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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549277/reliability-of-lower-limb-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-outcomes-in-the-ipsi-and-contralesional-hemispheres-of-adults-with-chronic-stroke
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Louis-David Beaulieu, Hugo Massé-Alarie, Edith Ribot-Ciscar, Cyril Schneider
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the ability of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) outcomes in the chronic stroke population to (i) track individual plastic changes and (ii) detect differences between individuals. To this end, intrarater "test-retest" reliability (relative and absolute) was tested for the ipsilesional and contralesional hemispheres. METHODS: Thirteen participants with a unilateral stroke (≥6months ago) and sensorimotor impairments were enrolled...
May 9, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548844/two-dynamical-regimes-of-the-substrate-radical-rearrangement-reaction-in-b12-dependent-ethanolamine-ammonia-lyase-resolve-contributions-of-native-protein-configurations-and-collective-configurational-fluctuations-to-catalysis
#2
Meghan Kohne, Chen Zhu, Kurt Warncke
The kinetics of the substrate radical rearrangement reaction step in B12-dependent ethanolamine ammonia-lyase (EAL) from Salmonella typhimurium are measured over a 92 K temperature range. The observed first-order rate constants display a piecewise-continuous Arrhenius dependence, with linear regions over 295→220 K (monoexponential) and 214→203 K (biexponential) that are delineated by a kinetic bifurcation and kinks at 219 and 217 K, respectively. The results are interpreted by using a free energy landscape model and derived microscopic kinetic mechanism...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548315/aapm-medical-physics-practice-guideline-8-a-linear-accelerator-performance-tests
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Koren Smith, Peter Balter, John Duhon, Gerald A White, David L Vassy, Robin A Miller, Christopher F Serago, Lynne A Fairobent
PURPOSE: The purpose of this guideline is to provide a list of critical performance tests in order to assist the Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) in establishing and maintaining a safe and effective quality assurance (QA) program. The performance tests on a linear accelerator (linac) should be selected to fit the clinical patterns of use of the accelerator and care should be given to perform tests which are relevant to detecting errors related to the specific use of the accelerator. METHODS: A risk assessment was performed on tests from current task group reports on linac QA to highlight those tests that are most effective at maintaining safety and quality for the patient...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548302/fast-computation-of-full-density-matrix-of-multispin-systems-for-spatially-localized-in-vivo-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#4
Yan Zhang, Li An, Jun Shen
PURPOSE: Numerical simulations of three-dimensionally localized MRS spectra have been very time-consuming for multi-spin systems because the current state-of-the-art requires computation of a large ensemble of spins pixel-by-pixel in three dimensional space. This paper describes a highly accelerated technique for computing spatially localized MRS spectra using the full solution to the Liouville-von Neumann equation. METHODS: The time evolution of spatially localized multispin density matrix as the full solution to the Liouville-von Neumann equation was analyzed...
May 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548122/recommendations-for-reporting-tumor-budding-in-colorectal-cancer-based-on-the-international-tumor-budding-consensus-conference-itbcc-2016
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Alessandro Lugli, Richard Kirsch, Yoichi Ajioka, Fred Bosman, Gieri Cathomas, Heather Dawson, Hala El Zimaity, Jean-François Fléjou, Tine Plato Hansen, Arndt Hartmann, Sanjay Kakar, Cord Langner, Iris Nagtegaal, Giacomo Puppa, Robert Riddell, Ari Ristimäki, Kieran Sheahan, Thomas Smyrk, Kenichi Sugihara, Benoît Terris, Hideki Ueno, Michael Vieth, Inti Zlobec, Phil Quirke
Tumor budding is a well-established independent prognostic factor in colorectal cancer but a standardized method for its assessment has been lacking. The primary aim of the International Tumor Budding Consensus Conference (ITBCC) was to reach agreement on an international, evidence-based standardized scoring system for tumor budding in colorectal cancer. The ITBCC included nine sessions with presentations, a pre-meeting survey and an e-book covering the key publications on tumor budding in colorectal cancer...
May 26, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548103/an-aavp-based-solid-phase-transducing-matrix-for-transgene-delivery-potential-for-translational-applications
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T L Smith, G R Souza, R L Sidman, W Arap, R Pasqualini
A hybrid vector of adeno-associated virus and phage (termed AAVP) has been introduced as a platform for systemic ligand-directed delivery of transgenes to tumors over the past decade. A series of studies have evaluated the AAVP platform for potential theranostic or purely therapeutic applications in several tumor models. Sufficient ligand-directed tumor targeting consistently resulted in specific molecular-genetic imaging and/or anti-tumor responses to 'suicide' transgene delivery. However, efforts to optimize transduction efficiency are still ongoing...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546784/doing-laboratory-ethnography-reflections-on-method-in-scientific-workplaces
#7
Neil Stephens, Jamie Lewis
Laboratory ethnography extended the social scientist's gaze into the day-to-day accomplishment of scientific practice. Here we reflect upon our own ethnographies of biomedical scientific workspaces to provoke methodological discussion on the doing of laboratory ethnography. What we provide is less a 'how to' guide and more a commentary on what to look for and what to look at. We draw upon our empirical research with stem cell laboratories and animal houses, teams producing robotic surgical tools, musicians sonifying data science, a psychiatric genetics laboratory, and scientists developing laboratory grown meat...
April 2017: Qualitative Research: QR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546309/inferential-learning-of-serial-order-of-perceptual-categories-by-rhesus-monkeys-macaca-mulatta
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Natalie Tanner, Greg Jensen, Vincent P Ferrera, Herbert S Terrace
Category learning in animals is typically trained explicitly, in most instances by varying the exemplars of a single category in a matching-to-sample task. Here, we show that male rhesus macaques can learn categories by a transitive inference paradigm in which novel exemplars of five categories were presented throughout training. Instead of requiring decisions about a constant set of repetitively presented stimuli, we studied the macaque's ability to determine the relative order of multiple exemplars of particular stimuli that were rarely repeated...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546131/lipoblasts-in-spindle-cell-and-pleomorphic-lipomas-a-close-scrutiny
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Michael Michal, Dmitry V Kazakov, Ladislav Hadravsky, Kvetoslava Michalova, Petr Grossmann, Petr Steiner, Tomas Vanecek, Valentina Renda, Saul Suster, Michal Michal
The presence and frequency of lipoblasts (LPB) in spindle cell lipomas (SCL) and pleomorphic lipomas (PL) has never been studied in detail on histologically, immunohistochemically and molecular genetically validated set of tumors. The authors investigated this feature by reviewing 91 cases of SCL and 38 PL. When more than three unequivocal LPB were found, the case was regarded as positive for the presence of LPB. All positive cases were then stained with CD34 and Retinoblastoma (Rb) protein antibodies and tested by FISH for MDM2 and CDK4 amplifications and the FUS gene rearrangements...
May 22, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545608/differential-regulation-analysis-reveals-dysfunctional-regulatory-mechanism-involving-transcription-factors-and-micrornas-in-gastric-carcinogenesis
#10
Quanxue Li, Junyi Li, Wentao Dai, Yi-Xue Li, Yuan-Yuan Li
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most incident malignancies in the world. Although lots of featured genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified to be associated with gastric carcinogenesis, underlying regulatory mechanisms still remain unclear. In order to explore the dysfunctional mechanisms of GC, we developed a novel approach to identify carcinogenesis relevant regulatory relationships, which is characterized by quantifying the difference of regulatory relationships between stages. Firstly, we applied the strategy of differential coexpression analysis (DCEA) to transcriptomic datasets including paired mRNA and miRNA of gastric samples to identify a set of genes/miRNAs related to gastric cancer progression...
March 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545535/electronic-audit-and-feedback-intervention-with-action-implementation-toolbox-to-improve-pain-management-in-intensive-care-protocol-for-a-laboratory-experiment-and-cluster-randomised-trial
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Wouter T Gude, Marie-José Roos-Blom, Sabine N van der Veer, Evert de Jonge, Niels Peek, Dave A Dongelmans, Nicolette F de Keizer
BACKGROUND: Audit and feedback is often used as a strategy to improve quality of care, however, its effects are variable and often marginal. In order to learn how to design and deliver effective feedback, we need to understand their mechanisms of action. This theory-informed study will investigate how electronic audit and feedback affects improvement intentions (i.e. information-intention gap), and whether an action implementation toolbox with suggested actions and materials helps translating those intentions into action (i...
May 25, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545508/open-label-versus-double-blind-placebo-treatment-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sarah Ballou, Ted J Kaptchuk, William Hirsch, Judy Nee, Johanna Iturrino, Kathryn T Hall, John M Kelley, Vivian Cheng, Irving Kirsch, Eric Jacobson, Lisa Conboy, Anthony Lembo, Roger B Davis
BACKGROUND: Placebo medications, by definition, are composed of inactive ingredients that have no physiological effect on symptoms. Nonetheless, administration of placebo in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and in clinical settings has been demonstrated to have significant impact on many physical and psychological complaints. Until recently, conventional wisdom has suggested that patients must believe that placebo pills actually contain (or, at least, might possibly contain) active medication in order to elicit a response to placebo...
May 25, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545366/role-of-positron-emission-tomography-for-central-nervous-system-involvement-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases-status-and-perspectives
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Daniele Mauro, Gaetano Barbagallo, Salvatore D'Angelo, Sannino Pasqualina, Saverio Naty, Caterina Bruno, Ignazio Olivieri, Rosa Daniela Grembiale, Francesco Ursini
In the last years, an increasing interest in molecular imaging has been raised by the extending potential of positron emission tomography (PET). The role of PET imaging, originally confined to the oncology setting, is continuously extending thanks to the development of novel radiopharmaceutical and to the implementation of hybrid imaging techniques, where PET scans are combined with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) in order to improve spatial resolution. Early preclinical studies suggested that 18F-FDG PET can detect neuroinflammation; new developing radiopharmaceuticals targeting more specifically inflammation-related molecules are moving in this direction...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545042/hierarchical-ordering-with-partial-pairwise-hierarchical-relationships-on-the-macaque-brain-data-sets
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Woosang Lim, Jungsoo Lee, Yongsub Lim, Doo-Hwan Bae, Haesun Park, Dae-Shik Kim, Kyomin Jung
Hierarchical organizations of information processing in the brain networks have been known to exist and widely studied. To find proper hierarchical structures in the macaque brain, the traditional methods need the entire pairwise hierarchical relationships between cortical areas. In this paper, we present a new method that discovers hierarchical structures of macaque brain networks by using partial information of pairwise hierarchical relationships. Our method uses a graph-based manifold learning to exploit inherent relationship, and computes pseudo distances of hierarchical levels for every pair of cortical areas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545021/quantitative-prediction-of-oral-cancer-risk-in-patients-with-oral-leukoplakia
#15
Yao Liu, Yicheng Li, Yue Fu, Tong Liu, Xiaoyong Liu, Xinyan Zhang, Jie Fu, Xiaobing Guan, Tong Chen, Xiaoxin Chen, Zheng Sun
Exfoliative cytology has been widely used for early diagnosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma. We have developed an oral cancer risk index using DNA index value to quantitatively assess cancer risk in patients with oral leukoplakia, but with limited success. In order to improve the performance of the risk index, we collected exfoliative cytology, histopathology, and clinical follow-up data from two independent cohorts of normal, leukoplakia and cancer subjects (training set and validation set). Peaks were defined on the basis of first derivatives with positives, and modern machine learning techniques were utilized to build statistical prediction models on the reconstructed data...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544912/parallel-gene-selection-and-dynamic-ensemble-pruning-based-on-affinity-propagation
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Jun Meng, Jing Zhang, Yu-Shi Luan, Xin-Yu He, Li-Shuang Li, Yuan-Feng Zhu
Gene selection and sample classification based on gene expression data are important research areas in bioinformatics. Selecting important genes closely related to classification is a challenging task due to high dimensionality and small sample size of microarray data. Extended rough set based on neighborhood has been successfully applied to gene selection, as it can select attributes without redundancy and deal with numerical attributes directly. However, the computation of approximations in rough set is extremely time consuming...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544618/a-method-for-maintaining-vascular-access-when-impella-exchange-is-required
#17
B Scott Cook, Cleve Wilson, Brooke Kaiser, Raj Baljepally
A 45-year old male with no prior cardiac history, presented with cardiogenic shock in the setting of an anterolateral ST elevation myocardial infarction. We first placed a 2.5 Impella for hemodynamic support, and proceeded with emergent percutaneous coronary intervention to the proximal LAD. Several hours following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the patient became acutely hypotensive and an echocardiogram revealed the Impella catheter was kinked within the left ventricle. The patient was taken back to the cath lab for Impella adjustment; however, damage to the distal catheter required the Impella be exchanged...
May 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544475/thiazole-based-sigma-1-receptor-ligands-diversity-by-late-stage-c-h-arylation-of-thiazoles-structure-affinity-and-selectivity-relationships-and-molecular-interactions
#18
Bernhard Wünsch, Artur Kokornaczyk, Dirk Schepmann, Junichiro Yamaguchi, Kenichiro Itami, Erik Laurini, Maurizio Fermeglia, Sabrina Pricl
Spirocyclic thiophene derivatives represent promising sigma-1 ligands with high sigma-1 affinity and selectivity over the sigma-2 subtype. In order to increase ligand efficiency, the thiophene ring was replaced bioisosterically by a thiazole ring and the pyran ring was opened. Late-stage diversification by regioselective C-H arylation of thiazoles 9a-c resulted in a set of 53 compounds with high diversity. This set of compounds was analyzed with respect to sigma-1 affinity, sigma-1/sigma-2 selectivity, lipophilicity (logD7...
May 24, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544460/portable-oxygen-concentrators-versus-oxygen-cylinder-during-walking-in-interstitial-lung-disease-a-randomized-crossover-trial
#19
Yet H Khor, Christine F McDonald, Anita Hazard, Karen Symons, Glen Westall, Ian Glaspole, Nicole S L Goh, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Ambulatory oxygen therapy is often provided to patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). Lightweight portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) provide an alternative to traditional portable systems such as compressed oxygen cylinders; however, their efficacy in patients with ILD has not been assessed. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical performance of three ambulatory oxygen systems (two different POCs and a compressed oxygen cylinder) during 6-min walk tests (6MWTs) in patients with ILD and exertional desaturation...
May 23, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543980/multicenter-analysis-of-the-use-of-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-tips-for-management-of-mpn-associated-portal-hypertension
#20
Christopher R Reilly, Daria V Babushok, Karlyn Martin, Jerry L Spivak, Michael Streiff, Ranjeeta Bahirwani, Jeffrey Mondschein, Brady Stein, Alison Moliterno, Elizabeth O Hexner
BCR-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are clonal stem cell disorders defined by proliferation of one or more myeloid lineages, and carry an increased risk of vascular events and progression to myelofibrosis and leukemia. Portal hypertension (pHTN) occurs in 7-18% of MPN patients via both thrombotic and nonthrombotic mechanisms and portends a poor prognosis. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) has been used in the management of MPN-associated pHTN; however, data on long-term outcomes of TIPS in this setting is limited and the optimal management of medically refractory MPN-associated pHTN is not known...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
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