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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538992/intercepting-a-moving-target-on-line-or-model-based-control
#1
Huaiyong Zhao, William H Warren
When walking to intercept a moving target, people take an interception path that appears to anticipate the target's trajectory. According to the constant bearing strategy, the observer holds the bearing direction of the target constant based on current visual information, consistent with on-line control. Alternatively, the interception path might be based on an internal model of the target's motion, known as model-based control. To investigate these two accounts, participants walked to intercept a moving target in a virtual environment...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538950/association-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-with-survival-in-patients-with-stage-ii-or-iii-gastric-cancer
#2
Yuming Jiang, Tuanjie Li, Xiaoling Liang, Yanfeng Hu, Lei Huang, Zhenchen Liao, Liying Zhao, Zhen Han, Shuguang Zhu, Menglan Wang, Yangwei Xu, Xiaolong Qi, Hao Liu, Yang Yang, Jiang Yu, Wei Liu, Shirong Cai, Guoxin Li
Importance: The current staging system of gastric cancer is not adequate for defining a prognosis and predicting the patients most likely to benefit from chemotherapy. Objective: To construct a survival prediction model based on specific tumor and patient characteristics that enables individualized predictions of the net survival benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with stage II or stage III gastric cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this multicenter retrospective analysis, a survival prediction model was constructed using data from a training cohort of 746 patients with stage II or stage III gastric cancer who satisfied the study's inclusion criteria and underwent surgery between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2012, at Nanfang Hospital in Guangzhou, China...
May 24, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538691/the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-combined-with-hiv-vaccines-in-the-united-states
#3
Blythe J S Adamson, Josh J Carlson, James G Kublin, Louis P Garrison
This economic evaluation aims to support policy-making on the combined use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with HIV vaccines in development by evaluating the potential cost-effectiveness of implementation that would support the design of clinical trials for the assessment of combined product safety and efficacy. The target study population is a cohort of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. Policy strategies considered include standard HIV prevention, daily oral PrEP, HIV vaccine, and their combination...
May 24, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538095/high-resolution-structures-of-the-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-dimers-from-the-comparison-of-four-atomistic-force-fields
#4
Viet Hoang Man, Phuong Hoang Nguyen, Philippe Derreumaux
The dimer of the amyloid-beta peptide Aβ of 42 residues is the smallest toxic species in Alzheimer's disease, but its equilibrium structures are unknown. Here we determined the equilibrium ensembles generated by the four atomistic OPLS-AA, CHARMM22*, AMBER99sb-ildn and AMBERsb14 force fields with the TIP3P water model. Based on 144 microsecond replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations (with 750 ns per replica), we find that the four force fields lead to random coil ensembles with calculated cross-collision sections, hydrodynamics properties and small-angle X-ray scattering profiles independent on the force field...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537779/simulation-model-for-laparoscopic-foregut-surgery-the-university-of-north-carolina-foregut-model
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Francisco Schlottmann, Neal S Murty, Marco G Patti
BACKGROUND: A significant gap presently exists between box-lap and virtual-reality simulators and live surgery. Live animal and cadaver use has significant downsides. We have developed a high fidelity, real tissue simulator that allows training in laparoscopic foregut operations. METHODS: Our foregut surgery model is based on porcine tissue blocks that include lungs, heart, aorta, esophagus, diaphragm, stomach, duodenum, liver, and spleen. The tissue block is mounted in a human mannequin and perfused with artificial blood...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537755/a-pilot-study-of-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-alpha-and-beta-thalassemia-with-target-capture-sequencing-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-in-maternal-blood
#6
Wenjuan Wang, Yuan Yuan, Haiqing Zheng, Yaoshen Wang, Dan Zeng, Yihua Yang, Xin Yi, Yang Xia, Chunjiang Zhu
AIMS: Thalassemia is a dangerous hematolytic genetic disease. In south China, ∼24% Chinese carry alpha-thalassemia or beta-thalassemia gene mutations. Given the fact that the invasive sampling procedures can only be performed by professionals in experienced centers, it may increase the risk of miscarriage or infection. Thus, most people are worried about the invasive operation. As such, a noninvasive and accurate prenatal diagnosis is needed for appropriate genetic counseling for families with high risks...
May 24, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535070/polarity-control-of-heteroepitaxial-gan-nanowires-on-diamond
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Martin Hetzl, Max Kraut, Theresa Hoffmann, Martin Stutzmann
Group III-nitride materials such as GaN nanowires are characterized by a spontaneous polarization within the crystal. The sign of the resulting sheet charge at the top and bottom facet of a GaN nanowire is determined by the orientation of the wurtzite bilayer of the different atomic species, called N and Ga polarity. We investigate the polarity distribution of heteroepitaxial GaN nanowires on different substrates and demonstrate polarity control of GaN nanowires on diamond. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy is used to determine the polarity of individual selective area-grown and self-assembled nanowires over a large scale...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534801/physical-activity-recognition-using-posterior-adapted-class-based-fusion-of-multi-accelerometers-data
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Alok Chowdhury, Dian Tjondronegoro, Vinod Chandran, Stewart Trost
This paper proposes the use of posterior-adapted class-based weighted decision fusion to effectively combine multiple accelerometers data for improving physical activity recognition. The cutting-edge performance of this method is benchmarked against model-based weighted fusion and class-based weighted fusion without posterior adaptation, based on two publicly available datasets, namely PAMAP2 and MHEALTH. Experimental results show that: (a) posterior-adapted class-based weighted fusion outperformed model-based and class-based weighted fusion; (b) decision fusion with two accelerometers showed statistically significant improvement in average performance compared to the use of a single accelerometer;...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534795/choroid-neovascularization-growth-prediction-with-treatment-based-on-reaction-diffusion-model-in-3d-oct-images
#9
Shuxia Zhu, Fei Shi, Dehui Xiang, Weifang Zhu, Haoyu Chen, Xinjian Chen
Choroid neovascularization (CNV) is caused by new blood vessels growing in the choroid and penetrating the Bruch membrane. It is the major cause of vision disability in many retinal diseases. Though anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injection has proved to be effective for treating CNV, treatment planning is essential to ensure the efficacy while reducing the risk. For this purpose, we propose a CNV growth model based on longitudinal Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images. The reaction-diffusion model is applied to simulate the growth and shrinkage of CNV volumes, and is solved by using finite element method (FEM)...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533455/coevolution-of-coloration-and-colour-vision
#10
Olle Lind, Miriam J Henze, Almut Kelber, Daniel Osorio
The evolutionary relationship between signals and animal senses has broad significance, with potential consequences for speciation, and for the efficacy and honesty of biological communication. Here we outline current understanding of the diversity of colour vision in two contrasting groups: the phylogenetically conservative birds, and the more variable butterflies. Evidence for coevolution of colour signals and vision exists in both groups, but is limited to observations of phenotypic differences between visual systems, which might be correlated with coloration...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532772/echocardiographic-predictors-for-worsening-of-six-minute-walk-distances-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-scleroderma
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Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Susumu Nishio, Yukina Hirata, Hiromitsu Seno, Yoshihito Saijo, Takayuki Ise, Takeshi Tobiume, Koji Yamaguchi, Shusuke Yagi, Takeshi Soeki, Tetsuzo Wakatsuki, Masataka Sata
Change in 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) has been used as a clinical marker in pulmonary hypertension. Determinants and worsening of 6MWD remain a matter of debate because nonpulmonary factors have an impact on the 6MWD. We hypothesized that future reduction of 6MWD in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) was more closely associated with cardiac dysfunction. We prospectively performed standard clinical and echocardiographic evaluations in SSc patients with the 6-minute walk test at enrollment. Features associated with the 6MWD were sought in a multiple linear regression analysis and compared using standardized β...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532620/real-time-monitoring-of-methane-oxidation-in-a-simulated-landfill-cover-soil-and-miseq-pyrosequencing-analysis-of-the-related-bacterial-community-structure
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Zhilin Xing, Tiantao Zhao, Yanhui Gao, Zhi He, Lijie Zhang, Xuya Peng, Liyan Song
Real-time CH4 oxidation in a landfill cover soil was studied using automated gas sampling that determined biogas (CH4 and CO2) and O2 concentrations at various depths in a simulated landfill cover soil (SLCS) column reactor. The real-time monitoring system obtained more than 10,000 biogas (CH4 and CO2) and O2 data points covering 32 steady states of CH4 oxidation with 32 different CH4 fluxes (0.2-125mol·m(-2)·d(-1)). The kinetics of CH4 oxidation at different depths (0-20cm, 20-40cm, and 40-60cm) of SLCS were well fit by a CH4-O2 dual-substrate model based on 32 values (averaged, n=5-15) of equilibrated CH4 concentrations...
May 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532449/the-factor-structures-and-correlates-of-ptsd-in-post-conflict-timor-leste-an-analysis-of-the-harvard-trauma-questionnaire
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Alvin Kuowei Tay, Mohammed Mohsin, Susan Rees, Zachary Steel, Natalino Tam, Zelia Soares, Jessica Baker, Derrick Silove
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most widely assessed form of mental distress in cross-cultural studies conducted amongst populations exposed to mass conflict and displacement. Nevertheless, there have been longstanding concerns about the universality of PTSD as a diagnostic category when applied across cultures. One approach to examining this question is to assess whether the same factor structure can be identified in culturally diverse populations as has been described in populations of western societies...
May 22, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532387/robust-estimation-of-the-expected-survival-probabilities-from-high-dimensional-cox-models-with-biomarker-by-treatment-interactions-in-randomized-clinical-trials
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Nils Ternès, Federico Rotolo, Stefan Michiels
BACKGROUND: Thanks to the advances in genomics and targeted treatments, more and more prediction models based on biomarkers are being developed to predict potential benefit from treatments in a randomized clinical trial. Despite the methodological framework for the development and validation of prediction models in a high-dimensional setting is getting more and more established, no clear guidance exists yet on how to estimate expected survival probabilities in a penalized model with biomarker-by-treatment interactions...
May 22, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532263/establishment-and-assessment-of-a-novel-in-vitro-bio-pk-pd-system-in-predicting-the-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-cyclophosphamide
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Shanshan Tong, Hong Sun, Caifu Xue, Hanmei Chen, Jing Liu, Huiying Yang, Ning Zhou, Xiaoqiang Xiang, Weimin Cai
1. A novel bio-pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) system was established and assessed in predicting the PK parameters and PD effects of the model drug cyclophosphamide (CP) considering the interrelationships between drug metabolism, pharmacological effects and dynamic blood circulation processes in vitro. 2. The system contains a peristaltic pump, a reaction chamber with rat liver microsomes (RLMs) encapsulated in pluronic F127-acrylamide-bisacrylamide (FAB) hydrogels, an effector cell chamber and a recirculating pipeline...
May 23, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532207/tutorial-on-biostatistics-statistical-analysis-for-correlated-binary-eye-data
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Gui-Shuang Ying, Maureen G Maguire, Robert Glynn, Bernard Rosner
PURPOSE: To describe and demonstrate methods for analyzing correlated binary eye data. METHODS: We describe non-model based (McNemar's test, Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test) and model-based methods (generalized linear mixed effects model, marginal model) for analyses involving both eyes. These methods were applied to: (1) CAPT (Complications of Age-related Macular Degeneration Prevention Trial) where one eye was treated and the other observed (paired design); (2) ETROP (Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity) where bilaterally affected infants had one eye treated conventionally and the other treated early and unilaterally affected infants had treatment assigned randomly; and (3) AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) where treatment was systemic and outcome was eye-specific (both eyes in the same treatment group)...
May 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531651/synthesis-and-characterization-of-au-nps-supported-on-carbon-nanotubes-application-for-the-ultrasound-assisted-removal-of-radioactive-uo2-2-ions-following-complexation-with-arsenazo-iii-spectrophotometric-detection-optimization-isotherm-and-kinetic-study
#17
Mohammad Hassan Omidi, Farshid Nasiri Azad, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi Azqhandi, Lobat Tayebi
The present study devoted to description of efficient removal of radioactive UO2(2+) ions (U(IV)) via complexation with Arsenazo III (ARS III) accelerated by ultrasound-assisted adsorption onto the Au-NPs supported on carbon nanotubes (Au-NPs-CNTs), which were characterized by conventional techniques such as FESEM, EDS and XRD. Central composite design (CCD) employed to model contribution of parameters viz. pH (2.5-8.5), adsorbent mass (5-25mg), UO2(2+) concentration (5-25mgL(-1)) and sonication time (1-5min) onto response...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
#18
Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531203/potential-health-gains-for-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-in-daily-clinical-practice-a-real-world-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-sequential-first-and-second-line-treatments
#19
S De Groot, H M Blommestein, W K Redekop, S Sleijfer, L A L M Kiemeney, E Oosterwijk, C A Uyl-de Groot
INTRODUCTION: Randomised controlled trials have shown that targeted therapies like sunitinib are effective in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Little is known about the current use of these therapies, and their associated costs and effects in daily clinical practice. We estimated the real-world cost-effectiveness of different treatment strategies comprising one or more sequentially administered drugs. METHODS: Analyses were performed using patient-level data from a Dutch population-based registry including patients diagnosed with primary mRCC from January 2008 to December 2010 (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531158/impact-analysis-of-flow-shaping-in-ethernet-avb-tsn-and-afdx-from-network-calculus-and-simulation-perspective
#20
Feng He, Lin Zhao, Ershuai Li
Ethernet-AVB/TSN (Audio Video Bridging/Time-Sensitive Networking) and AFDX (Avionics Full DupleX switched Ethernet) are switched Ethernet technologies, which are both candidates for real-time communication in the context of transportation systems. AFDX implements a fixed priority scheduling strategy with two priority levels. Ethernet-AVB/TSN supports a similar fixed priority scheduling with an additional Credit-Based Shaper (CBS) mechanism. Besides, TSN can support time-triggered scheduling strategy. One direct effect of CBS mechanism is to increase the delay of its flows while decreasing the delay of other priority ones...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
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