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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550813/a-reliable-sewage-quality-abnormal-event-monitoring-system
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Tianling Li, Melissa Winnel, Hao Lin, Jared Panther, Chang Liu, Roger O'Halloran, Kewen Wang, Taicheng An, Po Keung Wong, Shanqing Zhang, Huijun Zhao
With closing water loop through purified recycled water, wastewater becomes a part of source water, requiring reliable wastewater quality monitoring system (WQMS) to manage wastewater source and mitigate potential health risks. However, the development of reliable WQMS is fatally constrained by severe contamination and biofouling of sensors due to the hostile analytical environment of wastewaters, especially raw sewages, that challenges the limit of existing sensing technologies. In this work, we report a technological solution to enable the development of WQMS for real-time abnormal event detection with high reliability and practicality...
May 20, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550727/multiple-remote-sensing-data-sources-to-assess-spatio-temporal-patterns-of-fire-incidence-over-campos-amaz%C3%A3-nicos-savanna-vegetation-enclave-brazilian-amazon
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Daniel Borini Alves, Fernando Pérez-Cabello
Fire activity plays an important role in the past, present and future of Earth system behavior. Monitoring and assessing spatial and temporal fire dynamics have a fundamental relevance in the understanding of ecological processes and the human impacts on different landscapes and multiple spatial scales. This work analyzes the spatio-temporal distribution of burned areas in one of the biggest savanna vegetation enclaves in the southern Brazilian Amazon, from 2000 to 2016, deriving information from multiple remote sensing data sources (Landsat and MODIS surface reflectance, TRMM pluviometry and Vegetation Continuous Field tree cover layers)...
May 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550698/boomr-better-coordinated-cross-sectoral-medication-reconciliation-for%C3%A2-residential-care
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Vincent Vuong, Denis O'Donnell, Hrishikesh Navare, Debra Merrill, Michal Racki, Sheila Burton, Lori Anderson, Carla Beaton
There is evidence that medication errors often arise during the transition of residents from acute care to long-term care (LTC) homes due to lapses in communication and documentation. Better Coordinated Cross-Sectoral Medication Reconciliation (BOOMR) is an integrated practice change improving medication safety during patient transitions through the health system. Our Medication Reconciliation (MedRec) redesign improved patient engagement using "the patient's story," increased quality of information, workflow efficiency and reduced unnecessary medications...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550692/improving-health-system-efficiency-perspectives-of-decision-makers
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Sara Allin, Sara Guilcher, Dana Riley, Yu Janice Zhang
While improving health system efficiency, or value for money, is a priority in Canada, there is little information about optimal approaches for improvement in the Canadian context. Through interviews with senior health system decision-makers from two provinces, this study conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information identified the following five main themes along with actions that can be taken to improve health system efficiency in Canada: performance monitoring for accountability and decision-making, system-level integration in governance and care delivery, partnerships outside the health sector to improve population health, physician engagement and remuneration and flexible funding...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550505/neuro-oncology-family-caregivers-view-on-keeping-track-of-care-issues-using-ehealth-systems-it-s-a-question-of-time
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Florien W Boele, Cornelia F van Uden-Kraan, Karen Hilverda, Jason Weimer, Heidi S Donovan, Jan Drappatz, Frank S Lieberman, Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw, Paula R Sherwood
Primary brain tumors (PBTs) are rare but have a great impact on both patient and family caregiver wellbeing. Supporting caregivers can help them to continue their caregiving activities to maintain the patients' best possible level of quality of life. Efforts to improve PBT caregiver wellbeing should take into account country- or culture-specific differences in care issues and supportive care needs to serve larger caregiver groups. We aimed to explore PBT caregivers' satisfaction with the current supportive care provision, as well as their thoughts on monitoring their care issues with both paper-based and digital instruments...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550314/adaptive-stochastic-resonance-for-unknown-and-variable-input-signals
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Patrick Krauss, Claus Metzner, Achim Schilling, Christian Schütz, Konstantin Tziridis, Ben Fabry, Holger Schulze
All sensors have a threshold, defined by the smallest signal amplitude that can be detected. The detection of sub-threshold signals, however, is possible by using the principle of stochastic resonance, where noise is added to the input signal so that it randomly exceeds the sensor threshold. The choice of an optimal noise level that maximizes the mutual information between sensor input and output, however, requires knowledge of the input signal, which is not available in most practical applications. Here we demonstrate that the autocorrelation of the sensor output alone is sufficient to find this optimal noise level...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550275/detection-of-small-bowel-tumor-in-wireless-capsule-endoscopy-images-using-an-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system
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Alizadeh Mahdi, Haji Maghsoudi Omid, Sharzehi Kaveh, Reza Hemati Hamid, Kamali Asl Alireza, Talebpour Alireza
Automatic diagnosis tool helps physicians to evaluate capsule endoscopic examinations faster and more accurate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of an automatic post-processing method for identifying and classifying wireless capsule endoscopic images, and investigate statistical measures to differentiate normal and abnormal images. The proposed technique consists of two main stages, namely, feature extraction and classification. Primarily, 32 features incorporating four statistical measures (contrast, correlation, homogeneity and energy) calculated from co-occurrence metrics were computed...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550055/potential-drug-interactions-mediated-by-renal-organic-anion-transporter-oatp4c1
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Toshihiro Sato, Eikan Mishima, Nariyasu Mano, Takaaki Abe, Hiroaki Yamaguchi
OATP4C1 is an organic anion transporter expressed in the basolateral membrane of the renal proximal tubules. It plays a major role in the urinary excretion of both exogenous drugs and endogenous compounds. Our previous studies have indicated the importance of OATP4C1 in pathological and physiological conditions; however, the majority of its pharmacological characteristics remained unclear. Therefore, to provide essential information for clinical drug therapy decisions and drug development, we, in this study, attempted to clarify drug interactions mediated by OATP4C1...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550025/mineralocorticoid-receptor-null-mice-informing-cell-type-specific-roles
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Timothy James Cole, Morag Young
The mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediates the actions of two important adrenal corticosteroid hormones, aldosterone and cortisol. The cell signalling roles of the MR in vivo have expanded enormously since the cloning of human MR gene 30 years ago and the first MR gene knockout in mice nearly 20 years ago. Complete ablation of the MR revealed important roles postnatally for regulation of kidney epithelial functions, with MR-null mice dying 1-2 weeks postnatally from renal salt wasting and hyperkalaemia, with elevated plasma renin and aldosterone...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550008/prioritizing-measures-of-digital-patient-engagement-a-delphi-expert-panel-study
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Lynn A Garvin, Steven R Simon
BACKGROUND: Establishing a validated scale of patient engagement through use of information technology (ie, digital patient engagement) is the first step to understanding its role in health and health care quality, outcomes, and efficient implementation by health care providers and systems. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop and prioritize measures of digital patient engagement based on patients' use of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)'s MyHealtheVet (MHV) portal, focusing on the MHV/Blue Button and Secure Messaging functions...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549934/in-vitro-metabolomic-approaches-to-investigating-the-potential-biological-effects-of-phenolic-compounds-an-update
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Úrsula Catalán, Laura Barrubés, Rosa Maria Valls, Rosa Solà, Laura Rubió
Dietary phenolic compounds (PCs) have been receiving interest for their presumed roles in disease prevention. However, there is a lack of studies on the underlying molecular mechanisms. In this regard, in vitro metabolomic approaches are suitable for the investigation of the molecular changes in response to PC exposure. Up to date, the biological effects of PCs have only been examined for PCs from rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), olive oil, and resveratrol using cell-based metabolomic approach, although transcriptomic and/or proteomic studies have also been conducted in the same in vitro cell experiment in some cases...
May 23, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549927/molecular-classification-of-adult-diffuse-gliomas-conflicting-idh1-idh2-atrx-and-1p-19q-results
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Leomar Y Ballester, Jason T Huse, Guilin Tang, Gregory N Fuller
Until recently, the diagnosis of brain tumors was primarily based on microscopic examination of hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stained tissue sections. The updated World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumours of the central nervous system (CNS) incorporates genetic alterations into the classification system, with the goal of creating more homogenous disease categories with greater prognostic value. Hence, under the new classification system the diagnosis of diffuse gliomas incorporates the evaluation of mutations in the IDH1 and IDH2 genes and simultaneous deletion of chromosomes 1p and 19...
May 23, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549920/dissecting-intrinsic-and-ligand-induced-structural-communication-in-the-%C3%AE-3-headpiece-of-integrins
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Angelo Felline, Michela Ghitti, Giovanna Musco, Francesca Fanelli
BACKGROUND: Graph theory is widely used to dissect structural communication in biomolecular systems. Here, graph theory-based approaches were applied to the headpiece of integrins, adhesion cell-surface receptors that transmit signals across the plasma membranes. METHODS: Protein Structure Network (PSN) analysis incorporating dynamic information either from molecular dynamics simulations or from Elastic Network Models was applied to the β3 domains from integrins αVβ3 and αIIbβ3 in their apo and ligand-bound states...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549854/an-empirical-review-of-antimalarial-quality-field-surveys-the-importance-of-characterising-outcomes
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REVIEW
James Grech, James Robertson, Jackson Thomas, Gabrielle Cooper, Mark Naunton, Tamsin Kelly
For decades, thousands of people have been dying from malaria infections because of poor-quality medicines (PQMs). While numerous efforts have been initiated to reduce their presence, PQMs are still risking the lives of those seeking treatment. This review addresses the importance of characterising results of antimalarial medicine field surveys based upon the agreement of clearly defined definitions. Medicines found to be of poor quality can be falsified or counterfeit, substandard or degraded. The distinction between these categories is important as each category requires a different countermeasure...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549813/mining-terpenoids-production-and-biosynthetic-pathway-in-thraustochytrids
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REVIEW
Yunxuan Xie, Biswarup Sen, Guangyi Wang
Terpenoids are major bioactive compounds produced by microalgae and other eukaryotic microorganisms. Mining metabolic potential of marine microalgae for commercial production of terpenoids suggest thraustochytrids as one of the promising cell factories. The identification of potential thraustochytrid strains and relevant laboratory scale bioprocesses has been pursued largely. Further investigations in the improvement of terpenoids biosynthesis expect relevant molecular mechanisms to be understood directing metabolic engineering of the pathways...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549786/action-potential-based-mea-platform-for-in-vitro-screening-of-drug-induced-cardiotoxicity-using-human-ipscs-and-rat-neonatal-myocytes
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Danny Jans, Geert Callewaert, Olga Krylychkina, Luis Hoffman, Francesco Gullo, Dimiter Prodanov, Dries Braeken
Drug-induced cardiotoxicity poses a negative impact on public health and drug development. Cardiac safety pharmacology issues urged for the preclinical assessment of drug-induced ventricular arrhythmia leading to the design of several in vitro electrophysiological screening assays. In general, patch clamp systems allow for intracellular recordings, while multi-electrode array (MEA) technology detect extracellular activity. Here, we demonstrate a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based MEA system as a reliable platform for non-invasive, long-term intracellular recording of cardiac action potentials at high resolution...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549749/shared-decision-making-in-iran-current-and-future-trends
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Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi, Mahasti Alizadeh, France Légaré
This paper describes the current situation of shared decision making (SDM) in the Iranian healthcare system, discusses barriers to implementation and gives future directions. What about policy regarding SDM? Although the Ministry of Health and Medical Education has enacted some legislation on informed consent and patients' rights, there is no policy specifically regarding SDM in Iran. What about decision support tools for patients? Although some Iranian researchers and clinicians have highlighted patients' desire to be informed and involved in decisions related to their health, there is no program to develop or evaluate decision support tools such as patient decision aids in Iran...
May 23, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549745/-anti-ageing-therapies-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Gara S Alonso Abreu, José M Brito Armas, Rafael Castro Fuentes
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly population. Currently, there are no effective treatments to prevent or delay the natural course of the disease. Numerous studies have provided information about the molecular processes underlying biological ageing and, perhaps more importantly, potential interventions to slow ageing and promote healthy longevity in laboratory model systems. The main issue addressed in this review is whether an intervention that has anti-ageing properties can alter the appearance and/or progression of Alzheimer's disease, a disease in which age is the biggest risk factor...
May 23, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549682/epidemiology-of-vestibular-disorders-in-the-otoneurology-unit
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Gloria Guerra-Jiménez, Alejandra Arenas Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Falcón González, Daniel Pérez Plasencia, Ángel Ramos Macías
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The set of symptoms relating to disorders of the balance system are common in the general population. However, there are few studies quantifying the frequency of onset of the various vestibular disorders that present in specialist otoneurology units in the Spanish population. The aim of this study is to establish the epidemiology of vestibular disorders, their form of presentation, and the expected care burden in a specialist otoneurology clinic. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive, observational study of patients referred to the otoneurology unit of a third level hospital between 1/1/2015 and 31/12/2015...
May 23, 2017: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549556/evaluation-of-a-commercial-automatic-treatment-planning-system-for-prostate-cancers
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Kanabu Nawa, Akihiro Haga, Akihiro Nomoto, Raniel A Sarmiento, Kenshiro Shiraishi, Hideomi Yamashita, Keiichi Nakagawa
Recent developments in Radiation Oncology treatment planning have led to the development of software packages that facilitate automated intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning. Such solutions include site-specific modules, plan library methods, and algorithm-based methods. In this study, the plan quality for prostate cancer generated by the Auto-Planning module of the Pinnacle(3) radiation therapy treatment planning system (v9.10, Fitchburg, WI) is retrospectively evaluated...
May 23, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
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