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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922113/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-quantitative-phenotypic-analysis-of-ct-images-as-a-potential-marker-of-prognosis
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Jiangdian Song, Zaiyi Liu, Wenzhao Zhong, Yanqi Huang, Zelan Ma, Di Dong, Changhong Liang, Jie Tian
This was a retrospective study to investigate the predictive and prognostic ability of quantitative computed tomography phenotypic features in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 661 patients with pathological confirmed as NSCLC were enrolled between 2007 and 2014. 592 phenotypic descriptors was automatically extracted on the pre-therapy CT images. Firstly, support vector machine (SVM) was used to evaluate the predictive value of each feature for pathology and TNM clinical stage. Secondly, Cox proportional hazards model was used to evaluate the prognostic value of these imaging signatures selected by SVM which subjected to a primary cohort of 138 patients, and an external independent validation of 61 patients...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921288/objective-evaluation-of-subclass-characteristics-on-breech-face-marks
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Fabiano Riva, Rob Hermsen, Erwin Mattijssen, Pascal Pieper, Christophe Champod
Subclass characteristics can be found on the breech face marks left on spent cartridge cases. Even if they are assumed to be rare and their reported number is small, they can potentially lead to false associations. Subclass characteristics have been studied empirically allowing examiners to recognize them and to understand in which conditions they are produced. Until now, however, their influence on the identification process has not been studied from a probabilistic point of view. In this study, we aim at measuring the effect of these features on the strength of association derived from examinations involving subclass characteristics...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921111/rapid-detection-of-hendra-virus-antibodies-an-integrated-device-with-nanoparticle-assay-and-chaotic-micromixing
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K Petkovic, G Metcalfe, H Chen, Y Gao, M Best, D Lester, Y Zhu
Current diagnosis of infectious diseases such as Hendra virus (HeV) relies mostly on laboratory-based tests. There is an urgent demand for rapid diagnosis technology to detect and identify these diseases in humans and animals so that disease spread can be controlled. In this study, an integrated lab-on-a-chip device using a magnetic nanoparticle immunoassay is developed. The key features of the device are the chaotic fluid mixing, achieved by magnetically driven motion of nanoparticles with the optimal mixing protocol developed using chaotic transport theory, and the automatic liquid handling system for loading reagents and samples...
December 6, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921093/evaluation-of-a-novel-semi-automated-ultrasound-system-for-the-detection-of-synovitis-a-prospective-study-involving-45-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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M Witt, J Frielinghausen, R Mueller, F Mueller, F Proft, H Schulze-Koops, M Grunke, D-A Clevert
Background: Arthrosonography has proven to be more sensitive and reliable for the detection of synovitis than clinical examination, but a comprehensive examination of small joints is time-consuming. The automated breast volume scanner (ABVS) has been developed to allow automatic and reproducible series of consecutive B-mode pictures of the female breast. Objectives: To analyze the comparability of ABVS and conventional manual ultrasonography (mUS) for the detection of synovitis in hands and feet of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
November 2016: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921072/anatomy-based-algorithm-for-automatic-segmentation-of-human-diaphragm-in-noncontrast-computed-tomography-images
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Elham Karami, Yong Wang, Stewart Gaede, Ting-Yim Lee, Abbas Samani
In-depth understanding of the diaphragm's anatomy and physiology has been of great interest to the medical community, as it is the most important muscle of the respiratory system. While noncontrast four-dimensional (4-D) computed tomography (CT) imaging provides an interesting opportunity for effective acquisition of anatomical and/or functional information from a single modality, segmenting the diaphragm in such images is very challenging not only because of the diaphragm's lack of image contrast with its surrounding organs but also because of respiration-induced motion artifacts in 4-D CT images...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921071/validation-of-automatic-joint-space-width-measurements-in-hand-radiographs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Olga Schenk, Yinghe Huo, Koen L Vincken, Mart A van de Laar, Ina H H Kuper, Kees C H Slump, Floris P J G Lafeber, Hein J Bernelot Moens
Computerized methods promise quick, objective, and sensitive tools to quantify progression of radiological damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Measurement of joint space width (JSW) in finger and wrist joints with these systems performed comparable to the Sharp-van der Heijde score (SHS). A next step toward clinical use, validation of precision and accuracy in hand joints with minimal damage, is described with a close scrutiny of sources of error. A recently developed system to measure metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints was validated in consecutive hand images of RA patients...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921070/accuracy-of-patient-specific-organ-dose-estimates-obtained-using-an-automated-image-segmentation-algorithm
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Taly Gilat Schmidt, Adam S Wang, Thomas Coradi, Benjamin Haas, Josh Star-Lack
The overall goal of this work is to develop a rapid, accurate, and automated software tool to estimate patient-specific organ doses from computed tomography (CT) scans using simulations to generate dose maps combined with automated segmentation algorithms. This work quantified the accuracy of organ dose estimates obtained by an automated segmentation algorithm. We hypothesized that the autosegmentation algorithm is sufficiently accurate to provide organ dose estimates, since small errors delineating organ boundaries will have minimal effect when computing mean organ dose...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920955/patma-parser-of-archival-tissue-microarray
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Lukasz Roszkowiak, Carlos Lopez
Tissue microarrays are commonly used in modern pathology for cancer tissue evaluation, as it is a very potent technique. Tissue microarray slides are often scanned to perform computer-aided histopathological analysis of the tissue cores. For processing the image, splitting the whole virtual slide into images of individual cores is required. The only way to distinguish cores corresponding to specimens in the tissue microarray is through their arrangement. Unfortunately, distinguishing the correct order of cores is not a trivial task as they are not labelled directly on the slide...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920751/the-temporal-dynamics-of-perceiving-other-s-painful-actions
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Fang Cui, Ruolei Gu, Xiangru Zhu, Yue-Jia Luo
The present study investigates the temporal dynamics of the brain activity predicting the sensory outcomes of observed hand-object interactions of others. Participants are presented with pictures of a hand grasping or withdrawing from noxious and neutral objects. They are then asked to judge whether this hand-object interaction causes painful consequences. In the early stages of stimulus processing, the effect of action was observed in the event-related potential components N1 and N2. Significant interactions of action × object were observed in the later components P3 and late positive potential (LPP): only when the object was noxious, the action "grasp" elicited a significantly larger amplitude than the action "withdrawal"...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920746/-worse-but-ours-or-better-but-theirs-the-role-of-implicit-consumer-ethnocentrism-ice-in-product-preference
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Dominika Maison, Norbert Maliszewski
The goal of this project was to investigate whether consumer ethnocentrism is purely conscious mechanism based on ideology, as suggested by Shimp and Sharma (1987), or rather is an automatic, unconscious process. The aim of the project was an introduction of the Implicit Consumer Ethnocentrism (ICE) concept, measured by the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The goal of the four studies conducted was to investigate the following issues: (a) whether ICE - an automatic mechanism underlying the preference for local products over foreign - this could be observed next to the more ideologically based classic consumer ethnocentrism; (b) what happens when the consumer's automatic preference for local products (ICE) is confronted by objective evidence of the superiority of foreign products or by the inferiority of local products...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920722/a-new-structure-activity-relationship-sar-model-for-predicting-drug-induced-liver-injury-based-on-statistical-and-expert-based-structural-alerts
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Fabiola Pizzo, Anna Lombardo, Alberto Manganaro, Emilio Benfenati
The prompt identification of chemical molecules with potential effects on liver may help in drug discovery and in raising the levels of protection for human health. Besides in vitro approaches, computational methods in toxicology are drawing attention. We built a structure-activity relationship (SAR) model for evaluating hepatotoxicity. After compiling a data set of 950 compounds using data from the literature, we randomly split it into training (80%) and test sets (20%). We also compiled an external validation set (101 compounds) for evaluating the performance of the model...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920480/comparison-of-multichannel-intraluminal-impedance-ph-monitoring-and-reflux-scintigraphy-in-pediatric-patients-with-suspected-gastroesophageal-reflux
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Nuray Uslu Kızılkan, Murat Fani Bozkurt, Inci Nur Saltık Temizel, Hülya Demir, Aysel Yüce, Biray Caner, Hasan Özen
AIM: To evaluate the agreement of multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH monitoring (MII-pHM) and gastroesophageal reflux scintigraphy (GES) for the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. METHODS: Seventy-five consecutive patients with suspected gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) underwent 24-h combined MII-pHM recording and one hour radionuclide scintigraphy during the course of the MII-pHM study. Catheters with 6 impedance channels and 1 pH sensor were placed transnasally...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919554/quantitative-structure-property-relationships-for-predicting-sorption-of-pharmaceuticals-to-sewage-sludge-during-waste-water-treatment-processes
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L Berthod, D C Whitley, G Roberts, A Sharpe, R Greenwood, G A Mills
Understanding the sorption of pharmaceuticals to sewage sludge during waste water treatment processes is important for understanding their environmental fate and in risk assessments. The degree of sorption is defined by the sludge/water partition coefficient (Kd). Experimental Kd values (n=297) for active pharmaceutical ingredients (n=148) in primary and activated sludge were collected from literature. The compounds were classified by their charge at pH7.4 (44 uncharged, 60 positively and 28 negatively charged, and 16 zwitterions)...
December 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919489/cognitive-event-related-potentials-in-multiple-sclerosis-correlation-with-mri-and-neuropsychological-findings
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Vasilios K Kimiskidis, Vasileios Papaliagkas, Kyriaki Sotirakoglou, Zoi K Kouvatsou, Victoria K Kapina, Efrosini Papadaki, Vaia Tsimourtou, Elvira Masoura, Dimitrios A Kazis, Sotirios Papayiannopoulos, Triantafyllos Geroukis, Sevasti Bostanjopoulou
BACKGROUND: Cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs) have been previously correlated with T2 lesion load (Τ2LL) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is currently unknown, however, whether ERPs also correlate with brain atrophy or the presence of T1 hypointense lesions ("black holes") which reflect tissue destruction and axonal loss. The primary aim of the current study is to explore the effect of neuroradiological parameters such as brain atrophy, T1 and T2 lesion load on auditory ERPs in MS patients...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918594/real-time-reliability-verification-for-uav-flight-control-system-supporting-airworthiness-certification
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Haiyang Xu, Ping Wang
In order to verify the real-time reliability of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight control system and comply with the airworthiness certification standard, we proposed a model-based integration framework for modeling and verification of time property. Combining with the advantages of MARTE, this framework uses class diagram to create the static model of software system, and utilizes state chart to create the dynamic model. In term of the defined transformation rules, the MARTE model could be transformed to formal integrated model, and the different part of the model could also be verified by using existing formal tools...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918182/theory-guided-exploration-with-structural-equation-model-forests
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Andreas M Brandmaier, John J Prindle, John J McArdle, Ulman Lindenberger
Structural equation model (SEM) trees, a combination of SEMs and decision trees, have been proposed as a data-analytic tool for theory-guided exploration of empirical data. With respect to a hypothesized model of multivariate outcomes, such trees recursively find subgroups with similar patterns of observed data. SEM trees allow for the automatic selection of variables that predict differences across individuals in specific theoretical models, for instance, differences in latent factor profiles or developmental trajectories...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917947/a-novel-open-type-biosensor-for-the-in-situ-monitoring-of-biochemical-oxygen-demand-in-an-aerobic-environment
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Takahiro Yamashita, Natsuki Ookawa, Mitsuyoshi Ishida, Hiroyuki Kanamori, Harumi Sasaki, Yuichi Katayose, Hiroshi Yokoyama
Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is a widely used index of water-quality assessment. Since bioelectrochemical BOD biosensors require anaerobic conditions for anodic reactions, they are not directly used in aerobic environments such as aeration tanks. Normally, the BOD biosensors are closed-type, where the anode is packed inside a closed chamber to avoid exposure to oxygen. In this study, a novel bioelectrochemical open-type biosensor was designed for in-situ monitoring of BOD during intermittent aeration. The open-type anode, without any protection against exposure to oxygen, was directly inserted into an intermittently aerated tank filled with livestock wastewater...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917823/3d-bioprinting-of-functional-human-skin-production-and-in-vivo-analysis
#18
Nieves Cubo, Marta Garcia, Juan F Del Cañizo, Diego Velasco, Jose L Jorcano
Significant progress has been made over the past 25 years in the development of in vitro-engineered substitutes that mimic human skin, either to be used as grafts for the replacement of lost skin, or for the establishment of in vitro human skin models. In this sense, laboratory-grown skin substitutes containing dermal and epidermal components offer a promising approach to skin engineering. In particular, a human plasma-based bilayered skin generated by our group, has been applied successfully to treat burns as well as traumatic and surgical wounds in a large number of patients in Spain...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917562/putamen-functional-connectivity-during-inhibitory-control-in-smokers-and-non-smokers
#19
Sophie E A Akkermans, Maartje Luijten, Daan van Rooij, Ingmar H A Franken, Jan K Buitelaar
The putamen has been shown to play a key role in inhibitory control and addiction, and consists of distinct subregions associated with distinct functions. The anterior putamen is thought to be specialized in goal-directed control or response-monitoring in connection with frontal regions, whereas the posterior part is specialized in habitual or automatic responding in connection with sensorimotor regions. The present study is the first to delineate functional networks of the anterior and posterior putamen in a Go-NoGo response inhibition task, and to examine differences between smokers (n = 25) and non-smokers (n = 23) within these networks...
December 5, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917420/a-dna-kinetics-competition-strategy-of-hybridization-chain-reaction-for-molecular-information-processing-circuit-construction
#20
Weiyang Tang, Qichen Huang, Zhenjie Yang, Qiwei Zheng, Lihong Wang, Junmin Zhang, Liang Chen, Xuechang Zhou, Yizhen Liu, Jiming Hu
Herein we propose a hybridization chain reaction based kinetics competition strategy able to recognize the combination/sequence of input signals. Further, a DNA priority encoder and a keypad lock were constructed. This strategy allowed us to develop a one-pot assay that can automatically and smartly respond to multiple inputs.
December 5, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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