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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325017/diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy-can-differentiate-high-grade-and-low-grade-prostatic-carcinoma
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Priya N Werahera, Edward A Jasion, E David Crawford, M Scott Lucia, Adrie van Bokhoven, Holly T Sullivan, Fernando J Kim, Paul D Maroni, J David Port, John W Daily, Francisco G La Rosa
Prostate tumors are graded by the revised Gleason Score (GS) which is the sum of the two predominant Gleason grades present ranging from 6-10. GS 6 cancer exclusively with Gleason grade 3 is designated as low grade (LG) and correlates with better clinical prognosis for patients. GS >7 cancer with at least one of the Gleason grades 4 and 5 is designated as HG indicate worse prognosis for patients. Current transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies often fail to correctly diagnose HG prostate cancer due to sampling errors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324983/the-precuneus-may-encode-irrationality-in-human-gambling
#2
P Sacre, M S D Kerr, S Subramanian, K Kahn, J Gonzalez-Martinez, M A Johnson, S V Sarma, J T Gale
Humans often make irrational decisions, especially psychiatric patients who have dysfunctional cognitive and emotional circuitry. Understanding the neural basis of decision-making is therefore essential towards patient management, yet current studies suffer from several limitations. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have dominated decision-making neuroscience, but have poor temporal resolution and the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal is only a proxy for neural activity. On the other hand, lesion studies in humans used to infer functionality in decision-making lack characterization of neural activity altogether...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324979/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
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Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324978/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
#4
Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324948/association-between-visuomotor-adaptation-and-mathematics-skills
#5
M N Anwar, R Rehman, U Hassan
Learning a new motor skill involves multiple cognitive aspects such as attention, planning, prioritizing, execution, and error correction. In current study, we examined whether the students opted for pure mathematics at their undergraduate level have enhanced motor skills as compared to those pursuing biological sciences at the same level of education. A total of twenty subjects participated in a visuomotor adaptation task. The results showed that the overall movement related errors in subjects with mathematics background were lower than the biosciences students (p = 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324947/a-sparse-laguerre-volterra-autoregressive-model-for-seizure-prediction-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#6
Pen-Ning Yu, Shokofeh A Naiini, Christi N Heck, Charles Y Liu, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger
A sparse Laguerre-Volterra autoregressive model has been developed as feature extraction from subdural human EEG data for seizure prediction in temporal lobe epilepsy. The use of Laguerre-Volterra kernel can compactly yield an autoregressive model of longer system memory without increasing the number of the coefficients. In 6 sets of seizure, we used a sparse Laguerre-Volterra autoregressive model with 6 coefficients and the decay parameter of 0.2 and obtained the 10-fold cross-validation prediction results of high Matthews correlation coefficients (0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324943/overcoming-spatio-temporal-limitations-using-dynamically-scaled-in-vitro-pc-mri-a-flow-field-comparison-to-true-scale-computer-simulations-of-idealized-stented-and-patient-specific-left-main-bifurcations
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Susann Beier, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, John Cater, Stuart Norris, Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young, Kathleen Gilbert, Brett Cowan
The majority of patients with angina or heart failure have coronary artery disease. Left main bifurcations are particularly susceptible to pathological narrowing. Flow is a major factor of atheroma development, but limitations in imaging technology such as spatio-temporal resolution, signal-to-noise ratio (SNRv), and imaging artefacts prevent in vivo investigations. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling is a common numerical approach to study flow, but it requires a cautious and rigorous application for meaningful results...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324927/estimation-of-arterio-venous-access-blood-flow-in-hemodialysis-patients-using-video-image-processing-technique
#8
Fansan Zhu, Schantel Williams, Hannah Putnam, Israel Campos, Jie Ma, Camille Johnson, Franz Kappel, Peter Kotanko
Assessment of arterio-venous fistula (AVF) blood flow (ABF) is vital in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Currently, no non-invasive and contact-free technique is available to accurately measure ABF in routine clinical practice. In this study, we developed a novel approach using video image processing (VIP) to measure the change in optic flow in the skin. We the tested the hypothesis that the change in optical flow, expressed as the change in pixels between consecutive frames, is related to ABF. We recorded AVF videos in 40 HD patients using a digital camera and processed them by VIP technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324919/victorian-trabeculectomy-audit
#9
Jennifer C Fan Gaskin, Sukhpal S Sandhu, Mark J Walland
IMPORTANCE: This study highlights the efficacy and safety of trabeculectomy in Victoria, Australia. BACKGROUND: Trabeculectomy is currently the gold- standard in glaucoma surgery. However, its role has been increasingly questioned due to its associated risks and complications. This audit aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of trabeculectomy surgery in the state of Victoria, Australia. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, retrospective, and voluntary state- wide audit of trabeculectomy surgery by individual surgeons in 2012 with 24-months follow-up...
March 21, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324918/statistical-consequences-of-a-successful-lung-allocation-system-recovering-information-and-reducing-bias-in-models-for-urgency
#10
Nabihah Tayob, Susan Murray
The lung allocation system has reduced the number of waitlist deaths by ranking transplant candidates on the basis of a lung allocation score that requires estimation of the current 1-year restricted mean waitlist survival (urgency). Fewer waitlist deaths and the systematic removal of candidates from the waitlist for transplantation present statistical challenges that must be addressed when using recent waitlist data. Multiple overlapping 1-year follow-up windows are used in a restricted mean model that estimates patient urgency on the basis of updated risk factors at the start of the window...
March 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324909/an-extrapericardial-minimally-invasive-approach-for-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
#11
Jeko M Madjarov, Michael G Katz, Brad Poole, Svetozar Madzharov, John M Fedor, Francis Robicsek
The indications for placement of an implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have greatly expanded over the last years. However, standard transvenous approach is not suitable for a subset of patients who cannot benefit from ICD therapy. Here, we have demonstrated the feasibility and efficacy of extrapericardial ICD placement through a minimally invasive access in intact hearts as well as in postmyocardial infarction large animal models. Based on our data, we conclude that extrapericardial ICD placement is a feasible approach that may be a valuable alternative or adjunct to current defibrillator lead systems...
March 21, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324901/pediatric-feeding-disorders-and-severe-developmental-disabilities
#12
Jane ORegan Kleinert
Children with severe developmental disabilities face numerous challenges to function and participate in activities of daily life. One of the most significant challenges to accomplishing this goal is that of oral feeding disorders. Indeed, it is estimated that among children with developmental disabilities, up to 80 to 90% present with some level of feeding disorders. In addition, it has been shown that as the level of severity of intellectual disability increases, so does the severity of the oral feeding disorders...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324874/strategies-and-outcomes-of-repeat-mitral-valve-interventions-after-failed-mitraclip-therapy
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Carmelo Grasso, Sergio Buccheri, Davide Capodanno, Antonio Popolo Rubbio, Maria Elena Di Salvo, Salvatore Scandura, Sarah Mangiafico, Tatiana Salerno, Stefano Cannata, Veronica Dezio, Giuseppe Castania, Marco Barbanti, Piera Capranzano, Corrado Tamburino
Percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) with the MitraClip system (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA) is a valid therapeutic option for patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) deemed to be at high or prohibitive surgical risk. Despite the reassuring data on efficacy and long-term durability of the procedure, the proportion of patients with residual or relapsing severe MR after MitraClip therapy is not negligible. In light of the detrimental prognostic impact of severe MR, repeat interventions are increasingly performed in clinical practice using different techniques...
March 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324872/changing-trends-and-practices-in-cytopathology
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Maria F Gonzalez, Israh Akhtar, Varsha Manucha
OBJECTIVE: To explore the current and anticipated changes in the practice of cytopathology. STUDY DESIGN: The present review is based on a review of recent literature and an evaluation of the authors' personal experiences. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: In recent years the practice of cytopathology, nationwide and in our institute, has witnessed a major change affecting gynecologic and nongynecologic cytology. There has been a decline in the number of Papanicolaou tests which has affected the utilization of cytotechnologists and provoked a reorganization of their work flow...
March 22, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324859/bovine-serum-albumin-as-an-effective-sensitivity-enhancer-for-peptide-based-amperometric-biosensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-prostate-specific-antigen
#15
Zhongxue Tang, Yuanyuan Fu, Zhanfang Ma
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was firstly implemented as an effective sensitivity enhancer for a peptide-based amperometric biosensor for the ultrasensitive detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). A porous and conductive substrate of chitosan-lead ferrocyanide-(poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-graphene oxide) was in-situ generated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE), in which Pb2[Fe(CN)6] served as a novel redox species with strong current signal at -0.46 V (vs. Ag/AgCl). Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-graphene oxide was applied to improve conductivity of the substrate...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324851/assessing-the-impacts-of-best-management-practices-on-nitrate-pollution-in-an-agricultural-dominated-lowland-catchment-considering-environmental-protection-versus-economic-development
#16
Marcelo B Haas, Björn Guse, Nicola Fohrer
Water quality is strongly affected by nitrate inputs in agricultural catchments. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are alternative practices aiming to mitigate the impacts derived from agricultural activities and to improve water quality. Management activities are influenced by different governmental policies like the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Their distinct goals can be contrasting and hamper an integrated sustainable development. Both need to be addressed in the actual conjuncture in rural areas...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324831/primary-and-acquired-resistance-to-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-in-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Qiaohong Wang, Xia Wu
PD-1/PD-L1 blockade appears to be a very promising immunotherapy with significant clinical benefits and durable responses in multiple tumor types. However, the effectual clinical benefits of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade are hampered by a high rate of primary resistance, where patients do not respond to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade initially. And more distressingly, most patients eventually develop acquired resistance after an initial response to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade. The mechanisms underlying primary and acquired resistance to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade have remained ambiguous...
March 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324820/the-relationship-between-motorcycle-rider-behaviour-questionnaire-scores-and-crashes-for-riders-in-australia
#18
A N Stephens, J Brown, L de Rome, M R J Baldock, R Fernandes, M Fitzharris
Motorcycle riders are over-represented in road fatalities in Australia. While riders represent 18% of the road users killed each year, motorcycle registrations constitute only 4.5% of the registered vehicle fleet. The Motorcycle Rider Behaviour Questionnaire (MRBQ) was developed with a view toward understanding behaviours likely to be associated with crash risk. These include behaviours that are either intentional (such as violations of road and speed regulations and stunts) or unintentional (such as errors relating to traffic or control of the motorcycle), as well as protective behaviours related to use of safety equipment...
March 18, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324816/sex-differences-and-hormonal-modulation-of-ethanol-enhanced-risk-taking-in-rats
#19
Kathryn G Wallin-Miller, Jordyn Chesley, Juliana Castrillon, Ruth I Wood
BACKGROUND: Ethanol (EtOH) intake correlates with increased risk-taking, and sex differences exist in both EtOH use and risk-taking in humans and rats. However, the interaction of sex and gonadal hormones to affect risk-taking under the influence of EtOH has not been determined. This was the focus of the current study. METHODS: Adult Long-Evans rats (n=18 males and females) were gonadectomized and received hormone replacement at physiologic levels or blank implants (n=7-9/group)...
March 7, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324810/the-emotional-process-from-diagnosis-to-birth-following-a-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-anomaly-a-qualitative-study-of-messages-in-online-discussion-boards
#20
Tommy Carlsson, Veronica Starke, Elisabet Mattsson
OBJECTIVE: to explore written statements found in online discussion boards where parents currently expecting, or with previous experience of expecting, a child with a prenatally diagnosed congenital anomaly communicate about their emotional process from diagnosis to birth. DESIGN: cross-sectional qualitative study of messages in public online discussion boards. SETTING: Swedish public discussion boards about reproductive subjects. SAMPLE: ten pregnant women and eight parents (of children with prenatal diagnoses) who had written 852 messages in five threads in Swedish online discussion boards identified via systematic searches...
March 2, 2017: Midwifery
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