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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335574/proof-of-concept-development-of-snow-liquid-water-content-profiler-using-cs650-reflectometers-at-caribou-me-usa
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Carlos L Pérez Díaz, Jonathan Muñoz, Tarendra Lakhankar, Reza Khanbilvardi, Peter Romanov
The quantity of liquid water in the snowpack defines its wetness. The temporal evolution of snow wetness's plays a significant role in wet-snow avalanche prediction, meltwater release, and water availability estimations and assessments within a river basin. However, it remains a difficult task and a demanding issue to measure the snowpack's liquid water content (LWC) and its temporal evolution with conventional in situ techniques. We propose an approach based on the use of time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and CS650 soil water content reflectometers to measure the snowpack's LWC and temperature profiles...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335573/ultratrace-detection-of-histamine-using-a-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-based-voltammetric-sensor
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Maedeh Akhoundian, Axel Rüter, Sudhirkumar Shinde
Rapid and cost-effective analysis of histamine, in food, environmental, and diagnostics research has been of interest recently. However, for certain applications, the already-existing biological receptor-based sensing methods have usage limits in terms of stability and costs. As a result, robust and cost-effective imprinted polymeric receptors can be the best alternative. In the present work, molecularly-imprinted polymers (MIPs) for histamine were synthesized using methacrylic acid in chloroform and acetonitrile as two different porogens...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335534/a-networked-sensor-system-for-the-analysis-of-plot-scale-hydrology
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German Villalba, Fernando Plaza, Xiaoyang Zhong, Tyler W Davis, Miguel Navarro, Yimei Li, Thomas A Slater, Yao Liang, Xu Liang
This study presents the latest updates to the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) testbed, a $50,000 USD, 104-node outdoor multi-hop wireless sensor network (WSN). The network collects environmental data from over 240 sensors, including the EC-5, MPS-1 and MPS-2 soil moisture and soil water potential sensors and self-made sap flow sensors, across a heterogeneous deployment comprised of MICAz, IRIS and TelosB wireless motes. A low-cost sensor board and software driver was developed for communicating with the analog and digital sensors...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335461/design-and-validation-of-a-low-cost-portable-device-to-quantify-postural-stability
#4
Yong Zhu
Measurement of the displacement of the center-of-pressure (COP) is an important tool used in biomechanics to assess postural stability and human balance. The goal of this research was to design and validate a low-cost portable device that can offer a quick indication of the state of postural stability and human balance related conditions. Approximate entropy (ApEn) values reflecting the amount of irregularity hiding in COP oscillations were used to calculate the index. The prototype adopted a portable design using the measurements of the load cells located at the four corners of a low-cost force platform...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335318/a-label-free-and-sensitive-fluorescent-qualitative-assay-for-bisphenol-a-based-on-rolling-circle-amplification-exonuclease-iii-combined-cascade-amplification
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Xia Li, Juan Song, Qing-Wang Xue, Fu-Heng You, Xia Lu, Yan-Cong Kong, Shu-Yi Ma, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
Bisphenol A (BPA) detection in drinking water and food packaging materials has attracted much attention since the discovery that BPA can interfere with normal physiological processes and cause adverse health effects. Here, we constructed a label-free aptamer fluorescent assay for selective and sensitive detection of BPA based on the rolling circle amplification (RCA)/Exonuclease III (Exo III)-combined cascade amplification strategy. First, the duplex DNA probe (RP) with anti-BPA aptamer and trigger sequence was designed for BPA recognition and signal amplification...
October 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335263/enhanced-deposition-uniformity-via-an-auxiliary-electrode-in-massive-electrospinning
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Dezhi Wu, Zhiming Xiao, Lei Deng, Yu Sun, Qiulin Tan, Linxi Dong, Shaohua Huang, Rui Zhu, Yifang Liu, Wanxi Zheng, Yang Zhao, Lingyun Wang, Daoheng Sun
Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced to improve the deposition uniformity of the nanofibers. The effects of the auxiliary electrode shape, the tilted angles and the position of the boat-like electrode on the electric field distribution, the diameter of the nanofibers, the jet control and the deposition uniformity were explored by using finite element analysis of the electric field and experiments...
July 22, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335224/structural-changes-induced-in-grapevine-vitis-vinifera-l-dna-by-femtosecond-ir-laser-pulses-a-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopic-study
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Nicoleta E Dina, Cristina M Muntean, Nicolae Leopold, Alexandra Fălămaș, Adela Halmagyi, Ana Coste
In this work, surface-enhanced Raman spectra of ten genomic DNAs extracted from leaf tissues of different grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) varieties, respectively, are analyzed in the wavenumber range 300-1800 cm(-1). Furthermore, structural changes induced in grapevine genomic nucleic acids upon femtosecond (170 fs) infrared (IR) laser pulse irradiation (λ = 1100 nm) are discussed in detail for seven genomic DNAs, respectively. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) signatures, vibrational band assignments and structural characterization of genomic DNAs are reported for each case...
May 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335004/barriers-and-facilitators-for-institutional-delivery-among-poor-mesoamerican-women-a-cross-sectional-study
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Bernardo Hernandez, Danny V Colombara, Marielle C Gagnier, Sima S Desai, Annie Haakenstad, Casey Johanns, Claire R McNellan, Jennifer Nelson, Erin B Palmisano, Diego Ríos-Zertuche, Alexandra Schaefer, Paola Zúñiga-Brenes, Emma Iriarte, Ali H Mokdad
Professional skilled care has shown to be one of the most promising strategies to reduce maternal mortality, and in-facility deliveries are a cost-effective way to ensure safe births. Countries in Mesoamerica have emphasized in-facility delivery care by professionally skilled attendants, but access to good-quality delivery care is still lacking for many women. We examined the characteristics of women who had a delivery in a health facility and determinants of the decision to bypass a closer facility and travel to a distant one...
March 15, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334342/tagging-snp-set-selection-with-maximum-information-based-on-linkage-disequilibrium-structure-in-genome-wide-association-studies
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Shudong Wang, Sicheng He, Fayou Yuan, Xinjie Zhu
Motivation: Effective tagging single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-set selection is crucial to SNP-set analysis in genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Most of the existing tagging SNP-set selection methods cannot make full use of the information hidden in common or rare variants associated diseases. It is noticed that some SNPs have overlapping genetic information owing to linkage disequilibrium (LD) structure between SNPs. Therefore, when testing the association between SNPs and disease susceptibility, it is sufficient to elect the representative SNPs (called tag SNP-set or tagSNP-set) with maximum information...
March 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334312/efficient-inference-for-genetic-association-studies-with-multiple-outcomes
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Helene Ruffieux, Anthony C Davison, Jorg Hager, Irina Irincheeva
Combined inference for heterogeneous high-dimensional data is critical in modern biology, where clinical and various kinds of molecular data may be available from a single study. Classical genetic association studies regress a single clinical outcome on many genetic variants one by one, but there is an increasing demand for joint analysis of many molecular outcomes and genetic variants in order to unravel functional interactions. Unfortunately, most existing approaches to joint modeling are either too simplistic to be powerful or are impracticable for computational reasons...
March 16, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334236/spirotetramat-resistance-selected-in-the-phenacoccus-solenopsis-homoptera-pseudococcidae-cross-resistance-patterns-stability-and-fitness-costs-analysis
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Masood Ejaz, Sarfraz Ali Shad
The Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) is a major agricultural and horticultural pest of crops throughout the world. To develop a better resistance management strategy for P. solenopsis, we conducted a study on life history parameters of different populations of this pest, one selected with spirotetramat (Spiro-SEL), an unselected (UNSEL) population, and their reciprocal crosses. We also studied the cross-resistance and the stability of spirotetramat resistance. The Spiro-SEL of P. solenopsis exhibited a 328...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334136/a-review-of-network-based-approaches-to-drug-repositioning
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Maryam Lotfi Shahreza, Nasser Ghadiri, Sayed Rasoul Mousavi, Jaleh Varshosaz, James R Green
Experimental drug development is time-consuming, expensive and limited to a relatively small number of targets. However, recent studies show that repositioning of existing drugs can function more efficiently than de novo experimental drug development to minimize costs and risks. Previous studies have proven that network analysis is a versatile platform for this purpose, as the biological networks are used to model interactions between many different biological concepts. The present study is an attempt to review network-based methods in predicting drug targets for drug repositioning...
February 27, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334070/detection-of-drug-drug-interactions-through-data-mining-studies-using-clinical-sources-scientific-literature-and-social-media
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Santiago Vilar, Carol Friedman, George Hripcsak
Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) constitute an important concern in drug development and postmarketing pharmacovigilance. They are considered the cause of many adverse drug effects exposing patients to higher risks and increasing public health system costs. Methods to follow-up and discover possible DDIs causing harm to the population are a primary aim of drug safety researchers. Here, we review different methodologies and recent advances using data mining to detect DDIs with impact on patients. We focus on data mining of different pharmacovigilance sources, such as the US Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System and electronic health records from medical institutions, as well as on the diverse data mining studies that use narrative text available in the scientific biomedical literature and social media...
February 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333982/understanding-health-policy-leaders-training-needs
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Carey Roth Bayer, L Lerissa Smith, Renée Volny Darko, Marissa McKool, Fengxia Yan, Harry Heiman
PURPOSE: We assessed the training needs of health policy leaders and practitioners across career stages; identified areas of core content for health policy training programs; and, identified training modalities for health policy leaders. METHODS: We convened a focus group of health policy leaders at varying career stages to inform the development of the Health Policy Leaders' Training Needs Assessment tool. We piloted and distributed the tool electronically. We used descriptive statistics and thematic coding for analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333917/a-clinical-utility-study-of-exome-sequencing-versus-conventional-genetic-testing-in-pediatric-neurology
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Lisenka E L M Vissers, Kirsten J M van Nimwegen, Jolanda H Schieving, Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, Tjitske Kleefstra, Helger G Yntema, Rolph Pfundt, Gert Jan van der Wilt, Lotte Krabbenborg, Han G Brunner, Simone van der Burg, Janneke Grutters, Joris A Veltman, Michèl A A P Willemsen
PURPOSE: Implementation of novel genetic diagnostic tests is generally driven by technological advances because they promise shorter turnaround times and/or higher diagnostic yields. Other aspects, including impact on clinical management or cost-effectiveness, are often not assessed in detail prior to implementation. METHODS: We studied the clinical utility of whole-exome sequencing (WES) in complex pediatric neurology in terms of diagnostic yield and costs. We analyzed 150 patients (and their parents) presenting with complex neurological disorders of suspected genetic origin...
March 23, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333691/asthma-prevalence-and-severity-in-low-resource-communities
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Álvaro A Cruz, Rafael Stelmach, Eduardo V Ponte
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of asthma was thought to be low in most low-income countries, but several reports have indicated this is not always true. This is a narrative review of recent publications on the burden of asthma in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) and underprivileged communities from developed countries. RECENT FINDINGS: Several studies have reported a low prevalence of asthma is LMIC, but indicate it is increasing. In the last few years, however, many surveys demonstrated this may not always be true...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333650/validation-of-static-and-dynamic-balance-assessment-using-microsoft-kinect-for-young-and-elderly-populations
#17
Moataz Eltoukhy, Christopher Kuenze, Jeonghoon Oh, Joseph Signorile
Reduction in balance is an indicator of fall risk, and therefore, an accurate and cost effective balance assessment tool is essential for prescribing effective postural control strategies. This study established the validity of the Kinect v2 sensor in assessing center of mass (CoM) excursion and velocity during single leg balance and voluntary ankle sway tasks among young and elderly subjects. We compared balance outcome measures (anteroposterior (AP) and mediolateral (ML) CoM excursion and velocity and average sway length) to a traditional three-dimensional motion analysis system...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333615/use-of-whonet-satscan-system-for-simulated-real-time-detection-of-antimicrobial-resistance-clusters-in-a-hospital-in-italy-2012-to-2014
#18
Alessandra Natale, John Stelling, Marcello Meledandri, Louisa A Messenger, Fortunato D'Ancona
Resistant pathogens infections cause in healthcare settings, higher patient mortality, longer hospitalisation times and higher costs for treatments. Strengthening and coordinating local, national and international surveillance systems is the cornerstone for the control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this study, the WHONET-SaTScan software was applied in a hospital in Italy to identify potential outbreaks of AMR. Data from San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome between 2012 and 2014 were extracted from the national surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance (AR-ISS) and analysed using the simulated prospective analysis for real-time cluster detection included in the WHONET-SaTScan software...
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333516/collaborative-mental-health-care-for-pediatric-behavior-disorders-in-primary-care-does-it-reduce-mental-health-care-costs
#19
Hao Yu, David J Kolko, Eunice Torres
OVERVIEW: One recently completed randomized controlled trial (RCT) demonstrated the effectiveness of a doctor-office collaborative care (DOCC), relative to enhanced usual care (EUC), for pediatric behavior problems and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In this study, we sought to extend the literature by incorporating a cost-analysis component at the conclusion of the aforementioned trial. To our knowledge, it was the first study to examine whether the DOCC model leads to lower costs of mental health services for children...
March 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333222/ivf-or-iui-as-first-line-treatment-in-unexplained-subfertility-the-conundrum-of-treatment-selection-markers
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R I Tjon-Kon-Fat, P Tajik, M H Zafarmand, A J Bensdorp, P M M Bossuyt, G J E Oosterhuis, R van Golde, S Repping, M D A Lambers, E Slappendel, D Perquin, M J Pelinck, J Gianotten, J W M Maas, M J C Eijkemans, F van der Veen, B W Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Are there treatment selection markers that could aid in identifying couples, with unexplained or mild male subfertility, who would have better chances of a healthy child with IVF with single embryo transfer (IVF-SET) than with IUI with ovarian stimulation (IUI-OS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: We did not find any treatment selection markers that were associated with better chances of a healthy child with IVF-SET instead of IUI-OS in couples with unexplained or mild male subfertility...
February 24, 2017: Human Reproduction
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