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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578662/possible-contribution-of-quantum-like-correlations-to-the-placebo-effect-consequences-on-blind-trials
#1
Francis Beauvais
BACKGROUND: Factors that participate in the biological changes associated with a placebo are not completely understood. Natural evolution, mean regression, concomitant procedures and other non specific effects are well-known factors that contribute to the "placebo effect". In this article, we suggest that quantum-like correlations predicted by a probabilistic modeling could also play a role. RESULTS: An elementary experiment in biology or medicine comparing the biological changes associated with two placebos is modeled...
June 2, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521828/markov-modeling-in-hepatitis-b-screening-and-linkage-to-care
#2
Martin A Sehr, Kartik D Joshi, John M Fontanesi, Robert J Wong, Robert R Bitmead, Robert G Gish
BACKGROUND: With up to 240 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B worldwide, including an estimated 2 million in the United States, widespread screening is needed to link the infected to care and decrease the possible consequences of untreated infection, including liver cancer, cirrhosis and death. Screening is currently fraught with challenges in both the developed and developing world. New point-of-care tests may have advantages over standard-of-care tests in terms of cost-effectiveness and linkage to care...
May 18, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464925/image-driven-modeling-of-the-proliferation-and-necrosis-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
#3
Vishal Patel, Leith Hathout
BACKGROUND: The heterogeneity of response to treatment in patients with glioblastoma multiforme suggests that the optimal therapeutic approach incorporates an individualized assessment of expected lesion progression. In this work, we develop a novel computational model for the proliferation and necrosis of glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: The model parameters are selected based on the magnetic resonance imaging features of each tumor, and the proposed technique accounts for intrinsic cell division, tumor cell migration along white matter tracts, as well as central tumor necrosis...
May 2, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431573/a-highly-pathogenic-simian-human-immunodeficiency-virus-effectively-produces-infectious-virions-compared-with-a-less-pathogenic-virus-in-cell-culture
#4
Shoya Iwanami, Yusuke Kakizoe, Satoru Morita, Tomoyuki Miura, Shinji Nakaoka, Shingo Iwami
BACKGROUND: The host range of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is quite narrow. Therefore, analyzing HIV-1 pathogenesis in vivo has been limited owing to lack of appropriate animal model systems. To overcome this, chimeric simian and human immunodeficiency viruses (SHIVs) that encode HIV-1 Env and are infectious to macaques have been developed and used to investigate the pathogenicity of HIV-1 in vivo. So far, we have many SHIV strains that show different pathogenesis in macaque experiments...
April 21, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388921/establishment-of-a-new-initial-dose-plan-for-vancomycin-using-the-generalized-linear-mixed-model
#5
Yasuyuki Kourogi, Kenji Ogata, Norito Takamura, Jin Tokunaga, Nao Setoguchi, Mitsuhiro Kai, Emi Tanaka, Susumu Chiyotanda
BACKGROUND: When administering vancomycin hydrochloride (VCM), the initial dose is adjusted to ensure that the steady-state trough value (Css-trough) remains within the effective concentration range. However, the Css-trough (population mean method predicted value [PMMPV]) calculated using the population mean method (PMM) often deviate from the effective concentration range. In this study, we used the generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) for initial dose planning to create a model that accurately predicts Css-trough, and subsequently assessed its prediction accuracy...
April 8, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347332/an-outbreak-vector-host-epidemic-model-with-spatial-structure-the-2015-2016-zika-outbreak-in-rio-de-janeiro
#6
W E Fitzgibbon, J J Morgan, G F Webb
BACKGROUND: A deterministic model is developed for the spatial spread of an epidemic disease in a geographical setting. The disease is borne by vectors to susceptible hosts through criss-cross dynamics. The model is focused on an outbreak that arises from a small number of infected hosts imported into a subregion of the geographical setting. The goal is to understand how spatial heterogeneity of the vector and host populations influences the dynamics of the outbreak, in both the geographical spread and the final size of the epidemic...
March 27, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327183/modeling-multi-mutation-and-drug-resistance-analysis-of-some-case-studies
#7
Mitra Shojania Feizabadi
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced resistance is one the major obstacles that may lead to therapeutic failure during cancer treatment. Different genetic alterations occur when tumor cells divide. Among new generations of tumor cells, some may express intrinsic resistance to a specific chemotherapeutic agent. Also, some tumor cells may carry a gene that can develop resistance induced by the therapeutic drug. The methods by which the therapeutic approaches need to be revised in the occurrence of drug induced resistance is still being explored...
March 21, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320412/high-resolution-hemodynamic-profiling-of-murine-arteriovenous-fistula-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-computational-fluid-dynamics
#8
Daniel Pike, Yan-Ting Shiu, Maheshika Somarathna, Lingling Guo, Tatyana Isayeva, John Totenhagen, Timmy Lee
BACKGROUND: Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation failure remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. The two major etiologies of AVF maturation failure are early neointimal hyperplasia development and persistent inadequate outward remodeling. Although hemodynamic changes following AVF creation may impact AVF remodeling and contribute to neointimal hyperplasia development and impaired outward remodeling, detailed AVF hemodynamics are not yet fully known...
March 20, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143579/method-for-generating-multiple-risky-barcodes-of-complex-diseases-using-ant-colony-algorithm
#9
Xiong Li, Wen Jiang
BACKGROUND: Susceptible barcode recognition plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases. Numerous approaches have been proposed to identify risky barcodes involved in the progress of complex diseases. However, some methods only consider differences in barcode frequencies between the control and disease groups; as such, these methods may be partial or even wrong. For example, some barcodes with a high risk ratio yield a low frequency on cases or exhibit a high frequency on controls, which may unreasonable from a statistical point...
February 1, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129769/the-role-of-mobility-and-health-disparities-on-the-transmission-dynamics-of-tuberculosis
#10
Victor Moreno, Baltazar Espinoza, Kamal Barley, Marlio Paredes, Derdei Bichara, Anuj Mubayi, Carlos Castillo-Chavez
BACKGROUND: The transmission dynamics of Tuberculosis (TB) involve complex epidemiological and socio-economical interactions between individuals living in highly distinct regional conditions. The level of exogenous reinfection and first time infection rates within high-incidence settings may influence the impact of control programs on TB prevalence. The impact that effective population size and the distribution of individuals' residence times in different patches have on TB transmission and control are studied using selected scenarios where risk is defined by the estimated or perceive first time infection and/or exogenous re-infection rates...
January 28, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122568/thermodynamic-considerations-in-renal-separation-processes
#11
Robert H Louw, David M Rubin, David Glasser, Robyn F R Letts, Diane Hildebrandt
BACKGROUND: Urine production in the kidney is generally thought to be an energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of metabolic activity to power active transport mechanisms. This study uses a thermodynamic analysis to evaluate the minimum work requirements for urine production in the human kidney and provide a new perspective on the energy costs of urine production. In this study, black-box models are used to compare the Gibbs energy inflow and outflow of the overall kidney and physiologically-based subsections in the kidney, to calculate the work of separation for urine production...
January 26, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100241/personalized-life-expectancy-and-treatment-benefit-index-of-antiretroviral-therapy
#12
Yanni Xiao, Xiaodan Sun, Sanyi Tang, Yicang Zhou, Zhihang Peng, Jianhong Wu, Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: The progression of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) within host includes typical stages and the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is shown to be effective in slowing down this progression. There are great challenges in describing the entire HIV disease progression and evaluating comprehensive effects of ART on life expectancy for HIV infected individuals on ART. METHODS: We develop a novel summative treatment benefit index (TBI), based on an HIV viral dynamics model and linking the infection and viral production rates to the Weibull function...
January 18, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829439/estimating-the-subcritical-transmissibility-of-the-zika-outbreak-in-the-state-of-florida-usa-2016
#13
Linh Dinh, Gerardo Chowell, Kenji Mizumoto, Hiroshi Nishiura
BACKGROUND: Florida State has reported autochthonous transmission of Zika virus since late July 2016. Here we assessed the transmissibility associated with the outbreak and generated a short-term forecast. METHODS: Time-dependent dynamics of imported cases reported in the state of Florida was approximated by a logistic growth equation. We estimated the reproduction number using the renewal equation in order to predict the incidence of local cases arising from both local and imported primary cases...
November 9, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729047/estimating-transmission-probability-in-schools-for-the-2009-h1n1-influenza-pandemic-in-italy
#14
Valentina Clamer, Ilaria Dorigatti, Laura Fumanelli, Caterina Rizzo, Andrea Pugliese
BACKGROUND: Epidemic models are being extensively used to understand the main pathways of spread of infectious diseases, and thus to assess control methods. Schools are well known to represent hot spots for epidemic spread; hence, understanding typical patterns of infection transmission within schools is crucial for designing adequate control strategies. The attention that was given to the 2009 A/H1N1pdm09 flu pandemic has made it possible to collect detailed data on the occurrence of influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms in two primary schools of Trento, Italy...
October 12, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27387922/feed-forward-neural-network-model-for-hunger-and-satiety-related-vas-score-prediction
#15
Shaji Krishnan, Henk F J Hendriks, Merete L Hartvigsen, Albert A de Graaf
BACKGROUND: An artificial neural network approach was chosen to model the outcome of the complex signaling pathways in the gastro-intestinal tract and other peripheral organs that eventually produce the satiety feeling in the brain upon feeding. METHODS: A multilayer feed-forward neural network was trained with sets of experimental data relating concentration-time courses of plasma satiety hormones to Visual Analog Scales (VAS) scores. The network successfully predicted VAS responses from sets of satiety hormone data obtained in experiments using different food compositions...
July 7, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27090782/epidemic-cycling-in-a-multi-strain-sirs-epidemic-network-model
#16
Xu-Sheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: One common observation in infectious diseases caused by multi-strain pathogens is that both the incidence of all infections and the relative fraction of infection with each strain oscillate with time (i.e., so-called Epidemic cycling). Many different mechanisms have been proposed for the pervasive nature of epidemic cycling. Nevertheless, the two facts that people contact each other through a network rather than following a simple mass-action law and most infectious diseases involve multiple strains have not been considered together for their influence on the epidemic cycling...
April 18, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27075996/random-walk-of-passive-tracers-among-randomly-moving-obstacles
#17
Matteo Gori, Irene Donato, Elena Floriani, Ilaria Nardecchia, Marco Pettini
BACKGROUND: This study is mainly motivated by the need of understanding how the diffusion behavior of a biomolecule (or even of a larger object) is affected by other moving macromolecules, organelles, and so on, inside a living cell, whence the possibility of understanding whether or not a randomly walking biomolecule is also subject to a long-range force field driving it to its target. METHOD: By means of the Continuous Time Random Walk (CTRW) technique the topic of random walk in random environment is here considered in the case of a passively diffusing particle among randomly moving and interacting obstacles...
April 14, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27072122/assessing-potential-countermeasures-against-the-dengue-epidemic-in-non-tropical-urban-cities
#18
Hiroki Masui, Itsuki Kakitani, Shumpei Ujiyama, Kazuyoshi Hashidate, Masataka Shiono, Kazue Kudo
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a common mosquito-borne viral disease epidemic especially in tropical and sub-tropical regions where water sanitation is not substantially controlled. However, dengue epidemics sometimes occur in non-tropical urban cities with substantial water sanitary control. Using a mathematical model, we investigate what conditions can be important for a dengue epidemic to occur in an urban city such as Tokyo, where vectors are active only in summer and there are little number of vectors around hosts...
April 12, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26965444/the-organelle-of-differentiation-in-embryos-the-cell-state-splitter
#19
REVIEW
Natalie K Gordon, Richard Gordon
The cell state splitter is a membraneless organelle at the apical end of each epithelial cell in a developing embryo. It consists of a microfilament ring and an intermediate filament ring subtending a microtubule mat. The microtubules and microfilament ring are in mechanical opposition as in a tensegrity structure. The cell state splitter is bistable, perturbations causing it to contract or expand radially. The intermediate filament ring provides metastability against small perturbations. Once this snap-through organelle is triggered, it initiates signal transduction to the nucleus, which changes gene expression in one of two readied manners, causing its cell to undergo a step of determination and subsequent differentiation...
March 10, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26944943/modeling-immune-response-and-its-effect-on-infectious-disease-outbreak-dynamics
#20
Jorge Reyes-Silveyra, Armin R Mikler
BACKGROUND: In recent epidemiological models, immunity is incorporated as a simplified value that determines the capacity of an individual to become infected or to transmit the disease. Moreover, the quality of the immune response determines the chances of infection and the length of time an individual is capable to infect others. We present a model that incorporates individuals' immune responses to, further, examine the role of the collective immune response of individuals in a population during an infectious outbreak...
March 5, 2016: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
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