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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342241/ipat-intelligent-prediction-and-association-tool-for-genomic-research
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Chunpeng James Chen, Zhiwu Zhang
Summary: The ultimate goal of genomic research is to effectively predict phenotypes from genotypes so that medical management can improve human health and molecular breeding can increase agricultural production. Genomic prediction or selection (GS) plays a complementary role to genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which is the primary method to identify genes underlying phenotypes. Unfortunately, most computing tools cannot perform data analyses for both GWAS and GS. Furthermore, the majority of these tools are executed through a command-line interface (CLI), which requires programming skills...
January 11, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342050/intraoperative-cochlear-implant-device-testing-utilizing-an-automated-remote-system-a-prospective-pilot-study
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Amanda R Lohmann, Matthew L Carlson, Douglas P Sladen
INTRODUCTION: Intraoperative cochlear implant device testing provides valuable information regarding device integrity, electrode position, and may assist with determining initial stimulation settings. Manual intraoperative device testing during cochlear implantation requires the time and expertise of a trained audiologist. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the feasibility of using automated remote intraoperative cochlear implant reverse telemetry testing as an alternative to standard testing...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341739/direct-determination-of-dynamic-properties-of-coulomb-and-yukawa-classical-one-component-plasmas
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Yu V Arkhipov, A Askaruly, A E Davletov, D Yu Dubovtsev, Z Donkó, P Hartmann, I Korolov, L Conde, I M Tkachenko
Dynamic characteristics of strongly coupled classical one-component Coulomb and Yukawa plasmas are obtained within the nonperturbative model-free moment approach without any data input from simulations so that the dynamic structure factor (DSF) satisfies the first three nonvanishing sum rules automatically. The DSF, dispersion, decay, sound speed, and other characteristics of the collective modes are determined using exclusively the static structure factor calculated from various theoretical approaches including the hypernetted chain approximation...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341651/lattice-homotopy-constraints-on-phases-of-quantum-magnets
#4
Hoi Chun Po, Haruki Watanabe, Chao-Ming Jian, Michael P Zaletel
The Lieb-Schultz-Mattis (LSM) theorem and its extensions forbid trivial phases from arising in certain quantum magnets. Constraining infrared behavior with the ultraviolet data encoded in the microscopic lattice of spins, these theorems tie the absence of spontaneous symmetry breaking to the emergence of exotic phases like quantum spin liquids. In this work, we take a new topological perspective on these theorems, by arguing they originate from an obstruction to "trivializing" the lattice under smooth, symmetric deformations, which we call the "lattice homotopy problem...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341445/automated-detection-of-preserved-photoreceptor-on-optical-coherence-tomography-in-choroideremia-based-on-machine-learning
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Zhuo Wang, Acner Camino, Ahmed M Hagag, Jie Wang, Richard G Weleber, Paul Yang, Mark E Pennesi, David Huang, Dengwang Li, Yali Jia
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can demonstrate early deterioration of the photoreceptor integrity caused by inherited retinal degeneration diseases (IRD). A machine learning method based on random forests was developed to automatically detect continuous areas of preserved ellipsoid zone structure (an easily recognizable part of the photoreceptors on OCT) in sixteen eyes of patients with choroideremia (a type of IRD). Pseudopodial extensions protruding from the preserved ellipsoid zone areas are detected separately by a local active contour routine...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341341/prediction-of-activation-patterns-preceding-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-using-machine-learning-with-structured-sparsity
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Amicie de Pierrefeu, Thomas Fovet, Fouad Hadj-Selem, Tommy Löfstedt, Philippe Ciuciu, Stephanie Lefebvre, Pierre Thomas, Renaud Lopes, Renaud Jardri, Edouard Duchesnay
Despite significant progress in the field, the detection of fMRI signal changes during hallucinatory events remains difficult and time-consuming. This article first proposes a machine-learning algorithm to automatically identify resting-state fMRI periods that precede hallucinations versus periods that do not. When applied to whole-brain fMRI data, state-of-the-art classification methods, such as support vector machines (SVM), yield dense solutions that are difficult to interpret. We proposed to extend the existing sparse classification methods by taking the spatial structure of brain images into account with structured sparsity using the total variation penalty...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341160/genetic-analysis-of-surgical-margins-in-oral-cavity-cancer
#7
S A Liu, C C Wang, R S Jiang, W Y Wang, J C Lin
BACKGROUND: A histological, tumour-free surgical margin does not guarantee recurrence-free survival in patients with cancer. This study investigated the association between microsatellite alteration in tumour-free surgical margins and local recurrence in patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: Patients with histologically confirmed oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma were enrolled in this prospective study. Cancerous specimens, corresponding surgical margins and peripheral blood were obtained...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340967/testing-the-actual-equivalence-of-automatically-generated-items
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Debora de Chiusole, Luca Stefanutti, Pasquale Anselmi, Egidio Robusto
If the automatic item generation is used for generating test items, the question of how the equivalence among different instances may be tested is fundamental to assure an accurate assessment. In the present research, the question was dealt by using the knowledge space theory framework. Two different ways of considering the equivalence among instances are proposed: The former is at a deterministic level and it requires that all the instances of an item template must belong to exactly the same knowledge states; the latter adds a probabilistic level to the deterministic one...
January 16, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340936/application-of-color-transformation-techniques-in-pediatric-spinal-cord-mr-images-typically-developing-and-spinal-cord-injury-population
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Mahdi Alizadeh, Pallav Shah, Chris J Conklin, Devon M Middleton, Sona Saksena, Adam E Flanders, Laura Krisa, M J Mulcahey, Scott H Faro, Feroze B Mohamed
The purpose of this study was to evaluate an improved and reliable visualization method for pediatric spinal cord MR images in healthy subjects and patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). A total of 15 pediatric volunteers (10 healthy subjects and 5 subjects with cervical SCI) with a mean age of 11.41 years (range 8-16 years) were recruited and scanned using a 3.0T Siemens Verio MR scanner. T2-weighted axial images were acquired covering entire cervical spinal cord level C1 to C7. These gray-scale images were then converted to color images by using five different techniques including hue-saturation-value (HSV), rainbow, red-green-blue (RGB), and two enhanced RGB techniques using automated contrast stretching and intensity inhomogeneity correction...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340889/quantification-of-myocardial-perfusion-defect-size-in-rats-comparison-between-quantitative-perfusion-spect-and-autoradiography
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Hiroshi Wakabayashi, Junichi Taki, Anri Inaki, Tomo Hiromasa, Koichi Okuda, Takayuki Shibutani, Kazuhiro Shiba, Seigo Kinuya
PURPOSE: Ultra-high resolution single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system, using multiple pinhole collimators, has been applied to the imaging of small rodents. We aimed to compare the myocardial infarction (MI) area on quantitative perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (QPS; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA) with that on high-resolution autoradiography in rat model to determine the accuracy of perfusion defect measurement by QPS. PROCEDURES: After thoracotomy, rats (n = 9) had their left coronary arteries occluded and reperfused before injection with 185 MBq [99mTc] methoxyisobutylisonitrile ([99mTc]MIBI) for SPECT and autoradiography...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340773/feature-codes-in-implicit-sequence-learning-perceived-stimulus-locations-transfer-to-motor-response-locations
#11
Hilde Haider, Sarah Esser, Katharina Eberhardt
An important question in implicit sequence learning research is how the learned information is represented. In earlier models, the representations underlying implicit learning were viewed as being either purely motor or perceptual. These different conceptions were later integrated by multidimensional models such as the Dual System Model of Keele et al. (Psychol Rev 110(2):316-339, 2003). According to this model, different types of sequential information can be learned in parallel, as long as each sequence comprised only one single dimension (e...
January 16, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340530/the-use-of-biosimilar-medicines-in-oncology-position-statement-of-the-brazilian-society-of-clinical-oncology-sboc
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G S Fernandes, C Sternberg, G Lopes, R Chammas, M A C Gifoni, R A Gil, D V Araujo
A biosimilar is a biologic product that is similar to a reference biopharmaceutical product, the manufacturing process of which hinders the ability to identically replicate the structure of the original product, and therefore, it cannot be described as an absolute equivalent of the original medication. The currently available technology does not allow for an accurate copy of complex molecules, but it does allow the replication of similar molecules with the same activity. As biosimilars are about to be introduced in oncology practice, these must be evaluated through evidence-based medicine...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340386/on-chip-functional-neuroimaging-with-mechanical-stimulation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-larvae-for-studying-development-and-neural-circuits
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Yongmin Cho, David N Oakland, Sol Ah Lee, William R Schafer, Hang Lu
Mechanosensation is fundamentally important for the abilities of an organism to experience touch, hear sounds, and maintain balance. Caenorhabditis elegans is a powerful system for studying mechanosensation as this worm is well suited for in vivo functional imaging of neurons. Many years of research using labor-intensive methods have generated a wealth of knowledge about mechanosensation in C. elegans, and the recent microfluidic-based platforms continue to push the boundary for this field. However, developmental aspects of sensory biology, including mechanosensation, are still not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340289/automatic-segmentation-method-of-pelvic-floor-levator-hiatus-in-ultrasound-using-a-self-normalizing-neural-network
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Ester Bonmati, Yipeng Hu, Nikhil Sindhwani, Hans Peter Dietz, Jan D'hooge, Dean Barratt, Jan Deprest, Tom Vercauteren
Segmentation of the levator hiatus in ultrasound allows the extraction of biometrics, which are of importance for pelvic floor disorder assessment. We present a fully automatic method using a convolutional neural network (CNN) to outline the levator hiatus in a two-dimensional image extracted from a three-dimensional ultrasound volume. In particular, our method uses a recently developed scaled exponential linear unit (SELU) as a nonlinear self-normalizing activation function, which for the first time has been applied in medical imaging with CNN...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339344/analysis-and-evaluation-of-neuro-peptides-in-honey-bees-exposed-to-pesticides-in-field-conditions
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María Del Mar Gómez-Ramos, María José Gómez Ramos, María Martínez Galera, María Dolores Gil García, Amadeo R Fernández-Alba
During the last years, declines in honey bee colonies are being registered worldwide. Cholinergic pesticides and their extensive use have been correlated to the decline of pollinators and there is evidence that pesticides act as neuroendocrine disruptors affecting the metabolism of neuropeptides. However, there is a big absence of studies with quantitative results correlating the effect of pesticide exposure with changes on neuropeptides insects, and most of them are conducted under laboratory conditions, typically with individual active ingredients...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339310/distant-from-input-evidence-of-regions-within-the-default-mode-network-supporting-perceptually-decoupled-and-conceptually-guided-cognition
#16
Charlotte Murphy, Elizabeth Jefferies, Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer, Mladen Sormaz, Hao-Ting Wang, Daniel S Margulies, Jonathan Smallwood
The default mode network supports a variety of mental operations such as semantic processing, episodic memory retrieval, mental time travel and mind-wandering, yet the commonalities between these functions remains unclear. One possibility is that this system supports cognition that is independent of the immediate environment; alternatively or additionally, it might support higher-order conceptual representations that draw together multiple features. We tested these accounts using a novel paradigm that separately manipulated the availability of perceptual information to guide decision-making and the representational complexity of this information...
January 12, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339078/analytical-and-pre-analytical-performance-characteristics-of-a-novel-cartridge-type-blood-gas-analyzer-for-point-of-care-and-laboratory-testing
#17
Matthijs Oyaert, Tom Van Maerken, Silke Bridts, Silvi Van Loon, Heleen Laverge, Veronique Stove
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care blood gas test results may benefit therapeutic decision making by their immediate impact on patient care. We evaluated the (pre-)analytical performance of a novel cartridge-type blood gas analyzer, the GEM Premier 5000 (Werfen), for the determination of pH, partial carbon dioxide pressure (pCO2), partial oxygen pressure (pO2), sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), chloride (Cl-), ionized calcium (iCa2+), glucose, lactate, and total hemoglobin (tHb). METHODS: Total imprecision was estimated according to the CLSI EP5-A2 protocol...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337922/underdetermined-wideband-doa-estimation-for-off-grid-sources-with-coprime-array-using-sparse-bayesian-learning
#18
Yanhua Qin, Yumin Liu, Jianyi Liu, Zhongyuan Yu
Sparse Bayesian learning (SBL) is applied to the coprime array for underdetermined wideband direction of arrival (DOA) estimation. Using the augmented covariance matrix, the coprime array can achieve a higher number of degrees of freedom (DOFs) to resolve more sources than the number of physical sensors. The sparse-based DOA estimation can deteriorate the detection and estimation performance because the sources may be off the search grid no matter how fine the grid is. This dictionary mismatch problem can be well resolved by the SBL using fixed point updates...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337582/perceiving-groups-the-people-perception-of-diversity-and-hierarchy
#19
L Taylor Phillips, Michael L Slepian, Brent L Hughes
The visual perception of individuals has received considerable attention (visual person perception), but little social psychological work has examined the processes underlying the visual perception of groups of people (visual people perception). Ensemble-coding is a visual mechanism that automatically extracts summary statistics (e.g., average size) of lower-level sets of stimuli (e.g., geometric figures), and also extends to the visual perception of groups of faces. Here, we consider whether ensemble-coding supports people perception, allowing individuals to form rapid, accurate impressions about groups of people...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337337/tidig-infektionskonsult-gav-effekt-vid-staphylococcus-aureus-bakteriemi-konsultationen-minskade-%C3%A3-terinl%C3%A3-ggningsfrekvens-och-mortalitet-visar-retrospektiv-studie
#20
Christoffer Ruus, Susann Skovbjerg, Tim Magnusson, Ulrika Snygg-Martin, Marie Studahl, Lars-Magnus Andersson
Automatic infectious disease consultant alert is associated with decreased mortality and readmission rate in Staphylococcus aureus bacteriemia A management plan was implemented at a 2000 bed teaching hospital where positive blood cultures with growth of Staphylococcus aureus were reported simultaneously to the ordering unit and to the Infectious Disease Consultant. Readmission rate and 30-day mortality were compared one year before and one year after introduction of the management plan. Out of totally 320 respectively 321 patients with SAB 252 and 244 were included in the study...
January 16, 2018: Läkartidningen
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