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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719659/dengue-prediction-by-the-web-tweets-are-a-useful-tool-for-estimating-and-forecasting-dengue-at-country-and-city-level
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Cecilia de Almeida Marques-Toledo, Carolin Marlen Degener, Livia Vinhal, Giovanini Coelho, Wagner Meira, Claudia Torres Codeço, Mauro Martins Teixeira
BACKGROUND: Infectious diseases are a leading threat to public health. Accurate and timely monitoring of disease risk and progress can reduce their impact. Mentioning a disease in social networks is correlated with physician visits by patients, and can be used to estimate disease activity. Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne viral disease, with an estimated annual incidence of 390 million infections, of which 96 million manifest clinically. Dengue burden is likely to increase in the future owing to trends toward increased urbanization, scarce water supplies and, possibly, environmental change...
July 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718770/benchmarking-gate-geant4-for-sup-16-sup-o-ion-beam-therapy
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Andreas Franz Resch, Hermann Fuchs, Dietmar Georg
Oxygen (<sup>16</sup>O) ions are a potential alternative to carbon ions in ion beam therapy. Their enhanced linear energy transfer indicates a higher relative biological effectiveness and a reduced oxygen enhancement ratio. Due to the limited availability of <sup>16</sup>O ion beams, Monte Carlo (MC) transport codes are important research tools to investigate their potential. The purpose of this study was to validate GATE/Geant4 for <sup>16</sup>O ion beam therapy on experimental data from literature...
July 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717619/comparison-of-dynamic-postural-stability-scores-between-athletes-with-and-without-chronic-ankle-instability-during-lateral-jump-landing
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Zeinab Shiravi, Azadeh Shadmehr, Saeed Talebian Moghadam, Behrouz Attarbashi Moghadam
BACKGROUNDS: Many ankle injuries occur while participating in sports that require jumping and landing such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. Most recent studies have investigated dynamic postural stability of patients with chronic ankle instability after landing from a forward jump. The present study aimed to investigate the dynamic postural stability of the athletes who suffer from chronic ankle sprain while landing from a lateral jump. METHODS: Twelve athletes with self-reported unilateral chronic ankle instability (4 females and 8 males) and 12 matched controls (3 females and 9 males) voluntarily participated in the study...
January 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716932/body-ownership-determines-the-attenuation-of-self-generated-tactile-sensations
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Konstantina Kilteni, H Henrik Ehrsson
Self-perception depends on the brain's abilities to differentiate our body from the environment and to distinguish between the sensations generated as a consequence of voluntary movement and those arising from events in the external world. The first process refers to the sense of ownership of our body and relies on the dynamic integration of multisensory (afferent) signals. The second process depends on internal forward models that use (efferent) information from our motor commands to predict and attenuate the sensory consequences of our movements...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716616/relationship-between-spirituality-meaning-in-life-psychological-distress-wish-for-hastened-death-and-their-influence-on-quality-of-life-in-palliative-care-patients
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Mathieu Bernard, Florian Strasser, Claudia Gamondi, Giliane Braunschweig, Michaela Forster, Karin Kaspers-Elekes, Silvia Walther Veri, Gian Domenico Borasio
CONTEXT: Spiritual, existential, and psychological issues represent central components of quality of life (QOL) in palliative care. A better understanding of the dynamic underlying these components is essential for the development of interventions tailored to the palliative context. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to explore (i) the relationship between spirituality, meaning in life, wishes for hastened death and psychological distress in palliative patients, and (ii) the extent to which these non-physical determinants influence QOL...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715325/inference-based-similarity-search-in-randomized-montgomery-domains-for-privacy-preserving-biometric-identification
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Yi Wang, Jianwu Wan, Jun Guo, Yiu-Ming Cheung, Pong C Yuen
Similarity search is essential to many important applications and often involves searching at scale on high-dimensional data based on their similarity to a query. In biometric applications, recent vulnerability studies have shown that adversarial machine learning can compromise biometric recognition systems by exploiting the biometric similarity information. Existing methods for biometric privacy protection are in general based on pairwise matching of secured biometric templates and have inherent limitations in search efficiency and scalability...
July 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715105/a-simulation-based-approach-to-measuring-team-situational-awareness-in-emergency-medicine-a-multicenter-observational-study
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Elizabeth D Rosenman, Aurora J Dixon, Jessica M Webb, Sarah Brolliar, Simon J Golden, Kerin A Jones, Sachita Shah, James A Grand, Steve W J Kozlowski, Georgia T Chao, Rosemarie Fernandez
OBJECTIVES: Team situational awareness (TSA) is critical for effective teamwork and supports dynamic decision-making in unpredictable, time-pressured situations. Simulation provides a platform for developing and assessing TSA; but these efforts are limited by suboptimal measurement approaches. The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate a novel approach to TSA measurement in interprofessional emergency medicine teams. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, prospective, simulation-based observational study to evaluate an approach to TSA measurement...
July 17, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714826/effects-of-peroneal-muscles-fatigue-on-dynamic-stability-following-lateral-hop-landing-time-to-stabilization-vs-dynamic-postural-stability-index
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Kazem Malmir, Gholam Reza Olyaei, Saeed Talebian, Ali Ashraf Jamshidi, Majid Ashraf Ganguie
CONTEXT: Dynamic stability is a necessary requirement in many sports competitions. Muscle fatigue, which can impair stability, may be occurred in many sports competitions in which lateral movements and landing repeated frequently. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of peroneal muscles fatigue on dynamic stability following lateral hop landing through measuring time to stabilization (TTS) and dynamic postural stability index (DPSI). DESIGN: Quasi-experimental...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714767/comparison-of-methods-of-calculating-dynamic-strength-index
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Paul Comfort, Christopher Thomas, Thomas Dos'Santos, Paul A Jones, Timothy J Suchomel, John J McMahon
PURPOSE: To determine the reliability and variability of dynamic strength index (DSI) calculated from squat jump (SJ) (DSI-SJ) versus countermovement jump (CMJ) (DSI-CMJ) peak force (PF) and to compare DSI values between methods. METHODS: Male youth soccer and rugby league players (n = 27; age = 17.2 ± 0.7 years; height = 173.9 ± 5.7 cm; body mass = 71.1 ± 7.2 kg) performed 3 trials of the SJ, CMJ and isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP), on two separate days. DSI was calculated by dividing the PF during each jump by the IMTP PF...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713213/secondary-motion-in-three-dimensional-branching-networks
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Abhijit Guha, Kaustav Pradhan
A major aim of the present work is to understand and thoroughly document the generation, the three-dimensional distribution, and the evolution of the secondary motion as the fluid progresses downstream through a branched network. Six generations (G0-G5) of branches (involving 63 straight portions and 31 bifurcation modules) are computed in one go; such computational challenges are rarely taken in the literature. More than 30 × 10(6) computational elements are employed for high precision of computed results and fine quality of the flow visualization diagrams...
June 2017: Physics of Fluids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713084/evalution-of-the-effectiveness-of-multimodal-approach-to-the-management-of-cervical-vertigo
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Olexandr A Jaroshevskyi, Oleksandr S Payenok, Anna V Logvinenko
INTRODUCTION: Vertigo is one of the most common complaints among patients consulting neurologists and general practitioners - family medicine. A special form of dizziness is cervical vertigo. However, the presence of chronic vertigo and imbalance in this group of patients makes it possible to include the treatment of vestibular rehabilitation in the program. AIM: Evalution of the effectiveness of multimodal approach to the management of cervical vertigo. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 109 patients aged from 18 to 45 with vertigo together with myofascial pain syndrome of neck and shoulder area were examined...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712731/cervical-dystonia-patients-display-subclinical-gait-changes
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Marcello Esposito, Raffaele Dubbioso, Silvio Peluso, Antonio Picone, Bruno Corrado, Clemente Servodio Iammarone, Roberto Allocca, Fiore Manganelli, Lucio Santoro, Alfonso Fasano
INTRODUCTION: Gait disorders in cervical dystonia (CD) are reported in patients under DBS or in severe cases complicated with spinal deformities. OBJECTIVE: to assess walking motor pattern in CD patients without DBS and not presenting scoliosis. METHODS: Computerized gait analysis (CGA) was performed in CD patients, before and after botulinum toxin (BoNT) injections, and in healthy controls (HC). Spatiotemporal (ST) parameters were compared between CD and HC groups...
July 10, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711888/-comparative-analysis-of-dynamics-of-health-status-indexes-among-school-age-children-of-ukraine-in-modern-conditions
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Оксана Саргош, Оксана Четверикова, Инна Беликова, Александр Катрушов
INTRODUCTION: In the last time, there is a negative dynamics of indicators of the health of the child population in Ukraine in connection with socio-economic problems. AIM: The analysis of the data of the incidence and the prevalence of diseases among the children of the Poltava region in comparison with those of Ukraine for the period 2011-2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In our work are used data of State statistics of incidence and prevalence of diseases among the child population of Ukraine...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711852/gauging-policy-driven-large-scale-vegetation-restoration-programmes-under-a-changing-environment-their-effectiveness-and-socio-economic-relationships
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Ting Li, Yihe Lü, Bojie Fu, Alexis J Comber, Paul Harris, Lianhai Wu
Large-scale ecological restoration has been widely accepted globally as an effective strategy for combating environmental crises and to facilitate sustainability. Assessing the effectiveness of ecological restoration is vital for researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers. However, few practical tools are available to perform such tasks, particularly for large-scale restoration programmes in complex socio-ecological systems. By taking a "before and after" design, this paper formulates a composite index (Ej) based on comparing the trends of vegetation cover and vegetation productivity to assess ecological restoration effectiveness...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710184/diagnostic-value-of-four-dimensional-ct-angiography-in-arterial-erectile-dysfunction-using-320-detector-row-dynamic-volume-ct
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Cheng-Cheng Xu, Xin-Zhong Ruan, Yi-Fan Tang, Jiao-Hai Pan, Guo-Yao Wang, Qiu-Li Huang
The study aims to evaluate the diagnostic value of four-dimensional CT angiography (4D-CTA) in the diagnosis of arterial erectile dysfunction (ED) using 320-detector row dynamic volume CT. Arterial ED patients attributed to arterial insufficiency were enrolled. To induce penile erection, an intracavernous injection of corpus cavernosum with a vasoactive drug was administered. Patients were assigned into the erection hardness score (EHS) 1/2 group or EHS 3/4 group. Color duplex Doppler ultrasound (CDDU) was used to analyze blood flow spectrum...
July 14, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709411/rho-kinase-proteins-display-aberrant-upregulation-in-vascular-tumors-and-contribute-to-vascular-tumor-growth
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Clarissa N Amaya, Dianne C Mitchell, Brad A Bryan
BACKGROUND: The serine/threonine protein kinases ROCK1 and 2 are key RhoA-mediated regulators of cell shape and cytoskeletal dynamics. These proteins perform multiple functions in vascular endothelial cell physiology and are attractive targets for cancer therapy based on their roles as oncogenes and metastatic promoters. Given their critical functions in both of these processes, we hypothesized that molecular targeting of ROCK proteins would be exceedingly effective against vascular tumors such as hemangiomas and angiosarcomas, which are neoplasms composed of aberrant endothelial cells...
July 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708428/reliability-and-correlation-of-static-and-dynamic-foot-arch-measurement-in-a-healthy-pediatric-population
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Karsten Hollander, Timo Scholz, Astrid Zech, Karl Wegscheider, Susanne Lezius, Klaus-Michael Braumann, Susanne Sehner
BACKGROUND: The measurement of the medial longitudinal foot arch in children is a controversial topic, as there are many different methods without a definite gold-standard. The purpose of this study was to 1) investigate intra-day- and inter-rater-reliability regarding dynamic arch index and static arch height, 2) to explore the correlation between both arch indices and 3) to examine the variation of the medial longitudinal arch at two different times of the day. METHODS: Eighty-six children (age 8...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708305/a-novel-variant-of-dhh-in-a-familial-case-of-46-xy-disorder-of-sex-development-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Francoise Paris, Delphine Flatters, Sandrine Caburet, Bérangère Legois, Nadège Servant, Hervé Lefebvre, Charles Sultan, Reiner A Veitia
OBJECTIVE: Disorders of sex development (DSD) are a heterogeneous group of conditions affecting the differentiation and development of the internal and external genitalia. Here, we aimed at identifying the genetic cause of DSD in two 46,XY sisters from a consanguineous family. DESIGN: We performed a whole-exome sequencing of two 46,XY female individuals. Sanger sequencing was used to validate the most likely candidate variant, affecting the desert hedgehog (DHH) gene...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708212/albumin-corrected-total-ionized-calcium-ratio-is-not-superior-to-total-ionized-calcium-ratio-as-an-indicator-of-citrate-accumulation
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Yin Zheng, Feng Zhuang, Qiuyu Zhu, Shuai Ma, Yao Xu, Jianxin Lu, Guihua Hao, Yong Gu, Chuanming Hao, Mingli Zhu, Feng Ding
BACKGROUND: Total/ionized calcium ratio has been used as an indirect index of increased plasma citrate concentration during citrate anticoagulation. However, they were obtained without any adjustment of total calcium for albumin. Herein, we investigated whether the albumin-corrected total/ionized calcium ratio performed better than total/ionized calcium ratio. METHODS: 20 critically ill patients were treated with continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) using citrate anticoagulation...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704937/attenuation-of-red-blood-cell-storage-lesions-with-vitamin-c
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Kimberly Sanford, Bernard J Fisher, Evan Fowler, Alpha A Fowler, Ramesh Natarajan
Stored red blood cells (RBCs) undergo oxidative stress that induces deleterious metabolic, structural, biochemical, and molecular changes collectively referred to as "storage lesions". We hypothesized that vitamin C (VitC, reduced or oxidized) would reduce red cell storage lesions, thus prolonging their storage duration. Whole-blood-derived, leuko-reduced, SAGM (saline-adenine-glucose-mannitol)-preserved RBC concentrates were equally divided into four pediatric storage bags and the following additions made: (1) saline (saline); (2) 0...
July 12, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
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