocardiográfico de comunicação interatrial, associada à deformidade da parede torácica tipo pectus excavatum. Foi encaminhado para operação com correção simultânea do defeito congênito intracardíaco associado ao reparo do pectus. O tratamento operatório simultâneo do pectus excavatum e defeitos congênitos intracardíacos torna difícil o acesso ao coração. Foi feita a correção simultânea dessas alterações, com satisfatório resultado, sobretudo estético, para o paciente.The author describes the simultaneous treatment of pectus excavatum and congenital intracardiac defect (atrial septal defect represented by the interatrial foramen secundum. An 8-year-old boy, with clinical and echocardiography diagnosis of atrial septal defect associated with pectus excavatum was referred to a simultaneous surgical treatment of both abnormalities. The simultaneous surgical treatment of both pectus excavatum and congenital intracardiac defects make it difficult to access the heart. In this case, the simultaneous surgical treatment of atrial septal defect and pectus excavatum was a valuable alternative to surgical repair of both abnormalities, mainly due to its cosmetic outcome.

  12. Taracotomia sem intubação orotraqueal: modelo experimental em ratos

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    Amélia C Seidel

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é descrever uma técnica para realização de toracotomias, com ou sem ressecções pulmonares sem intubação orotraqueal. Foram utilizados 36 Rattus novergucus albinus, Wistar, adultos, fêmeas, submetidos a ressecção pulmonar sob vetilzação espontânea e caráter de oxigênio com fluxo de 1 litro / minuto em um capacete que envolvia toda cabeça do animal. Não houve óbito no per ou pó-operatório devido complicações inerentes ao procedimento. Os resultados mostraram que esta operação, sem intubação orotraqueal pode ser realizada, apresentando como vantagens, a simplicidade na execução e ausência de trauma traqueal.

  13. Exploring the world of micro sculptures - subfossil Cladocera remains under the SEM

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    Izabela Zawiska

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The scanning electron microscope (SEM is widely used for the identification of microstructural characteristics and morphology of different microorganisms. Common procedures are based and developed for remains of living species. This paper presents an effective method for drying and preparing subfossil Cladocera remains for SEM observation, which has been recently adapted and tested on several samples originating from different American and European lakes. This method results to be fast and cheap, as it excludes the use of expensive and toxic reagents. Moreover, it allows to recognize the micro sculpture and other species specific characteristics present on the different body parts of the Cladocera remains. The present contribution provides 29 high quality pictures of 12 cladoceran species at magnification between 200x and 11,000x. SEM images reveal  that the patterns observed on the shells under the light microscope actually are always three dimensional structures.

  14. FE-SEM observation of swelled seaweed using hydrophilic ionic liquid; 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate.

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    Takahashi, Chisato; Shirai, Takashi; Fuji, Masayoshi

    2013-01-01

    The method to observe the exact morphology of swelled seaweed as an example of biological material by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with the aid of hydrophilic ionic liquid (IL); 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate is reported. Seaweed was first swelled in 3.5% NaCl solution and then treated with the IL and water mixture in 1:7 weight ratios and centrifuged to remove the excess IL solution. Thus treated seaweed maintained its morphology even at high magnification and did not show drying in the FE-SEM chamber. This observation technique might be useful for various kinds of biological materials to be observed under FE-SEM. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Co-evolución entre la Web Social y la Web Semántica

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    Torres, Diego de

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    La Web Social y la Web Semántica han impactado en la forma en que la creación de conocimiento se ha llevado a cabo en la Web. La Web Social promociona la participación de los usuarios para crear y editar contenido y conocimiento en la Web. La proliferación de contenido y la necesidad de tener una administración automatizada de esta información disparó la aparición de la Web Semántica. Actualmente, la Web Social y la Web Semántica conviven y comparten un mismo tema: un mejor manejo del conocim...

  16. Enhanced EDX images by fusion of multimodal SEM images using pansharpening techniques.

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    Franchi, G; Angulo, J; Moreaud, M; Sorbier, L

    2018-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to explore the potential interest of image fusion in the context of multimodal scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging. In particular, we aim at merging the backscattered electron images that usually have a high spatial resolution but do not provide enough discriminative information to physically classify the nature of the sample, with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) images that have discriminative information but a lower spatial resolution. The produced images are named enhanced EDX. To achieve this goal, we have compared the results obtained with classical pansharpening techniques for image fusion with an original approach tailored for multimodal SEM fusion of information. Quantitative assessment is obtained by means of two SEM images and a simulated dataset produced by a software based on PENELOPE. © 2017 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2017 Royal Microscopical Society.

  17. Estudo anatômico dos gânglios celíaco, celiacomesentérico e mesentérico cranial e de suas conexões no gato doméstico (Felix domestica, Linnaeus, 1758

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    Antonio Augusto Coppi Maciel Ribeiro

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available O gânglio celíaco é um dos principais responsáveis pela inervação do estômago, intestinos, fígado, pâncreas e ainda contribui para a inervação do baço, sendo desta forma essencial ao controle da motilidade gastrointestinal. O conhecimento do suprimento nervoso endereçado a estes órgãos é fundamental na clínica médica e cirúrgica no tocante às atonias digestivas, gastroenterites hemorrágicas, torções gástricas e invaginações intestinais. Neste trabalho, estudou-se a anatomia macro e microscópica dos gânglios celíaco, celiacomesentérico e mesentérico cranial. Foram utilizados trinta gatos domésticos, adultos, 10 machos e 20 fêmeas. A aorta torácica desses gatos foi injetada com solução de Neoprene látex 650 corada, sendo os animais congelados por no mínimo 48 horas. A fixação foi feita posteriormente com solução aquosa de formol a 10%. Nos estudos microscópicos, utilizaram-se as seguintes colorações: hematoxilina-eosina, tricrômico de Masson, reticulina e hematoxilina ácida fosfotúngstica. O gânglio celíaco ocorreu 7 vezes, sendo 4 direitos e 3 esquerdos, predominando a forma elíptica (23,3% e a situação periarterial. Os gânglios celiacomesentéricos foram contados em número de 24, sendo 11 independentes; 2 apresentando as porções direita e esquerda e 11 gânglios celiacomesentéricos direitos com uma porção mesentérica cranial esquerda, tendo formato semilunar assimétrico. Esses achados sugerem o predomínio da fusão do gânglio celíaco ao mesentérico cranial, constituindo assim o gânglio celiacomesentérico. Este é formado por neurônios imersos em abundante matriz conjuntiva fibrosa, envoltos por uma cápsula contendo fibras elásticas, colágenas e reticulares, apresentando uma continuidade nos pontos de fusão ganglionar.

  18. Expressão das óxido nítrico sintetases na vasculopatia coronariana do transplante cardíaco Expression of nitric oxide synthases in coronary artery disease after heart transplantation

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    Fernanda VIARO

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    Full Text Available A maior complicação que pode limitar a evolução a longo prazo de um transplante cardíaco é o desenvolvimento de doença arterial coronariana. Esta forma de doença coronariana é distinta da doença coronariana aterosclerótica de pacientes não submetidos a transplante cardíaco. Evidências atuais, obtidas mediante a ecografia intravascular, demonstraram que a ocorrência de uma disfunção endotelial precoce, principalmente mediada pela expressão da isoforma induzível da óxido nítrico sintetase (iNOS e associa-se com desenvolvimento de aterosclerose no aloenxerto durante o primeiro ano após o transplante. Esta revisão foi elaborada começando pelos conceitos básicos (descrição da enzima NOS e suas isoformas conhecidas; breve comparação entre elas, revisando-se, na seqüência, a disfunção endotelial coronariana pós-transplante cardíaco do ponto de vista específico da função enzimática da NOS. No transplante cardíaco a iNOS promove rejeição aguda, mas previne a crônica. A relação entre estes efeitos completamente opostos permanece desconhecida, sabendo-se que são mecanismos diferentes dependentes do tempo.A major complication that can limited the evolution of a cardiac transplantation over the long term is the development of accelerated coronary arteriosclerosis. This form of coronary disease is different from the atherosclerotic coronary disease of patients not submitted to cardiac transplantation. Current evidence obtained by intravascular ultrasound, has demonstrated that the occurrence of a precocious endothelial dysfunction, mainly mediated by the inducible isoform of the nitric oxide synthase (iNOS expression, is associated with the development of atherosclerosis in cardiac allografts during the first year of the transplant. This review was developed starting with basic concepts (description of the enzyme and its known isoforms; a brief comparison between them, reviewing the coronary endothelial

  19. Redução do repouso de cinco para três horas não aumenta complicações após cateterismo cardíaco : THREE CATH Clinical Trial 1

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    Matte, Roselene; Hilário,Thamires de Souza; Reich,Rejane; Aliti, Graziella Badin; Silva, Eneida Rejane Rabelo da

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    Objetivo: comparar a incidência de complicações vasculares em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco com introdutor 6 French sob abordagem transfemoral com repouso de 3 horas e de 5 horas Método: ensaio clínico randomizado. Os sujeitos incluídos no grupo intervenção (GI) deambularam 3 horas após a retirada do introdutor versus 5 horas para os do grupo controle (GC). Todos os pacientes permaneceram 5 horas no laboratório de hemodinâmica (LH), onde foram avaliados a cada hora, e foram cont...

  20. Investigação do papel de polimorfismos da região cromossômica 9p21 em uma amostra de pacientes submetidos ao exame de cateterismo cardíaco

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    Gerhardt,Kátia

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    A doença arterial coronariana (DAC) caracteriza-se por depósitos de placas de gordura na parede das artérias coronárias, ocasionando assim a aterosclerose. A DAC é uma doença multifatorial, complexa e de alta incidência mundial, que resulta em elevado custo socioeconômico, envolvendo dispêndio com medicamentos, internações repetidas, perda de produtividade, aposentadorias precoces, cirurgias e, ocasionalmente, transplante cardíaco. Dentre os fatores de risco associados com a DAC, os estudos g...

  1. 150. ¿Tres en uno? Implante de tres dispositivos de asistencia circulatoria a un mismo paciente como terapia pre y postrasplante cardíaco. A propósito de un caso

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    J.A. Fernández-Divar

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    Conclusiones: El implante ECMO es rápido y seguro, y permite mantener con vida a pacientes en shock cardiogénico grave. La reconversión a asistencias de media duración nos ayuda a mejorar el estado del paciente y que éste llegue al trasplante cardíaco en mejores condiciones. La incorporación de asistencias en pacientes con fallo primario del injerto (FPI tras el trasplante supone un avance en el tratamiento de esta patología.

  2. El adjetivo en el Nuevo Testamento: clasificación semántica

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    Romero González, Dámaris

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    El adjetivo ha sido estudiado habitualmente desde el punto de vista del sustantivo, como una subclase de éste, ya que ambos poseen una morfología similar. Semánticamente, la mayoría de las gramáticas los clasifican según su capacidad para calificar o determinar al sustantivo, denominándolo calificativo y determinativo respectivamente. Dentro de esta clasificación, se han establecido subgrupos basados en criterios semánticos. Por tanto, el propósito de esta tesis es esbozar una nueva...

  3. Drupal 7: Web Semántica al alcance de todos.

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    Pastor Sánchez, Juan Antonio

    2011-01-01

    Se ofrece una visión de Drupal 7 como una framework de desarrollo de aplicaciones para la Web Semántica. Para ello se describen los aspectos más relevantes de las tecnologías asociadas a la Web Semántica y la dinámica para definir en Drupal Tipos de Contenidos que se mapean con elementos de vocabularios RDF, así como la inclusión de código RDFa.

  4. "Tout autre est tout autre": direitos humanos e perspectivismo semântico-transcendental

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    Oliveira Junior, Nythamar Hilario Fernandes de

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    Full Text Available A impossibilidade de se fundamentar os direitos humanos hoje de maneira satisfatória, sem recorrer a modelos essencialistas ou metafísicos, parece correlata à universalidade de sua defesa e promoção. Uma abordagem fenomenológica favorece uma leitura perspectivista da alteridade, tornando altamente defensável e razoável que se aplique uma semântica transcendental ao problema da fundamentação dos direitos humanos

  5. Sealing Capability and SEM Observation of the Implant-Abutment Interface

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    Fabio C. Lorenzoni

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    water were collected at previously determinate times. The absorbance was measured with a spectrophotometer, and the data were analyzed by Two-way ANOVA (<.05 and Tukey's test. Marginal fit was determined using SEM. Leakage was observed for both groups at all times and was significantly higher at 144 hrs. SEM analysis depicted gaps in the implant-abutment interface of both groups. Gaps in the implant-abutment interface were observed along with leakage increased at the 144 hrs evaluation period.

  6. Comprometimento organizacional e qualidade de vida no trabalho para pessoas com e sem deficiência

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    Carvalho-Freitas, Maria Nivalda de; Silva, Liliam Medeiros da; Farias, Suelen Priscila Macedo; Oliveira, Marcos Santos de; Tette, Raissa Pedrosa Gomes

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    Esta pesquisa buscou verificar se o comprometimento organizacional e a satisfação com aspectos relacionados à qualidade de vida no trabalho apresentam resultados significativamente diferentes entre pessoas com (PcD) e sem deficiência (PsD). Participaram do estudo 150 trabalhadores, dos quais 75 com e 75 sem deficiência. Os grupos foram emparelhados conforme a função desempenhada e a organização de trabalho. Os instrumentos utilizados foram: Questionário de Comprometimento e de Qualidade de Vi...

  7. GeoSemOLAP: Geospatial OLAP on the Semantic Web Made Easy

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    Gur, Nurefsan; Nielsen, Jacob; Hose, Katja

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    The proliferation of spatial data and the publication of multidimensional (MD) data on the Semantic Web (SW) has led to new opportunities for On-Line Analytical Processing (SOLAP) over spatial data using SPARQL. However, formulating such queries results in verbose statements and can easily become...... very difficult for inexperienced users. Hence, we have developed GeoSemOLAP to enable users without detailed knowledge of RDF and SPARQL to query the SW with SOLAP. GeoSemOLAP generates SPARQL queries based on high-level SOLAP operators and allows the user to interactively formulate queries using...

  8. 3D-SEM Metrology for Coordinate Measurements at the Nanometer Scale

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    Carli, Lorenzo; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Horsewell, Andy; Dirscherl, Kai

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    Afhandlingen vedrører den metrologiske anvendelse af tredimensional Scanning Electron Microscopy (3D-SEM) til koordinatmåling på nanometer skala. Relevansen af 3D-SEM, der baseres på stereofotogrammetri, fremhæves her i forhold til andre tilgængelige måleteknikker, og en række problemstillinger vedrørende måleusikkerhedsestimering diskuteres. De nyeste udviklinger indenfor mikro- og nanometrologien, såvel maskiner som teknikker, beskrives i forhold til deres fordele og begrænsninger. Den vigt...

  9. Studies of beam heating of proton beam profile monitor SEM's

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    Pavlovich, Zarko; Osiecki, Thomas H.; Kopp, Sacha E.; /Texas U.

    2005-05-01

    The authors present calculations of the expected temperature rise of proton beam profile monitors due to beam heating. The profile monitors are secondary emission monitors (SEM's) to be made of Titanium foils. The heating is studied to understand whether there is any loss of tension or alignment of such devices. Additionally, calculations of thermally-induced dynamic stress are presented. Ti foil is compared to other materials and also to wire SEM's. The calculations were initially performed for the NuMI beam, where the per-pulse intensity is quite high; for completeness the calculations are also performed for other beam energies and intensities.

  10. Cryo-Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM)-in-SEM for Bio- and Organo-Mineral Interface Characterization in the Environment.

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    Wille, Guillaume; Hellal, Jennifer; Ollivier, Patrick; Richard, Annie; Burel, Agnes; Jolly, Louis; Crampon, Marc; Michel, Caroline

    2017-11-16

    Understanding biofilm interactions with surrounding substratum and pollutants/particles can benefit from the application of existing microscopy tools. Using the example of biofilm interactions with zero-valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI), this study aims to apply various approaches in biofilm preparation and labeling for fluorescent or electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) microanalysis for accurate observations. According to the targeted microscopy method, biofilms were sampled as flocs or attached biofilm, submitted to labeling using 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindol, lectins PNA and ConA coupled to fluorescent dye or gold nanoparticles, and prepared for observation (fixation, cross-section, freezing, ultramicrotomy). Fluorescent microscopy revealed that nZVI were embedded in the biofilm structure as aggregates but the resolution was insufficient to observe individual nZVI. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations showed nZVI aggregates close to bacteria, but it was not possible to confirm direct interactions between nZVI and cell membranes. Scanning transmission electron microscopy in the SEM (STEM-in-SEM) showed that nZVI aggregates could enter the biofilm to a depth of 7-11 µm. Bacteria were surrounded by a ring of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) preventing direct nZVI/membrane interactions. STEM/EDS mapping revealed a co-localization of nZVI aggregates with lectins suggesting a potential role of EPS in nZVI embedding. Thus, the combination of divergent microscopy approaches is a good approach to better understand and characterize biofilm/metal interactions.

  11. Débito cardíaco diminuído: revisão sistemática das características definidoras Débito cardíaco disminuído: revisión sistemática de las características definidoras Decreased cardiac output: a systematic review of the defining characteristics

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    Vanessa de Souza

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Caracterizar os artrigos científicos relacionados ao diagnóstico de enfermagem débito cardíaco diminuído. Verificar os artigos que descrevem o comportamento das características definidoras deste diagnóstico, identificando aquelas que ocorrem com maior frequência. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de uma revisão sistemática realizada nas bases de dados: Lilacs, SciELO, Embase, Medline, Pubmed e Cochrane, no período de 1985 a 2008. RESULTADOS: Foram selecionados 13 artigos, identificando 50 características definidoras, sendo dez com maior frequência: alteração da frequência/ritmo cardíaco, dispneia, labilidade da pressão arterial, estertores, oligúria anúria, edema, pele fria, fadiga/fraqueza, diminuição dos pulsos periféricos e diminuição da perfusão periférica. CONCLUSÃO: A temática vem sendo pouco explorada. Constatou-se a importância do exame físico, a utilização de técnicas menos invasivas e a necessidade de rever as características definidoras propostas a fim de proporcionar clareza e objetividade na identificação desse diagnóstico de enfermagemOBJETIVOS: Caracterizar los artículos científicos relacionados al diagnóstico de enfermería débito cardíaco disminuído. Verificar los artículos que describen el comportamiento de las características definidoras de este diagnóstico, identificando aquellas que ocurren con mayor frecuencia. MÉTODOS: Se trata de una revisión sistemática realizada en las bases de datos: Lilacs, SciELO, Embase, Medline, Pubmed y Cochrane, en el período de 1985 al 2008. RESULTADOS: Fueron seleccionados 13 artículos, identificando 50 características definidoras, siendo diez con mayor frecuencia: alteración de la frecuencia/ritmo cardíaco, disnea, labilidad de la presión arterial, estertores, oliguria anuria, edema, piel fría, fatiga/debilidad, disminución de los pulsos periféricos y disminución de la perfusión periférica. CONCLUSIÓN: La temática viene siendo poco

  12. Transplante cardíaco (TC: a experiência do portador da doença de Chagas Trasplante cardíaco (TC: la experiencia del portador de la enfermedad de Chagas Heart transplantation: the experience of patients with Chagas disease

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    Maria Lúcia Araújo Sadala

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available O sucesso do transplante cardíaco com portadores da doença de Chagas está condicionado a cuidados especiais durante todas as fases do transplante, com necessidade de acompanhamento específico e rigoroso pela equipe de saúde. Os receptores devem estar conscientes da permanência do Trypanossoma no organismo, e das possibilidades de reativação da infecção após o transplante. Portanto, seu conhecimento dessa condição, e a sua participação ativa no próprio tratamento, têm importância fundamental. O objetivo do estudo foi investigar a experiência do transplante cardíaco vivenciada por pacientes portadores da doença de Chagas, para buscar compreender os significados que eles atribuem a esta experiência. Os procedimentos metodológicos abrangeram: a seleção dos pacientes; as entrevistas; a análise dos dados, indicando as unidades de significado e a análise individual; a busca de convergências dos discursos; e análise hermenêutica das convergências. Da análise dos dados emergiram os seguintes temas: o tempo vivido pelo receptor, portador da Doença de Chagas; a concepção do TC apresentado pelo portador de Chagas; o cuidado na trajetória do TC.El éxito del trasplante cardíaco con portadores de la enfermedad de Chagas está condicionado a cuidados especiales durante todas las fases del trasplante, con necesidad de acompañamiento específico y riguroso por el equipo de salud. Los receptores deben estar conscientes de la permanencia del Tripanosoma en el organismo y de las posibilidades de reactivación de la infección después del trasplante. Por lo tanto, su conocimiento sobre esa condición y su participación activa en el propio tratamiento es de fundamental importancia. El objetivo del estudio fue investigar la experiencia del trasplante cardíaco experimentada por pacientes portadores de la enfermedad de Chagas, para comprender los significados que ellos atribuyen a esta experiencia. Los procedimientos metodol

  13. O carvedilol no tecido conjuntivo cardíaco de ratos durante o desenvolvimento da hipertrofia miocárdica concêntrica

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    Leomil Neto Moacir

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A estimulação catecolaminérgica precoce e excessiva do coração, que ocorre na insuficiência cardíaca congestiva, acentua a sobrecarga de pressão e o volume nos ventrículos, agravando, conseqüentemente, a isquemia miocárdica, causando morte de miócitos com deposição de tecido conjuntivo e progressiva redução do débito cardíaco. O carvedilol, um b e alfa1-bloqueador não cardio-seletivo, vem sendo associado a melhorias na função miocárdica e à regressão da hipertrofia ventricular esquerda. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi avaliar a ação do carvedilol em ratos submetidos a um modelo experimental de hipertrofia miocárdica por sobrecarga de pressão, por meio da coartação da aorta subdiafragmática. Ratos Wistar (65 animais foram divididos em quatro grupos: não coartados/tratados com placebo, coartados/tratados com placebo, coartados/tratados com 0,1mg kg-1 de carvedilol e coartados/tratados com 1mg kg-1 de carvedilol. Após o procedimento cirúrgico e 20 dias de tratamento, os animais foram submetidos à eutanásia e coletados fragmentos que, depois de fixados em formol a 10% e processados pela técnica histológica convencional utilizando coloração picrossirius, permitiram contagem de tecido conjuntivo nos ventrículos esquerdo e direito. Resultados: nos animais coartados/tratados com placebo, houve aumento na porcentagem de tecido conjuntivo nos ventrículos esquerdo e direito; nos coartados/tratados com 0,1mg kg-1 de carvedilol, houve uma redução parcial da quantidade de tecido colágeno do ventrículo esquerdo e direito, e, nos coartados/tratados com 1mg kg-1 de carvedilol, houve uma redução significativa na quantidade de tecido colágeno do ventrículo esquerdo.

  14. Estado, iglesia y sociedad en la Monarquía Hispana de Carlos IV. Las apreciaciones de un embajador austríaco en Madrid

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    Álvarez Gutiérrez, Luis

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available This writing deals with an historiographical analysis of the contents of the diplomatic dispatches sent to Vienna by the imperial ambassador, John Frederick count of Kageneck, accredited at the Court of Charles IV. They concern to the first seven years of that reign (1789-1795. Provide issues, appreciations, and commentaries about the conditions of the contemporaneous Hispanic kingdom in the matter of institutional, administrative, political, economic, social, religious, military affairs, international relations and geostrategical interests. The Austrian diplomat pays much attention to the consequences of the French revolution in Spain; to the measures adopted by the Spanish authorities against the spread of the subversive ideas, as much in the metropolis, as in the overseas dominions, with special reference to the outstanding rôle played by the clergy, as the ideological and moral bulwark against the impetuous attacks of the French revolutionary activity; to the attitude of Spain with regard to the purpose of forming an international coalition against the revolutionary France; and to the later access of Spain in the war against the France of the Convention (1793-1795.

    Este trabajo propone un análisis historiográfico del contenido de los despachos diplomáticos enviados a Viena por el embajador imperial, Juan Federico de Kageneck, acreditado ante la Corte de Carlos IV. Corresponden a los siete primeros años de aquel reinado (1789-1795. Proporcionan datos, apreciaciones y comentarios sobre el estado de la monarquía hispana de la época en sus aspectos institucionales, administrativos, políticos, económicos, sociales, religiosos, militares, relaciones internacionales, e intereses geoestratégicos. El diplomático austríaco dedica atención preferente a las repercusiones de la Revolución francesa en España; a las medidas adoptadas por las autoridades españolas para contrarrestar la difusión de las ideas subversivas, tanto en la

  15. Cintilografia de perfusão miocárdica e comprometimento cardíaco na fase indeterminada da doença de chagas

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    Amalia Peix

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A cintilografia de perfusão miocárdica (CPM tem sido utilizada na avaliação da cardiopatia chagásica. OBJETIVO: Investigar o valor da CPM com tomografia computadorizada por emissão de fóton único (gated-SPECT para detectar comprometimento cardíaco precoce em pacientes chagásicos na fase indeterminada, que apresentam anomalias de movimento segmentar detectadas por exame de imagem por Doppler tecidual (IDT strain derivada. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos 40 indivíduos (idade média: 25 ± 2 anos, 50% homens de uma área endêmica da doença de Chagas e com diagnóstico sorológico positivo. Todos foram submetidos à CPM com gated-SPECT de 2 dias (repouso e estresse e ecocardiografia. RESULTADOS: Trinta indivíduos (75% apresentaram resultados normais. Em três casos (8%, a CPM apresentou resultado ligeiramente anormal e em sete foi ambígua. Em todos os casos com defeitos reversíveis, os segmentos afetados foram coincidentes com aqueles com anomalias de movimento. Foi encontrada redução na fração de ejeção ventricular esquerda (FEVE > 5% (ΔLVEF% < -5 pós-estresse em 11 dos 40 indivíduos (28%. Tanto o desvio padrão fasederivado como a largura da banda do histograma mostraram diferença significativa entre o pós-estresse e a fase de repouso. Em ambos os casos, houve ligeira dessincronia em repouso normalizado no pós-estresse. CONCLUSÃO: Uma abordagem estresse-repouso com gated-SPECT é válida para detectar alterações miocárdicas precoces, bem como dessincronia intraventricular na fase indeterminada da doença de Chagas em pacientes com anomalias no movimento segmentar previamente detectadas pela IDT strain derivada.

  16. Ecocardiografia por Doppler tecidual no diagnóstico de rejeição após transplante cardíaco

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    Marcos Valério Coimbra Resende

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A biópsia endomiocárdica (BEM é o método padrão-ouro para o diagnóstico de rejeição celular (RC após transplante cardíaco (TC. OBJETIVO: Testar a hipótese de que o exame de imagem por Doppler tecidual (IDT pode detectar RC > 3A e agregar informação diagnóstica, comparado ao Doppler convencional. MÉTODOS: Cinquenta e quatro pacientes com TC foram submetidos à BEM e estudo ecocardiográfico através de IDT em até 24 horas. Comparamos os pacientes com TC e RC > 3A com pacientes com TC e RC 3A em 39/129 (30,2% das BEM. O melhor preditor isolado para o diagnóstico de RC foi a a'LAT, com sensibilidade de 76,3%, especificidade de 73,8% (p = 0,001. Na análise multivariada, a a'LAT (p = 0,001, a'SEP (p = 0,002, relação e'/a' LAT (p = 0,006, relação e'Mitral/ e'LAT (p = 0,014, SINF (p = 0,009 foram preditores de RC > 3A. Obtivemos um escore com sensibilidade de 88,2%, acurácia de 79,6%, e valor preditivo negativo de 92,9% para diagnosticar RC > 3A. O Doppler convencional (fluxo mitral e pulmonar venoso não foi relevante para predizer a RC > 3A. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo de IDT agregou informação diagnóstica para predizer RC > 3A quando comparado ao Doppler convencional. O modelo baseado em IDT pode ser tornar um método em potencial para detectar RC > 3A após TC.

  17. La iluminación agustiniana como explicación de los contenidos de la mente: Agustín en Casicíaco

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    Full Text Available Se examina en este trabajo la teoría agustiniana de la iluminación del período de Casicíaco. Lo temprano de su manifestación revela su carácter más filosófico que teológico. Proteo es figura de la verdad que se resiste a darse a conocer, pero que mediante la auctoritas (Cristo y la ratio puede ser hallada, como se muestra en Contra Académicos. De este modo, en Soliloquios, la ratio se presenta como mediadora entre el alma y Dios. Se utiliza aquí la oración como método de introspección e investigación filosófica. Se concluye que la iluminación abarca tanto la verdad objetiva como al receptor de esa verdad, la mente; y que esa misma mente en que las verdades eternas son reconocidas debe ser inmortal, como aquellas lo son: así, la senda que conduce al conocimiento de Dios, pasa por el conocimiento de nosotros mismosAugustine's Theory of Illumination from the Cassisiacum period is examined in this work. The early appearance of the theory reveals its character as of a more philosophical than theological kind. Proteus is a figure of the truth resisting discovery, but which can be found through auctoritas (Christ and ratio as it is shown in Contra Académicos. Thus ratio shows itself in Soliloquia as mediating between the soul and God. Prayer as a method of introspection and philosophical research is used. The author concludes that illumination includes as much the objective truth as the receiver of that truth-the mind; and that this same mind, in which the eternal truths are recognized, must be immortal, as they themselves are. In this way, the path which leads to the knowledge of God passes through the knowledge of our very selves

  18. Caracterización de los síntomas de angina en hombres adultos con cateterismo cardíaco positivo para enfermedad coronaria

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    Clemencia Bernal

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: en Colombia la enfermedad coronaria ocasionó 29.394 muertes en 2011 ocupando el primer lugar como causa de mortalidad, según el Departamento Nacional de Estadística. Es importante disminuir el tiempo entre el inicio de los síntomas y el tratamiento, etapa en que la sintomatología, la interpretación y la manifestación del paciente son esenciales, así como su reconocimiento por parte del personal de salud para la definición oportuna del tratamiento. Objetivo: describir los síntomas de angina de un grupo de hombres con edades entre 40 y 80 años, con cateterismo cardíaco positivo para enfermedad coronaria en el marco de la teoría de Elizabeth Lenz según factores determinantes, dimensiones y consecuencias del síntoma. Materiales y métodos: estudio descriptivo con abordaje cualitativo. Se realizó entrevista semiestructurada a 27 hombres en relación con las características de los síntomas experimentados y se analizó la información mediante la técnica de análisis de contenido. Resultados: categorías emergentes relevantes dentro de factores determinantes: "Pienso que hice un sobreesfuerzo", "No controlo la comida", "Es la herencia", "Tanto estrés". Dimensiones: las palabras más utilizadas fueron: "dolor", a veces acompañado de "presión" en el pecho y "dolor de oreja a oreja". Irradiación a brazo izquierdo y ocasionalmente a espalda. Síntomas acompañantes: gastrointestinales, fatiga y hormigueo. Consecuencias: "Me toca cambiar", "Nada va a cambiar", "Me va a afectar". Conclusiones: se obtuvo un perfil característico que refleja la forma de vivir la enfermedad coronaria que facilita la comprensión del fenómeno y que orienta los cuidados pertinentes.

  19. Osteoma osteoide no osso ilíaco: relato de dois casos Osteoid osteoma in the iliac bone: report on two cases

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    Elmano de Araújo Loures

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O osteoma osteoide é um tumor benigno do osso que se apresenta geralmente com dor noturna em adultos jovens, aliviada por repouso e salicilatos. Pode acometer qualquer osso, mas sua ocorrência no ilíaco é infrequente. Os autores descrevem dois casos de osteoma osteoide intramedular, localizado junto à articulação sacroilíaca, com sintomas que simulavam dor ciática e cujo diagnóstico se deu de forma tardia, apesar de o exame radiológico inicial mostrar lesão esclerótica em ambos os casos. O diagnóstico foi ratificado por tomografia computadorizada e o tratamento proposto foi a ressecção em bloco da lesão, com excisão do nidus. O diagnóstico definitivo foi confirmado pelo exame histopatológico. No seguimento de longo prazo, ambos estão assintomáticos e observou-se completa remodelação óssea no sítio cirúrgico. Os autores enfatizam as características típicas do tumor, a localização não usual, o diagnóstico diferencial e o tratamento.Osteoid osteoma is a benign bone tumor that generally presents with nighttime pain among young adults and is relieved by rest and salicylates. It can affect any bone, but occurrences in the iliac are unusual. The authors describe two cases of intramedullary osteoid osteoma next to the sacroiliac joint, with symptoms that simulated sciatic pain. The cases were diagnosed late, although the initial radiographs showed sclerotic lesions in both cases. The diagnosis was confirmed by means of CT scan and the nidus was excised surgically through en bloc resection. The definitive diagnosis was given by means of histopathological examination. Over long-term follow-up, both cases remained asymptomatic and complete bone remodeling at the surgical site was observed. The authors highlight the typical characteristics of the tumor, the unusual location, the differential diagnosis and the treatment.

  20. Cardiopatia chagásica crônica causando insuficiência cardíaca congestiva na infância: estudo clínico e histopatológico de um caso, com ênfase para as lesões dos sistemas excito-condutor e nervoso autônomo intracardíaco

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    Ademir Rocha

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    Full Text Available Descreve-se caso de cardiopatia chagásica em menino de nove anos, natural e procedente do sulde Goiás, que desenvolveu insuficiência cardíaca congestiva quatro meses antes do óbito. As reações sorológicaspara doença de Chagas eram reagentes, epositivo o xenodiagnóstico. Os eletrocardiogramas mostraram taquicardia sinusal, extra-sístoles ventriculares e supraventriculares, hemibloqueio anterior esquerdo, bloqueio completo do ramo direito e sinais de sobrecarga de câmaras. O exame ecocardiográfico evidenciou dilatação de câmaras com hipocontratilidade difusa. O quadro se agravou progressivamente, complicando-se por vários episódios pneumônicos, o último dos quais provocou o óbito. A necrópsia, verificou-se, no coração, inflama ção crônica dos três folhetos, com miocardite crônica fibrosante predominando no septo interventricular e no ventrículo esquerdo. As estruturas componentes do sistema excito-condutor mostraram processoflogístico crônico, essencialmente exsudativo, ora discreto, ora moderado. No sistema nervoso autônomo intracardíaco constataram-se focos esparsos de discreta periganglionite crônica, e raros fenômenos degenerativos dos neurônios sem despopulação neuronal.A case of decompensated chagasic cardiopathy in a nine-year-old boy from the south of the State of Goiás, is described. He developed congestive heart failure four months before death. The sorological reaction for Chagas ' disease and the xenodiagnosis were positive. Electrocardiograms showed sinusal tachycardia, ventricular and supraventricular extrasystoles, left anterior hemiblock, complete right bundle branch block and signs of chambers overload. The echocardiogram demonstraded chamber dilatation with diffuse hypocontractility. He presented a downhill course complicated with several pneumonic episodes, the last one just before death. At necropsy, the heart, exhibited a chronicpancarditis with fibrosing chronic myocarditis involving

  1. Aneurisma de aorta abdominal justa-renal: correção endovascular combinada com derivação ilíaco-renal direita para criar colo proximal adequado Juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm: combined endovascular and open repair with right iliorenal bypass to create adequate proximal neck

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    Matheus Bredarioli

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Homem de 78 anos de idade, portador de múltiplas morbidades clínicas deu entrada na emergência com um aneurisma de aorta abdominal justa-renal em condições hemodinâmicas estáveis. A tomografia computadorizada caracterizou aneurisma de 6 cm de diâmetro, e a distância do colo proximal do aneurisma era de 5 mm em relação à artéria renal direita e 28 mm à esquerda. Em virtude das condições clínicas do paciente, optou-se pelo reparo endovascular, mas previamente fez-se uma derivação ilíaco-renal direita com enxerto de politetrafluoretileno, via retroperitoneal para se criar um colo proximal adequado. Após quatro dias, o aneurisma de aorta abdominal foi corrigido colocando-se uma endoprótese Excluder® sem intercorrências. O seguimento pós-operatório evidenciou boa perfusão do rim esquerdo e ausência de migração ou endoleak da endoprótese. Este caso ilustra a combinação de técnicas para tornar possível o reparo de aneurisma de aorta abdominal justa-renal em pacientes de alto risco cirúrgico e anatomia desfavorável.A 78-year-old man with a juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm and several comorbid conditions was admitted at the emergency room in hemodynamically stable conditions. Computed tomography revealed an aneurysm measuring 6 cm in diameter beginning 28 mm below the left renal artery and 5 mm below the right renal artery. Because of the patient's clinical status, a bypass from the right iliac artery to the right renal artery was performed through a retroperitoneal approach using a polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft. Four days later, an endovascular aneurysm repair was successfully performed using an Excluder® stent-graft. Postoperative follow-up showed good left renal perfusion and no migration or endoleak. This case illustrates the effectiveness of combining open and endovascular techniques to repair juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm in high-risk patients with unfavorable anatomy.

  2. Creating High-Resolution Multiscale Maps of Human Tissue Using Multi-beam SEM.

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    André F Pereira

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Multi-beam scanning electron microscopy (mSEM enables high-throughput, nano-resolution imaging of macroscopic tissue samples, providing an unprecedented means for structure-function characterization of biological tissues and their cellular inhabitants, seamlessly across multiple length scales. Here we describe computational methods to reconstruct and navigate a multitude of high-resolution mSEM images of the human hip. We calculated cross-correlation shift vectors between overlapping images and used a mass-spring-damper model for optimal global registration. We utilized the Google Maps API to create an interactive map and provide open access to our reconstructed mSEM datasets to both the public and scientific communities via our website www.mechbio.org. The nano- to macro-scale map reveals the tissue's biological and material constituents. Living inhabitants of the hip bone (e.g. osteocytes are visible in their local extracellular matrix milieu (comprising collagen and mineral and embedded in bone's structural tissue architecture, i.e. the osteonal structures in which layers of mineralized tissue are organized in lamellae around a central blood vessel. Multi-beam SEM and our presented methodology enable an unprecedented, comprehensive understanding of health and disease from the molecular to organ length scale.

  3. Aexia sem agrafia: estudo clínico-tomográfico

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    Amauri Batista da Silva

    1986-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam os achados clínicos e tomográficos de dois casos de alexia sem agrafia e fazem revisão da literatura. Os dois pacientes tiveram infarto extenso em território da artéria cerebral posterior esquerda, desenvolvendo severa alexia, sem agrafia, com distúrbios do campo visual à direita, sem anomia para cores, um deles manifestando transitórias dificuldades mnésicas verbais. Nos dois casos a evolução foi muito boa com regressão total da alexia, constatada 17 meses depois no primeiro caso e três meses após no segundo caso. São feitas considerações sobre as causas e os prováveis mecanismos das alexias, sobretudo da alexia sem agrafia, e a sugestão de que todos os pacientes com alterações hemianópticas à direita por oclusão da artéria cerebral posterior esquerda sejam bem estudados neurologicamente a fim de que essa síndrome possa ser detectada pois, apesar de rara, é possível que muitos casos passem desapercebidos por falta de mais acurada investigação semiótica.

  4. The Great War and Remembrance in Jose Leon Machado's "Memoria das Estrelas sem Brilho"

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    Azevedo, Milton M.

    2011-01-01

    This article analyzes Jose Leon Machado's novel, "Memoria das Estrelas sem Brilho," as a multilayered historical novel in which a war story provides a background for comments on aspects of early twentieth-century Portuguese society, such as male bonding, religion, sexual mores, and social stratification. (Contains 11 notes.)

  5. Critical study of coleoptile elongation controlled by IAA and ABA II. Epidermal surfaces analysed by SEM

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    Cell wall surfaces of wheat coleoptiles treated with IAA and ABA were observed using SEM. On in situ and in vitro cultured material, formation of some "cracks” was observed after stimulated elongation. Sizes and distribution of these "cracks” were related to longitudinal stress, which increased with increased cell wall elongation

  6. Are the evidences of forensic entomology preserved in ethanol suitable for SEM studies?

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    López-Esclapez, Raquel; García, María-Dolores; Arnaldos, María-Isabel; Presa, Juan José; Ubero-Pascal, Nicolás

    2014-07-01

    In forensic practice, the use of arthropod evidences to estimate the postmortem interval is a very good approach when the elapsed time from death is long, but it requires the correct identification of the specimens. This is a crucial step, not always easy to achieve, in particular when dealing with immature specimens. In this case, scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) can be useful, but the techniques used to preserve specimens in forensic practice are usually different from those used to prepare specimens for SEM studies. To determine whether forensic evidences preserving techniques are also compatible with SEM analysis, we have compared specimens of all the immature stages of Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 (Diptera, Calliphoridae) preserved in 70% ethanol, with others prepared with aldehydic fixative techniques that are more appropriate for SEM studies. At the same time, two drying techniques have also been compared with both fixative techniques, the critical point drying and air-drying following with hexamethyldisilizane treatment (HMDS). Our results indicate that there are not basis against recommending the use of ethanol to preserve forensic entomological evidences and that both drying methods appear to offer good results for second and third instar larvae, although HMDS behaves better with eggs and pupae. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Study of Morphological Changes of The Lime Putties During Maturing by SEM/ESEM

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    Navrátilová, Eva; Neděla, Vilém

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 23, S1 (2017), s. 2186-2187 ISSN 1431-9276 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : SEM * ESEM * morphological changes * lime putties Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 1.891, year: 2016

  8. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) as an approach for nanoparticle detection inside cells

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    Havrdová, M.; Poláková, K.; Skopalík, J.; Vůjtek, M.; Mokdad, A.; Homolková, M.; Tuček, J.; Nebesářová, Jana; Zbořil, R.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 67, DEC 2014 (2014), s. 149-154 ISSN 0968-4328 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Field emission scanning electronmicroscopy (FE-SEM) * Stem cells * Iron oxide nanoparticles * Cellular morphology * Endosomes * Cell uptake Subject RIV: FD - Oncology ; Hematology Impact factor: 1.988, year: 2014

  9. About the mechanisms of charging in EPMA, SEM, and ESEM with their time evolution.

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    Cazaux, Jacques

    2004-12-01

    The physical mechanisms involved in electron irradiation of insulating specimens are investigated by combining some simple considerations of solid-state physics (trapping mechanisms of electrons and secondary electron emission) with basic equations of electrostatics. To facilitate the understanding of the involved mechanisms only widely irradiated samples having a uniform distribution of trapping sites are considered. This starting hypothesis allows development of simple models for the trapped charge distributions in ground-coated specimens as investigated in electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) as well as for the bare specimens investigated in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and environmental SEM (ESEM). Governed by self-regulation processes, the evolution of the electric parameters during the irradiation are also considered for the first time and practical consequences in EPMA, SEM, and ESEM are deduced. In particular, the widespread idea that the noncharging condition of SEM is obtained at a critical energy E2 (where delta + eta = 1 with delta and eta yields obtained in noncharging experiments) is critically discussed.

  10. A Comparative SEM-EDS Elemental Composition of Mud in Coastal ...

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    The present study was aimed to understand the comparative abundance and source of elemental constituents in mud of four coastal shrimp farming areas, Vunh Tau (VT), Nha Trang (NT), Da Nang (DN) and Hue (HU) in Viet Nam using SEM-EDS analysis. Mud samples were collected from shrimp farming coastal zones ...

  11. 3D SEM for surface topography quantification - a case study on dental surfaces

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    Glon, F.; Flys, O.; Lööf, P.-J.; Rosén, B.-G.

    2014-03-01

    3D analysis of surface topography is becoming a more used tool for industry and research. New ISO standards are being launched to assist in quantifying engineering surfaces. The traditional optical measuring instrumentation used for 3D surface characterization has been optical interferometers and confocal based instrumentation. However, the resolution here is limited in the lateral dimension to the wavelength of visible light to about 500 nm. The great advantage using the SEM for topography measurements is the high flexibility to zoom from low magnifications and locating interesting areas to high magnification of down to nanometer large surface features within seconds. This paper presents surface characterization of dental implant micro topography. 3D topography data was created from SEM images using commercial photogrammetric software. A coherence scanning interferometer was used for reference measurements to compare with the 3D SEM measurements on relocated areas. As a result of this study, measurements emphasizes that the correlation between the accepted CSI measurements and the new technology represented by photogrammetry based on SEM images for many areal characterization parameters are around or less than 20%. The importance of selecting sampling and parameter sensitivity to varying sampling is high-lighted. Future work includes a broader study of limitations of the photogrammetry technique on certified micro-geometries and more application surfaces at different scales.

  12. SEM studies of the structure of the gels prepared from untreated and radiation modified potato starch

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    Cieśla, Krystyna; Sartowska, Bożena; Królak, Edward

    2015-01-01

    Potato starch was irradiated with a 60Co gamma rays using doses of 5, 10, 20 and 30 kGy. Gels containing ca. 9.1% of starch were prepared by heating the starch suspensions in the heating chamber stabilized at 100 °C. Four procedures were applied for preparation of the samples in regard to SEM studies and the ability to observe the radiation effect by SEM was assessed for each method. Differences were observed between the SEM images recorded for the non-irradiated samples prepared using all the methods, and those irradiated. Images of the non-irradiated gels indicate generally a honey-comb structure, while smooth areas but with oriented fractures has appeared after irradiation. Modification of gel structure corresponds to the applied dose. The results were related to the process of gel formation (as observed by means of the hot stage microscope) to decrease in swelling power of the irradiated starch and to decreased viscosity of the resulting gels. It can be concluded that the differences in structural properties of gels shown by SEM result probably due to the better homogenization of the gels formed after radiation induced degradation.

  13. SECONDARY CATARACT MATERIAL COLLECTED WITH A GLASS CANNULA - A SEM STUDY

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    JONGEBLOED, WL; VANDERVEEN, G; DIJK, F; WORST, JGF

    1990-01-01

    Secondary cataract material from three patients, collected with a glass cannula approx. 18, 24 and 30 months respectively after operation, was prepared for SEM examination. For the soft samples this was done by filtration through a millipore filter followed by fixation and drying. The more solid

  14. A combined optical, SEM and STM study of growth spirals on the ...

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    richly polytypic CdI2 crystals by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning tunne- ling microscopy ... Under the high resolution and magnification achieved in the scanning ele- ctron microscope, the growth steps of large heights seen in the optical micrographs are found to have a large number of ...

  15. Hacia una visión generativista de la semántica lexical

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    Morales A. Bernardo

    1992-06-01

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    Uno de los objetivos de la teoría semántica de una lengua natural es dar información satisfactoria sobre el significado de las formas lingüísticas. Consideramos que de éstas, las de mayor  importancia significativa son la palabra, la oración y el texto. La palabra, porque en virtud de su compleja estructura semántica y psicológica funciona como el principal medio para la abstracción y conformación de los conceptos destinados para la comunicación; la oración, porque es la unidad de la lengua viva que expresa relaciones de conceptos; el texto, porque es la explicitación del pensamiento en la interacción humana. Las semánticas lexical, oracional y textual son los tres grandes capítulos de la semántica lingüística.


  16. (AN)AEROBIC BACTERIA FOUND IN SECONDARY-CATARACT MATERIAL - A SEM/TEM STUDY

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    KALICHARAN, D; JONGEBLOED, WL; LOS, LI; WORST, JGF

    1992-01-01

    Twentyfour patients, who had marked reduction of vision due to secondary-cataract developed after an ECCE, were treated by surgical cleaning of the posterior lens capsule. During this procedure globular secondary-cataract material was removed and collected for morphological examination by SEM and

  17. TEM and SEM studies of microstructural transformations of thin iron films during annealing

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    Lisowski, W.F.; Keim, Enrico G.; Smithers, Mark A.; Smithers, M.A.

    2002-01-01

    High-temperature induced transformations of the bulk structure as well as the surface and bulk morphology of thin polycrystalline iron films have been investigated using a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The polycrystalline Fe films were

  18. HUMAN CAPSULE EPITHELIAL-CELL DEGENERATION A LM, SEM AND TEM INVESTIGATION

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    JONGEBLOED, WL; KALICHARAN, D; WORST, JGF

    1993-01-01

    The degeneration of the capsule epithelium of cataractous lenses has been studied with LM, SEM on TEM with emphases on TEM. The observed degeneration of the epithelial cells can be described as follows: The cell nucleus becomes picnotic and desintegrates as result of change of the chromatin.

  19. Evolucionismo, integración sociocognitiva y cambio semántico

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    Augusto Soares da Silva

    2014-03-01

    propagación son esencialmente sociales. Conocer qué factores cognitivos interactúan con los sociales en el proceso de cambio semántico y lingüístico en general es todavía un reto importante en el enfoque evolutivo del cambio lingüístico.

  20. 3D reconstruction of SEM images by use of optical photogrammetry software.

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    Eulitz, Mona; Reiss, Gebhard

    2015-08-01

    Reconstruction of the three-dimensional (3D) surface of an object to be examined is widely used for structure analysis in science and many biological questions require information about their true 3D structure. For Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) there has been no efficient non-destructive solution for reconstruction of the surface morphology to date. The well-known method of recording stereo pair images generates a 3D stereoscope reconstruction of a section, but not of the complete sample surface. We present a simple and non-destructive method of 3D surface reconstruction from SEM samples based on the principles of optical close range photogrammetry. In optical close range photogrammetry a series of overlapping photos is used to generate a 3D model of the surface of an object. We adapted this method to the special SEM requirements. Instead of moving a detector around the object, the object itself was rotated. A series of overlapping photos was stitched and converted into a 3D model using the software commonly used for optical photogrammetry. A rabbit kidney glomerulus was used to demonstrate the workflow of this adaption. The reconstruction produced a realistic and high-resolution 3D mesh model of the glomerular surface. The study showed that SEM micrographs are suitable for 3D reconstruction by optical photogrammetry. This new approach is a simple and useful method of 3D surface reconstruction and suitable for various applications in research and teaching. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Subjective Values of Quality of Life Dimensions in Elderly People. A SEM Preference Model Approach

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    Elosua, Paula

    2011-01-01

    This article proposes a Thurstonian model in the framework of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to assess preferences among quality of life dimensions for the elderly. Data were gathered by a paired comparison design in a sample comprised of 323 people aged from 65 to 94 years old. Five dimensions of quality of life were evaluated: Health,…

  2. Marginal adaptation of a low-shrinkage silorane-based composite: A SEM-analysis

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    Schmidt, Malene; Bindslev, Preben Hørsted; Poulsen, Sven

    2012-01-01

    -casts of the restorations were used for SEM pictures at x 16 magnification. Pictures from baseline and follow-up (398 days, SD 29 days) were randomized and the examiner was blinded to the material and the age of the restoration. Stereologic measurements were used to calculate the length and the width of the marginal...

  3. Effects of Missing Data Methods in SEM under Conditions of Incomplete and Nonnormal Data

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    Li, Jian; Lomax, Richard G.

    2017-01-01

    Using Monte Carlo simulations, this research examined the performance of four missing data methods in SEM under different multivariate distributional conditions. The effects of four independent variables (sample size, missing proportion, distribution shape, and factor loading magnitude) were investigated on six outcome variables: convergence rate,…

  4. Application of etching and SEM in the identification of fossil plant tissues in coal

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    Moore, T.A.; Swanson, K.M. (University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand). Dept. of Geology)

    1993-08-01

    The masking effects of diagenesis and coalification on plant material in coal can be removed by chemical etching. In addition, identification of detailed botanical structure can be improved through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which provides greater resolution and clarity of image than conventional optical microscopy. The combined techniques of etching and SEM allow the original constituents of coal (plant fossils as opposed to macerals) to be characterized and compared in far greater detail than previously possible. For example, preserved woody tissue (secondary xylem) in some coals can be compared to extant plant material and identified as either gymnosperm or angiosperm based on anatomical characteristics, such as type of ray tissue, xylem tracheids and vessel elements, observable in SEM. Smaller structures such as types of fossil cork cells with suberized cell walls and inner cortex tissue are also described in submicron detail. Finally, a feature discernable in the SEM but not observed in optical microscopy are micron-sized structures (possibly mycorrhizal hyphae) associated with secondarily thickened epidermal cell walls of probable primary roots in an Eocene coal bed. 23 refs., 7 figs.

  5. MICROORGANISMS FOUND IN SECONDARY CATARACT MATERIAL OF ECCE PATIENTS, A STUDY WITH SEM AND TEM

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    KALICHARAN, D; JONGEBLOED, WL; LOS, LI; WORST, JGF

    1993-01-01

    Globular secondary cataract material, removed from 24 patients with ECCE after ophthalmic cleaning of the anterior capsule, were investigated with SEM and TEM. Besides spherical, somewhat oval shaped bodies of various shape and size comparable with those found in cataractous lenses, (an)aerobic

  6. Dimensional verification of high aspect micro structures using FIB-SEM

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    Zhang, Yang; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2013-01-01

    -SEM) assisted by Spip®. The micro features are circular holes 10μm in diameter and 20μm deep, with a 20μm pitch. Various inspection methods were attempted to obtain dimensional information. Due to the dimension, neither optical instrument nor atomic force microscope (AFM) was capable to perform the measurement...

  7. Maximum Likelihood Dynamic Factor Modeling for Arbitrary "N" and "T" Using SEM

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    Voelkle, Manuel C.; Oud, Johan H. L.; von Oertzen, Timo; Lindenberger, Ulman

    2012-01-01

    This article has 3 objectives that build on each other. First, we demonstrate how to obtain maximum likelihood estimates for dynamic factor models (the direct autoregressive factor score model) with arbitrary "T" and "N" by means of structural equation modeling (SEM) and compare the approach to existing methods. Second, we go beyond standard time…

  8. Latent vs. Observed Variables : Analysis of Irrigation Water Efficiency Using SEM and SUR

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    Tang, Jianjun; Folmer, Henk

    In this paper we compare conceptualising single factor technical and allocative efficiency as indicators of a single latent variable, or as separate observed variables. In the former case, the impacts on both efficiency types are analysed by means of structural equationmodeling (SEM), in the latter

  9. The Meaning Factory at SemEval-2016 Task 8 : Producing AMRs with Boxer

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    Bjerva, Johannes; Bos, Johannes; Haagsma, Hessel

    2016-01-01

    We participated in the shared task on meaning representation parsing (Task 8 at SemEval-2016) with the aim of investigating whether we could use Boxer, an existing open-domain semantic parser, for this task. However, the meaning representations produced by Boxer, Discourse Representation Structures,

  10. Assessment of engineered surfaces roughness by high-resolution 3D SEM photogrammetry

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    Gontard, L.C., E-mail: lionelcg@gmail.com [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real 11510 (Spain); López-Castro, J.D.; González-Rovira, L. [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Química Inorgánica, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Laboratorio de Corrosión, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real 11519 (Spain); Vázquez-Martínez, J.M. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica y Diseño Industrial, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real 11519 (Spain); Varela-Feria, F.M. [Servicio de Microscopía Centro de Investigación, Tecnología e Innovación (CITIUS), Universidad de Sevilla, Av. Reina Mercedes 4b, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Marcos, M. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica y Diseño Industrial, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real 11519 (Spain); and others

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • We describe a method to acquire a high-angle tilt series of SEM images that is symmetrical respect to the zero tilt of the sample stage. The method can be applied in any SEM microscope. • Using the method, high-resolution 3D SEM photogrammetry can be applied on planar surfaces. • 3D models of three surfaces patterned with grooves are reconstructed with high resolution using multi-view freeware photogrammetry software as described in LC Gontard et al. Ultramicroscopy, 2016. • From the 3D models roughness parameters are measured • 3D SEM high-resolution photogrammetry is compared with two conventional methods used for roughness characetrization: stereophotogrammetry and contact profilometry. • It provides three-dimensional information with high-resolution that is out of reach for any other metrological technique. - Abstract: We describe a methodology to obtain three-dimensional models of engineered surfaces using scanning electron microscopy and multi-view photogrammetry (3DSEM). For the reconstruction of the 3D models of the surfaces we used freeware available in the cloud. The method was applied to study the surface roughness of metallic samples patterned with parallel grooves by means of laser. The results are compared with measurements obtained using stylus profilometry (PR) and SEM stereo-photogrammetry (SP). The application of 3DSEM is more time demanding than PR or SP, but it provides a more accurate representation of the surfaces. The results obtained with the three techniques are compared by investigating the influence of sampling step on roughness parameters.

  11. Comparative Cryo-SEM and AFM studies of hylid and rhacophorid tree frog toe pads.

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    Barnes, W Jon P; Baum, Martina; Peisker, Henrik; Gorb, Stanislav N

    2013-12-01

    Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) offer new avenues for the study of the morphology of tree frog adhesive toe pads. Using these techniques, we compare toe pad microstructure in two distantly related species of tree frog, Litoria caerulea, White (Hylidae) and Rhacophorus prominanus, Smith (Rhacophoridae), in which the toe pads are considered to be convergent. AFM demonstrates the extraordinary similarity of both surface microstructures (largely hexagonal epithelial cells surrounded by deep channels) and nanostructures (an array of nanopillars, ca. 350 nm in diameter, all with a small dimple at the apex). The cryo-SEM studies examined the distribution of the fibrillar cytoskeleton within the different layers of the stratified toe pad epithelium, demonstrating that the cytoskeletal elements (keratin tonofilaments) that lie at an angle to the surface are relatively poorly developed in L. caerulea, clearly so in comparison to R. prominanus. Cryo-SEM also enabled the visualization of the fluid layer that is critical to a toe pad's adhesive function. This was achieved by examination of the frozen fluid residues left behind after removal of a toe within the cryo-SEM's experimental chamber. Such 'toeprints' demonstrated the presence of a wedge of fluid surrounding each toe pad, as well as fluid filling the channels that surround each epithelial cell. Cryo-SEM was used to examine epithelial cell shape. In a sample of 582 cells, 59.5% were hexagonal, the remainder being mainly pentagonal (23.1%) or heptagonal (16.1%). The distribution of differently-shaped cells was not random, but was not associated with either pad curvature or the distribution of mucous pores that provide fluid for the frogs' wet adhesion mechanism. Our main finding, the great similarity of toe pad structure in these two species, has important implications for biomimetics, for such convergent evolution suggests a good starting point for attempts to develop

  12. Utilização de valvas homólogas e heterólogas em condutos extracardíacos The use of homograph and heterograph valves in extracardiac conduits

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    Rui Siqueira de Almeida

    1988-08-01

    Full Text Available O conceito do uso de um conduto extracardíaco para estabelecer uma via de saída, conectando o ventrículo direito com o tronco pulmonar, ou seus ramos, foi desenvolvido na década de 60. Entre 1971 e 1986, 335 pacientes receberam, no The Hospital for Sick Children, de Londres, condutos extracardíacos para o lado direito do coração; 176 destes foram homoenxertos aórticos, preservados em solução antibióticonutriente; 140 heteroenxertos (Hancock, Ross, Carpentier-Edwards, lonescu-Shiley e 19 tubos não valvulados. Estes condutos foram usados na correção de defeitos cardíacos complexos. A idade média foi de 6,34 anos e o peso médio, de 17,8 kg. O diâmetro interno dos condutos variou de 8 a 30 mm. A mortalidade hospitalar foi de 29,2% e o seguimento dos sobrevivente teve uma duração máxima de 14,3 anos, sendo que apenas 40% delas foram relacionadas ao conduto extracardíaco. A curva atuarial, livre de obstrução, dos condutos extracardíacos foi significativa, quando se analisaram os homoenxertos, face a cada grupo de heteroenxertos (p The concept of using extracardiac conduits, to establish an outflow tract between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery was developed on the sixties. Between 1971 and 1986, 335 patients received extracardiac conduits for the right heart, at The Hospital for Sick Children, London; 176 were antibiotic preserved aortic homografts (Hancock, Ross, Carpentier-Edwards, lonescu-Shiley and 19 non-valved tubes. These conduits were used for the repair of complex congenital heart defects. The mean age of these groups was 6.34 ± 4.6 years and the mean weight 17.8 ± 10.8 kg. The internal diameter of the conduits varied from 8 to 30 mm. The hospital mortality was 29.2% and long-term follow-up of the survivals had a maximum period of 14,39 years. Sixty patients (17.9% were submited to 60 reoperations, being only 40% conduit related. The actuarial survival cun/e of freedom from obstruction was significant

  13. Semántica del discurso: la variable género. Una investigación sobre el sexismo semántico

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    Penas Ibáñez, Mª Azucena

    2008-01-01

    El presente artículo, siguiendo la corriente investigadora de la Sociolingüística feminista en América del Norte (EE.UU., Québec y Montréal), estudia, desde el lenguaje de género, el sexismo lingüístico, tanto sintáctico como léxico, su caracterización gramatical, y aporta como novedad el estudio del sexismo semántico aplicado a cinco variantes discursivas, con estrechos lazos culturales entre ambas orillas (española; atlántica: argentina, panameña, mexicana; y mediterránea: marroquí), con el...

  14. Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral em pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral en pacientes con defectos cardíacos congénitos Oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum in patients with congenital heart defects

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Há poucos estudos avaliando a frequência do espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV nos pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar a frequência do EOAV em uma amostra de pacientes com malformações cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos uma coorte prospectiva de pacientes com DCC, admitidos em uma unidade de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica no Brasil. O diagnóstico de EOAV foi feito com base em dados clínicos, considerando critérios padrões. Os pacientes que preenchiam esses critérios foram submetidos ao cariótipo de alta resolução com bandamento GTG e hibridização fluorescente in situ para a microdeleção 22q11.2. O teste exato de Fisher (P FUNDAMENTO: Hay pocos estudios evaluando la frecuencia del espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV en los pacientes con defectos cardíacos congénitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar la frecuencia del EOAV en una muestra de pacientes con malformaciones cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Evaluamos una cohorte prospectiva de pacientes con DCC, admitidos en una unidad de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica en el Brasil. El diagnóstico de EOAV fue hecho con base en datos clínicos, considerando criterios estándares. Los pacientes que llenaban esos criterios fueron sometidos al cariotipo con bandeamiento GTG en alta resolución e Hibridización fluorescente in situ para la microdelección 22q11.2. El Test Exacto de Fisher (P BACKGROUND: There have been few studies evaluating the frequency of oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAVS in patients with congenital heart defects (CHDs. OBJECTIVE: To verify the frequency of OAVS in a sample of patients with major heart malformations. METHODS: We evaluated a prospective cohort of patients with CHD admitted in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (ICU in Brazil. The diagnosis of OAVS was made based on the clinical data, considering standard criteria. The patients that met these criteria were submitted to

  15. Consulta de enfermagem ao cliente transplantado cardíaco: impacto das ações educativas em saúde Consulta de Enfermería al cliente trasplantado cardíaco: impacto de las acciones en salud Appointment with nurses for transplanted heart clients: impact of educative health actions

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    Zélia Maria de Sousa Araújo Santos

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o impacto das ações educativas em saúde, na consulta de Enfermagem com 18 clientes transplantados cardíacos, embasado na Teoria de Orem. Foi realizado em uma Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca de uma Instituição Pública de Saúde de Fortaleza - Ce. Os dados foram coletados através da consulta de Enfermagem. Identificou-se 14 diagnósticos de enfermagem na primeira consulta e 7 na última. Constatou-se que, os clientes desenvolveram habilidades para o autocuidado, com a implementação das ações educativas em saúde, tornando-os agentes de autocuidado, com o alcance de um bom nível de saúde e bem-estar. Por outro lado, despertou no enfermeiro, um direcionamento sistemático e eficaz no acompanhamento ambulatorial a esta clientela.El estudio tiene como objetivo, evaluar el impacto de las acciones educativas en salud, en la consulta de Enfermería con 18 cliente trasplantados cardíacos, basado en la teoría de Orem. Se realizó en una Unidad de Trasplante e Insuficiencia Cardiaca de una Institución Pública de Fortaleza-Ce. Se colectaron los datos a través de consulta de enfermería. Se identificaron 14 diagnósticos en la primera consulta y 7 en la última. Hubo la constatación de que, los clientes desarrollaron habilidades para el autocuidado, con la implementación de las acciones educativas en salud, volviéndose agentes de autocuidado, con el alcance de un buen nivel de salud y bienestar. Por otro lado, estimuló en el enfermero, una dirección sistemática y eficaz en el acompañamiento ambulatorial a esta clientela.The study was aimed at evaluating the impact of educative health actions on nursing appointments with 18 transplanted heart clients, based on Orem's Theory. It was conducted in a Heart Transplant and Insufficiency Unit of a Public Health Institution in Fortaleza - CE. The data were collected by way of nursing appointments. 14 nursing diagnoses were identified in

  16. Non destructive testing for seamless pipes steel inspection of Vallourec and Mannesmann of Brazil: innovation, quality and satisfaction of their clients; Ensaios nao destrutivos para inspecao de tubos de aco sem costura da Vallourec e Mannesmann do Brasil: inovacao, qualidade e satisfacao de seus clientes

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    Eufrasio, Edson; Pawellwtz, Reinhard [V e M do Brasil S.A., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    Seamless steel pipes presents wide application in many areas, which require high levels of quality , requirements and security of the product are guaranteed. In face to these requirements, V and M do Brazil is always in the vanguard of the technological innovation, in order to offer products with high level of quality and uniformity to the customers requirements. To guarantee the quality of its products, V and M do Brazil uses an ample variety of destructive and nondestructive testings, systems of measurement and inspection, which are distributed throughout all the productive process, in different production lines. Pioneering in the development of new techniques of inspection, mainly with relation to the non destructive testings, has been a constant mark of V and M do Brazil; assuring of this form, the improvement and expansion of the non destructive testings in the inspection of its products from the use of new techniques, as well as the improvement of the quality. (author)

  17. Normotensos com resposta pressórica exagerada ao exercício possuem tônus vagal cardíaco aumentado Normotensos con respuesta presora exagerada al ejercicio poseen tono vagal cardíaco aumentado Normotensive individuals with exaggerated exercise blood pressure response have increased cardiac vagal tone

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    Plínio Santos Ramos

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Valores exagerados da pressão arterial sistólica (PAS durante um teste cardiopulmonar de exercício máximo (TCPE são classicamente considerados como inapropriados e associados a um maior risco para desenvolvimento de doenças cardiovasculares. Sabe-se que o sistema nervoso autônomo modula a PA no exercício. Contudo, não está claramente estabelecido o comportamento do tônus vagal cardíaco (TVC em indivíduos saudáveis com uma resposta pressórica exagerada no TCPE. OBJETIVO: Analisar o comportamento do TVC em homens adultos saudáveis que apresentam uma resposta pressórica exagerada no TCPE. MÉTODOS: De 2.505 casos avaliados entre 2002-2009, foram identificados criteriosamente 154 casos de homens, entre 20-50 anos de idade, saudáveis e normotensos. A avaliação incluía exame clínico, medidas antropométricas, testes de exercício de 4 segundos (tônus vagal cardíaco e TCPE realizado em cicloergômetro, com medidas de pressão arterial a cada minuto pelo método auscultatório. Baseado no valor máximo de PAS obtido no TCPE, a amostra foi dividida em tercis, comparando-se o TVC, a carga máxima e o VO2 máximo. RESULTADOS: Os valores de TVC diferiram entre os indivíduos que se apresentavam nos tercis inferior e superior para a resposta da PAS ao TCPE, respectivamente, 1,57 ± 0,03 e 1,65 ± 0,04 (média ± erro padrão da média (p = 0,014. Os dois tercis também diferiam quanto ao VO2 máximo (40,7 ± 1,3 vs 46,4 ± 1,3 ml/kg-1.min-1; p = 0,013 e a carga máxima (206 ± 6,3 vs 275 ± 8,7 watts; p FUNDAMENTO: Valores exagerados de presión arterial sistólica (PAS durante una test cardiopulmonar de ejercicio máximo (TCPE son clásicamente considerados como inapropiados y asociados a un mayor riesgo de desarrollo de enfermedades cardiovasculares. Se sabe que el sistema nervioso autónomo modula la PA en el ejercicio. Con todo, no está claramente establecido el comportamiento del tono vagal cardíaco (TVC en

  18. Transplante cardíaco no Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia: análise da sobrevida Heart transplantation at Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia: analysis of survival

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    Marco Aurélio Salles ASSEF

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODOS: Foram analisados, retrospectivamente, 80 transplantes cardíacos realizados no Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia (IDPC no período de novembro de 1991 a agosto de 2000. Houve predomínio do sexo masculino em 70% dos casos e a idade variou de 7 a 69 anos, com média de 44,8 anos. Doze (15% pacientes se encontravam em prioridade, em uso de drogas inotrópicas endovenosas no momento do transplante. As etiologias determinantes da insuficiência cardíaca congestiva grave foram: miocardiopatia dilatada idiopática em 37,5%, miocardiopatia isquêmica em 33,75%, miocardiopatia chagásica em 17,5% e outras causas em 11,25%. Foram realizados 78 transplantes ortotópicos e 2 heterotópicos. A técnica empregada foi bicaval/bipulmonar em 63,75%, atrial em 27,5%, bicaval/unipulmonar em 6,25% e heterotópico em 2,5%. A mortalidade hospitalar (30 dias foi de 18,75%. RESULTADOS: A sobrevida para o transplante ortotópico em um ano foi de 72,7%, em cinco anos 61,5% e em sete anos 56,4%. A sobrevida após o transplante foi correlacionada com as variáveis idade, causa de óbito e sexo do doador, e pelo transplante ter sido ou não a primeira cirurgia cardíaca do paciente.From November 30, 1991 to August 31, 2000, 80 cardiac transplants have been analyzed retrospectively at Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia. Seventy percent of the recipient were male, and the recipient average was 44.8 years(range: 7 to 69 years. Twelve patients(15% were considered priority, receiving inotropic drug support at the moment of transplantation. The diagnosis of the recipients included primary dilated cardiomiopathy (37.5%, ischemic cardiomiopathy (33.75%, cardiomiopathy by Chagas disease (17.5% and others (11.25%. Seventy eight transplants were orthotopic, and two heterotopic. Surgical technique used was bicaval/bipulmonar (63.75%, atrial (27.5%, bicaval/unipulmonar (6.25% and heterotopic (2.5%. The 30 day mortality for all patients was 18

  19. Transplante cardíaco infantil: perspectivas e sentimentos maternos Trasplante cardiaco infantil: perspectivas y sentimientos maternos Heart transplant in children: maternal perspectives and feelings

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    Kiarelle Lourenço Penaforte

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetiva-se descrever as perspectivas maternas e sentimentos despertados pelo transplante cardíaco infantil. Estudo descritivo com abordagem qualitativa, desenvolvido no Hospital do Coração, de Messejana, em Fortaleza-CE, no período de agosto a novembro de 2007. Os sujeitos foram sete mães de crianças transplantadas. Utilizaram-se como técnicas a entrevista semiestruturada e a análise dos prontuários. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de conteúdo, em três etapas, segundo Bardin, organizados, analisados e interpretados à luz da literatura pertinente, vivência das pesquisadoras e experiência das entrevistadas. Da análise das falas, emergiram as unidades temáticas: necessidade do transplante; fonte de apoio; sentimentos externados pelas mães; a doação e perspectivas. Conclui-se que a doação é um momento de felicidade vivenciada por todas as mães, tratando-se da solução para vida de seus filhos, e a presença autêntica do enfermeiro nesta ocasião torna-se ainda mais essencial, pois humanizar faz parte do cuidar da enfermagem.El objetivo fue describir las perspectivas maternas y los sentimientos provocados por el trasplante cardiaco infantil. Estudio descriptivo con abordaje cualitativo, desarrollado en el Hospital del Corazón, de Messejana, en Fortaleza-CE, en el período de agosto a noviembre del 2007. Los sujetos del estudio fueron siete madres de niños con transplante . Se utilizó como técnica la entrevista semiestructurada y el análisis de los registros médicos. Los datos fueron sometidos al análisis del contenido, en tres etapas, según Bardin, siendo organizados, analizados e interpretados a la luz de la bibliografía pertinente, de la vivencia de las investigadoras y de la experiencia de las entrevistadas. Del análisis del discurso , surgieron las unidades temáticas la necesidad del trasplante; las fuente de ayuda; los sentimientos expresados por las madres; la donación y sus perspectivas. Se concluy

  20. Cardiac lesions in patients with lethal central nervous system trauma Daño cardíaco en pacientes con trauma mortal del sistema nervioso central

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    María E. Cardona

    1991-03-01

    ño cardíaco comprobado por el estudio anatomopatológico, la fracción MB resultó por encima del valor normal. En 6 pacientes (40% se encontraron lesiones cardíacas; las más comunes fueron las hemorragias subendocárdicas. Se llama la atención hacia la importancia de las lesiones cardíacas ya que los pacientes que fallecen por traumatismo craneoencefálico son donadores potenciales de órganos para trasplante.

  1. Contrast of Backscattered Electron SEM Images of Nanoparticles on Substrates with Complex Structure

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    Müller, Erich; Fritsch-Decker, Susanne; Hettler, Simon; Störmer, Heike; Weiss, Carsten; Gerthsen, Dagmar

    2017-01-01

    This study is concerned with backscattered electron scanning electron microscopy (BSE SEM) contrast of complex nanoscaled samples which consist of SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on indium-tin-oxide covered bulk SiO2 and glassy carbon substrates. BSE SEM contrast of NPs is studied as function of the primary electron energy and working distance. Contrast inversions are observed which prevent intuitive interpretation of NP contrast in terms of material contrast. Experimental data is quantitatively compared with Monte-Carlo- (MC-) simulations. Quantitative agreement between experimental data and MC-simulations is obtained if the transmission characteristics of the annular semiconductor detector are taken into account. MC-simulations facilitate the understanding of NP contrast inversions and are helpful to derive conditions for optimum material and topography contrast. PMID:29109816

  2. A Data Matrix Method for Improving the Quantification of Element Percentages of SEM/EDX Analysis

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    Lane, John

    2009-01-01

    A simple 2D M N matrix involving sample preparation enables the microanalyst to peer below the noise floor of element percentages reported by the SEM/EDX (scanning electron microscopy/ energy dispersive x-ray) analysis, thus yielding more meaningful data. Using the example of a 2 3 sample set, there are M = 2 concentration levels of the original mix under test: 10 percent ilmenite (90 percent silica) and 20 percent ilmenite (80 percent silica). For each of these M samples, N = 3 separate SEM/EDX samples were drawn. In this test, ilmenite is the element of interest. By plotting the linear trend of the M sample s known concentration versus the average of the N samples, a much higher resolution of elemental analysis can be performed. The resulting trend also shows how the noise is affecting the data, and at what point (of smaller concentrations) is it impractical to try to extract any further useful data.

  3. Web Semântica: ontologias como ferramentas de representação do conhecimento

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    Maria Elisa Valentim Pickler

    Full Text Available A Web Semântica é uma extensão da Web que acrescenta semântica ao atual formato de representação de dados. Para isso foram propostas diversas tecnologias, dentre essas a criação de ontologias,visando atribuir sentido e significado ao conteúdo dos documentos, atuando como ferramenta de representaçãdo conhecimento. Na presente pesquisa, procurou-se verificar se as ontologias seriam utilizadas apenas para representar o assunto de uma página Web através de termos contextualizados ou se tentariam controlar o vocabulário da Web como um Tesauro.

  4. A new way of solid dosage form samples preparation for SEM and FTIR using microtome.

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    Šimek, Michal; Grünwaldová, Veronika; Kratochvíl, Bohumil

    2014-06-01

    Rapid and correct production of generic solid dosage forms requires a large amount of analytical data and conclusions. Modern analytical techniques have a good resolution and accuracy and allow obtaining a lot of information about the original product. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used for observation and assessing individual layers, core and surface of solid dosage forms. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy mapping allows determining the distribution and characterization of individual components in a solid dosage form. However, the samples prepared by common way, using scalpel or tablet splitter, are not good enough. It was the reason for development of a new and better method of sample preparation, which uses microtome. Well-prepared samples analyzed by SEM and FTIR mapping allow to determine a solid dosage form formulation, excipient content and distribution of excipient and active pharmaceutical ingredient.

  5. Contrast of Backscattered Electron SEM Images of Nanoparticles on Substrates with Complex Structure.

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    Kowoll, Thomas; Müller, Erich; Fritsch-Decker, Susanne; Hettler, Simon; Störmer, Heike; Weiss, Carsten; Gerthsen, Dagmar

    2017-01-01

    This study is concerned with backscattered electron scanning electron microscopy (BSE SEM) contrast of complex nanoscaled samples which consist of SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on indium-tin-oxide covered bulk SiO2 and glassy carbon substrates. BSE SEM contrast of NPs is studied as function of the primary electron energy and working distance. Contrast inversions are observed which prevent intuitive interpretation of NP contrast in terms of material contrast. Experimental data is quantitatively compared with Monte-Carlo- (MC-) simulations. Quantitative agreement between experimental data and MC-simulations is obtained if the transmission characteristics of the annular semiconductor detector are taken into account. MC-simulations facilitate the understanding of NP contrast inversions and are helpful to derive conditions for optimum material and topography contrast.

  6. Contrast of Backscattered Electron SEM Images of Nanoparticles on Substrates with Complex Structure

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    Thomas Kowoll

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This study is concerned with backscattered electron scanning electron microscopy (BSE SEM contrast of complex nanoscaled samples which consist of SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs deposited on indium-tin-oxide covered bulk SiO2 and glassy carbon substrates. BSE SEM contrast of NPs is studied as function of the primary electron energy and working distance. Contrast inversions are observed which prevent intuitive interpretation of NP contrast in terms of material contrast. Experimental data is quantitatively compared with Monte-Carlo- (MC- simulations. Quantitative agreement between experimental data and MC-simulations is obtained if the transmission characteristics of the annular semiconductor detector are taken into account. MC-simulations facilitate the understanding of NP contrast inversions and are helpful to derive conditions for optimum material and topography contrast.

  7. Electronic structure and optical properties of (BeTen/(ZnSem superlattices

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    Caid M.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The structural, electronic and optical properties of (BeTen/(ZnSem superlattices have been computationally evaluated for different configurations with m = n and m≠n using the full-potential linear muffin-tin method. The exchange and correlation potentials are treated by the local density approximation (LDA. The ground state properties of (BeTen/(ZnSem binary compounds are determined and compared with the available data. It is found that the superlattice band gaps vary depending on the layers used. The optical constants, including the dielectric function ε(ω, the refractive index n(ω and the refractivity R(ω, are calculated for radiation energies up to 35 eV.

  8. Mapping the Complex Morphology of Cell Interactions with Nanowire Substrates Using FIB-SEM

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    Wierzbicki, Rafal; Købler, Carsten; Jensen, Mikkel Ravn Boye

    2013-01-01

    Using high resolution focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) we study the details of cell-nanostructure interactions using serial block face imaging. 3T3 Fibroblast cellular monolayers are cultured on flat glass as a control surface and on two types of nanostructured scaffold...... substrates made from silicon black (Nanograss) with low- and high nanowire density. After culturing for 72 hours the cells were fixed, heavy metal stained, embedded in resin, and processed with FIB-SEM block face imaging without removing the substrate. The sample preparation procedure, image acquisition...... and image post-processing were specifically optimised for cellular monolayers cultured on nanostructured substrates. Cells display a wide range of interactions with the nanostructures depending on the surface morphology, but also greatly varying from one cell to another on the same substrate, illustrating...

  9. Dilemas da carreira sem fronteira: um estudo de caso com gerentes bancários.

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    Andrea Oltramari

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O artigo tem como objetivo compreender como gerentes bancários vivenciam a construção de suas carreiras, em especial, nas mobilidades associadas às promoções de cargo, num contexto de carreiras sem fronteiras. Para coleta de dados foram utilizadas entrevistas com dez gerentes bancários de um banco público do Rio Grande do Sul. As entrevistas foram gravadas com o consentimento dos gerentes, posteriormente foram transcritas e interpretadas. Os resultados indicam que o modelo de carreiras sem fronteiras é imposto pela organização bancária e tem o objetivo de capturar o gerente para o projeto da organização bem como garantir sua permanência na instituição. Afora isso, as decisões relativas à carreira recaem diretamente na família do gerente bancário.

  10. Application of single particle analysis performed by SEM-EDX to air quality studies

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    Deboudt, K; Choel, M; Flament, P [Universite du Littoral Cote d' Opale, FRE CNRS 2816 ELICO, Wimereux (France)], E-mail: karine.deboudt@univ-littoral.fr

    2008-08-15

    Single-particle analysis of short-term aerosol samplings can provide information on the rapid evolution of size distribution and chemical composition of pollution aerosols, notably in source areas where reactive compounds are present. The aim of this work is to evaluate the capability of automated particle analysis performed by SEM-EDX to describe such rapid evolutions. Two sampling campaigns were performed at a highly urbanised and industrialised coastal site. The first one corresponded to low atmospheric particle loads and low temporal variation of particle mass concentrations. In these conditions, the lower analysed particle number to yield representative results was 1 000 particles per impaction stage. During the second one, a pollution event with a significant increase in particle mass concentrations was recorded. The ability of automated SEM-EDX to describe short temporal variation in particle chemical composition was demonstrated here.

  11. OpenCV-Based Nanomanipulation Information Extraction and the Probe Operation in SEM

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    Dongjie Li

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Aimed at the established telenanomanipulation system, the method of extracting location information and the strategies of probe operation were studied in this paper. First, the machine learning algorithm of OpenCV was used to extract location information from SEM images. Thus nanowires and probe in SEM images can be automatically tracked and the region of interest (ROI can be marked quickly. Then the location of nanowire and probe can be extracted from the ROI. To study the probe operation strategy, the Van der Waals force between probe and a nanowire was computed; thus relevant operating parameters can be obtained. With these operating parameters, the nanowire in 3D virtual environment can be preoperated and an optimal path of the probe can be obtained. The actual probe runs automatically under the telenanomanipulation system's control. Finally, experiments were carried out to verify the above methods, and results show the designed methods have achieved the expected effect.

  12. X-ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM studies on chromium (III) complexes

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    Mishra, Ashutosh; Dwivedi, Jagrati, E-mail: hemu.dwi@gmail.com; Shukla, Kritika [School of Physics, Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road, Indore-452001 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Five Chromium (III) complexes have been prepared using Schiff base ligands which derived from benzoin and five different amino acids (H{sub 2}N-R). Samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM method. X-Ray diffraction pattern analyzed that all chromium (III) complexes have hexagonal structure and crystalline, in nature, using Bruker D8 Advance instrument. Using VERTAX 70, FTIR spectroscopy reveals that Samples have (C=N), (C-O), (M-N) and (M-O) bonds in the range of 4000-400cm{sup −1}. UV-VIS spectroscopy give information that samples absorb the visible light which is in the range of 380-780nm. For this, Lambda 960 spectrometer used. SEM is designed for studying of the solid objects, using JEOL JSM 5600 instrument.

  13. Análisis de la web semántica: estado actual y requisitos futuros

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    E. Peis; E. HERRERA-VIEDMA; Hassan-Montero, Yusef; Herrera, J. C.

    2003-01-01

    El gigantesco y creciente número de recursos web evidencia que las técnicas léxico-estadísticas, por sí solas, no pueden solucionar la problemática de la recuperación de la información. El proyecto de web semántica intenta paliar estos problemas (y mucho más) mediante la "comprensión" del contenido de los recursos por los ordenadores. Este trabajo analiza el estado de las "capas" propuestas por Berners-Lee como necesarias para el desarrollo de la web semántica: la capa de identificación un...

  14. INNOVATION PROCESS OF NATURAL-RESOURCE-BASED FIRMS IN FOUR ASEAN ECONOMIES: AN SEM APPROACH

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    Masatsugu Tsuji

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on natural-resource-based firms in four ASEAN economies, such as Vietnam, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Thailand. These countries have relative advantage in natural-resource-based industries, since they have affluent endowed resources and been making use them for their export and growth strategies. In this study, the innovation process in natural-resource-based industries in these countries are examined in comparison with other assembling and processing industry by focusing factors enhance product as well as process innovation. Those are summarized as (i Technology, (ii Organization learning including QM, cross functional team, (iii ICT use, and (iv external linkages such as MNCs, local and public organizations, universities. This study employs SEM (Structural equation model in order to analyze the causal relationships not only among above four latent variables but also between these and innovations. Keywords: internal capability, external linkage, organization learning, capital goods, ICT use, SEM (Structural equation model

  15. Morphological analysis of polymers on hair fibers by SEM and AFM

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    Valéria Fernandes Monteiro; Aline Martins Duboc Natal; Luís Edmundo Bastos Soledade; Elson Longo

    2003-01-01

    The polyquaternium 7® polymer is widely used in cosmetic formulations. Morphologic alterations in hair fibers were observed after the application of the polyquaternium 7® polymer, using SEM and AFM. Continuous applications of this product indicated that it accumulates on the fibers, improving the aspect of the hair surface. Quantitative analysis of the images obtained by AFM was undertaken. The data obtained for the hair surface roughness indicates that the fibers treated with the polymer pre...

  16. Page 1 274 V Saraswati Figure 1. SEM of fractured surface in (a) gel ...

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    Figure 1. SEM of fractured surface in (a) gel-coated SiC disc, and (b) monolith composite. This again is present in the composite (figure 5) at 792 cm along with other absorptions corresponding to Al-O stretch vibrations. The absorption at 950 cm is probably due to the Si-O stretching vibration from non-bridging oxygen as ...

  17. TwiSE at SemEval-2016 Task 4: Twitter Sentiment Classification

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    Balikas, Georgios; Amini, Massih-Reza

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the participation of the team "TwiSE" in the SemEval 2016 challenge. Specifically, we participated in Task 4, namely "Sentiment Analysis in Twitter" for which we implemented sentiment classification systems for subtasks A, B, C and D. Our approach consists of two steps. In the first step, we generate and validate diverse feature sets for twitter sentiment evaluation, inspired by the work of participants of previous editions of such challenges. In the second step, we focus...

  18. Microchip systems for imaging liquid and high temperature processes in TEM & SEM

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    Jensen, Eric; Canepa, Silvia; Møller-Nilsen, Rolf Erling Robberstad

    2014-01-01

    measurementson high temperature fuel cell systems. For imaging processes in liquids, our SEM system enables imaging on-chip microelectrodes andusing standard built-in reference electrodes [2]. To get higher resolution in TEM, we have createda monolithic chip system with suspended microfabricated channels [3......]. Both systems will allowhigh resolution imaging of heterogeneous electrochemical processes such as those in batteries.Based on the suspended microfluidic channels, we are also developing microchips that enableultrafast freezing of processes in liquids....

  19. Nanomanufacturing Concerns about Measurements Made in the SEM Part IV: Charging and its Mitigation.

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    Postek, Michael T; Vladár, András E

    2015-01-01

    This is the fourth part of a series of tutorial papers discussing various causes of measurement uncertainty in scanned particle beam instruments, and some of the solutions researched and developed at NIST and other research institutions. Scanned particle beam instruments especially the scanning electron microscope (SEM) have gone through tremendous evolution to become indispensable tools for many and diverse scientific and industrial applications. These improvements have significantly enhanced their performance and made them far easier to operate. But, the ease of operation has also fostered operator complacency. In addition, the user-friendliness has reduced the apparent need for extensive operator training. Unfortunately, this has led to the idea that the SEM is just another expensive "digital camera" or another peripheral device connected to a computer and that all of the problems in obtaining good quality images and data have been solved. Hence, one using these instruments may be lulled into thinking that all of the potential pitfalls have been fully eliminated and believing that, everything one sees on the micrograph is always correct. But, as described in this and the earlier papers, this may not be the case. Care must always be taken when reliable quantitative data are being sought. The first paper in this series discussed some of the issues related to signal generation in the SEM, including instrument calibration, electron beam-sample interactions and the need for physics-based modeling to understand the actual image formation mechanisms to properly interpret SEM images. The second paper has discussed another major issue confronting the microscopist: specimen contamination and methods to eliminate it. The third paper discussed mechanical vibration and stage drift and some useful solutions to mitigate the problems caused by them, and here, in this the fourth contribution, the issues related to specimen "charging" and its mitigation are discussed relative to

  20. Wi-Fi Salvador: mapeamento colaborativo e redes sem fio no Brasil

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    André Lemos

    Full Text Available O trabalho faz uma breve demonstração de políticas públicas para inclusão digital por meio da disponibilização do acesso à internet por meio de redes sem fio e discute a forma como as pessoas se relacionam com os lugares, de acordo com a existência ou inexistência de acessibilidade à internet. O objetivo é discutir o acesso à internet pelas redes sem fio no Brasil e, mais especificamente, na cidade de Salvador. Este trabalho é fruto de pesquisa realizada no âmbito do Grupo de Pesquisa em Cibercidades da Universidade Federal da Bahia e mostra como a intersecção entre o ciberespaço e o espaço físico está trazendo novas experiências de uso e de produção de sentido sobre a cidade. Hoje, a urbe contemporânea supõe ampla conexão e associações entre espaço físico e "territórios informacionais" para os mais diversos fins, em uma aliança entre a mobilidade física e a informacional. Assim, mostramos os principais desafios teóricos em jogo com as mídias digitais, as redes sem fio e o espaço urbano. A partir deste aporte, o trabalho faz uma análise do projeto Wi-Fi Salvador, o maior mapeamento de redes sem fio já realizado na capital baiana e no Brasil.

  1. GammaSem Proceedings. A Nordic seminar for users of gamma spectrometry

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    Straalberg, E. (ed.) (Institute for Energy Technolgy (Norway)); Berg, K. (National Institute of Radiation Protection (Denmark)); Dowdall, M. (Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Norway)) (and others)

    2010-11-15

    The project GammaSem was proposed to the NKS in 2008. The aim of the project was to arrange two seminars for users of gamma spectrometry, in 2009 and 2010. The seminars were meant to provide a forum for discussions and sharing of information on practical issues concerning gamma spectrometry and initiate a network of gamma spectrometry users in the Nordic countries. Such a Nordic network should strengthen the collaboration between laboratories and improve all participants' competence in practical gamma spectrometry. Both seminars' focus was practical challenges met by the users themselves, rather than theoretical matters. Scientists and users of gamma spectrometry from all five Nordic countries were invited to the seminar, as well as scientist from the Baltic countries. A total of 65 people signed up for GammaSem 2010; representing 30 different universities, commercial companies, research institutes and authorities. The working group concept as presented at last year's GammaSem, has not worked out as intended. The reason for this is probably because most of the laboratories that signed up to join the working groups, signed up because they wanted to learn more about the different subjects. In combination with the fact that no funding was made available for the working groups, it was difficult to establish goals on what to achieve. None of the working groups applied for funding from the NKS (or elsewhere) to establish separate projects. There is a big need for more cooperation and for training within the field of gamma spectrometry. This fact has been proved through these two seminars, both by the many different topics that have been discussed, but also by the huge interest for participating in the suggested series of workshop. The GammaSem seminars have thus provided a much welcomed starting point for a broader Nordic collaboration. (Author)

  2. Uncertainty in the use of MAMA software to measure particle morphological parameters from SEM images

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    Schwartz, Daniel S. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Tandon, Lav [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-06-05

    The MAMA software package developed at LANL is designed to make morphological measurements on a wide variety of digital images of objects. At LANL, we have focused on using MAMA to measure scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of particles, as this is a critical part of our forensic analysis of interdicted radiologic materials. In order to successfully use MAMA to make such measurements, we must understand the level of uncertainty involved in the process, so that we can rigorously support our quantitative conclusions.

  3. O desempenho diagnóstico da procalcitonina na febre sem foco – estudo prospectivo

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    Moreira, Diana; Balona, Filipa; Lameirão, Angelina; Ramos, Sandra; Marques, Eduarda; Ferreira, Graça; Vilarinho, António

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A procalcitonina (PCT) tem sido descrita como um marcador promissor na identificação precoce de infecção bacteriana invasiva (IBI) na febre sem foco (FSF).Objectivo: Avaliar o desempenho diagnóstico da PCT, proteína C reactiva (PCR), contagem total de leucócitos (CTL) e neutrófilos (N) na identificação de IBI em crianças com FSF.

  4. 3-D Analysis of Graphite Nodules in Ductile Cast Iron Using FIB-SEM

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    D'Angelo, Luca; Jespersen, Freja N.; MacDonald, A. Nicole

    Ductile cast iron samples were analysed in a Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope, FIB-SEM. The focussed ion beam was used to carefully remove layers of the graphite nodules to reveal internal structures in the nodules. The sample preparation and milling procedure for sectioning graphite...... inside the nodules, their orientation in relation to the graphite and the chemistry of the inclusions is analysed and described. Formation of the structures during solidification and subsequent cooling to room temperature is discussed....

  5. Modelling and analysis of FMS productivity variables by ISM, SEM and GTMA approach

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    Jain, Vineet; Raj, Tilak

    2014-09-01

    Productivity has often been cited as a key factor in a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) performance, and actions to increase it are said to improve profitability and the wage earning capacity of employees. Improving productivity is seen as a key issue for survival and success in the long term of a manufacturing system. The purpose of this paper is to make a model and analysis of the productivity variables of FMS. This study was performed by different approaches viz. interpretive structural modelling (ISM), structural equation modelling (SEM), graph theory and matrix approach (GTMA) and a cross-sectional survey within manufacturing firms in India. ISM has been used to develop a model of productivity variables, and then it has been analyzed. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) are powerful statistical techniques. CFA is carried by SEM. EFA is applied to extract the factors in FMS by the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS 20) software and confirming these factors by CFA through analysis of moment structures (AMOS 20) software. The twenty productivity variables are identified through literature and four factors extracted, which involves the productivity of FMS. The four factors are people, quality, machine and flexibility. SEM using AMOS 20 was used to perform the first order four-factor structures. GTMA is a multiple attribute decision making (MADM) methodology used to find intensity/quantification of productivity variables in an organization. The FMS productivity index has purposed to intensify the factors which affect FMS.

  6. Fuzzy Control and Connected Region Marking Algorithm-Based SEM Nanomanipulation

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    Dongjie Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The interactive nanomanipulation platform is established based on fuzzy control and connected region marking (CRM algorithm in SEM. The 3D virtual nanomanipulation model is developed to make up the insufficiency of the 2D SEM image information, which provides the operator with depth and real-time visual feedback information to guide the manipulation. The haptic device Omega3 is used as the master to control the 3D motion of the nanopositioner in master-slave mode and offer the force sensing to the operator controlled with fuzzy control algorithm. Aiming at sensing of force feedback during the nanomanipulation, the collision detection method of the virtual nanomanipulation model and the force rending model are studied to realize the force feedback of nanomanipulation. The CRM algorithm is introduced to process the SEM image which provides effective position data of the objects for updating the virtual environment (VE, and relevant issues such as calibration and update rate of VE are also discussed. Finally, the performance of the platform is validated by the ZnO nanowire manipulation experiments.

  7. Combined AC-STEM and FIB-SEM Characterization of Shale

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    Dewers, T. A.; Heath, J. E.; Kotula, P.; Yoon, H.; Gardner, P.

    2013-12-01

    We examine shale samples with state-of-the-art aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (AC-STEM) and focused ion beam-scanning electron (FIB-SEM) microscopy. Three-dimensional reconstruction of pore space incorporates electron tomography using the AC-TEM and serial sectioning by FIB-SEM. Chemical analysis by X-ray energy dispersive microscopy reveals composition of pore-lining phases at ~ 1 nm resolution. Our methods reveal the left tail of the pore size distribution that FIB-SEM techniques typically do not capture (pore sizes < 7 nm). Water in pores of this size will deviate from those of bulk water, which can influence non-Darcy flow and mechanical response. The impact of these small pores on fluid and coupled tracer transport is examined by computation fluid dynamics using 3D pore reconstructions. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  8. SEM-induced shrinkage and site-selective modification of single-crystal silicon nanopores

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    Chen, Qi; Wang, Yifan; Deng, Tao; Liu, Zewen

    2017-07-01

    Solid-state nanopores with feature sizes around 5 nm play a critical role in bio-sensing fields, especially in single molecule detection and sequencing of DNA, RNA and proteins. In this paper we present a systematic study on shrinkage and site-selective modification of single-crystal silicon nanopores with a conventional scanning electron microscope (SEM). Square nanopores with measurable sizes as small as 8 nm × 8 nm and rectangle nanopores with feature sizes (the smaller one between length and width) down to 5 nm have been obtained, using the SEM-induced shrinkage technique. The analysis of energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and the recovery of the pore size and morphology reveal that the grown material along with the edge of the nanopore is the result of deposition of hydrocarbon compounds, without structural damage during the shrinking process. A simplified model for pore shrinkage has been developed based on observation of the cross-sectional morphology of the shrunk nanopore. The main factors impacting on the task of controllably shrinking the nanopores, such as the accelerating voltage, spot size, scanned area of e-beam, and the initial pore size have been discussed. It is found that single-crystal silicon nanopores shrink linearly with time under localized irradiation by SEM e-beam in all cases, and the pore shrinkage rate is inversely proportional to the initial equivalent diameter of the pore under the same e-beam conditions.

  9. Comparative sem evaluation of three solvents used in endodontic retreatment: an ex vivo study

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    Miriam F. Zaccaro Scelza

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available This study compared, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, the efficacy of three solvents on the removal of filling materials from dentinal tubules during endodontic retreatment. Forty human maxillary canines with straight canals were prepared according to a crown-down technique and enlarged to a#30 apical file size, before obturation with gutta-percha and a zinc-oxide-eugenol based sealer. The samples were stored for 3 months before being randomly assigned to four groups: chloroform (n=10, orange oil (n=10, eucalyptol (n=10 and control (n=10. Solvents were applied to a reservoir created on the coronal root third using Gates Glidden drills. The total time for retreatment using the solvents was 5 minutes per tooth. Following retreatment the roots were split longitudinally for SEM evaluation. SEM images were digitized, analyzed using Image ProPlus 4.5 software, and the number of dentinal tubules free of filling material from the middle and apical thirds was recorded. No significant difference was found among the solvent groups regarding the number of dentinal tubules free of root filling remnants in the middle and apical root thirds (p>0.05. However, the control group had fewer dentinal tubules free of filling material (p<0.05. Under the tested conditions, it may be concluded that there was no significant difference among the solvents used to obtain dentinal tubules free of filling material remnants.

  10. Surface treatment of glass fiber and carbon fiber posts: SEM characterization.

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    Naves, Lucas Zago; Santana, Fernanda Ribeiro; Castro, Carolina Guimarães; Valdivia, Andréa Dolores Correia Miranda; Da Mota, Adérito Soares; Estrela, Carlos; Correr-Sobrinho, Lourenço; Soares, Carlos José

    2011-12-01

    Morphology, etching patterns, surface modification, and characterization of 2 different fiber posts: Gfp, Glass fiber post; and Cfp, carbon fiber were investigated by SEM analysis, after different surface treatments. Thirty fiber posts, being 15 Gfp and 15 Cfp were divided into a 5 surface treatments (n = 3): C-alcohol 70% (control); HF 4%-immersion in 4% hydrofluoric acid for 1min; H(3) PO(4) 37%-immersion in 37% phosphoric acid for 30s; H(2) O(2) 10%-immersion in 10% hydrogen peroxide for 20 min; H(2) O(2) 24%-immersion in 24% hydrogen peroxide for 10 min. Morphology, etching patterns, surface modification and surface characterization were acessed by SEM analysis. SEM evaluation revealed that the post surface morphology was modified following all treatment when compared with a control group, for both type of reinforced posts. HF seems to penetrate around the fibers of Gfp and promoted surface alterations. The Cfp surface seems to be inert to treatment with HF 4%. Dissolution of epoxy resin and exposure of the superficial fiber was observed in both post groups, regardless the type of reinforcing fiber, H(2) O(2) in both concentrations. Relative smooth surface area was produced by H(3) PO(4) 37% treatment, but with similar features to untreated group. Surface treatment of fiber post is a determinant factor on micromechanical entanglement to resin composite core. Post treatment with hydrogen peroxide resulted strength of carbon and glass/epoxy resin fiber posts to resin composite core. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Grande sertão: veredas: alguns neologismos semânticos

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    Maria Célia de Moraes Leonel

    2001-02-01

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    A criação neológica estilística enfeixa a criatividade lexical e a neologia semântica. A neologia de sentido consiste no emprego de um significante já existente na língua c om um conteúdo que ele não possuía, ou porque o conteúdo é novo ou porque, até aquele momento, era expresso por outro significante. No texto literário, uma criação resultante desse tipo de procedimento tende a não se repetir. É o que chamamos de neologia semântica estilística. Nessa operação, a estrutura da frase tem função básica, pois, no mínimo, é necessário um sintagma para que surja novo sentido. A partir de algumas relações sintagmáticas, estudamos certos modos de manifestação da neologia semântica em Grande sertão: veredas.

  12. Tipologia, topologia, topografia: a semântica dos gêneros

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    Jay L. Lemke

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available O conceito central de gênero é redefinido para destacar as relações entre os gêneros e para mostrar a base de um modelo da mudança de gêneros. Ao mesmo tempo, propõe-se uma nova ordem de formação semiótica cultural que se situa entre os recursos semióticos gerais (por ex.: a lexicogramática e as instanciações particulares (por ex.: os textos. Os fundamentos teóricos da semiótica social são descritos e desenvolvidos, fazendo generalizações a partir da gramática funcional de Halliday e enfatizando que as formas culturais são produtos da atividade humana que mudam constantemente em muitas escalas temporárias. Os gêneros não são apenas classificados (tipologia, mas sua estrutura semântica interna (topografia é usada para localizá-los em espaços semânticos multidimensionais nos quais seus graus de semelhança e diferença podem ser visualizados como proximidade ou distância que um gênero mantém do outro (topologia. Palavras-chave: gênero, gramática funcional, semântica, topologia, tipologia, formação discursiva.

  13. Um Analisador Semântico Inferencialista de Sentenças em Linguagem Natural

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    Vladia Pinheiro

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo descreve um raciocinador semântico para entendimento de linguagem natural que implementa um algoritmo que raciocina sobre o conteúdo inferencial de conceitos e padrões de sentenças – o Analisador Semântico Inferencialista (SIA. O SIA implementa um raciocínio material e holístico sobre a rede de potenciais inferências em que os conceitos de uma língua podem participar, considerando como os conceitos estão relacionados na sentença, de acordo com padrões de estruturas sintáticas. A medida de relacionamento inferencial e o processo de raciocínio do SIA são descritos. O SIA é usado como raciocinador semântico em um sistema de extração de informações sobre crimes – WikiCrimesIE. Os resultados obtidos e uma análise comparativa são apresentados e discutidos, servindo para a identificação de vantagens e oportunidades de melhoria para o SIA.

  14. Bolachas sem glutén: desenvolvimento da formulação e processo de fabrico

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    Pereira, Carla Filipa Santos

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    RESUMO O presente relatório foi realizado no âmbito do Estágio Profissionalizante para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Engenharia Alimentar, da Escola Superior Agrária do Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra. O estágio decorreu na empresa Paupério Distribuição, Lda. e teve a duração de 6 meses, de Janeiro a Julho de 2015. Devido ao número crescente em Portugal de doentes celíacos, intolerantes ao glúten, torna-se necessário que as indústrias alimentares consigam dar resposta às necessidades ali...

  15. SEM AutoAnalysis: enhancing photomask and NIL defect disposition and review

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    Schulz, Kristian; Egodage, Kokila; Tabbone, Gilles; Ehrlich, Christian; Garetto, Anthony

    2017-06-01

    For defect disposition and repair verification regarding printability, AIMS™ is the state of the art measurement tool in industry. With its unique capability of capturing aerial images of photomasks it is the one method that comes closest to emulating the printing behaviour of a scanner. However for nanoimprint lithography (NIL) templates aerial images cannot be applied to evaluate the success of a repair process. Hence, for NIL defect dispositioning scanning, electron microscopy (SEM) imaging is the method of choice. In addition, it has been a standard imaging method for further root cause analysis of defects and defect review on optical photomasks which enables 2D or even 3D mask profiling at high resolutions. In recent years a trend observed in mask shops has been the automation of processes that traditionally were driven by operators. This of course has brought many advantages one of which is freeing cost intensive labour from conducting repetitive and tedious work. Furthermore, it reduces variability in processes due to different operator skill and experience levels which at the end contributes to eliminating the human factor. Taking these factors into consideration, one of the software based solutions available under the FAVOR® brand to support customer needs is the aerial image evaluation software, AIMS™ AutoAnalysis (AAA). It provides fully automated analysis of AIMS™ images and runs in parallel to measurements. This is enabled by its direct connection and communication with the AIMS™tools. As one of many positive outcomes, generating automated result reports is facilitated, standardizing the mask manufacturing workflow. Today, AAA has been successfully introduced into production at multiple customers and is supporting the workflow as described above. These trends indeed have triggered the demand for similar automation with respect to SEM measurements leading to the development of SEM AutoAnalysis (SAA). It aims towards a fully automated SEM image

  16. Quantitative Determination of Noa (Naturally Occurring Asbestos) in Rocks : Comparison Between Pcom and SEM Analysis

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    Baietto, Oliviero; Amodeo, Francesco; Giorgis, Ilaria; Vitaliti, Martina

    2017-04-01

    The quantification of NOA (Naturally Occurring Asbestos) in a rock or soil matrix is complex and subject to numerous errors. The purpose of this study is to compare two fundamental methodologies used for the analysis: the first one uses Phase Contrast Optical Microscope (PCOM) while the second one uses Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The two methods, although they provide the same result, which is the asbestos mass to total mass ratio, have completely different characteristics and both present pros and cons. The current legislation in Italy involves the use of SEM, DRX, FTIR, PCOM (DM 6/9/94) for the quantification of asbestos in bulk materials and soils and the threshold beyond which the material is considered as hazardous waste is a concentration of asbestos fiber of 1000 mg/kg.(DM 161/2012). The most used technology is the SEM which is the one among these with the better analytical sensitivity.(120mg/Kg DM 6 /9/94) The fundamental differences among the analyses are mainly: - Amount of analyzed sample portion - Representativeness of the sample - Resolution - Analytical precision - Uncertainty of the methodology - Operator errors Due to the problem of quantification of DRX and FTIR (1% DM 6/9/94) our Asbestos Laboratory (DIATI POLITO) since more than twenty years apply the PCOM methodology and in the last years the SEM methodology for quantification of asbestos content. The aim of our research is to compare the results obtained from a PCOM analysis with the results provided by SEM analysis on the base of more than 100 natural samples both from cores (tunnel-boring or explorative-drilling) and from tunnelling excavation . The results obtained show, in most cases, a good correlation between the two techniques. Of particular relevance is the fact that both techniques are reliable for very low quantities of asbestos, even lower than the analytical sensitivity. This work highlights the comparison between the two techniques emphasizing strengths and weaknesses of

  17. Syngine: On-Demand Synthetic Seismograms from the IRIS DMC based on AxiSEM & Instaseis

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    van Driel, Martin; Hutko, Alex; Krischer, Lion; Trabant, Chad; Stähler, Simon; Nissen-Meyer, Tarje

    2016-04-01

    This presentation highlights the IRIS DMC's Synthetics Engine (Syngine), a new on-demand synthetic seismogram service (ds.iris.edu/ds/products/syngine/) that complements the time series data IRIS has traditionally distributed. The synthetics are accessible using a web service for user specified source-receiver combinations and a variety of Earth models. Syngine is designed to be extremely fast, making it feasible to request large numbers of source-receiver combinations. This capability supports studying variations in source properties, Earth models or temporal changes in instrument responses. We have computed a set of global-scale databases of Green's functions using the spectral-element method AxiSEM (www.axisem.info , see also abstract EGU2016-9008) for selected well known spherically symmetric Earth models (PREM, IASP91, AK135f...) with anisotropy and attenuation. Fine-scale models have resolution from 1 to about 100 sec periods with durations of 60 minutes; lower resolution models extend to a few hours duration. Behind the scenes, the web service runs Instaseis (www.instaseis.net), a system that rapidly calculates broadband synthetic seismograms from the pre-calculated Green's functions. Receivers may be specified at arbitrary coordinates or using real network and station codes, which are resolved using metadata at the DMC. The service also provides optional, on-demand processing methods, including convolution with a specified moment tensor (specified explicitly or by GCMT ID) and one of a few source-time functions with variable duration. The interface is designed to be callable by scripts and to support automated processing workflows. The DMC also provides a user-friendly command line Fetch script to download selections of synthetics. This new resource provides a powerful tool in multiple research areas where synthetic seismograms are useful. Regarding the Instaseis/AxiSEM functionality, one only needs to perform two forward calculations with AxiSEM for a

  18. Correlação entre gasometria atrial direita e índice cardíaco no pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca Correlation between right atrial venous blood gasometry and cardiac index in cardiac surgery postoperative period

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    João Jackson Duarte; José Carlos Dorsa Vieira Pontes; Otoni Moreira Gomes; Guilherme Viotto Rodrigues da Silva; Neimar Gardenal; Arino Faria da Silva; Marcos Douglas Zamboni Viola

    2010-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Determinar a confiabilidade em se correlacionar o índice cardíaco com os dados fornecidos pela gasometria do sangue venoso atrial direito em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia cardíaca, durante o período pós-operatório. MÉTODOS...

  19. The ITZ in concrete with natural and recycled aggregates : Study of microstructures based on image and SEM analysis

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    Bonifazi, G.; Capobianco, G.; Serranti, S.; Eggimann, M.; Wagner, E.; Di Maio, F.; Lotfi, S.

    2015-01-01

    Aim of this work was to investigate the microstructure of the Interfacial Transition Zone (ITZ) between cement paste and aggregate in concrete utilizing Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in order to identify possible effects on the ITZ related to different recipes and production parameters. SEM is

  20. Enabling CD SEM metrology for 5nm technology node and beyond

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    Lorusso, Gian Francesco; Ohashi, Takeyoshi; Yamaguchi, Astuko; Inoue, Osamu; Sutani, Takumichi; Horiguchi, Naoto; Bömmels, Jürgen; Wilson, Christopher J.; Briggs, Basoene; Tan, Chi Lim; Raymaekers, Tom; Delhougne, Romain; Van den Bosch, Geert; Di Piazza, Luca; Kar, Gouri Sankar; Furnémont, Arnaud; Fantini, Andrea; Donadio, Gabriele Luca; Souriau, Laurent; Crotti, Davide; Yasin, Farrukh; Appeltans, Raf; Rao, Siddharth; De Simone, Danilo; Rincon Delgadillo, Paulina; Leray, Philippe; Charley, Anne-Laure; Zhou, Daisy; Veloso, Anabela; Collaert, Nadine; Hasumi, Kazuhisa; Koshihara, Shunsuke; Ikota, Masami; Okagawa, Yutaka; Ishimoto, Toru

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    The CD SEM (Critical Dimension Scanning Electron Microscope) is one of the main tools used to estimate Critical Dimension (CD) in semiconductor manufacturing nowadays, but, as all metrology tools, it will face considerable challenges to keep up with the requirements of the future technology nodes. The root causes of these challenges are not uniquely related to the shrinking CD values, as one might expect, but to the increase in complexity of the devices in terms of morphology and chemical composition as well. In fact, complicated threedimensional device architectures, high aspect ratio features, and wide variety of materials are some of the unavoidable characteristics of the future metrology nodes. This means that, beside an improvement in resolution, it is critical to develop a CD SEM metrology capable of satisfying the specific needs of the devices of the nodes to come, needs that sometimes will have to be addressed through dramatic changes in approach with respect to traditional CD SEM metrology. In this paper, we report on the development of advanced CD SEM metrology at imec on a variety of device platform and processes, for both logic and memories. We discuss newly developed approaches for standard, IIIV, and germanium FinFETs (Fin Field Effect Transistors), for lateral and vertical nanowires (NW), 3D NAND (three-dimensional NAND), STT-MRAM (Spin Transfer Magnetic Torque Random-Access Memory), and ReRAM (Resistive Random Access Memory). Applications for both front-end of line (FEOL) and back-end of line (BEOL) are developed. In terms of process, S/D Epi (Source Drain Epitaxy), SAQP (Self-Aligned Quadruple Patterning), DSA (Dynamic Self-Assembly), and EUVL (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography) have been used. The work reported here has been performed on Hitachi CG5000, CG6300, and CV5000. In terms of logic, we discuss here the S/D epi defect classification, the metrology optimization for STI (Shallow Trench Isolation) Ge FinFETs, the defectivity of III-V STI Fin

  1. Micro-fabric damages in Boom Clay inferred from cryo-BIB-SEM experiment: recent results

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    Desbois, Guillaume; Schmatz, Joyce; Klaver, Jop; Urai, Janos L.

    2017-04-01

    The Boom Clay is considered as a potential host rock in Belgium for nuclear waste disposal in a deep geological formation. One of the keys to understand the long-term performance of such a host rock is the fundamental understanding of coupling between microstructural evolution, poromechanical behaviour and the state of hydration of the system. At in situ conditions, Boom Clay is a nearly water-saturated (>94%) clay-rich geomaterial. Subsequently, for measurement of mechanical and transport properties in laboratory, cores of Boom Clay are vacuum-packed in Al-coated-poly-ethylene barrier foil to be best preserved at original hydric state. Because clay microstructures are very sensitive to dehydration, the validity of investigations done on such preserved or/and dried samples is often questionable. Desbois et al. (2009, 2013, 2014) showed the possibility to image fluid-filled porosity in Boom Clay, by using the FIB-cryo-SEM (FIB: Focussed Ion Beam) and FIB-cryo-SEM (BIB: Broad Ion Beam) techniques. However, surprisingly in Desbois et al. (2014), BIB-cryo-SEM experiments on Boom Clay, shown that the majority of the pores were fluid-free, contrasting with result in Desbois et al. (2009). In Desbois et al. (2014), several reasons were discussed to explain such discrepancies. The likely ones are the sealing efficiency of the Al-barrier foil at long term and the volume expansion due to the release of in-situ stress after core extraction, contributing both to dehydration and microfabric damage. This contribution presents the newest results based on cryo-BIB-SEM. Small pieces (30 mm3) of Boom Clay were preserved in liquid nitrogen after the core extraction at the MOL/Dessel Underground Research Laboratory in Belgium. A maximum of ten minutes time span was achieved between opening the core, the sub-sample extraction and the quenching of sub-samples in liquid nitrogen. First results show that all pores visible at cryo-SEM resolution are water saturated. However, water

  2. The effect of SEM imaging on the Ar/Ar system in feldspars

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    Flude, S.; Sherlock, S.; Lee, M.; Kelley, S. P.

    2010-12-01

    Complex microtextures form in K-feldspar crystals as they cool and are affected by deuteric alteration. This complex structure is the cause of variable closure temperatures for Ar-Ar, a phenomenon which has been utilized in multi domain diffusion (MDD) modelling to recover thermal histories [1]. However, there has been substantial controversy regarding the precise interaction between feldspar microtextures and Ar-diffusion [2,3]. A number of studies have addressed this issue using coupled SEM imaging and Ar/Ar UV laser ablation microprobe (UV-LAMP) analysis on the same sample, to enable direct comparison of microtextures with Ar/Ar age data [4]. Here we have tested the idea that SEM work may affect Ar/Ar ages, leading to inaccurate results in subsequent Ar/Ar analyses. Three splits of alkali feldspar from the Dartmoor Granite in SW England were selected for Ar/Ar UV-LAMP analysis. Split 1 (“control”) was prepared as a polished thick section for Ar/Ar analysis. Split 2 (“SEM”) was prepared as a polished thick section, was chemically-mechanically polished with colloidal silica and underwent SEM imaging (uncoated) and focussed ion beam (FIB) milling (gold coated); electron beam damage in the SEM was maximised by leaving the sample at high magnification for eight minutes. Split 3 (“Etch”) is a cleavage fragment that was etched with HF vapour and underwent low to moderate magnification SEM imaging. The control split gave a range of laser-spot ages consistent with the expected cooling age of the granite and high yields of radiogenic 40Ar* (>90%). The area of the “SEM” split that experienced significant electron beam damage gave younger than expected ages and 40Ar* yields as low as 57%. These are interpreted as a combination of implantation of atmospheric Ar and local redistribution of K within the sample. The area of “SEM” that underwent FIB milling gave ages and 40Ar* yields comparable to the control split, suggesting that the Au-coat minimises FIB

  3. Comportamento do peso do coração e do corpo em chagásicos crônicos com e sem "megas"

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    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available O peso do coração é menor nos chagásicos com "megas" do que nos falecidos subitamente ou em I.C.C., sendo, porém, maior que nos controles. Já o peso corporal ésemelhante nos chagásicos falecidos subitamente e nos controles, havendo redução moderada no grupo com I.C.C., e rtiais acentuada nos chagásicos com "megas" (redução de 20% em relação aos controles. A relação percentual peso cardíaco/peso corporal é de 1,1% no grupo com I.C.C.; 0,71% no grupo de morte súbita; 0,77% no grupo com "megas"; 0,49% no grupo controle e 0,60% ne grupo de doenças caquetizantes. Com base nas médias dos pesos cardíacos e corporal dos grupos controle, de doenças caquetizantes e de megas, calculou-se que o emagrecimento ocorrido nos megas reduziria o peso cardíaco médio de apenas 6,8%.

  4. Marble waste characterization as a desulfurizing slag component for steel; Caracterizacao do residuo de marmore como componente de escorias dessulfurantes para aco

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    Coleti, J.L.; Grillo, F.F.; Tenorio, J.A.S. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil); De Oliveira, J.R. [Instituto Federal do Espirito Santo (IFES), ES (Brazil)

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    The current steel market requires from steel plants better quality of its products. As a result, steel plants need to search for improvements and costs reduction in its process. Hence, the residue of marble containing significant quantities of calcium and magnesium carbonates, raw materials of steel refining slag, was characterized in order to replace the conventional lime used. Therefore, it will be possible to reduce the cost and volume of waste produced by the ornamental rock industry. The following methods were applied to test the waste potential: SEM with EDS, x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence (EDX), Thermogravimetry (TG) and analysis of surface area and particle size by the BET method using dispersion leisure. The results indicated the feasibility of waste as raw material in the composition of desulfurizing slags. (author)

  5. Răsărirea plantulelor de porumb în semănatul timpuriu

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    Valentin ŞTIRBU

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    Full Text Available The experiments were performed in 2013-2015 on 11 commercial maize hybrids of medium and semilate maturity, planted on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of April which is by 4, 3, 2 and 1 week earlier than the optimum sowing date recommended for the central zone of the Republic of Moldova – April 29 (control variant. The study also included a variant which was sown at a late date (May 6. The hybrids sown on earlier dates exhibited a lower seedling emergence rate (on average over the all testing years than the control: 8-11% less in the variants sown in the first two weeks of April and 5% less in the variants sown in the third or fourth week of April. The natural background during the germination and emergence period allowed to sort the hybrids, only in some cases, by their tolerance to sub-optimal temperatures. The hybrids PR37F73, POR 461, POR 310 and POR 427 in some variants with early sowing date recorded an emergence rate close or equal to the control variant, which means that these hybrids have shown a higher degree of tolerance to low temperatures during the period of germ development. In a statistical complex of three factors the influence of planting dates, hybrid and testing year on the variability of the number of emerged seedlings were analyzed. Out of these factors, the genotype and testing year were more important than the planting dates. The period between seed sowing and seedling emergence (ranging from 24 to 28 days in the variant sown in April 1 and from 8 to 13 days in the control variant and in the variant sown in May 6 is closely correlated with the number of days with sub-optimal night temperatures, the first days after sowing being critical for plantlet development. Rezumat. Experienţele au fost efectuate în perioada 2013-2015 cu 11 hibrizi comerciali de porumb din grupele de maturitate mijlocie şi semitardivă, semănaţi la data de 1, 8, 15, 22 aprilie, respectiv cu 4, 3, 2, şi 1 săptămână mai devreme decât data

  6. Estudo clínico randomizado para profilaxia das complicações tromboembólicas pós-implante transvenoso de dispositivos cardíacos eletrônicos em pacientes de alto risco

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    Katia Regina da Silva

    2008-01-01

    I ntrodução: A incidência de lesões venosas pós-implante transvenoso de dispositivos cardíacos eletrônicos implantáveis (DCEI) é elevada, sendo a disfunção ventricular e o uso prévio de marcapasso temporário (MPT) ipsilateral ao implante definitivo fatores de risco independentes para sua ocorrência. A utilidade de estratégias terapêuticas profiláticas para a prevenção dessa complicação ainda permanece controversa. O objetivo desse estudo clínico, randomizado e controlado foi avaliar o papel d...

  7. Division des activités économiques entre chinois, 'injertos' et métis dans la communauté d'Acos 1920-1950. Vallée de Chancay - Pérou

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    Full Text Available Ce second article traitant de la micro-colonie chinoise établie depuis 1870 dans la communauté d'Acos (Vallée de Chancay s'attache cette fois à montrer la division nette des activités économiques pratiquées d'un côté par les Chinois et métis chinois ou 'injertos' et les membres des 'familles dites légitimes' qui détenaient le pouvoir depuis plusieurs siècles. Au départ il s'agit d'une opposition entre deux formes de pouvoir: le pouvoir foncier des métis blancs acosinos et le pouvoir économique des Chinois et 'injertos'. Entre 1920 et 1950, la puissance des Chinois et le retour après un temps d'intégration (cf article précédent à un certain individualisme furent autant de facteurs favorisant racisme et tension. Après avoir stimulé par leur présence et leurs activités l'économie locale, les Chinois abandonnèrent la place et laissèrent les familles 'légitimes' reprendre pouvoir foncier et pouvoir économique. Este segundo artículo relativo a la micro colonia china establecida desde 1870 en la Comunidad de Acos (Valle de Chancay trata esta vez de mostrar la clara división de las actividades económicas practicadas de un lado por los Chinos y mestizos Chinos o 'Injertos' y por otro lado por los miembros de las familias llamadas 'legítimas' que tenían el poder desde varios siglos. Al principio se trata de un antagonismo entre dos formas de poder: el poder de los Mestizos blancos de Acos basado en la propiedad de las tierras y el poder económico de los chinos e Injertos. De 1920 a 1950, el poder de los chinos y la vuelta después de una etapa de integración (cf artículo anterior a un cierto individualismo, fueron factores que favorecieron el racismo y la tensión. Después de haber impulsado por su presencia y sus actividades la economía local, los chinos abandonaron el lugar y dejaron que las familias 'legítimas' retomaran la propiedad de la tierra y un poder económico de origen comercial. This second article on

  8. Derivação arterial extra-anatômica no segmento aorto-ilíaco: experiência de 15 anos Extra-anatomical arterial bypass of the aortoiliac segment: 15-year experience

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    Airton Delduque Frankini

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO CONTEXTO: As derivações extra-anatômicas, sendo procedimentos cirúrgicos alternativos à cirurgia clássica, têm como principal objetivo simplificar um procedimento de grande porte como a restauração aorto-femoral. OBJETIVOS: Analisar os resultados a longo prazo das derivações extra-anatômicas no segmento aorto-ilíaco. MÉTODOS: Estudo longitudinal retrospectivo envolvendo 79 derivações extra-anatômicas no segmento aorto-ilíaco, realizadas em 75 pacientes, no período de dezembro de 1991 a dezembro de 2006. RESULTADOS: Média de idade foi 64,2 anos, com predominância pelo gênero masculino (64%. A isquemia crítica foi a responsável pela maioria das indicações cirúrgicas (86,1% e a derivação ilíaco-femoral cruzada representou 41,8% dos casos. Em cinco anos, as taxas de mortalidade geral, perviedade e salvamento do membro foram, respectivamente, de 28%; 70,3% e 67,6% em cinco anos. CONCLUSÕES: As derivações extra-anatômicas devem permanecer como cirurgias alternativas, pois apresentam taxas de perviedade inferiores aos procedimentos que seguem as vias anatômicas naturais além de morbimortalidade considerável. Entretanto, são procedimentos importantes nos casos em que a limitação de ordem clínica ou de natureza local torna difícil ou impede a revascularização por via anatômica. As derivações cruzadas apresentaram perviedade superior às derivações axilo-femorais e as ilíaco-femorais cruzadas revelaram a maior perviedade entre todas (77,3% em cinco anos.BACKGROUND: Extra-anatomical bypass, which is an alternative procedure to classical surgery, aims at simplifying a complex procedure such as aortoiliac reconstruction. OBJECTIVES: To analyze long-term outcomes of extra-anatomical bypass of the aortoiliac segment. METHODS: Longitudinal retrospective study including 79 extra-anatomical bypasses of the aortoiliac segment, performed in 75 patients between December 1991 and December 2006. RESULTS: Mean

  9. Eritema nodoso como forma de reativação da doença de Chagas em transplantado cardíaco Erythema nodoso in reactivation of Chagas' disease after cardiac transplantation

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    Solange Corrêa Garcia Pires d'Ávila

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available O presente caso ilustra uma forma de eritema nodoso, cujo agente foi o Trypanosoma cruzi em paciente chagásica submetida a transplante cardíaco. O diagnóstico foi firmado através do exame histopatológico de biópsia da lesão cutânea e estudo imunohistoquímico. O tratamento com nifurtimox promoveu regressão total das lesões.We report a patient with Chagas' disease that presented Trypanosoma cruzi reactivation after cardiac transplantation and immunodepression, characterized by skin lesions of erythema nodosum. This is an unusual presentation of Chagas' disease.

  10. SEM-microphotogrammetry, a new take on an old method for generating high-resolution 3D models from SEM images.

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    Ball, A D; Job, P A; Walker, A E L

    2017-08-01

    The method we present here uses a scanning electron microscope programmed via macros to automatically capture dozens of images at suitable angles to generate accurate, detailed three-dimensional (3D) surface models with micron-scale resolution. We demonstrate that it is possible to use these Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images in conjunction with commercially available software originally developed for photogrammetry reconstructions from Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and to reconstruct 3D models of the specimen. These 3D models can then be exported as polygon meshes and eventually 3D printed. This technique offers the potential to obtain data suitable to reconstruct very tiny features (e.g. diatoms, butterfly scales and mineral fabrics) at nanometre resolution. Ultimately, we foresee this as being a useful tool for better understanding spatial relationships at very high resolution. However, our motivation is also to use it to produce 3D models to be used in public outreach events and exhibitions, especially for the blind or partially sighted. © 2017 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2017 Royal Microscopical Society.

  11. Utilização de monitor minimamente invasivo não calibrado de débito cardíaco em pacientes submetidas à cesariana sob raquianestesia: relato de quatro casos

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    Fernando Bliacheriene

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Durante cesariana sob raquianestesia observam-se alterações hemodinâmicas. São realizadas medidas de pressão arterial (PA não invasiva e de frequência cardíaca (FC para diagnosticar essas alterações, mas com atraso e imprecisão. Outros monitores como cateteres de pressão de enchimento e débito cardíaco (DC com calibração externa são muito invasivos ou imprecisos. O objetivo deste estudo foi relatar as medidas de débito cardíaco obtidas por um monitor minimamente invasivo não calibrado (LiDCO rapid em pacientes submetidas à cesariana sob raquianestesia. RELATO DO CASO: Após aprovação da comissão de ética, quatro pacientes consentiram em participar do estudo. Elas foram submetidas à cesariana sob raquianestesia quando estavam conectadas ao LiDCO rapid por uma linha arterial radial. Os dados de DC, FC e BP foram registrados no momento basal, após instalação da raquianestesia, após extração fetal e placentária e após infusão de ocitocina e metaraminol. Foram observadas queda da PA, com aumento da FC e DC após a raquianestesia e infusão de ocitocina; e aumento da BP, com queda da FC e DC após bolus de vasopressor. CONCLUSÕES: Embora não calibrado, esse monitor produziu tendência de dados consistentes sobre a hemodinâmica de pacientes obstétricas e pode ser usado como guia terapêutico ou como ferramenta de pesquisa

  12. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) as an approach for nanoparticle detection inside cells.

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    Havrdova, M; Polakova, K; Skopalik, J; Vujtek, M; Mokdad, A; Homolkova, M; Tucek, J; Nebesarova, J; Zboril, R

    2014-12-01

    When developing new nanoparticles for bio-applications, it is important to fully characterize the nanoparticle's behavior in biological systems. The most common techniques employed for mapping nanoparticles inside cells include transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). These techniques entail passing an electron beam through a thin specimen. STEM or TEM imaging is often used for the detection of nanoparticles inside cellular organelles. However, lengthy sample preparation is required (i.e., fixation, dehydration, drying, resin embedding, and cutting). In the present work, a new matrix (FTO glass) for biological samples was used and characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) to generate images comparable to those obtained by TEM. Using FE-SEM, nanoparticle images were acquired inside endo/lysosomes without disruption of the cellular shape. Furthermore, the initial steps of nanoparticle incorporation into the cells were captured. In addition, the conductive FTO glass endowed the sample with high stability under the required accelerating voltage. Owing to these features of the sample, further analyses could be performed (material contrast and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)), which confirmed the presence of nanoparticles inside the cells. The results showed that FE-SEM can enable detailed characterization of nanoparticles in endosomes without the need for contrast staining or metal coating of the sample. Images showing the intracellular distribution of nanoparticles together with cellular morphology can give important information on the biocompatibility and demonstrate the potential of nanoparticle utilization in medicine. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. FIB-SEM Tomography Probes the Mesoscale Pore Space of an Individual Catalytic Cracking Particle.

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    de Winter, D A Matthijs; Meirer, Florian; Weckhuysen, Bert M

    2016-05-06

    The overall performance of a catalyst particle strongly depends on the ability of mass transport through its pore space. Characterizing the three-dimensional structure of the macro- and mesopore space of a catalyst particle and establishing a correlation with transport efficiency is an essential step toward designing highly effective catalyst particles. In this work, a generally applicable workflow is presented to characterize the transport efficiency of individual catalyst particles. The developed workflow involves a multiscale characterization approach making use of a focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM). SEM imaging is performed on cross sections of 10.000 μm2, visualizing a set of catalyst particles, while FIB-SEM tomography visualized the pore space of a large number of 8 μm3 cubes (subvolumes) of individual catalyst particles. Geometrical parameters (porosity, pore connectivity, and heterogeneity) of the material were used to generate large numbers of virtual 3D volumes resembling the sample's pore space characteristics, while being suitable for computationally demanding transport simulations. The transport ability, defined as the ratio of unhindered flow over hindered flow, is then determined via transport simulations through the virtual volumes. The simulation results are used as input for an upscaling routine based on an analogy with electrical networks, taking into account the spatial heterogeneity of the pore space over greater length scales. This novel approach is demonstrated for two distinct types of industrially manufactured fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles with zeolite Y as the active cracking component. Differences in physicochemical and catalytic properties were found to relate to differences in heterogeneities in the spatial porosity distribution. In addition to the characterization of existing FCC particles, our method of correlating pore space with transport efficiency does also allow for an up-front evaluation of

  14. Mechatronic Development and Vision Feedback Control of a Nanorobotics Manipulation System inside SEM for Nanodevice Assembly

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    Zhan Yang

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes (CNT have been developed in recent decades for nanodevices such as nanoradios, nanogenerators, carbon nanotube field effect transistors (CNTFETs and so on, indicating that the application of CNTs for nanoscale electronics may play a key role in the development of nanotechnology. Nanorobotics manipulation systems are a promising method for nanodevice construction and assembly. For the purpose of constructing three-dimensional CNTFETs, a nanorobotics manipulation system with 16 DOFs was developed for nanomanipulation of nanometer-scale objects inside the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope (SEM. Nanorobotics manipulators are assembled into four units with four DOFs (X-Y-Z-θ individually. The rotational one is actuated by a picomotor. That means a manipulator has four DOFs including three linear motions in the X, Y, Z directions and a 360-degree rotational one (X-Y-Z-θ stage, θ is along the direction rotating with X or Y axis. Manipulators are actuated by picomotors with better than 30 nm linear resolution and <1 micro-rad rotary resolution. Four vertically installed AFM cantilevers (the axis of the cantilever tip is vertical to the axis of electronic beam of SEM served as the end-effectors to facilitate the real-time observation of the operations. A series of kinematic derivations of these four manipulators based on the Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H notation were established. The common working space of the end-effectors is 2.78 mm by 4.39 mm by 6 mm. The manipulation strategy and vision feedback control for multi-manipulators operating inside the SEM chamber were been discussed. Finally, application of the designed nanorobotics manipulation system by successfully testing of the pickup-and-place manipulation of an individual CNT onto four probes was described. The experimental results have shown that carbon nanotubes can be successfully picked up with this nanorobotics manipulation system.

  15. Using ICP-OES and SEM-EDX in biosorption studies

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    Chojnacka, Katarzyna; Marycz, Krzysztof

    2010-01-01

    We have compared the analytical results obtained by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and by scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive X-ray analytical system (SEM-EDX) in order to explore the mechanism of metal ions biosorption by biomass using two independent methods. The marine macroalga Enteromorpha sp. was enriched with Cu(II), Mn(II), Zn(II), and Co(II) ions via biosorption, and the biosorption capacity of alga determined from the solution and biomass composition before and after biosorption process was compared. The first technique was used to analyze the composition of the natural and metal-loaded biomass, and additionally the composition of the solution before and after biosorption. The second technique was used to obtain a picture of the surface of natural and metal ion-loaded macroalgae, to map the elements on the cell wall of dry biomass, and to determine their concentration before and after biosorption. ICP-OES showed a better precision and lower detection limit than EDX, but SEM-EDX gave more information regarding the sample composition of Enteromorpha sp. Both techniques confirmed that biosorption is a surface phenomenon, in which alkali and alkaline earth metal ions were exchanged by metal ions from aqueous solution. Figure The advantages and disadvantages of ICP-OES and SEM-EDX techniques Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s00604-010-0468-0) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users. PMID:21423317

  16. Is scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (SEM/EDS) quantitative?

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    Newbury, Dale E; Ritchie, Nicholas W M

    2013-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (SEM/EDS) is a widely applied elemental microanalysis method capable of identifying and quantifying all elements in the periodic table except H, He, and Li. By following the "k-ratio" (unknown/standard) measurement protocol development for electron-excited wavelength dispersive spectrometry (WDS), SEM/EDS can achieve accuracy and precision equivalent to WDS and at substantially lower electron dose, even when severe X-ray peak overlaps occur, provided sufficient counts are recorded. Achieving this level of performance is now much more practical with the advent of the high-throughput silicon drift detector energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SDD-EDS). However, three measurement issues continue to diminish the impact of SEM/EDS: (1) In the qualitative analysis (i.e., element identification) that must precede quantitative analysis, at least some current and many legacy software systems are vulnerable to occasional misidentification of major constituent peaks, with the frequency of misidentifications rising significantly for minor and trace constituents. (2) The use of standardless analysis, which is subject to much broader systematic errors, leads to quantitative results that, while useful, do not have sufficient accuracy to solve critical problems, e.g. determining the formula of a compound. (3) EDS spectrometers have such a large volume of acceptance that apparently credible spectra can be obtained from specimens with complex topography that introduce uncontrolled geometric factors that modify X-ray generation and propagation, resulting in very large systematic errors, often a factor of ten or more. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Mechatronic Development and Vision Feedback Control of a Nanorobotics Manipulation System inside SEM for Nanodevice Assembly.

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    Yang, Zhan; Wang, Yaqiong; Yang, Bin; Li, Guanghui; Chen, Tao; Nakajima, Masahiro; Sun, Lining; Fukuda, Toshio

    2016-09-14

    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have been developed in recent decades for nanodevices such as nanoradios, nanogenerators, carbon nanotube field effect transistors (CNTFETs) and so on, indicating that the application of CNTs for nanoscale electronics may play a key role in the development of nanotechnology. Nanorobotics manipulation systems are a promising method for nanodevice construction and assembly. For the purpose of constructing three-dimensional CNTFETs, a nanorobotics manipulation system with 16 DOFs was developed for nanomanipulation of nanometer-scale objects inside the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Nanorobotics manipulators are assembled into four units with four DOFs (X-Y-Z-θ) individually. The rotational one is actuated by a picomotor. That means a manipulator has four DOFs including three linear motions in the X, Y, Z directions and a 360-degree rotational one (X-Y-Z-θ stage, θ is along the direction rotating with X or Y axis). Manipulators are actuated by picomotors with better than 30 nm linear resolution and <1 micro-rad rotary resolution. Four vertically installed AFM cantilevers (the axis of the cantilever tip is vertical to the axis of electronic beam of SEM) served as the end-effectors to facilitate the real-time observation of the operations. A series of kinematic derivations of these four manipulators based on the Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H) notation were established. The common working space of the end-effectors is 2.78 mm by 4.39 mm by 6 mm. The manipulation strategy and vision feedback control for multi-manipulators operating inside the SEM chamber were been discussed. Finally, application of the designed nanorobotics manipulation system by successfully testing of the pickup-and-place manipulation of an individual CNT onto four probes was described. The experimental results have shown that carbon nanotubes can be successfully picked up with this nanorobotics manipulation system.

  18. Nanosecond pulsed laser ablation of Ge investigated by employing photoacoustic deflection technique and SEM analysis

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    Yaseen, Nazish; Bashir, Shazia; Shabbir, Muhammad Kaif; Jalil, Sohail Abdul; Akram, Mahreen; Hayat, Asma; Mahmood, Khaliq; Haq, Faizan-ul; Ahmad, Riaz; Hussain, Tousif

    2016-06-01

    Nanosecond pulsed laser ablation phenomena of single crystal Ge (100) has been investigated by employing photoacoustic deflection as well as SEM analysis techniques. Nd: YAG laser (1064 nm, 10 ns, 1–10 Hz) at various laser fluences ranging from 0.2 to 11 J cm{sup −2} is employed as pump beam to ablate Ge targets. In order to evaluate in-situe ablation threshold fluence of Ge by photoacoustic deflection technique, Continuous Wave (CW) He–Ne laser (632 nm, power 10 mW) is employed as a probe beam. It travels parallel to the target surface at a distance of 3 mm and after passing through Ge plasma it causes deflection due to density gradient of acoustic waves. The deflected signal is detected by photodiode and is recorded by oscilloscope. The threshold fluence of Ge, the velocity of ablated species and the amplitude of the deflected signal are evaluated. The threshold fluence of Ge comes out to be 0.5 J cm{sup −2} and is comparable with the analytical value. In order to compare the estimated value of threshold with ex-situe measurements, the quantitative analysis of laser irradiated Ge is performed by using SEM analysis. For this purpose Ge is exposed to single and multiple shots of 5, 10, 50 and 100 at various laser fluences ranging from 0.2 to 11 J cm{sup −2}. The threshold fluence for single and multiple shots as well as incubation coefficients are evaluated. It is observed that the value of incubation co-efficient decreases with increasing number of pulses and is therefore responsible for lowering the threshold fluence of Ge. SEM analysis also reveals the growth of various features such as porous structures, non-uniform ripples and blisters on the laser irradiated Ge. It is observed that both the fluence as well as number of laser shots plays a significant role for the growth of these structures.

  19. Tumor suppressor protein SMAR1 modulates the roughness of cell surface: combined AFM and SEM study

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    Mamgain Hitesh

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Imaging tools such as scanning electron microscope (SEM and atomic force microscope (AFM can be used to produce high-resolution topographic images of biomedical specimens and hence are well suited for imaging alterations in cell morphology. We have studied the correlation of SMAR1 expression with cell surface smoothness in cell lines as well as in different grades of human breast cancer and mouse tumor sections. Methods We validated knockdown and overexpression of SMAR1 using RT-PCR as well as Western blotting in human embryonic kidney (HEK 293, human breast cancer (MCF-7 and mouse melanoma (B16F1 cell lines. The samples were then processed for cell surface roughness studies using atomic force microscopy (AFM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The same samples were used for microarray analysis as well. Tumors sections from control and SMAR1 treated mice as well as tissues sections from different grades of human breast cancer on poly L-lysine coated slides were used for AFM and SEM studies. Results Tumor sections from mice injected with melanoma cells showed pronounced surface roughness. In contrast, tumor sections obtained from nude mice that were first injected with melanoma cells followed by repeated injections of SMAR1-P44 peptide, exhibited relatively smoother surface profile. Interestingly, human breast cancer tissue sections that showed reduced SMAR1 expression exhibited increased surface roughness compared to the adjacent normal breast tissue. Our AFM data establishes that treatment of cells with SMAR1-P44 results into increase in cytoskeletal volume that is supported by comparative gene expression data showing an increase in the expression of specific cytoskeletal proteins compared to the control cells. Altogether, these findings indicate that tumor suppressor function of SMAR1 might be exhibited through smoothening of cell surface by regulating expression of cell surface proteins. Conclusion Tumor suppressor

  20. La sinonimia como caso particular de distancia semántica

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    Martin Zapico

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1518-2924.2014v19n40p253 Los modelos de rasgos sugieren que la representación semántica se constituye a partir de una serie de atributos que describen un concepto. Existe acuerdo en que a mayor cantidad de atributos comunes entre dos conceptos aumenta la probabilidad de que pertenezcan a una misma categoría. La hipótesis que subyace a este trabajo es que el grado de sinonimia se constituye como un caso extremo de la mayor cantidad de atributos compartidos. De este modo se estableció la correspondencia entre la sinonimia tal como es presentada en Diccionarios y Tesauros y la sinonimia obtenida experimentalmente a partir de las distancias. Se utilizaron las Normas de Producción de Atributos Semánticos en Castellano obtenidas a partir de 800 jóvenes universitarios. Se obtuvieron las distancias semánticas para 39 palabras pertenecientes a las Normas y a los Diccionarios por medio del cálculo del coseno entre vectores en un espacio n-dimensional para determinar los grados de coincidencia o sinonimia. Los resultados sugieren que las distancias entre los pares considerados sinónimos por los Diccionarios resultó superior a 0.9 cuando pertenecen a una subcategoría específica. Para las palabras con una distancia próxima a 0.8 se advierte la pertenencia a una misma categoría de base y cuando la sinonimia se da por pertenecer a una misma categoría amplia puntuaron entre 0.6 y 0.8.

  1. Adapted methods for scanning electron microscopy (SEM in assessment of human sperm morphology

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    Petra Nussdorfer

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Infertility is a widespread problem, and in some cases, the routine basic semen analysis is not sufficient to detect the cause of male infertility. The use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM could provide a detailed insight into spermatozoa morphology, but it requires specific sample preparation techniques. The purpose of this study was to select, adjust, and optimize a method for the preparation of spermatozoa samples prior to SEM analysis, and to establish the protocol required for its use in clinical practice. We examined sperm samples of 50 men. The samples were fixed with modified iso-osmolar aldehyde solution followed by osmium post-fixation. In the first method, dehydration of the cells and subsequent critical point drying (CPD were performed on a coverslip. In the second method, the samples were dehydrated in centrifuge tubes; hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS was used as a drying agent instead of CPD, and the samples were air-dried. The third procedure was based on a membrane filter. The samples were dehydrated and dried with HMDS in a Gooch crucible, continuously, without centrifugation or redispersion of the sample. Our results showed that the fixation with modified iso-osmolar aldehyde solution followed by osmium post-fixation, and combined with dehydration and CPD on a coverslip, is the most convenient procedure for SEM sample preparation. In the case of small-size samples or low sperm concentration, dehydration and drying with HMDS on the membrane filter enabled the best reliability, repeatability, and comparability of the results. The presented procedures are suitable for routine use, and they can be applied to confirm as well as to correct a diagnosis.

  2. Effect of CPP-ACP paste on tooth mineralization: an FE-SEM study.

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    Oshiro, Maki; Yamaguchi, Kanako; Takamizawa, Toshiki; Inage, Hirohiko; Watanabe, Takayuki; Irokawa, Atsushi; Ando, Susumu; Miyazaki, Masashi

    2007-06-01

    Milk and milk products, such as cheese, have been shown to exhibit anticariogenic properties in human and animal models. CPP-ACP shows an anti-caries effect by suppressing demineralization, enhancing remineralization, or possibly a combination of both. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of CPP-ACP paste on demineralization by observing the treated tooth surface using an FE-SEM. The specimens were prepared by cutting enamel and dentin of bovine teeth into blocks. A few specimens were stored in 0.1 M lactic acid buffer solution for 10 min and then in artificial saliva (negative control). The remaining specimens were stored in a 10 times-diluted solution of CPP-ACP paste or a placebo paste containing no CPP-ACP for 10 min, followed by 10 min immersion in a demineralizing solution (pH = 4.75, Ca) twice a day before storage in artificial saliva. After treatment of the specimens for 3, 7, 21 and 28 days, they were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde in cacodylate buffer solution, dehydrated in ascending grades of tert-butyl alcohol, and then transferred to a critical-point dryer. The surfaces were coated with a thin film of Au in a vacuum evaporator, and were observed under field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The SEM observations revealed different morphological features brought about by the various storage conditions. Demineralization of the enamel and dentin surfaces was more pronounced with the longer test period in the control and negative control specimens. On the other hand, enamel and dentin specimens treated with CPP-ACP paste revealed slight changes in their morphological features. From the morphological observations of the enamel and dentin surfaces, it could be considered that the CPP-ACP paste might prevent demineralization of the tooth structure.

  3. Analysis of Balance Scorecards Model Performance and Perspective Strategy Synergized by SEM

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    Waluyo Minto

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance assessment analysis after the economic crisis by using Balanced Scorecard (BSC method becomes a powerful and effective tool and can provide an integrated view of the performance of an organization. This strategy led to the Indonesian economy being stretched positively after the economic crisis. Taking effective decisions is not spared from combining four BSC perspectives and strategies that focus on a system with different behavior or steps. This paper combines two methods of BSC with structural equation modeling (SEM because they have the same concept, which is a causal relationship, where the research model concept SEM variables use BSC variable. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of variables that synergized between balanced scorecard with SEM as a means of strategic planning in the future. This study used primary data with a large enough sample to meet the maximum likelihood estimation by assessment scale of seven semantic points. This research model is a combination of one and two step models. The next step is to test the measurement model, structural equation modeling, and modification models. The test results indicated that the model has multi colinearities. Therefore, the model is converted into one step model. The test results after being modified into a model of the goodness of fit indices showed a good score. All BSC variables have direct significant influence, including the perspective of strategic goals and sustainable competitive advantage. The implication of the simulation model of goodness of fit-modification results are DF = 227, Chi-square =276.550, P =0.058, CMIN/DF = 1.150, GFI = 0.831, AGFI = 0.791, CFI = 0.972, TLI = 0.965 and RMSEA = 0.039.

  4. Three-dimensional intracellular structure of a whole rice mesophyll cell observed with FIB-SEM.

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    Oi, Takao; Enomoto, Sakiko; Nakao, Tomoyo; Arai, Shigeo; Yamane, Koji; Taniguchi, Mitsutaka

    2017-07-01

    Ultrathin sections of rice leaf blades observed two-dimensionally using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) show that the chlorenchyma is composed of lobed mesophyll cells, with intricate cell boundaries, and lined with chloroplasts. The lobed cell shape and chloroplast positioning are believed to enhance the area available for the gas exchange surface for photosynthesis in rice leaves. However, a cell image revealing the three-dimensional (3-D) ultrastructure of rice mesophyll cells has not been visualized. In this study, a whole rice mesophyll cell was observed using a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM), which provides many serial sections automatically, rapidly and correctly, thereby enabling 3-D cell structure reconstruction. Rice leaf blades were fixed chemically using the method for conventional TEM observation, embedded in resin and subsequently set in the FIB-SEM chamber. Specimen blocks were sectioned transversely using the FIB, and block-face images were captured using the SEM. The sectioning and imaging were repeated overnight for 200-500 slices (each 50 nm thick). The resultant large-volume image stacks ( x = 25 μm, y = 25 μm, z = 10-25 μm) contained one or two whole mesophyll cells. The 3-D models of whole mesophyll cells were reconstructed using image processing software. The reconstructed cell models were discoid shaped with several lobes around the cell periphery. The cell shape increased the surface area, and the ratio of surface area to volume was twice that of a cylinder having the same volume. The chloroplasts occupied half the cell volume and spread as sheets along the cell lobes, covering most of the inner cell surface, with adjacent chloroplasts in close contact with each other. Cellular and sub-cellular ultrastructures of a whole mesophyll cell in a rice leaf blade are demonstrated three-dimensionally using a FIB-SEM. The 3-D models and numerical information support the hypothesis that rice mesophyll

  5. APIs semánticas para la web orientada a datos enlazados

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    Garrote Hernández, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    [ES] Uno de los principales problemas que se plantean en el desarrollo actual de apli- caciones web y m ¿oviles consiste en la definici ¿on de Interfaces de Programaci ¿on de Aplicaciones (APIs) entre clientes y proveedores de datos. Nuestra propuesta de solu- cio ¿n para este problema se basa en el uso de componentes b ¿asicos desarrollados en el a ¿rea de la Web Sema ¿ntica, la iniciativa de Datos Enlazados Abiertos y los principios arquitecturales REST con el fin de desarrollar APIs Sem ¿a...

  6. Characterization of Explosive Weld Joints by TEM and SEM/EBSD

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    Paul H.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The layers near the interface of explosively welded plates were investigated by means of microscopic observations with the use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM equipped with energy dispersive spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy equipped with electron backscattered diffraction facility (SEM/EBSD. The metal compositions based on carbon or stainless steels (base plate and Ti, Zr and Ta (flyer plate were analyzed. The study was focused on the possible interdiffusion across the interface and the changes in the dislocation structure of bonded plates in the layers near-the-interface.

  7. SEM Characterization of Extinguished Grains from Plasma-Ignited M30 Charges

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    Kinkennon, A.; Birk, A.; DelGuercio, M.; Kaste, P.; Lieb, R.; Newberry, J.; Pesce-Rodriguez, R.; Schroeder, M.

    2000-01-01

    M30 propellant grains that had been ignited in interrupted closed bomb experiments were characterize by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Previous chemical analysis of extinguished grains had given no indications of plasma-propellant chemical interactions that could explain the increased burning rates that had been previously observed in full-pressure closed bomb experiments. (This does not mean that there is no unique chemistry occurring with plasma ignition. It may occur very early in the ignition event and then become obscured by the burning chemistry.) In this work, SEM was used to look at grain morphologies to determine if there were increases in the surface areas of the plasma-ignited grains which would contribute to the apparent increase in the burning rate. Charges were made using 30 propellant grains (approximately 32 grams) stacked in two tiers and in two concentric circles around a plastic straw. Each grain was notched so that, when the grains were expelled from the bomb during extinguishment, it could be determined in which tier and which circle each grain was originally packed. Charges were ignited in a closed bomb by either a nickel wire/Mylar-capillary plasma or black powder. The bomb contained a blowout disk that ruptured when the pressure reached 35 MPa, and the propellant was vented into a collection chamber packed with polyurethane foam. SEM analysis of the grains fired with a conventional black powder igniter showed no signs of unusual burning characteristics. The surfaces seemed to be evenly burned on the exteriors of the grains and in the perforations. Grains that had been subjected to plasma ignition, however, had pits, gouges, chasms, and cracks in the surfaces. The sides of the grains closest to the plasma had the greatest amount of damage, but even surfaces facing the outer wall of the bomb had small pits. The perforations contained gouges and abnormally burned regions (wormholes) that extended into the web. The SEM photos indicated that

  8. Application of SEM/EDS to environmental geochemistry of heavy metals

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    Mateja Gosar

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metals represent a ubiquitous constituent of the near-surface environment, present in widely varyingconcentrations that typically have little impact on human behaviour and health. However, the mining of metals anduse of these metals in industrial processes has produced significant anthropogenic inputs of metals to both localand global environments. As such, a rigorous overview of the current accumulation of heavy metals and knowledgeof mineralogy of heavy metal-bearing phases is important for understanding their stability, solubility, mobility,bioavailability and toxicity. These data are of fundamental importance for environmental risk assessment and evaluationof future scenarios. Since conventional geochemical analyses provide limited information, other analyticalmethods have to be utilized for the characterisation of heavy metal-bearing phases. Significant analytical methodfor identification and characterisation of heavy metals in environmental media is a scanning electron microscopecoupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM/EDS, an apparatus for qualitative and semi-quantitative chemical analysis at microne level, newly introduced to Geological Survey of Slovenia. Use of SEM/EDS was already introduced to environmental studies world-wide. In Slovenia, SEM/EDS analyses of environmental media werefirstly carried out on the Meža River stream sediments and snow deposits from Ljubljana urban area.Heavy metal-bearing phases in the Meža River stream sediments were apportioned to three source areas: Mežica mining/smelting area (geogenic-technogenic origin, Ravne ironworks area (technogenic origin and the Meža River catchment area (geogenic origin, which corresponds to data obtained by conventional geochemical and multivariate statistical methods. Airborne particles, identified in urban snow deposits, were interpreted as geogenic particles, represented by fragments of heavy metal-bearing minerals, and technogenic particles that

  9. Morphological and Production Changes in Planktonic and Biofilm Cells Monitored Using SEM and Raman Spectroscopy

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    Hrubanová, Kamila; Krzyžánek, Vladislav; Samek, Ota; Skoupý, Radim; Šiler, Martin; Ježek, Jan; Obruča, S.; Zemánek, Pavel

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    Roč. 23, S1 (2017), s. 1158-1159 ISSN 1431-9276 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-20645S; GA ČR(CZ) GA16-12477S; GA ČR(CZ) GA17-15451S; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1212; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : biofilm cells * SEM * Raman spectroscopy Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 1.891, year: 2016

  10. Unveiling the Mysteries of Mars with a Miniaturized Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (MVP-SEM)

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    Edmunson, J.; Gaskin, J. A.; Doloboff, I. J.; Jerman, G.

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    Development of a miniaturized scanning electron microscope that will utilize the martian atmosphere to dissipate charge during analysis continues. This instrument is expected to be used on a future rover or lander to answer fundamental Mars science questions. To identify the most important questions, a survey was taken at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). From the gathered information initial topics were identified for a SEM on the martian surface. These priorities are identified and discussed below. Additionally, a concept of operations is provided with the goal of maximizing the science obtained with the minimum amount of communication with the instrument.

  11. Red semántica de terremoto y maremoto en personas expuestas directa y vicariamente

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    Emilio Moyano Díaz; Katerinne Muñoz Tapia; Claudia Estrada; Marcelo Leiva-Bianchi

    2012-01-01

    Se busca identificar el significado de los conceptos 'terremoto' y 'maremoto' en dos grupos diferentemente expuestos al evento acaecido en Chile el 27/02/2010, en una muestra no probabilística intencional, compuesta por 240 personas provenientes de las ciudades de Constitución (n=104) - expuestas directamente al terremoto y maremoto -, y de Punta Arenas (n=136) expuestas vicariamente. Mediante redes semánticas naturales (R.S.) construidas ad-hoc, fue observado que terremoto y tsunami tienen s...

  12. Modelado y Comparación de Colecciones en la Web Semántica

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    Sánchez Alberca, Alfredo

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    En esta tesis se estudia la representación, modelado y comparación de colecciones mediante el uso de ontologías en el ámbito de la Web Semántica. Las colecciones, entendidas como agrupaciones de objetos o elementos con entidad propia, son construcciones que aparecen frecuentemente en prácticamente todos los dominios del mundo real, y por tanto, es imprescindible disponer de conceptualizaciones de estas estructuras abstractas y de representaciones de estas conceptualizaciones en los sistemas i...

  13. Validation of cell-free culture using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and gene expression studies.

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    Yang, R; Elankumaran, Y; Hijjawi, N; Ryan, U

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    A cell-free culture system for Cryptosporidium parvum was analysed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to characterise life cycle stages and compare gene expression in cell-free culture and cell culture using HCT-8 cells. Cryptosporidium parvum samples were harvested at 2 h, 8 h, 14 h, 26 h, 50 h, 74 h, 98 h, 122 h and 170 h, chemically fixed and specimens were observed using a Zeiss 1555 scanning electron microscope. The presence of sporozoites, trophozoites and type I merozoites were identified by SEM. Gene expression in cell culture and cell-free culture was studied using reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) of the sporozoite surface antigen protein (cp15), the glycoprotein 900 (gp900), the Cryptosporidium oocyst wall protein (COWP) and 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes in both cell free and conventional cell culture. In cell culture, cp15 expression peaked at 74 h, gp900 expression peaked at 74 h and 98 h and COWP expression peaked at 50 h. In cell-free culture, CP15 expression peaked at 98 h, gp900 expression peaked at 74 h and COWP expression peaked at 122 h. The present study is the first to compare gene expression of C. parvum in cell culture and cell-free culture and to characterise life cycle stages of C. parvum in cell-free culture using SEM. Findings from this study showed that gene expression patterns in cell culture and cell-free culture were similar but in cell-free culture, gene expression was delayed for CP15 and COWP in cell free culture compared with the cell culture system and was lower. Although three life cycle stageswere conclusively identified, improvements in SEM methodology should lead to the detection of more life cycle stages. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Funcionalidade nos pacientes com AVE com e sem programa de fisioterapia

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    Ndamenaposy, Altina Mwetuhanga

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    Projeto de Graduação apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Licenciada em Fisioterapia Introdução: O Acidente Vascular Encefálico (AVE), resulta da suspensão do aporte sanguíneo ao Encéfalo,acarretando alterações motoras, da linguagem, da percepção e cognitivas.O objectivo deste estudo,foi identificar e analisar a funcionalidade em pacientes com AVE, com e sem programa de fisioterapia. O estudo foi composto por 17 sujeitos, 70,6% do se...

  15. An evaluation testing technique of single event effect using Beam Blanking SEM

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    Aoki, J.; Hada, T.; Pesce, A.; Akutsu, T.; Matsuda, S. [National Space Development Agency of Japan, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan). Tsukuba Space Center; Igarashi, T.; Baba, S.

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    Beam Blanking SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) testing technique has been applied to CMOS SRAM devices to evaluate the occurence of soft errors on memory cells. Cross-section versus beam current and LET curves derived from BBSEM and heavy ion testing technique, respectively, have been compared. A linear relation between BBSEM current and heavy ion LET has been found. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that the application of focused pulsed electron beam could be a reliable, convenient and inexpensive tool to investigate the effects of heavy ions and high energy particles on memory devices for space application. (author)

  16. Morphological analysis of polymers on hair fibers by SEM and AFM

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    Valéria Fernandes Monteiro

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    Full Text Available The polyquaternium 7® polymer is widely used in cosmetic formulations. Morphologic alterations in hair fibers were observed after the application of the polyquaternium 7® polymer, using SEM and AFM. Continuous applications of this product indicated that it accumulates on the fibers, improving the aspect of the hair surface. Quantitative analysis of the images obtained by AFM was undertaken. The data obtained for the hair surface roughness indicates that the fibers treated with the polymer presented higher roughness than the untreated hair fibers.

  17. Zizek com lacan em: kant sem Sade. Liberdade como Reapropriação do Gozo

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    Fernando Facó de Assis Fonseca

    Full Text Available Resumo: Neste artigo, pretendemos trabalhar, a partir de uma leitura de Zizek e Lacan, a perspectiva radical de liberdade como superação da dialética entre a Lei moral kantiana e o gozo sádico. Para isso, procuramos primeiramente mostrar como Lacan articula a relação de Kant com Sade, para, em seguida, pensar como, segundo Zizek, o psicanalista encontra uma saída para o princípio de liberdade kantiana, a partir da ética do desejo puro, o que nos permitirá pensar um Kant sem Sade.

  18. Recent Optical and SEM Characterization of Genesis Solar Wind Concentrator Diamond on Silicon Collector

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    Allton, Judith H.; Rodriquez, M. C.; Burkett, P. J.; Ross, D. K.; Gonzalez, C. P.; McNamara, K. M.

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    One of the 4 Genesis solar wind concentrator collectors was a silicon substrate coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC) in which to capture solar wind. This material was designed for analysis of solar nitrogen and noble gases [1, 2]. This particular collector fractured during landing, but about 80% of the surface was recovered, including a large piece which was subdivided in 2012 [3, 4, 5]. The optical and SEM imaging and analysis described below supports the subdivision and allocation of the diamond-on-silicon (DOS) concentrator collector.

  19. iSemServ: A model-driven approach to developing semantic web services

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    Full Text Available could annotate the service model with WSDL stereotypes to indicate the preference to generate WSDL service descriptions. In conforming to the decoupling requirement, at this layer once the syntactic descriptions are generated, and the service logic... capturing the properties of ser- vices need to be modelled following the novel iSemServ UML profile. In a nutshell, UML profiles are a group of custom keywords (i.e. stereotypes), data types and tag values that could be used to annotate and extend UML...

  20. Semântica gramatical: a significação dos pronomes

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    Nildemir Ferreira de Carvalho

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    O estudo analisa a significação das particulas pronominais entre as quais se incluem os determinantes, os pronomes substantivos e os advérbios pronominais. Para esta análise se adota o critério dos traços constrativos (Chomsky, 2. Os resultados do trabalho mostram que as categorias semânticas dos pronomes (lato sensu se associam, de uma forma ou de outra, às nações de DEFINIDADE e PESSOA DO DISCURSO.

  1. El campo semántico "agujero"en español

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    Cano Vela, Ángel Gregorio

    1994-01-01

    Este estudio se inserta en la nomina de trabajos sobre lexemáticas historia del español, pretendemos establecer los distintos estudios sincornicos que ha configurado el campo semántico "agujero" en español desde el siglo XII hasta hoy. El punto de vista bajo el que estudiamos los paradigmas léxicas es el que corresponde a la lexicología del contenido. Estudiamos, pues, las relaciones entre los significados léxicos. En cuanto al método seguido es el retrospectivo. Los principales teóricos que ...

  2. SEM, EDS, PL and absorbance study of CdTe thin films grown by CSS method

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    Hernandez-Torres, M.E.; Silva-Gonzalez, R.; Gracia-Jimenez, J.M. [Instituto de Fisica, BUAP, Apdo. Postal J-48, San Manuel, 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Casarrubias-Segura, G. [CIE- UNAM, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico)

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    Oxygen-doped CdTe films were grown on conducting glass substrates by the close spaced sublimation (CSS) method and characterized using SEM, EDS, photoluminescence (PL) and absorbance. A significant change in the polycrystalline morphology is observed when the oxygen proportion is increased in the deposition atmosphere. The EDS analysis showed that all samples are nonstoichiometric with excess Te. The PL spectra show emission bands associated with Te vacancies (V{sub Te}), whose intensities decrease as the oxygen proportion in the CSS chamber is increased. The oxygen impurities occupy Te vacancies and modify the surfaces states, improving the nonradiative process. (author)

  3. Estudo comparativo entre cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica com e sem circulação extracorpórea em mulheres Comparative study between on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass graft in women

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    Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira Sá

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Tem sido bem documentado que mulheres têm taxas de morbimortalidade mais altas que homens submetidos à cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica (CRM. Em vista desta evidência, é necessário saber se há benefício da CRM sem circulação extracorpórea (CEC em comparação à CRM com CEC. OBJETIVOS: Comparar desfechos de morbimortalidade entre CRM sem CEC e CRM com CEC. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo. Nossa investigação analisa comparativamente o perfil clínico, 13 complicações relativas ao procedimento e mortalidade de uma população de 941 mulheres submetidas à CRM (549 sem CEC e 392 com CEC em dois hospitais, no período de janeiro de 2000 a dezembro de 2005. RESULTADOS: A taxa de mortalidade em mulheres submetidas à CRM sem CEC é menor que mulheres submetidas à CRM com CEC, entretanto, a diferença não é estatisticamente significativa (3,1% vs. 5,3%; P=0,134. As taxas de complicações analisadas (choque hemorrágico, neurológicas, respiratórias, insuficiência renal aguda, síndrome da angústia respiratória do adulto, septicemia, pneumonia, fibrilação atrial foram menores (diferença estatisticamente significativa em mulheres do grupo CRM sem CEC em comparação ao grupo CRM com CEC, com exceção das complicações baixo débito cardíaco e infecção de ferida operatória. CONCLUSÕES: As evidências sugerem que CRM sem CEC pode beneficiar as mulheres em comparação com CRM com CEC, pois parece reduzir as taxas de morbimortalidade. Dez das 13 complicações investigadas demonstraram uma significativa vantagem das mulheres submetidas à CRM sem CEC em relação àquelas submetidas à CRM com CEC.BACKGROUND: It has been well documented that women have higher morbidity and mortality rates than men following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgery. In view of this evidence, it is necessary to know if there is benefit to off-pump CABG surgery in women in comparison to on-pump CABG. OBJECTIVES: Compare

  4. Automated transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM) for large volume analysis at nanoscale resolution.

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    Kuwajima, Masaaki; Mendenhall, John M; Lindsey, Laurence F; Harris, Kristen M

    2013-01-01

    Transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM) on a field emission SEM platform was developed for efficient and cost-effective imaging of circuit-scale volumes from brain at nanoscale resolution. Image area was maximized while optimizing the resolution and dynamic range necessary for discriminating key subcellular structures, such as small axonal, dendritic and glial processes, synapses, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, vesicles, microtubules, polyribosomes, and endosomes which are critical for neuronal function. Individual image fields from the tSEM system were up to 4,295 µm(2) (65.54 µm per side) at 2 nm pixel size, contrasting with image fields from a modern transmission electron microscope (TEM) system, which were only 66.59 µm(2) (8.160 µm per side) at the same pixel size. The tSEM produced outstanding images and had reduced distortion and drift relative to TEM. Automated stage and scan control in tSEM easily provided unattended serial section imaging and montaging. Lens and scan properties on both TEM and SEM platforms revealed no significant nonlinear distortions within a central field of ∼100 µm(2) and produced near-perfect image registration across serial sections using the computational elastic alignment tool in Fiji/TrakEM2 software, and reliable geometric measurements from RECONSTRUCT™ or Fiji/TrakEM2 software. Axial resolution limits the analysis of small structures contained within a section (∼45 nm). Since this new tSEM is non-destructive, objects within a section can be explored at finer axial resolution in TEM tomography with current methods. Future development of tSEM tomography promises thinner axial resolution producing nearly isotropic voxels and should provide within-section analyses of structures without changing platforms. Brain was the test system given our interest in synaptic connectivity and plasticity; however, the new tSEM system is readily applicable to other biological systems.

  5. Automated transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM for large volume analysis at nanoscale resolution.

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    Masaaki Kuwajima

    Full Text Available Transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM on a field emission SEM platform was developed for efficient and cost-effective imaging of circuit-scale volumes from brain at nanoscale resolution. Image area was maximized while optimizing the resolution and dynamic range necessary for discriminating key subcellular structures, such as small axonal, dendritic and glial processes, synapses, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, vesicles, microtubules, polyribosomes, and endosomes which are critical for neuronal function. Individual image fields from the tSEM system were up to 4,295 µm(2 (65.54 µm per side at 2 nm pixel size, contrasting with image fields from a modern transmission electron microscope (TEM system, which were only 66.59 µm(2 (8.160 µm per side at the same pixel size. The tSEM produced outstanding images and had reduced distortion and drift relative to TEM. Automated stage and scan control in tSEM easily provided unattended serial section imaging and montaging. Lens and scan properties on both TEM and SEM platforms revealed no significant nonlinear distortions within a central field of ∼100 µm(2 and produced near-perfect image registration across serial sections using the computational elastic alignment tool in Fiji/TrakEM2 software, and reliable geometric measurements from RECONSTRUCT™ or Fiji/TrakEM2 software. Axial resolution limits the analysis of small structures contained within a section (∼45 nm. Since this new tSEM is non-destructive, objects within a section can be explored at finer axial resolution in TEM tomography with current methods. Future development of tSEM tomography promises thinner axial resolution producing nearly isotropic voxels and should provide within-section analyses of structures without changing platforms. Brain was the test system given our interest in synaptic connectivity and plasticity; however, the new tSEM system is readily applicable to other biological systems.

  6. Non-coating fixation techniques or redundancy of conductive coating, low kV FE-SEM operation and combined SEM/TEM of biological tissues.

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    Jongebloed, W L; Stokroos, I; Van der Want, J J; Kalicharan, D

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    Non-coating fixation methods, in particular the tannic acid/arginine/osmium tetroxide procedure, are employed for a number of reasons on the guinea-pig organ of Corti hair cell stereocilia glycocalyx and the imprints of the stereocilia at the bottom side of the tectorial membrane, and on the rat and cat intestinal epithelial microvilli glycocalyx and mucus-producing goblet cells. These methods are used firstly to confirm that non-coating prepared specimens can be embedded for TEM observation at 60-100 kV without loss of detail information, and these images can be compared with cryo-FE-SEM images of the same structure/tissue. Secondly, they show that specimens treated according non-coating techniques become optimally preserved and electrically conductive, so that no external conductive coating is required. In this way a comparison of images of subsequent fresh fracture faces is possible without a decrease in information on detail, which otherwise could happen after subsequent coating layers required after standard fixation. Thirdly, they show that non-coating methods can be used quite well with low accelerating voltages because the osmium-tannic acid complex in the specimen surface produces a large number of backscattered and secondary electrons in the surface layer, showing in particular surface phenomena. Fourthly, they show that with an optimal non-coating preservation, in combination with a well-balanced pre-fixation mixture, preparation artefacts due to extraction and even dehydration and drying are minimized. This is compared with images of the organ of Corti hair cells treated with a so-called three-aldehyde pre-fixation mixture, which causes disrupted stereocilia to cling onto the bottom side of the tectorial membrane.

  7. Fully covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMS), partially covered SEMS and self-expandable plastic stents for the treatment of benign esophageal ruptures and anastomotic leaks.

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    van Boeckel, Petra G A; Dua, Kulwinder S; Weusten, Bas L A M; Schmits, Ruben J H; Surapaneni, Naveen; Timmer, Robin; Vleggaar, Frank P; Siersema, Peter D

    2012-02-29

    Benign esophageal ruptures and anastomotic leaks are life-threatening conditions that are often treated surgically. Recently, placement of partially and fully covered metal or plastic stents has emerged as a minimally invasive treatment option. We aimed to determine the clinical effectiveness of covered stent placement for the treatment of esophageal ruptures and anastomotic leaks with special emphasis on different stent designs. Consecutive patients who underwent placement of a fully covered self-expandable metal stent (FSEMS), a partially covered SEMS (PSEMS) or a self-expanding plastic stent (SEPS) for a benign esophageal rupture or anastomotic leak after upper gastrointestinal surgery in the period 2007-2010 were included. Data on patient demographics, type of lesion, stent placement and removal, clinical success and complications were collected A total of 52 patients received 83 esophageal stents (61 PSEMS, 15 FSEMS, 7 SEPS) for an anastomotic leak (n=32), iatrogenic rupture (n=13), Boerhaave's syndrome (n=4) or other cause (n=3). Endoscopic stent removal was successful in all but eight patients treated with a PSEMS due to tissue ingrowth. Clinical success was achieved in 34 (76%, intention-to-treat: 65%) patients (PSEMS: 73%, FSEMS: 83%, SEPS: 83%) after a median of 1 (range 1-5) stent and a median stenting time of 39 (range 7-120) days. In total, 33 complications in 24 (46%) patients occurred (tissue in- or overgrowth (n=8), stent migration (n=10), ruptured stent cover (all Ultraflex; n=6), food obstruction (n=3), severe pain (n=2), esophageal rupture (n=2), hemorrhage (n=2)). One (2%) patient died of a stent-related cause. Covered stents placed for a period of 5-6 weeks may well be an alternative to surgery for treating benign esophageal ruptures or anastomotic leaks. As efficacy between PSEMS, FSEMS and SEPS is not different, stent choice should depend on expected risks of stent migration (SEPS and FSEMS) and tissue in- or overgrowth (PSEMS).

  8. Strategies and results of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) in the study of parasitic protozoa.

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    de Souza, Wanderley; Campanati, Loraine; Attias, Marcia

    2008-01-01

    Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) provides a range of strategies for investigating the structural organization of biological systems, varying from isolated macromolecules to tissue organization and whole organisms. This review covers some of the results so far obtained using FE-SEM observation and various protocols of sample fixation to analyze the structural organization of parasitic protozoa and their interaction with host cells. The employment of FE-SEM can be broadened through the use of gold-labeled molecules or tracers, gradual extraction by detergents, and cleavage techniques. These analyses provide significant contributions to the characterization of these organisms concerning ultrastructure, cytoskeleton, motility and intracellular behavior.

  9. Signal-to-noise ratio estimation on SEM images using cubic spline interpolation with Savitzky-Golay smoothing.

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    Sim, K S; Kiani, M A; Nia, M E; Tso, C P

    2014-01-01

    A new technique based on cubic spline interpolation with Savitzky-Golay noise reduction filtering is designed to estimate signal-to-noise ratio of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. This approach is found to present better result when compared with two existing techniques: nearest neighbourhood and first-order interpolation. When applied to evaluate the quality of SEM images, noise can be eliminated efficiently with optimal choice of scan rate from real-time SEM images, without generating corruption or increasing scanning time. © 2013 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2013 Royal Microscopical Society.

  10. Prevalência de transtornos psiquiátricos em portadores de prótese valvar mecânica com e sem febre reumática

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    Regina Ponce da Silva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Valvulopatias cardíacas, causadas por febre reumática e outras etiologias, podem levar ao implante de prótese valvar mecânica e anticoagulação oral obrigatória. Comorbidade psiquiátrica pode reduzir a adesão à anticoagulação. Esse estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a prevalência de transtornos psiquiátricos em pacientes com prótese valvar mecânica. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 193 portadores de prótese valvar mecânica, sendo 135 com cardiopatia reumática, tendo sido utilizada a Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, versão 5.0.0, para investigação quanto à presença de transtornos psiquiátricos. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados os seguintes transtornos psiquiátricos nos pacientes avaliados: transtornos de ansiedade generalizada (16,6%, agorafobia (11,9%, fobia social (10,4%, depressão (9,8%, distimia (4,1% atual e 1% no passado, transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo (3,6%, pânico - vida inteira (1,6%, dependência ou abuso de substâncias (2%, dependência ou abuso de álcool (1%, episódio hipomaníaco (0,5% atual e 0,5% no passado, bulimia (0,5%. O risco de suicídio detectado foi de 13,4%. Ao ser comparada a prevalência dos transtornos no grupo com e sem cardiopatia reumática, não foi encontrada diferença estatisticamente significativa. CONCLUSÃO: Foi encontrada elevada comorbidade de transtornos psiquiátricos, principalmente transtornos ansiosos e depressão, sendo também elevado o risco de suicídio nessa população.

  11. Massa alimentícia sem glúten com elevado teor proteico obtida por processo convencional Gluten-free pasta with high protein content obtained by conventional processing

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    Marcio Schmiele

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Indivíduos celíacos necessitam de dieta sem glúten como, por exemplo, massas alimentícias de arroz. No entanto, esse cereal apresenta o menor teor de proteínas, em relação aos demais cereais, e deficiência em características tecnológicas de cozimento e textura para as massas alimentícias. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver massa de farinha de arroz com alto teor de proteína através de Delineamento Composto Central Rotacional de três variáveis independentes, sendo: X1 - isolado proteico de soja (IPS - 0-20%; X2 - albumina de ovo modificada e desidratada (ALB - 0-15%; e X3 - farinha de arroz pré-gelatinizada (FAG - 0-30%. As massas foram analisadas quanto a tempo de cozimento (TC, perda de sólidos na água de cozimento (PS, aumento de peso (AP, firmeza e adesividade. Verificou-se que a adição de IPS, ALB e FAG influenciou significativamente (PCeliac individuals require a gluten free diet, which includes products such as rice pasta. However, this cereal has lower protein content, when compared with other cereals, and poor cooking and texture technological characteristics for pasta. The aim of this research was the development of rice pasta with high protein content through a Central and Rotational Composite Design with three independent variables, as follows: X1 - isolated soy protein (ISP - 0-20 %; X2 - modified and dehydrated egg albumin (ALB - 0-15 %; and X3 - pre-gelatinized rice flour (GRF - 0-30%. The pasta samples were analyzed for cooking time (CT, solid loss in cooking water (SL, weight gain (WG, firmness and adhesiveness. It was verified that ISP, ALB and GRF significantly influenced (P<0.10 CT, SL and firmness, with values between 300 and 525s, 2.22 and 9.84% and 4.82 and 11.13N, respectively. The optimum point was obtained with the addition of 17% ISP, 15% ALB and 15% GRF, indicating a product with excellent cooking and texture properties to include in the diet of celiacs.

  12. How Cognitive Genetic Factors Influence Fertility Outcomes: A Mediational SEM Analysis.

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    Woodley Of Menie, Michael A; Schwartz, Joseph A; Beaver, Kevin M

    2016-12-01

    Utilizing a newly released cognitive Polygenic Score (PGS) from Wave IV of Add Health (n = 1,886), structural equation models (SEMs) examining the relationship between PGS and fertility (which is approximately 50% complete in the present sample), employing measures of verbal IQ and educational attainment as potential mediators, were estimated. The results of indirect pathway models revealed that verbal IQ mediates the positive relationship between PGS and educational attainment, and educational attainment in turn mediates the negative relationship between verbal IQ and a latent fertility measure. The direct path from PGS to fertility was non-significant. The model was robust to controlling for age, sex, and race; furthermore, the results of a multigroup SEM revealed no significant differences in the estimated path coeficients across sex. These results indicate that those predisposed towards higher verbal IQ by virtue of higher PGS values are also predisposed towards trading fertility against time spent in education, which contributes to those with higher PGS values producing fewer offspring at this stage in their life course.

  13. FE-SEM Evaluation of Dental Specimens Prepared by Different Methods for In Vitro Contamination.

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    Nakamura, Vitor Cesar; Kataoka, Simony Hidee Hamoy; Gavini, Giulio; Ferrari, Patrícia Helena; Cai, Silvana

    2012-01-01

    Objective. To evaluate through FE-SEM the cleanliness and dentinal alterations promoted by different methods of dental sample preparation. Methods. Twenty-five human single-rooted teeth were used. The teeth were cleaned and autoclaved in wet medium and randomly divided into 5 groups (n = 5), according to the preparation methods employed-control group: no solutions applied; group 1: cement removal and irrigation with 5.25% NaOCl  + 17 % EDTA for 4 minutes each; group 2: 17%  EDTA + 2.5% NaOCl (4 minutes ultrasonic bath); group 3: cement removal and 17%  EDTA + 5.25%  NaOCl + phosphate buffer solution + distilled water (10 minutes ultrasonic); group 4: 17%  EDTA + 5.25% NaOCl (3 minutes ultrasonic bath). Specimens were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), at 1500x magnification. Data were submitted to qualitative analysis according to a scoring system and submitted to Kruskal-Wallis test. Results. In ascending order, as to bind parameters, (i) cleanliness: control, group 2, group 3, group 5, and group 4, (ii) dentinal alterations: group 1, group 5, group 2, group 3, and group 4. Conclusion. The proposed protocol was suitable for subsequent microbiological contamination, because it showed less dentinal morphological alterations with increased removal of organic waste.

  14. Characterization of a hydroxyapatite sputtered film subject to hydrothermal treatment using FE-SEM and STEM.

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    Ozeki, K; Aoki, H; Masuzawa, T

    2011-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) was coated onto a titanium substrate using radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The sputtered film was crystallized using a hydrothermal treatment. The films were observed using X-ray diffractometry, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).It was observed that the surface of the hydrothermally-treated film was covered with globular particles. The FE-SEM observations indicated that these particles were composed of columnar grains with a grain size of 20-50 nm. In the STEM cross-sectional observation of the HA-Ti interface, HA crystalline phase regions were observed, in part, in the non-crystalline phase layer of the as-sputtered film. After the hydrothermal treatment, the HA layer crystallized; the HA crystallization proceeded to a distance of 30 nm above the titanium surface. From an EDX line scan analysis, the titanium oxide layer was not observed at the HA-Ti interface of the as-sputtered film; however, in the hydrothermally-treated film, the titanium oxide layer, with a 15 nm thickness, was observed between the mixing layer and the titanium substrate. The formation of titanium oxide at the HA-Ti interface would contribute to the adhesion improvement of the sputtered film following the hydrothermal treatment.

  15. Integrando léxicos semânticos e ontologias: uma aproximação a favor da Web Semântica Integrando lexicos semánticos y ontologías: una aproximación de la Web Semántica

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    Rove Luiza de Oliveira Chishman

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo central chamar a atenção, por meio de relatos de três propostas de estruturação ontológica, para os benefícios em se buscar uma estreita relação entre ontologias e léxicos semânticos computacionais. Para tanto, apresenta uma visão panorâmica dos léxicos computacionais e ontologias mais representativos, com ênfase nos recursos computacionais ligados ao domínio jurídico, temática predominante nos experimentos que serão descritos. A segunda parte do trabalho apresenta alguns estudos empreendidos pelo grupo de pesquisa SEMANTEC, no sentido de ilustrar como estes dois componentes podem se beneficiar mutuamente. Como consequência desta linha de pensamento, está a escolha consciente de modelos linguísticos consistentes para a construção de ontologias. Percebe-se, também que para fazer a Web um recurso global, é inevitável, além da semântica, tratar as questões multilíngues.

  16. Semántica y pragmática de la ironía verbal

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    Raymundo Raymundo Casas Navarro

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Se hace un estudio del multifacético y resbaladizo concepto de la ironía verbal con especial incidencia en sus aspectos semánticos y pragmáticos.Desde el punto de vista semántico, la ironía se reconoce como un discurso negativo indirecto que funciona gracias a la relación cognitiva de antonimia.En tal sentido, postulamos que los mensajes irónicos tienen en su forma lógica una negación invisible, pero siempre presente. Pragmáticamente, la ironía se entiende a la luz de la idea de los grados de saliencia aplicada al papel del contexto y se apoya considerablemente en la dinámica de laintención comunicativa.La multiplicidad de factores que se ponen en juego en la interpretación irónica nos lleva a postular la necesidad del concepto de competencia irónica (como parte de la competencia retórica. Este concepto intenta darcuenta de las abigarradas estrategias aplicadas tanto en la producción del texto irónico (el rol del enunciador como en la interpretación de las ironías por las que vivimos (el rol del enunciatario. Palabras claves: Ironía verbal, negación indirecta, grados de saliencia, intención comunicativa.

  17. Tratamento da forma mucosa de leishmaniose sem resposta a glucantime, com anfotericina B liposomal

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    Raimunda Nonata Ribeiro Sampaio

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Tratamos com ambisome (2 a 5g totais de dose seis pacientes com leishmaniose mucosa sem resposta a tratamento com glucantime (20mg SbV/kg/dia. A dose diária usada foi 2 a 3mg/kg/dia, aplicada por um mínimo de 20 dias. Após 26 a 38 meses de acompanhamento, cinco pacientes estão clinicamente curados. Um recidivou aos 6 meses. Não foram observados efeitos colaterais além de cefaléia, após a injeção. O ambisome constitue uma opção terapêutica para os pacientes com leishmaniose mucosa sem resposta aos antimoniais.We treated six patients with mucosal leishmaniasis who failed to respond to glucantime (20mg/kg/day with ambisome (2-5 grams total dose. The daily dose was 2-3mg/kg/day given for a minimum of 20 days. After 26-38 months of follow up, five patients were clinically cured. One relapsed after six months. No side effects of therapy were observed apart from headache after injection. Ambisome is a therapeutic option for patients with mucosal leishmaniasis unresponsive to antimonials.

  18. A practical approach to test the scope of FIB-SEM 3D reconstruction

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    Ritter, M.; Midgley, P. A.

    2010-07-01

    State-of-the-art focused ion beam (FIB) instruments have an ion column for sample modification and an electron column for scanning electron microscopy (SEM). 3D reconstruction of a sample volume can be achieved by serial sectioning using the FIB in combination with high-resolution SEM imaging of each cross-section. Usually, the resolution in the direction in which the sections are milled (z-direction) is much lower than in the plane of the cross-section (xy-direction) itself. Increased sampling in the z-direction can only be achieved by decreasing the distance between single sections. For a constant volume this is equivalent to increasing the number of sections, i.e. time and effort. To perform efficient 3D reconstructions the effect of the reduced sampling in the z-direction to the overall accuracy of the 3D reconstruction has to be known. We tested this approach with FIB conical test structures that were slice-and-view processed and subsequently reconstructed. Using a reference data set with a slice thickness (z-resolution) of 22 nm, data with z-resolutions ranging from 44 nm to 440 nm were created and reconstructed with commercial software. The calculated volumes for the simulated z-resolutions and their deviations from the reference volume are shown. Deviations of up to 35% occur and reach about 10% once the z-resolution was one fifth of the upper diameter of the conical structures.

  19. Qualitative and quantitative interpretation of SEM image using digital image processing.

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    Saladra, Dawid; Kopernik, Magdalena

    2016-10-01

    The aim of the this study is improvement of qualitative and quantitative analysis of scanning electron microscope micrographs by development of computer program, which enables automatic crack analysis of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs. Micromechanical tests of pneumatic ventricular assist devices result in a large number of micrographs. Therefore, the analysis must be automatic. Tests for athrombogenic titanium nitride/gold coatings deposited on polymeric substrates (Bionate II) are performed. These tests include microshear, microtension and fatigue analysis. Anisotropic surface defects observed in the SEM micrographs require support for qualitative and quantitative interpretation. Improvement of qualitative analysis of scanning electron microscope images was achieved by a set of computational tools that includes binarization, simplified expanding, expanding, simple image statistic thresholding, the filters Laplacian 1, and Laplacian 2, Otsu and reverse binarization. Several modifications of the known image processing techniques and combinations of the selected image processing techniques were applied. The introduced quantitative analysis of digital scanning electron microscope images enables computation of stereological parameters such as area, crack angle, crack length, and total crack length per unit area. This study also compares the functionality of the developed computer program of digital image processing with existing applications. The described pre- and postprocessing may be helpful in scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy surface investigations. © 2016 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2016 Royal Microscopical Society.

  20. FTIR and SEM analysis applied in tissue engineering for root recovering surgery.

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    Costa, Davidson Ribeiro; Nicolau, Renata Amadei; Costa, David Ribeiro; Raniero, Leandro José; Oliveira, Marco Antonio

    2017-08-01

    Gingival recession is defined by the displacement of the gingival margin in the apical direction, which overcomes the cementum enamel junction. The etiology of gingival retraction is related to tissue inflammation caused by the accumulation of biofilm, by trauma from brushing action. Aesthetic periodontal surgery aims to return the root coverage to aesthetic harmony, and reduce the risk of periodontal disease and caries. To assist in the root coverage process, the porcine collagen matrix (PCM) has been widely studied. The objectives of this study are to identify the types of collagen that make up the PCM and analyze their morphology. For this, five PCM fragments, 2 mm (thickness) × 2.6 mm (width), were analyzed with the aid of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The analysis by SEM showed that the PCM consists of two layers; the surface layer is compact, low porosity, and smooth surface, and a foamed underlying layer has high porosity. Through FTIR we identified that the surface and underlying layers are composed of collagen types I and III, respectively. This biomaterial is conducive to root coverage; it allows adsorption and cell proliferation following the matrix resorption and periodontal tissue neoformation. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 105B: 1326-1329, 2017. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Microstructural observation of fuel cell catalyst inks by Cryo-SEM and Cryo-TEM.

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    Shimanuki, Junichi; Takahashi, Shinichi; Tohma, Hajime; Ohma, Atsushi; Ishihara, Ayumi; Ito, Yoshiko; Nishino, Yuri; Miyazawa, Atsuo

    2017-06-01

    In order to improve the electricity generation performance of fuel cell electric vehicles, it is necessary to optimize the microstructure of the catalyst layer of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell. The catalyst layer is formed by a wet coating process using catalyst inks. Therefore, it is very important to observe the microstructure of the catalyst ink. In this study, the morphology of carbon-supported platinum (Pt/C) particles in catalyst inks with a different solvent composition was investigated by cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM). In addition, the morphology of the ionomer, which presumably influences the formation of agglomerated Pt/C particles in a catalyst ink, was investigated by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The results of a cryo-SEM observation revealed that the agglomerated Pt/C particles tended to become coarser with a higher 1-propanol (NPA) weight fraction. The results of a cryo-TEM observation indicated that the actual ionomer dispersion in a catalyst ink formed a network structure different from that of the ionomer in the solvent. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Japanese Society of Microscopy. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  2. Redescription of Cichlidogyrus philander (Monogenea, Ancyrocephalidae using scanning electron microscopy (SEM and molecular analysis

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    Igeh Patience C

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The sclerotized structures of monogeneans have traditionally been studied by light microscopy and different staining techniques. Recently, enzymatic digestion followed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM has enabled the examination of structural details not visible with light microscopy. In order to obtain better, and more accurate, morphological information on sclerotized structures not affected by mounting medium or cover slip pressure, the sclerites of Cichlidogyrus philander Douëllou, 1993 (Monogenea, Ancyrocephalidae, collected from Pseudocrenilabrus philander (Weber, 1897, were redescribed using SEM. Parasites were collected from Padda Dam, Gauteng, South Africa and soft tissue was digested to release the sclerotized structures. The digested tissue also provided sufficient genetic material for molecular characterization of this species. Cichlidogyrus philander is characterised by a penis with a sharp, curved, lateral termination, an accessory piece with a hook-like extremity that may appear forked terminally, and lack of a visible vagina. The transverse bars have concave and convex surfaces with ribs on the concave surface. The dorsal bar bears fenestrations at the base of the auricles and the ventral and dorsal gripi are dissimilar. Furthermore, the large first pair of uncinuli shows lateral wings on the left side of the base. On top of this wing, a ball-like structure with a small fenestration is visible. Genetic characters derived from the 28S rDNA, the COI mitochondrial DNA and ITS1 rDNA regions distinguish C. philander from all other Cichlidogyrus sequenced species.

  3. Replica of human dentin treated with different desensitizing agents: a methodological SEM study in vitro

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    Pereira Jose Carlos

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a preliminary study to determine a methodological sequence in vitro which may allow the reproduction of dentin for SEM analysis, after the use of different desensitizing agents. Dentin discs obtained from extracted human third molars were etched with 6% citric acid, an artificial smear layer was created and the surface dentin discs were divided into four quadrants. Quadrants 2, 3 and 4 of each disc were conditioned with 6% citric acid. The desensitizing agents (Oxa-Gel®, Gluma Desensitizer and an experimental agent were applied to quadrants 3 and 4. To evaluate the acid resistance of the treatment, quadrant 4 was etched again with 6% citric acid. An impression was then taken with Aquasil ULV. After a setting period of 6 min, each disc was removed from the impression and stored in a moist-free environment for 24 h at 37ºC. After that time, a low-viscosity epoxy resin (Araltec GY 1109 BR was poured into the impression and cured for 24 h. All specimens were metal-coated for SEM analysis. Comparison of the photomicrographs of dentin discs with their respective impressions and resin replicas showed that this technique can reproduce the characteristics of the dentin surface treated with desensitizing agents.

  4. SEM Evaluation of Internal Adaptation of Bases and Liners under Composite Restorations

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    Dimitrios Dionysopoulos

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the interfacial microgaps generating between different materials and between materials and dentin after polymerization of the composite restorations, using SEM. Methods: The materials investigated were a composite, an adhesive, a RMGI, and a calcium hydroxide. Thirty third molars were selected and two circular class V cavities (5 mm × 3 mm for each tooth were made. The teeth were randomly assigned into six groups and restored with a combination of the materials. The specimens were subjected to thermocycling and each tooth was sectioned mesiodistally in two halves. Each half was sectioned along the longitudinal axis through the center of the restorations to obtain a slice of 2 mm. The specimens were examined under SEM. The interfaces between the liners, the liners and dentin, and between the liners and the composite were examined for microgaps. Results: The results showed that there was not any significant difference in the mean width of microgaps in the interfaces between Dycal-dentin and Vitrebond-dentin (p>0.05. However, the width of microgaps in the interfaces between dentin-Clearfil Tri-S Bond was significantly smaller (p<0.05. The use of Clearfil Tri-S Bond reduced the possibility of microgap formation between the bonded interface and the materials tested.

  5. Effect of two bleaching agents on enamel morphology: a SEM study

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    Ghavam M.

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Statement of Problem: Bleaching materials are able to change the surface morphology as well as mineral and organic content of tooth structure. Considering that bleaching is done for aesthetic purpose, awareness of the possible effect of these materials on hard tissue is important, because it may affect the restorative treatments. Purpose: The aim of this study was comparing the effect of two bleaching materials, Kimia and Ultradent both containing 35% H2O2, on tooth enamel by SEM. Materials and Methods: Five intact central incisors were cut into three sections vertically and each part was randomly divided into three groups. Group 1 (control, without any bleaching. Group 2, bleached with Kimia 35% H2O2. Group 3, bleached with Ultradent 35% H2O2. Each tooth served as its own control. Then the samples were observed by SEM with 250 and 500 magnifications. Results: In the control group some scratches and small white grains were observed which seems to be the result of mastication trauma and pumice powder. In the other groups, morphologic changes like increased surface roughness, deepening of cracks, rod exposure and presence of new cracks were observed. The two experimental materials did not differ in these regards. Conclusion: It seems that both studied materials have limited destructive effects on tooth enamel which seems to be of no clinical importance.

  6. SEM study of ultrastructural changes in branchial architecture of Ctenopharyngodon idella (Cuvier & Valenciennes exposed to chlorpyrifos

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    Kaur Mandeep

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    Full Text Available We evaluated structural modifications in the branchial architecture of grass carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella, chronically exposed to chlorpyrifos (an organophosphate using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Static renewal tests were conducted for 96 h to determine the LC50 of chlorpyrifos to the fish. Physicochemical analysis of water was done using standard methods. To assess the effect of chronic toxicity, fish were exposed to two sublethal concentrations (1.44 μg/L and 2.41 μg/L of chlorpyrifos for 15, 30 and 60 days, after which gills were examined by SEM, which revealed changes in gill ultrastructure. Branchial alterations included distorted secondary lamellae in the form of curling and shortening, erosion in a few primary filaments and a wrinkled and denuded epithelial surface. Excessive mucosal openings (mucoid hyperplasia on the surface were observed in the gills of fish exposed to both concentrations of chlorpyrifos. Alteration in the microridge pattern of pavement cells and cracks on the gill rakers were also observed, and the intensity of the damage was found to be directly related to the toxicant concentration and exposure period. The present study revealed that the assessment of surface morphology can serve as a novel bioindicator of pollution, disease and toxicity.

  7. MULTIMODALIDADE E A CONSTRUÇÃO DA IDENTIDADE DO SEM-TERRA

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    Vanderleiidalice J. Zacchi

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    Full Text Available RESUMO: O objetivo deste trabalho é analisar a maneira como o movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (mST utiliza os diferentesmodos de produçãode significado e como, nesse processo, é construída sua identidade. A análise será efetuada principalmente a partir de textos impressos, digitais e eletrônicos produzidos pelos sem-terra. Apesar de fazer bom uso das diversas habilidades pressupostas na multimodalidade, o movimento ainda se apoia fortemente no modo linguístico tanto na autorrepresentação quanto na ação social. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: multiletramento, mST, identidade, Internet, mídia. ABSTRACT: This paper aims at analysing the identity construction of the Landless Rural Workers movement (mST by making use of different modes of meaning-construction. The data provided for analysis are based especially on printed, electronic, and digital texts produced by the movement. Although the mST uses multimodal texts extensively, it still relies heavily on the linguistic mode when engaging in both self-representation and social action. KEYWORDS: multiliteracies, landless movement, identity, Internet, media.

  8. Ecocardiografia por Doppler tecidual no diagnóstico de rejeição após transplante cardíaco Ecocardiografía con Doppler tisular en el diagnóstico de rechazo después de transplante cardíaco Tissue doppler echocardiography in the diagnosis of heart transplantation rejection

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    Marcos Valério Coimbra Resende

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A biópsia endomiocárdica (BEM é o método padrão-ouro para o diagnóstico de rejeição celular (RC após transplante cardíaco (TC. OBJETIVO: Testar a hipótese de que o exame de imagem por Doppler tecidual (IDT pode detectar RC > 3A e agregar informação diagnóstica, comparado ao Doppler convencional. MÉTODOS: Cinquenta e quatro pacientes com TC foram submetidos à BEM e estudo ecocardiográfico através de IDT em até 24 horas. Comparamos os pacientes com TC e RC > 3A com pacientes com TC e RC 3A em 39/129 (30,2% das BEM. O melhor preditor isolado para o diagnóstico de RC foi a a'LAT, com sensibilidade de 76,3%, especificidade de 73,8% (p = 0,001. Na análise multivariada, a a'LAT (p = 0,001, a'SEP (p = 0,002, relação e'/a' LAT (p = 0,006, relação e'Mitral/ e'LAT (p = 0,014, SINF (p = 0,009 foram preditores de RC > 3A. Obtivemos um escore com sensibilidade de 88,2%, acurácia de 79,6%, e valor preditivo negativo de 92,9% para diagnosticar RC > 3A. O Doppler convencional (fluxo mitral e pulmonar venoso não foi relevante para predizer a RC > 3A. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo de IDT agregou informação diagnóstica para predizer RC > 3A quando comparado ao Doppler convencional. O modelo baseado em IDT pode ser tornar um método em potencial para detectar RC > 3A após TC.FUNDAMENTO: La biopsia endomiocárdica (BEM es el método gold standard para el diagnóstico de rechazo celular (RC después de transplante cardíaco (TC. OBJETIVO: Testear la hipótesis de que el examen de imagen con Doppler tisular (IDT puede detectar RC > 3A y agregar información diagnóstica, comparado al Doppler convencional. MÉTODOS: Cincuenta y cuatro pacientes con TC fueron sometidos a BEM y estudio ecocardiográfico a través de IDT en hasta 24 horas. Comparamos los pacientes con TC y RC > 3A con pacientes con TC y RC 3A en 39/129 (30,2% de las BEM. El mejor predictor aislado para el diagnóstico de RC fue la a'LAT, con sensibilidad de 76

  9. Cyclic oxidation of stainless steel ferritic AISI 409, AISI 439 and AISI 441; Oxidacao ciclica dos acos inoxidaveis ferriticos AISI 409, AISI 439 e AISI 441

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    Salgado, Maria de Fatima; Santos, Diego Machado dos; Oliveira, Givanilson Brito de, E-mail: fatima.salgado@pq.cnpq.br [Universidade Estadual do Maranhao (CESC/UEMA), Caxias, MA (Brazil). Centro de Estudos Superiores; Rodrigues, Samara Clotildes Saraiva; Brandim, Ayrton de Sa [Instituto Federal do Piaui (PPGEM/IFPI), PI (Brazil); Lins, Vanessa de Freitas Cunha [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (IFMG), MG (Brazil)

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    Stainless steels have many industrial applications. The cyclic oxidation of ferritic stainless steels technical and scientific importance presents, because they are less susceptible to peeling the austenitic alloys. For the purpose of investigating the behavior of these steels under thermal cycling, cyclic oxidation of AISI 409, AISI 441 and AISI 439 was carried out in a tubular furnace under two different conditions: oxidation by dipping the steel in the synthetic condensate for 10h and without oxidation immersion in the condensate, for up to 1500h at 300° C temperature. Using techniques: SEM, EDS and XRD revealed a microstructure with increased oxidation in the samples were immersed in the condensate. The oxide film remained intact during oxidation for steels 439 and 441 409 The Steel immersed in the condensate was rupture of the film after the 20th cycle of oxidation. The chemical characterization of the films allowed the identification of elements: Chromium, Iron, Aluminium and Silicon To a great extent, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. (author)

  10. Análisis Semántico Latente: una panorámica de su desarrollo

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    Venegas V.,René

    2003-01-01

    El presente artículo centra su atención en el desarrollo de una de las herramientas más actuales de la psicolingüística computacional, el Análisis Semántico Latente (LSA¹), considerado en sus inicios como una teoría y un método de representación del conocimiento humano. Este análisis semántico es un modelo estadístico del uso de palabras que permite comparar las similitudes semánticas entre piezas de información textual. Esta comparación se realiza en un espacio semántico multidimensional, ge...

  11. Application of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM to Solve Environmental Sustainability Problems: A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Abbas Mardani

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Most methodological areas assume common serious reflections to certify difficult study and publication practices, and, therefore, approval in their area. Interestingly, relatively little attention has been paid to reviewing the application of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM in environmental sustainability problems despite the growing number of publications in the past two decades. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to fill this gap by conducting a wide search in two main databases including Web of Science and Scopus to identify the studies which used SEM techniques in the period from 2005 to 2016. A critical analysis of these articles addresses some important key issues. On the basis of our results, we present comprehensive guidelines to help researchers avoid general pitfalls in using SEM. The results of this review are important and will help researchers to better develop research models based on SEM in the area of environmental sustainability.

  12. Experimental investigation on the influence of instrument settings on pixel size and nonlinearity in SEM image formation

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    Carli, Lorenzo; Genta, Gianfranco; Cantatore, Angela

    2010-01-01

    The work deals with an experimental investigation on the influence of three Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) instrument settings, accelerating voltage, spot size and magnification, on the image formation process. Pixel size and nonlinearity were chosen as output parameters related to image...... quality and resolution. A silicon grating calibrated artifact was employed to investigate qualitatively and quantitatively, through a designed experiment approach, the parameters relevance. SEM magnification was found to account by far for the largest contribution on both parameters under consideration...

  13. Evaluating Neighborhoods Livability in Nigeria: A Structural Equation Modelling (SEM Approach

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    Sule Abass Iyanda

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available There is a growing concern about city livability around the world and of particular concern is the aspects of the person-environment relationship which encompasses many characteristics suffice to make a place livable. Extant literature provides livability dimensions such as housing unit characteristics, neighborhood facilities, economic vitality and safety environment. These livability dimensions as well as their attributes found in the extant literature have been reported to have high reliability measurement level. Although, various methods have been applied to examine relationships among the variables however structural equation modeling (SEM has been found more holistic as a modeling technique to understand and explain the relationships that may exist among variable measurements. Structural equation modeling simultaneously performs multivariate analysis including multiple regression, path and factor analysis in the cause-effect relationships between latent constructs. Therefore, this study investigates the key factors of livability of planned residential neighborhoods in Minna, Nigeria with the research objectives of – (a to study the livability level of the selected residential neighborhoods, (b to determine the dimensions and indicators which most influence the level of livability in the selected residential neighborhoods, and (c to reliably test the efficacy of structural equation modeling (SEM in the assessment of livability. The methodology adopted in this study includes- Data collection with the aid of structured questionnaire survey administered to the residents of the study area based on stratified random sampling. The data collected was analyzed with the aid of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 22.0 and AMOS 22.0 software for structural equation modeling (a second-order factor. The study revealed that livability as a second-order factor is indicated by economic vitality, safety environment, neighborhood facilities

  14. The effects of various irrigating solutions on intra-radicular dentinal surface: An SEM analysis

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    J V Karunakaran

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The action of irrigant solutions on intra- radicular dentinal surface were evaluated in an in vitro setting using a scanning electron microscope (SEM and it was observed that sodium hypochlorite and MTAD produced the cleanest surface and that none of the irrigants were able to produce an ideal preparation of the dentinal surface when used individually. The primary objective of endodontic therapy is to achieve a clean, optimal environment in root canals to avoid unsuccessful treatment outcomes. The complexities of the root canal system necessitate the use of irrigating solutions which act on radicular dentin surface, modifying it. The action of irrigants can be beneficial, and yet at the same time, as they modify the surface structure of dentin, they can have an adverse impact on the properties of dentin. The present study was undertaken to assess the effect of various irrigants on the dentinal surface using an SEM. Materials and Methods: Forty-five roots were randomly divided into nine groups (n=5 and prepared by sectioning at the level of cemento-enamel junction (CEJ and 10 mm from the CEJ and split longitudinally. The dentin surface was prepared and the cemental surfaces were coated with double layer of varnish. The irrigants tested were normal saline, de-ionized water, 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA, 5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl, 5% NaOCl with ultrasonic agitation, 3% hydrogen peroxide, 2% chlorhexidine (CHX, MTAD, and MTAD with ultrasonic agitation. The prepared samples were placed in the irrigant solution for 3 min, subsequently dehydrated, sputter coated, and observed under SEM. The images were subsequently analyzed for dentinal surface changes. Results: 17% EDTA and MTAD produced the cleanest dentinal surface. Ultrasonic agitation enhanced the effect of irrigants. 5% NaOCl and 3% hydrogen peroxide were efficient at removal of organic debris, but were unable to remove the smear layer. De-ionized water, normal saline, and 2

  15. A Miniaturized Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (MVP-SEM) for In-Situ Mars Surface Sample Analysis

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    Edmunson, J.; Gaskin, J. A.; Jerman, G. A.; Harvey, R. P.; Doloboff, I. J.; Neidholdt, E. L.

    2016-01-01

    The Miniaturized Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (MVP-SEM) project, funded by the NASA Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES), will build upon previous miniaturized SEM designs and recent advancements in variable pressure SEM's to design and build a SEM to complete analyses of samples on the surface of Mars using the atmosphere as an imaging medium. This project is a collaboration between NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), electron gun and optics manufacturer Applied Physics Technologies, and small vacuum system manufacturer Creare. Dr. Ralph Harvery and environmental SEM (ESEM) inventor Dr. Gerry Danilatos serve as advisors to the team. Variable pressure SEMs allow for fine (nm-scale) resolution imaging and micron-scale chemical study of materials without sample preparation (e.g., carbon or gold coating). Charging of a sample is reduced or eliminated by the gas surrounding the sample. It is this property of ESEMs that make them ideal for locations where sample preparation is not yet feasible, such as the surface of Mars. In addition, the lack of sample preparation needed here will simplify the sample acquisition process and allow caching of the samples for future complementary payload use.

  16. Contribución desde la neuropsicología al estudio de la memoria semántica

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    Leticia Vivas

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available La memoria semántica ha sido estudiada desdediversos campos. Los primeros modelos surgierondesde la psicología cognitiva de la mano de la divisiónpropuesta por Tulving entre memoria semánticay episódica. En los últimos treinta años se hanproducido desarrollos en paralelo en los camposde la psicolingüística, la psicología cognitiva y laneuropsicología cognitiva. El presente trabajo sepropone revisar los aportes que han surgido desdela neuropsicología al estudio de la memoria semántica,así como presentar un panorama actualizadocon los puntos de consenso. En primer lugar sedelimita conceptualmente el término “semántica”dentro del campo de la neuropsicología. Luego seplantea una dicotomía que atraviesa los modelostanto psicológicos como neuropsicológicos acercade la memoria semántica: la existencia de representacionesmodales versus amodales. En tercer lugarse desarrollan los principales modelos teóricos enneuropsicología que surgieron en un intento de explicarlos déficits semánticos de categoría específica.Finalmente se revisan los aportes más robustosy los puntos que aún generan ciertos debates.

  17. Processo de desenvolvimento dum betão refractário sem cimento

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    Antunes, Magda Isabel Lucas Parente

    2010-01-01

    O presente trabalho consiste numa revisão teórica sobre o tema Processo de Desenvolvimento dum Betão Refractário sem Cimento. Para uma abordagem adequada deste tema, optou-se por subdividi-lo em quatro capítulos, nomeadamente:  A evolução histórica do material cerâmico  Inovação tecnológica  Materiais  Análise dos mecanismos de hidratação. O capítulo intitulado “A evolução histórica do material cerâmico” apresenta inicialmente um enquadramento histórico do material cerâmico...

  18. CUFE at SemEval-2016 Task 4: A Gated Recurrent Model for Sentiment Classification

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    Nabil, Mahmoud

    2016-06-16

    In this paper we describe a deep learning system that has been built for SemEval 2016 Task4 (Subtask A and B). In this work we trained a Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU) neural network model on top of two sets of word embeddings: (a) general word embeddings generated from unsupervised neural language model; and (b) task specific word embeddings generated from supervised neural language model that was trained to classify tweets into positive and negative categories. We also added a method for analyzing and splitting multi-words hashtags and appending them to the tweet body before feeding it to our model. Our models achieved 0.58 F1-measure for Subtask A (ranked 12/34) and 0.679 Recall for Subtask B (ranked 12/19).

  19. FE-SEM Evaluation of Dental Specimens Prepared by Different Methods for In Vitro Contamination

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    Vitor Cesar Nakamura

    2012-01-01

    % EDTA for 4 minutes each; group 2: 17%  EDTA+2.5% NaOCl (4 minutes ultrasonic bath; group 3: cement removal and 17%  EDTA+5.25%  NaOCl+phosphate buffer solution + distilled water (10 minutes ultrasonic; group 4: 17%  EDTA+5.25% NaOCl (3 minutes ultrasonic bath. Specimens were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM, at 1500x magnification. Data were submitted to qualitative analysis according to a scoring system and submitted to Kruskal-Wallis test. Results. In ascending order, as to bind parameters, (i cleanliness: control, group 2, group 3, group 5, and group 4, (ii dentinal alterations: group 1, group 5, group 2, group 3, and group 4. Conclusion. The proposed protocol was suitable for subsequent microbiological contamination, because it showed less dentinal morphological alterations with increased removal of organic waste.

  20. A current digitizer for ionisation chambers/SEMS with high resolution and fast resoponse

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    Reeg, H

    2000-01-01

    A current-to-frequency converter (CFC), recently developed, exhibits a response time up to the ms region. The frequency limit is raised beyond 1 MHz, extending the linear range by a factor of 100. The conversion factor reaches 10-13 C/pulse. The converter is employed, combined with ionization chambers (IC) and secondary electron emission monitors (SEM), to measure the intensity of the extracted beam in the transfer lines adjoining GSI's heavy ion synchrotron (SIS). Fast intensity fluctuations during the particle spill can be observed. Reduced hum and noise pickup, better handling and mounting flexibility as well as reduced costs are achieved building up the spill monitoring system with distributed components.