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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920278/a-meta-analysis-of-the-association-of-serum-ischemia-modified-albumin-levels-with%C3%A2-human-hypothyroidism-and-hyperthyroidism
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Varikasuvu Seshadri Reddy, Suman Bukke, Khageshwar Mahato, Vinod Kumar, Netala Vasudeva Reddy, Manne Munikumar
BACKGROUND: Serum levels of ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) have been studied as a novel and simple measure of oxidative stress (OXS) in different thyroid pathologies. However, results of available studies in the literature were not consistent. This meta-analysis was attempted to quantify the overall effect size for serum IMA levels in human hypothyroidism (HT) and hyperthyroidism (HYT) and to study its associations with the thyroid profile. METHODS: Databases of PubMed/Medline, EMBASE, Google Scholar, Web of Science and Science Direct were searched for articles...
December 5, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919295/advances-in-intelligence-research-what-should-be-expected-in-the-xxi-century-questions-answers
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Roberto Colom
Here I briefly delineate my view about the main question of this International Seminar, namely, what should we expecting from the XXI Century regarding the advancements in intelligence research. This view can be summarized as 'The Brain Connection' (TBC), meaning that neuroscience will be of paramount relevance for increasing our current knowledge related to the key question: why are some people smarter than others? We need answers to the issue of what happens in our brains when the genotype and the environment are integrated...
December 6, 2016: Spanish Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918177/big-data-in-psychology-introduction-to-the-special-issue
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Lisa L Harlow, Frederick L Oswald
The introduction to this special issue on psychological research involving big data summarizes the highlights of 10 articles that address a number of important and inspiring perspectives, issues, and applications. Four common themes that emerge in the articles with respect to psychological research conducted in the area of big data are mentioned, including: (a) The benefits of collaboration across disciplines, such as those in the social sciences, applied statistics, and computer science. Doing so assists in grounding big data research in sound theory and practice, as well as in affording effective data retrieval and analysis...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915982/molecular-cellular-and-pharmaceutical-aspects-of-bone-grafting-materials-and-membranes-during-maxillary-sinus-lift-procedures-part-2-detailed-characteristics-of-the-materials
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Giovanna Iezzi, Adriano Piatelli, Alessandra Giuliani, Carlo Mangano, Antonio Barone, Licia Manzon, Marco Degidi, Antonio Scarano, Antonella Filippone, Vittoria Perrotti
Various grafts or combination of bone substitute materials have been used in sinus lift procedures. Currently, ongoing developments in several disciplines, from molecular biology and chemistry to computer science and engineering, have contributed to the understanding of biological processes leading to bone healing after the use of bone substitute materials (BSBs) and therefore of the behavior of BSBs. The understanding of the properties of each graft enables individual treatment concepts and therefore allows shift from a simple replacement material to the modern concept of an individually created composite biomaterial...
December 1, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914045/achievements-and-challenges-in-computational-protein-design
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Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD), a yet evolving field, includes computer-aided engineering for partial or full de novo designs of proteins of interest. Designs are defined by a requested structure, function, or working environment. This chapter describes the birth and maturation of the field by presenting 101 CPD examples in a chronological order emphasizing achievements and pending challenges. Integrating these aspects presents the plethora of CPD approaches with the hope of providing a "CPD 101". These reflect on the broader structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics field and include: (1) integration of knowledge-based and energy-based methods, (2) hierarchical designated approach towards local, regional, and global motifs and the integration of high- and low-resolution design schemes that fit each such region, (3) systematic differential approaches towards different protein regions, (4) identification of key hot-spot residues and the relative effect of remote regions, (5) assessment of shape-complementarity, electrostatics and solvation effects, (6) integration of thermal plasticity and functional dynamics, (7) negative design, (8) systematic integration of experimental approaches, (9) objective cross-assessment of methods, and (10) successful ranking of potential designs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914044/the-framework-of-computational-protein-design
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Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD) has established itself as a leading field in basic and applied science with a strong coupling between the two. Proteins are computationally designed from the level of amino acids to the level of a functional protein complex. Design targets range from increased thermo- (or other) stability to specific requested reactions such as protein-protein binding, enzymatic reactions, or nanotechnology applications. The design scheme may encompass small regions of the proteins or the entire protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
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Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913029/pharmacovigilance-and-biomedical-informatics-a-model-for-future-development
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Paul Beninger, Michael A Ibara
PURPOSE: The discipline of pharmacovigilance is rooted in the aftermath of the thalidomide tragedy of 1961. It has evolved as a result of collaborative efforts by many individuals and organizations, including physicians, patients, Health Authorities, universities, industry, the World Health Organization, the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, and the International Conference on Harmonisation. Biomedical informatics is rooted in technologically based methodologies and has evolved at the speed of computer technology...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912962/the-influence-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-constitutions-on-the-potential-repair-capacity-after-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head
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Tong Yu, Zhennan Zhang, Limin Xie, Xun Ke, Yang Liu
OBJECTIVES: To explore the effects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) constitutions on repair capacity after osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). DESIGN AND SETTING: Ninety-six patients with TCM constitutions of yang-deficiency, dampness-heat and/or blood-stasis were recruited from the orthopedic outpatient clinic of the Guang'anmen Hospital of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Science. Each patient underwent computed tomography (CT) examination of the hips, and CAD software was used to estimate proximal sclerosis ratios based on the CT images...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910820/4d-bioprinting-the-next-generation-technology-for-biofabrication-enabled-by-stimuli-responsive-materials
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Yi-Chen Li, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Akpek, Su Ryon Shin, Ali Khademhosseini
Four-dimensional (4D) bioprinting, encompassing a wide range of disciplines including bioengineering, materials science, chemistry, and computer sciences, is emerging as the next-generation biofabrication technology. By utilizing stimuli-responsive materials and advanced three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategies, 4D bioprinting aims to create dynamic 3D patterned biological structures that can transform their shapes or behavior under various stimuli. In this review, we highlight the potential use of various stimuli-responsive materials for 4D printing and their extension into biofabrication...
December 2, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910417/new-numerical-simulation-method-to-calibrate-the-regular-hexagonal-nai-tl-detector-with-radioactive-point-sources-situated-non-axial
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Ayman Hamzawy, Dimitar N Grozdanov, Mohamed S Badawi, Fuad A Aliyev, Abouzeid A Thabet, Mahmoud I Abbas, Ivan N Ruskov, Ahmed M El-Khatib, Yuri N Kopatch, Mona M Gouda
Scintillation crystals are usually used for detection of energetic photons at room temperature in high energy and nuclear physics research, non-destructive analysis of materials testing, safeguards, nuclear treaty verification, geological exploration, and medical imaging. Therefore, new designs and construction of radioactive beam facilities are coming on-line with these science brunches. A good number of researchers are investigating the efficiency of the γ-ray detectors to improve the models and techniques used in order to deal with the most pressing problems in physics research today...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910103/reliability-and-concurrent-validity-of-a-new-iphone-%C3%A2-goniometric-application-for-measuring-active-wrist-range-of-motion-a-cross-sectional-study-in-asymptomatic-subjects
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Mohammad Reza Pourahmadi, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani, Javad Sarrafzadeh, Mehrdad Bahramian, Mohammad Ali Mohseni-Bandpei, Fatemeh Rajabzadeh, Morteza Taghipour
Measurement of wrist range of motion (ROM) is often considered to be an essential component of wrist physical examination. The measurement can be carried out through various instruments such as goniometers and inclinometers. Recent smartphones have been equipped with accelerometers and magnetometers, which, through specific software applications (apps) can be used for goniometric functions. This study, for the first time, aimed to evaluate the reliability and concurrent validity of a new smartphone goniometric app (Goniometer Pro©) for measuring active wrist ROM...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909510/interactive-in-vitro-training-in-physics-of-radiofrequency-ablation-for-physicians-and-medical-engineering-students
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Haber T, Kleister G, Selman B, Härtig J, Melichercik J, Ismer B
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation requires a complex set of devices as well as profound electrophysiological experience and substantial knowledge of physical science basics. To establish RF ablation in-vitro teaching-system, six workstations were equipped with computer-controlled RF ablation generators. Universal connection boxes allow ablation-essays with catheters of different make and model. Special wetlabs were developed combining a basin containing isotonic saline solution with a thermostat and a pump to simulate blood flow...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909400/the-demise-of-the-synapse-as-the-locus-of-memory-a-looming-paradigm-shift
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Patrick C Trettenbrein
Synaptic plasticity is widely considered to be the neurobiological basis of learning and memory by neuroscientists and researchers in adjacent fields, though diverging opinions are increasingly being recognized. From the perspective of what we might call "classical cognitive science" it has always been understood that the mind/brain is to be considered a computational-representational system. Proponents of the information-processing approach to cognitive science have long been critical of connectionist or network approaches to (neuro-)cognitive architecture, pointing to the shortcomings of the associative psychology that underlies Hebbian learning as well as to the fact that synapses are practically unfit to implement symbols...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908033/an-axisymmetric-time-domain-spectral-element-method-for-full-wave-simulations-application-to-ocean-acoustics
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Alexis Bottero, Paul Cristini, Dimitri Komatitsch, Mark Asch
The numerical simulation of acoustic waves in complex three-dimensional (3D) media is a key topic in many branches of science, from exploration geophysics to non-destructive testing and medical imaging. With the drastic increase in computing capabilities this field has dramatically grown in the last 20 years. However many 3D computations, especially at high frequency and/or long range, are still far beyond current reach and force researchers to resort to approximations, for example, by working in two dimensions (plane strain) or by using a paraxial approximation...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907811/using-the-oases-a-to-illustrate-how-network-analysis-can-be-applied-to-understand-the-experience-of-stuttering
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Cynthia S Q Siew, Kristin M Pelczarski, J Scott Yaruss, Michael S Vitevitch
PURPOSE: Network science uses mathematical and computational techniques to examine how individual entities in a system, represented by nodes, interact, as represented by connections between nodes. This approach has been used by Cramer et al. (2010) to make "symptom networks" to examine various psychological disorders. In the present analysis we examined a network created from the items in the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering-Adult (OASES-A), a commonly used measure for evaluating adverse impact in the lives of people who stutter...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906071/are-digital-interventions-for-smoking-cessation-in-pregnancy-effective-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Sarah Ellen Griffiths, Katherine E Brown, Emily Anne Fulton, Ildiko Tombor, Felix Naughton
BACKGROUND: Behavioural support for smoking cessation in pregnancy can be effective; however, many pregnant women face barriers to seeking support to stop smoking. Some digital interventions have been found to be effective for smoking cessation in the general population and may be effective for supporting cessation in pregnancy due to their flexibility and the potential for personalisation. To date, there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of digital interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy...
December 1, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905056/principal-covariates-clusterwise-regression-pccr-accounting-for-multicollinearity-and-population-heterogeneity-in-hierarchically-organized-data
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Tom Frans Wilderjans, Eva Vande Gaer, Henk A L Kiers, Iven Van Mechelen, Eva Ceulemans
In the behavioral sciences, many research questions pertain to a regression problem in that one wants to predict a criterion on the basis of a number of predictors. Although in many cases, ordinary least squares regression will suffice, sometimes the prediction problem is more challenging, for three reasons: first, multiple highly collinear predictors can be available, making it difficult to grasp their mutual relations as well as their relations to the criterion. In that case, it may be very useful to reduce the predictors to a few summary variables, on which one regresses the criterion and which at the same time yields insight into the predictor structure...
November 30, 2016: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902616/diagnostic-accuracy-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-assay-for-tuberculous-pleurisy-a-prisma-compliant-meta-analysis
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Min Li, Zhuang Luo, Wenye Zhu, Rana Sami Ullah Khan, Saeed Ummai Ummair, Shaoqing Shi
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of tuberculous pleurisy is difficult and traditional methods are not always helpful. Many studies have focused on the tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) assay in pleural effusion for the diagnosis of tuberculous pleurisy, but the results remain controversial. This meta-analysis was conducted to determine the overall diagnostic accuracy of TNF-α. METHODS: Relevant studies were searched from PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wangfang, and Weipu...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900742/-precision-nursing-individual-based-knowledge-translation
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Li-Chi Chiang, Mei-Ling Yeh, Sui-Lung Su
U.S. President Obama announced a new era of precision medicine in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). This initiative aims to accelerate the progress of personalized medicine in light of individual requirements for prevention and treatment in order to improve the state of individual and public health. The recent and dramatic development of large-scale biologic databases (such as the human genome sequence), powerful methods for characterizing patients (such as genomics, microbiome, diverse biomarkers, and even pharmacogenomics), and computational tools for analyzing big data are maximizing the potential benefits of precision medicine...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
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