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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108444/cancer-risk-in-women-treated-with-fertility-drugs-according-to-parity-status-a-registry-based-cohort-study
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Marte M Reigstad, Ritsa Storeng, Tor A Myklebust, Nan B Oldereid, Anne K Omland, Trude E Robsahm, Louise A Brinton, Siri Vangen, Kari Furu, Inger K Larsen
Background Long-term safety of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) is of interest as use is increasing. Cancer risk is known to be affected by parity. This study examined risk of cancer after fertility treatment, stratified by women's parity. Methods Data was obtained on all women (n=1 353 724) born in Norway between 1960-1996. Drug exposure data (2004-2014) was obtained from the Norwegian Prescription Database [drugs used in ART and clomiphene citrate (CC)]. The Medical Birth Registry of Norway provided parity status...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108373/left-ventricle-segmentation-via-two-layer-level-sets-with-circular-shape-constraint
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Cong Yang, Weiguo Wu, Yuanqi Su, Shaoxiang Zhang
This paper proposes a circular shape constraint and a novel two-layer level set method for the segmentation of the left ventricle (LV) from short-axis magnetic resonance images without training any shape models. Since the shape of LV throughout the apex-base axis is close to a ring shape, we propose a circle fitting term in the level set framework to detect the endocardium. The circle fitting term imposes a penalty on the evolving contour from its fitting circle, and thereby handles quite well with issues in LV segmentation, especially the presence of outflow track in basal slices and the intensity overlap between TPM and the myocardium...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108305/efficient-dynamic-programming-algorithm-with-prior-knowledge-for-protein-%C3%AE-strand-alignment
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Mostafa Sabzekar, Mahmoud Naghibzadeh, Javad Sadri
One of the main tasks towards the prediction of protein β-sheet structure is to predict the native alignment of β-strands. The alignment of two β-strands defines similar regions that may reflect functional, structural, or evolutionary relationships between them. Therefore, any improvement in β-strands alignment not only reduces the computational search space but also improves β-sheet structure prediction accuracy. To define the alignment scores, previous studies utilized predicted residue-residue contacts (contact maps)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108201/-fluconazole-1200mg-or-800mg-for-cryptococcal-meningitis-treatment-in-ivory-coast
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G A Kouakou, N F Ello, N A Kassi, M Keita, A Doumbia, C Mossou, F K Kassi, A Tanon, E Ehui, S P Eholié
OBJECTIVE: Assessing the use of high-dose fluconazol monotherapy (1200mg or 800mg) in the treatment and prognosis of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis in Ivory Coast. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study carried out from August 2008 to August 2011 based on patients charts suffering from CM in the Abidjan Tropicals and Infectious Disease Unit. Mortality rate and associated factors were analyzed. RESULTS: Forty-six cases of cryptococcal meningitis (2...
January 17, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107850/application-of-magic-in-healthcare-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Michael T Lam, Helen R Lam, Lalit Chawla
STUDY DESIGN: Scoping review. INTRODUCTION: The art and science of magic traces back to ancient days. Physicians are often compared to magicians metaphorically. Nonetheless, there exist various genuine applications of magic in the healthcare setting. PURPOSE: To explore and summarize the literature reporting the applications of magic tricks or any derived techniques in healthcare or clinical environments. METHODS: A literature search was performed on ten databases: Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Central, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, PEDro, Scopus, the International Index to Performing Arts, General OneFile and Newstand, to identify references related to the application of magic in healthcare...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107810/hierarchically-ordered-porous-and-high-volume-poly-caprolactone-pcl-microchannel-scaffolds-enhanced-axon-growth-in-transected-spinal-cords
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Dena Shahriari, Jacob Y Koffler, Mark H Tuszynski, Wendy M Campana, Jeff S Sakamoto
The goal of this work was to design nerve guidance scaffolds with a unique architecture to maximize the open volume available for nerve growth. Poly caprolactone (PCL) was selected as the scaffold material based on its biocompatibility and month-long degradation. Yet, dense PCL does not exhibit suitable properties such as porosity, stiffness, strength and cell adhesion to function as an effective nerve guidance scaffold. To address these shortcomings, PCL was processed using a modified salt-leaching technique to create uniquely controlled interconnected porosity...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107628/constructing-fast-carrier-tracks-into-flexible-perovskite-photodetectors-to-greatly-improve-responsivity
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Xiaoming Li, Dejian Yu, Jun Chen, Yue Wang, Fei Cao, Yi Wei, Ye Wu, Lin Wang, Ying Zhu, Zhiguo Sun, Jianping Ji, Yalong Shen, Handong Sun, Haibo Zeng
Intrinsically high mobility and large absorption coefficient endow inorganic halide perovskites (IHPs) with great promise for high-performance photodetectors (PDs), which, however, are being hindered by the low carrier extraction and transport efficiency of the solution assembled films. Here, we report on a general strategy to enhance the film conductivity of perovskites that conductive nanonets were constructed with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to provide fast carriers tracks. As a result, the CsPbBr3 nanosheet/CNT composite films exhibit high conductivity and the advantages are demonstrated by the high performances of corresponding planar PDs...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107430/discontinuation-from-antiretroviral-therapy-a-continuing-challenge-among-adults-in-hiv-care-in-ethiopia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Paul Ward, Kifle Woldemichael Hajito, Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Leila Mohammadi, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: Discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the immunological benefit of treatment and increases complications related to human immune-deficiency virus (HIV). However, the risk factors for ART discontinuation are poorly understood in developing countries particularly in Ethiopia. This review aimed to assess the best available evidence regarding risk factors for ART discontinuation in Ethiopia. METHODS: Quantitative studies conducted in Ethiopia between 2002 and 2015 that evaluated factors associated with ART discontinuation were sought across six major databases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107222/romidepsin-induced-hiv-1-viremia-during-effective-art-contains-identical-viral-sequences-with-few-deleterious-mutations
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Anni Winckelmann, Kirston Barton, Bonnie Hiener, Timothy E Schlub, Wei Shao, Thomas A Rasmussen, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Sarah Palmer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the origin of the HIV-1 viremia induced by the latency-reversing agent romidepsin. DESIGN: Six individuals on suppressive antiretroviral therapy received romidepsin administered intravenously once weekly for three consecutive weeks. CD4+ T-cells were obtained at baseline, following the second and third romidepsin infusion, and 10 weeks after the final romidepsin treatment. METHODS: Single-genome sequencing of the env region was used to genetically characterize the virus from proviral DNA, the transcribed cell-associated RNA and the plasma RNA pool...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107221/cash-vs-food-assistance-to-improve-adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-among-hiv-infected-adults-in-tanzania-a-randomized-trial
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Sandra I McCoy, Prosper F Njau, Carolyn Fahey, Ntuli Kapologwe, Suneetha Kadiyala, Nicholas P Jewell, William H Dow, Nancy S Padian
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effectiveness of short-term cash and food assistance to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention in care among people living with HIV in Tanzania. METHODS: At three clinics, 805 participants were randomized to three groups in a 3 : 3 : 1 ratio, stratified by site : nutrition assessment and counseling (NAC) and cash transfers (∼$11/month, n = 347), NAC and food baskets (n = 345), and NAC-only (comparison group, n = 113, clinicaltrials...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107161/art-therapy-exhibitions-exploitation-or-advocacy
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Terri Davis
Promoting awareness of human trafficking by sharing trauma survivors' art and summaries of their life stories suggests ethical complexities that have been typically neglected by bioethicists. Although these survivors voluntarily share the objects they created during art therapy sessions, they are still at risk of harm, including further exploitation, due to their vulnerability, high rates of victim sensitivity, and the mental health consequences of their traumatic experiences. While some argue that the benefits of sublimation and art therapy for human trafficking survivors make sharing their art worth the risk, anti-trafficking organizations and supporters of such art exhibitions have responsibilities to be trauma informed...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106764/effective-alternating-direction-optimization-methods-for-sparsity-constrained-blind-image-deblurring
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Naixue Xiong, Ryan Wen Liu, Maohan Liang, Di Wu, Zhao Liu, Huisi Wu
Single-image blind deblurring for imaging sensors in the Internet of Things (IoT) is a challenging ill-conditioned inverse problem, which requires regularization techniques to stabilize the image restoration process. The purpose is to recover the underlying blur kernel and latent sharp image from only one blurred image. Under many degraded imaging conditions, the blur kernel could be considered not only spatially sparse, but also piecewise smooth with the support of a continuous curve. By taking advantage of the hybrid sparse properties of the blur kernel, a hybrid regularization method is proposed in this paper to robustly and accurately estimate the blur kernel...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106615/metal-artifact-reduction-in-x-ray-computed-tomography-using-computer-aided-design-data-of-implants-as-prior-information
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Veikko Ruth, Daniel Kolditz, Christian Steiding, Willi A Kalender
OBJECTIVES: The performance of metal artifact reduction (MAR) methods in x-ray computed tomography (CT) suffers from incorrect identification of metallic implants in the artifact-affected volumetric images. The aim of this study was to investigate potential improvements of state-of-the-art MAR methods by using prior information on geometry and material of the implant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The influence of a novel prior knowledge-based segmentation (PS) compared with threshold-based segmentation (TS) on 2 MAR methods (linear interpolation [LI] and normalized-MAR [NORMAR]) was investigated...
January 18, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106493/editorial-mastering-the-art-of-complex-neurosurgical-procedures-the-neurosurgical-atlas-and-the-journal-of-neurosurgery
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James T Rutka
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January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106216/kinetics-of-polymer-collapse-effect-of-temperature-on-cluster-growth-and-aging
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Suman Majumder, Johannes Zierenberg, Wolfhard Janke
Using state of the art Monte Carlo simulations of a bead-spring model we investigate both the equilibrium and the nonequilibrium behavior of the homopolymer collapse. The equilibrium properties obtained via multicanonical sampling recover the well-known finite-size scaling behavior of collapse for our model polymer. For the nonequilibrium dynamics we study the collapse by quenching the homopolymer from an expanded coiled state into the globular phase. The sequence of events observed during the collapse is independent of the quench depth...
January 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106058/selective-gating-to-vibrational-modes-through-resonant-x-ray-scattering
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Rafael C Couto, Vinícius V Cruz, Emelie Ertan, Sebastian Eckert, Mattis Fondell, Marcus Dantz, Brian Kennedy, Thorsten Schmitt, Annette Pietzsch, Freddy F Guimarães, Hans Ågren, Faris Gel'mukhanov, Michael Odelius, Victor Kimberg, Alexander Föhlisch
The dynamics of fragmentation and vibration of molecular systems with a large number of coupled degrees of freedom are key aspects for understanding chemical reactivity and properties. Here we present a resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) study to show how it is possible to break down such a complex multidimensional problem into elementary components. Local multimode nuclear wave packets created by X-ray excitation to different core-excited potential energy surfaces (PESs) will act as spatial gates to selectively probe the particular ground-state vibrational modes and, hence, the PES along these modes...
January 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105958/dmirnet-inferring-direct-microrna-mrna-association-networks
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Minsu Lee, HyungJune Lee
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important regulatory roles in the wide range of biological processes by inducing target mRNA degradation or translational repression. Based on the correlation between expression profiles of a miRNA and its target mRNA, various computational methods have previously been proposed to identify miRNA-mRNA association networks by incorporating the matched miRNA and mRNA expression profiles. However, there remain three major issues to be resolved in the conventional computation approaches for inferring miRNA-mRNA association networks from expression profiles...
December 5, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105954/the-amp-foot-3-new-generation-propulsive-prosthetic-feet-with-explosive-motion-characteristics-design-and-validation
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Pierre Cherelle, Victor Grosu, Manuel Cestari, Bram Vanderborght, Dirk Lefeber
The last decades, rehabilitation has become a challenging context for mechatronical engineering. From the state-of-the-art it is seen that the field of prosthetics offers very promising perspectives to roboticist. Today's prosthetic feet tend to improve amputee walking experience by delivering the necessary push-off forces while walking. Therefore, several new types of (compliant) actuators are developed in order to fulfill the torque and power requirements of a sound ankle-foot complex with minimized power consumption...
December 19, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105723/current-views-on-hunter-gatherer-nutrition-and-the-evolution-of-the-human-diet
#19
Alyssa N Crittenden, Stephanie L Schnorr
Diet composition and food choice are not only central to the daily lives of all living people, but are consistently linked with turning points in human evolutionary history. As such, scholars from a wide range of fields have taken great interest in the role that subsistence has played in both human cultural and biological evolution. Central to this discussion is the diet composition and nutrition of contemporary hunters and gatherers, who are frequently conscripted as model populations for ancestral human nutrition...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105685/evolution-of-gas-permeable-membranes-for-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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REVIEW
Torin Yeager, Shuvo Roy
Gas permeable membranes are a vital component of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation systems. Over more than half a century, membrane fabrication and packaging technology have progressed to enable safer and longer duration use of respiratory life support. Current research efforts seek to improve membrane efficiency and hemocompatibility, with the aim of producing smaller and more robust systems for ambulatory use. This review explores past and present innovations in oxygenator technology, suggesting possible applications of state-of-the-art membrane fabrication methods to address shortcomings of earlier concepts...
January 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
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