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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. Infliximab reduces cardiac output in rheumatoid arthritis patients without heart failure Infliximabe reduz débito cardíaco em pacientes com artrite reumatoide sem insuficiência cardíaca

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    Rodrigo Cardoso Santos

    2012-12-01

    insuficiência cardíaca em pacientes submetidos a tratamento crônico tenha sido descrito, os efeitos cardiovasculares agudos da infusão desta droga em pacientes com AR sem insuficiência cardíaca são desconhecidos. MÉTODOS: Pacientes com AR e ecocardiogramas normais e sem antecedentes de insuficiência cardíaca foram avaliados durante o período de infusão de infliximabe (3-5mg/kg, de 2 horas, utilizando um sistema de monitoramento hemodinâmico não invasivo batimento-a-batimento (Portapres. As variáveis avaliadas foram: volume sistólico (VS, pressão arterial sistólica, diastólica e média (PAS, PAD e PAM, respectivamente, débito cardíaco (DC, frequência cardíaca (FC e resistência vascular periférica total (RVPT. Todos os voluntários também receberam infusão de soro fisiológico (SF como estudo controle. Estatísticas foram avaliadas usando o teste de Tuckey. Os valores estão expressos em média ± desvio-padrão. RESULTADOS: Catorze pacientes (6M/8F, com idade média de 47,2 ± 8,8 anos, foram avaliados. Reduções significativas no débito cardíaco e volume sistólico foram encontradas após a infusão do infliximabe (7,04 ± 2,3 a 6,12 ± 2,1 L/min e 91 ± 29,0 a 83 ± 28,8 mL/batimento, respectivamente. Embora não estatisticamente significante, detectaram-se aumentos progressivos na PAS, PAD e RVPT durante a infusão. A infusão controle de SF não causou mudanças hemodinâmicas significativas nos pacientes estudados. Não foram observados efeitos adversos no período de infusão. CONCLUSÃO: A administração de infliximabe reduz agudamente o débito cardíaco devido a redução no volume sistólico em pacientes com AR sem insuficiência cardíaca. Nossos resultados mostram que, apesar do efeito inotrópico negativo, o infliximabe elevou a pressão arterial, provavelmente devido ao aumento na RVPT.

  4. AIDS na infância: acometimento cardíaco com e sem a terapia anti-retroviral tríplice combinada AIDS in childhood: cardiac involvement with and without triple combination antiretroviral therapy

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    Maria do Carmo Soares Alves Cunha

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever a prevalência de alterações cardíacas ao ecocardiograma em crianças com AIDS acompanhadas em serviço de referência aos 18±6 meses do diagnóstico confirmado de AIDS. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal, com corte aos 18±6 meses do diagnóstico de AIDS. Incluídas 93 crianças com diagnóstico confirmado de AIDS por transmissão vertical, sem doença maligna, que, na avaliação cardiológica, realizaram ecocardiograma (eco. De forma exploratória avaliaram-se as alterações cardíacas nos pacientes sem uso (G1 e com uso (G2 de terapia combinada anti-retroviral. RESULTADOS: Quando do diagnóstico de AIDS, as crianças tinham em média 3,07 anos e 50,50% eram do sexo feminino. Esquema de terapia combinado com anti-retrovirais foi utilizado por 47 pacientes (G2. O acometimento cardíaco esteve presente em 40 crianças (43,00%. A presença de disfunção ventricular esquerda (G1:39,10%;G2:10,60% e o aumento isolado de ventrículo esquerdo (G1:6,60%;G2:14,90% foram os achados mais freqüentes. Observou-se associação significativa entre os grupos sem e com terapia anti-retroviral combinada quanto à presença de disfunção ventricular esquerda (RP=3,42; [1,41-8,26]; p =0,02 e de desnutrição (RP=1,79; [1,00-3,20]; p=0,04. CONCLUSÃO: O acometimento cardíaco foi freqüente nas crianças com AIDS, sendo a disfunção ventricular esquerda a alteração mais observada ao ecocardiograma. Houve diferença estatisticamente significativa entre os grupos com e sem tratamento tríplice combinado quanto à presença de disfunção ventricular esquerda e de desnutrição.OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of cardiac abnormalities in the echocardiogram of children with AIDS followed up in a reference service at 18±6 months of AIDS confirmed diagnosis. METHODS: A cross-section study with a cohort after 18±6 months of AIDS diagnosis. The study included a total of 93 children with a confirmed diagnosis of AIDS with vertical

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. Analysis of mechanical properties of steel 1045 plasma nitriding: with and without tempering; Analise das propriedades mecanicas do aco 1045 nitretado a plasma: com e sem tratamento de revenimento

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    Machado, N.T.B.; Passos, M.L.M. dos; Riani, J.C., E-mail: nayarabrumana@hotmail.com [Universidade da Regiao de Joinville (UNIVILLE), Joinville, SC (Brazil); Recco, A.A.C. [Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC), SC (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possibility of tempering during the nitriding of AISI 1045 steel. The objective was to evaluate the possibility of eliminating this phase, with the nitriding properties remaining unaltered. For this, three parameter samples were compared: quenched, tempered and nitrided for 2h; quenching and nitrided for 2h and quenching and nitrided for 4h. The analysis techniques used for characterizing the samples before and after nitriding were optical microscopy, hardness Rockwell C (HRC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD). Results showed that phase γ is the most favorable of all parameters tested. The hardness assays showed that samples with different initial hardness (with and without tempering) and even nitriding time showed similar mechanical properties. This fact suggests that the tempering process occurred parallel to the nitriding process. (author)

  8. Revascularização do miocárdio sem circulação extracorpórea com uso de shunt intracardíaco: 12 anos de experiência

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    Luiz Antônio RIVETTI

    1997-07-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam a experiência com a técnica desenvolvida em 1983, na Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo, que consiste em substituir a circulação extracorpórea nas operações de revascularização do miocárdio, por uma derivação (shunt, introduzida na luz da coronária. Este shunt consiste em um pequeno tubo de silicone, flexível, transparente, com diâmetros variando de 1 a 3 mm, que permanece na luz do vaso durante a feitura da anastomose entre o enxerto e a coronária. Esta técnica oferece mais segurança ao paciente, por dispensar o uso da circulação extracorpórea e, conseqüentemente, os seus malefícios, além de evitar isquemia do miocárdio durante a anastomose e mantendo um campo cirúrgico sem sangue, facilitando, assim, a realização da anastomose. De 1983 a 1995, foram operados 419 pacientes, tendo sido realizados 671 enxertos, dos quais 153 com a artéria torácica interna para as coronárias das faces anterior e inferior do coração. A mortalidade hospitalar foi de 1,43%, com 1,67% de incidência de infarto do miocárdio no intra-operatório. A técnica mostrou ser segura, sem complicações graves durante o seu emprego. Os pacientes evoluíram bem no pós-operatório imediato, necessitando menor tempo de intubação, menor permanência na UTI ou internação. Em um grupo inicial estudou-se a qualidade das anastomoses, através da cinecoronariografia pós-operatória em um período médio de 24 meses, mostrando uma taxa de enxertos pérvios de 84%. A técnica mostrou ser simples, segura e econômica, além dos benefícios ao paciente, por ser menos agressiva. Com o advento da cirurgia minimamente invasiva, esta técnica traz a contribuição definitiva para maior segurança dos pacientes.An analysis was made of the results in a group of 419 patients that underwent myocardial revascularization without cardiopulmonary bypass, by means of a technique using a temporary intraluminal shunt

  9. Trasplante cardíaco

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    Lázaro, Raúl José Burgos; Pocovi, Sebastián Ramis; Cabeza, Paloma Martínez; Fernández, Jesús López; Mejuto, Evaristo Castedo; García, Santiago Serrano-Fiz; Montero, Carlos García; Basterrechea, Juan Ugarte

    2011-01-01

    El trasplante cardíaco es el tratamiento más eficaz y consolidado de los pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca grado D. El número de trasplantes registrados en el mundo es superior a 80.000, y en España, hasta diciembre de 2009 estaban registrados 6.048 trasplantes, con un máximo de 353 trasplantes en el año 2000. En este artículo se revisan las indicaciones y contraindicaciones, criterios de selección y mantenimiento del donante, técnica quirúrgica, complicaciones y resultados. La superviv...

  10. 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.

  11. Trasplante cardíaco

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    Dimitri Novitzky

    2007-01-01

    En 1985, en el Tampa General Hospital se inició el Programa de Trasplante Cardíaco. Hasta la fecha se realizaron 815 trasplantes en 795 pacientes, 17 de los cuales fueron sometidos a un retrasplante. La sobrevida actuarial al mes es del 94,5%, al año del 87%, a los 3 años alcanza el 81%, a los 5 años el 74% y a los 10 años el 52%.El Medical Review Board se reúne semanalmente para un seguimiento de la presentación de pacientes y la selección de los candidatos adecuados para el programa. Dentro...

  12. ACO model should encourage efficient care delivery.

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    Toussaint, John; Krueger, David; Shortell, Stephen M; Milstein, Arnold; Cutler, David M

    2015-09-01

    The independent Office of the Actuary for CMS certified that the Pioneer ACO model has met the stringent criteria for expansion to a larger population. Significant savings have accrued and quality targets have been met, so the program as a whole appears to be working. Ironically, 13 of the initial 32 enrollees have left. We attribute this to the design of the ACO models which inadequately support efficient care delivery. Using Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners as an example, we will focus on correctible flaws in four core elements of the ACO payment model: finance spending and targets, attribution, and quality performance.

  13. Trasplante cardíaco

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    Dimitri Novitzky

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En 1985, en el Tampa General Hospital se inició el Programa de Trasplante Cardíaco. Hasta la fecha se realizaron 815 trasplantes en 795 pacientes, 17 de los cuales fueron sometidos a un retrasplante. La sobrevida actuarial al mes es del 94,5%, al año del 87%, a los 3 años alcanza el 81%, a los 5 años el 74% y a los 10 años el 52%.El Medical Review Board se reúne semanalmente para un seguimiento de la presentación de pacientes y la selección de los candidatos adecuados para el programa. Dentro de las varias Organ Procurement Organizations of the Region, la institución de terapia hormonal para el donante y el receptor está ampliamente aceptada. En el Tampa General Hospital también se le administra levotiroxina al receptor, en la sala de operaciones y en la sala de cuidados intensivos en la situación de un bajo volumen minuto. La mayoría de los trasplantes se efectúan en pacientes con estado 1A o 1B. La inmunosupresión es indicada por especialistas cardiólogos, lo mismo que la realización de la biopsia endomiocárdica con el fin de ajustar la medicación inmunosupresora. En esta revisión se presentan los resultados generales del programa, la selección de pacientes, los procedimientos quirúrgicos, la inmunosupresión y la asistencia que requieren los ventrículos

  14. Isolation and characterization of Aconitate hydratase 4 (Aco4) from soybean

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    Aconitase catalyzes the reversible isomerization of two tricarboxylic acids citrate and isocitrate during the Krebs cycle. Five aconitase genes namely Aco1, Aco2, Aco3, Aco4 and Aco5 have been identified in soybean. Previously, Aco4 was mapped on chromosome 11. The purpose of this investigation was ...

  15. 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

  16. Trasplante cardíaco Heart transplant

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    M. Ubilla; Mastrobuoni, S.; A. Martín Arnau; Cordero, A; E. Alegría; J. J. Gavira; M. J. Iribarren; T. Rodríguez-Fernández; Herreros, J; Rábago, G

    2006-01-01

    El trasplante cardíaco es considerado actualmente como el tratamiento de elección en la insuficiencia cardíaca terminal refractaria a tratamiento médico o quirúrgico. Debido a factores como la mayor esperanza de vida de la población y el manejo más eficaz de los síndromes coronarios agudos, cada vez hay un número mayor de personas que padecen fallo cardíaco. Se estima que la prevalencia de la enfermedad en países desarrollados está en torno al 1%; de éstos, un 10% está en una etapa avanzada y...

  17. 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

  18. Trasplante cardíaco Heart transplant

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    M. Ubilla

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available El trasplante cardíaco es considerado actualmente como el tratamiento de elección en la insuficiencia cardíaca terminal refractaria a tratamiento médico o quirúrgico. Debido a factores como la mayor esperanza de vida de la población y el manejo más eficaz de los síndromes coronarios agudos, cada vez hay un número mayor de personas que padecen fallo cardíaco. Se estima que la prevalencia de la enfermedad en países desarrollados está en torno al 1%; de éstos, un 10% está en una etapa avanzada y por tanto son potenciales receptores de un trasplante cardíaco. El problema está en que aún no es posible ofrecer esta modalidad terapéutica a todos los pacientes que la requieren. Por consiguiente, se hace necesario optimizar los resultados del trasplante cardíaco mediante la selección de pacientes, selección y manejo de los donantes, manejo perioperatorio y control de la enfermedad por rechazo del injerto. Desde el primer trasplante efectuado en diciembre de 1967, numerosos avances y cambios se han producido, lo que ha permitido aumentar la supervivencia y calidad de vida de quienes han recibido un nuevo corazón. A continuación se revisarán los aspectos más relevantes del trasplante cardíaco y los desafíos que enfrenta en la actualidad.A heart transplant is at present considered the treatment of choice in cases of terminal cardiac insufficiency refractory to medical or surgical treatment. Due to factors such as the greater life expectancy of the population and the more efficient management of acute coronary syndromes, there is an increasing number of people who suffer from heart failure. It is estimated that the prevalence of the disease in developed countries is around 1%; of this figure, some 10% are in an advanced stage and are thus potential receptors of a heart transplant. The problem is that it is still not possible to offer this therapeutic form to all of the patients that require it. Consequently, it is necessary to

  19. Ao leitor sem medo

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    José Eisenberg

    2000-05-01

    Full Text Available O texto resenha Ao leitor sem medo, de Renato Janine Ribeiro (Belo Horizonte, UFMG, 1999.This text is a review of Ao leitor sem medo by Renato Janine Ribeiro (Belo Horizonte, UFMG, 1999

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

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  1. 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...

  2. Riscos empresariais divulgados nas ofertas publicas de acoes no Brasil

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    da Cunha, Paulo Roberto; da Silva, Julio Orestes; Fernandes, Francisco Carlos

    2011-01-01

    .... O delineamento metodologico foi descritivo com uma abordagem qualitativa. O objeto de analise consistiu nos Prospectos Definitivos de Oferta Publica de Acoes listados na Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios (CVM) no ano de 2008...

  3. A Framework for Understanding Physician Organizations' Orientation to Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

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    Nguyen Tran, Thanh-Nghia

    2014-01-01

    IntroductionACOs are seen as an important development in the quest to provide quality care and control health care costs. The pace of ACO adoption has waned after a blistering start. The calculus for ACO adoption has changed and there is little understanding of the reasons for the change. The objectives of this dissertation are to understand physician organizations' motivation to form ACOs, explore physician organizations' ACO readiness, and identification of barriers and facilitators to ...

  4. A hybrid ACO algorithm for the full truckload transportation problem

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    Doerner, Karl; Hartl, Richard F.; Reimann, Marc

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we propose a hybrid ACO approach to solve a full truckload transportation problem. Hybridization is achieved through the use of a problem specific heuristic. This heuristic is utilized both, to initialize the pheromone information and to construct solutions in the ACO pro-cedure. The main idea is to use information about the required fleetsize, by initializing the system with a number of vehicles rather than opening vehicles one at a time as needed. Our results show the advantag...

  5. Paro Cardíaco en el Embarazo

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    Manuel Eduardo Sáenz Madrigal; Carlos Adrián Vindas Morera

    2013-01-01

    El paro cardíaco en el embarazo presenta un escenario único en el que están incluidos dos pacientes: la madre y el feto. El manejo de este escenario requiere de un equipo multidisciplinario incluyendo especialistas en anestesia, obstetricia, neonatología, cardiología y en ocasiones cirugía cardíaca. Los protocolos de soporte vital básico y soporte cardíaco avanzado deben ser implementados, sin embargo, dados los cambios anatómicos y fisiológicos que ocurren en el embarazo, algunas modificacio...

  6. Molecular Evolution and Expression Divergence of Aconitase (ACO Gene Family in Land Plants

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    Yi-ming Wang

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Aconitase (ACO is a key enzyme that catalyzes the isomerization of citrate to isocitrate in the tricarboxylic acid (TCA and glyoxylate cycles. The function of ACOs has been well studied in model plants, such as Arabidopsis. In contrast, the evolutionary patterns of the ACO family in land plants are poorly understood. In this study, we systematically examined the molecular evolution and expression divergence of the ACO gene family in 12 land plant species. Thirty-six ACO genes were identified from the 12 land plant species representing the four major land plant lineages: bryophytes, lycophytes, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. All of these ACOs belong to the cytosolic isoform. Three gene duplication events contributed to the expansion of the ACO family in angiosperms. The ancestor of angiosperms may have contained only one ACO gene. One gene duplication event split angiosperm ACOs into two distinct clades. Two clades showed a divergence in selective pressure and gene expression patterns. The cis-acting elements that function in light responsiveness were most abundant in the promoter region of the ACO genes, indicating that plant ACO genes might participate in light regulatory pathways. Our findings provide comprehensive insights into the ACO gene family in land plants.

  7. Improving Network Performance using ACO Based Redundant Link Avoidance Algorithm

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    B. Chandra Mohan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In the wide spread internet, response time and pocket loss are inappropriate due to network traffic, as a result the network efficiency becomes worst and the system provides poor Quality of Service (QoS. An optimal routing protocol, especially multipath may avoid such traffic in the network. But existing routing protocols, both single path and multi path, concentrates only on finding the routes based on any one or some set of metrics, that not always suitable for dynamic, cloud natured network environment. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO based multipath routing protocol was suggested as an alternate to this problem by many researchers. The multipath ACO also provides same set of link(s for the source to destination, so that traffic merging again becomes a critical problem. This paper proposes an optimal solution to avoid the problem of traffic merging in the network by removing redundant link in the route. The Proposed algorithm, called 'Redundant Link Avoidance (RLA algorithm', is an ACO based multi path routing methodology, avoiding copious link in the suggested routes of ACO multipath protocol.

  8. Paro Cardíaco en el Embarazo

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    Manuel Eduardo Sáenz Madrigal

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available El paro cardíaco en el embarazo presenta un escenario único en el que están incluidos dos pacientes: la madre y el feto. El manejo de este escenario requiere de un equipo multidisciplinario incluyendo especialistas en anestesia, obstetricia, neonatología, cardiología y en ocasiones cirugía cardíaca. Los protocolos de soporte vital básico y soporte cardíaco avanzado deben ser implementados, sin embargo, dados los cambios anatómicos y fisiológicos que ocurren en el embarazo, algunas modificaciones en los algoritmos son fundamentales. La evidencia existente acerca del manejo del paro cardíaco en el embarazo es relativamente insuficiente, sin estudios randomizados, por lo tanto las recomendaciones son basadas en pequeños estudios de cohorte y reportes de casos, además de la opinión de los expertos. En esta revisión hablaremos del paro cardíaco en el embarazo, sus implicaciones y el manejo adecuado por parte del equipo multidisciplinario, además del tiempo en el que se debe realizar la cesárea en caso de no retorno de circulación espontánea.

  9. First Order Deceptive Problem of ACO and Its Performance Analysis

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    Ling Chen

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Ant colony optimization(ACO, which is one of the intelligential optimization algorithm, has been widely used to solve combinational optimization problems. Deceptive problems have been considered difficult for ant colony optimization. It was believed that ACO will fail to converge to global optima of deceptive problems. This paper proves that the first order deceptive problem of ant colony algorithm satisfies value convergence under certain initial pheromone distribution, but does not satisfy solution convergence. We also present a first attempt towards the value-convergence time complexity analysis of ACO on the first-order deceptive systems taking the n-bit trap problem as the test instance. We prove that time complexity of MMAS, which is an ACO with limitations of the pheromone on each edge, on n-bit trap problem is O(n2m.log n, here n is the size of the problem and m is the number of artificial ants. Our experimental results confirm the correctness of our analysis.

  10. ACO-Based Routing Algorithm for Cognitive Radio Networks

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    Peng Huang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Cognitive Radio Networks (CRNs are an outstanding solution to improve efficiency of spectrum usage. Secondary users in cognitive networks may select from a set of available channels to use provided that the occupancy does not affect the prioritized licensed users. However, CRNs produce unique routing challenges due to the high fluctuation in the available spectrum as well as diverse quality-of-service (QoS requirements. In CRNs, distributed multihop architecture and time varying spectrum availability are some of the key factors in design of routing algorithms. In this paper, we develop an ant-colony-optimization- (ACO- based on-demand cognitive routing algorithm (ACO-OCR, jointly consider path and spectrum scheduling, and take advantage of the availability of multiple channels, to improve the delivery latency and packet loss rate. Then, an analytical framework based on M/G/1 queuing theory is introduced to illustrate the relay node queuing model. The performances of ACO-OCR have been evaluated by means of numerical simulations, and the experimental results confirm its effectiveness. Simulation results show that ACO-OCR outperforms other routing approaches in end-to-end path latency and package loss rate.

  11. SEM microcharacterization of semiconductors

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    Holt, D B

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    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.

  12. Space Experiment Module (SEM)

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    Brodell, Charles L.

    1999-01-01

    The Space Experiment Module (SEM) Program is an education initiative sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Shuttle Small Payloads Project. The program provides nationwide educational access to space for Kindergarten through University level students. The SEM program focuses on the science of zero-gravity and microgravity. Within the program, NASA provides small containers or "modules" for students to fly experiments on the Space Shuttle. The experiments are created, designed, built, and implemented by students with teacher and/or mentor guidance. Student experiment modules are flown in a "carrier" which resides in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle. The carrier supplies power to, and the means to control and collect data from each experiment.

  13. Solving the Balanced Academic Curriculum Problem Using the ACO Metaheuristic

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    José-Miguel Rubio

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    Full Text Available The balanced academic curriculum problem consists in the assignation of courses to academic periods satisfying all the load limits and prerequisite constraints. In this paper, we present the design of a solution to the balanced academic curriculum problem based on the ACO metaheuristic, in particular via the Best-Worst Ant System. We provide an experimental evaluation which illustrates the effectiveness of the proposed approach on a set of classic benchmarks as well as on real instances.

  14. ACO in e-Learning: Towards an adaptive learning path

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    Pushpa. M

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Today we are in an era where drastic advancements in networking and information technology are in action. The learning process has also taken these advancements, as a result of which e-learning came to thescene. Personalization in e-learning will improve the performance of the system. Recent researches are concentrating on providing adaptability to the learning management systems, depending upon the varying user needs and contexts. Adaptability can be provided at different levels .Providing an adaptive learning path according to the context of the learners’ is an important issue. An optimal adaptive learning path will help the learners in reducing the cognitive overload and disorientation, and thereby improving the efficiency of the Learning Management System (LMS. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is a widely accepted technique since it provides an adaptive learning path to the learners. Meta-heuristic which is used in intelligent tutoring systems provides the learning path in an adaptive way. The most interesting feature of ACO is its adaptation and robustness in an environment where the learning materials and learners are changing frequently. In this paper we can have a look through the existing ACO approaches towards providing an adaptive learning path and an introduction towards an enhanced attribute ant for making the e-learning system more adaptive.

  15. 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...

  16. Dolor mandibular de origen cardíaco

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    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...

  17. Is CK-MB isoenzyme useful for diagnosis of cardiac involvement in icteric leptospirosis? CK-MB: útil no diagnóstico de envolvimento cardíaco na leptospirose ictérica

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    Elizabeth Stankiewicz Machado

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    Full Text Available In the absence of heart failure or cardiogenic shock, cardiac involvement diagnosis in icteric leptospirosis is possible on the basis of abnormal electrocardiograms. As metabolic and electrolytic disorders are frequently seen during acute leptospirosis infection, they may be responsible for some electrocardiograms changes. We conducted a study to assess if creatine phosphokinase isoenzyme determinations are useful in selecting patients with a high cardiac involvement suspicion. Sixty-nine patients were studied prospectively. Ten patients out of 16 with cardiac involvement and 25 without had high CK-MB levels (p>0.05, although mean values of abnormal CK-MB levels were higher in the group with cardiac involvement (pNa ausência de insuficiência cardíaca ou choque cardiogênico, o diagnóstico de envolvimento cardíaco na leptospirose ictérica pode ser baseado em alterações eletrocardiográficas. Devido ao frequente comprometimento multisistêmico da doença, algumas dessas alterações podem ser secundárias a distúrbios metabólicos ou eletrolíticos. Realizou-se um estudo para avaliação do significado da enzima CK-MB elevada em casos suspeitos de envolvimento cardíaco. Sessenta e nove pacientes com leptospirose ictérica foram estudados prospectivamente. Dez dos 16 casos com envolvimento cardíaco e 25 dos 53 pacientes sem envolvimento cardíaco tiveram CK-MB elevada (p>0,05. O valor médio de CK-MB foi maior no grupo com envolvimento cardíaco (p<0,05. Nossa análise indica que a presença de CK-MB elevada no curso de leptospirose ictérica não é indicadora de envolvimento cardíaco.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Hospitals Participating In ACOs Tend To Be Large And Urban, Allowing Access To Capital And Data.

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    Colla, Carrie H; Lewis, Valerie A; Tierney, Emily; Muhlestein, David B

    2016-03-01

    Relationships between physicians and hospitals have changed considerably over the past decade, as hospitals and physician groups have integrated and new public and private payment policies have created financial interdependence. The extent to which accountable care organizations (ACOs) involve hospitals in their operations may prove to be vitally important, because managing hospital care is a key part of improving health care quality and lowering cost growth. Using primary data on ACO composition and capabilities paired with hospital characteristics, we found that 20 percent of US hospitals were part of an ACO in 2014. Hospitals that were in urban areas, were nonprofit, or had a smaller share of Medicare patients were more likely to participate in ACOs, compared to hospitals that were in more rural areas, were for-profit or government owned, or had a larger share of Medicare patients, respectively. Qualitative data identified the following advantages of including a hospital in an ACO: the availability of start-up capital, advanced data sharing, and engagement of providers across the care continuum. Although the 63 percent of ACOs that included hospitals offered more comprehensive services compared to ACOs without hospitals, we found no differences between the two groups in their ability to manage hospital-related aspects of patient care. Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

  2. PAPR reduction scheme for ACO-OFDM based visible light communication systems

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    zhang, Tian; Ghassemlooy, Zabih; Ma, Chunyang; Guo, Shuxu

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we proposed a novel peak to average power ratio (PAPR) reduction scheme for the asymmetrically clipped optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM) visible light communications system. We implement the Toeplitz matrix based Gaussian blur method to reduce the high PAPR of ACO-OFDM at the transmitter and use the orthogonal matching pursuit algorithm to recover the original ACO-OFDM frame at the receiver. Simulation results show that for the 256-subcarrier ACO-OFDM system a 6 dB improvement in PAPR is achieved compared with the original ACO-OFDM in term of the complementary cumulative distribution function, while maintaining a competitive bit-error rate performance compared with the ideal ACO-OFDM lower bound. We also demonstrated the optimal parameter C of 2 for the recovery algorithm based on the tradeoff between the data rate and recovery accuracy. The recovery results show that using the proposed scheme the ACO-OFDM can faithfully be reconstructed judging by the very low value for the reconstruct error of 0.06.

  3. 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.

  4. SEM in applied marketing research

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    Sørensen, Bjarne Taulo; Tudoran, Ana Alina

    In this paper we discuss two SEM approaches: an exploratory structural equation modelling based on a more liberalised and inductive philosophy versus the classical SEM based on the traditional hypothetical-deductive approach. We apply these two modelling techniques to data from a consumer survey ...

  5. 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.

  6. Methodology to Optimize Manufacturing Time for a CNC Using a High Performance Implementation of ACO

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    Oscar Montiel-Ross

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an efficient methodology to generate optimal and/or quasi‐optimal sequences of G commands to minimize the manufacturing time is presented. Our solution starts from original G codes provided by application CAD/CAM software. Here, first we tackled the problem of reducing the time of the travel path for drilling of an industrial robotic manufacturing machine. The methodology can be easily implemented for free distribution or commercial CAD/CAM software without achieving any modification to it. Several experiments that demonstrate how this proposal can help to outperform solutions provided by application software are presented, consistent improvements around 62% were obtained. Moreover, for optimizing the time along the travel path, we present a high performance implementation of Ant Colonies (ACO known as Parallel ACO (P‐ACO that allows achieving the optimization task efficiently by speeding up the original ACO. A Graphical User Interface that integrates the whole process is shown.

  7. Abuso sexual infantojuvenil: acoes municipais da Saude para a garantia do atendimento

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    da Paixao, Ana Cristina Wanderley; Deslandes, Suely Ferreira

    2011-01-01

    O artigo traz uma analise das acoes da Secretaria Municipal de Saude e Defesa Civil do Rio de Janeiro para garantir o atendimento especializado a populacao infantojuvenil vitima de violencia sexual...

  8. 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

  9. Dolor mandibular de origen cardíaco

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    MR Sáez Yuguero

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available 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. Este articulo presenta un caso clínico en el que el dolor mandibular bilateral fue el síntoma inicial de una cardiopatía isquémica que fue erróneamente etiquetada de artrosis de la articulación temporomandibular.In the complex orofacial anatomic structures, many painful processes are felt. The most common orofacial pains have their origin at dental or periodontal level, or in muscle -skeletical structures. However, the patient can have pain in this area- either in teeth or muscle-eskeletical structures- and the originating source can be located at a distance. This type of pain is called heterotopic pain. A possible source of heterotopic pain is the pain of cardiac origin. This paper presents a clinical case in which the bilateral mandibular pain is the initial symptom of an ischemic cardiopathy that was erroneously labeled as temporomandibular arthrosis.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 基于ACO-PAM综合算法的电力负荷聚类分析%Power load clustering analysis based on ACO-PAM synthesis algorithm

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    刘建华; 王进; 杨洪春; 孟颖

    2011-01-01

    Load characteristics classification and synthesis play an important role in practical load modeling. In order to establish a proper substation load model, an ACO-PAM based synthetic algorithm applying clustering method for load characteristics analysis is proposed in this paper. The algorithm makes clustering analysis for history optimal position of ACO, and it replaces the reference point for the new clustering center. The clustering data can be clustered adaptively to the classification. The ACO algorithm has strong global search ability and is easy to combine with other methods. It improves the shortcomings of PAM, such as easily sinking into local optimum and poor clustering effect. Finally, cases analysis results show that the synthesis algorithm has high feasibility and effectivity.%负荷特性分类与综合是实现负荷模型实用化的关键.为建立合适的变电站负荷模型,将聚类方法引入负荷特性分析,提出一种基于ACO-PAM的综合聚类算法.该综合算法是PAM算法对蚁群的历史最优位置进行聚类分析,将此位置代替PAM的参考点,作为新的聚类中心,数据将自适应地加入到适合它的聚类中.ACO算法具有全局搜索能力强、易于与其他方法结合的优点,改进了PAM算法易陷入局部最优、实际数据聚类效果差等不足.实例分析验证了ACO-PAM综合算法应用的可行性和有效性.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. Regulation of Propylene and 1-Methylcyclopropene on Expressions of ACS and ACO Genes in Persimmon Fruits

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    LIU Le; RAO Jing-ping; CHANG Xiao-xiao; YI Shun-chao

    2009-01-01

    The regulation of postharvest treatment with propylene and 1-MCP on ethylene release rate and expressions of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase (ACS) and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO) genes in Fuping Janshi persimmon (Diospyros kaki L.) fruit were investigated. Fruits were treated with propylene and 1-MCP, then stored at 20℃, ethylene release rate of the treated fruits was measured at regular intervals and RNA was extracted for Northern blotting analysis. The results suggested that treatment with propylene accelerated the expressions of ACS and ACO genes and then enhanced the ethylene biosynthesis, while treatment with 1-MCP inhibited the expressions of two genes and their ethylene biosynthesis. Furthermore, different effects on expressions caused by treatments with propylene and 1-MCP existed in various fruit tissues, the inhibitory effect on ACS and ACO genes by 1-MCP was the strongest in pericarp, followed by pulp and core tissues, in the area near fruit stalk, the inhibitory effect was the weakest. While the enhanced effect on ACS and ACO genes by propylene increased from pulp, core, and pericarp to the area near fruit stalk. Expression of each member of ACS and ACO families in various tissues was also completely different, in control and propylene treatment, DKACS3 gene just expressed in the area near fruit stalk and did not express in other tissues, but DKACS2 gene expressed in four tissues by treatment with propylene.

  19. A Few Thoughts about ACO Antitrust Issues from a Local Enforcement Perspective.

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    Foote, Kathleen E; Varanini, Emilio E

    2015-08-01

    Accountable care organizations (ACOs), joint ventures of commercial insurers and various groups of medical providers such as physicians, specialists, and hospitals whose development in California has been quickened by the Affordable Care Act, carry with them both promise and pitfalls. On the positive side of the ledger, ACOs may improve the quality of medical care even as they lower the costs of that care. On the negative side of the ledger, ACOs may lead to a gain in market power for their participations, allowing those participants to increase the prices they charge to commercial insurers. It is thus a key question for antitrust enforcers to figure out how to separate the sheep from the goats. This article, representing our personal views as state antitrust enforcers in the California attorney general's office, offers our reflection on a number of ACO articles and studies in this special issue through the prism of this key question and sets out a number of additional issues that we believe warrant study in conjunction with ACOs.

  20. Application of ACO-BP Algorithm to Fault Diagnosis in Chemical Process%ACO-BP算法在化工过程故障诊断中的应用

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    陈剑雪

    2012-01-01

    将蚁群算法和BP神经网络相结合,利用蚁群优化算法与误差反向传播算法结合而构成的混合算法(ACO-BP)训练神经网络的权值和阈值,给出ACO-BP算法训练神经网络的基本原理和方法步骤,并将该算法应用于连续搅拌釜式反应器的故障诊断.仿真结果表明:ACO-BP算法具有较高的诊断精度,能够及时、有效地检测连续搅拌釜式反应器中存在的故障.%ACO-BP algorithm which combining ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm with back-propagation (BP) algorithm was proposed to train neural network weights and thresholds; and both basic theory and steps of ACO-BP algorithm were given and the ACO-BP algorithm was applied to fault diagnosis of the continuous stirred-tank reactor (CSTR). Experimental results show that the ACO-BP neural network with high precision in fault diagnosis can detect the fault in CSTR promptly and effectively.

  1. Transplante cardíaco em amiloidose primária

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    Baumgratz,José Francisco; Vila,José Henrique Andrade; Guilhen,Claudia Jesus; Fonseca,Luciana da; Leite, Weverton Ferreira; D'andretta, Carlos; Tângari Junior, Américo; Silva,José Pedro da

    2009-01-01

    A amiloidose cardíaca é doença altamente limitante da sobrevida, por morte súbita na maioria dos pacientes. Pela agressão contra outros órgãos, particularmente rins e sistema nervoso central, o transplante cardíaco tem sido opção questionável, face à escassez de órgãos. O objetivo é relatar a evolução, com sobrevivência de 7 anos, da paciente após transplante cardíaco por amiloidose, em boas condições. Um ano após o transplante cardíaco, houve indicação de transplante renal, também pela agres...

  2. Asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS): current literature review

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    Papaiwannou, Antonis; Porpodis, Konstantinos; Spyratos, Dionysios; Kioumis, Ioannis; Pitsiou, Georgia; Pataka, Athanasia; Tsakiridis, Kosmas; Arikas, Stamatis; Mpakas, Andreas; Tsiouda, Theodora; Katsikogiannis, Nikolaos; Kougioumtzi, Ioanna; Machairiotis, Nikolaos; Siminelakis, Stavros; Kolettas, Alexander; Kessis, George; Beleveslis, Thomas; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos

    2014-01-01

    Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are chronic diseases, very common in general population. These obstructive airway illnesses are manifested with chronic inflammation affecting the whole respiratory tract. Obstruction is usually intermittent and reversible in asthma, but is progressive and irreversible in COPD. Asthma and COPD may overlap and converge, especially in older people [overlap syndrome—asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS)]. Although ACOS accounts approximately 15-25% of the obstructive airway diseases, is not well recognised because of the structure of clinical trials. COPD studies exclude asthma patients and asthma studies exclude COPD patients, respectively. It is crucial to define asthma, COPD and overlap syndrome (ACOS), as notable clinical entities, which they share common pathologic and functional features, but they are characterized from differences in lung function, acute exacerbations, quality of life, hospital impact and mortality. PMID:24672688

  3. Susceptibility to false memories in patients with ACoA aneurysm.

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    Borsutzky, Sabine; Fujiwara, Esther; Brand, Matthias; Markowitsch, Hans J

    2010-08-01

    We examined ACoA patients regarding their susceptibility to a range of false memory phenomena. We targeted provoked confabulation, false recall and false recognition in the Deese-Roediger-McDermott-paradigm (DRM-paradigm) as well as false recognition in a mirror reading task. ACoA patients produced more provoked confabulations and more false recognition in mirror reading than comparison subjects. Conversely, false recall/false recognition in the DRM-paradigm were similar in patients and controls. Whereas the former two indices of false memories were correlated, no relationship was revealed with the DRM-paradigm. Our results suggest that rupture of ACoA aneurysm leads to an increased susceptibility to a subset of false memories types. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. ACO-Initialized Wavelet Neural Network for Vibration Fault Diagnosis of Hydroturbine Generating Unit

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    Zhihuai Xiao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Considering the drawbacks of traditional wavelet neural network, such as low convergence speed and high sensitivity to initial parameters, an ant colony optimization- (ACO- initialized wavelet neural network is proposed in this paper for vibration fault diagnosis of a hydroturbine generating unit. In this method, parameters of the wavelet neural network are initialized by the ACO algorithm, and then the wavelet neural network is trained by the gradient descent algorithm. Amplitudes of the frequency components of the hydroturbine generating unit vibration signals are used as feature vectors for wavelet neural network training to realize mapping relationship from vibration features to fault types. A real vibration fault diagnosis case result of a hydroturbine generating unit shows that the proposed method has faster convergence speed and stronger generalization ability than the traditional wavelet neural network and ACO wavelet neural network. Thus it can provide an effective solution for online vibration fault diagnosis of a hydroturbine generating unit.

  5. Trauma cardíaco penetrante – relato de caso

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    Caio Augusto Perete

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O trauma cardíaco penetrante (TCP, embora raro, é uma condição grave e potencialmente letal. Estudos mostram que 60 a 80% dessas vítimas evoluem a óbito no local do acidente ou no trajeto para a unidade de emergência (UE. Ferimentos na área de Ziegler exigem maior atenção em função do risco de lesão cardíaca (LC. Objetivo: Relatar o caso de ferimento por arma branca (FAB em zona de Ziedler com lesão transfixante de artéria descendente anterior (ADA. Método: Observação clínica e cirúrgica, registro de imagem e revisão da literatura. Relato de caso: Paciente masculino, 23 anos, admitido na UE 4 horas após sofrer FAB em 5o intercosto com linha hemiclavicular esquerda. Sedado, com intubação orotraqueal e ventilação mecânica, murmúrio vesicular presente à direita e diminuído em hemitórax esquerdo (com drenagem de 800 mL de sangue, choque hipovolêmico grau III, bulhas cardíacas abafadas e turgência jugular. Após janela pericárdica positiva optou-se por esternotomia, evidenciando perfuração de 0,5cm em septo interventricular com sangramento ativo da região distal da ADA. Foi realizada sutura simples da LC. No pós-operatório (PO imediato, o eletrocardiograma apresentou supradesnivelamento do segmento ST nas derivações V2, V3 e V4 e troponina positiva que, ao longo dos dias, apresentaram normalidade, recebendo alta hospitalar no 6o dia PO. Conclusões: Os TCP ainda são um desafio para os cirurgiões. Ferimentos na área de Ziedler devem pressupor LC já que alguns pacientes são inicialmente assintomáticos, exigindo para seu diagnóstico alto índice de suspeita.

  6. Massa alimentícia sem glúten com elevado teor proteico obtida por processo convencional

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    Schmiele, Marcio; Jaekel,Leandra Zafalon; Ishida,Patricia Mello Garrido; Chang, Yoon Kil; Steel, Caroline Joy

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    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...

  7. Trasplante cardíaco: organización e indicaciones

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    Revuelta, José M.

    2008-01-01

    La legislación que regula los trasplantes en España, Ley 30/1979, establece los principios básicos de esta actividad médica. La acreditación de los centros o unidades de trasplante cardíaco se rige por el RD 2070/1999. La experiencia clínica está demostrando que las indicaciones y las contraindicaciones del trasplante cardíaco están en constante cambio, debido principalmente a los avances en los cuidados pre, per y postoperatorios, a los nuevos fármacos y otras novedosas alternativas terap...

  8. International Conference on SEMS 2012

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    Liu, Chuang; Scientific explanation and methodology of science; SEMS 2012

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    This volume contains the contributed papers of invitees to SEMS 2012 who have also given talks at the conference. The invitees are experts in philosophy of science and technology from Asia (besides China), Australia, Europe, Latin America, North America, as well as from within China. The papers in this volume represent the latest work of each researcher in his or her expertise; and as a result, they give a good representation of the cutting-edge researches in diverse areas in different parts of the world.

  9. 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.

  10. Tests were inconclusive: California's experiment with ACOs raises questions about whether they'll save money.

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    Vesely, Rebecca

    2010-11-01

    In California, many providers have been working in accountable care organizations for decades, and they say they can work well. "It's not the type of organization that defines the success of an ACO, it's the leadership," said Tom Williams, executive director of the Oakland, Calif.-based Integrated Healthcare Association. "For success, there needs to be alignment between hospitals and physicians."

  11. Post-Acute Care and ACOs — Who Will Be Accountable?

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    McWilliams, J Michael; Chernew, Michael E; Zaslavsky, Alan M; Landon, Bruce E

    2013-01-01

    Objective To determine how the inclusion of post-acute evaluation and management (E&M) services as primary care affects assignment of Medicare beneficiaries to accountable care organizations (ACOs). Data Sources Medicare claims for a random 5 percent sample of 2009 Medicare beneficiaries linked to American Medical Association Group Practice data identifying provider groups sufficiently large to be eligible for ACO program participation. Study Design We calculated the fraction of community-dwelling beneficiaries whose assignment shifted, as a consequence of including post-acute E&M services, from the group providing their outpatient primary care to a different group providing their inpatient post-acute care. Principal Findings Assignment shifts occurred for 27.6 percent of 25,992 community-dwelling beneficiaries with at least one post-acute skilled nursing facility stay, and they were more common for those incurring higher Medicare spending. Those whose assignment shifted constituted only 1.3 percent of all community-dwelling beneficiaries cared for by large ACO-eligible organizations (n = 535,138), but they accounted for 8.4 percent of total Medicare spending for this population. Conclusions Under current Medicare assignment rules, ACOs may not be accountable for an influential group of post-acute patients, suggesting missed opportunities to improve care coordination and reduce inappropriate readmissions. PMID:23350910

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

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    FERNANDO LUIZ WESTPHAL

    2000-09-01

    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

  13. 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.

  14. Extracardiac conduit in total cavopulmonary connection Conduto extracardíaco na derivação cavopulmonar total

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    Paulo Paredes Paulista

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates a new technique of an extracardiac conduit in total cavopulmonary connection in complex congenital heart disease. METHODS: Between May 2000 and October 2002, 18 extracardiac conduit surgeries were performed. The patients' weights ranged from 11 to 29 kilograms, the ages ranged from 1 to 12 years old and 10 patients were male. There were eight patients with tricuspid atresia, eight with univentricular heart, and two with unbalanced total atrioventricular septal defect. There were 17 patients who had been submitted to a previous palliative surgery. The surgery was performed at over 32º centigrade without aortic ischemia. Ten PTFE, 4 Hemashield and 4 bovine pericardium tubes were used with diameters ranging from 16 to 22 mm. RESULTS: There were four cases of tube thrombosis and these patients were a reoperation was performed with one death. In one patient a takedown was performed on the 69th postoperative day. There were three deaths, one due to tube thrombosis and two due to low cardiac output. CONCLUSION: Extracardiac conduit is already used for total cavopulmonary connection, but despite encouraging early results, a longer follow-up is necessary to prove its real advantages.OBJETIVO: Avaliar a utilização de conduto extracardíaco na confecção de derivação cavopulmonar total nos diferentes tipos de cardiopatias complexas nas quais está indicado este tipo de correção. MÉTODO: Entre maio de 2000 e janeiro de 2003, foram operados 18 pacientes, 10 do sexo masculino, com idades entre 1 e 12 anos e peso variando de 11 a 29 quilos. O diagnóstico principal foi atresia tricúspide em oito pacientes, conexão atrioventricular univentricular em oito e defeito total do septo atrioventricular desbalanceado em dois. Apenas um paciente foi operado sem cirurgia paliativa prévia. A operação foi realizada com emprego de circulação extracorpórea com temperatura acima de 32ºC orofaríngea e sem isquemia a

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

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

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    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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. New data association technique based on ACO with directional information considered

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    2008-01-01

    Due to the advantages of ant colony optimization (ACO) in solving complex problems, a new data association algorithm based on ACO in a cluttered environment called DACDA is proposed. In the proposed method, the concept for tour and the length of tour are redefined. Additionally, the directional information is incorporated into the proposed method because it is one of the most important factors that affects the performance of data association. Kalraan filter is employed to estimate target states. Computer simulation results show that the proposed method could carry out data association in an acceptable CPU time, and the correct data association rate is higher than that obtained by the data association (DA) algorithm not combined with directional information.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. HI deficiency in the galaxy cluster ACO 3627. ATCA observations in the Great Attractor region

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    Vollmer, B; Van Driel, W; Henning, P A; Kraan-Korteweg, R C; Balkowski, C; Woudt, P A; Duschl, W J

    2001-01-01

    ATCA 21 cm HI observations of the rich galaxy cluster ACO 3627 in the Great Attractor region are presented. Three fields of 30' diameter located within one Abell radius of ACO 3627 were observed with a resolution of 15'' and an rms noise of \\sim 1 mJy/beam. Only two galaxies were detected in these fields. We compare their HI distribution to new optical R-band images and discuss their velocity fields. The first galaxy is a gas-rich unperturbed spiral whereas the second shows a peculiar HI distribution. The estimated 3-sigma HI mass limit of our observations is \\sim 7 x 10^8 M_{\\odot} for a line width of 150 km s^{-1}. The non-detection of a considerable number of luminous spiral galaxies indicates that the spiral galaxies are HI deficient. The low detection rate is comparable to the HI deficient Coma cluster (Bravo-Alfaro et al. 2000). ACO 3627 is a bright X-ray cluster. We therefore suspect that ram pressure stripping is responsible for the HI deficiency of the bright cluster spirals.

  1. De la Locura de doble forma a la Psicosis maníaco-depresiva.

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    Full Text Available Sin entrar en polémicas sobre a quién atribuir la primera descripción de lo que actualmente llamamos Psicosis maníaco-depresiva, es decir, sin tomar partido por Baillarger o J.-P. Falret, lo cierto es que a mediados del pasado siglo los alienistas franceses orquestaron un saber nosológico en el que se reunían en una única categoría dos manifestaciones extremas del humor: la manía y la melancolía. Tras las descripciones fundacionales de Baillarger y de Falret, fechadas ambas en el mismo año, 1854, se abrió un espacio nosológico opuesto al terreno de los delirios crónicos: las psicosis del humor frente a las psicosis de la razón, o bien psicosis maníaco-depresiva frente a esquizofrenia-paranoia. De la última cosecha del nosógrafo por excelencia, Emil Kraepelin, proviene la descripción clínica más completa y matizada de la locura maníaco-depresiva (das manisch-depressive Irresein. Dos años después, en 1915, S. Freud mostró en Duelo y Melancolía la infraestructura metapsicológica de la manía y de la melancolía.

  2. 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.

  3. Predicting coal ash fusion temperature based on its chemical composition using ACO-BP neural network

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    Liu, Y.P.; Wu, M.G.; Qian, J.X. [Institute of Industrial Control Technology, College of Info Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2007-02-15

    Coal ash fusion temperature is important to boiler designers and operators of power plants. Fusion temperature is determined by the chemical composition of coal ash, however, their relationships are not precisely known. A novel neural network, ACO-BP neural network, is used to model coal ash fusion temperature based on its chemical composition. Ant colony optimization (ACO) is an ecological system algorithm, which draws its inspiration from the foraging behavior of real ants. A three-layer network is designed with 10 hidden nodes. The oxide contents consist of the inputs of the network and the fusion temperature is the output. Data on 80 typical Chinese coal ash samples were used for training and testing. Results show that ACO-BP neural network can obtain better performance compared with empirical formulas and BP neural network. The well-trained neural network can be used as a useful tool to predict coal ash fusion temperature according to the oxide contents of the coal ash. (author)

  4. 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

  5. Segmented Foil SEM Grids at Fermilab

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    Kopp, Sacha E; Childress, Sam; Ford, R; Harris, Debbie; Indurthy, Dharmaraj; Kendziora, Cary; Moore, Craig D; Pavlovich, Zarko; Proga, Marek; Tassotto, Gianni; Zwaska, Robert M

    2005-01-01

    We present recent beam data from a new design of a profile monitor for proton beams at Fermilab. The monitors, consisting of grids of segmented Ti foils 5micrometers thick, are secondary-electron emission monitors (SEM's). We review data on the device's precision on beam centroid position, beam width, and on beam loss associated with the SEM material placed in the beam.

  6. 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

  7. Taponamiento cardíaco por hipotiroidismo: descripción de 2 casos

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    José Rafael Rojas-Solano; María Claudia Peláez-Gil; Francisco Jiménez-Bolaños

    2005-01-01

    Rara vez el derrame pericárdico en el hipotiroidismo evoluciona al taponamiento cardíaco, complicación que es mortal si no se diagnostica y trata a tiempo. En este artículo describimos dos singulares casos y discutimos aspectos importantes de la fisiopatología, diagnóstico y manejo de esta enfermedad.Pericardial effusion in hypothyroidism seldom evolves to cardiac tamponade, a fatal complication if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. In this article, we describe 2 singular cases and discuss ...

  8. Tumores cardíacos em criança: análise retrospectiva

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    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.

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

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    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 servic...

  10. Taponamiento cardíaco por hipotiroidismo: descripción de 2 casos

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    José Rafael Rojas-Solano; María Claudia Peláez-Gil; Francisco Jiménez-Bolaños

    2005-01-01

    Rara vez el derrame pericárdico en el hipotiroidismo evoluciona al taponamiento cardíaco, complicación que es mortal si no se diagnostica y trata a tiempo. En este artículo describimos dos singulares casos y discutimos aspectos importantes de la fisiopatología, diagnóstico y manejo de esta enfermedad.Pericardial effusion in hypothyroidism seldom evolves to cardiac tamponade, a fatal complication if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. In this article, we describe 2 singular cases and discuss ...

  11. Transplante cardíaco em amiloidose primária Heart transplantation in primary amyloidosis

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    José Francisco Baumgratz

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A amiloidose cardíaca é doença altamente limitante da sobrevida, por morte súbita na maioria dos pacientes. Pela agressão contra outros órgãos, particularmente rins e sistema nervoso central, o transplante cardíaco tem sido opção questionável, face à escassez de órgãos. O objetivo é relatar a evolução, com sobrevivência de 7 anos, da paciente após transplante cardíaco por amiloidose, em boas condições. Um ano após o transplante cardíaco, houve indicação de transplante renal, também pela agressão da doença. Esta paciente contrasta com outros três pacientes de nosso serviço que foram a óbito, ainda na fase de avaliação. Apesar de sua natureza multisistêmica, a amiloidose cardíaca pode, em pacientes selecionados, justificar o transplante cardíaco, pela gravidade do seu potencial evolutivo após o início dos sintomasCardiac amyloidosis is a disease with a gloom life expectance after the beginning of the symptomatic phase, usually with sudden death as the final event. The aggression to other organs, although, can make heart transplantation a disputable form of treatment taking into consideration the shortage of donor organs. The aim is to report the evolution with a survival of seven years after heart transplantation and in very fair condition of a patient with amyloidosis. One year after the heart transplantation, there was indication of renal transplantation also from the aggression from the disease. This patient compares' favorable with three other patients also from our service, who died early after de diagnosis. Even considering the multi systemic nature of amyloidosis, we can accept that in peculiar patients justified the heart transplantation, taking in the consideration the very bad prognosis of the disease

  12. SEM probe of IC radiation sensitivity

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    Gauthier, M. K.; Stanley, A. G.

    1979-01-01

    Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) used to irradiate single integrated circuit (IC) subcomponent to test for radiation sensitivity can localize area of IC less than .03 by .03 mm for determination of exact location of radiation sensitive section.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    and understanding of one’s sexual orientation.First-person effects refer to self-perceived and self-reported effects of SEM consumptionas experienced by the consumer. In addition, the study examined and provided athorough validation of the psychometric properties of the seven-item PornographyConsumption Effect...... 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......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...

  14. 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

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    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.

  15. Detection of Coaxial Backscattered Electrons in SEM

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    We present a coaxial detection of the backscattered electrons in SEM. The lens-aperture has been used to filter in energy and focus the backscattered electrons. This particular geometry allows us to eliminate the iow energy backscattered electrons and collect the backscattered electrons, which are backscattered close to the incident beam orientation. The main advantage of this geometry is adapted to topographic contrast attenuation and atomic number contrast enhancement. Thus this new SEM is very suitable to analyze the material composition.

  16. 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

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

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    Clouse, Ronald M; Carraro, Nicola

    2014-01-01

    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 derived.

  18. 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.

  19. Diagnóstico cardíaco a partir de dados acústicos e clínicos

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    Cruz, Elisete Maria Silva Dias Alves da

    2015-01-01

    Este documento foi redigido no âmbito da dissertação do Mestrado em Engenharia Informática na área de Arquiteturas, Sistemas e Redes, do Departamento de Engenharia Informática, do ISEP, cujo tema é diagnóstico cardíaco a partir de dados acústicos e clínicos. O objetivo deste trabalho é produzir um método que permita diagnosticar automaticamente patologias cardíacas utilizando técnicas de classificação de data mining. Foram utilizados dois tipos de dados: sons cardíacos gravados...

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

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    SID AHMED BESSEDIK

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Application of GA, PSO, and ACO Algorithms to Path Planning of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

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    Mohammad Pourmahmood Aghababa; Mohammad Hossein Amrollahi; Mehdi Borjkhani

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,an underwater vehicle was modeled with six dimensional nonlinear equations of motion,controlled by DC motors in all degrees of freedom.Near-optimal trajectories in an energetic environment for underwater vehicles were computed using a numerical solution of a nonlinear optimal control problem (NOCP).An energy performance index as a cost function,which should be minimized,was defined.The resulting problem was a two-point boundary value problem (TPBVP).A genetic algorithm (GA),particle swarm optimization (PSO),and ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithms were applied to solve the resulting TPBVP.Applying an Euler-Lagrange equation to the NOCE a conjugate gradient penalty method was also adopted to solve the TPBVP.The problem of energetic environments,involving some energy sources,was discussed.Some near-optimal paths were found using a GA,PSO,and ACO algorithms.Finally,the problem of collision avoidance in an energetic environment was also taken into account.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Partial Least Squares Strukturgleichungsmodellierung (PLS-SEM)

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    Hair, Joe F.; Hult, G. Thomas M.; Ringle, Christian M.

    (PLS-SEM) hat sich in der wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung als geeignetes Verfahren zur Schätzung von Kausalmodellen behauptet. Dank der Anwenderfreundlichkeit des Verfahrens und der vorhandenen Software ist es inzwischen auch in der Praxis etabliert. Dieses Buch liefert eine...... anwendungsorientierte Einführung in die PLS-SEM. Der Fokus liegt auf den Grundlagen des Verfahrens und deren praktischer Umsetzung mit Hilfe der SmartPLS-Software. Das Konzept des Buches setzt dabei auf einfache Erläuterungen statistischer Ansätze und die anschauliche Darstellung zahlreicher Anwendungsbeispiele anhand...... 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...

  8. FIB-SEM tomography in biology.

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    Kizilyaprak, Caroline; Bittermann, Anne Greet; Daraspe, Jean; Humbel, Bruno M

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional information is much easier to understand than a set of two-dimensional images. Therefore a layman is thrilled by the pseudo-3D image taken in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) while, when seeing a transmission electron micrograph, his imagination is challenged. First approaches to gain insight in the third dimension were to make serial microtome sections of a region of interest (ROI) and then building a model of the object. Serial microtome sectioning is a tedious and skill-demanding work and therefore seldom done. In the last two decades with the increase of computer power, sophisticated display options, and the development of new instruments, an SEM with a built-in microtome as well as a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM), serial sectioning, and 3D analysis has become far easier and faster.Due to the relief like topology of the microtome trimmed block face of resin-embedded tissue, the ROI can be searched in the secondary electron mode, and at the selected spot, the ROI is prepared with the ion beam for 3D analysis. For FIB-SEM tomography, a thin slice is removed with the ion beam and the newly exposed face is imaged with the electron beam, usually by recording the backscattered electrons. The process, also called "slice and view," is repeated until the desired volume is imaged.As FIB-SEM allows 3D imaging of biological fine structure at high resolution of only small volumes, it is crucial to perform slice and view at carefully selected spots. Finding the region of interest is therefore a prerequisite for meaningful imaging. Thin layer plastification of biofilms offers direct access to the original sample surface and allows the selection of an ROI for site-specific FIB-SEM tomography just by its pronounced topographic features.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Quantifying the effects of different post-processing quality filters on regionally and temporally averaged ACOS XCO2

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    Fisher, B.; O'Dell, C.; Mandrake, L.

    2013-12-01

    The Atmospheric CO2 Observations from Space (ACOS) group has been producing and distributing total column CO2 (XCO2) products using JAXA/NIES/MOE Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) spectra and has accumulated almost 4 years of data with version 3.3. While the ACOS team strives to only process soundings that the retrieval algorithm can handle well, we are conservative in what we reject from processing. Consequently, some soundings get processed which do not yield reliable results. We have developed post-processing filters based on comparisons to a few truth proxies (model means, TCCON, and the southern hemisphere approximation) to flag the less reliable soundings. Here we compare regionally (using TRANSCOM spatial bins) and monthly averaged XCO2 that have been filtered by our normal method (described in the ACOS Level 2 Data User's Guide) and a newer method, which we have named warn levels. Mean XCO2 differences are quantified spatially and temporally to inform possible biases in carbon cycle studies that could potentially be introduced by the application of differing post-processing screening methodologies to the ACOS products.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Avaliação do sopro cardíaco na infância

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    Kobinger,Maria Elisabeth B.A.

    2003-01-01

    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 dia...

  15. Rabdomiomas Intracardíacos em Recém-nascido: ...Pensou em Esclerose Tuberosa?

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    Costa, Andreia; Baptista, Maria João; Viera, António; Temudo, Teresa

    2014-01-01

    Os autores descrevem o caso clínico de um recém-nascido com rabdomiomas cardíacos que se manifestaram pela detecção à nascença de frustes alterações auscultatórias cardíacas. O diagnóstico definitivo de Esclerose Tuberosa foi feito no período neonatal, com posterior expressão multissístémica da doença. Os autores fazem uma breve revisão teórica desta entidade clínica, no que concerne à sua eliopatogénese, critérios diagnósticos, espectro clínico, laboratorial e imagiológico, e abordagem terap...

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

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    Sudholt, Dirk; Witt, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    , showing that the update strength should be limited to 1/K, ρ = O(1/(√n log n)). In fact, choosing 1/K, ρ ∼ 1/(√n log n) both algorithms efficiently optimize OneMax in expected time O (n log n). Our analyses provide new insights into the stochastic behavior of probabilistic model-building GAs and propose......We provide a rigorous runtime analysis concerning the update strength, a vital parameter in probabilistic model-building GAs such as the step size 1/K in the compact Genetic Algorithm (cGA) and the evaporation factor ρ in ACO. While a large update strength is desirable for exploitation...

  17. Trasplante cardíaco pediátrico: pasado, presente y futuro

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    González-López, María-Teresa; Gil-Villanueva, Nuria; Camino-López, Manuela; Pita-Fernández, Ana-María; Pérez-Caballero-Martínez, Ramón; Gil-Jaurena, Juan-Miguel

    2017-01-01

    Introducción y objetivos: El trasplante cardíaco pediátrico constituye un reto multidisciplinar y son escasas las series amplias a nivel mundial. Presentamos evolución, tendencias y resultados de nuestra serie y perspectivas futuras. Material y métodos: Desde inicio del programa (1990) hasta 2015, se han realizado 163 trasplantes (158 pacientes): 50,3% (n = 82) cardiopatías congénitas (80,5% [n = 66] univentriculares); 33,7% (n = 55) miocardiopatía dilatada; 4,3% (n = 7) miocardiopatía hip...

  18. 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...... condition are studied, in order to define a strategy to optimise the measurements taking account of the critical factors in SEM 3D reconstruction. Investigations were performed on a novel sample, specifically developed and implemented for the tests.......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...

  19. Building a SEM Analytics Reporting Portfolio

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    Goff, Jay W.; Williams, Brian G.; Kilgore, Wendy

    2016-01-01

    Effective strategic enrollment management (SEM) efforts require vast amounts of internal and external data to ensure that meaningful reporting and analysis systems can assist managers in decision making. A wide range of information is integral for leading effective and efficient student recruitment and retention programs. This article is designed…

  20. Building a SEM Analytics Reporting Portfolio

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    Goff, Jay W.; Williams, Brian G.; Kilgore, Wendy

    2016-01-01

    Effective strategic enrollment management (SEM) efforts require vast amounts of internal and external data to ensure that meaningful reporting and analysis systems can assist managers in decision making. A wide range of information is integral for leading effective and efficient student recruitment and retention programs. This article is designed…

  1. Comparing SVARs and SEMs : more shocking stories

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    Jacobs, Jan; Wallis, Kenneth F.

    2002-01-01

    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 Cambridge long-run structural VAR model and the COMPACT model.

  2. 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

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

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    2006-01-01

    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 mét...

  4. 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.

  5. Seafloor earthquake measurement system, SEMS IV

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    Platzbecker, M.R.; Ehasz, J.P.; Franco, R.J.

    1997-07-01

    Staff of the Telemetry Technology Development Department (2664) have, in support of the U.S. Interior Department Mineral Management Services (MMS), developed and deployed the Seafloor Earthquake Measurement System IV (SEMS IV). The result of this development project is a series of three fully operational seafloor seismic monitor systems located at offshore platforms: Eureka, Grace, and Irene. The instrument probes are embedded from three to seven feet into the seafloor and hardwired to seismic data recorders installed top side at the offshore platforms. The probes and underwater cables were designed to survive the seafloor environment with an operation life of five years. The units have been operational for two years and have produced recordings of several minor earthquakes in that time. Sandia Labs will transfer operation of SEMS IV to MMS contractors in the coming months. 29 figs., 25 tabs.

  6. 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.

  7. Viewing Integrated-Circuit Interconnections By SEM

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    Lawton, Russel A.; Gauldin, Robert E.; Ruiz, Ronald P.

    1990-01-01

    Back-scattering of energetic electrons reveals hidden metal layers. Experiment shows that with suitable operating adjustments, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) used to look for defects in aluminum interconnections in integrated circuits. Enables monitoring, in situ, of changes in defects caused by changes in temperature. Gives truer picture of defects, as etching can change stress field of metal-and-passivation pattern, causing changes in defects.

  8. Treinamento físico de natação promove remodelamento cardíaco e melhora a perfusão sanguínea no músculo cardíaco de SHR via mecanismo dependente de adenosina

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    Juliana Gonçalves de Barros

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Exercícios físicos são utilizados como terapia não farmacológica para o tratamento da hipertensão arterial, e o treinamento físico (TF por natação é reconhecido por produzir remodelamento cardíaco em animais experimentais. Entretanto, a ação vasodilatadora da adenosina (ado resultante do exercício físico como prevenção e tratamento da hipertensão é pouco explorada. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o remodelamento cardíaco e o papel da adenosina na distribuição do fluxo sanguíneo para o miocárdio após treinamento físico em SHR. Método: 28 SHR machos babies e adultos foram submetidos ao TF aeróbio de natação, durante 10 semanas (5x/sem -1h/dia. Foram utilizados protocolos de microesferas coloridas para avaliar fluxo sanguíneo, técnicas de morfologia para avaliar hipertrofia cardíaca e análises bioquímicas para verificar atividade de enzimas envolvidas na formação de adenosina. RESULTADOS: TF por natação atenuou a evolução da HA em SHR babies (S: 145 ± 2; T: 140 ± 2mmHg, promoveu bradicardia de repouso em SHR adultos (S: 340 ± 4; T: 321 ± 6bpm e desenvolveu HC nos dois grupos (TB: 12%; TA: 10%. Na condição basal, o TF aumentou o FS coronário em SHR babies (S: 4.745 ± 2.145; T: 6.970 ± 2.374mi/coração e maior resposta vasodilatadora à infusão de adenosina foi observada (S: 18.946 ± 6.685; T: 25.045 ± 7.031mi/coração. Neste grupo, o TF promoveu maior atividade da enzima 5'-nucleotidase, levando à maior formação de adenosina (S: 0,45 ± 0,09; T: 1,01 ± 0,05. CONCLUSÃO: O TF de natação, além de desenvolver HC e apresentar maior hidrólise de AMP, promoveu aumento no FS coronário, sendo mostrado que desempenha um importante papel na regulação da hipertensão

  9. Tamponamento cardíaco tardio traumático: análise de cinco casos

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    FERNANDO LUIZ WESTPHAL; LUIZ CARLOS DE LIMA; BADWAN ABDEL JABER

    2000-01-01

    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 apó...

  10. 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.

  11. Semântica expressivista = Expressivist semantics

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    Mendonça, Wilson John Pessoa

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    Full Text Available O programa semântico do expressivismo surgiu como uma tentativa de fundamentar a visão não-cognitivista do discurso ético, mas logo foi generalizado de forma a cobrir a linguagem normativa em geral. Ele promete desenvolver uma alternativa global à abordagem clássica da semântica das condições de verdade: uma teoria não-factualista, baseada na pragmática, do significado linguístico. Os expressivistas veem o conteúdo das sentenças normativas como determinado por seu uso primário, que é não-descritivo. As versões tradicionais da semântica expressivista procedem associando sistematicamente às sentenças normativas as atitudes mentais que elas convencionalmente expressam. Elas assumem que, se as sentenças simples expressam atitudes, a aplicação a essas sentenças dos conectivos da lógica proposicional ou da ligação de variáveis resulta em sentenças complexas que também expressam atitudes. O núcleo do presente trabalho avalia algumas tentativas influentes de desenvolvimento do programa expressivista, focando em um problema discutido com veemência na literatura: o “problema da negação para o expressivismo”. Algumas abordagens propostas nos últimos anos, baseadas na rejeição da assunção central do expressivismo tradicional, são consideradas em detalhes. Embora uma avaliação definitiva dessas abordagens inovadoras como explicações satisfatórias do funcionamento da linguagem normativa não possa ainda ser alcançada, o trabalho afirma que há razões para otimismo

  12. An integrated ACO approach for the joint production and preventive maintenance scheduling problem in the flowshop sequencing problem.

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    Benbouzid-Sitayeb, Fatima; Ammi, Ismaïl; Varnier, Christophe; Zerhouni, Noureddine

    2008-01-01

    International audience; In this paper, an integrated ACO approach to solve joint production and preventive maintenance scheduling problem in permutation flowshops is considered. A newly developed antcolony algorithm is proposed and analyzed for solving this problem, based on a common representation of production and maintenance data, to obtain a joint schedule that is, subsequently, improved by a new local search procedure. The goal is to optimize a common objective function which takes into ...

  13. 基于多蚁群的并行ACO算法%Parallel ACO Algorithm Based on Multiple Ant Colony

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    夏鸿斌; 须文波; 刘渊

    2009-01-01

    This paper proposes and implements a new approach to parallel Ant Colony Optimization(ACO) algorithms by changing the behavior of ACO. In view of the shortcomings for ant algorithms' stagnant, by improving selection strategies, a new selection and search strategies with parallel adaptive mechanisms are implemented, so as to strengthen its global search capability, and the method of data parallel is used to reduce communication time between processors and get a better solution. The performance of the proposed parallel algorithm, applied to the Traveling Salesman Problem(TSP), is investigated and evaluated with respect to solution quality and computational effort. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm outperforms the sequential ant colony system as well as the existing parallel ACO algorithms.%通过改变蚁群优化(ACO)算法行为,提出一种新的ACO并行化策略--并行多蚁群ACO算法.针对蚁群算法存在停滞现象的缺点,改进选择策略,实现具有自适应并行机制的选择和搜索策略,以加强其全局搜索能力.并行处理采用数据并行的手段,能减少处理器间的通信时间并获得更好的解.以对称TSP测试集为对象进行比较实验,结果表明,该算法相对于串行算法及现有的并行算法具有一定的优势.

  14. Principios sobre semáforos

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    Valencia Alaix, Víctor Gabriel

    2000-01-01

    Debido a la ausencia de una publicación que reuniese los aspectos más relevantes sobre semáforos y en el marco académico sobre ingeniería de tránsito de los cursos de pregrado y posgrado en Vías y Transporte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín, se ha preparado este documento como guía introductoria a dicho tema. En su preparación se han recogido los tópicos principales de varias publicaciones internacionales y nacionales, además, su desarrollo ha considerado la experi...

  15. 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.

  16. Eight reasons payer interoperability and data sharing are essential in ACOs. Interoperability standards could be a prerequisite to measuring care.

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    Mookencherry, Shefali

    2012-01-01

    It makes strategic and business sense for payers and providers to collaborate on how to take substantial cost out of the healthcare delivery system. Acting independently, neither medical groups, hospitals nor health plans have the optimal mix of resources and incentives to significantly reduce costs. Payers have core assets such as marketing, claims data, claims processing, reimbursement systems and capital. It would be cost prohibitive for all but the largest providers to develop these capabilities in order to compete directly with insurers. Likewise, medical groups and hospitals are positioned to foster financial interdependence among providers and coordinate the continuum of patient illnesses and care settings. Payers and providers should commit to reasonable clinical and cost goals, and share resources to minimize expenses and financial risks. It is in the interest of payers to work closely with providers on risk-management strategies because insurers need synergy with ACOs to remain cost competitive. It is in the interest of ACOs to work collaboratively with payers early on to develop reasonable and effective performance benchmarks. Hence, it is essential to have payer interoperability and data sharing integrated in an ACO model.

  17. ACO-zeotype iron aluminum phosphates with variable Al/Fe ratios controlled by F⁻ ions.

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    Wang, Yanyan; Li, Yi; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Jingzhe; Yan, Yan; Li, Jiyang; Yu, Jihong; Wang, Jincheng; Xu, Ruren

    2011-03-01

    Three new iron aluminum phosphates |(C(2)H(10)N(2))(4)|[Fe(8 - x)Al(x)F(x)(H(2)O)(2 - x)(PO(4))(8)]·2H(2)O (χ = 1.64, 1.33, 0.80) with ACO-zeotype structures denoted as FeAPO-CJ66(a), FeAPO-CJ66(b), and FeAPO-CJ66(c), respectively, have been synthesized in the fluoride ion system. Their framework structures are made of double 4-ring (D4R) building units formed by the alternating connection of Fe(Al)O(4)F(O) trigonal bipyramids and PO(4) tetrahedra, which possess 3D intersecting 8-ring channels running along the [001], [010], and [100] directions. Fluoride ions or water molecules reside in the center of D4Rs, and diprotonated ethylenediamine cations and water molecules are occluded in the free space of channels to stabilize the whole structure. Notably, the Al/Fe ratios in the frameworks can be effectively controlled from 1/3.9 to 1/5.0 to 1/9.0 by adjusting the amounts of phosphoric acid and hydrofluoric acid added to the initial reaction mixture. Mössbauer and magnetic measurements show that the Fe ions in the compounds are bivalent and undergo antiferromagnetic ordering at room temperature.

  18. Bloqueio cardíaco completo em espondilite anquilosante Complete heart block in ankylosing spondylitis

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    Juan Pablo Restrepo

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available A espondilite anquilosante é uma doença reumática crônica de homens jovens que afeta principalmente o esqueleto axial e está associada ao HLA-B27 em 90% dos casos. A incidência de envolvimento cardiovascular em casos de espondilite anquilosante varia entre 10%-30%; foram descritos distúrbios de condução em 1%-9% dos pacientes com a doença. A maior parte do grupo acometido demonstra uma relação com doença de longa data. Este é o primeiro relato de bloqueio cardíaco completo em espondilite anquilosante precoce de nosso conhecimento.Ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a chronic rheumatic disease of young men that affects mainly the axial skeleton and is associated with HLA-B27 in 90% of the cases. Incidence of cardiovascular involvement in AS ranges between 10%-30%; conduction disturbances have been described in 1%-9% of the patients with AS. The majority of the series show a relationship with longstanding disease. To our knowledge, this is the first report of complete heart block in early AS.

  19. 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.

  20. NASA GES DISC support of CO2 Data from OCO-2, ACOS, and AIRS

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    Wei, Jennifer C; Vollmer, Bruce E.; Savtchenko, Andrey K.; Hearty, Thomas J; Albayrak, Rustem Arif; Deshong, Barbara E.

    2013-01-01

    NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Centers (GES DISC) is the data center assigned to archive and distribute current AIRS, ACOS data and data from the upcoming OCO-2 mission. The GES DISC archives and supports data containing information on CO2 as well as other atmospheric composition, atmospheric dynamics, modeling and precipitation. Along with the data stewardship, an important mission of GES DISC is to facilitate access to and enhance the usability of data as well as to broaden the user base. GES DISC strives to promote the awareness of science content and novelty of the data by working with Science Team members and releasing news articles as appropriate. Analysis of events that are of interest to the general public, and that help in understanding the goals of NASA Earth Observing missions, have been among most popular practices.Users have unrestricted access to a user-friendly search interface, Mirador, that allows temporal, spatial, keyword and event searches, as well as an ontology-driven drill down. Variable subsetting, format conversion, quality screening, and quick browse, are among the services available in Mirador. The majority of the GES DISC data are also accessible through OPeNDAP (Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol) and WMS (Web Map Service). These services add more options for specialized subsetting, format conversion, image viewing and contributing to data interoperability.

  1. The Norma cluster (ACO3627): II. The near infrared K_s-band luminosity function

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    Skelton, R E; Kraan-Korteweg, R C

    2009-01-01

    A deep K_s-band photometric catalogue of galaxies at the core of the rich, nearby Norma cluster (ACO3627) is presented. The survey covers about 45 by 45 square arcmin (slightly less than 1/3 Abell radius), which corresponds to approx. 0.8 Mpc^2 at the adopted distance (v_cmb/H0) of 70 Mpc of this cluster. The survey is estimated to be complete to a magnitude of M_Ks <~ -19.5 mag. This extends into the dwarf regime, 6 magnitudes below M_Ks*. The catalogue contains 390 objects, 235 of which are classified as likely or definite galaxies and 155 as candidate galaxies. The Ks-band luminosity function (LF) is constructed from the photometric sample, using a spectroscopic subsample to correct for fore- and background contamination. We fit a Schechter function with a characteristic magnitude of M_Ks* = -25.39 \\pm 0.80 mag and faint-end slope of alpha = -1.26 \\pm 0.10 to the data. The shape of the LF is similar to those found in previous determinations of the cluster LF, in both optical and near infrared. The Schec...

  2. Task Scheduling problem in distributed systems considering communication cost and precedence by population-based ACO

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    Hossein Erfani

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available With regard to the fact of the rapid growth of distributed systems and their large spectrum of usage of proposing and representing controlling solutions and optimization of task execution procedures is one of the most important issues. Task scheduling in distributed systems has determining role in improving efficiency in applications such as communication, routing, production plans and project management. The most important issues of good schedule are minimizing makespan and average of waiting time. However, the recent and previous effort usually focused on minimizing makespan. This article presents and analyze a new method based on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO algorithm with considerations to precedence and communication cost for task scheduling problem. In the mentioned method in addition to optimization of finish time, average of waiting time and number of needed processors are also optimized. In this method, by using of a new heuristic list, an algorithm based on ant colony is proposed. The results obtained in comparison with the latest similar models of random search algorithms, proves the higher efficiency of algorithm.

  3. REGISTRO DE PARO CARDÍACO EN EL ADULTO Registries of outer hospital cardiac arrest in Bogotta-Colombia

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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".There is not a standardized registry form of cardiac events requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR in our country such as the Utstein style. The purpose of this study was to determine the quality of the registries of out-ofhospital cardiac arrests in Bogotá-Colombia. A retrospective survey of registries of cardiac events assisted by a regulatory center "Centro Regulador de Urgencias del Distrito (CRU" was conducted, between January and March, 2005. The study reveals a poor registry of outof-hospital cardiac arrest in Bogotá-Colombia, and identifies trauma as the cause of cardiac arrest in 22% of cases, a particularly high figure compared with 5-8% registered worldwide. Recommend the standardization of the registry form of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and suggest to use the "uniform reporting of data following cardiac arrest - the Utstein style". The registry forms are shown in appendix 1-2. Suggestions are welcome.

  4. 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.

  5. In-situ SEM electrochemistry and radiolysis

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    Møller-Nilsen, Rolf Erling Robberstad; Norby, Poul

    Electron microscopy is a ubiquitous technique to see effects which are too small to see with traditional optical microscopes. Recently it has become possible to also image liquid samples by encapsulating them from the vacuum of the microscope and a natural evolution from that has been to include...... microelectrodes on the windows to enable studies of electrohcemical processes. In this way it is possible to perform in-situ electrochemical experiments such as electroplating and charge and discharge analysis of battery electrodes. In a typical liquid cell, electrons are accelerated to sufficiently high energies...... to traverse a thin window made by a silicon nitride membrane, and interact with the sample immersed in liquid. In transmission electron microscopy (TEM) the majority of the electrons continue through the sample to form an image. In scanning electron microscopy (SEM) a fraction of the electrons...

  6. SEMS: System for Environmental Monitoring and Sustainability

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    Arvidson, Raymond E.

    1998-01-01

    The goal of this project was to establish a computational and data management system, SEMS, building on our existing system and MTPE-related research. We proposed that the new system would help support Washington University's efforts in environmental sustainability through use in: (a) Problem-based environmental curriculum for freshmen and sophomores funded by the Hewlett Foundation that integrates scientific, cultural, and policy perspectives to understand the dynamics of wetland degradation, deforestation, and desertification and that will develop policies for sustainable environments and economies; (b) Higher-level undergraduate and graduate courses focused on monitoring the environment and developing policies that will lead to sustainable environmental and economic conditions; and (c) Interdisciplinary research focused on the dynamics of the Missouri River system and development of policies that lead to sustainable environmental and economic floodplain conditions.

  7. Arterial diameter of the celiac trunk and its branches: anatomical study Diâmetro arterial do tronco celíaco e seus ramos: estudo anatômico

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    Luís Augusto da Silveira

    2009-02-01

    , foram obtidos os diâmetros externos dos seguintes vasos: tronco celíaco, artéria hepática comum, artéria gástrica direita, artéria esplênica, artéria gástrica esquerda, artéria gastroduodenal, artéria hepática própria e artérias hepáticas direita e esquerda. RESULTADOS: Dos 21 cadáveres avaliados, 6 apresentaram variação anatômica de pelo menos um dos ramos acima mencionados. Ao compararmos os diâmetros arteriais dos vasos normais com os que apresentaram variação, os variáveis apresentaram diâmetros menores, sem, entretanto alcançar níveis de significância. CONCLUSÃO: Nossos dados apontam para a possibilidade de uma diferença de diâmetros entre artérias abdominais normais e variáveis, sendo esse dado de implicância clínica para os transplantes hepáticos de doadores vivos.

  8. Nondestructive SEM for surface and subsurface wafer imaging

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    Propst, Roy H.; Bagnell, C. Robert; Cole, Edward I., Jr.; Davies, Brian G.; Dibianca, Frank A.; Johnson, Darryl G.; Oxford, William V.; Smith, Craig A.

    1987-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) is considered as a tool for both failure analysis as well as device characterization. A survey is made of various operational SEM modes and their applicability to image processing methods on semiconductor devices.

  9. Tumores cardíacos: 10 anos de experiência

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    Antônio Augusto MIANA

    1997-01-01

    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

  10. 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....

  11. Care coordination at a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO): A qualitative analysis.

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    Hafeez, Baria; Miller, Sophia; Patel, Anup D; Grinspan, Zachary M

    2017-08-01

    Care coordinators may help manage care for children with chronic illness. Their role in pediatric epilepsy care is understudied. We aimed to qualitatively describe the content of a care coordination intervention for children with epilepsy. We conducted nine semi-structured interviews and one focus group with care coordinators at a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO) in Ohio. The care coordinators used a modified version of a published care coordination checklist for children with epilepsy (Patel AD, 2014). We analyzed transcripts using thematic analysis. We focused on (1) the content of the intervention; and (2) perceptions of facilitators and barriers to improve outcomes, with an emphasis on epilepsy specific facilitators and barriers. Care coordinators interacted with children and families in multiple contexts (phone calls, physician visits, home visits), and included relationship building (developing rapport and trust between families and the health system), communication (transmission of information between the child, family, physician, and other care providers), and service (help with housing, transportation, scheduling, liaison with community resources, etc.). Facilitators and barriers of care coordination included factors related to parents, physicians, health system, payers, and community. Epilepsy-specific barriers included stigma (felt & enacted) and the anxiety associated with clinical uncertainty. Epilepsy related facilitators included a seizure action plan, written educational materials, and an epilepsy specific care coordination checklist. In addition to facilitators and barriers common to many care coordination programs, pediatric epilepsy care coordinators should be particularly aware of epilepsy stigma and clinical uncertainty. A care coordination checklist and epilepsy focused educational materials written to accommodate people with low health literacy may provide additional benefit. Further research is required to understand the effect

  12. 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.

  13. In-situ tensile testing of propellant samples within SEM

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    Benedetto, G.L. di; Ramshorst, M.C.J. van; Duvalois, W.; Hooijmeijer, P.A.; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der; Klerk, W.P.C. de

    2015-01-01

    A tensile module system placed within a FEI NovaNanoSEM 650 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) was utilized in this work to conduct in-situ tensile testing of propellant material samples. This tensile module system allows for real-time in-situ SEM analysis of the samples to determine the failure mec

  14. Semântica e lexicografia

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    Julio Casares

    2001-01-01

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    A Semântica e a Lexicografia se interpenetram mutuamente porque a Lexicografia não se limita a recolher as palavras do léxico, mas procura descrever a significação dos vocábulos e seus usos. O lexicógrafo também se ocupa de evolução dos sentidos das palavras para estabelecer a escala das acepções de um signo lexical. Casares conceitua acepção e discute o problema da discriminação das acepções e da sua ordenação no caso de palavras polissêmicas. Outra Questão delicada para o lexicógrafo é o reconhecimento e a identificação correta dos valores metafóricos. O autor usa como exemplo ilustrativo o verbete lat. ordo > esp. orden (port. ordem, signo polissêmico. Traça gráficos da ma-, lha de significações na semântica evolutiva dessa palavra, do étimo original latino ao espanhol moderno. Casares também trata do problema da lematização, ou seja, a decisão técnica de escolher como entrada de um dicionário, uma ou outra forma vocabular, o que envolve controvérsias permanentes em meio aos lexicólogos sobre as lexias (palavras complexas e como e quando se dá a categorização lexical de um polinómio vocabular. Esse problema é ampliado por causa da tradição caótica de muitas grafias, particularmente no caso de "locuções vocabulares". Advoga as vantagens e as virtudes de um dicionário que tivesse um índice de freqüência do uso de cada palavra, ou de cada acepção de um vocábulo.

  15. EPA Region 2 SEMS_CERCLIS Sites All [R2] and SEMS_CERCLIS Sites NPL [R2] GIS Layers

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

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    Imen Châari

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    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%.

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

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    Freitas Jr, Aguinaldo Figueiredo; Bacal, Fernando; Oliveira Júnior, José de Lima; Fiorelli, Alfredo Inácio; Santos, Ronaldo Honorato; Moreira, Luiz Felipe Pinho; Silva, Christiano Pereira; Mangini, Sandrigo; Tsutsui, Jeane Mike; Bocchi, Edimar Alcides

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    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 ...

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. Estudio de la variabilidad del ritmo cardíaco mediante técnicas estadísticas, espectrales y no lineales

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    García González, Miguel Ángel

    1998-01-01

    El análisis de la variabilidad del ritmo cardíaco es una técnica no invasiva que permite la diagnosis y prognosis de cardiopatías y neuropatías. El ritmo cardíaco está modulado por diversos sistemas fisiológicos siendo el nexo de unión el sistema nervioso autónomo o vegetativo (tanto la rama parasimpática como la rama simpática). La degeneración del sistema nervioso autónomo o del tejido cardíaco queda reflejada en el análisis de la serie temporal RR mediante la cual se cuantifica y caracteri...

  2. Classificação de sons cardíacos usando Motifs: desenvolvimento de uma aplicação móvel

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    Oliveira, Soraia Carvalho da Cruz

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    Este documento foi redigido no âmbito da Tese, do Mestrado em Engenharia Informática na área de Tecnologias do Conhecimento e Decisão, do Departamento de Engenharia Informática, do ISEP, cujo tema é classificação de sons cardíacos usando motifs. Neste trabalho, apresenta-se um algoritmo de classificação de sons cardíacos, capaz de identificar patologias cardíacas. A classificação do som cardíaco é um trabalho desafiante dada a dificuldade em separar os sons ambiente (vozes, respiração, con...

  3. 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.

  4. Transplante cardíaco e infecção

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    COUTO Wilson José

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: O presente estudo visa avaliar a incidência de infecções, os agentes etiológicos, e a apresentação clínica e a morbi-mortalidade operatória nos pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco na Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Casuística e Métodos: No período de novembro de 1996 a junho de 1998, 97 pacientes transplantados pela equipe de Cirurgia Cardiovascular da UNIFESP sobreviveram por período superior a uma semana após o transplante e foram analisados, retrospectivamente, quanto aos processos infecciosos diagnosticados. A idade dos pacientes variou de 3 a 63 anos (média de 44,4 ± 13,0 anos, sendo que a maioria apresentava miocardiopatia dilatada (46, seguida de chagásica (24 e isquêmica (23. O tempo de seguimento variou de 0,33 a 119 meses (36 ± 30,7 meses. Resultados: Dos 97 pacientes estudados, 16 (16,4% morreram, sendo infecção a principal causa, seguido pela rejeição em 10 (10,30%. As causas de óbito por infecção foram: sepse bacteriana em 6 pacientes, pneumonia em outros 6, infecção intra-abdominal em 2, toxoplasmose disseminada em 1 e infecção pelo citomegalovírus em 1. Ocorreram 142 episódios infecciosos diagnosticados distribuídos da seguinte forma: bacterianos 76 (52,5%; virais 34 (28,8%; fúngicos 20 (17,5% e protozoários 12 (12,4%. Houve 8 episódios de reativação da doença de Chagas (média 4,9 meses após o transplante diagnosticados principalmente através do aparecimento de nódulos subcutâneos. Todos os casos de reativação foram tratados com alopurinol e evoluíram bem. Conclusão: Os dados apresentados mostraram o predomínio de infecções bacterianas que causaram maior mortalidade. Nos transplantados por doença de Chagas a reativação da doença pode ser controlada adequadamente com uso de alopurinol. Os dados são importantes para orientação em nossa comunidade dos programas de transplantes, uma vez que traz à tona particularidades do nosso meio.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Transplante cardíaco ortotópico: experiência na Universidade Federal de São Paulo

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    João Nelson Rodrigues BRANCO

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available Foram realizados no período de novembro de 1986 a abril de 1997, 92 transplantes ortotópicos, com receptores na faixa etária de 3 a 63 anos (média de 44,9 anos. Os diagnósticos pré-operatórios foram de miocardiopatia dilatada em 42 (44,6% pacientes, isquêmica em 23 (25,0%, chagásica em 21 (22,8%, valvar em 3 (3,2% e outras miocardiopatias em 3 (3,2% pacientes. A técnica operatória empregada (Lower e Shumway, em 1960 foi satisfatória e sem complicações. O tempo de isquemia - mais longo nos transplantes com captação à distância - foi sempre inferior a quatro horas. As complicações relacionadas ao uso crônico de imunossupressores foram, principalmente, hipertensão arterial (84,6%, hiperuricemia (75,4% e dislipidemia (63,0%. Quanto às infecções, houve predomínio das virais, com 42 (45,6% casos, seguidas das bacterianas, com 35 (38,0% casos, e das por protozoários, com 15 (16,3% casos. Dentre as infecções bacterianas, sete foram do sítio cirúrgico, com boa evolução. Das infecções por protozoários, sete (46,6% forma por reativação do Trypanosoma cruzi. A mortalidade geral nos primeiros 30 dias do pós-operatório foi de 17,3% e teve, como principais causas: infecção, complicações neurológicas e rejeição. Após esses 30 dias e até o primeiro ano, houve 10 (10,3% óbitos, com predomínio de rejeição e infecção como causas. Após o primeiro ano de pós-operatório, houve 13 (14,0% falecimentos, por causas diversas, como: morte súbita, infecção, rejeição, além de outras. A curva actuarial mostrou no 1º, 2º, 3º, 4º, 5º e 6º anos uma sobrevivência de receptores de 71,6%, 66,6%, 60,5%, 54,4%, 54,4%, 54,4%, respectivamente. Não houve perda de seguimento de paciente, e os sobreviventes até a conclusão do trabalho encontravam-se bem, todos em classe funcional I da NYHA. Os autores concluem que é possível a realização de transplante cardíaco em nossa comunidade com sobrevivência e taxa de

  8. 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

    2005-01-01

    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...

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

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

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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...

  10. 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

    2005-01-01

    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...

  11. Efeitos do treinamento físico aeróbio sobre o sistema renina angiotensina cardíaco e sistêmico de ratos obesos

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    Diego Lopes Mendes Barretti

    2010-01-01

    Introdução: A obesidade bem como um aumento da ativação do sistema renina angiotensina cardíaco estão profundamente envolvidos com o desenvolvimento de doenças cardiovasculares. Por outro lado, o treinamento físico aeróbio, previne o desenvolvimento da obesidade e reduz o sistema renina angiotensina cardíaco em algumas patologias. Dessa forma, nosso objetivo foi de investigar se a obesidade e sua associação com o treinamento físico aeróbio alteram os componentes do sistema renina angiotensina...

  12. Manejo de las dislipidemias en pacientes cardíacos trasplantados. Hallazgos sobre nuevos factores de riesgo

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    Walter Masson

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En pacientes cardíacos trasplantados, el desarrollo de enfermedad vascular coronaria es una complicación frecuente y la dislipidemia es uno de los predictores más importantes. Los inmunosupresores predisponen a las dislipidemias y dificultan la utilización de hipolipemiantes. En este grupo particular de pacientes se recomienda alcanzar las metas terapéuticas de prevención secundaria. Las estatinas son los hipolipemiantes de elección. No existen recomendaciones claras sobre nuevos factores de riesgo, como la homocisteína y la lipoproteína (a [Lp(a].Con el objetivo de conocer el perfil lipídico, la prevalencia de homocisteinemia y de Lp(a elevadas, el cumplimiento de las metas terapéuticas y la tolerancia a la medicación, se incluyeron en el estudio 23 pacientes cardíacos trasplantados. Los resultados mostraron que el cumplimiento de las metas lipídicas fue aceptable y que el 65% recibía tratamiento hipolipemiante. El uso de estatinas fue seguro. Se encontró una prevalencia alta de homocisteína y Lp(a elevadas. Su implicación en la modificación del tratamiento se desconoce.

  13. Transient absorption spectroscopy in biology using the Super-ACO storage ring FEL and the synchrotron radiation combination

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    Renault, E; De Ninno, G; Garzella, D; Hirsch, M; Nahon, L; Nutarelli, D

    2001-01-01

    The Super-ACO storage ring FEL, covering the UV range down to 300 nm with a high average power (300 mW at 350 nm) together with a high stability and long lifetime, is a unique tool for the performance of users applications. We present here the first pump-probe two color experiments on biological species using a storage ring FEL coupled to the synchrotron radiation. The intense UV pulse of the Super-ACO FEL is used to prepare a high initial concentration of chromophores in their first singlet electronic excited state. The nearby bending magnet synchrotron radiation provides, on the other hand a pulsed, white light continuum (UV-IR), naturally synchronized with the FEL pulses and used to probe the photochemical subsequent events and the associated transient species. We have demonstrated the feasibility with a dye molecule (POPOP) observing a two-color effect, signature of excited state absorption and a temporal signature with Acridine. Applications on various chromophores of biological interest are carried out,...

  14. 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.

  15. Canticum Novum: música sem palavras e palavras sem som no pensamento de Santo Agostinho

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    Lorenzo Mammì

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available NO De Magistro, Santo Agostinho coloca a reza e o canto numa posição similar, à margem das funções imediatamente comunicativas da linguagem. A reflexão agostiniana sobre a reza se baseia nos hábitos cristãos da leitura, da oração e da meditação silenciosas. Há sobre o canto, na prática igualmente inovadora do jubilus, melodia sem palavra destinada aos momentos mais intensos e gaudiosos da liturgia. A oração silenciosa e o jubilus são temas recorrentes da literatura patrística, mas Agostinho os aborda de maneira original, desenhando, a partir das palavras sem som da oração e do som sem palavra do jubilus, o perfil de um discurso interior, que não se destina aos homens, mas a Deus.IN HIS De Magistro Saint Augustine places prayer and song on a similar level, alongside the language immediately communicative functions. His considerations on prayer are grounded on the Christian habits of silent reading, prayer and meditation; those on song, on the equally innovating practice called jubilus, which is melody without words designed for the intensest and most joyous liturgical moments. Silent prayer and jubilus are recurring topics in patristic literature, but Augustine deals with them in an original way, drawing from the soundless words of prayer and the wordless sound of jubilus an inner discourse, addressed not to men but to God.

  16. Imunocitomonitorização em pacientes transplantados cardíacos Immunocytomonitorization in patients submitted to cardiac transplantation

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    Ricardo Manrique

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    Full Text Available A técnica de Imunocitomonitorização (CIM - Cytologrcal and Immunologic Monitoring, fundamenta-se na avaliação de mudanças nas subpopulações de linfócitos e seus precursores celulares, durante o processo rejeição aguda. O método avalia a ativação precoce pela contagem do número de: linfócitos ativados, linfoblastos e prolinfócitos (aqui chamados em conjunto de linfócitos ativos, quando esses se apresentam acima do limite superior normal. Utilizamos essa técnica para seguimento e controle da atividade da imunologia celular em 9 pacientes transplantados cardíacos. Também foram submetidos ao CIM para verificar a faixa de normalidade de ativação linfocítica 20 voluntários normais e cinco pacientes candidatos ao transplante cardíaco. Ambos os grupos não tinham antecedentes de quadro de infecção ou alteração imunológica. Para obtenção do controle positivo, testamos 10 pacientes com infecção bacteriana ou virai, previamente diagnosticados por exames bacterianos e/ou sorológicos. Foram observados valores de 1,8% de linfócitos ativos nos indivíduos normais e 3,2% nos candidatos ao transplante cardíaco. Dos 63 testes realizados nos transplantados cardíacos, quatro deles se mostraram positivos, onde três desses tratavam-se de casos de infecção e um confirmado como processo de rejeição aguda em evolução. O tempo médio necessário para a realização da CIM foi de aproximadamente duas horas. A técnica utiliza mostrou-se valiosa no reconhecimento imunológico dos pacientes transplantados cardíacos, pela sua sensibilidade diagnostica, baixo custo e rapidez.The immunocytomonitorization technique (CIM - Cytological and Immunologic Monitoring is based on assessment of changes in the subpopulations of lyphocyte and their precursor cells, while under the acute rejection. The method assesses the precocious activation by counting the number of the lymphocytes normal and actives, lymphoblasts and prolymphocytes (here

  17. 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

    2017-01-01

    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.

  18. Transitividade dos verbos alternantes: uma proposta semântica

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    Larissa CIRÍACO

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo traz uma proposta semântica para se classificar os verbos alternantes quanto a sua transitividade. Parte-se de uma análise das propriedades semântico-lexicais acarretadas pelos verbos causativos do Português Brasileiro, assumindo-se ser a transitivi­dade um fenômeno de interface entre a sintaxe e a semântica lexical. A proposta mostra não só a propriedade semântica relevante para a transitividade, mas também os processos gerais responsáveis pelas alternâncias verbais.

  19. Experiencia con hipotermia terapéutica en el paro cardíaco extrahospitalario

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    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

  20. 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.

  1. Connecting SEM Analysis and Profile Analysis via MDS.

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    Kim, Se-Kang; Davison, Mark L.

    This study was designed to explain how Profile Analysis via Multidimensional Scaling (PAMS) could be viewed as a structural equations model (SEM). The study replicated the major profiles extracted from PAMS in the context of the latent variables in SEM. Data involved the Basic Theme Scales of the Strong Campbell Interest Inventory (Campbell and…

  2. Structural Equations and Causal Explanations: Some Challenges for Causal SEM

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    Markus, Keith A.

    2010-01-01

    One common application of structural equation modeling (SEM) involves expressing and empirically investigating causal explanations. Nonetheless, several aspects of causal explanation that have an impact on behavioral science methodology remain poorly understood. It remains unclear whether applications of SEM should attempt to provide complete…

  3. 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.

  4. On the Nature of SEM Estimates of ARMA Parameters.

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    Hamaker, Ellen L.; Dolan, Conor V.; Molenaar, Peter C. M.

    2002-01-01

    Reexamined the nature of structural equation modeling (SEM) estimates of autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models, replicated the simulation experiments of P. Molenaar, and examined the behavior of the log-likelihood ratio test. Simulation studies indicate that estimates of ARMA parameters observed with SEM software are identical to those…

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

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    Pijar Riza Anugerah

    2015-10-01

    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.

  6. Scanning electron microscopy: preparation and imaging for SEM.

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    Jones, Chris G

    2012-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has been almost universally applied for the surface examination and characterization of both natural and man-made objects. Although an invasive technique, developments in electron microscopy over the years has given the microscopist a much clearer choice in how invasive the technique will be. With the advent of low vacuum SEM in the 1970s (The environmental cold stage, 1970) and environmental SEM in the late 1980s (J Microsc 160(pt. 1):9-19, 1989), it is now possible in some circumstances to examine samples without preparation. However, for the examination of biological tissue and cells it is still advisable to chemically fix, dehydrate, and coat samples for SEM imaging and analysis. This chapter aims to provide an overview of SEM as an imaging tool, and a general introduction to some of the methods applied for the preparation of samples.

  7. Bicaval/bipulmonary orthotopic heart transplantation Transplante cardíaco ortotópico bicaval/bipulmonar

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    Jarbas J. Dinkhuysen

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available The author describes a technique of performing bicaval/double-lung heart transplantation including the evaluation, harvesting and conservation of the donated organ. Additionally, the regime of pre-operative immunosuppression, the techniques of myocardial protection, resection of the native heart and implantation of the donated organ are described.O autor descreve técnica para realização de transplante cardíaco bicaval-bipulmonar, incluindo avaliação, retirada e conservação do órgão do doador. Além disso, são descritos o esquema de imunossupressão pré-operatória, as técnicas de proteção miocárdica, ressecção do coração nativo e implante do órgão doado.

  8. Emission “Off-On” effect from europium complexes triggered by AcO anion: Synthesis, characterization and sensing performance

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    Li, Xiaogang; Zhang, Dong; Li, Jing

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, a series of Eu(III) complexes based on four diamine ligands and two diketone ligands were synthesized. Their single crystal structures were studied, where intermolecular π-π stacking was found. The photophysical parameters of these Eu(III) complexes were measured, along with their ligand triplet levels. The energy transfer mechanism between ligand and metal center was discussed in detail. Energy transfer roll-back was found in Eu(III) complexes owing large-conjugated diamine ligands, compromising emissive performance. This energy transfer roll-back, however, could be stopped by the presence of AcO anion, leading to Eu(III) complex emission enhancement. The sensing performance of such Eu(III) complexes was thus investigated in detail. High sensitivity and selectivity were observed.

  9. Emission "Off-On" effect from europium complexes triggered by AcO anion: synthesis, characterization and sensing performance.

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    Li, Xiaogang; Zhang, Dong; Li, Jing

    2014-06-05

    In this paper, a series of Eu(III) complexes based on four diamine ligands and two diketone ligands were synthesized. Their single crystal structures were studied, where intermolecular π-π stacking was found. The photophysical parameters of these Eu(III) complexes were measured, along with their ligand triplet levels. The energy transfer mechanism between ligand and metal center was discussed in detail. Energy transfer roll-back was found in Eu(III) complexes owing large-conjugated diamine ligands, compromising emissive performance. This energy transfer roll-back, however, could be stopped by the presence of AcO anion, leading to Eu(III) complex emission enhancement. The sensing performance of such Eu(III) complexes was thus investigated in detail. High sensitivity and selectivity were observed.

  10. Segmentación de Sonidos Cardíacos mediante Procesado Digital de Señal

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    Ezennaya Gómez, Salatiel

    2012-01-01

    Una de las técnicas más utilizadas en medicina para la detección o sospecha de una enfermedad cardíaca es la auscultación. Es importante mejorar ésta técnica para dar un apoyo tecnológico y de procesado en la interpretación al especialista. Durante las últimas décadas se han realizado numerosos estudios para la mejora de la detección de sonidos cardíacos procedentes de fonocardiógrafos y estetoscopios digitales. Se plantean diferentes métodos de procesado para la mejora de la segmentación...

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

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    Marcos Amuchástegui

    2008-01-01

    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.

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

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    Marcos Amuchástegui (h,

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introducción A pesar de que la morbimortalidad en el trasplante cardíaco ha sido motivo de extenso análisis, la mayoría de los estudios y registros de mortalidad en pacientes trasplantados se basan sobre datos clínicos. En la bibliografía existen comunicaciones aisladas de autopsias en pacientes con trasplante cardíaco.Objetivo Determinar la importancia de la realización de estudios anatomopatológicos para el diagnóstico de causa de muerte en un programa de trasplante cardíaco.Material y métodosSe incluyeron todos los pacientes con trasplante cardíaco fallecidos entre enero 1990 y enero 2005. El diagnóstico definitivo de la causa de muerte fue corroborado por autopsia o biopsia 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 la causa de muerte (61%. La causa de muerte más frecuente fue el rechazo celular mayor de grado III. En el 12,9%, la anatomía patológica difirió de la sospecha clínica de la causa de muerte.ConclusiónLa información clinicopatológica derivada de estudios post mortem es un indicador de nuestra realidad asistencial y se constituye en un pilar fundamental para el conocimiento y el manejo futuro de los pacientes trasplantados, por lo que consideramos que la realización de autopsias en estos pacientes es de vital importancia.

  13. Transplante cardíaco em portadora de endomiocardiofibrose Heart transplantation in a patient with endomyocardial fibrosis

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    Humberto F.G. de Freitas

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A endomiocardiofibrose é uma doença comum em países tropicais, particularmente Uganda e Nigéria, e pode acometer tanto o ventrículo esquerdo como direito, gerando uma insuficiência cardíaca restritiva que, além dos sintomas clássicos, manifesta-se por ascite desproporcional ao edema periférico. Apresentamos o caso de uma portadora de endomiocardiofibrose refratária ao tratamento clínico, submetida ao tratamento cirúrgico com melhora clínica por curto período, voltando a apresentar sintomas incapacitantes três meses após a cirurgia de ressecção de fibrose endomiocárdica e plastia tricúspide. A paciente foi então submetida a transplante cardíaco ortotópico bicaval, com boa evolução clínica. É o primeiro caso de transplante cardíaco nesta doença, mostrando-se uma alternativa de tratamento promissora.Endomyocardial fibrosis is a common disease in tropical countries, particularly Uganda and Nigeria. It may affect the right and left ventricles, creating restrictive heart failure, which, in addition to the classical symptoms, manifests as ascites disproportional to peripheral edema. We report the case of a female patient with endomyocardial fibrosis refractory to clinical treatment, who underwent surgical treatment with clinical improvement for a short period. Three months after the surgery for resection of the endomyocardial fibrosis and tricuspid valvuloplasty, the disabling symptoms reappeared. Then the patient underwent bicaval orthotopic heart transplantation, which had a good clinical outcome. This was the first case of heart transplantation for the treatment of endomyocardial fibrosis, which proved to be a promising alternative.

  14. Smart flexible microrobots for scanning electron microscope (SEM) applications

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    Schmoeckel, Ferdinand; Fatikow, Sergej

    2000-06-01

    In the scanning electron microscope (SEM), specially designed microrobots can act as a flexible assembly facility for hybrid microsystems, as probing devices for in-situ tests on IC structures or just as a helpful teleoperated tool for the SEM operator when examining samples. Several flexible microrobots of this kind have been developed and tested. Driven by piezoactuators, these few cubic centimeters small mobile robots perform manipulations with a precision of up to 10 nm and transport the gripped objects at speeds of up to 3 cm/s. In accuracy, flexibility and price they are superior to conventional precision robots. A new SEM-suited microrobot prototype is described in this paper. The SEM's vacuum chamber has been equipped with various elements like flanges and CCD cameras to enable the robot to operate. In order to use the SEM image for the automatic real-time control of the robots, the SEM's electron beam is actively controlled by a PC. The latter submits the images to the robots' control computer system. For obtaining three-dimensional information in real time, especially for the closed-loop control of a robot endeffector, e.g. microgripper, a triangulation method with the luminescent spot of the SEM's electron beam is being investigated.

  15. 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.

  16. Improvement of geometrical measurements from 3D-SEM reconstructions

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    Carli, Lorenzo; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Horsewell, Andy

    2009-01-01

    The quantification of 3D geometry at the nanometric scale is a major metrological challenge. In this work geometrical measurements on cylindrical items obtained with a 3D-SEM were investigated. Two items were measured: a wire gauge having a 0.25 mm nominal diameter and a hypodermic needle having...... that the diameter estimation performed using the 3D-SEM leads to an overestimation of approx. 7% compared to the reference values obtained using a 1-D length measuring machine. Standard deviation of SEM measurements performed on the wire gauge is approx. 1.5 times lower than the one performed on the hypodermic...

  17. SEM-EBSP能知道些什么

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    张唯敏

    2003-01-01

    @@ 1 SEM-EBSP是什么 所谓SEM-EBSP是指采用在扫描电子显微镜(SEM)镜体中的反射电子菊池线衍射的结晶方位分析.被称为菊池图形的衍射图形可因结晶的稍许倾斜而大大地改变其位置,因此,通过解析菊池图形就能正确地知道结晶方位.

  18. Improvement of CD-SEM mark position measurement accuracy

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    Kasa, Kentaro; Fukuhara, Kazuya

    2014-04-01

    CD-SEM is now attracting attention as a tool that can accurately measure positional error of device patterns. However, the measurement accuracy can get worse due to pattern asymmetry as in the case of image based overlay (IBO) and diffraction based overlay (DBO). For IBO and DBO, a way of correcting the inaccuracy arising from measurement patterns was suggested. For CD-SEM, although a way of correcting CD bias was proposed, it has not been argued how to correct the inaccuracy arising from pattern asymmetry using CD-SEM. In this study we will propose how to quantify and correct the measurement inaccuracy affected by pattern asymmetry.

  19. Alternative SEM techniques for observing pyritised fossil material.

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    Poole; Lloyd

    2000-11-01

    Two scanning electron microscopy (SEM) electron-specimen interactions that provide images based on sample crystal structure, electron channelling and electron backscattered diffraction, are described. The SEM operating conditions and sample preparation are presented, followed by an example application of these techniques to the study of pyritised plant material. The two approaches provide an opportunity to examine simultaneously, at higher magnifications normally available optically, detailed specimen anatomy and preservation state. Our investigation suggests that whereas both techniques have their advantages, the electron channelling approach is generally more readily available to most SEM users. However, electron backscattered diffraction does afford the opportunity of automated examination and characterisation of pyritised fossil material.

  20. 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; José Pedro da Silva; Luciana da Fonseca; José Francisco Baumgratz; Américo Tangari Jr; Weverton Ferreira Leite; Claudia Jesus Guilhen; Egas Armelin

    2010-01-01

    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...

  1. Quantitative approach on SEM images of microstructure of clay soils

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    施斌; 李生林; M.Tolkachev

    1995-01-01

    The working principles of Videolab Image Processing System (VIPS), the examining methods of orientation of microstructural units of clay soils and analysing results on SEM images of some typical microstructures of clay soils using the VIPS are introduced.

  2. semPLS: Structural Equation Modeling Using Partial Least Squares

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    2012-05-01

    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.

  3. DETECTION OF DELAMINATION IN A COMPOSITE PLATE BY SEM

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    2001-01-01

    A numerical method of integration of Green's functi ons of strip element method (SEM) is proposed. The response of ultrasonic sourc e generated by a transducer on the surface of a multi-ply composite plate conta ining a delamination is analyzed by the use of SEM. The numerical results show that the scanning features of the ultrasonic waves may be used to identify the d elamination inside the composite plate .

  4. DESIGNING ACO-BASED TRAVEL ITINERARY PLANNING SYSTEM WITH SMART TERMINAL%基于 ACO 的智能终端旅游行程规划系统设计

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    睢先先; 宋夫华

    2016-01-01

    Travel itinerary planning is a very complicated issue for self-service travellers.In light of this problem,we studied the itinerary planning model,itinerary planning algorithm and implementation schemes,and constructed a service platform for urban travel itinerary plan-ning.In combination with a variety of technologies such as ant colony optimisation (ACO),Baidu map API,Android development,WebSer-vice and JSON,etc.,we improved the AOC and realised the Android smart terminal-based urban self-service travel itinerary planning system. Experimental results showed that the implemented itinerary planning system with smart terminal has the advantages of high planning efficien-cy,reasonable planning results,intuitive information display and easy in use for travel itinerary planning within city region.It has certain popularisation value.%旅游行程规划对自助游客来说是一件非常繁琐的事情。针对该问题,对行程规划模型、行程规划算法和实现方案进行研究,构建城市内的旅游行程规划服务平台。结合蚁群优化 ACO(Ant Colony Optimization)算法、百度地图 API、Android 开发、WebSer-vice 和 JSON 等技术,改进 ACO 算法,实现了基于 Android 智能终端的城市内自助游行程规划系统。实验结果表明,实现的智能终端行程规划系统在城市区域内的旅游行程规划方面具有规划效率高、规划结果合理、信息展示直观、使用方便等优点,具有一定的推广价值。

  5. FIB-SEM cathodoluminescence tomography: practical and theoretical considerations.

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    De Winter, D A M; Lebbink, M N; Wiggers De Vries, D F; Post, J A; Drury, M R

    2011-09-01

    Focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) tomography is a powerful application in obtaining three-dimensional (3D) information. The FIB creates a cross section and subsequently removes thin slices. The SEM takes images using secondary or backscattered electrons, or maps every slice using X-rays and/or electron backscatter diffraction patterns. The objective of this study is to assess the possibilities of combining FIB-SEM tomography with cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging. The intensity of CL emission is related to variations in defect or impurity concentrations. A potential problem with FIB-SEM CL tomography is that ion milling may change the defect state of the material and the CL emission. In addition the conventional tilted sample geometry used in FIB-SEM tomography is not compatible with conventional CL detectors. Here we examine the influence of the FIB on CL emission in natural diamond and the feasibility of FIB-SEM CL tomography. A systematic investigation establishes that the ion beam influences CL emission of diamond, with a dependency on both the ion beam and electron beam acceleration voltage. CL emission in natural diamond is enhanced particularly at low ion beam and electron beam voltages. This enhancement of the CL emission can be partly explained by an increase in surface defects induced by ion milling. CL emission enhancement could be used to improve the CL image quality. To conduct FIB-SEM CL tomography, a recently developed novel specimen geometry is adopted to enable sequential ion milling and CL imaging on an untilted sample. We show that CL imaging can be manually combined with FIB-SEM tomography with a modified protocol for 3D microstructure reconstruction. In principle, automated FIB-SEM CL tomography should be feasible, provided that dedicated CL detectors are developed that allow subsequent milling and CL imaging without manual intervention, as the current CL detector needs to be manually retracted before a slice can be milled

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Prescribility of generic microemulsion Cyclosporine A in heart transplant patients Prescritibilidade de Ciclosporina A genérica microemulsão em transplantados cardíacos

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    Ricardo Manrique

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECT: This paper aims to define the prescribility (therapeutic efficacy and bio-safety of generic microemulsion Cyclosporin (Sigmasporin Microral®. METHOD: Casuistic: Twenty heart transplantation patients, 13 males and 7 females, with a mean age of 49.6 years, began immunosuppression treatment with generic microemulsion cyclosporin (Sigmasporin Microral®. They underwent clinical and laboratory evaluation during a minimum of three months. Procedures included clinic evaluation with electro and echocardiogram, endomyocardial biopsy, routine biochemical and hematological tests. RESULTS: The mean follow-up was 10 months with a maximum of 16 months. A total of 151 endomyocardial biopsies were evaluated: 31.7% were degree 0, 43.7% 1a and 23.1% 1b. We had only one case of acute clinical rejection confirmed by biopsy as IIIa, and one patient with mediastinitis, both of whom had a good evolution. The mean cyclosporin blood level was 303 Ng/mL. All other parameters also showed a good evolution. CONCLUSION: Generic microemulsion cyclosporin (Sigmasporin Microral® shows therapeutic efficacy and an excellent bio-safety profile. Its Prescribility is confirmed.OBJETIVO: Determinar a prescritibilidade (eficácia terapêutica e biosegurança da Ciclosporina microemulsão genérica. MÉTODO: Casuística: 20 transplantados cardíacos, sendo 13 homens e sete mulheres, com idade média de 49,62 anos, iniciaram o tratamento tríplice imunossupressor, com Ciclosporina microemulsão genérica ou Sigmasporin Microral®. A condição para inclusão era ter um seguimento mínimo de três meses. Procedimentos: avaliação clínica, biópsias endomiocárdicas, dosagem de ciclosporina, exames de rotina de bioquímica e hematologia. RESULTADOS: O período de observação médio foi de 10 meses e máximo de 16 meses. Foram avaliadas 151 biópsias, sendo 31,7% - grau 0, 43,7% - Ia e 23,1% - Ib. Obtivemos uma rejeição clínica confirmada com biópsia III a e uma

  9. Equilibrios de precipitación. Interacciones entre las reacciones de complejación y la solubilidad. Estudio de la solubilización de los haluros de plata en presencia del complejante amoníaco. Ejercicio interactivo.

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    Milla González, Miguel

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    Es necesario encontrar en este ejercicio la concentración de amoníaco necesaria para impedir la precipitación de los haluros de plata AgCl, AgBr y AgI. Se demuestra, entre otras conclusiones, que el último de estos tres es insoluble en amoníaco y que esta sustancia no impide la precipitación de la sal poco soluble AgI.

  10. 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

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    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.

  11. Angiosarcomas cardíacos. Implicación diagnóstica, pronóstica y terapéutica

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    Luciana Schocron; Sebastián Schanz; Edgardo Beck

    2007-01-01

    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...

  12. Valvoplastia mitral percutânea complicada com tamponamento cardíaco em paciente gestante Percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty complicated by cardiac tamponade in a pregnant patient

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    Luís Seca

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available A ocorrência de Hemopericárdio com Tamponamento Cardíaco é uma complicação da Valvoplastia Mitral Percutânea por balão (VMB, que apesar de pouco freqüente, pode ter graves conseqüências materno-fetais. Este artigo descreve o caso de um tamponamento cardíaco após VMB em uma mulher de 28 anos, com estenose mitral reumática severa na 20ª semana de gravidez.The occurrence of hemopericardium with cardiac tamponade is a complication of percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV which, although uncommon, may have severe maternal and fetal consequences. This article describes a case of cardiac tamponade following BMV in a 28-year-old woman with severe rheumatic mitral stenosis in the 20th week of gestation.

  13. El calcio en los miocitos cardíacos y su papel en las miocardiopatías.

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    Guido Ulate Montero

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    Full Text Available El papel que desempeña el calcio en los miocitos cardíacos abarca un gran número de funciones, desde su rol en el acoplamiento excitación-ccontracción hasta su papel de segundo mensajero en las diversas vías de señalización, algunas de las cuales se activan en procesos que afectan la integridad del tejido miocárdico y que tienen que ver con el crecimiento y la apoptosis de los miocitos y que al final, son los que determinan la evolución de la mayoría de las cardiomiopatías. En esta revisión se abordan los mecanismos fisiológicos en las células de músculo cardíaco en los que este ión juega un papel determinante y los cambios que se presentan en ciertas cardiopatías como la miocardiopatía arritmogénica del ventrículo derecho, las miocardiopatías asociadas a alteraciones en el receptor de rianodina y la miocardiopatía dilatada. Se revisa también la farmacodinamia de los agentes inotrópicos positivos que actúan sensibilizando los miofilamentos del sarcómero al calcio.The rol played by calcium in cardiomyocytes includes a great number of functions like the excitation-contraction coupling as well as a second messenger in diverse signaling pathways. Some of these pathways are activated in processes that affect the cardiac tissue integrity and also participate in cell growth and apoptosis, determining the poor prognosis that characterize the majority of the cardiomyopathies. In this review,the mechanisms inside the cardiomyocytes in which participates calcium and the pathophysiological changes observed in some cardiac diseases like arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, and others, are described. The action mechanism of positive inotropic drugs that act as sarcomere myofilaments sensitizers is also reviewed.

  14. Ecocardiografia sob estresse físico e eventos cardíacos maiores em pacientes com ergometria normal

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    Flávia Ricci Calasans

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O teste ergométrico (TE, inicialmente indicado para diagnóstico e estratificação de risco da doença arterial coronariana (DAC, apresenta baixa sensibilidade, o que pode implicar em falha na detecção de pacientes com risco aumentado de eventos adversos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a ecocardiografia sob estresse físico (EEF na predição de eventos cardíacos maiores (ECM e óbitos por todas as causas em pacientes com probabilidade pré-teste intermediária de DAC e TE normal. MÉTODO: Trata-se de estudo retrospectivo em que foram estudados 397 pacientes, com probabilidade pré-teste intermediária de DAC pelo método de Morise e TE normal, submetidos à EEF. Dividiu-se em dois grupos: EEF negativo (G1 ou positivo (G2 para isquemia miocárdica. Os desfechos avaliados foram mortalidade por qualquer causa e ECM, definidos como óbito cardíaco e infarto agudo do miocárdio (IAM não fatal. RESULTADOS: O grupo G1 constituiu-se de 329 (82,8% pacientes. A idade média foi de 57,37 ± 11 anos e 44,1% eram do gênero masculino. Durante o seguimento médio de 75,94 ± 17,24 meses, ocorreram 13 óbitos, dentre eles três por causas cardíacas (IAM, além de 13 IAM não fatais. Isquemia miocárdica permaneceu como preditor independente de ECM (RR 2,49; [IC] 95% 1,74-3,58. As variáveis preditoras de mortalidade por qualquer causa foram gênero masculino (RR 9,83; [IC] 95% 2,15-44,97 e idade > 60 anos (RR 4,57; [IC] 95% 1,39-15,23. CONCLUSÃO: A EEF positiva é preditora de ECM na amostra estudada, o que auxilia na identificação de um subgrupo de pacientes sob maior risco de eventos adversos, apesar de apresentarem TE normal.

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

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 3DSEM++: Adaptive and intelligent 3D SEM surface reconstruction.

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    Tafti, Ahmad P; Holz, Jessica D; Baghaie, Ahmadreza; Owen, Heather A; He, Max M; Yu, Zeyun

    2016-08-01

    Structural analysis of microscopic objects is a longstanding topic in several scientific disciplines, such as biological, mechanical, and materials sciences. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), as a promising imaging equipment has been around for decades to determine the surface properties (e.g., compositions or geometries) of specimens by achieving increased magnification, contrast, and resolution greater than one nanometer. Whereas SEM micrographs still remain two-dimensional (2D), many research and educational questions truly require knowledge and facts about their three-dimensional (3D) structures. 3D surface reconstruction from SEM images leads to remarkable understanding of microscopic surfaces, allowing informative and qualitative visualization of the samples being investigated. In this contribution, we integrate several computational technologies including machine learning, contrario methodology, and epipolar geometry to design and develop a novel and efficient method called 3DSEM++ for multi-view 3D SEM surface reconstruction in an adaptive and intelligent fashion. The experiments which have been performed on real and synthetic data assert the approach is able to reach a significant precision to both SEM extrinsic calibration and its 3D surface modeling.

  19. Recent advances in 3D SEM surface reconstruction.

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    Tafti, Ahmad P; Kirkpatrick, Andrew B; Alavi, Zahrasadat; Owen, Heather A; Yu, Zeyun

    2015-11-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM), as one of the most commonly used instruments in biology and material sciences, employs electrons instead of light to determine the surface properties of specimens. However, the SEM micrographs still remain 2D images. To effectively measure and visualize the surface attributes, we need to restore the 3D shape model from the SEM images. 3D surface reconstruction is a longstanding topic in microscopy vision as it offers quantitative and visual information for a variety of applications consisting medicine, pharmacology, chemistry, and mechanics. In this paper, we attempt to explain the expanding body of the work in this area, including a discussion of recent techniques and algorithms. With the present work, we also enhance the reliability, accuracy, and speed of 3D SEM surface reconstruction by designing and developing an optimized multi-view framework. We then consider several real-world experiments as well as synthetic data to examine the qualitative and quantitative attributes of our proposed framework. Furthermore, we present a taxonomy of 3D SEM surface reconstruction approaches and address several challenging issues as part of our future work.

  20. An electron moiré method for a common SEM

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    Y.M.Xing; S.Kishimoto; Y.R.Zhao

    2006-01-01

    In the electron moiré method,a high-frequency grating is used to measure microscopic deformation,which promises significant potential applications for the method in the microscopic analysis of materials.However,a special beam scanning control device is required to produce a grating and generate a moiré fringe pattern for the scanning electron microscope (SEM).Because only a few SEMs used in the material science studies are equipped with this device,the use of the electron moiré method is limited.In this study,an electron moiré method for a common SEM without the beam control device is presented.A grating based on a multi-scanning concept is fabricated in any observing mode.A real-time moiré pattern can also be generated in the SEM or an optical filtering system.Without the beam control device being a prerequisite,the electron moiré method can be more widely used.The experimental results from three different types of SEMS show that high quality gratings with uniform lines and less pitch error can be fabricated by this method,and moiré patterns can also be correctly generated.

  1. Consensus on the Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS) Between the Spanish COPD Guidelines (GesEPOC) and the Spanish Guidelines on the Management of Asthma (GEMA).

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    Plaza, Vicente; Álvarez, Francisco; Calle, Myriam; Casanova, Ciro; Cosío, Borja G; López-Viña, Antolín; Pérez de Llano, Luís; Quirce, Santiago; Román-Rodríguez, Miguel; Soler-Cataluña, Juan José; Miravitlles, Marc

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    Following a proposal by the Spanish Society of Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR), sponsor of the Spanish COPD Guidelines (GesEPOC) and the Spanish Guidelines on the Management of Asthma (GEMA), authors of both papers have unified the criteria for the diagnosis of asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). This consensus defines ACOS as the presence in a given patient of three elements: significant smoking exposure, chronic airflow limitation and asthma. Diagnosis is confirmed when a patient (35years of age or older), smoker or ex-smoker of more than 10 pack-years, presents airflow limitation (post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC<0.7) that persists after treatment with bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids (even after systemic corticosteroids in selected cases), and an objective current diagnosis of asthma (according to GEMA criteria). In cases in which the diagnosis of asthma cannot be demonstrated, marked positive results on a bronchodilator test (FEV1≥15% and ≥400mL) or elevated blood eosinophil count (≥300eosinophils/μL) will also be diagnostic of ACOS. The opinion of another 33 experts who had not participated in the consensus was sought using a modified Delphi survey. Up to 80% of respondents gave a very positive opinion of the consensus, and declared that it was better than other previous proposals. The GesEPOC-GEMA consensus on ACOS provides a unique perspective of the diagnostic problem, using a simple proposal and a pragmatic diagnostic algorithm that can be applied at any healthcare level. Copyright © 2017 SEPAR. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. 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; Lockyer, Jocelyn; Fidler, Herta; Aziz, Khalid; McMillan, Douglas; Qiu, Xiangming; Ma, Xiaolu; Du, Lizhong; Lee, Shoo K

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    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. 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. 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. 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 learners, reflects their learning styles, and can be applied in their

  3. DSS1/Sem1, a multifunctional and intrinsically disordered protein

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    Kragelund, Birthe Brandt; Schenstrøm, Signe Marie; Rebula, Caio A.

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    DSS1/Sem1 is a versatile intrinsically disordered protein. Besides being a bona fide subunit of the 26S proteasome, DSS1 associates with other protein complexes, including BRCA2-RPA, involved in homologous recombination; the Csn12-Thp3 complex, involved in RNA splicing; the integrator, involved...... in transcription; and the TREX-2 complex, involved in nuclear export of mRNA and transcription elongation. As a subunit of the proteasome, DSS1 functions both in complex assembly and possibly as a ubiquitin receptor. Here, we summarise structural and functional aspects of DSS1/Sem1 with particular emphasis on its...... multifunctional and disordered properties. We suggest that DSS1/Sem1 can act as a polyanionic adhesive to prevent nonproductive interactions during construction of protein assemblies, uniquely employing different structures when associating with the diverse multisubunit complexes....

  4. Improvement of geometrical measurements from 3D-SEM reconstructions

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    Carli, Lorenzo; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Horsewell, Andy;

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    an external diameter of 0.26mm. A series of measurements were performed to determine the accuracy of 3D reconstructions obtained using stereo-photogrammetry methods, finding a procedure to determine the optimum number of rotations of the object for an acceptable measuring uncertainty. It was determined......The quantification of 3D geometry at the nanometric scale is a major metrological challenge. In this work geometrical measurements on cylindrical items obtained with a 3D-SEM were investigated. Two items were measured: a wire gauge having a 0.25 mm nominal diameter and a hypodermic needle having...... that the diameter estimation performed using the 3D-SEM leads to an overestimation of approx. 7% compared to the reference values obtained using a 1-D length measuring machine. Standard deviation of SEM measurements performed on the wire gauge is approx. 1.5 times lower than the one performed on the hypodermic...

  5. Annual International DIC Society Conference and SEM Fall Conference

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    Reu, Phillip

    2017-01-01

    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. .

  6. SEM based overlay measurement between resist and buried patterns

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    Inoue, Osamu; Okagawa, Yutaka; Hasumi, Kazuhisa; Shao, Chuanyu; Leray, Philippe; Lorusso, Gian; Baudemprez, Bart

    2016-03-01

    With the continuous shrink in pattern size and increased density, overlay control has become one of the most critical issues in semiconductor manufacturing. Recently, SEM based overlay of AEI (After Etch Inspection) wafer has been used for reference and optimization of optical overlay (both Image Based Overlay (IBO) and Diffraction Based Overlay (DBO)). Overlay measurement at AEI stage contributes monitor and forecast the yield after formation by etch and calibrate optical measurement tools. however those overlay value seems difficult directly for feedback to a scanner. Therefore, there is a clear need to have SEM based overlay measurements of ADI (After Develop Inspection) wafers in order to serve as reference for optical overlay and make necessary corrections before wafers go to etch. Furthermore, to make the corrections as accurate as possible, actual device like feature dimensions need to be measured post ADI. This device size measurement is very unique feature of CDSEM , which can be measured with smaller area. This is currently possible only with the CD-SEM. This device size measurement is very unique feature of CD-SEM , which can be measured with smaller area. In this study, we assess SEM based overlay measurement of ADI and AEI wafer by using a sample from an N10 process flow. First, we demonstrate SEM based overlay performance at AEI by using dual damascene process for Via 0 (V0) and metal 1 (M1) layer. We also discuss the overlay measurements between litho-etch-litho stages of a triple patterned M1 layer and double pattern V0. Second, to illustrate the complexities in image acquisition and measurement we will measure overlay between M1B resist and buried M1A-Hard mask trench. Finally, we will show how high accelerating voltage can detect buried pattern information by BSE (Back Scattering Electron). In this paper we discuss the merits of this method versus standard optical metrology based corrections.

  7. 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.

  8. The Norma Cluster (ACO 3627): I. A Dynamical Analysis of the Most Massive Cluster in the Great Attractor

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    Woudt, P A; Lucey, J; Fairall, A P; Moore, S A W

    2007-01-01

    A detailed dynamical analysis of the nearby rich Norma cluster (ACO 3627) is presented. From radial velocities of 296 cluster members, we find a mean velocity of 4871 +/- 54 km/s and a velocity dispersion of 925 km/s. The mean velocity of the E/S0 population (4979 +/- 85 km/s) is offset with respect to that of the S/Irr population (4812 +/- 70 km/s) by `Delta' v = 164 km/s in the cluster rest frame. This offset increases towards the core of the cluster. The E/S0 population is free of any detectable substructure and appears relaxed. Its shape is clearly elongated with a position angle that is aligned along the dominant large-scale structures in this region, the so-called Norma wall. The central cD galaxy has a very large peculiar velocity of 561 km/s which is most probably related to an ongoing merger at the core of the cluster. The spiral/irregular galaxies reveal a large amount of substructure; two dynamically distinct subgroups within the overall spiral-population have been identified, located along the Nor...

  9. 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.

  10. Optimizing VM allocation and data placement for data-intensive applications in cloud using ACO metaheuristic algorithm

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    T.P. Shabeera

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays data-intensive applications for processing big data are being hosted in the cloud. Since the cloud environment provides virtualized resources for computation, and data-intensive applications require communication between the computing nodes, the placement of Virtual Machines (VMs and location of data affect the overall computation time. Majority of the research work reported in the current literature consider the selection of physical nodes for placing data and VMs as independent problems. This paper proposes an approach which considers VM placement and data placement hand in hand. The primary objective is to reduce cross network traffic and bandwidth usage, by placing required number of VMs and data in Physical Machines (PMs which are physically closer. The VM and data placement problem (referred as MinDistVMDataPlacement problem is defined in this paper and has been proved to be NP- Hard. This paper presents and evaluates a metaheuristic algorithm based on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO, which selects a set of adjacent PMs for placing data and VMs. Data is distributed in the physical storage devices of the selected PMs. According to the processing capacity of each PM, a set of VMs are placed on these PMs to process data stored in them. We use simulation to evaluate our algorithm. The results show that the proposed algorithm selects PMs in close proximity and the jobs executed in the VMs allocated by the proposed scheme outperforms other allocation schemes.

  11. Swarm Intelligence Based Ant Colony Optimization (ACO Approach for Maximizing the Lifetime of Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks

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    LingaRaj.K

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    Full Text Available This paper attempts to undertake the study of maximizing the lifetime of Heterogeneous wireless sensor networks (WSNs. In wireless sensor networks, sensor nodes are typically power-constrained with limited lifetime, and thus it is necessary to know how long the network sustains its networking operations. Heterogeneous WSNs consists of different sensor devices with different capabilities. We can enhance the quality of monitoring in wireless sensor networks by increasing the coverage area. One of major issue in WSNs is finding maximum number of connected coverage. This paper proposed a Swarm Intelligence, Ant Colony Optimization (ACO based approach. Ant colony optimization algorithm provides a natural and intrinsic way of exploration of search space of coverage area. Ants communicate with their nest- mates using chemical scents known as pheromones, Based on Pheromone trail between sensor devices the shortest path is found. The methodology is based on finding the maximum number of connected covers that satisfy both sensing coverage and network connectivity. By finding the coverage area and sensing range, the network lifetime maximized and reduces the energy consumption

  12. Procesamiento semántico en la arquitectura ARIES

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    Iglesias Fernandez, Carlos Angel; González Cristóbal, José Carlos; Nieto Serrano, Amalio Francisco; Goñi Menoyo, José Miguel; López López, Jesús

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    Este artículo afronta el problema de la conversión de estructuras morfosintácticas a una representación semántica basada en marcos y viceversa. Los algoritmos de interpretación presentados emplean el mismo conjunto de reglas para realizar dicha conversión en ambos sentidos (para análisis y generación) y se centran en recorrer el árbol morfosintáctico/semántico de forma descendente aplicando las reglas de interpretación recursivamente a sus constituyentes.

  13. SEM imaging of acoustically stimulated charge transport in solids

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    Emelin, Evgeny; Cho, H. D.; Insepov, Zeke; Lee, J. C.; Kang, Tae Won; Panin, Gennady; Roshchupkin, Dmitry; Tynyshtykbayev, Kurbangali

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    Acoustically stimulated charge transport in solids was studied using the scanning electron microscopy method (SEM). The surface acoustic wave on the surface of the YZ-cut of a LiNbO3 crystal was visualized by registration of low-energy secondary electrons in SEM, and the charge distribution on the crystal surface was visualized using the electron beam induced current method. To register the induced current, an interdigital transducer structure was formed from graphene on the crystal surface. It was shown that the charge distribution on the crystal surface corresponds to the distribution of the acoustic wave field on the crystal surface.

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. SEM Investigation of Superheater Deposits from Biomass-Fired Boilers

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    Jensen, Peter Arendt; Frandsen, Flemming; Hansen, Jørn

    2004-01-01

    , mature superheater deposit samples were extracted from two straw-fired boilers, Masnedø and Ensted, with fuel inputs of 33 MWth and 100 MWth, respectively. SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images and EDX (energy dispersive X-ray) analyses were performed on the deposit samples. Different strategies...

  17. SemEval 2014 Task 5 - L2 Writing Assistant

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    Gompel, M. van; Hendrickx, I.H.E.; Bosch, A.P.J. van den; Lefever, E.; Hoste, V.

    2014-01-01

    We present a new cross-lingual task for SemEval concerning the translation of L1 fragments in an L2 context. The task is at the boundary of Cross-Lingual Word Sense Disambiguation and Machine Translation. It finds its application in the field of computer-assisted translation, particularly in the con

  18. Applications of CryoSEM in medical research

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    Stokroos, [No Value; Kalicharan, D; Jongebloed, WL; Robins, A

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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 sta

  19. 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 t

  20. 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…

  1. 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 …

  2. FIB/SEM and SEM/EDS microstructural analysis of metal-ceramic and zirconia-ceramic interfaces.

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    Massimi, F; Merlati, G; Sebastiani, M; Battaini, P; Menghini, P; Bemporad, E

    2012-01-10

    Recently introduced FIB/SEM analysis in microscopy seems to provide a high-resolution characterization of the samples by 3D (FIB) cross-sectioning and (SEM) high resolution imaging. The aim of this study was to apply the FIB/SEM and SEM/EDS analysis to the interfaces of a metal-ceramic vs. two zirconia-ceramic systems. Plate samples of three different prosthetic systems were prepared in the dental lab following the manufacturers' instructions, where metal-ceramic was the result of a ceramic veneering (porcelain-fused-to-metal) and the two zirconia-ceramic systems were produced by the dedicated CAD-CAM procedures of the zirconia cores (both with final sintering) and then veneered by layered or heat pressed ceramics. In a FIB/SEM equipment (also called DualBeam), a thin layer of platinum (1 μm) was deposited on samples surface crossing the interfaces, in order to protect them during milling. Then, increasingly deeper trenches were milled by a focused ion beam, first using a relatively higher and later using a lower ion current (from 9 nA to 0.28 nA, 30KV). Finally, FEG-SEM (5KV) micrographs (1000-50,000X) were acquired. In a SEM the analysis of the morphology and internal microstructure was performed by 13KV secondary and backscattered electrons signals (in all the samples). The compositional maps were then performed by EDS probe only in the metal-ceramic system (20kV). Despite the presence of many voids in all the ceramic layers, it was possible to identify: (1) the grain structures of the metallic and zirconia substrates, (2) the thin oxide layer at the metal-ceramic interface and its interactions with the first ceramic layer (wash technique), (3) the roughness of the two different zirconia cores and their interactions with the ceramic interface, where the presence of zirconia grains in the ceramic layer was reported in two system possibly due to sandblasting before ceramic firing.

  3. 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

    2009-12-01

    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

  4. Efeito da suplementação com vitamina E sobre os metabolismos oxidativo e cardíaco em equinos submetidos a exercício de alta intensidade

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    L.A. Yonezawa

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A suplementação antioxidante visa prevenir os danos oxidativos induzidos pelo exercício físico em diversos tecidos, como o miocárdio. Nesse contexto, este estudo objetivou avaliar os marcadores cardíacos e a lipoperoxidação em equinos no teste de exercício de rápida aceleração e curta duração (TRA, em esteira de alta velocidade, antes e após a suplementação com vitamina E. Para tanto, foram utilizados 10 equinos sem treinamento, que realizaram o primeiro TRA (TRA1 com carga de trabalho fundamentada no consumo máximo de oxigênio individual (VO2max e que induziu a concentração de lactato maior que 4mmol/L, sendo considerado predominantemente anaeróbico. Em seguida, os equinos receberam vitamina E (dl-alfa-tocoferol na dose de 1.000UI/dia, por via oral, durante 52 dias, e, posteriormente, realizaram um segundo TRA (TRA2 com o mesmo protocolo de TRA1. As amostras de sangue foram colhidas nos momentos antes do exercício, imediatamente após o término do teste e em 1h, 3h, 6h, 12h e 24h subsequentes. Determinou-se o malondialdeído (MDA plasmático como índice de lipoperoxidação, e as concentrações séricas de troponina I cardíaca (cTnI, isoenzima MB da creatinoquinase (CK-MB e mioglobina, como marcadores cardíacos. Como efeito do exercício, observou-se aumento discreto de MDA, de cTnI e de CK-MB, sendo significativo apenas para CK-MB. A suplementação foi capaz de amenizar a produção das espécies reativas de oxigênio, evidenciada pela menor concentração de MDA em TRA2, em 24h, além de causar um efeito protetor no miocárdio, devido ao menor valor de cTnI em 6h no TRA2 em relação ao TRA1. Não houve grandes alterações na concentração de mioglobina. Concluiu-se que o exercício de alta intensidade promoveu estresse no miocárdio nos equinos avaliados, bem como houve efeito benéfico da vitamina E na proteção miocárdica e sobre a lipoperoxidação.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Aneurisma ilíaco associado a fístula arteriovenosa Iliac aneurysm associated with arteriovenous fistula

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    Daniel Mendes Pinto

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A ruptura dos aneurismas aorto-ilíacos para a veia ilíaca ou veia cava é uma complicação pouco comum. A hipertensão venosa leva a vários sinais e sintomas, o que dificulta o diagnóstico pré-operatório, tais como edema do membro inferior, dispnéia, hematúria, sinais de insuficiência renal ou cardíaca. Sopro abdominal é a chave do diagnóstico clínico, associado à massa pulsátil e dor abdominal. O reconhecimento da fístula arteriovenosa no pré-operatório é importante para o planejamento cirúrgico. Relatamos um caso de aneurisma da artéria ilíaca comum e interna direita associado a fístula para veia ilíaca comum, cursando, inicialmente, com edema do membro inferior direito e dispnéia, o que levou ao diagnóstico incorreto de trombose venosa profunda.Rupture of aortoiliac aneurysms into the iliac vein or vena cava is an uncommon complication. Many signs and symptoms develop as a result of venous hypertension, which makes preoperative diagnosis difficult, such as leg edema, dyspnea, hematuria, signs of renal or cardiac insufficiency. Abdominal bruit, associated with pulsatile mass and abdominal pain, is the key for clinical diagnosis. Preoperative recognition of arteriovenous fistula is important for surgical planning. We report a case of right internal and common iliac artery aneurysm associated with fistula into the common iliac vein. Initial symptoms were right leg edema and dyspnea, which induced to the incorrect diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis.

  8. Transplante cardíaco no Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia: análise da sobrevida

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    ASSEF Marco Aurélio Salles

    2001-01-01

    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.

  9. 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...... 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....... 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...

  10. Payload isolation and stabilization by a Suspended Experiment Mount (SEM)

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    Bailey, Wayne L.; Desanctis, Carmine E.; Nicaise, Placide D.; Schultz, David N.

    1992-01-01

    Many Space Shuttle and Space Station payloads can benefit from isolation from crew or attitude control system disturbances. Preliminary studies have been performed for a Suspended Experiment Mount (SEM) system that will provide isolation from accelerations and stabilize the viewing direction of a payload. The concept consists of a flexible suspension system and payload-mounted control moment gyros. The suspension system, which is rigidly locked for ascent and descent, isolates the payload from high frequency disturbances. The control moment gyros stabilize the payload orientation. The SEM will be useful for payloads that require a lower-g environment than a manned vehicle can provide, such as materials processing, and for payloads that require stabilization of pointing direction, but not large angle slewing, such as nadir-viewing earth observation or solar viewing payloads.

  11. Segurança em redes locais sem fio

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    Esta dissertação apresenta os principais conceitos e tipos de redes locais sem fio. Os padrões IEEE 802.11, 802.1X e WPA são expostos, e suas fraquezas são apontadas e discutidas. Um estudo com base nos algoritmos criptográficos RC4 e WEP também é apresentado. Com a indicação das principais vulnerabilidades das redes locais sem fio, um teste de invasão em um ambiente de testes é conduzido com sucesso. Finalmente, uma proposta para melhoria do nível de segurança deste ambiente é exibida e aval...

  12. 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)

    2016-01-01

    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.

  13. SEM Analysis Techniques for LSI Microcircuits. Volume 1

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    THROUGHOUT THIS STUDY. SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE BY MS. MICHELE GOLDBERG, MR. RICHARD GIBB, MS. AUDRE" - COGGINS AND MR. ROY HALL OF THE MARTIN...ELECTRICAL TESTING .... ......... 2 2.3 FUNCTIONAL TEST CIRCUIT DESIGN ... ...... 3 2.4 DEVICE FUNCTIONAL TESTING ............ 8 2.5 DEVICE/SEM INTERFACE...SUMMARY .... .................. 485 iii Section PAGE 7.0 FAILURE ISOLATION PROCEDURE .. ........... ... 485 7.1 FUNCTIONAL TEST /FAILURE VERIFICATION

  14. SemioSem: A Semiotic-Based Similarity Measure

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    Aimé, Xavier; Furst, Frédéric; Kuntz, Pascale; Trichet, Francky

    This paper introduces a new similarity measure called SemioSem. The first originality of this measure, which is defined in the context of a semiotic-based approach, is to consider the three dimensions of the conceptualization underlying a domain ontology: the intension (i.e. the properties used to define the concepts), the extension (i.e. the instances of the concepts) and the expression (i.e. the terms used to denote both the concepts and the instances). Thus, SemioSem aims at aggregating and improving existing extensional-based and intensional-based measures, with an original expressional one. The second originality of this measure is to be context-sensitive, and in particular user-sensitive. Indeed, SemioSem is based on multiple informations sources: (1) a textual corpus, validated by the end-user, which must reflect the domain underlying the ontology which is considered, (2) a set of instances known by the end-user, (3) an ontology enriched with the perception of the end-user on how each property associated to a concept c is important for defining c and (4) the emotional state of the end-user. The importance of each source can be modulated according to the context of use and SemioSem remains valid even if one of the source is missing. This makes our measure more flexible, more robust and more close to the end-user's judgment than the other similarity measures which are usually only based on one aspect of a conceptualization and never take the end-user's perceptions and purposes into account.

  15. Developing 3D SEM in a broad biological context.

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    Kremer, A; Lippens, S; Bartunkova, S; Asselbergh, B; Blanpain, C; Fendrych, M; Goossens, A; Holt, M; Janssens, S; Krols, M; Larsimont, J-C; Mc Guire, C; Nowack, M K; Saelens, X; Schertel, A; Schepens, B; Slezak, M; Timmerman, V; Theunis, C; VAN Brempt, R; Visser, Y; Guérin, C J

    2015-08-01

    When electron microscopy (EM) was introduced in the 1930s it gave scientists their first look into the nanoworld of cells. Over the last 80 years EM has vastly increased our understanding of the complex cellular structures that underlie the diverse functions that cells need to maintain life. One drawback that has been difficult to overcome was the inherent lack of volume information, mainly due to the limit on the thickness of sections that could be viewed in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). For many years scientists struggled to achieve three-dimensional (3D) EM using serial section reconstructions, TEM tomography, and scanning EM (SEM) techniques such as freeze-fracture. Although each technique yielded some special information, they required a significant amount of time and specialist expertise to obtain even a very small 3D EM dataset. Almost 20 years ago scientists began to exploit SEMs to image blocks of embedded tissues and perform serial sectioning of these tissues inside the SEM chamber. Using first focused ion beams (FIB) and subsequently robotic ultramicrotomes (serial block-face, SBF-SEM) microscopists were able to collect large volumes of 3D EM information at resolutions that could address many important biological questions, and do so in an efficient manner. We present here some examples of 3D EM taken from the many diverse specimens that have been imaged in our core facility. We propose that the next major step forward will be to efficiently correlate functional information obtained using light microscopy (LM) with 3D EM datasets to more completely investigate the important links between cell structures and their functions.

  16. 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.

  17. Treinamento físico de natação promove remodelamento cardíaco e melhora a perfusão sanguínea no músculo cardíaco de SHR via mecanismo dependente de adenosina

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    Juliana Gonçalves de Barros; Fernanda Roque Redondo; Fernanda de Souza Zamo; Katt Cristina Mattos; Kátia De Angelis; Maria Cláudia Irigoyen; Edilamar Menezes de Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: Exercícios físicos são utilizados como terapia não farmacológica para o tratamento da hipertensão arterial, e o treinamento físico (TF) por natação é reconhecido por produzir remodelamento cardíaco em animais experimentais. Entretanto, a ação vasodilatadora da adenosina (ado) resultante do exercício físico como prevenção e tratamento da hipertensão é pouco explorada. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o remodelamento cardíaco e o papel da adenosina na distribuição do fluxo sanguíneo para o miocárd...

  18. Marginal integrity of class V restorations: SEM versus dye penetration.

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    Ernst, Claus-Peter; Galler, Pia; Willershausen, Brita; Haller, Bernd

    2008-03-01

    To perform an in vitro investigation on the marginal integrity of different adhesives (Optibond FL, Scotchbond 1XT, Clearfil SE Bond, Adper Prompt L-Pop, S(3) Bond, iBond exp., Adper Prompt L-Pop) in combination with Tetric Ceram as well as an experimental silorane-restorative (Hermes, Hermes Bond; 3M ESPE) using SEM and dye penetration (2% methylene blue) in a comparative manner. Standardized class V-cavities (3 mm x 1.5 mm) were prepared in 70 extracted human teeth (n=10). The adhesives were applied according to manufacturers' instructions. The cavities were restored with three increments. After finishing and polishing (Sof-Lex discs) and thermocycling (5000x, 5/55 degrees C), replicas were taken and the teeth immersed in the dye for 10s (D10) and evaluated. After another penetration of 30 min (D30) a final evaluation of the percentage of dye-penetrated margins was conducted. The median percentages in marginal gaps (%) at the enamel margins for the three methods investigated (D10/D30/SEM) were--Optibond FL: 0/0/4, Scotchbond 1 XT: 5/16/11, Clearfil SE Bond: 0/0/0, S(3) Bond: 0/0/1, iBond exp.: 20/42/12, Adper Prompt L-Pop: 5/23/8, Hermes/Hermes Bond: 5/45/24. Cementum margins--Optibond FL: 0/1/0, Scotchbond 1 XT: 0/21/23, Clearfil SE Bond: 0/0/4, S(3) Bond: 0/0/0, iBond exp.: 0/0/0, Adper Prompt L-Pop: 10/32/23, Hermes/Hermes Bond: 0/0/13. After pooling the data of all groups, a Spearmann's rho test showed a good correlation between the methods D10 and D30 at the enamel margins and at the entire cavity margins (correlation coefficient 0.8 and 0.7). SEM did not correlate with the results obtained from D10 (correlation coefficient <0.5). A fair correlation was found between SEM and D30 for the entire cavity margin but a good correlation for the enamel margins. No correlation between investigation methods was determined at the cementum margins. D30 showed a better correlation to SEM than D10 did. Therefore, 30 min of dye penetration time seems to be more suitable

  19. Transplante cardíaco e neoplasias: experiência na Escola Paulista de Medicina da Universidade Federal de São Paulo

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    Mello Junior Walter Teixeira de

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Analisar ocorrência e tipos de neoplasias que se desenvolveram em pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco ortotópico, no Programa de Transplante Cardíaco da Escola de Paulista de Medicina da Universidade Federal de São Paulo. MÉTODOS: O presente estudo apresenta uma análise observacional de 106 pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco ortotópico, no período de novembro de 1986 a setembro de 2002, que sobreviveram por período superior a trinta dias após o procedimento. O regime de imunossupressão consistiu de terapia tríplice com ciclosporina A, azatioprina e corticosteróide. Apenas dois pacientes receberam, além da terapia tríplice, a adição de ortoclone OKT-3. O período médio de acompanhamento foi de 61,4 meses. (variação de dois meses a 192 meses. RESULTADOS: Vinte e três pacientes (21,3% desenvolveram neoplasias, dos quais 56,5% apresentaram neoplasia de pele, 30,1% apresentaram tumores sólidos e 13,4%, doença linfoproliferativa pós-transplante (DLPT. O intervalo médio entre o transplante e o diagnóstico de neoplasia foi: pele - 54,9 meses, tumores sólidos - 24,8 meses e DLPT - 70,3 meses. CONCLUSÕES: A ocorrência de neoplasias malignas foi relativamente comum na população analisada. O câncer de pele prevaleceu em relação às demais neoplasias e os tumores sólidos foram mais diagnosticados do que as doenças linfoproliferativas nessa série de pacientes.

  20. Analgesia, sedação e relaxamento neuromuscular no doente ventilado em cuidados intensivos cardíacos: parte III: relaxantes neuromusculares

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    Vilela, H; D. Ferreira

    2006-01-01

    Neste artigo são revistos aspectos clínicos relevantes relacionados com a sedação, analgesia e relaxamento neuromuscular em cuidados intensivos cardíacos, incluindo métodos de monitorização e opções terapêuticas disponíveis. São ainda abordadas as implicações fisiopatológicas da dor, agitação, ansiedade e delírio no doente ventilado. Apesar de terem sido publicadas recentemente normas de orientação para sedação, analgesia e relaxamento neuromuscular em Cuidados I...

  1. Analgesia, sedação e relaxamento neuromuscular no doente ventilado em cuidados intensivos cardíacos: parte II: sedação

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    Vilela, H; D. Ferreira

    2006-01-01

    Neste artigo são revistos aspectos clínicos relevantes relacionados com a sedação, analgesia e relaxamento neuromuscular em cuidados intensivos cardíacos, incluindo métodos de monitorização e opções terapêuticas disponíveis. São ainda abordadas as implicações fisiopatológicas da dor, agitação, ansiedade e delírio no doente ventilado. Apesar de terem sido publicadas recentemente normas de orientação para sedação, analgesia e relaxamento neuromuscular em Cuidados Intensivos, existe ...

  2. Analgesia, sedação e relaxamento neuromuscular no doente ventilado em cuidados intensivos cardíacos: parte I: analgesia

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    Vilela, H; D. Ferreira

    2006-01-01

    Neste artigo são revistos aspectos clínicos relevantes relacionados com a sedação, analgesia e relaxamento neuromuscular em Cuidados Intensivos Cardíacos, incluindo métodos de monitorização e opções terapêuticas disponíveis. São ainda abordadas as implicações fisiopatológicas da dor, agitação, ansiedade e delírio no doente ventilado. Apesar de terem sido publicadas recentemente normas de orientação para sedação, analgesia e relaxamento neuromuscular em Cuidados Intensi...

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

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    2011-01-01

    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 servic...

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

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    2013-01-01

    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 circunferencia...

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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 ...

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

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    Ríos, Josías; Médico residente del Servicio de Cirugía Cardiovascular y Tórax. Instituto Nacional Cardiovascular (INCOR), EsSalud. Lima.; Chávarri, Fernando; Médico asistente del Departamento de Cardiopediatría. Instituto Nacional Cardiovascular (INCOR), EsSalud. Lima,; Morales, Gabriela; Médico asistente del Departamento de Cardiopediatría. Instituto Nacional Cardiovascular (INCOR), EsSalud. Lima,; Vera, Luis; Médico asistente del Departamento de Cardiopediatría. Instituto Nacional Cardiovascular (INCOR), EsSalud. Lima,; Zapatel, Carlos; Médico residente del Servicio de Cirugía Cardiovascular y Tórax. Hospital Hipólito Unanue. Lima.; Adrianzén, Manuel; Médico asistente del Departamento de Cardiopediatría. Instituto Nacional Cardiovascular (INCOR), EsSalud. Lima.

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    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 l...

  7. Acometimento cardíaco em pacientes com doença de Chagas aguda em microepidemia familiar, em Abaetetuba, na Amazônia Brasileira

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    Pinto, Ana Yecê das Neves; Harada,Geraldo Saburo; Valente,Vera da Costa; Abud,José Elson Araújo; Gomes,Francisco dos Santos; Souza,Gilberto César Rodrigues de; Valente,Sebastião Aldo da Silva

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    Os autores mostram os principais achados clínicos relativos ao acometimento cardíaco, em pacientes portadores de doença de Chagas aguda em mais um episódio de microepidemia familiar na Amazônia brasileira. Foram estudados 13 pacientes com doença de Chagas aguda, procedentes do município de Abaetetuba-PA e submetidos à avaliação clínica e cardiológica, eletrocardiograma e ecocardiograma. As extra-sístoles supraventriculares e/ou ventriculares ocorreram em 38,5% dos casos. Bloqueios de ramo dir...

  8. Contribuição de decavanadato para os efeitos IN VIVO e IN VITRO de vanadato no músculo cardíaco

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    SOARES, S. S.

    2007-01-01

    Tese dout., Biologia - Fisiologia Animal, Universidade do Algarve, 2007 No presente estudo aborda-se a contribuição da espécie decamérica de vanadato nos efeitos tóxicos in vivo e in vitro de vanadato. Após administração intravenosa de decavanadato em Sparus aurata, o vanadato decamérico induz respostas nos marcadores de stresse oxidativo do tecido cardíaco distintas das promovidas pelo monovanadato, evidenciando a importância de considerar a contribuição dos diferentes olig...

  9. 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

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

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

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    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.

  11. Robust surface reconstruction by design-guided SEM photometric stereo

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    Miyamoto, Atsushi; Matsuse, Hiroki; Koutaki, Gou

    2017-04-01

    We present a novel approach that addresses the blind reconstruction problem in scanning electron microscope (SEM) photometric stereo for complicated semiconductor patterns to be measured. In our previous work, we developed a bootstrapping de-shadowing and self-calibration (BDS) method, which automatically calibrates the parameter of the gradient measurement formulas and resolves shadowing errors for estimating an accurate three-dimensional (3D) shape and underlying shadowless images. Experimental results on 3D surface reconstruction demonstrated the significance of the BDS method for simple shapes, such as an isolated line pattern. However, we found that complicated shapes, such as line-and-space (L&S) and multilayered patterns, produce deformed and inaccurate measurement results. This problem is due to brightness fluctuations in the SEM images, which are mainly caused by the energy fluctuations of the primary electron beam, variations in the electronic expanse inside a specimen, and electrical charging of specimens. Despite these being essential difficulties encountered in SEM photometric stereo, it is difficult to model accurately all the complicated physical phenomena of electronic behavior. We improved the robustness of the surface reconstruction in order to deal with these practical difficulties with complicated shapes. Here, design data are useful clues as to the pattern layout and layer information of integrated semiconductors. We used the design data as a guide of the measured shape and incorporated a geometrical constraint term to evaluate the difference between the measured and designed shapes into the objective function of the BDS method. Because the true shape does not necessarily correspond to the designed one, we use an iterative scheme to develop proper guide patterns and a 3D surface that provides both a less distorted and more accurate 3D shape after convergence. Extensive experiments on real image data demonstrate the robustness and effectiveness

  12. Biomass fly ash in concrete: SEM, EDX and ESEM analysis

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    Shuangzhen Wang; Larry Baxter; Fernando Fonseca [Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (USA). Department of Chemical Engineering

    2008-03-15

    This document summarizes microscopy study of concrete prepared from cement and fly ash (25% fly ash and 75% cement by weight), which covers coal fly ash and biomass fly ash. All the fly ash concrete has the statistical equal strength from one day to one year after mix. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) analysis show that both coal and biomass fly ash particles undergo significant changes of morphology and chemical compositions in concrete due to pozzolanic reaction, although biomass fly ash differs substantially from coal fly ash in its fuel resources. 8 refs., 17 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Sobre a semântica do "mesmo'

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    D'Ávila, Andressa

    2014-01-01

    Orientador : Prof. Dr.Luiz Arthur Pagani Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Setor de Ciências Humanas, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras. Defesa: Curitiba,04/09/2014 Inclui referências Área de concentração: Estudos linguísticos Resumo: O objetivo desse trabalho é apresentar uma descrição alternativa à semântica do "mesmo" em portuguÊs brasileiro (PB) - especialmente, aquele com escopo sobre sintagmas nominais -, levantando questões que possam esclarec...

  14. La semántica en la Web

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    Roger, Sandra

    2004-01-01

    El propósito de este trabajo es presentar la motivación de nuestra línea de investigación, metas y desarrollos futuros. Fundamentalmente, nuestro interés se centrará en poder capturar el potencial de las técnicas y paradigmas basadas en conocimiento semántico para la representación de conocimiento, la localización, compartición e integración de recursos a mediante la WWW.

  15. Microcircuit failure analysis using the SEM. [Scanning Electron Microscopes

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    Nicolas, D. P.

    1974-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope adds a new dimension to the knowledge that can be obtained from a failed microcircuit. When used with conventional techniques, SEM assists and clarifies the analysis, but it does not replace light microscopy. The most advantageous features for microcircuit analysis are long working distances and great depth of field. Manufacturer related failure modes of microcircuits are metallization defects, poor bonding, surface and particle contamination, and design and fabrication faults. User related failure modes are caused by abuse, such as overstress. The Physics of Failure Procedure followed by the Astrionics Laboratory in failure analysis is described, which is designed to obtain maximum information available from each step.

  16. Characterization of transcriptional profiles of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes in response to ethylene, auxin, wounding, cold and different photoperiods during ripening in banana fruit.

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    Choudhury, Swarup Roy; Roy, Sujit; Sengupta, Dibyendu N

    2008-12-01

    The ripening-specific genes MA-ACS1 (Musa acuminata ACC synthase1) and MA-ACO1 (M. acuminata ACC oxidase 1) are regulated in response to a wide variety of factors. Here, we have studied the differential transcript accumulation pattern and protein levels of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes in response to ethylene, auxin, wounding and low temperature in preclimacteric banana fruit. We have shown that exogenous application of ethylene and auxin induced the expression of MA-ACS1, while MA-ACO1 showed marginal expression following ethylene treatment in preclimacteric stage. Auxin did not induce MA-ACO1 expression. Thus, auxin-treated banana fruits showed lower ethylene production rate as compared to ethylene-treated fruits. Conversely, wounding and cold treatment down-regulated the expression of both the genes and thus inhibited ethylene production. Furthermore, we have detected a GCC-box putative ethylene-responsive element (ERE)- and an auxin-responsive element (ARE)-specific DNA-binding activity in the banana pulp and studied the ethylene and auxin responsive characteristics of the GCC-box and ARE (TGTCTC) containing synthetic promoter fragments. In addition, we have detected an enhanced ethylene production rate and expression level of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes along with a strong GCC-box-specific DNA-binding activity following exposure to constant dark period for 8d at the preclimacteric stage. Together, our study provides interesting information about the regulation of expression of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes in response to various factors during ripening in banana fruit, which may have physiological relevance concerning ethylene biosynthesis during post-harvest conditions.

  17. Transcriptional regulation of aco gene cluster in Bacillus thuringiensis%苏云金芽胞杆菌3-羟基丁酮代谢基因簇的转录调控

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    黄闽忠; 彭琦; 张杰; 高继国; 宋福平

    2015-01-01

    [目的]通过分析苏云金芽胞杆菌(Bacillus thuringiensis)3-羟基丁酮代谢基因簇aco的转录调控和acoR突变体的表型特征,明确aco基因簇的转录调控机制和对芽胞产量及Cry蛋白产量的影响.[方法]通过生物信息学方法分析aco基因簇的结构,RT-PCR分析基因簇的转录单元,采用同源重组技术敲除苏云金芽胞杆菌HD73菌株的acoR基因,利用启动子融合lacZ的方法分析启动子的转录活性.利用总蛋白定量确定CrylAc蛋白产量.[结果]aco基因簇由acoABCL 4个基因组成,形成一个转录单元.aco基因簇的启动子PacoA转录活性在sigL(编码Sigma 54因子)和acoR突变体中均明显降低.acoR基因的缺失对菌体生长和CrylAc蛋白产量无显著影响,但使菌体运动能力减弱,使芽胞产量略有下降,并且不能利用3-羟基丁酮.[结论]aco操纵子受Sigma 54控制,并由AcoR激活,aocR基因的缺失影响菌体对3-羟基丁酮的利用,但对Cry蛋白产量无显著影响.

  18. Tratamento cirúrgico em dois tempos do aneurisma toracoabdominal roto com prótese intraluminal sem sutura

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    Rodrigo de Castro BERNARDES

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available O tratamento cirúrgico dos aneurismas toracoabominais exige toracofreno laparotomia, períodos prolongados de pinçamento aórtico com isquemia visceral, sangramento abundante de difícil controle, complicações pulmonares, renais, neurológicas e distúrbios de coagulação com morbimortalidade muitas vezes proibitiva para pacientes de idade avançada, ou portadores de distúrbios respiratórios, renais ou cardíacos prévios. A rotura aumenta em muito a já elevada taxa de morbimortalidade. Crawford (1-3 e Borst (4 descreveram operação em dois tempos para tratamento de aneurisma que atinge mais de um segmento da aorta, com bons resultados. O objetivo de nosso trabalho é mostrar a técnica cirúrgica em dois tempos, empregando prótese intraluminal sem sutura (5, 6. Esta técnica nos proporciona uma operação menos agressiva por abordar somente o segmento roto da aorta, portanto apenas uma cavidade é manipulada (tórax ou abdome. A anastomose com prótese intraluminal reduz em muito o tempo de pinçamento da aorta e, conseqüentemente, a isquemia visceral, diminuindo, também, o sangramento. A redução da agressividade cirúrgica sobre estes pacientes já gravemente enfermos nos proporcionou bons resultados cirúrgicos.The surgical management of thoracoabdominal aneurysms requires thoracophrenic laparotomy, prolonged periods of aortic clamping with visceral ischemia, profuse bleeding leading to a difficult postoperative course with pulmonary, renal, neurological complications, coagulation disturbances and others. All this resulting in an elevated morbidity/mortality very often contraindicating it for the very elderly or those with prior respiratory, renal or cardiac symptoms. Rupture of this aneurysm greatly increases the already high rate of morbidity/mortality. Crawford and Borst have described a two-stage surgery with good results, for aneurysms that affect more than one segment of aorta. The objective of our report is to demonstrate

  19. Common celiacomesenteric trunk: a rare anatomic variation Tronco único celíaco-mesentérico: uma variante anatômica rara

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    K. Sridhar Varma

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Common celiacomesenteric trunk, with the celiac and superior mesenteric arteries having a common origin from the aorta, is the least frequently reported anatomic variation of all abdominal vascular anomalies. Knowledge of variations concerning the celiac trunk and superior mesenteric artery are of great importance for both surgical approaches and angiographic examinations. Clinicians should keep in mind these variations to avoid complications.O tronco único celíaco-mesentérico, com as artérias celíaca e mesentérica superior tendo uma origem comum a partir da aorta, é a variante anatômica menos reportada dentre todas as anomalias vasculares abdominais. Conhecer as variantes do tronco celíaco e da artéria mesentérica superior é de grande importância tanto para abordagens cirúrgicas quanto para exames angiográficos. É importante que os médicos tenham em mente essas variantes a fim de evitar complicações.

  20. Tumores intracardíacos: aspectos generales y experiencia quirúrgica en el Hospital México

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    Eduardo Induni

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos Determinar la frecuencia de cirugías por tumores intracardíacos, asi como caracterizar los tipos histológicos, síntomas y evolución post cirugía. Material y Métodos De un total de 5.000 cirugías con circulación extracorpórea en el Hospital México, en el período de tiempo comprendido entre el 1 de enero de 1979 y el 1 de enero del 2001, se estudiaron retrospectivamente los datos relacionados con pacientes operados por tumores intracardíacos. En todos los casos se utilizó circulación extracorpórea con hipotermia moderada, cardioplejia cristaloide, realizándose cardiotomía y excisión amplia del tumor y de su base con reparación del defecto con PTFE ( Gore tex ® , cuando fue necesario. Resultados Un total de 20 resecciones tumorales fueron relizadas en 19 pacientes. Doce pacientes fueron hombres (63% y 7 mujeres (37%. El promedio de edad fue de 42.1 años siendo el menor de 16 años y el mayor de 85 años. Histológicamente 17 de ellos correspondieron a mixomas del atrio izquierdo (89%, uno presentó un quiste broncogénico del ventrículo derecho (5.5% y uno presentó un rabdomiosarcoma del septum interatrial que requirió excisión amplia del septum y reparación con parche (5.5%. Como procedimiento asociado además, se realizó una plastía de la válvula tricúspide y un by pass venoso a la arteria descendente anterior. La duración promedio de los síntomas fue de 2.8 meses, presentando datos de ICC en el 100% de los casos, dolor torácico en 16.5%, AVC embólico en el 11% y hemoptisis en el 5.5%. Todos los pacientes tuvieron diagnóstico ecocardiográfico preoperatorio. En la evolución post-operatoria se presentaron un AVC embólico (5,5% y un fallo multisistémico por sepsis en diabético que representa la mortalidad de los casos estudiados (5.5% y una estancia promedio post-quirúrgica de 6.2 días. Un paciente presentó una recidiva tumoral de mixoma a los 6 años post-cirugía la cual fue reoperada. Se

  1. Advance Payment ACO Model

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Advance Payment Model is designed for physician-based and rural providers who have come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to the...

  2. Prophylometric and SEM analyses of four different finishing methods

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    CHIODERA, G.; CERUTTI, F.; CERUTTI, A.; PUTIGNANO, A.; MANGANI, F.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Adhesion is the pivot of the modern restorative dentistry. Inlays, onlays and veneers have become a valid alternative to the traditional prosthetic treatments even in the rehabilitation of extremely damaged teeth, allowing a consistent saving of sound tooth tissues. Composite resins and dental adhesive are continously investigated and improved, nevertheless the optimization of the tooth-adhesive interface has to be considered: in fact, the long-term stability of adhesion between tooth and composite material depends on the treatment of the amelo-dentinal surfaces. This study investigated the quality of the occlusal walls of a cavity prepared to receive an inlay and finished with four different systems: thin and extra-thin diamond coated burs, a 12-blades carbide burs and a diamond-coated tip driven by sonic instrument. Consequently, prophylometric and SEM analyses were performed on the samples. The average roughness values recorded by the prophylometer were expressed by the parameters Ra and RZ: there is a correspondence between the numeric values and the pictures of the SEM. The results show a better quality (low roughness values) of the surface treated with multi-blade burs, followed by the this and extra-thin diamond coated burs. The 25 micron diamond-coated tip of the sonic instrument obtains the roughest surface and a sensibly higher amount of smear layer than the other tested systems. PMID:23741601

  3. Dentin desensitizing agents: SEM and X-ray microanalysis assessment.

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    Jain, P; Vargas, M A; Denehy, G E; Boyer, D B

    1997-02-01

    To evaluate the effect of four proprietary dentin desensitizing agents on dentin tubular occlusion, chemical composition changes on the dentin surface, and the effect of saliva and toothbrushing on these agents. Fifty dentin discs, obtained from 50 freshly extracted human premolar and molar teeth were used in this study. These were divided into five groups of 10 discs each. Five discs from each group were treated with the desensitizing agents, viewed under the SEM and subjected to energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The other five discs were treated with the desensitizing agents, immersed in artificial saliva, subjected to simulated toothbrushing equivalent to 3 weeks of normal brushing and viewed under the SEM. The agents studied were Sensodyne Dentin Desensitizer, Therma-Trol Desensitizer Gel, Gluma Desensitizer and All-Bond DS. The Kruskal-Wallis test followed by the Wilcoxon signed-rank test showed that Sensodyne Dentin Desensitizer exhibited the greatest amount of tubular occlusion among the unbrushed samples, followed by Therma-Trol Desensitizer Gel, Gluma Desensitizer and All-Bond DS (P Sensodyne Dentin Desensitizer treated samples.

  4. Comparison of particle sizes determined with impactor, AFM and SEM

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    Gwaze, Patience; Annegarn, Harold J.; Huth, Joachim; Helas, Günter

    2007-11-01

    Particles size comparisons were made between conventional aerodynamic and mobility sizing techniques and physical geometric sizes measured by high resolution microscopes. Atmospheric particles were collected during the wet and dry seasons in the Amazonian ecosystems. Individual particles deposited on four stages of the MOUDI (Micro-Orifice Uniform Deposition Impactor) were characterised for particle volumes, projected surface diameters and morphologies with an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). AFM and SEM size distributions were verified against distributions derived from response functions of individual MOUDI stages as specified by Winklmayr et al. [Winklmayr, W., Wang, H.-C., John, W., 1990. Adaptation of the Twomey algorithm to the inversion of cascade impactor data. Aerosol Science and Technology 13, 322-331.]. Particles indicated inherent discrepancies in sizing techniques. Particle volumes were systematically lower than expected by factors of up to 3.6. Differences were attributed to loss of mass, presumably water adsorbed on particles. Losses were high and could not be accounted for by measured humidity growth factors suggesting significant losses of other volatile compounds as well, particularly on particles that were collected during the wet season. Microscopy results showed that for hygroscopic particles, microscopy sizes depend on the relative humidity history of particles before and after sampling. Changes in relative humidity significantly altered particle morphologies. Depending on when changes occur, such losses will bias not only microscopy particle sizes but also impactor mass distributions and number concentrations derived from collected particles.

  5. 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

  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. Diferenciador semántico: bipolaridad del espacio semántico, un problema de medida del significado

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    Álvarez C., Ramiro

    2012-01-01

    En relación con el supuesto de bipolaridad y su aspecto recíprocamente antagónico, Osgood y otros (1957) han ligado su modelo de espacio semántico a la teoría del aprendizaje. Plantean la hipótesis de que cierto estimulo externo, o signo, desencadena un proceso mediacional interno (nn) el cual se constituye en emisor de estímulos (rm 15m). Este es el rm mediacional que contendría el significado del signo. La teoría de mediación la relacionan con el supuesto de bipolaridad en los siguientes té...

  8. 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.

  9. Characterization and expression profiles of MaACS and MaACO genes from mulberry (Morus alba L.)%桑树MaACS和MaACO基因的鉴定和表达模式研究

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    Chang-ying LIU; Shu-mei HAN; Cheng LU; Mao-de YU; Rui-hua LÜ; Jun LI; Ai-chun ZHAO; Xi-ling WANG; Umuhoza DIANE; Xiao-hong WANG; Chuan-hong WANG; Ya-sheng YU

    2014-01-01

    研究目的:分离和鉴定桑树中参与乙烯生物合成的酶的编码基因MaACS 和MaACO,研究其表达模式。创新要点:基于最新公布的桑树基因组数据库数据,获得5个MaACS 基因和2个MaACO 基因,对其进行了生物信息分析,同时鉴定了其在不同桑树组织中、不同发育时期桑椹中和不同激素作用下的表达模式。研究方法:通过生物信息学方法筛选和鉴定基因,利用荧光定量逆转录聚合酶链式反应(qRT-PCR)分析基因的表达量。重要结论:MaACS 和MaACO 基因在根、茎、叶等不同组织中呈现出不同的表达模式,在桑椹发育过程中呈现出两种表达模式,其表达量被脱落酸和乙烯利上调。%1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase (ACS) and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO) are encoded by multigene families and are involved in fruit ripening by catalyzing the production of ethylene throughout the development of fruit. However, there are no reports on ACS or ACO genes in mulberry, partly because of the limited molecular research background. In this study, we have obtained five ACS gene sequences and two ACO gene sequences from Morus Genome Database. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis of MaACO1 and MaACO2 showed that their amino acids are conserved compared with ACO proteins from other species. MaACS1 and MaACS2 are type I, MaACS3 and MaACS4 are type II, and MaACS5 is type III, with different C-terminal se-quences. Quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) expression analysis showed that the transcripts of MaACS genes were strongly expressed in fruit, and more weakly in other tissues. The expression of MaACO1 and MaACO2 showed different patterns in various mulberry tissues. MaACS and MaACO genes demon-strated two patterns throughout the development of mulberry fruit, and both of them were strongly up-regulated by abscisic acid (ABA) and ethephon.

  10. SEM analysis of ion implanted SiC

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    Malherbe, Johan B., E-mail: johan.malherbe@up.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Berg, N.G. van der; Botha, A.J.; Friedland, E.; Hlatshwayo, T.T.; Kuhudzai, R.J. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Wendler, E.; Wesch, W. [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, 07743 Jena (Germany); Chakraborty, P. [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 064 (India); Silveira, E.F. da [Physics Department, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2013-11-15

    SiC is a material used in two future energy production technologies, firstly as a photovoltaic layer to harness the UV spectrum in high efficient power solar cells, and secondly as a diffusion barrier material for radioactive fission products in the fuel elements of the next generation of nuclear power plants. For both applications, there is an interest in the implantation of reactive and non-reactive ions into SiC and their effects on the properties of the SiC. In this study 360 keV Ag{sup +}, I{sup +} and Xe{sup +} ions were separately implanted into 6H–SiC and in polycrystalline SiC at various substrate temperatures. The implanted samples were also annealed in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 900 °C to 1600 °C for various times. In recent years, there had been significant advances in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with the introduction of an in-lens detector combined with field emission electron guns. This allows defects in solids, such as radiation damage created by the implanted ions, to be detected with SEM. Cross-sectional SEM images of 6H–SiC wafers implanted with 360 keV Ag{sup +} ions at room temperature and at 600 °C and then vacuum annealed at different temperatures revealed the implanted layers and their thicknesses. A similar result is shown of 360 keV I{sup +} ions implanted at 600 °C into 6H–SiC and annealed at 1600 °C. The 6H–SiC is not amorphized but remained crystalline when implanting at 600 °C. There are differences in the microstructure of 6H–SiC implanted with silver at the two temperatures as well as with reactive iodine ions. Voids (bubbles) are created in the implanted layers into which the precipitation of silver and iodine can occur after annealing of the samples. The crystallinity of the substrate via implantation temperature caused differences in the distribution and size of the voids. Implantation of xenon ions in polycrystalline SiC at 350 °C does not amorphize the substrate as is the case with room

  11. SEM-EDS analysis and discrimination of forensic soil.

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    Cengiz, Salih; Cengiz Karaca, Ali; Cakir, Ismail; Bülent Uner, H; Sevindik, Aytekin

    2004-04-20

    Soils vary among different areas, and have some characteristics because of the natural effects and transfers made by human and other living beings in time. So that forensic examination of soil is not only concerned with the analysis of naturally occurring rocks, minerals, vegetation, and animal matter. It also includes the detection of such manufactured materials such as ions from synthetic fertilizers and from different environments (e.g., nitrate, phosphate, and sulfate) as environmental artifacts (e.g., lead or objects as glass, paint chips, asphalt, brick fragments, and cinders) whose presence may impart soil with characteristics that will make it unique to a particular location. Many screening and analytical methods have been applied for determining the characteristics which differentiate and discriminate the forensic soil samples but none of them easily standardized. Some of the methods that applied in forensic laboratories in forensic soil discrimination are the color comparison of the normal air-dried (dehumidified) and overheated soil samples, macroscopic observation, and low-power stereo-microscopic observation, determination of anionic composition by capillary electrophoresis (CE), and the elemental composition by scanning electron microscope (SEM)-energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) and other high sensitivity techniques. The objective of this study was to show the effect of the application of 9 tonnes/cm2 pressure on the elemental compositions obtained by SEM-EDS technique and comparing the discrimination power of the pressed-homogenized and not homogenized forensic soil samples. For this purpose soil samples from 17 different locations of Istanbul were collected. Aliquots of the well mixed samples were dried in an oven at 110-120 degrees C and sieved by using 0.5 mm sieve and then the undersieve fraction(JEO-JSM-5600 equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer OXFORD Link-ISIS-300. The samples from top of the sieves were examined with

  12. Propuesta para una clasificación de las relaciones en semántica

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    Partiendo de una serie de distinciones básicas en el análisis semántico, tanto de carácter teórico (como la inadecuada contraposición entre forma/significado) como metodológico (la diferenciación entre una semántica de formas materiales o desde el significante y una semántica de formas de contenido o desde el significado) y terminológico‐conceptual (relaciones en semántica vs. relaciones semánticas o relaciones “significativas” vs. relaciones semánticas), el pres...

  13. Focused Ion Beam (FIB) combined with SEM (FIB/SEM) and TEM: Advanced tools for nano-analysis in Geosciences

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    Wirth, R.; Morales, L. G.

    2011-12-01

    Focused ion beam (FIB) techniques have been successfully applied to the preparation of site-specific electron transparent membranes for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations in Geosciences since several years. For example, systematic TEM studies of nano-inclusions in diamond foils prepared with FIB have improved our knowledge on diamond formation. However, FIB is not exclusively used for sample preparation for TEM application because it has been proved that one and the same TEM foil can also be used for Synchrotron IR, Synchrotron X-Ray fluorescence (XRF), scanning transmission X-Ray microscopy (STXM) and NanoSIMS analysis. In addition, FIB milling turned out to be very useful for sample preparation of Brillouin scattering experiments and has a strong potential for preparation of highly-polished, micrometer-scale samples. However, a real break through in FIB application was achieved combining a Ga-ion source of the FIB with an electron source of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in one single instrument. The combination of FIB/SEM renders access to the third dimension of the sample possible. A cavity normal to the sample surface is sputtered with Ga-ions and this newly created inner surface is imaged with the electron beam. Alternating slicing and viewing along these cavities allow the acquisition of a sequence of images that allows the observation in 3 dimensions. Recently, this technique has been successfully applied to image the structure of grain or phase boundaries in metamorphic rocks as well as micro- and nanoporosity in shales, but its applicability goes far beyond these few examples. Combining slicing and viewing with X-Ray and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis can provide 3D elemental mapping and 3D crystallographic orientation mapping of crystalline materials. Combined FIB/SEM devices also facilitate the preparation of substantially thinner and cleaner TEM foils (approximately 30 nm) because electron beam imaging

  14. 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

  15. Thermal fatigue of composites: Ultrasonic and SEM evaluations

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    Forsyth, D.S.; Kasap, S.O. (Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (Canada). Dept. of Electrical Engineering); Wacker, I.; Yannacopoulos, S. (Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1994-01-01

    Results are presented on the evaluation of thermal fatigue in three fiber reinforced polymer composites, using ultrasonic techniques and scanning electron microscopy. The composites examined were (a) continuous carbon fibers in a vinylester matrix (b) continuous aramid fibers in a vinylester matrix and (c) randomly oriented aramid fibers in a polyphenylene matrix. Specimens of these composites were subjected to thermal fatigue by thermal cycling from [minus]25 C to 75 C. Changes in ultrasonic attenuation and velocity were monitored during thermal cycling, and scanning electron microscopy was used to qualitatively evaluate any damage. It was observed that ultrasonic attenuation is sensitive to thermal fatigue, increasing with increasing number of thermal cycles. SEM evaluations showed that the primary damage due to thermal fatigue is due to fiber-matrix debonding.

  16. Espacialização semântica

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    Hugo Mari

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse texto é discutir a questão da espacialização nalinguagem, destacando, de modo especial, sua dimensão semântica.Com base nesse objetivo, o texto discute algumas dimensõeshistóricas sobre a análise do significado, mostrando como elaspodem ser integradas na perspectiva da corporificação. De modoespecífico, o texto apresenta uma análise preliminar da estruturaçãoda espacialização nos verbos SAIR e ENTRAR, bem como dasconsequências geradas sobre esses verbos na ressignificação de outrositens lexicais.

  17. Mechanical and SEM analysis of artificial comet nucleus samples

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    Thiel, K.; Kochan, H.; Roessler, K.; Gruen, E.; Schwehm, G.; Hellmann, H.; Hsiung, P.; Koelzer, G.

    1989-01-01

    Since 1987 experiments dealing with comet nucleus phenomena have been carried out in the DFVLR space simulation chambers. The main objective of these experiments is a better understanding of thermal behavior, surface phenomena and especially the gas dust interaction. As a function of different sample compositions and exposure to solar irradiation (xenon-bulbs) crusts of different hardness and thickness were measured. The measuring device consists of a motor driven pressure foot (5 mm diameter), which is pressed into the sample. The applied compressive force is electronically monitored. The microstructure of the crust and dust residuals is investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Stress-depth profiles of an unirradiated and an irradiated model comet are given.

  18. Filler segmentation of SEM paper images based on mathematical morphology.

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    Ait Kbir, M; Benslimane, Rachid; Princi, Elisabetta; Vicini, Silvia; Pedemonte, Enrico

    2007-07-01

    Recent developments in microscopy and image processing have made digital measurements on high-resolution images of fibrous materials possible. This helps to gain a better understanding of the structure and other properties of the material at micro level. In this paper SEM image segmentation based on mathematical morphology is proposed. In fact, paper models images (Whatman, Murillo, Watercolor, Newsprint paper) selected in the context of the Euro Mediterranean PaperTech Project have different distributions of fibers and fillers, caused by the presence of SiAl and CaCO3 particles. It is a microscopy challenge to make filler particles in the sheet distinguishable from the other components of the paper surface. This objectif is reached here by using switable strutural elements and mathematical morphology operators.

  19. Automatic evaluation of nickel alloy secondary phases from SEM images.

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    de Albuquerque, Victor Hugo C; Silva, Cleiton Carvalho; Menezes, Thiago Ivo de S; Farias, Jesualdo Pereira; Tavares, João Manuel R S

    2011-01-01

    Quantitative metallography is a technique to determine and correlate the microstructures of materials with their properties and behavior. Generic commercial image processing and analysis software packages have been used to quantify material phases from metallographic images. However, these all-purpose solutions also have some drawbacks, particularly when applied to segmentation of material phases. To overcome such limitations, this work presents a new solution to automatically segment and quantify material phases from SEM metallographic images. The solution is based on a neuronal network and in this work was used to identify the secondary phase precipitated in the gamma matrix of a Nickel base alloy. The results obtained by the new solution were validated by visual inspection and compared with the ones obtained by a commonly used commercial software. The conclusion is that the new solution is precise, reliable and more accurate and faster than the commercial software.

  20. Metrics of resolution and performance for CD-SEMs

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    Joy, David C.; Ko, Yeong-Uk; Hwu, Justin J.

    2000-06-01

    The performance of scanning electron beam instruments such as CD-SEMs can be defined in terms of parameters such as the beam probe size, the spatial resolution, and the signal to noise ratio of the image. A knowledge of these quantities is important in verifying the fact that an instrument meets its specification, and subsequently for tracking and optimizing its performance during use. Analytical methods based on the power spectrum (2-D Fourier transform analysis) of images are now beginning to be used for these purposes but care must be exercised to ensure reliable and meaningful results. Two new methods are suggested which can offer more detailed information about the microscope performance while avoiding the pitfalls of the simpler technique. Code implementing these tests, written as a plug-in macro for the well known NIH Image program, is available on-line.

  1. Cultivo sem solo do morangueiro Strawberry soilless cultivation

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    Gustavo Giménez

    2008-02-01

    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

  2. AFM, SEM and TEM Studies on Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Zhu, Yuan Yuan; Ding, Gu Qiao; Ding, Jian Ning; Yuan, Ning Yi

    2010-04-01

    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) has been intensively studied in past decade due to its applications for fabricating nanostructured materials. Since PAA’s pore diameter, thickness and shape vary too much, a systematical study on the methods of morphology characterization is meaningful and essential for its proper development and utilization. In this paper, we present detailed AFM, SEM and TEM studies on PAA and its evolvements with abundant microstructures, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The sample preparation, testing skills and morphology analysis are discussed, especially on the differentiation during characterizing complex cross-sections and ultrasmall nanopores. The versatility of PAAs is also demonstrated by the diversity of PAAs’ microstructure.

  3. AFM, SEM and TEM Studies on Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Zhu YuanYuan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Porous anodic alumina (PAA has been intensively studied in past decade due to its applications for fabricating nanostructured materials. Since PAA’s pore diameter, thickness and shape vary too much, a systematical study on the methods of morphology characterization is meaningful and essential for its proper development and utilization. In this paper, we present detailed AFM, SEM and TEM studies on PAA and its evolvements with abundant microstructures, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The sample preparation, testing skills and morphology analysis are discussed, especially on the differentiation during characterizing complex cross-sections and ultrasmall nanopores. The versatility of PAAs is also demonstrated by the diversity of PAAs’ microstructure.

  4. Photomask Dimensional Metrology in the SEM: Has Anything Really Changed?

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    Postek, Michael T., Jr.; Vladar, Andras E.; Bennett, Marylyn H.

    2002-12-01

    Photomask dimensional metrology in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) has not evolved as rapidly as the metrology of resists and integrated circuit features on wafers. This has been due partly to the 4x (or 5x) reduction in the optical steppers and scanners used in the lithography process, and partly for the lesser need to account for the real three-dimensionality of the mask structures. So, where photomasks are concerned, many of the issues challenging wafer dimensional metrology at 1x are reduced by a factor of 4 or 5 and thus could be temporarily swept aside. This is rapidly changing with the introduction of advanced masks with optical proximity correction and phase shifting features used in 100 nm and smaller circuit generations. Fortunately, photomask metrology generally benefits from the advances made for wafer metrology, but there are still unique issues to be solved in this form of dimensional metrology. It is likely that no single metrology method or tool will ever provide all necessary answers. As with other types of metrology, resolution, sensitivity and linearity in the three-dimensional measurements of the shape of the lines and phase shifting features in general (width, height and wall angles) and the departures from the desired shape (surface and edge roughness, etc.) are the key parameters. Different methods and tools differ in their ability to collect averaged and localized signals with an acceptable speed, but in any case, application of this thorough knowledge of the physics of the given metrology is essential to extract the needed information. This paper will discuss the topics of precision, accuracy and traceability in the SEM metrology of photomasks. Current and possible new techniques utilized in the measurements of photomasks including charge suppression and highly accurate modeling for electron beam metrology will also be explored to answer the question "Has anything really changed?"

  5. Monitoring method for automated CD-SEM recipes

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    Maeda, Tatsuya; Iwama, Satoru; Nishihara, Makoto; Berger, Daniel; Berger, Andrew; Ueda, Kazuhiro; Kenichi, Takenouchi; Iizumi, Takashi

    2005-05-01

    A prototype of a digital video storage system (CD-watcher) has been developed and attached to a Hitachi S-9380 CD-SEM. The storage system has several modes that are selectable depending on the phenomenon of interest. The system can store video images of duration from a few seconds to a few weeks depending on resolution, sampling rate, and hard disc drive capacity. The system was used to analyze apparent focusing problems that occurred during the execution of automated recipes. Intermittent focusing problems had been an issue on a particular tool for a period of approximately three months. By reviewing saved images, the original diagnosis of the problem appeared to be auto focus. Two days after installation, the CD-watcher system was able to record the errors making it possible to determine the root cause by checking the stored video files. After analysis of the stored video files, it was apparent that the problem consisted of three types of errors. The ability to record and store video files reduced the time to isolate the problem and prevented incorrect diagnosis. The system was also used to explain a complex phenomenon that occurred during the observation a particular layer. Because it is sometimes difficult to accurately describe, and to have others easily understand, certain phenomena in a written report, the video storage system can be used in place of manual annotation. In this report, we describe the CD-watcher system, test results after installing the system on a Hitachi S9380 CD-SEM, and potential applications of the system.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

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    Julio E. Enders

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    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.

  9. 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

  10. O transplante cardíaco biatrial deve ainda ser realizado? Metanálise Should biatrial heart transplantation still be performed? A Meta-analysis

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    Rafael Fagionato Locali

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available As técnicas de transplante cardíaco bicaval e total apresentam melhores resultados que a biatrial, porém esta ainda é considerada o padrão-ouro. O objetivo é determinar se as técnicas de transplante cardíaco bicaval e total são, de fato, melhores que a técnica biatrial. Realizou-se a revisão sistemática com metanálise. Os estudos foram provenientes das bases de dados da Pubmed®, Lilacs®, Web of Science®, Scirus®, Scopus®, Google Acadêmico® e Scielo®, identificados por estratégia sensível. Elegeram-se, para a inclusão, estudos aleatórios e estudos prospectivos e retrospectivos controlados. Parâmetros intra e pós-operatórios foram avaliados. Foram identificados 11.602 estudos, e 36 foram incluídos na revisão. O número de arritmias atriais, insuficiência valvar tricúspide, mortalidade, eventos embólicos, volume de sangramento, necessidade de marcapasso temporário e permanente e o tempo de estada em unidade de terapia intensiva são significativamente menores nas técnicas bicaval e total do que na biatrial. Além disso, variáveis hemodinâmicas como a pressão capilar pulmonar, pressão média de artéria pulmonar e pressão de átrio direito são menores nos transplantes bicaval e total. Os transplantes cardíacos ortotópicos bicaval e total são melhores, em termos de prognóstico, que o biatrial. Portanto, a indicação da técnica biatrial para transplante deve ser a exceção e não a regra.

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

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    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.

  12. Evolução a longo prazo e complicações da hipertensão arterial após transplante cardíaco

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    Bortolotto Luiz Aparecido

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a evolução da hipertensão arterial (HA, e suas consequências, em pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco (TC em uso de ciclosporina (CL. MÉTODOS: Em 65 pacientes submetidos a TC ortotópico, avaliamos a pressão arterial, creatinina sérica e níveis sangüíneos de CL nos períodos pré-operatório (15 dias antes do TC, pós-operatório precoce (15 e 30 dias e tardio (6, 12, 24, 48 e 60 meses; em 20 pacientes analisamos índice cardíaco e resistência vascular no pré, 15 e 30 dias, 6 e 12 meses após TC; em 33 pacientes, estudamos estrutura e função ventricular ao ecocardiograma, 24±13 meses após TC. RESULTADOS: Após 30 dias, a HA estava presente em 58,5% dos pacientes (50% leve, enquanto na evolução tardia, a incidência da HA aumentou significativamente para 93% após um ano (85% moderada a grave. A creatinina sérica aumentou progressivamente do pré-TC (1,43±0,5mg/dl até após um ano (1,83± 0,9 mg/dl, mantendo leve incremento até os 60 meses (2,4± 0,8mg/dl. Não houve correlação entre a HA, creatinina sérica e níveis de CL. O índice cardíaco aumentou na fase precoce, enquanto a resistência periférica diminuiu no início e aumentou significativamente aos 12 meses. Ao ecocardiograma, 54% dos pacientes apresentavam hipertrofia de ventrículo esquerdo com função normal. Dos 31 pacientes que faleceram durante a evolução, dois tiveram a causa mortis diretamente relacionada a HA. CONCLUSÃO: A HA em pacientes submetidos a TC em uso de CL ocorre precocemente, aumenta em prevalência e gravidade com o tempo e é mediada por aumento da resistência periférica, não se correlacionando com a nefrotoxicidade e com os níveis sangüíneos da CL, podendo agravar a insuficiência renal ou comprometer a longevidade do transplante, induzindo hipertrofia ventricular.

  13. 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,...

  14. 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.

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

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    Marcos Vinícius R. P. CALDAS

    1997-04-01

    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. 改进的牵引移动的蚁群算法在2D HP 模型中的应用%APPLYING IMPROVED PULL MOVES ACO IN 2D HP MODEL

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    高翔; 杨惠; 张成文

    2015-01-01

    Protein folding problem is to predict a protein’s conformation from its amino acid sequence,it is one of the most prominent problems in bioinformatics.In this paper we mainly study two-dimensional (2D)hydrophobic-polar (HP)lattice model,which is a representative simplified model widely used for simulating the protein folding problem,and apply the ant colony optimisation (ACO)to solving the 2D HP protein folding problem.Besides,we introduce an improved pull moves method to local search mechanism,to improve protein’s conformation it is an effective method.Experimental results show that the improved ACO with pull moves (ACO +)can obtain lower-energy conformations than ACO for several longer amino acid sequences,this demonstrates that our ACO + algorithm is a effective method to predict the structure of protein.%蛋白质折叠问题就是从氨基酸序列中预测蛋白质的构象,该问题是生物信息学的一个突出问题。主要研究二维 HP 格点模型,它是用于模拟蛋白质折叠问题的一个具有代表性的简化模型,并且将蚁群算法用于求解该二维 HP 蛋白质的折叠问题。此外,在局部搜索机制中引入一种改进的牵引移动方法,这是一个提高蛋白质构象的有效方法。实验结果表明,针对较长的氨基酸序列,改进的带牵引移动的蚁群算法(ACO +)比 ACO 能够获得更低能量的构象,证明了所提出的改进蚁群算法是预测蛋白质结构的有效方法。

  17. 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.

  18. Multiple-Group Analysis Using the sem Package in the R System

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    Evermann, Joerg

    2010-01-01

    Multiple-group analysis in covariance-based structural equation modeling (SEM) is an important technique to ensure the invariance of latent construct measurements and the validity of theoretical models across different subpopulations. However, not all SEM software packages provide multiple-group analysis capabilities. The sem package for the R…

  19. 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.

  20. Efecto de la incorporación de fibras dietéticas en la calidad de panes para celíacos

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    Díaz Malmierca, Álvaro

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    La investigación en la elaboración de panes sin gluten está muy avanzada, siendo el déficit en micronutrientes de estos productos uno de los problemas sobre el que se está centrando la investigación. Uno de los nutrientes más deficitarios, y que más problemas causa sobre la salud de los pacientes celíacos es la fibra dietética. En este estudio se ha investigado el efecto que produce la adición de un 10% de diferentes fibras sobre las características de los panes, la influencia ...

  1. 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 %.

  2. Efeitos da mutaçao da tropomiosina Glu180Gly nos parâmetros de contratilidade do músculo estriado cardíaco

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    Szkudlarek, Ariani Cavazzani

    2012-01-01

    A Cardiomiopatia Hipertrófica Familiar (FHC) é causada por uma mutação em uma das proteínas do aparato contrátil cardíaco, incluindo a a - tropomiosina (alfa - TM). Este estudo usou músculo papilar esquerdo de camundongos transgênicos (TG) com uma mutação na a - TM, sendo esta uma substituição de aminoácidos no códon 180 da molécula (Glu180Gly) e músculo papilar esquerdo de camundongos não – transgênicos (NTG), ambos nas idades de 2 à 3 semanas de vida e de 3 à 4 semanas de vida. Estes múscul...

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

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    Carvalho,João Batista Vieira de; Petroianu, Andy

    2003-01-01

    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...

  4. A method for colocating satellite XCO2 data to ground-based data and its application to ACOS-GOSAT and TCCON

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    H. Nguyen

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Satellite measurements are often compared with higher-precision ground-based measurements as part of validation efforts. The satellite soundings are rarely perfectly coincident in space and time with the ground-based measurements, so a colocation methodology is needed to aggregate "nearby" soundings into what the instrument would have seen at the location and time of interest. We are particularly interested in validation efforts for satellite-retrieved total column carbon dioxide (XCO2, where XCO2 data from Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT retrievals (ACOS, NIES, RemoteC, PPDF, etc. or SCanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCHIACHY are often colocated and compared to ground-based column XCO2 measurement from Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON. Current colocation methodologies for comparing satellite measurements of total column dry-air mole fractions of CO2 (XCO2 with ground-based measurements typically involve locating and averaging the satellite measurements within some latitudinal, longitudinal, and temporal window. We examine a geostatistical colocation methodology that takes a weighted average of satellite observations depending on the "distance" of each observation from a ground-based location of interest. The "distance" function that we use is a modified Euclidian distance with respect to latitude, longitude, time, and mid-tropospheric temperature at 700 hPa. We apply this methodology to XCO2 retrieved from Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT spectra by the ACOS team, cross-validate the results to TCCON XCO2 ground-based data, and present some comparison between our methodology and standard existing colocation methods showing that in general geostatistical colocation produces smaller mean-squared error.

  5. A method for colocating satellite XCO2 data to ground-based data and its application to ACOS-GOSAT and TCCON

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    Nguyen, H.; Osterman, G.; Wunch, D.; O'Dell, C.; Mandrake, L.; Wennberg, P.; Fisher, B.; Castano, R.

    2014-08-01

    Satellite measurements are often compared with higher-precision ground-based measurements as part of validation efforts. The satellite soundings are rarely perfectly coincident in space and time with the ground-based measurements, so a colocation methodology is needed to aggregate "nearby" soundings into what the instrument would have seen at the location and time of interest. We are particularly interested in validation efforts for satellite-retrieved total column carbon dioxide (XCO2), where XCO2 data from Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT) retrievals (ACOS, NIES, RemoteC, PPDF, etc.) or SCanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) are often colocated and compared to ground-based column XCO2 measurement from Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON). Current colocation methodologies for comparing satellite measurements of total column dry-air mole fractions of CO2 (XCO2) with ground-based measurements typically involve locating and averaging the satellite measurements within a latitudinal, longitudinal, and temporal window. We examine a geostatistical colocation methodology that takes a weighted average of satellite observations depending on the "distance" of each observation from a ground-based location of interest. The "distance" function that we use is a modified Euclidian distance with respect to latitude, longitude, time, and midtropospheric temperature at 700 hPa. We apply this methodology to XCO2 retrieved from GOSAT spectra by the ACOS team, cross-validate the results to TCCON XCO2 ground-based data, and present some comparisons between our methodology and standard existing colocation methods showing that, in general, geostatistical colocation produces smaller mean-squared error.

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

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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.

  7. 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

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    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)

  8. FIB/SEM cell sectioning for intracellular metal granules characterization

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    Milani, Marziale; Brundu, Claudia; Santisi, Grazia; Savoia, Claudio; Tatti, Francesco

    2009-05-01

    Focused Ion Beams (FIBs) provide a cross-sectioning tool for submicron dissection of cells and subcellular structures. In combination with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), FIB provides complementary morphological information, that can be further completed by EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy). This study focus onto intracellular microstructures, particularly onto metal granules (typically Zn, Cu and Fe) and on the possibility of sectioning digestive gland cells of the terrestrial isopod P. scaber making the granules available for a compositional analysis with EDX. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of metal granules size, amount and distribution are performed. Information is made available of the cellular storing pattern and, indirectly, metal metabolism. The extension to human level is of utmost interest since some pathologies of relevance are metal related. Apart from the common metal-overload-diseases (hereditary hemochromatosis, Wilson's and Menkes disease) it has been demonstrated that metal in excess can influence carcinogenesis in liver, kidney and breast. Therefore protocols will be established for the observation of mammal cells to improve our knowledge about the intracellular metal amount and distribution both in healthy cells and in those affected by primary or secondary metal overload or depletion.

  9. Automated SEM Modal Analysis Applied to the Diogenites

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    Bowman, L. E.; Spilde, M. N.; Papike, James J.

    1996-01-01

    Analysis of volume proportions of minerals, or modal analysis, is routinely accomplished by point counting on an optical microscope, but the process, particularly on brecciated samples such as the diogenite meteorites, is tedious and prone to error by misidentification of very small fragments, which may make up a significant volume of the sample. Precise volume percentage data can be gathered on a scanning electron microscope (SEM) utilizing digital imaging and an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). This form of automated phase analysis reduces error, and at the same time provides more information than could be gathered using simple point counting alone, such as particle morphology statistics and chemical analyses. We have previously studied major, minor, and trace-element chemistry of orthopyroxene from a suite of diogenites. This abstract describes the method applied to determine the modes on this same suite of meteorites and the results of that research. The modal abundances thus determined add additional information on the petrogenesis of the diogenites. In addition, low-abundance phases such as spinels were located for further analysis by this method.

  10. 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.

  11. Literatures (or readinggs without shame Literaturas (ou leituras sem vergonha

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    Tânia Regina Oliveira Ramos

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The article is a synthesis, testimony of readings, of production of Braziliannarratives post 90’s. In shopwindows and shelves, some editorial projects haveoffered us colections and authorships and a greater literary visibility. In thenarrated stories, the dialogue of male and female narrators with capital sins,death, mistery, loniless, sex, are precious themes to the literature which iscalled commercial. In another words, and validating the expression by mean ofthe readers’s conquest, two decades of a literature bravely without shame.O artigo trata de uma síntese, testemunha de leituras, da produção de narrativasbrasileiras pós anos 1990. Em vitrines e prateleiras, alguns projetos editoriaisofereceram-nos coleções, autorias e uma maior visibilidade literária. Nashistórias narradas, o diálogo dos narradores e narradoras com pecados capitais,morte, mistério, solidão, sexo, temas tão caros a uma literatura dita comercial.Em outras palavras, e positivando a expressão pela conquista de leitores, duasdécadas de uma literatura corajosamente sem vergonha.

  12. Tensile experiments and SEM fractography on bovine subchondral bone.

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    Braidotti, P; Bemporad, E; D'Alessio, T; Sciuto, S A; Stagni, L

    2000-09-01

    Subchondral bone undecalcified samples, extracted from bovine femoral heads, are subjected to a direct tensile load. The Young's modulus of each sample is determined from repeated tests within the elastic limit. In a last test, the tensile load is increased up to the specimen failure, determining the ultimate tensile strength. The investigation is performed on both dry and wet specimens. The measured Young's modulus for dry samples is 10.3+/-2.5GPa, while that of wet samples is 3.5+/-1.2GPa. The ultimate tensile strengths are 36+/-10 and 30+/-7.5MPa for dry and wet specimens, respectively. SEM micrographs of failure surfaces show characteristic lamellar bone structures, with lamellae composed of calcified collagen fibers. Rudimentary osteon-like structures are also observed. Failure surfaces of wet samples show a marked fiber pull-out, while delamination predominates in dry samples. The obtained results are interpreted on the basis of the deformation mechanisms typical of fiber-reinforced laminated composite materials.

  13. INFERÊNCIAS CONCEITUAIS EM IDOSOS COM E SEM ALZHEIMER

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    Jan Edson Rodrigues Leite

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo investiga um aspecto crucial da compreensão da linguagem na presença da Doença de Alzheimer (DA: a interpretação de inferências. Partindo do pressuposto de que a DA acarreta impedimentos cognitivos desde suas fases iniciais, os quais afetam a memória declarativa e a capacidade de integrar adequadamente domínios conceituais na compreensão de estruturas metafóricas e literais, realizamos testes de leitura com indivíduos acometidos por Alzheimer, e em indivíduos sem essa patologia a fim de verificar a frequência de erros e acertos em tarefas de compreensão dos dois grupos, e de mensurar os efeitos da DA na interpretação de inferências licenciadas por sentenças metafóricas em oposição às literais. Os testes iniciais confirmam uma tendência esperada de que a frequência de acertos tanto para as inferências metafóricas quanto para as literais é reduzida para o grupo portador de DA, em oposição ao grupo de controle, mesmo quando as estruturas linguísticas são apoiadas em recursos imagéticos.

  14. Simulation of FIB-SEM images for analysis of porous microstructures.

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    Prill, Torben; Schladitz, Katja

    2013-01-01

    Focused ion beam nanotomography-scanning electron microscopy tomography yields high-quality three-dimensional images of materials microstructures at the nanometer scale combining serial sectioning using a focused ion beam with SEM. However, FIB-SEM tomography of highly porous media leads to shine-through artifacts preventing automatic segmentation of the solid component. We simulate the SEM process in order to generate synthetic FIB-SEM image data for developing and validating segmentation methods. Monte-Carlo techniques yield accurate results, but are too slow for the simulation of FIB-SEM tomography requiring hundreds of SEM images for one dataset alone. Nevertheless, a quasi-analytic description of the specimen and various acceleration techniques, including a track compression algorithm and an acceleration for the simulation of secondary electrons, cut down the computing time by orders of magnitude, allowing for the first time to simulate FIB-SEM tomography.

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

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    Bok, Jan, E-mail: bok@isibrno.cz [Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, Kralovopolska 147, 61264 Brno (Czech Republic); Lalinský, Ondřej [Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, Kralovopolska 147, 61264 Brno (Czech Republic); Hanuš, Martin; Onderišinová, Zuzana [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague (Czech Republic); Kelar, Jakub [Dept. of Physical Electronics, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 61137 Brno (Czech Republic); Kučera, Miroslav [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 12116 Prague (Czech Republic)

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    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. - Highlights: • First practical application of epitaxial garnet films demonstrated in SEM. • Improved image quality of SEM equipped with GAGG:Ce single crystalline thin film scintillator. • Scintillation properties of GAGG:Ce films compared with standard bulk crystal scintillators.

  16. SEM investigation of Er:YAG laser apical preparation

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    Bǎlǎbuc, Cosmin; Todea, Carmen; Locovei, Cosmin; RǎduÅ£ǎ, Aurel

    2016-03-01

    Endodontic surgery involves the incision and flap elevation, the access to the root tip, its resection, the cavity retrograde preparation and filling it with biocompatible material that provides a good seal of the apex[1]. Apicoectomy is compulsory in endodontic surgery. The final stage involves the root retropreparation and the carrying out of the retrograde obturation. In order to perform the retrograde preparation the endodontist can use various tools such as lowspeed conventional handpieces, sonic and ultrasonic equipment. The ideal depth of the preparation should be 3 mm, exceeding this value may affect the long-term success of the obturation [2]. Resection at the depth of 3 mm reduces apical ramifications by 98% and lateral root canals by 93%. The ultrasonic retropreparation has numerous advantages compared to the dental drill. Firstly, the cavity will be in the axis of the tooth which implies a minimum destruction of the root canal morphology. The preparations are precise, and the cutting pattern is perpendicular to the long axis of the root, the advantage being the reduction in the number of dentinal tubules exposed at the resected area [3]. Therefore, the retrograde filling is the procedure when an inert and non-toxic material is compacted in the apically created cavity.[4,5]. The Er:YAG laser is the most common wavelength indicated for dental hard tissue preparation. Its natural selectivity offers a significant advantage compared to the conventional hard tissue preparation [6-9].The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the quality of Er:YAG laser apical third preparation using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), in comparison with the conventional ultrasonic method.

  17. 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.

  18. Improved spectrum simulation for validating SEM-EDS analysis

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    Statham, P.; Penman, C.; Duncumb, P.

    2016-02-01

    X-ray microanalysis by SEM-EDS requires corrections for the many physical processes that affect emitted intensity for elements present in the material. These corrections will only be accurate provided a number of conditions are satisfied and it is essential that the correct elements are identified. As analysis is pushed to achieve results on smaller features and more challenging samples it becomes increasingly difficult to determine if all conditions are upheld and whether the analysis results are valid. If a theoretical simulated spectrum based on the measured analysis result is compared with the measured spectrum, any marked differences will indicate problems with the analysis and can prevent serious mistakes in interpretation. To achieve the necessary accuracy a previous theoretical model has been enhanced to incorporate new line intensity measurements, differential absorption and excitation of emission lines, including the effect of Coster-Kronig transitions and an improved treatment of bremsstrahlung for compounds. The efficiency characteristic has been measured for a large area SDD detector and data acquired from an extensive set of standard materials at both 5 kV and 20 kV. The parameterized model has been adjusted to fit measured characteristic intensities and both background shape and intensity at the same beam current. Examples are given to demonstrate how an overlay of an accurate theoretical simulation can expose some non-obvious mistakes and provide some expert guidance towards a valid analysis result. A new formula for calculating the effective mean atomic number for compounds has also been derived that is appropriate and should help improve accuracy in techniques that calculate the bremsstrahlung or use a bremsstrahlung measurement for calibration.

  19. 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

  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. 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

  2. Prevalence of nursing diagnosis of decreased cardiac output and the predictive value of defining characteristics in patients under evaluation for heart transplant Prevalencia del diagnóstico de enfermería de disminución del gasto cardíaco y valor predictivo de las características definidoras en pacientes en fase de evaluación para trasplante cardíaco Prevalência do diagnóstico de enfermagem de débito cardíaco diminuído e valor preditivo das características definidoras em pacientes em avaliação para transplante cardíaco

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    Lígia Neres Matos

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The purposes of the study were to identify the prevalence of defining characteristics (DC of decreased cardiac output (DCO in patients with cardiac insufficiency under evaluation for heart transplantation, and to ascertain the likelihood of defining characteristics being predictive factors for the existence of reduction in cardiac output. Data was obtained by retrospective documental analysis of the clinical records of right-sided heart catheterizations in 38 patients between 2004 and 2009. The results showed that 71.1% of the patients had decreased cardiac output (measured by cardiac index. The majority of the NANDA-International defining characteristics for DCO were more frequent in individuals with reduced cardiac index levels. The study emphasizes the odds ratio (OR for increased Systemic Vascular Resistance of OR=4.533, of the third heart sound with OR=3.429 and the reduced ejection fraction with OR=2.850. By obtaining the predictive values for the defining characteristics the study identifies them as diagnostic indicators of decreased cardiac output.El estudio tiene como objetivos identificar la prevalencia de las características definitorias de la disminución del gasto cardíaco (DGC en pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca (IC en evaluación para el trasplante de corazón y ver la probabilidad de las características definitorias sean factores predictivos de la existencia de una disminución del gasto cardíaco. Los datos se obtuvieron mediante el análisis documental retrospectivo de historias clínicas de cateterismo cordiaco derecho en 38 pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca en la evaluación para el trasplante de corazón entre 2004 y 2009. Los resultados mostraron que el 71% de los pacientes habían reducido el gasto cardíaco (medido por el índice cardíaco. La mayoría de las características definitorias de la NANDA-International para el DGC fueron más frecuentes en individuos con índice cardíaco reducido. Los aspectos m

  3. 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

  4. Localization of the regulatory particle subunit Sem1 in the 26S proteasome

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    Bohn, Stefan; Sakata, Eri; Beck, Florian; Pathare, Ganesh R.; Schnitger, Jérôme; Nágy, Istvan; Baumeister, Wolfgang, E-mail: baumeist@bichem.mpg.de; Förster, Friedrich, E-mail: foerster@bichem.mpg.de

    2013-05-31

    Highlights: •26S proteasome subunit Sem1 was mapped using cryo-EM and cross-linking data. •C-terminal helix of Sem1 located near winged helix motif of Rpn7. •N-terminal part of Sem1 tethers Rpn7, Rpn3 and lid helical bundle. •Sem1 binds differently to PCI-domains of proteasome subunit Rpn7 and TREX-2 subunit Thp1. -- Abstract: The ubiquitin–proteasome system is responsible for regulated protein degradation in the cell with the 26S proteasome acting as its executive arm. The molecular architecture of this 2.5 MDa complex has been established recently, with the notable exception of the small acidic subunit Sem1. Here, we localize the C-terminal helix of Sem1 binding to the PCI domain of the subunit Rpn7 using cryo-electron microscopy single particle reconstruction of proteasomes purified from yeast cells with sem1 deletion. The approximate position of the N-terminal region of Sem1 bridging the cleft between Rpn7 and Rpn3 was inferred based on site-specific cross-linking data of the 26S proteasome. Our structural studies indicate that Sem1 can assume different conformations in different contexts, which supports the idea that Sem1 functions as a molecular glue stabilizing the Rpn3/Rpn7 heterodimer.

  5. MICROJARDIM CLONAL DE MIRTILEIRO EM SISTEMAS DE CULTIVO SEM SOLO

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    LUANA BORGES AFFONSO

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO O uso de microjardins clonais em sistemas de cultivo sem solo para fornecimento de material propagativo na cultura do mirtileiro (Vaccinium spp. pode trazer grandes avanços na produção de mudas dessa cultura. O objetivo desta pesquisa foi avaliar a produção de microestacas e a sobrevivência de plantas matrizes de mirtileiro micropropagadas das cultivares Woodard e Aliceblue, em dois sistemas de cultivo. Os sistemas de cultivo utilizados foram o semi-hidropônico (floreiras com substrato de areia e fornecimento diário de solução nutritiva e o com substrato organomineral (sacos plásticos com substrato comercial e fornecimento de solução nutritiva a cada 15 dias. Após o período de 90 dias do plantio das plantas matrizes, foram iniciadas as coletas de microestacas, as quais foram realizadas a cada 60 dias, com exceção do período de inverno, em que as coletas foram realizadas a cada 90 dias, totalizando ao final do experimento onze coletas. O experimento foi constituído como um fatorial 2 x 2 x 11 (sistemas x cultivares x coletas, em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com três repetições de 12 plantas cada. Foram avaliadas a produção total de microestacas ao final das onze coletas, o número de microestacas produzidas por planta matriz a cada coleta, a sobrevivência das plantas matrizes ao final das onze coletas e a sobrevivência das plantas matrizes a cada coleta. Os resultados indicaram que o sistema semi-hidropônico foi superior ao substrato organomineral para a produção de microestacas de ambas as cultivares. A maior produtividade total de microestacas ocorreu no sistema semi-hidropônico combinado com a cultivar Aliceblue, com produção total média de 237,67 microestacas. Porém, nesta condição, houve menor sobrevivência das plantas matrizes. A produção de microestacas apresentou alternância ao longo das coletas. A sobrevivência das plantas matrizes diminuiu após sucessivas coletas. Após as

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

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    Laura M. Castellano

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    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.

  7. The Antiphagocytic Activity of SeM of Streptococcus equi Requires Capsule.

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    Timoney, John F; Suther, Pranav; Velineni, Sridhar; Artiushin, Sergey C

    2014-01-01

    Resistance to phagocytosis is a crucial virulence property of Streptococcus equi (Streptococcus equi subsp. equi; Se), the cause of equine strangles. The contribution and interdependence of capsule and SeM to killing in equine blood and neutrophils were investigated in naturally occurring strains of Se. Strains CF32, SF463 were capsule and SeM positive, strains Lex90, Lex93 were capsule negative and SeM positive and strains Se19, Se1-8 were capsule positive and SeM deficient. Phagocytosis and killing of Se19, Se1-8, Lex90 and Lex93 in equine blood and by neutrophils suspended in serum were significantly (P ≤ 0.02) greater compared to CF32 and SF463. The results indicate capsule and SeM are both required for resistance to phagocytosis and killing and that the anti-phagocytic property of SeM is greatly reduced in the absence of capsule.

  8. Application of SEM and EDX in studying biomineralization in plant tissues.

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    He, Honghua; Kirilak, Yaowanuj

    2014-01-01

    This chapter describes protocols using formalin-acetic acid-alcohol (FAA) to fix plant tissues for studying biomineralization by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and qualitative energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX). Specimen preparation protocols for SEM and EDX mainly include fixation, dehydration, critical point drying (CPD), mounting, and coating. Gold-coated specimens are used for SEM imaging, while gold- and carbon-coated specimens are prepared for qualitative X-ray microanalyses separately to obtain complementary information on the elemental compositions of biominerals. During the specimen preparation procedure for SEM, some biominerals may be dislodged or scattered, making it difficult to determine their accurate locations, and light microscopy is used to complement SEM studies. Specimen preparation protocols for light microscopy generally include fixation, dehydration, infiltration and embedding with resin, microtome sectioning, and staining. In addition, microwave processing methods are adopted here to speed up the specimen preparation process for both SEM and light microscopy.

  9. Evolução hemodinâmica seqüencial no transplante cardíaco Sequential hemodynamic evaluation in heart transplantation

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    Noedir A. G Stolf

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    Full Text Available O transplante cardíaco tem tido ampla aplicação no tratamento da cardiomiopatia em fase terminal. Grande interesse existe no estudo das alterações hemodinâmicas imediatas e na identificação dos fatores que determinam essas alterações. Quarenta e três pacientes transplantados foram estudados com esse objetivo. Os seguintes dados foram obtidos: índice cardíaco, as pressões nas câmaras cardíacas, capilar pulmonar, aorta, artéria pulmonar, volume sistólico, fração de ejeção do ventrículo esquerdo (VE, resistência vascular pulmonar e sistêmica, índice do trabalho sistólico do ventrículo esquerdo e direito (VD e o tríplice produto. Esses valores foram comparados de acordo com os episódios de rejeição e com diferentes valores do gradiente transpulmonar. Verificou-se que no pós-operatório imediato há depressão da função dos ventrículos decorrente de uma série de fatores. O índice cardíaco se mantém em valore adequados através de vários mecanismos e adaptação dos ventrículos, que ocorre mais precocemente para o VE do que para o VD. Tardiamente as alterações hemodinâmicas dependem do aparecimento de hipertensão arterial sistêmica e da aterosclerose coronária. A presença e os valores mais elevados do gradiente transpulmonar não tiveram influência estatisticamente significativa nas condições hemodinâmicas dos pacientes.heart transplantation has been widely employed in treatment of end stage cardiomyopathy. Great interest exists in the study of early and late hemodynamic alterations following the procedure. Fourty three patients submited to heart transplantation were studied with this aim. The data obtained were: cardiac index, pressure in the heart chambers, capillary wedge pressure, aorta and pulmonary artery pressure, systolic volume and ejection fraction of left ventricle, pulmonary and systemic vascular resistances; left and right work systolic indexes; triple product. The data were compared in

  10. Using digital colour to increase the realistic appearance of SEM micrographs of bloodstains.

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    Hortolà, Policarp

    2010-10-01

    Although in the scientific-research literature the micrographs from scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are usually displayed in greyscale, the potential of colour resources provided by the SEM-coupled image-acquiring systems and, subsidiarily, by image-manipulation free softwares deserves be explored as a tool for colouring SEM micrographs of bloodstains. After acquiring greyscale SEM micrographs of a (dark red to the naked eye) human blood smear on grey chert, they were manually obtained in red tone using both the SEM-coupled image-acquiring system and an image-manipulation free software, as well as they were automatically generated in thermal tone using the SEM-coupled system. Red images obtained by the SEM-coupled system demonstrated lower visual-discrimination capability than the other coloured images, whereas those in red generated by the free software rendered better magnitude of scopic information than the red images generated by the SEM-coupled system. Thermal-tone images, although were further from the real sample colour than the red ones, not only increased their realistic appearance over the greyscale images, but also yielded the best visual-discrimination capability among all the coloured SEM micrographs, and fairly enhanced the relief effect of the SEM micrographs over both the greyscale and the red images. The application of digital colour by means of the facilities provided by an SEM-coupled image-acquiring system or, when required, by an image-manipulation free software provides a user-friendly, quick and inexpensive way of obtaining coloured SEM micrographs of bloodstains, avoiding to do sophisticated, time-consuming colouring procedures. Although this work was focused on bloodstains, well probably other monochromatic or quasi-monochromatic samples are also susceptible of increasing their realistic appearance by colouring them using the simple methods utilized in this study.

  11. Automatic 3D reconstruction of quasi-planar stereo Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images.

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    Roy, S; Meunier, J; Marian, A M; Vidal, F; Brunette, I; Costantino, S

    2012-01-01

    Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is widely used in science to characterize the surface roughness of materials. Three-dimensional information can be obtained with SEM based on stereovision techniques. A stereo pair is typically obtained by tilting the sample by a few degrees. In this paper we present a fully automated method for 3D reconstruction from a SEM stereo pair without any particular constraint. Results are presented for corneal stromal surfaces.

  12. Comparison of SEM and VPSEM imaging techniques with respect to Streptococcus mutans biofilm topography.

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    Weber, Kathryn; Delben, Juliana; Bromage, Timothy G; Duarte, Simone

    2014-01-01

    The study compared images of mature Streptococcus mutans biofilms captured at increasing magnification to determine which microscopy method is most acceptable for imaging the biofilm topography and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS). In vitro S. mutans biofilms were imaged using (1) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which requires a dehydration process; (2) SEM and ruthenium red (SEM-RR), which has been shown to support the EPS of biofilms during the SEM dehydration; and (3) variable pressure scanning electron microscopy (VPSEM), which does not require the intensive dehydration process of SEM. The dehydration process and high chamber vacuum of both SEM techniques devastated the biofilm EPS, removed supporting structures, and caused cracking on the biofilm surface. The VPSEM offered the most comprehensive representation of the S. mutans biofilm morphology. VPSEM provides similar contrast and focus as the SEM, but the procedure is far less time-consuming, and the use of hazardous chemicals associated with SEM dehydration protocol is avoided with the VPSEM. The inaccurate representations of the biofilm EPS in SEM experimentation is a possible source of inaccurate data and impediments in the study of S. mutans biofilms.

  13. Uma arquitetura para otimização do acesso em redes em malha sem fio

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    Redes em malha sem fio (wireless mesh networks) são redes dinamicamente auto-organizadas e auto-configuráveis cujos nós automaticamente estabelecem e mantêm a conectividade entre eles. As redes em malha sem fio possuem três tipos de nós: clientes, roteadores e gateways. Os roteadores e os gateways têm pouca ou nenhuma mobilidade. Os roteadores formam a espinha dorsal (backbone) das redes em malha sem fio. A comunicação em uma rede em malha sem fio é multi-salto (multi-hop), e as funcionalidad...

  14. Otimização de propriedades nutricionais e sensoriais de produtos à base de amaranto enriquecidos com frutanos, para intervenção em celíacos

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    Vanessa Dias Capriles

    2009-01-01

    Introdução: A doença celíaca não tem cura e apresenta como único tratamento a dieta isenta de glúten. Frequentemente observa-se a má absorção de cálcio em celíacos, consequência dos menores níveis de transportadores de cálcio no enterócito desses indivíduos. Os celíacos têm dificuldade em dar sequência ao tratamento dietético devido à escassez de produtos isentos de glúten, tornando fundamental o desenvolvimento de produtos para esta população. Isso pode ser feito por meio do uso de matérias ...

  15. Energy-Balance Adaptive Routing Algorithm Based on ACO%基于蚁群优化的能量均衡自适应路由算法

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    杨大鹏

    2013-01-01

    The routing algorithm based ACO (Ant Colony Optimization) has good performance in WSNs (Wire⁃less Sensor Networks),for its several advantages,such as positive feedback,distributed computing,robustness and parallelism. But the algorithm also costs a lot in exploring optimization. Based on ACO’s characteristics and lim⁃itation of energy in WSNs, an ACO based energy-balance adaptive routing algorithm was proposed. A new phero⁃mone update operator was designed to integrate energy consumption and hops into routing choice. Energy level⁃ing elements of network was introduced in the operator. During routing maintenance, the new algorithm took adaptive routing maintenance mechanism based on sense ants. Simulation results showed that the proposed algo⁃rithm obviously reduced the energy consumption and prolonged the lifetime of WSNs.%  基于蚁群优化的WSNs路由算法具有蚁群优化自组织性、正反馈性和并行性的特点,在构造无线传感器网络中的最优路由时有很好的性能。但是蚁群优化构造最优解时带来的网络开销十分可观,不适合在路由维护阶段反复使用蚁群优化重构路由。考虑到蚁群优化的上述特点,同时针对无线传感器网络能量受限的特点,提出了一种基于蚁群优化的能量均衡自适应路由算法。该算法使用了新的信息素更新算子,算子中包含了网络能量水平因子,能够均衡网络能量消耗。在路由维护阶段,该算法使用了新的基于侦测蚂蚁的自适应路由维护机制,很好地降低了网络开销。

  16. Expression of ACO1, ERS1 and ERF1 genes in harvested bananas in relation to heat-induced defense against Colletotrichum musae.

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    Zhu, Xiangfei; Wang, Aiping; Zhu, Shijiang; Zhang, Lubin

    2011-09-15

    The aim of this study was to investigate the connection between heat-induced ethylene signal changes and enhanced disease resistance. Heat enhanced ripening and elevated MaACO1 expression in naturally ripened bananas (NRB), while it delayed ripening and reduced MaACO1expression in the ethephon-treated bananas (ETB). However, in both cases, heat reduced lesion sizes infected by Colletotrichum musae. This indicates that heat-induced disease resistance in bananas was independent of ripening rate. The expression of MaERS1 gene was inhibited by heat treatment in both NRB and ETB, implying that heat as a physical signal could be sensed by banana fruits through the inhibition of ethylene receptor gene expression. The intensity of MaERF1 transcript signals was elevated in heated bananas, suggesting that the enhanced accumulation of MaERF1 transcript following heat treatment could play an important role in activation of the defense system. In ETB, inhibition of JA biosynthesis by application of IBU down-regulated the expression of MaERF and significantly weakened disease resistance, suggesting involvement of endogenous JA in induction of the gene expression, which was reconfirmed by the fact that exposure to exogenous MeJA following the combination of heat plus IBU treatment restored part of the gene expression. On the other hand, in NRB, application of IBU elevated level of MaERF1 expression at 24h and enhanced disease resistance, suggesting that, when banana was not exposed to ethephon, the expression of MaERF1 gene was not JA dependent, which was verified by the fact that MeJA application did not enhance MaERF1 gene expression. In conclusion, heat-induced disease resistance in harvested bananas could involve down-regulation of MaERS1 expression and up-regulation of MaERF1 expression and JA pathway could be involved in heat activation of the defense system in bananas exposed to ethephon.

  17. 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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    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

  18. 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

  19. Impact of admission blood glucose on outcomes of nondiabetic patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (from the German Acute Coronary Syndromes [ACOS] Registry).

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    Naber, Christoph K; Mehta, Rajendra H; Jünger, Claus; Zeymer, Uwe; Wienbergen, Harm; Sabin, Georg V; Erbel, Raimund; Senges, Jochen; Gitt, Anselm

    2009-03-01

    High blood glucose in patients with acute coronary syndromes have been associated with adverse short-term outcomes in patients without diabetes. However, the relation of admission glucose to long-term outcomes in these patients was less well established. Accordingly, consecutive patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) without diabetes enrolled at 155 sites from July 2000 to November 2002 in the ACOS Registry were evaluated. Patients were categorized into tertiles based on admission blood glucose. Clinical end points of interest were 1-year mortality and composite of death, reinfarction, stroke, or rehospitalization (major adverse cardiac clinical events [MACCEs]) in the hospital and after discharge. Of 5,866 patients with STEMI, 36.9% had blood glucose 150 mg/dl. Admission blood glucose was significantly related to increased risk of not only in-hospital events (death, glucose >150 vs 150 vs 150 vs 150 vs <120 mg/dl, adjusted OR 1.31, 95% CI 1.00 to 1.71, p <0.0001). In conclusion, high blood glucose at admission to the hospital independently correlated with short- and midterm mortality in patients with STEMI.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. A Transition from Localized to Strongly Correlated Electron Behavior and Mixed Valence Driven by Physical or Chemical Pressure in ACo2As2 (A = Eu and Ca)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Fabbris, Gilberto; Haskel, Daniel; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Cao, H.; Thompson, Corey M.; Kovnir, Kirill; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Garlea, V. Ovidiu; Shatruk, Michael

    2016-03-02

    We demonstrate that the action of physical pressure, chemical compression, or aliovalent substitution in ACo(2)As(2) (A = Eu and Ca) has a general consequence of causing these antiferromagnetic materials to become ferromagnets. In all cases, the mixed valence triggered at the electropositive A site results in the increase of the Co 3d density of states at the Fermi level. Remarkably, the dramatic alteration of magnetic behavior results from the very minor (<0.15 eleetron) change in the population of the 3d orbitals. The mixed valence state of En observed in the high-pressure (HP) form of EuCo2As2 exhibits a remarkable stability, achieving the average oxidation state of +2.25 at 12.6 GPa. In the case of CaCo2As2, substituting even 10% of Eu or La into the Ca site causes ferromagnetic ordering of Co moments. Similar to HP-EuCo2As2, the itinerant 3d ferromagnetism emerges from electronic doping into the Co layer because of chemical compression of Eu sites in Ca0.9Eu0.1Co1.91As2 or direct electron doping in Ca0.85La0.15Co1.89As2. The results reported herein demonstrate the general possibility of amplifying minor localized electronic effects to achieve major changes in material's properties via involvement of strongly correlated electrons.

  3. 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.

  4. The Norma cluster (ACO3627) -- III. The Distance and Peculiar Velocity via the Near-Infrared Ks-band Fundamental Plane

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    Mutabazi, T; Woudt, P A; Lucey, J R; Jarrett, T H; Bilicki, M; Schroder, A C; Moore, S A W

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    While Norma (ACO3627) is the richest cluster in the Great Attractor (GA) region, its role in the local dynamics is poorly understood. The Norma cluster has a mean redshift (z_CMB) of 0.0165 and has been proposed as the "core" of the GA. We have used the Ks-band Fundamental Plane (FP) to measure Norma cluster's distance with respect to the Coma cluster. We report FP photometry parameters (effective radii and surface brightnesses), derived from ESO NTT SOFI images, and velocity dispersions, from AAT 2dF spectroscopy, for 31 early-type galaxies in the cluster. For the Coma cluster we use 2MASS images and SDSS velocity dispersion measurements for 121 early-type galaxies to generate the calibrating FP dataset. For the combined Norma-Coma sample we measure FP coefficients of a=1.465+/-0.059 and b=0.326+/-0.020. We find an rms scatter, in log(sigma) of 0.08 dex which corresponds to a distance uncertainty of 28% per galaxy. The zero point offset between Norma's and Coma's FPs is 0.154+\\-0.014 dex. Assuming that the C...

  5. 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

  6. Some Esoteric Aspects of SEM that Its Practitioners Should Want to Know

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    Rozeboom, William W.

    2009-01-01

    The topic of this article is the interpretation of structural equation modeling (SEM) solutions. Its purpose is to augment structural modeling's metatheoretic resources while enhancing awareness of how problematic is the causal significance of SEM-parameter solutions. Part I focuses on the nonuniqueness and consequent dubious interpretability of…

  7. Separation of image-distortion sources and magnetic-field measurement in scanning electron microscope (SEM).

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    Płuska, Mariusz; Czerwinski, Andrzej; Ratajczak, Jacek; Katcki, Jerzy; Oskwarek, Lukasz; Rak, Remigiusz

    2009-01-01

    The electron-microscope image distortion generated by electromagnetic interference (EMI) is an important problem for accurate imaging in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Available commercial solutions to this problem utilize sophisticated hardware for EMI detection and compensation. Their efficiency depends on the complexity of distortions influence on SEM system. Selection of a proper method for reduction of the distortions is crucial. The current investigations allowed for a separation of the distortions impact on several components of SEM system. A sum of signals from distortion sources causes wavy deformations of specimen shapes in SEM images. The separation of various reasons of the distortion is based on measurements of the periodic deformations of the images for different electron beam energies and working distances between the microscope final aperture and the specimen. Using the SEM images, a direct influence of alternating magnetic field on the electron beam was distinguished. Distortions of electric signals in the scanning block of SEM were also separated. The presented method separates the direct magnetic field influence on the electron beam below the SEM final aperture (in the chamber) from its influence above this aperture (in the electron column). It also allows for the measurement of magnetic field present inside the SEM chamber. The current investigations gave practical guidelines for selecting the most efficient solution for reduction of the distortions.

  8. 78 FR 48890 - Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed...

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    ... INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR 250, subpart S, Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS). Forms: BSEE... Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed Collection; Comment Request ACTION: 60-day Notice. SUMMARY: To comply...) is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will resubmit to the Office of...

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

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    Ng, Peggy; Galbraith, Craig

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    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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. Reticle defect sizing of optical proximity correction defects using SEM imaging and image analysis techniques

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    Zurbrick, Larry S.; Wang, Lantian; Konicek, Paul; Laird, Ellen R.

    2000-07-01

    Sizing of programmed defects on optical proximity correction (OPC) feature sis addressed using high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and image analysis techniques. A comparison and analysis of different sizing methods is made. This paper addresses the issues of OPC defect definition and discusses the experimental measurement results obtained by SEM in combination with image analysis techniques.

  14. 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 CB-

  15. 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.

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    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.

  16. In-situ SEM microchip setup for electrochemical experiments with water based solutions

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    Jensen, Eric; Købler, C.; Jensen, Palle Skovhus

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    windows, microelectrodes and an electrochemical reference electrode. The system, called the EC-SEM Cell, is used to study electrochemical reactions in liquid with a standard scanning electron microscope (SEM). The central component is a microfabricated chip with a thin (50nm) Si-rich silicon nitride (Si......Nx) window with lithographically defined platinum microelectrodes. We show here the design principles of the EC-SEM system, its detailed construction and how it has been used to perform a range of EC experiments, two of which are presented here. It is shown that the EC-SEM Cell can survive extended in...... increasing the current density from the e-beam. The second experiment shows electrolysis in EC-SEM Cell, induced by the built-in electrodes....

  17. Estudio del soporte de semántica en gestores de contenidos

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    Carrión García, Alfredo

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    Uno de los aspectos más importantes de cara a progresar hacia la Web Semántica es convertir el contenido web nuevo y el existente, expres´andolo en lenguaje natural, en su equivalente semántico. El marcado semántico de documentos Web es el primer paso hacia la adaptación del contenido a la Web Semántica y por tanto, los formatos de marcado son una de las herramientas consideradas como fundamentales en el diseño de la Web Semántica, ya que no sólo permiten acceder a la información sino que ...

  18. 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.

  19. Quantitative roughness characterization and 3D reconstruction of electrode surface using cyclic voltammetry and SEM image

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    Dhillon, Shweta; Kant, Rama, E-mail: rkant@chemistry.du.ac.in

    2013-10-01

    Area measurements from cyclic voltammetry (CV) and image from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are used to characterize electrode statistical morphology, 3D surface reconstruction and its electroactivity. SEM images of single phased materials correspond to two-dimensional (2D) projections of 3D structures, leading to an incomplete characterization. Lack of third dimension information in SEM image is circumvented using equivalence between denoised SEM image and CV area measurements. This CV-SEM method can be used to estimate power spectral density (PSD), width, gradient, finite fractal nature of roughness and local morphology of the electrode. We show that the surface morphological statistical property like distribution function of gradient can be related to local electro-activity. Electrode surface gradient micrographs generated here can provide map of electro-activity sites. Finally, the densely and uniformly packed small gradient over the Pt-surface is the determining criterion for high intrinsic electrode activity.

  20. From patterns to causal understanding: Structural equation modeling (SEM) in soil ecology

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    Eisenhauer, Nico; Powell, Jeff R; Grace, James B.; Bowker, Matthew A.

    2015-01-01

    In this perspectives paper we highlight a heretofore underused statistical method in soil ecological research, structural equation modeling (SEM). SEM is commonly used in the general ecological literature to develop causal understanding from observational data, but has been more slowly adopted by soil ecologists. We provide some basic information on the many advantages and possibilities associated with using SEM and provide some examples of how SEM can be used by soil ecologists to shift focus from describing patterns to developing causal understanding and inspiring new types of experimental tests. SEM is a promising tool to aid the growth of soil ecology as a discipline, particularly by supporting research that is increasingly hypothesis-driven and interdisciplinary, thus shining light into the black box of interactions belowground.

  1. metaSEM: an R package for meta-analysis using structural equation modeling.

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    Cheung, Mike W-L

    2014-01-01

    The metaSEM package provides functions to conduct univariate, multivariate, and three-level meta-analyses using a structural equation modeling (SEM) approach via the OpenMx package in the R statistical platform. It also implements the two-stage SEM approach to conducting fixed- and random-effects meta-analytic SEM on correlation or covariance matrices. This paper briefly outlines the theories and their implementations. It provides a summary on how meta-analyses can be formulated as structural equation models. The paper closes with a conclusion on several relevant topics to this SEM-based meta-analysis. Several examples are used to illustrate the procedures in the supplementary material.

  2. 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

  3. Tillandsia stricta Sol (Bromeliaceae) leaves as monitors of airborne particulate matter-A comparative SEM methods evaluation: Unveiling an accurate and odd HP-SEM method.

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    de Oliveira, Martha Lima; de Melo, Edésio José Tenório; Miguens, Flávio Costa

    2016-09-01

    Airborne particulate matter (PM) has been included among the most important air pollutants by governmental environment agencies and academy researchers. The use of terrestrial plants for monitoring PM has been widely accepted, particularly when it is coupled with SEM/EDS. Herein, Tillandsia stricta leaves were used as monitors of PM, focusing on a comparative evaluation of Environmental SEM (ESEM) and High-Pressure SEM (HPSEM). In addition, specimens air-dried at formaldehyde atmosphere (AD/FA) were introduced as an SEM procedure. Hydrated specimen observation by ESEM was the best way to get information from T. stricta leaves. If any artifacts were introduced by AD/FA, they were indiscernible from those caused by CPD. Leaf anatomy was always well preserved. PM density was determined on adaxial and abaxial leaf epidermis for each of the SEM proceedings. When compared with ESEM, particle extraction varied from 0 to 20% in air-dried leaves while 23-78% of particles deposited on leaves surfaces were extracted by CPD procedures. ESEM was obviously the best choice over other methods but morphological artifacts increased in function of operation time while HPSEM operation time was without limit. AD/FA avoided the shrinkage observed in the air-dried leaves and particle extraction was low when compared with CPD. Structural and particle density results suggest AD/FA as an important methodological approach to air pollution biomonitoring that can be widely used in all electron microscopy labs. Otherwise, previous PM assessments using terrestrial plants as biomonitors and performed by conventional SEM could have underestimated airborne particulate matter concentration.

  4. Sobre la estructura semántica de las palabras autosemánticas

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    Morales Ascencio Bernardo

    1993-06-01

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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.

  5. 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.

  6. A brief discussion about image quality and SEM methods for quantitative fractography of polymer composites.

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    Hein, L R O; Campos, K A; Caltabiano, P C R O; Kostov, K G

    2013-01-01

    The methodology for fracture analysis of polymeric composites with scanning electron microscopes (SEM) is still under discussion. Many authors prefer to use sputter coating with a conductive material instead of applying low-voltage (LV) or variable-pressure (VP) methods, which preserves the original surfaces. The present work examines the effects of sputter coating with 25 nm of gold on the topography of carbon-epoxy composites fracture surfaces, using an atomic force microscope. Also, the influence of SEM imaging parameters on fractal measurements is evaluated for the VP-SEM and LV-SEM methods. It was observed that topographic measurements were not significantly affected by the gold coating at tested scale. Moreover, changes on SEM setup leads to nonlinear outcome on texture parameters, such as fractal dimension and entropy values. For VP-SEM or LV-SEM, fractal dimension and entropy values did not present any evident relation with image quality parameters, but the resolution must be optimized with imaging setup, accompanied by charge neutralization.

  7. Diversity of seM in Streptococcus equi subsp. equi isolated from strangles outbreaks.

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    Libardoni, Felipe; Vielmo, Andréia; Farias, Luana; Matter, Letícia Beatriz; Pötter, Luciana; Spilki, Fernando Rosado; de Vargas, Agueda Castagna

    2013-03-23

    Strangles is the main upper respiratory tract disease of horses. There are currently no studies on the changes in alleles of the M protein gene (seM) in Brazilian isolates of Streptococcus equi ssp. equi (S. equi). This study aimed to analyze and differentiate molecularly S. equi isolates from equine clinical specimens from southern Brazil, between 1994 and 2010. seM alleles were analyzed in 47 isolates of S. equi obtained from clinical cases of strangles (15 Thoroughbred horses, 29 Crioulo breed horses and three Brasileiro de Hipismo--BH). seM alleles characterization was performed by comparing variable region sequences of the seM gene. The alleles were also phylogenetically grouped by Neighbor-joining analysis, which demonstrated the geographic distribution of those in properties from southern Brazil. Fifteen alleles of the gene seM were found among the 47 S. equi isolates analyzed. Among these, only one allele (seM-61), which was identified in seven isolates (14.9%), was found in the database PubMLST-seM. Within the new alleles, allele seM-115 was the most prevalent, having been found in 13 isolates (27.7%), followed by allele seM-117 in 10 isolates (21.3%). In the Brazilian horse population studied, there is greater diversity of M protein alleles in S. equi isolates compared to worldwide data deposited in PubMLST-seM. Among the 15 seM alleles identified, only one allele sequence was previously published. The alleles identification is important to control the disease by guiding selection of strains for the manufacture of commercial and autogenous vaccines.

  8. The gigapixel image concept for graphic SEM documentation. Applications in archeological use-wear studies.

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    Vergès, Josep M; Morales, Juan I

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we propose a specific procedure to create gigapixel-like images from SEM (scanning electron microscope) micrographs. This methodology allows intensive SEM observations to be made for those disciplines that require of large surfaces to be analyzed at different scales once the SEM sessions have been completed (e.g., stone tools use-wear studies). This is also a very useful resource for academic purposes or as a support for collaborative studies, thus reducing the number of live observation sessions and the associated expense.

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

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    Zhang, Yang; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2013-01-01

    Micro-structured surfaces are increasingly used for advanced functionality. In particular, micro-structured polymer parts are interesting due to the manufacturing via injection moulding. A micro-structured nickel surface was characterized by focussed ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM....... A cross sectioned sample was prepared for conventional SEM in order to inspect the geometry of the holes, but the cutting angle used when making the cross section had a significant influence on the obtained results. Via FIB-SEM, the process was recorded by images when slicing the sample layer by layer...

  10. The SEM description of interaction of a transient electromagnetic wave with an object

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    Pearson, L. W.; Wilton, D. R.

    1980-01-01

    The singularity expansion method (SEM), proposed as a means for determining and representing the transient surface current density induced on a scatterer by a transient electromagnetic wave is described. The resulting mathematical description of the transient surface current on the object is discussed. The data required to represent the electromagnetic scattering properties of a given object are examined. Experimental methods which were developed for the determination of the SEM description are discussed. The feasibility of characterizing the surface current induced on aircraft flying in proximity to a lightning stroke by way of SEM is examined.

  11. Development of Focused Ion Beam technique for high speed steel 3D-SEM artefact fabrication

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    Carli, Lorenzo; MacDonald, A. Nicole; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2009-01-01

    The work describes preliminary manufacture by grinding, followed by machining on a Focused Ion Beam (FIB), of a high speed steel step artefact for 3D-SEM calibration. The FIB is coupled with a SEM in the so called dual beam instrument. The milling capabilities of FIB were checked from a qualitati...... point of view, using the dual beam SEM imaging, and quantitatively using a reference stylus instrument, to establish traceability. A triangular section having a depth of about 10 μm was machined, where the 50 μm curvature radius due to grinding was reduced to about 2 μm by FIB milling...

  12. Assessing the utility of FIB-SEM images for shale digital rock physics

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    Kelly, Shaina; El-Sobky, Hesham; Torres-Verdín, Carlos; Balhoff, Matthew T.

    2016-09-01

    Shales and other unconventional or low permeability (tight) reservoirs house vast quantities of hydrocarbons, often demonstrate considerable water uptake, and are potential repositories for fluid sequestration. The pore-scale topology and fluid transport mechanisms within these nanoporous sedimentary rocks remain to be fully understood. Image-informed pore-scale models are useful tools for studying porous media: a debated question in shale pore-scale petrophysics is whether there is a representative elementary volume (REV) for shale models? Furthermore, if an REV exists, how does it differ among petrophysical properties? We obtain three dimensional (3D) models of the topology of microscale shale volumes from image analysis of focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) image stacks and investigate the utility of these models as a potential REV for shale. The scope of data used in this work includes multiple local groups of neighboring FIB-SEM images of different microscale sizes, corresponding core-scale (milli- and centimeters) laboratory data, and, for comparison, series of two-dimensional (2D) cross sections from broad ion beam SEM images (BIB-SEM), which capture a larger microscale field of view than the FIB-SEM images; this array of data is larger than the majority of investigations with FIB-SEM-derived microscale models of shale. Properties such as porosity, organic matter content, and pore connectivity are extracted from each model. Assessments of permeability with single phase, pressure-driven flow simulations are performed in the connected pore space of the models using the lattice-Boltzmann method. Calculated petrophysical properties are compared to those of neighboring FIB-SEM images and to core-scale measurements of the sample associated with the FIB-SEM sites. Results indicate that FIB-SEM images below ∼5000 μm3 volume (the largest volume analyzed) are not a suitable REV for shale permeability and pore-scale networks; i.e. field of view

  13. Detecção e análise do potencial de ação monofásico do miocárdio em pacientes com miocardiopatia e transplante cardíaco

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    Alfredo I. FIORELLI

    1997-07-01

    Full Text Available A técnica do potencial de ação monofásico (MAP é um método de obtenção de potencial in vivo, por meio de cateteres especiais, muito semelhante ao potencial de ação celular, porém, com a vantagem de não exigir o emprego de microeletrodos transmembrana in vitro na célula miocárdica. Este trabalho apresenta detalhes da construção de um cateter-eletrodo para aquisição de MAP endocárdico in vivo, bem como o desempenho do algorítmo desenvolvido para aquisição e análise automática dos sinais captados. Vários fatores afetam a fase de repolarização miocárdica, sendo pouco visíveis ao eletrocardiograma, porém, podem ser melhor identificados pelo MAP. As miocardiopatias e o transplante são situações que podem modificar o estado morfo-funcional da fibra miocárdica. O algorítmo desenvolvido para análise do MAP baseia-se na discriminação de características morfológicas e temporais dos potenciais. Inicialmente foram estudados 23 pacientes com indicação para realização de biópsia endomiocárdica, sendo que em 8 (34,8% deles a biópsia foi indicada para complementar a avaliação da miocardiopatia idiopática e em 15 (65,2% para controle de rejeição após transplante cardíaco ortotópico. Foram constituídos dois grupos de 5 pacientes, um com portadores de miocardiopatia (excluindo-se miocardite em atividade e outro com transplante (estudados em duas situações distintas, sem e com rejeição em grau 3A ou superior. Com base nos resultados obtidos desta investigação, pode-se concluir que: 1 o cateter-eletrodo ora apresentado confirmou, na investigação clínica, o bom desempenho apresentado em pesquisa experimental para aquisição do MAP; 2 o algorítmo computadorizado mostrou-se adequado e com igual desempenho apresentado em estudo experimental; 3 as interferências que o MAP sofre nos corações com miocardiopatia ou transplantados, sem ou com rejeição, determinam alterações proporcionais de tal forma

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Perspectivas da evolução clínica de pacientes com cardiomiopatia chagásica listados em prioridade para o transplante cardíaco Clinical perspectives of patients with Chagas cardiomyopathy listed as high priority for heart transplantation

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    Luiz Felipe P. Moreira

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O choque cardiogênico é responsável por elevados índices de mortalidade na fila de espera para o transplante cardíaco. Na cardiomiopatia chagásica, a alta incidência de disfunção biventricular pode contribuir com a gravidade desta complicação. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 141 pacientes indicados em caráter de prioridade para o transplante. Destes pacientes, 46 eram portadores de cardiomiopatia chagásica e 95 de outras cardiomiopatias. O choque cardiogênico foi tratado farmacologicamente e com o implante ocasional do balão intra-aórtico. Em cinco pacientes chagásicos, foi realizado o implante de dispositivo paracorpóreo de assistência ventricular esquerda. RESULTADOS: Num período médio de 2,8 meses, 58 (41,1% dos 141 pacientes foram transplantados, 73 (51,7% faleceram e 10 foram retirados da fila. A mortalidade entre os pacientes chagásicos e não chagásicos foi de 45,6% e 54,7%, respectivamente. No entanto, a expectativa média de vida, sem a realização do transplante cardíaco, dos pacientes chagásicos foi de apenas 1,5 meses, sendo observado risco relativo de mortalidade de 1,6 para estes pacientes em relação aos não chagásicos (pINTRODUCTION: Heart failure is responsible for high mortality rates of patients on heart transplantation waiting lists. In Chagas cardiomyopathy, the presence of biventricular dysfunction increases the severity of this situation. METHOD: One hundred and forty-one patients suffering from cardiogenic shock, listed as high priority for heart transplantation, were studied. Forty-six patients presented with Chagas cardiomyopathy and 95 with other cardiomyopathies. Heart failure was treated using intravenous inotropic drugs and intra-aortic balloon pump implantation. Five patients with Chagas disease underwent paracorporeal left ventricular assist device implantation. RESULTS: During a mean follow-up of 2.8 months, 58 (41.1% of the 141 patients were transplanted, while 73 (53.7% died

  17. 人工鱼群-蚁群算法的VRP优化研究综述%Review of VRP Optimization Based on AFSA-ACO

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    罗芃瑜; 左敏

    2015-01-01

    随着物流事业的蓬勃发展,物流运输配送问题也不断增加。路径优化问题作为物流运输配送的基础研究问题也一直受到学者们的重视。单一的智能优化算法已经不适合解决大规模,复杂度高的路径优化问题。在现有的混合智能算法中,基于人工鱼群算法与蚁群算法混合的研究相对来说较少,因此该文对学者们提出的混合人工鱼群-蚁群算法进行综合研究分析,对现实中路径优化问题的求解有较大的理论意义与现实价值。%With the vigorous development of the logistics industry, logistics distribution problems are increasing too. As the basis of logistics distribution, Path optimization problem have been brought to the attention of the scholars. A single intelligent optimization algorithm is not suitable for solving vehicle routing problems which of large-scale and high complexity. The research of VRP based on AFSA-ACO is relatively less nowadays. So in this paper, the author will research and analyze these optimization algorithms. This can create great theoretical and practical value on solving the vehicle routing problem.

  18. Traducción y adaptación al castellano del cuestionario de salud para celíacos Canadian Celiac Health Survey

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    Cristina Pelegrí

    Full Text Available Introducción: Adaptar y valorar el cuestionario de calidad de vida denominado Canadian Celiac Health Survey (CCHS. Objetivo: Traducir y adaptar en castellano el cuestionario CCHS para poder ser utilizado por la población de habla hispana puesto que se trata de un cuestionario específico para la celiaquía. Método: La adaptación del CCHS, que consta de 76 ítems distribuidos en 11 secciones diferentes, se realizó mediante el método de traducción-retrotraducción y tras ser revisado y consensuado se procedió a realizar una prueba piloto con 25 personas celíacas, de forma individual y por un miembro del grupo de investigación, para valorar la comprensión de los ítems y sus secciones. Las aportaciones fueron introducidas, configurando el cuestionario definitivo. Resultados: La máxima dificultad en la traducción se produjo en la pregunta donde existían principios activos y nombres comerciales de medicamentos, optándose para ello a los comercializados a nivel nacional. Por otro lado, para el estudio piloto del cuestionario se observó un buen valor de la naturalidad de la comprensión con valores comprendidos entre 8,4 y 10,0. Conclusiones: La herramienta específica CHCS permitirá el uso de un cuestionario que pueda ser utilizado por la población de habla hispana en estudios, ensayos clínicos o en la práctica profesional sanitaria cotidiana, permitiendo un mejor conocimiento del estado de salud de los celíacos.

  19. Port trucks route optimization based on GA-ACO%基于遗传蚁群算法的港口集卡路径优化

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    曹庆奎; 赵斐

    2013-01-01

    The port trucks congestion problem existed in many ports.For this reason,the port trucks route cost optimization model faced the ‘work surface’ was established by exploring the effect factors of port trucks operation efficiency and the cost composition of the truck route in the container gantry crane system.Then genetic algorithm-ant colony optimization algorithm (GA-ACO) is proposed in view of the model and analyzed the problems with an example,compared optimization results with those by ant colony algorithm from the changes of truck route convergence,variable cost,penalty cost and total cost.The results show that genetic algorithm-ant colony optimization algorithm is faster converge to the optimal solution and gain less cost.%为了解决港口中存在的集卡拥堵问题,在集装箱龙门吊装卸工艺系统下,探讨了影响集卡作业效率的因素和集卡路径构成成本,建立了面向“作业面”的港口集卡路径成本优化模型.针对这一模型设计了遗传蚁群算法并结合实例对问题求解,且从集卡路径收敛、可变成本、惩罚成本和总成本的变化四个方面将该优化结果与蚁群算法的寻优结果进行对比,证明遗传蚁群算法能够较快地收敛于最优解且所得成本更小.

  20. Avaliação hemodinâmica intra-operatória na cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem auxílio da circulação extracorpórea

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    LIMA Ricardo Carvalho

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar o comportamento hemodinâmico do coração na revascularização do miocárdio sem a utilização da circulação extracorpórea, através da cateterização da artéria pulmonar com cateter de San-Ganz. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: No período de agosto de 1991 a junho de 1999, foram operados 616 pacientes portadores de angina do peito, que foram submetidos a revascularização do miocárdio sem a utilização da circulação extracorpórea. Em 18 pacientes foram estudados os parâmetros hemodinâmicos intra-operatórios. RESULTADOS: A freqüência cardíaca manteve-se elevada durante todos os momentos de posicionamento do coração (p=0,0007. O débito cardíaco ao longo do procedimento apresentou variação mínima nos diversos momentos de posicionamento do coração e exposição das artérias coronárias. Entretanto, com o coração na posição normal final, observou-se um aumento importante do débito cardíaco (p=0,010. A pressão arterial média apresentou-se diminuída em todos os momentos do procedimento de exposição das artérias coronárias (p=0,022. A pressão arterial pulmonar apresentou-se diminuída durante todos os momentos de mobilização (NS. A pressão capilar pulmonar oscilou bastante durante a exposição das coronárias (NS. A pressão venosa central comportou-se de maneira mais variada durante a exposição das artérias (NS. A resistência vascular sistêmica apresentou-se diminuída durante todo o procedimento (p=0,0001. A resistência vascular pulmonar apresentou-se diminuída em todos os momentos do procedimento (p=0,002. O "stroke volume" apresentou-se inalterado durante a anastomose da interventricular anterior e só se observaram diferenças estatísticas na coronária direita (p=0,002 e artéria circunflexa (p=0,0006 e seus ramos. O índice cardíaco apresentou-se diminuído durante o procedimento (p=0,0011. CONCLUSÕES: A A técnica presente permite a mobilização máxima do coração sem indu

  1. SEM-668-G2(日东科技)

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    2005-01-01

    SEM-668-G2比SEM-668在视觉技术上更加精湛,采用美国AGILENT(安提伦)LASER 5519A及HP的双重频率技术,加强运动;隹确性。在智能化印刷头上,SEM-668-G2印刷质量更加均匀、稳定,操作界面更加简易、更加人性化。在综合性能上更加卓越,保证实现现代化的生产效率。产品体具性能如下:SEM-668-G2视觉全自动印刷机

  2. 78 FR 50079 - Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed...

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    2013-08-16

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

  3. Comprehensive simulation of SEM images taking into account local and global electromagnetic fields

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    Babin, Sergey; Borisov, Sergey S.; Ito, Hiroyuki; Ivanchikov, Andrei; Matison, Dmitri; Militsin, Vladimir; Suzuki, Makoto

    2010-06-01

    We are reporting the development of a simulation tool with unique capabilities to comprehensively model an SEM signal. This includes electron scattering, charging, and detector settings, as well as modeling of the local and global electromagnetic fields and the electron trajectories in these fields. Experimental and simulated results were compared for SEM imaging of carbon nanofibers embedded into bulk material in the presence of significant charging, as well as for samples with applied potential on metal electrodes. The effect of the potentials applied to electrodes on the secondary emission was studied; the resulting SEM images were simulated. The image contrast depends strongly on the sign and the value of the potential. SEM imaging of nanofibers embedded into silicon dioxide resulted in the considerable change of the appeared dimensions of the fibers and as well as tone reversal when the beam voltage was varied. The results of the simulations are in agreement with experimental results.

  4. Mathematical model of the seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS) in non crystalline substances

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    Dennis, L. C. C.; Yahya, N.; Daud, H.; Shafie, A. [Electromagnetic cluster, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia)

    2012-09-26

    The mathematical model of seismic electromagnetic waves in non crystalline substances is developed and the solutions are discussed to show the possibility of improving the electromagnetic waves especially the electric field. The shear stress of the medium in fourth order tensor gives the equation of motion. Analytic methods are selected for the solutions written in Hansen vector form. From the simulated SEMS, the frequency of seismic waves has significant effects to the SEMS propagating characteristics. EM waves transform into SEMS or energized seismic waves. Traveling distance increases once the frequency of the seismic waves increases from 100% to 1000%. SEMS with greater seismic frequency will give seismic alike waves but greater energy is embedded by EM waves and hence further distance the waves travel.

  5. Corrigendum to: Bayesian evaluation of informative hypotheses in SEM using Mplus

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    van de Schoot, R.; Verhoeven, Marjolein; Hoijtink, H.

    2014-01-01

    This paper corrects: van de Schoot, R., Verhoeven, M., & Hoijtink, H. (2013). Bayesian evaluation ofinformative hypotheses in SEM using Mplus: A black bear story. EuropeanJournal of Developmental Psychology, 10, 81 –98.

  6. Studies of Self-assembled Monolayers Formed by Imidazoline on Iron Surface by SEM and SECM

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    Xiu Yu LIU; Shen Hao CHEN; Shuai MIAO; Su Xiang WU; Li Xia SHEN; Yuan Xing CAI; Hong Yan ZHAI

    2006-01-01

    The self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of imidazoline (IM) on the iron surface were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and scanning electrochemical microscopy(SECM). The results showed that SAMs were an effective inhibition film for iron.

  7. Corrigendum to: Bayesian evaluation of informative hypotheses in SEM using Mplus

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    van de Schoot, R.; Verhoeven, Marjolein; Hoijtink, H.

    2014-01-01

    This paper corrects: van de Schoot, R., Verhoeven, M., & Hoijtink, H. (2013). Bayesian evaluation ofinformative hypotheses in SEM using Mplus: A black bear story. EuropeanJournal of Developmental Psychology, 10, 81 –98.

  8. Automated CD-SEM recipe creation technology for mass production using CAD data

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    Kawahara, Toshikazu; Yoshida, Masamichi; Tanaka, Masashi; Ido, Sanyu; Nakano, Hiroyuki; Adachi, Naokaka; Abe, Yuichi; Nagatomo, Wataru

    2011-03-01

    Critical Dimension Scanning Electron Microscope (CD-SEM) recipe creation needs sample preparation necessary for matching pattern registration, and recipe creation on CD-SEM using the sample, which hinders the reduction in test production cost and time in semiconductor manufacturing factories. From the perspective of cost reduction and improvement of the test production efficiency, automated CD-SEM recipe creation without the sample preparation and the manual operation has been important in the production lines. For the automated CD-SEM recipe creation, we have introduced RecipeDirector (RD) that enables the recipe creation by using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data and text data that includes measurement information. We have developed a system that automatically creates the CAD data and the text data necessary for the recipe creation on RD; and, for the elimination of the manual operation, we have enhanced RD so that all measurement information can be specified in the text data. As a result, we have established an automated CD-SEM recipe creation system without the sample preparation and the manual operation. For the introduction of the CD-SEM recipe creation system using RD to the production lines, the accuracy of the pattern matching was an issue. The shape of design templates for the matching created from the CAD data was different from that of SEM images in vision. Thus, a development of robust pattern matching algorithm that considers the shape difference was needed. The addition of image processing of the templates for the matching and shape processing of the CAD patterns in the lower layer has enabled the robust pattern matching. This paper describes the automated CD-SEM recipe creation technology for the production lines without the sample preparation and the manual operation using RD applied in Sony Semiconductor Kyusyu Corporation Kumamoto Technology Center (SCK Corporation Kumamoto TEC).

  9. Why semicarbazide (SEM) is not an appropriate marker for the usage of nitrofurazone on agricultural animals.

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    Stadler, Richard H; Verzegnassi, Ludovica; Seefelder, Walburga; Racault, Lucie

    2015-01-01

    A comprehensive global database on semicarbazide (SEM) in foodstuffs and food ingredients is presented, with over 4000 data collected in foods such as seafood (crustaceans, fish powders), meat (beef, chicken powders), dairy products (e.g. raw milk, milk powders, whey, sweet buttermilk powder, caseinate, yoghurt, cheese), honey and other ingredients. The results provide evidence that the presence of SEM in certain dairy ingredients (whey, milk protein concentrates) is a by-product of chemical reactions taking place during the manufacturing process. Of the dairy ingredients tested (c. 2000 samples), 5.3% showed traces of SEM > 0.5 µg/kg. The highest incidence of SEM-positive samples in the dairy category were whey (powders, liquid) and milk protein concentrates (35% positive), with up to 13 µg/kg measured in a whey powder. Sweet buttermilk powder and caseinate followed, with 27% and 9.3% positives, respectively. SEM was not detected in raw milk, or in yoghurt or cheese. Of the crustacean products (shrimp and prawn powders) tested, 44% were positive for SEM, the highest value measured at 284 µg/kg. Fish powders revealed an unexpectedly high incidence of positive samples (25%); in this case, fraudulent addition of shellfish shells or carry-over during processing cannot be excluded. Overall, the data provide new insights into the occurrence of SEM (for dairy products and fish powders), substantially strengthening the arguments that SEM in certain food categories is not a conclusive marker of the use of the illegal antibiotic nitrofurazone.

  10. Intrinsic TLI surface tag directly authenticated by a SEM (closeout report). [Treaty Limited Item (TLI)

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    Zaluzec, N.J.; Philippedes, A.; Palm, R.G.; De Volpi, A.; Holland, J.W.

    1991-11-01

    The objective of this task was to develop a unique identifier (tag) for Treaty-Limited Items (TLIs) in arms control applications. This tag is authenticated by the direct attachment of a portable Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to the TLI. It is an intrinsic tag with two distinct TLI surface-authentication signatures, consisting of topography and atomic composition. Authentication is accomplished by comparing the field-inspection signature with the baseline signature. Because this tag has two unique signatures, it is considered extremely resistant to counterfeit attempts. Since commercial SEMs are large instruments intended to observe small samples introduced into a vacuum chamber integral to the instrument, it was initially necessary to demonstrate that interfacing an SEM to a large TLI was feasible. The first phase demonstrated that an SEM could obtain high- resolution images of a large, curved, simulated TLI surface. A used commercial SEM was modified to accomplish the first phase. The second phase began with a systematic evaluation of the design alternatives necessary to produce a portable SEM suitable for TLI tag authentication. Since the electron column design of the SEM was the central component that drove the selection of the rest of the system, this phase continued with a preliminary design of the column. A novel design of the column's electromagnetic lenses combined both permanent magnets and magnetic coils, significantly reducing the required lens power and weight. Prototype condenser and objective lenses were built and tested to prove that this approach was viable. Based upon the results of the second phase, a 0.1-micrometer (4-micro-inch) resolution SEM is feasible. The total system would weigh 52-Kg including a 7-Kg electron column.

  11. Intrinsic TLI surface tag directly authenticated by a SEM (closeout report)

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    Zaluzec, N.J.; Philippedes, A.; Palm, R.G.; De Volpi, A.; Holland, J.W.

    1991-11-01

    The objective of this task was to develop a unique identifier (tag) for Treaty-Limited Items (TLIs) in arms control applications. This tag is authenticated by the direct attachment of a portable Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to the TLI. It is an intrinsic tag with two distinct TLI surface-authentication signatures, consisting of topography and atomic composition. Authentication is accomplished by comparing the field-inspection signature with the baseline signature. Because this tag has two unique signatures, it is considered extremely resistant to counterfeit attempts. Since commercial SEMs are large instruments intended to observe small samples introduced into a vacuum chamber integral to the instrument, it was initially necessary to demonstrate that interfacing an SEM to a large TLI was feasible. The first phase demonstrated that an SEM could obtain high- resolution images of a large, curved, simulated TLI surface. A used commercial SEM was modified to accomplish the first phase. The second phase began with a systematic evaluation of the design alternatives necessary to produce a portable SEM suitable for TLI tag authentication. Since the electron column design of the SEM was the central component that drove the selection of the rest of the system, this phase continued with a preliminary design of the column. A novel design of the column`s electromagnetic lenses combined both permanent magnets and magnetic coils, significantly reducing the required lens power and weight. Prototype condenser and objective lenses were built and tested to prove that this approach was viable. Based upon the results of the second phase, a 0.1-micrometer (4-micro-inch) resolution SEM is feasible. The total system would weigh 52-Kg including a 7-Kg electron column.

  12. Characterization of SEM speckle pattern marking and imaging distortion by Digital Image Correlation

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    Guery, Adrien; Latourte, Felix; Hild, François; Roux, Stéphane

    2014-01-01

    International audience; Surface patterning by e-beam lithography and SEM imaging distortions are studied via digital image correlation. The global distortions from the reference pattern, which has been numerically generated, are first quantified from a digital image correlation procedure between the (virtual) reference pattern and the actual SEM image both in secondary and backscattered electron imaging modes. These distortions result from both patterning and imaging techniques. These two con...

  13. Bases de datos en el contexto de la web semántica

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    Fernández-Santa Cruz Jiménez, Raúl Alejandro

    2013-01-01

    Comparativa sobre sistemas de gestión de bases de datos orientados a la web semántica, tanto nativos como habilitados para esta función. Comparativa sobre sistemes de gestió de bases de dades orientats a la web semàntica, tant nadius com habilitats per a aquesta funció. Bachelor thesis for the Computer science program on Semantic Web.

  14. Feature evaluation of complex hysteresis smoothing and its practical applications to noisy SEM images.

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    Suzuki, Kazuhiko; Oho, Eisaku

    2013-01-01

    Quality of a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image is strongly influenced by noise. This is a fundamental drawback of the SEM instrument. Complex hysteresis smoothing (CHS) has been previously developed for noise removal of SEM images. This noise removal is performed by monitoring and processing properly the amplitude of the SEM signal. As it stands now, CHS may not be so utilized, though it has several advantages for SEM. For example, the resolution of image processed by CHS is basically equal to that of the original image. In order to find wide application of the CHS method in microscopy, the feature of CHS, which has not been so clarified until now is evaluated correctly. As the application of the result obtained by the feature evaluation, cursor width (CW), which is the sole processing parameter of CHS, is determined more properly using standard deviation of noise Nσ. In addition, disadvantage that CHS cannot remove the noise with excessively large amplitude is improved by a certain postprocessing. CHS is successfully applicable to SEM images with various noise amplitudes.

  15. Performance of SEM scintillation detector evaluated by modulation transfer function and detective quantum efficiency function.

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    Bok, Jan; Schauer, Petr

    2014-01-01

    In the paper, the SEM detector is evaluated by the modulation transfer function (MTF) which expresses the detector's influence on the SEM image contrast. This is a novel approach, since the MTF was used previously to describe only the area imaging detectors, or whole imaging systems. The measurement technique and calculation of the MTF for the SEM detector are presented. In addition, the measurement and calculation of the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) as a function of the spatial frequency for the SEM detector are described. In this technique, the time modulated e-beam is used in order to create well-defined input signal for the detector. The MTF and DQE measurements are demonstrated on the Everhart-Thornley scintillation detector. This detector was alternated using the YAG:Ce, YAP:Ce, and CRY18 single-crystal scintillators. The presented MTF and DQE characteristics show good imaging properties of the detectors with the YAP:Ce or CRY18 scintillator, especially for a specific type of the e-beam scan. The results demonstrate the great benefit of the description of SEM detectors using the MTF and DQE. In addition, point-by-point and continual-sweep e-beam scans in SEM were discussed and their influence on the image quality was revealed using the MTF.

  16. Raman-in-SEM, a multimodal and multiscale analytical tool: performance for materials and expertise.

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    Wille, Guillaume; Bourrat, Xavier; Maubec, Nicolas; Lahfid, Abdeltif

    2014-12-01

    The availability of Raman spectroscopy in a powerful analytical scanning electron microscope (SEM) allows morphological, elemental, chemical, physical and electronic analysis without moving the sample between instruments. This paper documents the metrological performance of the SEMSCA commercial Raman interface operated in a low vacuum SEM. It provides multiscale and multimodal analyses as Raman/EDS, Raman/cathodoluminescence or Raman/STEM (STEM: scanning transmission electron microscopy) as well as Raman spectroscopy on nanomaterials. Since Raman spectroscopy in a SEM can be influenced by several SEM-related phenomena, this paper firstly presents a comparison of this new tool with a conventional micro-Raman spectrometer. Then, some possible artefacts are documented, which are due to the impact of electron beam-induced contamination or cathodoluminescence contribution to the Raman spectra, especially with geological samples. These effects are easily overcome by changing or adapting the Raman spectrometer and the SEM settings and methodology. The deletion of the adverse effect of cathodoluminescence is solved by using a SEM beam shutter during Raman acquisition. In contrast, this interface provides the ability to record the cathodoluminescence (CL) spectrum of a phase. In a second part, this study highlights the interest and efficiency of the coupling in characterizing micrometric phases at the same point. This multimodal approach is illustrated with various issues encountered in geosciences.

  17. 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.

  18. SEM Leadership

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    Pollock, Kevin

    2012-01-01

    Expectations of higher education leaders are high, varied, and numerous. Leaders are expected not only to be visionary, decisive, and articulate, but also to share information, purposes, commitments, and struggles. Effective leaders must know and understand their faculty and staff; insist on realism; set clear goals and priorities; follow through;…

  19. The study of high-sensitivity metrology method by using CD-SEM

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    Ueda, K.; Koshihara, S.; Mizuno, T.; Miura, A.

    2011-03-01

    The earliest semiconductor device manufacturing employed optical microscopes for measurement and control of the manufacturing process. The introduction of the Critical Dimension Scanning Electron Microscope (CD-SEM) in 1984 provided a tremendous increase in capability for process monitoring and has been the standard for in-line metrology for over 25 years. The advantages of the CD-SEM are highly accurate and stable measurement reproducibility at very specific locations throughout the device. The evolution of the CD-SEM in Metrology has included improved resolution, development of advanced measurement and pattern recognition algorithms, all required by performance improvement demands from the market. Current conventional metrology using the in-line CD-SEM involves measuring about ten points per wafer (one point per one chip). at a magnification of over x150k(Field of View is about 1μm2). In contrast, the area of measurement pattern on chip is much larger than the area of CD-SEM measurement (mm2 : (on chip) versus μm2 : (CD-SEM measurement)). This would mean that the result of the CD-SEM measurement is influenced by local pattern variation. The very stringent requirements placed on in-line Metrology for the last couple of technology nodes has produced an additional metrology methodology, beyond the CD-SEM, that involves large area measurements with very high precision for the most critical levels. We will refer to this methodology as "Macro Area Measurements". We investigated the applicability of using a CD-SEM Macro Area Measurement methodology in this paper. The areas investigated focused on the following points: 1) Determining the optimum CD-SEM sampling plan for a macro area measurement. 2) Optimization of the measurement parameters. 3) Optimization of the measurement condition. 4) Verification of Macro Area Measurement with an FEM (Focus Exposure Matrix) wafer. In the results, we are able to validate a new methodology that we called "Macro Area Measurement

  20. Analog and numerical modeling on the propagation of seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS)

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    Huang, Q.; Lin, Y.; Wang, Q.

    2010-12-01

    Study on propagation of seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS) plays an important role in understanding earthquake-related electromagnetic phenomena. Some laboratory analog experiments based on a geographical scaling model and a waveguide model were developed to simulate the propagation of SEMS. These experimental results showed that the geographical effect such as the distribution of ocean and land may lead to some aspect of the selectivity phenomenon. Some analytical and numerical works based on a conductive channel model were also presented as an explanation of the selectivity phenomenon. However, whether or not such conclusion holds for a more realistic 3D model deserves further investigation. In this paper, we simulate the propagation characteristics of SEMS in some typical 3-D models using COMSOL Multiphysics, a software of finite element method (FEM). After some validation tests of the above FEM software, we investigated the possible effects on the propagation characteristics of SEMS from the model parameters. Then, we considered a model with a conductive fault buried in a three-layered media, and an electric dipole source located close to the center of the fault. The simulation results indicated that the amplification effect of a conductive channel, which has been adopted as a possible explanation of some SEMS observations, can be expected only at a much lower frequency. We also simulated the possible ocean effect on the propagation of SEMS. As a case study, we modeled the Greek archipelago, in which numerious SEMS have been reported. The numerical results showed a decayed pattern of SEMS at a frequency lower than the cut-off frequency, and a rippled propagation pattern at a frequency higher than the cut-off frequency. These results are consistent with the previous analog experimental results. Further examples of analog and numerical simulations are investigated. The numerical simulations combined with the analog experiments may provide possible explanation

  1. A disfunção miocárdica no doente crítico e o papel dos biomarcadores cardíacos no diagnóstico e prognóstico

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    Faustino, M.

    2011-01-01

    Trabalho realizado no contexto do estágio de Cuidados Intensivos do Internato Médico Complementar A disfunção aguda do ventrículo esquerdo ocorre em cerca de um terço dos doentes hospitalizados em Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI). A crescente incidência estará relacionada com o aumento da idade média e número de comorbilidades dos doentes internados e também com o uso mais frequente da ecografia e dos biomarcadores cardíacos. Ainda ...

  2. Análisis acústico sobre señales de auscultación digital para la detección de soplos cardíacos

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    CASTAÑO, ANDRÉS M.; DELGADO T., EDILSON; GODINO, JUANI; Castellanos, Germán

    2009-01-01

    Se presenta la metodología basada en el análisis acústico de señales fonocardiográficas (FCG) par a detectar soplos cardíacos. En primer lugar se desarrolla un sistema de filtración basado en la transformada wavelet para reducir las perturbaciones que usualmente se presentan en la etapa de adquisición, ajustando la calidad del sonido de acuerdo a los requerimientos clínicos y validados por especialistas en semiología. Se propone un algoritmo de segmentación basado en la energía promedio norm...

  3. 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

    2000-03-01

    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

  4. Factores de riesgo en la aparición de bajo gasto cardíaco por falla ventricular en la cirugía de revascularización miocárdica

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    Fagundo Sánchez, Humberto José

    2008-01-01

    Se realizó un estudio analítico de cohorte retrospectiva en 556 pacientes tratados con Cirugía Revascularizadora Miocárdica (RVM) del 1º de enero del 1989 hasta el 31 de diciembre del 2003 en el Cardiocentro del Hospital “Hermanos Ameijeiras” para precisar los factores de riesgo en la aparición del Síndrome de Bajo Gasto Cardíaco por Falla Ventricular (FV) en el postoperatorio inmediato de la RVM. La prolongación de los tiempos de CEC más allá de 120 minutos y de PA mayor de 80 minutos increm...

  5. Equilibrios ácido-base. Aspectos teóricos. ¿Es posible la neutralización cuantitativa de dos protolitos débiles? Estudio del caso ácido bórico-amoníaco.

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    Milla González, Miguel

    2016-01-01

    Mediante la combinación de los balances de masa y las constantes de equilibrio del sistema, se encuentra la función y=f(x) [y = cantidad valorada del ácido débil y x la cantidad añadida de la base débil]. Se representa dicha función y se calcula su límite cuando x tiende a infinito para comprobar que no es posible la valoración (neutralización cuantitativa) del ácido bórico con la base amoníaco.

  6. 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.

  7. Tratamento cirúrgico em dois tempos do aneurisma toracoabdominal roto com prótese intraluminal sem sutura

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    Bernardes,Rodrigo de Castro; REIS FILHO Fernando A. Roquete; Cláudio Moreira LIMA; GONÇALVES Leonardo D'Ávila; OLIVEIRA Marília M. Cedin; CASSÉTE Luciana T. Fernandes; MONTEIRO,Ernesto Lentz da Silveira; MELLO José Marcelo Coutinho de

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    O tratamento cirúrgico dos aneurismas toracoabominais exige toracofreno laparotomia, períodos prolongados de pinçamento aórtico com isquemia visceral, sangramento abundante de difícil controle, complicações pulmonares, renais, neurológicas e distúrbios de coagulação com morbimortalidade muitas vezes proibitiva para pacientes de idade avançada, ou portadores de distúrbios respiratórios, renais ou cardíacos prévios. A rotura aumenta em muito a já elevada taxa de morbimortalidade. Crawford (1-3)...

  8. Recent improvement of a FIB-SEM serial-sectioning method for precise 3D image reconstruction - application of the orthogonally-arranged FIB-SEM.

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    Hara, Toru

    2014-11-01

    IntroductionWe installed the first "orthogonally-arranged" FIB-SEM in 2011. The most characteristic point of this instrument is that the FIB and SEM columns are perpendicularly mounted; this is specially designed to obtain a serial-sectioning dataset more accurately and precisely with higher contrast and higher spatial resolution compare to other current FIB-SEMs [1]. Since the installation in 2011, we have developed the hardware and methodology of the serial-sectioning based on this orthogonal FIB-SEM. In order to develop this technique, we have widely opened this instrument to every researcher of all fields. In the presentation, I would like to introduce some of application results that are obtained by users of this instrument. The characteristic points of the orthogonal systemFigure 1 shows a difference between the standard and the orthogonal FIB-SEM systems: In the standard system, shown in Fig.1(a), optical axes of a FIB and a SEM crosses around 60deg., while in the orthogonal system (Fig.1(b)), they are perpendicular to each other. The standard arrangement (a) is certainly suitable for TEM lamellae preparation etc. because the FIB and the SEM can see the same position simultaneously. However, for a serial-sectioning, it is not to say the best arrangement. One of the reasons is that the sliced plane by the FIB is not perpendicular to the electron beam so that the background contrast is not uniform and observed plane is distorted. On the other hand, in case of the orthogonally-arranged system,(b), these problems are resolved. In addition, spatial resolution can keep high enough even in a low accelerating voltage (e.g. 500V) because a working distance is set very small, 2mm. From these special design, we can obtain the serial-sectioning dataset from rather wide area (∼100um) with high spatial resolution (Max. 2×2×2nm). As this system has many kinds of detectors: SE, ET, Backscatter Electron(Energy-selective), EDS, EBSD, STEM(BF&ADF), with Ar+ ion-gun and a

  9. 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;

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    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...

  10. In-situ SEM microchip setup for electrochemical experiments with water based solutions

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    Jensen, E., E-mail: eric.jensen@nanotech.dtu.dk [DTU Nanotech, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads, Building 345E, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); DTU CEN, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, Building 307, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Købler, C., E-mail: carsten.kobler@nanotech.dtu.dk [DTU Nanotech, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads, Building 345E, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); DTU CEN, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, Building 307, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Jensen, P.S., E-mail: psj@kemi.dtu.dk [DTU Kemi, Technical University of Denmark, Kemitorvet, Building 207, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Mølhave, K., E-mail: kristian.molhave@nanotech.dtu.dk [DTU Nanotech, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads, Building 345E, 2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)

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    Studying electrochemical (EC) processes with electron microscopes offers the possibility of achieving much higher resolution imaging of nanoscale processes in real time than with optical microscopes. We have developed a vacuum sealed liquid sample electrochemical cell with electron transparent windows, microelectrodes and an electrochemical reference electrode. The system, called the EC-SEM Cell, is used to study electrochemical reactions in liquid with a standard scanning electron microscope (SEM). The central component is a microfabricated chip with a thin (50 nm) Si-rich silicon nitride (SiNx) window with lithographically defined platinum microelectrodes. We show here the design principles of the EC-SEM system, its detailed construction and how it has been used to perform a range of EC experiments, two of which are presented here. It is shown that the EC-SEM Cell can survive extended in-situ EC experiments. Before the EC experiments we characterized the beam current being deposited in the liquid as this will affect the experiments. The first EC experiment shows the influence of the electron-beam (e-beam) on a nickel solution by inducing electroless nickel deposition on the window when increasing the current density from the e-beam. The second experiment shows electrolysis in EC-SEM Cell, induced by the built-in electrodes. - Highlights: • New in-situ SEM system for electrochemistry. • In-situ Beam current measurements through liquid. • In-situ SEM E-beam-induced electroless deposition of Ni. • In-situ electrolysis.

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

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    Andrzej Kownacki

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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.

  12. Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in General Practice (GP): A Novel GP-based MSK and SEM Clinic for Managing Musculoskeletal symptoms in a GP.

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    Heron, Neil

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    Musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints are common within primary care (1) (2) (3) but some General Practitioners (GPs)/family physicians do not feel comfortable managing these symptoms (3), preferring to refer onto hospital specialists or Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATs). Long waiting times for hospital outpatient reviews are a major cause of patient inconvenience and complaints (4). We therefore aimed to establish a GP-ran MSK and sport and exercise medicine (SEM) clinic based within a Belfast GP surgery that would contribute to a sustainable improvement in managing these common conditions within primary care as well as reducing waiting times for patients with these conditions to see a specialist. This shift from hospital-based to community-based management is in-keeping with recent policy changes within the UK health-system, including Transforming Your Care within Northern Ireland (NI) (5). The GP-ran MSK and SEM clinic was held monthly within a Belfast GP practice, staffed by one GP with a specialist interest in MSK and SEM conditions and its performance was reviewed over a three month period. Parameters audited included cases seen, orthopaedic and x-ray referral rates and secondary care referrals comparing the GP practice's performance to the same time period in the previous year as well as patient satisfaction questionnaires.

  13. Automatic search for fMRI connectivity mapping: an alternative to Granger causality testing using formal equivalences among SEM path modeling, VAR, and unified SEM.

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    Gates, Kathleen M; Molenaar, Peter C M; Hillary, Frank G; Ram, Nilam; Rovine, Michael J

    2010-04-15

    Modeling the relationships among brain regions of interest (ROIs) carries unique potential to explicate how the brain orchestrates information processing. However, hurdles arise when using functional MRI data. Variation in ROI activity contains sequential dependencies and shared influences on synchronized activation. Consequently, both lagged and contemporaneous relationships must be considered for unbiased statistical parameter estimation. Identifying these relationships using a data-driven approach could guide theory-building regarding integrated processing. The present paper demonstrates how the unified SEM attends to both lagged and contemporaneous influences on ROI activity. Additionally, this paper offers an approach akin to Granger causality testing, Lagrange multiplier testing, for statistically identifying directional influence among ROIs and employs this approach using an automatic search procedure to arrive at the optimal model. Rationale for this equivalence is offered by explicating the formal relationships among path modeling, vector autoregression, and unified SEM. When applied to simulated data, biases in estimates which do not consider both lagged and contemporaneous paths become apparent. Finally, the use of unified SEM with the automatic search procedure is applied to an empirical data example.

  14. 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

  15. O I123-MIBG cardíaco se correlaciona melhor do que a fração de ejeção com a gravidade dos sintomas na insuficiência cardíaca sistólica

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    Sandra M. Miranda

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A associação da ativação autonômica, fração de ejeção do ventrículo esquerdo (FEVE e classe funcional da insuficiência cardíaca é mal compreendida. Objetivo: Nosso objetivo foi correlacionar a gravidade dos sintomas com a atividade simpática cardíaca, através do uso de iodo-123-metaiodobenzilguanidina (123I-MIBG; e com FEVE em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca (IC sistólica sem tratamento prévio com betabloqueador. MÉTODOS: Trinta e um pacientes com IC sistólica, classe I a IV da New York Heart Association (NYHA, sem tratamento prévio com betabloqueador, foram inscritos e submetidos à cintilografia com 123I-MIBG e ventriculografia radioisotópica para determinação da FEVE. A relação precoce e tardia coração/mediastino (H/M e a taxa de washout (WO foram medidas. RESULTADOS: De acordo com a gravidade dos sintomas, os pacientes foram divididos em grupo A, com 13 pacientes em classe funcional NYHA I/II, e grupo B, com 18 pacientes em classe funcional NYHA III/ IV. Em comparação com os pacientes do grupo B, o grupo A apresentou uma FEVE significativamente maior (25% ± 12% para o grupo B vs. 32% ± 7% no grupo A, p = 0,04. As relações precoces e tardias H/M do Grupo B foram menores do que as do grupo A (H/M precoce 1,49 ± 0,15 vs. 1,64 ± 0,14, p = 0,02; H/M tardia 1,39 ± 0,13 vs. 1,58 ± 0,16, p = 0,001, respectivamente. A taxa de WO foi significativamente maior no grupo B (36% ± 17% vs. 30% ± 12%, p = 0,04. A variável que mostrou a melhor correlação com a NYHA foi a relação H/M tardia (r = -0,585, p = 0,001, ajustada para idade e sexo. CONCLUSÃO: Esse estudo mostrou que o 123I-MIBG cardíaco se correlaciona melhor do que a fração de ejeção com a gravidade dos sintomas em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca sistólica sem tratamento prévio com beta-bloqueador.

  16. 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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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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.

  19. Incidência de coronariopatia após o transplante cardíaco ortotópico Incidence of coronariopathy after orthotopic heart transplantation

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo tem por finalidade analisar tardiamente o padrão anatômico evolutivo das artérias coronárias do coração transplantado. Para cumprir tal proposição foram selecionados 22 pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco ortotópico, com seguimento pós-operatório superior a 36 meses. As variáveis eleitas para este fim foram aferidas anualmente até o quinto ano de pós-operatório. A análise da ventriculografia mostrou a estabilidade da fração de ejeção (p=0,99 em valores normais. A cineangiocoronariografia seqüencial evidenciou incidência crescente de lesões arteriais com comprometimento da função contrátil. As lesões obstrutivas acometeram as artérias coronárias difusamente, com predomínio no território distai. Os episódios de rejeição aguda e a etiologia da cardiomiopatia não modificaram a evolução natural da aterosclerose coronária.The purpose of this study was to analise late anatomical status of coronary arteries in patients (pts in whom orthotopic heart transplantation(OHT was perfomed. We studied 22 pts submitted to OHT with post-operative follow-up longer than 36 months. They were evaluated by cinecoronariography every year in a 5 years follow-up. Ventriculography analisis showed stability (in normal values of the left ventricular ejection fraction (p= 0,99 during the follow-up period. The sequential coronary studies showed a progressive increase on incidence of abnormalities in coronary arteries with disorders of contratile function. The obstructive abnormalities were present in all segments but more in distal territories. The acute rejection episodes and cardiomiopathy etiologies didn't change the natural evolution of coronary atherosclerosis.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Soft tissue digestion of Paradiplozoon vaalense for SEM of sclerites and simultaneous molecular analysis.

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    Dos Santos, Q M; Avenant-Oldewage, A

    2015-02-01

    Classification of most monogeneans is primarily based on size, shape, and arrangement of haptoral sclerites. These structures are often obscured or misinterpreted when studied using light microscopy, leading to confusion regarding defining characters. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has predominantly been used to study haptoral sclerites in smaller monogeneans, focusing on hooks and anchors. In the Diplozoidae, SEM has not been used to study haptoral sclerites. Using new and modified techniques, the sclerites of diplozoids collected in South Africa were successfully studied using SEM. The digestion buffer from a DNA extraction kit was used to digest the surrounding tissue, and Poly-L-lysine-coated and concavity slides were employed to limit the movement and loss of sclerites, with the latter being more user-friendly. In addition to the success of visualizing the sclerites using SEM, the digested tissue from as little as half of the haptor provided viable genetic material for molecular characterization. From the results presented here, the study of the sclerites of larger monogeneans using SEM, including those bearing clamps, is a viable possibility for future research. Also, this method may be beneficial for the study of other, non-haptoral sclerites, such as cirri in other families of monogeneans. During this study, Labeo capensis was noted as a valid host of Paradiplozoon vaalense in a region of the Vaal River where the type host, Labeo umbratus, appears to be absent.

  5. In-situ SEM microchip setup for electrochemical experiments with water based solutions.

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    Jensen, E; Købler, C; Jensen, P S; Mølhave, K

    2013-06-01

    Studying electrochemical (EC) processes with electron microscopes offers the possibility of achieving much higher resolution imaging of nanoscale processes in real time than with optical microscopes. We have developed a vacuum sealed liquid sample electrochemical cell with electron transparent windows, microelectrodes and an electrochemical reference electrode. The system, called the EC-SEM Cell, is used to study electrochemical reactions in liquid with a standard scanning electron microscope (SEM). The central component is a microfabricated chip with a thin (50 nm) Si-rich silicon nitride (SiNx) window with lithographically defined platinum microelectrodes. We show here the design principles of the EC-SEM system, its detailed construction and how it has been used to perform a range of EC experiments, two of which are presented here. It is shown that the EC-SEM Cell can survive extended in-situ EC experiments. Before the EC experiments we characterized the beam current being deposited in the liquid as this will affect the experiments. The first EC experiment shows the influence of the electron-beam (e-beam) on a nickel solution by inducing electroless nickel deposition on the window when increasing the current density from the e-beam. The second experiment shows electrolysis in EC-SEM Cell, induced by the built-in electrodes.

  6. Bundin við annað: BDSM sem umlykjandi áhugamál

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    Eyþór Kamban Þrastarson 1991

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    Í þessari rannsókn er fjallað um samfélag BDSM iðkenda á Íslandi sem umlykjandi áhugamál (Serious leisure). Rannsóknin er eigindleg viðtalsrannsókn þar sem talað var við iðkendur BDSM á Íslandi og leitast við að varpa ljósi á þau hlutverk sem samfélag BDSM iðkenda hefur. Niðurstöður sína að BDSM er ekki aðeins kynferðislegt krydd heldur er það betur skilið sem ákveðinn sjálfsskilningur og áhugamál honum tengt. Hlutverk samfélagsins er fyrst og fremst að búa til vettvang þar sem fólk getur afl...

  7. Extended unified SEM approach for modeling event-related fMRI data.

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    Gates, Kathleen M; Molenaar, Peter C M; Hillary, Frank G; Slobounov, Semyon

    2011-01-15

    There has been increasing emphasis in fMRI research on the examination of how regions covary in a distributed neural network. Event-related data designs present a unique challenge to modeling how couplings among regions change in the presence of experimental manipulations. The present paper presents the extended unified SEM (euSEM), a novel approach for acquiring effective connectivity maps with event-related data. The euSEM adds to the unified SEM, which models both lagged and contemporaneous effects, by estimating the direct effects that experimental manipulations have on blood-oxygen-level dependent activity as well as the modulating effects the manipulations have on couplings among regions. Monte Carlos simulations included in this paper offer support for the model's ability to recover covariance patterns used to estimate data. Next, we apply the model to empirical data to demonstrate feasibility. Finally, the results of the empirical data are compared to those found using dynamic causal modeling. The euSEM provides a flexible approach for modeling event-related data as it may be employed in an exploratory, partially exploratory, or entirely confirmatory manner.

  8. Baixas doses de óxido nítrico na seleção dos pacientes candidatos a transplante cardíaco com hipertensão pulmonar Low doses of nitric oxide in the selection of candidates to heart transplantation with pulmonary hypertension

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    Juan Alberto Cosquillo MEJIA

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available A disfunção do ventrículo direito no pós-operatório do transplante cardíaco é uma complicação freqüente com morbimortalidade elevada. A avaliação hemodinâmica pulmonar dos candidatos precisa, às vezes, do emprego de prova farmacológica com o uso de drogas endovenosas vasodilatadoras tipo nitroprussiato de sódio (NTPNa, visando reduzir os níveis de pressão e resistência vascular pulmonar (RVP elevados a níveis compatíveis com os protocolos de inclusão dos Programas de Transplante Cardíaco. Valores de RVP acima de 6 unidades Wood sem droga vasodilatadora, ou acima de 2,5 com a utilização destas, excluem os pacientes do Programa. Entre janeiro de 1997 e janeiro de 2000 foram submetidos a cateterismo direito, 40 pacientes candidatos a transplante. A maioria homens, com idade mé (±12 anos. As etiologias mais encontradas foram miocardiopatia dilatada idiopática (59% e miocardiopatia isquêmica (25%. Todos em CF IV da NYHA, com fração de ejeção média do ventrículo esquerdo de 0,21 (± 0,03. A monitorização do débito cardíaco (DC, pressão da artéria pulmonar (PAP e RVP foi feita pelo método contínuo, utilizando para isto cateter de artéria pulmonar especial. Em 5 pacientes a prova farmacológica foi interrompida devido aos efeitos sistêmicos do NTPNa com queda da PAM, RVP e DC. Todos foram submetidos a inalação de óxido nítrico (NO por máscara, a uma dose de 20 ppm durante 10 minutos. Em 3, a RVP reduziu de 7,8 (±0,88 para 2,4 (±0,36 unidades Wood, e eles foram incluídos no Programa de Transplante. Nos outros 2, apesar de doses de NO de 20,30 e 40 ppm, a redução foi de 8,4 (±2,12 para 4,9 (±0,42 unidades Wood, ou seja, insuficiente para serem incluídos nos Programas de Transplante. Não tivemos óbitos, nem complicações durante os procedimentos. O NO inalatório na avaliação hemodinâmica dos candidatos a TC -- pelo seu efeito vasodilatador seletivo -- permite identificar aqueles com hiper

  9. 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

    1993-12-01

    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

  10. Application of Replica Technique and SEM in Accuracy Measurement of Ceramic Crowns

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    Trifkovic, B.; Budak, I.; Todorovic, A.; Hodolic, J.; Puskar, T.; Jevremovic, D.; Vukelic, D.

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a comparative study of the measuring values of the marginal gap related to the ceramic crowns made by dental CAD/CAM system using the replica technique and SEM. The study was conducted using three experimental groups, which consisted of ceramic crowns manufactured by the Cerec CAD/CAM system. The scanning procedure was carried out using three specialized dental 3D digitization systems from the Cerec family - two types of extraoral optical scanning systems and an intraoral optical scanner. Measurements of the marginal gap were carried out using the replica technique and SEM. The comparison of aggregate values of the marginal gap using the replica technique showed a statistically significant difference between the systems. The measured values of marginal gaps of ceramic crowns using the replica technique were significantly lower compared to those measured by SEM. The results indicate that the choice of technique for measuring the accuracy of ceramic crowns influences the final results of investigation.

  11. Application of the SEM to the measurement of solar cell parameters

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    Weizer, V. G.; Andrews, C. W.

    1977-01-01

    A pair of techniques are described which make use of the SEM to measure, respectively, the minority carrier diffusion length and the metallurgical junction depth in silicon solar cells. The former technique permits the measurement of the true bulk diffusion length through the application of highly doped field layers to the back surfaces of the cells being investigated. The technique yields an absolute value of the diffusion length from a knowledge of the collected fraction of the injected carriers and the cell thickness. It is shown that the secondary emission contrast observed in the SEM on a reverse-biased diode can depict the location of the metallurgical junction if the diode has been prepared with the proper beveled geometry. The SEM provides the required contrast and the option of high magnification, permitting the measurement of extremely shallow junction depths.

  12. Taracotomia sem intubação orotraqueal: modelo experimental em ratos

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    Amélia C Seidel

    1997-06-01

    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. 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...... to be addressed concerning uncertainty evaluation have been discussed. Most recent developments in the field of micro and nano-metrology, in terms of measuring machines and techniques, are described pointing out advantages and limitations. The importance of multi-sensor and multi-orientation strategy...... to 3D reconstructions, are given and the main phases involved in stereophotogrammetry technique are described underlying the most relevant error sources in the case of 2D and 3D-SEM metrology. An uncertainty evaluation has been thus carried out in accordance with ISO GUM, following a holistic approach...

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

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    Torres,Diego

    2014-01-01

    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...

  15. Llenguatges de consulta en l'àmbit de la Web Semàntica : Cas d'estudi SPARQL

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    Martínez Tort, Adrià

    2007-01-01

    Aquest projecte s'emmarca dintre la idea de la Web Semàntica. A la primera part introdueix progressivament al tema de la Web Semàntica fins arribar a establir la necessitat de tenir SGBDs. La segon part explota algun dels SGBDs estudiats per realitzar una aplicació web que permeti mostrar alguna aplicació de la Web Semàntica. Este proyecto se enmarca dentro de la idea de la Web Semántica. En la primera parte introduce progresivamente al tema de la Web Semántica hasta llegar a establecer la...

  16. Trasplante cardíaco

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    M. Ubilla; Mastrobuoni, S.; Martin-Arnau, A.M. (Ana M.); Cordero, A; Alegria, E. (Eduardo); J. J. Gavira; M. J. Iribarren; Rodriguez-Fernandez, T. (T.); Herreros, J; Rabago, G. (Gregorio)

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    A heart transplant is at present considered the treatment of choice in cases of terminal cardiac insufficiency refractory to medical or surgical treatment. Due to factors such as the greater life expectancy of the population and the more efficient management of acute coronary syndromes, there is an increasing number of people who suffer from heart failure. It is estimated that the prevalence of the disease in developed countries is around 1%; of this figure, some 10% a...

  17. ACO based routing for MANETs

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    Arif, Mohammad

    2012-01-01

    Mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is a collection of wireless mobile nodes. It dynamically forms a temporary network without using any pre existing network infrastructure or centralized administration i.e. with minimal prior planning. All nodes have routing capabilities and forward data packets to other nodes in multi-hop fashion. As the network is dynamic, the network topology continuously experiences alterations during deployment. The biggest challenge in MANETs is to find a path between communicating nodes. The considerations of the MANET environment and the nature of the mobile nodes create further complications which results in the need to develop special routing algorithms to meet these challenges. Swarm intelligence, a bio-inspired technique, which has proven to be very adaptable in other problem domains, has been applied to the MANET routing problem as it forms a good fit to the problem. In ant societies the activities of the individuals are not regulated by any explicit form of centralized control but ar...

  18. SEM analysis of ionizing radiation effects in linear integrated circuits. [Scanning Electron Microscope

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    Stanley, A. G.; Gauthier, M. K.

    1977-01-01

    A successful diagnostic technique was developed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) as a precision tool to determine ionization effects in integrated circuits. Previous SEM methods radiated the entire semiconductor chip or major areas. The large area exposure methods do not reveal the exact components which are sensitive to radiation. To locate these sensitive components a new method was developed, which consisted in successively irradiating selected components on the device chip with equal doses of electrons /10 to the 6th rad (Si)/, while the whole device was subjected to representative bias conditions. A suitable device parameter was measured in situ after each successive irradiation with the beam off.

  19. Semántica y pragmática de la ironía verbal

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    Raymundo Raymundo Casas Navarro

    2011-01-01

    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. Pragm...

  20. STEM mode in the SEM for the analysis of cellular sections prepared by ultramicrotome sectioning

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    Hondow, N.; Harrington, J.; Brydson, R.; Brown, A.

    2012-07-01

    The use of the dual imaging capabilities of a scanning electron microscope fitted with a transmitted electron detector is highlighted in the analysis of samples with importance in the field of nanotoxicology. Cellular uptake of nanomaterials is often examined by transmission electron microscopy of thin sections prepared by ultramicrotome sectioning. Examination by SEM allows for the detection of artefacts caused by sample preparation (eg. nanomaterial pull-out) and the complementary STEM mode permits study of the interaction between nanomaterials and cells. Thin sections of two nanomaterials of importance in nanotoxicology (cadmium selenide quantum dots and single walled carbon nanotubes) are examined using STEM mode in the SEM.

  1. Prematuridade tardia com e sem restrição do crescimento fetal: resultados neonatais

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    Cristiane Ortigosa

    2008-01-01

    O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar a morbidade e a mortalidade entre prematuros tardios (34 a 36 semanas e 6 dias de idade gestacional ao nascimento) com e sem restrição do crescimento fetal (RCF). O estudo foi desenvolvido longitudinalmente, envolvendo gestantes que apresentaram parto prematuro, sendo 50 com RCF (Grupo I) e 36, sem RCF (Grupo II), no período de outubro de 2004 a outubro de 2006. Foram avaliados os seguintes resultados pós-natais: peso e idade gestacional (IG) ao nascimento...

  2. 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.

  3. Incorporación de semántica en plataformas para e-learning

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    Alonso de Armiño, Ana C.; López, Lidia Marina

    2008-01-01

    En el área educativa, la Web Semántica provee las ventajas orientadas principalmente a la clasificación del conocimiento en ambientes de aprendizaje, donde es posible incorporar relaciones entre los materiales de las cátedras, preestableciendo así una red de conocimiento apropiada, sin restar independencia en el proceso educativo. La plataforma Moodle para e-learning puede ser enriquecida con semántica y reglas. Este trabajo pretende analizar la posibilidad de introducir ontologías para el an...

  4. Impacto de la información semántica en la usabilidad web

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    Vera, Pablo Martín; Giulianelli, Daniel Alberto; Rodríguez, Rocío Andrea

    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo muestra una iniciativa para promover y aprovechar el uso de la información semántica en los sitios web desde el punto de vista de la usabilidad del usuario. Permitiéndoles realizar acciones de forma más natural de acuerdo al contenido de la página que esté visitando. Además se aborda el tema de la complejidad que existe actualmente para incorporar la información semántica en los sitios y se presentan alternativas a los complejos formatos como OWL y RDF.

  5. Weighted statistics for unevenly spaced SEM-grids on Linac4 line.

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    Granemann Souza, E; Lombardi, A; Comblin, J-F

    2013-01-01

    A beam profile may be measured in several ways [1]. Independent of the method chosen, the agreement between the simulation and measurements need to be accurate enough to minimize errors. In order to improve this comparison, we introduce new beam size estimators based in weighted statistics. We show that, for the situations in which the SEM-grid wires are unevenly spaced, the weighted standard deviation reveal us as an efficient alternative for determine the beam rms size. These theoretical predictions, implemented in the java application Linac4 SEM-grids 1.0, are than compared with measurements of the Linac4 line showing the pros and cons together with Gaussian fittings.

  6. 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.

  7. Comparison of critical dimension measurements of a mask inspection system with a CD-SEM

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    Heumann, Jan P.; Ullrich, Albrecht; Utzny, Clemens S.; Meusemann, Stefan; Kromer, Frank; Whittey, John M.; Garcia, Edgardo; Wagner, Mark; Schmidt, Norbert J.

    2012-11-01

    Critical dimension uniformity (CDU) is an important parameter for photomask and wafer manufacturing. In order to reduce long-range CD variation, compensation techniques for mask writers and scanners have been developed. Both techniques require mask CD measurements with high spatial sampling. Scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), which provide CD measurements at very high precision, cannot in practice provide the required spatial sampling due to their low speed. In contrast mask inspection systems, some of which have the ability to perform optical CD measurements with very high sampling frequencies, are an interesting alternative. In this paper we evaluate the CDU measurement results with those of a CD-SEM.

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

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    Fabio C. Lorenzoni

    2011-01-01

    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.

  9. 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

  10. 石英SEM-CL微结构及其在岩石学中的应用%SEM-CL Analysis of Quartz and Its Application in Petrology

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    李艳青; 佘振兵; 马昌前

    2011-01-01

    Recent applications of Scanning Electron Microscope-Cathodo Luminescene (SEM-CL) technique in petrology are summarized. Observations of quartz using CL detectors attached to SEM with high magnification and resolution have shown various microstructures, such as dark streaks, patches, healed fractures, zoning, shears, planar features, etc., which are invisible under traditional petrographic microcopes. These microstructures are diagnostic for detrital quartz of different origins. Quartz in hydrothermal and magmatic rocks reveals penetration, recrystalization and dissolution textures, indicating multi-generation growths and modifications and physicochemical conditions under which they are formed. Therefore, the new technique applies to studies of sedimentary provenance, petrogenesis, and magnatic and mineralization processes.%综述了国外扫描电镜一阴极发光(SEM-CL)成像技术在岩石学研究中的应用实例.采用阴极发光探测器和扫描电镜结合的方法对石英等矿物进行观察,可以在高放大倍数和高分辨率下获得其他方法所无法揭示的丰富的微结构信息,如暗条痕和斑块、愈合裂纹、环带、复杂剪切纹、面状结构等,这些不同的微结构成为不同类型岩石中所特有的特征,因此,对沉积岩物源示踪具有较重要的参考价值.宕浆岩及热液石英中所显示的穿播结构、溶解结构、重结晶结构反映矿物多期生长和改造过程,指示岩石形成的物理和化学条件,为岩石成因探讨、岩浆演化以及成矿过程等方面的研究提供重要依据.同时,SEM-CL图像可以清晰地揭示沉积岩中石英胶结物的生长过程,从而为沉积岩的成岩历史提供了重要信息.

  11. Why Isn't Talent Development on the IEP? SEM and the Twice Exceptional Learner

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    Baum, Susan; Novak, Cynthia

    2010-01-01

    Why isn't talent development included on the Individual Educational Plan of 2E students? Twice exceptional students have unique issues that respond especially well to a talent development approach especially within the context of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Through case studies and a review of successful projects using SEM with at risk…

  12. Dental wax impressions of plant tissues for viewing with scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

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    Beermann, Anke; Hülskamp, Martin

    2010-09-01

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is a valuable method for examining surface structures. Taking wax impressions of plant structures, such as leaves, is a nondestructive procedure that makes it possible to view changes in surface structures over time, such as during development. This protocol describes a method for making dental wax impressions of plant tissues.

  13. A Sandwich-Type Standard Error Estimator of SEM Models with Multivariate Time Series

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    Zhang, Guangjian; Chow, Sy-Miin; Ong, Anthony D.

    2011-01-01

    Structural equation models are increasingly used as a modeling tool for multivariate time series data in the social and behavioral sciences. Standard error estimators of SEM models, originally developed for independent data, require modifications to accommodate the fact that time series data are inherently dependent. In this article, we extend a…

  14. 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.

  15. A Sandwich-Type Standard Error Estimator of SEM Models with Multivariate Time Series

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    Zhang, Guangjian; Chow, Sy-Miin; Ong, Anthony D.

    2011-01-01

    Structural equation models are increasingly used as a modeling tool for multivariate time series data in the social and behavioral sciences. Standard error estimators of SEM models, originally developed for independent data, require modifications to accommodate the fact that time series data are inherently dependent. In this article, we extend a…

  16. The use of colloid-SEM method for domain observation in CoCrfilms

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    Simšová, J.; Gemperle, R.; Lodder, J.C.

    1991-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to describe in detail our experience with the colloid-SEM method, especially as far as the colloids are concerned, to summarize the results which we obtained on CoCr films using this method, and to show some advantages and disadvantages of this method in comparison with the

  17. Domain observation of a CoCr film by the colloid-sem method

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    Simšová, J.; Lodder, J.C.; Kaczér, J.; Gemperle, R.; Jurek, K.; Tomáš, I.

    1988-01-01

    The domain structure of a CoCr film was studied in different magnetic fields using the method of a combination of the colloid technique and scanning electron microscopy (colloid-SEM method). The results obtained are presented and the advantages of this method are discussed.

  18. 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 mat

  19. Human cardiac telocytes: 3D imaging by FIB-SEM tomography.

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    Cretoiu, D; Hummel, E; Zimmermann, H; Gherghiceanu, M; Popescu, L M

    2014-11-01

    Telocyte (TC) is a newly identified type of cell in the cardiac interstitium (www.telocytes.com). TCs are described by classical transmission electron microscopy as cells with very thin and long telopodes (Tps; cellular prolongations) having podoms (dilations) and podomers (very thin segments). TCs' three-dimensional (3D) morphology is still unknown. Cardiac TCs seem to be particularly involved in long and short distance intercellular signalling and, therefore, their 3D architecture is important for understanding their spatial connections. Using focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) we show, for the first time, the whole ultrastructural anatomy of cardiac TCs. 3D reconstruction of cardiac TCs by FIB-SEM tomography confirms that they have long, narrow but flattened (ribbon-like) telopodes, with humps generated by the podoms. FIB-SEM tomography also confirms the network made by TCs in the cardiac interstitium through adherens junctions. This study provides the first FIB-SEM tomography of a human cell type.

  20. Morphological modelling of three-phase microstructures of anode layers using SEM images.

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    Abdallah, Bassam; Willot, François; Jeulin, Dominique

    2016-07-01

    A general method is proposed to model 3D microstructures representative of three-phases anode layers used in fuel cells. The models are based on SEM images of cells with varying morphologies. The materials are first characterized using three morphological measurements: (cross-)covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. They are measured on segmented SEM images, for each of the three phases. Second, a generic model for three-phases materials is proposed. The model is based on two independent underlying random sets which are otherwise arbitrary. The validity of this model is verified using the cross-covariance functions of the various phases. In a third step, several types of Boolean random sets and plurigaussian models are considered for the unknown underlying random sets. Overall, good agreement is found between the SEM images and three-phases models based on plurigaussian random sets, for all morphological measurements considered in the present work: covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. The spatial distribution and shapes of the phases produced by the plurigaussian model are visually very close to the real material. Furthermore, the proposed models require no numerical optimization and are straightforward to generate using the covariance functions measured on the SEM images.

  1. Does your SEM really tell the truth? How would you know? Part 2.

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    Postek, Michael T; Vladár, András E; Purushotham, Kavuri P

    2014-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) has gone through a tremendous evolution to become indispensable for many and diverse scientific and industrial applications. The improvements have significantly enriched and augmented the overall SEM performance and have made the instrument far easier to operate. But, the ease of operation also might lead, through operator complacency, to poor results. In addition, the user friendliness has seemingly reduced the need for thorough operator training for using these complex instruments. One might then conclude that the SEM is just a very expensive digital camera or another peripheral device for a computer. Hence, a person using the instrument may be lulled into thinking that all of the potential pitfalls have been eliminated and they believe everything they see on the micrograph is always correct. But, this may not be the case. An earlier paper (Part 1), discussed some of the potential issues related to signal generation in the SEM, instrument calibration, electron beam interactions and the need for physics-based modeling to understand the actual image formation mechanisms. All these were summed together in a discussion of how these issues effect measurements made with the instrument. This second paper discusses another major issue confronting the microscopist: electron-beam-induced specimen contamination. Over the years, NIST has done a great deal of research into the issue of sample contamination and its removal and elimination and some of this work is reviewed and discussed here.

  2. Does your SEM really tell the truth?--How would you know? Part 1.

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    Postek, Michael T; Vladár, András E

    2013-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) has gone through a tremendous evolution to become a critical tool for many and diverse scientific and industrial applications. The high resolution of the SEM is especially suited for both qualitative and quantitative applications especially for nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing. Quantitatively, measurement, or metrology is one of the main uses. It is likely that one of the first questions asked before even the first scanning electron micrograph was ever recorded was: "… how big is that?" The quality of that answer has improved a great deal over the past few years especially since today these instruments are being used as a primary measurement tool on semiconductor processing lines to monitor the manufacturing processes. The well-articulated needs of semiconductor production prompted a rapid evolution of the instrument and its capabilities. Over the past 20 years or so, instrument manufacturers, through substantial semiconductor industry investment of research and development (R&D) money, have vastly improved the performance of these instruments. All users have benefited from this investment, especially where quantitative measurements with an SEM are concerned. But, how good are these data? This article discusses some of the most important aspects and larger issues associated with imaging and measurements with the SEM that every user should know, and understand before any critical quantitative work is attempted.

  3. 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…

  4. Prescriptive Statements and Educational Practice: What Can Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Offer?

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    Martin, Andrew J.

    2011-01-01

    Longitudinal structural equation modeling (SEM) can be a basis for making prescriptive statements on educational practice and offers yields over "traditional" statistical techniques under the general linear model. The extent to which prescriptive statements can be made will rely on the appropriate accommodation of key elements of research design,…

  5. 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.

  6. Mössbauer spectroscopic and SEM study of Campanian and Terra sigillata pottery from Spain

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    Gancedo, J. R.; Gracia, M.; Marco, J. F.; Palacios, J.

    1988-12-01

    A combination of Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS and transmission) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) was employed to study the differences between coat and body in Campanian and Terra Sigillata wares. Conclusions about type of clay, origin of colour, and fabric and firing technology are established.

  7. Hacia una visión generativista de la semántica lexical

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    Morales A. Bernardo

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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.


  8. 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,…

  9. Trace metals in floodplain lake sediments : SEM/AVS as indicator of bioavailability and ecological effects

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    Griethuysen, van C.

    2006-01-01

    This thesis addresses the geochemical aspects of AVS (Acid Volatile Sulfide) and SEM (Simultaneously Extracted Metals) in floodplain lake sediment, its spatial distribution in floodplain lakes and dynamics over time, the link with effects on single species (bioassays), as well as the impact of

  10. Estrutura argumental e funções semânticas

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    2001-02-01

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    Este trabalho examina a atribuição de funções semânticas e funções sintáticas em relação a fatores pragmáticos num corpus do português falado, focalizando os processos marcados em que a construção de estruturas sentenciais envolva mecanismos de perspectivização. Considerando preliminarmente o postulado funcional de que a gramática depende de três módulos interdependentes - o sintático, o semântico e o pragmático - pretende-se verificar, por um lado, a relevância da estrutura temática para a determinação da estrutura sintática e, por outro, a influência dos procedimentos discursivos na organização sintático-semântico das construções sentenciais. O tratamento descritivo conduz a uma avaliação teórica do próprio modelo funcional proposto por Dik (1989 em termos da relação entre a Hierarquia de Funções Semânticas e a noção de pespectivização.

  11. Sem-observation of developing plant organs using deep-frozen specimens

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    NN,

    1982-01-01

    The SEM-observation of plant material normally requires dehydrated, dry specimens coated with carbon or metal. Unfortunately, the standard drying methods (including the critical-point-drying-technique) often cause shrinking and deformation of the specimen surface; therefore, SEMstudies on plant onto

  12. Effect of Laser Treatment on Surface Morphology of Indirect Composite Resin: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Evaluation

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    Mirzaie, Mansore; Garshasbzadeh, Nazanin Zeinab; Yassini, Esmaeil; Shahabi, Sima; Chiniforush, Nasim

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the Scanning electron microscope (SEM) of indirect composite conditioned by Erbium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Er:YAG) laser, Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser.

  13. 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.

  14. Abstracting and reasoning over ship trajectories and web data with the Simple Event Model (SEM)

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    W.R. van Hage; V. Malaisé; G.K.D. de Vries; A.Th. Schreiber; M.W. van Someren

    2012-01-01

    Bridging the gap between low-level features and semantics is a problem commonly acknowledged in the Multimedia community. Event modeling can fill this gap by representing knowledge about the data at different level of abstraction. In this paper we present the Simple Event Model (SEM) and its applica

  15. Combining ship trajectories and semantics with the simple event model (SEM)

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    W.R. van Hage; V. Malaisé; G. de Vries; G. Schreiber; M. van Someren

    2009-01-01

    Bridging the gap between low-level features and semantics is a problem commonly acknowledged in the Multimedia community. Event modeling can fill the gap. In this paper we present the Simple Event Model (SEM) and its application in a Maritime Safety and Security use case about Situational Awareness.

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

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    Tang, Jianjun; Folmer, Henk

    2016-01-01

    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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Correction of SOHO CELIAS/SEM EUV Measurements saturated by extreme solar flare events

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    Didkovsky, L V; Jones, A R; Wieman, S; Tsurutani, B T; McMullin, D

    2006-01-01

    The solar irradiance in the Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) spectral bands has been observed with a 15 sec cadence by the SOHO Solar EUV Monitor (SEM) since 1995. During remarkably intense solar flares the SEM EUV measurements are saturated in the central (zero) order channel (0.1 -- 50.0 nm) by the flare soft X-ray and EUV flux. The first order EUV channel (26 -- 34 nm) is not saturated by the flare flux because of its limited bandwidth, but it is sensitive to the arrival of Solar Energetic Particles (SEP). While both channels detect nearly equal SEP fluxes, their contributions to the count rate is sensibly negligible in the zero order channel but must be accounted for and removed from the first channel count rate. SEP contribution to the measured SEM signals usually follows the EUV peak for the gradual solar flare events. Correcting the extreme solar flare SEM EUV measurements may reveal currently unclear relations between the flare magnitude, dynamics observed in different EUV spectral bands, and the measured Ea...