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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329765/structural-insights-into-adiponectin-receptors-suggest-ceramidase-activity
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Ieva Vasiliauskaité-Brooks, Remy Sounier, Pascal Rochaix, Gaëtan Bellot, Mathieu Fortier, François Hoh, Luigi De Colibus, Chérine Bechara, Essa M Saied, Christoph Arenz, Cédric Leyrat, Sébastien Granier
Adiponectin receptors (ADIPORs) are integral membrane proteins that control glucose and lipid metabolism by mediating, at least in part, a cellular ceramidase activity that catalyses the hydrolysis of ceramide to produce sphingosine and a free fatty acid (FFA). The crystal structures of the two receptor subtypes, ADIPOR1 and ADIPOR2, show a similar overall seven-transmembrane-domain architecture with large unoccupied cavities and a zinc binding site within the seven transmembrane domain. However, the molecular mechanisms by which ADIPORs function are not known...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328984/using-simulation-to-aid-trial-design-ring-vaccination-trials
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Matt David Thomas Hitchings, Rebecca Freeman Grais, Marc Lipsitch
BACKGROUND: The 2014-6 West African Ebola epidemic highlights the need for rigorous, rapid clinical trial methods for vaccines. A challenge for trial design is making sample size calculations based on incidence within the trial, total vaccine effect, and intracluster correlation, when these parameters are uncertain in the presence of indirect effects of vaccination. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We present a stochastic, compartmental model for a ring vaccination trial. After identification of an index case, a ring of contacts is recruited and either vaccinated immediately or after 21 days...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328758/posttransfusion-increase-of-hematocrit-per-se-does-not-improve-circulatory-oxygen-delivery-due-to-increased-blood-viscosity
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Robert Zimmerman, Amy G Tsai, Beatriz Y Salazar Vázquez, Pedro Cabrales, Axel Hofmann, Jens Meier, Aryeh Shander, Donat R Spahn, Joel M Friedman, Daniel M Tartakovsky, Marcos Intaglietta
BACKGROUND: Blood transfusion is used to treat acute anemia with the goal of increasing blood oxygen-carrying capacity as determined by hematocrit (Hct) and oxygen delivery (DO2). However, increasing Hct also increases blood viscosity, which may thus lower DO2 if the arterial circulation is a rigid hydraulic system as the resistance to blood flow will increase. The net effect of transfusion on DO2 in this system can be analyzed by using the relationship between Hct and systemic blood viscosity of circulating blood at the posttransfusion Hct to calculate DO2 and comparing this value with pretransfusion DO2...
March 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328525/moving-sum-of-number-of-positive-patient-result-as-a-quality-control-tool
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Jiakai Liu, Chin Hon Tan, Tony Badrick, Tze Ping Loh
BACKGROUND: Recently, the total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) assay used in a laboratory had a positive bias of 0.03 μg/L, which went undetected. Consequently, a number of post-prostatectomy patients with previously undetectable PSA concentrations (defined as <0.03 μg/L in that laboratory) were being reported as having detectable PSA, which suggested poorer prognosis according to clinical guidelines. METHODS: Through numerical simulations, we explored (1) how a small bias may evade the detection of routine quality control (QC) procedures with specific reference to the concentration of the QC material, (2) whether the use of 'average of normals' approach may detect such a small bias, and (3) describe the use of moving sum of number of patient results with detectable PSA as an adjunct QC procedure...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328504/blocked-elements-in-1-d-and-2-d-arrays-part-i-detection-and-basic-compensation-on-simulated-and-i-in-vivo-i-targets
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Marko Jakovljevic, Gianmarco Pinton, Jeremy J Dahl, Gregg Trahey
During a transcostal ultrasound scan, ribs and other highly attenuating and/or reflective tissue structures can block parts of the array. Blocked elements tend to limit the acoustic window and impede visualization of structures of interest. Here, we demonstrate a method to detect blocked elements and we measure the loss of image quality they introduce in simulation and in vivo. We utilize a fullwave simulation tool and a clinical ultrasound scanner to obtain element signals from fullysampled matrix arrays during simulated and in vivo transcostal liver scans, respectively...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327985/the-need-to-approximate-the-use-case-in-clinical-machine-learning
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Sohrab Saeb, Luca Lonini, Arun Jayaraman, David C Mohr, Konrad P Kording
Background: The availability of smartphone and wearable sensor technology is leading to a rapid accumulation of human subject data, and machine learning is emerging as a technique to map that data into clinical predictions. As machine learning algorithms are increasingly used to support clinical decision making, it is vital to reliably quantify their prediction accuracy. Cross-validation is the standard approach where the accuracy of such algorithms is evaluated on data the algorithm has not seen during training...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327473/simulation-study-of-a-d-shape-pet-scanner-for-improved-sensitivity-and-reduced-cost-in-whole-body-imaging
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Abdella M Ahmed, Hideaki Tashima, Taiga Yamaya
Many research efforts are being made to increase the sensitivity and improve the imaging performance of positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. Conventionally, sensitivity can be increased by increasing the number of detector rings in the axial direction (but at high cost) or reduce the diameter of the scanner (with the disadvantages of reducing the space for patients and degrading the spatial resolution due to the parallax error). In this study, we proposed a PET scanner with a truncated ring and an array of detectors that can be arranged in a straight line below the bed...
March 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327471/motion-compensation-in-extremity-cone-beam-ct-using-a-penalized-image-sharpness-criterion
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Alejandro Sisniega, Joseph Stayman, John Yorkston, Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Wojciech Zbijewski
Cone-beam CT (CBCT) for musculoskeletal imaging would benefit from a method to reduce the effects of involuntary patient motion. In particular, the continuing improvement in spatial resolution of CBCT may enable tasks such as quantitative assessment of bone microarchitecture (0.1 mm - 0.2 mm detail size), where even subtle, sub-mm motion blur might be detrimental. We propose a purely image based motion compensation method that requires no fiducials, tracking hardware or prior images. A statistical optimization algorithm (CMA-ES) is used to estimate a motion trajectory that optimizes an objective function consisting of an image sharpness criterion augmented by a regularization term that encourages smooth motion trajectories...
March 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327195/does-rating-the-operation-videos-with-a-checklist-score-improve-the-effect-of-e-learning-for-bariatric-surgical-training-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Javier Rodrigo De La Garza, Karl-Friedrich Kowalewski, Mirco Friedrich, Mona Wanda Schmidt, Thomas Bruckner, Hannes Götz Kenngott, Lars Fischer, Beat-Peter Müller-Stich, Felix Nickel
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic training has become an important part of surgical education. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is the most common bariatric procedure performed. Surgeons must be well trained prior to operating on a patient. Multimodality training is vital for bariatric surgery. E-learning with videos is a standard approach for training. The present study investigates whether scoring the operation videos with performance checklists improves learning effects and transfer to a simulated operation...
March 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326925/interaction-of-acupuncture-treatment-and-manipulation-laterality-modulated-by-the-default-mode-network
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Xuan Niu, Ming Zhang, Zhenyu Liu, Lijun Bai, Chuanzhu Sun, Shan Wang, Xiaocui Wang, Zhen Chen, Hongyan Chen, Jie Tian
Appropriate selection of ipsilateral or contralateral electroacupuncture (corresponding to the pain site) plays an important role in reaching its better curative effect; however, the involving brain mechanism still remains unclear. Compared with the heat pain model generally established in previous study, capsaicin pain model induces reversible cutaneous allodynia and is proved to be better simulating aspects of clinical nociceptive and neuropathic pain. In the current study, 24 subjects were randomly divided into two groups with a 2 × 2 factorial design: laterality (ipsi- or contralateral side, inter-subject) × treatment with counter-balanced at an interval of one week (verum and placebo electroacupuncture, within-subject)...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326347/the-insufficiencies-of-risk-analysis-of-impending-pathological-fractures-in-patients-with-femoral-metastases-a-literature-review
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Emir Benca, Janina M Patsch, Winfried Mayr, Dieter H Pahr, Reinhard Windhager
PURPOSE: Pathologic fractures in patients with bone metastases are a common problem in clinical orthopaedic routine. On one hand recognition of metastatic lesions, which are at a high risk of fracture, is essential for timely prophylactic fixation, while on the other hand patients with a low risk of pathologic fractures should be spared from overtreatment. The purpose of this review is to identify all methods for fracture risk evaluation in patients with femoral metastases in the literature and to evaluate their predictive values in clinical applications...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325584/development-of-a-surrogate-model-based-on-patient-weight-bone-mass-and-geometry-to-predict-femoral-neck-strains-and-fracture-loads
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Mark Taylor, Egon Perilli, Saulo Martelli
Osteoporosis and related bone fractures are an increasing global burden in our ageing society. Areal bone mineral density assessed through dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), the clinically accepted and most used method, is not sufficient to assess fracture risk individually. Finite element (FE) modelling has shown improvements in prediction of fracture risk, better than aBMD from DEXA, but is not practical for widespread clinical use. The aim of this study was to develop an adaptive neural network (ANN)-based surrogate model to predict femoral neck strains and fracture loads obtained from a previously developed population-based FE model...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325105/geomapping-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-canada-and-factors-related-to-triage-pattern
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Christiana L Cheng, Vanessa K Noonan, Jayson Shurgold, Jason Chen, Carly S Rivers, Hamid Khaleghi Hamedani, Suzanne Humphreys, Christopher Bailey, Najmedden Attabib, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, Michael Goytan, Jérôme Paquet, Richard Fox, Henry Ahn, Brian K Kwon, Daryl R Fourney
Current research indicates that more than half of patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) experience delays in transfer and receive surgery more than 24 hours post-injury. The objectives of this study were to determine the geographic distribution of tSCI in Canada relative to specialized treatment facilities, to assess clinical and logistical factors at play for indirect admissions to those facilities, and to explore differences in current time to admission and simulated scenarios in an attempt to assess the potential impact of changes to triage protocols...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325006/a-simplified-state-space-model-of-biventricular-assist-device-cardiovascular-system-interaction
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Vivian C A Koh, Einly Lim, Boon Chiang Ng, Yong Kuen Ho, Nigel H Lovell
A simplified state-space model of biventricular assist device (BiVAD)-cardiovascular system (CVS) interaction is presented. The state-space equations includes a six-compartments CVS model incorporating the ventricles, the pulmonary and systemic circulations as well as the non-linear behavior of the valve flow, together with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) component. The left and right pump speeds serve as the input variables for the state-space model. The model is simulated with three operational modes, i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
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Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324454/reward-circuitry-in-addiction
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Sarah Cooper, A J Robison, Michelle S Mazei-Robison
Understanding the brain circuitry that underlies reward is critical to improve treatment for many common health issues, including obesity, depression, and addiction. Here we focus on insights into the organization and function of reward circuitry and its synaptic and structural adaptations in response to cocaine exposure. While the importance of certain circuits, such as the mesocorticolimbic dopamine pathway, are well established in drug reward, recent studies using genetics-based tools have revealed functional changes throughout the reward circuitry that contribute to different facets of addiction, such as relapse and craving...
March 21, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323922/fibrogenesis-imperfecta-ossium-and-response-to-human-growth-hormone-a-potential-novel-therapy
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Sanjay Kumar Bhadada, Vandana Dhiman, Soham Mukherjee, Sameer Aggarwal, Amanjit Bal, Suja P Sukumar, Ashwani Sood, Dinesh Chandra Sharma, Niranjan Khandelwal, Anil Bhansali, Wim Van Hul, Sudhaker D Rao
Context: Fibrogenesis imperfecta ossium (FIO) is a rare bone disease manifested by generalized bone pain, fragility fractures, progressive disability, and extensive mineralization defect on bone biopsy. The pathogenesis of the disease is unknown and currently there is no effective treatment. Objective: To report on the effect of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) therapy in FIO. Design: An observational study in two patients. Setting: Endocrinology Clinic in an Academic Institution Patients or Other Participants: Two siblings with FIO Intervention(s): rhGH was administered subcutaneously at a dose of 1U daily for one year...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323871/power-considerations-for-the-application-of-detrended-fluctuation-analysis-in-gait-variability-studies
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Nikita A Kuznetsov, Christopher K Rhea
The assessment of gait variability using stochastic signal processing techniques such as detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) has been shown to be a sensitive tool for evaluation of gait alterations due to aging and neuromuscular disease. However, previous studies have suggested that the application of DFA requires relatively long recordings (600 strides), which is difficult when working with clinical populations or older adults. In this paper we propose a model for predicting DFA variance in experimental data and conduct a Monte Carlo simulation to estimate the sample size and number of trials required to detect a change in DFA scaling exponent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323753/budget-impact-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-french-clinic-cohort-anrs-gota
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Emmanuelle Papot, Roland Landman, Françoise Louni, Charlotte Charpentier, Gilles Peytavin, Agnès Certain, Clémence Fradet, Daniela Rojas Castro, Marie Preau, Cécile Goujard, Patrick Yeni, Yazdan Yazdanpanah
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we first assessed costs associated with the use of ART in an infectious diseases University Hospital Clinic, we secondly evaluated characteristics associated with these costs, and finally simulated the impact on the overall ART budget of switching 1- and 2-line regimens to less costly regimens (as effective and well-tolerated). DESIGN: Cohort analysis including PLHIV ≥ 18 years on ART to estimate ART costs during 2014. METHODS: This study was conducted in the Bichat-Claude Bernard University Hospital Clinic in Paris, France, where 4,501 PLHIV consulted in 2014...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323515/a-nested-group-sequential-framework-for-regional-evaluation-in-global-drug-development-program
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William Wang, Zhiwei Jiang, Jingjun Qiu, Jielai Xia, Xiang Guo
The primary objective of a multiregional clinical trial (MRCT) is to assess the efficacy of all participating regions and evaluate the probability of applying the overall results to a specific region. The consistency assessment of the target region with the overall results is the most common way of evaluating the efficacy in a specific region. Recently, Huang et al. (2012) proposed an additional trial in the target region to an MRCT to evaluate the efficacy in the target ethnic (TE) population under the framework of simultaneous global drug development program (SGDDP)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
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