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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636272/development-of-biotic-ligand-model-based-freshwater-aquatic-life-criteria-for-lead-following-us-environmental-protection-agency-guidelines
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David K DeForest, Robert C Santore, Adam C Ryan, Brian G Church, M Jasim Chowdhury, Kevin V Brix
The US Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA's) current ambient water quality criteria (AWQC) for lead (Pb) in freshwater were developed in 1984. The criteria are adjusted for hardness, but more recent studies have demonstrated that other parameters, especially dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and pH, have a much stronger influence on Pb bioavailability. These recent studies have been used to support development of a biotic ligand model (BLM) for Pb in freshwater, such that acute and chronic Pb toxicity can be predicted over a wide range of water chemistry conditions...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635569/stratification-model-based-on-early-postprostatectomy-prostate-specific-antigen-kinetics-may-help-to-reduce-the-risk-of-overtreatment-in-candidates-for-adjuvant-radiotherapy
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Stepan Vesely, Ladislav Jarolim, Marek Schmidt, Joana Do Carmo Silva, Katerina Duskova, Marko Babjuk
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to construct a stratification model based on early postoperative kinetics of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to select the most suitable high-risk patients for early intervention after radical prostatectomy (RP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study evaluated 205 men who had undergone RP without any adjuvant treatment. All of the patients had positive surgical margins, extracapsular extension and/or seminal vesicle invasion. The patients underwent multiple ultrasensitive PSA measurements on days 14, 30, 60 and 90 after RP, and subsequently at 3 month intervals...
February 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635502/hearing-aid-technology-model-based-concepts-and-assessment
#3
Earl E Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634784/attentional-weights-in-vision-as-products-of-spatial-and-nonspatial-components
#4
Maria Nordfang, Camilla Staugaard, Claus Bundesen
The relationship between visual attentional selection of items in particular spatial locations and selection by nonspatial criteria was investigated in a partial report experiment with report of letters (as many as possible) from brief postmasked exposures of circular arrays of letters and digits. The data were fitted by mathematical models based on Bundesen's (Psychological Review, 97, 523-547, 1990) theory of visual attention (TVA). Both attentional weights of targets (letters) and attentional weights of distractors (digits) showed strong variations across the eight possible target locations, but for each of the ten participants, the ratio of the weight of a distractor at a given location to the weight of a target at the same location was approximately constant...
June 20, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634725/analyzing-individual-growth-with-clustered-longitudinal-data-a-comparison-between-model-based-and-design-based-multilevel-approaches
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Hsien-Yuan Hsu, John J H Lin, Susan T Skidmore
To prevent biased estimates of intraindividual growth and interindividual variability when working with clustered longitudinal data (e.g., repeated measures nested within students; students nested within schools), individual dependency should be considered. A Monte Carlo study was conducted to examine to what extent two model-based approaches (multilevel latent growth curve model - MLGCM, and maximum model - MM) and one design-based approach (design-based latent growth curve model - D-LGCM) could produce unbiased and efficient parameter estimates of intraindividual growth and interindividual variability given clustered longitudinal data...
June 20, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634369/forecasting-effusive-dynamics-and-decompression-rates-by-magmastatic-model-at-open-vent-volcanoes
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Maurizio Ripepe, Marco Pistolesi, Diego Coppola, Dario Delle Donne, Riccardo Genco, Giorgio Lacanna, Marco Laiolo, Emanuele Marchetti, Giacomo Ulivieri, Sébastien Valade
Effusive eruptions at open-conduit volcanoes are interpreted as reactions to a disequilibrium induced by the increase in magma supply. By comparing four of the most recent effusive eruptions at Stromboli volcano (Italy), we show how the volumes of lava discharged during each eruption are linearly correlated to the topographic positions of the effusive vents. This correlation cannot be explained by an excess of pressure within a deep magma chamber and raises questions about the actual contributions of deep magma dynamics...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633817/computational-study-of-state-equation-effect-on-single-acoustic-cavitation-bubble-s-phenomenon
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Kaouther Kerboua, Oualid Hamdaoui
Many models have been established to study the evolution of the bubble dynamics and chemical kinetics within a single acoustic cavitation bubble during its oscillation. The content of the bubble is a gas medium that generates the evolution of a chemical mechanism governed by the internal bubble conditions. These gases are described by a state equation, linking the pressure to the volume, temperature and species amounts, and influencing simultaneously the dynamical, the thermal and the mass variation in the cavitation bubble...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633677/surveillance-of-endoscopes-comparison-of-different-sampling-techniques
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Lien Cattoir, Thomas Vanzieleghem, Lisa Florin, Tania Helleputte, Martine De Vos, Bruno Verhasselt, Jerina Boelens, Isabel Leroux-Roels
OBJECTIVE To compare different techniques of endoscope sampling to assess residual bacterial contamination. DESIGN Diagnostic study. SETTING The endoscopy unit of an 1,100-bed university hospital performing ~13,000 endoscopic procedures annually. METHODS In total, 4 sampling techniques, combining flushing fluid with or without a commercial endoscope brush, were compared in an endoscope model. Based on these results, sterile physiological saline flushing with or without PULL THRU brush was selected for evaluation on 40 flexible endoscopes by adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurement and bacterial culture...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633387/anal-intercourse-among-female-sex-workers-in-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-prevalence-determinants-and-model-based-estimates-of-the-population-level-impact-on-hiv-transmission
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Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Stefan Baral, Juan F Vesga, Daouda Diouf, Souleymane Diabaté, Michel Alary, Kouamé Abo, Marie-Claude Boily
Current evidence suggests that anal intercourse (AI) during sex work is common in sub-Saharan Africa, but few studies investigated the contribution of heterosexual AI to HIV epidemics. Using a respondent-driven sampling survey of female sex workers (FSW) in Abidjan (2014), we estimated AI prevalence and frequency. Poisson regressions were used to identify AI determinants. About 20% of FSW (N = 466) engaged in AI during a normal week (95% confidence intervals: 15-26%). Women who performed AI were generally younger, had been selling sex for longer, were born in Côte d'Ivoire, reported higher sex-work income, more frequent sex in public places, and violence from clients than women not reporting AI...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633327/a-prognosis-based-approach-to-infertility-understanding-the-role-of-time
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The current definition of infertility acknowledges the importance of duration of pregnancy seeking but fails to recognize the prevalent negative impact of female age. In fact, the diagnosis of unexplained infertility increases with women's age because of our incapacity to discern between age-related infertility and real unexplained infertility. Physicians' response to the pressures of increased female age has been to take prompt refuge in assisted reproduction despite the lack of robust evidence and the inherent risks and costs of these procedures...
June 13, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632499/model-based-sphere-localization-mbsl-in-x-ray-projections
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Stefan Sawall, Joscha Maier, Carsten Leinweber, David Prox, Carsten Funck, Jan Kuntz, Marc Kachelriess
The detection of spherical markers in x-ray projections is an important task in a variety of applications, e.g. geometric calibration and detector distortion correction. Therein, the projection of the sphere center on the detector is of particular interest as the used spherical beads are no ideal point-like objects. Only few methods have been proposed to estimate this respective position on the detector with sufficient accuracy and surrogate positions, e.g. the center of gravity, are used, impairing the results of subsequent algorithms...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632306/analytical-modeling-provides-new-insight-into-complex-mutual-coupling-between-surface-loops-at-ultrahigh-fields
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N I Avdievich, A Pfrommer, I A Giapitzakis, A Henning
Ultrahigh-field (UHF) (≥7 T) transmit (Tx) human head surface loop phased arrays improve both the Tx efficiency (B1(+) /√P) and homogeneity in comparison with single-channel quadrature Tx volume coils. For multi-channel arrays, decoupling becomes one of the major problems during the design process. Further insight into the coupling between array elements and its dependence on various factors can facilitate array development. The evaluation of the entire impedance matrix Z for an array loaded with a realistic voxel model or phantom is a time-consuming procedure when performed using electromagnetic (EM) solvers...
June 20, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632058/assessment-of-model-based-image-matching-for-future-reconstruction-of-unhelmeted-sport-head-impact-kinematics
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Gregory J Tierney, Hamed Joodaki, Tron Krosshaug, Jason L Forman, Jeff R Crandall, Ciaran K Simms
Player-to-player contact inherent in many unhelmeted sports means that head impacts are a frequent occurrence. Model-Based Image-Matching (MBIM) provides a technique for the assessment of three-dimensional linear and rotational motion patterns from multiple camera views of a head impact event, but the accuracy is unknown for this application. The goal of this study is to assess the accuracy of the MBIM method relative to reflective marker-based motion analysis data for estimating six degree of freedom head displacements and velocities in a staged pedestrian impact scenario at 40 km/h...
February 28, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631803/a-gompertz-model-approach-to-microbial-inactivation-kinetics-by-high-pressure-processing-hpp-model-selection-and-experimental-validation
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Vinicio Serment-Moreno, Claudio Fuentes, José Antonio Torres, Jorge Welti-Chanes
A recently proposed Gompertz model (GMPZ) approach describing microbial inactivation kinetics by high-pressure processing (HPP) incorporated the initial microbial load (N0 ) and lower microbial quantification limit (Nlim ), and simplified the dynamic effects of come-up time (CUT). The inactivation of Listeria innocua in milk by HPP treatments at 300, 400, 500, and 600 MPa and pressure holding times (thold ) ≤10 min was determined experimentally to validate this model approach. Models based on exponential, logistic-exponential, and inverse functions were evaluated to describe the effect of pressure on the lag time (λ) and maximum inactivation rate (μmax ), whereas the asymptote difference (A) was fixed as A = log10 (N0 /Nlim )...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630620/cloud-model-based-artificial-immune-network-for-complex-optimization-problem
#15
Mingan Wang, Shuo Feng, Jianming Li, Zhonghua Li, Yu Xue, Dongliang Guo
This paper proposes an artificial immune network based on cloud model (AINet-CM) for complex function optimization problems. Three key immune operators-cloning, mutation, and suppression-are redesigned with the help of the cloud model. To be specific, an increasing half cloud-based cloning operator is used to adjust the dynamic clone multipliers of antibodies, an asymmetrical cloud-based mutation operator is used to control the adaptive evolution of antibodies, and a normal similarity cloud-based suppressor is used to keep the diversity of the antibody population...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630425/reconstructing-cell-cycle-pseudo-time-series-via-single-cell-transcriptome-data
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Zehua Liu, Huazhe Lou, Kaikun Xie, Hao Wang, Ning Chen, Oscar M Aparicio, Michael Q Zhang, Rui Jiang, Ting Chen
Single-cell mRNA sequencing, which permits whole transcriptional profiling of individual cells, has been widely applied to study growth and development of tissues and tumors. Resolving cell cycle for such groups of cells is significant, but may not be adequately achieved by commonly used approaches. Here we develop a traveling salesman problem and hidden Markov model-based computational method named reCAT, to recover cell cycle along time for unsynchronized single-cell transcriptome data. We independently test reCAT for accuracy and reliability using several data sets...
June 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629559/prospective-intra-individual-comparison-of-standard-dose-versus-reduced-dose-thoracic-ct-using-hybrid-and-pure-iterative-reconstruction-in-a-follow-up-cohort-of-pulmonary-nodules-effect-of-detectability-of-pulmonary-nodules-with-lowering-dose-based-on-nodule
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Varut Vardhanabhuti, Chun-Lap Pang, Sean Tenant, James Taylor, Christopher Hyde, Carl Roobottom
OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of lung nodule detection in thoracic CT using 2 reduced dose protocols comparing 3 available CT reconstruction algorithms (filtered back projection-FBP, adaptive statistical reconstruction-ASIR and model-based iterative reconstruction-MBIR) in a western population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective single-center study recruited 98 patients with written consent. Standard dose (STD) thoracic CT followed by 2 reduced-dose protocols using automatic tube current modulation (RD1) and fixed tube current (RD2) were performed and reconstructed with FBP, ASIR and MBIR with subsequent diagnostic accuracy analysis for nodule detection...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629139/novel-descattering-approach-for-stereo-vision-in-dense-suspended-scatterer-environments
#18
Chanh D Tr Nguyen, Jihyuk Park, Kyeong-Yong Cho, Kyung-Soo Kim, Soohyun Kim
In this paper, we propose a model-based scattering removal method for stereo vision for robot manipulation in indoor scattering media where the commonly used ranging sensors are unable to work. Stereo vision is an inherently ill-posed and challenging problem. It is even more difficult in the case of images of dense fog or dense steam scenes illuminated by active light sources. Images taken in such environments suffer attenuation of object radiance and scattering of the active light sources. To solve this problem, we first derive the imaging model for images taken in a dense scattering medium with a single active illumination close to the cameras...
June 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629130/optimization-of-polyplex-formation-between-dna-oligonucleotide-and-poly-%C3%AA-lysine-experimental-study-and-modeling-approach
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Tudor Vasiliu, Corneliu Cojocaru, Alexandru Rotaru, Gabriela Pricope, Mariana Pinteala, Lilia Clima
The polyplexes formed by nucleic acids and polycations have received a great attention owing to their potential application in gene therapy. In our study, we report experimental results and modeling outcomes regarding the optimization of polyplex formation between the double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) and poly(ʟ-Lysine) (PLL). The quantification of the binding efficiency during polyplex formation was performed by processing of the images captured from the gel electrophoresis assays. The design of experiments (DoE) and response surface methodology (RSM) were employed to investigate the coupling effect of key factors (pH and N/P ratio) affecting the binding efficiency...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628990/kinetic-modelling-of-starch-and-lipid-formation-during-mixotrophic-nutrient-limited-microalgal-growth
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Gonzalo M Figueroa-Torres, Jon K Pittman, Constantinos Theodoropoulos
Microalgal starch and lipids, carbon-based storage molecules, are useful as potential biofuel feedstocks. In this work, cultivation strategies maximising starch and lipid formation were established by developing a multi-parameter kinetic model describing microalgal growth as well as starch and lipid formation, in conjunction with laboratory-scale experiments. Growth dynamics are driven by nitrogen-limited mixotrophic conditions, known to increase cellular starch and lipid contents whilst enhancing biomass growth...
June 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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