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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637740/tablet-computers-versus-optical-aids-to-support-education-and-learning-in-children-and-young-people-with-low-vision-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-create-children-reading-with-electronic-assistance-to-educate
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Michael D Crossland, Rachel Thomas, Hilary Unwin, Seelam Bharani, Vijaya K Gothwal, Ana Quartilho, Catey Bunce, Annegret Dahlmann-Noor
INTRODUCTION: Low vision and blindness adversely affect education and independence of children and young people. New 'assistive' technologies such as tablet computers can display text in enlarged font, read text out to the user, allow speech input and conversion into typed text, offer document and spreadsheet processing and give access to wide sources of information such as the internet. Research on these devices in low vision has been limited to case series. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will carry out a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the feasibility of a full RCT of assistive technologies for children/young people with low vision...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633344/pheno4j-a-gene-to-phenotype-graph-database
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Sajid Mughal, Ismail Moghul, Jing Yu, Tristan Clark, David S Gregory, Nikolas Pontikos
Summary: Efficient storage and querying of large amounts of genetic and phenotypic data is crucial to contemporary clinical genetic research. This introduces computational challenges for classical relational databases, due to the sparsity and sheer volume of the data. Our Java based solution loads annotated genetic variants and well phenotyped patients into a graph database to allow fast efficient storage and querying of large volumes of structured genetic and phenotypic data. This abstracts technical problems away and lets researchers focus on the science rather than the implementation...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616133/naked-eye-detection-of-multiple-tumor-related-mrnas-from-patients-with-photonic-crystal-micropattern-supported-dual-modal-upconversion-bioprobes
#3
Xiaoxia Hu, Yingqian Wang, Haoyang Liu, Jie Wang, Yaning Tan, Fubing Wang, Quan Yuan, Weihong Tan
Development of a portable device for the detection of multiple mRNAs is a significant need in the early diagnosis of cancer. We have designed a biochip-based mRNA detection device by combining a hydrophilic-hydrophobic micropattern with upconversion luminescence (UCL) probes. The device achieves highly sensitive detection, using the naked eye, of multiple mRNAs among patient samples. The high sensitivity is attributed to enrichment of the target concentration and a fluorescence enhancement effect. In addition, since the photonic crystal (PC) dot biochip is functionalized with dual-wavelength excitation UCL probes, two kinds of mRNAs in the heterogeneous biological samples are detected simultaneously, and the corresponding luminescence signals are captured using an unmodified camera phone...
January 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613964/early-and-late-onset-preeclampsia-and-the-dna-methylation-of-circadian-clock-and-clock-controlled-genes-in-placental-and-newborn-tissues
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C B van den Berg, I Chaves, E M Herzog, S P Willemsen, G T J van der Horst, R P M Steegers-Theunissen
The placenta is important in providing a healthy environment for the fetus and plays a central role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia (PE). Fetal and placental developments are influenced by epigenetic programming. There is some evidence that PE is controlled to an altered circadian homeostasis. In a nested case-control study embedded in the Rotterdam Periconceptional Cohort, we obtained placental tissue, umbilical cord leukocytes (UCL), and human umbilical venous endothelial cells of 13 early-onset PE, 16 late-onset PE and 83 controls comprising 36 uncomplicated and 47 complicated pregnancies, i...
June 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607764/chronic-medial-instability-of-the-elbow
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Felix H Savoie, Michael O'Brien
Damage to the medial collateral ligament of the elbow from an instability episode usually heals with non-operative treatment. In some cases, residual instability may occur, leading to functional impairment.Non-operative management can be successful when bracing, taping and therapy are used to stabilise the elbow.A recent report detailing the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma in effectively treating ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries in throwers has shown promise. However, there remain specific groups that should be considered for repair or reconstruction...
January 2017: EFORT open reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602305/identification-of-non-intentionally-added-substances-in-food-packaging-nano-films-by-gas-and-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry
#6
M J Martínez-Bueno, M D Hernando, S Uclés, L Rajski, S Cimmino, A R Fernández-Alba
The control of chemical migration from new functionalized food contact materials (FCMs) is a challenge for meeting food safety requirements. The non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) constitute a group of chemicals that are not applied, but may be introduced or formed during the production process of FCMs. This study describes a multi-analytical approach for the evaluation of unknown substances that migrate from FCMs. A case study is presented using a developed polymer consisting of a monolayer film with polylactic acid (PLA), polylimonene (PL) and zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs)...
September 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586045/low-htra1-expression-in-patients-with-long%C3%A2-standing-ulcerative-colitis-and-colorectal-cancer
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Emma Altobelli, Giovanni Latella, Manrico Morroni, Caterina Licini, Giovanni Tossetta, Roberta Mazzucchelli, Valerio F Profeta, Gino Coletti, Pietro Leocata, Mario Castellucci, Mario Guerrieri, Reimondo Petrocelli, Berardo De Berardis, Marina De Padova, Gabriella Di Leonardo, Antonella Paladini, Filippo Mignosi, Gina Quaglione, Roberto Fagnano, Daniela Marzioni
The association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) is being increasingly investigated. HtrA1 overexpression inhibits cell growth and proliferation by influencing apoptosis, invasiveness and migration of tumour cells. In the present study, HtrA1 expression was analysed in 228 colon tissue samples from patients with CRC, adenoma with high-grade dysplasia (AHD), adenoma with low-grade dysplasia (ALD), ulcerative colitis of >10 year duration (UCL), ulcerative colitis of <5 year duration (UCS) and colonic diverticulitis (D), and was compared with its expression in normal colon tissues (NCTs) collected 5 cm from the CRC lesion and in healthy colon mucosa (HC), to establish whether HtrA1 can serve as a biomarker for these conditions...
June 6, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554915/support-received-after-bereavement-by-suicide-and-other-sudden-deaths-a-cross-sectional-uk-study-of-3432-young-bereaved-adults
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Alexandra L Pitman, Khadija Rantell, Paul Moran, Lester Sireling, Louise Marston, Michael King, David Osborn
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that people bereaved by suicide are less likely to receive formal or informal support than people bereaved by other causes of sudden death. DESIGN: National cross-sectional study. SETTING: Adults working or studying at any UK higher education institution (HEI) in 2010. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 3432 eligible respondents aged 18-40 years bereaved by the sudden death of a close friend or relative, sampled from approximately 659 572 bereaved and non-bereaved staff and students at 37 of 164 UK HEIs invited to participate...
May 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540851/from-xe-2100-to-xn-9000-from-sis-standard-to-gfhc-recommendations-for-slide-review-potential-impact-on-review-rate-and-turnaround-time
#9
Anne Tamigniau, Nicolas Bailly, Bernard Chatelain, François Mullier
In 2014, we moved from XE-2100 with Standard SIS rules to XN-9000 with GFHC recommendations for slide review. The aim of our study was to evaluate the potential impact of the new Sysmex(®) automation with implementation of GFHC rules on our review rate, turnaround time (TAT), workload and on CD34+ stem cells enumeration. We conducted a retrospective observational study from September 2013 through August 2014, in CHU Dinant Godinne UCL Namur. With the GFHC recommendations and the new Sysmex(®) automation, we significantly reduced our review rate by nearly 30% considering all units (35...
June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532867/ultrasound-study-of-elbow-ulnar-collateral-ligament-changes-in-collegiate-baseball-players-a-pilot-study
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Johnathan Erb, Heather Sherman, Sydney Williard, Julien Bui, Aimie Kachingwe
OBJECTIVE: To assess changes in elbow ulnar collateral ligament length in college baseball pitchers over the course of a single season. DESIGN: Cohort Feasibility Study. METHODS: Diagnostic ultrasound was used to assess both the dominant and non-dominant medial elbow joint space in four pitchers and five fielders and compared to in-game pitching data. Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle range of motion measurements were also taken...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511143/dna-assisted-upconversion-nanoplatform-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-therapy-and-laser-switchable-drug-detoxification
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Luoyuan Li, Panlong Hao, Peng Wei, Limin Fu, Xicheng Ai, Jianping Zhang, Jing Zhou
The side effects of chemotherapy bring significant physical and psychological suffering to patients. To solve this urgent medical problem, Yb(3+) and Er(3+) co-doped NaLuF4 upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were constructed for upconversion luminescence (UCL)-labeled diagnosis under 980 nm laser irradiation. The UCNPs were then modified layer by layer with polypyrrole and a special programming DNA segment as photothermal conversion agents and controllable drug carriers, respectively. The nanoplatform was successfully used for imaging-guided synergistic therapy (photothermal therapy and chemotherapy) at a safe power density (300 mW cm(-2)), and DNA-assisted detoxification at lower temperature in cancer cells when the laser off...
May 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485391/magnetic-resonance-imaging-targeted-transperineal-prostate-biopsy-a-local-anaesthetic-approach
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E J Bass, I A Donaldson, A Freeman, C Jameson, S Punwani, C Moore, M Arya, M Emberton, H U Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Despite high rates of disease misclassification and sepsis, the use of transrectal biopsy remains commonplace. Transperineal mapping biopsies mitigate these problems but carry increased cost and patient burden. Local anaesthetic, multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-targeted transperineal biopsy may offer an alternative. Here, we aim to determine the feasibility, tolerability and detection rates of clinically significant prostate cancer using a local anaesthetic, transperineal, MRI-targeted biopsy technique...
May 9, 2017: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480535/integrated-continuous-bioprocessing-economic-operational-and-environmental-feasibility-for-clinical-and-commercial-antibody-manufacture
#13
James Pollock, Jon Coffman, Sa V Ho, Suzanne S Farid
This paper presents a systems approach to evaluating the potential of integrated continuous bioprocessing for monoclonal antibody (mAb) manufacture across a product's lifecycle from pre-clinical to commercial manufacture. The economic, operational and environmental feasibility of alternative continuous manufacturing strategies were evaluated holistically using a prototype UCL decisional tool that integrated process economics, discrete-event simulation, environmental impact analysis, operational risk analysis and multi-attribute decision-making...
May 8, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463739/a-multifunctional-probe-for-icp-ms-determination-and-multimodal-imaging-of-cancer-cells
#14
Bin Yang, Yuan Zhang, Beibei Chen, Man He, Xiao Yin, Han Wang, Xiaoting Li, Bin Hu
Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) based bioassay and multimodal imaging have attracted increasing attention in the current development of cancer research and theranostics. Herein, a sensitive, simple, timesaving, and reliable immunoassay for cancer cells counting and dual-modal imaging was proposed by using ICP-MS detection and down-conversion fluorescence (FL)/upconversion luminescence (UCL) with the aid of a multifunctional probe for the first time. The probe consisted of a recognition unit of goat anti-mouse IgG to label the anti-EpCAM antibody attached cells, a fluorescent dye (Cy3) moiety for FL imaging as well as upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) tag for both ICP-MS quantification and UCL imaging of cancer cells...
April 26, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456096/identifying-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-associated-variants-in-the-annexin-a2-anxa2-gene
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Roaa Hani Fairoozy, Jackie Cooper, Jon White, Claudia Giambartolomei, Lasse Folkersen, S Goya Wannamethee, Barbara J Jefferis, Peter Whincup, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Meena Kumari, Mika Kivimaki, Andrew Wong, Rebecca Hardy, Diana Kuh, Tom R Gaunt, J P Casas, Stela McLachlan, Jackie F Price, Aroon Hingorani, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Thomas Grewal, Anastasia Z Kalea, Steve E Humphries
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Annexin-A2 (AnxA2) is an endogenous inhibitor of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type-9 (PCSK9). The repeat-one (R1) domain of AnxA2 binds to PCSK9, blocking its ability to promote degradation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol-receptors (LDL-R) and thereby regulate low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. Here we identify variants in ANXA2 influencing LDL-C levels and we determine the molecular mechanisms of their effects. RESULTS: The ANXA2 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotype-phenotype association was examined using the Second-Northwick-Park Heart Study (NPHSII) (n∼2700) and the UCL-LSHTM-Edinburgh-Bristol (UCLEB) consortium (n∼14,600)...
June 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448234/leveraging-clinical-imaging-archives-for-radiomics-reliability-of-automated-methods-for-brain-volume-measurement
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Viraj R Adduru, Andrew M Michael, Maria Helguera, Stefi A Baum, Gregory J Moore
Purpose To validate the use of thick-section clinically acquired magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data for estimating total brain volume (TBV), gray matter (GM) volume (GMV), and white matter (WM) volume (WMV) by using three widely used automated toolboxes: SPM ( www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/ ), FreeSurfer ( surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu ), and FSL (FMRIB software library; Oxford Centre for Functional MR Imaging of the Brain, Oxford, England, https://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl ). Materials and Methods MR images from a clinical archive were used and data were deidentified...
April 27, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434710/shifting-the-paradigm-in-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-pesticide-analysis-using-high-resolution-accurate-mass-spectrometry
#17
S Uclés, A Uclés, A Lozano, M J Martínez Bueno, A R Fernández-Alba
In the last 10 years, the majority of the pesticide food control laboratories moved from GC-MS to GC-MS/MS as the preferred analytical technique to address GC amenable compounds. The main reason for this change was the negative impact on the single stage GC-MS analysis caused by the interference from coeluting matrix compounds. The new development of gas chromatography coupled to high resolution accurate mass spectrometry (GC-HRAMS) provides opportunities to overcome such matrix interferences as a result of its much higher selectivity; allowing laboratories to carry out full-scan analysis covering the most exigent analytical performance criteria...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424849/ultrasound-evaluation-of-the-ulnar-collateral-ligament-of-the-elbow-which-method-is-most-reproducible
#18
Mehool Shukla, Robert Keller, Nathan Marshall, Hafeez Ahmed, Courtney Scher, Vasilios Bill Moutzouros, Marnix van Holsbeeck
INTRODUCTION: The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is an important medial stabilizer of the elbow, particularly in overhead-throwing athletes. However, there is no universally accepted method for evaluating UCL thickness with ultrasound (US). OBJECTIVE: To assess reproducibility of previously published methods, as well as a modified technique, for evaluating the UCL via US. We hypothesize that a modified technique would show greater reproducibility. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using US, the thickness of the UCL in 50 volunteers was measured by two musculoskeletal trained radiologists using two different measurement techniques...
August 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423800/project-peach-at-uclh-student-projects-in-healthcare-computing
#19
Navin Ramachandran, Dean Mohamedally, Paul Taylor
A collaboration between clinicians at UCLH and the Dept of Computer Science at UCL is giving students of computer science the opportunity to undertake real healthcare computing projects as part of their education. This is enabling the creation of a significant research computing platform within the Trust, based on open source components and hosted in the cloud, while providing a large group of students with experience of the specific challenges of health IT.
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419258/eigenthreader-analogous-protein-fold-recognition-by-efficient-contact-map-threading
#20
Daniel Wa Buchan, David T Jones
Motivation: Protein fold recognition when appropriate, evolutionarily-related, structural templates can be identified is often trivial and may even be viewed as a solved problem. However in cases where no homologous structural templates can be detected, fold recognition is a notoriously difficult problem (Moult, Fidelis et al. 2014). Here we present EigenTHREADER, a novel fold recognition method capable of identifying folds where no homologous structures can be identified. EigenTHREADER takes a query amino acid sequence, generates a map of intra-residue contacts, and then searches a library of contact maps of known structures...
April 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
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