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  1. STX, FRC formation and sustainment using RMF

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miller, Ken; Slough, John

    1999-11-01

    The Star Thrust Experiment (STX) is an experiment to form and sustain the field reversed configuration (FRC) using a rotating magnetic field (RMF). It has been designed to take the next step along this research path by applying the RMF to a true FRC equilibrium plasma. Unlike past RMF experiments which have driven currents in wall supported partially ionized plasmas with RMF field amplitudes of comparable magnitude to the axial confining fields, STX can create a fully ionized non wall supported FRC where the magnitude of the RMF is small compared to the FRC's normal equilibrium field. In addition to an excluded flux array and interferometer, a 24 channel internal magnetic probe and a langmuir probe provide key information regarding the RMF's effect on the FRC's equilibrium density and field profiles, as well as the RMF's penetration and current drive effectiveness. Present operating conditions are n ~ 5 × 10^18m-3, T ~ 25eV, B_confinement ~ 100G, and B_RMF ~ 20G. Though limited by the magnitude of B_RMF, continued improvement of the RMF power supply will enable higher density, temperature and field operation. This work is presently being funded by the USDOE as part of the TCS program.

  2. Steady-state FRC Maintenance using RMF

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    Guo, Houyang; Hoffman, Alan; Brooks, Bob; Pietrzyk, Adam

    2001-10-01

    For the first time, steady state, flux confined FRCs have been produced at TCS using non-inductive RMF current drive. Up to 60 kA toroidal current has been generated with an RMF vacuum field strength of about 60 G. These experiments differ from steady-state rotamaks in that the FRCs are similar to those formed in theta-pinch devices, that is elongated and confined inside a flux conserver. Experimental results from initial high RMF frequency ( ω = 10^6 rad/s) experiments have relatively low ratio of equilibrium line current, I'_rev = 2 B_e/μ0 to possible synchronous current, I'_sync = 0.5 n_eeωr_s^2, and the current is primarily edge driven, resulting in relatively low current drive efficiency and unsteady behavior. When the RMF frequency was lowered to ω = 0.5x10^6 rad/s, the parameter ζ = I'_rev /I'_sync increased, allowing higher density (up to 3x10^19 m-3) FRCs to be produced. The plasma temperature cannot be increased much above 50 eV in these purely RMF formed FRCs, and the cross-field resistivity is high. Future experiments will start with hot, relatively low resistivity, theta pinch formed FRCs to explore RMF current drive in a more interesting regime.

  3. Selecting RMF Controls for National Security Systems

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    Witzke, Edward L.

    2015-08-01

    In 2014, the United States Department of Defense started tra nsitioning the way it performs risk management and accreditation of informatio n systems to a process entitled Risk Management Framework for DoD Information Technology or RMF for DoD IT. There are many more security and privacy contro ls (and control enhancements) from which to select in RMF, than there w ere in the previous Information Assurance process. This report is an attempt t o clarify the way security controls and enhancements are selected. After a brief overview and comparison of RMF for DoD I T with the previously used process, this report looks at the determination of systems as National Security Systems (NSS). Once deemed to be an NSS, this report addr esses the categorization of the information system with respect to impact level s of the various security objectives and the selection of an initial baseline o f controls. Next, the report describes tailoring the controls through the use of overl ays and scoping considerations. Finally, the report discusses organizatio n-defined values for tuning the security controls to the needs of the information system.

  4. High Field RMF FRC Experiments on STX-HF

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    Andreason, Samuel; Slough, John

    2001-10-01

    As part of the effort of the TCS program to explore the physics of RMF generated FRCs, a start-up experiment has been constructed to operate at much higher RMF and axial magnetic fields. It is hoped that with the RMF alone at higher power density , it will be possible to form plasmas with both high density, and high electron and ion temperatures. To this end the STX experiment with its 2 MW RMF supply was reconfigured to drive a smaller plasma volume (rp reduced from 18 to 6 cm). In addition an axially remote plasma source was used to supply plasma in a manner that limits neutral contamination and RMF field penetration issues. With axial fields in the kG range, plasma temperatures and densities in a more fusion relevant regime can be studied. Initial results at low RMF power (60 kW) have produced Te = Ti for the first time (T_tot 25 eV). As a result, both ions and electrons are magnetized (ωτ >> 1). Unlike previous experiments, the plasma is formed with a fully penetrated RMF field, producing a rigid rotor current profile. The plasma resistivity at low RMF power is consistent with classical ( 60 μohm-m). The particle confinement is found to be considerably enhanced by the RMF, with a confinement time several times classical. Results at higher power will be presented as well.

  5. The Star Thrust Experiment, FRC Formation and Sustainment Using RMF

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    Miller, Kenneth; Slough, John

    1998-11-01

    The same qualities that make the FRC attractive as a terrestrial power source make them even more attractive as a fusion engine for space missions due to strict constraints on size, complexity and weight. The first step toward attaining a viable FRC reactor/propulsion unit is the development of a simplified formation process that allows for subsequent sustainment. The Star Thrust Experiment (STX) has been designed to do this using a 50G 330 kHz Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) for current drive. Two 10 MW solid state supplies (IGBT switched) drive the RMF antennas for milliseconds through a 20:1 99% efficient air core transformer. The 2 m long by 0.35 m radius RMF antennas are the inductors of LC resonant circuits. With Q ~ 60, the square wave IGBT output is filtered into a clean sinusoid, and 60 MW of circulating power is attained. Solenoidal magnets create ~ 1 kG axial confining field in the STX vacuum chamber, a 3 m long by 0.4 m diameter quartz tube. An axial discharge, 100 MW Alfven heater, and confining field reversal are available for plasma ionization and heating. At densities of 10^20 m-3, temperatures of ~ 15 eV are needed for RMF field penetration and effective current drive. Major system development and construction has been completed, and initial operation has begun. Supported by NASA and USDOE.

  6. Modeling of RMF Current Drive in a FRC

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    Milroy, Richard D.

    1998-11-01

    A two-dimensional (r-theta) model has been developed to study the penetration of a rotating magnetic field into a plasma configuration. In this model, like previous models1,2 the ions are fixed and the vector potential is advanced in time using a generalized Ohm's law that includes both resistivity and the Hall term. This study concentrates on parameters of interest to the STX and TCS experiments at the University of Washington. The penetration rate has been parameterized for cases where the confining field is pre-formed (an existing FRC) and where the confining field is generated by the RMF. We have examined the possibility of using RMF to drive the edge current near the separatrix of the FRC for situations where the RMF drive field amplitude is not sufficient to allow full penetration. We have also examined the process and rate through which a fully penetrated field may be expelled from a plasma configuration when the driver magnitude drops below a critical value. 1. W.N. Hugrass and R.C. Grimm, J. Plasma Physics 26, (1981) 2. M. Ohnishi, Y. Yamamoto, K. Yoshikawa, J. Kitagaki, and A. Ishida, Proceedings of the U.S. Japan Physics of Fusion Concepts Suited for D3-He Burning Workshop (Monterey) (1995)

  7. Inductive Flux Build-Up of RMF Formed FRCs

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    Hoffman, Alan; Milroy, Richard

    2004-11-01

    Slow formation of high beta plasmas, such as FRCs, is difficult due to the need to build up plasma pressure rapidly enough to balance the dominant poloidal field pressure. Slow formation was attempted in the Coaxial Slow Source (CSS) device where 4-turn inner and outer coils were used to explore slower formation options, but it was not possible to operate at low enough densities to avoid radiative collapse.^1 FRCs have also been formed slowly at relatively low pressures and magnetic fields using Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF), but it has also been difficult to overcome radiation barriers and achieve high temperatures due to relatively low power inputs.^2 We have performed calculations that show FRCs could be formed using RMF, and then augmented in flux and energy using the inductive input from a CSS type internal coil. With correct tailoring of the coil current profiles, the FRC could then be translated off the central coil. This methodology should be capable of producing hot, high flux FRCs using slow, low voltage technology. ^1 Z.A. Pietrzyk, et. al., Nuclear Fusion 27, 1478 (1987). ^2 H.Y. Guo, et. al., Phys. Plasmas 9, 185 (2002).

  8. Actividad funcional cerebral en estado de reposo: REDES EN CONEXIÓN

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    Proal, Erika; Alvarez-Segura, Mar; de la Iglesia-Vayá, Maria; Martí-Bonmatí, Luis; Castellanos, F. Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Resumen El análisis de la conectividad funcional mediante resonancia magnética funcional (RMf) puede llevarse a cabo durante la realización de una tarea, la percepción de un estímulo o en estado de reposo. Estos análisis han demostrado su fiabilidad y reproducibilidad con diferentes enfoques (matemáticos, estadísticos, físicos) para seleccionar los vóxeles activados. El estudio de la señal de baja frecuencia en la actividad cerebral a través del contraste BOLD en estado de reposo ha revelado patrones de actividad cortical sincronizados, permitiendo describir la arquitectura funcional intrínseca del cerebro humano. La comunidad científica internacional dispone de recursos compartidos que contribuirán mediante este análisis de RMf en estado de reposo a la obtención de diagnósticos y tratamientos más precisos y avanzados en el campo de las neurociencias. PMID:21365601

  9. Sustainment of Elongated FRCs with localized Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) Current Drive

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    Guo, H. Y.; Hoffman, A. L.; Pietrzyk, Z. A.

    2003-10-01

    Effects of RMF antenna lengths on the sustainment of RMF driven FRCs have been investigated in the TCS facility. FRCs could be sustained with axial lengths well beyond the RMF antenna, presumably due to induced axial outflow. The FRC length ls was weekly dependent on the antenna length la with ls ˜ 2la being achieved for the shortest antenna employed. Reducing antenna length led to more stable operation with FRCs less prone to rotational instabilities. Shorter antenna lengths also resulted in increases in plasma temperature. At larger ratios of l_s/la the RMF had to supply a greater torque per unit length, and it did this by increasing its penetration into the FRC, brought about automatically by a slight decrease in plasma density. In contrast, operation with the RMF antenna covering the full TCS confinement chamber (la > l_s) led to non-steady behavior with the FRC length decreasing during the discharge. This was most likely due to inhibition of the swirling flow at the ends needed to sustain the configuration. Consequently, the particle confinement was degraded, hence enhancing energy losses in the recycling related processes.

  10. FRC flux buildup and current sustainment in the TCS program using Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF)

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    Slough, John; Hoffman, Alan L.

    1999-11-01

    RMF has been used to form and sustain FRCs in small rotamak devices. A new program, TCS (Translation, Confinement, and Sustainment), has recently begun to study the ability of RMF to build up and sustain the flux of larger, hotter FRCs. A principal goal is to develop the technology to produce FRCs with greater than the 10 mWb of flux obtainable by standard methods. The main TCS device is a modification of the Large s Experiment (LSX) and has formed, translated, expanded, and captured FRCs in a 2.5-m long by 80-cm diameter plasma chamber. Typical plasma conditions in a 1 kG confinement field are ne = 10^20\\:m-3, and Te + Ti = 200 eV. A multi-tens of MW tube based power supply has been constructed by LANL to produce 150 kHz, 50 G RMF in TCS for several msec. A small solid state RMF power supply has been constructed to produce 350 kHz, 25 G rotating magnetic fields in a smaller 2-m long by 40-cm chamber called STX. Small sub-mWb FRCs have been formed in STX with ne ~ 10^19\\:m-3 and Te ~ 25 eV. This is notable in that FRCs have been formed and sustained with external fields up to ten times the RMF magnitude. Support by USDOE

  11. RMF concept: a rotating-magnetic-field technique for driving steady plasma currents in compact toroid devices

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    McKenna, K.F.

    1980-09-01

    The generation and/or sustaining of a Compact Toroid (CT) configuration using the RMF technique is a relatively new and unknown concept. In this report the basic principles, historical development, and current theoretical understanding of this concept are reviewed. Significant experimental and theoretical results, potential problem areas, and recommendations for the direction of future work are discussed. An illustrative analysis of the application of the RMF technique to a CT reactor is presented. The results of a recent experiment, the Rotamak, in which a Spheromak-like CT plasma was produced using the RMF technique, are presented.

  12. How Hibernation Factors RMF, HPF, and YfiA Turn Off Protein Synthesis

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    Polikanov, Yury S.; Blaha, Gregor M.; Steitz, Thomas A.

    2013-04-08

    Eubacteria inactivate their ribosomes as 100S dimers or 70S monomers upon entry into stationary phase. In Escherichia coli, 100S dimer formation is mediated by ribosome modulation factor (RMF) and hibernation promoting factor (HPF), or alternatively, the YfiA protein inactivates ribosomes as 70S monomers. Here, we present high-resolution crystal structures of the Thermus thermophilus 70S ribosome in complex with each of these stationary-phase factors. The binding site of RMF overlaps with that of the messenger RNA (mRNA) Shine-Dalgarno sequence, which prevents the interaction between the mRNA and the 16S ribosomal RNA. The nearly identical binding sites of HPF and YfiA overlap with those of the mRNA, transfer RNA, and initiation factors, which prevents translation initiation. The binding of RMF and HPF, but not YfiA, to the ribosome induces a conformational change of the 30S head domain that promotes 100S dimer formation.

  13. Tomographic Observation of FRC Rotational Modes and Stabilization by Various RMF Antenna Geometries in TCS

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    Votroubek, G. R.; Guo, H. Y.

    2004-11-01

    The most common instability observed in FRCs is a fluting instability driven by centrifugal forces related to toroidal ion spin-up. In theta-pinch formed FRCs this spin up is due to preferential ion losses, while in Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) driven FRCs it is due to the torque applied by the RMF. In order to study this effect, and determine its mode structure, a visible light tomography system was built and employed at the FRC midpoint. The primary unstable mode was the n=2, but both n=1 and higher modes were also observed. The fluting modes were observed to rotate at the same speed as the bulk plasma (determined from Doppler shifts of impurity ions), and could be correlated with internal magnetic probe measurements. Interestingly, the instability could be stabilized by the RMF radial pressure under particular antenna geometries. Simple models were developed to explain this stabilization, which can also have application to other, quasi-linear devices such as symmetric mirrors.

  14. A fixed-grid method for transient simulations of dopant segregation in VGF-RMF growth

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    Nikrityuk, Petr A.; Pätzold, Olf; Stelter, Michael

    2012-01-01

    In this work a fixed-grid, virtual-front tracking model originally developed for modeling dendritic growth has been adopted for transient simulations of dopant segregation in vertical gradient freeze (VGF) melt growth of Ga-doped germanium under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). The interfacial Stefan conditions for temperature and solute are formulated in volumetric terms in energy and solute conservation equations, which allow the interface to be tracked implicitly with no need to calculate the growth velocity. The model and the code are validated against an analytical solution for the transient solidification of a binary alloy at constant velocity. The numerical results show the strong relationship between the melt flow pattern and the dopant concentration in the crystal grown. The better melt mixing during growth under the influence of RMF is found to have a significant impact on the axial and radial macrosegregation of dopants. Simulation results are in good qualitative agreement with previous experimental observations of the dopant segregation in VGF-RMF growth, which now are seen ass a direct consequence of the mixing state of the melt.

  15. A Detailed Comparison Between Probe Measurements and Numerical Simulation in RMF Driven FRCs.

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    Milroy, R. D.; Miller, K. E.; Slough, J. T.

    2001-10-01

    A detailed set of magnetic and Langmuire probe measurements have been made in both the STX^1 and TCS^2 devices at the University of Washington. These probes provide a direct measure of the magnetic field, density and electron temperature as a function of radius at the axial mid-plane. These measurements are compared with the predictions of a two-dimensional (r-θ) numerical model^3, which was developed to study RMF current drive in an FRC. Two sorts of comparison are made. In the first we compare the phase and magnitude of the B_θ component as a function of radius with that of the code, to infer the 2-D structure of the RMF as it penetrates. We look for evidence of “magnetic structures” that rotate relative to the RMF, that were predicted by the code for some conditions. In the second, we compare equilibrium profiles to estimate the plasma resistivity, and gain information about the physical processes that are required to sustain equilibrium. ^1J.T. Slough and K. E. Miller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 1444 (2000) ^2H.Y. Guo, et.al., Submitted to Phys. Plasmas. ^3Richard D. Milroy, Phys. Plasmas 7, 4135 (2000)

  16. RMF inactivates ribosomes by covering the peptidyl transferase centre and entrance of peptide exit tunnel.

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    Yoshida, Hideji; Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Uchiumi, Toshio; Wada, Akira

    2004-04-01

    In gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli, protein synthesis is suppressed by the formation of 100S ribosomes under stress conditions. The 100S ribosome, a dimer of 70S ribosomes, is formed by ribosome modulation factor (RMF) binding to the 70S ribosomes. During the stationary phase, most of the 70S ribosomes turn to 100S ribosomes, which have lost translational activity. This 100S formation is called the hibernation process in the ribosome cycle of the stationary phase. If stationary phase cells are transferred to fresh medium, the 100S ribosomes immediately go back to active 70S ribosomes, showing that inactive 100S <--> active 70S interconversion is a major system regulating translation activity in stationary phase cells. To elucidate the mechanisms of translational inactivation, the binding sites of RMF on 23S rRNA in 100S ribosome of E. coli were examined by a chemical probing method using dimethyl sulphate (DMS). As the results, the nine bases in 23S rRNA were protected from DMS modifications and the modification of one base was enhanced. Interestingly A2451 is included among the protected bases, which is thought to be directly involved in peptidyl transferase activity. We conclude that RMF inactivates ribosomes by covering the peptidyl transferase (PTase) centre and the entrance of peptide exit tunnel. It is surprising that the cell itself produces a protein that seems to inhibit protein synthesis in a similar manner to antibiotics and that it can reversibly bind to and release from the ribosome in response to environmental conditions.

  17. Flux Generation and Sustainment of a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) with Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) Current Drive

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    Slough, John

    1999-11-01

    The FRC is a unique closed field line configuration where the only confining field is the poloidal field generated by purely diamagnetic currents. With no transformer, the FRC could previously be observed only during decay. The confinement observed however showed encouraging transport and stability.(J.T. Slough et al. Phys. Plasmas 2, 2286 (1995).) Blevin and Thonemann(H.A. Blevin and P.C. Thonemann, Nucl. Fusion Suppl., Part I, 55 (1962).) first demonstrated current drive in a solenoidal magnetic field using a RMF. However in these and experiments at Flinders, the RMF was on the order or larger than the poloidal field generated, and the plasma was wall supported. For RMF current drive to be fusion relevant, the poloidal field generated >> the RMF, and the FRC separatrix must be in vacuum. Both of these requirements have been addressed and met in experiments in the recently constructed STX experiment. To generate the much larger diamagnetic currents, a much larger antenna was constructed (Ra = 0.35 m, and La = 2 m). To produce a 20 G RMF field at 350 kHz (> ion but >> electron gyrofrequency), a circulating power 50 MW was needed. This was accomplished by incorporating the antenna in high Q, LC tank circuit, powered through a step-up transformer, and driven by a solid-state switched power supply, which could deliver >2 MW of ohmic power to the plasma. At 20 G, the RMF generated a magnetic reversal of 400 G. The RMF was not observed to penetrate more than a few cm inside the FRC at any time. The increasing flux generated by the RMF changes the FRC equilibrium and these dynamical effects appear to cause the RMF to be pushed further out radially with reduced current drive efficiency. These edge currents sustained the FRC energy, but the closed flux was still observed to decay, although at a much-reduced rate. Careful control of the external field, as well as the proper match of driven current to the equilibrium FRC will be needed for long-term sustainment. The

  18. NUCLEAR PHYSICS: Comparison of Properties of the Simplest Neutron Stars in Three RMF Models

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    Wang, Guo-Hua; Fu, Wei-Jie; Liu, Yu-Xin

    2008-08-01

    We study some properties of the simplest neutron stars (NSs) in the Glendenning-Moszkowski (GM) model, the hybrid derivative coupling (HD) model and the Zimanyi-Moszkowski (ZM) model in the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory with and without the interaction by exchanging the S-meson. We show that the maximal mass of the NSs becomes smaller, but the redshift becomes larger from the GM model to the HD model, then to the ZM model. The interaction with the S-meson exchange enlarges the maximal mass of neutron stars, increases the relative population of charged particles (proton, electron and muon) and descends the relative population of neutron.

  19. Application of photo-detection to art and archaeology at the C2RMF

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    Calligaro, T.; Dran, J.-C.; Klein, M.

    2003-05-01

    The Centre for research and restoration of the museums of France (C2RMF), located in the Louvre palace in Paris routinely uses photodetector-based techniques for the study of objects of cultural heritage. Among these methods, the ion beam analysis techniques (IBA) provided by the 2-MV electrostatic accelerator "AGLAE" installed in the C2RMF have the specific qualities required for the study of these valuable objects. Indeed, PIXE and PIGE are non-destructive, non-invasive, rapid and sensitive tools for the determination of the chemical composition. Their use enables to answer three major questions in the field of Art and Archaeology: (1) identification of the material, (2) determination of the provenance, and (3) study of surface modification (ageing, alteration). Applications of radiation detectors are exemplified through case studies performed at the Centre: the identification of the pigments used on an Egyptian papyrus, the provenance of gemstones set on ancient jewels and the indirect dating of archaeological flints. New trends in the use of photo-detectors in Art and Archaeology are presented.

  20. Modeling Current Drive in Space Plasma with Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF)

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    Shao, X.; Papadopoulos, K.; Joyce, G.

    2006-05-01

    The interaction of rotating magnetic fields with plasmas is fundamental plasma physics problem with implications to fusion related Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC) configurations, space propulsion, astronaut protection from cosmic rays in long interstellar travel, control of energetic population in the radiation belts and near zone processes in pulsar magnetospheres. Despite its importance the basic plasma physics understanding of the interaction of rotating magnetic fields with magneto-plasmas, the scaling laws that control it and the range of potential applications to space plasmas remains unexplored. In this study, we focus on studying current drive in Space Plasma with RMF rotation rates satisfying (electron gyro-frequency) > RMF rotation rate >> (ion gyro-frequency) so that ion dynamics can be neglected. The relevant physics in this regime can be described by the so-called EMHD equations. This description neglects displacement current and plasma oscillations by enforcing quasi-neutrality. An important ingredient of the description is the presence of the Hall current and retention of the electron inertia. A spherical-coordinate-based EMHD code is developed and applied to study current drive with rotating magnet in plasma with magnetic field strength B much larger than the ambient magnetic field Bo. The current will modify the B field dependence on the distance to B~1/r**n. This study will investigate the value of n and determine the resultant magnetic profile as a function of the rotating speed relatively to the particle gyro-frequencies and plasma parameters.

  1. Neutron Star EOS and Symmetry Energy in RMF model with three-body couplings

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    Tsubakihara, Kohsuke; Ohnishi, Akira; Harada, Toru

    2014-09-01

    Neutron Star EOS(NS-EOS) is one of most interesting topics not only in astrophysics but also in nuclear physics. Symmetry energy in nuclear system and the emergence of hyperons in dense matter are key ingredients to investigate NS-EOS theoretically. We introduced n = 3 three-body couplings to RMF model and examine how valid they are to give reasonable descriptions of nuclear/hypernuclear properties. We have been able to obtain the quantitatively enough fit of both the bulk properties of finite nuclear systems and consistent symmetry energy with the one deduced from recent observations simultaneously. In this presentation, we present the results of hadronic star matter EOS, M-R relation, possibility of appearance of Σ- in NS-EOS providing we fix isovector-vector couplings by fitting Σ- atomic shift data, and so on.

  2. Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of triggered vacuum arc behavior under TMF/RMF-AMF contact

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    Wang, Lijun; Deng, Jie; Qin, Kang; Zhang, Xiao; Jia, Shenli

    2016-06-01

    A series of triggering experiments was carried out to investigate the characteristics of vacuum arc controlled by TMF/RMF-AMF contacts. During all the experiments, the current ranged from 5–20 kA (rms) and both the arc appearance and behavior of cathode spots were captured by high-speed camera with corresponding arc current and arc voltage. A 3D steady magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) model was built to simulate and analyze the vacuum arc behavior under TMF/RMF-AMF contacts, and arc plasma parameters were calculated based on the above model. The experimental results showed that arc deflection was visible under both low and high current. Under high current, arc core formed, which meant the arc contracted significantly. In addition, the anode became much more active under high current. The behavior of the cathode spots showed that they split themselves into other new cathode spots. Under high current, the bulk of the spots rotated along a clockwise direction on a transverse magnetic field (TMF) plate, which caused much noise and oscillation in the arc voltage. The simulation results show that ions are likely to gather on the branches of the TMF plate on the anode plane, as a result of the effects between the electromagnetic force and pressure gradient of the arc plasma. The current contracts in the center of the TMF plate on the cathode which was due to the thin connecting rod there. The anode contraction of the current is caused by the Hall effect. Ions move along a clockwise direction on the TMF plate, which is driven by Ampere force. The current contraction resulted in significant melting in the center of the cathode surface while the other region suffered from uniform melting. The melting caused by the anode contraction is more significant than that of the cathode.

  3. Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of triggered vacuum arc behavior under TMF/RMF-AMF contact

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    Wang, Lijun; Deng, Jie; Qin, Kang; Zhang, Xiao; Jia, Shenli

    2016-06-01

    A series of triggering experiments was carried out to investigate the characteristics of vacuum arc controlled by TMF/RMF-AMF contacts. During all the experiments, the current ranged from 5-20 kA (rms) and both the arc appearance and behavior of cathode spots were captured by high-speed camera with corresponding arc current and arc voltage. A 3D steady magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) model was built to simulate and analyze the vacuum arc behavior under TMF/RMF-AMF contacts, and arc plasma parameters were calculated based on the above model. The experimental results showed that arc deflection was visible under both low and high current. Under high current, arc core formed, which meant the arc contracted significantly. In addition, the anode became much more active under high current. The behavior of the cathode spots showed that they split themselves into other new cathode spots. Under high current, the bulk of the spots rotated along a clockwise direction on a transverse magnetic field (TMF) plate, which caused much noise and oscillation in the arc voltage. The simulation results show that ions are likely to gather on the branches of the TMF plate on the anode plane, as a result of the effects between the electromagnetic force and pressure gradient of the arc plasma. The current contracts in the center of the TMF plate on the cathode which was due to the thin connecting rod there. The anode contraction of the current is caused by the Hall effect. Ions move along a clockwise direction on the TMF plate, which is driven by Ampere force. The current contraction resulted in significant melting in the center of the cathode surface while the other region suffered from uniform melting. The melting caused by the anode contraction is more significant than that of the cathode.

  4. Preliminary Results on a low-energy RMF-FRC Plasma Translation Experiment for Space Propulsion

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    Hill, Carrie; Uchizono, Nolan; Holmes, Michael

    2015-11-01

    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory-Edwards has developed a new experimental test cell to study the translation physics of Field-Reversed-Configurations (FRC) formed at low-energy (<15 J/pulse). The test-cell is currently equipped with a conical Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) source, capable of producing a burst of 10 plasmoids at 5 J/pulse. This source has been characterized at full energy with a xenon propellant at a range of flow rates (5-70 sccm), bias fields up to 500 G, and antenna phasing. Data from a suite of diagnostics has been analyzed to track plasmoid formation and axial motion. These diagnostics include voltage and current probes, axial magnetic field probes, magnetic flux loops, and Langmuir probes. A time-of-flight array measures the plasmoid's exit velocity. Emission spectroscopy using streak-imaging is also implemented. A basic global energy balance from these diagnostics is used to estimate the efficiency of the translation process and determine how it scales with magnetic field, flow rate, and antenna phasing.

  5. Density Profile Evolution Diagnostics for RMF driven FRCs on STX and TCS

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    Votroubek, G. R.; Slough, J.; Crawford, E. A.

    1998-11-01

    RMF penetration dependence on density is currently being investigated at RPPL. Two time resolved density diagnostics have been designed, and are being applied to STX and TCS. The first density measurement will use laser interferometry to look at the phase difference induced by the plasma along a beam of laser light. We use a diode pumped cw Nd:YAG laser operating at 1.06 μ in a double pass Mach-Zehnder setup. A pulsed electro-optical phase modulator (EOM) provides reference phase information and an automated data reduction program is used for direct evaluation of line averaged density. On STX, the interferometer views end-on with easily varied radial position. The second diagnostic is an array of filtered continuum emission detectors. It employs a 3" ball lens, 3mm plastic optical fibers, and large area photodiodes for maximum throughput. The change in phase in the interferometer caused by plasma is proportional to the integral of n dl, while light emission is proportional to the integral of n^2 dl. We will use appropriate interferometer data to calibrate the continuum array. After the emission array data is processed through a tomographic inversion, we will have time resolved radial density profiles. Hardware, layout, and preliminary experimental data for both systems will be presented. Supported by USDOE.

  6. [Functional magnetic resonance imaging: a critical analysis of its technical, statistical and theoretical implications in human neuroscience].

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    González-García, C; Tudela, P; Ruz, M

    2014-04-01

    Introduccion. La utilizacion de la resonancia magnetica funcional (RMf) ha supuesto una gran revolucion en el avance de las neurociencias. Pese a ello, ha sido objeto de numerosas criticas. Objetivo. Estudiar las criticas mas generalizadas hacia la RMf, de manera que investigadores que se inicien en su uso conozcan los diferentes elementos que hay que tener en cuenta para un acercamiento adecuado a esta tecnica. Desarrollo. Su gran atractivo y utilidad a la hora de observar la actividad cerebral han hecho de la RMf una tecnica cuyo uso ha crecido exponencialmente desde la ultima decada del siglo XX. Paralelamente, la critica hacia ella ha sido especialmente feroz. La mayoria de este escepticismo puede clasificarse en aspectos concernientes a la tecnica y fisiologia, el analisis de los datos y su interpretacion teorica. Mediante este trabajo se revisaran los principales argumentos en cada uno de estos tres apartados, asi como su adecuacion. Adicionalmente, se pretende que este trabajo pueda servir de referencia para investigadores noveles a la hora de identificar elementos que se deban tener en cuenta en su acercamiento a la RMf. Conclusion. Pese a que la RMf constituye actualmente una de las opciones mas interesantes para observar el cerebro, es necesario un alto grado de control y conocimiento para su utilizacion. Aun asi, gran parte de las criticas no se sostiene hoy en dia.

  7. Changing abilities in recognition of unfamiliar face photographs through childhood and adolescence: performance on a test of non-verbal immediate memory (Warrington RMF) from 6 to 16 years.

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    Lawrence, K; Bernstein, D; Pearson, R; Mandy, W; Campbell, R; Skuse, D

    2008-03-01

    A commonly used test of non-verbal memory, which measures recognition for unfamiliar face pictures, was developed by Warrington (1984), the Recognition Memory for Faces (RMF) test. The task has been widely used in adults in relation to neurological impairment of face recognition. We examined the relationship of RMF scores to age in 500 young people aged between 6 and 16 years. A.linear relationship obtained between 6 and 10 years, followed by a 'plateau' between the ages of 10 and 13, followed by further improvement. Abilities on the test correlated with both verbal and non-verbal intelligence, but the nonlinear function relating age and RMF survived partialling for intelligence in the younger age groups. The improvement of the adolescents compared with older children also survived partialling for IQ. We found no significant influence of gender or reported pubertal status (which was not obtained for all participants) on RMF once age was taken into account. Performance on other face-processing tasks (emotion classification and accuracy in line of sight detection) correlated significantly, if moderately, with RMF scores. Despite its age and imperfections, RMF test may nevertheless be a useful indicator of 'face expertise' in a developmental context. PMID:19334303

  8. Changing abilities in recognition of unfamiliar face photographs through childhood and adolescence: performance on a test of non-verbal immediate memory (Warrington RMF) from 6 to 16 years.

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    Lawrence, K; Bernstein, D; Pearson, R; Mandy, W; Campbell, R; Skuse, D

    2008-03-01

    A commonly used test of non-verbal memory, which measures recognition for unfamiliar face pictures, was developed by Warrington (1984), the Recognition Memory for Faces (RMF) test. The task has been widely used in adults in relation to neurological impairment of face recognition. We examined the relationship of RMF scores to age in 500 young people aged between 6 and 16 years. A.linear relationship obtained between 6 and 10 years, followed by a 'plateau' between the ages of 10 and 13, followed by further improvement. Abilities on the test correlated with both verbal and non-verbal intelligence, but the nonlinear function relating age and RMF survived partialling for intelligence in the younger age groups. The improvement of the adolescents compared with older children also survived partialling for IQ. We found no significant influence of gender or reported pubertal status (which was not obtained for all participants) on RMF once age was taken into account. Performance on other face-processing tasks (emotion classification and accuracy in line of sight detection) correlated significantly, if moderately, with RMF scores. Despite its age and imperfections, RMF test may nevertheless be a useful indicator of 'face expertise' in a developmental context.

  9. Cerebral networks of sustained attention and working memory: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study based on the Continuous Performance Test.

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    Bartés-Serrallonga, M; Adan, A; Solé-Casals, J; Caldú, X; Falcón, C; Pérez-Pàmies, M; Bargalló, N; Serra-Grabulosa, J M

    2014-04-01

    Introduccion. Uno de los paradigmas mas utilizados en el estudio de la atencion es el Continuous Performance Test (CPT). La version de pares identicos (CPT-IP) se ha utilizado ampliamente para evaluar los deficits de atencion en los trastornos del neurodesarrollo, neurologicos y psiquiatricos. Sin embargo, la localizacion de la activacion cerebral de las redes atencionales varia significativamente segun el diseño de resonancia magnetica funcional (RMf) usado. Objetivo. Diseñar una tarea para evaluar la atencion sostenida y la memoria de trabajo mediante RMf para proporcionar datos de investigacion relacionados con la localizacion y el papel de estas funciones. Sujetos y metodos. El estudio conto con la participacion de 40 estudiantes, todos ellos diestros (50%, mujeres; rango: 18-25 años). La tarea de CPT-IP se diseño como una tarea de bloques, en la que se combinaban los periodos CPT-IP con los de reposo. Resultados. La tarea de CPT-IP utilizada activa una red formada por regiones frontales, parietales y occipitales, y estas se relacionan con funciones ejecutivas y atencionales. Conclusiones. La tarea de CPT-IP utilizada en nuestro trabajo proporciona datos normativos en adultos sanos para el estudio del sustrato neural de la atencion sostenida y la memoria de trabajo. Estos datos podrian ser utiles para evaluar trastornos que cursan con deficits en memoria de trabajo y en atencion sostenida.

  10. Magnetic field structure evolution in RMF plasmas

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    Petrov, Yuri; Yang, Xiaokang; Huang, Tian-Sen

    2007-11-01

    A study of magnetic field structure evolution during 40-ms plasma discharge had been performed in 80 cm long / 40 cm OD cylindrical chamber. Plasma current Ip˜2--3 kA is produced by applied 500 kHz rotating magnetic field. In experiments, the 2D profile of plasma current is changed by feeding a 10-ms pulse current to additional magnetic coil located at the midplane. Using newly developed magnetic field pick-up coils system, we scanned the magnetic field in cross-section of plasma. Two experimental regimes were studied: without external toroidal field (TF), and with TF produced by applied axial current. When a relatively small current (<0.5 kA) is applied to the midplane coil, in both cases the total plasma current measured with Rogowski coil experiences a jump (up to 100%), but the profile of current remains almost unchanged. When a larger current (1--2 kA) is applied to the midplane coil, the total plasma current drops; the magnetic structure changes differently in two regimes. In regime without TF, the magnetic field of plasma current is reversed at R

  11. ?`Es necesario calcular detalladamente funciones de partición atómicas?

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    Milone, L. A.; Merlo, D. C.

    Basándonos en extensos y precisos cómputos de funciones de partición realizados por nosotros para distintos átomos, se muestra que en el cálculo u obtención de ciertas magnitudes (notablemente la presión electrónica, la abundancia de un elemento deducida a partir de un estado fuertemente ionizado, etc.) el error porcentual que se comete es pequeño (inferior a 1 %) si se adopta, como valor de la función de partición, el peso estadístico del término correspondiente al estado fundamental del átomo. Esta notable simplificación acelera el cálculo, por ejemplo, de un modelo de atmósfera estelar, sin disminuir la precisión de los resultados.

  12. Funciones de partición atómicas: Fuentes confiables de datos

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    Merlo, D. C.; Milone, L. A.

    Se llevó a cabo una revisión minuciosa del cálculo de funciones de partición atómicas de átomos livianos, en estados neutro y una vez ionizados, partiendo del Hidrógeno y llegando al Sodio, incluyendo también al K I y el Ca II. Al respecto, se realizó una investigación exhaustiva de referencias bibliográficas existentes hasta el presente, las cuales fueron cotejadas con cálculos propios llevados a cabo mediante el procedimiento de depresión del contínuo (0.001 a 0.5 eV). Nuestros resultados muestran un muy buen acuerdo con las expresiones interpolatorias de Traving et al (1966), al presente, la referencia más completa en cuanto a especies atómicas consideradas. Puntualizamos, además, ciertas deficiencias de estas relaciones de ajuste para decrementos del potencial de ionización altos (Δ χ >= 0.5) eV).

  13. Familiares a cargo de pacientes de cáncer: funciones y desafíos (PDQ®)—Versión para profesionales de salud

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    Sumario informativo revisado por expertos acerca de los desafíos que enfrentan los familiares a cargo de los pacientes con cáncer. Este resumen se centra en las funciones típicas y las inquietudes de las personas a cargo del paciente y en las intervenciones útiles para esas personas.

  14. Fragilidad y su asociación con mortalidad, hospitalizaciones y dependencia funcional en mexicanos de 60 años o más

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    de León González, Enrique Díaz; Pérez, Héctor Eloy Tamez; Hermosillo, Hugo Gutiérrez; Rodríguez, Javier Armando Cedillo; Torres, Gabriela

    2016-01-01

    Fundamento y objetivo Determinar la asociación entre fragilidad y mortalidad, dependencia funcional, caídas y hospitalizaciones en el Estudio Nacional de Salud y Envejecimiento en México (ENASEM). Sujetos y métodos Estudio prospectivo poblacional en México en el que se seleccionaron sujetos de 60 años o más, que fueron evaluados en las variables de fragilidad durante la primera vuelta del estudio en el año 2001 y que incluyó: dificultad para levantarse de una silla después de haber estado sentado(a) durante largo tiempo, pérdida de peso de 5 kilogramos o más en los últimos dos años y falta de energía. Los sujetos fueron catalogados como robustos, prefrágiles y frágiles cuando tenían cero, una o dos de las características anteriores, respectivamente. La mortalidad, hospitalizaciones, caídas y dependencia funcional fueron evaluadas en la segunda vuelta del estudio en el año 2003. Se calculó el riesgo relativo para cada una de las complicaciones, así como análisis multivariado con regresión de Cox para el caso de mortalidad y regresión logística para el resto. Resultados Los estados de prefragilidad y fragilidad se asociaron independientemente con mortalidad, con índices de riesgo ajustados de 1,61 (intervalo de confianza del 95% [IC 95%] 1,01-2,55) y 1,94 (IC 95% 1,20-3,13), respectivamente. Sólo el estado de fragilidad se asoció independientemente con hospitalización y dependencia funcional, con una razón de momios ajustada de 1,53 (IC 95% 1,13-2,07) y 3,07 (IC 95% 1,76-5,34), respectivamente. No hubo asociación entre los estados de prefragilidad y fragilidad con caídas. Conclusión El estado de fragilidad se asocia independientemente con mortalidad, hospitalizaciones y disfuncionalidad en actividades básicas de la vida diaria en los siguientes dos años en población mexicana. PMID:21612803

  15. Brain abnormalities in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a review.

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    Rubia, Katya; Alegría, Analucía A; Brinson, Helen

    2014-02-24

    Objetivo. Revisar los hallazgos de los estudios con resonancia magnetica en el trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) infantil y adulto. Desarrollo. Dichos estudios han demostrado que el TDAH se caracteriza por la presencia de multiples anomalias de caracter estructural y funcional, primordialmente en los circuitos frontoestriatales, pero tambien en los circuitos frontoparietotemporales, frontocerebelares e, incluso, frontolimbicos. Los datos aportados por los estudios longitudinales de resonancia magnetica estructural demuestran que el TDAH se caracteriza por un retraso en la maduracion estructural del cerebro. Esta conclusion se ve reforzada por los indicios indirectos ofrecidos por los estudios de cortes transversales, que indican la existencia de una inmadurez sustancial tanto en la funcion cerebral como en los patrones de conectividad estructural y funcional, indicios que, sin embargo, estan pendientes de confirmar en estudios longitudinales. La alteracion funcional de la corteza prefrontal ventrolateral parece estar mas afectada en el TDAH que en otros trastornos pediatricos, y existen algunos indicios de anomalias distintivas en los ganglios basales. Un metaanalisis sobre los efectos de los estimulantes en la funcion cerebral demuestra que el mecanismo de accion agudo mas congruente de los farmacos psicoestimulantes consiste en el aumento de la activacion de la corteza prefrontal inferior y los ganglios basales. Los primeros intentos por utilizar los datos de los estudios de neuroimagen para elaborar clasificaciones diagnosticas individuales de los niños con TDAH a partir de tecnicas de reconocimiento de patrones han cosechado resultados alentadores, pero todavia deben ser replicados por mas centros y aparatos de resonancia magnetica. Conclusiones. Durante los ultimos 20 años, las tecnicas de neuroimagen han perfilado los biomarcadores del TDAH, pero es necesario que nuevos estudios descubran la utilidad clinica de esa informacion, como el

  16. Endogenous retrovirus and radiation-induced leukemia in the RMF mouse

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    Tennant, R.W.; Boone, L.R.; Lalley, P.; Yang, W.K.

    1982-01-01

    The induction of myeloid leukemia in irradiated RFM/Un mice has been associated with retrovirus infection. However, two characteristics of this strain complicate efforts to define the role of the virus. This strain possesses only one inducible host range class of endogenous virus and a unique gene, in addition to the Fv-1/sup n/ locus, which specifically restricts exogenous infection by endogenous viruses. These characteristics possibly account for absence of recombinant viruses in this strain, even though virus is amply expressed during most of the animal's life span. We have examined further the distribution of retrovirus sequences and the chromosomal locus of the inducible virus in this strain. This report describes evidence for additional viral sequences in cells of a radiation-induced myeloid leukemia line and discusses the possible origin of these added copies.

  17. Conditioning of In-Situ Propellants for RMF-FRC Plasma Thrusters

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    Holmes, Michael; Hill, Carrie; Uchizono, Nolan

    2015-11-01

    Current ion thrusters use noble gases to limit chemical attack of thruster components. However, thrusters based on Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasmas need not directly contact propellants so that reactive propellants such as ammonia, methane, butane, water, or combination of these are possible. The practical need to convert liquid propellant to a gaseous partially ionized state is what drives our research. A decomposition device was built to transition from liquid to gas to partially ionized plasma. Pressure is maintained high enough so that all chemical components have residence times sufficiently long to complete phase change and to reach chemical equilibrium at high temperature so the gas consists of primarily of H2O, H2, N2, O2, CO, and CO2. This gas is then fed to an inductive discharge that further breaks down molecules and brings the propellant to the proper ionization configuration for the FRC. We will be measuring chemical state, ionization state, and uniformity as propellant enters the discharge region. A parallel FRC thruster effort is underway.

  18. Declinazione magnetica: storia delle prime misure e misura con l'azimut del Sole

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    The magnetic declination is the compass deviation from astronomical North. Georg Hartmann in 1510 in Rome firstly measured it as 6° East. Using accurate solar ephemerides and a UTC synchronized watch, the shadow of a vertical pole is astronomically referenced. The angles of a 10m size triangle including the direction of this shadow, the solar azimuth, and the magnetic North give the magnetic declination with an accuracy of 2 arcmin.

  19. [Angular gyrus connectivity model for language: a functional neuroimaging meta-analysis].

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    Rosselli, Mónica; Ardila, Alfredo; Bernal, Byron

    2015-06-01

    Introduccion. Las tecnicas modernas de neuroimagen funcional permiten analizar la activacion simultanea de diversas areas cerebrales y sugerir modelos de conectividad para funciones cognitivas especificas. Objetivo. Realizar un metaanalisis de las redes funcionales de la region angular (area de Brodmann 39) con relacion al lenguaje. Materiales y metodos. Partiendo de la base de datos BrainMap, se analizaron las coordenadas de activacion en estudios de resonancia magnetica funcional que mostraban una activacion del area de Brodmann 39 durante la realizacion de tareas linguisticas. Se seleccionaron ocho articulos con 13 experimentos, que incluian un total de 155 sujetos, y 265 localizaciones. Resultados. Los resultados mostraron 16 conglomerados de activacion significativos que conformaban una red de coactivacion, la cual incluia las dos regiones angulares, el lobulo parietal superior y la circunvolucion supramarginal derechos, el lobulo temporal izquierdo (cara lateral medial y cara medial inferior) y el lobulo frontal (premotor bilateral y prefrontal izquierdo). Conclusiones. Estos resultados coinciden con los hallazgos obtenidos con tecnicas de conectividad estructural y apoyan el papel integrador de la region angular en funciones linguisticas.

  20. [Metabolism of N-acetyl-L-aspartate: its diagnostic and prognostic value].

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    Martinez, Manuel A; Florenzano, Néstor V; Macchia, Esteban A

    2016-04-16

    Objetivos. Analizar la implicacion clinica del aminoacido N-acetil-L-aspartato (NAA) y el peptido N-acetil-aspartil-glutamato (NAAG) en relacion con su valoracion diagnostica y pronostica mediante espectroscopia de resonancia magnetica. Realizar una revision del metabolismo del NAA y del NAAG, considerando su estructura quimica y fisiologia, en relacion con las variaciones de su concentracion y en correlacion con la clinica. Desarrollo. La revision se divide en dos partes: en una se comprobo que el unico sitio de sintesis del NAA es la mitocondria neuronal, y del NAAG, el citoplasma neuronal; la segunda parte aborda las tecnicas de resonancia magnetica y, particularmente, la espectroscopia. Se analizan diversas patologias en busca de criterios que posibiliten obtener pautas diagnosticas y pronosticas. Conclusiones. El estudio del aminoacido mas abundante del sistema nervioso central (NAA) junto con un producto de su metabolismo, el NAAG, permite en patologias de diversos origenes su diagnostico y seguimiento y facilita la obtencion de datos de densidad de la poblacion celular y vitalidad de esta, de manera que se accede, ademas, al estado funcional de las sinapsis.

  1. Infratentorial angioleiomyoma: case report and review of the literature.

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    Delgado-Fernandez, Juan; Penanes, Juan R; Torres, Cristina V; Gordillo-Velez, Carlos H; Manzanares-Soler, Rafael; Sola, Rafael G

    2016-01-16

    Introduccion. Los angioleiomiomas intracraneales son lesiones muy poco frecuentes. Solo se han descrito 22 casos en la bibliografia hasta la actualidad, unicamente tres de ellos de localizacion infratentorial. Caso clinico. Varon de 43 años con un angioleiomioma infratentorial descubierto de forma incidental tras la realizacion de una tomografia computarizada por hipoacusia. La resonancia magnetica mostro una tumoracion de 1,4 cm, descrita inicialmente como un meningioma, con un realce progresivo tras la administracion de gadolinio, un aumento del coeficiente de difusion aparente y un descenso generalizado de metabolitos en la espectroscopia. La lesion se reseco quirurgicamente mediante un abordaje suboccipital con buena evolucion y sin complicaciones postoperatorias. En el estudio histologico, la lesion presentaba un abundante componente vascular, y en la tincion inmunohistoquimica era positiva para actina y caldesmona. Dos años despues de la cirugia, el paciente no presentaba recurrencia en la resonancia magnetica de control. Conclusion. El diagnostico de los angioleiomiomas puede ser complejo, pero algunas de sus caracteristicas radiologicas pueden facilitarlo. Los angioleiomiomas son tumores benignos asociados con un resultado funcional favorable tras su reseccion completa, que en nuestro caso no presento un alto riesgo de sangrado.

  2. Regulación del flujo sanguíneo uterino. II. Funciones de estrógeno y receptores estrogénicos α/β en acciones genómicas y no-genómicas del endotelio uterino *

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    Mayra, Pastore R.; Rosalina, Villalón L.; López, Gladys; Iruretagoyena, Jesús; Magness, Ronald

    2015-01-01

    Resumen El embarazo está marcado por cambios y adaptaciones cardiovasculares que son importantes para el crecimiento y mantenimiento de la placenta y el feto. Durante este periodo, las adaptaciones vasculares uterinas manifiestan cambios clasificados como de corto o largo plazo los cuales están relacionados con adaptaciones vasodilatadoras, angiogénicas o de remodelación. El estrógeno y los receptores estrogénicos clásicos (REs), RE-α y RE-β, han demostrado ser parcialmente responsables por facilitar el incremento dramático en el fluido sanguíneo uterino necesario durante el embarazo. En ésta revisión bibliográfica se discuten la base estructural para la diversidad y selectividad funcional de los REs por el estrógeno, el papel de los REs sobre los efectos genómicos y no-genómicos en células endoteliales de arterias uterinas (CEAU). Estos temas integran el conocimiento científico sobre la regulación molecular de CEAU para mantener el incremento fisiológico en la perfusión útero-placentaria observada durante un embarazo normal. PMID:26113751

  3. [Enhancement of motor relearning and functional recovery in stroke patients: non-invasive strategies for modulating the central nervous system].

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    Bravo-Esteban, Elisabeth; López-Larraz, Eduardo

    2016-03-16

    Introduccion. La mayoria de los pacientes que han sufrido un ictus no recuperan el estado funcional basal de la extremidad superior afecta y sufren una grave limitacion que permanece en la fase cronica de la enfermedad y que repercute de manera devastadora en su calidad de vida. Por ello, las estrategias de neurorrehabilitacion tratan de evitar o minimizar las posibles disfunciones sensitivomotoras asociadas al ictus mediante la promocion de cambios plasticos en el sistema nervioso central. Desarrollo. La reorganizacion cerebral que tiene lugar tras el ictus puede promover la recuperacion motora y funcional de los sujetos con ictus. No obstante, tras la lesion, tambien se pueden iniciar cambios neuroplasticos maladaptativos responsables del desarrollo de trastornos sensitivomotores, como el sindrome de espasticidad. Las estrategias no invasivas de estimulacion cerebral, como la estimulacion con corriente directa y la estimulacion magnetica transcraneal, son unas tecnicas ampliamente utilizadas que, aplicadas sobre la corteza motora primaria, pueden modificar la excitabilidad de los circuitos neuronales y las funciones cognitivas, tanto en las personas sanas como en los pacientes con afectacion neurologica. Asimismo, los sistemas de interfaces cerebro-maquina tambien son capaces de generar esa reorganizacion por medio de la asociacion contingente y simultanea entre la activacion cerebral y la estimulacion periferica. Conclusiones. Se evidencian los efectos positivos de las estrategias de neurorrehabilitacion citadas previamente en la potenciacion de la reorganizacion cortical despues del ictus, asi como en la paliacion de los efectos adversos asociados al desarrollo de la espasticidad.

  4. [Reversible cortical atrophy secondary to anti-NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis].

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    Bravo-Oro, Antonio; Acosta-Yebra, Danae; Grimaldo-Zapata, Ilse P; Reyes-Vaca, Guillermo

    2015-05-16

    Introduccion. La encefalitis por anticuerpos antirreceptor de N-metil-D-aspartato (NMDA) inicialmente se describio como un sindrome paraneoplasico asociado a teratoma de ovario, pero cada vez con mas frecuencia se han ido publicando casos en mujeres jovenes y niños como un cuadro encefalopatico autoinmune secundario en el 40-50% de los casos a un proceso viral. Clinicamente, se caracteriza por un cuadro progresivo de manifestaciones psiquiatricas, crisis convulsivas, discinesias y disautonomias. Un hallazgo neurorradiologico poco comunicado es la atrofia cortical reversible, de la cual se desconoce su mecanismo. Caso clinico. Niña que a los 6 años comenzo con crisis convulsivas focales, con electroencefalograma epileptogeno y tomografia de craneo inicial normal. Se inicio tratamiento anticonvulsionante. A las tres semanas aparecieron nuevas crisis convulsivas, manifestaciones psiquiatricas y alteraciones en el ciclo de sueño-vigilia. Ante la sospecha de encefalitis por anticuerpos antirreceptor de NMDA, estos se determinaron en el suero y el liquido cefalorraquideo con resultado positivo. Resonancia magnetica durante el ingreso con atrofia cortical generalizada. Oncologia Pediatrica descarto asociacion a tumores. A los dos años del cuadro, con la paciente libre de crisis convulsivas, una valoracion neuropsicologica mostro la afectacion de funciones ejecutivas y una resonancia magnetica de control evidencio la recuperacion de la atrofia cortical. Conclusion. El mecanismo de la atrofia cortical reversible se desconoce, pero en pacientes con encefalitis por anticuerpos antirreceptor de NMDA podria ser directamente proporcional a la cantidad de anticuerpos circulantes y el tiempo de exposicion a estos en la corteza cerebral. Es muy importante el diagnostico temprano y el inicio de inmunomodulacion.

  5. [The language area of the brain: a functional reassessment].

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    Ardila, Alfredo; Bernal, Byron; Rosselli, Monica

    2016-02-01

    Introduccion. Hacia finales del siglo XIX y comienzos del siglo XX, y basandose en observaciones clinicas, se propuso que existe un 'area del lenguaje' en el cerebro que corresponde, en general, a la region perisilviana del hemisferio izquierdo. Tal idea ha continuado existiendo desde entonces. Objetivo. Partiendo de los estudios contemporaneos de imagenes cerebrales, reanalizar la localizacion y extension del area del lenguaje con relacion a las diferentes areas de Brodmann. Materiales y metodos. Utilizando la metodologia conocida como metaanalytic connectivity modeling, se revisan varios estudios metaanaliticos en los cuales se analizan las imagenes de resonancia magnetica funcional durante la realizacion de tareas linguisticas. Resultados. Se encontro que existen dos sistemas linguisticos diferentes en el cerebro: un sistema lexico/semantico, relacionado con el area de Wernicke, y que incluye un area de Wernicke central (reconocimiento de palabras) y un area de Wernicke extendida (asociaciones linguisticas); y un sistema gramatical, dependiente del complejo de Broca (produccion del lenguaje y gramatica), en el lobulo frontal, y que se extiende subcorticalmente. Se propone tambien que la insula desempeña un papel de coordinacion de estos dos sistemas linguisticos cerebrales. Conclusion. Los estudios contemporaneos de neuroimagen sugieren que el area del lenguaje en el cerebro es notoriamente mas amplia de lo que se supuso hace un siglo basandose en observaciones clinicas. Tal como se consideraba durante el siglo XIX, la insula parece desempeñar un papel critico en el lenguaje.

  6. Central obesity and not age increases skeletal muscle lipids, without influencing lean body mass and strength.

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    de la Maza, María Pía; Hirsch, Sandra; Jara, Natalia; Leiva, Laura; Barrera, Gladys; Silva, Claudio; Pañella, Loreto; Henríquez, Sandra; Bunout, Daniel

    2014-09-12

    Introducción/Objetivos: medir la infiltracion grasa en el musculo esqueletico, su asociacion con resistencia a la insulina (RI) y con masa y funcion muscular, en hombres chilenos de diferente edad y composicion corporal. Nuestra hipotesis era que habria mas acumulacion de grasa en el tejido muscular entre las personas de mayor edad y peso, lo cual deterioraria la sensibilidad a la insulina (SI) y afectaria negativamente la masa y la funcion muscular, ambas caracteristicas del proceso de envejecimiento. Métodos: se estudiaron hombres sanos (38 < 55 anos y 18 > 65 anos), que fueron sometidos a mediciones antropometricas, evaluacion de la composicion corporal mediante densitometria radiologica (DEXA), espectroscopia de resonancia nuclear magnetica en el musculo tibial anterior para medir lipidos intra (LIM) y extramiocelulares (LEM), fuerza de mano y cuadriceps, test de 12 minutos y bioquimica serica (glicemia, hemoglobina, lipoproteinas, creatinina y proteina C reactiva ultrasensible en ayunas, ademas de glucosa e insulina post carga de glucosa para evaluar SI). La actividad fisica se estimo mediante actigrafia. Resultados: 23 hombres eran eutroficos, 26 tenian sobrepeso y 7 eran obesos, todos eran sedentarios segun el registro actigrafico, independiente de la edad. Tanto LIM como LEM resultaron mas altos entre los hombres con sobrepeso / obesidad. La grasa abdominal se asocio negativamente con la SI y se correlaciono positivamente con la acumulacion de grasa en el musculo (tanto LIM como LEM), pero no con la edad. Como era de esperar, las personas mayores tenian menor masa magra y fuerza, pero no mas tejido adiposo ni lipidos intramiocelulares, aunque eran mas intolerantes a la glucosa. Conclusiones: La obesidad central se asocio con infiltracion de grasa intramuscular y con RI. Esta distribucion adiposa no se relaciono con edad ni con sarcopenia asociada al envejecimiento. Las personas mayores resultaron mas intolerantes a la glucosa, explicable por una

  7. Generación de Funciones de Distribución Anisotrópicas

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    Muzzio, J. C.; Cora, S. A.; Vergne, M. M.

    We present a simple method to obtain distribution functions that depend on the energy and angular momentum (i.e., with anisotropic velocity distributions), and that yield a given spherical density distribution.

  8. [Funcion sparing surgery in uro-oncology: germ cell tumors of the testis].

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    Catanzaro, Mario; Piva, Luigi; Torelli, Tullio; Biasoni, Davide; Stagni, Silvia; Milani, Angelo; Necchi, Andrea; Giannatempo, Patrizia; Nicolai, A; Salvioni, Roberto

    2012-01-01

    Surgery in germ cell tumors of the testis (TGT) may result in andrological disorders, both after orchiectomy and after retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy (RPLND). Bilateral orchiectomy suppresses both testicular functions: exocrine and endocrine. In selected cases with bilateral TGT (metachronous/synchronous), or in the case of TGT in monorchid patients, partial orchiectomy (enucleation of the tumor) can preserve both functions with a low risk of relapse in residual testicular parenchyma, in the absence of intraepithelial neoplasia (TIN). In cases of TIN and normal testosterone levels (80%), the fertility is maintained in 50% of patients. In these cases the use of radiotherapy on the residual testicular parenchyma can prevent the future development of invasive cancer, though compromising the hormonal function. The RPLND (open or laparoscopic) can produce major side effects, such as retrograde ejaculation. Knowledge of the adrenergic fiber retroperitoneal neuroanatomy enables to implement a "nerve sparing" surgery with an almost total reduction of this serious side effect, but that option is only available in few centers of excellence. Semen cryopreservation has become a common practice performed before any treatment that might impact on the andrological function of patients. PMID:23371266

  9. Espanol para el hispanohablante. Funcion y nocion (Spanish for the Spanish Speaker. Function and Notion).

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    Blanco, George M.; And Others

    A guide to the development of Spanish-language curricula for Spanish-speaking secondary students is intended to help teachers and administrators design programs building on students' existing language strengths. The recommended instructional approach is functional-notional, and local districts are encouraged to use it to adapt their textbooks and…

  10. Mecanismos de plasticidad (funcional y dependiente de actividad) en el cerebro auditivo adulto y en desarrollo

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    Izquierdo, M.A.; Oliver, D.L.; Malmierca, M.S.

    2010-01-01

    Summary Introduction and development Sensory systems show a topographic representation of the sensory epithelium in the central nervous system. In the auditory system this representation originates tonotopic maps. For the last four decades these changes in tonotopic maps have been widely studied either after peripheral mechanical lesions or by exposing animals to an augmented acoustic environment. These sensory manipulations induce plastic reorganizations in the tonotopic map of the auditory cortex. By contrast, acoustic trauma does not seem to induce functional plasticity at subcortical nuclei. Mechanisms that generate these changes differ in their molecular basis and temporal course and we can distinguish two different mechanisms: those involving an active reorganization process, and those that show a simple reflection of the loss of peripheral afferences. Only the former involve a genuine process of plastic reorganization. Neuronal plasticity is critical for the normal development and function of the adult auditory system, as well as for the rehabilitation needed after the implantation of auditory prostheses. However, development of plasticity can also generate abnormal sensation like tinnitus. Recently, a new concept in neurobiology so-called ‘neuronal stability’ has emerged and its implications and conceptual basis could help to improve the treatments of hearing loss. Conclusion A combination of neuronal plasticity and stability is suggested as a powerful and promising future strategy in the design of new treatments of hearing loss. PMID:19340783

  11. Musings on "Densidades, Potenciales y Funciones Asociadas a una Galaxia Reducida" by Poveda et al. (1960)

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    López-Cruz, O.; Aguilar, L. A.; Añorve, C.

    2011-04-01

    We present a critical review on the paper "Densities, Potentials and related functions for a spherical reduced galaxy" by A. Poveda, R. Iturriaga, and I. Orozco published in 1960 in the Boletín de los Observatorios de Tonantzintla y Tacubaya (BOTT), 2, 20, 3.

  12. Simulation Studies of Field-Reversed Configurations with Rotating Magnetic Field Current Drive

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    Belova, E. V.; Davidson, R. C.

    2008-11-01

    Results of 3D kinetic simulations of rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive in field-reversed configuration (FRC) are presented. Self-consistent hybrid simulations have been performed using the HYM code for even- and odd-parity RMF and different FRC parameters and RMF frequencies. Simulations show that the RMF pushes the plasma radially inward, resulting in a reduced plasma density outside separatrix. Lower plasma density and larger RMF amplitudes result in faster RMF field penetration, in agreement with previous two-fluid studies. Generation of axisymmetric toroidal magnetic field during the RMF current drive has been observed. Numerical study of the effects of the applied RMF field on particle confinement shows that the rate of particle losses increases for RMF frequency close to the ion cyclotron frequency. It is also shown that high-frequency even-parity RMF reduces ion losses when it is fully penetrated. It is also found that fully-penetrated, odd-parity RMF forces particles away from the midplane toward the FRC ends. The observed changes in particle confinement are related to ponderomotive forces. Partially penetrated RMF results in mostly radial ponderomotive forces which improve particle confinement in both cases.

  13. Simulation studies of FRC with rotating magnetic field current drive

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    Belova, E. V.; Davidson, R. C.

    2007-11-01

    The HYM code has been modified to include the effects of rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive. Initial 3D two-fluid and hybrid simulations have been performed for even-parity RMF and different plasma parameters. Simulations show that the RMF pushes the plasma radially inward, resulting in a reduced plasma density outside the separatrix. Lower plasma density and larger RMF amplitudes result in faster RMF field penetration, in agreement with previous studies [R. Milroy, Phys. Plasmas 8, 2804 (2001)]. Effects of the applied RMF field on particle confinement have been studied using 3D test particle simulations. Simulations of stationary RMFs show that for relatively large ion Larmor radius (S^*<20), there is very little difference between even- and odd-parity RMFs in terms of the ion losses. The rate of particle losses is larger in larger FRCs, and increases with the RMF amplitude. In contrast, high-frequency RMF can reduce ion losses provided φrmfφci, and the RMF is of even-parity. The improved particle confinement is related to ponderomotive forces due to the rapidly oscillating, inhomogeneous electromagnetic field. It is also found that high-frequency, odd-parity RMFs force particles away from the midplane toward the FRC ends.

  14. Evaluación de funciones de distribución de pares condicionales para objetos no interactuantes

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    Zurbriggen, E.; Rohrmann, R. D.

    Spatial distributions of objects are ubiquous in astronomy (e.g., particles in a gas, stars in a cluster, galaxies in the Universe). Here, we introduce a novel function for the analysis of the spatial structures: a pair distribution function conditioned by information in which each object has a nearest neighbour to a specific distance. We show its application to randomly distributed, non- interacting objects. FULL TEXT IN SPANISH

  15. Masculinos y femeninos en funcion diminutiva y aumentativa (Masculine and Feminine Genders Used in Diminutive and Augmentative Functions)

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    Carnicer, Ramon

    1975-01-01

    Some Spanish nouns designating non-animate things may have either feminine or masculine gender. The reasons given for the choice of gender are many and varied. It is put forward that in some cases the masculine acts as a diminutive and the feminine as an augmentative. (Text is in Spanish.) (TL)

  16. Educacion Ambiental en las Escuelas: Creando una Programa que Funcione! (Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program That Works!).

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    Braus, Judy A.; Wood, David

    This book is a manual that enables teachers to formulate an effective program of environmental education across multiple grade levels and cultural settings. A section provides tips for using the book, followed by nine chapters dealing with different aspects of developing and implementing an environmental education program. Chapter 1 presents a…

  17. Modification of bacterial cellulose through exposure to the rotating magnetic field.

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    Fijałkowski, Karol; Żywicka, Anna; Drozd, Radosław; Niemczyk, Agata; Junka, Adam Feliks; Peitler, Dorota; Kordas, Marian; Konopacki, Maciej; Szymczyk, Patrycja; Fray, Mirosława El; Rakoczy, Rafał

    2015-11-20

    The aim of the study was to assess the influence of rotating magnetic field (RMF) on production rate and quality parameters of bacterial cellulose synthetized by Glucanacetobacter xylinus. Bacterial cultures were exposed to RMF (frequency f=50Hz, magnetic induction B=34mT) for 72h at 28°C. The study revealed that cellulose obtained under RMF influence displayed higher water absorption, lower density and less interassociated microfibrils comparing to unexposed control. The application of RMF significantly increased the amount of obtained wet cellulose pellicles but decreased the weight and thickness of dry cellulose. Summarizing, the exposure of cellulose-synthesizing G. xylinus to RMF alters cellulose biogenesis and may offer a new biotechnological tool to control this process. As RMF-modified cellulose displays better absorbing properties comparing to non-modified cellulose, our finding, if developed, may find application in the production of dressings for highly exudative wounds. PMID:26344254

  18. Warrington's recognition memory for faces: interpretive strategy and diagnostic utility in temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Testa, S Marc; Schefft, Bruce K; Privatera, Michael D; Yeh, Hwa-Shain

    2004-04-01

    Performance on Warrington's Recognition Memory Test for Faces (RMF) is thought to rely largely on the integrity of the right temporal lobe. Epilepsy research, however, has been mixed with respect to the diagnostic utility of the RMF. Based on the psychometric properties of the RMF, we investigated the moderating role of intelligence on test classification accuracy in 53 presurgical patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Classification accuracy rates were poor for the entire sample, but when the sample was divided based on IQ, classification statistics showed a strong degree of diagnostic utility for the RMF among patients with lower IQ levels versus those with higher IQ levels. These findings support the diagnostic utility of the RMF in epilepsy and underscore the moderating role of intelligence on RMF performance.

  19. Modification of bacterial cellulose through exposure to the rotating magnetic field.

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    Fijałkowski, Karol; Żywicka, Anna; Drozd, Radosław; Niemczyk, Agata; Junka, Adam Feliks; Peitler, Dorota; Kordas, Marian; Konopacki, Maciej; Szymczyk, Patrycja; Fray, Mirosława El; Rakoczy, Rafał

    2015-11-20

    The aim of the study was to assess the influence of rotating magnetic field (RMF) on production rate and quality parameters of bacterial cellulose synthetized by Glucanacetobacter xylinus. Bacterial cultures were exposed to RMF (frequency f=50Hz, magnetic induction B=34mT) for 72h at 28°C. The study revealed that cellulose obtained under RMF influence displayed higher water absorption, lower density and less interassociated microfibrils comparing to unexposed control. The application of RMF significantly increased the amount of obtained wet cellulose pellicles but decreased the weight and thickness of dry cellulose. Summarizing, the exposure of cellulose-synthesizing G. xylinus to RMF alters cellulose biogenesis and may offer a new biotechnological tool to control this process. As RMF-modified cellulose displays better absorbing properties comparing to non-modified cellulose, our finding, if developed, may find application in the production of dressings for highly exudative wounds.

  20. The filtration of molten 1XXX series aluminum alloys with rigid media tube filter

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    Hoshino, K.; Nishizaka, T.; Kakimoto, K.; Yoshida, T.

    1996-10-01

    Recently it has been increasing that molten 1XXX series aluminum alloys are filtered by Rigid Media Tube Filters (RMF). In that case, it occasionally happens that the pressure drop across the RMF rapidly increases in its relatively early stage of use. The authors have investigated inclusions captured in the RMF and conducted some model tests to define the cause. Consequently the mechanism of the rapid increase of pressure drop is given.

  1. Optical potential obtained from relativistic-mean-field theory-based microscopic nucleon-nucleon interaction: applied to cluster radioactive decays

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    Singh, BirBikram; Bhuyan, M.; Patra, S. K.; Gupta, Raj K.

    2012-02-01

    A microscopic nucleon-nucleon (NN) interaction is derived from the popular relativistic-mean-field (RMF) theory Lagrangian and used to obtain the optical potential by folding it with the RMF densities of cluster and daughter nuclei. The NN-interaction is remarkably related to the inbuilt fundamental parameters of RMF theory, and the results of the application of the so obtained optical potential, made to exotic cluster radioactive decays and α+α scattering, are found comparable to that for the well-known, phenomenological M3Y effective NN-interaction. The RMF-based NN-interaction can also be used to calculate a number of other nuclear observables.

  2. Recent Progress in Relativistic Many-Body Approach

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    Ban, S. F.; Geng, L. S.; Liu, L.; Long, W. H.; Meng, J.; Peng, J.; Yao, J. M.; Zhang, S. Q.; Zhou, S. G.

    The recent progress of the relativistic many-body approach by the group at Peking University will be reviewed. In particular, the adiabatic and configuration-fixed constrained triaxial RMF approaches, triaxial RMF approach with time-odd components, a Shell-model-Like APproach (SLAP), a Reflection ASymmetric RMF (RAS-RMF) approach, and a new relativistic Hartree-Fock (RHF) approach with density-dependent σ, ω, ρ and π meson-nucleon couplings for finite nuclei and nuclear matter, will be highlighted.

  3. Particle-number fluctuation of pairing correlations for Dy isotopes

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    Cheng, Ming-Jian; Liu, Lang; Zhang, Yi-Xin

    2015-10-01

    Within the relativistic mean field (RMF) theory, the ground state properties of dysprosium isotopes are studied using the shell-model-like approach (SLAP), in which pairing correlations are treated with particle-number conservation, and the Pauli blocking effects are taken into account exactly. For comparison, calculations of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) model with the RMF are also performed. It is found that the RMF+SLAP calculation results, as well as the RMF+BCS ones, reproduce the experimental binding energies and one- and two-neutron separation energies quite well. However, the RMF+BCS calculations give larger pairing energies than those obtained by the RMF+SLAP calculations, in particular for nuclei near the proton and neutron drip lines. This deviation is discussed in terms of the BCS particle-number fluctuation, which leads to the sizable deviation of pairing energies between the RMF+BCS and RMF+SLAP models, where the fluctuation of the particle number is eliminated automatically. Supported by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (JUSRP1035), National Natural Science Foundation of China (11305077)

  4. Moderate-intensity rotating magnetic fields do not affect bone quality and bone remodeling in hindlimb suspended rats.

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    Jing, Da; Cai, Jing; Wu, Yan; Shen, Guanghao; Zhai, Mingming; Tong, Shichao; Xu, Qiaoling; Xie, Kangning; Wu, Xiaoming; Tang, Chi; Xu, Xinmin; Liu, Juan; Guo, Wei; Jiang, Maogang; Luo, Erping

    2014-01-01

    Abundant evidence has substantiated the positive effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) and static magnetic fields (SMF) on inhibiting osteopenia and promoting fracture healing. However, the osteogenic potential of rotating magnetic fields (RMF), another common electromagnetic application modality, remains poorly characterized thus far, although numerous commercial RMF treatment devices have been available on the market. Herein the impacts of RMF on osteoporotic bone microarchitecture, bone strength and bone metabolism were systematically investigated in hindlimb-unloaded (HU) rats. Thirty two 3-month-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to the Control (n = 10), HU (n = 10) and HU with RMF exposure (HU+RMF, n = 12) groups. Rats in the HU+RMF group were subjected to daily 2-hour exposure to moderate-intensity RMF (ranging from 0.60 T to 0.38 T) at 7 Hz for 4 weeks. HU caused significant decreases in body mass and soleus muscle mass of rats, which were not obviously altered by RMF. Three-point bending test showed that the mechanical properties of femurs in HU rats, including maximum load, stiffness, energy absorption and elastic modulus were not markedly affected by RMF. µCT analysis demonstrated that 4-week RMF did not significantly prevent HU-induced deterioration of femoral trabecular and cortical bone microarchitecture. Serum biochemical analysis showed that RMF did not significantly change HU-induced decrease in serum bone formation markers and increase in bone resorption markers. Bone histomorphometric analysis further confirmed that RMF showed no impacts on bone remodeling in HU rats, as evidenced by unchanged mineral apposition rate, bone formation rate, osteoblast numbers and osteoclast numbers in cancellous bone. Together, our findings reveal that RMF do not significantly affect bone microstructure, bone mechanical strength and bone remodeling in HU-induced disuse osteoporotic rats. Our study indicates potentially

  5. Characteristics of FRC plasmas sustained in quasi-steady state by Rotating Magnetic Field in the FIX apparatus

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    Kitano, Katsuhisa; Inomoto, Michiaki; Fukuda, Takeshi; Okada, Shigefumi; Higashikozono, Takamitsu; Goto, Seiichi

    2004-11-01

    The FRC (Field Reversed Configuration) plasma has been successfully produced and sustained in quasi-steady-state by the application of RMF (Rotating Magnetic Field) in FIX (FRC Injection eXperiment). The transverse RMF was applied to drive toroidal current and sustain FRC at frequencies between ion and electron cyclotron resonances. The experiment was carried out using the metal chamber. The inner radius of the chamber is 0.4m and 4 RMF antennas are located at r=0.3m. By the application of RMF, the axial field was reversed whilst the external field was increased by 50turned off. It has been hereby found that no rotating n=2 distortion was observed despite its small normalized radius of 0.5, which is contrary to the previous experiments in ROTAMAK, STX and TCS. In addition, it was confirmed that the decrement of the axial field is proportional to the RMF frequency (<160kHz) and magnetic strength.

  6. Conditional pair distribution functions for ideal fluids. (Spanish Title: Funciones de distribución de pares condicionales para fluidos ideales)

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    Zurbriggen, E.; Rohrmann, R. D.

    The description of the microscopical spatial structure of a gas in equilibrium can be enriched by using the so-called space partition method. This thermo-statistical formalism makes use of a novel kind of conditional pair distribution function denoted g_{vv'}. The aim of the present work is to continue the analysis of the function g_{vv'} for gases composed of independent, randomly distributed particles.

  7. Funcion del "Vulgo" en la Preception Dramatica de la Edad de Oro (The Function of the "Masses" in the Didactic Drama of the [Spanish] Golden Age).

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    Porqueras Mayo, A.; Sanchez Escribano, F.

    1967-01-01

    A concept of the masses, or populace, conveyed a positive connotation in both Biblical and Renaissance literature. During Spain's Golden Age (seventeenth century) writers, especially didactic dramatists, tended to register negative and prejudiced attitudes toward the common folk and to regard them as "masa inculta" or uncultured masses. Primarily,…

  8. La intimidacion en el comienzo de la adolescencia: La funcion del grupo social (Bullying in Early Adolescence: The Role of the Peer Group). ERIC Digest.

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    Espelage, Dorothy L.

    One notable gap in the evolving literature on bullying and victimization during early adolescence is the role that peers play in promoting such behavior by either reinforcing the aggressor, failing to intervene to stop the victimization, or affiliating with students who bully. This Spanish-language Digest looks at the limited research available on…

  9. Personal de enfermería asume diversas funciones con expansión de programas de gestión para pacientes

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    Artículo sobre los profesionales de enfermería oncológica que ayudan a los pacientes durante todas las etapas de la atención oncológica, desde los exámenes de detección y el diagnóstico, hasta el tratamiento y la supervivencia.

  10. The Star Thrust Experiment, rotating magnetic field current drive in the field reversed configuration

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    Miller, Kenneth Elric

    2001-11-01

    The Star Thrust Experiment (STX) has formed and sustained the Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) with a Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) operated at a strength of 25 G and a frequency of 350 kHz. The RMF was generated with two IGBT switched solid state power supplies capable of delivering 2 MW each. Plasmas were typically 2 m long by 0.2m in radius and consisted of fully ionized deuterium at temperatures of 60 eV and peak densities of 5 × 1018m- 3. The primary diagnostic was an extremely small 24 channel berylia jacketed internal magnetic probe that was used to make measurements as a function of time, radius, and axial position. These measurements when combined with the FRC's unique geometry and equilibrium relationships determined many other important plasma parameters. Axial confining fields of 100 G maintained a true vacuum boundary around the plasma and allowed for the study of FRC RMF equilibrium interactions. Key findings are that the RMF maintained a near zero separatrix pressure, penetrated only partially, and drove strong radial and axial flows. Issues discussed include the importance of the RMF driving an axial current distribution consistent with that of the FRC, possible benefits of varying the average beta condition, and potential RMF antenna length limits set by the tendency of driven axial flows to screen the RMF from the plasma.

  11. Plasma Flow and Equilibrium Considerations in the STX Experiment

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    Miller, K. E.; Slough, J. T.

    2001-10-01

    The STX experiment was operated during the construction phase of TCS, primarily to investigate the ability of the Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) to directly form an FRC, without the usual theta pinch technology. STX utilized a 25G RMF at 350kHz to form 2m long by 0.2m radius FRCs. Plasmas were typically fully ionized deuterium with a temperature of 60 eV and a peak density of 5x10^18m-3. Axial confining fields of 100G maintained a true vacuum boundary around the plasma and allowed for the study of FRC RMF equilibrium interactions. Key findings are that the RMF drove strong radial and axial flows, produced radial profiles markedly different from those of theta pinch formed FRCs, and resulted in enhanced particle and energy confinement. Although the FRCs were usually not sustained, they evolved into an interesting mirror like configuration that also exhibited enhanced particle and energy confinement. Issues discussed include the importance of the RMF driving an azimuthal current distribution consistent with that of the FRC, possible benefits of varying the average beta condition, and potential RMF antenna length limits set by the tendency of driven axial flows to screen the RMF from the plasma.

  12. Spin-orbit and orbit-orbit strengths for the radioactive neutron-rich doubly magic nucleus {sup 132}Sn in relativistic mean-field theory

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    Liang Haozhao; Zhao Pengwei; Li Lulu; Meng Jie

    2011-01-15

    Relativistic mean-field (RMF) theory is applied to investigate the properties of the radioactive neutron-rich doubly magic nucleus {sup 132}Sn and the corresponding isotopes and isotones. The two-neutron and two-proton separation energies are well reproduced by the RMF theory. In particular, the RMF results agree with the experimental single-particle spectrum in {sup 132}Sn as well as the Nilsson spin-orbit parameter C and orbit-orbit parameter D thus extracted, but remarkably differ from the traditional Nilsson parameters. Furthermore, the present results provide a guideline for the isospin dependence of the Nilsson parameters.

  13. Structure and probable genetic location of a "ribosome modulation factor" associated with 100S ribosomes in stationary-phase Escherichia coli cells.

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    Wada, A; Yamazaki, Y; Fujita, N; Ishihama, A

    1990-04-01

    The decrease in overall translation activity occurring concomitantly with the transition from the exponential growth phase to the stationary phase of Escherichia coli cells was found to be accompanied by the appearance of 100S ribosomes (dimers of 70S ribosome monomers). Analysis of ribosomal proteins by the radical-free and highly reducing method of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis indicated that a protein, designated protein E, was exclusively associated with 100S ribosomes. From the results, we propose that protein E is a "ribosome modulation factor" (RMF), which associates with 70S ribosomes and converts them to a dimeric form. A homology search of the partial amino acid sequence of RMF using the DNA sequence data bases revealed that the rmf gene, which encodes RMF, is located next to the fabA gene at 21.8 min on the E. coli chromosome.

  14. 40 CFR 1065.705 - Residual and intermediate residual fuel.

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    2010-07-01

    ... specifications for fuels meeting the definition of residual fuel in 40 CFR 80.2, including fuels marketed as... for Residual Fuel Characteristic Unit Category ISO-F- RMA 30 RMB 30 RMD 80 RME 180 RMF 180 RMG 380...

  15. 40 CFR 1065.705 - Residual and intermediate residual fuel.

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    2011-07-01

    ... specifications for fuels meeting the definition of residual fuel in 40 CFR 80.2, including fuels marketed as... for Residual Fuel Characteristic Unit Category ISO-F- RMA 30 RMB 30 RMD 80 RME 180 RMF 180 RMG 380...

  16. Bridgman Growth of Germanium Crystals in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Volz, M. P.; Szofran, F. R.; Cobb, S. D.; Schweizer, M.; Walker, J. S.

    2005-01-01

    A series of (100)-oriented gallium-doped germanium crystals has been grown by the vertical Bridgman method and under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). Time-dependent flow instabilities occur when the critical magnetic Taylor number (Tm(sup c)) is exceeded, and this can be observed by noting the appearance of striations in the grown crystals. Tm(sup c) decreases as the aspect ratio of the melt increases, and approaches the theoretical limit expected for an infinite cylinder. Intentional interface demarcations are introduced by pulsing the RMF on and off The RMF has a marked affect on the interface shape, changing it from concave to nearly flat as the RMF strength is increased.

  17. Bridgman Growth of Germanium Crystals in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Volz, M. P.; Walker, J. S.; Schweizer, M.; Cobb, S. D.; Szofran, F. R.

    2004-01-01

    A series of (100)-oriented gallium-doped germanium crystals have been grown by the Bridgman method and under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). Time-dependent flow instabilities occur when the critical magnetic Taylor number (Tm(sup c) is exceeded, and this can be observed by noting the appearance of striations in the grown crystals. The experimental data indicate that Tm(sup c) increases as the aspect ratio of the melt decreases. Modeling calculations predicting Tm(sup c) as a function of aspect ratio are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data. The RMF has a marked affect on the interface shape, changing it from concave to nearly flat as the RMF strength is increased. Also, by pulsing the RMF on and off, it is shown that intentional interface demarcations can be introduced.

  18. Off-shell effects in the relativistic mean field model and their role in CC (anti)neutrino scattering at MiniBooNE kinematics

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    Ivanov, M. V.; González-Jiménez, R.; Caballero, J. A.; Barbaro, M. B.; Donnelly, T. W.; Udías, J. M.

    2013-11-01

    The relativistic mean field (RMF) model is used to describe nucleons in the nucleus and thereby to evaluate the effects of having dynamically off-shell spinors. Compared with free, on-shell nucleons as employed in some other models, within the RMF nucleons are described by relativistic spinors with strongly enhanced lower components. In this work it is seen that for MiniBooNE kinematics, neutrino charged-current quasielastic cross sections show some sensitivity to these off-shell effects, while for the antineutrino-nucleus case the total cross sections are seen to be essentially independent of the enhancement of the lower components. As was found to be the case when comparing the RMF results with the neutrino-nucleus data, the present impulse approximation predictions within the RMF also fall short of the MiniBooNE antineutrino-nucleus data.

  19. Magnetoresistance of Rippled Graphene in a Parallel Magnetic Field

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    Wakabayashi, Junichi; Sano, Tomoya

    2011-12-01

    The magnetoresistance of a monolayer graphene in a random magnetic field(RMF) with zero mean has been investigated. The RMF was produced by applying a magnetic field parallel to the graphene plane utilizing ripples. The magnetoresistance has shown the same magnetic field dependence and, unexpectedly, the same carrier density dependence as the conventional two-dimensional electron systems in random magnetic fields. The relation between the characteristic length of ripples and the magnitude of the magnetoresistance is discussed.

  20. Neutron Skin and Equation of State in Asymmetric Nuclear Matter

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    Yoshida, Satoshi; Sagawa, Hiroyuki

    2005-12-01

    Neutron skin thickness of stable and unstable nuclei are studied by using Skyrme Hartree-Fock (SHF) models and relativistic mean field (RMF) models in relation with the pressure of EOS in neutron matter. We found a clear linear correlation between the neutron skin sizes in heavy nuclei, 132Sn and 208Pb and the pressure of neutron matter in both SHF and RMF, while the correlation is weak in unstable nuclei 32Mg and 44Ar.

  1. Approximate quantitative relationships for rotating magnetic field current drive

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    Hugrass, W. N.; Ohnishi, M.

    1999-08-01

    A simplified model for the rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive in an infinitely long cylindrical plasma is used to obtain approximate relationships between the fluid flow velocities, collisionality and degree of nonlinearity. These approximate relationships provide simple quantitative estimates for the basic conditions required for the RMF current drive technique to be applied successfully. In particular, the condition required for the motion of the ion fluid not to be flux-preserving, is evaluated quantitatively for the first time.

  2. Nilsson parameters κ and μ in relativistic mean field models

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    Sulaksono, A.; Mart, T.; Bahri, C.

    2005-03-01

    Nilsson parameters κ and μ have been studied in the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) models. They are used to investigate the reason why RMF models give a relatively good prediction of the spin-orbit splitting but fail to reproduce the placement of the states with different orbital angular momenta. Instead of the relatively small effective mass M*, the independence of M* from the angular momentum l is found to be the reason.

  3. Observations of improved confinement in field reversed configurations sustained by antisymmetric rotating magnetic fields

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    Guo, H.Y.; Hoffman, A.L.; Steinhauer, L.C.

    2005-06-15

    Rotating magnetic fields (RMF) have been employed to both form and sustain currents in field reversed configurations (FRC). A major concern about this method has been the fear of opening up magnetic field lines with even small ratios of vacuum RMF B{sub {omega}} to external confinement field B{sub e}. A recently proposed innovation was to use an antisymmetric arrangement of RMF, but vacuum calculations with full RMF penetration showed that very low values of B{sub {omega}}/B{sub e} would still be required to provide field-line closure. Recent comparisons of symmetric and antisymmetric RMF drive on the translation, confinement, and sustainment (TCS) facility [A. L. Hoffman, H. Y. Guo, J. T. Slough et al., Fusion Sci. Technol. 41, 92 (2002)] have shown strong improvements in the basic confinement properties of the FRCs when using antisymmetric drive, even with ratios of B{sub {omega}}/B{sub e} as high as 0.3. This is due to normal standard operation with only partial penetration of the RMF beyond the FRC separatrix. The uniform transverse RMF in vacuum is shielded by the conducting plasma, resulting in a mostly azimuthal field near the FRC separatrix with a very small radial component. Simple numerical calculations using analytical solutions for the partially penetrated antisymmetric RMF, superimposed on Grad-Shafranov solutions for the poloidal FRC fields, show good field-line closure for the TCS experimental conditions. The antisymmetric arrangement also leads to more efficient current drive and improved stabilization of rotational modes.

  4. Generation of Whistler Wave by a Rotating Magnetic Field Source

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    Karavaev, A.; Papadopoulos, K.; Shao, X.; Sharma, A. S.; Gigliotti, A.; Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.; Vincena, S.

    2008-12-01

    The interaction of Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF) with plasmas is a fundamental plasma physics problem with implications to fusion related Field-Reversed Configurations (FRC), space propulsion, astronaut protection from cosmic rays in long interstellar travel, control of the energetic population in the radiation belts and near zone processes in pulsar magnetospheres. In this paper we report recent experiments on the generation of whistler waves with a new type RMF-based antenna. The experiments were conducted on UCLA's Large Plasma Device (LAPD). The Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) is created using poly-phased loop antennas. A number of parameter combinations, e.g. plasma density, background magnetic field, and driving current, were used. It was found that RMF created by a two phase-delayed loop antenna drives significant currents along the ambient magnetic field. The measured amplitude of induced wave field was proportional to the square-root of the plasma density. The spatial decay rate for the wave perturbation across the background magnetic field was found to scale with the plasma skin depth. A small amplitude second harmonic was also measured. The paper will also present analytic and simulation results that account for the experimental results; in particular, the scaling of the induced magnetic field as a function of the RMF and plasma parameters and the spatial decay rate of magnetic field. Applications of RMF as an efficient radiation source of plasma waves in space plasmas will be discussed. This work was sponsored by ONR MURI Grant 5-28828

  5. Theoretical and experimental studies of high-beta plasmas formed by odd-parity rotating magnetic fields

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    Cohen, Samuel

    2007-11-01

    Hamiltonian simulations of ion and electron heating by odd-parity rotating magnetic fields applied to FRC plasmas have predicted rapid heating of both electrons and ions to multi-keV temperatures, even at low relative RMF strengths. Both the onset of heating and saturation of energy have been explained by perturbation analysis in stochastic theory. These simulations assumed full RMF penetration to the major axis and collisionless particle trajectories, the latter expected in fusion reactor. However, most present RMF/FRC experiments do not achieve full RMF penetration and operate in a low-temperature collisional regime, far from fusion-reactor conditions. Recent experiments at Princeton, which employ commercial off-the-shelf hardware and non-invasive diagnostics and which use, for the first time in FRC research, remote divertor chambers, have achieved a thousand-fold reduction in collisionality to below 0.001, volume-averaged beta above 0.5, electron temperatures above 200 eV, and full penetration of the RMF while avoiding the radiation barrier encountered by other RMF/FRC experiments. Comparisons between theory and experiment show the important role of infrequent collisions, particularly with neutrals. Motivations for a superconducting next-step FRC and design considerations for a car-sized practical FRC reactor will be described.

  6. Power Coupling of the Rotating Magnetic Field to the Plasma in the Translation, Confinement and Sustainment Experiment

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    Tobin, Stephen; Schrank, Louis; Wurden, Glen; Brooks, Bob; Crawford, Ed; Guo, Houyang; Hoffman, Alan; Lotz, Dan; Slough, John; Votroubek, George

    2000-10-01

    Experimental results utilizing the rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive system at TCS are presented. The procedure at TCS is to form a hot, FRC (RFTP method); translate it to the confinement chamber; then drive a poloidal current in it with a RMF so that the magnetic flux is sustained. The goal is to sustain the flux so that the lifetime of the FRC becomes limited by particle inventory rather that resistive flux losses, as is presently the case. In addition, the RMF can form FRCs from a pre-ionized gas fill. Experiments to date have been conducted with the following properties: RMF field strengths of about 25 G (1 mWb flux), densities of about 0.5x10^19 m-3, electron temperatures of about 100 eV, and external fields of 150 G. This poster will address the coupling of the RMF power to the plasma, in particular, how this coupling varies with density and RMF properties (field strength, frequency, pulse width and relative phasing).

  7. BACKPRESSURE TESTING OF ROTARY MICROFILTER DISKS

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    Fowley, M.; Herman, D.

    2011-04-14

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), under the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), is modifying and testing the SpinTek{trademark} rotary microfilter (RMF) for radioactive filtration service in the Department of Energy (DOE) complex. The RMF has been shown to improve filtration throughput when compared to other conventional methods such as cross-flow filtration. A concern with the RMF was that backpressure, or reverse flow through the disk, would damage the filter membranes. Reverse flow might happen as a result of an inadvertent valve alignment during flushing. Testing was completed in the Engineering Development Laboratory (EDL) located in SRNL to study the physical effects of backpressure as well as to determine the maximum allowable back-pressure for RMF disks. The RMF disks tested at the EDL were manufactured by SpinTek{trademark} Filtration and used a Pall Corporation PMM050 filter membrane (0.5 micron nominal pore size) made from 316L stainless steel. Early versions of the RMF disks were made from synthetic materials that were incompatible with caustic solutions and radioactive service as well as being susceptible to delaminating when subjected to backpressure. Figure 1-1 shows the essential components of the RMF; 3 rotating disks and 3 stationary turbulence promoters (or shear elements) are shown. Figure 1-2 show the assembly view of a 25 disk RMF proposed for use at the Savannah River Site (SRS) and at the Hanford Facility. The purpose of the testing discussed in this report was to determine the allowable backpressure for RMF disks as well as study the physical effects of backpressure on RMF disks made with the Pall PMM050 membrane. This was accomplished by pressurizing the disks in the reverse flow direction (backpressure) until the test limit was reached or until membrane failure occurred. Backpressure was applied to the disks with air while submerged in deionized (DI) water. This method provided a visual

  8. Absence of Respiratory Muscle Fatigue in High-Intensity Continuous or Interval Cycling Exercise.

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    Kurti, Stephanie P; Smith, Joshua R; Emerson, Sam R; Castinado, Kenneth M; Harms, Craig A

    2015-11-01

    Respiratory muscle fatigue (RMF) occurs during prolonged exercise (∼15-20 minutes) at >85% V[Combining Dot Above]O2max. However, RMF has been reported to occur in ∼3-6 minutes in various modes of exercise at a high intensity. It is not known if continuous cycling exercise vs. repeated bouts of high-intensity interval training (HIT) at >85% V[Combining Dot Above]O2max will lead to RMF. We hypothesized that RMF would occur after a constant load test and would be present before end exercise in an HIT protocol. Eight moderately active healthy men (21.7 ± 1.7 years; 181.3 ± 5.2 cm; 81.3 ± 2.3 kg) completed a V[Combining Dot Above]O2max test on a cycle ergometer. Subjects then completed 2 bouts of HIT (7 × 1 minute, 2-minute recovery between intervals) and 3 bouts of continuous exercise (CE) tests at 90% of peak power (determined from an incremental exercise test to exhaustion). Maximal inspiratory pressure (PIMAX) and expiratory pressure (PEMAX) were measured pre- and post-exercise for both HIT and CE and after each interval during HIT. Decreases in postexercise PIMAX and PEMAX compared with baseline were used to determine RMF. There were no differences (p > 0.05) in PIMAX or PEMAX pre- to post-exercise for HIT (PIMAX pre: 134 ± 51, post: 135 ± 50 cmH2O; PEMAX pre: 143 ± 41, post: 148 ± 46 cmH2O) or CE (PIMAX pre: 135 ± 54, post: 133 ± 52 cmH2O; PEMAX pre: 146 ± 46, post: 148 ± 46 cmH2O) indicating RMF was not present following CE and HIT. These data suggest that repeated high-intensity cycling exercise at 90% peak power in a CE or HIT protocol does not lead to RMF.

  9. Systemic Functional Linguistics and Discourse Analysis as Alternatives When Dealing with Texts (La lingüística sistémica funcional y el análisis del discurso como alternativas para trabajar con textos)

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    García Montes, Paula Andrea; Sagre Barboza, Ana María; Lacharme Olascoaga, Alba Isabel

    2014-01-01

    This article presents a case study research with aims to find out which activities, methodological and textual aspects used in a reading strategies course were causing a group of students difficulties when analyzing critically written information. We conducted the study at Universidad de Córdoba (Colombia) with seventh semester students from the…

  10. Regulación del flujo sanguíneo uterino. I. Funciones de estrógeno y receptores estrogénicos α/β en el endotelio vascular uterino durante el embarazo

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    Mayra, Pastore R.; Rosalina, Villalón L.; López, Gladys; Iruretagoyena, Jesús; Magness, Ronald

    2015-01-01

    Resumen El estrógeno y los receptores estrogénicos clásicos (REs), RE-α y RE-β, han demostrado ser parcialmente responsable por las adaptaciones endoteliales uterinas durante el embarazo al corto y largo plazo. Las diferencias moleculares y estructurales, junto con los diferentes efectos causados por estos receptores en las células y los tejidos, sugieren que su función varía dependiendo de la manera en la cual el estrógeno se comunica con sus receptores. En ésta revisión bibliográfica se discuten la función del estrógeno y sus receptores clásicos en las adaptaciones cardiovasculares durante el embarazo y la expresión de los Res in vivo e in vitro en el endotelio de la arteria uterina durante el ciclo ovárico y el embarazo, a la vez comparado con la expresión en endotelio arterial de tejidos reproductivos y no reproductivos. Estos temas integran el conocimiento actual de este amplio campo científico con interpretaciones e hipótesis diversas relacionadas con los efectos estrogénicos mediados bien sea por uno o los dos REs. Esta revisión también incluye la relación con las adaptaciones vasodilatadoras y angiogénicas requeridas para modular el dramático incremento fisiológico en la perfusión útero-placentaria observada durante un embarazo normal. PMID:26113750

  11. [Guidelines for the surgical treatment of the movement disorders and epilepsy. Grupo de Cirugía Funcional de la Sociedad Española de Neurocirugía (SENEC)].

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    Guridi, Jorge

    2009-08-01

    The guidelines for the surgical treatment of the movement disorders and epilepsy have been performed by the functional and stereotactic group of the Spanish Society of Neurosugery (SENEC). The guidelines are recomendations in terms of indication for surgery including timing and methods. The format are supported by prospective studies based in scientific evidence and the expert opinion of the group.

  12. La Hipotesis Funcional y la Aparicion de Sujeto no Nominal: El Espanol de Puerto Rico (The Functional Hypothesis and the Appearance of a Non-Nominative Subject: The Spanish of Puerto Rico).

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    Morales, Amparo

    1997-01-01

    Discusses the Puerto Rican dialect and its peculiar placement of subject pronouns. Notes the linguistic variety in the dialect as well as its use of verbs connotating mental and communicative activity and constructions of relativity. These distinctions give rise to the functional hypothesis to account for the peculiarities of Spanish in the…

  13. The effect of rotating magnetic field on the microstructure of in situ TiB2/Cu composites

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    Zou, C.; Kang, H.; Li, R.; Li, M.; Wang, W.; Chen, Z.; Wang, T.

    2016-03-01

    Nano ceramic particulate reinforced metal matrix composites are confronted with the problem of particle aggregation emerging in the process of solidification. It sharply deteriorates the mechanical properties of the composites. In order to improve the microstructure and particle distribution, in situ TiB2/Cu composites were prepared using Ti and Cu-B master alloys in a vacuum medium frequency induction furnace equipped with a rotating magnetic field (RMF). The effect of RMF magnetic field intensity employed on the microstructure and particles distribution of the TiB2/Cu composites were investigated. The results show that with the applied RMF, TiB2 particles are homogeneously distributed in the copper matrix, which significantly improves the mechanical properties of TiB2/Cu composites. The mechanism of RMF may be ascribed to the following two aspects. On the one hand, the electromagnetic body force generated by appropriate RMF drives forced convection in the equatorial plane of composite melt during solidification. On the other hand, a secondary flow in the meridional plane is engendered by a radial pressure gradient, thus making a strong agitation in the melt. These two effects result in a homogenous dispersion of TiB2 particles in the copper matrix, and hence excellent properties of TiB2/Cu composites were obtained.

  14. Application of Rotating Magnetic Fields to THM Growth Process: Te-CdTe

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    LeClair, Mark; Worlikar, Ani; Motakef, Shariar; Gillies, Donald C.

    1998-01-01

    The numerical simulation of ongoing traveling heater method (THM) solution growth experiments of CdTe from Te solvent and the influence of a Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) on control of convection in the solution zone is presented. The application of RMF is pursued as a means to actively control thermo-solutal convection in the solution zone which otherwise would be dominated by buoyancy forces. Numerical simulation and scaling analysis are used to generate a flow-regime map demarcating the boundary separating the buoyancy- and RMF-driven convection in the solution zone. Results indicate that whereas at low gravity levels the application of RMF can completely overwhelm buoyancy-induced convection, at normal gravity levels the successful control of convection by RMF requires use of fairly thin solvent zones. Simulation results also indicate that field strengths required to dominate natural convection on earth may lead to instabilities and transition to turbulence, and an associated deleterious effect on the quality of grown crystals. These and other simulations results are discussed in reference to experimental evidence.

  15. Rotating magnetic field current drive of high-temperature field reversed configurations with high ζ scaling

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    Guo, H. Y.; Hoffman, A. L.; Milroy, R. D.

    2007-11-01

    Greatly reduced recycling and impurity ingestion in the Translation, Confinement, and Sustainment—Upgrade (TCSU) device has allowed much higher plasma temperatures to be achieved in the field reversed configurations (FRC) under rotating magnetic field (RMF) formation and sustainment. The hotter plasmas have higher magnetic fields and much higher diamagnetic electron rotation rates so that the important ratio of average electron rotation frequency to RMF frequency, called ζ, approaches unity, for the first time, in TCSU. A large fraction of the RMF power is absorbed by an as yet unexplained (anomalous) mechanism directly proportional to the square of the RMF magnitude. It becomes of relatively lesser significance as the FRC current increases, and simple resistive heating begins to dominate, but the anomalous absorption is useful for initial plasma heating. Measurements of total absorbed power, and comparisons of applied RMF torque to torque on the electrons due to electron-ion friction under high-ζ operation, over a range of temperatures and fields, have allowed the separation of the classical Ohmic and anomalous heating to be inferred, and cross-field plasma resistivities to be calculated.

  16. Interactive effects of elevated carbon dioxide and environmental stresses on root mass fraction in plants: a meta-analytical synthesis using pairwise techniques.

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    Wang, Xianzhong; Taub, Daniel R

    2010-05-01

    Rising atmospheric CO(2) greatly enhances plant production, but its effect on biomass allocation, particularly in the presence of environmental stresses, is not well understood. Here, we used meta-analysis combined with pairwise techniques to examine root mass fraction (RMF; i.e., the fraction of root to total biomass) as affected by elevated CO(2) and environmental stresses. Our results showed that lower soil fertility increased RMF and the magnitude was similar for ambient and elevated CO(2)-grown plants. Lower soil water also increased RMF, but to a greater extent at elevated than at ambient CO(2). While CO(2) enrichment had little effect on the magnitude of O(3)-caused reduction in RMF in herbaceous species, it alleviated the adverse effect of higher O(3) on root production in woody species. These results demonstrate that CO(2) has less pronounced effects on RMF than other environmental factors. Under abiotic stresses, e.g., drought and higher O(3), elevated CO(2)-grown plants will likely increase biomass allocation below-ground. Because of the non-uniform changes in drought and O(3) projected for different parts of the world, we conclude that elevated CO(2) will have regional, but not global, effects on biomass allocation under various global change scenarios. PMID:20155287

  17. Flux buildup in FRCs using rotating magnetic fields

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    Hoffman, Alan L.

    1999-11-01

    FRCs have a purely diamagnetic current with a line density magnitude I' = Δ B/μo just sufficient to reverse the external confinement field. This results in an average electron rotational velocity ωr ≈ j_e/ner. A rotating magnetic field (RMF) causes the electrons to oscillate along the axial field lines and creates an azimuthal EMF equal to . This EMF will act to overcome the η_⊥j_θ resistive loss and result in flux buildup if the RMF frequency ω exceeds ω_r. The RMF penetration is approximately δ = (2η_allel/μ_o\\varpi)^1/2 where \\varpi = ω-ωr is the effective frequency seen in the electron frame of reference, and the resultant total electron drive is strongly peaked at small \\varpi where δ^* = r_s, the FRC separatrix radius. As the FRC expands due to flux buildup ωr will change and strongly affect the RMF drive. This interplay between RMF drive and FRC equilibrium has been studied using the type of analytic solutions first derived by Hugrass^1 for rigid rotor rotations. Results are compared with flux buildup and sustainment measurements in the STX device, and the implications for larger devices are discussed. Support by USDOE. ^1W.N. Hugrass, Aust. J. Phys. 39, 513 (1986).

  18. Forced Flow and Solidification Process of Sn-3.5%Pb Melt in Hollow Billet Under Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Yan, Zhiming; Chen, Meiling; Teng, Yingli; Yang, Jun; Yang, Li; Gao, Hong

    2015-02-01

    An experimental study with respect to the influence of rotating magnetic field (RMF) on the forced flow, solidification process, and microstructure of Sn-3.5%Pb melt in hollow billet is investigated. The result shows that when the voltage intensity is 100 V, the maximum rotary angular velocity can reach to 30.672 rad/s. While the solidification time is 360 s, the maximum rotary angular velocity is only 2.4 rad/s. The RMF decreases the sump depth and gets the sump shape shallower and flatter. The microstructures are greatly refined with the enhancement of voltage intensities. When the voltage intensity is 100 V, the grain size is refined from 186 to 65 μm. Consequences on the occurrence by RMF are discussed.

  19. Could non-destructive methodologies enhance the microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in pipeline systems?

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    Al-Abbas, F.; Kakpovbia, A.; Mishra, B.; Olson, D.; Spear, J.

    2013-01-01

    Stringent corrosion management programs are being deployed by oil and gas industry to ensure the integrity of pipeline systems. Parts of this program are the corrosion protection systems and inspection detection methods included non-destructive techniques. Those measures induce remnant magnetic field (RMF) in the pipeline steel. Potentially the RMF could affect the corrosion process in the pipeline including microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). Microorganisms in pipelines have surface charges and produce a wide variety of metabolic products. Consequently, when they are exposed to RMF generated at the linepipe steel surface by the aforementioned sources there will be potential effects. This sequentially will increase the likelihood of biofilm formation and hence enhance/promote MIC. This study investigates the potential effects of RFM on the MIC by sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB).

  20. Calculations of tangential neutral beam injection current drive efficiency for present moderate flux FRCs

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    Lifschitz, A. F.; Farengo, R.; Hoffman, A. L.

    2004-09-01

    A Monte Carlo code is employed to study tangential neutral beam injection into moderate flux field reversed configurations (FRCs) sustained by rotating magnetic fields (RMFs). The dimensions of the FRC are similar to those obtained in the Translation, Confinement and Sustainment (TCS) experiment. Two injection geometries are considered. In one case the beam is injected through the ends, at a small angle to the FRC axis while in the other the beam is injected almost perpendicularly, at some point along the separatrix. The current drive efficiency and the deposited power are calculated employing plasma parameters that can be expected in future experiments on TCS. It is shown that, although the RMF degrades beam confinement, relatively high efficiencies can be obtained provided the RMF does not penetrate too deeply into the plasma. Since the torque deposited by the neutral beam can balance the torque deposited by the RMF, the simultaneous use of both methods appears to be a very attractive option.

  1. Relativistic mean field for nuclear periphery

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    Gambhir, Y. K.; Bhagwat, A. A.

    2002-09-01

    The antiproton annihilation experiments help to extract so-called peripheral factors representing the ratio of neutron to proton densities at the annihilation site that is about 2.5 fm away from the half-density radius of the nucleus. The relativistic mean field (RMF) approach is used to calculate the peripheral factors. The RMF equations (with frozen gap) and relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov (RHB) equations (with finite range Gogny interaction-D1S for pairing) are solved employing the basis expansion method. The RHB equations are also solved in the coordinate space using a large box (30 fm); with an effective zero range density dependent interaction (consistent with Gogny D1S interaction) for pairing. The results are analyzed to ascertain quantitatively the effect of using these different techniques for solving the RMF/RHB equations. The calculated peripheral factors obtained by solving RHB equations in the coordinate space are relatively closer to the corresponding experimental values.

  2. Antikaons in neutron star studied with recent versions of relativistic mean-field models

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    Gupta, Neha; Arumugam, P.

    2013-03-01

    We study the impact of additional couplings in the relativistic mean field (RMF) models, in conjunction with antikaon condensation, on various neutron star properties. We analyze different properties such as in-medium antikaon and nucleon effective masses, antikaon energies, chemical potentials and the mass-radius relations of neutron star (NS). We calculate the NS properties with the RMF (NL3), E-RMF (G1, G2) and FSU2.1 models, which are quite successful in explaining several finite nuclear properties. Our results show that the onset of kaon condensation in NS strongly depends on the parameters of the Lagrangian, especially the additional couplings which play a significant role at higher densities where antikaons dominate the behavior of equation of state.

  3. NIMROD validation using 3-axis probe data from the TCSU experiment

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    Milroy, Richard; Velas, Katherine

    2013-10-01

    Recent analysis the data from a 3-axis translatable magnetic probe on the TCSU experiment has revealed new details of the magnetic structure of rotating magnetic field (RMF) sustained FRCs. This data was acquired from TCSU just prior to its shutdown in 2011. This analysis which reveals the 3D structure of the magnetic field shows the field lines are opened and relatively short with even-parity current drive, but can be much longer with odd-parity current drive. A torque analysis has revealed new details about the flow of magnetic torque due to both the RMF field and the steady component of the field. This detailed magnetic data provides a good platform for the validation of numerical simulations, and will be compared with predictions from the NIMROD code, which has been adapted to simulate the formation and sustainment of FRCs using Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF).

  4. Waves in plasmas generated by a rotating magnetic field and implications to radiation belts

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    Karavaev, Alexey V.

    The interaction of rotating magnetic fields (RMF) with magnetized plasmas is a fundamental plasma physics problem with implications to a wide range of areas, including laboratory and space plasma physics. Despite the importance of the topic the basic physics of the phenomenon remains unexplored. An important application of a RMF is its potential use as an efficient radiation source of low frequency waves in space plasmas, including whistler and shear Alfvéen waves (SAW) for controlled remediation of energetic particles in the Earth's radiation belts. In this dissertation the RMF waves generated in magnetized plasma are studied using numerical simulations with a semi-analytical three-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) model and experiments on the generation of whistler and magnetohydrodynamic waves conducted in UCLA's Large Plasma Device. Comparisons of the simulation results with the experimental measurements, namely, measured spatiotemporal wave structures, dispersion relation with finite transverse wave number, wave amplitude dependence on plasma and RMF source parameters, show good agreement in both the whistler and MHD wave regimes. In both the experiments and the 3D MHD simulations a RMF source was found to be very efficient in the generation of MHD and whistler waves with arbitrary polarizations. The RMF source drives significant field aligned plasma currents confined by the ambient magnetic field for both the whistler and MHD wave regimes, resulting in efficient transport of wave energy along the ambient magnetic field. The efficient transfer of the wave energy results in slow decay rates of the wave amplitude along the ambient magnetic field. The circular polarization of the waves generated by the RMF source, slow amplitude decay rate along the ambient magnetic field and nonzero transverse wave number determined by the RMF source size lead to nonlocal gradients of the wave magnetic field in the direction perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field. A

  5. Bridgman Growth of Germanium Crystals in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Volz, M. P.; Schweizer, M.; Cobb, S. D.; Walker, J. S.; Szofran, F. R.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A series of (100)-oriented gallium-doped germanium crystals have been grown by the Bridgman method and under the influence of a rotating magnetic field (RMF). The RMF has a marked affect on the interface shape, changing it from concave to nearly flat. The onset of time-dependent flow instabilities occurs when the critical magnetic Taylor number is exceeded, and this can be observed by noting the appearance of striations in the grown crystals. The critical magnetic Taylor number is a sensitive function of the aspect ratio and, as the crystal grows under a constant applied magnetic field, the induced striations change from nonperiodic to periodic, undergo a period-doubling transition, and then cease to exist. Also, by pulsing the RMF on and off, it is shown that intentional interface demarcations can be introduced.

  6. Superscaling Predictions for Neutral Current Quasielastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering

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    Martinez, M. C.; Udias, J. M.; Caballero, J. A.; Donnelly, T. W.

    2008-02-08

    The application of superscaling ideas to predict neutral-current (NC) quasielastic (QE) neutrino cross sections is investigated. The relativistic impulse approximation (RIA) using the same relativistic mean field potential (RMF) for both initial and final nucleons -- a model that reproduces the experimental (e,e{sup '}) scaling function -- is used to illustrate our findings. While NC reactions are apparently not well suited for scaling analyses, to a large extent, the RIA-RMF predictions do exhibit superscaling. Independence of the scaled response on the nuclear species is very well fulfilled. The RIA-RMF NC superscaling function is in good agreement with the experimental (e,e{sup '}) one. The idea that electroweak processes can be described with a universal scaling function, provided that mild restrictions on the kinematics are assumed, is shown to be valid.

  7. Shot noise of charge current in a quantum dot responded by rotating and oscillating magnetic fields

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    Zhao, Hong-Kang Zou, Wei-Ke; Chen, Qiao

    2014-09-07

    We have investigated the shot noise and Fano factor of the dynamic spin-polarized quantum dot under the perturbations of a rotating magnetic field (RMF), and an oscillating magnetic field (OMF) by employing the non-equilibrium Green's function approach. The shot noise is enhanced from sub-Poissonian to super-Poissonian due to the application of RMF and OMF, and it is controlled sensitively by the tilt angle θ of RMF. The magnitude of shot noise increases as the photon energy ℏω of OMF increases, and its valley eventually is reversed to peaks as the photon energy is large enough. Double-peak structure of Fano factor is exhibited as the frequency of OMF increases to cover a large regime. The Zeeman energy μ{sub 0}B{sub 0} acts as an effective gate bias to exhibit resonant behavior, and novel peak emerges associated with the applied OMF.

  8. The shared genome is a pervasive constraint on the evolution of sex-biased gene expression.

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    Griffin, Robert M; Dean, Rebecca; Grace, Jaime L; Rydén, Patrik; Friberg, Urban

    2013-09-01

    Males and females share most of their genomes, and differences between the sexes can therefore not evolve through sequence divergence in protein coding genes. Sexual dimorphism is instead restricted to occur through sex-specific expression and splicing of gene products. Evolution of sexual dimorphism through these mechanisms should, however, also be constrained when the sexes share the genetic architecture for regulation of gene expression. Despite these obstacles, sexual dimorphism is prevalent in the animal kingdom and commonly evolves rapidly. Here, we ask whether the genetic architecture of gene expression is plastic and easily molded by sex-specific selection, or if sexual dimorphism evolves rapidly despite pervasive genetic constraint. To address this question, we explore the relationship between the intersexual genetic correlation for gene expression (rMF), which captures how independently genes are regulated in the sexes, and the evolution of sex-biased gene expression. Using transcriptome data from Drosophila melanogaster, we find that most genes have a high rMF and that genes currently exposed to sexually antagonistic selection have a higher average rMF than other genes. We further show that genes with a high rMF have less pronounced sex-biased gene expression than genes with a low rMF within D. melanogaster and that the strength of the rMF in D. melanogaster predicts the degree to which the sex bias of a gene's expression has changed between D. melanogaster and six other species in the Drosophila genus. In sum, our results show that a shared genome constrains both short- and long-term evolution of sexual dimorphism.

  9. On the Physics of the Interaction of a Rotating Magnetic Field with a Magnetized Plasma

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    Karavaev, A. V.; Papadopoulos, K.; Shao, X.; Milikh, G.; Gekelman, W.; Gigliotti, A.; Vincena, S.

    2007-12-01

    The interaction of Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF) with plasmas is a fundamental plasma physics problem with implications to fusion related Field-Reversed Configurations (FRC), space propulsion, astronaut protection from cosmic rays in long interstellar travel, control of energetic population in the radiation belts and near zone processes in pulsar magnetospheres. An important but not yet explored application of RMF is as an efficient radiation source of MHD and whistler waves in space plasmas. Despite its importance the basic plasma physics understanding of the interaction of rotating magnetic fields with magneto-plasmas, the scaling laws that control it and the range of potential applications to space plasmas remains unexplored. To zero order a magnetic field rotating at a rate w in a plasma drives plasma currents due to the difference in mass between electrons and ions. The electrons quickly come to a co-rotation with RMF, generating a differential azimuthal current whose maximum is given by Jtheta = nwr . The RMF can be generated either by a pair of polyphase coils, superconducting or else, or a rotating permanent magnet. Key questions include the depth of penetration of the field in the plasma, the spatiotemporal structure of the induced magnetic field as a function of the RMF and plasma parameters and the spatial decay rate magnetic field. Flux conservation arguments indicate that the induced field will decay slower than 1/r**2 and 2D simulation studies indicate that depending on the plasma beta it falls as 1/r**n with n smaller than 1.5. Our preliminary simulations indicate that penetration lengths exceeding 20-30 collisionless skin depths can be reached. The paper will present a combination of analytic/computational results along with preliminary experiments conducted using the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) located at UCLA that emphasize the RMF properties for generating MHD and whistler waves. This work was sponsored by ONR MURI Grant 5-28828

  10. Controller-structure interaction compensation using adaptive residual mode filters

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    Davidson, Roger A.; Balas, Mark J.

    1990-01-01

    It is not feasible to construct controllers for large space structures or large scale systems (LSS's) which are of the same order as the structures. The complexity of the dynamics of these systems is such that full knowledge of its behavior cannot by processed by today's controller design methods. The controller for system performance of such a system is therefore based on a much smaller reduced-order model (ROM). Unfortunately, the interaction between the LSS and the ROM-based controller can produce instabilities in the closed-loop system due to the unmodeled dynamics of the LSS. Residual mode filters (RMF's) allow the systematic removal of these instabilities in a matter which does not require a redesign of the controller. In addition RMF's have a strong theoretical basis. As simple first- or second-order filters, the RMF CSI compensation technique is at once modular, simple and highly effective. RMF compensation requires knowledge of the dynamics of the system modes which resulted in the previous closed-loop instabilities (the residual modes), but this information is sometimes known imperfectly. An adaptive, self-tuning RMF design, which compensates for uncertainty in the frequency of the residual mode, has been simulated using continuous-time and discrete-time models of a flexible robot manipulator. Work has also been completed on the discrete-time experimental implementation on the Martin Marietta flexible robot manipulator experiment. This paper will present the results of that work on adaptive, self-tuning RMF's, and will clearly show the advantage of this adaptive compensation technique for controller-structure interaction (CSI) instabilities in actively-controlled LSS's.

  11. Strong Interactions in Strange Exotic Atoms

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    Mareš, J.

    2003-08-01

    Strong interaction level shifts and widths in - and K- atoms have been analyzed. The phenomenological density dependent approach as well as the relativistic mean field (RMF) model yield nucleus optical potentials with a repulsive real part in the nuclear interior. This has important consequences for the spectroscopy of hypernuclei. The study of K- atoms cannot resolve the depth of the K- nucleus potential. The fits to the kaonic atom data are satisfactory for both the relatively shallow potentials derived from chiral models and for the deep potentials based on the phenomenological and RMF analyses.

  12. Neutron skin thickness and equation of state in asymmetric nuclear matter

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    Yoshida, Satoshi; Sagawa, Hiroyuki

    2004-02-01

    The neutron skin thickness of stable and unstable nuclei is studied in Skyrme Hartree-Fock (SHF) and relativistic mean field (RMF) models to investigate the relation between the pressure and the equation of state in neutron matter. We found a clear linear correlation between the neutron skin thickness in heavy nuclei 132 Sn and 208 Pb and the pressure of neutron matter in both SHF and RMF models, while the correlation is weak in the unstable nuclei 32 Mg and 44 Ar . Relations between the neutron skin thickness and other nuclear matter properties such as the symmetry energy coefficients and the nuclear incompressibility are discussed.

  13. The phase diagrams of a ferromagnetic thin film in a random magnetic field

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    Zaim, N.; Zaim, A.; Kerouad, M.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, the magnetic properties and the phase diagrams of a ferromagnetic thin film with a thickness N in a random magnetic field (RMF) are investigated by using the Monte Carlo simulation technique based on the Metropolis algorithm. The effects of the RMF and the surface exchange interaction on the critical behavior are studied. A variety of multicritical points such as tricritical points, isolated critical points, and triple points are obtained. It is also found that the double reentrant phenomenon can appear for appropriate values of the system parameters.

  14. {sup 208}Pb neutron density: A mean field problem?

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    Gmuca, Stefan

    1998-12-21

    The ground-state nuclear densities and radii of {sup 208}Pb doubly-magic nucleus have been evaluated within the framework of the relativistic mean-field approach. It is pointed out that the neutron density and the neutron radius in the RMF approach are quite different from both, the empirical data and the predictions of the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock model.

  15. Radial current density effects on rotating magnetic field current drive in field-reversed configurations

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    Clemente, R. A.; Gilli, M.; Farengo, R.

    2008-10-15

    Steady state solutions, suitable for field-reversed configurations (FRCs) sustained by rotating magnetic fields (RMFs) are obtained by properly including three-dimensional effects, in the limit of large FRC elongation, and the radial component of Ohm's law. The steady electrostatic potential, necessary to satisfy Ohm's law, is considered to be a surface function. The problem is analyzed at the midplane of the configuration and it is reduced to the solution of two coupled nonlinear differential equations for the real and imaginary parts of the phasor associated to the longitudinal component of the vector potential. Additional constraints are obtained by requesting that the steady radial current density and poloidal magnetic flux vanish at the plasma boundary which is set at the time-averaged separatrix. The results are presented in terms of the degree of synchronism of the electrons with the RMF and compared with those obtained when radial current effects are neglected. Three important differences are observed when compared with the case without radial current density. First, at low penetration of the RMF into the plasma there is a significant increase in the driven azimuthal current. Second, the RMF amplitude necessary to access the high synchronism regime, starting from low synchronism, is larger and the difference appears to increase as the separatrix to classical skin depth ratio increases. Third, the minimum RMF amplitude necessary to sustain almost full synchronism is reduced.

  16. Adaptation in tunably rugged fitness landscapes: the rough Mount Fuji model.

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    Neidhart, Johannes; Szendro, Ivan G; Krug, Joachim

    2014-10-01

    Much of the current theory of adaptation is based on Gillespie's mutational landscape model (MLM), which assumes that the fitness values of genotypes linked by single mutational steps are independent random variables. On the other hand, a growing body of empirical evidence shows that real fitness landscapes, while possessing a considerable amount of ruggedness, are smoother than predicted by the MLM. In the present article we propose and analyze a simple fitness landscape model with tunable ruggedness based on the rough Mount Fuji (RMF) model originally introduced by Aita et al. in the context of protein evolution. We provide a comprehensive collection of results pertaining to the topographical structure of RMF landscapes, including explicit formulas for the expected number of local fitness maxima, the location of the global peak, and the fitness correlation function. The statistics of single and multiple adaptive steps on the RMF landscape are explored mainly through simulations, and the results are compared to the known behavior in the MLM model. Finally, we show that the RMF model can explain the large number of second-step mutations observed on a highly fit first-step background in a recent evolution experiment with a microvirid bacteriophage.

  17. Extended magnetohydrodynamic simulations of field reversed configuration formation and sustainment with rotating magnetic field current drive

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    Milroy, R. D.; Kim, C. C.; Sovinec, C. R.

    2010-06-15

    Three-dimensional simulations of field reversed configuration (FRC) formation and sustainment with rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive have been performed with the NIMROD code [C. R. Sovinec et al., J. Comput. Phys. 195, 355 (2004)]. The Hall term is a zeroth order effect with strong coupling between Fourier components, and recent enhancements to the NIMROD preconditioner allow much larger time steps than was previously possible. Boundary conditions to capture the effects of a finite length RMF antenna have been added, and simulations of FRC formation from a uniform background plasma have been performed with parameters relevant to the translation, confinement, and sustainment-upgrade experiment at the University of Washington [H. Y. Guo, A. L. Hoffman, and R. D. Milroy, Phys. Plasmas 14, 112502 (2007)]. The effects of both even-parity and odd-parity antennas have been investigated, and there is no evidence of a disruptive instability for either antenna type. It has been found that RMF effects extend considerably beyond the ends of the antenna, and that a large n=0 B{sub t}heta can develop in the open-field line region, producing a back torque opposing the RMF.

  18. SNAP/SHOT Your Ability to Support That Next Application.

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    Jones, Ernest L.

    SNAP/SHOT (System Network Analysis Program-Simulated Host Overview Technique) is a discrete simulation of a network and/or host model available through IBM at the Raleigh System Center. The simulator provides an analysis of a total IBM Communications System. Input data must be obtained from RMF, SMF, and the CICS Analyzer to determine the existing…

  19. Stellar properties and nuclear matter constraints

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    Dutra, Mariana; Lourenço, Odilon; Menezes, Débora P.

    2016-02-01

    We analyze the stellar properties of the relativistic mean-field (RMF) parametrizations shown to be consistent with the recently studied constraints related to nuclear matter, pure neutron matter, symmetry energy, and its derivatives [Phys. Rev. C 90, 055203 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevC.90.055203]. Our results show that only two RMF parametrizations do not allow the emergence of the direct Urca process, important aspect regarding the evolution of a neutron star. Moreover, among all approved RMF models, fourteen of them produce neutron stars with maximum masses inside the range 1.93 ≤M /M⊙≤2.05 , with M⊙ being the solar mass. Only three models yield maximum masses above this range and a discussion on the inclusion of hyperons is presented. Finally, we verified that the models satisfying the neutron star maximum mass constraint do not observe the squared sound velocity bound; namely, vs2<1 /3 , corroborating recent findings. However, the recently proposed σ -cut scheme can make the RMF models consistent with both constraints, depending on the isoscalar-vector interaction of each parametrization.

  20. Model experiments for the Czochralski crystal growth technique

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    Cramer, A.; Pal, J.; Gerbeth, G.

    2013-03-01

    A lot of the physical and the numerical modeling of Czochralski crystal growth is done on the generic Rayleigh-Bénard system. To better approximate the conditions in a Czochralski puller, the influences of a rounded crucible bottom, deviations of the thermal boundary conditions from the generic case, crucible and/or crystal rotation, and the influence of magnetic fields are often studied separately. The present contribution reviews some of these topics while concentrating on studies of the flow and related temperature fluctuations in systems where a rotating magnetic field (RMF) was applied. The three-dimensional convective patterns and the resulting temperature fluctuations will be discussed both for the mere buoyant case and for the application of an RMF. It is shown that a system between a Rayleigh-Bénard and a more realistic configuration, which is still cylindrical but whose surface is partially covered by a crystal model, behaves much the same as a Rayleigh-Bénard system. An RMF can be used to damp the temperature fluctuations. Secondly, a more Czochralski-like system is examined. It turns out that the RMF does not provide the desired damping of the temperature fluctutions in the parameter range considered.

  1. Constraining mean-field models of the nuclear matter equation of state at low densities

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    Voskresenskaya, M. D.; Typel, S.

    2012-08-01

    An extension of the generalized relativistic mean-field (gRMF) model with density dependent couplings is introduced in order to describe thermodynamical properties and the composition of dense nuclear matter for astrophysical applications. Bound states of light nuclei and two-nucleon scattering correlations are considered as explicit degrees of freedom in the thermodynamical potential. They are represented by quasiparticles with medium-dependent properties. The model describes the correct low-density limit given by the virial equation of state (VEoS) and reproduces RMF results around nuclear saturation density where clusters are dissolved. A comparison between the fugacity expansions of the VEoS and the gRMF model provides consistency relations between the quasiparticles properties, the nucleon-nucleon scattering phase shifts and the meson-nucleon couplings of the gRMF model at zero density. Relativistic effects are found to be important at temperatures that are typical in astrophysical applications. Neutron matter and symmetric nuclear matter are studied in detail.

  2. Effects of open field line plasma on rotating magnetic field current drive in a field-reversed configuration

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    Milroy, Richard D.

    2001-06-01

    A numerical model has been used to study the effects that open field line plasma may have on the rotating magnetic field (RMF), when it is applied to a field-reversed configuration (FRC) for current drive. The model is a two-dimensional (r-θ) magnetohydrodynamic computer simulation. The RMF is found to be an extremely good particle pump, continuously sweeping plasma into the FRC from the outer region, and thus evacuating the space near the containment vessel wall. This effect can lead to a very low density near the wall, providing good thermal insulation. However, if there is a plasma source in the open field line region (such as outgassing from the containment vessel wall) capable of maintaining relatively low-density plasma, the RMF may be amplified in this region. While this effect may speed the rate of penetration, it also has a deleterious effect where excessive penetration leads to predictions of an internal structure that rotates slower than the RMF, and chaotic equilibrium.

  3. Erratum: ``Planetary Radii across Five Orders of Magnitude in Mass and Stellar Insolation: Application to Transits'' (ApJ, 659, 1661 [2007])

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    Fortney, J. J.; Marley, M. S.; Barnes, J. W.

    2007-10-01

    In the original paper there was an error in the equations that were fitted to the mass-radius relations of ice/rock and rock/iron planets. The leading decimals in equation (7) actually belong to equation (8), and vice versa. The corrected equations should read:R=(0.0912imf+0.1603)(logM)2+(0.3330imf+0.7387)logM+(0.4639imf+1.1193), (7)R=(0.0592rmf+0.0975)(logM)2+(0.2337rmf+0.4938)logM+(0.3102rmf+0.7932). (8)Here R is in R⊕ and M is in M⊕, while imf is the ice mass fraction (1.0 for pure ice and 0.0 for pure rock) and rmf is the rock mass fraction (1.0 for pure rock and 0.0 for pure iron). We thank Bryce Croll for pointing out this error.

  4. Condensed-to-atoms hardness kernel from the response of molecular fragment approach

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    Miranda-Quintana, Ramón Alain

    2016-08-01

    Condensed reactivity descriptors obtained from the response of molecular fragment (RMF) approach are analyzed within the variational formulation of conceptual density functional theory. It is shown that this approach can serve as the basis of a coherent formulation of the hardness kernel.

  5. Adaptation in Tunably Rugged Fitness Landscapes: The Rough Mount Fuji Model

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    Neidhart, Johannes; Szendro, Ivan G.; Krug, Joachim

    2014-01-01

    Much of the current theory of adaptation is based on Gillespie’s mutational landscape model (MLM), which assumes that the fitness values of genotypes linked by single mutational steps are independent random variables. On the other hand, a growing body of empirical evidence shows that real fitness landscapes, while possessing a considerable amount of ruggedness, are smoother than predicted by the MLM. In the present article we propose and analyze a simple fitness landscape model with tunable ruggedness based on the rough Mount Fuji (RMF) model originally introduced by Aita et al. in the context of protein evolution. We provide a comprehensive collection of results pertaining to the topographical structure of RMF landscapes, including explicit formulas for the expected number of local fitness maxima, the location of the global peak, and the fitness correlation function. The statistics of single and multiple adaptive steps on the RMF landscape are explored mainly through simulations, and the results are compared to the known behavior in the MLM model. Finally, we show that the RMF model can explain the large number of second-step mutations observed on a highly fit first-step background in a recent evolution experiment with a microvirid bacteriophage. PMID:25123507

  6. Growth of II-VI Solid Solutions in the Presence of a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Gillies, D. C; Motakef, S.; Dudley, M.; Matyi, R.; Volz, H.

    1999-01-01

    The application of a rotating magnetic field (RMF)in the frequency range 60-400 Hz and field strength of the order of 2-8 mT to crystal growth has received increasing attention in recent years. To take full advantage of the control of fluid flow by the forces applied by the field, the liquid column must be electrically conducting. Also, the application of RMF to the directional solidification of a column of liquid can result in complete mixing in the resultant solid. Thus, the technique of RMF is suited to solvent zones and float zones where the composition of the liquid is more readily controlled. In the work we report on, numerical modeling has been applied to II-VI systems, particularly tellurium based traveling heater techniques (THM). Results for a spectrum of field strengths and acceleration levels will be presented. These show clearly the effects of competing buoyancy forces and electromagnetic stirring. Crystals of cadmium zinc telluride and mercury cadmium telluride have been grown terrestrially from a tellurium solvent zone. The effects of the RMF during these experiments will be demonstrated with micrographs showing etch pits, white beam x-ray synchrotron topographs and triple axis x-ray diffraction.

  7. Evaluation of Improvements planned for TCS Upgrade on the TCS Prototype Experiment

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    Slough, John; Vlases, George; Andreason, Samuel; Milroy, Richard

    2002-11-01

    The formation and sustainment of the Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) by a rotating magnetic field (RMF) presents new challenges from past FRC experiments. The much longer sustainment time, as well as the close proximity of the plasma to the vacuum boundary demand much better wall conditioning and protection. There are several improvements planned for the TCS experiment in this regard. They include the placing of conducting flux-preserving metal rings inside the vacuum chamber walls to maintain the FRC separatrix radius well away from the quartz wall. In addition, Titanium gettering is also planned to reduce the high impurity content that dominates energy loss in current experiments. Rotational instabilities are observed in the RMF driven plasmas as well, and a high order multipole barrier field is planned to stabilize these modes. It is unclear however whether the presence of the rings, the Ti gettering, or the multipole fields are compatible with the RMF current drive. Both the current TCS experiment, as well as the smaller scale RMF experiment, STX, are being adapted to test these new approaches for feasibility, and the results from these tests will be presented.

  8. The TCS Rotating Magnetic Field FRC Current-Drive Experiment

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    Hoffman, Alan J.; Guo, Houyang Y.; Slough, John T.; Tobin, Stephen J.; Schrank, Louis S.; Reass, William A.; Wurden, Glen A.

    2002-03-15

    Field-reversed configurations (FRCs) have extremely attractive reactor attributes because of their singly connected geometry. They have been created in theta-pinch devices, but being compact toroids and lacking a center hole, their toroidal current cannot be sustained by transformer action as in other toroidal configurations. A new device, the Translation, Confinement, and Sustainment (TCS) facility has been constructed to use rotating magnetic fields (RMFs) to build up and sustain the flux of hot FRCs formed by the normal theta-pinch method. RMF formation and sustainment of similar, but cold, pure poloidal field configurations have been demonstrated in devices called rotamaks, and RMF formation, but not sustainment, has been achieved in a smaller FRC facility called the Star Thrust Experiment (STX). Initial formation and sustainment have now been achieved in TCS, albeit still with cold (T{sub e} {approx} 50 eV) plasmas. Both the formation and final steady-state conditions are found to agree with newly developed analytic and numerical models for RMF flux buildup and sustainment inside a standard cylindrical flux conserver. The required plasma conditions (mainly resistivity but also density) can now be determined for the planned hot FRC, RMF flux buildup experiments and for eventual reactor conditions.

  9. Hidden sketches by Leonardo da Vinci revealed

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    Dumé, Belle

    2009-02-01

    Three drawings on the back of Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin and Child with St Anne (circa 1508) have been discovered by researchers led by Michel Menu from the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) and the Louvre Museum in Paris.

  10. Acceptance Factors Influencing Adoption of National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Security Standards: A Quantitative Study

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    Kiriakou, Charles M.

    2012-01-01

    Adoption of a comprehensive information security governance model and security controls is the best option organizations may have to protect their information assets and comply with regulatory requirements. Understanding acceptance factors of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) comprehensive…

  11. Resurrection of Rhynchoplax Stimpson, 1858, with the description of two new species from Japan and Australia (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Hymenosomatidae).

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    Komai, Tomoyuki; Poore, Gary C B

    2016-01-01

    Rhynchoplax Stimpson, 1858, is resurrected from synonymy with Halicarcinus White, 1846. Rhynchoplax hondai Takeda & Miyake, 1971, a species based on an immature female, is rediagnosed and two new species, R. magnetica n. sp. from northeastern Australia and R. minutula n. sp. from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, are described. They differ from R. hondai in the shape of the rostrum, form of the subhepatic region and the armature of the pereopodal meri. All differ from the type species R. messor Stimpson, 1858, in having a longer and simple rostrum without supraocular pseudorostral spines and the absence of a postocular spine. PMID:27394510

  12. Resistivity scaling of rotating magnetic field current drive in FRCs

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    Hoffman, A. L.; Guo, H. Y.; Milroy, R. D.; Pietrzyk, Z. A.

    2003-10-01

    Rotating magnetic fields (RMFs) have been used to both form and sustain low density, prolate FRCs in the translation confinement and sustainment (TCS) facility. The two most important factors governing performance are the plasma resistivity, which sets the maximum density for which toroidal current can be maintained, and the energy loss rate, which sets the plasma temperature. The plasma resistivity has been determined by carefully measuring the amount of RMF power absorbed by the FRC. When the ratio of RMF magnitude, Bohgr, to external poloidal confinement field, Be, is high, this resistivity is very adversely affected by the RMF drive process. However, when Bohgr/Be falls below about 0.3, the resistivity returns to values typical of non-driven FRCs. The observed scaling leads to a density dependence of ne ~ Bohgr/rsohgr1/2 where rs is the FRC separatrix radius and ohgr is the RMF frequency. Since the FRC contains little or no toroidal field, Be is proportional to (neTt)1/2 where Tt = Te + Ti is the sum of the electron and ion temperatures. In the present experiments, except for the initial start-up phase where Tt can exceed 100 eV, the plasma temperature is limited to about 40 eV by high oxygen impurity levels. Thus, low Bohgr/Be, low resistivity operation was only realized by operating at low values of Bohgr. The RMF drive sustains particles as well as flux, and resistive input powers can be in the MW range at higher values of Bohgr, so that high temperature, steady-state operation should be possible once impurity levels are reduced. Changes are being made to the present 'O-ring' sealed, quartz chambered TCS to provide bakable metal walls and wall conditioning as in other quasi-steady fusion facilities.

  13. [Description of a series of hospital patients with a spinal fistula].

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    Garcia-Cabo, C; Morales-Deza, E S; Martinez-Rodriguez, L; Murias-Quintana, E; Perez-Alvarez, A; Martinez-Ramos, J; Vega-Valdes, P; Suarez-Santos, P; Garcia-Rua, A; Moris, G

    2016-10-01

    Introduccion. Aunque las fistulas espinales suponen el 70% de las malformaciones arteriovenosas espinales, son una entidad infradiagnosticada. El shunt arteriovenoso produce una congestion vascular que da lugar a una mielopatia progresiva, en ocasiones irreversible si no se trata de forma precoz. Objetivo. Describir las caracteristicas clinicorradiologicas de una serie de pacientes con fistula espinal. Pacientes y metodos. Se realizo una busqueda retrospectiva de pacientes con diagnostico de fistula espinal ingresados en el area de neurociencias de un hospital de tercer nivel asistencial. Resultados. Se identificaron 19 pacientes (7 mujeres y 12 varones) con una edad media de 56 años. La fistula espinal fue de tipo I en un 79% de los pacientes y la localizacion dorsal fue la mas frecuente. La mayoria de los casos presento un curso progresivo (90%). Un 74% de los pacientes se diagnostico mediante resonancia magnetica. En cuatro casos fue necesaria la realizacion de una angiografia para llegar al diagnostico, y en uno de ellos se preciso una biopsia intraoperatoria. Se realizaron tres punciones lumbares, en dos de las cuales se objetivo pleocitosis linfocitaria e hiperproteinorraquia. El retraso diagnostico medio fue de nueve meses. Se trato a un 79% de los pacientes, y de ellos solo mejoro el 10%. Conclusiones. Ante una clinica sugestiva de fistula espinal, debe realizarse una angiografia espinal diagnostica aunque el paciente estudiado pueda presentar caracteristicas licuorales atipicas y normalidad en la resonancia magnetica medular.

  14. [Optic neuritis in childhood. A pediatric series, literature review and treatment approach].

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    Lopez-Martin, D; Martinez-Anton, J

    2016-08-01

    Introduccion. En la edad pediatrica, la forma mas frecuente de neuritis optica se presenta generalmente despues de un cuadro infeccioso, con edema de papila, que suele ser bilateral y tiene buen pronostico. La conversion a esclerosis multiple es infrecuente. Objetivo. Presentar las caracteristicas clinicas y de laboratorio de una serie pediatrica de neuritis optica. Pacientes y metodos. Se analiza una serie de 17 casos de neuritis optica en niños y jovenes de 4 a 14 años, referidos entre los años 2000 y 2015. Resultados. La edad mediana de la serie fue de 11 años. Predominaron los pacientes de sexo femenino y el antecedente infeccioso fue poco frecuente; en cinco pacientes, la afectacion fue bilateral, y cuatro casos se presentaron como neuritis optica retrobulbar. La resonancia magnetica mostro hiperintensidad en T2 en los nervios opticos afectados en cinco pacientes. El estudio del liquido cefalorraquideo y bandas oligoclonales fue normal en todos los casos. Los pacientes, tratados con metilprednisolona intravenosa, tuvieron buena recuperacion. Solo en tres casos se comprobo una evolucion posterior a esclerosis multiple. Conclusiones. En esta serie, los casos que evolucionaron a esclerosis multiple no mostraron diferencias clinicas, aunque si presentaron mayor cantidad de lesiones hiperintensas en la resonancia magnetica. Este hecho, descrito en trabajos previos, apoya nuestro esquema diagnostico y terapeutico en un intento por acercarnos al manejo optimo de esta patologia.

  15. Generic constraints on the relativistic mean-field and Skyrme-Hartree-Fock models from the pure neutron matter equation of state

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    Fattoyev, F. J.; Newton, W. G.; Xu, Jun; Li, Bao-An

    2012-08-01

    We study the nuclear symmetry energy S(ρ) and related quantities of nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics predicted generically by relativistic mean-field (RMF) and Skyrme-Hartree-Fock (SHF) models. We establish a simple prescription for preparing equivalent RMF and SHF parametrizations starting from a minimal set of empirical constraints on symmetric nuclear matter, nuclear binding energy, and charge radii, enforcing equivalence of their Lorenz effective masses, and then using the pure neutron matter (PNM) equation of state obtained from ab initio calculations to optimize the pure isovector parameters in the RMF and SHF models. We find that the resulting RMF and SHF parametrizations give broadly consistent predictions of the symmetry energy J and its slope parameter L at saturation density within a tight range of ≲2 and ≲6 MeV, respectively, but that clear model dependence shows up in the predictions of higher-order symmetry energy parameters, leading to important differences in (a) the slope of the correlation between J and L from the confidence ellipse, (b) the isospin-dependent part of the incompressibility of nuclear matter Kτ, (c) the symmetry energy at suprasaturation densities, and (d) the predicted neutron star radii. The model dependence can lead to about 1-2 km difference in predictions of the neutron star radius given identical predicted values of J and L and symmetric nuclear matter (SNM) saturation properties. Allowing the full freedom in the effective masses in both models leads to constraints of 30≲J≲31.5 MeV, 35≲L≲60 MeV, and -330≲Kτ≲-216 MeV for the RMF model as a whole and 30≲J≲33 MeV, 28≲L≲65 MeV, and -420≲Kτ≲-325 MeV for the SHF model as a whole. Notably, given PNM constraints, these results place RMF and SHF models as a whole at odds with some constraints on Kτ inferred from giant monopole resonance and neutron skin experimental results.

  16. The structural and decay properties of Francium isotopes

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    Bhuyan, M.; Mahapatro, S.; Singh, S. K.; Patra, S. K.

    2015-04-01

    We study the bulk properties such as binding energy (BE), root-mean-square (RMS) charge radius, quadrupole deformation etc. for Francium (Fr) isotopes having mass number A = 180-240 within the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. Systematic comparisons are made between the calculated results from RMF theory, Finite Range Droplet Model (FRDM) and the experimental data. Most of the nuclei in the isotopic chain shows prolate configuration in their ground state. The α-decay properties like α-decay energy and the decay half-life are also estimated for three different chains of 198Fr, 199Fr and 200Fr. The calculation for the decay half-life are carried out by taking two different empirical formulae and the results are compared with the experimental data.

  17. Dynamic spin-flip shot noise of mesoscopic transport through a toroidal carbon nanotube

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    Zhao, H. K.; Zhang, J.; Wang, J.

    2015-01-01

    The shot noise in a toroidal carbon nanotube (TCN) interferometer under the perturbation of a rotating magnetic field (RMF) has been investigated. A general shot noise formula has been derived by calculating the current correlation. It was found that photon absorption and emission induce novel features of dynamic shot noise. The oscillatory behavior of shot noise and Fano factor vary with the Aharonov-Bohm (AB) magnetic flux, and they are sensitively dependent on the Zeeman energy, frequency of RMF, and source-drain bias. By adjusting the Zeeman energy, the AB oscillation structures of shot noise and Fano factor show valley-to-peak transformation. The shot noise increases nonlinearly with increasing the Zeeman energy and photon energy. The enhancement and asymmetry of shot noise can be attributed to the spin-flip effect.

  18. Single-core magnetic markers in rotating magnetic field based homogeneous bioassays and the law of mass action

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    Dieckhoff, Jan; Schrittwieser, Stefan; Schotter, Joerg; Remmer, Hilke; Schilling, Meinhard; Ludwig, Frank

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we report on the effect of the magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) concentration on the quantitative detection of proteins in solution with a rotating magnetic field (RMF) based homogeneous bioassay. Here, the phase lag between 30 nm iron oxide single-core particles and the RMF is analyzed with a fluxgate-based measurement system. As a test analyte anti-human IgG is applied which binds to the protein G functionalized MNP shell and causes a change of the phase lag. The measured phase lag changes for a fixed MNP and a varying analyte concentration are modeled with logistic functions. A change of the MNP concentration results in a nonlinear shift of the logistic function with the analyte concentration. This effect results from the law of mass action. Furthermore, the bioassay results are used to determine the association constant of the binding reaction.

  19. Relativistic mean-field models and nuclear matter constraints

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    Dutra, M.; Lourenço, O.; Carlson, B. V.; Delfino, A.; Menezes, D. P.; Avancini, S. S.; Stone, J. R.; Providência, C.; Typel, S.

    2013-05-01

    This work presents a preliminary study of 147 relativistic mean-field (RMF) hadronic models used in the literature, regarding their behavior in the nuclear matter regime. We analyze here different kinds of such models, namely: (i) linear models, (ii) nonlinear σ3 + σ4 models, (iii) σ3 + σ4 + ω4 models, (iv) models containing mixing terms in the fields σ and ω, (v) density dependent models, and (vi) point-coupling ones. In the finite range models, the attractive (repulsive) interaction is described in the Lagrangian density by the σ (ω) field. The isospin dependence of the interaction is modeled by the ρ meson field. We submit these sets of RMF models to eleven macroscopic (experimental and empirical) constraints, used in a recent study in which 240 Skyrme parametrizations were analyzed. Such constraints cover a wide range of properties related to symmetric nuclear matter (SNM), pure neutron matter (PNM), and both SNM and PNM.

  20. Relativistic impulse approximation analysis of elastic proton scattering from He isotopes

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    Kaki, Kaori

    2014-01-01

    Recent relativistic mean field (RMF) calculations have provided nuclear distributions of some isotopes whose mass numbers are much larger than atomic numbers. For helium isotopes, the RMF calculation seems to be inappropriate because of the small mass numbers; however, applicable results are obtained for 6,8He nuclei. The author calculates observables of proton elastic scattering from the helium isotopes and discusses relations between observables and nuclear distributions of the isotopes by comparison of the calculated results with experimental data. The calculations are based on relativistic impulse approximation (RIA) at incident proton energy: 71 MeV for 4,6,8He, 300 and 500 MeV for 4He, and 0.7 GeV for 6He. Scattering observables are predicted for 6,8He at 200 MeV.

  1. Isoscalar and isovector nuclear matter properties and neutron skin thickness

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    Sagawa, H.; Yoshida, S.

    2007-11-01

    Isoscalar and isovector nuclear matter properties are investigated in the Skyrme Hartree-Fock (SHF) and the relativistic mean field (RMF) models. The Skyrme parameters are related analytically to the isoscalar and the isovector nuclear matter properties of the Hamiltonian density. Linear correlations are found among the isovector nuclear matter properties of the Hamiltonian density in both the SHF and the RMF models. We also discovered that the correlations between the isovector properties and the incompressibility K show a singularity at the critical incompressibility Kc=306 MeV. It is shown that the neutron skin thickness gives crucial information about not only for the neutron EOS but also about the isovector nuclear matter properties and about the parameterization of Skyrme interaction. Charge exchange spin-dipole (SD) excitations are proposed to determine the neutron skin thickness model independently.

  2. Hadronic Model Independence of the Hadron-Qgp Phase Transition at Very Low Density

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    Malheiro, M.; Delfino, A.; Silva, J. B.

    2001-09-01

    Using many different relativistic mean field models (RMF) for the hadronic phase and a perturbative QCD equation of state for the QGP, with αs as a function of the temperature, we study the hadron-QGP phase transition at zero density and high temperature. We show that the critical temperature Tc for this transition is hadronic model independent. We have traced back the reason for this and conclude that it comes from that, QGP entropy (the slope of the Pressure versus T) is much larger than the hadronic entropy obtained in all the RMF models. This finding is quite independent whether the hadronic models have or not a hadronic phase transition at high temperature (related to the strong N - bar N scalar condensate).

  3. Temperature dependent relativistic mean field for highly excited hot nuclei

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    Gambhir, Y. K.; Maharana, J. P.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Panos, C. P.; Ring, P.

    2000-11-01

    The temperature dependent relativistic mean field (RMF-T) results obtained by using nonlinear Lagrangian parameter set NL3 are presented for a few selected representative spherical and deformed nuclei. The calculated total binding energy (entropy) decrease (increase) as temperature (T) increases. The depths of the potentials and the single particle (sp) energies change very little with temperature. The density slightly spreads out; as a result the radius increases as temperature rises. For well deformed nuclei the shell effects disappear at around T~3 MeV. This value of T is relatively higher as compared to the corresponding value of T (~1.8 MeV) obtained in the Strutinsky-type calculations. This difference in the value of T is shown to be due to the use of the effective nucleon mass (< the bare mass) appearing in the Skyrme III interaction or emerging from the RMF Lagrangian.

  4. A new mathematical model for the equation of state of an asymmetric infinite nuclear matter

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    Zoghi-Foumani, N.; Shojaei, M. R.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the average energy variation with respect to the density of a system of nucleons is studied. A new formula is presented for the nuclear equation of state. This formula is related to an infinite system of protons and neutrons with relatively small thermal excitations. It is shown that the proposed formulation for the nuclear equation of state reproduces the results obtained in the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock (SHF) and Relativistic Mean-Field (RMF) models of nuclear matter. It should be realized that the consistency of the obtained results for nuclear matter with the predictions of well-known SHF and RMF models for symmetric and asymmetric system of nucleons indicates the reliability of this formulation for different types of nuclear matter in large scales such as neutron stars.

  5. Keplerian Frequency of Uniformly Rotating Neutron Stars in Relativistic Mean Field Theory

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    Zhang, N. B.; Qi, B.; Wang, S. Y.; Ge, S. L.; Sun, B. Y.

    2013-11-01

    Adopting the equation of states (EOSs) from the relativistic mean field (RMF) theory, the relationships among the keplerian frequency fK, gravitational mass M and radius R for the rapidly rotating neutron stars with and without hyperons are presented and analyzed. For various RMF EOSs, the empirical formula fK(M) = 1.08 (M/M⊙)1/2(R_S/10 km)-3/2 kHz, proposed by P. Haensel et al. [Astron. Astrophys.502 (2009) 605], is found to be an approximation with the error at most 13% and such approximation is worse for the neutron stars with hyperons. It indicates that the errors should be considered when the empirical formula is used to discuss the properties of neutron stars.

  6. Investigating a suitable equation of state for an infinite system of nucleons

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    Zoghi-Foumani, Niloufar; Shojaei, Mohammad Reza

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, the average energy variation with respect to the density of a system of nucleons is theoretically studied. A new formula is proposed for the nuclear equation of state. This formula is related to an infinite system of protons and neutrons with relatively small thermal excitation. It is shown that the presented formulation for the nuclear equation of state reproduces the results obtained in the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock (SHF) and Relativistic Mean-Field (RMF) models of nuclear matter. It should be realized that the consistency of the obtained results for nuclear matter with the predictions of the well-known SHF and RMF models for symmetric and asymmetric system of nucleons indicates the reliability of this formulation for various types of nuclear matter in large scales such as neutron stars.

  7. Radius studies of 8Li and 8B using the optical-limit Glauber model in conjunction with relativistic mean-field theory

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    Fan, Guang-Wei; Xu, Wang; Fukuda, M.; Pan, Qiang-Yan; Cai, Xiao-Lu; Fan, Gong-Tao; Li, Yong-Jiang; Luo, Wen; Xu, Ben-Ji; Yan, Zhe; Yang, Li-Feng

    2010-10-01

    We study the reaction cross sections (σR) and root-mean-square (RMS) radii of 8Li and 8B, the halo-like nuclei, with stable target 12C, 27Al and 9Be within the standard optical-limit Glauber model, using densities obtained from relativistic mean-field (RMF) formalisms and other types of distributions. It is found that the experimental σR can be reproduced well at high energy. The RMS radius and Δr extracted by RMF-theory and harmonic oscillator distribution are compared. We find that the RMS radius and Δr of 8B are larger than those of 8Li. In addition, we analyze in detail the relationship between σR and density distribution.

  8. Widths of K¯-nuclear deeply bound states in a dynamical model

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    Mareš, J.; Friedman, E.; Gal, A.

    2005-01-01

    The relativistic mean field (RMF) model is applied to a system of nucleons and a Kbar meson, interacting via scalar and vector boson fields. The model incorporates the standard RMF phenomenology for bound nucleons and, for the Kbar meson, it relates to low-energy Kbar N and K- atom phenomenology. Deeply bound Kbar nuclear states are generated dynamically across the periodic table and are exhibited for 12C and 16O over a wide range of binding energies. Substantial polarization of the core nucleus is found for these light nuclei. Absorption modes are also included dynamically, considering explicitly both the resulting compressed nuclear density and the reduced phase space for Kbar absorption from deeply bound states. The behavior of the calculated width as function of the Kbar binding energy is studied in order to explore limits on the possible existence of narrow Kbar nuclear states.

  9. Measurements accounting for the impediment of ion spin-up in rotating magnetic field driven field reversed configurations

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    Deards, C. L.; Hoffman, A. L.; Steinhauer, L. C.

    2011-11-15

    Improved vacuum hygiene, wall conditioning, and reduced recycling in the rotating magnetic field (RMF) driven translation, confinement, and sustainment-upgrade (TCSU) field reversed configuration experiment have made possible a more accurate assessment of the forces affecting ion spin-up. This issue is critical in plasmas sustained by RMFs, such as TCSU since ion spin-up can substantially reduce or cancel the RMF current drive effect. Several diagnostics are brought to bear, including a 3-axis translatable magnetic probe allowing the first experimental measurement of the end shorting effect. These results show that the ion rotation is determined by a balance between electron-ion friction, the end shorting effect, and ion drag against neutrals.

  10. Covariant density functional theory: The role of the pion

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    Lalazissis, G. A.; Karatzikos, S.; Serra, M.; Otsuka, T.; Ring, P.

    2009-10-15

    We investigate the role of the pion in covariant density functional theory. Starting from conventional relativistic mean field (RMF) theory with a nonlinear coupling of the {sigma} meson and without exchange terms we add pions with a pseudovector coupling to the nucleons in relativistic Hartree-Fock approximation. In order to take into account the change of the pion field in the nuclear medium the effective coupling constant of the pion is treated as a free parameter. It is found that the inclusion of the pion to this sort of density functionals does not destroy the overall description of the bulk properties by RMF. On the other hand, the noncentral contribution of the pion (tensor coupling) does have effects on single particle energies and on binding energies of certain nuclei.

  11. Relativistic mean field description of exotic nuclei

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    Meng, Jie; Ring, Peter; Zhao, Pengwei; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    In this chapter, we will present relativistic mean field (RMF) models with pairing treated by the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) and the relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov (RHB) approaches and applications for exotic nuclear phenomena including nuclear halos, the position of the proton drip line and proton radioactivity, the surface diffuseness and its relation to nuclear exotic phenomena, and the effects of pairing correlations on the nuclear size.

  12. Strong Coupling Limit/Region of Lattice QCD

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    Ohnishi, A.; Kawamoto, N.; Miura, K.; Tsubakihara, K.; Maekawa, H.

    We study the phase diagram of quark matter and nuclear propertiesbased on the strong coupling expansion of lattice QCD. Both of baryon and finite coupling correction are found to have effects to extend the hadron phase to a larger μ direction relative to T_c. In a chiral RMF model with logarithmic sigma potential derived in the strong coupling limit of lattice QCD, we can avoid the chiral collapse and normal and hypernuclei properties are well described.

  13. NUCLEAR PHYSICS: Challenge on the Astrophysical R-Process Calculation with Nuclear Mass Models

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    Sun, Bao-Hua; Meng, Jie

    2008-07-01

    Our understanding of the rapid neutron capture nucleosynthesis process in universe depends on the reliability of nuclear mass predictions. Initiated by the newly developed mass table in the relativistic mean field theory (RMF), we investigate the influence of mass models on the r-process calculations, assuming the same astrophysical conditions. The different model predictions on the so far unreachable nuclei lead to significant deviations in the calculated r-process abundances.

  14. [Effects of combined aerobic and resistance training on cognition following stroke: a systematic review].

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    García-Soto, Edurne; López de Munaín, M Lourdes; Santibáñez, Miguel

    2013-12-16

    Introduccion. El ictus es una de las principales causas de discapacidad. El ejercicio fisico ha demostrado beneficio en la rehabilitacion fisica de estos pacientes, pero su impacto en la funcion cognitiva no ha sido tan estudiado. Objetivo. Revisar los estudios que han evaluado el impacto del ejercicio fisico, especificamente del entrenamiento en fuerza/resistencia, sobre la mejora cognitiva en estos pacientes. Pacientes y metodos. Se realizo una busqueda en CENTRAL, Medline e ISI Web of Knowledge de estudios llevados a cabo en pacientes con ictus en los que se intervino con ejercicio fisico y se evaluo la funcion cognitiva tras la intervencion. Resultados. Se identificaron cinco estudios (93 pacientes). Los estudios identificados muestran una gran heterogeneidad en los tests usados para evaluar la funcion cognitiva y en los protocolos de ejercicio, y apoyan el impacto positivo del entrenamiento aerobico en la mejora en la funcion cognitiva. Los dos ultimos estudios publicados (50 pacientes) han evaluado de manera especifica la combinacion de entrenamiento aerobico y de fuerza/resistencia. Estos estudios sugieren que añadir fuerza/resistencia mejoraria en mayor medida la funcion cognitiva en general y la funcion ejecutiva en particular. Conclusiones. La actividad fisica constituye una estrategia prometedora para mejorar las funciones cognitivas tras el ictus. Se necesitan ensayos clinicos de mayor tamaño muestral y con mayor homogeneidad, tanto en los protocolos de ejercicio como en los tests usados para la funcion cognitiva, que confirmen estos resultados.

  15. TCS Overview and Vacuum System Upgrade

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    Miller, K. E.; Guo, H. Y.; Hoffman, A. L.; Milroy, R. D.; Pietrzyk, Z. A.; Slough, J. T.

    2003-10-01

    The RMF has been shown to be effective at driving toroidal currents in FRCs. Equilibrium is achieved when the torque applied to the electrons by the RMF balances the torque on the electrons due to plasma resistivity. This torque balance sets a relation between the density, the RMF, and the plasma resistivity. It does not impose a hard constraint on either the external field, or the temperature, which are related to the density through radial pressure balance. Since the temperature appears to have been limited in past experiments by impurity ingestion and subsequent radiation after the initial formation phase, the confining external field was also limited. An upgrade of the TCS vacuum chamber is presently underway to address the impurity issue and thus allow higher temperature and field operation. All o-rings are being removed and heating blankets will be installed to bake the system. Tantalum clad internal flux rings will be installed to shield the quartz vacuum wall from the plasma. Cleaning and wall conditioning will be performed with a glow discharge and boronization and/or titanium gettering.

  16. TCS Upgrade

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    Grossnickle, J. A.; Miller, K. E.

    2004-11-01

    The original TCS experiment has demonstrated the robust ability to form and sustain FRCs in steady-state using Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF). Radiation levels, which are due in large part to Oxygen, are seen to increase dramatically after the initial formation phase ( ˜0.5 msec), causing a severe drop in the plasma temperature. Since the RMF magnitude and frequency determine the plasma density, as the temperature is limited, so is the FRC's external field and energy confinement time. In order to improve temperatures and flux levels, TCS is being extensively upgraded. All o-ring sealed flanges will be replaced with wire sealed flanges, and heating blankets installed to bake the system to 200 C. Internal flux rings, shielded with Tantalum, will be installed to shield the quartz and stainless steel vacuum wall from the plasma. Unique aspects of this design are related to the interface between the quartz section needed to allow penetration of the RMF from the external antennas and the adjacent stainless steel vacuum chambers. Wall conditioning will include glow discharge, Ti gettering, siliconization, and/or boronization. The total system will be described.

  17. A stochastic analysis of the influence of soil and climatic variability on the estimate of pesticide ground water polution potential

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    Jury, William A.; Gruber, Joachim

    1989-12-01

    Soil and climatic variability contribute in an unknown manner to the leaching of pesticides below the surface soil zone where degradation occurs at maximum levels. In this paper we couple the climatic variability model of Eagleson (1978) to the soil variability transport model of Jury (1982) to produce a probability density distribution of residual mass fraction (RMF) remaining after leaching below the surface degradation zone. Estimates of the RMF distribution are shown to be much more sensitive to soil variability than climatic variability, except when the residence time of the chemical is shorter than one year. When soil variability dominates climatic variability, the applied water distribution may be replaced by a constant average water application rate without serious error. Simulations of leaching are run with 10 pesticides in two climates and in two representative soil types with a range of soil variability. Variability in soil or climate act to produce a nonnegligible probability of survival of a small value of residual mass even for relatively immobile compounds which are predicted to degrade completely by a simple model which neglects variability. However, the simpler model may still be useful for screening pesticides for groundwater pollution potential if somewhat larger residual masses of a given compound are tolerated. Monte Carlo simulations of the RMF distribution agreed well with model predictions over a wide range of pesticide properties.

  18. Potentials at the Limits of their Existence: Particle-Vibration Coupling in the Nuclear Many-Body Problem

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    Lewalle, Philippe; Litvinova, Elena; Nunes, Filomena; Titus, Luke

    2013-10-01

    We consider the effects of particle-vibration coupling (PVC) in 56Ni, both on the potential (Relativistic Mean-Field, or RMF) which models interactions between nucleons, and the energy level distribution. The theoretical approach employed uses single-particle propagators to obtain a self-energy term describing coupling between particles and phonons in the first-order perturbation theory. This self-energy is transformed into coordinate space, where it is combined with the RMF resulting in a non-local optical potential, which is then implemented to calculate nucleon-nucleus scattering. Our work towards obtaining results comparable to scattering data is still in progress; we anticipate improvements in the agreement with data for the total potential, as compared with the RMF alone. Additionally, we continue previous work done with this formalism on energy level distributions by examining the contributions of individual vibrational (phonon) modes to level fragmentation. Analyses of the relative strengths of the fragments in highly-fragmented states through their spectroscopic factors demonstrate that in many cases, only a few phonon modes cause large amounts of fragmentation, but that the others may alter the relative strengths of the fragments caused by those few modes.

  19. Alfven Wave Generation by a Rotating Magnetic Field Source: Theory, Modeling and Experimental Results

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    Sharma, A. S.; Karavaev, A. V.; Gumerov, N.; Shao, X.; Papadopoulos, K.; Gekelman, W.; Wang, Y.; Vincena, S.; Pribyl, P.

    2010-11-01

    Recent experiments conducted in the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) located at UCLA demonstrated efficient excitation of whistler and shear Alfven waves by a Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) source. We present analytical theory, computational modeling and experimental results of the shear Alfven wave excitation by RMF source created by a phased orthogonal two-loop antenna in a plasma. An analytical theory and simulations using a three-dimensional cold two-fluid model of Alfven wave excitation were developed and compared with experiments. These comparisons show good agreement on linear shear Alfven wave properties, namely, spatio-temporal wave structure, dispersion relation, and the dependence of wave magnitude on the wave frequency. From the simulations it was found that the energy of the Alfven wave generated by the rotating magnetic field source is distributed among the kinetic energies of ions and electrons and the electromagnetic energy of the wave. The wave magnetic field power calculated from the experimental data and using a fluid model agrees within ˜1 percent. The RMF source is thus very efficient in generating shear Alfven waves. Work supported by ONR MURI grant.

  20. Isovector nuclear matter properties and neutron skin thickness

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    Yoshida, Satoshi; Sagawa, Hiroyuki

    2006-04-01

    Correlations among several nuclear matter properties are investigated in the Skyrme Hartree-Fock (SHF) and the relativistic mean field (RMF) models. The Skyrme parameters are related analytically to the isoscalar and isovector nuclear matter properties of the Hamiltonian density. Linear correlations are found among the isovector nuclear matter properties of the Hamiltonian density in both the SHF and the RMF models. We show analytically a singularity at the incompressibility Kc=306 MeV in correlations between the isovector nuclear matter properties and incompressibility with the SHF model, whereas there is no obvious singularity in those correlations with the RMF model. A linear correlation between the neutron skin thickness and the pressure of the neutron matter is given in terms of the ratio between the neutron and nuclear matter densities in the SHF model. We show that the neutron skin thickness gives crucial information about not only the neutron equation of state but also the isovector nuclear matter properties and the parametrization of the Skyrme interaction.

  1. Low density instability in relativistic mean field models

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    Sulaksono, A.; Mart, T.

    2006-10-01

    The effects of symmetry energy softening of relativistic mean field (RMF) models on the properties of matter with neutrino trapping are investigated. It is found that the effects are less significant than those in the case without neutrino trapping. The weak dependence of the equation of state on the symmetry energy is shown as the main reason for this finding. Using different RMF models the dynamical instabilities of uniform matters, with and without neutrino trapping, have been also studied. The interplay between the dominant contribution of the variation of matter composition and the role of effective masses of mesons and nucleons leads to higher critical densities for matter with neutrino trapping. Furthermore, the predicted critical density is insensitive to both the number of trapped neutrinos as well as the RMF model used in the investigation. It is also found that additional nonlinear terms in the Horowitz-Piekarewicz and Furnstahl-Serot-Tang models prevent another kind of instability, which occurs at relatively high densities, because the effective σ meson mass in their models increases as a function of matter density.

  2. Alfven Wave Generation by a Rotating Magnetic Field Source: Theory, Modeling and Experimental Results

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    Shao, X.; Karavaev, A. V.; Gumerov, N.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Gekelman, W. N.; Wang, Y.; Vincena, S. T.; Pribyl, P.

    2010-12-01

    Recent experiments conducted in the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) located at UCLA demonstrated efficient excitation of whistler and shear Alfven waves by a Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) source. We present analytical theory, computational modeling and experimental results of the shear Alfven wave excitation by RMF source created by a phased orthogonal two-loop antenna in a plasma. An analytical theory and simulations using a three-dimensional cold two-fluid model of Alfven wave excitation were developed and compared with experiments. These comparisons show good agreement on linear shear Alfven wave properties, namely, spatio-temporal wave structure, dispersion relation, and the dependence of wave magnitude on the wave frequency. From the simulations it was found that the energy of the Alfven wave generated by the rotating magnetic field source is distributed among the kinetic energies of ions and electrons and the electromagnetic energy of the wave. The wave magnetic field power calculated from the experimental data and using a fluid model agrees within 1 percent. The RMF source is thus very efficient in generating shear Alfven waves. Work supported by ONR MURI grant.

  3. Transient and quasisteady behavior with rotating magnetic field current drive

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    Steinhauer, Loren C.

    2001-07-01

    The time-dependent behavior of rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive is investigated using a two-fluid model. The important new factor is the addition of transverse ion mobility in contrast to rigid-ion models of the past. The equations simplify conveniently, allowing the behavior on each surface (r=const) to be isolated, which permits a quadrature solution for the ion fluid rotation. A rapid transient phase leads to quasisteady behavior that evolves on the relatively slow diffusion timescale. The fast transient timescale is set by the ion inertia. Unless there is an ion momentum source to balance the electron drag on the ion fluid, there is no quasisteady current drive effect. Collisions with neutrals offer such a momentum source in some experiments, notably rotamaks and the Star Thrust Experiment. Other sources of ion momentum are essential for RMF current drive in hotter, fusion-relevant plasmas. The properties of the quasisteady state are found, including the self-consistent ion fluid rotation rate and radial electric field, and RMF corrections on the pressure balance.

  4. Variants of radiculomeningeal vascular malformations of the spine.

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    Cahan, L D; Higashida, R T; Halbach, V V; Hieshima, G B

    1987-03-01

    In recent years, it has become evident that the most common form of arteriovenous malformation to involve the spinal cord in adults is a low-flow fistula with its nidus located on the dura in relation to the dorsal nerve root. This lesion, termed "radiculomeningeal fistula" (RMF), is drained by the intradural coronal venous system and most likely causes neurological deficits due to raised venous pressure within the spinal cord. The therapy that was formerly recommended was multilevel laminectomy with microsurgical stripping of the intradural vessels. However, that procedure focused on the draining veins rather than the nidus, and it has been replaced by direct treatment of the nidus or by disconnecting the nidus from the coronal venous system. This paper reports variants of RMF's that show a wider spectrum of the clinical and radiological findings than has been previously reported. Three patients presenting with extradural venous drainage, intraspinal hemorrhage, and/or sudden non-hemorrhagic neurological decline are reported. A more complete understanding of RMF facilitates the radiological and clinical evaluation of these patients and enables the surgeon to modify the therapy in a significant way. PMID:3819826

  5. Mass predictions of the relativistic mean-field model with the radial basis function approach

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    Zheng, J. S.; Wang, N. Y.; Wang, Z. Y.; Niu, Z. M.; Niu, Y. F.; Sun, B.

    2014-07-01

    The radial basis function (RBF) is a powerful tool to improve mass predictions of nuclear models. By combining the RBF approach with the relativistic mean-field (RMF) model, the systematic deviations between mass predictions of the RMF model and the experimental data are eliminated to a large extent and the resulting rms deviation is reduced from 2.217 to 0.488 MeV. Furthermore, it is found that the RBF approach has a relatively reliable extrapolative power along the distance from the β-stability line except for a large uncertainty around the region at magic number. From the deduced neutron separation energies, we found that the description of the nuclear shell structure and shape transition is also significantly improved by the RBF approach, thus improving agreement with the solar r-process abundances before A =130 and speeding up the r-matter flow. Therefore, a shorter irradiation time is enough to reproduce the solar r-process abundance distribution for the improved RMF mass model, which is closer to the irradiation time for those sophisticated mass models.

  6. Probe measurements of the three-dimensional magnetic field structure in a rotating magnetic field sustained field-reversed configuration

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    Velas, K. M.; Milroy, R. D.

    2014-01-15

    A translatable three-axis probe was constructed and installed on the translation, confinement, and sustainment upgrade (TCSU) experiment. With ninety windings, the probe can simultaneously measure B{sub r}, B{sub θ}, and B{sub z} at 30 radial positions, and can be placed at any desired axial position within the field reversed configuration (FRC) confinement chamber. Positioning the probe at multiple axial positions and taking multiple repeatable shots allows for a full r-z map of the magnetic field. Measurements were made for odd-parity rotating magnetic field (RMF) antennas and even-parity RMF. The steady state data from applying a 10 kHz low pass filter used in conjunction with data at the RMF frequency yields a map of the full 3D rotating field structure. Comparisons will be made to the 3D magnetic structure predicted by NIMROD simulations, with parameters adjusted to match that of the TCSU experiments. The probe provides sufficient data to utilize a Maxwell stress tensor approach to directly measure the torque applied to the FRC's electrons, which combined with a resistive torque model, yields an estimate of the average FRC resistivity.

  7. Estimation of individual dust exposure by magnetopneumography in stainless steel production.

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    Huvinen, M; Oksanen, L; Kalliomäki, K; Kalliomäki, P L; Moilanen, M

    1997-06-20

    The objectives of the study were to measure the magnetic dust lung burden of workers in stainless steel production by magnetopneumography (MPG) and to investigate the relationship of the results with air-borne concentrations of dust, total and hexavalent chromium as well as urinary excretion of chromium. There were 128 workers from the chromite mine, sintering plant, ferrochrome smelter, stainless steel smelting shop, cold rolling mill and welding shop in the exposed groups and five persons from the office staff in the control group. The remanent magnetic field (RMF) in the lungs was slightly elevated among workers in the ferrochromium and steel smelting shops; the levels were, however, lower than those reported for welders earlier and those observed in the welding/repair shop. Workers in the mine, concentrator and sintering plants and in the cold rolling mill exhibited remanent magnetic fields comparable to the referents. There was a relationship between the RMF and the actual urinary chromium concentration. Miners and concentrator and sintering plant workers showed retarded relaxation rate (ReR) of the remanent magnetic field. However, the RMF of the first two of these groups were low (< 0.1 nT) and this made it difficult to measure the ReR accurately. The duration of exposure correlated weakly but significantly with the relaxation rate, while smoking was not related to it.

  8. Transient effects in rotating magnetic field current drive*

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    Steinhauer, Loren

    2000-10-01

    The time-dependent behavior of rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive is investigated using a two-fluid model. The time and radius dependence separates so that the time-dependent behavior can be found by quadrature. This leads to the prediction of transient behavior leading rapidly to a quasi-steady state that evolves on a diffusion timescale. During the transient phase the ions and electrons spin up together. The timescale of the transient phase is set by the ion inertia in balance with ion-electron friction. Unless there is an additional ion momentum source to balance the resistive friction with the electrons, the quasi-steady state has no current drive effect. Collisions with neutrals is a momentum source in some experiments, notably rotamaks and the STX experiment at the University of Washington. Other sources of ion momentum will be needed for effective RMF current drive in hotter, fusion-relevant plasmas. The properties of the quasi-steady state are found, including the self-consistent ion rotation rate and radial electric field, and RMF corrections on the pressure balance. *This research is supported by USDOE grant DE-FG0398ER54480.

  9. CSI compensation for reduced-order model based control of a flexible robot manipulator

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    Reisenauer, Brian T.; Balas, Mark J.

    1989-01-01

    In controller design for flexible structures, certain system modes are extremely important for the overall performance of the structure. A reduced-order model (ROM) based control focuses on these modes, providing a viable, active control algorithm for large systems. Unfortunately, unmodeled structure dynamics can interact with the ROM controller (CSI) and cause crippling deterioration of system performance, possibly to the point that system stability is lost. A residual model filter (RMF) eliminates one channel of control structure interaction (CSI), while adding only a simple, second-order filter to the control loop. Thus, the ROM controller can be designed independently, based strictly on performance criteria, and residual mode filters can then be selected to compensate for CSI. A flexible robot manipulator is used for preliminary experimentation with the ROM/RMF design methodology. Since the controller was to be implemented both with, and without compensation for CSI, the ROM control gains are carefully chosen such that closed loop stability is never compromised. In this way, RMF effectiveness is easily evaluated in terms of the improvement in system performance resulting from CSI compensation.

  10. Adaptive Control of Flexible Structures Using Residual Mode Filters

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    Balas, Mark J.; Frost, Susan

    2010-01-01

    Flexible structures containing a large number of modes can benefit from adaptive control techniques which are well suited to applications that have unknown modeling parameters and poorly known operating conditions. In this paper, we focus on a direct adaptive control approach that has been extended to handle adaptive rejection of persistent disturbances. We extend our adaptive control theory to accommodate troublesome modal subsystems of a plant that might inhibit the adaptive controller. In some cases the plant does not satisfy the requirements of Almost Strict Positive Realness. Instead, there maybe be a modal subsystem that inhibits this property. This section will present new results for our adaptive control theory. We will modify the adaptive controller with a Residual Mode Filter (RMF) to compensate for the troublesome modal subsystem, or the Q modes. Here we present the theory for adaptive controllers modified by RMFs, with attention to the issue of disturbances propagating through the Q modes. We apply the theoretical results to a flexible structure example to illustrate the behavior with and without the residual mode filter. We have proposed a modified adaptive controller with a residual mode filter. The RMF is used to accommodate troublesome modes in the system that might otherwise inhibit the adaptive controller, in particular the ASPR condition. This new theory accounts for leakage of the disturbance term into the Q modes. A simple three-mode example shows that the RMF can restore stability to an otherwise unstable adaptively controlled system. This is done without modifying the adaptive controller design.

  11. Superheavy nuclei with the vector self-coupling of the ω-meson in relativistic mean-field theory

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    Saldanha, A. A.; Farhan, A. R.; Sharma, M. M.

    2009-11-01

    We have studied properties and the shell structure of the superheavy elements from Z = 102 to Z = 120 within the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. The region of study spans nuclides with neutron numbers N = 150-190. The Lagrangian model NL-SV1 with the inclusion of the vector self-coupling of the ω-meson has been employed in this work. We have performed RMF + BCS calculations for an axially deformed configuration of nuclei. The ground-state binding energies, single-particle properties and quadrupole deformation of nuclei have been obtained from the mean-field minimizations. Two-neutron separation energies, Qα values and α-decay half-life have been evaluated. It is shown that a large number of nuclides exhibit the phenomenon of shape coexistence over a significant region of the superheavy elements. Shape coexistence of a prolate and an oblate shape is prevalent in nuclides far below N = 184, whilst nuclei in the vicinity of N = 184 tend to show a shape coexistence between a spherical and an oblate shape. The shell structure and two-neutron separation energies obtained with RMF theory reinforce the neutron number N = 184 as a major magic number. It is shown that the neutron number N = 172 acts akin to a magic number in the deformed region. It is suggested that the combination of Z = 120 and N = 172 has the potential of being a doubly magic number in the superheavy region.

  12. COMPENDIUM OF COMPLETED TESTING IN SUPPORT OF ROTARY MICROFILTRATION AT SAVANNAH RIVER SITE AND HANFORD

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    HUBER HJ

    2011-05-24

    This report presents a chronological summary of previous technology development efforts concerning the rotary microfiltration (RMF) unit from SpinTek{trademark}. Rotary microfiltration has been developed for high radiation application over the last decades as one of the optional filtration techniques for supplemental treatment. Supplemental treatment includes a near- or in-tank solids separation and subsequent cesium removal unit, followed by an immobilization technique; this includes options such as steam reforming, bulk vitrification or cast stone (grout). The main difference between RMF and standard cross flow filtration (CFF) is the disconnection of filtrate flux from feed velocity; i.e., filtrate flux is only dependent on transmembrane pressure, filter fouling and temperature. These efforts have been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Cleanup Technologies since the 1990s by their Environmental Management Program (currently EM-31). In order to appropriately address future testing needs, a compilation of the relevant previous testing reports was essential. This compendium does not intend to cover all of the presentations/reports that were produced over the last decades but focuses on those of relevance for developing an RMF unit fit for deployment at the Hanford site. The report is split into three parts: (1) an introductory overview, (2) Figure 1 graphically covering the main development steps and its key players and (3) a more detailed table of the citations and brief descriptions of results and recommendations.

  13. [Bilateral cerebellopontine arachnoid cyst].

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    Gelabert-Gonzalez, M; Aran-Echabe, E; Pita-Buezas, L

    2016-06-16

    Introduccion. Los quistes aracnoideos bilaterales del angulo pontocerebeloso son excepcionales, y unicamente existen tres casos publicados en la bibliografia. Caso clinico. Niña de 14 años, previamente sana, que acude a consultas por presentar cefalea bifrontal de seis semanas de evolucion. La exploracion clinica era normal y la resonancia magnetica craneal mostraba dos lesiones extraaxiales localizadas en ambos angulos pontocerebelosos, siendo ligeramente mayor la izquierda. Las lesiones se comportaban como homogeneamente intensas en T1 e hiperintensas en T2, no captaban contraste y no existia restriccion en las secuencias de difusion. No se indico tratamiento quirurgico. Conclusiones. Los quistes aracnoideos bilaterales situados en el angulo pontocerebeloso son excepcionales. La principal indicacion para el tratamiento quirurgico es la presencia de sintomas o signos neurologicos coincidentes con la localizacion de los quistes.

  14. [Encephalopathy and neuromyelitis optica: the importance of recognising atypical symptoms].

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    Hervás-García, José V; Grau-López, Laia; Doménech-Puigcerver, Sira; Ramo-Tello, Cristina

    2014-01-01

    Introduccion. La neuromielitis optica (NMO) o enfermedad de Devic es un trastorno autoinmune, inflamatorio y desmielinizante del sistema nervioso central, que afecta principal y caracteristicamente al nervio optico y a la medula espinal. Los anticuerpos antiacuaporina-4 (AQ-4) son un biomarcador especifico de esta entidad y, desde su descubrimiento, se ha ampliado el numero de sintomas y datos radiologicos de la enfermedad y se ha definido el concepto de espectro clinico de NMO. Caso clinico. Mujer de 66 años diagnosticada de NMO por haber sufrido brotes de neuritis optica y mielitis de repeticion junto con anticuerpos AQ-4 positivos. Presento un cuadro de disminucion del nivel de conciencia, con resonancia magnetica cerebral que mostro multiples lesiones en la sustancia blanca, sin realce de contraste, que se resolvio sin tratamiento. Un mes despues, sufrio empeoramiento del estado general, sindrome confusional y ceguera. En la resonancia magnetica cerebral se observaron nuevas lesiones en la sustancia blanca y aumento del tamaño de otras ya existentes. Se emitio el diagnostico de encefalopatia en el contexto de NMO y se trato a la paciente con corticoides e inmunoglobulinas intravenosas, con lo que se produjo mejoria clinica y radiologica. Conclusiones. Desde el descubrimiento de los anticuerpos AQ-4, ha aumentado el numero de manifestaciones clinicas y radiologicas de la NMO mas alla de la afectacion del nervio optico y de la medula espinal, entre ellas las manifestaciones cerebrales. Reconocerlas es muy importante para hacer un diagnostico precoz, evitar pruebas complementarias no necesarias e instaurar el tratamiento adecuado.

  15. [Urgent stroke care in hospitals with a stroke unit. Quick Project].

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    Masjuán, Jaime; Álvarez-Sabín, José; Arias-Rivas, Susana; Blanco, Miguel; de Felipe, Alicia; Escudero-Martínez, Irene; Fuentes, Blanca; Gállego-Culleré, Jaime; Moniche-Álvarez, Francisco; Muñoz, Lucía; Pérez de la Ossa-Herrero, Natalia; Sahuquillo, Patricia; Santamarina, Estevo; Sanz, Borja; Tembl, José I; Zandio, Beatriz

    2016-04-01

    Introduccion. El ictus es una emergencia medica dependiente del tiempo. La rapidez en su reconocimiento y en la atencion que reciben los pacientes es clave en el pronostico. Objetivos. Analizar los tiempos de actuacion medica, evaluar posibles areas de mejora y estudiar la dotacion de recursos de los centros. Pacientes y metodos. Registro prospectivo de pacientes atendidos en ocho unidades de ictus experimentadas españolas con sospecha de ictus y activacion del codigo ictus. Se recogieron los tiempos inicio-puerta, puerta-tomografia computarizada (TC), puerta-aguja, TC-aguja e inicio-aguja. Tambien se recogieron el metodo de trasporte al hospital, el tipo de ictus y las terapias de reperfusion. En cuanto a la dotacion estructural de los centros, se recogieron la ratio de enfermeria, la monitorizacion de camas, la disponibilidad de TC multimodal y resonancia magnetica, y la realizacion de cursos de informacion o formacion. Resultados. Se incluyeron 197 pacientes, de los cuales fueron validos 181 (151 infartos y 30 hemorragias cerebrales). Las medianas (p25-p75) en minutos fueron: inicio-puerta, 104 (70-188); puerta-TC, 27 (19-41); TC-aguja, 30 (21-43); puerta-aguja, 64 (49-83); e inicio-aguja, 156 (129-202). Se aplicaron terapias de reperfusion en 68 pacientes (el 45% de los infartos cerebrales), de los cuales el 81% fueron trombolisis intravenosas; el 7%, tratamientos endovasculares; y el 12%, una combinacion de ambos. Los recursos de los centros estuvieron de acuerdo con lo recomendado por las guias clinicas. Hubo un bajo porcentaje de pacientes estudiados con resonancia magnetica. Conclusion. El porcentaje de pacientes tratados con trombolisis fue muy elevado y los tiempos de los circuitos intrahospitalarios, aunque buenos, tienen margen de mejora.

  16. [Hypertrophic pachymeningitis secondary to IgG4-related disease: case report and review of the literature].

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    Rodríguez-Castro, Emilio; Fernández-Lebrero, Aida; López-Dequidt, Iria A; Rodríguez-Osorio, Xiana; López-González, Francisco J; Suárez-Peñaranda, José M; Arias, Manuel

    2015-10-01

    Introduccion. La paquimeningitis hipertrofica es un trastorno infrecuente que produce un engrosamiento focal o difuso de la duramadre. Puede ser idiopatica o secundaria a procesos infecciosos, autoinmunes o neoplasicos. La recientemente descrita 'enfermedad relacionada con IgG4' podria ser la causa de bastantes cuadros considerados criptogenicos. Caso clinico. Mujer de 54 años, con historia de asma bronquial, que consulto por cefalea, vertigo y perdida de audicion por su oido izquierdo. En la resonancia magnetica cerebral con gadolinio se objetivo engrosamiento y realce dural, que se extendia desde la pared lateral del seno cavernoso izquierdo y la parte medial del lobulo temporal al angulo pontocerebeloso y parte del tentorio homolaterales. El liquido cefalorraquideo presentaba 10 leucocitos/µL (90% mononucleares), con 1 g/L de proteinas y sin consumo de glucosa. El estudio anatomopatologico mostro fibrosis y un infiltrado linfoplasmocitario, con 16 celulas plasmaticas IgG4+ por campo de gran aumento. El resto de estudios analiticos y microbiologicos resultaron normales o negativos. La tasa plasmatica de IgG4 estaba dentro de los limites normales. Tratada con esteroides, se produjo mejoria clinica acompañada de la practica desaparicion de las alteraciones detectadas en la neuroimagen. Conclusiones. La paquimeningitis hipertrofica como manifestacion de la enfermedad relacionada con IgG4 puede diagnosticarse basandose en los hallazgos de la resonancia magnetica si la IgG4 plasmatica esta elevada. En casos dudosos, habra que recurrir a la biopsia meningea. La corticoterapia suele ser eficaz y representa la primera linea terapeutica.

  17. [CLIPPERS syndrome with atypical distribution of lesions in magnetic resonance imaging of the brain].

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    Canneti, Beatrice; Mosqueira, Antonio J; Gilo, Francisco; Carreras, Teresa; Barbosa, Antonio; Meca-Lallana, Virginia; Vivancos, José

    2013-10-16

    Introduccion. El sindrome CLIPPERS (chronic lymphocytic in?ammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids) es un proceso inflamatorio del sistema nervioso central cuyo rasgo distintivo son las lesiones puntiformes en el troncoencefalo captantes en los estudios de resonancia magnetica. Clinicamente, cursa con disartria, ataxia y diplopia, y suele responder a corticoides. Anatomopatologicamente, aparecen infiltrados de linfocitos T en los espacios perivasculares troncoencefalicos. Caso clinico. Mujer de 40 años con cuadro de instauracion subaguda de diplopia binocular, ataxia y disartria. En la resonancia magnetica cerebral presento lesiones puntiformes hipertintensas en secuencia T2 en el tronco, cerebelo, diencefalo y areas cortico-subcorticales bihemisfericas, que realzaron con contraste. Se realizo un estudio etiologico para descartar un origen infeccioso, neoplasico o inflamatorio subyacente, que resulto negativo. La paciente recibio tratamiento en dos ocasiones con metilprednisolona, con descenso progresivo de la dosis, con buena respuesta. Conclusiones. La diplopia y la ataxia, como en nuestro caso, estan presentes practicamente siempre. Los hallazgos en la RM consisten en lesiones captantes puntiformes localizadas en la protuberancia con extension hacia el cerebelo, ganglios basales y cuerpo calloso, con gradiente de captacion menor conforme se alejan rostralmente hacia la corteza, y caudalmente hacia la medula. En el caso de nuestra paciente, este gradiente no se respeta, encontrandose una densidad similar de las lesiones a nivel supratentorial. El diagnostico diferencial es amplio y justifica un estudio diagnostico extenso, y en casos seleccionados la biopsia cerebral. El curso de la enfermedad es remitente-recurrente, y el pronostico mejora cuanto mas precoz y prolongado es el tiempo de corticoterapia.

  18. [Tropical spastic paraparesis in a non tropical region].

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    Pias-Peleteiro, L; Pias-Peleteiro, J M; Arias, M

    2015-10-16

    Introduccion. El virus linfotropo humano de celulas T tipo 1 (HTLV-1) es el agente causal de la paraparesia espastica tropical. Su prevalencia, elevada en determinadas areas tropicales, es baja en Europa y Norteamerica. Casos clinicos. Se describen dos casos de paraparesia espastica tropical en varones naturales y residentes en Galicia. Se realizaron estudios analiticos en la sangre y el liquido cefalorraquideo (LCR), examenes neurofisiologicos y resonancia magnetica craneal y medular. En ambos pacientes, la presentacion clinica fue la de una mielopatia cronica, con cuadro torpido y progresivo que evoluciono a paraparesia espastica. Un paciente desarrollo uveitis antes de la clinica neurologica. En los dos casos, el estudio del LCR demostro leve pleocitosis linfoide, ligera hiperproteinorraquia, bandas oligoclonales negativas y anticuerpos anti-HTLV-1 positivos. La reaccion en cadena de la polimerasa para HTLV-1 resulto positiva en ambos casos. La resonancia magnetica raquidea resulto normal en un paciente y mostro en el otro hiperseñal medular dorsal, que desaparecio tras el tratamiento. No se demostraron datos de polineuropatia periferica. Recibieron corticoides e interferon alfa, con leve mejoria y estabilizacion del cuadro clinico. La anamnesis dirigida revelo antecedentes de contactos sexuales de riesgo en regiones endemicas de HTLV-1. Conclusiones. La uveitis asociada a HTLV-1 podria ser predictora de paraparesia espastica tropical. Esta es probablemente una entidad infradiagnosticada (alto porcentaje de portadores asintomaticos, clinica insidiosa y bajo indice de sospecha en areas no endemicas). Debe considerarse su diagnostico en zonas no tropicales que reciben inmigrantes de areas endemicas y tambien en regiones con una tradicional emigracion a regiones tropicales.

  19. [Hypomyelination with atrophy of the basal ganglia and cerebellum. Contribution of two new cases to a recently reported entity].

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    Tomás-Vila, Miguel; Menor, Francisco; Ley-Martos, Myriam; Jumillas-Luján, M José; Marco-Hernández, Ana V; Barbero, Pedro

    2014-02-16

    Introduccion. La hipomielinizacion con atrofia de ganglios basales y de cerebelo (H-ABC) es una rara entidad descrita recientemente. Se presentan dos nuevos casos pertenecientes a una misma familia. Casos clinicos. Caso 1: niño de 17 meses con retraso grave en todas las areas, ausencia de lenguaje y de contacto visual. En la exploracion destacaba una microcefalia con tetraparesia espastica. En la resonancia magnetica cerebral se apreciaba atrofia cerebelosa de predominio vermiano con perdida de volumen de ambos nucleos del putamen y la cabeza del caudado, y patron de hipomielinizacion de la sustancia blanca. En la electromiografia se objetivo un patron de polineuropatia cronica de predominio motor. Presento un descenso de los valores de acido homovalinico y de acido 5-hidroxindolacetico. El tratamiento con levodopa/carbidopa no fue efectivo. Caso 2: niña de 11 meses, hermana del caso anterior. Presentaba un retraso grave en todas las areas y en la exploracion clinica se detecto una microcefalia con tetraparesia espastica. La resonancia magnetica cerebral mostro hallazgos superponibles a los del hermano, con hipomielinizacion, atrofia cerebelosa y afectacion putaminal y de ambos caudados; en la electromiografia, hallazgos compatibles con polineuropatia motora de caracter desmielinizante. Presento un descenso de los valores de acido homovalinico y acido 5-hidroxindolacetico en el liquido cefalorraquideo. El tratamiento con levodopa/carbidopa resulto ineficaz. Conclusiones. Estos dos nuevos casos ayudan a caracterizar mejor esta entidad y refuerzan la hipotesis del origen genetico del sindrome, dado que se trata de dos casos pertenecientes a una misma familia.

  20. [Clinico-radiological profile of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis in the childhood population. A retrospective analysis of a series of 20 patients in a tertiary hospital].

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    Tomás-Vila, Miguel; Menor, Francisco; Otero-Reigada, M Carmen; Pérez-Tamarit, Amparo; Téllez de Meneses, Montserrat; Pitarch-Castellanos, Inmaculada

    2014-01-01

    Introduccion. La encefalomielitis aguda diseminada (EAD) es un trastorno inflamatorio del sistema nervioso central mediado inmunologicamente y de patogenia desconocida. Puede presentarse en cualquier edad, pero es mucho mas frecuente en niños. La EAD no tiene marcador biologico especifico y el diagnostico se basa en hallazgos clinicos y neurorradiologicos. Objetivo. Mejorar el conocimiento del perfil clinicorradiologico de esta enfermedad. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio retrospectivo con inclusion de pacientes menores de 14 años ingresados en un hospital terciario en los ultimos 15 años con el diagnostico de EAD. Se revisaron antecedentes, signos clinicos de presentacion, datos analiticos en sangre/liquido cefalorraquideo y la semiologia radiologica. En 16 casos se realizo un seguimiento medio de 25 meses. Resultados. Se revisaron 20 pacientes, un 70% niños, con una edad media de 4,4 años. El 40% tuvo un episodio febril previo. El 85% presento fiebre o vomitos, y el 70%, afectacion del estado de consciencia. Predominaron los deficits motores (45%), las convulsiones (35%) y la afectacion de pares craneales (30%). Tres niños presentaron una evolucion recidivante, y otros tres, secuelas motoras. Los estudios de resonancia magnetica mostraron lesiones hiperintensas en secuencias T2, con patron de realce escaso o nulo, que predominaron en los talamos (70%), la medula (67%) y la sustancia blanca subcortical (50%). En dos pacientes se diagnostico EAD hemorragica. Conclusiones. La EAD representa una entidad con importante afectacion general y repercusion neurologica, que muestra un potencial secuelar considerable. Los datos clinicoanaliticos y la resonancia magnetica cerebral y medular son relevantes para el diagnostico inicial y seguimiento de pacientes con EAD.

  1. [Analysis of a series of cases with an initial diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis over the period 2000-2010].

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    Rodríguez-Fernández, Cristina; López-Marín, Laura; López-Pino, Miguel Ángel; Gutiérrez-Solana, Luis G; Soto-Insuga, Víctor; Conejo-Moreno, David

    2013-10-01

    Introduccion. La encefalomielitis aguda diseminada (EMAD) es una enfermedad desmielinizante que afecta fundamentalmente a la sustancia blanca del sistema nervioso central. El diagnostico se basa en hallazgos clinicorradiologicos y evolutivos. La resonancia magnetica cerebral es la herramienta diagnostica mas util. El curso suele ser monofasico y el tratamiento inicial de eleccion, los corticoides. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio retrospectivo de 18 pacientes con diagnostico de sospecha inicial de EMAD. Se analizo la sintomatologia, los hallazgos radiologicos, la evolucion y el tratamiento. El diagnostico definitivo se establecio en 12 pacientes, excluyendo un paciente con reaccion en cadena de la polimerasa positiva para el virus herpes simple en el liquido cefalorraquideo, uno con clinica compatible pero resonancia magnetica cerebral normal, y cuatro con inicio similar a EMAD cuyos diagnosticos definitivos fueron: sindrome de Rassmusen, sindrome hemofagocitico, tumor cerebral y MELAS (encefalomiopatia mitocondrial con acidosis lactica y accidentes cerebrovasculares). Resultados. La mediana de edad fue de 31 meses, sin predominio de sexo. La infeccion de la via respiratoria superior fue la causa mas frecuente en niños mayores y la gastrointestinal, en menores de 2 años. Todos presentaron alteracion en el nivel de conciencia y deficits neurologicos multifocales. El hallazgo radiologico mas frecuente fue la alteracion multifocal bihemisferica de la sustancia blanca. Los corticoides fueron el tratamiento de eleccion en la mayoria. La evolucion fue favorable en casi todos los pacientes excepto en dos, que tuvieron secuelas importantes. Conclusiones. La EMAD puede presentarse a cualquier edad, incluyendo lactantes. Hay multiples entidades que pueden simular una EMAD en un inicio.

  2. NEW EQUATIONS OF STATE IN SIMULATIONS OF CORE-COLLAPSE SUPERNOVAE

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    Hempel, M.; Liebendoerfer, M.; Fischer, T.; Schaffner-Bielich, J.

    2012-03-20

    We discuss three new equations of state (EOS) in core-collapse supernova simulations. The new EOS are based on the nuclear statistical equilibrium model of Hempel and Schaffner-Bielich (HS), which includes excluded volume effects and relativistic mean-field (RMF) interactions. We consider the RMF parameterizations TM1, TMA, and FSUgold. These EOS are implemented into our spherically symmetric core-collapse supernova model, which is based on general relativistic radiation hydrodynamics and three-flavor Boltzmann neutrino transport. The results obtained for the new EOS are compared with the widely used EOS of H. Shen et al. and Lattimer and Swesty. The systematic comparison shows that the model description of inhomogeneous nuclear matter is as important as the parameterization of the nuclear interactions for the supernova dynamics and the neutrino signal. Furthermore, several new aspects of nuclear physics are investigated: the HS EOS contains distributions of nuclei, including nuclear shell effects. The appearance of light nuclei, e.g., deuterium and tritium, is also explored, which can become as abundant as alphas and free protons. In addition, we investigate the black hole formation in failed core-collapse supernovae, which is mainly determined by the high-density EOS. We find that temperature effects lead to a systematically faster collapse for the non-relativistic LS EOS in comparison with the RMF EOS. We deduce a new correlation for the time until black hole formation, which allows the determination of the maximum mass of proto-neutron stars, if the neutrino signal from such a failed supernova would be measured in the future. This would give a constraint for the nuclear EOS at finite entropy, complementary to observations of cold neutron stars.

  3. Spins and parities of the odd-A P isotopes within a relativistic mean-field model and elastic magnetic electron-scattering theory

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    Wang, Zaijun; Ren, Zhongzhou; Dong, Tiekuang; Xu, Chang

    2014-08-01

    The ground-state spins and parities of the odd-A phosphorus isotopes 25-47P are studied with the relativistic mean-field (RMF) model and relativistic elastic magnetic electron-scattering theory (REMES). Results of the RMF model with the NL-SH, TM2, and NL3 parameters show that the 2s1/2 and 1d3/2 proton level inversion may occur for the neutron-rich isotopes 37-47P, and, consequently, the possible spin-parity values of 37-47P may be 3/2+, which, except for P47, differs from those given by the NUBASE2012 nuclear data table by Audi et al. Calculations of the elastic magnetic electron scattering of 37-47P with the single valence proton in the 2s1/2 and 1d3/2 state show that the form factors have significant differences. The results imply that elastic magnetic electron scattering can be a possible way to study the 2s1/2 and 1d3/2 level inversion and the spin-parity values of 37-47P. The results can also provide new tests as to what extent the RMF model, along with its various parameter sets, is valid for describing the nuclear structures. In addition, the contributions of the upper and lower components of the Dirac four-spinors to the form factors and the isotopic shifts of the magnetic form factors are discussed.

  4. Second relativistic mean field and virial equation of state for astrophysical simulations

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    Shen, G.; Horowitz, C. J.; O'Connor, E.

    2011-06-15

    We generate a second equation of state (EOS) of nuclear matter for a wide range of temperatures, densities, and proton fractions for use in supernovae, neutron star mergers, and black hole formation simulations. We employ full relativistic mean field (RMF) calculations for matter at intermediate density and high density, and the virial expansion of a nonideal gas for matter at low density. For this EOS we use the RMF effective interaction FSUGold, whereas our earlier EOS was based on the RMF effective interaction NL3. The FSUGold interaction has a lower pressure at high densities compared to the NL3 interaction. We calculate the resulting EOS at over 100 000 grid points in the temperature range T=0 to 80 MeV, the density range n{sub B}=10{sup -8} to 1.6 fm{sup -3}, and the proton fraction range Y{sub p}=0 to 0.56. We then interpolate these data points using a suitable scheme to generate a thermodynamically consistent equation of state table on a finer grid. We discuss differences between this EOS, our NL3-based EOS, and previous EOSs by Lattimer-Swesty and H. Shen et al. for the thermodynamic properties, composition, and neutron star structure. The original FSUGold interaction produces an EOS, which we call FSU1.7, that has a maximum neutron star mass of 1.7 solar masses. A modification in the high-density EOS is introduced to increase the maximum neutron star mass to 2.1 solar masses and results in a slightly different EOS that we call FSU2.1. The EOS tables for FSU1.7 and FSU2.1 are available for download.

  5. Shell closures, loosely bound structures, and halos in exotic nuclei

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    Saxena, G.; Singh, D.

    2013-04-15

    Inspired by the recent experiments indicating doubly magic nuclei that lie near the drip-line and encouraged by the success of our relativistic mean-field (RMF) plus state-dependent BCS approach to the description of the ground-state properties of drip-line nuclei, we develop this approach further, across the entire periodic table, to explore magic nuclei, loosely bound structures, and halo formation in exotic nuclei. In our RMF+BCS approach, the single-particle continuum corresponding to the RMF is replaced by a set of discrete positive-energy states for the calculations of pairing energy. Detailed analysis of the single-particle spectrum, pairing energies, and densities of the nuclei predict the unusual proton shell closures at proton numbers Z = 6, 14, 16, 34, and unusual neutron shell closures at neutron numbers N = 6, 14, 16, 34, 40, 70, 112. Further, in several nuclei like the neutron-rich isotopes of Ca, Zr, Mo, etc., the gradual filling of lowlying single-particle resonant state together with weakly bound single-particle states lying close to the continuum threshold helps accommodate more neutrons but with an extremely small increase in the binding energy. This gives rise to the occurrence of loosely bound systems of neutron-rich nuclei with a large neutron-to-proton ratio. In general, the halo-like formation, irrespective of the existence of any resonant state, is seen to be due to the large spatial extension of the wave functions for the weakly bound single-particle states with low orbital angular momentum having very small or no centrifugal barriers.

  6. Salt effects on functional traits in model and in economically important Lotus species.

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    Uchiya, P; Escaray, F J; Bilenca, D; Pieckenstain, F; Ruiz, O A; Menéndez, A B

    2016-07-01

    A common stress on plants is NaCl-derived soil salinity. Genus Lotus comprises model and economically important species, which have been studied regarding physiological responses to salinity. Leaf area ratio (LAR), root length ratio (RLR) and their components, specific leaf area (SLA) and leaf mass fraction (LMF) and specific root length (SRL) and root mass fraction (RMF) might be affected by high soil salinity. We characterised L. tenuis, L. corniculatus, L. filicaulis, L. creticus, L. burtii and L. japonicus grown under different salt concentrations (0, 50, 100 and 150 mm NaCl) on the basis of SLA, LMF, SRL and RMF using PCA. We also assessed effects of different salt concentrations on LAR and RLR in each species, and explored whether changes in these traits provide fitness benefit. Salinity (150 mm NaCl) increased LAR in L. burtii and L. corniculatus, but not in the remaining species. The highest salt concentration caused a decrease of RLR in L. japonicus Gifu, but not in the remaining species. Changes in LAR and RLR would not be adaptive, according to adaptiveness analysis, with the exception of SLA changes in L. corniculatus. PCA revealed that under favourable conditions plants optimise surfaces for light and nutrient acquisition (SLA and SRL), whereas at higher salt concentrations they favour carbon allocation to leaves and roots (LMF and RMF) in detriment to their surfaces. PCA also showed that L. creticus subjected to saline treatment was distinguished from the remaining Lotus species. We suggest that augmented carbon partitioning to leaves and roots could constitute a salt-alleviating mechanism through toxic ion dilution. PMID:27007305

  7. [Effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation in stroke patients: a systematic review].

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    Romera-De Francisco, L; Jimenez-Del Barrio, S

    2016-08-01

    Introduccion. La electroestimulacion funcional es una de las tecnicas fisioterapicas empleadas en la actualidad para el abordaje de los pacientes que han sufrido un ictus. Objetivo. Conocer la efectividad de la electroestimulacion funcional en las capacidades generales, la marcha y la calidad de vida de los pacientes con ictus mediante una revision sistematica. Como objetivo secundario se planteo conocer el mejor metodo de aplicacion de esta tecnica. Pacientes y metodos. Se ha realizado una busqueda bibliografica en las bases de datos Medline, PEDro y Biblioteca Cochrane. Se han incluido ensayos clinicos y revisiones sistematicas de los ultimos cinco años que valorasen la efectividad de la electroestimulacion funcional en pacientes tras sufrir un ictus. Resultados. Se incluyeron 10 ensayos clinicos y una revision sistematica con metaanalisis, de los cuales se extrajeron los datos mas relevantes, se analizaron y se compararon. Conclusiones. La electroestimulacion funcional puede ayudar en la mejora de la calidad de vida, las capacidades motoras y la funcionalidad de la marcha en pacientes que han sufrido un ictus. No se puede afirmar que por si sola aporte mejores resultados que otras tecnicas convencionales de fisioterapia, y se observa una mayor efectividad con la aplicacion de electroestimulacion funcional asociada a otras tecnicas de fisioterapia. El mejor abordaje de la aplicacion con electroestimulacion funcional es el realizado en mas de un grupo muscular, desencadenando los impulsos mediante movimientos activos y en combinacion con otras intervenciones fisioterapicas.

  8. In-orbit performance of the EPIC-MOS detectors on XMM-Newton

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    Sembay, Steven; Abbey, Anthony; Altieri, Bruno; Ambrosi, Richard; Baskill, Darren; Ferrando, Philippe; Mukerjee, Kallol; Read, Andrew M.; Turner, Martin J. L.

    2004-10-01

    XMM-Newton was launched into space on a highly eccentric 48 hour orbit on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is now in its fifth year of operation and has been an outstanding success, observing the Cosmos with imaging, spectroscopy and timing capabilities in the X-ray and optical wavebands. The EPIC-MOS CCD X-ray detectors comprise two out of three of the focal plane instruments on XMM-Newton. In this paper we discuss key aspects of the current status and performance history of the charge transfer ineffiency (CTI), energy resolution and spectral redistribution function (rmf) of EPIC-MOS in its fifth year of operation.

  9. Solidification of II-VI Compounds in a Rotating Magnetic Field

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    Gillies, D. C.; Volz, M. P.; Mazuruk, K.; Motakef, S.; Dudley, M.; Matyi, R.

    1999-01-01

    This project is aimed at using a rotating magnetic field (RMF) to control fluid flow and transport during directional solidification of elemental and compound melts. Microgravity experiments have demonstrated that small amounts of residual acceleration of less than a micro-g can initiate and prolong fluid flow, particularly when there is a static component of the field perpendicular to the liquid solid interface. Thus a true diffusion boundary layer is not formed, and it becomes difficult to verify theories of solidification or to achieve diffusion controlled solidification. The RMF superimposes a stirring effect on an electrically conducting liquid, and with appropriate field strengths and frequencies, controlled transport of material through a liquid column can be obtained. As diffusion conditions are precluded and complete mixing conditions prevail, the technique is appropriate for traveling solvent zone or float zone growth methods in which the overall composition of the liquid can be maintained throughout the growth experiment. Crystals grown by RMF techniques in microgravity in previous, unrelated missions have shown exceptional properties. The objective of the project is two-fold, namely (1) using numerical modeling to simulate the behavior of a solvent zone with applied thermal boundary conditions and demonstrate the effects of decreasing gravity levels, or an increasing applied RMF, or both, and (2) to grow elements and II-VI compounds from traveling solvent zones both with and without applied RMFs, and to determine objectively how well the modeling predicts solidification parameters. Numerical modeling has demonstrated that, in the growth of CdTe from a tellurium solution, a rotating magnetic field can advantageously modify the shape of the liquid solid interface such that the interface is convex as seen from the liquid. Under such circumstances, the defect structure is reduced as any defects which are formed tend to grow out and not propagate. The flow

  10. Interaction radii of proton-rich radioactive nuclei at A=60-80

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    Lima, G. F.; Lepine-Szily, A.; Lichtenthaler, R.; Villari, A. C. C.; Mittig, W.; Casandjian, J. M.; Lewitowicz, M.; Chartier, M.; Hirata, D.; Angelique, J. C.; Orr, N. A.; Audi, G.; Cunsolo, A.; Foti, A.; Donzeaud, C.; MacCormick, M.; Stephan, C.; Suomijarvi, T.; Tassan-Got, L.; Gillibert, A.

    1998-12-21

    The interaction radii of proton-rich, radioactive {sub 31}Ga, {sub 32}Ge, {sub 33}As, {sub 34}Se, {sub 35}Br isotopes were measured using the direct method. The secondary beams were produced using a {sup 78}Kr primary beam of 73 MeV/nucleon in conjunction with SISSI and the SPEG spectrometers at GANIL. Most elements show reduced radii which vary with N, with a minimum around N=36-38. The experimental reduced radii are compared to theoretical values obtained from Glauber reaction cross-section calculations based on Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) nuclear densities.

  11. IBA investigations of loose garnets from Pietroasa, Apahida and Cluj-Someşeni treasures (5th century AD)

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    Bugoi, R.; Oanţă-Marghitu, R.; Calligaro, T.

    2016-03-01

    This paper reports the archaeometric investigations of 418 loose garnets from Pietroasa and Cluj-Someşeni treasures and Apahida II and III princely grave inventories (5th century AD). The chemical composition of the gems was determined by external beam micro-PIXE technique at the AGLAE accelerator of C2RMF, Paris, France. Complementary observations made by Optical Microscopy revealed details on the gemstones cutting and polishing and permitted to identify certain mineral inclusions. The compositional results evidenced several types of garnets from the pyralspite series, suggesting distinct provenances for these Early Medieval gems.

  12. Remote Field Eddy Current Probes for the Detection of Stress Corrosion in Transmission Pipelines

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    Plamen Alexandroz Ivanov

    2002-08-27

    Magnetic flux leakage (MFL) is a technique used widely in non-destructive testing (NDT) of natural gas and petroleum transmission pipelines. This inspection method relies on magnetizing the pipe-wall in axial direction. The MFL inspection tool is equipped with an array of Hall sensors located around the circumference of the pipe, which registers the flux leakage caused by any defects present in the pipe-wall. Currently, the tool magnetizes the pipewall in axial direction making it largely insensitive to axially oriented defects. One type of defect, which is of a growing concern in the gas and petroleum industry is the stress corrosion crack (SCC). The SCCs are a result of aging, corrosion, fatigue and thermal stresses. SCCs are predominantly axially oriented and are extremely tight, which makes them impossible to be detected using current inspection technology. A possible solution to this problem is to utilize the remote field eddy current (RFEC) effect to detect axially oriented defects. The RFEC method has been widely used in industry in the inspection of tubular products. The method uses a pair of excitation and pick-up coils. The pick-up coil located in the remote field region, usually two, three pipe-diameters away from the excitation coil. With RFEC the presence of defects is detected by the disturbance in the phase of the signal measured by the pick-up coil relative to that of the excitation coil. Unlike conventional eddy current testing the RFEC method is sensitive to defects on the exterior of the inspected product, which makes it a good candidate for the development of in-line inspection technology. This work focuses on the development of non-destructive testing technique, which uses remote field eddy currents induced by rotating magnetic field (RMF). A major advantage of the RMF is that it makes possible to not only detect a defect but also localize its position in circumferential direction. Also, it could potentially allow detection of defects

  13. Modes of decay in neutron-rich nuclei

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    Kumar, B.; Biswal, S. K.; Singh, S. K.; Lahiri, C.; Patra, S. K.

    2016-03-01

    We calculate the ground, first intrinsic excited states and density distribution for neutron-rich thorium and uranium isotopes, within the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) approach using axially deformed basis. The total nucleon densities are calculated, from which the cluster-structures inside the parent nuclei are determined. The possible modes of decay, like α-decay and β-decay are analyzed. We find the neutron-rich isotopes are stable against α-decay, however they are very much unstable against β-decay. The life time of these nuclei predicted to be tens of second against β-decay.

  14. High Flux FRC Facility for the Stability, Confinement and ITER Divertor Studies

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    Hoffman, Alan L.; Milroy, Richard D.

    2014-01-31

    The TCS (Translation, Confinement, & Sustainment) program was begun on 7 August, 1996 to renew basic studies of the Field Reversed Configuration (FRC). The program made use of the old LSX (Large s Experiment) device, which was constructed at STI during the period from 1986 to 1990, but only operated for one year due to a DOE decision at the time to focus exclusively on the tokamak configuration. LSX was transferred to the University of Washington in 1992 and modified (LSX/mod) to perform Tokamak Refueling by Accelerated Plasmoids (TRAP) experiments. The TRAP program was funded from 7 August, 1992 until 6 August, 1996, but was utilized for an additional year while TCS was being constructed. During the first TCS funding period TCS was completed and initial experiments were begun. A large multi-megawatt RF power supply was built by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for use with a Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) system, and LANL has been a continuing participant in our experimental program. A smaller prototype facility, called the Star Thrust Experiment (STX) was also built and operated in this period, partly with NASA funding, before TCS came on-line. A final report for this construction period was submitted in September 2000. A first renewal period (2.5 years) provided operating funds for the period between July 7, 2000 and January 6, 2003. A great deal of progress was made in understanding the use of RMF to both form and sustain FRCs during this period. The principal result of the experimental program was the formation of quasi steady-state (as long as RMF power was available) FRCs with densities in the 1-3x1019 m-3 range. However, the plasma temperature (Te or Ti) was limited to sub-25 eV, except transiently during start-up, by the rapid accumulation of impurities. This is not surprising since TCS was only designed to demonstrate RMF flux build-up and was not provided with either fueling capabilities or modern vacuum

  15. The influence of asymmetry on a magnetized proto-neutron star

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    Bednarek, I.; Brzezina, A.; Mańka, R.; Zastawny-Kubica, M.

    2003-03-01

    Using the Relativistic Mean Field Theory (RMF) it is shown that different proton fraction which is directly connected with the neutron excess and with the asymmetry of the system affects proto-neutron stars parameters and changes their composition. The obtained form of the equation of state allows to construct the mass-radius relations and shows that the increasing asymmetry creates more compact stars. The inclusion of /δ meson together with nonlinear vector meson interaction terms and magnetic field make this effect even stronger.

  16. Shell states of neutron-rich matter

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    Horowitz, C. J.; Shen, G.

    2008-07-01

    The equation of state (EOS) for nuclear and neutron rich matter is investigated in a relativistic mean field (RMF) model. New shell states are found that minimize the free energy per baryon, calculated in a spherical Wigner-Seitz (WS) approximation, over a significant range of baryon densities. These shell states, that have both inside and outside surfaces, minimize the Coulomb energy of large proton number configurations at the expense of a larger surface energy. This is related to a possible depression in the central density of super heavy nuclei. As the baryon density increases, we find the system changes from normal nuclei, to shell states, and then to uniform matter.

  17. Temperature Dependence of the Nuclear Energy in Relativistic Mean-Field Theory

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    Nerlo-Pomorska, B.; Pomorski, K.; Sykut, J.; Bartel, J.

    Self-consistent relativistic mean-field (RMF) calculations with the NL3 parameter set were performed for 171 spherical even-even nuclei with 16≤A≤224 at temperatures in the range 0≤T≤4 MeV. For this sample of nuclei single-particle level densities are determined by analyzing the data obtained for various temperatures. A new shell-correction method is used to evaluate shell effects at all temperatures. The single-particle level density is expressed as function of mass number A and relative isospin I and compared with previous estimates.

  18. A new method to infer ozone column amounts and cloud optical depth from moderate bandwidth filter instruments

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    Fan, Lingling

    This study presents a new method based on a radial basis functions neural network (RBF-NN) approach to analyze data from moderate bandwidth filter instruments such as the NILU-UV Irradiance Meter. The NILU-UV Irradiance Meter is a ground-based, multi-channel, moderate bandwidth filter instrument that measures irradiances at ultraviolet (UV) and visible wavelengths with five channels in the UV (302, 312, 320, 340 and 380 nm) and one channel in the visible (400-700 nm) part of the spectrum. Minute-by-minute irradiances recorded by the instruments are used to infer the total ozone column (TOC) amount, and a radiation modification factor (RMF), which represents the combined effect of clouds, aerosols and surface reflection. We used a cloud optical depth (COD) as a proxy for the RMF. Traditionally, these parameters are retrieved by using a look up table (LUT) method, which relates TOC and RMF values to UV irradiances recorded by the NILU-UV instrument. In this study we use a neural network available in Matlab. A radiative transfer model is used to compute irradiances in the NILU-UV channels (output parameters) as a function of 3 input parameters consisting of (i) the solar zenith angle, (ii) the TOC amount, and (iii) the COD. The resulting model data set is used in the neural network to create a relationship between the input and output parameters in terms of a set of coefficients. By applying the RBF-NN method to about 3 years of data from NILU-UV instruments deployed in the New York area, we found that compared to the LUT method, the results of the RBF-NN method had better agreement with TOC values inferred from satellite data with an increase of 3% in the correlation. Furthermore, the RBF-NN method retrieved more valid results than the LUT method. In addition, we discuss retrieved results, such as RMF, CIE weighted UV index (UVI), TOC from 3 NILU-UV instruments, and compare the TOC and UVI values derived from NILU-UV instruments with the corresponding values inferred

  19. The Effect of the Traveling Magnetic Field (TMF) on the Buoyancy-Induced Convection in the Vertical Bridgman growth of Germanium

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    Yesilyurt, S.; Motakef, S.; Grugel, R.; Mazuruk, K.

    2003-01-01

    A traveling magnetic field (TMF) is created by means of applying out-of-phase currents to a number of coils. When applied to a conducting melt inside a cylindrical container, the TMF induces a Lorentz force that acts in the meridional directions (radial and axial), unlike the application of a rotating magnetic field (RMF), which creates a force in the azimuthal direction. In this work, we present a computational study of the TMF and its application to the Bridgman growth of the Ge. To quantify the effect of the TMF on the solid-melt interface, we use the maximum (magnitude-wise) tangential shear at the interface.

  20. Nuclear structure and decay properties of even-even nuclei in Z = 70-80 drip-line region

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    Mahapatro, S.; Lahiri, C.; Kumar, Bharat; Mishra, R. N.; Patra, S. K.

    2016-08-01

    We study nuclear structure properties for various isotopes of Ytterbium (Yb), Hafnium(Hf), Tungsten(W), Osmium(Os), Platinum(Pt) and Mercury(Hg) in Z = 70-80 drip-line region starting from N = 80 to N = 170 within the formalism of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. The pairing correlation is taken care by using BCS approach. We compared our results with finite range droplet model(FRDM) and experimental data and found that the calculated results are in good agreement. Neutron shell closure is obtained at N = 82 and 126 in this region. We have also studied probable decay mechanisms of these elements.

  1. Shell states of neutron-rich matter

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    Horowitz, C. J.; Shen, G.

    2008-07-15

    The equation of state (EOS) for nuclear and neutron rich matter is investigated in a relativistic mean field (RMF) model. New shell states are found that minimize the free energy per baryon, calculated in a spherical Wigner-Seitz (WS) approximation, over a significant range of baryon densities. These shell states, that have both inside and outside surfaces, minimize the Coulomb energy of large proton number configurations at the expense of a larger surface energy. This is related to a possible depression in the central density of super heavy nuclei. As the baryon density increases, we find the system changes from normal nuclei, to shell states, and then to uniform matter.

  2. Relativistic mean field models for finite nuclei and neutron stars

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    Chen, Wei-Chia

    In this dissertation we have created theoretical models for finite nuclei, nuclear matter, and neutron stars within the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory, and we have used these models to investigate the elusive isovector sector and related physics, in particular, the neutron-skin thickness of heavy nuclei, the nuclear symmetry energy, and the properties of neutron stars. To build RMF models that incorporate collective excitations in finite nuclei in addition to their ground-state properties, we have extended the non-relativistic sum rule approach to the relativistic domain. This allows an efficient estimate of giant monopole energies. Moreover, we have combined an exact shell-model-like approach with the mean-field calculation to describe pairing correlations in open-shell nuclei. All the ingredients were then put together to establish the calibration scheme. We have also extended the transformation between model parameters and pseudo data of nuclear matter within the RMF context. Performing calibration in this pseudo data space can not only facilitate the searching algorithm but also make the pseudo data genuine model predictions. This calibration scheme is also supplemented by a covariance analysis enabling us to extract the information content of a model, including theoretical uncertainties and correlation coefficients. A series of RMF models subject to the same isoscalar constraints but one differing isovector assumption were then created using this calibration scheme. By comparing their predictions of the nuclear matter equation of state to both experimental and theoretical constraints, we found that a small neutron skin of about 0.16 fm in Pb208 is favored, indicating that the symmetry energy should be soft. To obtain stronger evidence, we proceeded to examine the evolution of the isotopic chains in both oxygen and calcium. Again, it was found that the model with such small neutron skin and soft symmetry energy can best describe both isotopic

  3. One-pion exchange current effects on magnetic form factor in the relativistic formalism

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    Zhang, Cun; Liu, Jian; Ren, Zhongzhou

    2016-08-01

    One-pion exchange current effects on the magnetic form factors of some odd nuclei are studied in the relativistic formalism. The Dirac wave functions of nucleons are calculated from the relativistic mean-field theory. After fitting to experimental data by quenching factors, it is found that taking the one-pion exchange currents into account gives a better description of the magnetic form factor. The root-mean-square radii of the valance nucleon orbits are also calculated in RMF model, which coincide with experimental radii extracted with meson exchange current corrections.

  4. Symmetry energy of cold nucleonic matter within a relativistic mean field model encapsulating effects of high-momentum nucleons induced by short-range correlations

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    Cai, Bao-Jun; Li, Bao-An

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that short-range nucleon-nucleon correlations (SRC) from the tensor components and/or the repulsive core of nuclear forces lead to a high- (low-)momentum tail (depletion) in the single-nucleon momentum distribution above (below) the nucleon Fermi surface in cold nucleonic matter. Significant progress was made recently in constraining the isospin-dependent parameters characterizing the SRC-modified single-nucleon momentum distribution in neutron-rich nucleonic matter using both experimental data and microscopic model calculations. Using the constrained single-nucleon momentum distribution in a nonlinear relativistic mean field (RMF) model, we study the equation of state (EOS) of asymmetric nucleonic matter (ANM), especially the density dependence of nuclear symmetry energy Esym(ρ ) . First, as a test of the model, the average nucleon kinetic energy extracted recently from electron-nucleus scattering experiments using a neutron-proton dominance model is well reproduced by the RMF model incorporating effects of the SRC-induced high-momentum nucleons, while it is significantly under predicted by the RMF model using a step function for the single-nucleon momentum distribution as in free Fermi gas (FFG) models. Second, consistent with earlier findings within nonrelativistic models, the kinetic symmetry energy of quasinucleons is found to be Esymkin(ρ0) =-16.94 ±13.66 MeV which is dramatically different from the prediction of Esymkin(ρ0) ≈12.5 MeV by FFG models at nuclear matter saturation density ρ0=0.16 fm-3 . Third, comparing the RMF calculations with and without the high-momentum nucleons using two sets of model parameters both reproducing identically all empirical constraints on the EOS of symmetric nuclear matter (SNM) and the symmetry energy of ANM at ρ0, the SRC-modified single-nucleon momentum distribution is found to make the Esym(ρ ) more concave around ρ0 by softening it significantly at both subsaturation and suprasaturation

  5. A portable X-ray diffraction apparatus for in situ analyses of masters' paintings

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    Eveno, Myriam; Duran, Adrian; Castaing, Jacques

    2010-09-01

    It is rare that the analyses of materials in paintings can be carried out by taking micro-samples. Valuable works of art are best studied in situ by non-invasive techniques. For that purpose, a portable X-ray diffraction and fluorescence apparatus has been designed and constructed at the C2RMF. This apparatus has been used for paintings of Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Mantegna, etc. Results are given to illustrate the performance of X-ray diffraction, especially when X-ray fluorescence does not bring sufficient information to conclude.

  6. Transient Torque Technique for Viscosity and Electrical Conductivity Determination of Semiconducting Liquids

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    Li, C.; Scripa, R. N.; Ban, H.; Lin, B.; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Feth, S.; Zhu, S.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A novel apparatus based on transient torque technique is constructed in MSFC/NASA. The apparatus uses a 125um diameter quartz fiber as torsion wire. A high sensitive angular detector is implemented to measure the deflection angle of the crucible containing the liquid. A rotating magnetic field (RMF) is used to induce a rotating flow of a conducting or semiconducting melts. By measuring the magnitude and transient behavior of the induced deflection angle, the electrical conductivity and viscosity of the melt can be measured simultaneously. High purity elements namely Hg, Ga, Zn and Te are tested at room temperature and high temperature up to 900 C.

  7. Adaptive Control of Non-Minimum Phase Modal Systems Using Residual Mode Filters2. Parts 1 and 2

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    Balas, Mark J.; Frost, Susan

    2011-01-01

    Many dynamic systems containing a large number of modes can benefit from adaptive control techniques, which are well suited to applications that have unknown parameters and poorly known operating conditions. In this paper, we focus on a direct adaptive control approach that has been extended to handle adaptive rejection of persistent disturbances. We extend this adaptive control theory to accommodate problematic modal subsystems of a plant that inhibit the adaptive controller by causing the open-loop plant to be non-minimum phase. We will modify the adaptive controller with a Residual Mode Filter (RMF) to compensate for problematic modal subsystems, thereby allowing the system to satisfy the requirements for the adaptive controller to have guaranteed convergence and bounded gains. This paper will be divided into two parts. Here in Part I we will review the basic adaptive control approach and introduce the primary ideas. In Part II, we will present the RMF methodology and complete the proofs of all our results. Also, we will apply the above theoretical results to a simple flexible structure example to illustrate the behavior with and without the residual mode filter.

  8. Methods of Viscosity Measurements in Sealed Ampoules

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    Mazuruk, Konstantin

    1999-01-01

    Viscosity of semiconductor and metallic melts is usually measured by oscillating cup method. This method utilizes the melts contained in vacuum sealed silica ampoules, thus the problems related to volatility, contamination, and high temperature and pressure can be alleviated. In a typical design, the time required for a single measurement is of the order of one hour. In order to reduce this time to a minute range, a high resolution (0.05 arc.sec) angular detection system is implemented in our design of the viscometer. Furthermore, an electromagnet generating a rotational magnetic field (RMF) is incorporated into the apparatus. This magnetic field can be used to remotely and non intrusively measure the electrical conductivity of the melt. It can also be used to induce a well controlled rotational flow in the system. The transient behavior of this flow can potentially yield the viscosity of the fluid. Based on RMF implementation, two novel viscometry methods are proposed in this work: a) the transient torque method, b) the resonance method. A unified theoretical approach to the three methods (oscillating cup, transient torque, and resonance) is presented along with the initial test results of the constructed apparatus. Advantages of each of the method are discussed.

  9. Relativistic mean-field models and nuclear matter constraints

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    Dutra, M.; Lourenco, O.; Carlson, B. V.; Delfino, A.; Menezes, D. P.; Avancini, S. S.; Stone, J. R.; Providencia, C.; Typel, S.

    2013-05-06

    This work presents a preliminary study of 147 relativistic mean-field (RMF) hadronic models used in the literature, regarding their behavior in the nuclear matter regime. We analyze here different kinds of such models, namely: (i) linear models, (ii) nonlinear {sigma}{sup 3}+{sigma}{sup 4} models, (iii) {sigma}{sup 3}+{sigma}{sup 4}+{omega}{sup 4} models, (iv) models containing mixing terms in the fields {sigma} and {omega}, (v) density dependent models, and (vi) point-coupling ones. In the finite range models, the attractive (repulsive) interaction is described in the Lagrangian density by the {sigma} ({omega}) field. The isospin dependence of the interaction is modeled by the {rho} meson field. We submit these sets of RMF models to eleven macroscopic (experimental and empirical) constraints, used in a recent study in which 240 Skyrme parametrizations were analyzed. Such constraints cover a wide range of properties related to symmetric nuclear matter (SNM), pure neutron matter (PNM), and both SNM and PNM.

  10. Twenty-channel bolometer array for studying impurity radiation and transport in the TCS field-reversed configuration

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    Kostora, M. R.; Hsu, S. C.; Wurden, G. A.

    2006-10-01

    A bolometer array diagnostic has been developed for the University of Washington Translation, Confinement, and Sustainment (TCS) field-reversed configuration (FRC) experiment in order to measure radially resolved total radiated power per unit length of the FRC. This will provide radiation energy loss information, useful in power balance and impurity studies. The 20-element photodiode bolometer will be mounted at the midplane of the TCS cylindrical vacuum chamber to view the rotating magnetic field (RMF) generated FRC plasma. Key features of this new bolometer array are (1) extensive electrical shielding against the RMF, (2) robust electrical isolation, (3) trans-impedance amplifiers using a microcoax interface at the array and a fiber optic interface to the screen room, and (4) a custom glass-on-metal socket for the 20-element photodiode chip to ensure high vacuum compatibility. The bolometer array can be retracted behind a gate valve using a stepper motor to protect it during vacuum chamber bakeout. The slit assembly housing is interchangeable to provide flexibility for the viewing sightlines.

  11. UHV Modifications & Cleaning Techniques to Allow High Temperature Operation in TCS/upgrade

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    Miller, K. E.

    2005-10-01

    FRCs have been formed and sustained by Rotating Magnetic Fields in the TCS experiment. Steady-state operation has been achieved with many new and exciting features. The plasma density is set by the RMF parameters, but the temperature has been severely limited by high impurity content, with up to 80% of the input power lost to radiation. In order to improve the temperatures and flux levels, TCS is being extensively upgraded. Improvements include UHV qualified bonding of Invar bellows to the quartz tube section necessary to allow RMF application, and the use of wire seals to replace O-rings. The remainder of the system is stainless steel, and heater blankets will allow baking to 200 C. Provisions are included for Ti/Li gettering and glow discharge cleaning. PVD deposition of Ta and W films is used on surfaces in near proximity to the FRC or its exhaust plasma, and control of recycling will be a priority. Extensive testing using an electron micro-probe and various spectroscopic techniques have been performed to establish appropriate UHV cleaning methods. Detailed data and methodology will be presented.

  12. Comparisons of three NILU-UV instruments deployed at the same site in the New York area.

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    Fan, L; Li, W; Dahlback, A; Stamnes, J J; Englehardt, S; Stamnes, S; Stamnes, K

    2014-06-10

    The Norwegian Institute for Air Research ultraviolet (NILU-UV) irradiance meter is a ground-based, multichannel, moderate bandwidth filter instrument that measures irradiances at ultraviolet (UV) and visible wavelengths with five channels in the UV (302, 312, 320, 340, and 380 nm) and one channel in the visible (400-700 nm) part of the spectrum. Minute-by-minute irradiances recorded in these channels are used to infer the total ozone column (TOC) amount, and a radiation modification factor (RMF) designed to have a value close to 100 under cloud-free conditions. The performance of three NILU-UV instruments deployed side-by-side in the New York area (40.74°N, -74.03°E) is assessed, and derived TOC values are compared with those derived from the ozone monitoring instrument (OMI) deployed on NASA's AURA satellite. Based on about three years of data, it was found that the three instruments yielded similar TOC values that were in close agreement with those derived from the OMI. The relative difference in TOC values derived from the three NILU-UV instruments was generally less than 2.5%. Cloud cover affects the accuracy of the inferred TOC, but reliable values can be obtained in the presence of clouds, although the accuracy deteriorates under heavy overcast conditions with RMF values smaller than 65 (low cloud transmittance).

  13. In vivo and in vitro studies of the cellular defense system of the human lung.

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    Stahlhofen, W; Möller, W

    1994-06-01

    Magnetic microparticles were used to investigate the defence system of the human lungs against foreign material. About 0.5 mg of spherical monodisperse magnetite particles were deposited in the alveolar region of the human lung by voluntary inhalation. After primary magnetization a remanent magnetic field (RMF) of the lung can be measured that allows estimation of the amount of dust retained in the lung. The decay of this RMF, called relaxation, results from a misalignment of the dipole particles due to the activity of pulmonary macrophages. This macrophage activity was characterized by a cell energy Ez. With a secondary magnetization the lung can be remagnetized by rotation of the dipole particles. This allows estimation of the intracellular viscosity and the motility of the alveolar macrophages in vivo. The macrophage cell-line J774 was used to verify the dynamic processes of the magnetic particles within the cells in vitro. In vitro and in vivo relaxation curves of polydisperse and of spherical monodisperse magnetite particles are presented. Thermal relaxation of mono-disperse and polydisperse particles within a viscous standard could be verified with the Brownian rotary diffusion model. Relaxation with monodisperse particles was double exponential in vivo as well as in vitro, suggesting that 2 different viscous compartments of the cytoplasm should be considered. Relaxation in the macrophage cell-line J774 was particle-size-dependent.

  14. Determination of hadron-quark phase transition line from lattice QCD and two-solar-mass neutron star observations

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    Sugano, Junpei; Kouno, Hiroaki; Yahiro, Masanobu

    2016-07-01

    We aim at drawing the hadron-quark phase transition line in the QCD phase diagram by using the two-phase model (TPM) in which the entanglement Polyakov-loop extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (EPNJL) model with the vector-type four-quark interaction is used for the quark phase and the relativistic mean field (RMF) model is used for the hadron phase. A reasonable TPM is constructed by using lattice QCD data and neutron star observations as reliable constraints. For the EPNJL model, we determine the strength of vector-type four-quark interaction at zero quark chemical potential from lattice QCD data on quark number density normalized by its Stefan-Boltzmann limit. For the hadron phase, we consider three RMF models: NL3; TM1; and the model proposed by Maruyama, Tatsumi, Endo, and Chiba (MTEC). We find that MTEC is most consistent with the neutron star observations and TM1 is the second best. Assuming that the hadron-quark phase transition occurs in the core of a neutron star, we explore the density dependence of vector-type four-quark interaction. Particularly for the critical baryon chemical potential μBc at zero temperature, we determine a range of μBc for the quark phase to occur in the core of a neutron star. The values of μBc lie in the range 1560 MeV ≤μBc≤1910 MeV .

  15. Seedling root responses to soil moisture and the identification of a belowground trait spectrum across three growth forms.

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    Larson, Julie E; Funk, Jennifer L

    2016-05-01

    Root trait variation and plasticity could be key factors differentiating plant performance under drought. However, water manipulation and root measurements are rarely coupled empirically across growth forms to identify whether belowground strategies are generalizable across species. We measured seedling root traits across three moisture levels in 18 Mediterranean forbs, grasses, and woody species. Drought increased the root mass fraction (RMF) and decreased the relative proportion of thin roots (indicated by increased root diameters and decreased specific root length (SRL)), rates of root elongation and growth, plant nitrogen uptake, and plant growth. Although responses varied across species, plasticity was not associated with growth form. Woody species differed from forbs and grasses in many traits, but herbaceous groups were similar. Across water treatments, trait correlations suggested a single spectrum of belowground trade-offs related to resource acquisition and plant growth. While effects of SRL and RMF on plant growth shifted with drought, root elongation rate consistently represented this spectrum. We demonstrate that general patterns of root morphology and plasticity are identifiable across diverse species. Root trait measurements should enhance our understanding of belowground strategy and performance across growth forms, but it will be critical to incorporate plasticity and additional aspects of root function into these efforts.

  16. Methods of viscosity measurements in sealed ampoules

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    Mazuruk, Konstantin

    1999-07-01

    Viscosity of semiconductors and metallic melts is usually measured by oscillating cup method. This method utilizes the melts contained in vacuum sealed silica ampoules, thus the problems related to volatility, contamination, and high temperature and pressure can be alleviate. In a typical design, the time required for a single measurement is of the order of one hour. In order to reduce this time to a minute range, a high resolution angular detection system is implemented in our design of the viscometer. Furthermore, an electromagnet generating a rotational magnetic field (RMF) is incorporated into the apparatus. This magnetic field can be used to remotely and nonintrusively measure the electrical conductivity of the melt. It can also be used to induce a well controlled rotational flow in the system. The transient behavior of this flow can potentially yield of the fluid. Based on RMF implementation, two novel viscometry methods are proposed in this work: a) the transient torque method, b) the resonance method. A unified theoretical approach to the three methods is presented along with the initial test result of the constructed apparatus. Advantages of each of the method are discussed.

  17. Development of a Thomson scattering system and its use in a rotating magnetic field driven field-reversed configurations plasma

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    Lee, Kiyong

    The Thomson scattering system has been utilized on the Translation Confinement & Sustainment Upgrade (TCSU) experiment to measure the electron temperature and density. The system uses five polychromators from General Atomics attached with three pre-amplifier modules from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to measure five spatial points during a single plasma discharge. The diagnostic consisting of various mechanical and optical components is introduced, followed by the calibration procedure of the system. For validating measurements, the electron temperature and the relative density obtained from Thomson scattering are compared with measurements from the Langmuir probe. Both measurements are in good agreement. A power scan was conducted by applying different voltages to the rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive to observe the scaling properties of temperature and density for even-parity and odd-parity RMF operations. Also, a discrepancy is observed when comparing the density based on pressure-balance with localized measurements. Further analysis indicates a possibility of an ion-temperature-gradient, presumably due to ion cyclotron heating, present during steady-state operation.

  18. Slowly rotating superfluid neutron stars with isospin dependent entrainment in a two-fluid model

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    Kheto, Apurba; Bandyopadhyay, Debades

    2015-02-01

    We investigate the slowly rotating general relativistic superfluid neutron stars including the entrainment effect in a two-fluid model, where one fluid represents the superfluid neutrons and the other is the charge-neutral fluid, called the proton fluid, made of protons and electrons. The equation of state and the entrainment effect between the superfluid neutrons and the proton fluid are computed using a relativistic mean field (RMF) model where baryon-baryon interaction is mediated by the exchange of σ , ω , and ρ mesons, and scalar self-interactions are also included. The equations governing rotating neutron stars in the slow rotation approximation are second order in rotational velocities of neutron and proton fluids. We explore the effects of the isospin dependent entrainment and the relative rotation between two fluids on the global properties of rotating superfluid neutron stars such as mass, shape, and the mass-shedding (Kepler) limit within the RMF model with different parameter sets. It is observed that for the global properties of rotating superfluid neutron stars in particular, the Kepler limit is modified compared with the case that does not include the contribution of ρ mesons in the entrainment effect.

  19. Particle and recycling control in translation, confinement, and sustainment upgrade

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    Grossnickle, J. A.; Vlases, G. C.; Hoffman, A. L.; Melnik, P. A.; Milroy, R. D.; Tankut, A.; Velas, K. M.

    2010-03-01

    Previous work in the translation, confinement, and sustainment upgrade (TCSU) device [H. Y. Guo et al., Phys. Plasmas 15, 056101 (2008)] demonstrated improved plasma parameters; higher temperature, higher poloidal magnetic field, increased current drive, and increased energy confinement, for rotating magnetic field (RMF) driven field reversed configurations (FRC) relative to the earlier TCS device. This was accomplished by improving vacuum conditions and using moderate wall heating (˜100 °C) and glow discharge cleaning for wall conditioning. Two new wall conditioning techniques, siliconization and titanium gettering, have been employed to further reduce impurities and control recycling. Both techniques reduced oxygen line radiation by an order of magnitude, and total radiated power by 50%, but led to little change in overall FRC performance, reinforcing the earlier conclusion that TCSU FRCs are not radiation dominated. Titanium gettering substantially reduced deuterium recycling, requiring a new method of fueling to be developed. This is the first time a FRC has been operated without using wall recycling as the primary method of fueling. The low-recycling FRCs, maintained by enhanced puff fueling, performed similarly to standard recycling fueled FRCs in terms of a key current drive parameter Be/Bω, the ratio of maximum sustained poloidal field to applied RMF field, but better density control allowed for higher temperatures.

  20. Kinetic modelling of the interaction of rotating magnetic fields with a radially inhomogeneous plasma

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    Heyn, Martin F.; Ivanov, Ivan B.; Kasilov, Sergei V.; Kernbichler, Winfried

    2006-04-01

    The interaction of rotating magnetic fields (RMFs) with a plasma is modelled in the linear approximation. A kinetic Hamiltonian model for the rf plasma conductivity is used. A radially inhomogeneous periodic cylindrical plasma with a rotational transform of the magnetic field is studied with parameters relevant to the dynamic ergodic divertor (DED) of TEXTOR. For the case of a finite electron diamagnetic velocity it is shown that the torque resulting from the RMF tends to bring the electron fluid approximately to the rest frame of this field. This result is in qualitative agreement with long mean-free path drift MHD theory. In contrast to that theory where a resonant behaviour is found at electron and ion diamagnetic frequencies, in the present kinetic analysis, the RMF frequency where the torque passes through zero is smaller than the electron diamagnetic frequency if there is an electron temperature gradient present. The relation of these results with recent experimental measurements of the DED-induced plasma rotation in TEXTOR is discussed.

  1. Critical density and impact of Δ (1232 ) resonance formation in neutron stars

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    Cai, Bao-Jun; Fattoyev, Farrukh J.; Li, Bao-An; Newton, William G.

    2015-07-01

    The critical densities and impact of forming Δ (1232 ) resonances in neutron stars are investigated within an extended nonlinear relativistic mean-field (RMF) model. The critical densities for the formation of four different charge states of Δ (1232 ) are found to depend differently on the separate kinetic and potential parts of nuclear symmetry energy, the first example of a microphysical property of neutron stars to do so. Moreover, they are sensitive to the in-medium Δ mass mΔ and the completely unknown Δ -ρ coupling strength gρ Δ. In the universal baryon-meson coupling scheme where the respective Δ -meson and nucleon-meson coupling constants are assumed to be the same, the critical density for the first Δ-(1232 ) to appear is found to be ρΔcrit=(2.08 ±0.02 ) ρ0 using RMF model parameters consistent with current constraints on all seven macroscopic parameters usually used to characterize the equation of state of isospin-asymmetric nuclear matter at saturation density ρ0. Moreover, the composition and the mass-radius relation of neutron stars are found to depend significantly on the values of the gρ Δ and mΔ.

  2. Impacts of Parameters Adjustment of Relativistic Mean Field Model on Neutron Star Properties

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    Kasmudin; Sulaksono, A.

    Analysis of the parameters adjustment effects in isovector as well as in isoscalar sectors of effective field based relativistic mean field (E-RMF) model in the symmetric nuclear matter and neutron-rich matter properties has been performed. The impacts of the adjustment on slowly rotating neutron star are systematically investigated. It is found that the mass-radius relation obtained from adjusted parameter set G2** is compatible not only with neutron stars masses from 4U 0614+09 and 4U 1636-536, but also with the ones from thermal radiation measurement in RX J1856 and with the radius range of canonical neutron star of X7 in 47 Tuc, respectively. It is also found that the moment inertia of PSR J073-3039A and the strain amplitude of gravitational wave at the Earth's vicinity of PSR J0437-4715 as predicted by the E-RMF parameter sets used are in reasonable agreement with the extracted constraints of these observations from isospin diffusion data.

  3. The altitude of snow growth by riming and vapor deposition in mixed-phase orographic clouds

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    Lowenthal, Douglas H.; Borys, Randolph D.; Cotton, William; Saleeby, Stephen; Cohn, Stephen A.; Brown, William O. J.

    2011-01-01

    Oxygen isotopic ratios ( δ18O) and sulfate concentrations were measured in cloud water and snow collected at Storm Peak Laboratory (SPL) during winter, 2007. The rimed mass fraction (RMF) was estimated as the ratio of sulfate concentration in snow to that in cloud water. A sharp increase in the RMF at mean droplet diameters above 10 μm confirmed the expected relationship between riming efficiency and cloud droplet size. The mass-weighted altitude of snow formation was inferred from δ18O in cloud water and snow and did not exceed 300 m above SPL. The mass-weighted altitude of snow growth by vapor deposition alone was no higher than 900 m above SPL. The results suggest that snow crystals nucleated under water-sub-saturated conditions at higher elevations attained a significant fraction of their water content as they grew by riming and vapor deposition in transit through the low-level orographic cloud near the mountain crest. This approach provides a direct means of validating model simulations of snow growth processes in cold mountain clouds.

  4. Rosae Multiflorae Fructus Hot Water Extract Inhibits a Murine Allergic Asthma Via the Suppression of Th2 Cytokine Production and Histamine Release from Mast Cells.

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    Song, Chang Ho; Bui, Thi Tho; Piao, Chun Hua; Shin, Hee Soon; Shon, Dong-Hwa; Han, Eui-Hyeog; Kim, Hyoung Tae; Chai, Ok Hee

    2016-09-01

    Mast cell-mediated anaphylactic reactions are involved in many allergic diseases, including asthma and allergic rhinitis. In Korea, where it has been used as a traditional medicine, Rosae Multiflorae fructus (RMF) is known to have potent antioxidative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory activities and to have no obvious acute toxicity. However, its specific effect on asthma is still unknown. In this study, we evaluated whether or not RMF hot water extracts (RMFW) could inhibit ovalbumin (OVA)-induced allergic asthma and evaluated compound 48/80-induced mast cell activation to elucidate the mechanisms of asthma inhibition by RMFW. Oral administration of RMFW decreased the number of eosinophils and lymphocytes in the lungs of mice challenged by OVA and downregulated histological changes such as eosinophil infiltration, mucus accumulation, goblet cell hyperplasia, and collagen fiber deposits. In addition, RMFW significantly reduced T helper 2 cytokines, TNF-α, IL-4, and IL-6 levels in the BAL fluid of mice challenged by OVA. Moreover, RMFW suppressed compound 48/80-induced rat peritoneal mast cell degranulation and inhibited histamine release from mast cells induced by compound 48/80 in a dose-dependent manner. These results suggest that RMFW may act as an antiallergic agent by inhibitingTh2 cytokine production from Th2 cells and histamine release from mast cells, and could be used as a therapy for patients with Th2-mediated or mast cell-mediated allergic diseases. PMID:27574849

  5. Diversity of neutron star properties at the fixed neutron-skin thickness of 208Pb

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    Alam, N.; Sulaksono, A.; Agrawal, B. K.

    2015-07-01

    We study the diversities in the properties of the neutron stars arising due to the different choices for the cross coupling between various mesons, which governs the density dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy in the extended relativistic mean-field (RMF) model. For this purpose, we obtain two different families of the extended RMF model corresponding to different nonlinear cross-coupling terms in the isovector part of the effective Lagrangian density. The lowest-order contributions for the δ mesons are also included. The different models within the same family yield wide variation in the value of neutron-skin thickness in the 208Pb nucleus. These models are employed to compute the neutron-star properties such as core-crust transition density, radius and red shift at canonical mass ( 1.4 M⊙) , tidal polarizability parameter, and threshold mass required for the enhanced cooling through the direct Urca process. Most of the neutron-star properties considered are significantly different(10-40%) for the different families of models at a smaller neutron-skin thickness (˜0.15 fm ) in the 208Pb nucleus.

  6. Antidiarrhoeal activity of the methanol extract of the barks of Xylocarpus moluccensis in castor oil- and magnesium sulphate-induced diarrhoea models in mice.

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    Uddin, S J; Shilpi, J A; Alam, S M S; Alamgir, M; Rahman, M T; Sarker, S D

    2005-10-01

    The methanol (MeOH) extract of the barks of Xylocarpus moluccensis, and different fractions of this extract were studied for antidiarrhoeal activity using castor oil- and magnesium sulphate-induced diarrhoea models in mice. At the doses of 250 and 500 mg/kg, the MeOH extract showed significant antidiarrhoeal activity in both models. The EtOAc fraction (EAF) and the residual MeOH fraction (RMF) exhibited similar activity using a dose of 250 mg/kg in both models. No antidiarrhoeal activity was observed with the chloroform fraction (CHF) at the test doses. When tested for antibacterial effect, the MeOH extract displayed moderate inhibitory activity against Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholera, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermis, Shigella dysentery, Staphylococcus pyogenes, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacter aerogenes. While the CHF inhibited the growth of Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae, Shigella dysenteriae, Shigella sonnei, Staphylococcus epidermis, Staphylococcus pyogenes and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the EAF was active against all test organisms except Vibrio cholera and Staphylococcus epidermis. The RMF inhibited the growth of all the test organisms with moderate zone of inhibition. On the basis of these findings, it can be assumed that Xylocarpus moluccensis could be a potential source for novel 'lead' discovery for antidiarrhoeal drug development. PMID:15905054

  7. Neutron density distribution and the halo structure of {sup 22}C

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    Sharma, Manjari; Khan, Z. A.; Haider, W.; Bhagwat, A.; Gambhir, Y. K.

    2011-03-15

    The recently measured reaction cross sections for the neutron-rich carbon isotopes ({sup 19}C, {sup 20}C, and {sup 22}C) on a proton target at 40 A MeV are analyzed using the finite range Glauber model (FRGM) and the microscopic optical potential calculated within the Brueckner-Hartree-Fock formalism (BHF). In FRGM nucleon-nucleon cross sections are used, while in the latter (BHF), Hamada-Johnston, Urbana v-14, and the Argonne v-18 internucleon potentials are employed to calculate the microscopic optical potential. The required nucleon density distributions are calculated within the relativistic mean-field (RMF) framework. To test the halo structure, the extended neutron density distribution for {sup 22}C is also used. The analysis reveals that the BHF results of all three internucleon potentials are very close to each other, and also agree with the corresponding results of the FRGM. Our results, using RMF densities, are in agreement with the experimental data for all isotopes of carbon except {sup 22}C, for which we require extended neutron density distribution, indicating a halo structure.

  8. Integrated plant phenotypic responses to contrasting above- and below-ground resources: key roles of specific leaf area and root mass fraction.

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    Freschet, Grégoire T; Swart, Elferra M; Cornelissen, Johannes H C

    2015-06-01

    Plants adapt phenotypically to different conditions of light and nutrient supply, supposedly in order to achieve colimitation of these resources. Their key variable of adjustment is the ratio of leaf area to root length, which relies on plant biomass allocation and organ morphology. We recorded phenotypic differences in leaf and root mass fractions (LMF, RMF), specific leaf area (SLA) and specific root length (SRL) of 12 herbaceous species grown in factorial combinations of high/low irradiance and fertilization treatments. Leaf area and root length ratios, and their components, were influenced by nonadditive effects between light and nutrient supply, and differences in the strength of plant responses were partly explained by Ellenberg's species values representing ecological optima. Changes in allocation were critical in plant responses to nutrient availability, as the RMF contribution to changes in root length was 2.5× that of the SRL. Contrastingly, morphological adjustments (SLA rather than LMF) made up the bulk of plant response to light availability. Our results suggest largely predictable differences in responses of species and groups of species to environmental change. Nevertheless, they stress the critical need to account for adjustments in below-ground mass allocation to understand the assembly and responses of communities in changing environments.

  9. Possible ambiguities in the equation of state for neutron stars

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    Cheoun, Myung-Ki; Miyatsu, Tsuyoshi; Ryu, C. Y.; Deliduman, Cemsinan; Güngör, Can; Keleş, Vildan; Kajino, Toshitaka; Mathews, Grant J.

    2014-05-02

    We addressed possible ambiguities on the properties of neutron stars (NSs) estimated in theoretical sides. First, roles of hyperons inside the NS are discussed through various relativistic mean field (RMF) theories. In particular, the extension of SU(6) spin-flavor symmetry to SU(3) flavor symmetry is shown to give rise to the increase of hyperon threshold density, similarly to the Fock term effects in RMF theories. As a result, about 2.0 solar mass is obtained with the hyperons. Second, the effect by the modified f(R) gravity, which leaves a room for the dark energy in the Einstein equation to be taken into account, is discussed for the NS in a strong magnetic field (MF). Our results show that the modified gravity with the Kaluza-Klein electro-magnetism theory expanded in terms of a length scale parameter may reasonably describe the NS in strong MF, so called magnetar. Even the super-soft equation of state is shown to be revived by the modified f(R) gravity.

  10. Low Cross-Sex Genetic Correlation in Carotenoid-Based Plumage Traits in the Blue Tit Nestlings (Cyanistes caeruleus)

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    Drobniak, Szymon M.; Wiejaczka, Dariusz; Arct, Aneta; Dubiec, Anna; Gustafsson, Lars; Cichoń, Mariusz

    2013-01-01

    In some bird species, both adult and juvenile individuals are often brightly coloured. It has been commonly assumed that identical plumage colouration present in both sexes results from strong intersexual genetic correlations in colour-related traits. Here, we aimed at testing this hypothesis in juvenile individuals and looked at genetic parameters describing carotenoid-based colouration of blue tit nestlings in a wild population. To separate genetic and environmental sources of phenotypic variation we performed a cross-fostering experiment. Our analyses confirmed the existence of sexual dichromatism in blue tit nestlings and revealed a significant, although low, genetic component of carotenoid-based colouration. However, genetic effects are expressed differently across sexes as indicated by low cross-sex genetic correlations (rmf). Thus our results do not support the prediction of generally high rmf and suggest that intersexual constraints on the evolution of colouration traits may be weaker than expected. We hypothesise that observed patterns of genetic correlations result from sex-specific selective pressures acting on nestling plumage colouration. PMID:23936101

  11. EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE FILTER MEDIA FOR THE ROTARY MICROFILTER, PHASE 2

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    Fowley, M.

    2012-07-31

    Testing was conducted at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) to investigate filter membrane performance in an effort to increase rotary microfilter (RMF) throughput. Membranes were tested in the SpinTek Filtration, Inc. Static Test Cell (STC), which permitted quick and easy testing of several different membranes. Testing consisted of 100 hours tests with two different slurry feeds, based on recommendations from the phase 1 testing. One feed contained Monosodium Titanate (MST) solids in a simulated salt solution. The other feed contained simulated sludge batch 6 (SB6) solids in a simulated salt solution. Five membranes were tested, one each from filter manufactures Pall and Porvair and three from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The membrane from Pall is the current membrane used on the latest generation RMF. The Porvair membrane performed well in previous STC tests as well as one of the ORNL membranes. The other two membranes from ORNL were recently developed and not available for the previous STC test. The results indicate that the Porvair filter performed best with the MST slurry and the ORNL SVB6-1B filter performed best with the SB6 slurry. Difficulty was encountered with the ORNL filters due to their dimensional thickness, which was greater than the recommended filter thickness for the STC. The STC equipment was modified to complete the testing of the ORNL filters.

  12. Structure of a TCR-Mimic Antibody with Target Predicts Pharmacogenetics.

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    Ataie, Niloufar; Xiang, Jingyi; Cheng, Neal; Brea, Elliott J; Lu, Wenjie; Scheinberg, David A; Liu, Cheng; Ng, Ho Leung

    2016-01-16

    Antibody therapies currently target only extracellular antigens. A strategy to recognize intracellular antigens is to target peptides presented by immune HLA receptors. ESK1 is a human, T-cell receptor (TCR)-mimic antibody that binds with subnanomolar affinity to the RMF peptide from the intracellular Wilms tumor oncoprotein WT1 in complex with HLA-A*02:01. ESK1 is therapeutically effective in mouse models of WT1(+) human cancers. TCR-based therapies have been presumed to be restricted to one HLA subtype. The mechanism for the specificity and high affinity of ESK1 is unknown. We show in a crystal structure that ESK1 Fab binds to RMF/HLA-A*02:01 in a mode different from that of TCRs. From the structure, we predict and then experimentally confirm high-affinity binding with multiple other HLA-A*02 subtypes, broadening the potential patient pool for ESK1 therapy. Using the crystal structure, we also predict potential off-target binding that we experimentally confirm. Our results demonstrate how protein structure information can contribute to personalized immunotherapy. PMID:26688548

  13. Turning research into results, final report

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    1993-05-01

    In September 1989, the ACEC Research and Management Foundation (ACEC/RMF) submitted a proposal to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in response to the Existing Buildings Efficiency Program`s Solicitation Number DE-PS01-89CE21034. On May 15, 1990, DOE informed ACEC/RMF that it had been selected for a grant award; the final agreement was signed on July 23, 1990. The purpose of the effort was to develop an information package showing engineering firms that energy services can be sold to owners and developers successfully and profitably, that not every design that goes beyond code results in a lawsuit, that owners can be shown the value of paying for the additional design analysis that energy efficiency design requires. The package was envisioned to include examples of buildings that succeed in terms of energy, cost, and design team benefits. It was further conceptualized as both a technical and marketing resource to provide helpful facts, references to relevant documents, graphic materials to be used during client presentations, and guidance on the latest in useful research results.

  14. Relativistic mean-field hadronic models under nuclear matter constraints

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    Dutra, M.; Lourenço, O.; Avancini, S. S.; Carlson, B. V.; Delfino, A.; Menezes, D. P.; Providência, C.; Typel, S.; Stone, J. R.

    2014-11-01

    Background: The microscopic composition and properties of infinite hadronic matter at a wide range of densities and temperatures have been subjects of intense investigation for decades. The equation of state (EoS) relating pressure, energy density, and temperature at a given particle number density is essential for modeling compact astrophysical objects such as neutron stars, core-collapse supernovae, and related phenomena, including the creation of chemical elements in the universe. The EoS depends not only on the particles present in the matter, but, more importantly, also on the forces acting among them. Because a realistic and quantitative description of infinite hadronic matter and nuclei from first principles in not available at present, a large variety of phenomenological models has been developed in the past several decades, but the scarcity of experimental and observational data does not allow a unique determination of the adjustable parameters. Purpose: It is essential for further development of the field to determine the most realistic parameter sets and to use them consistently. Recently, a set of constraints on properties of nuclear matter was formed and the performance of 240 nonrelativistic Skyrme parametrizations was assessed [M. Dutra et al., Phys. Rev. C 85, 035201 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevC.85.035201] in describing nuclear matter up to about three times nuclear saturation density. In the present work we examine 263 relativistic-mean-field (RMF) models in a comparable approach. These models have been widely used because of several important aspects not always present in nonrelativistic models, such as intrinsic Lorentz covariance, automatic inclusion of spin, appropriate saturation mechanism for nuclear matter, causality, and, therefore, no problems related to superluminal speed of sound in medium. Method: Three different sets of constraints related to symmetric nuclear matter, pure neutron matter, symmetry energy, and its derivatives were used. The

  15. [Prevalence of silent cerebrovascular lesions in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome].

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    Colla-Machado, Pedro E; Luzzi, Ariel A; Balian, Natalia R; Pigretti, Santiago G; Zurrú-Ganen, M Cristina; Cristiano, Edgardo; Valiensi, Stella M

    2016-02-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de apnea/hipopnea obstructiva del sueño (SAHOS) confiere mayor riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular, dada su asociacion con otros factores de riesgo vascular. Tanto el SAHOS como otros factores de riesgo vascular se asocian con lesiones cerebrales silentes. Objetivo. Evaluar la prevalencia de lesiones cerebrales silentes en pacientes con SAHOS. Pacientes y metodos. Se evaluo retrospectivamente una cohorte de 137 pacientes con SAHOS, con una edad media de 65 ± 12 años, el 45% mujeres. Las lesiones cerebrales silentes en resonancia magnetica se evaluaron con la escala visual de Fazekas, y se consigno la presencia de infartos corticales, lacunares y microsangrados. Resultados. La prevalencia de factores de riesgo vascular fue: hipertension, 64%; dislipidemia, 58%; diabetes, 18%; tabaquismo, 34%; ateromatosis carotidea, 26%; enfermedad coronaria, 13%; y fibrilacion auricular, 4%. El SAHOS fue leve en el 47%, moderado en el 31% y grave en el 22% de los casos. El 91% de los pacientes tenia hiperintensidades periventriculares y el 66% presentaba lesiones en la sustancia blanca subcortical. El valor medio del indice de apnea/hipopnea fue mayor en los pacientes con mayor carga de lesiones, aunque sin significacion estadistica. Conclusiones. Los pacientes con SAHOS presentan una elevada prevalencia de lesiones cerebrales silentes, fundamentalmente con un patron microangiopatico. Posiblemente esto se explique por la asociacion entre el SAHOS, la hipertension arterial y otros factores de riesgo vascular.

  16. [Myelopathy secondary to an aneurysmal bone cyst of thoracic spine].

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    Navas-García, Marta; Penanes, Juan Ramón; Fraga, Javier; Sola, Rafael G

    2016-02-01

    Introduccion. Los quistes oseos aneurismaticos espinales son lesiones osteoliticas benignas muy infrecuentes constituidas por cavidades hematicas limitadas por septos osteoconectivos y celulas gigantes tipo osteoclastos. Clinicamente se manifiestan con dolor local, sintomas neurologicos secundarios a compresion medular, asi como fracturas, deformidades e inestabilidad vertebral. Presentamos un caso de quiste oseo aneurismatico espinal dorsal con sintomatologia neurologica, tratado mediante una reseccion microquirurgica completa, sin secuelas neurologicas asociadas. Caso clinico. Mujer de 47 años, sin antecedentes traumaticos previos, valorada por presentar un cuadro de parestesias de los miembros inferiores de semanas de evolucion. El estudio radiologico de resonancia magnetica dorsal demostro la existencia de una lesion litica de bordes bien delimitados y esclerosis marginal en D4, con afectacion de los elementos posteriores vertebrales y compresion del cordon medular subyacente. La lesion fue extirpada en su totalidad, con desaparicion de la clinica sensitiva tras la intervencion. El diagnostico anatomopatologico definitivo fue quiste oseo aneurismatico espinal. Conclusion. A pesar de su baja incidencia, los quistes oseos aneurismaticos espinales deben considerarse, en el diagnostico diferencial de los tumores oseos espinales, como una posible causa de mielopatia compresiva subaguda o cronica. La reseccion tumoral completa se considera el tratamiento de eleccion, el cual con frecuencia es curativo y asocia un buen pronostico del paciente a largo plazo.

  17. [Gorlin syndrome in the paediatric age].

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    Roncalés-Samanes, P; Peña-Segura, J L; Fernando-Martínez, R; Fuertes-Rodrigo, C; García-Oguiza, A; López-Pisón, J

    2014-04-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de Gorlin (SG) es un trastorno de herencia autosomica dominante asociado a mutaciones en el gen PTCH1, cuya principal caracteristica es la aparicion de carcinomas basocelulares, unido a anomalias esqueleticas, queratoquistes odontogenicos y tumores intracraneales. Caso clinico. Niña de 3 años y 10 meses, ingresada por ataxia aguda. Destacan como antecedentes personales retraso psicomotor y como antecedentes familiares la sospecha de SG en la madre por quiste maxilar. En la exploracion, se aprecia macrocefalia con frente prominente e hipertelorismo, asi como nevo. Se solicita estudio genetico de SG, en el que se detecta la mutacion c.930delC en el exon 6 del gen PTCH1 en heterocigosis. Conclusiones. En el SG hay un aumento de la susceptibilidad al desarrollo de carcinomas basocelulares y es preciso un estrecho control dermatologico. Es necesario un seguimiento neurologico clinico y de imagen, mediante resonancia magnetica, para el diagnostico precoz de tumores intracraneales, fundamentalmente el meduloblastoma. Tambien son caracteristicos los queratoquistes odontogenicos, otras alteraciones cutaneas, fibromas cardiacos y ovaricos, asi como anomalias esqueleticas, que precisan controles clinicos y de imagen periodicos, y tratamiento en caso de ser necesarios, pero debe evitarse la radiacion. El SG es un trastorno poco frecuente, que se debe sospechar ante la presencia de alteraciones caracteristicas. Es necesario un seguimiento multidisciplinar, asi como establecer un protocolo de actuacion, para un temprano diagnostico y tratamiento de las complicaciones potencialmente graves derivadas de esta enfermedad.

  18. [The social brain: neurobiological bases of clinical interest].

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    Álvaro-González, Luis C

    2015-11-16

    Introduccion. Las capacidades sociales humanas son evolutivamente tardias y unicas. Permiten una especializacion que mejora la disponibilidad de recursos y facilita la reproduccion. Nuestra complejidad social descansa en circuitos y mecanismos especificos, que analizamos. Desarrollo. A esos efectos, resultan operativos: el conocimiento del otro mediante la empatia, mecanismos especificos que nos dotan de capacidad para detectar defraudadores, factores geneticos y bioquimicos, y el sistema nervioso autonomo. La empatia es el mecanismo basico de la sociabilidad. Reconoce niveles de complejidad (emocional, cognitiva, de atribucion), con diferenciacion anatomica especifica. Lo social va ligado a lo emocional, y esto a lo homeostatico. Asi, dolor fisico y social comparten matriz anatomica y terapias. Somos seres sociales de naturaleza biologica egoista, que ajustamos gracias a una capacidad especial para detectar defraudadores, dominante sobre las de planificacion o abstraccion. La oxitocina es el mediador neuroquimico prosocial esencial. La serotonina y la enzima MAO se consideran con capacidad antisocial, dependiente de la interaccion con ambientes adversos. Finalmente, el sistema vagal mas reciente filogeneticamente y mielinizado, el del nucleo dorsal del vago, es requisito para la interaccion social acogedora y ludica. Conclusiones. La neurobiologia de lo social permite reconocer trastornos de esta conducta en lesiones estructurales (vasculares, de la sustancia blanca, demencias...), alteraciones del neurodesarrollo (autismo), enfermedades psiquiatricas (esquizofrenia) o trastornos de la personalidad. Existen posibilidades de intervencion terapeutica (estimulacion magnetica transcraneal, farmacos) prometedoras. La adicion de factores culturales y ambientales a los neurobiologicos introduce complejidad ecologica, sin restar validez a lo expuesto.

  19. [Recurring post-traumatic growing skull fracture].

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    San Martín-García, Isabel; Aguilera-Albesa, Sergio; Zazpe-Cenoz, Idoya; Yoldi-Petri, M Eugenia

    2015-04-16

    Introduccion. La fractura craneal evolutiva, tambien llamada absorcion osea postraumatica o quiste leptomeningeo, es una rara complicacion de los traumatismos craneoencefalicos y ocurre de forma casi exclusiva en ninos menores de 3 anos. Caso clinico. Nino de 6 meses que presentaba, dos meses despues de un traumatismo craneal aparentemente banal, persistencia de cefalohematoma temporooccipital izquierdo sin otros signos. El estudio de ecografia transfontanelar revelo un defecto oseo con herniacion cerebral, y la tomografia computarizada y la resonancia magnetica confirmaron, ademas, una fractura evolutiva. Se realizo reseccion del quiste encefalomeningeo, cierre dural y reparacion del defecto oseo con placas y material de lactato. Tres meses despues de la intervencion, presentaba persistencia de coleccion liquida y se confirmo recidiva de la fractura evolutiva. Tras la reintervencion, se coloco casco ortesico para evitar nuevas recidivas. Un ano despues del traumatismo, el paciente continua asintomatico. Conclusiones. Todo nino menor de 3 anos con cefalohematoma postraumatico deberia ser revisado de forma periodica hasta comprobar la resolucion de la coleccion, en particular si presenta fractura craneal. La presencia de un cefalohematoma persistente mas de dos semanas despues de un traumatismo craneoencefalico debe hacernos sospechar un proceso de fractura creciente, y son necesarias la reparacion de la duramadre y una craneoplastia para su tratamiento. La colocacion de material reabsorbible permite su remodelacion con el crecimiento craneal del paciente, pero su fragilidad conlleva riesgo de recidiva. La colocacion de un casco ortesico tras la intervencion podria prevenir complicaciones.

  20. [The neuroanatomy of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: neuropsychological and clinical correlates].

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    Albert, J; Fernandez-Jaen, A; Martin Fernandez-Mayoralas, D; Lopez-Martin, S; Fernandez-Perrone, A L; Calleja-Perez, B; Jimenez-De la Pena, M; Recio-Rodriguez, M

    2016-07-16

    Introduccion. El desarrollo de la resonancia magnetica estructural y de nuevos metodos de analisis ha permitido examinar, como nunca antes, las bases neuroanatomicas del trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH). No obstante, poco se sabe todavia sobre la relacion de los sintomas clinicos y las disfunciones neuropsicologicas caracteristicas del TDAH con las alteraciones neuroanatomicas observadas. Objetivo. Explorar la relacion entre neuroanatomia, clinica y neuropsicologia en el TDAH. Desarrollo. A nivel de grupo, existen diferencias marcadas entre el cerebro de niños adolescentes y adultos con TDAH y el cerebro de personas con desarrollo tipico. Estas diferencias se observan transversal y longitudinalmente en todas las medidas, tanto de la sustancia gris como de la sustancia blanca. Aunque todavia escasa, cada vez existe mayor evidencia que señala que estas diferencias se relacionan con los sintomas nucleares del trastorno y con el grado de disfuncion clinica. Tambien parecen asociarse con el funcionamiento cognitivo (principalmente, atencion y control inhibitorio). Conclusiones. La relacion entre los distintos niveles de analisis de estudio del TDAH acerca la investigacion a la clinica y permite comprender y tratar mejor el trastorno. Aunque el avance en este campo es innegable, todavia son muchas las cuestiones que hay que explorar y profundizar en mayor detalle. Se requiere comprender mejor la asociacion entre las medidas neuroanatomicas y cada dimension sintomatologica, y la relacion con otros procesos neuropsicologicos tambien implicados en el trastorno.

  1. [Response to treatment with interferon beta in patients with multiple sclerosis. Validation of the Rio Score].

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    Rio, J; Rovira, A; Blanco, Y; Sainz, A; Perkal, H; Robles, R; Ramio-Torrenta, Ll; Diaz, R M; Arroyo, R; Urbaneja, P; Fernandez, O; Garcia-Merino, J A; Reyes, M P; Oreja-Guevara, C; Prieto, J M; Izquierdo, G; Olascoaga, J; Alvarez-Cermeno, J C; Simon, E; Pujal, B; Comabella, M; Montalban, X

    2016-08-16

    Introduccion. Se han propuesto diferentes criterios de respuesta al tratamiento con interferon beta, y el Rio Score es uno de los mas utilizados. El objetivo de este estudio fue validar la utilidad del Rio Score en una cohorte independiente. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio multicentrico, prospectivo y longitudinal de pacientes con esclerosis multiple remitente recurrente tratados con interferon beta. Los pacientes fueron clasificados basandose en la presencia de brotes, lesiones activas (nuevas en T2 o lesiones que captaban gadolinio) en la resonancia magnetica, incremento confirmado de la discapacidad o combinaciones de estas variables (brotes, incremento en la Expanded Disability Status Scale y lesiones activas) tras un año de tratamiento. Se utilizo un analisis de regresion con el fin de identificar las variables de prediccion de respuesta despues de un seguimiento de tres años. Resultados. Se incluyo a 249 pacientes con esclerosis multiple remitente recurrente. El modelo logistico confirmo que la presencia de dos (odds ratio = 6,6; IC 95% = 2,7-16,1; p < 0,0001) o tres (odds ratio = 8,5; IC 95% = 1,6-46; p < 0,01) variables positivas durante el primer año de tratamiento conferia un riesgo significativo de actividad (brotes o progresion) en los siguientes dos años. Conclusiones. Se confirma, en una cohorte independiente, la utilidad del Rio Score para identificar a pacientes con un mayor riesgo de desarrollar actividad clinica o progresion de la discapacidad durante el tratamiento con interferon beta.

  2. [Malattia di Marchiafava-Bignami con coinvolgimento della corteccia frontale e insorgenza tardiva di sintomi psichiatrici resistenti: un caso clinico].

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    Gramaglia, Carla; Feggi, Alessandro; Vecchi, Camilla; Di Marco, Sarah; Venesia, Alessandra; Delicato, Claudia; Chieppa, Nunzia; De Marchi, Fabiola; Cantello, Roberto; Zeppegno, Patrizia

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. Descrivere il management di un paziente con malattia di Marchiafava-Bignami (MBD) associata a lesioni frontali corticali, senza sintomi specifici al primo accesso in Pronto Soccorso, e insorgenza tardiva di sintomi psichiatrici atipici. Metodi. Descriviamo il caso di un paziente di 44 anni con storia di abuso cronico di alcol, a cui è stata diagnosticata la MBD. Risultati. La risonanza magnetica ha evidenziato lesioni nello splenio e corpo del corpo calloso e lesioni bilaterali della corteccia frontale. Il paziente ha sviluppato sintomi psichiatrici atipici a insorgenza tardiva, che sono risultati essere resistenti alle terapie farmacologiche impostate. Discussione. Il caso che descriviamo sembra supportare le attuali, ma ancora scarse evidenze che descrivono il coinvolgimento corticale nella MBD, suggerendone l'associazione con una prognosi peggiore. I sintomi psichiatrici possono risultare difficili da trattare a causa della resistenza alle terapie. Conclusione. Il coinvolgimento di psichiatri, radiologi e neurologi secondo un approccio di consultazione-liaison si è dimostrato di fondamentale importanza per la diagnosi e l'impostazione della terapia adeguata al paziente.

  3. [Diffuse superficial siderosis of the central nervous system: four case reports and review of the literature].

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    Calvo, Marta; de Miguel, Cristina; Pinel, Ana; Ortega, José M; Aladro, Yolanda

    2014-10-16

    Introduccion. La siderosis superficial difusa del sistema nervioso central (SNC) es una rara condicion debida a depositos de hemosiderina en las capas subpiales del cerebro y la medula espinal. La fuente de sangrado cronico o recurrente en el espacio subaracnoideo se detecta solo en un 50% de los casos. Los sintomas mas caracteristicos son ataxia cerebelosa e hipoacusia neurosensorial. Las secuencias eco de gradiente potenciadas en T2 de resonancia magnetica constituyen el metodo diagnostico de eleccion. Casos clinicos. Presentamos cuatro pacientes con siderosis superficial difusa del SNC relacionada con angiopatia amiloide, anticoagulacion oral, schwannoma del VIII par craneal y sin fuente de sangrado conocida en un caso. Dos pacientes desarrollaron ataxia cerebelosa; tres de ellos, episodios recurrentes de alteracion focal neurologica; uno, demencia; y el cuarto es un hallazgo radiologico. No se objetivo progresion clinica durante el seguimiento (2-11 años) en tres de ellos. El paciente con angiopatia amiloide evoluciono a demencia. Conclusiones. Los episodios recurrentes de alteracion focal neurologica son los sintomas mas frecuentes en nuestros casos de siderosis superficial difusa del SNC. La evolucion natural de esta condicion no se conoce bien y puede constituir un hallazgo radiologico.

  4. [Posterior reversible encephalopathy in a case of late-onset eclampsia].

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    Castrillo-Sanz, Ana; Mendoza, Amelia; Gutiérrez-Ríos, Raúl; Zamora, M Isabel; Morollón, Noemí; Rodríguez-Sanz, M Fernanda; Duarte, Jacinto

    2013-08-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de encefalopatia posterior reversible (SEPR) es un sindrome clinico-radiologico de presentacion aguda o subaguda que se caracteriza por la presencia de cefalea, vomitos, crisis epilepticas, trastornos visuales y alteracion del nivel de conciencia asociado a lesiones localizadas fundamentalmente en la sustancia blanca de regiones posteriores cerebrales. Caso clinico. Mujer de 32 años que desarrollo un SEPR en el periodo posparto secundario a eclampsia tardia. La paciente presento 10 dias despues del parto un cuadro clinico consistente en cefalea, crisis epilepticas, ceguera y deterioro del nivel de conciencia. El estudio de imagen con resonancia magnetica confirmo la afectacion de la sustancia blanca de predominio posterior. Conclusiones. Aunque la eclampsia es una entidad tipica del embarazo y puerperio inmediato, es necesario recordar que tambien puede producirse de forma tardia tras el parto y que puede ser la causa de otros sindromes, como el SEPR. Aunque en estos casos el pronostico suele ser favorable, el tratamiento debe ser precoz, efectuando un rapido control de la tension arterial y las convulsiones con el fin de evitar un daño cerebral permanente. Es necesario considerar siempre este sindrome en mujeres con crisis epilepticas u otros sintomas neurologicos durante el posparto.

  5. [IgG4- and MPO-ANCA-associated hypertrophic pachymeningitis].

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    Aragonès, Josep M; Arias-Rivero, Montserrat; García-Barrionuevo, Joan M; Lucchetti, Gianni

    2015-11-16

    Introduccion. La paquimeningitis hipertrofica idiopatica es una enfermedad fibroinflamatoria de la duramadre. Su diagnostico requiere la exclusion de enfermedades infecciosas, tumorales y otras enfermedades inflamatorias. En los ultimos años se han descrito nuevas entidades que pueden presentarse con paquimeningitis hipertrofica: la enfermedad relacionada con IgG4 y la paquimeningitis MPO-ANCA+ como forma de vasculitis limitada al sistema nervioso central. Caso clinico. Varon de 64 años con cefalea y cervicalgia de predominio nocturno y clinica de compresion medular. Tras el diagnostico de paquimeningitis hipertrofica craneocervical facilitado por el estudio de resonancia magnetica, se realizo un estudio etiologico. Se descartaron enfermedades infecciosas y tumorales. La clinica no mostraba afectacion sistemica y en la analitica presentaba IgG4 elevada y MPO-ANCA+. Tras tratamiento con corticoides presento una rapida mejoria de la clinica. Conclusiones. La enfermedad relacionada con IgG4 y la vasculitis asociada a MPO-ANCA limitada al sistema nervioso central pueden representar un alto porcentaje de las paquimeningitis hipertroficas que se consideraban idiopaticas, y su diagnostico requiere biopsia y estudio histologico.

  6. [Is there overuse of neuroimaging procedures in patients with chronic migraine? An study in a Health Area in Asturias, Spain].

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    Martínez-Ramos, Juana; Santamarta-Liébana, Elena; Saiz-Ayala, Antonio; García-Cabo, Carmen; Álvarez-Escudero, Rocío; Pascual, Julio

    2014-09-01

    Introduccion. Existe la creencia del abuso de las tecnicas de neuroimagen en pacientes con cefalea en nuestro medio. Objetivo. Analizar el consumo de tecnicas de neuroimagen, y fundamentalmente de la tomografia computarizada (TC), ya que es de acceso libre en nuestra area, en la practica clinica habitual en pacientes con migraña cronica (MC). Pacientes y metodos. Se revisan las historias clinicas de una serie de mujeres consecutivas diagnosticadas en nuestra consulta de cefaleas de MC. Se recogieron datos acerca de la realizacion de tecnicas de neuroimagen a todos niveles (urgencias, consultas y pacientes ingresados). Resultados. Se incluyeron 139 mujeres con MC. Un total de 106 pacientes (76%) tenia al menos una TC de craneo y 28 (20%) dos o mas estudios de TC de craneo. En seis de estas pacientes (21%) existia justificacion clinica para la repeticion del estudio, pero no en las 22 (79%) restantes. Ya en nuestro servicio se solicito resonancia magnetica (RM) a 59 pacientes (42%). En 43 (73%), la RM fue normal; en nueve (15%) puso de manifiesto lesiones inespecificas en la sustancia blanca; y en siete (11%) fue patologica, si bien en ninguno de estos casos habia relacion directa entre la lesion de la RM y la clinica de MC. En 15 pacientes con MC (11%) no se habia solicitado ningun estudio de neuroimagen. Conclusiones. En contra de nuestra hipotesis inicial, no encontramos un abuso de las tecnicas de neuroimagen en pacientes con MC en nuestra area de salud.

  7. [Acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy. A rare cause of ischaemic stroke].

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    del Saz-Saucedo, Pablo; Alfaya-Muñoz, Laura Blanca; Recio-Bermejo, Marta; Lara-Medina, Francisco Javier; García-Chiclano, Amalia; Ortega-León, Teresa; Rueda-Medina, Ignacio; Domínguez-Fernández, María José; Madrid-Muñiz, Carmen; Franco-Huerta, María

    2013-06-01

    Introduccion. La epiteliopatia pigmentaria placoide multifocal posterior aguda (EPPMPA) es una enfermedad inflamatoria rara, generalmente de etiologia indeterminada, de la coriocapilar, el epitelio pigmentario y la retina externa. Afecta predominantemente a pacientes jovenes y en algunos casos puede involucrar al sistema nervioso central en forma de ictus o de meningoencefalitis. Presentamos el caso clinico de una mujer joven con EPPMPA complicada con ictus e hipertension intracraneal. Caso clinico. Mujer de 16 anos que comienza con cefalea intensa sugestiva de hipertension intracraneal, asi como con un deficit agudo hemisferico izquierdo. La resonancia magnetica craneal ponia de manifiesto lesiones embolicas o vasculiticas en diferentes territorios. No se evidenciaron datos de meningoencefalitis en el estudio del liquido cefalorraquideo, pero si de hipertension intracraneal asociada. La presencia de lesiones muy especificas en el polo ocular posterior permitio el diagnostico de EPPMPA complicada con ictus isquemico, probablemente por mecanismo vasculitico. Un amplio estudio etiologico fue negativo para identificar un factor desencadenante claro del proceso. Se inicio tratamiento corticoideo con buena evolucion clinica y radiologica. Conclusiones. La EPPMPA es una entidad rara que generalmente entrana buen pronostico; sin embargo, en algunos casos puede complicarse con afectacion del sistema nervioso central, y el ictus isquemico secundario a vasculitis es la complicacion mas grave. Ante un paciente joven con ictus que presente sintomatologia visual y lesiones coriorretinianas, debe considerarse la EPPMPA en su diagnostico etiologico.

  8. [Clinical features and diagnosis of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease: five case reports].

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    Espinosa, E; Mera-Solarte, P R; Cote-Orozco, J E

    2016-05-01

    Introduccion. La enfermedad de Pelizaeus-Merzbacher es un trastorno hipomielinizante raro debido a alteraciones en el gen PLP1, que lleva a un fallo de la mielinizacion axonal de los oligodendrocitos en el sistema nervioso central. Existen dos formas descritas segun la gravedad de su presentacion: connatal y clasica. Se caracteriza por hipotonia neonatal, retraso del desarrollo psicomotor, espasticidad progresiva de predominio en los miembros inferiores y nistagmo, con signos y sintomas piramidales y extrapiramidales, y la forma connatal es mucho mas grave. La resonancia magnetica muestra leucoencefalopatia hipomielinizante difusa, los potenciales evocados usualmente se alteran y la confirmacion se realiza mediante estudio molecular del gen PLP1. Casos clinicos. Se presentan cinco pacientes pediatricos afectados, cuatro con la forma clasica y uno con la forma connatal; se describen las caracteristicas clinicas, los estudios complementarios y se realiza una revision concisa de la bibliografia. Conclusion. Esta enfermedad tiene una evolucion progresiva y casi invariable, lo cual es la clave clinica para diferenciarla de otras entidades como la paralisis cerebral infantil, neuropatias perifericas, esclerosis multiple, entre otras, ademas de los hallazgos caracteristicos en las neuroimagenes. Es necesario sospechar este diagnostico y confirmar alteraciones en el gen PLP1 con el fin de obtener una incidencia real de esta entidad, probablemente subestimada, como otras leucodistrofias.

  9. [Syringomyelias in paediatrics: a retrospective study of 25 cases].

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    Martinez-Albaladejo, I; Prochazkova, M; Perez-Sebastian, I; Bernardino-Cuesta, B; Martinez-Ferrandez, C; Suarez-Traba, O M; Budke, M; Garcia-Penas, J J

    2016-09-01

    Introduccion. Se define siringomielia como una cavidad que contiene liquido cefalorraquideo dispuesta en el interior de la medula espinal. Objetivo. Describir las caracteristicas clinicas de una serie de pacientes con siringomielia, su diagnostico y tratamiento. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio descriptivo retrospectivo realizado mediante la revision de historias clinicas en nuestro centro. Resultados. Se revisaron 25 pacientes diagnosticados de siringomielia. En cinco el diagnostico fue casual y ocho presentaban una patologia grave previa (tumoral, osea o vascular). Dos pacientes comenzaron con hidrocefalia y clinica de hipertension intracraneal y unicamente dos destacaban cefalea como unico sintoma. Cuatro presentaron escoliosis progresiva, dos de ellos como queja inicial, y precisaron cirugia con artrodesis y uso de corse, respectivamente. Destaca la precocidad del diagnostico. La mayoria presentaba unicamente perdida de fuerza leve, con potenciales somatosensoriales y electromiograma normales. En todos se hicieron controles con resonancia magnetica. Ocho pacientes precisaron craniectomia descompresiva con laminectomia posterior C1-C2, con drenaje de la cavidad siringomielica en cuatro. Nueve requirieron valvula de derivacion y dos precisaron, ademas, ventriculostomia. Conclusiones. La presencia de siringomielia en pediatria es rara, y se asocia generalmente a malformaciones en la fosa posterior y antecedentes de disrafismo espinal. Destaca la escoliosis progresiva como posible manifestacion aislada. Un abordaje multidisciplinar con controles radiologicos seriados y la valoracion por servicios de neurologia y neurocirugia pediatricos son mandatorios para su seguimiento.

  10. [Inferior vertical nystagmus: is magnetic resonance imaging mandatory?].

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    Esteban-Sánchez, Jonathan; Rueda-Marcos, Almudena; Sanz-Fernández, Ricardo; Martín-Sanz, Eduardo

    2016-02-01

    Introduccion. La aparicion de un nistagmo vertical inferior clasicamente obliga a descartar una patologia vascular o de la union craneocervical mediante resonancia magnetica (RM). Estudios recientes demuestran una baja rentabilidad de esta prueba, ya que sugieren que este signo oculomotor puede tener una causa vestibular periferica, sobre todo cuando el paciente presenta un vertigo posicional paroxistico benigno (VPPB) del canal semicircular superior. Objetivo. Comprobar la rentabilidad de la RM en una poblacion de pacientes con nistagmo de posicion vertical inferior. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio retrospectivo de 42 pacientes consecutivos a los que se les realizo una historia clinica, exploracion fisica, y pruebas vestibulares caloricas y rotatorias. A todos ellos se les practico una RM craneal y cervical. Resultados. El 52% de los pacientes con nistagmo de posicion vertical inferior presentaba una clinica y exploracion fisica compatibles con VPPB del canal semicircular superior. La RM fue normal en un 67%, un 26% mostraba datos de espondilopatia y un 5% de microangiopatia cerebral no relacionados con la clinica del paciente. La prevalencia de malformacion de Arnold-Chiari de tipo I fue de un 9% en la poblacion estudiada, sin que nadie tuviera un antecedente reciente de VPPB. Los resultados obtenidos en las pruebas complementarias vestibulares no aportaron informacion adicional para llegar a un diagnostico etiologico. Conclusion. En los pacientes con un VPPB, la RM craneal y las pruebas vestibulares tienen una baja rentabilidad diagnostica, y se debe evaluar la necesidad real de esta prueba con el contexto clinico.

  11. [Predictors of the recovery of cognitive functions in patients with traumatic brain injury].

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    Solís-Marcos, I; Castellano-Guerrero, A M; Domínguez-Morales, R; León-Carrión, J

    2014-04-01

    Introduccion. Tras un traumatismo craneoencefalico (TCE), el funcionamiento cognitivo de los pacientes puede resultar gravemente alterado. Diversos estudios han tratado de identificar las variables que mejor predicen su recuperacion. Objetivos. Evaluar la recuperacion funcional cognitiva de pacientes con TCE tras un programa de neurorrehabilitacion e identificar las variables predictoras de dicha recuperacion. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio pre-post retrospectivo de 58 pacientes adultos con TCE que realizaron un programa de rehabilitacion intensivo. Todos fueron evaluados mediante la subescala de funcionalidad cognitiva de la medida de la independencia funcional + medida de la evaluacion de la funcionalidad (FIM+FAM), al inicio y al final de la rehabilitacion. Ambas puntuaciones fueron comparadas mediante la prueba no parametrica de Wilcoxon. Se calculo el porcentaje de ganancia funcional cognitiva y se correlaciono con todas las variables recogidas. A partir de toda la informacion clinica, demografica y cognitiva recogida, realizamos un analisis de regresion lineal multiple para identificar los mejores predictores de dicha ganancia. Resultados. La funcionalidad cognitiva aumento significativamente del 33,6% al 85% (p < 0,01). Los pacientes con mayor porcentaje de ganancia funcional cognitiva fueron aquellos con menor edad y periodo post-TCE, y mayores puntuaciones en la subescala cognitiva de la FIM+FAM y en las pruebas de atencion condicional y curva de aprendizaje de Luria. Los mejores predictores de la recuperacion funcional fueron el periodo post-TCE y la funcionalidad cognitiva al inicio (R2 ajustado = 55,8%). Conclusiones. El comienzo temprano de la rehabilitacion y la mayor funcionalidad cognitiva al inicio resultaron ser los mejores predictores de la recuperacion funcional cognitiva. Otras variables, como la edad o puntuaciones en pruebas cognitivas, tambien deben considerarse en futuros estudios.

  12. Land-Cover Change Within the Peatlands Along the Rocky Mountain Front, Montana: 1937-2009

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    Klene, A. E.; Milbrath, J. T.; Shelly, J. S.

    2013-12-01

    While peatlands are globally abundant, the fens of the Rocky Mountain Front (RMF), are the eastern-most, rich, peatlands in Montana, and are unique wetland habitats in this region of semi-arid continental climate. The peatlands provide critical riparian connectivity between the mountains and the plains and are habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, and within just the 450 ha Pine Butte Fen at least 93 species of vascular plants, including seven of Montana's Plant Species of Concern. Aerial photographs of the nine peatlands along the RMF in Montana were analyzed in a GIS. The boundary of each wetland was hand-digitized and the area within was classified into land-cover types: total area, open fen, open water, woody vegetation, and non-wetland/agriculture. Changes in wetland extent and land-cover categories were evaluated from the earliest available imagery in 1937 to the last available imagery in 2009. Images prior to 1995 were orthorectified, and all georectified. Climate change, wildlife, and agriculture were examined as potential drivers of land-cover change at these sites. Results indicate little change in overall peatland area between 1937 and 2009 despite increasing air temperatures in the region. Approximately 16% of these peatlands is 'open fen' and that proportion remained stable over the last seventy years. Area of open water quadrupled and the number of ponds which could be delineated tripled over the study period, reflecting a recovering beaver population. The non-wetland/agricultural area halved over the course of the study, primarily due to declines in agriculture within the three largest remaining peatlands: Pine Butte Fen, McDonald Swamp, and the Blackleaf Creek wetland complex. Most of the first two fens were purchased outright by the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and they hold a conservation easement on the third (as well as two other fens), all of which have been been put in place since the late 1970s. One fen is owned by the State of Montana and another

  13. Semiconductor Crystal Growth in Static and Rotating Magnetic fields

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    Volz, Martin

    2004-01-01

    Magnetic fields have been applied during the growth of bulk semiconductor crystals to control the convective flow behavior of the melt. A static magnetic field established Lorentz forces which tend to reduce the convective intensity in the melt. At sufficiently high magnetic field strengths, a boundary layer is established ahead of the solid-liquid interface where mass transport is dominated by diffusion. This can have a significant effect on segregation behavior and can eliminate striations in grown crystals resulting from convective instabilities. Experiments on dilute (Ge:Ga) and solid solution (Ge-Si) semiconductor systems show a transition from a completely mixed convective state to a diffusion-controlled state between 0 and 5 Tesla. In HgCdTe, radial segregation approached the diffusion limited regime and the curvature of the solid-liquid interface was reduced by a factor of 3 during growth in magnetic fields in excess of 0.5 Tesla. Convection can also be controlled during growth at reduced gravitational levels. However, the direction of the residual steady-state acceleration vector can compromise this effect if it cannot be controlled. A magnetic field in reduced gravity can suppress disturbances caused by residual transverse accelerations and by random non-steady accelerations. Indeed, a joint program between NASA and the NHMFL resulted in the construction of a prototype spaceflight magnet for crystal growth applications. An alternative to the suppression of convection by static magnetic fields and reduced gravity is the imposition of controlled steady flow generated by rotating magnetic fields (RMF)'s. The potential benefits of an RMF include homogenization of the melt temperature and concentration distribution, and control of the solid-liquid interface shape. Adjusting the strength and frequency of the applied magnetic field allows tailoring of the resultant flow field. A limitation of RMF's is that they introduce deleterious instabilities above a

  14. Relativistic mean-field study of the properties of Z=117 nuclei and the decay chains of the {sup 293,294}117 isotopes

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    Bhuyan, M.; Patra, S. K.; Gupta, Raj K.

    2011-07-15

    We have calculated the binding energy, root-mean-square radius, and quadrupole deformation parameter for the recently synthesized superheavy element Z=117, using the axially deformed relativistic mean-field (RMF) model. The calculation is extended to various isotopes of the Z=117 element, starting from A=286 till A=310. We predict almost spherical structures in the ground state for almost all the isotopes. A shape transition appears at about A=292 from a prolate to an oblate shape structure of the Z=117 nucleus in our mean-field approach. The most stable isotope (largest binding energy per nucleon) is found to be the {sup 288}117 nucleus. Also, the Q{sub {alpha}} values and the half-life T{sub 1/2}{sup {alpha}} for the {alpha}-decay chains of {sup 293}117 and {sup 294}117 are calculated, supporting the magic numbers at N=172 and/or 184.

  15. Interaction radii of proton-rich radioactive nuclei at A=60{endash}80

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    Lima, G.F.; Lepine-Szily, A.; Villari, A.C.; Lichtenthaler, R.; Villari, A.C.; Mittig, W.; Chartier, M.; Casandjian, J.M.; Lewitowicz, M.; Ostrowski, A.N.; Hirata, D.; Angelique, J.C.; Orr, N.A.; Audi, G.; Cunsolo, A.; Foti, A.; Donzeaud, C.; MacCormick, M.; Stephan, C.; Suomijarvi, T.; Tassan-Got, L.; Gillibert, A.; Chartier, M.; Morrissey, D.J.; Sherrill, B.M.; Ostrowski, A.N.; Vieira, D.J.; Wouters, J.M.

    1998-12-01

    The interaction radii of proton-rich, radioactive {sub 31}Ga,thinsp{sub 32}Ge,thinsp{sub 33}As,thinsp{sub 34}Se,thinsp{sub 35}Br isotopes were measured using the direct method. The secondary beams were produced using a {sup 78}Kr primary beam of 73 MeV/nucleon in conjunction with SISSI and the SPEG spectrometers at GANIL. Most elements show reduced radii which vary with N, with a minimum around N=36{endash}38. The experimental reduced radii are compared to theoretical values obtained from Glauber reaction cross-section calculations based on Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) nuclear densities. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  16. Sensitivity of Λ single-particle energies to the ΛN spin-orbit coupling and to nuclear core structure in p-shell and sd-shell hypernuclei

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    Veselý, P.; Hiyama, E.; Hrtánková, J.; Mareš, J.

    2016-10-01

    We introduce a mean field model based on realistic 2-body baryon interactions and calculate spectra of a set of p-shell and sd-shell Λ hypernuclei - 13ΛC, 17ΛO, 21ΛNe, 29ΛSi and 41ΛCa. The hypernuclear spectra are compared with the results of a relativistic mean field (RMF) model and available experimental data. The sensitivity of Λ single-particle energies to the nuclear core structure is explored. Special attention is paid to the effect of spin-orbit ΛN interaction on the energy splitting of the Λ single particle levels 0p3/2 and 0p1/2. In particular, we analyze the contribution of the symmetric (SLS) and the anti-symmetric (ALS) spin-orbit terms to the energy splitting. We give qualitative predictions for the calculated hypernuclei.

  17. δ Meson Effects on Asymmetric Nuclear Matter

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    Liu, B.; di Toro, M.; Greco, V.

    The impact of a δ meson field (the scalar-isovector channel) on asymmetric nuclear matter is studied within relativistic mean-field (RMF) models with both constant and density dependent (DD) nucleon-meson couplings. The Equation of State (EOS) for asymmetric nuclear matter and the neutron star properties by the different models are compared. We find that the δ-field in the constant coupling scheme leads to a larger repulsion in dense neutron-rich matter and to a definite splitting of proton and neutron effective masses, finally influencing the stability of the neutron stars. A broader analysis of possible δ-field effects is achieved considering also density dependent nucleon-meson coupling. A remarkable effect on the relation between mass and radius for the neutron stars is seen, showing a significant reduction of the radius along with a moderate mass reduction due to the increase of the effective δ coupling in high density regions.

  18. The nonrelativistic limit of the relativistic point coupling model

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    Sulaksono, A.; Bürvenich, T.; Maruhn, J. A.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Greiner, W.

    2003-11-01

    We relate the relativistic finite range mean-field model (RMF-FR) to the point-coupling variant and compare the nonlinear density dependence. From this, the effective Hamiltonian of the nonlinear point-coupling model in the nonrelativistic limit is derived. Different from the nonrelativistic models, the nonlinearity in the relativistic models automatically yields contributions in the form of a weak density dependence not only in the central potential but also in the spin-orbit potential. The central potential affects the bulk and surface properties while the spin-orbit potential is crucial for the shell structure of finite nuclei. A modification in the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock model with a density-dependent spin-orbit potential inspired by the point-coupling model is suggested.

  19. Design and Calibration of Thomson Scattering Diagnostic for TCSU

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    Lee, K. Y.; Golingo, R. P.

    2009-11-01

    A single pulse ruby laser Thomson scattering system is being designed and installed to measure the electron temperature Te and density ne profiles in a Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) driven FRC plasma. Based on measurements that show the total temperature is about 150 eV and the density is about 10^19 m-3 in the Translation, Confinement and Sustainment Upgrade (TCSU) experiment, a Te of about 100 eV is expected. The system allows observation of 5 points on the bottom half section of the 40 cm radius TCSU device. Each spatial point is resolved with a GA polychromator attached to three PPPL pre-amplifier modules. A model to relate the fast and slow channel of the pre-amplifier followed by a spectral calibration of the polychromator characterizing the transmission of the bandpass interference filters is described. The overall system design will be discussed and initial results may be presented.

  20. Neutron skin thickness and nuclear matter properties

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    Yoshida, S.; Sagawa, H.

    2007-08-01

    Linear correlations are found among the isovector nuclear matter properties in both the Skyrme-Hartree-Fock (SHF) and the relativistic mean-field (RMF) models. In addition, we found a kind of correlation between the isovector nuclear matter properties and the incompressibility in the SHF model. The Skyrme parameters are related analytically to nuclear matter properties with the Thomas—Fermi approximation. By using a linear correlation between the neutron skin thickness and the pressure of the neutron matter in the SHF model, we show that the neutron skin thickness of 208Pb gives crucial information about not only the neutron equation of state but also the isovector nuclear matter properties and the parametrization of Skyrme interaction.

  1. Covariant density functional theory for magnetic rotation

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    Peng, J.; Meng, J.; Ring, P.; Zhang, S. Q.

    2008-08-01

    The tilted axis cranking formalism is implemented in relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. It is used for a microscopic description of magnetic rotation in the framework of covariant density functional theory. We assume that the rotational axis is in the xz plane and consider systems with the two symmetries P (space reflection) and PyT (a combination of a reflection in the y direction and time reversal). A computer code based on these symmetries is developed, and first applications are discussed for the nucleus Gd142: the rotational band based on the configuration πh11/22⊗νh11/2-2 is investigated in a fully microscopic and self-consistent way. The results are compared with available data, such as spectra and electromagnetic transition ratios B(M1)/B(E2). The relation between rotational velocity and angular momentum are discussed in detail together with the shears mechanism characteristic of magnetic rotation.

  2. Systematic study of hypernuclear magnetic moments under a perturb treatment

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    Wang, X. S.; Sang, H. Y.; Lü, H. F.; Yao, J. M.; Sagawa, H.

    2013-08-01

    Hypernuclei ranged from light to heavy mass are systematically investigated using a relativistic mean-field (RMF) model with a novel proposed ωΛΛ tensor coupling interaction PK1-Y1. The tensor coupling effect on core polarization, and the orbital contribution to hyperon current are discussed. Contributions to the magnetic moment from pΛ and n -1 Λ systems are found to be opposite. An expression of the magnetic moment under perturb treatment is improved with an ωΛΛ tensor coupling and the core-polarized magnetic moment μ {/D pol.} is found to be approximately proportional to the coupling strength g ωN · g {ωλ/2}. Self-consistent calculations under a perturb treatment show a semi-linear relationship as μ {/D pol.} ˜ g ωλ when g ωN is fixed.

  3. NUCLEAR PHYSICS: Deexcitation Energy of Superdeformed Secondary Minima as a Probe to Density Dependence of Symmetry Energy

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    Jiang, Wei-Zhou; Lu, Xing; Chen, Yun-Peng

    2010-10-01

    Deexcitation energies of superdeformed secondary minima of odd-odd Au and Tl isotopes are investigated with the relativistic mean field (RMF) model where the isoscalar-isovector coupling is included to change the symmetry energy. It is verified by the theoretical analysis and numerical results that the deexcitation energies of superdeformed secondary minima relative to the ground states in these heavy nuclei are sensitive to differences in the symmetry energy. In particular, the linear correlation between the deexcitation energies of odd-odd Au and Tl isotopes and the neutron skin thickness in 208Pb is established. Moreover, explorations are extended to superdeformed candidates of other mass regions. It is found that the linear correlation can even be established between the deexcitation energies and the symmetry pressure at subsaturation density. These indicate that deexcitation energies can serve as a probe to the density dependence of the symmetry energy.

  4. Sensitivity of de-excitation energies of superdeformed secondary minima to the density dependence of symmetry energy with the relativistic mean-field theory

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    Jiang, W. Z.; Ren, Z. Z.; Sheng, Z. Q.; Zhu, Z. Y.

    2010-06-01

    The relationship between de-excitation energies of superdeformed secondary minima relative to ground states and the density dependence of the symmetry energy is investigated for heavy nuclei using the relativistic mean-field (RMF) model. It is shown that the de-excitation energies of superdeformed secondary minima are sensitive to differences in the symmetry energy that are mimicked by the isoscalar-isovector coupling included in the model. With deliberate investigations on a few Hg isotopes that have data of de-excitation energies, we find that the description for the de-excitation energies can be improved due to the softening of the symmetry energy. Further, we have investigated de-excitation energies of odd-odd heavy nuclei that are nearly independent of pairing correlations, and have discussed the possible extraction of the constraint on the density dependence of the symmetry energy with the measurement of de-excitation energies of these nuclei.

  5. Adaptive Control Using Residual Mode Filters Applied to Wind Turbines

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    Frost, Susan A.; Balas, Mark J.

    2011-01-01

    Many dynamic systems containing a large number of modes can benefit from adaptive control techniques, which are well suited to applications that have unknown parameters and poorly known operating conditions. In this paper, we focus on a model reference direct adaptive control approach that has been extended to handle adaptive rejection of persistent disturbances. We extend this adaptive control theory to accommodate problematic modal subsystems of a plant that inhibit the adaptive controller by causing the open-loop plant to be non-minimum phase. We will augment the adaptive controller using a Residual Mode Filter (RMF) to compensate for problematic modal subsystems, thereby allowing the system to satisfy the requirements for the adaptive controller to have guaranteed convergence and bounded gains. We apply these theoretical results to design an adaptive collective pitch controller for a high-fidelity simulation of a utility-scale, variable-speed wind turbine that has minimum phase zeros.

  6. Application of relativistic mean field and effective field theory densities to scattering observables for Ca isotopes

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    Bhuyan, M.; Panda, R. N.; Routray, T. R.; Patra, S. K.

    2010-12-01

    In the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory, we have calculated the density distribution of protons and neutrons for Ca40,42,44,48 with NL3 and G2 parameter sets. The microscopic proton-nucleus optical potentials for p+Ca40,42,44,48 systems are evaluated from the Dirac nucleon-nucleon scattering amplitude and the density of the target nucleus using relativistic-Love-Franey and McNeil-Ray-Wallace parametrizations. We have estimated the scattering observables, such as the elastic differential scattering cross section, analyzing power and the spin observables with the relativistic impulse approximation (RIA). The results have been compared with the experimental data for a few selective cases and we find that the use of density as well as the scattering matrix parametrizations are crucial for the theoretical prediction.

  7. Application of relativistic mean field and effective field theory densities to scattering observables for Ca isotopes

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    Bhuyan, M.; Panda, R. N.; Routray, T. R.; Patra, S. K.

    2010-12-15

    In the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory, we have calculated the density distribution of protons and neutrons for {sup 40,42,44,48}Ca with NL3 and G2 parameter sets. The microscopic proton-nucleus optical potentials for p+{sup 40,42,44,48}Ca systems are evaluated from the Dirac nucleon-nucleon scattering amplitude and the density of the target nucleus using relativistic-Love-Franey and McNeil-Ray-Wallace parametrizations. We have estimated the scattering observables, such as the elastic differential scattering cross section, analyzing power and the spin observables with the relativistic impulse approximation (RIA). The results have been compared with the experimental data for a few selective cases and we find that the use of density as well as the scattering matrix parametrizations are crucial for the theoretical prediction.

  8. Single-proton resonant states and the isospin dependence investigated by Green’s function relativistic mean field theory

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    Sun, T. T.; Niu, Z. M.; Zhang, S. Q.

    2016-08-01

    The relativistic mean field theory formulated with Green’s function method (RMF-GF) is applied to investigate single-proton resonant states and isospin dependence. The calculated energies and widths for the single-proton resonant states in {}120{{Sn}} are in good agreement with previous investigations. The single-proton resonant states of the Sn isotopes and the N = 82 isotones are systematically studied and it is shown that the calculated energies and widths decrease monotonically with the increase of neutron number while increase monotonically with the increase of proton number. To further examine the evolutions of the single-proton resonant states, their dependence on the depth, radius and diffuseness of nuclear potential is investigated with the help of an analytic Woods-Saxon potential, and it is found that the increase of radius plays the most important role in the cross phenomenon appearing in the single-proton resonant states of the Sn isotopes.

  9. Tools reference manual for a Requirements Specification Language (RSL), version 2.0

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    Fisher, Gene L.; Cohen, Gerald C.

    1993-01-01

    This report describes a general-purpose Requirements Specification Language, RSL. The purpose of RSL is to specify precisely the external structure of a mechanized system and to define requirements that the system must meet. A system can be comprised of a mixture of hardware, software, and human processing elements. RSL is a hybrid of features found in several popular requirements specification languages, such as SADT (Structured Analysis and Design Technique), PSL (Problem Statement Language), and RMF (Requirements Modeling Framework). While languages such as these have useful features for structuring a specification, they generally lack formality. To overcome the deficiencies of informal requirements languages, RSL has constructs for formal mathematical specification. These constructs are similar to those found in formal specification languages such as EHDM (Enhanced Hierarchical Development Methodology), Larch, and OBJ3.

  10. Humoral (immunological) responses in female albino rats during rotating magnetic field exposures

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    Reid, K.; Falter, H.; Persinger, M. A.

    1991-12-01

    Experiments were designed to evaluate the primary and secondary humoral responses to a rotating magnetic field configuration, which is known to evoke significant biobehavioral changes. Ten days after inoculation with human serum albumin and 10 days before a booster, female rats were exposed to eigher a 0.5 Hz rotating magnetic field (RMF) or to room conditions (control). The lighting schedule was either continuous or involved a light-dark cycle (LD) of 12:12h. A third group of rats served as colony room controls. Group differences of low statistical significance were found when females were exposed to continuous lighting rather than the LD 12:12 light-dark cycle. However, the effects were considered trivial and not sufficient to explain the previously reported biobehavioral changes evoked by this field configuration.

  11. Heterogeneity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms Includes Expression of Ribosome Hibernation Factors in the Antibiotic-Tolerant Subpopulation and Hypoxia-Induced Stress Response in the Metabolically Active Population

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    Williamson, Kerry S.; Richards, Lee A.; Perez-Osorio, Ailyn C.; Pitts, Betsey; McInnerney, Kathleen; Stewart, Philip S.

    2012-01-01

    Bacteria growing in biofilms are physiologically heterogeneous, due in part to their adaptation to local environmental conditions. Here, we characterized the local transcriptome responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa growing in biofilms by using a microarray analysis of isolated biofilm subpopulations. The results demonstrated that cells at the top of the biofilms had high mRNA abundances for genes involved in general metabolic functions, while mRNA levels for these housekeeping genes were low in cells at the bottom of the biofilms. Selective green fluorescent protein (GFP) labeling showed that cells at the top of the biofilm were actively dividing. However, the dividing cells had high mRNA levels for genes regulated by the hypoxia-induced regulator Anr. Slow-growing cells deep in the biofilms had little expression of Anr-regulated genes and may have experienced long-term anoxia. Transcripts for ribosomal proteins were associated primarily with the metabolically active cell fraction, while ribosomal RNAs were abundant throughout the biofilms, indicating that ribosomes are stably maintained even in slowly growing cells. Consistent with these results was the identification of mRNAs for ribosome hibernation factors (the rmf and PA4463 genes) at the bottom of the biofilms. The dormant biofilm cells of a P. aeruginosa Δrmf strain had decreased membrane integrity, as shown by propidium iodide staining. Using selective GFP labeling and cell sorting, we show that the dividing cells are more susceptible to killing by tobramycin and ciprofloxacin. The results demonstrate that in thick P. aeruginosa biofilms, cells are physiologically distinct spatially, with cells deep in the biofilm in a viable but antibiotic-tolerant slow-growth state. PMID:22343293

  12. Comparison of ground-based measurements of solar UV radiation at four sites on the Tibetan Plateau.

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    Norsang, Gelsor; Chen, Yi-Chun; Pingcuo, Nima; Dahlback, Arne; Frette, Øyvind; Kjeldstad, Berit; Hamre, Børge; Stamnes, Knut; Stamnes, Jakob J

    2014-02-01

    We compare results for the UV index (UVI), the total ozone column (TOC), and the radiation modification factor (RMF, being 1 in the absence of clouds and aerosols) at four sites on the Tibetan Plateau. The results were obtained by analyzing ground measurements by multichannel moderate-bandwidth filter instruments for the period July 2008-September 2010, and radiative transfer modeling was used to aid the interpretation of the results. The highest UVI of 20.6 was measured in Tingri (28.7°N; 4335 m). For July, monthly mean UVI values were 14.5 and 12.9 in Tingri and Lhasa (29.7°N; 3683 m), respectively. Generally, the UVI levels in Tingri and Lhasa were higher than in Nagchu (31.5°N; 4510 m) and Linzhi (29.7°N; 2995 m), due to less cloud cover at the former two sites. In 2009, the annual mean UVI and RMF values were 6.8 and 0.7 for Linzhi, 8.8 and 0.92 for Lhasa, 10.5 and 0.92 for Tingri, and 6.7 and 0.7 for Nagchu. Radiative transfer simulations indicate that the latitude difference would correspond to an increase in the UVI of about 0.3 from Nagchu to Tingri; whereas, the altitude difference would correspond to a reduction of about 1.5%, implying that the observed difference is due to the difference in cloud cover. The annual mean TOC values were found to be 260-264 Dobson units (DU) in Lhasa, Linzhi, and Nagchu, and 252 DU in Tingri. TOC values in Lhasa were found to agree within 3% with those derived from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) measurements.

  13. Origin and dynamics of dissolved and particulate nutrients in a minimally disturbed Mediterranean river with intermittent flow

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    Skoulikidis, Nikolaos; Amaxidis, Yorgos

    2009-06-01

    SummaryHydrological pathways, speciation, and in-stream spatio-temporal variations (including initial flood pulses), along with soil/sediment characteristics, pointed out to the most probable factors and processes driving the origin, levels and dynamics of nutrients in a minimally disturbed Greek temporal river. Nitrogen and phosphorus were predominately found in the organic form and, despite the high suspended sediment transport, in the dissolved phase. Forest soil leaching and erosion fuelled the river with organic nutrients both in the dissolved and particulate phase, especially at the upstream portion of the basin. This part of the basin exhibited "pristine" dissolved nutrient levels (e.g. 30 μg/l DIN, 1.04 μg/l P-PO 4), despite substantial transport through precipitation and subsurface flow, suggesting that certain biogeochemical processes acting in the watershed and in-stream effectively reduce riverine dissolved nutrient concentrations. Intense erosion caused a significant downstream increase of suspended sediments and associated nutrient concentrations. Flushing processes, that were detected even in a monthly base in particular river stretches, enhanced dissolved and particulate nutrient concentrations. Initial flood pulses created "hot moments" chiefly for suspended sediments (RMF during initial flood events reached up to 7) and associated nutrients (e.g. RMF of POC during initial flood events reached up to 32), although flood event sediments presented lower nutrient portions compared to usual sediment transport. Flush peaks of ammonia (max 19 mg/l NH 4) and nitrite (max 42 μg/l NO 2), that surpassed aquatic quality standards, were attributed to rapid mineralization of organic matter upon rewetting and subsequent nitrification. River bed sediments were characterized by organic carbon and nitrogen losses, due to leaching and mineralization processes, and phosphorus retention, thus affecting nutrient ratios and hence photosynthesis in receiving waters.

  14. Cranked relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov theory: Probing the gateway to superheavy nuclei

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    Afanasjev, A. V.; Khoo, T. L.; Frauendorf, S.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Ahmad, I.

    2003-02-01

    The cranked relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov theory has been applied for a systematic study of the nuclei around 254No, the heaviest element for which detailed spectroscopic data are available. The deformation, rotational response, pairing correlations, quasiparticle, and other properties of these nuclei have been studied with different parametrizations for the effective mean-field Lagrangian. Pairing correlations are taken into account by a finite range two-body force of Gogny type. While the deformation properties are well reproduced, the calculations reveal some deficiencies of the effective forces both in the particle-hole and particle-particle channels. For the first time, the quasiparticle spectra of odd deformed nuclei have been calculated in a fully self-consistent way within the framework of the relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. The energies of the spherical subshells, from which active deformed states of these nuclei emerge, are described with an accuracy better than 0.5 MeV for most of the subshells with the NL1 and NL3 parametrizations. However, for a few subshells the discrepancies reach 0.7 1.0 MeV. In very heavy systems, where the level density is high, this level of accuracy is not sufficient for reliable predictions of the location of relatively small deformed shell gaps. The calculated moments of inertia reveal only small sensitivity to the RMF parametrization and, thus, to differences in the single-particle structure. However, in contrast to lighter systems, it is necessary to decrease the strength of the D1S Gogny force in the pairing channel in order to reproduce the moments of inertia.

  15. Aspects of particle production in isospin-asymmetric matter

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    Ferini, G.; Colonna, M.; Gaitanos, T.; Di Toro, M.

    2005-11-01

    The production/absorption rate of particles in compressed and heated asymmetric matter is studied using a Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) transport model with an isospin-dependent collision term. Just from energy conservation in the elementary production/absorption processes we expect to see a strong dependence of the yields on the basic Lorentz structure of the isovector effective interaction, due to isospin effects on the scalar and vector self-energies of the hadrons. This will be particularly evident for the ratio of the rates of particles produced with different charges: results are shown for π/π, K/K yields. In order to simplify the analysis we perform RMF cascade simulations in a box with periodic boundary conditions. In this way we can better pin down all such fine relativistic effects in particle production, that could likely show up even in realistic heavy ion collisions. In fact, the box properties are tuned in order to reproduce the heated dense matter formed during a nucleus-nucleus collision in the few A GeV beam energy region. In particular, K production is expected to be directly related to the high density behaviour of the symmetry energy, since kaons are produced very early during the high density stage of the collision and their mean free path is rather large. We show that the K/K ratio reflects important isospin contributions on the production rates just because of the large sensitivity around the threshold. The results are very promising for the possibility of a direct link between particle production data in exotic Heavy Ion Collisions (HIC) and the isospin-dependent part of the Equation of State (EoS) at high baryon densities.

  16. Electron Capture and Its Reverse Process in Hot and Dense Astronuclear Matter

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    Fu, Wei-jie; Wang, Guo-hua; Liu, Yu-xin

    2008-05-01

    Electron capture rate, e-neutrino absorption rate, and e-neutrino absorption mean free path in hot and dense astronuclear matter are calculated in the framework of relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. Their dependence on the density, temperature, and the neutrino abundance of the matter is investigated. We find that the electron capture rate and the neutrino absorption rate are proportional to the cube of the value of the temperature as e-neutrinos are trapped in the stellar matter, and the e-neutrino absorption mean free path is proportional to the inverse of the square of the temperature. The reaction rates increase with the density and the neutrino abundance of the matter. Exact calculation of the reaction rates and the neutrino absorption mean free path is compared with that utilizing the degeneracy approximation. It shows that the latter is inappropriate under the following circumstances: when the stellar matter has a low neutrino abundance, when the density is about or less than the nuclear saturation density, and when the temperature of the matter has a relatively high value, being of the order of 10 MeV or even higher. Kinematically suppressed electron capture or neutrino absorption can be reopened by increasing the temperature of the matter, and its threshold value is about several MeVs when the density of the stellar matter is around the nuclear saturation density. We also discuss the case which is out of beta equilibrium, and the relaxation timescale is estimated. In addition, we show that the strong interactions manifested by the RMF theory decrease the electron capture rate and enlarge the neutrino mean free path if the neutrinos are trapped.

  17. Seedling Growth Strategies in Bauhinia Species: Comparing Lianas and Trees

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    Cai, Zhi-Quan; Poorter, Lourens; Cao, Kun-Fang; Bongers, Frans

    2007-01-01

    Background and Aims Lianas are expected to differ from trees in their growth strategies. As a result these two groups of woody species will have different spatial distributions: lianas are more common in high light environments. This study determines the differences in growth patterns, biomass allocation and leaf traits in five closely related liana and tree species of the genus Bauhinia. Methods Seedlings of two light-demanding lianas (Bauhinia tenuiflora and B. claviflora), one shade-tolerant liana (B. aurea), and two light-demanding trees (B. purpurea and B. monandra) were grown in a shadehouse at 25 % of full sunlight. A range of physiological, morphological and biomass parameters at the leaf and whole plant level were compared among these five species. Key Results The two light-demanding liana species had higher relative growth rate (RGR), allocated more biomass to leaf production [higher leaf mass fraction (LMF) and higher leaf area ratio (LAR)] and stem mass fraction (SMF), and less biomass to the roots [root mass fraction (RMF)] than the two tree species. The shade-tolerant liana had the lowest RGR of all five species, and had a higher RMF, lower SMF and similar LMF than the two light-demanding liana species. The two light-demanding lianas had lower photosynthetic rates per unit area (Aarea) and similar photosynthetic rates per unit mass (Amass) than the trees. Across species, RGR was positively related to SLA, but not to LAR and Aarea. Conclusions It is concluded that the faster growth of light-demanding lianas compared with light-demanding trees is based on morphological parameters (SLA, LMF and LAR), and cannot be attributed to higher photosynthetic rates at the leaf level. The shade-tolerant liana exhibited a slow-growth strategy, compared with the light-demanding species. PMID:17720978

  18. Local Re-Cratonization of the Wyoming Province and the Uplift of the Black Hills

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    Bezada, M.; Humphreys, E.; Schmandt, B.

    2015-12-01

    The Archean Wyoming Craton is a primary building block of the core of the North American continent. It resisted tectonic deformation for over a billion years, but during the Laramide orogeny significant crustal shortening was accommodated by basement-involved thrusting. Xenoliths suggest that ~50 km of cratonic mantle were removed from the Wyoming Province by basal erosion during this time. This orogenic event resulted in the formation of several mountain ranges in Wyoming which are part of the Rocky Mountains. The eastern limit of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming is typically defined by the Big Horn and Laramie ranges. The Black Hills represent a topographic anomaly having a similar trend to the Big Horn and the Laramie Mts, but lying ~200 km NE of the Rocky Mountain Front (RMF); while the intervening region is relatively undeformed. Subduction of the conjugate to the Shatsky Rise is the leading hypothesis to explain the flattening of the Farallon slab that lead to the Laramide orogeny. The leading edge of the Shatsky conjugate would have been the conjugate to the Tamu Massif, the largest known single volcano on the planet. The reconstructed path of the Tamu conjugate plausibly places it beneath the region between the RMF and the Black Hills, where a high seismic velocity anomaly is observed by body wave tomography to depths exceeding 200 km. We propose that subcretion of the highly depleted mantle lithosphere of the Tamu cojugate re-cratonized a region of the Wyoming Province forming a distinct rigid block. We further suggest that the new block successfully resisted tectonic deformation and transferred the stresses of the Laramide orogeny northeastward to generate the basement-cored uplift of the Black Hills.

  19. Control of Meridional Flow by a Non-Uniform Rotational Magnetic Field

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    Mazuruk, Konstantin; Ramachandran, Narayanan

    1999-01-01

    The diffusive mass transfer of species during crystal growth in vertical ampoules is significantly affected by fluid flow in the liquid mother phase (melt). For electrically conductive melts, an elegant way of remotely inducing and controlling this flow is by utilizing a uniform rotational magnetic field (RMF) in the transverse direction. It induces an azimuthal flow which tends to homogenize the thermal and solutal fields. The rotating field also reduces the diffusion boundary layer, stabilizes temperature fluctuations, and promotes better overall crystal growth. For moderate strengths of the applied magnetic field (2-20 m Tesla) with frequencies of up to 400 Hz, the induced secondary meridional flow becomes significant. It typically consists of one roll at the bottom of the liquid column and a second roll (vortex) at the top. The flow along the centerline (ampoule axis) is directed from the growing solid (interface) towards the liquid (melt). In case of convex interfaces (e.g. in floating zone crystal growth) such flow behavior is beneficial since it suppresses diffusion at the center. However, for concave interfaces (e.g. vertical Bridgman crystal growth) such a flow tends to exacerbate the situation in making the interface shape more concave. It would be beneficial to have some control of this meridional flow- for example, a single recirculating cell with controllable direction and flow magnitude will make this technique even more attractive for crystal growth. Such flow control is a possibility if a non-uniform PNE field is utilized for this purpose. Although this idea has been proposed earlier, it has not been conclusively demonstrated so far. In this work, we derive the governing equations for the fluid dynamics for such a system and obtain solutions for a few important cases. Results from parallel experimental measurements of fluid flow in a mercury column subjected to non-uniform RMF will also be presented.

  20. Development of a versatile XRF scanner for the elemental imaging of paintworks

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    Ravaud, E.; Pichon, L.; Laval, E.; Gonzalez, V.; Eveno, M.; Calligaro, T.

    2016-01-01

    Scanning XRF is a powerful elemental imaging technique introduced at the synchrotron that has recently been transposed to laboratory. The growing interest in this technique stems from its ability to collect images reflecting pigment distribution within large areas on artworks by means of their elemental signature. In that sense, scanning XRF appears highly complementary to standard imaging techniques (Visible, UV, IR photography and X-ray radiography). The versatile XRF scanner presented here has been designed and built at the C2RMF in response to specific constraints: transportability, cost-effectiveness and ability to scan large areas within a single working day. The instrument is based on a standard X-ray generator with sub-millimetre collimated beam and a SDD-based spectrometer to collected X-ray spectra. The instrument head is scanned in front of the painting by means of motorised movements to cover an area up to 300 × 300 mm2 with a resolution of 0.5 mm (600 × 600 pixels). The 15-kg head is mounted on a stable photo stand for rapid positioning on paintworks and maintains a free side-access for safety; it can also be attached to a lighter tripod for field measurements. Alignment is achieved with a laser pointer and a micro-camera. With a scanning speed of 5 mm/s and 0.1 s/point, elemental maps are collected in 10 h, i.e. a working day. The X-ray spectra of all pixels are rapidly processed using an open source program to derive elemental maps. To illustrate the capabilities of this instrument, this contribution presents the results obtained on the Belle Ferronnière painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and conserved in the Musée du Louvre, prior to its restoration at the C2RMF.

  1. Validation of OMI UV measurements against ground-based measurements at a station in Kampala, Uganda

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    Muyimbwa, Dennis; Dahlback, Arne; Stamnes, Jakob; Hamre, Børge; Frette, Øyvind; Ssenyonga, Taddeo; Chen, Yi-Chun

    2015-04-01

    We present solar ultraviolet (UV) irradiance data measured with a NILU-UV instrument at a ground site in Kampala (0.31°N, 32.58°E), Uganda for the period 2005-2014. The data were analyzed and compared with UV irradiances inferred from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) for the same period. Kampala is located on the shores of lake Victoria, Africa's largest fresh water lake, which may influence the climate and weather conditions of the region. Also, there is an excessive use of worn cars, which may contribute to a high anthropogenic loading of absorbing aerosols. The OMI surface UV algorithm does not account for absorbing aerosols, which may lead to systematic overestimation of surface UV irradiances inferred from OMI satellite data. We retrieved UV index values from OMI UV irradiances and validated them against the ground-based UV index values obtained from NILU-UV measurements. The UV index values were found to follow a seasonal pattern similar to that of the clouds and the rainfall. OMI inferred UV index values were overestimated with a mean bias of about 28% under all-sky conditions, but the mean bias was reduced to about 8% under clear-sky conditions when only days with radiation modification factor (RMF) greater than 65% were considered. However, when days with RMF greater than 70, 75, and 80% were considered, OMI inferred UV index values were found to agree with the ground-based UV index values to within 5, 3, and 1%, respectively. In the validation we identified clouds/aerosols, which were present in 88% of the measurements, as the main cause of OMI inferred overestimation of the UV index.

  2. A Mechanism-Based Approach to Predict the Relative Biological Effectiveness of Protons and Carbon Ions in Radiation Therapy

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    Frese, Malte C.; Yu, Victor K.; Stewart, Robert D.; Carlson, David J.

    2012-05-01

    Purpose: The physical and potential biological advantages of proton and carbon ions have not been fully exploited in radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. In this work, an approach to predict proton and carbon ion relative biological effectiveness (RBE) in a representative spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) is derived using the repair-misrepair-fixation (RMF) model. Methods and Materials: Formulas linking dose-averaged linear-quadratic parameters to DSB induction and processing are derived from the RMF model. The Monte Carlo Damage Simulation (MCDS) software is used to quantify the effects of radiation quality on the induction of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). Trends in parameters {alpha} and {beta} for clinically relevant proton and carbon ion kinetic energies are determined. Results: Proton and carbon ion RBE are shown to increase as particle energy, dose, and tissue {alpha}/{beta} ratios decrease. Entrance RBE is {approx}1.0 and {approx}1.3 for protons and carbon ions, respectively. For doses in the range of 0.5 to 10 Gy, proton RBE ranges from 1.02 (proximal edge) to 1.4 (distal edge). Over the same dose range, the RBE for carbon ions ranges from 1.5 on the proximal edge to 6.7 on the distal edge. Conclusions: The proposed approach is advantageous because the RBE for clinically relevant particle distributions is guided by well-established physical and biological (track structure) considerations. The use of an independently tested Monte Carlo model to predict the effects of radiation quality on DSB induction also minimizes the number of ad hoc biological parameters that must be determined to predict RBE. Large variations in predicted RBE across an SOBP may produce undesirable biological hot and cold spots. These results highlight the potential for the optimization of physical dose for a uniform biological effect.

  3. Cluster radioactive decay within the preformed cluster model using relativistic mean-field theory densities

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    Singh, BirBikram; Patra, S. K.; Gupta, Raj K.

    2010-07-15

    We have studied the (ground-state) cluster radioactive decays within the preformed cluster model (PCM) of Gupta and collaborators [R. K. Gupta, in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Nuclear Reaction Mechanisms, Varenna, edited by E. Gadioli (Ricerca Scientifica ed Educazione Permanente, Milano, 1988), p. 416; S. S. Malik and R. K. Gupta, Phys. Rev. C 39, 1992 (1989)]. The relativistic mean-field (RMF) theory is used to obtain the nuclear matter densities for the double folding procedure used to construct the cluster-daughter potential with M3Y nucleon-nucleon interaction including exchange effects. Following the PCM approach, we have deduced empirically the preformation probability P{sub 0}{sup emp} from the experimental data on both the alpha- and exotic cluster-decays, specifically of parents in the trans-lead region having doubly magic {sup 208}Pb or its neighboring nuclei as daughters. Interestingly, the RMF-densities-based nuclear potential supports the concept of preformation for both the alpha and heavier clusters in radioactive nuclei. P{sub 0}{sup a}lpha{sup (emp)} for alpha decays is almost constant (approx10{sup -2}-10{sup -3}) for all the parent nuclei considered here, and P{sub 0}{sup c(emp)} for cluster decays of the same parents decrease with the size of clusters emitted from different parents. The results obtained for P{sub 0}{sup c(emp)} are reasonable and are within two to three orders of magnitude of the well-accepted phenomenological model of Blendowske-Walliser for light clusters.

  4. Nucleon-nucleon momentum-correlation function as a probe of the density distribution of valence neutrons in neutron-rich nuclei

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    Cao, X. G.; Cai, X. Z.; Ma, Y. G.; Fang, D. Q.; Zhang, G. Q.; Guo, W.; Chen, J. G.; Wang, J. S.

    2012-10-01

    Proton-neutron, neutron-neutron, and proton-proton momentum-correlation functions (Cpn,Cnn, and Cpp) are systematically investigated for 15C and other C-isotope-induced collisions at different entrance channel conditions within the framework of the isospin-dependent quantum-molecular-dynamics model complemented by the correlation after burner (crab) computation code. 15C is a prime exotic nucleus candidate due to the weakly bound valence neutron coupling with closed-neutron-shell nucleus 14C. To study density dependence of the correlation function by removing the isospin effect, the initialized 15C projectiles are sampled from two kinds of density distribution from the relativistic mean-field (RMF) model in which the valence neutron of 15C is populated in both 1d5/2 and 2s1/2 states, respectively. The results show that the density distributions of the valence neutron significantly influence the nucleon-nucleon momentum-correlation function at large impact parameters and high incident energies. The extended density distribution of the valence neutron largely weakens the strength of the correlation function. The size of the emission source is extracted by fitting the correlation function by using the Gaussian source method. The emission source size as well as the size of the final-state phase space are larger for projectile samplings from more extended density distributions of the valence neutron, which corresponds to the 2s1/2 state in the RMF model. Therefore, the nucleon-nucleon momentum-correlation function can be considered as a potentially valuable tool to diagnose exotic nuclear structures, such as the skin and halo.

  5. [Disorders of executive functions. Diagnosis and treatment].

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    Delgado-Mejía, Iván D; Etchepareborda, Máximo C

    2013-09-01

    Introduccion. Los diferentes aportes de la literatura cientifica ratifican, desde hace un par de decadas, a la corteza prefrontal como base neurobiologica de las funciones ejecutivas. En la actualidad, tanto los protocolos de evaluacion para la realizacion del diagnostico como la estructuracion de los planes de tratamiento y estimulacion neurocognitiva deben hacer la lectura de cada uno de los sindromes prefrontales (dorsolateral, medial o del cingulo anterior, y orbitofrontal) implicados en la etiopatogenia de los diferentes trastornos del neurodesarrollo y del adulto en los que se ven afectadas las funciones ejecutivas. Objetivos. Exponer los ultimos avances sobre diagnostico y tratamiento de las funciones ejecutivas y resaltar la importancia de identificar y comprender en la fase diagnostica y en la rehabilitacion neurocognitiva los tres sindromes de disfuncion prefrontal. Desarrollo. Se realiza una revision bibliografica sobre los ultimos avances neurocientificos alrededor de las bases neurobiologicas, neuropsicologicas, diagnostico y tratamiento de las funciones ejecutivas. Conclusion. Cada dia la comunidad neurocientifica ratifica la importancia de identificar y comprender en la etapa diagnostica los circuitos cerebrales, especificamente los sindromes de disfuncion prefrontal implicados en los deficits neuropsicologicos de los diferentes trastornos del neurodesarrollo y del adulto para poder establecer protocolos eficaces de estimulacion neurocognitiva.

  6. Neuropatía persistente aumenta el riesgo de caídas entre supervivientes de cáncer

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    Muchas mujeres supervivientes de cáncer tienen problemas de movilidad y de otras funciones físicas como resultado de la neuropatía periférica persistente causada por el tratamiento de quimioterapia, según un estudio nuevo.

  7. [Evolution of functional capacity, assessed with the Egen Klassifikation scale, in the Spanish population with spinal muscular atrophy or Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A three year longitudinal study].

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    Fagoaga, J; Girabent-Farres, M; Bagur-Calafat, C; Steffensen, B F

    2015-10-16

    Introduccion. La atrofia muscular espinal (AME) y la distrofia muscular de Duchenne (DMD) son dos enfermedades neuromusculares que evolucionan con perdida progresiva de la fuerza muscular y, en consecuencia, perdida de la capacidad funcional. La valoracion con escalas de medicion permite conocer mejor y cuantificar esta involucion, asi como tomar decisiones terapeuticas para anticiparse a los problemas y mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas afectas de estas patologias. Objetivo. Estudiar los cambios de la capacidad funcional de un grupo de pacientes con AME y DMD en un periodo de tres años. Pacientes y metodos. Diecinueve personas de la poblacion española afectas de AME o DMD, a las que se valoro con la escala Egen Klassifikation en dos ocasiones, en un periodo de tres años. Resultados. Los resultados obtenidos reflejan una disminucion de la capacidad funcional de estas personas durante este periodo de tiempo, con una diferencia significativa en la suma total de la escala (p = 0,003). Todos los items de la escala tuvieron valoraciones inferiores despues de tres años, y se llego a la significacion estadistica en la valoracion de la capacidad de mover las manos y de toser. Conclusion. La capacidad funcional de los pacientes con AME y DMD disminuye de forma significativa en tres años.

  8. Effect of periodized water exercise training program on functional autonomy in elderly women.

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    Ochoa Martínez, Paulina Yesica; Hall Lopez, Javier Arturo; Paredones Hernández, Alberto; Martin Dantas, Estélio Henrique

    2014-12-01

    Antecedentes: Evidencia cientifica relaciona autonomia funcional negativa y sedentarismo en adultas mayores, por otra parte el ejercicio fisico se ha recomendado para evitar el deterioro de funciones neuromusculares y durante la rehabilitacion de la discapacidad fisica y caidas. Objetivo: Determinar el efecto de un programa de entrenamiento periodizado de ejercicio acuatico sobre la autonomia funcional de adultas mayores. Metodos: Veintiseis sujetos fueron asignados al azar en grupo de ejercicio acuatico de intervencion (n = 16) y un grupo control (n = 10); El grupo de intervencion participo en 12 semanas de ejercicio acuatico periodizado cinco veces por semana, 30 minutos con una frecuencia cardiaca de reserva de 40 a 50% (1-6 semana) y un aumento de la carga de 50 a 60% (7-12 semana); Se utilizo el protocolo del Grupo de Desarrollo Latinoamericano de Madurez (GDLAM) para evaluar la autonomia funcional; el analisis estadistico fue por ANOVA 2 x 2, tambien se calcularon los porcentajes de cambio (Δ%). Resultados: Se mostro mejoria significativa (p.

  9. Familiares a cargo de pacientes de cáncer (PDQ®)—Versión para pacientes

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    Sumario informativo revisado por expertos acerca de los desafíos que enfrentan los familiares a cargo de los pacientes con cáncer. Este resumen se centra en las funciones típicas y las inquietudes de las personas a cargo del paciente y en las intervenciones útiles para esas personas.

  10. [Impact of frailty over the functional state of hospitalized elderly].

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    García-Cruz, Juan Carlos; García-Peña, Carmen

    2016-01-01

    Introducción: la fragilidad en ancianos es consecuencia de una menor reserva en múltiples sistemas fisiológicos. Determinar si pacientes frágiles al egreso hospitalario presentan mayor deterioro funcional permitirá diseñar estrategias que prevengan o limiten el deterioro en este grupo vulnerable. Métodos: cohorte prospectiva de 133 adultos hospitalizados, mayores de 60 años. Al ingreso se determinó fragilidad, estado funcional, comorbilidad y variables de la evaluación geriátrica. El desenlace de interés fue el estado funcional al egreso hospitalario. Resultados: hubo 64 participantes con fragilidad (48.1 %) y 69 sin fragilidad (51.9 %), cuya edad media fue de 73 y 68 años, respectivamente. El descenso promedio del estado funcional al egreso fue −8.06 % (intervalo de confianza [IC] al 95 % −10.38 a −5.74), de 97.97 a 89.91 % (p < 0.001) en no frágiles y −21.18 % (IC 95 % −24.97 a −17.38), de 87.52 a 66.34 % (p < 0.001) en frágiles. La diferencia entre grupos al egreso fue de −14.37 % (IC 95 % −16.80 a −11.94, p < 0.001) en detrimento de los frágiles. La fragilidad se asoció con deterioro funcional en el análisis simple y múltiple, beta −13.11 % (IC 95 % −17.45 a −8.78, p < 0.001) y beta −17.27 (IC 95 % −23.27 a −11.28, p < 0.001), respectivamente. En el modelo final, la fragilidad (beta −14.73, IC 95 % −19.39 a −10.07, p < 0.001) y el deterioro cognitivo (beta −8.19, IC 95 % −15.28 a −1.10, p = 0.024) predicen descenso funcional. Conclusión: la fragilidad predice independientemente deterioro funcional al egreso hospitalario.

  11. [Hirayama disease in paediatrics: a clinical case report and review of the literature].

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    Martínez-Cayuelas, Elena; Martínez-Salcedo, Eduardo; Alarcón-Martínez, Helena; Puche-Mira, Alberto; Domingo-Jiménez, Rosario; de Mingo-Casado, Pedro; Serrano-García, Cristina

    2015-04-01

    Introduccion. La enfermedad de Hirayama es una rara atrofia muscular juvenil que afecta a varones jovenes de origen asiatico, con atrofia muscular habitualmente de una de las extremidades superiores de progresion lenta con estabilizacion posterior. Se diagnostica por estudios electromiograficos/electroneurograficos con velocidad de conduccion (EMG/ENG-VC), y por resonancia magnetica (RM) medular en posicion neutra y en flexion cervical. El tratamiento se basa en el collarin cervical y cirugia (casos graves). Son muy pocos los estudios realizados en edad pediatrica. Caso clinico. Niña de 7 años, con atrofia de la musculatura de la mano y el antebrazo izquierdos, de dos años de evolucion. En EMG/ENG-VC presenta signos de denervacion cronica muy grave en los miotomos correspondientes a C7, C8 y D1 izquierdos, con conservacion de amplitudes de potenciales sensitivos evocados, congruentes con mielopatia cervical. La RM medular cervical en posicion neutra muestra un resultado normal en ese nivel. Posteriormente, por la sospecha dirigida de enfermedad de Hirayama, se realiza una nueva RM medular cervical en posicion neutra y en flexion, que muestra asimetria en el tamaño y morfologia de los cordones anteriores medulares en C6/C7, hiperseñal en el asta anterior homolateral e ingurgitacion del plexo venoso epidural posterior. Con el diagnostico de enfermedad de Hirayama se inicia tratamiento con collarin cervical para evitar la progresion del daño. Conclusiones. Se presenta un caso de enfermedad de Hirayama peculiar por las caracteristicas epidemiologicas, con la finalidad de difundir esta entidad en nuestro medio, cuyo diagnostico precoz permite un tratamiento eficaz, y se revisan los estudios realizados en edad pediatrica.

  12. [Stroke in paediatric patients with sickle-cell anaemia].

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    Díaz-Díaz, Judit; Camacho-Salas, Ana; Núñez-Enamorado, Noemí; Carro-Rodríguez, Miguel A; Sánchez-Galán, Victoria; Martínez de Aragón, Ana; Simón-De Las Heras, Rogelio

    2014-08-16

    Introduccion. La anemia falciforme es la forma homocigota, grave, de drepanocitosis, un trastorno genetico, frecuente en raza negra, caracterizado por la produccion de hemoglobina S, anemia hemolitica cronica e isquemia tisular por alteracion del flujo sanguineo. Una cuarta parte de los pacientes presenta manifestaciones neurologicas; el 8-10% de los niños sufrira un ictus. Objetivo. Analizar los casos de ictus en niños con anemia falciforme en nuestro centro. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio descriptivo retrospectivo de niños con anemia falciforme e ictus. Resultados. Se recogieron cinco pacientes (dos dominicanos y tres guineanos) con anemia falciforme e ictus; un paciente sufrio dos episodios ictales. La edad media fue de 27 meses. Cinco episodios fueron infartos isquemicos. El ictus fue la forma de inicio de la drepanocitosis en tres ocasiones. Dos de los ictus ocurrieron en un contexto de meningitis neumococica. En cuatro pacientes hubo fiebre previa. La clinica inicial fue hemiparesia en cuatro casos. La hemoglobina media al diagnostico de ictus fue de 6,5 g/dL. En tres pacientes se hallaron alteraciones en la ecografia transcraneal y, en todos los pacientes, lesiones en la resonancia magnetica, que en la mitad eran bilaterales. Tras el ictus se inicio un protocolo de regimen hipertransfusional, y solo un paciente presento un nuevo ictus, que desarrollo un sindrome moya-moya y fue sometido a una revascularizacion indirecta, con buena evolucion, sin presentar nuevos eventos isquemicos posteriores. Conclusiones. La drepanocitosis es una enfermedad emergente en nuestro medio debido a la inmigracion. Debe sospecharse en ictus pediatricos asociados a anemia, sobre todo en menores de 5 años de raza negra no sometidos a cribado neonatal.

  13. [Arnold-Chiari malformation in Noonan syndrome and other syndromes of the RAS/MAPK pathway].

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    Ejarque, Ismael; Millán-Salvador, José M; Oltra, Silvestre; Pesudo-Martínez, José V; Beneyto, Magdalena; Pérez-Aytés, Antonio

    2015-05-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de Noonan (SN) y otros sindromes con fenotipo similar, como LEOPARD, cardiofaciocutaneo, Costello y Legius, estan asociados a mutaciones en genes incluidos en la via RAS/MAPK (rasopatias), una importante via de señalizacion relacionada con la proliferacion celular. El descenso de las amigdalas cerebelares dentro del canal medular cervical, conocido como malformacion de Arnold-Chiari (MAC), se ha descrito en pacientes afectos de SN, lo que ha llevado a sugerir que la MAC podria formar parte del espectro fenotipico del SN. Presentamos dos casos con SN y MAC. Casos clinicos. Caso 1: mujer de 29 años con fenotipo de Noonan. Fue intervenida a los 9 años de estenosis valvular pulmonar. A los 27 años, presento MAC sintomatica que preciso descompresion quirurgica. Presentaba mutacion c.922A>G (N308D) en el gen PTPN perteneciente a la via RAS/MAPK. Caso 2: niña de 10 años con fenotipo de Noonan y MAC asintomatica detectada en resonancia magnetica cerebral. Era portadora de la mutacion c.923A>G (N308S) en el gen PTPN11. Conclusiones. Hemos encontrado en la bibliografia seis pacientes con esta asociacion, cuatro con fenotipo Noonan y dos con LEOPARD. Nuestros dos pacientes aportan evidencia suplementaria a la hipotesis de que la MAC formaria parte del espectro fenotipico del SN. El escaso numero de pacientes publicados con esta asociacion no permite extraer recomendaciones sobre el momento y la frecuencia de estudio de neuroimagen; no obstante, una exploracion neurologica cuidadosa deberia incluirse en la guia anticipatoria de salud en los sindromes de la via RAS/MAPK.

  14. Classification of structural lesions in magnetic resonance imaging. Surgical implications in drug-resistant epilepsy patients.

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    Torres, C V; Pastor, J; Garcia-Navarrete, E; Pulido-Rivas, P; Sola, R G

    2015-09-16

    Introduccion. En la seleccion quirurgica del paciente con epilepsia farmacorresistente, el papel de la resonancia magnetica (RM) no se ha cuantificado hasta el momento. Presentamos la experiencia en nuestra Unidad de Cirugia de la Epilepsia. Pacientes y metodos. Se estudiaron retrospectivamente los pacientes intervenidos por epilepsia farmacorresistente. Distinguimos dos periodos: 1990-2000 (RM de 0,5 T) y 2001-2008 (RM de 1,5 T). La RM preoperatoria se clasifico en tres grupos: RM con lesion quirurgica (LQ), RM orientativa (LO) y RM normal (NL). Tambien se efectuo una clasificacion anatomopatologica similar. Se correlacionaron las distintas clasificaciones y los resultados quirurgicos. Resultados. Periodo 1990-2000: 151 pacientes. El 70% quedo en las clases de Engel I o II. Segun la RM, los resultados fueron: LQ, 87%; LO, 65%; y NL, 57%. Las diferencias fueron estadisticamente significativas. Periodo 2001-2008: 114 pacientes. El 89% quedo en las clases de Engel I o II. Segun la RM: LQ, 100%; LO, 90%; y NL, 81%. Las diferencias fueron estadisticamente significativas. Los pacientes con epilepsia del lobulo temporal y extratemporal con LQ tuvieron un 100% de control; con LO, el 95% con epilepsia del lobulo temporal y el 43% con estado epileptico; en aquellos pacientes sin lesion (NL), el 88% con epilepsia del lobulo temporal se controlo frente al 50% con estado epileptico. Conclusiones. La RM es una herramienta eficaz en la seleccion de candidatos quirurgicos en la epilepsia. La LQ asocia muy buen pronostico. En la epilepsia del lobulo temporal se pueden obtener muy buenos resultados (80-90% de control) a pesar de una RM normal. En el estado epileptico, las LO pueden tener peor resultado que la NL en la RM.

  15. Spondylotic myelopathy mimicking myelitis: diagnostic clues by magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Rua, Adriana; Blanco, Yolanda; Sepúlveda, María; Sola-Valls, Núria; Martínez-Hernández, Eugenia; Llufriu, Sara; Berenguer, Joan; Graus, Francesc; Saiz, Albert

    2015-12-01

    Introduccion. La mielopatia espondilotica es la causa mas frecuente de mielopatia no traumatica. Sus caracteristicas radiologicas en ocasiones son indistinguibles de las de una mielopatia inflamatoria, y pueden ocasionar retrasos diagnosticos o llevar a un diagnostico y tratamiento incorrectos. La descripcion reciente de un patron caracteristico de realce de gadolinio puede ayudar a diferenciar la mielopatia espondilotica de la causa inflamatoria. Casos clinicos. Caso 1: varon de 38 años que consulto por historia de dos años de evolucion de parestesias en las extremidades superiores, a las que se añadieron un año mas tarde calambres en las extremidades derechas y acorchamiento en los dermatomas C5 y C6 en relacion con los movimientos del cuello. Caso 2: varon de 44 años que consulto por historia de un año de evolucion de alteracion progresiva de la marcha con trastorno sensitivo en las manos y disfuncion vesical reciente. En ambos casos, la resonancia magnetica medular mostro en las secciones sagitales una hiperseñal cervical fusiforme en T2, asociada a una banda transversa de realce de gadolinio en forma de barra (pancakelike) justo por debajo de la zona de maxima estenosis, y un realce circunferencial o hemimedular en los cortes axiales. Conclusiones. Las caracteristicas radiologicas de la mielopatia espondilotica pueden parecerse a las de origen inflamatorio. El reconocimiento de un realce transverso en barra inmediatamente por debajo del lugar de maxima compresion como signo radiologico tipico de la mielopatia espondilotica es importante para reducir el riesgo de errores diagnosticos, y de utilidad para el manejo de estos pacientes.

  16. [Lymphocytic hypophysitis and hypertrophic pachymeningitis: description of a possible case associated to IgG4 pathologies].

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    Blanco-Cantó, M Empar; Dávila-González, Pablo; López de Silanes, Carlos; Cuadrado-Pérez, M Luz; Ortega, Gloria; Porta-Etessam, Jesús

    2015-06-01

    Introduccion. Las patologias relacionadas con la infiltracion de linfocitos y celulas inflamatorias se clasifican, segun su topografia, en patologia orbitaria idiopatica, paquimeningitis hipertrofica idiopatica, sindrome de Tolosa-Hunt e hipofisitis linfocitaria. Presentamos a una paciente que comenzo con una hipofisitis linfocitaria hace ocho años y ha presentado varios episodios de paquimeningitis hipertrofica variables en su localizacion. Caso clinico. Mujer de 55 años, en seguimiento por cefalea de dos meses de evolucion, que ingreso por empeoramiento clinico con paralisis del III par derecho completo, lagrimeo y rinorrea. Se realizo una resonancia magnetica cerebral que demostro la presencia de una lesion sellar compatible con hipofisitis linfocitaria. Se inicio tratamiento con corticoides con mejoria inicial, pero, tras dos años, la paciente presento empeoramiento clinico con cefalea y parestesias perioculares derechas. Se repitio la resonancia, donde se observaron varias lesiones extraaxiales, siendo el resto de estudios normales, por lo que se diagnostico paquimeningitis hipertrofica idiopatica y se inicio tratamiento de nuevo con corticoides. En el seguimiento posterior, la paciente presento nuevas lesiones en diferentes localizaciones y mal control algico, por lo que se añadio tratamiento inmunomodulador. Ante la asociacion de hipofisitis linfocitaria y paquimeningitis hipertrofica, se completo el estudio con determinacion de la IgG4 en el suero, que resulto negativa. Conclusiones. La asociacion de hipofisitis linfocitaria y paquimeningitis hipertrofica con las patologias relacionadas con la IgG4 se ha descrito recientemente. A pesar de que en nuestra paciente no se ha confirmado el diagnostico, se debe considerar esta relacion en aquellos casos idiopaticos y, sobre todo, si se asocian otras manifestaciones sistemicas.

  17. [Malformations of cortical development in adult patients with epilepsy: a series of 79 cases].

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    González-Cuevas, Montserrat; Toledo, Manuel; Santamarina, Esteban; Sueiras-Gil, María; Cambrodí-Masip, Roser; Sarria, Silvana; Quintana, Manuel; Alvarez-Sabín, José; Salas-Puig, Javier

    2014-02-16

    Introduccion. Las malformaciones del desarrollo cortical (MDC) son una causa importante de epilepsia, retraso del desarrollo psicomotor o deficits neurologicos. Objetivo. Describir la evolucion clinica a largo plazo y las caracteristicas diferenciales de los distintos grupos de MDC en adultos con epilepsia. Pacientes y metodos. Pacientes mayores de 16 años con MDC confirmada por resonancia magnetica y epilepsia. Se analizaron las caracteristicas de la epilepsia, la presencia de deficits neurologicos, la discapacidad intelectual, los antecedentes de patologia perinatal y el electroencefalograma. Los pacientes se clasificaron en tres grupos (G) segun la clasificacion de Barkovich. Resultados. Se identificaron 85 pacientes con MDC de 2.630 pacientes con epilepsia, y se incluyeron 79 pacientes. Edad media: 37 años, el 57% mujeres. Edad media al inicio de las crisis: 17,8 años. El 59,5% era farmacorresistente. La distribucion de los casos segun la clasificacion de Barkovich fue: G1 (alteraciones de la proliferacion neuronal): 59,5%; G2 (alteraciones de la migracion): 25,3%; y G3 (alteraciones de la organizacion cortical): 15,2%. El 19% presentaba un deficit neurologico focal y el 34,2% tenia un cociente intelectual < 80. Al analizar por grupos, el G3 mostraba un mayor porcentaje de deficits neurologicos focales y discapacidad intelectual que el G1 y el G2 (p < 0,05). Conclusion. Los pacientes con MDC del G3 tienen mayor probabilidad de tener deficit neurologico, discapacidad intelectual y mejor control de las crisis que los pacientes del G1 y G2, que se manifiestan, predominantemente, con epilepsia farmacorresistente.

  18. [Peripheral vertigo versus central vertigo. Application of the HINTS protocol].

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    Batuecas-Caletrío, Ángel; Yáñez-González, Raquel; Sánchez-Blanco, Carmen; González-Sánchez, Enrique; Benito, José; Gómez, José Carlos; Santa Cruz-Ruiz, Santiago

    2014-10-16

    Introduccion. Uno de los dilemas mas importantes concernientes al vertigo en urgencias es su diagnostico diferencial. Existen signos de alarma de gran sensibilidad en la exploracion que pueden ponernos en la pista de encontrarnos ante un vertigo central. Objetivo. Determinar la eficacia de la aplicacion del protocolo HINTS en el diagnostico del accidente cerebrovascular que simula un vertigo periferico. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio observacional descriptivo sobre pacientes ingresados con diagnostico de sindrome vestibular agudo en urgencias. Todos los pacientes fueron objeto de un seguimiento diario hasta la mejoria de sus sintomas con informacion del nistagmo, la maniobra de impulso oculocefalico y el test de skew. Se comparan los resultados del estudio de resonancia magnetica con la alteracion en alguno de esos tres signos a lo largo del ingreso del enfermo. Resultados. Se reunio a 91 pacientes, con una edad media de 55,8 años. Se objetivo un accidente cerebrovascular en ocho de ellos. De estos (edad media: 71 años), en siete existia una alteracion en alguno de los signos HINTS y en uno el estudio fue normal (sensibilidad: 0,88; especificidad: 0,96). Todos ellos tenian algun factor de riesgo vascular. Conclusiones. Una exploracion adecuada y dirigida ante un paciente que acude a urgencias con un sindrome vestibular agudo resulta de vital importancia para establecer el diagnostico diferencial entre la patologia periferica y la central, ya que algunos accidentes cerebrovasculares se pueden presentar bajo la apariencia de un vertigo agudo. Aplicar un protocolo como HINTS permite sospechar la patologia central con una gran sensibilidad y especificidad.

  19. [Visual epileptic seizures. Signs and symptoms, and clinical implications].

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    González-Cuevas, Montserrat; Toledo, Manuel; Santamarina, Estevo; Sueiras-Gil, María; Cambrodí-Masip, Roser; Sarria, Silvana; Quintana, Manuel; Salas-Puig, Javier

    2015-03-16

    Introduccion. Los fenomenos visuales pueden ser sintomas de crisis epilepticas, aunque con un significado clinico y una relacion con el foco epileptogeno incierto. Objetivo. Describir las implicaciones clinicas de las crisis epilepticas visuales segun su semiologia en adultos. Pacientes y metodos. Durante un año se recoge consecutivamente a pacientes que describian semiologia visual como manifestacion principal de sus crisis y se clasifican los sintomas visuales segun las caracteristicas de la descripcion. Resultados. Se incluye a 78 pacientes con una edad media de 43,5 años. El 97% de los casos eran epilepsias focales. Entre el 63% de las epilepsias sintomaticas, el 57% eran vasculares. Las crisis visuales eran, en un 81,9%, el aura previa a la crisis, y en un 17,9%, crisis visuales aisladas. La coexistencia de crisis visuales y otro tipo de crisis se asocio a farmacorresistencia (p = 0,021). Los sintomas visuales fueron: alucinaciones simples (55,1%), ilusiones (23,1%), alucinaciones complejas (15,4%) y perdida de vision (6,4%). La localizacion lobar de las lesiones era occipital (24,4%), temporoparietooccipital (21,8%), temporal (9%), parietal (3,8%) y frontal (1,3%). Las lesiones occipitales se asociaron con alucinaciones visuales simples (p < 0,001), y las ilusiones visuales y alucinaciones visuales complejas, con lesiones de la encrucijada temporoparietooccipital (p < 0,05). Del 55,1% de los pacientes con lesion unilateral en la resonancia magnetica, el 33% referia los sintomas en el hemicampo visual contralateral. Conclusiones. Las crisis visuales se presentan, principalmente, como auras epilepticas. Las alucinaciones simples se relacionan con el origen occipital, mientras que las alucinaciones complejas se asocian con regiones cerebrales mas anteriores. La aparicion de fenomenos visuales lateralizados nos orienta a un origen en el hemisferio contralateral.

  20. Duplex Doppler ultrasound study of the temporomandibular joint.

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    Stagnitti, A; Marini, A; Impara, L; Drudi, F M; Lo Mele, L; Lillo Odoardi, G

    2012-06-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: La fisiologia articolare dell’articolazione temporo-mandibolare (ATM) può essere esaminata sia dal punto di vista clinico che strumentale. La diagnostica per immagini ha da tempo contribuito con la risonanza magnetica (RM) e anche con la radiografia (Rx) e la tomografia computerizzata (TC) all’analisi della morfologia dei capi articolari e della cinetica condilare. L’esame duplex-ecodoppler è una metodica di largo impiego nello studio delle strutture in movimento in particolar modo a livello delle strutture del sistema vascolare. MATERIALI E METODI: È stata utilizzata un’apparecchiatura Toshiba APLIO SSA-770A, con l’uso di tecnica duplex-ecodoppler multi display, che consente la visualizzazione contemporanea dell’immagine ecografica e dei segnali Doppler utilizzando una sonda lineare del tipo phased array con cristalli trasduttori funzionanti ad una frequenza fondamentale di 6 MHz per gli spettri Doppler pulsati e 7.5 MHz per l’imaging ecografico. Sono stati esaminati nel Dipartimento di Scienze Radiologiche, Oncologiche e Anatomo-patologiche dell’Università “Sapienza” di Roma, 30 pazienti del reparto di Ortognatodonzia dell’Istituto di Odontoiatria della stessa Università. RISULTATI: Nei pazienti normali si è ottenuta un’alternanza regolare degli spettri Doppler, mentre nei soggetti con disfunzioni del complesso condilo-meniscale, si è persa la regolarità della sommatoria degli spettri di Fourier, con altezze incostanti in relazione a spostamenti irregolari del complesso condilo-meniscale. CONCLUSIONI: L’esame ecodoppler si è dimostrato, in tutti i pazienti, capace di discriminare quelli normali dai patologici e tra questi ultimi ha permesso di identificare gli aspetti più significativi delle patologie disfunzionali.

  1. [STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH CHARACTERISTICS OF MEAT PIE OF MURCIA].

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    Ruiz-Cano, Domingo; Zamora, Salvador; Frutos, María José; López-Jiménez, José Ángel; Pérez-Llamas, Francisca

    2015-12-01

    Objetivos: mejorar la composición nutritiva y las características saludables del pastel de carne de Murcia (PCM), manteniendo sus apreciadas cualidades organolépticas y el diseño de un PCM funcional, mediante la adición de un ingrediente natural rico en fuctooligosacáridos. Métodos: mediante cambios relacionados con el tipo y cantidad de algunos de sus ingredientes se han elaborado diversas formulaciones del PCM (PCM saludable y PCM funcional). Se ha determinado la composición nutritiva, el valor calórico, el perfil de ácidos grasos y la calidad de la grasa. Además, se han valorado diversos atributos sensoriales y la aceptación global utilizando una escala descriptiva hedónica de nueve puntos. Resultados y discusión: el PCM saludable presenta un menor contenido de energía (15,4%), grasa total (39%), grasa saturada (48%) y sal (45%), así como una disminución de la potencial capacidad aterogénica (27%), trombogénica (30%) e hipercolesterolémica (30%) que el PCM tradicional. De las cuatro cantidades ensayadas (2,5, 5, 10 y 15%), solo la sustitución del 2,5 y 5% del ingrediente funcional no disminuyeron la aceptación global del PCM funcional, en comparación con el PCM tradicional. Conclusiones: los cambios en la formulación han mejorado la composición nutritiva y las características saludables del PCM tradicional, manteniendo sus cualidades organolépticas. El PCM funcional, elaborado con el ingrediente funcional al 5%, representa una mejora factible en las características funcionales del alimento estudiado. Estas estrategias contribuyen a mantener este tipo de alimentos tradicionales y a evitar la pérdida en la cultura, identidad y herencia gastronómica de España en general y de la Región de Murcia en particular.

  2. [Peripheral nerve stimulation effectiveness in the upper limb function recovery of patients with a stroke sequel: systematic review and meta-analysis].

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    Obiglio, M; Mendelevich, A; Jeffrey, S; Drault, E; Garcete, A; Kramer, M; Maiaru, M; Modica, M; Ostolaza, M; Peralta, F

    2016-06-16

    Introduccion. Un 30-66% de las personas que sobreviven a un ictus queda con un miembro superior afectado. La estimulacion nerviosa periferica (ENP) influiria positivamente en la actividad muscular de pacientes con deficits motores secundarios a un ictus. Objetivo. Realizar una revision sistematica y un metaanalisis acerca de la efectividad de la aplicacion de la ENP en la recuperacion de la funcion del miembro superior plejico/paretico en sujetos con secuela de ictus. Sujetos y metodos. Se incluyeron ensayos clinicos controlados aleatorizados y no aleatorizados, y estudios cruzados, publicados hasta noviembre de 2014 en Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, LILACS, SciELO y Open Grey. Se excluyeron articulos con alto riesgo de sesgo. Dos investigadores independientes evaluaron la elegibilidad de los estudios, y realizaron la extraccion y analisis de los datos. Resultados. Se encontraron 1.967 articulos, de los cuales se incluyeron cinco para la extraccion de datos y analisis, con una moda de riesgo de sesgo de 6/10 en la escala PEDro. Se incluyeron en total 224 sujetos, de los cuales 95 recibieron ENP en diversas modalidades y 129 recibieron otras intervenciones como grupo control. Conclusion. Los datos analizados sugieren que la funcion del miembro superior plejico/paretico mejora tras la aplicacion de ENP en conjunto o no con entrenamiento funcional. Sin embargo, el resultado del metaanalisis indica que aun no se dispone de evidencia suficiente para avalar la efectividad del uso de ENP para la recuperacion de la funcion del miembro superior plejico/paretico en sujetos con secuela de ictus.

  3. [Mirror therapy in hemiplegic patient].

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    Lisalde-Rodríguez, María Elena; Garcia-Fernández, José Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Introduccion. La terapia de espejo es una intervencion relativamente nueva, cada vez mas utilizada y de facil acceso para el tratamiento rehabilitador del paciente hemiplejico. El paciente moviliza el miembro sano frente a un espejo, de modo que mira el reflejo del movimiento del lado sano como si fuera el lado afectado. Objetivo. Analizar el efecto de la terapia de espejo en el paciente hemiplejico en cuanto a funcion sensitivomotora, heminegligencia y actividades de la vida diaria. Desarrollo. Se definio una estrategia de busqueda bibliografica en Medline, EMBASE, PEDro y Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials de ensayos clinicos aleatorizados llevados a cabo con pacientes hemiplejicos en los que se utilizara como intervencion rehabilitadora principal la terapia de espejo. Siete estudios cumplieron los criterios de inclusion con nivel medio-alto de calidad metodologica. La mayoria de los estudios valora el efecto de la terapia de espejo sobre el deficit motor, con mejorias significativas. Se encontraron tres ensayos clinicos aleatorizados que evaluan el efecto de la terapia de espejo sobre la heminegligencia, con beneficios tambien significativos. Conclusiones. La terapia de espejo combinada con una rehabilitacion convencional es efectiva sobre todo en la funcion motora y no tanto en la funcion sensitiva y en la funcionalidad global del paciente hemiplejico. En la heminegligencia se obtienen resultados tambien beneficiosos, aunque se basan en pocos ensayos clinicos aleatorizados y con muestras de pacientes reducidas, por lo que los resultados, aunque prometedores, son poco concluyentes.

  4. [Translation and validation of the Egen Klassifikation scale for the Spanish population: functional assessment for non-ambulatory individuals with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy].

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    Fagoaga, Joaquín; Girabent-Farrés, Montserrat; Bagur-Calafat, Caritat; Febrer, Anna; Steffensen, Birgit F

    2013-06-01

    Introduccion. La escala Egen Klassifikation (EK) es un cuestionario que valora la capacidad funcional de personas con distrofia muscular de Duchenne y atrofia muscular espinal no ambulantes y que estan en silla de ruedas. Objetivo. Traducir y validar la EK para la poblacion espanola, como instrumento de medicion de la capacidad funcional en dichos pacientes. Pacientes y metodos. Se realiza, en primer lugar, una traduccion-retrotraduccion de la EK en la poblacion espanola y, posteriormente, se practica el estudio de fiabilidad de la version traducida al espanol de dicha escala. Se llevan a cabo tres mediciones a 30 pacientes con edades comprendidas entre 4 y 67 anos. Dos de estas mediciones se realizan por el mismo observador, y la tercera, por un segundo observador, para evaluar la concordancia intra e interobservador. Resultados. Los valores obtenidos referidos a la puntuacion total de los items de la escala, suma EK, reflejan un indice de fiabilidad del 0,995. Tambien muestran una fiabilidad superior a 0,86 en cada uno de los items, tanto en las observaciones intra como interobservador. Conclusiones. La version espanola de la EK es un instrumento valido y fiable para la poblacion espanola, como herramienta de medicion de la capacidad funcional en pacientes con distrofia muscular de Duchenne y atrofia muscular espinal no ambulantes y que estan en silla de ruedas.

  5. [Fractures in spinal muscular atrophy].

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    Febrer, Anna; Vigo, Meritxell; Rodríguez, Natalia; Medina, Julita; Colomer, Jaume; Nascimento, Andrés

    2013-09-01

    Objetivo. Determinar la frecuencia de fracturas en pacientes con atrofia muscular espinal, mecanismo de produccion, edad de aparicion y repercusion funcional. Pacientes y metodos. Se estudian 65 pacientes con atrofia muscular espinal. Se recogen las fracturas diagnosticadas mediante radiografia y se analizan los siguientes parametros: tipo de atrofia muscular espinal, marcha, edad en el momento de la fractura, mecanismo de produccion, localizacion, tratamiento aplicado y repercusion funcional. Resultados. Presentaron fracturas 13 pacientes (20%), con un total de 20 (cuatro presentaron dos o mas fracturas). La edad media fue de 6,35 años. La localizacion fue en su mayoria en el femur y el mecanismo de produccion, en 12 casos por caidas y en 8 por traumatismo menor. No detectamos ninguna fractura vertebral. Todas se trataron de manera conservadora. El unico paciente ambulante que presento una fractura dejo de caminar despues de la inmovilizacion. Conclusiones. La existencia de fracturas en estos pacientes interfiere en su calidad de vida y en el nivel funcional. Es importante la prevencion de las mismas en el manejo del paciente y vigilando la correcta postura en la silla de ruedas con sistemas de sujecion Deberian emprenderse mas estudios sobre la perdida de densidad mineral osea en estos pacientes y su posible relacion con las fracturas.

  6. [Cerebellum and language: speech therapy intervention to treat their disorders].

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    Ferri, Lluís

    2015-02-25

    Introduccion. Los avances en las tecnicas de neuroimagen han propiciado un creciente interes por el estudio del cerebelo y su participacion en los procesos cognitivos. Es cada vez mas evidente la relacion que existe entre este organo y la produccion linguistica, y entre las patologias cerebelosas y determinados trastornos del lenguaje, como la disartria cerebelosa. Objetivo. Revisar la contribucion del cerebelo a las funciones linguisticas, analizar los trastornos del lenguaje que derivan de las enfermedades cerebelosas y plantear la intervencion logopedica en este tipo de afectaciones. Desarrollo. Se realiza un analisis de la funcion moduladora del cerebelo en el lenguaje, de la disartria cerebelosa, de los factores etiologicos y de las manifestaciones clinicas observables en la produccion verbal. Se plantean los procedimientos para la valoracion funcional y los contenidos del tratamiento logopedico. Conclusiones. La adquisicion del lenguaje en la infancia esta condicionado, entre otros aspectos, por la conformacion anatomica y la actividad neurofisiologica del cerebelo. Las alteraciones en el desarrollo de la estructura cerebelosa, las patologias y las disfunciones neurofisiologicas de este pueden ocasionar trastornos del lenguaje. El diagnostico logopedico ha de servir para iniciar lo mas pronto posible el tratamiento, que incidira en la mejora de la organizacion perceptiva, las habilidades motrices, el perfil cognitivo y las competencias linguisticas. El programa de trabajo se planteara de manera global e interdisciplinar. La intervencion familiar y su participacion en el proceso terapeutico sera una contribucion de gran valor para contar con entornos de recuperacion positivos.

  7. [Executive functions and high intellectual capacity].

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    Sastre-Riba, S; Viana-Saenz, L

    2016-01-01

    Introduccion. La alta capacidad intelectual es un proceso en desarrollo en el que las funciones ejecutivas (inhibicion, memoria de trabajo y flexibilidad) desempeñan un papel en la manifestacion optima de su potencial. Objetivo. Explorar la eficacia del funcionamiento ejecutivo entre los perfiles de alta capacidad de superdotacion y talento (convergente o divergente). Sujetos y metodos. Se estudiaron 78 niños con alta capacidad intelectual de 8-15 años con perfiles de superdotacion (n = 21), talento convergente (n = 39) o talento divergente (n = 18). Se administro la bateria de aptitudes diferenciales y generales o el Differential Aptitude Test (segun la edad) y el test de pensamiento creativo de Torrance, ademas del test de clasificacion de tarjetas de Wisconsin, el test de Corsi y el test go-no go mediante la plataforma Psychology Experiment Building Language. Se realizo un analisis multivariado de la varianza para conocer la relacion entre funcion ejecutiva y perfil intelectual. Resultados. Se obtienen diferencias significativas entre los perfiles estudiados y las funciones ejecutivas de flexibilidad e inhibicion, pero no en la memoria de trabajo. Conclusion. La memoria de trabajo es similar entre los perfiles estudiados, pero el perfil complejo de superdotacion muestra mejor funcionamiento ejecutivo, con mayor flexibilidad e inhibicion que el talento, especialmente el convergente.

  8. [Peripheral nervous system and speech disorders].

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    Ferri, Lluís

    2014-02-24

    Introduccion. Las afectaciones de la neurona motora inferior en la infancia, de etiologia congenita o adquirida, provocan dificultades en la respuesta motriz del habla en un periodo especialmente critico para el desarrollo del lenguaje. El interes por esta patologia radica en su baja incidencia, en su comorbilidad con otras afectaciones cerebrales y en su pronostico incierto. Objetivo. Hacer una revision de las alteraciones motoras del habla, de la valoracion funcional y de la intervencion logopedica en la disartria flacida. Desarrollo. Se plantea la caracterizacion clinica de las alteraciones en la produccion verbal de origen periferico, concretamente de la disartria flacida y sus manifestaciones respiratorias, fonatorias, de resonancia, de articulacion y de prosodia. Seguidamente, se esboza la valoracion funcional y se plantean las lineas de intervencion para su tratamiento. Conclusiones. Las manifestaciones clinicas de la disartria flacida son muy heterogeneas y van desde leves dificultades articulatorias a graves trastornos que limitan gravemente la capacidad para la expresion verbal. En la mayoria de los casos, la exploracion funcional proporciona hallazgos valiosos para su identificacion y tipificacion, para determinar la necesidad de valoraciones complementarias y para establecer el programa idoneo de intervencion logopedica. La participacion guiada de la familia y el abordaje interdisciplinar son factores que contribuyen decisivamente a mejorar estos procesos.

  9. [The influence of physical exercise in the prevention of cognitive deterioration in the elderly: a systematic review].

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    Franco-Martín, Manuel; Parra-Vidales, Esther; González-Palau, Fátima; Bernate-Navarro, Mara; Solis, Abdel

    2013-06-01

    Introduccion. La poblacion espanola mayor de 65 anos continua creciendo, por lo que la atencion a adultos mayores se convierte en un objetivo de salud publica cada vez mas relevante. La actividad fisica esta siendo reconocida como un factor altamente protector de las funciones cognitivas en el envejecimiento, y se establece, en la actualidad, como una estrategia psicosocial prometedora para la proteccion de las facultades cognitivas. Pacientes y metodos. Mediante una busqueda bibliografica en las bases de datos PubMed, PsycINFO, Psicodoc, Scopus y SciELO, se revisaron sistematicamente los estudios relativos a la influencia del ejercicio fisico en la prevencion del deterioro cognitivo en adultos mayores sanos y en la reversion o en el mantenimiento del declive cognitivo una vez ya iniciado. Se seleccionaron y utilizaron 31 articulos como unidades de analisis. Resultados. En conjunto, estos estudios indicaron que un mayor indice de actividad fisica se relacionaria con un menor deterioro de las funciones cognitivas en adultos mayores sanos y con deterioro cognitivo ya manifiesto. Conclusiones. El ejercicio fisico constituye una estrategia psicosocial prometedora para la intervencion de adultos mayores con y sin signos de deterioro cognitivo. Serian convenientes mayores estudios que empleen una metodologia experimental, mayor homogeneidad en cuanto a los instrumentos de recogida de datos de funciones cognitivas y una profundizacion en la frecuencia e intensidad necesaria en las intervenciones.

  10. [Cognitive dysfunction in fibromyalgia].

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    Gelonch, Olga; Garolera, Maite; Rosselló, Lluís; Pifarré, Josep

    2013-06-01

    Introduccion. Las personas diagnosticadas de fibromialgia refieren de manera muy frecuente quejas sobre su pobre funcionamiento cognitivo. En los ultimos anos ha aumentado el interes para investigar cuales son las alteraciones cognitivas presentes en esta enfermedad. Objetivo. Realizar una revision de las investigaciones publicadas sobre fibromialgia y funciones cognitivas. Desarrollo. Se realizo una busqueda bibliografica con un intervalo temporal desde 1995 hasta 2012. Los terminos de busqueda incluyeron las palabras clave 'fibromyalgia' y 'cognition', 'attention', 'memory', 'language', 'perception', 'executive functions' y 'disexecutive syndrome'. Se seleccionaron 64 registros tras aplicar criterios de inclusion. Conclusiones. Los estudios que han analizado las funciones cognitivas en las personas diagnosticadas de fibromialgia han sido escasos y mayoritariamente con muestras pequenas. Se han identificado deficits principalmente en la memoria de trabajo y en las capacidades atencionales mas complejas, donde el factor distraccion tiene una relevancia importante. Tambien se ha identificado deterioro en la memoria a largo plazo y en las funciones ejecutivas. Existe consenso entre los diversos estudios en que el grado de dolor tiene una relacion directa con el nivel de disfuncion cognitiva, mientras que no existe total consenso para explicar la influencia de la depresion y ansiedad sobre el funcionamiento cognitivo en estos pacientes.

  11. ROTARY FILTER FINES TESTING FOR SMALL COLUMN ION EXCHANGE

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    Herman, D.

    2011-08-03

    SRNL was requested to quantify the amount of 'fines passage' through the 0.5 micron membranes currently used for the rotary microfilter (RMF). Testing was also completed to determine if there is any additional benefit to utilizing a 0.1 micron filter to reduce the amount of fines that could pass through the filter. Quantifying of the amount of fines that passed through the two sets of membranes that were tested was accomplished by analyzing the filtrate by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES) for titanium. Even with preparations to isolate the titanium, all samples returned results of less than the instrument's detection limit of 0.184 mg/L. Test results show that the 0.5 micron filters produced a significantly higher flux while showing a negligible difference in filtrate clarity measured by turbidity. The first targeted deployment of the RMF is with the Small Column Ion Exchange (SCIX) at the Savannah River Site (SRS). SCIX uses crystalline silicotitanate (CST) to sorb cesium to decontaminate a clarified salt solution. The passage of fine particles through the filter membranes in sufficient quantities has the potential to impact the downstream facilities. To determine the amount of fines passage, a contract was established with SpinTek Filtration to operate a 3-disk pilot scale unit with prototypic filter disk and various feeds and two different filter disk membranes. SpinTek evaluated a set of the baseline 0.5 micron filter disks as well as a set of 0.1 micron filter disks to determine the amount of fine particles that would pass the membrane and to determine the flux each set produced. The membrane on both disk sets is manufactured by the Pall Corporation (PMM 050). Each set of disks was run with three feed combinations: prototypically ground CST, CST plus monosodium titanate (MST), and CST, MST, plus Sludge Batch 6 (SB6) simulant. Throughout the testing, samples of the filtrate were collected, measured for turbidity, and sent back

  12. Biologically optimized helium ion plans: calculation approach and its in vitro validation

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    Mairani, A.; Dokic, I.; Magro, G.; Tessonnier, T.; Kamp, F.; Carlson, D. J.; Ciocca, M.; Cerutti, F.; Sala, P. R.; Ferrari, A.; Böhlen, T. T.; Jäkel, O.; Parodi, K.; Debus, J.; Abdollahi, A.; Haberer, T.

    2016-06-01

    Treatment planning studies on the biological effect of raster-scanned helium ion beams should be performed, together with their experimental verification, before their clinical application at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT). For this purpose, we introduce a novel calculation approach based on integrating data-driven biological models in our Monte Carlo treatment planning (MCTP) tool. Dealing with a mixed radiation field, the biological effect of the primary 4He ion beams, of the secondary 3He and 4He (Z  =  2) fragments and of the produced protons, deuterons and tritons (Z  =  1) has to be taken into account. A spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) in water, representative of a clinically-relevant scenario, has been biologically optimized with the MCTP and then delivered at HIT. Predictions of cell survival and RBE for a tumor cell line, characterized by {{(α /β )}\\text{ph}}=5.4 Gy, have been successfully compared against measured clonogenic survival data. The mean absolute survival variation ({μΔ \\text{S}} ) between model predictions and experimental data was 5.3%  ±  0.9%. A sensitivity study, i.e. quantifying the variation of the estimations for the studied plan as a function of the applied phenomenological modelling approach, has been performed. The feasibility of a simpler biological modelling based on dose-averaged LET (linear energy transfer) has been tested. Moreover, comparisons with biophysical models such as the local effect model (LEM) and the repair-misrepair-fixation (RMF) model were performed. {μΔ \\text{S}} values for the LEM and the RMF model were, respectively, 4.5%  ±  0.8% and 5.8%  ±  1.1%. The satisfactorily agreement found in this work for the studied SOBP, representative of clinically-relevant scenario, suggests that the introduced approach could be applied for an accurate estimation of the biological effect for helium ion radiotherapy.

  13. Investigation of band termination in the lower fp shell within the cranked relativistic mean field model

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    Bhagwat, A.; Wyss, R.; Satuła, W.; Meng, J.; Gambhir, Y. K.

    2013-04-01

    The excitation energy difference (ΔE) between the terminating states built on the f7/2n and d3/2-1f7/2n+1 configurations (here, 'n' denotes the number of valence particles outside the 40Ca core and the particle hole excitation across the magic gap 20 is of proton type) in the lower fp shell are studied systematically within the framework of the cranked relativistic mean field model. The ΔE thus defined, depends predominantly on the f7/2 - d3/2 shell gap, and its evolution as a function of neutron - proton asymmetry. The latter, in turn, depends on the isoscalar - isovector balance in the spin - orbit potential. Therefore, a systematic investigation of the difference ΔE is expected to test quantitatively the predicted shell gaps as a function of isospin. We find that: 1) the conventional NL3 parameter set over estimates the ΔE values, implying that the said shell gap is over - estimated in this parametrization and 2) the largest deviation between the calculated and the experimental values of ΔE is obtained for the nucleus with the smallest asymmetry value in the set of nuclei considered, and that the deviation decreases with increasing asymmetry, indicating that the in RMF parametrization considered, the isoscalar - isovector balance in the spin - orbit potential requires improvement. We carry out a re - fit of the RMF parameters to attempt a remedy to these two problems. We find that in addition to the binding energies and charge radii, if a constraint is put on the f7/2 - d3/2 shell gap in the fit to the Lagrangian parameters, the overall agreement of ΔE with the experiment improves significantly, without disturbing the agreement already achieved for the bulk properties of the nuclei spanning the entire periodic table. At a finer level, however, it is found that the isoscalar - isovector balance in the spin orbit interaction is required to be improved further. A detailed work in this direction is in progress.

  14. Controls for space structures

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    Balas, Mark

    1991-01-01

    Assembly and operation of large space structures (LSS) in orbit will require robot-assisted docking and berthing of partially-assembled structures. These operations require new solutions to the problems of controls. This is true because of large transient and persistent disturbances, controller-structure interaction with unmodeled modes, poorly known structure parameters, slow actuator/sensor dynamical behavior, and excitation of nonlinear structure vibrations during control and assembly. For on-orbit assembly, controllers must start with finite element models of LSS and adapt on line to the best operating points, without compromising stability. This is not easy to do, since there are often unmodeled dynamic interactions between the controller and the structure. The indirect adaptive controllers are based on parameter estimation. Due to the large number of modes in LSS, this approach leads to very high-order control schemes with consequent poor stability and performance. In contrast, direct model reference adaptive controllers operate to force the LSS to track the desirable behavior of a chosen model. These schemes produce simple control algorithms which are easy to implement on line. One problem with their use for LSS has been that the model must be the same dimension as the LSS - i.e., quite large. A control theory based on the command generator tracker (CGT) ideas of Sobel, Mabins, Kaufman and Wen, Balas to obtain very low-order models based on adaptive algorithms was developed. Closed-loop stability for both finite element models and distributed parameter models of LSS was proved. In addition, successful numerical simulations on several LSS databases were obtained. An adaptive controller based on our theory was also implemented on a flexible robotic manipulator at Martin Marietta Astronautics. Computation schemes for controller-structure interaction with unmodeled modes, the residual mode filters or RMF, were developed. The RMF theory was modified to compensate

  15. [Not Available].

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    Martínez de Victoria, Emilio

    2016-07-12

    El calcio (Ca) es el elemento mineral más abundante en nuestro organismo, ya que forma parte importante del esqueleto y los dientes. Supone alrededor del 2% del peso corporal. Las funciones del calcio son: a) funciones esqueléticas y b) funciones reguladoras. El hueso está formado por una matriz proteica que se mineraliza de forma mayoritaria con calcio (el más abundante), fosfato y magnesio; para ello es imprescindible un correcto aporte dietético de Ca, fósforo y vitamina D. El Ca iónico (Ca2+) es un componente celular imprescindible para mantener y/o realizar las diferentes funciones especializadas de prácticamente todas las células del organismo. Debido a sus importantes funciones, el Ca2+ debe estar estrechamente regulado, manteniéndose sus concentraciones plasmáticas dentro de unos rangos estrechos. Para ello existe una respuesta precisa frente a la hipocalcemia o la hipercalcemia, en la que intervienen la parathormona, el calcitriol, la calcitonina y la vitamina K. Las ingestas de Ca en la población española son bajas en un porcentaje significativo de la población, especialmente en adultos mayores, sobre todo en las mujeres. La principal fuente de Ca en la dieta son la leche y todos sus derivados. Las verduras de hoja verde, frutas y legumbres pueden tener importancia como fuentes de Ca en un patrón alimentario mediterráneo. La biodisponibilidad del Ca de la dieta depende de factores fisiológicos y dietéticos. Los fisiológicos incluyen la edad, situación fisiológica (gestación y lactación), el estatus de Ca y vitamina D y la enfermedad. Diversos estudios relacionan la ingesta de Ca en la dieta y distintas enfermedades, como osteoporosis, cáncer, enfermedades cardiovasculares y obesidad.

  16. [Not Available].

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    Martínez de Victoria, Emilio

    2016-01-01

    El calcio (Ca) es el elemento mineral más abundante en nuestro organismo, ya que forma parte importante del esqueleto y los dientes. Supone alrededor del 2% del peso corporal. Las funciones del calcio son: a) funciones esqueléticas y b) funciones reguladoras. El hueso está formado por una matriz proteica que se mineraliza de forma mayoritaria con calcio (el más abundante), fosfato y magnesio; para ello es imprescindible un correcto aporte dietético de Ca, fósforo y vitamina D. El Ca iónico (Ca2+) es un componente celular imprescindible para mantener y/o realizar las diferentes funciones especializadas de prácticamente todas las células del organismo. Debido a sus importantes funciones, el Ca2+ debe estar estrechamente regulado, manteniéndose sus concentraciones plasmáticas dentro de unos rangos estrechos. Para ello existe una respuesta precisa frente a la hipocalcemia o la hipercalcemia, en la que intervienen la parathormona, el calcitriol, la calcitonina y la vitamina K. Las ingestas de Ca en la población española son bajas en un porcentaje significativo de la población, especialmente en adultos mayores, sobre todo en las mujeres. La principal fuente de Ca en la dieta son la leche y todos sus derivados. Las verduras de hoja verde, frutas y legumbres pueden tener importancia como fuentes de Ca en un patrón alimentario mediterráneo. La biodisponibilidad del Ca de la dieta depende de factores fisiológicos y dietéticos. Los fisiológicos incluyen la edad, situación fisiológica (gestación y lactación), el estatus de Ca y vitamina D y la enfermedad. Diversos estudios relacionan la ingesta de Ca en la dieta y distintas enfermedades, como osteoporosis, cáncer, enfermedades cardiovasculares y obesidad. PMID:27571860

  17. Influence of Entropy on Composition and Structure of Massive Protoneutron Stars

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    Hong, Bin; Jia, Huan-Yu; Mu, Xue-Ling; Zhou, Xia

    2016-08-01

    Adjusting the suitable coupling constants in relativistic mean Geld (RMF) theory and focusing on thermal effect of an entropy per baryon (S) from 0 to 3, we investigate the composition and structure of massive protoneutron stars corresponding PSR J1614-2230 and PSR J0348+0432. It is found that massive protoneutron stars (PNSs) have more hyperons than cold neutron stars. The entropy per baryon will stiffen the equation of state, and the influence on the pressure is more obvious at low density than high density, while the influence on the energy density is more obvious at high density than low density. It is found that higher entropy will give higher maximum mass, higher central temperature and lower central density. The entropy per baryon changes from 0 to 3, the radius of a PNS corresponding PSR J0348+0432 will increase from 12.86 km to 19.31 km and PSR J1612-2230 will increase from 13.03 km to 19.93 km. The entropy per baryon will raise the central temperature of massive PNSs in higher entropy per baryon, but the central temperature of massive PNSs maybe keep unchanged in lower entropy per baryon. The entropy per baryon will increase the moment of inertia of a massive protoneutron star, while decrease gravitational redshift of a massive neutron star. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11175147

  18. The B-matrix harbors significant and sex-specific constraints on the evolution of multicharacter sexual dimorphism.

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    Gosden, Thomas P; Shastri, Krishna-Lila; Innocenti, Paolo; Chenoweth, Stephen F

    2012-07-01

    The extent to which sexual dimorphism can evolve within a population depends on an interaction between sexually divergent selection and constraints imposed by a genetic architecture that is shared between males and females. The degree of constraint within a population is normally inferred from the intersexual genetic correlation, r(mf) . However, such bivariate correlations ignore the potential constraining effect of genetic covariances between other sexually coexpressed traits. Using the fruit fly Drosophila serrata, a species that exhibits mutual mate preference for blends of homologous contact pheromones, we tested the impact of between-sex between-trait genetic covariances using an extended version of the genetic variance-covariance matrix, G, that includes Lande's (1980) between-sex covariance matrix, B. We find that including B greatly reduces the degree to which male and female traits are predicted to diverge in the face of divergent phenotypic selection. However, the degree to which B alters the response to selection differs between the sexes. The overall rate of male trait evolution is predicted to decline, but its direction remains relatively unchanged, whereas the opposite is found for females. We emphasize the importance of considering the B-matrix in microevolutionary studies of constraint on the evolution of sexual dimorphism.

  19. Calculation of petrophysical properties for Mishrif carbonate reservoir

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    Kadhim, Fadhil Sarhan; Samsuri, Ariffin; Idris, Ahmad Kamal

    2014-10-01

    The accurate calculations of petrophysical properties in carbonate reservoirs are the most challenging aspects of well log analysis. Many equations have been developed over the years based on known physical principles or on empirically derived relationships, which are used to calculate carbonate rock petrophysical properties. Carbonate reservoirs in the Middle East are very heterogeneous in terms of rock types. Therefore the reservoir should be split into layers on the basis of the dominant rock type in order to define average values and trends of petrophysical parameters in the reservoir rock. The saturation exponent (n) and cementation exponent (m) are calculated from well log data using Pickett method. The study made across the Mishrif carbonate formation, which is the shallowest formation of the hydrocarbon bearing zone in the NS oil field in the Middle East. Results show that the average formation water resistivity (Rw= 0.0243), average mud filtrate resistivity (Rmf= 0.199), Irreducible Water Saturation (Swi=0. 18), and Archie's parameters (m=1. 78, n= 2, and a=1). While porosity, true resistivity, and water saturation values with depth of formation were calculated by using Interactive Petrophysics software (IP V3.5, 2008). The computer process interpretation (CPI) illustrates that the shale member splits the Mishrif formation into two parts; Upper and Lower Mishrif. This study is a step to investigate petrophysical properties, which used to calculate water saturation that should use to estimate original oil in place and detected the perforation zones.

  20. Diminished organelle motion in murine Kupffer cells during the erythrocytic stage of malaria

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    Bellows, Charles F.; Molina, Ramon M.; Brain, Joseph D.

    2011-01-01

    Parasitized erythrocytes are ingested by murine hepatic macrophages during malaria infection. We non-invasively monitored how this altered the motion of intracellular phagosomes in Kupffer cells using magnetometry. Submicrometric γFe2O3 particles were injected prior to malaria infection. They were cleared from the blood, primarily by Kupffer cells, and retained within their phagosomes. The mice were periodically magnetized. After removing this external magnet, the aligned iron particles created a remnant magnetic field (RMF) which then decayed (relaxation), reflecting the motion of particle-containing phagosomes. After baseline measurements of relaxation, the mice were injected intravenously with Plasmodium chabaudi-parasitized or normal murine red blood cells (RBCs). During the next 15 days, relaxation measurements, parasitaemia and haematocrit values were monitored. At 6 days post injection with 3 × 107 parasitized RBCs, relaxation rates had decreased. At this time, all mice had parasitaemias greater than 58 per cent and haematocrits less than 20 per cent. At day 7, while the parasitaemias were declining, the rate of relaxation continued to decrease. Throughout the experiment, relaxation remained constant in animals injected with normal RBCs. Electron microscopy revealed Kupffer cells filled with damaged and parasitized erythrocytes, and haemoglobin degradation pigment. We conclude that ingestion and metabolism of parasitized erythrocytes by liver macrophages during malaria infection decreases their organelle motion with likely consequences of compromised host defences. PMID:21068031

  1. Influence of pions on the hadron-quark phase transition

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    Lourenco, O.; Dutra, M.; Frederico, T.; Malheiro, M.; Delfino, A.

    2013-05-06

    In this work we present the features of the hadron-quark phase transition diagrams in which the pions are included in the system. To construct such diagrams we use two different models in the description of the hadronic and quark sectors. At the quark level, we consider two distinct parametrizations of the Polyakov-Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (PNJL) models. In the hadronic side, we use a well known relativistic mean-field (RMF) nonlinear Walecka model. We show that the effect of the pions on the hadron-quark phase diagrams is to move the critical end point (CEP) of the transitions lines. Such an effect also depends on the value of the critical temperature (T{sub 0}) in the pure gauge sector used to parametrize the PNJL models. Here we treat the phase transitions using two values for T{sub 0}, namely, T{sub 0}= 270 MeV and T{sub 0}= 190 MeV. The last value is used to reproduce lattice QCD data for the transition temperature at zero chemical potential.

  2. Kaon Condensation and Lambda-Nucleon Loop in the Relativistic Mean-Field Approach

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    Tomoyuki Maruyama; Takumi Muto; Toshitaka Tatsumi; Kazuo Tsushima; Anthony W. Thomas

    2005-02-24

    The possibility of kaon condensation in high-density symmetric nuclear matter is investigated including both s- and p-wave kaon-baryon interactions within the relativistic mean-field (RMF) theory. Above a certain density, we have a collective K{sub s} state carrying the same quantum numbers as the antikaon. The appearance of the K{sub s} state is caused by the time component of the axial-vector interaction between kaons and baryons. It is shown that the system becomes unstable with respect to condensation of K-Kbar{sub s} pairs. We consider how the effective baryon masses affect the kaon self-energy coming from the time component of the axial-vector interaction. Also, the role of the spatial component of the axial-vector interaction on the possible existence of the collective kaonic states is discussed in connection with Lambda-mixing effects in the ground state of high-density matter. Implications of K-Kbar{sub s} condensation for high-energy heavy-ion collisions are briefly mentioned.

  3. Description of {pi}g{sub 9/2} x {nu}h{sub 11/2} doublet bands in {sup 106}Rh

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    Wang, S. Y.; Zhang, S. Q.; Qi, B.; Yao, J. M.; Peng, J.; Meng, J.

    2008-03-15

    Using the particle-rotor model (PRM), in which two quasiparticles are coupled to a triaxial core, the negative-parity doublet bands in {sup 106}Rh are studied. The quadrupole deformations {beta} and {gamma} for the {pi}g{sub 9/2} x {nu}h{sub 11/2} configuration are calculated by configuration-fixed constrained triaxial relativistic mean-field (RMF) approaches, and these self-consistent deformation parameters are used as inputs for the PRM. The present calculated results well reproduce the observed energy spectra, energy staggering parameter, and electromagnetic transition ratios of the doublet bands, thus supporting the chiral interpretation of these doublet bands in {sup 106}Rh. The effective angles between the angular momenta in the body-fixed frame are calculated for the first time. We demonstrate that rigid triaxial deformation can give rise to the experimentally observed constant energy separation between the yrast and side bands built on the asymmetrical {pi}g{sub 9/2} x {nu}h{sub 11/2} configuration in the A{approx}100 mass region.

  4. First-time observation of Mastro Giorgio masterpieces by means of non-destructive techniques

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    Padeletti, G.; Ingo, G. M.; Bouquillon, A.; Pages-Camagna, S.; Aucouturier, M.; Roehrs, S.; Fermo, P.

    2006-06-01

    For the first time some excellent pieces belonging to the majolica production of the great master Giorgio Andreoli from Gubbio (Central Italy) have been characterized from a chemical and structural point of view with the aim to identify the composition of both pigments and lustres. A series of particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and Raman analyses have been performed on some plates coming from Museo del Palazzo dei Consoli (Gubbio) and several French museums (Louvre, Musée National de la Céramique, Musée National de la Renaissance) lustred by Giorgio Andreoli and decorated by famous majolica painters such as Francesco Xanto Avelli. The three techniques are complementary and useful in the investigation of art objects since they are non-destructive. Furthermore, the low detection limits allow the identification of all elements and compounds present, and RBS allows concentration profiling, too. It is worth noticing that the examined objects are characterized by the presence of both gold and ruby-red lustres, a peculiarity of Mastro Giorgio’s technique. The measurements by PIXE and RBS have been carried out on the AGLAE accelerator at C2RMF, Louvre Palace.

  5. PIXE identification of the provenance of ferruginous rocks used by Neanderthals

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    Mathis, François; Bodu, Pierre; Dubreuil, Olivier; Salomon, Hélène

    2014-07-01

    Les Bossats, near Ormesson, France, is a newly discovered late Mousterian open air site dated to around 47,000 years ago by thermoluminescence. The archaeological level, fossilized by loess, revealed a rich industry based on the discoid mode, associated with numerous fragments of red and yellow iron oxide-rich rocks showing clear traces of powder production (abrasion, striation, scraping), which are exceptional remains for this remote period. Archeological material and geological samples from the close environment were studied by PIXE and by petrographical observations made on thin sections. The geological sources were identified by means of PIXE analyses on two IBA facilities: AGLAE (2 MV tandem) at the C2RMF in Paris and the cyclotron of the IPNAS (University of Liège). We paid particular attention to the comparison of results obtained on both installations by using the same set of geological standards and by a fine evaluation of the limit of detection relative to each trace elements of interest for both experimental set ups. The elemental fingerprint of one geological source of iron-rich concretions corresponds clearly with the archaeological collection. At least, this investigation demonstrates that the colouring materials were minutely selected in the close neighbouring of the site by the Neanderthals.

  6. Probing the hadron-quark mixed phase at high isospin and baryon density. Sensitive observables

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    Di Toro, Massimo; Colonna, Maria; Greco, Vincenzo; Shao, Guo-Yun

    2016-08-01

    We discuss the isospin effect on the possible phase transition from hadronic to quark matter at high baryon density and finite temperatures. The two-Equation of State (Two-EoS) model is adopted to describe the hadron-quark phase transition in dense matter formed in heavy-ion collisions. For the hadron sector we use Relativistic Mean-Field (RMF) effective models, already tested on heavy-ion collision (HIC). For the quark phase we consider various effective models, the MIT-Bag static picture, the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) approach with chiral dynamics and finally the NJL coupled to the Polyakov-loop field (PNJL), which includes both chiral and (de)confinement dynamics. The idea is to extract mixed phase properties which appear robust with respect to the model differences. In particular we focus on the phase transitions of isospin asymmetric matter, with two main results: i) an earlier transition to a mixed hadron-quark phase, at lower baryon density/chemical potential with respect to symmetric matter; ii) an "Isospin Distillation" to the quark component of the mixed phase, with predicted effects on the final hadron production. Possible observation signals are suggested to probe in heavy-ion collision experiments at intermediate energies, in the range of the NICA program.

  7. MAVEN Information Security Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC): Lessons Learned

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    Takamura, Eduardo; Gomez-Rosa, Carlos A.; Mangum, Kevin; Wasiak, Fran

    2014-01-01

    As the first interplanetary mission managed by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) had three IT security goals for its ground system: COMPLIANCE, (IT) RISK REDUCTION, and COST REDUCTION. In a multiorganizational environment in which government, industry and academia work together in support of the ground system and mission operations, information security governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) becomes a challenge as each component of the ground system has and follows its own set of IT security requirements. These requirements are not necessarily the same or even similar to each other's, making the auditing of the ground system security a challenging feat. A combination of standards-based information security management based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF), due diligence by the Mission's leadership, and effective collaboration among all elements of the ground system enabled MAVEN to successfully meet NASA's requirements for IT security, and therefore meet Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) mandate on the Agency. Throughout the implementation of GRC on MAVEN during the early stages of the mission development, the Project faced many challenges some of which have been identified in this paper. The purpose of this paper is to document these challenges, and provide a brief analysis of the lessons MAVEN learned. The historical information documented herein, derived from an internal pre-launch lessons learned analysis, can be used by current and future missions and organizations implementing and auditing GRC.

  8. Preequilibrium neutron emission in heavy ion reaction: Mean field effect and multiple emission

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    Paul, Sabyasachi; Nandy, Maitreyee; Mohanty, A. K.; Gambhir, Y. K.

    2016-09-01

    Effects of nuclear mean field and of multiple preequilibrium (PEQ) emission on double differential neutron multiplicity distribution from heavy ion reactions (12C+165Ho and 20Ne+165Ho ) at 10-30 MeV/u have been investigated in the framework of the semiclassical formalism for heavy ion reaction (henceforth termed "HION") developed earlier. HION follows the equilibration of a target+projectile composite system through the kinematics of two-body scattering. In the present work nuclear density distribution in the composite system is estimated in the relativistic mean field (RMF) approach. The nucleon-nucleon collision rates and subsequently the nucleon emission probability are calculated from this density distribution. A second approach based on a semiphenomenological formalism is also used for nuclear density distribution. Energy-angle distribution of neutron multiplicities calculated with this modified HION model coupled with multiple PEQ emission could reproduce the measured data of earlier workers in the projectile energy range of 10-30 MeV/u.

  9. In-plane Resistivity Anisotropy in Mechanically De- twinned Single Crystals FeSe

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    Timmons, Erik; Tanatar, Makariy; Bohmer, Anna; Drachuck, Gil; Taufour, Valentin; Bud'Ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul; Prozorov, Ruslan; Schuett, Michael; Fernandes, Rafael; Ruslan Prozorov Group Team; Paul Canfield Group Team; Rafael Fernandes Group Team

    The in-plane resistivity anisotropy was studied in stress-detwinned vapor transport grown single crystals of FeSe, which exhibit the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural transition temperature at Ts ~ 90 K in unstrained samples, but no long-range magnetic order. Direct transport and elastoresistivity measurements show a significant in-plane resistivity anisotropy above Ts induced by a very moderate mechanical stress. This anisotropy peaks slightly below Ts and decreases to nearly zero on cooling to base temperature, while the degree of orthorhombic distortion grows monotonically before saturating at low temperatures. We explain the non-monotonic temperature dependence of the resistivity anisotropy as a result of the inelastic scattering of electrons by anisotropic spin fluctuations. Experimental work was supported by the U.S. DOE/OS/MSED and was performed at the Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University under contract DE-AC02-07CH11358. M.S. acknowledges the support from the Humboldt Foundation. R.M.F. is supported by the U.S. DOE, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award No. DE-SC0012336.

  10. Food control from farm to fork: implementing the standards of Codex and the OIE.

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    Hathaway, S C

    2013-08-01

    The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) international food standards help to ensure food safety and promote fair practices in the international food trade. Implementing these standards using a risk management framework (RMF) approach to decision-making is an increasingly common aspect of the food control programmes of national governments. The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) provides guidance at both the system and food commodity levels. In the case of zoonoses, similarities in the risk analysis methodologies used to underpin standard setting by the CAC and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are highly enabling of integrated food control systems. The CAC and the OIE are increasingly working together to develop their respective standards for foodborne zoonoses and other hazards so that they are non-duplicative, cohesive and utilise the whole food chain. There is a clear need for effective integration of food safety and animal health monitoring and surveillance information to better control foodborne zoonoses. This is increasingly supported by Codex and OIE standards working together in a variety of ways and realisation of benefits is highly dependent on coordination and sharing of information between Competent Authorities and other food safety stakeholders at the national level. PMID:24547651

  11. Stability against {alpha} decay of some recently observed superheavy elements

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    Roy Chowdhury, Partha; Gangopadhyay, G.; Bhattacharyya, Abhijit

    2011-02-15

    The probability of {alpha}-particle emission for some recently observed superheavy nuclei (SHN) are investigated. The {alpha}-decay half-lives of SHN are calculated in a quantum tunneling model with density-dependent M3Y (DDM3Y) effective nuclear interaction using theoretical and measured Q{sub {alpha}} values. We determine the density distribution of {alpha} and daughter nuclei from the relativistic mean-field (RMF) theory using FSUGold force, NL3, and TM1 parameter sets. The double-folded nuclear potential is numerically calculated in a more microscopic manner using these density distributions. The estimated values of {alpha}-decay half-lives are in good agreement with the recent data. We compare our results with recently detected {alpha}-decay chains from a new element with atomic number Z=117 reported by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna. Finally, we determine the half-lives of superheavy elements with Z=108-120 and neutron number N=152-190 to explore the long-standing predictions of the existence of an 'island of stability' due to possible spherical proton (Z{approx}114) and neutron (N{approx}184) shell closures.

  12. Selection in a fluctuating environment and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus.

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    Hallsson, L R; Björklund, M

    2012-08-01

    Temperature changes in the environment, which realistically include environmental fluctuations, can create both plastic and evolutionary responses of traits. Sexes might differ in either or both of these responses for homologous traits, which in turn has consequences for sexual dimorphism and its evolution. Here, we investigate both immediate changes in and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in response to a changing environment (with and without fluctuations) using the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. We investigate sex differences in plasticity and also the genetic architecture of body mass and developmental time dimorphism to test two existing hypotheses on sex differences in plasticity (adaptive canalization hypothesis and condition dependence hypothesis). We found a decreased sexual size dimorphism in higher temperature and that females responded more plastically than males, supporting the condition dependence hypothesis. However, selection in a fluctuating environment altered sex-specific patterns of genetic and environmental variation, indicating support for the adaptive canalization hypothesis. Genetic correlations between sexes (r(MF) ) were affected by fluctuating selection, suggesting facilitated independent evolution of the sexes. Thus, the selective past of a population is highly important for the understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of sexual dimorphism.

  13. Hyperon matter at low densities

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    Sulaksono, A.

    2014-09-25

    It was reported recently that hyperons can be present inside PSRJ1614-2230 compact star. This can be realized only if the strength of the ω-hyperons and φ-hyperons coupling of conventional hyperons coupling constant on the extended relativistic mean field (ERMF) model increase by a factor of 1.5 to 3. In the present work, the mass and radius relation of the neutron star that is calculated by using BSR28 parameter set of ERMF model augmented with maximal coupling strength of the ω-hyperons and φ-hyperons (X=1), is compared to the mass and radius relation of the neutron star that is predicted by the same RMF parameter set but by assuming that hyperons do not exist in the matter (No. Hyp) as well as those by assuming the hyperons coupling constant fulfilled the conventional SU(6) and SU(3) symmetry. The consequences of implementing X=1 prescription are also discussed. The potential depths of hyperons in symmetric nuclear matter (SNM), pure neutron matter (PNM) and pure lambda matter (PLM) based on this parameter set are also calculated by using the X=1, SU (6) and SU (3) prescriptions. The results are compared to those obtained from microscopic models, quark meson coupling model (χ QMM) and the QCD sum rule for finite density (QCD SM) result.

  14. Calibration data Analysis Package (CAP): An IDL based widget application for analysis of X-ray calibration data

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    Vaishali, S.; Narendranath, S.; Sreekumar, P.

    An IDL (interactive data language) based widget application developed for the calibration of C1XS (Narendranath et al., 2010) instrument on Chandrayaan-1 is modified to provide a generic package for the analysis of data from x-ray detectors. The package supports files in ascii as well as FITS format. Data can be fitted with a list of inbuilt functions to derive the spectral redistribution function (SRF). We have incorporated functions such as `HYPERMET' (Philips & Marlow 1976) including non Gaussian components in the SRF such as low energy tail, low energy shelf and escape peak. In addition users can incorporate additional models which may be required to model detector specific features. Spectral fits use a routine `mpfit' which uses Leven-Marquardt least squares fitting method. The SRF derived from this tool can be fed into an accompanying program to generate a redistribution matrix file (RMF) compatible with the X-ray spectral analysis package XSPEC. The tool provides a user friendly interface of help to beginners and also provides transparency and advanced features for experts.

  15. Calculations on decay rates of various proton emissions

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    Qian, Yibin; Ren, Zhongzhou

    2016-03-01

    Proton radioactivity of neutron-deficient nuclei around the dripline has been systematically studied within the deformed density-dependent model. The crucial proton-nucleus potential is constructed via the single-folding integral of the density distribution of daughter nuclei and the effective M3Y nucleon-nucleon interaction or the proton-proton Coulomb interaction. After the decay width is obtained by the modified two-potential approach, the final decay half-lives can be achieved by involving the spectroscopic factors from the relativistic mean-field (RMF) theory combined with the BCS method. Moreover, a simple formula along with only one adjusted parameter is tentatively proposed to evaluate the half-lives of proton emitters, where the introduction of nuclear deformation is somewhat discussed as well. It is found that the calculated results are in satisfactory agreement with the experimental values and consistent with other theoretical studies, indicating that the present approach can be applied to the case of proton emission. Predictions on half-lives are made for possible proton emitters, which may be useful for future experiments.

  16. Electron Locking in Current Drive

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    McCollam, K. J.; Jarboe, T. R.; Nelson, B. A.; Orvis, D. J.; Raman, R.; Redd, A. J.; Smith, R. J.; Nagata, M.; Uyama, T.

    2000-10-01

    The traveling n=1, m~= q_edge magnetic distortion observed in the Helicity Injected Torus (HIT-II) during coaxial helicity injection (CHI) is responsible for some current profile relaxation. A model for electromotive current drive, called the electron locking model, can account for the results of current drive experiments in both the HIT-II and the original HIT devices. The most relevant of these results involve the the frequencies and directions of the mode itself, the E× B drift, and the electric current drift. In spherical tokamaks with CHI, electrode and coil polarities can be changed to control the relative directions of these drifts. Results from HIT-II experiments with different polarities are shown. These point out the character n=1, m~= q_edge mode, and suggest its role in CHI current drive. The electron locking model is presented, and is also discussed in the context of mean field electrodynamics. This model might also be applied to other types of current drive, such as rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive, oscillating field current drive (OFCD), steady inductive helicity injection (SIHI), or Ohmic current drive in a reversed field pinch (RFP). These examples are discussed.

  17. Hereditary prosopagnosia: the first case series.

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    Grueter, Martina; Grueter, Thomas; Bell, Vaughan; Horst, Juergen; Laskowski, Wolfgang; Sperling, Karl; Halligan, Peter W; Ellis, Hadyn D; Kennerknecht, Ingo

    2007-08-01

    Prosopagnosia is defined as a specific type of visual agnosia characterised by a discernible impairment in the capacity to recognise familiar people by their faces. We present seven family pedigrees with 38 cases in two to four generations of suspected hereditary prosopagnosia, detected using a screening questionnaire. Men and women are impaired and the anomaly is regularly transmitted from generation to generation in all pedigrees studied. Segregation is best explained by a simple autosomal dominant mode of inheritance, suggesting that loss of human face recognition can occur by the mutation of a single gene. Eight of the 38 affected persons were tested on the Warrington Recognition Memory Test for Faces (RMF; Warrington, 1984), famous and family faces tests, learning tests for internal and external facial features and a measure of mental imagery for face and non-face images. As a group, the eight participants scored significantly below an age- and education-matched comparison group on the most relevant test of face recognition; and all were impaired on at least one of the tests. The results provide compelling evidence for significant genetic contribution to face recognition skills and contribute to the promise offered by the emerging field of cognitive neurogenetics. PMID:17710825

  18. The Modification of the Scalar Field in Dense Nuclear Matter

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    Rożynek, Jacek

    We show the possible evolution of the nuclear deep inelastic structure function with nuclear density ρ. The nucleon deep inelastic structure function represents distribution of quarks as a function of Björken variable x, which measures the longitudinal fraction of the momentum carried by them during deep inelastic scattering (DIS) of electrons on nuclear targets. The quark localization is proportional to 1/x and this relation introduces the dependence of the nucleon structure function on the nuclear medium. Starting with small density and negative pressure in nuclear matter (NM), we have relatively large inter-nucleon distances and increasing role of nuclear interaction mediated by virtual mesons. When the density approaches the saturation point, ρ = ρ0, we have no longer separate mesons and nucleons but eventually modified nucleon structure function (SF) in the medium. The ratio of the nuclear to the nucleon SF measured at the saturation point is well known as the "EMC effect". For larger density, ρ > ρ0, when the localization of quarks is smaller than 0.3 fm, the nucleons overlap. We argue that nucleon mass should start to decrease in order to satisfy the momentum sum rule (MSR) of DIS. These modifications of the nucleon structure function are calculated in the frame of the nuclear relativistic mean field (RMF) convolution model. The correction to the Fermi energy from a term proportional to the pressure is very important and its inclusion modifies the equation of state (EoS) for the nuclear matter.

  19. Initial Diagnostics and First Experimental Results of the Pulsed High Density (PHD) FRC Experiment*

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    Gota, Hiroshi

    2005-10-01

    The source region for the Pulsed High Density Experiment (PHDX) has been constructed, and Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasmas are being produced. The several diagnostic systems include and axial array of 20 pairs of magnetic probes and flux loops, and a 64 channel array optical measurement system for visible bremstrahlung tomography. The tomographic system will be capable of reconstructing the plasma shape and mode structure, and will incorporate information from end-on imaging for improved resolution. This array consists of collimator, optical fiber, optical filter (λ=520 nm, FWHM= 1 to 10 nm), and Photomultiplier Tube (PMT). The tomographic system and magnetic loop array will be used to investigate the equilibrium and tilt stability of FRCs at high s/E (>3) where s is the ion collisionless skin depth and E is the plasma elongation. The separatrix radius (rs) of FRC plasma is determined by the excluded flux measurement, and it is found that rs=0.04-0.05 m (rs/rw=0.16-0.2) just after the RMF current drive start-up. The time sequence of separatrix shape relatively agrees with the result of that estimated from the line-integrated radiation intensity at different axial positions. We will present the result of both simulation and experimental results from measured FRC plasmas as well as future plans. *Research funded by the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences

  20. Hyperon effects in covariant density functional theory and recent astrophysical observations

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    Long, Wen Hui; Sun, Bao Yuan; Hagino, Kouichi; Sagawa, Hiroyuki

    2012-02-01

    Motivated by recent observational data, the equations of state with the inclusion of strangeness-bearing Λ hyperons and the corresponding properties of neutron stars are studied based on the covariant density functional (CDF) theory. To this end, we specifically employ the density-dependent relativistic Hartree-Fock (DDRHF) theory and the relativistic mean field (RMF) theory. The inclusion of Λ hyperons in neutron stars shows substantial effects in softening the equation of state. Because of the extra suppression effect originating from the Fock channel, large reductions on both the star mass and radius are predicted by the DDRHF calculations. It is also found that the mass-radius relations of neutron stars with Λ hyperons determined by DDRHF with the PKA1 parameter set are in fairly good agreement with the observational data, where a relatively small neutron-star radius is required. Therefore, it is expected that the exotic degrees of freedom such as the strangeness-bearing structure may appear and play significant roles inside the neutron stars, which is supported further by the systematical investigations on the consistency between the maximum neutron-star mass and Λ-coupling strength.

  1. The Modification of the Scalar Field in dense Nuclear Matter

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    Rożynek, J.

    2011-04-01

    We show the possible evolution of the nuclear deep inelastic structure function with nuclear density ρ. The nucleon deep inelastic structure function represents distribution of quarks as function of Björken variable x which measures the longitudinal fraction of momentum carried by them during the Deep Inelastic Scattering (DIS) of electrons on nuclear targets. Starting with small density and negative pressure in Nuclear Matter (NM) we have relatively large inter-nucleon distances and increasing role of nuclear interaction mediated by virtual mesons.When the density approaches the saturation point, ρ = ρ0, we have no longer separate mesons and nucleons but eventually modified nucleon Structure Function (SF) in medium. The ratio of nuclear to nucleon SF measured at saturation point is well known as "EMC effect". For larger density, ρ > ρ0, when the localization of quarks is smaller then 0.3 fm, the nucleons overlap. We argue that nucleon mass should start to decrease in order to satisfy the Momentum Sum Rule (MSR) of DIS. These modifications of the nucleon Structure Function (SF) are calculated in the frame of the nuclear Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) convolution model. The correction to the Fermi energy from term proportional to the pressure is very important and its inclusion modifies the Equation of State (EoS) for nuclear matter.

  2. The Formal Underpinnings of the Response Functions Used in X-Ray Spectral Analysis

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    Davis, John E.

    2001-02-01

    This work provides an in-depth mathematical description of the response functions that are used for spatial and spectral analysis of X-ray data. The use of such functions is well known to anyone familiar with the analysis of X-ray data where they may be identified with the quantities contained in the ancillary response file (ARF), the redistribution matrix file (RMF), and the exposure map. Starting from first principles, explicit mathematical expressions for these functions, for both imaging and dispersive modes, are arrived at in terms of the underlying instrumental characteristics of the telescope including the effects of pointing motion. The response functions are presented in the context of integral equations relating the expected detector count rate to the source spectrum incident upon the telescope. Their application to the analysis of several source distributions is considered. These include multiple, possibly overlapping, spectrally distinct point sources, as well as extended sources. Assumptions and limitations behind the usage of these functions, as well as their practical computation, are addressed.

  3. Attenuation tomography beneath the Rocky Mountain front: Implications for the physical state of the upper mantle

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    Boyd, Oliver S.; Sheehan, Anne F.

    Utilizing the Rocky Mountain Front (RMF) broadband seismic dataset acquired in 1992, this study has derived the seismic attenuation structure underlying part of the Southern Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas through measurements of differential t* of S-phase waveforms. Previous studies of the area include P, S and surface wave travel time tomography, and all indicate low upper mantle velocities below the Rocky Mountain region. Calculations of intrinsic attenuation coupled with current velocity models aid in the determination of temperature, partial melt distributions, and compositional variation. A N-S zone of high shear wave attenuation (Qs≃30) is found in the mantle beneath the Rocky Mountains and lies east of the region of lowest shear wave velocity. Relationships between shear wave attenuation and shear wave velocity are consistent with both thermal and compositional variability. Along the eastern Colorado Rockies and due north of the Rio Grande Rift, the relationships are consistent with an interpretation of elevated temperatures by up to 50 K at 125 km depth. West of this region low velocities and low attenuation suggest either unusual composition or very high temperatures. The low density mantle material beneath the Colorado Rocky Mountains in addition to increased crustal thickness and low density crustal intrusions provides a density contrast sufficient to support its overburden.

  4. Magnetic and antimagnetic rotation in 110Cd within tilted axis cranking relativistic mean-field theory

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    Peng, J.; Zhao, P. W.

    2015-04-01

    The self-consistent tilted axis cranking relativistic mean-field (TAC-RMF) theory based on a point-coupling interaction is applied to investigate the observed magnetic and antimagnetic rotations in the nucleus 110Cd . The energy spectra, the relation between the spin and the rotational frequency, the deformation parameters, and the reduced M 1 and E 2 transition probabilities are studied with the various configurations. It is found that the configuration has to be changed to reproduce the energy spectra and the relations between the spin and the rotational frequency for both the magnetic and antimagnetic rotational bands. The shears mechanism for the magnetic rotation and the two-shears-like mechanism for the antimagnetic rotation are examined by investigating the orientation of the neutron and proton angular momenta. The calculated electromagnetic transitions B (M 1 ) and B (E 2 ) are in reasonable agreement with the data, and their tendencies are coincident with the typical characteristics of the magnetic and antimagnetic rotations.

  5. Self-consistent electric fields and flows in the edge plasma of FRCs

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    Steinhauer, Loren

    2002-11-01

    The shorting of open field lines where they intersect external boundaries strongly modifies the electric field all along the field lines.[1] The resulting electric field is found by an extension of the familiar Boltzmann relation for the electric potential. This leads to a prediction of the electric drift. Rotational flow generation by electrical shorting is applied to three aspects of elongated field-reversed configurations (FRC): plasma rotation rate; the particle-loss spin-up mechanism; and the sustainability of the rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive method. The outflow of plasma along open field lines is also analyzed using a double-adiabatic model. The outflow is represented as that in a magnetic "duct" extending from the side of the FRC proper out through the jet. Double-adiabatic effects and angular momentum conservation may explain the anomalously slow outflow of particles inferred from experiments.[2] [1] L.C. Steinhauer, Phys. Plasmas 9, September 2002 issue (in press). [2] L.C. Steinhauer, Phys. Fluids 29, 3379 (1986). This work supported by USDOE Grant No. DE-FG03-98ER54480.

  6. Food control from farm to fork: implementing the standards of Codex and the OIE.

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    Hathaway, S C

    2013-08-01

    The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) international food standards help to ensure food safety and promote fair practices in the international food trade. Implementing these standards using a risk management framework (RMF) approach to decision-making is an increasingly common aspect of the food control programmes of national governments. The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) provides guidance at both the system and food commodity levels. In the case of zoonoses, similarities in the risk analysis methodologies used to underpin standard setting by the CAC and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are highly enabling of integrated food control systems. The CAC and the OIE are increasingly working together to develop their respective standards for foodborne zoonoses and other hazards so that they are non-duplicative, cohesive and utilise the whole food chain. There is a clear need for effective integration of food safety and animal health monitoring and surveillance information to better control foodborne zoonoses. This is increasingly supported by Codex and OIE standards working together in a variety of ways and realisation of benefits is highly dependent on coordination and sharing of information between Competent Authorities and other food safety stakeholders at the national level.

  7. Ribosome hibernation facilitates tolerance of stationary-phase bacteria to aminoglycosides.

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    McKay, Susannah L; Portnoy, Daniel A

    2015-11-01

    Upon entry into stationary phase, bacteria dimerize 70S ribosomes into translationally inactive 100S particles by a process called ribosome hibernation. Previously, we reported that the hibernation-promoting factor (HPF) of Listeria monocytogenes is required for 100S particle formation and facilitates adaptation to a number of stresses. Here, we demonstrate that HPF is required for the high tolerance of stationary-phase cultures to aminoglycosides but not to beta-lactam or quinolone antibiotics. The sensitivity of a Δhpf mutant to gentamicin was suppressed by the bacteriostatic antibiotics chloramphenicol and rifampin, which inhibit translation and transcription, respectively. Disruption of the proton motive force by the ionophore carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone or mutation of genes involved in respiration also suppressed the sensitivity of the Δhpf mutant. Accordingly, Δhpf mutants had aberrantly high levels of ATP and reducing equivalents during prolonged stationary phase. Analysis of bacterial uptake of fluorescently labeled gentamicin demonstrated that the Δhpf mutant harbored increased intracellular levels of the drug. Finally, deletion of the main ribosome hibernation factor of Escherichia coli, ribosome modulation factor (rmf), rendered these bacteria susceptible to gentamicin. Taken together, these data suggest that HPF-mediated ribosome hibernation results in repression of the metabolic activity that underlies aminoglycoside tolerance. HPF is conserved in nearly every bacterial pathogen, and the role of ribosome hibernation in antibiotic tolerance may have clinical implications.

  8. Role of 100S ribosomes in bacterial decay period.

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    Shcherbakova, Ksenia; Nakayama, Hideki; Shimamoto, Nobuo

    2015-10-01

    Ribosomal proteins S10 and S2 were each fused with GFP to track the fates of these proteins in the stationary growth phase and the following decay period in Escherichia coli. The fused proteins localized mainly in the cytoplasm, and their amounts were proportional to the colony-forming unit. S10-GFP strains that lacked genes responsible for regulating 100S ribosomes and S2-GFP strain that was unable to form 100S both showed shortened stationary phases. This result indicates that these strains exhibit earlier death in the absence of 100S formation (S2-GFP, S10-GFP∆rmf and S10-GFP∆hpf) and breakdown (S10-GFP∆yfiA). Therefore, in addition to the mere presence of 100S, the correct timing of 100S formation and breakdown is required to maintain viability. We propose a model in which 100S acts as a tentative repository of ribosomes that are protected from degradation and provide a source of amino acids in later growth period.

  9. Radial modes of slowly rotating compact stars in the presence of magnetic field

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    Panda, N. R.; Mohanta, K. K.; Sahu, P. K.

    2016-09-01

    Compact stars are composed of very high-density hadron matter. When the matter is above nuclear matter density, then there is a chance of different phases of matter such as hadron matter to quark matter. There is a possible phase which, having the quark core surrounded by a mixed phase followed by hadronic matter, may be considered as a hybrid phase inside the stars called hybrid star (HS). The star which consists of only u, d and s quarks is called quark star (QS) and the star which has only hadronic matter is called neutron star (NS). For the equation of state (EOS) of hadronic matter, we have considered the Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) theory and we incorporated the effect of strong magnetic fields. For the EOS of the quark phase we use the simple MIT bag model. We have assumed Gaussian parametrization to make the density dependent for both bag pressure in quark matter and magnetic field. We have constructed the intermediate mixed phase by using the Glendenning conjecture. Eigenfrequencies of radial pulsations of slowly rotating magnetized compact stars (NS, QS, HS) are calculated in a general relativistic formalism given by Chandrasekhar and Friedman. We have studied the effect of central density on the square of the frequencies of the compact stars in the presence of zero and strong magnetic field.

  10. Tomographic Reconstruction of Electron Density from Visible Light Emission Diagnostics on a Translated FRC Plasma

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    Votroubek, George R.; Slough, John; Crawford, Edward

    1999-11-01

    Visible light emission detector arrays have been set up on the TCS and STX experiments at RPPL. Light collected by the system is filtered through a pair of Kodak\\copyright Wratten^TM gel filters in order to look at time resolved Bremsstrahlung radiation emitted at wavelengths between 500-600 nm and attenuate line emission from D_α and D_β. The emission data ( ~ int n^2\\:dl) will be correlated with a 10.6 μm CO2 interferometer ( ~ int n\\:dl) to relate the emission to calibrated units of electron density. The array of chordal information is then processed through a method of tomographic inversion in order to get radial profile information of the translated FRC, and will eventually be used to examine RMF sustained FRCs. This data can then be compared to MOQUI , a full 2D MHD code, results. Experimental setup, hardware, and data will be presented. Supported by USDOE. www.aa.washington.edu/AERP/RPPL.

  11. Internal Magnetic Field Measurements in STX Generated FRCs

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    Andreason, Samuel; Miller, Ken; Slough, John

    1999-11-01

    The internal magnetic field probes installed in the STX experiment at the Redmond Plasma Physics laboratory are designed to provide a one dimensional internal magnetic field profile of a 25 eV 10^19 m-3 FRC. The probe consists of 24 1cm × 1mm 8 turn coils interconnected like a chain to provide information on the RMF field components. This probe can be swept through the vacuum chamber to provide field information for different points throughout the FRC. The coils themselves are made with one mil magnet wire (half mil insulation). Structural and thermal support for the field coils is provided by a 53 mil ID × 78 mil OD berylium oxide tube capped with a boron nitride tip. Berylium oxide is an insulator with good thermal diffusivity/ablation properties. Calculations and test results indicate minimal perturbations to the plasma caused by the probe. Information on the construction methods employed as well as physical and external electrical design will be presented along with representative experimental results. This work is funded by the USDOE. www.aa.washington.edu/AERP/RPPL

  12. Selection in a fluctuating environment and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus.

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    Hallsson, L R; Björklund, M

    2012-08-01

    Temperature changes in the environment, which realistically include environmental fluctuations, can create both plastic and evolutionary responses of traits. Sexes might differ in either or both of these responses for homologous traits, which in turn has consequences for sexual dimorphism and its evolution. Here, we investigate both immediate changes in and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in response to a changing environment (with and without fluctuations) using the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. We investigate sex differences in plasticity and also the genetic architecture of body mass and developmental time dimorphism to test two existing hypotheses on sex differences in plasticity (adaptive canalization hypothesis and condition dependence hypothesis). We found a decreased sexual size dimorphism in higher temperature and that females responded more plastically than males, supporting the condition dependence hypothesis. However, selection in a fluctuating environment altered sex-specific patterns of genetic and environmental variation, indicating support for the adaptive canalization hypothesis. Genetic correlations between sexes (r(MF) ) were affected by fluctuating selection, suggesting facilitated independent evolution of the sexes. Thus, the selective past of a population is highly important for the understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of sexual dimorphism. PMID:22594940

  13. Sustainable domestic effluent reuse via Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI): alfalfa as a perennial model crop.

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    Kazumba, Shija; Gillerman, Leonid; DeMalach, Yoel; Oron, Gideon

    2010-01-01

    Scarcity of fresh high-quality water has heightened the importance of wastewater reuse primarily in dry regions together with improving its efficient use by implementing the Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) method. Sustainable effluent reuse combines soil and plant aspects, along with the maintainability of the application system. In this study, field experiments were conducted for two years on the commercial farm of Revivim and Mashabay-Sade farm (RMF) southeast of the City of Beer-Sheva, Israel. The purpose was to examine the response of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) as a perennial model crop to secondary domestic effluent application by means of a SDI system as compared with conventional overhead sprinkler irrigation. Emitters were installed at different depths and spacing. Similar amounts of effluent were applied to all plots during the experimental period. The results indicated that in all SDI treatments, the alfalfa yields were 11% to 25% higher than the ones obtained under sprinkler irrigated plots, besides the one in which the drip laterals were 200 cm apart. The average Water Use Efficiency (WUE) was better in all SDI treatments in comparison with the sprinkler irrigated plots. An economic assessment reveals the dependence of the net profit on the emitters' installation geometry, combined with the return for alfalfa in the market. PMID:20150698

  14. Hyperon matter at low densities

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    Sulaksono, A.

    2014-09-01

    It was reported recently that hyperons can be present inside PSRJ1614-2230 compact star. This can be realized only if the strength of the ω-hyperons and φ-hyperons coupling of conventional hyperons coupling constant on the extended relativistic mean field (ERMF) model increase by a factor of 1.5 to 3. In the present work, the mass and radius relation of the neutron star that is calculated by using BSR28 parameter set of ERMF model augmented with maximal coupling strength of the ω-hyperons and φ-hyperons (X=1), is compared to the mass and radius relation of the neutron star that is predicted by the same RMF parameter set but by assuming that hyperons do not exist in the matter (No. Hyp) as well as those by assuming the hyperons coupling constant fulfilled the conventional SU(6) and SU(3) symmetry. The consequences of implementing X=1 prescription are also discussed. The potential depths of hyperons in symmetric nuclear matter (SNM), pure neutron matter (PNM) and pure lambda matter (PLM) based on this parameter set are also calculated by using the X=1, SU (6) and SU (3) prescriptions. The results are compared to those obtained from microscopic models, quark meson coupling model (χ QMM) and the QCD sum rule for finite density (QCD SM) result.

  15. Adaptive Control of Linear Modal Systems Using Residual Mode Filters and a Simple Disturbance Estimator

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    Balas, Mark; Frost, Susan

    2012-01-01

    Flexible structures containing a large number of modes can benefit from adaptive control techniques which are well suited to applications that have unknown modeling parameters and poorly known operating conditions. In this paper, we focus on a direct adaptive control approach that has been extended to handle adaptive rejection of persistent disturbances. We extend our adaptive control theory to accommodate troublesome modal subsystems of a plant that might inhibit the adaptive controller. In some cases the plant does not satisfy the requirements of Almost Strict Positive Realness. Instead, there maybe be a modal subsystem that inhibits this property. This section will present new results for our adaptive control theory. We will modify the adaptive controller with a Residual Mode Filter (RMF) to compensate for the troublesome modal subsystem, or the Q modes. Here we present the theory for adaptive controllers modified by RMFs, with attention to the issue of disturbances propagating through the Q modes. We apply the theoretical results to a flexible structure example to illustrate the behavior with and without the residual mode filter.

  16. Package for Interactive Analysis of Line Emission (Analysis of UV-X-Ray High-Resolution Emission Spectra)

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    Kashyap, Vinay; Hunter, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    PINTofALE is an IDL based package to analyze high-resolution grating spectra. The first version was made available to the public on 3 February 2001. Since then we have carried out numerous changes, and the current release is version 1.5, released on 9 October 2002. The changes include upgrades to handle higher versions of IDL, the new version of the CHIANTI database (v4), major enhancements in user-friendliness, improved handling of response matrices, the ability to handle 24-bit color, access to the Atomic Plasma Emission Database (APED), and beta releases of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) based DEM fitting routines. Plans for the future include: inclusion of MCMC techniques in the fitting programs, enhanced graphics capabilities, an overhaul of the line and continuum database structure, and bug fixes. In September 2002, we hired a data analyst (LiWei Lin) to work on PINTofALE. Mr.Lin is concentrating on incorporating MCMC as well as simpler Monte-Carlo techniques, fast RMF convolution, etc., into the code base, as well as reviewing the existing documentation and searching for bugs. A detailed description of the package, together with fairly detailed documentation, example walks-throughs, and downloadable tar files, are available on-line from http://hea-www. harvard.edu/PINTofALE/

  17. Nonlinear Propagation of Mag Waves Through the Transition Region

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    Jatenco-Pereira, V.; Steinolfson, R. S.; Mahajan, S.; Tajima, T.

    1990-11-01

    RESUMEN. Una onda de gravitaci5n magneto acustica (GMA), se inicia en el regimen de alta beta cerca de la basa de fot5sfera solar y es segui- da, usando simulaciones numericas, mientras viaja radialmente a traves de la cromosfera, la regi5n de transici6n y dentro de la corona. Se ha' seleccionado parametros iniciales de manera que la beta resulte menor que uno cerca de la parte alta de la regi6n de transici6n. Nuestro interes maximo se concentra en la cantidad y forma del flujo de energia que puede ser llevada por la onda hasta la corona dados una atm6sfera inicial y amplitud de onda especificas. Segun los estudios a la fecha, el flujo de energ1a termico domina, aumentando linealmente con la ampli tud deonda y resulta de aproximadamente i05 ergs/cm2-s en una amplitud de 0.5. El flujo de energia cinetica siempre permanece despreciable, mientras que el flujo de energia magnetica depende de la orientaci5n inicial del campo. Un modo GMA rapido y casi paralelo, el cual es esen- cialmente un modo MHD en la corona se convierte a un modo rapido modificado y a uno lento, cuando la beta atmosferica disminuye a uno. ABSTRACT: A magneto-acoustic-gravity (MAG) wave is initiated in the high-beta regime near the base of the solar photosphere and followed, using numerical siriiulations, as it travels radially through the chromosphere, the transition region, and into the corona. Initial parameters are selected such that beta becomes less than one near the top of the transition region. Our primary interest is in the amount and form of energy flux that can be carried by the wave train into the corona for a specified initial atmosphere and wave amplitude. For the studies conducted to date, the thermal energy flux dominates, it about linearly with wave amplitude and becomes approximately 10 ergs/cm2-s at an amplitude of 0.5. The kinetic energy flux always remains negligible, while the magnetic energy flux depends on the inLtial field orientation. A nearly parallel fast MAG mode, which

  18. Melena as presentation of primary small intestine inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor in an adult woman. A case report.

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    Alloni, Rossana; Ancona, Gianluca; Gallo, Ida; Crescenzi, Anna; Coppola, Roberto

    2015-07-29

    È il caso di una paziente di 32 anni affetta da Miofibroblastoma non noto, trasferita da altra struttura sanitaria presso il nostro reparto perché affetta da melena da fonte non determinata. All’anamnesi risultava un precedente ricovero in altro Pronto Soccorso per un quadro clinico caratterizzato da dispnea, cefalea, tachicardia e astenia profonda., oltre a profonda anemia (Hg 5.8 g/dl). La gastroscopia non aveva evidenziato alcun motivo di sanguinamento e l’ecografia addomino-pelvica era risultata negativa. Dopo ripetute emotrasfusioni la tentata rettosigmoidoscopia era stata interrotto per intolleranza della paziente. Una volta stabilizzata si era proceduto al trasferimento presso la nostra struttura, e qui alla Risonanza Magnetica dell’addome veniva evidenziato, un ispessimento parietale esteso per 8 cm a del digiuno medio distale, in corrispondenza del fianco destro, antero – lateralmente al duodeno, ed adiacente ad esso una formazione ipervascolare solida di 20 mm. In prima ipotesi poteva trattarsi di un tratto invaginato del piccolo intestino con all’apice una lesione parietale solida, verosimile causa del sanguinamento. Persistendo il quadro anemico e avendo localizzato una lesione sospetta, la paziente è stata sottoposta ad intervento chirurgico, che portava alla conferma dell’esistenza di una lesione nodulare parietale del piccolo intestino, per cui si procedeva ad una sua resezione segmentaria comprendente la suddetta massa, sottoponendo il pezzo operatorio ad esame istologico definitivo. L’anatomo-patologo formulava la diagnosi isto-immunologica di pseudotumore infiammatorio (c.d. Tumore miofibroblastico infiammatorio) responsabile di invaginazione digiuno-digiunale. I margini di resezione risultavano indenni. Dimessa dopo un decorso postoperatorio senza complicanze, al follow-up di 6 mesi non si è ripresentato alcun sintomo di nuovo sanguinamento. Il sanguinamento della neoformazione responsabile della melena da fonte ignota era

  19. [Analysis of the effect of physical group activities in patients with acquired brain injury in the subacute phase].

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    García-Hernández, Juan José; Mediavilla-Saldaña, Lázaro; Pérez-Rodríguez, Pérez-Rodríguez; Pérez-Tejero, Javier; González-Alted, Carlos

    2013-07-16

    Introduccion. El daño cerebral adquirido (DCA) hace referencia a cualquier tipo de lesion no degenerativa que se produce en el cerebro. Las actividades fisicas grupales (AFG) se presentan como un tratamiento efectivo para la mejora de la capacidad funcional. Objetivo. Analizar la eficacia de un programa de AFG en personas con DCA en fase subaguda para su integracion fisica en la comunidad. Pacientes y metodos. Treinta y tres pacientes con DCA, con una edad de 33,18 ± 10,39 años, participaron en un programa de AFG (talleres de circuito, equilibrio simple, equilibrio dual, desplazamiento dual y actividades fisico-deportivas) de 10 semanas. Al comenzar y concluir el programa se evaluaron las variables de velocidad (prueba de velocidad de la marcha en 10 metros), resistencia (prueba de marcha de seis minutos), equilibrio dinamico (Step Test), capacidad funcional (Timed Up and Go), escala de percepcion de seguridad (Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale) y Physical Activity and Disability Survey (PADS), el promedio por hora de la intensidad de la actividad y el numero de pasos fuera del centro de rehabilitacion (usando monitores de actividad fisica). La prueba t para muestras relacionadas se utilizo para evaluar las diferencias en las variables. Resultados. Se hallaron diferencias significativas (p <= 0,05) en las variables de velocidad, resistencia, equilibrio, capacidad funcional, percepcion de seguridad, percepcion de realizacion de actividad general (pregunta 3 del PADS) y numero de pasos. Conclusion. Los programas de AFG mejoran las capacidades fisicas, percepcion de seguridad, realizacion de actividad en general y numero de pasos, lo que puede conllevar una mayor participacion en la comunidad.

  20. [Generation and functions of dreams].

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    Medrano-Martínez, Pablo; Ramos-Platón, M José

    2014-10-16

    Introduccion. En la ultima decada han aumentado considerablemente las publicaciones sobre los ensueños, lo que refleja el interes de varios campos de la neurociencia por el tema. En este trabajo se revisan las principales teorias cientificas que han contribuido al conocimiento de como se producen y cual es su funcion. Desarrollo. Se expone la evolucion de su estudio cientifico, siguiendo el enfoque neurofisiologico y el neurocognitivo. El primero busca determinar los mecanismos neurobiologicos que los generan y las estructuras cerebrales implicadas; el segundo considera los ensueños un tipo de cognicion en interaccion con el de vigilia. Se examinan diversas hipotesis sobre la funcion de los ensueños, en particular las que les atribuyen un papel en la consolidacion de la memoria y la regulacion del estado emocional. Conclusiones. Aunque no se ha determinado con exactitud como se generan los ensueños, los datos neurobiologicos resaltan la importancia de los nucleos pontinos del tronco cerebral, diversos sistemas de memoria, el sistema limbico y el sistema de recompensa cerebral y diversas areas neocorticales. Los datos neurocognitivos subrayan la relacion entre el procesamiento cognitivo y emocional que ocurre durante la vigilia y durante el sueño, asi como la influencia del entorno en el contenido de los ensueños. Respecto a su funcion, cabe destacar su valor adaptativo, al contribuir al reprocesamiento de la informacion adquirida en vigilia y al control de las emociones. Esto sugiere que los ensueños participan en el desarrollo de las capacidades cognitivas.

  1. [A study of sexual function in migraine and cluster headache].

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    Bellosta-Diago, E; Velazquez-Benito, A; Viloria-Alebesque, A; Iniguez-Martinez, C; Santos-Lasaosa, S

    2016-06-01

    Introduccion. La disfuncion erectil y sexual son sintomas comunes a muchas enfermedades cronicas cuyo diagnostico va a condicionar el manejo terapeutico de los pacientes. Objetivo. Valorar la funcion sexual en varones con migrana o cefalea en racimos (CR) comparandola con un grupo control. Sujetos y metodos. Estudio descriptivo transversal de 34 pacientes con migrana, 31 pacientes con CR y 60 sujetos control de edad inferior a 46 anos. La disfuncion erectil se valoro con el indice internacional de disfuncion erectil (IIEF), y el estado emocional, mediante el inventario de depresion de Beck. Resultados. La puntuacion media en el IIEF fue de 68,41 ± 10,09, 64,26 ± 5,73 y 59,33 ± 15,89 en los grupos control, con migrana y con CR, respectivamente (p = 0,041), y la diferencia es significativa entre controles y con CR (p = 0,036). En el grupo de pacientes migranosos, tres pacientes tenian disfuncion erectil leve, y uno, moderada. En el grupo de pacientes con CR, 12 puntuaron en rango de disfuncion erectil leve y dos cumplieron criterios de disfuncion erectil grave (p < 0,05). Al analizar las diferencias en los diferentes dominios del IIEF, estas fueron significativas en el dominio de satisfaccion global (p = 0,015) entre el grupo control y los pacientes con CR (p = 0,012). Conclusiones. Hemos encontrado una mayor frecuencia de disfuncion erectil y afectacion de la funcion sexual en terminos de satisfaccion global en los pacientes con migrana y con CR. Creemos que la valoracion de la funcion sexual en este tipo de cefaleas debe integrarse en nuestra practica clinica habitual.

  2. [Functional assessment for people unable to walk due to spinal muscular atrophy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Translation and validation of the Egen Klassifikation 2 scale for the Spanish population].

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    Fagoaga, Joaquín; Girabent-Farrés, Montserrat; Bagur-Calafat, Caritat; Febrer, Anna; Steffensen, Birgit F

    2015-05-16

    Introduccion. La escala Egen Klassifikation 2 (EK2), ampliacion de la escala EK, evalua la capacidad funcional de personas con atrofia muscular espinal (AME) y distrofia muscular de Duchenne (DMD) que estan en fase de silla de ruedas. Esta version es mas especifica para la AME que su antecesora. Objetivo. Analizar la validez y fiabilidad de la version española de dicha escala como instrumento de medicion de la capacidad funcional en pacientes afectos de AME y DMD que estan en silla de ruedas. Pacientes y metodos. Primeramente se realizo una traduccion-retrotraduccion al español de la version en ingles de la EK2 y, posteriormente, se estudio la fiabilidad de la version traducida. Para ello, se seleccionaron 39 pacientes, de edades comprendidas entre 4 y 60 años, que fueron valorados por dos observadores. Para evaluar la concordancia intraobservador se realizaron dos evaluaciones por un mismo observador, y para la interobservador, se realizo una tercera evaluacion por un segundo observador. Resultados. Los valores obtenidos referidos a la puntuacion total de los items de la escala (suma EK2) reflejan una fiabilidad intra e interobservador excelente, de 0,993 y 0,988, respectivamente. Asimismo, para cada uno de los items, la fiabilidad fue excelente, a excepcion de un item, en el que fue buena. Conclusiones. La version española de la escala EK2 es un instrumento valido y fiable para la poblacion española como herramienta de medicion de la capacidad funcional en pacientes con AME y DMD que estan en silla de ruedas.

  3. [Brainstem dysgenesis: functional prognosis and rehabilitative treatment. A series of nine cases].

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    Alberdi-Otazu, Ainara; Vives-Ortega, Juan C; Castelló-Verdú, Teresa; Toro-Tamargo, Esther; Meléndez-Plumed, Mar

    2014-05-01

    Introduccion. La disgenesia del tronco encefalico es una entidad clinica heterogenea, de baja incidencia y alta variabilidad clinica, que afecta a estructuras del tronco del encefalo. La combinacion de sintomatologia, neuroimagen y estudios neurofisiologicos es la base diagnostica. Objetivo. Conocer las caracteristicas clinicas comunes, pronostico funcional y necesidades de tratamiento rehabilitador en un grupo de niños con disgenesia del tronco encefalico. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio retrospectivo observacional de nueve pacientes diagnosticados de disgenesia del tronco encefalico controlados en consultas externas. Resultados. La edad media de los pacientes era de 5,5 años. Cinco presentaron alteraciones en la neuroimagen y, en los cinco con estudio neurofisiologico, este estaba alterado. Seis presentaron hipotonia muscular; ocho, amimia/hipomimia; seis, hipoacusia central, y cinco, gastrostomia. Un tercio presento un episodio de parada cardiorrespiratoria. En todos se detecto retraso psicomotor. Actualmente cinco realizan marcha autonoma por interiores y cuatro de ellos por exteriores. Un porcentaje elevado (77,7%) comprende ordenes simples y es capaz de comunicarse (66,6%). Conclusiones. Las alteraciones de los pares craneales, del tono muscular y la disfagia son las manifestaciones mas comunes en nuestra poblacion. El riesgo de broncoaspiracion y parada cardiorrespiratoria supone una amenaza vital para estos pacientes. Todos los niños presentan retraso psicomotor y la mitad de ellos alcanza marcha autonoma. Dada la diversidad de discapacidad que presentan estos pacientes, consideramos necesario un tratamiento de rehabilitacion integral e individualizado para conseguir un nivel funcional optimo. Necesitamos estudios con muestras mas amplias para obtener grupos homogeneos y establecer el pronostico funcional y las necesidades de tratamiento rehabilitador.

  4. Partial rotator cuff injury in athletes: bursal or articular?

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    Carvalho, Cassiano Diniz; Cohen, Carina; Belangero, Paulo Santoro; Figueiredo, Eduardo Antônio; Monteiro, Gustavo Cará; de Castro Pochini, Alberto; Andreoli, Carlos Vicente; Ejnisman, Benno

    2015-01-01

    O ombro doloroso é uma queixa muito comum entre os atletas, especialmente no caso dos arremessadores. As lesões parciais do manguito rotador podem ser muito dolorosas e causar limitação funcional importante na pratica esportiva do atleta. A incidência das lesões parciais do manguito é variável (13% a 37%). O diagnóstico clínico e radiológico é difícil e deve ser considerado em todo atleta que apresente sintomatologia da síndrome do manguito rotador, inclusive nos pacientes diagnosticados apenas com tendinopatia.

  5. Evaluation of functional recovery by motor functional independence measure test of elderly after hip fracture in Serbia.

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    Radosavljevic, Natasa; Nikolic, Dejan; Lazovic, Milica; Radosavljevic, Zoran; Jeremic, Aleksandar

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: o objectivo do estudo é a avaliação do nível de independência funcional através da aplicação da escala de Medida da Independência Funcional (Functional Independence Measure [FIM]) em doentes com idade superior a 65 anos, após fractura da anca.Material e Métodos: Foram estudados 203 doentes após fractura da anca, aplicando a escala MIF em 3 momentos: admissão do doente no hospital (Período 1), no momento da alta (Período 2) e 3 meses após a alta (Período 3); os doentes foram englobados em 3 grupos etários: Grupo65-74 , Grupo75-84 e Grupo+85 e em dois grupos, consoante o Índice de Gravidade (IG): grupo 0-1,99 (IG1) e grupo ≥ 2 (IG2).Resultados: No grupo de doentes com idêntico IG, observou-se um aumento dos valores da MIF no Período 2 e 3 em ambos osgéneros e nas primeiras duas classes etárias, ao passo que em doentes acima dos 85 anos, com IG mais elevado, observámos uma variação não significativa dos valores da MIF entre o momento da alta hospitalar e 3 meses após a alta.Discussão: A melhoria mais significativa da MIF foi obtida em doentes do sexo feminino no primeiro e terceiro grupos etários e com IG mais elevado.Conclusão: O género não constitui um factor preditivo significativo da recuperação da independência funcional medida através da aplicação da escala MIF em doentes com fractura da anca, embora a MIF no momento da admissão seja um bom indicador de recuperação funcional em doentes do sexo feminino em certos grupos etários (primeiro e terceiro grupos etários).

  6. Information display and interaction in real-time environments

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    Bocast, A. K.

    1983-01-01

    The available information bandwidth as a funcion of system's complexity and time constraints in a real time control environment were examined. Modern interactive graphics techniques provide very high bandwidth data displays. In real time control environments, effective information interaction rates are a function not only of machine data technologies but of human information processing capabilities and the four dimensional resolution of available interaction techniques. The available information bandwidth as a function of system's complexity and time constraints in a real time control environment were examined.

  7. Estudio fotométrico de NGC 3293

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    Baume, G.; Vázquez, R. A.; Feintein, A.

    Por primera vez se ha investigado fotométricamente este cúmulo hasta V = 19 m. Se encontraron evidencias de una notable diferencia en las etapas en las que se formaron las estrellas de diferentes masas, así como la presencia de dos zonas con distinta absorción. Se estudió el enrojecimiento en dirección a este objeto y se redeterminó su distancia y edad. Además, se calcularon las pendientes correspondientes a las funciones de luminosidad y de masa de las estrellas más masivas.

  8. La Función de Luminosidad de las poblaciones de cúmulos globulares alrededor de NGC 1399

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    Ostrov, P. G.; Forte, J. C.; Geisler, D.

    Mediante el empleo de una técnica especial para filtrar el pattern de fringing, se ha obtenido una función de luminosidad de los cúmulos globulares de NGC 1399 superando por ~ 1 mag el turn-over en la banda T1 del sistema de Washington. El análisis de los resultados de la fotometría multibanda (C, M, T1) permite determinar que las mitades mas brillantes de las funciones de luminosidad de las dos principales poblaciones de cúmulos globulares asociadas con esta galaxia son similares.

  9. [The functional planning of a enteral nutrition unit for home care at a hospital in Brazil].

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    Ribeiro Salomon, Ana Lúcia; Carvalho Garbi Novaes, Maria Rita

    2013-11-01

    Introducción: Con el objeto de garantizar la calidad del producto ofrecido a los clientes en sus domicilios, las unidades hospitalarias necesitan adecuar sus áreas físicas para poder desarrollar todas las actividades especializadas que conlleva la nutrición enteral. Objetivo: Proporcionar una planificación funcional y las herramientas para la reorganización del espacio físico de una unidad de nutrición enteral, describiendo el proceso de preparación, la descripción de sus características y funciones laborales. Métodos. Estudio descriptivo, retrospectivo y documental, proporcionando las herramientas para la planificación funcional y de gestión de calidad en una unidad de preparación de la nutrición enteral en un hospital público del Distrito Federal, Brasil. Los datos fueron recolectados en el período comprendido entre los años 2000 y 2010. Resultados. A través de la creación de un programa de nutrición enteral en el Departamento de Salud Pública del Distrito Federal y según lo dispuesto por la legislación nacional, se efectuó un plan de alta complejidad respecto de la nutrición enteral en atención al perfil demográfico y epidemiológico de la población. Este trabajo consiste en una propuesta de implementación de terapia nutricional dentro de un plan de alta complejidad, y de acuerdo a lo prescrito por la legislación del Ministerio de Salud Brasileño. El número de pacientes atendidos por esta modalidad terapéutica se ha ido incrementando, por consiguiente se hace necesario garantizar la calidad del servicio, por medio de la organización de los espacios funcionales. Conclusión. Por medio de la planificación funcional de un Laboratorio de Nutrición Enteral, se puede garantizar la asistencia nutricional especializada y de calidad, a la población hospitalaria o domiciliaria, tomando las precauciones necesarias en la manipulación de las fórmulas enterales.

  10. Local Search Methods for Tree Chromosome Structure in a GA to Identify Functions

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    Matayoshi, Mitsukuni; Nakamura, Morikazu; Miyagi, Hayao

    In this paper, Local search methods for “Tree Chromosome Structure in a Genetic Algorithm to Identify Functions" which succeeds in function identifications are proposed. The proposed method aims at the identification success rate improvement and shortening identification time. The target functions of identification are composed of algebraic functions, primary transcendental functions, time series functions include a chaos function, and user-defined one-variable funcions. In testing, Kepler's the third law is added to Matayoshi's test functions(7)-(9). When some functions are identified, the improvement of identification rate and shortening time are indicated. However, we also report some ineffectual results, and give considerations.

  11. TESTING OF THE DUAL ROTARY FILTER SYSTEM

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    Herman, D.; Fowley, M.; Stefanko, D.

    2011-08-29

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) installed and tested two hydraulically connected SpinTek rotary microfilter (RMF) units to determine the behavior of a multiple filter system. Both units were successfully controlled by a control scheme written in DELTA-V architecture by Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Process Control Engineering personnel. The control system was tuned to provide satisfactory response to changing conditions during the operation of the multi-filter system. Stability was maintained through the startup and shutdown of one of the filter units while the second was still in operation. The installation configuration originally proposed by the Small Colum Ion Exchange (SCIX) project of independent filter and motor mountings may be susceptible to vibration. Significant stiffening of the filter and motor mounts was required to minimize the vibration. Alignment of the motor to the filter was a challenge in this test configuration. The deployment configuration must be easy to manipulate and allow for fine adjustment. An analysis of the vibration signature of the test system identified critical speeds. Whether it corresponds to the resonance frequency of a rotor radial vibration mode that was excited by rotor unbalance is uncertain based upon the measurements. A relative motion series should be completed on the filter with the final shaft configuration to determine if the resonances exist in the final filter design. The instrumentation selected for deployment, including the concentrate discharge control valve and flow meters, performed well. Automation of the valve control integrated well with the control scheme and when used in concert with the other control variables, allowed automated control of the dual RMF system. The one area of concern with the instrumentation was the condition resulting when the filtrate flow meter operated with less than three gpm. This low flow was at the lower range of performance for the flow meter. This should not be

  12. Dirac-Hartree-Bogoliubov calculation for spherical and deformed hot nuclei: Temperature dependence of the pairing energy and gaps, nuclear deformation, nuclear radii, excitation energy, and entropy

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    Lisboa, R.; Malheiro, M.; Carlson, B. V.

    2016-02-01

    Background: Unbound single-particle states become important in determining the properties of a hot nucleus as its temperature increases. We present relativistic mean field (RMF) for hot nuclei considering not only the self-consistent temperature and density dependence of the self-consistent relativistic mean fields but also the vapor phase that takes into account the unbound nucleon states. Purpose: The temperature dependence of the pairing gaps, nuclear deformation, radii, binding energies, entropy, and caloric curves of spherical and deformed nuclei are obtained in self-consistent RMF calculations up to the limit of existence of the nucleus. Method: We perform Dirac-Hartree-Bogoliubov (DHB) calculations for hot nuclei using a zero-range approximation to the relativistic pairing interaction to calculate proton-proton and neutron-neutron pairing energies and gaps. A vapor subtraction procedure is used to account for unbound states and to remove long range Coulomb repulsion between the hot nucleus and the gas as well as the contribution of the external nucleon gas. Results: We show that p -p and n -n pairing gaps in the S10 channel vanish for low critical temperatures in the range Tcp≈0.6 -1.1 MeV for spherical nuclei such as 90Zr, 124Sn, and 140Ce and for both deformed nuclei 150Sm and 168Er. We found that superconducting phase transition occurs at Tcp=1.03 Δp p(0 ) for 90Zr, Tcp=1.16 Δp p(0 ) for 140Ce, Tcp=0.92 Δp p(0 ) for 150Sm, and Tcp=0.97 Δp p(0 ) for 168Er. The superfluidity phase transition occurs at Tcp=0.72 Δn n(0 ) for 124Sn, Tcp=1.22 Δn n(0 ) for 150Sm, and Tcp=1.13 Δn n(0 ) for 168Er. Thus, the nuclear superfluidity phase—at least for this channel—can only survive at very low nuclear temperatures and this phase transition (when the neutron gap vanishes) always occurs before the superconducting one, where the proton gap is zero. For deformed nuclei the nuclear deformation disappear at temperatures of about Tcs=2.0 -4.0 MeV , well above the

  13. Eleven-year descriptive analysis of closed court verdicts on medical errors in Spain and Massachusetts

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    Giraldo, Priscila; Sato, Luke; Martínez-Sánchez, Jose M; Comas, Mercè; Dwyer, Kathy; Sala, Maria; Castells, Xavier

    2016-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate and compare the characteristics of court verdicts on medical errors allegedly harming patients in Spain and Massachusetts from 2002 to 2012. Design, setting and participants We reviewed 1041 closed court verdicts obtained from data on litigation in the Thomson Reuters Aranzadi Westlaw databases in Spain (Europe), and 370 closed court verdicts obtained from the Controlled Risk and Risk Management Foundation of Harvard Medical Institutions (CRICO/RMF) in Massachusetts (USA). We included closed court verdicts on medical errors. The definition of medical errors was based on that of the Institute of Medicine (USA). We excluded any agreements between parties before a judgement. Results Medical errors were involved in 25.9% of court verdicts in Spain and in 74% of those in Massachusetts. The most frequent cause of medical errors was a diagnosis-related problem (25.1%; 95% CI 20.7% to 31.1% in Spain; 35%; 95% CI 29.4% to 40.7% in Massachusetts). The proportion of medical errors classified as high severity was 34% higher in Spain than in Massachusetts (p=0.001). The most frequent factors contributing to medical errors in Spain were surgical and medical treatment (p=0.001). In Spain, 98.5% of medical errors resulted in compensation awards compared with only 6.9% in Massachusetts. Conclusions This study reveals wide differences in litigation rates and the award of indemnity payments in Spain and Massachusetts; however, common features of both locations are the high rates of diagnosis-related problems and the long time interval until resolution. PMID:27577585

  14. Multidimensionally-constrained relativistic mean-field study of spontaneous fission: Coupling between shape and pairing degrees of freedom

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    Zhao, Jie; Lu, Bing-Nan; Nikšić, Tamara; Vretenar, Dario; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2016-04-01

    Background: Studies of fission dynamics, based on nuclear energy density functionals, have shown that the coupling between shape and pairing degrees of freedom has a pronounced effect on the nonperturbative collective inertia and, therefore, on dynamic (least-action) spontaneous fission paths and half-lives. Purpose: The aim is to analyze the effects of particle-number fluctuation degrees of freedom on symmetric and asymmetric spontaneous fission (SF) dynamics, and to compare the findings with the results of recent studies based on the self-consistent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) method. Methods: Collective potentials and nonperturbative cranking collective inertia tensors are calculated using the multidimensionally-constrained relativistic-mean-field (MDC-RMF) model. Pairing correlations are treated in the BCS approximation using a separable pairing force of finite range. Pairing fluctuations are included as a collective variable using a constraint on particle-number dispersion. Fission paths are determined with the dynamic programming method by minimizing the action in multidimensional collective spaces. Results: The dynamics of spontaneous fission of 264Fm and 250Fm are explored. Fission paths, action integrals, and corresponding half-lives computed in the three-dimensional collective space of shape and pairing coordinates, using the relativistic functional DD-PC1 and a separable pairing force of finite range, are compared with results obtained without pairing fluctuations. Results for 264Fm are also discussed in relation with those recently obtained using the HFB model. Conclusions: The inclusion of pairing correlations in the space of collective coordinates favors axially symmetric shapes along the dynamic path of the fissioning system, amplifies pairing as the path traverses the fission barriers, significantly reduces the action integral, and shortens the

  15. The Listeria monocytogenes Hibernation-Promoting Factor Is Required for the Formation of 100S Ribosomes, Optimal Fitness, and Pathogenesis

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    Kline, Benjamin C.; McKay, Susannah L.; Tang, William W.

    2014-01-01

    During exposure to certain stresses, bacteria dimerize pairs of 70S ribosomes into translationally silent 100S particles in a process called ribosome hibernation. Although the biological roles of ribosome hibernation are not completely understood, this process appears to represent a conserved and adaptive response that contributes to optimal survival during stress and post-exponential-phase growth. Hibernating ribosomes are formed by the activity of one or more highly conserved proteins; gammaproteobacteria produce two relevant proteins, ribosome modulation factor (RMF) and hibernation promoting factor (HPF), while most Gram-positive bacteria produce a single, longer HPF protein. Here, we report the formation of 100S ribosomes by an HPF homolog in Listeria monocytogenes. L. monocytogenes 100S ribosomes were observed by sucrose density gradient centrifugation of bacterial extracts during mid-logarithmic phase, peaked at the transition to stationary phase, and persisted at lower levels during post-exponential-phase growth. 100S ribosomes were undetectable in bacteria carrying an hpf::Himar1 transposon insertion, indicating that HPF is required for ribosome hibernation in L. monocytogenes. Additionally, epitope-tagged HPF cosedimented with 100S ribosomes, supporting its previously described direct role in 100S formation. We examined hpf mRNA by quantitative PCR (qPCR) and identified several conditions that upregulated its expression, including carbon starvation, heat shock, and exposure to high concentrations of salt or ethanol. Survival of HPF-deficient bacteria was impaired under certain conditions both in vitro and during animal infection, providing evidence for the biological relevance of 100S ribosome formation. PMID:25422304

  16. Cold Uniform Matter and Neutron Stars in the Quark-Meson-Coupling Model

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    J.R. Stone; P.A.M. Guichon; H.H. Matevosyan; A.W. Thomas

    2007-08-01

    A new density dependent effective baryon-baryon interaction has been recently derived from the quark-meson-coupling (QMC) model, offering impressive results in application to finite nuclei and dense baryon matter. This self-consistent, relativistic quark-level approach is used to construct the Equation of State (EoS) and to calculate key properties of high density matter and cold, slowly rotating neutron stars. The results include predictions for the maximum mass of neutron star models, together with the corresponding radius and central density, as well the properties of neutron stars with mass of order 1.4 M{sub {circle_dot}}. The cooling mechanism allowed by the QMC EoS is explored and the parameters relevant to slow rotation, namely the moment of inertia and the period of rotation investigated. The results of the calculation, which are found to be in good agreement with available observational data, are compared with the predictions of more traditional EoS, based on the A18+{delta}v+UIX* and modified Reid soft core potentials, the Skyrme SkM* interaction and two relativistic mean field (RMF) models for a hybrid stars including quark matter. The QMC EoS provides cold neutron star models with maximum mass 1.9-2.1 M{sub {circle_dot}}, with central density less than 6 times nuclear saturation density (n{sub 0} = 0.16 fm{sup -3}) and offers a consistent description of the stellar mass up to this density limit. In contrast with other models, QMC predicts no hyperon contribution at densities lower than 3n{sub 0}, for matter in {beta}-equilibrium. At higher densities, {Xi}{sup -,0} and {Lambda} hyperons are present. The absence of lighter {Sigma}{sup {+-},0} hyperons is understood as a consequence of antisymmetrization, together with the implementation of the color hyperfine interaction in the response of the quark bag to the nuclear scalar field.

  17. PIXE analysis of historical paintings: Is the gain worth the risk?

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    Calligaro, T.; Gonzalez, V.; Pichon, L.

    2015-11-01

    The PIXE analysis of easel paintings constitutes a challenging task. Despite recognized merits and a few emblematic applications, PIXE has never been routinely applied to these fragile, complex and precious targets. The present work discusses the place of PIXE in the study of easel paintings and opens up perspectives for a more systematic usage of this analytical technique. Progress achieved since decades in the implementation of PIXE to study such fragile cultural heritage artefacts is reviewed, notably at the LABEC laboratory in Italy and at the AGLAE facility of the C2RMF in France. Two specific techniques developed for paintings are detailed and exemplified on Renaissance painting masterpieces: differential PIXE for paint layers depth profiling and multi-scale elemental mapping for the imaging of pigment distribution. Beam-induced damage, a major concern, notably depends on the employed beam fluence in particle/cm2 or μC/cm2. After recalling previous works on damage induced in chemical products comparable to pigments, we present the behaviour under different fluences of protons of a few MeV (1-300 μC/cm2) of targets having high resemblance to historical easel paintings: pellets of specially synthesized lead white pigments, layers of lead white mixed with linseed oil and areas containing lead white of two 19th century paintworks. The results shed new lights on the behaviour of paintworks under the beam and pave the way to strategies for damage mitigation. In particular, the lowering of PIXE performance induced by the decrease of the beam fluence sets a trade-off between risk of damage and gained information which also impacts the PIXE scanning protocol for paintings. As an illustration of an adequate adjustment of this balance, we report the exploratory application of PIXE mapping to a large area of a 19th century easel painting without damage. The recorded elemental maps are compared to elemental maps collected on the same area using laboratory-based scanning

  18. Unusual Application Of Ion Beam Analysis For The Study Of Surface Layers On Materials Relevant To Cultural Heritage

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    Mathis, F.; Salomon, J.; Trocellier, P.; Aucouturier, M.

    2006-12-01

    Recently a new thematic of research — intentional patinas on antic copper-base objects — lead the AGLAE (Accélérateur Grand Louvre pour l'Analyse Elémentaire) team of the C2RMF (Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France) to improve its methods of analyzing thin surface layers both in their elemental composition and in-depth elemental distribution. A new beam extraction set-up containing a particle detector has been developed in order to use a 6 MeV alpha beam both in PIXE and RBS mode and to monitor precisely the ion dose received by the sample. Both RBS and ionization cross sections were assessed in order to make sure that the analysis can be quantitative. This set up allows great progresses in the understanding of both nature and structure of this very particular oxide layer obtained in the antiquity by chemical treatment on copper alloys, containing gold and/or silver and presenting very interesting properties of color and stability. Besides the non destructive properties of the IBA in external beam mode, this method of analyzing allows the study of samples in interaction with its environment. This was used to study the high temperature oxidation of Cu-Sn alloys using a furnace developed in order to heat a sample and analyze it in RBS mode at the same time. This new way of studying the growth of oxide layers permits to understand the oxidation mechanism of this system and to propose an experimental model for the identification of oxide layers due to an exposition to a high temperature, model needed for a long time by curators in charge of the study and the conservation of archaeological bronzes.

  19. SU-E-T-547: Modeling Biological Response to Proton Irradiation and Evaluating Its Potential Clinical Consequences

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    Taleei, R; Peeler, C; Guan, F; Patel, D; Titt, U; Mirkovic, D; Grosshans, D; Mohan, R

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: In addition to physical uncertainties, proton therapy may also be associated with biologic uncertainties. Currently a generic RBE value of 1.1 is used for treatment planning. In this work the effects of variable RBE, in comparison to a fixed RBE, were evaluated by calculating the effective dose for proton treatments. Methods: The repair misrepair fixation (RMF) model was used to calculate variable proton RBEs. The RBE weighted spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) dose in water phantom was calculated using Monte Carlo simulation and compared to 1.1 weighted SOBP dose. A head and neck proton treatment was used to evaluate the potential effects, by comparing the head and neck treatment plan computed with a commercial treatment planning system that incorporates fixed RBE of 1.1 and a Monte Carlo treatment planning system that incorporates variable RBE. Results: RBE calculations along the depth of SOBP showed that the RBE at the entrance is approximately 1 and reaches 1.1 near the center of the SOBP. However, in distal regions the RBE rises to higher values (up to 3.5 depending on the cell type). Comparison of commercial treatment plans using a fixed RBE of 1.1 and Monte Carlo using variable RBE showed noticeable differences in the effective dose distributions. Conclusion: The comparison of the treatment planning with fixed and variable RBE shows that using commercial treatment planning systems that incorporate fixed RBE (1.1) could Result in overestimation of the effective dose to part of head and neck target volumes, while underestimating the effective dose to the normal tissue beyond the tumor. The accurate variable RBE as a function of proton beam energy in patient should be incorporated in treatment planning to improve the accuracy of effective dose calculation.

  20. TH-A-19A-05: Modeling Physics Properties and Biologic Effects Induced by Proton and Helium Ions

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    Taleei, R; Titt, U; Peeler, C; Guan, F; Mirkovic, D; Grosshans, D; Mohan, R

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: Currently, proton and carbon ions are used for cancer treatment. More recently, other light ions including helium ions have shown interesting physical and biological properties. The purpose of this work is to study the biological and physical properties of helium ions (He-3) in comparison to protons. Methods: Monte Carlo simulations with FLUKA, GEANT4 and MCNPX were used to calculate proton and He-3 dose distributions in water phantoms. The energy spectra of proton and He-3 beams were calculated with high resolution for use in biological models. The repair-misrepairfixation (RMF) model was subsequently used to calculate the RBE. Results: The proton Bragg curve calculations show good agreement between the three general purpose Monte Carlo codes. In contrast, the He-3 Bragg curve calculations show disagreement (for the magnitude of the Bragg peak) between FLUKA and the other two Monte Carlo codes. The differences in the magnitude of the Bragg peak are mainly due to the discrepancy in the secondary fragmentation cross sections used by the codes. The RBE for V79 cell lines is about 0.96 and 0.98 at the entrance of proton and He-3 ions depth dose respectively. The RBE increases to 1.06 and 1.59 at the Bragg peak of proton and He-3 ions. The results demonstrated that LET, microdosimetric parameters (such as dose-mean lineal energy) and RBE are nearly constant along the plateau region of Bragg curve, while all parameters increase within the Bragg peak and at the distal edge for both proton and He-3 ions. Conclusion: The Monte Carlo codes should revise the fragmentation cross sections to more accurately simulate the physical properties of He-3 ions. The increase in RBE for He-3 ions is higher than for proton beams at the Bragg peak.

  1. The Listeria monocytogenes hibernation-promoting factor is required for the formation of 100S ribosomes, optimal fitness, and pathogenesis.

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    Kline, Benjamin C; McKay, Susannah L; Tang, William W; Portnoy, Daniel A

    2015-02-01

    During exposure to certain stresses, bacteria dimerize pairs of 70S ribosomes into translationally silent 100S particles in a process called ribosome hibernation. Although the biological roles of ribosome hibernation are not completely understood, this process appears to represent a conserved and adaptive response that contributes to optimal survival during stress and post-exponential-phase growth. Hibernating ribosomes are formed by the activity of one or more highly conserved proteins; gammaproteobacteria produce two relevant proteins, ribosome modulation factor (RMF) and hibernation promoting factor (HPF), while most Gram-positive bacteria produce a single, longer HPF protein. Here, we report the formation of 100S ribosomes by an HPF homolog in Listeria monocytogenes. L. monocytogenes 100S ribosomes were observed by sucrose density gradient centrifugation of bacterial extracts during mid-logarithmic phase, peaked at the transition to stationary phase, and persisted at lower levels during post-exponential-phase growth. 100S ribosomes were undetectable in bacteria carrying an hpf::Himar1 transposon insertion, indicating that HPF is required for ribosome hibernation in L. monocytogenes. Additionally, epitope-tagged HPF cosedimented with 100S ribosomes, supporting its previously described direct role in 100S formation. We examined hpf mRNA by quantitative PCR (qPCR) and identified several conditions that upregulated its expression, including carbon starvation, heat shock, and exposure to high concentrations of salt or ethanol. Survival of HPF-deficient bacteria was impaired under certain conditions both in vitro and during animal infection, providing evidence for the biological relevance of 100S ribosome formation.

  2. {bar K}-NUCLEAR Deeply Bound States?

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    Gal, Avraham

    Following the prediction by Akaishi and Yamazaki of relatively narrow {bar K}-nuclear states, deeply bound by over 100 MeV where the main decay channel {bar K} N -> π Σ is closed, several experimental signals in stopped K- reactions on light nuclei have been interpreted recently as due to such states. In this talk I review (i) the evidence from K--atom data for a deep bar K-nucleus potential, as attractive as V{bar K}(ρ 0) ˜ -(150 - 200) MeV at nuclear matter density, that could support such states; and (ii) the theoretical arguments for a shallow potential, V{bar K}(ρ 0) ˜ -(40 - 60) MeV. I then review a recent work by Mareš, Friedman and Gal in which {bar K}-nuclear bound states are generated dynamically across the periodic table, using a RMF Lagrangian that couples the {bar K} to the scalar and vector meson fields mediating the nuclear interactions. The reduced phase space available for {bar K} absorption from these bound states is taken into account by adding a density- and energy-dependent imaginary term, underlying the corresponding {bar K}-nuclear level widths, with a strength constrained by K--atom fits. Substantial polarization of the core nucleus is found for light nuclei, with central nuclear densities enhanced by almost a factor of two. The binding energies and widths calculated in this dynamical model differ appreciably from those calculated for a static nucleus. These calculations provide a lower limit of Γ {bar K} ˜ 50 ± 10 MeV on the width of nuclear bound states for {bar K} binding energy in the range B{bar K} = 100 - 200 MeV.

  3. Anelastic Modeling of Upper Mantle Seismic Observations: Explaining Rocky Mountain Isostacy and Constraining Rheological Uncertainty

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    Boyd, O. S.; Sheehan, A. F.

    2001-12-01

    Utilizing tomographic models of attenuation and velocity derived using the Rocky Mountain Front (RMF) broadband seismic dataset acquired in 1992, this study models the relationships of attenuation to velocity to identify regions of elevated temperature and anomalous rheology. Studies of the area include P, S and surface wave velocity tomography and all indicate slow upper mantle velocities below the Rocky Mountain region. Recent attenuation measurements exhibit a similar trend. The coupling of attenuation and velocity measurements provides an indication of the change in temperature (Karato, 1993). A more vigorous examination of the relationships between attenuation and velocity can provide insight into the rheological parameters of the mantle. The theoretical basis of the modeling is the complex modulus of the standard anelastic solid under the influence of a thermally activated process (Nowick and Berry, 1972). An activation energy of 500 kJ/mol, the diffusion of oxygen through olivine, is assumed. An integral part of the modeling is the assumption that the thermally activated process has a normal distribution of activation energies. A greater variance of this distribution is an indication of the materials inability to equilibrate differential stress. Relationships between attenuation and velocity suggest elevated temperatures up to 300 K 100 to 150 km beneath the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This temperature difference is enough to cause density changes partly responsible for isostacy of the mountains. Additional findings include a significant reduction in variance of the activation energies in the upper mantle coincident with the region of elevated temperature. This is due to a softening of the mantle material and may imply the existence of partial melt. >http://ucsu.colorado.edu/~oliverb/AnMod.html

  4. A new light on a first example of lustred majolica in Italy

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    Padeletti, G.; Fermo, P.; Bouquillon, A.; Aucouturier, M.; Barbe, F.

    2010-09-01

    A study has been realised to elucidate the first step of lustre production in Italy. With this aim in mind, an investigation was carried out on an emblematic lustred object: Baglioni’s albarello. It is conserved at Louvre museum and it is considered as one of the very first examples of lustred object produced in Italy. The characteristics of the lustred film have been determined, identifying interesting aspects that may be used to scientifically confirm the origin of this object. This study was completed by the investigation of other objects: a not lustred albarello, still decorated with the coat of arms of Baglioni’s family and a lustred plate with the coat of arms of the Montefeltro family. The two Baglioni’s albarelli are stylistically and historically considered as produced in one of the numerous workshops of Deruta. The origin of the Montefeltro’s plate, although from central Italy, is not precisely attested. In order to acquire more information, clarifying the origin and place of production of these objects, a comparison of their physico-chemical characteristics with results obtained and already published on different well-attested productions, such as Islamic, Hispano-Moresque and Italian, was carried out. For what concerns the museum objects, the use of non-destructive investigation techniques was mandatory. For this reason, ion beam techniques as PIXE and RBS have been used at AGLAE facility, as well as a new X-ray micro-diffraction equipment, at C2RMF. Moreover, the results were compared with data obtained on shards of certain production origin, by means of chemometric techniques. Some hypothesis concerning the place of production of the examined objects have been formulated.

  5. Microscopic Self-consistent Study of Neon Halos with Resonant Contributions

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    Zhang, Shisheng; Smith, Michael Scott; Kang, Zhong-Shu; Zhao, Jie

    2014-01-01

    Recent reaction measurements have been interpreted as evidence of a halo structure in the exotic neutron-rich isotopes 29,31Ne. While theoretical studies of 31Ne generally agree on its halo nature, they differ significantly in their predictions of its properties and underlying cause (e.g., that 31Ne lies in an "island of inversion'"). We have made a systematic theoretical analysis of possible Neon halo signatures -- the first using a fully microscopic, relativistic mean field approach that properly treats positive energy orbitals (such as the valence neutron in 31Ne) self-consistently with bound levels, and that includes the pairing effect that keeps the nucleus loosely bound with negative Fermi energy. Our model is the analytical continuation of the coupling constant (ACCC) method based on a relativistic mean field (RMF) theory with Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) pairing approximation. We calculate neutron- and matter-radii, one-neutron separation energies, p- and f-orbital energies and occupation probabilities, and neutron densities for single-particle resonant orbitals in 27-31Ne. We analyze these results for evidence of neutron halo formation in 29,31Ne. Our model predicts a p-orbit 1n halo structure for 31Ne, based on a radius increase from 30Ne that is 7 - 8 times larger than the increase from 29Ne to 30Ne, as well as a decrease in the neutron separation energy by a factor of ~ 10 compared to that of 27-30Ne. In contrast to other studies, our inclusion of resonances yields an inverted ordering of p and f orbitals for small deformations. Furthermore, we find no evidence of an s-orbit 1n halo in 29Ne as recently claimed in the literature.

  6. Alternative sigma factor RpoN and its modulation protein YhbH are indispensable for Erwinia amylovora virulence.

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    Ancona, Veronica; Li, Wenting; Zhao, Youfu

    2014-01-01

    In Erwinia amylovora, ECF (extracytoplasmic functions) alternative sigma factor HrpL regulates the transcription of hrp (hypersensitive response and pathogenicity)-type III secretion system (T3SS) genes by binding to a consensus sequence known as the hrp box in hrp gene promoters. In turn, the expression of hrpL has been proposed to be positively controlled by alternative sigma factor 54 (σ(54)) (RpoN) and HrpS, a member of the σ(54) enhancer-binding proteins (EBPs). However, the function of RpoN has not been characterized genetically in E. amylovora. In this study, we investigated the role of RpoN, a nitrogen limitation sigma factor, and its modulation protein YhbH, a novel ribosome-associated protein, in E. amylovora virulence. Our results showed that mutations in hrpS, hrpL, rpoN and yhbH, but not yfiA and rmf3, resulted in a nonpathogenic phenotype on immature pear fruits and apple shoots. Consistently, the expression of T3SS genes, including hrpL, dspE, hrpN and hrpA, was barely detected in hrpS, hrpL, rpoN and yhbH mutants. These mutants were also not capable of eliciting a hypersensitive response (HR) on tobacco; however, the overexpression of hrpL using an inducible promoter rescued the HR-eliciting abilities of these mutants. These results suggest that a sigma factor cascade exists in the regulatory networks of E. amylovora and regulates important virulence factors. On the basis of this study and previously reported data, a model is proposed for the regulation of T3SS in E. amylovora.

  7. [Thrombolysis in left mechanical prosthetic heart valve obstruction by thrombus. Following and results].

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    Valencia-Sánchez, Jesús Salvador; Arriaga-Nava, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCCIÓN: la obstrucción de la válvula mecánica cardiaca izquierda por trombo es una complicación grave. Los factores relacionados con la mortalidad son clase funcional, tipo de prótesis valvular y urgencia de la cirugía. La trombólisis representa una opción terapéutica a la cirugía cardiaca. El objetivo de esta investigación fue analizar el papel de la trombólisis en el manejo de la válvula mecánica cardiaca izquierda obstruida por trombo. MÉTODOS: se estudiaron 22 casos consecutivos sometidos a trombólisis en el Hospital de Cardiología del Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, bajo dos diferentes circunstancias: con edema agudo pulmonar y estado de choque en clase funcional IV y con clases funcionales I y II. Se realizó monitoreo clínico, ecocardiográfico y fluoroscopia.

  8. [Non-speech oral motor treatment efficacy for children with developmental speech sound disorders].

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    Ygual-Fernandez, A; Cervera-Merida, J F

    2016-01-01

    Introduccion. En el tratamiento logopedico de las dificultades de habla se practican dos enfoques metodologicos antagonicos: los no verbales, basados en ejercicios de motricidad oral (EMO), y los verbales, que se basan en tareas de procesamiento de habla con silabas, fonemas y palabras. En España, los programas de EMO se llaman 'programas de praxias', estan muy difundidos y son apreciados por los logopedas. Objetivo. Revisar los estudios sobre la eficacia de los tratamientos basados en EMO aplicados a niños con trastornos de habla y los argumentos teoricos que podrian justificar o no su utilidad. Desarrollo. Durante las ultimas decadas se han acumulado pruebas sobre la falta de eficacia de este enfoque en el tratamiento de los trastornos evolutivos del habla y en las dificultades de pronunciacion de poblaciones sin alteracion neurologica de la funcion motriz. La American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ha desaconsejado su uso atendiendo a los principios de practica basada en la evidencia. Los conocimientos acumulados sobre el control motor demuestran que el patron de movilidad y su correspondiente organizacion cerebral son diferentes en el habla y en otras funciones no verbales ligadas a la alimentacion y la respiracion. Conclusiones. Ni los estudios sobre su eficacia ni los argumentos a partir de estudios del control motor aconsejan el uso de los programas basados en EMO para el tratamiento de las dificultades de pronunciacion en niños con trastornos evolutivos del lenguaje.

  9. [Neuropsychotherapy in brain injury rehabilitation].

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    García-Molina, Alberto; Roig-Rovira, Teresa; Enseñat-Cantallops, Antònia; Sánchez-Carrión, Rocío

    2014-02-01

    Introduccion. Las personas que han sufrido lesiones cerebrales pueden experimentar un amplio abanico de alteraciones cognitivas, conductuales y emocionales. No obstante, la rehabilitacion neuropsicologica acostumbra a centrarse, de manera casi exclusiva, en los deficits cognitivos y presta escasa atencion a los retos emocionales asociados al impacto psicologico de la lesion. En esta faceta mas personal del daño cerebral es donde la neuropsicoterapia puede ser de gran utilidad para facilitar el proceso de aceptacion y adaptacion despues de una lesion neurologica. Desarrollo. En el presente articulo se describen los aspectos teoricos y conceptuales de la psicoterapia orientada a personas con daño cerebral, implicaciones de los deficits cognitivos en la practica de la neuropsicoterapia y evidencias sobre su efectividad. Conclusiones. En el pasado se considero que la neuropsicoterapia tenia escasa utilidad en la rehabilitacion del daño cerebral. Hoy en dia, cada vez son mas los profesionales que reconocen su importancia en el abordaje del sufrimiento psicologico/emocional asociado al daño cerebral. El objetivo de la rehabilitacion neuropsicologica no es unicamente promover la recuperacion de las funciones cerebrales alteradas, sino tambien mejorar la capacidad funcional del individuo, tratar con sus experiencias de perdida y ayudarle a encontrar, de nuevo, sentido a la vida.

  10. [Spanish validation of the Iowa Rating Scale for Personality Change (IRSPC) for the appraisal of changes in personality in patients with acquired brain injury].

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    Guallart-Balet, María; Jiménez-Cortés, Marta P; Tuquet-Calvo, Helena; Pelegrín-Valero, Carmelo; Olivera-Pueyo, Javier; Benabarre-Ciria, Sergio; Tirapu-Ustárroz, Javier

    2015-01-01

    Introduccion. La Iowa Rating Scale for Personality Change (IRSPC) presenta una serie de caracteristicas (enfasis en las funciones motivacionales y emocionales, evaluacion de las funciones ejecutivas 'cognitivas' en la vida cotidiana, estimacion de la personalidad premorbida, valoracion de la fiabilidad del informador) que hacen muy interesante su utilizacion tanto en la clinica como en la investigacion. Objetivo. Validar en castellano la IRSPC para la evaluacion de los 'cambios de personalidad' secundarios a las lesiones cerebrales de la corteza prefrontal en general y del area ventromedial en particular. Pacientes y metodos. Tras el proceso de traduccion y adaptacion de la guia de la escala al castellano, se realizo un estudio de validacion con 31 pacientes con daño cerebral traumatico y se obtuvieron unos resultados de fiabilidad muy adecuados. Resultados. Los resultados obtenidos al medir la consistencia interna de la IRSPC y los coeficientes de fiabilidad interobservadores y test-retest apoyan dicha afirmacion. La validez del instrumento es confirmada por la validez concurrente (comparandolo con el inventario neuropsiquiatrico) y la validez de constructo (comparando las puntuaciones de los pacientes antes y despues del traumatismo). Conclusiones. La IRSPC es un instrumento fiable y valido para la exploracion clinica, en el contexto de una evaluacion integral de los sintomas derivados de las enfermedades neurologicas en general, y en particular de aquellas en las que se encuentra involucrada la corteza prefrontal ventromedial.

  11. [Functional connectivity and complex networks in focal epilepsy. Pathophysiology and therapeutic implications].

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    Pastor, Jesús; Sola, Rafael G; Vega-Zelaya, Lorena; Garnes, Óscar; Ortega, Guillermo J

    2014-05-01

    Introduccion. El modelo tradicional de cirugia de la epilepsia focal consiste en la localizacion y reseccion de la zona epileptogena. Sin embargo, una minoria significativa de pacientes epilepticos sigue teniendo crisis tras la reseccion, lo que muestra el nivel de conocimiento incompleto que actualmente se tiene sobre esta materia. Objetivo. Introducir algunos conceptos de conectividad funcional y redes complejas y su aplicacion al estudio de registros neurofisiologicos de pacientes con epilepsia focal farmacorresistente, principalmente del lobulo temporal. Desarrollo. Con el objeto de entender con plenitud los nuevos desarrollos en el area de redes complejas y sus aplicaciones al estudio de la epilepsia, se revisaran los conceptos fundamentales de la metodologia de redes complejas, sincronizacion y conectividad funcional. Asimismo, se revisaran algunos de los trabajos mas recientes en los que se analizan registros neurofisiologicos y resonancias funcionales de pacientes con epilepsia focal bajo esta nueva perspectiva. Conclusiones. Una vision mas amplia en la perspectiva para el entendimiento de la epilepsia focal, como la tratada en este trabajo, permitira tambien plantear nuevas alternativas al tratamiento quirurgico de la epilepsia focal, tanto con el desarrollo de nuevos metodos no invasivos como con la mejora y optimizacion de algunos de los metodos invasivos ya existentes.

  12. [Pathogenesis of spinal cord injuries and mechanisms of repair induced by olfactory ensheathing cells].

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    Botero, Lucía; Gomez, Rosa Margarita; Chaparro, Orlando

    2013-05-16

    Introduccion. La lesion medular es un evento catastrofico, cuyas consecuencias persisten durante toda la vida del paciente. La investigacion en tratamiento se ha basado principalmente en el desarrollo de terapias que reduzcan la discapacidad, pero desde los anos noventa hay un avance significativo y se han probado varios trasplantes celulares en modelos animales de lesion medular, celulas de Schwann, astrocitos y celulas de la glia envolvente olfatoria (CGEO). Objetivo. Hacer un recuento detallado de la patogenia de la lesion medular primaria y secundaria y de los mecanismos por los cuales las CGEO inducirian sus posibles efectos regenerativos descritos en la bibliografia. Desarrollo. Despues del traumatismo, la lesion se desarrolla en dos fases, la primaria se caracteriza por las lesiones de compresion y la secundaria se produce por una serie de factores que se dan en paralelo y que incluyen factores vasculares, celulares, moleculares y formacion de cicatriz glial. La mayoria de los modelos de lesion medular y trasplante con CGEO han comunicado recuperacion funcional, remielinizacion y regeneracion axonal. Estas celulas ejercen su accion de manera indirecta a traves de la produccion de factores de crecimiento y de manera directa induciendo regeneracion neuronal, axonal y remielinizacion. Conclusiones. Las CGEO son una opcion terapeutica en pacientes con lesion medular debido a que inducen de modo directo o indirecto regeneracion neuronal, axonal, remielinizacion de axones, disminucion de cicatriz glial y otros efectos que conducen a la recuperacion funcional.

  13. Neuropsychology of perpetrators of domestic violence: the role of traumatic brain injury and alcohol abuse and/or dependence.

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    Romero-Martínez, Ángel; Moya-Albiol, Luis

    2013-12-01

    Introduccion. Gran parte de los hombres que ejercen maltrato contra sus parejas presentan deficits en funciones ejecutivas, memoria y atencion, capacidades intelectuales y empatia. Dos factores coadyuvantes a estas deficiencias son los traumatismos craneoencefalicos y el abuso de alcohol. Objetivo. Revisar y recapitular los resultados obtenidos sobre los deficits neuropsicologicos en maltratadores y relacionarlos con los correlatos neuroanatomicos implicados en las funciones alteradas. Se enfatiza el papel de los traumatismos craneoencefalicos y el abuso o la dependencia del alcohol, asi como la posible existencia de daño organico cerebral. Desarrollo. Se ha revisado la bibliografia cientifica usando los buscadores Google Scholar, PsycINFO, PubMed, Medline e ISI Web of Knowledge. Conclusiones. Los maltratadores presentan un detrimento de la flexibilidad cognitiva, la capacidad de inhibicion, la velocidad de procesamiento y las habilidades verbales. Ademas, muestran una atencion pobre, una baja capacidad de abstraccion y una limitacion en las habilidades mnemicas, tanto de la memoria de trabajo como a largo plazo. Los traumatismos craneoencefalicos y el abuso o la dependencia del alcohol exacerban los deficits ya presentes en los maltratadores, pero no son suficientes per se para explicarlos. Estos deficits podrian ser producto de un funcionamiento anormal de estructuras como los cortex prefrontal y occipital, el giro fusiforme y el cingulado posterior, el hipocampo, el talamo y la amigdala. La comprension de dichos mecanismos favoreceria el desarrollo de terapias de rehabilitacion neuropsicologica coadyuvantes a las terapias establecidas hoy en dia.

  14. [Cognitive stimulation in children with cerebral palsy].

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    Muriel, V; Garcia-Molina, A; Aparicio-Lopez, C; Ensenat, A; Roig-Rovira, T

    2014-11-16

    Introduccion. La paralisis cerebral a menudo cursa con deficits cognitivos de atencion, visuopercepcion, funciones ejecutivas y memoria de trabajo. Objetivo. Analizar el efecto de un tratamiento de estimulacion cognitiva sobre las capacidades cognitivas en niños con pa­ralisis cerebral. Pacientes y metodos. Muestra de 15 niños con paralisis cerebral, con una edad media de 8,80 ± 2,51 años, clasificados mediante el Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) en nivel I (n = 6), nivel II (n = 4), nivel III (n = 2) y nivel V (n = 3). Los deficits cognitivos se evaluaron mediante la escala de inteligencia de Wechsler para niños (WISC-IV) y el Continuous Performance Test (CPT-II). Se administraron los cuestionarios para padres y profesores del Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) y las escalas de evaluacion de Conners (CPRS-48 y CTRS-28). Se realizo un programa de estimulacion cognitiva dos horas semanales durante ocho semanas. Resultados. Se observaron diferencias estadisticamente significativas tras aplicar el tratamiento de estimulacion cognitivo en el indice de razonamiento perceptivo de la WISC-IV. No se obtuvieron diferencias antes y despues del tratamiento en las puntuaciones del Conners y del BRIEF. Tampoco se hallaron diferencias en los resultados de la WISC-IV en funcion del sexo ni en el GMFCS. Conclusion. El rendimiento cognitivo de los niños con paralisis cerebral mejora tras la aplicacion de un programa de rehabilitacion cognitiva.

  15. [The role of experience in the neurology of facial expression of emotions].

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    Gordillo, Fernando; Pérez, Miguel A; Arana, José M; Mestas, Lilia; López, Rafael M

    2015-04-01

    Introduccion. La expresion facial de las emociones tiene una funcion social importante que facilita la interaccion entre las personas. Este proceso tiene una base neurologica, que no se aisla del contexto ni de la experiencia acumulada por la interaccion entre las personas en dicho contexto. Sin embargo, hasta la fecha, no se conocen con claridad los efectos de la experiencia sobre la percepcion de las emociones. Objetivos. Discutir que funcion desempeña la experiencia en el reconocimiento de la expresion facial de las emociones y analizar los sesgos que las experiencias negativas y positivas podrian tener sobre la percepcion emocional. Desarrollo. La maduracion de las estructuras que soportan la capacidad para reconocer la emocion pasa por un periodo sensible durante la adolescencia, donde la experiencia adquirida puede tener mayor impacto sobre el reconocimiento emocional. Experiencias de abuso, maltrato, abandono, guerras o estres generan un sesgo hacia las expresiones de ira y tristeza. De igual manera, las experiencias positivas dan lugar a un sesgo hacia la expresion de alegria. Conclusiones. Solo cuando las personas son capaces de utilizar la expresion facial de las emociones como un canal de comprension y expresion interaccionaran de manera adecuada con su entorno. Este entorno, a su vez, dara lugar a experiencias que modulan dicha capacidad. Por lo tanto, es un proceso autorregulatorio que puede ser dirigido a traves de la implementacion de programas de intervencion sobre los aspectos emocionales.

  16. [Neuropsychological study in patients with Parkinson's disease: the effects of deep brain stimulation].

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    de la Peña, Cristina; Fernández-Medina, Juliana M; Parra-Bolaños, Nicolás; Martínez-Restrepo, Óscar A

    2016-02-16

    Introduccion. La enfermedad de Parkinson (EP) es un trastorno cuyas manifestaciones clinicas se observan en el ambito motor y neuropsicologico e influyen en la calidad de vida del paciente. Diversos estudios cientificos muestran la eficacia de la estimulacion cerebral profunda como tratamiento sobre los sintomas motores, pero faltan estudios sobre los sintomas neuropsicologicos. Objetivo. Analizar la existencia de diferencias significativas en procesos neuropsicologicos, como la atencion, la memoria, el lenguaje, la visuopercepcion y la funcion ejecutiva en los pacientes con EP antes y despues de la estimulacion cerebral profunda. Pacientes y metodos. La muestra estuvo formada por 20 pacientes parkinsonianos de 50-70 años de ambos sexos, pertenecientes a entidades prestadoras de servicios de salud de Medellin, a los que se les administraron el Continuous Performance Test y el Trail Making Test para valorar la atencion, la figura compleja de Rey y la prueba de memoria de Ardila para evaluar la memoria, el test de Boston y fluidez verbal para valorar el lenguaje, la figura compleja de Rey copia para la visuopercepcion, y el test de clasificacion de cartas de Wisconsin para valorar la funcion ejecutiva. Resultados. Existen diferencias significativas entre las puntuaciones antes y despues de la estimulacion cerebral profunda en los pacientes con EP en la atencion y la memoria. Conclusiones. El conocimiento de estos hallazgos es relevante para la terapia neuropsicologica de los pacientes con EP.

  17. [Neuroethics as the neuroscience of ethics].

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    Álvarez-Díaz, Jorge Alberto

    2013-10-16

    Introduccion. El desarrollo que han tenido las neurociencias ha avanzado de una manera rapida y espectacular. Puntos clave para ello son la introduccion de las tecnicas de neuroimagen funcional y el empuje del proyecto 'decada del cerebro'. Este desarrollo tambien ha permitido que surjan nuevas disciplinas como la neuroetica. Desarrollo. Quienes han trabajado en neuroetica pueden dividirse en tres grupos (neurorreduccionistas, neuroescepticos y neurocriticos), y cada grupo tiene diferentes posturas de lo que es la neuroetica, con varios alcances y limitaciones en sus propuestas. Conclusiones. La neuroetica es una disciplina que antes del año 2002 se entiende en exclusiva como una etica de la neurociencia (una rama de la bioetica) y, a partir de esa fecha, se entiende tambien como una neurociencia de la etica (una nueva disciplina). El neurorreduccionismo propone que toda la vida etica tiene una base cerebral que determina los actos eticos, el neuroescepticismo argumenta que no se puede considerar la neurociencia como una funcion normativa y el neurocriticismo considera que los avances neurocientificos no se pueden ignorar y se deben tomar en cuenta de algun modo para la elaboracion de las teorias eticas.

  18. [Effect of alcohol on electrical organisation in the brain during a visuospatial working memory task and its relationship with the menstrual cycle].

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    Sanz-Martin, Araceli; Hernández-González, Marisela; Guevara, Miguel Ángel; Santana, Gloria; Gumá-Díaz, Emilio

    2014-02-01

    Introduccion. El metabolismo del alcohol y el desempeño de muchas funciones cognitivas pueden variar a lo largo del ciclo menstrual. Tanto la ingestion de alcohol como las variaciones hormonales durante el ciclo menstrual se asocian con cambios caracteristicos en la actividad electroencefalografica. Objetivo. Determinar si la actividad electroencefalografica durante una tarea de memoria de trabajo es afectada por el consumo agudo de alcohol, y si dicha actividad varia en funcion del ciclo menstrual. Sujetos y metodos. Muestra de 24 mujeres que ingirieron alcohol o placebo durante las fases folicular y lutea temprana. Se registro el electroencefalograma durante la ejecucion de una tarea de memoria de trabajo visuoespacial. Resultados. Aunque el alcohol no deterioro el rendimiento de la tarea de memoria de trabajo, si produjo en el electroencefalograma una disminucion de la potencia relativa de theta y una menor correlacion frontoparietal derecha en las bandas theta y alfa2. Unicamente las mujeres alcoholizadas en la fase folicular presentaron una mayor potencia relativa de alfa1, que podria indicar menor nivel de alertamiento y atencion. Conclusiones. Estos resultados contribuyen a una mejor comprension de los mecanismos cerebrales que subyacen a los cambios cognitivos con el alcohol y su relacion con el ciclo menstrual.

  19. Introduzione Nuove tecnologie in urologia.

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    Bianchi, Giampaolo

    2011-03-30

    emergenti (LESS e NOTES), poco è riportato in letteratura. Altri robot esistono nel mondo urologico che si stanno sviluppando e miniaturizzando (nanotecnologia), questi avranno una maggiore indipendenza nell'esecuzione di alcune manovre chirurgiche. Chirurgia computer assistita Il primo realizzato è stato PAKY, da allora il laboratorio di "urobotica", diretto dall'Ing. Dan Stoianovici, ha sviluppato nuovi prototipi di robot controllati mediante TAC o risonanza magnetica. Con questa tecnologia si programma l'intervento sulla base dell'"imaging" preoperatorio ed il robot esegue autonomamente biopsie ed altri interventi. Oggi sono molti i laboratori di ingegneria-urologica che lavorano nella realizzazione di altri robot (Probot, Acubot, Mr-Bot, Pneu-Step) dedicati all'Image-Guided System (IGS). Realtà virtuale Avanzati sistemi di computer grafica affiancati alle nuove ricostruzioni tridimensionali di TAC e RM, riescono a creare filmati dell'anatomia interna dei pazienti, in particolare degli organi cavi. Con la realtà virtuale si possono assistere tutte le manovre endoscopiche, migliorando notevolmente l'accuratezza della diagnosi delle patologie urologiche. A questo punto il passaggio al "Tissue Navigation System" è automatico, usato da alcuni anni con successo da neurochirurghi e cardiochirurghi. Alcuni recenti studi vengono dalla Cleveland Clinic Fondation (I. Gill), che lo utilizza per assistere interventi di laparoscopia ed endoscopia urologica. I risultati sono entusiasmanti: precisione millimetrica nel rispetto dei margini oncologici, delle strutture neuro-vascolari e linfonodali. Questi sistemi di navigazione abbattono la lunga "learning curve" delle metodiche endoscopiche, riducendo il tempo operatorio ed il rischio di complicanze chirurgiche.

  20. A Possible Origin of the H-H Objects in Young Stellar Outflows

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    de Gouveia dal Pino, E.; Opher, R.

    1990-11-01

    RESUMEN. La presencIa de flujos coljmados asocjados con objetos estelares j6venes es un fen6meno comun en reglones de formacI6n estelar. Estos chorros frecuentemente muestran una cadena de reglones de lineas de emjsI6n, a varIas de las cuales se les conoce desde bace mucho tlempo objetos HerbIg-Haro (HAl). En el presente trabajo examjnamos la poslbIlI dad de que estos nudos sean condensaciones producIdas por inestabilidad termica en un plasma que se se expande sujeto a `bremsstrahlung' reco - binaci6n y perdida por radjacj5n en lineas de emjsj6n. Nostramos que el valor minimo de = P0/PN0 bajo condjcjones Isobaricas para el crecimien to de la inestabilidad termica es = (6/5) [9/(STc\\)e) - 3/2]; en donde P0 es la presi6n de particulas, PM0 la presi6n magnetica, `)e la tasa de expansI5n y Tc el tiempo de enfriatniento radiativo en el flujo (3eI plasma ambiente. Haciendo calculos no lineales, encontratnos que l9s flujos colitnados de temperatura K, tasas de perdida de masa `4 = 10-6 - lO 8 Ne y velocidades de flujo VJ = 100-400 km/s, resultan favorables para la formacl6n de condensaciones por inestabilidad termica con contrastes de densidad Pp/ .3 -2.0 creados en intervalos de tiempo mas cortos que el tiempo estirnado de expansl6n en los chorros, en donde Pp(Po) es la densidad en la regi5n (ambiente) perturbada. ABSTRACT. The presence of collimated outflows associated with young stellar objects is a common phenomenon in star-fortning regions. These jets frequently show a chain of emission-line regions several of which have long been known as Herbig-Haro (H-H) objects. In this paper we examine the possibility that these knots are condensations produced by thermal instability in an expanding plasma , recombination and emission-line radiation losses. We show that the minimum value of = P /PNo under isobaric conditions for the growth of a thermal instability 0is = (6/5)1 [9/(STcN)e) - 3/2]; where P0 is the particle pressure, NQ tWe magnetic pressure, N) the expansion rate

  1. Nanoparticulas basadas en complejos de Fe(II) con transicion de espin: sintesis, caracterizacion y aplicaciones en electronica molecular

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    Monrabal Capilla, Maria

    Esta tesis doctoral esta organizada en 5 capitulos y esta destinada al estudio de sistemas de Fe (II) que presentan el fenomeno de la transicion de espin a escala nanometrica. El capitulo 1 contiene una introduccion general sobre materiales moleculares multifuncionales, destacando aquellos ejemplos mas importantes. Por otro lado, se explicara el fenomeno de la transicion de espin, tratando aspectos conceptuales, los antecedentes mas importantes y la situacion actual. En el capitulo 2 se describen los diferentes procesos existentes para la obtencion de diferentes tipos de nanoparticulas. Ademas, se presenta la sintesis y caracterizacion de nanoparticulas del polimero de coordinacion unidimensional [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)]BF4, obtenidas mediante el metodo de micelas inversas. Estas nanoparticulas, con una estrecha distribucion de tamanos centrada alrededor de los 11 nm, presentan una transicion de espin muy abrupta, con un ancho ciclo de histeresis termica de unos 40K. En el capitulo 3 se describe el proceso de modificacion del tamano de las nanoparticulas descritas en el capitulo anterior, llevado a cabo variando la proporcion de surfactante/H2O en el medio. Ademas, con el objetivo de modificar las propiedades magneticas de las nanoparticulas obtenidas en el capitulo 2, se lleva a cabo la sintesis de nanoparticulas de polimeros de la misma familia del [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)]BF4. En concreto se sintetizaron 3 nuevos tipos de nanoparticulas basadas en el polimero [Fe(Htrz)1-x(NH2trz)x](ClO4)2, siendo x = 0.05, 0.15 y 0.3, en cada caso. Estas nanoparticulas siguen presentando una estrecha distribucion de tamanos y una transicion de espin muy abrupta y con un ancho ciclo de histeresis. Ademas, se observa que este ciclo se desplaza a temperaturas mas proximas a la temperatura ambiente a medida que se aumenta el porcentaje de 4-amino-1, 2, 4- triazol en la muestra. Pero al mismo tiempo se produce una disminucion de la anchura de este ciclo. Por ultimo, en este capitulo se presenta la

  2. ACCEPTANCE OF FUNCTIONAL FOOD AMONG CHILEAN CONSUMERS: APPLE LEATHER.

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    van Vliet, Maya; Adasme-Berrios, Cristian; Schnettler, Berta

    2015-10-01

    Objetivo: el objetivo de este estudio es medir la aceptación de un alimento funcional como la lámina frutal de manzana, en base a características organolépticas. Se identificaron tipos de consumidores y sus preferencias hacia los aditivos naturales que aumentan la funcionalidad del producto y satisfacen las necesidades nutricionales actuales. Materiales y método: una muestra de 800 consumidores permitió la evaluación de la lámina frutal de manzana en términos de aceptación (gusto). se llevó a cabo un panel sensorial utilizando una escala hedónica de nueve puntos. Se utilizó el análisis de conglomerados para establecer diferentes tipos de consumidores, basados en la aceptación del producto. Además, el análisis conjunto permitió determinar la preferencia sobre diferentes aditivos. Resultados: el análisis de conglomerados permitió identificar cuatro grupos con diferencias significativas en los gustos promedios, obtenidos del panel sensorial. Los resultados indican que el dulzor de la lámina frutal de manzana fue mejor evaluada entre todos los grupos y, en promedio, el color fue calificado como el peor atributo. Además, a pesar de que existe una “aceptabilidad global” por el producto, existen diferencias significativas entre los grupos. Los resultados del análisis conjunto indican que, en general, los consumidores prefieren la agregación de aditivos naturales que aumentan la funcionalidad del producto. Conclusiones: en este estudio, la lámina frutal de manzana como alimento funcional se ajusta con el hábito de las personas de consumir alimentos dulces, lo que promueve su aceptación. Además, la agregación de aditivos naturales al producto, tales como anticariogénicos y antioxidantes, permite considerarlo como un alimento funcional sustituto de los snacks, poco saludables y/o de los caramelos.

  3. Mejoras en el apuntado del telescopio de 2,15 mts de CASLEO

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    Aballay, J. L.; Casagrande, A. R.; Pereyra, P. F.; Marún, A. H.

    Con el objeto de optimizar el funcionamiento del telescopio de 2,15 mts. de CASLEO, se están eliminando los motores de calar, de guía y mecánica asociada. Para ésto, se están diseñando dos electrónicas que gobernarán, solamente, el motor de slew y el de tracking. Con el control del motor de slew se realizarán las funciones de slew y calar, controlando desde una PC la placa que maneja las rampas de velocidad. De este modo, el movimiento será programado y por lo tanto, más suave y preciso. Con el control del motor de tracking, a través de un generador de frecuencias programable desde una PC, se proveerá los movimientos necesarios para el tracking y guía.

  4. Analisis del contenido curricular de los Documentos Normativos del Programa de Ciencias en el area de biologia para la escuela superior del sistema de educacion publica de Puerto Rico: 1993-2012

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    Davila Montanez, Melissa

    Esta investigacion de naturaleza cualitativa se ocupo de realizar un analisis de contenido documental de los Documentos Normativos del Programa de Ciencias en el area de biologia de la escuela superior del sistema de educacion publica de Puerto Rico del periodo 1993-2012. Los documentos analizados fueron: Guia Curricular, 1995; Marco Curricular, 2003; Estandares de Excelencia, 1996, 2000 y Estandares de Contenido y Expectativas de Grado, 2007. Se indago si hubo cambios en significados en los Componentes Estructurales: Naturaleza de la ciencia, Paradigmas para la ensenanza de la ciencia, Funcion del curriculo formal, Mision de la ensenanza de la ciencia; Contenidos, destrezas y competencias, Estrategias de ensenanza y Evaluacion/Assessment del aprendizaje. El analisis sugiere que no hubo cambios sustanciales en los significados de los Componentes Estructurales. Los documentos estudiados muestran mayormente caracteristicas similares, aunque los documentos mas recientes eran mas descriptivos, explicativos y especificos.

  5. Estudio teórico de la desorción de Na y K de SiO2 estimulada por la acción de fotones o electrones

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    Domínguez Ariza, D.; López, N.; Illas, F.; Pacchioni, G.; Madey, T. E.

    Se ha estudiado el mecanismo de generación de sodio y potasio atómico a partir de muestras de SiO2 utilizando cálculos basados tanto en la teoría del funcional de la densidad como en métodos post-Hartree Fock, así como en el método de cluster para modelar el sólido. Como consecuencia del estudio se han propuesto distintos caminos posibles para la desorción, estimulada por la acción de fotones o electrones, de sodio y potasio desde el óxido de silicio, proporcionando por lo tanto una explicación a la atmósfera tenue de sodio y potasio de La Luna.

  6. Cyclodextrin-based gene delivery systems.

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    Ortiz Mellet, Carmen; García Fernández, José M; Benito, Juan M

    2011-03-01

    Cyclodextrin (CD) history has been largely dominated by their unique ability to form inclusion complexes with guests fitting in their hydrophobic cavity. Chemical funcionalization was soon recognized as a powerful mean for improving CD applications in a wide range of fields, including drug delivery, sensing or enzyme mimicking. However, 100 years after their discovery, CDs are still perceived as novel nanoobjects of undeveloped potential. This critical review provides an overview of different strategies to promote interactions between CD conjugates and genetic material by fully exploiting the inside-outside/upper-lower face anisotropy of the CD nanometric platform. Covalent modification, self-assembling and supramolecular ligation can be put forward with the ultimate goal to build artificial viruses for programmed and efficient gene therapy (222 references).

  7. Fotometría y polarimetría de Trumpler 21

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    Giorgi, E.; Baume, G.; Vázquez, R. A.

    Se presentan los resultados de las observaciones fotométricas CCD-UBVI hasta aproximadamente magnitud V = 19 y polarimétricas UBVRI hasta V =13 en la región del cúmulo abierto Trumpler 21. El mismo se halla en una dirección cercana al remanente de supernova G307.6-0.3 y fue estudiado previamente por Moffat y Vogt (1973) y por Peterson y FitzGerald (1988) mediante fotometría fotoeléctrica de las estrellas más brillantes. Se ha redeterminado el enrojecimiento, la distancia y la edad de dicho objeto. Se han hallado además los valores de las pendientes de las funciones de luminosidad y de masa comparandoselas con las de otros cúmulos de edades similares.

  8. Fotometría y polarimetría de Lynga 1

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    Brusasco, M. A.; Baume, G.; Vázquez, R. A.

    Se presentan los resultados de las observaciones fotométricas CCD-UBVRI hasta magnitud aproximadamente V = 18 y polarimétricas hasta V = 13 en la zona del cúmulo abierto Lynga 1. El mismo se halla en una dirección cercana a un remanente de supernova y fue estudiado previamente por Peterson y FitzGerald (1988) mediante fotometría fotoeléctrica. Se ha redeterminado el enrojecimiento, la distancia y la edad de dicho objeto. Se han hallado además los valores de las pendientes de las funciones de luminosidad y de masa comparándoselas con las de otros cúmulos de edades similares.

  9. Functional Phylogeny: the Use of the Sensitivity of Ribosomes to Protein Synthesis Inhibitors as a Tool to Study the Evolution of Organisms

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    Briones, Carlos; Koroutchev, Kostadin; Amils, Ricardo

    1998-10-01

    In order to study the functional phylogeny of organisms, forty different protein synthesis inhibitors with diverse domain and funcional specificities have been used to analyze forty archaeal, bacterial and eukaryotic translational systems. The inhibition curves generated with the different ribosome-antibiotic pairs have shown very interesting similarities among organisms belonging to the same phylogenetic group, confirming the feasibility of using such information in the development of evolutionary studies. A new method to extract most of the information contained in the inhibition curves is presented. Using a statistical treatment based on the principal components analysis of the data, we have defined coordinates for the organisms which have allowed us to perform a functional clustering of them. The phenograms obtained are very similar to those generated by 16/18S rRNA sequence comparison. These results prove the phylogenetic value of our functional analysis and suggest an interesting intersection between genotypic and phenotypic (functional) information.

  10. [Effects of a programme of aquatic Ai Chi exercise in patients with fibromyalgia. A pilot study].

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    Perez-De la Cruz, Sagrario; Lambeck, Johan

    2015-01-16

    Introduccion. La fibromialgia es un trastorno reumatico que presenta sintomatologia fisica, psicologica y social. El objetivo del presente estudio es analizar los beneficios de un programa de Ai Chi en el medio acuatico sobre la calidad de vida, depresion y dolor en pacientes con fibromialgia. Pacientes y metodos. Se realizo un estudio experimental con 20 pacientes diagnosticadas de fibromialgia de dos localidades distintas. Las dimensiones del estudio fueron la capacidad funcional (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire), la valoracion del dolor (escala analogica visual) y la salud fisica y mental (Short Form-36). Las evaluaciones se llevaron a cabo en el momento basal y al finalizar las 20 sesiones. Resultados. Finalizadas las diez semanas de tratamiento, se obtuvieron diferencias significativas (p < 0,05) en practicamente todas las variables valoradas. Conclusion. Un programa de Ai Chi en el medio acuatico contribuye a mejorar la salud fisica y mental, el dolor y la calidad de vida de pacientes con fibromialgia.

  11. Designing and Supporting Cooperative and Ubiquitous Learning Systems for People with Special Needs

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    Fernández López, Álvaro; Rodríguez Fórtiz, María José; Noguera García, Manuel

    Cooperative work in schools helps students to learn behaviour norms, tolerate their partners and educators, and make decisions or accept the decisions from other people. In case of students with cognitive disabilities, cooperative work contributes to the socialization of the students by improving the communication and the integration in the classroom. New technologies foster guided and cooperative learning through didactic exercises and educational activities that adapt the educative context to user's needs and abilities. For this objective, the design must take into account non-funcional requirements for provide a future adaptation. This paper presents the design of one of such systems and the main decisions made in order to improve usability, adaptation, flexibility, and accessibility in ubiquitous spaces of it. The general architecture of the system and the platform that supports the development process of its software for educational activities are described in a real case study.

  12. [Prevalence of malnutrition in Spanish institutionalized older people: a multicentric nationwide analysis].

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    Vaca Bermejo, Raúl; Ancizu García, Iciar; Moya Galera, David; de las Heras Rodríguez, Mónica; Pascual Torramadé, Josep

    2014-10-06

    Introducción: Un estado nutricional deficitario tiene importantes consecuencias en la salud de los colectivos en situación de especial vulnerabilidad, como las personas con enfermedades crónicas o personas mayores en situación de dependencia. Objetivo: Conocer el estado nutricional al ingreso de usuarios en centros SARquavitae. Material y Método: Se estudió el estado de salud, cognitivo y funcional de las personas que ingresaron durante el año 2012 en algún centro de la compañía. El estado nutricional fue evaluado mediante la versión corta del Mini Nutritional Assessment. Asimismo, se realizó un análisis para conocer las variables con mayor influencia en el estado nutricional de la muestra objeto de estudio. Resultados: Se analizaron las historias clínicas de 4.297 ingresos. La edad media fue de 82,08 años. Un 66,1% eran mujeres con una alta pluripatología. Al ingreso, un 30,4% de la muestra se encuentra en situación de desnutrición y un 49,4% en riesgo de desnutrición. Se observa una mayor prevalencia de desnutrición en mujeres, en aquellas personas que son derivadas por un hospital de agudos o por sus consultas externas, con peor estado funcional y cognitivo y en aquellas con procesos patológicos como demencia, enfermedades cerebrovasculares o disfagia. Conclusiones: Los resultados de este estudio ponen de manifiesto la alta complejidad clínica de las personas que ingresan en los centros residenciales estudiados, evidenciando la necesidad de realizar valoraciones integrales que permitan establecer planes de cuidados específicos para los perfiles atendidos.

  13. [Psychopedagogical intervention in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].

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    Abad-Mas, Luis; Ruiz-Andrés, Rosalía; Moreno-Madrid, Francisca; Herrero, Raquel; Suay, Enrique

    2013-09-01

    Introduccion. Los niños con trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) presentan alteraciones en los mecanismos atencionales y en los procesos de control inhibitorio (impulsividad e hiperactividad), que afectan de distinta manera a su rendimiento academico, socioemocional y conductual, por lo que es fundamental la consideracion de estrategias de intervencion en el ambito psicopedagogico que puedan incidir de forma favorable en el curso evolutivo de los afectados. Objetivo. Revisar las bases psicopedagogicas en la intervencion sobre el TDAH, considerando la relacion de la anatomia funcional con la sintomatologia clinica y los correspondientes programas de intervencion. Desarrollo. Se destacan los tres sindromes preferentes: orbitofrontal, dorsolateral y en el cingulo a nivel medial. Las fases de la intervencion psicopedagogica deben abarcar tanto al niño como a la familia y el colegio. El entrenamiento neurocognitivo se centra en el niño, basado en programas de entrenamiento de las funciones ejecutivas y en las actuaciones sobre el ambito academico, conductual y socioafectivo. Los programas de modificacion de conducta son complementarios y en muchas ocasiones mejoran el comportamiento comprometido en los niños con TDAH. Las orientaciones psicopedagogicas en la escuela deben considerarse necesarias para una intervencion eficaz en el entorno academico. Conclusiones. La intervencion psicopedagogica de los niños con TDAH debe contemplar la individualizacion del tratamiento dentro de una metodologia multidisciplinar, teniendo en cuenta todos los contextos en los que se desarrolla el niño, su rendimiento cognitivo y las intervenciones farmacologicas apropiadas en cada caso.

  14. [A very slow-growing exophytic hemisphere glioma: a case report].

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    Velásquez, Carlos; Caballero, Hugo; Bucheli, Carlos; Berciano, José; Vázquez-Barquero, Alfonso; Martino, Juan

    2016-01-01

    Introduccion. Los gliomas de bajo grado presentan un patron de crecimiento caracteristico a traves de las fibras de la sustancia blanca. El crecimiento exofitico en gliomas de bajo grado hemisfericos no se ha descrito previamente. Se presenta un caso de glioma hemisferico de lenta progresion y con crecimiento exofitico. Caso clinico. Varon de 55 años, con crisis parciales motoras secundarias a un oligodendroglioma de grado II de la Organizacion Mundial de la Salud. El tumor infiltraba la circunvolucion frontal superior con extension exofitica que se extendia por encima de la circunvolucion precentral. Fue seguido con controles clinicorradiologicos durante 23 años. El analisis de la evolucion radiologica del tumor demostraba un crecimiento tumoral lento, con una velocidad de crecimiento de 0,5 mm al año. Durante la exeresis quirurgica se definio un plano subaracnoideo entre el componente exofitico y la circunvolucion precentral, que se encontraba desplazada inferiormente sin infiltracion tumoral. La estimulacion electrica intraoperatoria no evidencio funcion en el componente exofitico, pero si en la circunvolucion precentral. No se observaron deficits neurologicos postoperatorios. Conclusiones. La velocidad de crecimiento en gliomas de bajo grado se ha estimado en 4-6 mm al año. El tumor que se describe aqui tiene una velocidad de crecimiento de 0,5 mm al año, muy por debajo de esta media. La identificacion de la porcion exofitica es un paso importante en la planificacion preoperatoria. Este componente es mas facil de resecar debido al plano de clivaje subaracnoideo y a la ausencia de funcion.

  15. Fotometría UBVI en NGC 6231

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    Baume, G. L.; Vázquez, R. A.; Feinstein, A.

    Se ha realizado fotometría CCD UBVI en la zona del cúmulo abierto NGC 6231, habiéndose observado 1062 estrellas hasta una magnitud V≈ 19. Esto posibilita tener una imagen clara de la parte inferior de la secuencia principal del cúmulo. Combinando nuestros datos con tipos espectrales tomados de la literatura pudimos re-derivar la ley de absorción en dirección a este cúmulo y encontrar que los valores de R muestran variaciones de estrella a estrella. La secuencia principal inferior muestra también algunos rasgos intrigantes: hay un codo notorio en V≈ 13.5 seguido por un gran ``spread'' de magnitudes a color constante entre las estrellas débiles y una inusualmente alta densidad de estrellas a lo largo de una banda que se extiende 1.5 mag encima de la ZAMS. Los cálculos indican que el número esperado de estrellas de campo en dirección al cúmulo debería ser menor que el observado. Una re-evaluación de las funciones de luminosidad y masa dentro de los límites -7.5 < MV < 1.5 mag y 2 Msolar < M arroja pendientes planas para ambas funciones, lo que parece ser típico de cúmulos muy jóvenes. Todos estos rasgos son congruentes con un escenario joven donde las estrellas en fase de contracción están arribando a la secuencia principal.

  16. [Frontal variant of Alzheimer's disease. Two pathologically confirmed cases and a literature review].

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    Herrero-San Martín, Alejandro; Villarejo-Galende, Alberto; Rábano-Gutiérrez, Alberto; Guerrero-Márquez, Carmen; Porta-Etessam, Jesús; Bermejo-Pareja, Félix

    2013-12-16

    Introduccion. La enfermedad de Alzheimer (EA) es la causa mas frecuente de demencia en nuestro medio. En la mayoria de los pacientes, las manifestaciones iniciales consisten en una afectacion selectiva y progresiva de la memoria. Sin embargo, no se trata de un proceso homogeneo y, en algunos casos, el modo de presentacion puede ser atipico. La presentacion de la EA en forma de alteracion precoz de la personalidad, el comportamiento y las funciones ejecutivas se ha denominado variante frontal de la EA. En nuestro caso, su diagnostico definitivo solo fue posible mediante el estudio histologico, pues los criterios clinicos vigentes resultaron entonces insuficientes para el diagnostico de esta forma atipica de la EA. Casos clinicos. Dos pacientes, una mujer y un hombre de 60 y 52 años respectivamente, presentaron un cuadro progresivo de deterioro cognitivo con afectacion inicial de las funciones ejecutivas y cambio de personalidad, junto con alteraciones del estado de animo, por lo que se realizo el diagnostico inicial de probable demencia frontotemporal. No obstante, en ambos casos, la autopsia revelo datos compatibles con el diagnostico de EA, con una distribucion de la patologia que afectaba fundamentalmente a los lobulos frontales. Conclusiones. La EA tiene una forma heterogenea de presentacion, lo que puede originar errores en su diagnostico inicial, dado que los criterios clinicos actuales no recogen de modo suficiente esta variabilidad clinica. Por ello, consideramos importante prestar atencion a las formas atipicas de la EA con el objeto de desarrollar nuevos metodos diagnosticos que permitan diferenciar la EA del resto de procesos degenerativos.

  17. [Prognostic factors in elderly patient meningioma].

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    Villalpando-Navarrete, Edgar; Rosas-Peralta, Víctor Hugo; Sandoval-Balanzario, Miguel Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Introducción: frecuentemente debe tomarse una decisión terapéutica para el manejo del meningioma en el paciente geriátrico. El presente estudio analiza factores pronósticos, así como la escala Clinical- Radiological Grading Score (CRGS) como auxiliar para la decisión terapéutica. Métodos: se realizó un estudio retrospectivo entre 2009 y 2010. La población estudiada fue de 28 pacientes mayores de 65 años de edad. Se analizaron factores clínicos, imagenológicos e histopatológicos. Se utilizó la prueba chi cuadrada y la exacta de Fisher para variables cuantitativas y U de Mann-Whitney para variables cualitativas. Resultados: la mortalidad global a los 3, 6 y 12 meses de seguimiento fue del 7.14, 10.71 y 14.28 %, respectivamente. El análisis reveló que el estado funcional con la escala de Karnofsky (p = 0.02), la localización de la lesión (p = 0.002), el grado de malignidad histopatológico (p = 0.038) y una puntuación menor de 10 en la escala CRGS (p = 0.003) se asocian con un mal pronóstico. Conclusión: el manejo neuroquirúrgico del paciente geriátrico es una posibilidad terapéutica con un pronóstico favorable en pacientes con una puntuación igual o mayor de 10 y en aquellos con un adecuado estado funcional.

  18. [Sexual dysfunction in migraine patients who receive preventive treatment: identification by means of two screening tests].

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    Domínguez, Elena; Ruiz, Lara; Hernández, Marta S; Muñoz, Irene; Ruiz-Piñero, Marina; Uribe, Fernando; Guerrero-Peral, Ángel L; Toribio-Díaz, M Elena

    2015-01-01

    Introduccion. Las disfunciones sexuales constituyen uno de los problemas mas importantes que afectan a la salud sexual y se asocian a bajos niveles de calidad de vida. Objetivo. Evaluar la funcion sexual en pacientes migrañosos y la disfuncion sexual atribuible al tratamiento preventivo. Pacientes y metodos. Pacientes atendidos en las consultas de cefaleas de dos hospitales generales que acudian a la primera visita tras prescripcion de un preventivo. Respondieron al cuestionario de funcionamiento sexual del Hospital General de Massachusetts (MGH-SFQ) y al cuestionario de disfuncion sexual secundaria a psicofarmacos (SALSEX). Resultados. Muestra de 79 pacientes (17 varones, 62 mujeres), de 37,6 ± 9,1 años (rango: 19-57 años), 31 (39,2%) de ellos con migraña cronica. Como tratamiento preventivo, 23 (29,1%) recibian betabloqueantes; 42 (53,2%), neuromoduladores; 8 (10,1%), antagonistas del calcio, y 6 (7,6%), antidepresivos. El MGH-SFQ detecto en 24 pacientes (30,4%) disminucion al menos moderada de satisfaccion sexual global. El SALSEX mostro cambio de la funcion sexual atribuible al tratamiento preventivo en 36 casos (45,5%), solo excepcionalmente manifestada de forma espontanea. En pacientes con disfuncion al menos moderada en el MGH-SFQ, eran significativamente mayores la edad media en el momento de la inclusion, el numero de dias de dolor al mes y el uso excesivo de medicacion sintomatica (53,3% frente a 46,7%; p = 0,03). Conclusion. La disfuncion sexual evaluada con sencillos test de cribado detecta con frecuencia disfuncion sexual en pacientes migrañosos en tratamiento preventivo y cambios en su vida sexual atribuibles a estos farmacos.

  19. [Discipline styles and co-morbid disorders of adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a longitudinal study].

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    Colomer-Diago, Carla; Berenguer-Forner, Carmen; Tárraga-Mínguez, Raúl; Miranda-Casas, Ana

    2014-02-24

    Introduccion. Los problemas en el funcionamiento cognitivo, social y educativo de los niños con trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) continuan estando presentes en la adolescencia y edad adulta. A pesar de que la bibliografia evidencia una relacion significativa entre la utilizacion de metodos de disciplina disfuncional y la gravedad en la evolucion del TDAH, las investigaciones de seguimiento han sido escasas. Objetivos. Analizar el poder del estilo de disciplina y de la sintomatologia de TDAH evaluados en la niñez (tiempo 1) para predecir el oposicionismo y los problemas cognitivos en la temprana adolescencia (tiempo 2), y estudiar, en funcion del uso de un estilo de disciplina disfuncional, la evolucion del oposicionismo y de los problemas cognitivos. Pacientes y metodos. Se evaluo a 45 niños con TDAH subtipo combinado en dos momentos temporales: tiempo 1 (6-13 años) y tiempo 2 (8-16 años). Resultados. La gravedad del TDAH y el estilo de crianza disfuncional predijeron tanto el oposicionismo como los problemas cognitivos estimados en el tiempo 2. Se encontro un aumento del oposicionismo entre el tiempo 1 y el tiempo 2 en el grupo de disciplina disfuncional, mientras que el efecto contrario se observo en el grupo de disciplina funcional (efecto de interaccion tiempo x estilo de disciplina). Conclusiones. El empleo de un estilo de disciplina disfuncional por parte de los padres en la niñez predice problemas cognitivos y de conducta en la adolescencia. Los hallazgos tienen implicaciones en la planificacion de las intervenciones.

  20. [Reliability and validity of the Severe Impairment Battery, short form (SIB-s), in patients with dementia in Spain].

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    Cruz-Orduña, Isabel; Agüera-Ortiz, Luis F; Montorio-Cerrato, Ignacio; León-Salas, Beatriz; Valle de Juan, M Cristina; Martínez-Martín, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    Introduccion. Las personas con demencia progresiva evolucionan hacia un estado donde los tests neuropsicologicos tradicionales dejan de ser eficaces. La bateria de evaluacion del deterioro grave, en su forma completa (SIB) y abreviada (SIB-s), se desarrollo para evaluar el estado cognitivo de pacientes con demencia avanzada. Objetivo. Evaluar los atributos psicometricos de la SIB-s en poblacion española. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio transversal de 127 pacientes con demencia (86,6%, mujeres; edad media: 82,6 ± 7,5 años) evaluados con la SIB-s y las siguientes medidas: escala de deterioro global, miniexamen cognitivo (MEC), miniexamen del estado mental grave (sMMSE), indice de Barthel y escala del estado funcional. Resultados. La puntuacion media total de la SIB-s fue de 19,1 ± 15,34 (rango: 0-48). Efectos suelo y techo < 20%. El analisis factorial identifico un unico factor que explica el 68% de la varianza total de la escala. La consistencia interna fue alta (alfa de Cronbach: 0,96). La correlacion item-total corregida oscilo entre 0,27 y 0,83, y la homogeneidad de los items fue de 0,43. La fiabilidad test-retest e interevaluador fue satisfactoria (coeficiente de correlacion intraclase: 0,96 y 0,95, respectivamente), asi como la validez de constructo convergente con otras medidas cognitivas (MEC: 0,83; sMMSE: 0,9). La SIB-s mostro una correlacion moderada con escalas cognitivas de dependencia funcional (indice de Barthel: 0,48; FAST: –0,74). El error estandar de la medida fue de 3,07 para el total de la escala. Conclusiones. La SIB-s es un instrumento fiable y valido, relativamente breve, para evaluar a pacientes con demencia avanzada en la poblacion española.

  1. [MEDICAGO SATIVA L: IMPROVEMENT AND NEW APPROACHES OF ITS NUTRITIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL VALUE BY BACTERIAL CO-INOCULATION].

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    Martínez, Rosario; Nebot, Elena; Porres, Jesús María; Kapravelou, Garyfallia; Del Moral, Ana; Talbi, Chouhra; Bedmar, Eulogio Jose; López-Jurado, María

    2015-12-01

    Objetivo: estudiar el efecto de la inoculación con Ensifer meliloti y Halomonas maura sobre el crecimiento y el valor nutricional y funcional de la leguminosa Medicago sativa L., cultivada bajo condiciones de salinidad. Método: las plantas de M. sativa se cultivaron con una solución de mezcla de sales CaSO4, MgCl, NaCl and Na- HCO3 y se coinocularon con su rizobio específico y la bacteria H. maura. Se determinaron los parámetros fisiológicos de las plantas, así como el contenido en nitrógeno y minerales, y se llevó a cabo un proceso de digestibilidad in vitro. Resultados: la salinidad ejerció un efecto negativo sobre las plantas; sin embargo, la coinoculación de las mismas incrementó su productividad, el contenido en nitrógeno, minerales totales, Ca y Mg. Además, los parámetros fisiológicos de potencial hídrico y concentración de leghemoglobina se incrementaron. Tanto la salinidad como la coinoculación de las plantas aumentaron la capacidad antioxidante de la leguminosa en los dializados y retenidos obtenidos tras someter a la planta a un proceso de digestibilidad in vitro. Conclusión: la coinoculación con E. meliloti y H. maura podría mejorar el cultivo de la alfalfa bajo condiciones específicas de salinidad, aumentando su composición nutricional y funcional, pudiendo considerarse en la formulación de suplementos nutricionales para el consumo humano.

  2. [Home-based rehabilitation in the functional recovery of patients with cerebrovascular disease].

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    López-Liria, Remedios; Ferre-Salmerón, Rocío; Arrebola-López, Clara; Granados-Valverde, Rocío; Gobernado-Cabero, Miguel Ángel; Padilla-Góngora, David

    2013-06-16

    Introduccion. El estudio de la eficacia en los tratamientos de rehabilitacion aplicados a pacientes con secuelas tras una enfermedad cerebrovascular (ECV) resulta decisivo en la actualidad para planificar su abordaje desde la sanidad publica y mejorar las directrices de evaluacion y tratamiento existentes. Objetivo. Describir las caracteristicas que presentan los pacientes que han sufrido ECV atendidos por las unidades moviles de rehabilitacion-fisioterapia (UMRF) y como influyen estos tratamientos sobre su recuperacion funcional. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio descriptivo prospectivo en 124 pacientes derivados a las UMRF de la provincia de Almeria entre 2008 y 2011. Se analizaron variables (pre y postratamiento) como las caracteristicas y antecedentes personales, indice de Barthel, escala de espasticidad de Ashworth modificada, dolor (hombro) y escala neurologica canadiense. Resultados. La muestra final estuvo compuesta por 106 participantes (edad media: 73,72 años). El proceso discapacitante fue isquemico en un 77,4%, y la hipertension, el factor de riesgo mas prevalente (81%). La media del indice de Barthel inicial fue de 31,04, y la media del indice final, de 57,62 (t = –11,75; p < 0,001). La escala canadiense mostro una evolucion favorable en el nivel de conciencia, orientacion y lenguaje (p < 0,001). El 56,2% de los pacientes recibio alta por mejoria, sin precisar rehabilitacion ambulatoria adicional. Conclusiones. Los resultados obtenidos reflejan una importante mejora funcional en los pacientes tratados en las UMRF. La rehabilitacion domiciliaria se plantea como una herramienta necesaria para las personas con mayor vulnerabilidad clinica y sin acceso a los cuidados ambulatorios, que logra los beneficios de tratamientos que son efectivos.

  3. [Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: similarities and differences in executive functioning and theory of mind].

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    Miranda-Casas, Ana; Baixauli-Fortea, Immaculada; Colomer-Diago, Carla; Roselló-Miranda, Belén

    2013-09-01

    Introduccion. Aunque los criterios diagnosticos del autismo y del trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) en el DSM-IV-TR no se solapan, la presencia de sintomas de TDAH en individuos con un diagnostico clinico de autismo es muy elevada. A su vez, los niños con TDAH pueden tener rasgos autistas, aunque los mas prevalentes son las dificultades sociales y de comunicacion. El analisis del perfil en las funciones ejecutivas y en la teoria de la mente (ToM) podria ayudar a explicar el solapamiento y la diferenciacion entre ambos trastornos. Objetivo. Revisar los hallazgos de estudios empiricos en los que se ha comparado a niños con TDAH y con autismo en indicadores de funcionamiento ejecutivo y ToM. Desarrollo. La revision de las investigaciones sugiere la existencia de patrones distintos en el trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) y en el TDAH cuando el funcionamiento ejecutivo se segmenta en componentes. Los niños con TDAH experimentan deficit en el control inhibitorio mientras que los niños con TEA tienen mas problemas en flexibilidad cognitiva y en planificacion. En cuanto al dominio de las habilidades mentales se producen diferencias evolutivas, asi como en su gravedad. Los niños mas pequeños con TEA experimentan mayores deficiencias en la ToM en comparacion con los niños con TDAH y un deficit primario en la orientacion social. Conclusiones. Aunque los avances son importantes, quedan asuntos pendientes por aclarar, entre los que destaca el analisis de como afecta un pobre desarrollo de las funciones ejecutivas al desarrollo de la ToM, con estudios longitudinales que analicen las trayectorias evolutivas de niños con TEA y niños con TDAH.

  4. The ratio method of estimating water resistivity and TDS from resistivity logs

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    Jorgensen, D.G.

    1996-01-01

    It is a general belief that useful estimates of total dissolved solids concentrations of ground water cannot be made from borehole geophysical logs. A case study of estimating total dissolved solids concentration of ground water in the local area using the ratio method yielded estimates with an average error of less than 25 percent. The results do not support the hypothesis that useful estimates of total dissolved solids concentration cannot be made from borehole geophysical logs. The case study included a comparison of estimates of total dissolved solids concentration utilizing a resistivity of the mud input versus using resistivity of the mud filtrate input. Estimates made using resistivity of mud had a correlation coefficient of 0.97 whereas estimates using resistivity of mud filtrate had a correlation coefficient of only 0.27. The results from the case study suggest that at least in some cases the resistivity of the mud (Rm) produce a better estimate of the resistivity of water (Rw) in the fully flushed zone than an estimate using the resistivity of the mud filtrate Rmf. The ratio method can be easily used to estimate ground-water resistivity and total dissolved solids concentration of the formation water based only on data from resistivity logs. The advantage of the method is that data on porosity, cementation exponent, temperature, and volume of clay are not required. The method, which has been used by the oil industry to crudely estimate water resistivity, is based in part on the ratio of the resistivity of a fully water-saturated formation to the resistivity of the fully flushed zone adjacent to the annulus in a mud-filled borehole. The method, which is very robust, requires only an estimate of the resistivity of a fully water-saturated formation from a deep looking induction or resistivity log, an estimate of the resistivity of the fully flushed zone from a microresistivity or short normal log, and a measurement of resistivity of the mud or mud filtrate

  5. Small Column Ion Exchange Design and Safety Strategy

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    Huff, T.; Rios-Armstrong, M.; Edwards, R.; Herman, D.

    2011-02-07

    Small Column Ion Exchange (SCIX) is a transformational technology originally developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM-30) office and is now being deployed at the Savannah River Site (SRS) to significantly increase overall salt processing capacity and accelerate the Liquid Waste System life-cycle. The process combines strontium and actinide removal using Monosodium Titanate (MST), Rotary Microfiltration, and cesium removal using Crystalline Silicotitanate (CST, specifically UOP IONSIV{reg_sign}IE-911 ion exchanger) to create a low level waste stream to be disposed in grout and a high level waste stream to be vitrified. The process also includes preparation of the streams for disposal, e.g., grinding of the loaded CST material. These waste processing components are technically mature and flowsheet integration studies are being performed including glass formulations studies, application specific thermal modeling, and mixing studies. The deployment program includes design and fabrication of the Rotary Microfilter (RMF) assembly, ion-exchange columns (IXCs), and grinder module, utilizing an integrated system safety design approach. The design concept is to install the process inside an existing waste tank, Tank 41H. The process consists of a feed pump with a set of four RMFs, two IXCs, a media grinder, three Submersible Mixer Pumps (SMPs), and all supporting infrastructure including media receipt and preparation facilities. The design addresses MST mixing to achieve the required strontium and actinide removal and to prevent future retrieval problems. CST achieves very high cesium loadings (up to 1,100 curies per gallon (Ci/gal) bed volume). The design addresses the hazards associated with this material including heat management (in column and in-tank), as detailed in the thermal modeling. The CST must be size reduced for compatibility with downstream processes. The design addresses material transport into and out of the grinder and

  6. Accurate Measurement of Velocity and Acceleration of Seismic Vibrations near Nuclear Power Plants

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    Arif, Syed Javed; Imdadullah; Asghar, Mohammad Syed Jamil

    In spite of all prerequisite geological study based precautions, the sites of nuclear power plants are also susceptible to seismic vibrations and their consequent effects. The effect of the ongoing nuclear tragedy in Japan caused by an earthquake and its consequent tsunami on March 11, 2011 is currently beyond contemplations. It has led to a rethinking on nuclear power stations by various governments around the world. Therefore, the prediction of location and time of large earthquakes has regained a great importance. The earth crust is made up of several wide, thin and rigid plates like blocks which are in constant motion with respect to each other. A series of vibrations on the earth surface are produced by the generation of elastic seismic waves due to sudden rupture within the plates during the release of accumulated strain energy. The range of frequency of seismic vibrations is from 0 to 10 Hz. However, there appears a large variation in magnitude, velocity and acceleration of these vibrations. The response of existing or conventional methods of measurement of seismic vibrations is very slow, which is of the order of tens of seconds. A systematic and high resolution measurement of velocity and acceleration of these vibrations are useful to interpret the pattern of waves and their anomalies more accurately, which are useful for the prediction of an earthquake. In the proposed work, a fast rotating magnetic field (RMF) is used to measure the velocity and acceleration of seismic vibrations in the millisecond range. The broad spectrum of pulses within one second range, measured by proposed method, gives all possible values of instantaneous velocity and instantaneous acceleration of the seismic vibrations. The spectrum of pulses in millisecond range becomes available which is useful to measure the pattern of fore shocks to predict the time and location of large earthquakes more accurately. Moreover, instead of average, the peak values of these quantities are helpful

  7. Multidimensionally constrained relativistic mean-field study of triple-humped barriers in actinides

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    Zhao, Jie; Lu, Bing-Nan; Vretenar, Dario; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui

    2015-01-01

    Background: Potential energy surfaces (PES's) of actinide nuclei are characterized by a two-humped barrier structure. At large deformations beyond the second barrier, the occurrence of a third barrier was predicted by macroscopic-microscopic model calculations in the 1970s, but contradictory results were later reported by a number of studies that used different methods. Purpose: Triple-humped barriers in actinide nuclei are investigated in the framework of covariant density functional theory (CDFT). Methods: Calculations are performed using the multidimensionally constrained relativistic mean field (MDC-RMF) model, with the nonlinear point-coupling functional PC-PK1 and the density-dependent meson exchange functional DD-ME2 in the particle-hole channel. Pairing correlations are treated in the BCS approximation with a separable pairing force of finite range. Results: Two-dimensional PES's of 226,228,230,232Th and 232,235,236,238U are mapped and the third minima on these surfaces are located. Then one-dimensional potential energy curves along the fission path are analyzed in detail and the energies of the second barrier, the third minimum, and the third barrier are determined. The functional DD-ME2 predicts the occurrence of a third barrier in all Th nuclei and 238U . The third minima in 230 ,232Th are very shallow, whereas those in 226 ,228Th and 238U are quite prominent. With the functional PC-PK1 a third barrier is found only in 226 ,228 ,230Th . Single-nucleon levels around the Fermi surface are analyzed in 226Th, and it is found that the formation of the third minimum is mainly due to the Z =90 proton energy gap at β20≈1.5 and β30≈0.7 . Conclusions: The possible occurrence of a third barrier on the PES's of actinide nuclei depends on the effective interaction used in multidimensional CDFT calculations. More pronounced minima are predicted by the DD-ME2 functional, as compared to the functional PC-PK1. The depth of the third well in Th isotopes decreases

  8. EVALUATION OF SUPPLEMENTAL PRE-TREATMENT DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS TO MEET TRL 6 ROTARY MICROFILTRATION

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    HUBER HJ

    2011-10-03

    In spring 2011, the Technology Maturation Plan (TMP) for the Supplemental Treatment Project (RPP-PLAN-49827, Rev. 0), Technology Maturation Plan for the Treatment Project (T4S01) was developed. This plan contains all identified actions required to reach technical maturity for a field-deployable waste feed pretreatment system. The supplemental pretreatment system has a filtration and a Cs-removal component. Subsequent to issuance of the TMP, rotary microfiltration (RMF) has been identified as the prime filtration technology for this application. The prime Cs-removal technology is small column ion exchange (ScIX) using spherical resorcinol formaldehyde (sRF) as the exchange resin. During fiscal year 2011 (FY2011) some of the tasks identified in the TMP have been completed. As of September 2011, the conceptual design package has been submitted to DOE as part of the critical decision (CD-1) process. This document describes the remaining tasks identified in the TMP to reach technical maturity and evaluates the validity of the proposed tests to fill the gaps as previously identified in the TMP. The potential vulnerabilities are presented and the completed list of criteria for the DOE guide DOE G 413.3-4 different technology readiness levels are added in an attachment. This evaluation has been conducted from a technology development perspective - all programmatic and manufacturing aspects were excluded from this exercise. Compliance with the DOE G 413.3-4 programmatic and manufacturing requirements will be addressed directly by the Treatment Project during the course of engineering design. The results of this evaluation show that completion of the proposed development tasks in the TMP are sufficient to reach TRL 6 from a technological point of view. The tasks involve actual waste tests using the current baseline configuration (2nd generation disks, 40 psi differential pressure, 30 C feed temperature) and three different simulants - the PEP, an AP-Farm and an S

  9. "Estudio tribologico de aceros para moldes. Aplicacion al moldeo por inyeccion de polibutilentereftalato reforzado con fibra de vidrio"

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    Martinez Mateo, Isidoro Jose

    fabricacion del molde, tienen una gran influencia sobre su comportamiento en servicio a lo largo de la vida util del molde. En la primera parte del presente estudio, a partir de ensayos punzon sobre disco, se ha determinado la relacion entre la resistencia al desgaste y la dureza de aceros para moldes obtenidos a partir de bloques de gran espesor, estudiando los principales mecanismos de desgaste que tienen lugar. A continuacion, con el fin de determinar el dano superficial que sufren los aceros para moldes en condiciones reales de inyeccion, se han estudiado distintos tipos de aceros utilizados comercialmente en moldes de inyeccion de polimeros y materiales compuestos, seleccionando las condiciones de operacion para determinar la variacion de la rugosidad superficial del acero en funcion del material inyectado, del numero de operaciones sucesivas de inyeccion y de la orientacion del flujo de inyeccion, mediante tecnicas de perfilometria optica y microscopia electronica de barrido. Ademas del dano superficial sufrido por el acero con el numero de piezas inyectadas, tambien se ha determinado la evolucion de la rugosidad superficial de los materiales inyectados, polibutilentereftalato (PBT) puro y materiales compuestos derivados de PBT por adicion de un 20 o un 50% en peso de fibra de vidrio. En el caso de las piezas inyectadas, se ha caracterizado su microestructura en funcion del flujo de inyeccion y de la densidad de fibra, se han determinado sus propiedades termicas y dinamico-mecanicas, asi como la variacion de la rugosidad superficial de las piezas inyectadas con el numero de operaciones de inyeccion y con la geometria de las distintas secciones de las piezas. Finalmente, se ha evaluado la resistencia a la abrasion de PBT reforzado con un 50% de fibra, en funcion del numero de piezas inyectadas y de la direccion de rayado con respecto a la orientacion del flujo de inyeccion.

  10. Active faulting Vs other surface displacing complex geomorphic phenomena. Case studies from a tectonically active area, Abruzzi Region, central Apennines, Italy

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    Lo Sardo, Lorenzo; Gori, Stefano; Falcucci, Emanuela; Saroli, Michele; Moro, Marco; Galadini, Fabrizio; Lancia, Michele; Fubelli, Giandomenico; Pezzo, Giuseppe

    2016-04-01

    could be possible to infer the genesis of the scarps as due to complex tectono-karstic phenomena. As for case (ii), our ongoing analyses are aimed to analyze the tectonic "significance" of some closed depressions, up to 4 km long and to 0,5-1 km large, that occur along the south-western slope of the Gran Sasso Range. All these small depression are NW-SE trending. As already described by Bosi et al. (1989), Galadini and Giuliani (1993), D'Agostino et al. (1998), Falcucci et al. (2015), these closed depressions are bounded by scarps carved onto the carbonate bedrock and, subordinately, onto early Quaternary slope deposits, reaching height of up to 5 m. These scarps are preferentially NE dipping, even if in few cases some SW dipping scarp are also present . The field work has permitted to attest that these scarps are related to shear planes that that displaced two subsequent of Early Pleistocene breccias formations (the Valle Valiano Fm. and Fonte Vedice Fm.; Bosi e Bertini, 1993; D'agostino et al., 1997). A paleoseismological trench was also performed across one of these scarps, attesting the activity of these shear planes also in recent times, providing indications result about the deformation style. Reference Bertini, T., & Bosi, C. (1993). La tettonica quaternaria della conca di Fossa (L'Aquila). Il Quaternario, 6(2), 293-314. Bertini, T., Bosi, C., & Galadini, F. (1989). La conca di Fossa-S. Demetrio dei Vestini. CNR, Centro di Studio per la Geologia Tecnica, ENEA, PAS in Elementi di tettonica pliocenicoquaternaria ed indizi di sismicita olocenica nell'Appennino laziale-abruzzese, Societa Geologica Italiana, L'Aquila, 26-58. Bosi, C., & Bertini, T. (1970). Geologia della media valle dell'Aterno. Memorie Società Geologica Italiana, 9(4), 719-777. D'Agostino, N., F. Speranza, & R. Funiciello., (1997) "Le Brecce Mortadella dell'Appennino Centrale: primi risultati di stratigrafia magnetica." Il Quaternario10.2: 385-388. D'Agostino, N., Chamot-Rooke, N., Funiciello, R

  11. Active faulting Vs other surface displacing complex geomorphic phenomena. Case studies from a tectonically active area, Abruzzi Region, central Apennines, Italy

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    Lo Sardo, Lorenzo; Gori, Stefano; Falcucci, Emanuela; Saroli, Michele; Moro, Marco; Galadini, Fabrizio; Lancia, Michele; Fubelli, Giandomenico; Pezzo, Giuseppe

    2016-04-01

    could be possible to infer the genesis of the scarps as due to complex tectono-karstic phenomena. As for case (ii), our ongoing analyses are aimed to analyze the tectonic "significance" of some closed depressions, up to 4 km long and to 0,5-1 km large, that occur along the south-western slope of the Gran Sasso Range. All these small depression are NW-SE trending. As already described by Bosi et al. (1989), Galadini and Giuliani (1993), D'Agostino et al. (1998), Falcucci et al. (2015), these closed depressions are bounded by scarps carved onto the carbonate bedrock and, subordinately, onto early Quaternary slope deposits, reaching height of up to 5 m. These scarps are preferentially NE dipping, even if in few cases some SW dipping scarp are also present . The field work has permitted to attest that these scarps are related to shear planes that that displaced two subsequent of Early Pleistocene breccias formations (the Valle Valiano Fm. and Fonte Vedice Fm.; Bosi e Bertini, 1993; D'agostino et al., 1997). A paleoseismological trench was also performed across one of these scarps, attesting the activity of these shear planes also in recent times, providing indications result about the deformation style. Reference Bertini, T., & Bosi, C. (1993). La tettonica quaternaria della conca di Fossa (L'Aquila). Il Quaternario, 6(2), 293-314. Bertini, T., Bosi, C., & Galadini, F. (1989). La conca di Fossa-S. Demetrio dei Vestini. CNR, Centro di Studio per la Geologia Tecnica, ENEA, PAS in Elementi di tettonica pliocenicoquaternaria ed indizi di sismicita olocenica nell'Appennino laziale-abruzzese, Societa Geologica Italiana, L'Aquila, 26-58. Bosi, C., & Bertini, T. (1970). Geologia della media valle dell'Aterno. Memorie Società Geologica Italiana, 9(4), 719-777. D'Agostino, N., F. Speranza, & R. Funiciello., (1997) "Le Brecce Mortadella dell'Appennino Centrale: primi risultati di stratigrafia magnetica." Il Quaternario10.2: 385-388. D'Agostino, N., Chamot-Rooke, N., Funiciello, R

  12. [Relationship between age, body mass index, dependency and quality of life in malnourished patients after hospital discharge].

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    Casals, Cristina; Vázquez Sánchez, María Ángeles; Casals Sánchez, José Luis; Rioja Vázquez, Rosalía; Martín Salvador, Esperanza; García-Agua Soler, Nuria

    2015-04-01

    Introducción: La evaluación de la calidad de vida significa investigar cómo el paciente percibe la propia enfermedad. Los pacientes con desnutrición presentan unas características especiales que les hacen más vulnerables, por lo que es importante conocer cómo les afectan estos factores en el desarrollo de su vida habitual. Objetivo: Analizar la valoración de la calidad de vida en personas con desnutrición que han estado ingresadas y su asociación con la edad, el índice de masa corporal, el tipo de diagnóstico de desnutrición, y el grado de dependencia. Método: Estudio descriptivo trasversal multicéntrico en 106 pacientes desnutridos hospitalizados. Se realizó una valoración de la calidad de vida (cuestionario SF-12), el IMC, la independencia funcional (índice de Barthel), los factores de morbilidad, y de la evaluación de la ingesta. La asociación entre las distintas variables se analizó mediante correlación no paramétrica de Spearman. Resultados: Los pacientes de este estudio presentaban una media en el SF-12 de 38,32 puntos. La edad se correlaciona de forma significativa con el SF-12 (r= -0,320, p= 0,001). El IMC se correlaciona tanto con el SF-12 (r= 0,251, p= 0,011) como con el componente mental (r= 0,289, p= 0,03). El índice de Barthel también mostró correlaciones estadísticamente significativas con el SF-12 (r= 0,370, p< 0,001). Conclusiones: La autopercepción de la salud en pacientes desnutridos que han tenido un ingreso hospitalario se encuentra por debajo de la media española; además esta calidad de vida se ve afectada por la edad, el IMC y la capacidad funcional del paciente.

  13. Las ideologias, las ciencias naturales y sus implicaciones en la educacion cientifica

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    Lozada Roldan, Sandra

    Este estudio ausculto las concepciones epistemologicas de los docentes de ciencia del nivel secundario con relacion a las ideologias y las ciencias naturales. Tambien examino las posiciones de los docentes ante asuntos publicos relacionados a la ciencia. Para propositos de este estudio se diseno y se valido el cuestionario con el cual se obtuvieron los resultados. La investigacion es de tipo cuantitativa y se utilizo como diseno la encuesta. El cuestionario se administro en varias actividades de desarrollo profesional para maestros de ciencia. Un total de 78 maestros del nivel secundario respondieron el cuestionario. Para analizar los datos obtenidos se utilizaron estadisticas descriptivas como la distribucion de frecuencia y el porciento. Ademas se establecieron codigos y categorias para describir las posiciones de los maestros ante asuntos publicos relacionados a la ciencia. Los analisis demostraron que entre los docentes participantes de este estudio prevalecen ciertas concepciones epistemologicas adecuadas acerca de las ciencias naturales, a la luz de la literatura consultada. Entre estas concepciones se destacan las siguientes: a) la filosofia materialista de las ciencias naturales, b) la naturaleza tentativa y constructivista del conocimiento cientifico, c) el uso de una metodologia que garantiza cierto grado de objetividad y con el que se justifican y validan los enunciados cientificos y d) la funcion instrumental del conocimiento cientifico. Sin embargo, entre los docentes participantes de este estudio prevalecen ciertas concepciones epistemologicas erroneas acerca de las ciencias naturales, a la luz de la literatura consultada. Entre estas concepciones se destacan las siguientes: a) tendencia inductivista en el que las teorias cientificas comienzan con observaciones que establecen generalizaciones, b) secuencia jerarquica de la metodologia cientifica. Ademas, entre los docentes participantes de este estudio prevalecen concepciones epistemologicas adecuadas

  14. [In Process Citation].

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    Petter da Silva, Fhaira; Beatriz Dallepiane, Loiva; Ramos Kirsten, Vanessa; Maria Kirchner, Rosane

    2016-01-01

    Introducción: la esperanza de vida está aumentando y convirtiéndose en un fenómeno característico de los países desarrollados y, cada vez más, de los países en desarrollo, como Brasil. El proceso de envejecimiento produce cambios en algunas funciones fisiológicas, como la pérdida del olfato o gusto o pérdida de apetito, entre otros, que terminan alterando la ingesta de alimentos de estos individuos.Objetivos: este estudio tuvo como objetivo evaluar el consumo de alimentos de los ancianos y de los ancianos más longevos en una ciudad del sur de Brasil.Métodos: un estudio transversal realizado mediante visitas a domicilio en Palmeira das Missões - RS, Brasil. Los datos sociodemográficos, antropométricos y dietéticos fueron recogidos a través de cuestionarios y recordatorio de 24 horas. La adecuación de nutrientes se evaluó de acuerdo con las ingestas de referencia en la dieta. Los datos fueron analizados utilizando el software SPSS 18.0.Resultados: el estudio incluyó a 424 adultos mayores, el 84.4% (n = 358) de ellos menores de 80 años y el 15.6% (n = 66) con más de 80 años. La ingesta de energía y proteínas fue insuficiente tanto para jóvenes adultos como para los más ancianos. El consumo de vitaminas y minerales ha sido insuficiente en todos los adultos mayores a excepción del hierro, que presentaba una ingesta excesiva. Hubo una diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre las personas de edad y mayores sólo en cuanto al consumo de lípidos y vitamina B12. Conclusión: la mayoría de los estudios con personas mayores corrobora los resultados obtenidos en este artículo. Una ingesta inadecuada de nutrientes puede dar lugar a deficiencias nutricionales y, por lo tanto, a cambios fisiológicos y patológicos que pondrían en peligro la capacidad funcional de los ancianos. El consumo de energía y de macronutrientes resultó insuficiente tanto para los ancianos como para los ancianos más longevos. Además, el consumo de vitaminas y

  15. [Face replantation using labial artery for revascularization. Case report].

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    de la Parra-Márquez, Miguel; Mondragón-González, Sergio; López-Palazuelos, Jaime; Naal-Mendoza, Norberto; Rangel-Flores, Jesús María

    2013-01-01

    antecedentes: la restauración cosmética y funcional de la cara luego de un traumatismo complejo es todo un reto para el cirujano plástico. En el ámbito internacional se han reportado pocos casos de reimplante facial. Objetivo: reportar el caso del primer reimplante parcial de cara con la utilización de la arteria labial como aporte vascular. Caso clínico: paciente masculino de siete años de edad. Ingresó al servicio de Cirugía Plástica en el mes de junio de 2011 por lesiones secundarias en la cara ocasionadas por la mordedura de un perro. A la exploración física se encontró avulsión de 75% del labio superior, 33% del labio inferior, incluida la comisura oral, y 75% de la mejilla izquierda. Los músculos avulsionados incluían: el orbicular de los labios, depresor del ángulo oral y depresor del labio inferior. El tiempo total de isquemia fue de ocho horas. La anastomosis término-terminal de la arteria coronaria labial se efectuó con nylon 11-0, posteriormente se escogió la vena con mejor retorno y la anastomosis se realizó con nylon 11-0. Se hizo miorrafía de los músculos mencionados con vicril 4-0, la sutura de la mucosa oral se realizó con vicril 5-0, y de la piel con nylon 5-0. Seis meses después de la cirugía, el resultado cosmético y funcional se consideró excelente, con restablecimiento total de la continencia labial y articulación completa de las palabras. Conclusiones: las amputaciones de cualquier componente facial deben ser inicialmente tratadas con reimplante. La arteria coronaria labial es una buena opción para revascularización, incluso en 25% del total de la cara (labios y mejilla).

  16. [Functional dysphonia and benign vocal cord lesions in professional voice users].

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    de Las Casas Battifora, Rosa Maria; Ramada Rodillac, José Maria

    2012-01-01

    Objetivo: Examinar la frecuencia con que se presentan lesiones orgánicas benignas de las cuerdas vocales (LOB-CV) entre los pacientes diagnosticados de disfonía funcional (DF) y explorar sus asociaciones con el desempeño de un trabajo como usuario profesional de la voz (UPV). Métodos: Estudio realizado en una serie de 132 pacientes diagnosticados de DF. Las LOB-CV se objetivaron mediante fibrolaringoscopia. Se documentaron la ocupación, variables sociodemográficas y factores de riesgo no ocupacionales. Se realizó un análisis descriptivo de la muestra, que se estratificó por las variables de exposición laboral (UPV y no-UPV) y por sexo. Se exploraron las asociaciones bivariadas entre la presencia de LOB-VC y el resto de variables. Se utilizó el paquete estadístico SPSS versión 15. Resultados: Los pacientes fueron principalmente mujeres (58,3%), con una edad media de 48 años (DE±13). Un 40% eran usuarios profesionales de la voz (UPV). El 47% presentaron alguna LOB-CV, siendo la más prevalente los pólipos/nódulos (29%). Los UPV con disfonía funcional presentaron mayor prevalencia de LOB-CV (57%) frente a los no-UPV (40%). Ser UPV se asoció a mayor riesgo de padecer LOB-CV (odds ratio de prevalencia cruda, ORPc=1,48; IC95%=0,74- 2,98), principalmente pólipos/nódulos (ORPc=1,77; IC95%=0,82-3,78) y laringitis crónica (ORPc= 2,31; IC95%=0,37- 14,32), aunque sin alcanzar significación estadística. Fumar se asocio significativamente a mayor riesgo de presentar pólipos/nódulos en todos los pacientes (ORPc=2,95; IC95%=1,33-6,53). Conclusiones: Ser trabajador UPV se asoció a un mayor riesgo de LOB-CV, principalmente pólipos/nódulos de las cuerdas vocales y laringitis crónica. Los servicios de prevención deberían evaluar este riesgo laboral siempre que la voz sea una herramienta de trabajo primaria, con el fin de poder establecer medidas preventivas precoces.

  17. Aerobic program in persons with stroke: a systematic review.

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    Francica, Juliana V; Bigongiari, Aline; Mochizuki, Luis; Miranda, Maria Luiza J; Rodrigues, Bruno

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: O objetivo deste estudo foi realizar uma revisão sistemática sobre o exercício após acidente vascular cerebral.Material e Métodos: Para isso, foi realizada uma revisão sistemática de ensaios clínicos randomizados e controlados publicados no PubMed e PEDro. Os critérios para inclusão dos artigos foram: Estudos - ensaios clínicos randomizados ou controlados; participantes - adultos de qualquer idade com diagnóstico clínico de acidente vascular cerebral; intervenções - qualquer treino físico aeróbio que vise melhorar a capacidade e/ou função cardiovascular. Dois revisores independentes categorizaram os ensaios selecionados, avaliaram a qualidade metodológica e extraíram os dados relevantes. A análise realizada foi dos vários protocolos usados tanto para a avaliaçãoe treino de indivíduos pós-acidente vascular cerebral.Resultados: De acordo com estudos clínicos analisados, uma vasta gama de instrumentos foi utilizada para medir a capacidade funcional dos pacientes. Ergometria e ergoespirometria foram os principais dispositivos da avaliação da capacidade cardiovascular. Treino\\exercício na bicicleta ergométrica foi a estratégia de treino mais comumente usada, e fisioterapia convencional (baseada em alongamentos, fortalecimentos, treino de equilíbrio, coordenação e marcha) foi a terapia de controle mais frequente.Discussão: A duração do programa variou de 4 semanas a 6 meses, a frequência semanal média foi de três sessões por semana, enquanto que a intensidade do treinamento variou de 40 a 80% da frequência cardíaca máxima ou VO2 máximo. A duração de sessões de treino variou entre 25 minutos a 1 hora.Conclusão: O treino físico é uma ferramenta promissora para o tratamento de pacientes pós-AVC, tanto em termos de melhoria da capacidade funcional e da capacidade cardiovascular. No entanto, mais estudos são necessários para ampliar a área de atuação terapêutica nesta população.

  18. [In Process Citation].

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    Petter da Silva, Fhaira; Beatriz Dallepiane, Loiva; Ramos Kirsten, Vanessa; Maria Kirchner, Rosane

    2016-02-16

    Introducción: la esperanza de vida está aumentando y convirtiéndose en un fenómeno característico de los países desarrollados y, cada vez más, de los países en desarrollo, como Brasil. El proceso de envejecimiento produce cambios en algunas funciones fisiológicas, como la pérdida del olfato o gusto o pérdida de apetito, entre otros, que terminan alterando la ingesta de alimentos de estos individuos.Objetivos: este estudio tuvo como objetivo evaluar el consumo de alimentos de los ancianos y de los ancianos más longevos en una ciudad del sur de Brasil.Métodos: un estudio transversal realizado mediante visitas a domicilio en Palmeira das Missões - RS, Brasil. Los datos sociodemográficos, antropométricos y dietéticos fueron recogidos a través de cuestionarios y recordatorio de 24 horas. La adecuación de nutrientes se evaluó de acuerdo con las ingestas de referencia en la dieta. Los datos fueron analizados utilizando el software SPSS 18.0.Resultados: el estudio incluyó a 424 adultos mayores, el 84.4% (n = 358) de ellos menores de 80 años y el 15.6% (n = 66) con más de 80 años. La ingesta de energía y proteínas fue insuficiente tanto para jóvenes adultos como para los más ancianos. El consumo de vitaminas y minerales ha sido insuficiente en todos los adultos mayores a excepción del hierro, que presentaba una ingesta excesiva. Hubo una diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre las personas de edad y mayores sólo en cuanto al consumo de lípidos y vitamina B12. Conclusión: la mayoría de los estudios con personas mayores corrobora los resultados obtenidos en este artículo. Una ingesta inadecuada de nutrientes puede dar lugar a deficiencias nutricionales y, por lo tanto, a cambios fisiológicos y patológicos que pondrían en peligro la capacidad funcional de los ancianos. El consumo de energía y de macronutrientes resultó insuficiente tanto para los ancianos como para los ancianos más longevos. Además, el consumo de vitaminas y

  19. Executive functions in anorexia nervosa.

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    Jáuregui-Lobera, Ignacio

    2014-03-01

    Introducción: Los mecanismos fisiopatológicos que explican el desarrollo y la persistencia de la anorexia nerviosa (AN) siguen sin estar claros. Con respecto al funcionamiento neuropsicológico, se han señalado alteraciones en las funciones ejecutivas, especialmente en la flexibilidad cognitiva y en los procesos de toma de decisiones. Objetivos: El objetivo de este trabajo fue revisar el estado actual de los estudios neuropsicológicos sobre anorexia nerviosa, especialmente los centrados en las funciones ejecutivas. Métodos: Se realizó un proceso de búsqueda con tres relevantes bases de datos electrónicas, así como una búsqueda adicional con las referencias incluidas en los documentos analizados. Finalmente hay que mencionar otras revisiones ya publicadas y una búsqueda manual de otras fuentes. Resultados y discusión: Los datos de comparación de pacientes y controles sanos siguen siendo controvertidos, así como la comparación entre los diferentes trastornos de la alimentación con respecto a la disfunción neuropsicológica. El papel de variables como depresión, ansiedad y obsesividad necesita ser aclarado. Parece que hay alguna base para afirmar que existen algunos puntos en común entre los llamados trastornos de peso extremo (anorexia, obesidad). El vínculo entre la disfunción neuropsicológica en AN y biomarcadores aún no está claro. El papel de los déficits neuropsicológicos en la AN, como factores iniciales o simplemente como meras consecuencias, tampoco está aclarado. La relación entre los trastornos de imagen corporal y la disfunción neuropsicológica debe asimismo aclararse. Los datos sobre las similitudes, en cuanto a la disfunción neuropsicológica, entre AN y otros trastornos mentales pueden ser considerados, hasta la fecha, como una mera aproximación. Lo mismo ocurre con la relación entre el rendimiento neuropsicológico de los pacientes con AN y la personalidad o el género.

  20. Fluid intake in Mexican adults; a cross-sectional study.

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    Martinez, Homero

    2014-05-01

    Introducción: Un adecuada hidratación resulta fundamental para el buen funcionamiento de diversas funciones orgánicas, incluyendo la regulación de la temperatura corporal, la eliminación de metabolitos por los riñones, y el funcionamiento adecuado de diversas funciones físicas y cognitivas. Algunas instituciones han establecido recomendaciones para una ingesta adecuada de agua y otros líquidos, pero estas recomendaciones varían ampliamente. Objetivo: Estimar el consumo diario usual de líquidos (incluyendo agua otras bebidas), en una muestra seleccionada de adultos mexicanos. Métodos: Estudio transversal de 1.492 hombres y mujeres adultas con edades entre 18-65 años, reclutados en 16 ciudades distribuidas a lo largo de todo el país. Se recolectó información auto-reportada sobre la ingesta de líquidos a lo largo de un período consecutivo de 7 días, registrando el consumo de agua, leche y derivados, bebidas calientes, bebidas azucaradas, bebidas alcohólicas, y otras bebidas. Resultados: Encontramos que el 87,5% de los hombres y el 65,4% de las mujeres registraron una ingesta de líquidos por debajo de la recomendación vigente para estos grupos, que es de 3 L/día para hombres y 2 L/día para mujeres. Además, en el 80% de la población participante la ingestión de bebidas azucaradas, no incluyendo la leche y derivados ni las bebidas calientes, fue mayor que la de agua simple. El 65% de los hombres y el 66% de las mujeres consumieron más de la recomendación del 10% de energía correspondiente a su requerimiento calórico estimado a partir de bebidas. La ingestión de líquidos no mostró diferencias estadísticamente significativas de acuerdo al género, pero mostró una tendencia significativa a declinar con la edad. Conclusión: Nuestros resultados tiene importancia para orientar políticas publicas como parte de recomendaciones integrales que promuevan la adopción de estilos saludables de vida, particularmente en lo que concierne a fomentar

  1. 2-D Hartee-Fock-Bogoliubov Calculations For Exotic Deformed Nuclei

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    Blazkiewicz, Artur; Oberacker, Volker E.; Umar, Sait A.; Teran, Edgar

    2003-10-01

    We solve the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) equations in coordinate space; the computational method has been specifically designed to study ground state properties of nuclei near the neutron and proton drip lines teref1. The unique feature of our code is that it takes into account the strong coupling to high-energy continuum states, up to an equivalent single-particle energy of 60 MeV or higher. We solve the HFB equations for deformed, axially symmetric even-even nuclei in coordinate space on a 2-D lattice with Basis-Spline methods. For the p-h channel, the Skyrme (SLy4) effective N-N interaction is utilized, and for the p-p and h-h channel we use a delta interaction. Results teref2,ref3 are presented for binding energies, deformations, normal densities and pairing densities, Fermi levels, and pairing gaps. In particular, we calculate the properties of two light isotope chains up to the two-neutron dripline: oxygen (^22-28O) and sulfur (^40-52S). For some of the sulfur isotopes we found the "shape coexistence" what was also confirmed by RMF calculations of P. Ring and G.A. Lalazissis teref4. Furthermore, we study the strongly deformed heavy systems zirconium (^102,104Zr), cerium (^152Ce), and samarium (^158Sm).We are also planning to study other isotopes by running our new parallel MPI version of HFB code. Comparison with relativistic mean field theory and with experimental data is given whenever available. This work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under grant No. DE-FG02-96ER40963 with Vanderbilt University. The numerical calculations were carried out on the IBM-RS/6000 SP supercomputer at NERSC in Berkeley and on our local "Beowulf" Vampire computer at Vanderbilt University. 99 ref1 Axially Symmetric Hartee-Fock-Bogoliubov calculations for nuclei near the drip lines,E. Teran, V.E. Oberacker and A.S. Umar, Phys. Rev. C 67, (June 2003) ref2 Half lives of isomeric states from SF of ^252Cf and large deformations in ^104Zr and ^158Sm, J.K. Hwang, A

  2. Modeling Plasmas with Strong Anisotropy, Neutral Fluid Effects, and Open Boundaries

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    Meier, Eric T.

    domain truncation, lacuna, based open boundary conditions (LOBC), is presented. LOBC provide effective open BC for dissipative MHD and other hyperbolic and mixed hyperbolic-parabolic systems of partial differential equations. Based on manipulating Calderon-type near-boundary sources, LOBC damp hyperbolic effects in an exterior region attached to the simulation domain, and apply BC appropriate for the remaining parabolic effects (if present) at the exterior region boundary. LOBC and several alternative open BC are tested in gas dynamics and dissipative MHD problems, and their performance is compared. LOBC are found to give stable, low-reflection solutions even in the presence of strong parabolic behavior, while alternative open BC are either highly reflective or unstable. Only a few specialized computational tools are available for capturing the effects of neutral particles in plasmas. The goal of this research has been to develop and apply a generalized, computationally tractable model based on first principles that serves as a first step toward more sophisticated models. This dissertation presents the derivation of a plasma-neutral fluid model from the Boltzmann equation, allowing for charge exchange, ionization, and recombination. Single-species, singly-ionized plasma and its parent neutral atoms are modeled. Mass, momentum, and energy exchange between the plasma and neutral species are tracked in a numerically stable, conservative implementation. The implementation has been applied to parallel-plate and coaxial plasma acceleration, ion spin-up in field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas with rotating magnetic field (RMF) current drive, and the interaction of FRC plasmas with neutral gas in the Electrodeless Lorentz Force (ELF) thruster. ELF simulations are compared with preliminary experimental results.

  3. EVALUATION OF AP-FARM SIMULANT COMPOSITION FOR ROTARY MICROFILTER TESTING

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    HUBER HJ

    2011-09-19

    This document identifies the feed composition of a Hanford AP tank farm simulant for rotary microfiltration testing. The composition is based on an Hanford Tank Waste Operations Simulator (HTWOS) model run in combination with Tank Waste Information Network (TWINS) data and mineralogical studies of actual waste solids. The feed simulant is intended to be used in test runs at SRNL. The simulant will be prepared in two parts: (1) A supernate, composed of water-soluble salts and (2) The undissolved (actually, undissolvable) solids. Test slurries with distinct solids concentrations (e.g., 0.5, 5 and 10 wt%) are then prepared as needed. The base for the composition of supernate and solids is the modeled feed sequence for a deployment scenario of the Supplemental Pretreatment units within AP-farm. These units comprise a filtration part, the RMF, and a Cesium-removal part, a Small Column Ion Exchange. The primary use of this simulant is for filtration testing - however, in case that it is also used for ion-exchange tests, the amount of Cs-137 that would need to be added is available in Table 1 and Attachment 3. A modified model run (MMR-049) of the Hanford Tank Waste Operations Simulator (HTWOS) system plan 6 case 3 was performed to identify the feed sequence. Case 3 assumed supplemental treatment besides the low activity waste (LAW) melter with supplemental pretreatment supporting the pretreatment facility. The MMR did not cap the duration of supplemental pretreatment to 15 months, but rather used it throughout the entire treatment mission as an add-on option to the pretreatment facility at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP). Tank 241-AP-105 (AP-105) was chosen as the feed tank to the filtration unit. Other parameters included a fixed minimum of 0.5 wt% solids in the feed and a maximum Na-concentration of 5M in the supernate. The solids rejection from the filtration unit was set to 99.99% and the maximum allowed amount of solids within tank AP-105 was set

  4. Neurons in the primate superior colliculus coding for arm movements in gaze-related coordinates.

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    Stuphorn, V; Bauswein, E; Hoffmann, K P

    2000-03-01

    In the intermediate and deep layers of the superior colliculus (SC), a well-established oculomotor structure, a substantial population of cells is involved in the control of arm movements. To examine the reference frame of these neurons, we recorded in two rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) the discharges of 331 neurons in the SC and the underlying mesencephalic reticular formation (MRF) while monkeys reached to the same target location during different gaze orientations. For 65 reach-related cells with sufficient data and for simultaneously recorded electromyograms (EMGs) of 11 arm muscles, we calculated an ANOVA (factors: target position, gaze angle) and a gaze-dependency (GD) index. EMGs and the activity of many (60%) of the reach-related neurons were not influenced by the target representation on the retina or eye position. We refer to these as "gaze-independent" reach neurons. For 40%, however, the GD fell outside the range of the muscle modulation, and the ANOVA showed a significant influence of gaze. These "gaze-related" reach neurons discharge only when the monkey reaches for targets having specific coordinates in relation to the gaze axis, i.e., for targets in a gaze-related "reach movement field" (RMF). Neuronal activity was not modulated by the specific path of the arm movement, the muscle pattern that is necessary for its realization or the arm that was used for the reach. In each SC we found gaze-related neurons with RMFs both in the contralateral and in the ipsilateral hemifield. The topographical organization of the gaze-related reach neurons in the SC could not be matched with the well-known visual and oculomotor maps. Gaze-related neurons were more modulated in their strength of activity with different directions of arm movements than were gaze-independent reach neurons. Gaze-related reach neurons were recorded at a median depth of 2.03 mm below SC surface in the intermediate layers, where they overlap with saccade-related burst neurons (median depth

  5. Research Progress on the Role of ABC Transporters in the Drug Resistance Mechanism of Intractable Epilepsy

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    Xiong, Jie; Mao, Ding-an; Liu, Li-qun

    2015-01-01

    The pathogenesis of intractable epilepsy is not fully clear. In recent years, both animal and clinical trials have shown that the expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters is increased in patients with intractable epilepsy; additionally, epileptic seizures can lead to an increase in the number of sites that express ABC transporters. These findings suggest that ABC transporters play an important role in the drug resistance mechanism of epilepsy. ABC transporters can perform the funcions of a drug efflux pump, which can reduce the effective drug concentration at epilepsy lesions by reducing the permeability of the blood brain barrier to antiepileptic drugs, thus causing resistance to antiepileptic drugs. Given the important role of ABC transporters in refractory epilepsy drug resistance, antiepileptic drugs that are not substrates of ABC transporters were used to obtain ABC transporter inhibitors with strong specificity, high safety, and few side effects, making them suitable for long-term use; therefore, these drugs can be used for future clinical treatment of intractable epilepsy. PMID:26491660

  6. [Neuroethics (II): moral pathways in disordered brain].

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    Álvaro-González, Luis C

    2014-03-16

    Introduccion. La moralidad es el conjunto de normas y valores que guian la conducta. Se mantienen en muy diferentes culturas y permiten alcanzar altos logros sociales. Asientan en circuitos neuronales propios. Su lesion o alteracion funcional generara alteraciones o cambios en la conducta moral. Objetivo. Describir las disfunciones morales, su puesta en marcha y los mecanismos operativos en diferentes lesiones y patologias neurologicas. Desarrollo. Las patologias de la moralidad se deben a la lesion estructural de diferente grado (destructiva prefrontal; microscopica en amigdala/corteza prefrontal en las psicopatias), a la disfuncion de mediadores (hiperfuncion dopaminergica en trastornos de la conducta de parkinsonianos con algunos tratamientos o en toxicomanias) o a trastornos geneticos (mutaciones de COMT o MAO en ciertas sociopatias). Actuan por mecanismo excitatorio, inhibitorio o mixto en los circuitos morales emocionales (temporales) y cognitivos (prefrontales). Las topografias y mecanismos explican la diferente expresividad clinica. Conclusiones. El conocimiento de las alteraciones de la conducta moral refuerza los conocimientos anatomicos y fisiologicos de la moralidad en la poblacion sana. Es un factor que contribuye a la elucidacion de las variaciones eticas interculturales y al pujante desarrollo reciente de la neuroetica, que, por su complejidad, se beneficia de aportaciones de diversos territorios de la neurocultura.

  7. [Structural congenital myopathies].

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    Erazo-Torricelli, Ricardo

    2013-09-01

    Introduccion. Las miopatias congenitas son un grupo heterogeneo de enfermedades que comparten clinica de inicio precoz y alteraciones histopatologicas musculares especificas. El estudio genetico permite determinar la mutacion causal en la mayoria de los casos. Existe heterogeneidad fenotipica y genotipica, lo que se ilustra al observar que un genotipo puede expresarse en mas de una forma clinicopatologica y un fenotipo puede estar causado por diferentes mutaciones geneticas. Desarrollo. En esta revision, se detallan las caracteristicas de las principales miopatias congenitas que permiten su identificacion clinica, patologica y genetica. Se describen los hallazgos de la biopsia muscular que constituyen el principal pilar diagnostico. Se enfatiza y se detalla la importancia del diagnostico diferencial, descartando otras patologias que se presentan con hipotonia en la lactancia o el periodo neonatal. Se destacan las formas neonatales graves (nemalinica, miotubular ligada al X) que se deben identificar precozmente para establecer el pronostico y brindar un consejo genetico adecuado. Se subrayan las mutaciones del gen rianodina (RYR1) por su asociacion a la hipertermia maligna y las mutaciones de la selenoproteina 1 (SEPN1) y la miopatia nemalinica por su asociacion a hipoventilacion nocturna. Conclusiones. El conocimiento profundo de las miopatias estructurales congenitas facilita la confirmacion diagnostica de la miopatia congenita, lo que permite la aplicacion oportuna de medidas relacionadas con la respiracion y la alimentacion de los casos mas graves y con la optimizacion de la funcion motora en todos los pacientes con miopatia congenita.

  8. [Acute optic neuropathy: differential diagnoses].

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    Buompadre, María Celeste

    2013-09-01

    Introduccion. La alteracion funcional del nervio optico se caracteriza por un deficit en la agudeza visual, en la vision cromatica y en el campo visual, defecto pupilar aferente y, en algunos casos, edema del nervio o atrofia y palidez. Objetivo. Describir el espectro de neuropatias opticas agudas, su clinica, diagnostico y tratamiento, con mayor interes en aquellas de presentacion en la edad pediatrica. Desarrollo. La neuritis optica puede ser monofasica, recurrente o el componente de un cuadro desmielinizante polisintomatico. El objetivo del tratamiento es reducir el numero y la gravedad de los ataques y prevenir discapacidad. La infecciosa es secundaria a diferentes microorganismos (bacterias, virus, hongos y protozoos). El tratamiento depende de la etiologia. La isquemica anterior no arteritica o idiopatica es la forma mas frecuente y es secundaria a enfermedad de pequeños vasos (ciliares posteriores). La neuropatia optica hereditaria o de Leber representa una causa importante de afectacion visual cronica y se caracteriza por la afectacion selectiva de las celulas ganglionares de la retina. Hasta el momento, la terapia solo es de apoyo. En el papiledema asociado a hipertension endocraneal, la agudeza visual generalmente se conserva pero existe aumento de la mancha ciega. El tratamiento se basa en disminuir la hipertension y el factor etiologico si existe. Conclusiones. Las neuropatias opticas agudas constituyen un amplio grupo de entidades, de etiologia diversa y con un pronostico visual variable. La presencia de signos del examen neurologico, fondo de ojo y neuroimagenes pueden orientar hacia el diagnostico y tratamiento oportuno.

  9. Bases para la elaboracion de unidades didacticas de calidad en el area de ciencias (Fisica y Quimica 3 deg ESO)

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    Maccioni, Elena Lucia

    Este Trabajo Fin de Master tiene como objeto, el estudio previo de la educacion de la ciencia en la actualidad y mas destacable, del diseno de las unidades didacticas segun las metodologias mas frecuentes aplicadas por los diferentes sistemas educativos en el area de las Ciencias teniendo en cuenta la importancia y el efecto de la psicologia del alumnado y todo ello como no puede ser de otro modo bajo el corse de la Legislacion aplicable, Estatal, Autonomica y europea. Con estos antecedentes, se extrae cuales son las preguntas que deben contestarse en la elaboracion de una unidad didactica de calidad en el contexto, generacional (edad y sexo), del Proyecto Educativo de Centro, y de la Programacion del Departamento, discutiendo y justificando cada uno de los apartados en que estructuradamente dividiremos dicha Unidad, con un formato manejable, util, y dinamico en el tiempo que sea un verdadero instrumento educativo de aula. Teniendo en cuenta estas premisas, se procede a hacer una recopilacion de una misma unidad didactica publicada por diferentes editoriales, elegidas no al azar, sino en funcion de su penetracion editorial en nuestros centros de ESO, siendo las elegidas (SM y Oxford). Las diferentes unidades seleccionadas son analizadas de forma critica, atendiendo a los criterios generales de calidad bajo parametros cientificos y normativos, concluyendo con la aportacion final que es la redaccion de unas pautas cientifico-pedagogicas, para redactar unidades didacticas de calidad en el area de la Ciencias, en concreto en la Asignatura de Fisica y Quimica de 3º de ESO.

  10. [Management of bilateral vocal cord paralysis with laser cordectomy].

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    Martínez-Oropeza, Luz del Carmen; González-Ojeda, Alejandro; Góvea-Camacho, Luis Humberto; Macías-Amezcua, Michel Dassaejv; Fuentes-Orozco, Clotilde

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCCIÓN: la parálisis bilateral de cuerdas vocales se caracteriza por inmovilidad de las cuerdas en aducción o abducción completa secundaria a lesión del nervio vago a través de los nervios laríngeos recurrentes. Se manifiesta por disnea con estridor variable que puede ocasionar la muerte si no se despeja la vía aérea. Existen técnicas intra y extralaríngeas para aumentar la luz glótica y mejorar la ventilación, la deglución y la posibilidad de decanulación y emisión de voz funcional. MÉTODOS: se realizó un estudio de serie de casos en el que se incluyeron pacientes con parálisis bilateral de cuerdas vocales tratados mediante cordectomía posterior entre enero de 2004 y enero de 2010. Se revisaron los expedientes clínicos para obtener los datos y registros endolaringoscópicos de control pre y posquirúrgico.

  11. [Executive functioning and motivation in preschool children at risk for learning difficulties in mathematics].

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    Presentación-Herrero, M Jesús; Mercader-Ruiz, Jessica; Siegenthaler-Hierro, Rebeca; Fernández-Andrés, Inmaculada; Miranda-Casas, Ana

    2015-02-25

    Introduccion. La identificacion temprana de los factores implicados en el desarrollo de las dificultades de aprendizaje de las matematicas es esencial para comprender su origen e intervenir con garantias de exito. Este estudio analiza la capacidad del funcionamiento ejecutivo y de variables del sistema motivacional de creencias para diferenciar y clasificar a niños de educacion infantil con y sin riesgo de dificultades en matematicas. Sujetos y metodos. Participaron 146 sujetos de tercer curso de educacion infantil divididos en riesgo/no riesgo en funcion de la puntuacion obtenida en los subtest de operaciones de la prueba TEDI-MATH. Se aplicaron tareas neuropsicologicas de memoria de trabajo (verbal y visuoespacial) e inhibicion (con estimulos auditivos y visuales). Los profesores cumplimentaron un cuestionario de motivacion de los niños hacia el aprendizaje. Resultados y conclusiones. Se encontraron diferencias significativas entre ambos grupos en los factores de memoria de trabajo e inhibicion-auditiva, asi como en todas las variables de motivacion. Los resultados muestran, igualmente, un poder de clasificacion similar, con porcentajes superiores al 80%, de ambos grupos de variables. Se comentan las implicaciones para la practica educativa de estos hallazgos.

  12. [Smoking and multiple sclerosis].

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    Arruti, Maialen; Castillo-Triviño, Tamara; Egüés, Nerea; Olascoaga, Javier

    2015-02-16

    Introduccion. La esclerosis multiple (EM) es una enfermedad autoinmune de etiologia compleja, hoy por hoy desconocida, en la que factores geneticos y ambientales determinan la susceptibilidad. En los ultimos años, el efecto del tabaco ha sido uno de los factores ambientales que ha emergido en la EM, y se ha asociado tanto a un aumento de la susceptibilidad como a un aumento de la progresion. Objetivo. Revisar la evidencia actual sobre el papel del tabaco en la EM. Desarrollo. Se incluye una actualizacion de los estudios publicados que han analizado distintos aspectos del tabaco en la EM: vias patogenicas implicadas, asociacion del tabaco y riesgo de EM, interaccion con otros factores de riesgo y efecto del tabaco en el curso de la enfermedad. Conclusiones. Los estudios observacionales demuestran que el tabaquismo incrementa de forma significativa el riesgo de EM (odds ratio ~ 1,5) y es un factor de riesgo independiente. Sin embargo, la EM es una enfermedad compleja y el aumento de riesgo por el tabaco puede diferir en funcion de la interaccion con otros factores geneticos y ambientales. El papel del tabaco como factor de progresion es mas controvertido, con resultados contradictorios y estudios de gran variabilidad, lo que dificulta establecer una conclusion firme. Los mecanismos por los que el tabaquismo modifica el riesgo y posiblemente la progresion de la enfermedad no son aun conocidos.

  13. Distribución espacial de órbitas con diferentes grados de caoticidad en modelos autoconsistentes de satélites galácticos

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    Muzzio, J. C.; Mosquera, M.

    En trabajos anteriores (Carpintero et al., Cel. Mech. Dynam. Astron. 85, 247, 2003), mostramos que las órbitas caóticas son muy importantes en los satélites galácticos. Sin embargo, los únicos modelos autoconsistentes de los que se disponía para ellos eran los de Heggie-Ramamani, cuya función de distribución depende sólo de la energía por lo que no mostraban diferencias entre las distribuciones de sus órbitas regulares y caóticas. Ahora, mediante una aproximación cuadrupolar, hemos logrado construir modelos autoconsistentes de satélites galácticos con distribuciones de velocidades anisotrópicas (lo que indica que sus funciones de distribución no dependen sólo de la energía) y hemos logrado revelar las diferencias entre las estructuras espaciales de las órbitas de distinta caoticidad.

  14. [SLEEP QUALITY, EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS AND INSOMNIA IN CHILEAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETES].

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    Durán Agüero, Samuel; Arroyo Jofre, Patricio; Varas Standen, Camila; Herrera-Valenzuela, Tomas; Moya Cantillana, Cristobal; Pereira Robledo, Rodolfo; Valdés-Badilla, Pablo

    2015-12-01

    Introducción: el sueno participa en diversas funciones biologicas y fisiologicas, asociando su restriccion con menor rendimiento en el deporte; sin embargo, se desconoce la cantidad y calidad del sueno en deportistas paralimpicos. Objetivo: determinar la calidad del sueno, el insomnio y la somnolencia diurna en deportistas paralimpicos de elite chilenos. Material y métodos: estudio descriptivo transversal. La muestra incluyo 33 deportistas paralimpicos (24,2% mujeres), quienes practicaban natacion, tenis de mesa, futbol 5, powerlifting y tenis silla. Las variables estudiadas se midieron a traves de dos encuestas de sueno: el Cuestionario de Insomnio y el Indice de Calidad del Sueno de Pittsburgh. Resultados: los deportistas paralimpicos chilenos duermen 6,9 } 1,4 horas, un 27,7% presenta somnolencia diurna excesiva y el 69,6% insomnio (Encuesta de insomnio ≥7), mientras que el 78,7% exhibe una mala calidad del sueno. La edad mostro una correlacion positiva con latencia al sueno (r=0,417*), el insomnio con latencia al sueno (r=0,462**), el puntaje de Pittsburgh se correlaciono negativamente con la cantidad de sueno (r= -0,323) y latencia al sueno se correlaciona positivamente con el puntaje de Pittsburgh (r=0,603**). Conclusión: los deportistas paralimpicos chilenos presentan una baja calidad del sueno, insomnio y somnolencia diurna excesiva, situacion que podria influir negativamente sobre el rendimiento deportivo.

  15. [Neurological maturation retardation].

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    Campos-Castelló, Jaime

    2013-09-01

    Introduccion. Los primeros años de vida, esencialmente los primeros tres, estan presididos por una serie de hechos anatomofuncionales que expresan el progresivo enriquecimiento de la conducta a traves del proceso de maduracion neurologica, expresado como el alcanzar en cada etapa del desarrollo el maximo nivel funcional a traves del aprendizaje. Desarrollo. A partir de la experiencia personal, se abordan los principales aspectos conceptuales que definen la maduracion neurologica tanto en los aspectos de la normalidad, es decir, sus limites, como sus desviaciones patologicas, precisando limites conceptuales del llamado retraso madurativo. Se analizan los conceptos de 'niño de riesgo', y su control neuroevolutivo y factores de pronostico. Conclusiones. El fin ultimo y primordial de todos los estudios longitudinales es la deteccion precoz de todas las anomalias neurologicas –incluido el retraso madurativo– que permita un tratamiento precoz, curativo o paliativo, evitando generar 'falsos positivos' y, si la patologia neurologica queda definida como residual, establecer la ayuda al paciente y su entorno familiar para que ambos se adapten adecuadamente a esta situacion.

  16. [Neuroethics (I): moral pathways in normal brain].

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    Álvaro-González, Luis C

    2014-03-01

    Introduccion. La moralidad es el conjunto de normas y valores que guian la conducta. Se mantienen en muy diferentes culturas. Permiten alcanzar logros sociales que solo se entienden bajo el desarrollo moral, con un sentido de justicia que penetra toda accion humana. Las funciones morales, fruto del desarrollo evolutivo, asientan en circuitos neuronales propios. Objetivo. Describir su aparicion, puesta en marcha y mecanismos operativos en el cerebro normal. Desarrollo. Las respuestas morales, en lo esencial homogeneas, estan muy vinculadas al desarrollo emocional, tanto basico e individual (miedo o ira) como social (compasion o justicia). Aparecen a partir de los binomios emocionales placer/dolor y recompensa/castigo, que conducen al binomio moral basico bueno/malo. En su puesta en marcha intervienen la corteza prefrontal (ventromedial y dorsolateral), la corteza cingular anterior y el sulco temporal superior, que serian evaluativos y elaborativos, utilitaristas; tambien la insula, la amigdala y el hipotalamo, ejecutivos de las respuestas morales mas emocionales puras y rapidas. Asimismo, es importante el sistema de neuronas espejo (frontoparietal), que permite el aprendizaje motor y las conductas empaticas, con las que se vincula con la teoria de la mente. Conclusiones. El desarrollo del sentido moral y sus respuestas nos han permitido alcanzar una complejidad y convivencia social que redundan en beneficio de la especie e individuos. El conocimiento del funcionamiento moral esta influyendo tambien en territorios diversos de la neurocultura.

  17. Evidence for dose-additive effects of a type II pyrethroid mixture. In vitro assessment.

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    Romero, A; Ares, I; Ramos, E; Castellano, V; Martínez, M; Martínez-Larrañaga, M R; Anadón, A; Martínez, M A

    2015-04-01

    Despite the widespread use of pyrethroid insecticides that led to common exposure in the population, few studies have been conducted to quantitatively assess dose-additive effects of pyrethroids using a funcional measure involved in the common toxic mode of action. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potency and efficacy of 6 Type II pyretroids (α-cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, λ-cyhalothrin, deltamethrin, cyphenothrin and esfenvalerate) to evoke induction of both nitric oxide and lipid peroxides levels measured as malondialdehyde in three in vitro models (SH-SY5Y, HepG2 and Caco-2 human cells) as well as to test the hypothesis of dose additivity for mixtures of these same 6 pyrethroids. Concentration-responses for 6 pyrethroids were determined as well as the response to mixtures of all 6 pyrethroids. Additivity was tested assuming a dose-additive model. The human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line was the most sensitive in vitro model. The rank order of potency for cell SH-SY5Y viability MTT assay was deltamethrin>cyphenothrin>λ-cyhalothrin>cyfluthrin>esfenvalerate>α-cypermethrin. When 6 pyrethroids were present in the mixture at an equitoxic mixing ratio, the action on nitric oxide (NO) and lipid peroxides measured as malondialdehyde (MDA) production was consistent with a dose-additive model. The results of the present study are consistent with previous reports of additivity of pyrethroids in vivo e in vitro.

  18. [Familial microepidemic of food-borne botulism in the Region of Madrid].

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    Jalda, D; Junco, A; Alvarez-Moreno, M; Rodero, I; Carneado-Ruiz, J

    2016-07-01

    Introduccion. El botulismo es un sindrome causado por la toxina del bacilo Clostridium botulinum. La toxina actua bloqueando las terminaciones colinergicas presinapticas de la placa motora y del sistema nervioso parasimpatico, y ocasiona una paralisis flacida y un fallo parasimpatico. El modo mas habitual de adquisicion de la enfermedad es por ingesta de toxina preformada presente en las conservas caseras mal esterilizadas, aunque otros mecanismos son posibles. Su incidencia actual en Espana es muy baja. Casos clinicos. Se describen tres miembros convivientes de una familia que presentaron un cuadro de botulismo alimentario. Las manifestaciones clinicas iniciales mostraron predileccion por la paresia ocular y por sintomatologia disautonomica de escasa especificidad, y la agregacion familiar fue el indicio fundamental que sugirio el diagnostico. Posteriormente, los pacientes empeoraron y dos de ellos presentaron afectacion de la funcion respiratoria y precisaron ingreso prolongado en la unidad de cuidados intensivos. Los tres pacientes convalecieron y se recuperaron sin secuelas. Se consiguio detectar la toxina botulinica por bioensayo en los restos de alimentos, lo que confiere al caso la categoria diagnostica de confirmado. Conclusiones. La microepidemia familiar presentada constituye un caso de afectacion inicial predominantemente ocular y disautonomica. Asimismo, ilustra varios aspectos tipicos de la enfermedad: la sospecha diagnostica ante pacientes convivientes que acuden simultaneamente por clinica similar, las complicaciones caracteristicas del proceso y su tratamiento, el diagnostico de laboratorio y su historia natural hacia la resolucion.

  19. [Reversible neuropsychological deterioration associated to zonisamide in a paediatric patient with tuberous sclerosis].

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    Fournier-Del Castillo, M Concepción; Melero-Llorente, Javier; Blanco-Beregana, Miriam; Robles-Bermejo, Fernando; Budke, Marcelo; Garcia-Fernandez, Marta; Garcia-Penas, Juan José; Perez-Jimenez, M Ángeles

    2015-01-16

    Objetivo. Documentar el deterioro cognitivo reversible asociado a altas dosis de zonisamida, utilizando indices de cambio fiable para controlar los efectos de practica derivados de evaluaciones neuropsicologicas repetidas. Caso clinico. Niño de 11 años con complejo esclerosis tuberosa y epilepsia refractaria del lobulo frontal izquierdo, evaluado en el contexto de un programa de cirugia de la epilepsia pediatrica. La zona epileptogena se relaciono con un tuber epileptogeno localizado en el giro frontal inferior del hemisferio izquierdo. Los efectos de altas dosis de zonisamida mimetizaron una afectacion de la corteza elocuente en la zona epileptogena y un impacto de las crisis no controladas en el funcionamiento cognitivo asociado al hemisferio dominante para el lenguaje. La retirada del farmaco mejoro significativamente, mas alla de los efectos de practica, el cociente intelectual total, el indice intelectual de comprension verbal y habilidades cognitivas especificas sustentadas en el lenguaje. Conclusiones. La diferenciacion entre los efectos cognitivos de los farmacos y la existencia de un deficit funcional por afectacion de la corteza elocuente en el area epileptogena puede ser crucial para la toma de decisiones en cirugia de la epilepsia.

  20. [Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy associated to natalizumab: the importance of magnetic resonance imaging in its early diagnosis].

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    Martí, Glòria; Río, Jordi; Rovira, Àlex; Auger, Cristina; Tintoré, Mar; Sastre-Garriga, Jaume; Vidal, Anka; Castilló, Joaquín; Montalban, Xavier

    2015-02-16

    Introduccion. El natalizumab es un farmaco utilizado en la esclerosis multiple (EM), cuyo principal efecto adverso es el desarrollo de una leucoencefalopatia multifocal progresiva (LMP). Como esta es potencialmente mortal o discapacitante, el tratamiento debe suspenderse inmediatamente ante su sospecha, teniendo en cuenta el posible desarrollo posterior de un sindrome de reconstitucion inmune o rebrote de la EM. Caso clinico. Se describe un caso de LMP, inicialmente asintomatico, en el contexto del tratamiento con natalizumab en una paciente con EM. Como factores de riesgo se determinaron titulos altos de anticuerpos contra el virus John Cunningham (VJC) y mas de dos años de tratamiento. La reaccion en cadena de la polimerasa para el VJC en el liquido cefalorraquideo resulto negativa en dos determinaciones. El periodo entre el diagnostico radiologico y el inicio de la clinica fue de dos meses. Durante el curso de la enfermedad, la paciente desarrollo un sindrome inflamatorio de reconstitucion inmune y rebrotes de su EM. Presento una buena respuesta tras el inicio de tratamiento con fingolimod, una vez estabilizada la LMP. Conclusion. Este caso ilustra la importancia de una estrecha vigilancia clinicorradiologica en pacientes con EM tratados con natalizumab, sobre todo cuando presentan factores de riesgo para el desarrollo de LMP, asi como su potencial incidencia en la supervivencia y estado funcional final.

  1. [Not Available].

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    Ortega, Rosa M

    2016-07-19

    El artículo de San Mauro y cols. profundiza en un tema de interés prioritario como es el estudio de los hábitos de ingesta de fluidos en personas de cuatro países: España, Portugal, México y Uruguay, para analizar si se cumplen (y si se conocen) las pautas de hidratación marcadas como adecuadas por organismos oficiales y, en concreto, por la EFSA. Es indudable la importancia de una correcta hidratación pues mientras que se puede vivir meses, o años, con una alimentación incorrecta, la deshidratación puede llevar a la muerte en un escaso periodo de tiempo. Por otra parte, un aporte ligeramente insuficiente de fluidos perjudica la salud, capacidad funcional y calidad de vida del individuo, por lo que debe ser evitada. Incluso algunos estudios encuentran hábitos y estilo de vida menos saludables en individuos con menor consumo de fluidos y pautas de hidratación más incorrectas.

  2. Accuracy and reaction time in recognition of facial emotions in people with multiple sclerosis.

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    Parada-Fernández, Pamela; Oliva-Macías, Mireia; Amayra, Imanol; López-Paz, Juan F; Lázaro, Esther; Martínez, Óscar; Jometón, Amaia; Berrocoso, Sarah; García de Salazar, Héctor; Pérez, Manuel

    2015-11-16

    Introduccion. La expresion facial emocional constituye una guia basica en la interaccion social y, por lo tanto, las alteraciones en su expresion o reconocimiento implican una limitacion importante para la comunicacion. Por otro lado, el deterioro cognitivo y la presencia de sintomas depresivos, que se encuentran comunmente en los pacientes con esclerosis multiple, no se sabe como influyen en el reconocimiento emocional. Objetivo. Considerar la evaluacion del tiempo de reaccion y precision en la respuesta de reconocimiento de expresiones faciales de las personas afectadas por esclerosis multiple y valorar las posibles variables que pueden modular el reconocimiento de emociones, como la depresion y las funciones cognitivas. Sujetos y metodos. El estudio tiene un diseño no experimental transversal con una sola medicion. La muestra esta compuesta por 85 participantes, 45 con diagnostico de esclerosis multiple y 40 sujetos control. Resultados. Los sujetos con esclerosis multiple revelaban diferencias significativas tanto en el tiempo de reaccion y la precision de respuesta en pruebas neuropsicologicas en comparacion con el grupo control. Se identificaron modelos explicativos en el reconocimiento emocional. Conclusion. Los sujetos con esclerosis multiple se enfrentan a dificultades en el reconocimiento de emociones faciales, y se observaron diferencias en la memoria, atencion, velocidad de procesamiento y sintomatologia depresiva en relacion con el grupo control.

  3. [What is hidden behind the Baking Tray Task? Study of sensibility and specificity in right-hemispheric stroke patients].

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    Garcia-Fernandez, Juan; Garcia-Molina, Alberto; Aparicio-Lopez, Celeste; Sanchez-Carrion, Rocío; Ensenat, Antònia; Pena-Casanova, Jordi; Roig-Rovira, Teresa

    2015-12-16

    Introduccion. Tham y Tegner propusieron el Baking Tray Task (BTT) como una prueba de evaluacion rapida y simple para la deteccion de negligencia espacial. No obstante, apenas existen estudios que hayan examinado su validez como prueba diagnostica. Objetivo. Analizar la validez diagnostica del BTT, midiendo su especificidad y sensibilidad, en una muestra de sujetos con ictus hemisfericos derechos. Sujetos y metodos. Cuarenta y ocho pacientes con lesiones vasculares hemisfericas derechas distribuidos en dos grupos (grupo negligencia, n = 35; grupo no negligencia, n = 13) en funcion de las puntuaciones obtenidas en una bateria de exploracion visuoespacial. La ejecucion de los participantes en el BTT se comparo con un grupo control sano (n = 12). Resultados. Los resultados mostraron una alta sensibilidad del BTT, pero una baja especificidad. Ocho de los 13 integrantes del grupo no negligencia obtuvieron un rendimiento en el BTT sugestivo de negligencia. Conclusiones. El BTT se muestra como un test sensible para la deteccion de la negligencia espacial. Sin embargo, basandonos en su baja especificidad, no es recomendable su uso aislado como prueba unica de diagnostico.

  4. Neurobiología de la impulsividad y los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria*

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    Orozco-Cabal, Luis Felipe; Herin, David

    2009-01-01

    Resumen Introducción La impulsividad es un rasgo de personalidad multidimensional relacionado con el control del comportamiento y las emociones. Está presente de manera diversa en los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria, particularmente, en la bulimia nerviosa (BN). Aunque la relación entre la impulsividad y BN ha sido objeto de numerosas investigaciones, en la actualidad se desconocen los sustratos neurobiológicos de esta relación. Objetivos Discutir críticamente la evidencia que sugiere que las alteraciones en los sistemas neuronales relacio-nados con las funciones ejecutivas, con la formación de preferencias y con la regulación de los estados emocionales sirven como base para el rasgo de personalidad impulsiva, así como su estado en subgrupos de pacientes con BN. Métodos Búsqueda selectiva de la literatura relevante. Resultados y conclusiones Esta discusión ilustra la complejidad de la relación entre la impulsividad y BN, donde la impulsividad actúa como un factor de vulnerabilidad que puede sensibilizar al sujeto con BN a estados emocionales negativos, durante los cuales modifica el impacto de estímulos internos y externos sobre el comportamiento y su regulación, favoreciendo así patrones de comportamiento maladaptativos e inflexibles. PMID:19838321

  5. [Cognitive-behavioural guidance interventions in adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].

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    Valls-Llagostera, Cristina; Vidal, Raquel; Abad, Alfonso; Corrales, Montse; Richarte, Vanesa; Casas, Miguel; Ramos-Quiroga, Josep A

    2015-02-25

    Introduccion. El trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH) es un trastorno del neurodesarrollo que se puede manifestar a lo largo de la vida. Un 50-70% de los niños diagnosticados presenta el trastorno en la adolescencia. Los jovenes con TDAH tienen elevadas tasas de comorbilidad con otros trastornos psiquiatricos y una elevada afectacion funcional. Objetivo. Revisar la bibliografia de las intervenciones cognitivo-conductuales que se han aplicado al tratamiento del TDAH en la adolescencia. Desarrollo. Se revisan los estudios sobre tratamiento psicologico, clasificando las intervenciones en: tratamientos psicosociales, tratamiento en mindfulness y tratamiento cognitivo-conductual (individual y en formato de grupo). Se revisa el unico estudio publicado sobre terapia cognitivo-conductual para adolescentes con TDAH, asi como un nuevo protocolo de intervencion en formato de grupo diseñado en el Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron. Conclusiones. Aunque recientemente se ha incrementado el numero de publicaciones sobre el tratamiento psicologico del TDAH en el adolescente, se requiere un desarrollo mayor de protocolos de intervencion y estudios sobre la eficacia/efectividad de estos.

  6. [Description of the follow-up protocol for idiopathic intracranial hypertension in the neuro-ophthalmological unit of a tertiary hospital].

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    González-Hernández, Ayoze; Tandón-Cárdenes, Luis; Cabrera-Naranjo, Fernando; Guzmán-Fernández, María; Fabre-Pi, Óscar; López-Veloso, Carolina

    2013-05-16

    Objetivo. Revisar los resultados de la implantacion de un protocolo de seguimiento de pacientes con hipertension intracraneal idiopatica (HICI) en una unidad de neurooftalmologia (UNO). Pacientes y metodos. Se realizo una revision bibliografica para determinar las exploraciones necesarias que debian incluirse en el protocolo de seguimiento, asi como la frecuencia optima de las visitas y la duracion adecuada del seguimiento. Posteriormente, se revisaron de forma prospectiva los pacientes incluidos desde la creacion de la UNO y se compararon con los pacientes incluidos en el registro de HICI previo a la creacion de la UNO. Resultados. Desde la implantacion del protocolo, en el 100% de los pacientes se ha valorado la agudeza visual y la campimetria visual a los tres meses, a los seis meses y al ano del diagnostico. Ademas, en un 91%, 72,8% y 100% de los pacientes con HICI se realizo una campimetria visual a los tres meses, a los seis meses y al ano del diagnostico, respectivamente. Antes de la implantacion de nuestro protocolo de seguimiento, se habian realizado 190, lo que corresponde a unas tres por paciente. El numero de punciones lumbares realizadas desde la creacion de la UNO es de 11. Conclusiones. La creacion de una UNO multidisciplinar permite optimizar los recursos y mejorar la asistencia a los pacientes con HICI. Esto deberia redundar en una mejoria del pronostico funcional de estos pacientes.

  7. [Neuropsychological profile in opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome presenting as neuroblastic tumours].

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    Bravo, Jezabel; López-Almaraz, Ricardo; Mateos, Mercedes; Díaz, Leticia; Hernández-Expósito, Sergio

    2016-03-16

    Introduccion. Las mejoras sociosanitarias experimentadas en la sociedad occidental han incrementado de forma significativa la supervivencia de los pacientes con el sindrome opsoclono-mioclono-ataxia (SOMA). Sin embargo, diversos estudios han informado de deficits neurologicos, cognitivo-conductuales y de desarrollo persistentes en el 70-80% de estos pacientes. Pacientes y metodos. Se revisan los casos de tumores neuroblasticos diagnosticados en un periodo total de 13 años y seis meses (desde enero de 2000 a mayo de 2013) y su asociacion a SOMA en el servicio de pediatria de un hospital general de tercer nivel. Ademas, se lleva a cabo la evaluacion neuropsicologica exhaustiva de tres niños diagnosticados de SOMA. Resultados. Hemos objetivado deficits en inteligencia, atencion, velocidad de procesamiento, memoria, lenguaje, habilidades visuoespaciales y visuoconstructivas, motricidad fina y funciones ejecutivas. Ademas, hemos comprobado alteraciones en el perfil psicologico. Conclusiones. Se aportan datos que enfatizan el papel del cerebelo en el procesamiento cognitivo complejo en poblacion infantil, probablemente vinculado a alteraciones neuromadurativas de esta estructura motivadas por deficiencias del sistema inmunologico. Los resultados encontrados son interpretados en el marco conceptual de la neuropsicologia Infantil y su interes por estudiar las relaciones cerebro-conducta en el contexto dinamico del desarrollo cerebral.

  8. [Empathy and moral judgements in the elderly population].

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    Ortega, Helga; Cacho, Raúl; López-Goñi, José J; Tirapu-Ustárroz, Javier

    2014-08-01

    Introduccion. La cognicion social se refiere a los procesos mentales que operan en situaciones de interaccion social y facilitan el ajuste y el funcionamiento en tales escenarios. Objetivo. Estudiar la respuesta empatica en dos grupos de personas mayores y su relacion con la inteligencia emocional y el juicio moral. Sujetos y metodos. Participaron 60 sujetos divididos en dos grupos de 30 cada uno, que cumplimentaron una bateria de pruebas: Trait Meta-Mood Scale-24, cuestionario disejecutivo, indice de reactividad interpersonal (IRI) y dilemas morales. Resultados. En la dimension de toma de perspectiva del IRI, el grupo de edad avanzada puntuo significativamente menos que el grupo de mediana edad (U = 279; p < 0,05). En el resto de variables no se encontraron diferencias estadisticamente significativas. Conclusiones. Los resultados muestran la ausencia de un deficit generalizado en la cognicion social en la muestra de ancianos evaluada. Sin embargo, se aprecian diferencias en funcion de la edad en la empatia y en el rendimiento ejecutivo: con el paso del tiempo tiene lugar un deterioro progresivo en la teoria de la mente y un declive en la capacidad empatica general. Con respecto a la inteligencia emocional, los ancianos evaluados manifiestan una adecuada percepcion y comprension de sus emociones, aunque informan de una peor capacidad para manejar y regular sus afectos.

  9. [Neuropsychological alterations are frequent in rolandic epilepsy and its atypical developments].

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    Pesantez-Rios, G; Martinez-Bermejo, A; Pesantez-Cuesta, G

    2016-08-01

    Introduccion. La epilepsia rolandica o epilepsia benigna de la infancia con puntas centrotemporales se denomina benigna debido a lo favorables que suelen ser sus crisis y a la espontanea normalizacion del electroencefalograma al llegar a la pubertad, aunque se ha demostrado el impacto sobre el desarrollo cognitivo con la presencia de deficits cognitivos heterogeneos, relacionados especialmente con las descargas intercriticas persistentes durante el sueño no REM. El objetivo de este trabajo es estudiar las redes epileptogenas involucradas en los trastornos neuropsicologicos de esta patologia. Desarrollo. Las evoluciones atipicas tienen en comun una actividad epileptica persistente durante el sueño lento, que desempeña un papel importante en el desarrollo de los deficits neurocognitivos que se asocian a esta patologia. Factores como la edad de inicio de la epilepsia, el inicio de la evolucion atipica, la localizacion de las descargas interictales y la actividad epileptica continua durante el sueño que persista durante mas de dos años pueden provocar cambios en el funcionamiento de las redes neurocognitivas, con los consecuentes deficits en las funciones neuropsicologicas, que incluso pueden resultar irreversibles. Conclusiones. Es necesario un seguimiento cercano tanto clinico como electroencefalografico; ademas, deben realizarse estudios neuropsicologicos formales desde el inicio de la epilepsia benigna de la infancia con puntas centrotemporales y mas en los casos que es evidente una evolucion atipica para detectar y prevenir los deficits neuropsicologicos antes de que se instauren definitivamente.

  10. [Structural and functional changes of the hippocampus in patients with multiple sclerosis and their relationship with memory processes].

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    Cruz-Gómez, Álvaro J; Belenguer-Benavides, Antonio; Martínez-Bronchal, Beatriz; Fittipaldi-Márquez, M Sol; Forn, Cristina

    2016-01-01

    Introduccion. Una de las alteraciones cognitivas mas prevalentes en los pacientes con esclerosis multiple son los problemas de codificacion de la informacion (tanto verbal como visual), proceso relacionado con el hipocampo. Objetivo. Estudiar la relacion entre los procesos de aprendizaje y retencion de la informacion a largo plazo con el volumen hipocampal y la conectividad funcional (CF) en pacientes con esclerosis multiple comparados con un grupo control. Sujetos y metodos. Ambos grupos fueron evaluados con la bateria neuropsicologica breve, que incluye pruebas de memoria verbal y visual. Se realizo el estudio de volumetria de la sustancia gris mediante la tecnica de morfometria basada en el voxel y un estudio de CF de voxel de semilla centrado en la zona de interes (hipocampo). Se realizaron analisis de asociacion entre rendimiento en memoria y cambios volumetricos y de CF. Resultados. Los resultados mostraron atrofia en la sustancia gris en el hipocampo izquierdo y una menor CF entre el hipocampo izquierdo y el troncoencefalo, el cerebelo, el giro fusiforme y el giro temporal superior en los pacientes respecto al grupo control. En el grupo de pacientes se observa una correlacion positiva entre la sustancia gris en ambos hipocampos y el rendimiento en memoria verbal, asi como una correlacion positiva entre el rendimiento en memoria visual y la CF entre el hipocampo izquierdo y diversas regiones temporales. Conclusiones. Los resultados muestran una relacion entre el rendimiento de memoria verbal y visual, y cambios estructurales y funcionales en el hipocampo en pacientes con esclerosis multiple.

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    Ortega, Rosa M

    2016-01-01

    El artículo de San Mauro y cols. profundiza en un tema de interés prioritario como es el estudio de los hábitos de ingesta de fluidos en personas de cuatro países: España, Portugal, México y Uruguay, para analizar si se cumplen (y si se conocen) las pautas de hidratación marcadas como adecuadas por organismos oficiales y, en concreto, por la EFSA. Es indudable la importancia de una correcta hidratación pues mientras que se puede vivir meses, o años, con una alimentación incorrecta, la deshidratación puede llevar a la muerte en un escaso periodo de tiempo. Por otra parte, un aporte ligeramente insuficiente de fluidos perjudica la salud, capacidad funcional y calidad de vida del individuo, por lo que debe ser evitada. Incluso algunos estudios encuentran hábitos y estilo de vida menos saludables en individuos con menor consumo de fluidos y pautas de hidratación más incorrectas. PMID:27571645

  12. Estimación de pequeñas perturbaciones en satélites geocéntricos como un problema inverso

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    Zadunaisky, P. E.

    El movimiento geocéntrico de un satélite artificial es simulado automáticamente por un sistema de ecuaciones diferenciales de segundo orden que incluyen dos funciones perturbadoras. La primera representa el segundo término del potencial gravitatorio de la Tierra y la segunda corresponde al frenado atmosférico. Asumiendo como conocidas, por hipótesis o por mediciones, la posición y velocidad del satélite en instantes sucesivos se estiman las perturbaciones a intervalos sucesivos por un método determinístico. Para ilustrar el método y comprobar la precisión de nuestros resultados hemos simulado dos ejemplos incluyendo valores conocidos de las perturbaciones que luego comparamos con los resultados de nuestro método. El método puede aplicarse por ejemplo para el intervalo de una revolución satelital lo cual permitiría el diseño inmediato de una maniobra correctiva de la órbita satelital.

  13. [A novel neurocutaneous syndrome: Legius syndrome. A case report].

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    Cemeli-Cano, Mercedes; Peña-Segura, José Luis; Fernando-Martínez, Ruth; Izquierdo-Álvarez, Silvia; Monge-Galindo, Lorena; López-Pisón, Javier

    2014-09-01

    Introduccion. El sindrome de Legius es un trastorno autosomico dominante resultante de la mutacion del gen SPRED1, que implica perdida de funcion de una de las proteinas implicada en la via patogenica RAS-MAPK, similar a la neurofibromina y por ello muestra similitudes clinicas con la neurofibromatosis tipo 1 (NF1), pero con menor gravedad. Estos pacientes presentan multiples manchas cafe con leche y pueden asociar efelides, rasgos dismorficos, lipomas y trastornos del aprendizaje sin relacionarse con la aparicion de neurofibromas, gliomas opticos, nodulos de Lisch o predisposicion tumoral. Caso clinico. Niño de 10 meses, sin antecedentes personales de interes, que consulta por hipotonia de extremidades, manchas cafe con leche y leve retraso psicomotor. En los antecedentes familiares destaca una hermana de la madre y el abuelo materno con manchas cafe con leche. En nuestro paciente, el estudio genetico fue negativo para NF1, pero se hallo una mutacion en el gen SPRED1, compatible con el sindrome de Legius. La madre asintomatica presenta la misma mutacion en el gen SPRED1. Conclusion. Es de destacar la importancia del diagnostico diferencial de NF1, con las numerosas complicaciones que puede conllevar, con una entidad recientemente descrita de mejor pronostico como es el sindrome de Legius.

  14. [Prefrontal Symptoms Inventory (PSI): ecological validity and convergence with neuropsychological measures].

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    Pedrero-Perez, E J; Ruiz-Sanchez de Leon, J M; Rojo-Mota, G; Morales-Alonso, S; Pedrero-Aguilar, J; Lorenzo, I; Gonzalez, A

    2016-09-16

    Introduccion. El inventario de sintomas prefrontales (ISP) es un cuestionario autoinformado creado en España que interroga sobre alteraciones cognitivas, emocionales y comportamentales en las actividades de la vida diaria y que resulta aplicable tanto en poblacion general como en multiples poblaciones clinicas. Existe una version abreviada de 20 items (ISP-20) con excelentes propiedades psicometricas para el cribado. Objetivo. Estudiar la validez convergente y divergente del ISP e ISP-20, analizando como sus escalas reflejan las consecuencias cotidianas de deficits reales hallados en evaluacion neuropsicologica mediante pruebas de ejecucion. Pacientes y metodos. Se estudiaron 52 personas con adiccion a sustancias en tratamiento (31 varones y 21 mujeres) a las que se administro el ISP junto con una bateria de exploracion neuropsicologica abreviada centrada en describir procesos atencionales, mnemicos y ejecutivos. Resultados. Ambas versiones del ISP presentan optimas propiedades psicometricas (0,78 > alfa > 0,94 para la version completa de 46 items y 0,7 > alfa > 0,89 para la version abreviada de 20 items). Los resultados confirman las hipotesis sobre su validez: la escala de problemas en la ejecucion se relaciona con la capacidad para resolver tests que presumiblemente valoran funciones ejecutivas de origen prefrontal (validez convergente), mientras que las escalas de problemas en el control emocional y problemas en la conducta social no se relacionan con dichas capacidades cognitivas (validez discriminante). Conclusiones. El ISP es una prueba clinicamente util, psicometricamente valida y aplicable en multiples poblaciones clinicas.

  15. Sarcopenia in community-dwelling persons over 60 years of age from a northern spanish city: relationship between diagnostic criteria and association with the functional performance.

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    Patiño Villada, Fredy Alonso; Arboleda Franco, Santiago Adolfo; de Paz Fernández, José Antonio

    2015-05-01

    Introducción: La sarcopenia es un problema reconocido en la personas mayores. Actualmente, su diagnóstico va más allá de una simple pérdida de la masa muscular. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar la frecuencia de sarcopenia definida por el European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP), en personas mayores de 60 años con vida independiente de una ciudad del norte de España. Además, el estudio comparó los criterios diagnósticos para sarcopenia y evaluó las diferencias en el rendimiento funcional de acuerdo a ellos. Métodos: Se realizó un estudio transversal con 258 personas de ambos géneros, pertenecientes a centros comunitarios. La composición corporal se evaluó con absorciometría dual por rayos-X. El índice de masa magra apendicular (IMMA), la fuerza de prensión manual (FPM) y el 8 foot up–and–go test (8f–UG) fueron empleados para el diagnóstico de sarcopenia. Resultados: La frecuencia de sarcopenia fue de 2.4% (n=6). En las mujeres, el IMMA se correlacionó con el FPM (r= 0.164, p.

  16. [The P300 component as a neurophysiological correlate of behavioural working memory in adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].

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    Roca, Patricia; Presentación-Herrero, M Jesús; Miranda-Casas, Ana; Mulas, Fernando; Ortiz-Sánchez, Pedro

    2014-02-24

    Introduccion. El deficit en funciones ejecutivas ha sido ampliamente estudiado en el trastorno por deficit de atencion/hiperactividad (TDAH). El interes por sus correlatos neurofisiologicos apunta a una mejora en la identificacion de los sintomas, las caracteristicas y los tratamientos para el trastorno. Objetivo. Analizar, en una muestra de adolescentes con TDAH, la correlacion entre la latencia y amplitud del componente P300 y una medida ecologica de memoria de trabajo. Pacientes y metodos. La muestra estuvo compuesta por 24 chicos y 7 chicas de 12 a 18 anos. Se realizo un registro y analisis de potenciales evocados cognitivos P300 en modalidad auditiva en Cz. Ademas, los padres cumplimentaron una escala de comportamiento ejecutivo en el hogar (BRIEF), de la que se extrajo el indice de memoria de trabajo. Resultados. Se hallaron correlaciones significativas entre la amplitud del P300 y el indice de memoria de trabajo del BRIEF-P. Conclusion. Los resultados enfatizan la utilidad del componente P300 para el estudio de sus correlatos ejecutivos, y la necesidad de ampliar con estudios que aporten mayores muestras y mayor complejidad.

  17. [Value of electroencephalography in the early detection of neonatal leucinosis].

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    Pardal-Fernandez, J M; Carrascosa-Romero, M C; Grande, A; Martinez-Gonzalez, M; Godes-Medrano, B

    2016-08-16

    Introduccion. La leucinosis es una metabolopatia neonatal grave. Es consecuencia del deficit enzimatico determinado geneticamente del complejo descarboxilasa-dihidrolipoil transacilasa y dihidrolipoil deshidrogenasa, y del acumulo consecuente de los metabolitos precursores, aminoacidos ramificados de cadena larga y sus alfa-cetoacidos. Son potentes neurotoxicos, responsables del rapido establecimiento de edema y desmielinizacion cerebral difusa. La demora en el diagnostico suele provocar graves secuelas psicomotoras o incluso la muerte. Caso clinico. Se presenta una paciente neonata con encefalopatia neonatal grave, crisis epilepticas y un electroencefalograma (EEG) con unas caracteristicas especiales que oriento el diagnostico hacia una posible leucinosis. El diagnostico temprano permitio instaurar rapidamente el tratamiento especifico y conseguir una evolucion favorable de la paciente. Conclusiones. El EEG en pacientes con sospecha de encefalopatia neonatal ofrece informacion funcional de alta rentabilidad con un bajo coste, en especial por promover diagnosticos y tratamientos tempranos. El EEG en la leucinosis presenta signos peculiares, reconocibles en periodos tempranos en la mayor parte de los afectados, como ocurrio en el caso descrito. Parece recomendable integrar el EEG en el cribado de encefalopatias neonatales por ser una tecnica diagnostica valiosa, inocua y, por lo general, accesible y especialmente de ayuda en metabolopatias tratables, como la leucinosis.

  18. [What factors determine the levels of physical activity after cardiac rehabilitation program?].

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    Soares, Diogo; Viamonte, Sofia; Magalhães, Sandra; Ribeiro, Maria Miguel; Barreira, Ana; Fernandes, Preza; Torres, Severo

    2013-01-01

    Introdução: Os Programas de Reabilitação Cardíaca ganharam enorme relevância na prevenção de doenças cardiovasculares constituindo um desafio assegurar a prática de exercício físico regular durante e após o fim do programa supervisionado. O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar os fatores que influenciam os hábitos de atividade física 12 meses após um Programa de Reabilitação Cardíaca.Material e Métodos: Estudo prospetivo abrangendo 580 doentes com cardiopatia isquémica consecutivamente orientados para Programas de Reabilitação Cardíaca na Unidade de Reabilitação Cardiovascular do Centro Hospitalar do Porto, entre Janeiro de 2008 e Junho de 2011. Avaliaram-se os níveis de atividade física através do International Physical Activity Questionnaire realizado no início do programa, aos 3 e 12 meses depois. Foram testados como potenciais determinantes dos hábitos de atividade física a longo prazo: idade; sexo; fatores de risco modificáveis; capacidade funcional (alcançada em prova de esforço); análises laboratoriais (HbA1c, perfil lipídico, Proteína C Reativa e Peptideo Natriurético Cerebral). Realizou-se análise de regressão linear para identificar os preditores significativos e encontrar o melhor ajuste do modelo.Resultados: A idade avançada, género feminino, a capacidade funcional, níveis de atividade física baixos previamente ao Programa de Reabilitação Cardíaca e uma fraca evolução do International Physical Activity Questionnaire durante o programa foram os melhores preditores univariáveis de uma evolução menos favorável do International Physical Activity Questionnaire nos 12 meses de follow-up. A análise de regressão linear multivariável concluiu que o melhor modelo explicativo incluía: idade, género, evolução do IPAQ no programa (R2 ajust = 0,318; f = 60,62; p < 0,001).Conclusão: A identificação de subgrupos de doentes com menor tendência à prática de atividade física permite desenvolver estrat

  19. Environmental factors in the development of narcolepsy with cataplexy. A case-control study.

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    Peraita-Adrados, R; del Rio-Villegas, R; Vela-Bueno, A

    2015-06-16

    Introduccion. Los estudios epidemiologicos subrayan la importancia de los factores ambientales en la etiologia de la narcolepsia con cataplejia en pacientes geneticamente predispuestos. Objetivo. Evaluar el papel de los factores ambientales en la etiologia de la narcolepsia-cataplejia utilizando un diseño de casos y controles comparados por edad y etnia. Pacientes y metodos. Todos los pacientes fueron diagnosticados en nuestras unidades de sueño, segun los criterios de la Clasificacion Internacional de los Trastornos del Sueño de 2005. Utilizamos un cuestionario consistente en 54 preguntas relacionadas con acontecimientos psicologicos estresantes y 42 enfermedades infecciosas en 54 pacientes. Evaluamos especificamente la presencia de factores estresantes y/o infecciosos en el año previo al comienzo del primer sintoma de narcolepsia-cataplejia (somnolencia excesiva diurna y/o cataplejia). El mismo cuestionario se administro a 84 controles, miembros de la misma comunidad, sin relacion de parentesco. Resultados. Respondieron el cuestionario 54 pacientes (55,6%, hombres) (edad media del primer sintoma: 21,6 ± 9,3 años; edad media del diagnostico: 36,5 ± 12,4 años) y 84 controles. El principal hallazgo fue un cambio importante en el 'numero de discusiones con la pareja, la familia o los amigos' (odds ratio: 5,2; intervalo de confianza al 95%: 1,8-14,5) en los narcolepticos, lo que sugiere que los mecanismos psicologicos estan presentes desde el comienzo de la enfermedad con una funcion protectora. La varicela fue el factor infeccioso mas frecuente. No se obtuvieron diferencias significativas en el numero de factores psicologicos estresantes e infecciosos entre los pacientes narcolepticos y los controles. Conclusion. Estudios prospectivos epidemiologicos en series de individuos susceptibles geneticamente estan justificados para aclarar la implicacion de los factores ambientales en la etiopatogenia de la narcolepsia-cataplejia.

  20. [Evaluation of general health status by SF-36 tool in Hip Osteoarthritis].

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    Angulo Tabernero, María; Fernández Letamendi, Teresa; Aguilar Ezquerra, Andres; Ungria Murillo, Julia; Panisello Sebastia, Juan José; Agudo, Jesús Mateo

    2014-01-01

    Objetivo: Determinar el estado de salud general percibida por los pacientes sometidos a artroplastia total de cadera con mini-vástago. Material y Método: Se ha administrado el cuestionario de salud SF-36 para evaluar el estado de salud percibido por 13 pacientes varones con una edad media de 46,62 (34-53) años en los que se implantó una artroplastia total de cadera no cementada tipo MiniHip® (CorinMedical) tras un seguimiento medio de 23,2 (12-47) meses. Los resultados obtenidos se compararon con los valores de referencia de la población española en varones de 45 a 54 años. Resultados: Se hallaron diferencias en aspectos como rol físico y emocional, función física, función social y dolor; mientras que en el resto de los ítems la puntuación fue similar a la de la población de referencia. Discusión: Existe la necesidad de conocer en qué grado afectan nuestras intervenciones a la calidad de vida del paciente y la manera en que es percibida por él mismo para complementar los resultados de nuestras intervenciones. Conclusión: Es necesaria una nueva perspectiva para la valoración funcional y de calidad de vida de los pacientes jóvenes sometidos a una artroplastia total de cadera.

  1. [Prevalence of malnutrition in a mid-long term stay unit].

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    Argente Pla, María; García Malpartida, Katherine; León De Zayas, Beatriz; Martín Sanchis, Silvia; Micó García, Andrea; Del Olmo García, Maria Isabel; Moral Moral, Pedro; Moreno Muñoz, Iván; Beseler Soto, Rosario; Ramos Prol, Agustín; Merino Torres, Juan Francisco

    2014-10-06

    Introducción: La desnutrición es un problema de salud frecuente, especialmente en el ámbito hospitalario donde se asocia con estancias más prolongadas y mayor tasa de morbi-mortalidad. Por otro lado, los avances científicos actuales y la mayor expectativa de vida, han producido un aumento progresivo de unidades de media y larga estancia (UMLE). Objetivos: Determinar la prevalencia de desnutrición en una UMLE mediante el uso del MNA y la VGS, así como analizar los factores/características clínicas asociadas a la misma y sus repercusiones. Métodos: Estudio transversal, descriptivo de una cohorte formada por 201 pacientes ingresados en la UMLE de un Hospital universitario de forma consecutiva durante 12 meses. Se recogieron variables clínicas, antropométricas, bioquímicas e historia nutricional, así como escala de comorbilidad de Charlson, escala cognitiva de Pfeiffer, escala funcional de Barthel y presencia de edemas, ascitis y úlceras por presión. El estado nutricional fue evaluado en las primeras 24-72 horas de ingreso mediante el MNA y la VGS. La presencia de disfagia se evaluó mediante el cuestionario EAT-10 y el MECV-V. Resultados: La prevalencia global de desnutrición fue del 76,6%, siendo la desnutrición mixta grave la más prevalente (20.4%). Los pacientes desnutridos tenían más edad (p=0,002), mayor grado de dependencia (p.

  2. [CD200 protein, bad prognostic in patients with multiple myeloma].

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    Vela-Ojeda, Jorge; García-Ruiz Esparza, M A; Padilla-González, Y; Pérez-Retiguin, F; Reyes-Maldonado, E; Maillet, D; Montiel-Cervantes, L A

    2015-01-01

    Introducción: el mieloma múltiple (MM) es una gammopatía monoclonal caracterizada por la proliferación anormal de células plasmáticas malignas. La proteína CD200 se ha descrito como una proteína con funciones inmunosupresoras y que es un factor de mal pronóstico en algunas enfermedades malignas, incluyendo al MM. El objetivo de este artículo es determinar la cantidad de proteína CD200 en células plasmáticas de pacientes con MM de reciente diagnóstico y en linfocitos CD3+ de donadores sanos. Métodos: se estudiaron 35 pacientes con diagnóstico reciente de MM y 25 individuos sanos. Se usaron los anticuerpos monoclonales para CD38 (PeCyC5), CD138 (APC), y CD200 (PE). El análisis estadístico fue realizado con el programa SPSS 19v. Se utilizaron las pruebas estadísticas U de Mann Whitney, curvas de supervivencia de Kaplan y Meier y la prueba de log-rank. Resultados: las frecuencias de anemia, hipercalcemia, elevación de DHL, creatinina sérica y beta-2 microglobulina fueron de 68%, 34%, 20%, 22% y 45% respectivamente. El tratamiento administrado fue MPT 20, Tal-Dex 8, y VAD 7. Cinco pacientes lograron respuesta completa, 17 respuesta parcial, y 13 respuesta menor o falla al tratamiento. Conclusiones: el CD200 es un factor de mal pronóstico para supervivencia global en pacientes con mieloma múltiple. Los linfocitos CD3+ de medula ósea de pacientes con MM expresan en mayor proporción CD200 en comparación con sujetos sanos.

  3. [Multisite study for norming and standardizing neuropsychological instruments in healthy people for Spanish population: methods and characteristics of Normacog project].

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    del Pino, Rocío; Peña, Javier; Schretlen, David J; Ibarretxe-Bilbao, Naroa; Ojeda, Natalia

    2015-07-16

    Introduccion. Muchos de los instrumentos neuropsicologicos utilizados en España se han normalizado en poblacion hispanohablante procedente de Estados Unidos y Sudamerica, con grupos de edad y caracteristicas restrictivas. Utilizar este tipo de normas disminuye potencialmente su representatividad, la interpretacion de los resultados y las decisiones clinicas. Este estudio se enmarca dentro del proyecto Normacog, con el fin de estandarizar instrumentos neuropsicologicos en una muestra representativa de la sociedad española. Objetivo. Presentar la metodologia de normalizacion llevada a cabo en el proyecto Normacog y las caracteristicas sociodemograficas de la poblacion española y de los participantes incluidos en el estudio. Sujetos y metodos. Se reclutaron 711 participantes (rango: 18-90 años) de diferentes areas geograficas de España, incluyendo los datos sociodemograficos, medicos, habitos habituales, lengua materna, bilinguismo y dominancia manual. Cada participante completo 19 instrumentos que evaluaban un amplio rango de dominios cognitivos, como memoria verbal y visual, atencion, funciones ejecutivas, velocidad de procesamiento o fluidez y denominacion verbal. Resultados. La muestra final normativa refleja las caracteristicas sociodemograficas y la representatividad de la poblacion española de acuerdo con los rangos de edad, educacion y sexo. Conclusiones. Se describe la metodologia de normalizacion y las caracteristicas de la muestra incluida en el estudio multicentrico Normacog, mediante el cual se llevara a cabo la estandarizacion y normalizacion de instrumentos neuropsicologicos, teniendo en cuenta las caracteristicas sociodemograficas propias de la poblacion española. El proyecto Normacog proporciona datos normativos adecuados a nuestro medio cultural, y es esencial para poder realizar un diagnostico clinico y neuropsicologico fiable.

  4. [Differences in the management of epileptic seizures between the elderly and younger adults treated in an emergency department].

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    Fernandez-Alonso, C; Matias-Guiu, J A; Castillo, C; Fuentes-Ferrer, M E; Gonzalez-Del Castillo, J; Martin-Sanchez, F J

    2014-09-16

    Objetivo. Estudiar las diferencias en el manejo y los resultados a corto plazo de los pacientes adultos atendidos en un servicio de urgencias por una crisis epileptica en funcion de ser anciano. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio observacional de cohorte retrospectivo que selecciono a todos los pacientes de 15 años o mas atendidos por una crisis epileptica en un servicio de urgencias de un hospital terciario y universitario desde el 1 de septiembre al 31 de diciembre de 2011. Se recogieron las variables de la atencion aguda y de seguimiento a los 30 dias del episodio indice de urgencias. Resultados. Se incluyeron 114 pacientes con una mediana de edad de 46,4 años (rango intercuartilico: 32,6-74,3 años), de los cuales 34 (29,8%) tenian 65 años o mas. El grupo de los mayores presento mas frecuentemente un primer episodio epileptico (p = 0,001), desencadenante desconocido (p = 0,02), etiologia estructural (p < 0,001), realizacion de tomografia computarizada en urgencias (p < 0,001), inicio de farmaco antiepileptico preventivo en urgencias (p = 0,001) y estancia prolongada (p = 0,002) que los adultos mas jovenes. Tras un analisis multivariable, el ser anciano fue un factor independiente asociado a un mayor requerimiento de pruebas complementarias especificas (Odds ratio = 3,7; intervalo de confianza al 95% = 1,3-10,3) e intervencion farmacologica en urgencias (odds ratio = 3,3; intervalo de confianza al 95% = 1,4-8,1). No hubo diferencias estadisticamente significativas en los resultados a 30 dias entre ambos grupos en terminos de revisita (p = 0,316) y mortalidad (p = 0,087). Conclusiones. La atencion de las crisis epilepticas del anciano en urgencias, en comparacion con adultos mas jovenes, es mas compleja, siendo necesario un mayor consumo de recursos hospitalarios.

  5. Teorí­as de primer y segundo orden sobre el potencial de ciertas figuras de equilibrio de cuerpos celestes

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    Gumbau, Manuel Forner

    2010-11-01

    Uno de los problemas que aborda la Mecánica Celeste es la determinación de las figuras de equilibrio de los cuerpos celestes. Para investigar su solución mediante métodos directos, se precisa evaluar el potencial generado por su autogravitación, el generado por su fuerza centrí­fuga y el generado por la fuerza de atracción entre los cuerpos. Los métodos clásicos de Finlay y Kopal que afrontan estos problemas, para determinar el potencial autogravitatorio en las configuraciones de equilibrio, emplean desarrollos en serie de los potenciales interior y exterior del potencial autogravitatorio. Estos métodos incurren en el error de suponer la convergencia en capas donde resulta cuestionable dicha convergencia para estos desarrollos en serie. En este trabajo se han elaborado unos algoritmos que contemplan toda la casuí&stica y que permiten una manipulación efic iente del producto de polinomios de Legendre, del producto de funciones asociada s de Legendre y del producto de armónicos esféricos como combinacióon lineal de ellos mismos, respectivamente. Se han obtenido, para primer y segundo orden en las amplitudes, los desarrollos correctos para los potencial es interior y exterior del potencial autogravitatorio para configuraciones de equilibrio aisladas, y , en primer orden de amplitudes, los mismos potenciales para los sistemas binarios próximos. Se ha elaborado un método analítico, en primer orden respecto de las amplitudes, para la determinación del potencial de marea en sistemas binarios próximos en el cual se manifiesta la forma de la componente secundaria del sistema

  6. [Modified Wisconsin Card Sorting Test: standardization and norms of the test for a population sample in Spain].

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    del Pino, Rocío; Peña, Javier; Ibarretxe-Bilbao, Naroa; Schretlen, David J; Ojeda, Natalia

    2016-03-01

    Introduccion. El test modificado de clasificacion de tarjetas de Wisconsin (M-WCST) es una version breve y modificada del WCST que evalua las funciones ejecutivas y la flexibilidad mental. Presenta algunas diferencias y ventajas respecto a otras versiones del WCST que se han descrito en la bibliografia. Objetivo. Estandarizar y desarrollar datos normativos calibrados demograficamente para el M-WCST en una muestra representativa de la poblacion española. Sujetos y metodos. Como parte del proyecto multicentrico Normacog, se administro el M-WCST a 700 participantes (rango: 18-90 años). Se analizaron el efecto de la edad, el nivel educativo y el sexo sobre el M-WCST, y se crearon percentiles y puntuaciones escalares calibradas demograficamente para cada puntuacion directa. Resultados. Se observo un efecto significativo de la edad y del nivel educativo sobre las variables analizadas del M-WCST (categorias correctas, errores perseverativos y errores totales), pero no un efecto significativo del sexo en ninguna de las variables. La edad y la educacion explicaban un 5,0-21,2% de la varianza en el M-WCST y mostraron que, a mayor edad y menor nivel de educacion formal, el numero de categorias correctas disminuia y se cometian mayor cantidad de errores. Conclusion. El presente estudio aporta por primera vez los baremos normativos del M-WCST para la poblacion española teniendo en cuenta las caracteristicas sociodemograficas de nuestra sociedad. Se confirma la influencia de la edad y el nivel educativo sobre el rendimiento del M-WCST.

  7. Ependimoma myxopapilar sacro gigante con osteolisis

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    Ajler, Pablo; Landriel, Federico; Goldschmidt, Ezequiel; Campero, Álvaro; Yampolsky, Claudio

    2014-01-01

    Objetivo: la presentación de un caso de una paciente con un ependimoma sacro con extensa infiltración y destrucción ósea local. Descripción del caso: una mujer de 53 años acudió a la consulta por dolor lumbosacro y alteraciones sensitivas perineales y esfinterianas. La imágenes por Resonancia Magnética (IRM) y la Tomografía Axial Computada (TAC) mostraron una lesión expansiva gigante a nivel S2-S4 con extensa osteólisis e invasión de tejidos adyacentes. Se realizó una exéresis tumoral completa con mejoría del estatus funcional. La anatomía patológica informó ependimoma mixopapilar. Discusión: la extensión de la resección quirúrgica es el mejor predictor de buen pronóstico. El tratamiento radiante se reserva como opción adyuvante para las resecciones incompletas y recidiva tumoral. La quimioterapia sólo debería utilizarse en casos en que la cirugía y la radioterapia estén contraindicadas. Conclusión: Los ependimomas mixopapilares sacros con destrucción ósea y presentación intra y extradural son muy infrecuentes y deben ser tenidos en cuenta entre los diagnósticos diferenciales preoperatorios. Su resección total, siempre que sea posible, es la mejor alternativa terapéutica. PMID:25165615

  8. Systems biology analysis of the proteomic alterations induced by MPP(+), a Parkinson's disease-related mitochondrial toxin.

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    Monti, Chiara; Bondi, Heather; Urbani, Andrea; Fasano, Mauro; Alberio, Tiziana

    2015-01-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disease whose etiology has not been completely characterized. Many cellular processes have been proposed to play a role in the neuronal damage and loss: defects in the proteosomal activity, altered protein processing, increased reactive oxygen species burden. Among them, the involvement of a decreased activity and an altered disposal of mitochondria is becoming more and more evident. The mitochondrial toxin 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)), an inhibitor of complex I, has been widely used to reproduce biochemical alterations linked to PD in vitro and its precursor, 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine hydrochloride (MPTP), to induce a Parkinson-like syndrome in vivo. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis of the literature of all the proteomic investigations of neuronal alterations due to MPP(+) treatment and compared it with our results obtained with a mitochondrial proteomic analysis of SH-SY5Y cells treated with MPP(+). By using open-source bioinformatics tools, we identified the biochemical pathways and the molecular functions mostly affected by MPP(+), i.e., ATP production, the mitochondrial unfolded stress response, apoptosis, autophagy, and, most importantly, the synapse funcionality. Eventually, we generated protein networks, based on physical or functional interactions, to highlight the relationships among the molecular actors involved. In particular, we identified the mitochondrial protein HSP60 as the central hub in the protein-protein interaction network. As a whole, this analysis clarified the cellular responses to MPP(+), the specific mitochondrial proteome alterations induced and how this toxic model can recapitulate some pathogenetic events of PD.

  9. [Longitudinal study of the metabolic syndrome after kidney transplantation].

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    Fernández Castillo, Rafael; Fernández Gallegos, Ruth; Zaragoza Fernández, Gloria María

    2014-09-12

    Introducción: La aparición del síndrome metabólico (SM) entre los receptores renales es una de la mayores complicaciones postrasplante y se asocia con un mayor riesgo de fracaso del injerto y altas tasas de obesidad y diabetes de nueva aparición. Objetivos: Este estudio tiene como objetivo investigar la prevalencia y factores de riesgo asociados al desarrollo del SM y evaluar la asociación del mismo con la disfunción del injerto. Métodos: La muestras estuvo formada por 138 pacientes trasplantados renales, 83 hombres y 55 mujeres, trasplantados renales, que asistieron durante cinco años a la consulta postrasplante. Se analizaron como posibles factores de riesgo para DMPT: edad, sexo, índice de masa corporal (IMC), peso, hipertensión, diabetes, LDL, HDL, triglicéridos en suero y terapia inmunosupresora (Ciclosporina, tacrolimus, micofenolato mofetil), también se evaluó la prevalencia de episodios de rechazo agudo y función renal. Resultados: La prevalencia de SM fue del 39,85%. Como factores de riesgo estadísticamente significativos se obtuvieron el IMC, sobrepeso, niveles colesterol HDL, triglicéridos y LDL así como la hipertensión y la diabetes. Se obtuvieron altas tasas de rechazo agudo y diferencias en cuento a la tasa de filtración glomerular. Conclusiones: Existe una alta prevalencia del SM que compromete gravemente la funcion renal y la supervivencia del injerto en pacientes trasplantados renales, Es importantisimo el control y seguimiento estricto de todos los factores de riesgo identificados.

  10. [The validity and reliability of the Spanish version of the Severe Cognitive Impairment Profile (SCIP) for the cognitive assessment of persons with advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease].

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    Buiza, C; Montorio-Cerrato, I; Yanguas, J

    2015-10-16

    Introduccion. Existen pocas herramientas validadas al castellano para realizar una evaluacion precisa del funcionamiento cognitivo de personas con demencias avanzadas. Esta poblacion supone un reto por el elevado numero de personas que alcanzan estos estadios y por la complejidad de cuidados que requieren. Este trabajo presenta la validacion al castellano de un instrumento, la escala 'perfil de deterioro cognitivo grave' (SCIP), que permite la evaluacion del funcionamiento cognitivo de personas con enfermedad de Alzheimer avanzada. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio transversal con 133 sujetos (29 hombres y 104 mujeres; edad media: 81,61 ± 7,41 años) con diagnostico de enfermedad de Alzheimer en estadios de moderado a muy grave, segun la escala de deterioro global (GDS 5-7). Se realizaron analisis de discriminacion de los items, estudio de la consistencia interna y fiabilidad interjueces y test-retest, y se contrasto la estructura factorial y la validez del instrumento. Resultados. Solo el 1% de los 160 items de la escala resulto no discriminativo. La consistencia interna de la escala es adecuada, asi como la fiabilidad interjueces y test-retest. Respecto a la validez de constructo, la correlacion con el miniexamen cognitivo es 0,74 (p < 0,01), y se encuentran diferencias significativas entre la escala SCIP y los tres niveles de la GDS analizados. La estructura factorial de la escala muestra la existencia de un solo factor que explica el 66,12% de la varianza. Conclusion. La escala SCIP es un instrumento util, fiable y valido para la evaluacion exhaustiva en castellano de las funciones cognitivas en personas con demencia en estadios de moderado a muy grave.

  11. [Spinal cord injury in patients over 65 years of age].

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    Varela-Lage, Cristina; Alcobendas-Maestro, Mónica; Luque-Ríos, Inmaculada; Esclarín-De Ruz, Ana; Talavera-Díaz, Francisco; Ceruelo-Abajo, Silvia

    2015-06-01

    Introduccion. La poblacion de mayores de 65 años activos fisicamente continua en aumento, lo que condiciona un mayor riesgo de caidas y de lesion medular en un rango de edad con importante presencia de patologia cronica. Objetivo. Revisar la incidencia, el tipo de lesion, las complicaciones asociadas y los resultados funcionales de las lesiones medulares ocurridas en pacientes mayores de 65 años. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio descriptivo retrospectivo en lesionados medulares agudos mayores de 65 años ingresados en el Hospital Nacional de Paraplejicos desde enero de 2010 hasta diciembre de 2011. Las variables del estudio fueron datos demograficos y de lesion, antecedentes personales, complicaciones ocurridas durante el ingreso y capacidad funcional al alta medida con las escalas Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM III) y Walking Index Spinal Cord Injury (WISCI). Resultados. Se incluyeron 111 individuos con una media de edad de 72,5 años. La incidencia anual fue de 17,3 pacientes/100 ingresos. El 33,3% eran lesiones cervicales y fueron incompletas el 66,7%. La etiologia medica fue mas frecuente que la traumatica. El 5% no presentaba otras enfermedades intercurrentes. El 97% sufrio algun tipo de complicacion. La media alcanzada para la SCIM III fue de 42 puntos y el 35% consiguio capacidad de marcha. Conclusiones. En los ultimos años se ha producido un aumento de lesion medular en mayores de 65 años, en los que la etiologia traumatica no es superior a la medica; mas frecuentemente son lesiones incompletas que asocian mayor comorbilidad que la poblacion general, y se consiguen resultados funcionales mas pobres a pesar de las mejoras neurologicas.

  12. [MicroRNAs and their neuroimmunoregulator mechanisms in multiple sclerosis. Development of biomarkers for diagnosis].

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    Sánchez-Chaparro, M Marisela; Rodríguez-Sánchez, Iram P; Barrera-Saldaña, Hugo A; Martínez-Villarreal, Laura E; Resendez-Pérez, Diana; Gámez-Escobedo, Idalia A

    2015-06-16

    Introduccion. Los microARN (miARN) son moleculas que han generado gran atencion como reguladores de procesos de silenciamiento genico en diferentes organismos. La desregulacion de los mecanismos efectuados por estas moleculas se vincula al desarrollo y progresion de los trastornos relacionados con el sistema inmune. Diferentes estudios exponen que los miARN desempeñan un papel fundamental en procesos neuronales e inmunes, y se relacionan con los mecanismos de las enfermedades que afectan ambos sistemas. La esclerosis multiple (EM) es una enfermedad neurodegenerativa debida a la desmielinizacion axonal causada por procesos autoinmunes. Objetivo. Mostrar la estrecha relacion de las funciones regulatorias de los miARN en vias de señalizacion neuroinmunologicas en el desarrollo de la EM, asi como su estudio como biomarcadores diagnosticos para su uso en pacientes. Desarrollo. En la literatura cientifica se ha estudiado y establecido el papel de los miARN como moduladores de los procesos celulares. Sin embargo, poco se ha abordado sobre su funcionalidad en las celulas gliales dentro de los procesos de plasticidad neuronal, regulacion de la desmielinizacion y reconstitucion axonal, por lo que su revision constituye el proposito de este escrito. Ademas, algunos miARN previamente evaluados se describen para su enfoque diagnostico para la deteccion, curso y tratamiento de la EM, y se encuentran en investigacion o implementacion. Conclusiones. Existe una fuerte evidencia del papel que realizan los miARN en los mecanismos homeostaticos axonales durante la evolucion de la EM. Esto representa un area de estudio para explorar el uso de estas moleculas para la comprension de esta enfermedad, su diagnostico oportuno y la evolucion en los pacientes.

  13. [Ethics committees in the experience of the IMSS: a Latin American instance].

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    Valdez-Martínez, Edith; Mata-Valderrama, Guadalupe; Bedolla, Miguel; Fajardo-Dolci, Germán Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Introducción: el objetivo es examinar la situación actual de los comités hospitalarios de bioética (CHB) y de los comités locales de investigación y ética en investigación en salud (CLIEIS) del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS). Métodos: estudio cuantitativo, transversal descriptivo, realizado entre octubre y noviembre de 2014. Se enviaron por correo electrónico dos cuestionarios, autoadministrados o de autorreporte, a todos los hospitales del IMSS (N = 262): uno para los CHB y otro para los CLIEIS. Cinco apartados contenían ambos cuestionarios: localización del comité, fecha en la que fue constituido, estado actual de actividad, composición, funciones y experiencia. Resultados: la tasa de respuesta fue de 85 %. Se identificaron 150 CHB activos y 67 CLIEIS activos. En ambos grupos predominó la profesión médica y el personal directivo entre sus integrantes. Los representantes de la ciudadanía sólo fueron reportados en siete CHB. La función primaria reportada por los CHB fue la consultiva, y su meta primaria: “mejorar la calidad de la atención médica”. Los CLIEIS señalaron como función primaria: “evaluar y dictaminar protocolos de investigación en salud” y dentro de sus metas el “proteger los derechos y el bienestar de los sujetos de investigación”. Conclusiones: ambos grupos de comités debieran ser evaluados regularmente a través de ciclos de auditoría con el propósito de identificar las acciones educativas que promuevan su eficiencia.

  14. [Alternate form of the test de aprendizaje verbal España-Complutense (TAVEC)].

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    Nieto, Antonieta; Hernández-Rodríguez, Edith; Hernández-Torres, Atteneri; Velasco Rodríguez-Solís, Pedro; Hess-Medler, Stephany; Machado-Fernández, Alejandra; Molina-Rodríguez, Yaiza; Barroso, José

    2014-05-01

    Introduccion. La disponibilidad de formas paralelas de instrumentos de evaluacion neuropsicologica es escasa. El uso repetido del material y el consiguiente efecto de la practica dificultan la interpretacion de los cambios observados en evaluaciones sucesivas. La memoria es una de las funciones mas afectadas por este efecto. Objetivo. Obtener una version paralela de uno de los instrumentos disponibles en español para la evaluacion del aprendizaje y la memoria verbal, el test de aprendizaje verbal España-Complutense (TAVEC). Sujetos y metodos. Se realizo un estudio normativo con una muestra de 110 sujetos para la obtencion de los items de la forma paralela, siguiendo los criterios utilizados en la version original. La muestra para el estudio de la version paralela estuvo formada por 70 sujetos neurologicamente sanos, de 18-89 años. Se aplicaron ambas versiones en un intervalo de 15-20 dias. Resultados. Los analisis multivariados mostraron que no se producia efecto de la forma, del orden de administracion ni de la sesion. Las correspondientes interacciones tampoco fueron significativas. Estos resultados se observaron tanto para la muestra total como para el grupo de jovenes (18-29 años), edad intermedia (30-59 años) y envejecimiento (60-89 años). Los analisis correlacionales mostraron la validez y consistencia interna de la forma alternativa. Conclusiones. Los resultados muestran la equivalencia entre la version original del TAVEC y la version elaborada en esta investigacion. Es, por tanto, una version recomendable para su uso en el estudio de la evolucion de los deficits de aprendizaje y memoria.

  15. [Update on post-stroke depression: posing new challenges in patients with a minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack].

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    Carnes-Vendrell, A; Deus-Yela, J; Molina-Seguin, J; Pifarre-Paredero, J; Purroy, F

    2016-05-16

    Introduccion. El ictus es una de las principales causas de discapacidad en la poblacion adulta. El desarrollo de sintomas depresivos es la complicacion afectiva mas frecuente. Hasta ahora, en la mayoria de los estudios sobre depresion postictus se ha excluido a los pacientes que han sufrido un ictus minor o un ataque isquemico transitorio (AIT), si bien es un subgrupo igualmente vulnerable a esta enfermedad. Objetivo. Revisar los estudios publicados de depresion postictus para dilucidar los aspectos que ya se han demostrado ampliamente y los que necesitan mayor evidencia. Desarrollo. La depresion postictus es frecuente tanto en los pacientes con ictus establecido como en los pacientes con ictus minor o AIT. Aunque existen discrepancias en la definicion utilizada, aproximadamente uno de cada tres pacientes desarrollara esta complicacion. Se han identificado factores de riesgo de depresion postictus con un amplio respaldo cientifico (sexo femenino, antecedentes de depresion u otros trastornos psiquiatricos, gravedad del ictus y afectacion funcional) y otros sin el (calidad de vida, deterioro cognitivo y biomarcadores de neuroimagen). Las principales limitaciones metodologicas halladas son la confusion entre depresion postictus y sintomatologia depresiva, la variabilidad en las escalas de evaluacion usadas y la variabilidad en el momento temporal de la evaluacion del estado de animo. Hasta ahora son muy pocos los estudios en el ictus minor o el AIT. Conclusiones. Se necesitan nuevos estudios con mejor diseño que ayuden a establecer el riesgo de depresion postictus a diferentes tiempos tras el ictus, el ictus minor o el AIT, y establecer la importancia de los factores descritos previamente.

  16. [The influence of anosognosia and depression on the perceived quality of life of patients with Alzheimer's disease: a 12 months follow-up].

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    Portellano-Ortiz, Cristina; Turró-Garriga, Oriol; Gascón-Bayarri, Jordi; Piñán-Hernández, Sara; Moreno-Cordón, Laura; Viñas-Díez, Vanesa; Reñé-Ramírez, Ramón; Conde-Sala, Josep Lluís

    2014-09-01

    Introduccion. La anosognosia y la depresion pueden influir en la valoracion sobre la calidad de vida del paciente con enfermedad de Alzheimer. Objetivo. Explorar la evolucion de la calidad de vida del paciente con enfermedad de Alzheimer y la influencia de la anosognosia y la depresion en la percepcion de la calidad de vida de los pacientes y sus cuidadores. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio observacional, analitico y longitudinal de 12 meses. Muestra consecutiva de 221 pacientes atendidos ambulatoriamente. La media de edad fue de 77,8 ± 7,3 años y 140 fueron mujeres (63,3%). Instrumentos: Quality of Life in Alzheimer Disease, Anosognosia Questionnaire-Dementia, Geriatric Depression Scale, Disability Assessment for Dementia, Neuropsychiatric Inventory, Minimental State Examination y Global Deterioration Scale. Se calculo el tamaño del efecto en las diferencias entre dos medias y se realizo un analisis de regresion lineal con los factores asociados a la percepcion de la calidad de vida de los pacientes. Resultados. Los pacientes con anosognosia presentaron puntuaciones menores en depresion y mayores en la Quality of Life in Alzheimer Disease, al contrario que los pacientes sin anosognosia, e independientemente del tratamiento farmacologico antidepresivo. Los cuidadores puntuaron mas negativamente la calidad de vida de los pacientes. En la regresion lineal, las mayores discrepancias entre pacientes y cuidadores respecto a la calidad de vida se asociaron a la anosognosia, la depresion y la capacidad funcional (ß = –0,21; p < 0,001), que explicaban el 35,3, 7,9 y 11,3%, respectivamente, de la varianza. Conclusion. La anosognosia se asociaba a una menor depresion y mejor percepcion de la calidad de vida en los pacientes.

  17. [Mango: agroindustrial aspects, nutritional/functional value and health effects].

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    Wall-Medrano, Abraham; Olivas-Aguirre, Francisco J; Velderrain-Rodriguez, Gustavo R; González-Aguilar, A; de la Rosa, Laura A; López-Díaz, Jose A; Álvarez-Parrilla, Emilio

    2014-11-01

    Objetivo: Revisar y discutir la información más reciente sobre el valor agroindustrial, funcional y nutricional de uno de los frutos de mayor cultivo, exportación y consumo en México: el Mango. Métodos: Se realizó una búsqueda en diversas bases de datos (PubMed, Cochrane, ScienceDirect) y documentos de libre acceso (Google Scholar) sobre Mangifera indica L. Esta información fue posteriormente sub-clasificada en aspectos agroindustriales, nutricionales, funcionales y efectos a la salud. Resultados: Uno de cada veinte mangos consumidos mundialmente, es mexicano. “Ataulfo” es la variedad la de mayor importancia agronómica. El procesamiento mínimo de su pulpa (MP) genera residuos de cáscara (MC) y semilla con alto potencial nutracéutico. MP y MC son buenas fuentes de ascorbato, fructosa, fibra dietarias soluble (MP, almidones y ramnogalacturonanos) e insoluble (MC, ligninas y hemicelulosa) y lípidos funcionales (MP). MP y MC poseen un perfil de compuestos fenólicos (CF) monoméricos (MP) como el acido gálico y el protocatehuico y poliméricos (MC) como la -PGG asociados con efectos anti-obesigénicos, anti-inflamatorios, anti-cancerigenos y anti-diabeticos. Estos beneficios son dependientes de la bioaccesibilidad (liberación de su matriz alimentaria) y destino metabólico (biodisponibilidad) de estos CF. Discusión: El mango resulta una valiosa fuente de compuestos antioxidantes con comprobado beneficio a la salud. Sin embargo, factores como la variedad, temporalidad de cultivos, tratamientos pre y post-cosecha, extracción de bioactivos y algunas barreras fisiológicas pueden modificar su potencial nutracéutico.

  18. [Study of the pre- and post-treatment functionality of unilateral acquired brain injuries].

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    Huertas-Hoyas, Elisabet; Pedrero-Pérez, Eduardo J; Águila-Maturana, Ana M; González-Alted, Carlos

    2014-04-16

    Introduccion. La mayoria de las personas que han sobrevivido a un daño cerebral lateralizado presenta secuelas que afectan a componentes sensoriomotores, cognitivos o conductuales. Estos deficits repercuten en la correcta ejecucion de actividades de la vida diaria, antes y despues de un tratamiento multidisciplinar. El objetivo de este estudio es analizar y comparar el perfil ocupacional de las personas con daño cerebral adquirido unilateral, tanto en personas con traumatismo craneoencefalico (TCE) como accidentes cerebrovasculares (ACV), mediante la independencia funcional, la capacidad, la participacion y la calidad del desempeño de las actividades cotidianas. Pacientes y metodos. Diseño cuasi experimental de cohortes con medidas transversales pre y postratamiento con una muestra de 58 personas, 28 con TCE y 30 con ACV, en ambos casos lateralizados. Las medidas utilizadas fueron la Functional Independence Measure + Functional Assessment Measure, la clasificacion internacional del funcionamiento, la discapacidad y la salud, y el Assessment of Motor and Process Skills. Resultados. Teniendo en cuenta los grupos analizados (muestra completa lateralizada, muestra por diagnostico), los resultados del analisis apuntan hacia la existencia de diferencias significativas y un moderado tamaño del efecto en las dos estimaciones transversales, otorgando mayores niveles de independencia a las lesiones sobrevenidas en el hemisferio derecho (p < 0,001). Sin embargo, al dividir la muestra segun el diagnostico, no aparecen diferencias significativas, salvo en las habilidades motoras, donde se muestran mayores puntuaciones en los TCE (p < 0,05). Conclusiones. Se piensa que lo que justifica las diferencias no es la modalidad de la lesion (TCE o ACV), sino la localizacion hemisferica. Por ello, se sugiere que las personas con daño cerebral adquirido en el hemisferio izquierdo requeriran una intervencion mas intensa.

  19. Neurobiología del autismo y TDAH mediante técnicas de neuroimagen: divergencias y convergencias

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    Proal, Erika; Olvera, Jorge González; Blancas, Aurea S.; Chalita, Pablo J.; Castellanos, F. Xavier

    2013-01-01

    En el área clínica algunos síntomas del trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad (TDAH), se presentan en los pacientes con trastorno del espectro autista (TEA). Se ha demostrado que existen alteraciones en circuitos cerebrales que impactan en fallas cognitivas y de comportamiento específicas de cada uno de estos trastornos. Sin embargo, han sido poco estudiados los correlatos cerebrales que hay detrás tanto de las similitudes como de las diferencias sintomatológicas. En la presente revisión se analizaron los estudios meta-analíticos existentes estructurales y funcionales en TDAH y TEA. Por un lado, se observaron convergencias en circuitos como el dorsal atencional, de funciones ejecutivas, visual, somatomotor y circuito de activación por defecto. Estas similitudes posiblemente explican las manifestaciones comórbidas entre los trastornos como la falla en la integración de información, motricidad fina y procesos atencionales específicos. Por otro lado, específicamente en el TDAH se observan déficits en el circuito de recompensa y ventral atencional, sistemas involucrados en la medición de efectos de reforzamiento y monitoreo atencional. En TEA los circuitos más afectados fueron los implicados en procesos de cognición social y lenguaje. En conclusión, existen correlatos neuronales en TEA que explican las manifestaciones clínicas tanto convergentes como divergentes presentes en TDAH. PMID:23897144

  20. [Prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the Region of Murcia].

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    Carreon-Guarnizo, E; Andreu-Reinon, E; Cerdan-Sanchez, M; Carrasco-Torres, R; Hernandez-Clares, R; Prieto-Valiente, L; Garcia-Escriba, C; Sola-Roca, A; Martinez-Andreu, M E; Miralles Gonzalez-Conde, M A; Martin-Fernandez, J J; Meca-Lallana, J E

    2016-05-01

    Introduccion. La esclerosis multiple (EM) es una enfermedad inflamatoria desmielinizante del sistema nervioso central con patogenia inmunomediada. Recientes estudios indican un aumento de su prevalencia, y numerosos trabajos relacionan el virus de Epstein-Barr (VEB) con su etiologia. Objetivo. Analisis de prevalencia de la EM en la Region de Murcia, incluyendo la descripcion de las caracteristicas clinicas en el momento del inicio de la enfermedad, y del estado serologico del VEB de los pacientes con EM. Pacientes y metodos. Estudio epidemiologico retrospectivo, tomando como muestra la poblacion residente en el area sanitaria centro-oeste de la Region de Murcia (257.865 habitantes). Se analizan datos clinicos y serologicos extraidos de diferentes fuentes. Resultados. Prevalencia de la EM en la poblacion estudiada: 88 casos/100.000 habitantes. Prevalencia de la EM junto con el sindrome desmielinizante aislado: 98,4 casos/100.000 habitantes. Incidencia media de la EM: 5,8 casos/100.000 habitantes/año. En el inicio de la EM, el 67,8% eran mujeres, el 81,9% presentaba un curso recurrente-remitente, la edad media era de 31,4 años, el sistema funcional mas frecuentemente afectado era el sensitivo (45,1%), el inicio fue monofocal en el 55,4% y el grado de discapacidad en la Expanded Disability Status Scale era de 2,1 puntos. La seroprevalencia del VEB fue del 99,3%. La reactivacion de la infeccion por VEB se relaciono con actividad clinica de EM en 10 pacientes (45,4%). Conclusiones. Actualmente, la prevalencia de la EM en la Region de Murcia es similar a la estimada en otras comunidades autonomas españolas. El estudio confirma la tendencia de incremento de prevalencia observada en las ultimas decadas.