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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535308/invited-commentary-the-contribution-to-the-field-of-nutritional-epidemiology-of-the-landmark-1985-publication-by-willett-et-al
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Amy F Subar, Lawrence H Kushi, Jennifer L Lerman, Laurence S Freedman
The semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) has been the primary source of dietary exposure data in epidemiology for decades. Although frequency instruments had been evaluated before the 1985 publication "Reproducibility and Validity of a Semiquantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire" by Willett et al. (Am J Epidemiol. 1985;122(1):51-65), that paper was the prototype for the development and validation of what was then a highly innovative method for collecting dietary data. This approach was adopted in nearly all subsequent cohort studies of diet and disease...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535293/invited-commentary-a-landmark-study-launched-in-a-public-health-maelstrom
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Eric A Engels, Charles S Rabkin, James J Goedert
The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic was first recognized in 1981, and it quickly became a public health emergency. In a 1987 paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Am J Epidemiol. 1987;126(2): 310-318), Richard Kaslow et al. described the launch of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), a cohort study of homosexual men in 4 US cities, the purpose of which was to better understand the natural history of AIDS and its determinants. The MACS enrolled participants through a range of community contacts...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534798/alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-using-landmark-based-features-from-longitudinal-structural-mr-images
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Jun Zhang, Mingxia Liu, Le An, Yaozong Gao, Dinggang Shen
Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been proven to be an effective tool for Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis. While conventional MRI-based AD diagnosis typically uses images acquired at a single time point, a longitudinal study is more sensitive in detecting early pathological changes of AD, making it more favorable for accurate diagnosis. In general, there are two challenges faced in MRI-based diagnosis. First, extracting features from structural MR images requires timeconsuming nonlinear registration and tissue segmentation, whereas the longitudinal study with involvement of more scans further exacerbates the computational costs...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531135/aekf-slam-a-new-algorithm-for-robotic-underwater-navigation
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Xin Yuan, José-Fernán Martínez-Ortega, José Antonio Sánchez Fernández, Martina Eckert
In this work, we focus on key topics related to underwater Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) applications. Moreover, a detailed review of major studies in the literature and our proposed solutions for addressing the problem are presented. The main goal of this paper is the enhancement of the accuracy and robustness of the SLAM-based navigation problem for underwater robotics with low computational costs. Therefore, we present a new method called AEKF-SLAM that employs an Augmented Extended Kalman Filter (AEKF)-based SLAM algorithm...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516966/expanded-transcanal-transpromontorial-approach-to-the-internal-auditory-canal-and-cerebellopontine-angle-a-cadaveric-study
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L Presutti, M Bonali, D Marchioni, G Pavesi, A Feletti, L Anschuetz, M Alicandri-Ciufelli
The aim of this paper is to describe and evaluate the feasibility of an expanded endoscopic transcanal transpromotorial approach (ExpTTA) to the internal auditory canal and the cerebellopontine angle. To this end, we performed a cadaveric dissection study in September 2015. In total, 2 heads (4 sides) were dissected focusing on anatomical landmarks and surgical feasibility. Data from dissections were reviewed and analysed for further consideration. In all 4 sides of the cadavers the procedure was feasible. In all cadavers, it was necessary to extensively drill the temporo-mandibular joint and to calibrate the external ear canal to allow adequate room to manoeuver the instruments and optics and to comfortably access the cerebellopontine angle...
June 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512467/extra-facial-landmark-localization-via-global-shape-reconstruction
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Shuqiu Tan, Dongyi Chen, Chenggang Guo, Zhiqi Huang
Localizing facial landmarks is a popular topic in the field of face analysis. However, problems arose in practical applications such as handling pose variations and partial occlusions while maintaining moderate training model size and computational efficiency still challenges current solutions. In this paper, we present a global shape reconstruction method for locating extra facial landmarks comparing to facial landmarks used in the training phase. In the proposed method, the reduced configuration of facial landmarks is first decomposed into corresponding sparse coefficients...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511514/evaluation-of-relative-position-of-mandibular-foramen-in-children-as-a-reference-for-inferior-alveolar-nerve-block-using-orthopantamograph
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Navin Hadadi Krishnamurthy, Surej Unnikrishnan, Jaya Agali Ramachandra, Veena Arali
INTRODUCTION: The Mandibular Foramen (MF) is a landmark for administering local anaesthetic solution for Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block (IANB). The position of MF shows considerable variation among different ethnicity, ages and on either sides even within the same individual. Failure to achieve IANB leading to repeated injection of the local anaesthetic solution will not only pose a behaviour problem in children but can also lead to systemic toxic level of anaesthetic solution being administered...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511068/biotechnology-and-the-transformation-of-vaccine-innovation-the-case-of-the-hepatitis-b-vaccines-1968-2000
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Farah Huzair, Steve Sturdy
The approval, from 1986, of a series of recombinant hepatitis B vaccines was a landmark both in the growth of biotechnology and in the development of the vaccine innovation system. In this paper, we show how the early development of the hepatitis B vaccines was shaped by a political and economic context that newly favoured commercialisation of academic research, including the appropriation and management of intellectual property; we elucidate the contingent interests and motivations that led new biotechnology companies and established pharmaceutical businesses to invest in developing recombinant vaccines specifically against hepatitis B; and we show how these and other factors combined to make those vaccines an unexpected commercial success...
May 13, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489534/dynamic-2-d-3-d-rigid-registration-framework-using-point-to-plane-correspondence-model
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Jian Wang, Roman Schaffert, Anja Borsdorf, Benno Heigl, Xiaolin Huang, Joachim Hornegger, Andreas Maier
In image-guided interventional procedures, live 2-D X-ray images can be augmented with preoperative 3-D CT or MRI images to provide planning landmarks and enhanced spatial perception. An accurate alignment between the 3-D and 2-D images is a prerequisite for fusion applications. This paper presents a dynamic rigid 2-D/3-D registration framework, which measures the local 3-D-to-2-D misalignment and efficiently constrains the update of both planar and non-planar 3-D rigid transformations using a novel point-to-plane correspondence model...
May 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478931/sun-exposure-and-skin-cancer-and-the-puzzle-of-cutaneous-melanoma-a-perspective-on-fears-et-al-mathematical-models-of-age-and-ultraviolet-effects-on-the-incidence-of-skin-cancer-among-whites-in-the-united-states-american-journal-of-epidemiology-1977-105-420
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Bruce K Armstrong, Anne E Cust
Sunlight has been known as an important cause of skin cancer since around the turn of the 20th Century. A 1977 landmark paper of US scientists Fears, Scotto, and Schneiderman advanced a novel hypothesis whereby cutaneous melanoma was primarily caused by intermittent sun exposure (i.e. periodic, brief episodes of exposure to high-intensity ultraviolet radiation) while the keratinocyte cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, were primarily caused by progressive accumulation of sun exposure...
May 3, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477340/a-neural-network-approach-for-fast-automated-quantification-of-dir-performance
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John Neylon, Yugang Min, Daniel A Low, Anand Santhanam
PURPOSE: A critical step in adaptive radiotherapy (ART) workflow is deformably registering the simulation CT with the daily or weekly volumetric imaging. Quantifying the deformable image registration accuracy under these circumstances is a complex task due to the lack of known ground-truth landmark correspondences between the source data and target data. Generating landmarks manually (using experts) is time-consuming, and limited by image quality and observer variability. While image similarity metrics (ISM) may be used as an alternative approach to quantify the registration error, there is a need to characterize the ISM values by developing a non-linear cost function and translate them to physical distance measures in order to enable fast, quantitative comparison of registration performance...
May 5, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476463/prefrontal-hippocampal-interactions-for-spatial-navigation
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REVIEW
Hiroshi T Ito
Animals have the ability to navigate to a desired location by making use of information about environmental landmarks and their own movements. While decades of neuroscience research have identified neurons in the hippocampus and parahippocampal structures that represent an animal's position in space, it is still largely unclear how an animal can choose the next movement direction to reach a desired goal. As the goal destination is typically located somewhere outside of the range of sensory perception, the animal is required to rely on the internal metric of space to estimate the direction and distance of the destination to plan a next action...
May 2, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475250/iv-developments-in-the-analysis-of-longitudinal-data
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Kevin J Grimm, Pega Davoudzadeh, Nilam Ram
Longitudinal data analytic techniques include a complex array of statistical techniques from repeated-measures analysis of variance, mixed-effects models, and time-series analysis, to longitudinal latent variable models (e.g., growth models, dynamic factor models) and mixture models (longitudinal latent profile analysis, growth mixture models). In this article, we focus our attention on the rationales of longitudinal research laid out by Baltes and Nesselroade (1979) and discuss the advancements in the analysis of longitudinal data since their landmark paper...
June 2017: Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463620/robotic-versus-fluoroscopy-guided-pedicle-screw-insertion-for-metastatic-spinal-disease-a-matched-cohort-comparison
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Volodymyr Solomiichuk, Julius Fleischhammer, Granit Molliqaj, Jwad Warda, Awad Alaid, Kajetan von Eckardstein, Karl Schaller, Enrico Tessitore, Veit Rohde, Bawarjan Schatlo
OBJECTIVE Robot-guided pedicle screw placement is an established technique for the placement of pedicle screws. However, most studies have focused on degenerative disease. In this paper, the authors focus on metastatic spinal disease, which is associated with osteolysis. The associated lack of dense bone may potentially affect the automatic recognition accuracy of radiography-based surgical assistance systems. The aim of the present study is to compare the accuracy of the SpineAssist robot system with conventional fluoroscopy-guided pedicle screw placement for thoracolumbar metastatic spinal disease...
May 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458088/a-hybrid-patient-specific-biomechanical-model-based-image-registration-method-for-the-motion-estimation-of-lungs
#15
Lianghao Han, Hua Dong, Jamie R McClelland, Liangxiu Han, David J Hawkes, Dean C Barratt
This paper presents a new hybrid biomechanical model-based non-rigid image registration method for lung motion estimation. In the proposed method, a patient-specific biomechanical modelling process captures major physically realistic deformations with explicit physical modelling of sliding motion, whilst a subsequent non-rigid image registration process compensates for small residuals. The proposed algorithm was evaluated with 10 4D CT datasets of lung cancer patients. The target registration error (TRE), defined as the Euclidean distance of landmark pairs, was significantly lower with the proposed method (TRE = 1...
April 19, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456332/cat-maus-a-novel-system-for-true-dynamic-motion-measurement-of-underlying-bony-structures-with-compensation-for-soft-tissue-movement
#16
Rui Jia, Paul Monk, David Murray, J Alison Noble, Stephen Mellon
Optoelectronic motion capture systems are widely employed to measure the movement of human joints. However, there can be a significant discrepancy between the data obtained by a motion capture system (MCS) and the actual movement of underlying bony structures, which is attributed to soft tissue artefact. In this paper, a computer-aided tracking and motion analysis with ultrasound (CAT & MAUS) system with an augmented globally optimal registration algorithm is presented to dynamically track the underlying bony structure during movement...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451703/-inflammatory-cardiomyopathy-and-myocarditis
#17
B Maisch, A D Ristic, S Pankuweit
We describe diagnosis, differential diagnosis, multimodality imaging and medical and invasive diagnostic treatment in patients with inflammatory cardiomyopathy and myocarditis under etiological considerations in reference to a landmark position paper of the Working Group Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology together with recent developments in diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis of the symptomatic patient is the assessment of etiology of inflammatory cardiomyopathy, followed by the clinical presentation, course, treatment option and prognosis...
April 27, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446256/innovation-informed-consent-health-research-and-the-supreme-court-montgomery-v-lanarkshire-a-brave-new-world
#18
Jean V McHale
The Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire ([2015] UKSC11) has been hailed as a landmark not least because the Court enshrines the doctrine of informed consent formally into English law for the first time in relation to medical treatment. This paper explores the decision in Montgomery. It examines what its implications may be in the future for the consent process in relation to health research and innovative treatment and whether it may prove a watershed moment leading to changing dialogues and expectations in relation to consent...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431275/learning-non-rigid-deformations-for-robust-constrained-point-based-registration-in-image-guided-mr-trus-prostate-intervention
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John A Onofrey, Lawrence H Staib, Saradwata Sarkar, Rajesh Venkataraman, Cayce B Nawaf, Preston C Sprenkle, Xenophon Papademetris
Accurate and robust non-rigid registration of pre-procedure magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to intra-procedure trans-rectal ultrasound (TRUS) is critical for image-guided biopsies of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. TRUS-guided biopsy is the current clinical standard for prostate cancer diagnosis and assessment. State-of-the-art, clinical MR-TRUS image fusion relies upon semi-automated segmentations of the prostate in both the MR and the TRUS images to perform non-rigid surface-based registration of the gland...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426520/nursing-practice-research-and-education-in-the-west-the-best-is-yet-to-come
#20
Heather M Young, Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Linda Sarna
PURPOSE: This paper celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Western Institute of Nursing, the nursing organization representing 13 states in the Western United States, and envisions a preferred future for nursing practice, research, and education. BACKGROUND: Three landmark calls to action contribute to transforming nursing and healthcare: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; the Institute of Medicine report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; and the report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing...
May 2017: Nursing Research
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