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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918422/the-modern-art-of-reading-computed-tomography-images-of-the-lungs-quantitative-ct
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Felix J F Herth, Miranda Kirby, Jered Sieren, Jonas Herth, Joshua Schirm, Susan Wood, Maren Schuhmann
Lung diseases are increasing in prevalence and overall burden worldwide. To stem the tide, more and more national and international guidelines are recommending the use of various diagnostic algorithms that are disease specific. There is growing consensus among the respiratory community that although patient histories and lung function testing are the minimum required for clinical examinations, these tests alone are not sufficient for disease characterization. Therefore, the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging is increasing used in clinical decision making for lung diseases...
September 16, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918162/how-high-level-of-anxiety-in-panic-disorder-can-interfere-in-working-memory-a-computer-simulation-and-electrophysiological-investigation
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Luiza Wanick Di Giorgio Silva, Danielle Aprigio, Jesse Di Giacomo, Mariana Gongora, Henning Budde, Juliana Bittencourt, Mauricio Cagy, Silmar Teixeira, Pedro Ribeiro, Marcele Regine de Carvalho, Rafael Freire, Antonio Egidio Nardi, Luis Fernando Basile, Bruna Velasques
Panic disorder (PD) is characterized by repeated and unexpected attacks of intense anxiety, which are not restricted to a determined situation or circumstance. The coherence function has been used to investigate the communication among brain structures through the quantitative EEG (qEEG). The objective of this study is to analyze if there is a difference in frontoparietal gamma coherence (GC) between panic disorder patients (PDP) and healthy controls (HC) during the Visual oddball paradigm; and verify if high levels of anxiety (produced by a computer simulation) affect PDP's working memory...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918063/a-pca-based-method-for-determining-craniofacial-relationship-and-sexual-dimorphism-of-facial-shapes
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Wuyang Shui, Mingquan Zhou, Steve Maddock, Taiping He, Xingce Wang, Qingqiong Deng
Previous studies have used principal component analysis (PCA) to investigate the craniofacial relationship, as well as sex determination using facial factors. However, few studies have investigated the extent to which the choice of principal components (PCs) affects the analysis of craniofacial relationship and sexual dimorphism. In this paper, we propose a PCA-based method for visual and quantitative analysis, using 140 samples of 3D heads (70 male and 70 female), produced from computed tomography (CT) images...
September 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917724/backward-genotype-transcript-phenotype-association-mapping
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Seunghak Lee, Haohan Wang, Eric P Xing
Genome-wide association studies have discovered a large number of genetic variants associated with complex diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. However, the genetic background of such diseases is largely unknown due to the complex mechanisms underlying genetic effects on traits, as well as a small sample size (e.g., 1000) and a large number of genetic variants (e.g., 1 million). Fortunately, datasets that contain genotypes, transcripts, and phenotypes are becoming more readily available, creating new opportunities for detecting disease-associated genetic variants...
September 13, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916844/left-sided-breast-cancer-and-risks-of-secondary-lung-cancer-and-ischemic-heart-disease-effects-of-modern-radiotherapy-techniques
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Stefanie Corradini, Hendrik Ballhausen, Helmut Weingandt, Philipp Freislederer, Stephan Schönecker, Maximilian Niyazi, Cristoforo Simonetto, Markus Eidemüller, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka
PURPOSE: Modern breast cancer radiotherapy techniques, such as respiratory-gated radiotherapy in deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) or volumetric-modulated arc radiotherapy (VMAT) have been shown to reduce the high dose exposure of the heart in left-sided breast cancer. The aim of the present study was to comparatively estimate the excess relative and absolute risks of radiation-induced secondary lung cancer and ischemic heart disease for different modern radiotherapy techniques. METHODS: Four different treatment plans were generated for ten computed tomography data sets of patients with left-sided breast cancer, using either three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) or VMAT, in free-breathing (FB) or DIBH...
September 15, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916840/a-novel-col1a2-c-propeptide-cleavage-site-mutation-causing-high-bone-mass-osteogenesis-imperfecta-with-a-regional-distribution-pattern
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T Rolvien, U Kornak, J Stürznickel, T Schinke, M Amling, S Mundlos, R Oheim
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is typically characterized by low bone mass and increased bone fragility caused by heterozygous mutations in the type I procollagen genes (COL1A1/COL1A2). We report two cases of a 56-year-old woman and her 80-year-old mother who suffered from multiple vertebral and non-vertebral fractures with onset in early childhood. A full osteologic assessment including dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT), and serum analyses pointed to a high bone mineral density (BMD) in the hip (DXA Z-score + 3...
September 15, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915844/financial-incentives-and-purchase-restrictions-in-a-food-benefit-program-affect-the-types-of-foods-and-beverages-purchased-results-from-a-randomized-trial
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Simone A French, Sarah A Rydell, Nathan R Mitchell, J Michael Oakes, Brian Elbel, Lisa Harnack
BACKGROUND: This research evaluated the effects of financial incentives and purchase restrictions on food purchasing in a food benefit program for low income people. METHODS: Participants (n=279) were randomized to groups: 1) Incentive- 30% financial incentive for fruits and vegetables purchased with food benefits; 2) Restriction- no purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages, sweet baked goods, or candies with food benefits; 3) Incentive plus Restriction; or 4) Control- no incentive or restrictions...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915468/spectral-and-computational-features-of-the-binding-between-riparins-and-human-serum-albumin
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Cintia Ramos Camargo, Ícaro Putinhon Caruso, Stanley Juan Chavez Gutierrez, Marcelo Andres Fossey, José Maria Barbosa Filho, Marinônio Lopes Cornélio
The green Brazilian bay leaf, a spice much prized in local cuisine (Aniba riparia, Lauraceae), contains chemical compounds presenting benzoyl-derivatives named riparins, which have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anxiolytic properties. However, it is unclear what kind of interaction riparins perform with any molecular target. As a profitable target, human serum albumin (HSA) is one of the principal extracellular proteins, with an exceptional capacity to interact with several molecules, and it also plays a crucial role in the transport, distribution, and metabolism of a wide variety of endogenous and exogenous ligands...
September 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914639/correlation-between-squamous-cell-carcinoma-antigen-level-and-the-clinicopathological-features-of-early-stage-cervical-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-the-predictive-value-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-antigen-combined-with-computed-tomography-scan-for-lymph-node
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Dianbo Xu, Danbo Wang, Shuo Wang, Ye Tian, Zaiqiu Long, Xuemei Ren
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCC-Ag) and the clinicopathological features of cervical squamous cell carcinoma. The value of SCC-Ag and computed tomography (CT) for predicting lymph node metastasis (LNM) was evaluated. METHODS: A total of 197 patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stages IB to IIA cervical squamous cell carcinoma who underwent radical surgery were enrolled in this study...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913306/silicone-implant-sandwiched-between-intact-nasal-bones-with-fractured-nasal-bone-segments
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Soo Hyun Woo, Woo Seob Kim, Han Koo Kim, Tae Hui Bae
As the number of people who have undergone augmentation rhinoplasty has increased recently, nasal fractures are becoming more common after rhinoplasty. A silicone implant can affect the nasal fracture pattern, but there is no significant difference in treatment methods commonly. A 28-year-old female who had undergone augmentation visited our clinic with a nasal fracture. Computed tomography revealed that the silicone implant was sandwiched between the intact nasal bones with fractured bone fragments. In this case, open reduction was inevitable and a new silicone implant was inserted after reduction...
March 2017: Arch Craniofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913300/objective-outcomes-of-closed-reduction-according-to-the-type-of-nasal-bone-fracture
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Chang Min Kang, Dong Gil Han
BACKGROUND: Nasal fractures have a tendency of resulting in structural or functional complications, and the results can vary according to the type of nasal bone fracture. The aim of this study was to evaluate the objective postoperative results according to the type of nasal bone fractures. METHODS: We reviewed 313 patients who had a closed reduction of nasal bone fracture. The classification of nasal bone fracture by Stranc and Robertson was used to characterize the fracture type: frontal impact group type I (FI), frontal impact group type II (FII), lateral impact group type I (LI), lateral impact group type II (LII), and comminuted fracture group (C)...
March 2017: Arch Craniofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913298/the-unnecessity-of-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-the-etiologic-evaluation-of-neurodevelopmental-delay-in-craniosynostosis-patients
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Chae Eun Yang, Eun Kyung Park, Myung Chul Lee, Kyu Won Shim, Yong Oock Kim
BACKGROUND: In evaluation of craniosynostosis patients in terms of neurodevelopmental delay, positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) scan can be used to assess brain abnormalities through glucose metabolism. We aimed to determine the unnecessity of PET-CT in this study. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients diagnosed with craniosynostosis who underwent distraction osteogenesis from October, 2010 to November, 2013 were reviewed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and PET-CT scan were carried out for evaluation of the brain structure and function, whereas X-ray and CT scan were taken for evaluation of the skull...
March 2017: Arch Craniofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912707/methodological-choices-in-muscle-synergy-analysis-impact-differentiation-of-physiological-characteristics-following-stroke
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Caitlin L Banks, Mihir M Pai, Theresa E McGuirk, Benjamin J Fregly, Carolynn Patten
Muscle synergy analysis (MSA) is a mathematical technique that reduces the dimensionality of electromyographic (EMG) data. Used increasingly in biomechanics research, MSA requires methodological choices at each stage of the analysis. Differences in methodological steps affect the overall outcome, making it difficult to compare results across studies. We applied MSA to EMG data collected from individuals post-stroke identified as either responders (RES) or non-responders (nRES) on the basis of a critical post-treatment increase in walking speed...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912608/structural-features-of-the-carbon-sulfur-chemical-bond-a-semi-experimental-perspective
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Emanuele Penocchio, Marco Mendolicchio, Nicola Tasinato, Vincenzo Barone
In this work semi-experimental and theoretical equilibrium geometries of 10 sulfur-containing organic molecules, as well as 4 oxygenated ones, are determined by means of a computational protocol based on density functional theory. The results collected in the present paper further enhance our online database of accurate semi-experimental equilibrium molecular geometries, adding 13 new molecules containing up to 8 atoms, for 12 of which the first semi-experimental equilibrium structure is reported, to the best of our knowledge...
December 2016: Canadian Journal of Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912579/interference-exact-radiative-transfer-equation
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Mikko Partanen, Teppo Häyrynen, Jani Oksanen
The Purcell effect, i.e., the modification of the spontaneous emission rate by optical interference, profoundly affects the light-matter coupling in optical resonators. Fully describing the optical absorption, emission, and interference of light hence conventionally requires combining the full Maxwell's equations with stochastic or quantum optical source terms accounting for the quantum nature of light. We show that both the nonlocal wave and local particle features associated with interference and emission of propagating fields in stratified geometries can be fully captured by local damping and scattering coefficients derived from the recently introduced quantized fluctuational electrodynamics (QFED) framework...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912551/the-antipsychotic-drugs-olanzapine-and-haloperidol-modify-network-connectivity-and-spontaneous-activity-of-neural-networks-in-vitro
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Egor Dzyubenko, Georg Juckel, Andreas Faissner
Impaired neural synchronization is a hallmark of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia. It has been proposed that schizophrenia-related cognitive deficits are caused by an unbalance of reciprocal inhibitory and stimulatory signaling. This supposedly leads to decreased power of induced gamma oscillations during the performance of cognitive tasks. In light of this hypothesis an efficient antipsychotic treatment should modify the connectivity and synchronization of local neural circuits. To address this issue, we investigated a model of hippocampal neuronal networks in vitro...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912512/assessing-individual-risk-for-amd-with-genetic-counseling-family-history-and-genetic-testing
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R Cascella, C Strafella, G Longo, L Manzo, M Ragazzo, C De Felici, S Gambardella, L T Marsella, G Novelli, P Borgiani, F Sangiuolo, A Cusumano, F Ricci, E Giardina
PurposeThe goal was to develop a simple model for predicting the individual risk profile for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) on the basis of genetic information, disease family history, and smoking habits.Patients and methodsThe study enrolled 151 AMD patients following specific clinical and environmental inclusion criteria: age >55 years, positive family history for AMD, presence of at least one first-degree relative affected by AMD, and smoking habits. All of the samples were genotyped for rs1061170 (CFH) and rs10490924 (ARMS2) with a TaqMan assay, using a 7500 Fast Real Time PCR device...
September 15, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911778/applications-of-isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometry-in-sports-drug-testing-accounting-for-isotope-fractionation-in-analysis-of-biological-samples
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Thomas Piper, Mario Thevis
The misuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) in sports aiming at enhancing athletic performance has been a challenging matter for doping control laboratories for decades. While the presence of a xenobiotic AAS or its metabolite(s) in human urine immediately represents an antidoping rule violation, the detection of the misuse of endogenous steroids such as testosterone necessitates comparably complex procedures. Concentration thresholds and diagnostic analyte ratios computed from urinary steroid concentrations of, e...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911059/forcing-the-vicious-circle-sarcopenia-increases-toxicity-decreases-response-to-chemotherapy-and-worsens-with-chemotherapy
#19
F Bozzetti
Sarcopenia has recently emerged as a new condition that, independently from malnutrition, may adversely affect the prognosis of cancer patients. Purpose of this narrative review is to define the prevalence of sarcopenia in different primaries, its role in leading to chemotherapy toxicity and decreased compliance with the oncological therapy and the effect of some drugs on the onset of sarcopenia. Finally, the review aims to describe the current approaches to restore the muscle mass through nutrition, exercise and anti-inflammatory agents or multimodal programmes with a special emphasis on the results of randomized controlled trials...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910740/generation-of-low-gamma-oscillations-in-a-gabaergic-network-model-of-the-striatum
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Zhihua Wu, Aike Guo, Xiaodi Fu
Striatal oscillations in the low-gamma frequency range have been consistently recorded in a number of experimental studies. However, whether these rhythms are locally generated in the striatum circuit, which is mainly composed of GABAergic neurons, remains an open question. GABAergic medium spiny projection neurons represent the great majority of striatal neurons, but they fire at very low rates. GABAergic fast-spiking interneurons typically show firing rates that are approximately 10 times higher than those of principal neurons, but they are a very small minority of the total neuronal population...
September 11, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
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