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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323889/towards-a-critical-evaluation-of-an-empirical-and-volume-based-solvation-function-for-ligand-docking
#2
Heloisa S Muniz, Alessandro S Nascimento
Molecular docking is an important tool for the discovery of new biologically active molecules given that the receptor structure is known. An excellent environment for the development of new methods and improvement of the current methods is being provided by the rapid growth in the number of proteins with known structure. The evaluation of the solvation energies outstands among the challenges for the modeling of the receptor-ligand interactions, especially in the context of molecular docking where a fast, though accurate, evaluation is ought to be achieved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323758/cervical-cancer-screening-intervals-and-management-for-women-living-with-hiv-a-risk-benchmarking-approach
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Hilary A Robbins, Howard D Strickler, L Stewart Massad, Christopher B Pierce, Teresa M Darragh, Howard Minkoff, Marla J Keller, Margaret Fischl, Joel Palefsky, Lisa Flowers, Lisa Rahangdale, Joel Milam, Sadeep Shrestha, Christine Colie, Gypsyamber Dʼsouza
OBJECTIVE: We suggested cervical cancer screening strategies for women living with HIV (WLHIV) by comparing their precancer risks to general population women, and then compared our suggestions to current CDC guidelines. DESIGN: We compared risks of biopsy-confirmed cervical high-grade squamous intraepithelial neoplasia or worse (bHSIL+), calculated among WLHIV in the Women's Interagency HIV Study, to "risk benchmarks" for specific management strategies in the general population...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319659/improving-computational-predictions-of-single-stranded-rna-tetramers-with-revised-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-torsional-parameters-for-the-amber-force-field
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David J Wales, Ilyas Yildirim
With current advancements in RNA based therapeutics, it is becoming crucial to utilize theoretical and computational methods to describe properly the physical properties of RNA molecules. NMR and X-ray crystallography are two powerful techniques for investigating structural properties. However, if the RNA molecules are complex or dynamic, these methods might not be adequate. For computational approaches, the quality of the force field will determine accuracy of our predictions. In this contribution, we revise the α/γ torsional parameters of RNA for amber force field using a model system representing an RNA dimer backbone...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319551/a-contemporary-medicolegal-analysis-of-implanted-devices-for-chronic-pain-management
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Christopher R Abrecht, Penny Greenberg, Ellen Song, Richard D Urman, James P Rathmell
BACKGROUND: Analysis of closed malpractice claims allows the study of rare but serious complications and likely results in improved patient safety by raising awareness of such complications. Clinical studies and closed claims analyses have previously reported on the common complications associated with intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS) and spinal cord stimulators (SCS). This study provides a contemporary analysis of claims from within the past 10 years. METHODS: We performed a closed claims analysis for a period January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 for cases with pain medicine as the primary service...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319382/time-resolved-spectroscopic-investigation-of-charge-trapping-in-carbon-nitrides-photocatalysts-for-hydrogen-generation
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Robert Godin, Yiou Wang, Martijn A Zwijnenburg, Junwang Tang, James R Durrant
Carbon nitride (g-C3N4) as a benchmark polymer photocatalyst is attracting significant research interest because of its visible light photocatalytic performance combined with good stability and facile synthesis. However, little is known about the fundamental photophysical processes of g-C3N4, which are key to explain and promote photoactivity. Using time-resolved absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies, we have investigated the photophysics of a series of carbon nitrides on timescales ranging from femtoseconds to seconds...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319131/a-direct-method-to-solve-optimal-knots-of-b-spline-curves-an-application-for-non-uniform-b-spline-curves-fitting
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Van Than Dung, Tegoeh Tjahjowidodo
B-spline functions are widely used in many industrial applications such as computer graphic representations, computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, computer numerical control, etc. Recently, there exist some demands, e.g. in reverse engineering (RE) area, to employ B-spline curves for non-trivial cases that include curves with discontinuous points, cusps or turning points from the sampled data. The most challenging task in these cases is in the identification of the number of knots and their respective locations in non-uniform space in the most efficient computational cost...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318667/paying-medicare-advantage-plans-to-level-or-tilt-the-playing-field
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Jacob Glazer, Thomas G McGuire
Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for health insurance through the public option of traditional Medicare (TM) or may join a private Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. Both are highly subsidized but in different ways. Medicare pays for most of costs directly in TM, and subsidizes MA plans based on a "benchmark" for each beneficiary choosing a private plan. The level of this benchmark is arguably the most important policy decision Medicare makes about the MA program. Many analysts recommend equalizing Medicare's subsidy across the options - referred to in policy circles as a "level playing field...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318287/findings-from-a-couple-based-open-trial-for-adult-anorexia-nervosa
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Donald H Baucom, Jennifer S Kirby, Melanie S Fischer, Brian R Baucom, Robert Hamer, Cynthia M Bulik
Adult anorexia nervosa (AN) often is persistent, significantly erodes quality of life for both the patient and loved ones, and carries high medical and psychiatric comorbidity. Whereas individual psychotherapy for adult AN leads to improvement in some patients, recent findings indicate that the magnitude of improvement is limited: Only a small percentage of individuals fully recover and dropout rates are high. Thus, it is important to build upon current interventions to improve treatment response. We present results from an open trial of a couple-based intervention for adult anorexia nervosa as an adjunct treatment to standard multidisciplinary care...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318061/educating-physicians-for-rural-america-validating-successes-and-identifying-remaining-challenges-with-the-rural-medical-scholars-program
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John R Wheat, James D Leeper, Shannon Murphy, John E Brandon, James R Jackson
PURPOSE: To evaluate the Rural Medical Scholars (RMS) Program's effectiveness to produce rural physicians for Alabama. METHODS: A nonrandomized intervention study compared RMS (1997-2002) with control groups in usual medical education (1991-2002) at the University of Alabama School of Medicine's main and regional campuses. Participants were RMS and others admitted to regular medical education, and the intervention was the RMS Program. Measures assessed the percentage of graduates practicing in rural areas...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318014/-solvent-hydrogen-bond-occlusion-a-new-model-of-polar-desolvation-for-biomolecular-energetics
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Andrea Bazzoli, John Karanicolas
Water engages in two important types of interactions near biomolecules: it forms ordered "cages" around exposed hydrophobic regions, and it participates in hydrogen bonds with surface polar groups. Both types of interaction are critical to biomolecular structure and function, but explicitly including an appropriate number of solvent molecules makes many applications computationally intractable. A number of implicit solvent models have been developed to address this problem, many of which treat these two solvation effects separately...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317476/myocardial-infarction-pathological-relevance-and-relationship-with-coronary-risk-factors
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Aurelio Leone
BACKGROUND: Three types of necrosis characterize MI: coagulation necrosis, typically due to a coronarogenic mechanism, coagulative myocytolysis with formation of contract bands as an effect of sympathetic nervous system and adrenergic stimulation, and colliquative myocytolysis, characterized by myocardial fiber lysis, which is a close result of hydrolytic enzyme activity deriving from the material reaching the infarct area. METHODS: Although a multifactorial etiology may be identified, nevertheless coronary alterations, which are a consequence of atherosclerotic plaque formation and complications with a reduced blood flow supply to the myocardium, are the benchmark of MI...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316039/public-health-data-in-action-an-analysis-of-using-louisiana-vital-statistics-for-quality-improvement-and-payment-reform
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Valery A Danilack, Rebekah E Gee, Danielle P Berthelot, Rebecca Gurvich, Janet H Muri
Introduction In 2012, the Louisiana (LA) Department of Health and Hospitals revised the LA birth certificate to include medical reasons for births before 39 completed weeks' gestation. We compared the completeness and validity of these data with hospital discharge records. Methods For births occurring 4/1/2012-9/30/2012 at Woman's Hospital of Baton Rouge, we linked maternal delivery and newborn birth data collected through the National Perinatal Information Center with LA birth certificates. Among early term births (37-38 completed weeks' gestation), we quantified the reasons for early delivery listed on the birth certificate and compared them with ICD-9-CM codes from Woman's discharge data...
March 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315634/comparing-mutation-calls-in-fixed-tumour-samples-between-the-affymetrix-oncoscan%C3%A2-array-and-pcr-based-next-generation-sequencing
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Henry M Wood, Joseph M Foster, Morag Taylor, Emma Tinkler-Hundal, Fiona S Togneri, Paula Wojtowicz, Assa Oumie, Karen G Spink, Fiona Brew, Philip Quirke
BACKGROUND: The importance of accurate and affordable mutation calling in fixed pathology samples is becoming increasingly important as we move into the era of personalised medicine. The Affymetrix OncoScan® Array platform is designed to produce actionable mutation calls in archival material. METHODS: We compared calls made using the OncoScan platform with calls made using a custom designed PCR panel followed by next-generation sequencing (NGS), in order to benchmark the sensitivity and specificity of the OncoScan calls in a large cohort of fixed tumour samples...
March 18, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315009/severe-underweight-decreases-the-survival-rate-in-adult-lung-transplantation
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Teruya Komatsu, Toyofumi F Chen-Yoshikawa, Ayako Oshima, Shin-Ichi Harashima, Akihiro Aoyama, Nobuya Inagaki, Hiroshi Date
PURPOSE: The body mass index (BMI) before lung transplantation (LT) is a benchmark of the post-LT survival. The aim of the study is to determine the BMI inadequate for the post-LT survival. METHODS: We examined the survival after LT in patients grouped into the following BMI categories: <18.5 kg/m(2) (underweight), 18.5-24.9 kg/m(2) (normal weight), 25-29.9 kg/m(2) (overweight), and ≥30.0 kg/m(2) (obese) according to the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria...
March 17, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314888/youtube-provides-poor-information-regarding-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury-and-reconstruction
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J T Cassidy, E Fitzgerald, E S Cassidy, M Cleary, D P Byrne, B M Devitt, J F Baker
PURPOSE: YouTube is a global medium used predominantly by young adults (aged 18-49 years). This study examined the quality of YouTube information regarding ACL injury and reconstruction. METHODS: YouTube was searched on the 13th of June 2015 for "ACL" and "anterior cruciate ligament" with/without associated terms of "injury", "reconstruction", and "surgery". Videos were evaluated by two independent reviewers [EF (Reviewer 1), (Reviewer 2)] using two recognized information scoring systems (Modified DISCERN (MD) 0-5 and JAMA Benchmark 0-4) and an adaptation of a score designed for written ACL information [ACL Specific Score (ASS) 0-25]...
March 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306210/benchmarking-transverse-spin-relaxation-based-oxygenation-measurements-in-the-brain-during-hypercapnia-and-hypoxia
#17
Wendy W Ni, Thomas Christen, Greg Zaharchuk
PURPOSE: To simultaneously assess reproducibility of three MRI transverse relaxation parameters ( R2', R2*, and R2 ) for brain tissue oxygenation mapping and to assess changes in these parameters with inhalation of gases that increase and decrease oxygenation, to identify the most sensitive parameter for imaging brain oxygenation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-eight healthy subjects (25 male, ages 35 ± 8 years) were scanned at 3.0 Tesla, each with one of four gases (mildly and strongly hypercapnic and hypoxic) administered in a challenge paradigm, using a gas delivery setup designed for patient use...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303688/patient-level-meta-analysis-of-999-claudicants-undergoing-primary-femoropopliteal-nitinol-stent-implantation
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Krishna J Rocha-Singh, Joshua A Beckman, Gary Ansel, Sean P Lyden, Peter Schneider, Manish Mehta, Michael Dake, Christopher M Mullin, Michael R Jaff
CONDENSED ABSTRACT: The factors that impact the clinical effectiveness of bare nitinol stents in claudicants with symptomatic femoropopliteal atherosclerosis are incompletely known. The authors analyzed variables that may influence stent durability and provide a benchmark for their effectiveness. Data analyzed from six studies (999 patients) included baseline noninvasive hemodynamic tests, angiographic characteristics, ultrasound defined stent patency and target lesion revascularization through 12-months...
March 17, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303250/predicting-presynaptic-and-postsynaptic-neurotoxins-by-developing-feature-selection-technique
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Hua Tang, Yunchun Yang, Chunmei Zhang, Rong Chen, Po Huang, Chenggang Duan, Ping Zou
Presynaptic and postsynaptic neurotoxins are proteins which act at the presynaptic and postsynaptic membrane. Correctly predicting presynaptic and postsynaptic neurotoxins will provide important clues for drug-target discovery and drug design. In this study, we developed a theoretical method to discriminate presynaptic neurotoxins from postsynaptic neurotoxins. A strict and objective benchmark dataset was constructed to train and test our proposed model. The dipeptide composition was used to formulate neurotoxin samples...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303099/meet-spinky-an-open-source-spindle-and-k-complex-detection-toolbox-validated-on-the-open-access-montreal-archive-of-sleep-studies-mass
#20
Tarek Lajnef, Christian O'Reilly, Etienne Combrisson, Sahbi Chaibi, Jean-Baptiste Eichenlaub, Perrine M Ruby, Pierre-Emmanuel Aguera, Mounir Samet, Abdennaceur Kachouri, Sonia Frenette, Julie Carrier, Karim Jerbi
Sleep spindles and K-complexes are among the most prominent micro-events observed in electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings during sleep. These EEG microstructures are thought to be hallmarks of sleep-related cognitive processes. Although tedious and time-consuming, their identification and quantification is important for sleep studies in both healthy subjects and patients with sleep disorders. Therefore, procedures for automatic detection of spindles and K-complexes could provide valuable assistance to researchers and clinicians in the field...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
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