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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922640/brain-network-reorganization-differs-in-response-to-stress-in-rats-genetically-predisposed-to-depression-and-stress-resilient-rats
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N Gass, R Becker, A J Schwarz, W Weber-Fahr, C Clemm von Hohenberg, B Vollmayr, A Sartorius
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains a pressing clinical problem. Optimizing treatment requires better definition of the specificity of the involved brain circuits. The rat strain bred for negative cognitive state (NC) represents a genetic animal model of TRD with high face, construct and predictive validity. Vice versa, the positive cognitive state (PC) strain represents a stress-resilient phenotype. Although NC rats show depressive-like behavior, some symptoms such as anhedonia require an external trigger, i...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919703/prediction-and-mechanism-elucidation-of-analyte-retention-on-phospholipid-stationary-phases-iam-hplc-by-in-silico-calculated-physico-chemical-descriptors
#2
Giacomo Russo, Lucia Grumetto, Francesco Barbato, Giulio Vistoli, Alessandro Pedretti
The present study proposes a method for an in silico calculation of phospholipophilicity. Phospholipophilicity is intended as the measure of analyte affinity for phospholipids; it is currently assessed by HPLC measures of analyte retention on phosphatidylcholine-like stationary phases (IAM - Immobilized Artificial Membrane) resulting in log kW(IAM) values. Due to the amphipathic and electrically charged nature of phospholipids, retention on these stationary phases results from complex mechanisms, being affected not only by lipophilicity (as measured by n-octanol/aqueous phase partition coefficients, log P) but also by the occurrence of polar and/or electrostatic intermolecular interaction forces...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918852/anomaly-detection-outperforms-logistic-regression-in-predicting-outcomes-in-trauma-patients
#3
Zachary D W Dezman, Chen Gao, Shiming Yang, Peter Hu, Li Yao, Hsiao-Chi Li, Chein-I Chang, Colin Mackenzie
OBJECTIVE: Recent advancements in trauma resuscitation have shown a great benefit of early identification and control of hemorrhage, which is the most common cause of death in injured patients. We introduce a new analytical approach, anomaly detection (AD), as an alternative method to the traditional logistic regression (LR) method in predicting which injured patients receive transfusions, intensive care, and other interventions. METHODS: We abstracted routinely collected prehospital vital sign data from patient records (adult patients who survived more than 15 minutes after being directly admitted to a level 1 trauma center)...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918839/clinical-utility-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-cytomegalovirus-viral-loads-in-the-diagnosis-of-cytomegalovirus-pneumonitis-in-infants
#4
Kerusha Govender, Prakash Jeena, Raveen Parboosing
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonitis is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality of children in Africa. The current practice for diagnosing CMV pneumonitis in this setting is based on interpretation of clinical, laboratory, and radiological findings. There is a need for a sensitive and specific laboratory test to objectively distinguish between patients with CMV pneumonitis and those with CMV infection, and non-CMV pneumonia. In this study, we compared plasma and non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage (NBBAL) CMV viral loads in patients with CMV pneumonitis and those with CMV infection and non-CMV pneumonia...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918664/modern-techniques-and-technologies-applied-to-training-and-performance-monitoring
#5
William A Sands, Ashley A Kavanaugh, Steven R Murray, Jeni R McNeal, Monèm Jemni
Athlete preparation and performance continues to increase in complexity and costs. Modern coaches are shifting from reliance on personal memory, experience, and opinion to evidence from collected training load data. Training load monitoring may hold vital information for developing systems of monitoring that follow the training process with such precision that both performance prediction and day-to-day management of training become an adjunct to preparation and performance. Time series data collection and analyses in sport are still in their infancy with considerable efforts being applied in "big-data" analytics and models of the appropriate variables to monitor and methods for doing so...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918492/xanthines-studied-via-femtosecond-fluorescence-spectroscopy
#6
Pascale Changenet-Barret, Lajos Kovács, Dimitra Markovitsi, Thomas Gustavsson
Xanthines represent a wide class of compounds closely related to the DNA bases adenine and guanine. Ubiquitous in the human body, they are capable of replacing natural bases in double helices and give rise to four-stranded structures. Although the use of their fluorescence for analytical purposes was proposed, their fluorescence properties have not been properly characterized so far. The present paper reports the first fluorescence study of xanthine solutions relying on femtosecond spectroscopy. Initially, we focus on 3-methylxanthine, showing that this compound exhibits non-exponential fluorescence decays with no significant dependence on the emission wavelength...
December 3, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918446/metabolomics-and-its-application-in-the-development-of-discovering-biomarkers-for-osteoporosis-research
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Huanhuan Lv, Feng Jiang, Daogang Guan, Cheng Lu, Baosheng Guo, Chileung Chan, Songlin Peng, Baoqin Liu, Wenwei Guo, Hailong Zhu, Xuegong Xu, Aiping Lu, Ge Zhang
Osteoporosis is a progressive skeletal disorder characterized by low bone mass and increased risk of fracture in later life. The incidence and costs associated with treating osteoporosis cause heavy socio-economic burden. Currently, the diagnosis of osteoporosis mainly depends on bone mineral density and bone turnover markers. However, these indexes are not sensitive and accurate enough to reflect the osteoporosis progression. Metabolomics offers the potential for a holistic approach for clinical diagnoses and treatment, as well as understanding of the pathological mechanism of osteoporosis...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918291/approximate-analytical-solutions-to-the-double-stance-dynamics-of-the-lossy-spring-loaded-inverted-pendulum
#8
Mohammad Shahbazi, Uluç Saranlı, Robert Babuška, Gabriel A D Lopes
This paper introduces approximate time-domain solutions to the otherwise non-integrable double-stance dynamics of the 'bipedal' spring-loaded inverted pendulum (B-SLIP) in the presence of non-negligible damping. We first introduce an auxiliary system whose behavior under certain conditions is approximately equivalent to the B-SLIP in double-stance. Then, we derive approximate solutions to the dynamics of the new system following two different methods: (i) updated-momentum approach that can deal with both the lossy and lossless B-SLIP models, and (ii) perturbation-based approach following which we only derive a solution to the lossless case...
December 5, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918182/theory-guided-exploration-with-structural-equation-model-forests
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Andreas M Brandmaier, John J Prindle, John J McArdle, Ulman Lindenberger
Structural equation model (SEM) trees, a combination of SEMs and decision trees, have been proposed as a data-analytic tool for theory-guided exploration of empirical data. With respect to a hypothesized model of multivariate outcomes, such trees recursively find subgroups with similar patterns of observed data. SEM trees allow for the automatic selection of variables that predict differences across individuals in specific theoretical models, for instance, differences in latent factor profiles or developmental trajectories...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917360/load-balancing-prediction-method-of-cloud-storage-based-on-analytic-hierarchy-process-and-hybrid-hierarchical-genetic-algorithm
#10
Xiuze Zhou, Fan Lin, Lvqing Yang, Jing Nie, Qian Tan, Wenhua Zeng, Nian Zhang
With the continuous expansion of the cloud computing platform scale and rapid growth of users and applications, how to efficiently use system resources to improve the overall performance of cloud computing has become a crucial issue. To address this issue, this paper proposes a method that uses an analytic hierarchy process group decision (AHPGD) to evaluate the load state of server nodes. Training was carried out by using a hybrid hierarchical genetic algorithm (HHGA) for optimizing a radial basis function neural network (RBFNN)...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917307/clinical-and-cost-impact-analysis-of-a-novel-prognostic-test-for-early-detection-of-preterm-birth
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Aaron B Caughey, John A F Zupancic, James M Greenberg, Susan S Garfield, Stephen F Thung, Jay D Iams
Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential impact to the U.S. health care system by adopting a novel test that identifies women at risk for spontaneous preterm birth. Methods A decision-analytic model was developed to assess clinical and cost outcomes over a 1-year period. The use of a prognostic test to predict spontaneous preterm birth in a hypothetical population of women reflective of the U.S. population (predictive arm) was compared with the current baseline rate of spontaneous preterm birth and associated infant morbidity and mortality (baseline care arm)...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916133/the-use-of-a-restricted-access-volatile-supramolecular-solvent-for-the-lc-ms-ms-assay-of-bisphenol-a-in-urine-with-a-significant-reduction-of-phospholipid-based-matrix-effects
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José Ángel Salatti-Dorado, Noelia Caballero-Casero, María Dolores Sicilia, María Loreto Lunar, Soledad Rubio
Restricted access-volatile supramolecular solvents (RAM-VOL-SUPRAS) are here proposed as a new strategy for the quick removal of protein and phospholipids and efficient analyte extraction in LC-MS bioanalysis. Quantification of bisphenol A in urine was selected to prove the suitability of this approach for the intended purpose. RAM-VOL-SUPRAS were spontaneously synthesized in urine by addition of hexanol (83 μL) dissolved in THF (150 μL). SUPRAS composition was environment-dependent and an equation for prediction of SUPRAS volume under given experimental conditions was proposed...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915073/a-mathematical-model-of-reward-and-executive-circuitry-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Anca Raˇdulescu, Rachel Marra
The neuronal circuit that controls obsessive and compulsive behaviors involves a complex network of brain regions (some with known involvement in reward processing). Among these are cortical regions, the striatum and the thalamus (which compose the CSTC pathway), limbic areas such as the amygdala and the hippocampus, and well as dopamine pathways. Abnormal dynamic behavior in this brain network is a hallmark feature of patients with increased anxiety and motor activity, like the ones affected by OCD. There is currently no clear understanding of precisely what mechanisms generate these behaviors...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914418/direct-noise-simulation-of-a-canonical-high-lift-device-and-comparison-with-an-analytical-model
#14
Pablo Salas, Guillaume Fauquembergue, Stéphane Moreau
The noise of a canonical main-element/flap high-lift device (HLD) is computed directly using compressible wall-resolved Large Eddy Simulation. An experimental database for the chosen configuration allows us to successfully validate the chosen numerical approach. Both the noise sources and the far-field acoustic pressure are shown to be well predicted. Although the two elements trailing-edge noise can be observed in the near field, the flap remains as the dominant source in the far-field. The simplicity of the studied configuration enables the comparison of the validated numerical results with a recently developed analytical model that takes into account the diffraction of the flap noise by the main-element...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914384/piezoelectric-cylindrical-discs-and-solid-rods-dependence-of-the-resonance-frequencies-and-effective-coupling-coefficients-on-aspect-ratio
#15
Boris S Aronov, Corey L Bachand
Dependencies of the resonance frequencies and effective coupling coefficients for solid circular cylindrical piezoelements (discs) of finite size are considered as a function of their height-to-diameter aspect ratios, h/2a. At aspect ratios in the range of approximately 0.5 < h/2a < 1.5 the piezoelements are treated analytically, as a two degree-of-freedom coupled system by applying the coupled mode theory approach [Aronov, Bachand, and Brown, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 126(6), 2983-2990 (2009)]. Results are presented as plots of resonance frequencies and effective coupling coefficients vs aspect ratios...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913502/mrd-in-aml-does-it-already-guide-therapy-decision-making
#16
Gert Ossenkoppele, Gerrit Jan Schuurhuis
Prognostic factors determined at diagnosis are predictive for outcome whereas achievement of morphological complete remission (CR) is still an important end point during treatment. Residual disease after therapy may reflect the sum of all diagnosis and postdiagnosis resistance mechanisms/factors; its measurement could hypothetically be very instrumental for guiding treatment. The possibility of defining residual disease (minimal residual disease [MRD]) far below the level of 5% blast cells is changing the landscape of risk classification...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910390/validation-of-fast-ion-d-alpha-spectrum-measurements-during-east-neutral-beam-heated-plasmas
#17
J Huang, W W Heidbrink, M G von Hellermann, L Stagner, C R Wu, Y M Hou, J F Chang, S Y Ding, Y J Chen, Y B Zhu, Z Jin, Z Xu, W Gao, J F Wang, B Lyu, Q Zang, G Q Zhong, L Hu, B Wan
To investigate the fast ion behavior, a fast ion D-alpha (FIDA) diagnostic system has been installed on EAST. Fast ion features can be inferred from the Doppler shifted spectrum of Balmer-alpha light from energetic hydrogenic atoms. This paper will focus on the validation of FIDA measurements performed using MHD-quiescent discharges in 2015 campaign. Two codes have been applied to calculate the Dα spectrum: one is a Monte Carlo code, Fortran 90 version FIDASIM, and the other is an analytical code, Simulation of Spectra (SOS)...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909350/erosion-of-synchronization-coupling-heterogeneity-and-network-structure
#18
Per Sebastian Skardal, Dane Taylor, Jie Sun, Alex Arenas
We study the dynamics of network-coupled phase oscillators in the presence of coupling frustration. It was recently demonstrated that in heterogeneous network topologies, the presence of coupling frustration causes perfect phase synchronization to become unattainable even in the limit of infinite coupling strength. Here, we consider the important case of heterogeneous coupling functions and extend previous results by deriving analytical predictions for the total erosion of synchronization. Our analytical results are given in terms of basic quantities related to the network structure and coupling frustration...
June 1, 2016: Physica D. Nonlinear Phenomena
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908040/modeling-and-design-of-two-dimensional-membrane-type-active-acoustic-metamaterials-with-tunable-anisotropic-density
#19
Ahmed Allam, Adel Elsabbagh, Wael Akl
A two-dimensional active acoustic metamaterial with controllable anisotropic density is introduced. The material consists of composite lead-lead zirconate titanate plates clamped to an aluminum structure with air as the background fluid. The effective anisotropic density of the material is controlled, independently for two orthogonal directions, by means of an external static electric voltage signal. The material is used in the construction of a reconfigurable waveguide capable of controlling the direction of the acoustic waves propagating through it...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906782/predicting-heart-dose-in-breast-cancer-patients-who-received-3d-conformal-radiation-therapy
#20
Daniel Wollschläger, Heiko Karle, Marcus Stockinger, Detlef Bartkowiak, Sandra Bührdel, Hiltrud Merzenich, Thomas Wiegel, Heinz Schmidberger, Maria Blettner
Cardiac late effects are a major health concern for long-term survivors after radiotherapy for breast cancer. Large cohort studies to better understand the exact dose-response relationship require individual estimates of radiation dose to the heart. To predict individual cardiac dose from information that is typically available for all members of a retrospective epidemiological cohort study, 774 female breast cancer patients treated with megavoltage tangential field radiotherapy in 1998-2008 were examined. All dose distributions were calculated using Eclipse with the anisotropic analytical algorithm (AAA) for photon fields and the electron Monte Carlo algorithm for electron boost fields...
January 2017: Health Physics
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