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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231337/4d-dose-simulation-in-volumetric-arc-therapy-accuracy-and-affecting-parameters
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Thilo Sothmann, Tobias Gauer, René Werner
Radiotherapy of lung and liver lesions has changed from normofractioned 3D-CRT to stereotactic treatment in a single or few fractions, often employing volumetric arc therapy (VMAT)-based techniques. Potential unintended interference of respiratory target motion and dynamically changing beam parameters during VMAT dose delivery motivates establishing 4D quality assurance (4D QA) procedures to assess appropriateness of generated VMAT treatment plans when taking into account patient-specific motion characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
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Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229553/chronotype-differences-in-timing-of-energy-and-macronutrient-intakes-a-population-based-study-in-adults
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Mirkka Maukonen, Noora Kanerva, Timo Partonen, Erkki Kronholm, Heli Tapanainen, Jukka Kontto, Satu Männistö
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between chronotype and timing of energy and macronutrient intakes in adults. METHODS: The study sample included 1,854 participants from the National FINRISK 2007 and FINDIET 2007 studies, aged 25 to 74 years. Diet was assessed with 48-hour dietary recalls. Chronotype was assessed with a shortened version of Horne and Östberg's Morningness-eveningness Questionnaire. Associations between chronotype and intakes of energy and macronutrients in the morning (by 10 am) and in the evening (after 8 pm) were analyzed with linear regression and ANOVA followed by Bonferroni post hoc test...
March 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229396/statistical-approaches-to-longitudinal-data-analysis-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-huntington-s-disease-as-a-model
#4
REVIEW
Tanya P Garcia, Karen Marder
Understanding the overall progression of neurodegenerative diseases is critical to the timing of therapeutic interventions and design of effective clinical trials. Disease progression can be assessed with longitudinal study designs in which outcomes are measured repeatedly over time and are assessed with respect to risk factors, either measured repeatedly or at baseline. Longitudinal data allows researchers to assess temporal disease aspects, but the analysis is complicated by complex correlation structures, irregularly spaced visits, missing data, and mixtures of time-varying and static covariate effects...
February 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229302/tremor-analysis-separates-parkinson-s-disease-and-dopamine-receptor-blockers-induced-parkinsonism
#5
Aasef G Shaikh
Parkinson's disease, the most common cause of parkinsonism is often difficult to distinguish from its second most common etiology due to exposure to dopamine receptor blocking agents such as antiemetics and neuroleptics. Dual axis accelerometry was used to quantify tremor in 158 patients with parkinsonism; 62 had Parkinson's disease and 96 were clinically diagnosed with dopamine receptor blocking agent-induced parkinsonism. Tremor was measured while subjects rested arms (resting tremor), outstretched arms in front (postural tremor), and reached a target (kinetic tremor)...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228894/osteolipoma-of-the-knee
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Tien-Phat V Huynh, Cara A Cipriano, Ian S Hagemann, Michael V Friedman
A case of a right knee intra-articular osteolipoma in a 64-year-old man is reported. The patient presented for evaluation of a 1-year history of nontraumatic, mechanically-exacerbated, medial-sided right knee pain. Radiographs demonstrated a partially calcified 3.0 cm mass anterior to the distal medial femur at the suprapatellar fossa. Magnetic resonance imaging examination confirmed a 4.0 × 3.6 cm well-circumscribed mass deep to the medial patellofemoral ligament, with predominantly fat characteristics on T1-weighted and T2-weighted sequences...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228731/increased-hemodynamic-load-in-early-embryonic-stages-alters-endocardial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Madeline Midgett, Claudia S López, Larry David, Alina Maloyan, Sandra Rugonyi
Normal blood flow is essential for proper heart formation during embryonic development, as abnormal hemodynamic load (blood pressure and shear stress) results in cardiac defects seen in congenital heart disease. However, the progressive detrimental remodeling processes that relate altered blood flow to cardiac defects remain unclear. Endothelial-mesenchymal cell transition is one of the many complex developmental events involved in transforming the early embryonic outflow tract into the aorta, pulmonary trunk, interventricular septum, and semilunar valves...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228513/shape-matters-animal-colour-patterns-as-signals-of-individual-quality
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REVIEW
Lorenzo Pérez-Rodríguez, Roger Jovani, Martin Stevens
Colour patterns (e.g. irregular, spotted or barred forms) are widespread in the animal kingdom, yet their potential role as signals of quality has been mostly neglected. However, a review of the published literature reveals that pattern itself (irrespective of its size or colour intensity) is a promising signal of individual quality across species of many different taxa. We propose at least four main pathways whereby patterns may reliably reflect individual quality: (i) as conventional signals of status, (ii) as indices of developmental homeostasis, (iii) by amplifying cues of somatic integrity and (iv) by amplifying individual investment in maintenance activities...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228453/impaired-health-status-psychological-distress-and-personality-in-women-and-men-with-nonobstructive-coronary-artery-disease-sex-and-gender-differences-the-twist-tweesteden-mild-stenosis-study
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Paula M C Mommersteeg, Lindy Arts, Wobbe Zijlstra, Jos W Widdershoven, Wilbert Aarnoudse, Johan Denollet
BACKGROUND: Patients with nonobstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD; wall irregularities, stenosis <60%), and women with NOCAD in particular, remain underinvestigated. We examined sex and gender (S&G) differences in health status, psychological distress, and personality between patients with NOCAD and the general population, as well as S&G differences within the NOCAD population. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 523 patients with NOCAD (61±9 years, 52% women) were included via coronary angiography and computed tomography as part of the TWIST (Tweesteden Mild Stenosis) study...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228153/assessment-of-axillary-temperature-for-the-evaluation-of-normal-body-temperature-of-healthy-young-adults-at-rest-in-a-thermoneutral-environment
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Shuri Marui, Ayaka Misawa, Yuki Tanaka, Kei Nagashima
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate whether recently introduced methods of measuring axillary temperature are reliable, (2) examine if individuals know their baseline body temperature based on an actual measurement, and (3) assess the factors affecting axillary temperature and reevaluate the meaning of the axillary temperature. METHODS: Subjects were healthy young men and women (n = 76 and n = 65, respectively). Three measurements were obtained: (1) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a predictive mode requiring 10 s (T ax-10 s), (2) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a standard mode requiring 10 min (T ax-10 min), and (3) tympanic membrane temperature continuously measured by infrared thermometry (T ty)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227979/dispersion-entropy-for-the-analysis-of-resting-state-meg-regularity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Hamed Azami, Mostafa Rostaghi, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Hamed Azami, Mostafa Rostaghi, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Mostafa Rostaghi, Hamed Azami
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative brain disorder affecting memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. It is the most common form of dementia and a big social problem in western societies. The analysis of brain activity may help to diagnose this disease. Changes in entropy methods have been reported useful in research studies to characterize AD. We have recently proposed dispersion entropy (DisEn) as a very fast and powerful tool to quantify the irregularity of time series. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the ability of DisEn, in comparison with fuzzy entropy (FuzEn), sample entropy (SampEn), and permutation entropy (PerEn), to discriminate 36 AD patients from 26 elderly control subjects using resting-state magnetoencephalogram (MEG) signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227945/an-adaptive-and-robust-online-method-to-predict-gait-events
#12
Stefan O Schrade, Yvonne Bader, Michael R Tucker, Camila Shirota, Roger Gassert, Stefan O Schrade, Yvonne Bader, Michael R Tucker, Camila Shirota, Roger Gassert, Camila Shirota, Stefan O Schrade, Roger Gassert, Yvonne Bader, Michael R Tucker
Accurate timing of interventions during the gait cycle are critical for optimal efficacy of assistive devices, e.g., to reduce the metabolic cost of walking. However, timing control generally relies on methods that can neither account for changes in the stride duration over time due to different walking speeds, nor reject isolated abnormal strides, which could be caused by stumbling or obstacle avoidance for example. In order to address these issues, a method, named the Gait Phase Estimator (GPE), is proposed to predict temporal gait events and stride duration...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227592/saw-lc-coupled-resonator-wideband-vco-for-medical-telemetry
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Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Mark Hillig, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Madhav Venkateswaran, Brian Sutton, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts
Wireless links with implantable devices can help in real-time monitoring of symptoms, irregularities, implanted device efficacy and their reconfiguration. We present the design of a low-power wideband voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to facilitate implantable wireless telemetry. A coupled SAW-LC resonator design combines high Q and spectral purity of a SAW element and tunability of an LC-tank. The designed 2.7 MHz bandwidth VCO is suitable for full duplex communication protocols in the MedRadio band with frequency agility and higher duty cycles, in conformance with FCC regulations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227562/improving-modified-tardieu-scale-assessment-using-inertial-measurement-unit-with-visual-biofeedback
#14
Seoyoung Choi, Jonghyun Kim, Seoyoung Choi, Jonghyun Kim, Seoyoung Choi, Jonghyun Kim
Reliable spasticity assessment is important to provide appropriate intervention for spasticity. Modified Tardieu scale (MTS) assessment is simple and convenient enough to be used in clinical environment, but has poor or moderate reliability due to irregular passive stretch velocity and goniometric measurement. We proposed a novel inertial measurement unit (IMU)-based MTS assessment with gyroscope-based visual biofeedback to improve the reliability of MTS by providing regular passive stretch velocity. With five children with cerebral palsy and two raters, the IMU-based MTS assessment was compared with conventional MTS assessment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227356/dermatologist-like-feature-extraction-from-skin-lesion-for-improved-asymmetry-classification-in-ph-2-database
#15
Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Mani Abedini, Rahil Garnavi, Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Mani Abedini, Rahil Garnavi, Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Rahil Garnavi, Mani Abedini
Asymmetry is one of key characteristics for early diagnosis of melanoma according to medical algorithms such as (ABCD, CASH etc.). Besides shape information, cues such as irregular distribution of colors and structures within the lesion area are assessed by dermatologists to determine lesion asymmetry. Motivated by the clinical practices, we have used Kullback-Leibler divergence of color histogram and Structural Similarity metric as a measures of these irregularities. We have presented performance of several classifiers using these features on publicly available PH(2) dataset...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227333/memd-enhanced-multivariate-fuzzy-entropy-for-the-evaluation-of-complexity-in-biomedical-signals
#16
Hamed Azami, Keith Smith, Javier Escudero, Hamed Azami, Keith Smith, Javier Escudero, Javier Escudero, Keith Smith, Hamed Azami
Multivariate multiscale entropy (mvMSE) has been proposed as a combination of the coarse-graining process and multivariate sample entropy (mvSE) to quantify the irregularity of multivariate signals. However, both the coarse-graining process and mvSE may not be reliable for short signals. Although the coarse-graining process can be replaced with multivariate empirical mode decomposition (MEMD), the relative instability of mvSE for short signals remains a problem. Here, we address this issue by proposing the multivariate fuzzy entropy (mvFE) with a new fuzzy membership function...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227202/snoring-sound-classification-from-respiratory-signal
#17
Mehrnaz Shokrollahi, Shumit Saha, Peyman Hadi, Frank Rudzicz, Azadeh Yadollahi, Mehrnaz Shokrollahi, Shumit Saha, Peyman Hadi, Frank Rudzicz, Azadeh Yadollahi, Frank Rudzicz, Mehrnaz Shokrollahi, Azadeh Yadollahi, Peyman Hadi, Shumit Saha
Snoring is common in the general population and the irregularity could lead to the presence of Obstructive sleep apnea. Diagnosis of OSA could therefore be made by snoring sound analysis. However, there is still a shortage of robust methods to automatically detect snoring sounds without the need to calibrate for every individual. In this paper, a novel method based on neural network is proposed to classify breathing sound episodes from snoring and non-snoring sound segments. Our snore detection algorithm was applied to the tracheal sounds of nine individuals with different OSA severities...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227126/cardiac-muscle-energetics-improved-normalisation-of-heat-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#18
Ming L Cheuk, Callum M Johnston, June-Chiew Han, Denis S Loiselle, Poul M F Nielsen, Andrew J Taberner, Ming L Cheuk, Callum M Johnston, June-Chiew Han, Denis S Loiselle, Poul M F Nielsen, Andrew J Taberner, June-Chiew Han, Callum M Johnston, Poul M F Nielsen, Ming L Cheuk, Denis S Loiselle, Andrew J Taberner
Heat liberated from isolated cardiac muscle has been used to inform us of thermo-mechanical processes that occur during a contraction. However, for comparisons between different samples to be useful, the heat output needs to be normalized to volume. We have implemented an optical coherence tomograph (OCT), together with a flow-through calorimeter, to accurately determine both muscle volume and heat in the same measurement chamber. The heat rate for multiple stimulation frequencies were recorded and normalized to the volume captured by the OCT...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226610/data-driven-estimation-of-blood-pressure-using-photoplethysmographic-signals
#19
Shi Chao Gao, Peter Wittek, Li Zhao, Wen Jun Jiang, Shi Chao Gao, Peter Wittek, Li Zhao, Wen Jun Jiang, Shi Chao Gao, Peter Wittek, Li Zhao, Wen Jun Jiang
Noninvasive measurement of blood pressure by optical methods receives considerable interest, but the complexity of the measurement and the difficulty of adjusting parameters restrict applications. We develop a method for estimating the systolic and diastolic blood pressure using a single-point optical recording of a photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal. The estimation is data-driven, we use automated machine learning algorithms instead of mathematical models. Combining supervised learning with a discrete wavelet transform, the method is insensitive to minor irregularities in the PPG waveform, hence both pulse oximeters and smartphone cameras can record the signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226543/development-of-a-novel-probabilistic-algorithm-for-localization-of-rotors-during-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Prasanth Ganesan, Anthony Salmin, Elizabeth M Cherry, Behnaz Ghoraani, Prasanth Ganesan, Anthony Salmin, Elizabeth M Cherry, Behnaz Ghoraani, Elizabeth M Cherry, Prasanth Ganesan, Behnaz Ghoraani, Anthony Salmin
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications. Catheter ablation has been commonly used to destroy triggering sources of AF in the atria and consequently terminate the arrhythmia. However, efficient and accurate localization of the AF sustaining sources known as rotors is a major challenge in catheter ablation. In this paper, we developed a novel probabilistic algorithm that can adaptively guide a Lasso diagnostic catheter to locate the center of a rotor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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