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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914099/discrepancies-between-multicriteria-decision-analysis-based-ranking-and-intuitive-ranking-for-pharmaceutical-benefit-risk-profiles-in-a-hypothetical-setting
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K Hoshikawa, S Ono
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) has been generally considered a promising decision-making methodology for the assessment of drug benefit-risk profiles. There have been many discussions in both public and private sectors on its feasibility and applicability, but it has not been employed in official decision-makings. For the purpose of examining to what extent MCDA would reflect the first-hand, intuitive preference of evaluators in practical pharmaceutical assessments, we conducted a questionnaire survey involving the participation of employees of pharmaceutical companies...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913967/the-texture-of-causal-construals-domain-specific-biases-shape-causal-inferences-from-discourse
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Brent Strickland, Ike Silver, Frank C Keil
We conducted five sets of experiments asking whether psychological and physical events are construed in broadly different manners concerning the underlying textures of their causes. In Experiments 1a-1d, we found a robust tendency to estimate fewer causes (but not effects) for psychological than for physical events; Experiment 2 showed a similar pattern of results when participants were asked to generate hypothetical causes and effects; Experiment 3 revealed a greater tendency to ascribe linear chains of causes (but not effects) to physical events; Experiment 4 showed that the expectation of linear chains was related to intuitions about deterministic processes; and Experiment 5 showed that simply framing a given ambiguous event in psychological versus physical terms is sufficient to induce changes in the patterns of causal inferences...
December 2, 2016: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913961/prediction-of-postoperative-clinical-recovery-of-drop-foot-attributable-to-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-via-a-bayesian-network
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Shota Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aono
BACKGROUND: Drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases can impair activities of daily living. Therefore, predictors of recovery of this symptom have been investigated using univariate or/and multivariate analyses. However, the conclusions have been somewhat controversial. Bayesian network models, which are graphic and intuitive to the clinician, may facilitate understanding of the prognosis of drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) To show a layered correlation among predictors of recovery from drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases; and (2) to develop support tools for clinical decisions to treat drop foot resulting from lumbar degenerative diseases...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913373/mobile-phone-apps-to-improve-medication-adherence-a-systematic-stepwise-process-to-identify-high-quality-apps
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Karla Santo, Sarah S Richtering, John Chalmers, Aravinda Thiagalingam, Clara K Chow, Julie Redfern
BACKGROUND: There are a growing number of mobile phone apps available to support people in taking their medications and to improve medication adherence. However, little is known about how these apps differ in terms of features, quality, and effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to systematically review the medication reminder apps available in the Australian iTunes store and Google Play to assess their features and their quality in order to identify high-quality apps...
December 2, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913336/local-spectral-analysis-of-the-cerebral-cortex-new-gyrification-indices
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Hamed Rabiei, Frederic Richard, Olivier Coulon, Julien Lefevre
Gyrification index (GI) is an appropriate measure to quantify the complexity of the cerebral cortex. There is, however, no universal agreement on the notion of surface complexity and there are various methods in literature that evaluate different aspects of cortical folding. In this paper, we give two intuitive interpretations on folding quantification based on the magnitude and variation of the mean curvature of the cortical surface. We then present a local spectral analysis of the mean curvature to introduce two local gyrification indices that satisfy our interpretations...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912990/cancer-rehabilitation-an-overview-of-current-need-delivery-models-and-levels-of-care
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REVIEW
Andrea L Cheville, Karen Mustian, Kerri Winters-Stone, David S Zucker, Gail L Gamble, Catherine M Alfano
The relevance of cancer rehabilitation as a public health issue grows steadily as cancer incidence, survival, and mean patient age increase. Reported rates of physical impairment and disability are already high, prior to the anticipated influx of aged cancer survivors. Despite the high prevalence of cancer-related disablement, treatment rates, even for readily remediable physical impairments, are as low as 1-2%. In addition to low referral rates, a challenge to patient-centric cancer rehabilitation is a fractured system that requires multiple visits to a range of specialists to address even a single issue, and cancer survivors generally have several...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912023/predicting-nutrient-excretion-of-aquatic-animals-with-metabolic-ecology-and-ecological-stoichiometry-a-global-synthesis
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Michael J Vanni, Peter B McIntyre
The metabolic theory of ecology (MTE) and ecological stoichiometry (ES) are both prominent frameworks for understanding energy and nutrient budgets of organisms. We tested their separate and joint power to predict nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) excretion rates of ectothermic aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate animals (10,534 observations worldwide). MTE variables (body size, temperature) performed better than ES variables (trophic guild, vertebrate classification, body N:P) in predicting excretion rates, but the best models included variables from both frameworks...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911789/design-principles-for-nonequilibrium-self-assembly
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Michael Nguyen, Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan
We consider an important class of self-assembly problems, and using the formalism of stochastic thermodynamics, we derive a set of design principles for growing controlled assemblies far from equilibrium. The design principles constrain the set of configurations that can be obtained under nonequilibrium conditions. Our central result provides intuition for how equilibrium self-assembly landscapes are modified under finite nonequilibrium drive.
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911038/quantitating-the-cell-turning-images-into-numbers-with-imagej
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REVIEW
Ellen T Arena, Curtis T Rueden, Mark C Hiner, Shulei Wang, Ming Yuan, Kevin W Eliceiri
Modern biological research particularly in the fields of developmental and cell biology has been transformed by the rapid evolution of the light microscope. The light microscope, long a mainstay of the experimental biologist, is now used for a wide array of biological experimental scenarios and sample types. Much of the great developments in advanced biological imaging have been driven by the digital imaging revolution with powerful processors and algorithms. In particular, this combination of advanced imaging and computational analysis has resulted in the drive of the modern biologist to not only visually inspect dynamic phenomena, but to quantify the involved processes...
December 2, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909979/a-neurophysiological-explanation-for-biases-in-visual-localization
#10
James C Moreland, Geoffrey M Boynton
Observers show small but systematic deviations from equal weighting of all elements when asked to localize the center of an array of dots. Counter-intuitively, with small numbers of dots drawn from a Gaussian distribution, this bias results in subjects overweighting the influence of outlier dots - inconsistent with traditional statistical estimators of central tendency. Here we show that this apparent statistical anomaly can be explained by the observation that outlier dots also lie in regions of lower dot density...
December 1, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909886/automatic-snoring-sounds-detection-from-sleep-sounds-via-multi-features-analysis
#11
Can Wang, Jianxin Peng, Lijuan Song, Xiaowen Zhang
Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is a serious respiratory disorder. Snoring is the most intuitively characteristic symptom of OSAHS. Recently, many studies have attempted to develop snore analysis technology for diagnosing OSAHS. The preliminary and essential step in such diagnosis is to automatically segment snoring sounds from original sleep sounds. This study presents an automatic snoring detection algorithm that detects potential snoring episodes using an adaptive effective-value threshold method, linear and nonlinear feature extraction using maximum power ratio, sum of positive/negative amplitudes, 500 Hz power ratio, spectral entropy (SE) and sample entropy (SampEn), and automatic snore/nonsnore classification using a support vector machine...
December 1, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906224/analysis-of-sinusoidally-modulated-chirped-laser-pulses-by-temporally-encoded-spectral-shifting
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N H Matlis, A Maksimchuk, V Yanovsky, W P Leemans, M C Downer
We present an analytical formalism elucidating how information is stored in chirped optical probes by describing the effects of sinusoidal temporal modulations on the electric field. We show that the modulations produce spectral sidebands which can be interpreted as temporal sidebands due to the time-wavelength mapping, an effect we call temporally encoded spectral shifting (TESS). A derivation is presented for the case of chirped-pulse spectral interferometry showing how to recover both the amplitude and the periodicity of the modulation from a Fourier transform of the interferogram...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905885/mefit-merging-and-filtering-tool-for-illumina-paired-end-reads-for-16s-rrna-amplicon-sequencing
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Hardik I Parikh, Vishal N Koparde, Steven P Bradley, Gregory A Buck, Nihar U Sheth
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in next-generation sequencing have revolutionized genomic research. 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing using paired-end sequencing on the MiSeq platform from Illumina, Inc., is being used to characterize the composition and dynamics of extremely complex/diverse microbial communities. For this analysis on the Illumina platform, merging and quality filtering of paired-end reads are essential first steps in data analysis to ensure the accuracy and reliability of downstream analysis...
December 1, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905444/ghost-imaging-with-atoms
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R I Khakimov, B M Henson, D K Shin, S S Hodgman, R G Dall, K G H Baldwin, A G Truscott
Ghost imaging is a counter-intuitive phenomenon-first realized in quantum optics-that enables the image of a two-dimensional object (mask) to be reconstructed using the spatio-temporal properties of a beam of particles with which it never interacts. Typically, two beams of correlated photons are used: one passes through the mask to a single-pixel (bucket) detector while the spatial profile of the other is measured by a high-resolution (multi-pixel) detector. The second beam never interacts with the mask. Neither detector can reconstruct the mask independently, but temporal cross-correlation between the two beams can be used to recover a 'ghost' image...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905060/perioperative-risk-adjustment-for-total-shoulder-arthroplasty-are-simple-clinically-driven-models-sufficient
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David N Bernstein, Aakash Keswani, David Ring
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in value-based health care in the United States. Statistical analysis of large databases can inform us of the factors associated with and the probability of adverse events and unplanned readmissions that diminish quality and add expense. For example, increased operating time and high blood urea nitrogen (BUN) are associated with adverse events, whereas patients on antihypertensive medications were more likely to have an unplanned readmission. Many surgeons rely on their knowledge and intuition when assessing the risk of a procedure...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903906/eupathdb-the-eukaryotic-pathogen-genomics-database-resource
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Cristina Aurrecoechea, Ana Barreto, Evelina Y Basenko, John Brestelli, Brian P Brunk, Shon Cade, Kathryn Crouch, Ryan Doherty, Dave Falke, Steve Fischer, Bindu Gajria, Omar S Harb, Mark Heiges, Christiane Hertz-Fowler, Sufen Hu, John Iodice, Jessica C Kissinger, Cris Lawrence, Wei Li, Deborah F Pinney, Jane A Pulman, David S Roos, Achchuthan Shanmugasundram, Fatima Silva-Franco, Sascha Steinbiss, Christian J Stoeckert, Drew Spruill, Haiming Wang, Susanne Warrenfeltz, Jie Zheng
The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database Resource (EuPathDB, http://eupathdb.org) is a collection of databases covering 170+ eukaryotic pathogens (protists & fungi), along with relevant free-living and non-pathogenic species, and select pathogen hosts. To facilitate the discovery of meaningful biological relationships, the databases couple preconfigured searches with visualization and analysis tools for comprehensive data mining via intuitive graphical interfaces and APIs. All data are analyzed with the same workflows, including creation of gene orthology profiles, so data are easily compared across data sets, data types and organisms...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903890/pharos-collating-protein-information-to-shed-light-on-the-druggable-genome
#17
Dac-Trung Nguyen, Stephen Mathias, Cristian Bologa, Soren Brunak, Nicolas Fernandez, Anna Gaulton, Anne Hersey, Jayme Holmes, Lars Juhl Jensen, Anneli Karlsson, Guixia Liu, Avi Ma'ayan, Geetha Mandava, Subramani Mani, Saurabh Mehta, John Overington, Juhee Patel, Andrew D Rouillard, Stephan Schürer, Timothy Sheils, Anton Simeonov, Larry A Sklar, Noel Southall, Oleg Ursu, Dusica Vidovic, Anna Waller, Jeremy Yang, Ajit Jadhav, Tudor I Oprea, Rajarshi Guha
The 'druggable genome' encompasses several protein families, but only a subset of targets within them have attracted significant research attention and thus have information about them publicly available. The Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) program was initiated in 2014, has the goal of developing experimental techniques and a Knowledge Management Center (KMC) that would collect and organize information about protein targets from four families, representing the most common druggable targets with an emphasis on understudied proteins...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903263/estimating-the-accuracy-of-muscle-response-testing-two-randomised-order-blinded-studies
#18
Anne M Jensen, Richard J Stevens, Amanda J Burls
BACKGROUND: Manual muscle testing (MMT) is a non-invasive assessment tool used by a variety of health care providers to evaluate neuromusculoskeletal integrity, and muscular strength in particular. In one form of MMT called muscle response testing (MRT), muscles are said to be tested, not to evaluate muscular strength, but neural control. One established, but insufficiently validated, application of MRT is to assess a patient's response to semantic stimuli (e.g. spoken lies) during a therapy session...
November 30, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900701/elbow-instability-are-we-able-to-classify-it-review-of-the-literature-and-proposal-of-an-all-inclusive-classification-system
#19
REVIEW
A Marinelli, E Guerra, R Rotini
BACKGROUND: In the recent years, considerable improvements have come in biomechanical knowledge about the role of elbow stabilizers. In particular, the complex interactions among the different stabilizers when injured at the same time have been better understood. Anyway, uncertainties about both nomenclature and classification still exist in the definition of the different patterns of instability. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The authors examine the literature of the last 130 years about elbow instability classification, analyzing the intuitions and the value of each of them...
December 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899908/commentary-incubation-and-intuition-in-creative-problem-solving
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COMMENT
Yuan Yuan, Wangbing Shen
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2016: Frontiers in Psychology
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