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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775993/postnatal-psychosocial-assessment-and-clinical-decision-making-a-descriptive-study
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Deborah Sims, Cathrine Fowler
AIM: The aim of this study is to describe experienced child and family health nurses' clinical decision-making during a postnatal psychosocial assessment. BACKGROUND: Maternal emotional wellbeing in the postnatal year optimises parenting and promotes infant development. Psychosocial assessment potentially enables early intervention and reduces the risk of a mental disorder occurring during this time of change. Assessment accuracy, and the interventions used are determined by the standard of nursing decision-making...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775989/higher-accuracy-of-the-lactate-minimum-test-compared-to-established-threshold-concepts-to-determine-maximal-lactate-steady-state-in-running
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Patrick Wahl, Lukas Zwingmann, Christian Manunzio, Jacob Wolf, Wilhelm Bloch
This study evaluated the accuracy of the lactate minimum test, in comparison to a graded-exercise test and established threshold concepts (OBLA and mDmax) to determine running speed at maximal lactate steady state. Eighteen subjects performed a lactate minimum test, a graded-exercise test (2.4 m·s-1 start,+0.4 m·s-1 every 5 min) and 2 or more constant-speed tests of 30 min to determine running speed at maximal lactate steady state. The lactate minimum test consisted of an initial lactate priming segment, followed by a short recovery phase...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775951/retinal-blood-vessel-segmentation-using-fully-convolutional-network-with-transfer-learning
#3
Zhexin Jiang, Hao Zhang, Yi Wang, Seok-Bum Ko
Since the retinal blood vessel has been acknowledged as an indispensable element in both ophthalmological and cardiovascular disease diagnosis, the accurate segmentation of the retinal vessel tree has become the prerequisite step for automated or computer-aided diagnosis systems. In this paper, a supervised method is presented based on a pre-trained fully convolutional network through transfer learning. This proposed method has simplified the typical retinal vessel segmentation problem from full-size image segmentation to regional vessel element recognition and result merging...
April 26, 2018: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775918/determining-gender-by-taking-measurements-from-magnetic-resonance-images-of-the-patella
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Hacer Yasar Teke, Özge Ünlütürk, Elif Günaydin, Semra Duran, Sait Özsoy
BACKGROUND: A key step in making a positive identification in forensic medicine is the establishment of a biological profile, which involves determining factors such as gender, age, ancestry, and stature. The goal of this study was to determine if gender could be established by taking various measurements of the patella taken from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images and analyzing the variations by gender. METHODS: The sample group consisted of 220 patients (110 male and 110 female) whose patella were measured using MRI images of their left knee...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775916/cortisol-trajectory-melancholia-and-response-to-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Brian J Mickey, Yarden Ginsburg, Adam F Sitzmann, Clara Grayhack, Srijan Sen, Clemens Kirschbaum, Daniel F Maixner, James L Abelson
While biomarkers have been used to define pathophysiological types and to optimize treatment in many areas of medicine, in psychiatry such biomarkers remain elusive. Based on previously described abnormalities of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function in severe forms of depression, we hypothesized that the temporal trajectory of basal cortisol levels would vary among individuals with depression due to heterogeneity in pathophysiology, and that cortisol trajectories that reflect elevated or increasing HPA activity would predict better response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775913/mobile-phone-based-evaluation-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-proof-of-concept-for-an-integrated-image-capture-and-analysis-system
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Safa Naraghi, Tinashe Mutsvangwa, René Goliath, Molebogeng X Rangaka, Tania S Douglas
BACKGROUND: The tuberculin skin test is the most widely used method for detecting latent tuberculosis infection in adults and active tuberculosis in children. We present the development of a mobile-phone based screening tool for measuring the tuberculin skin test induration. METHOD: The tool makes use of a mobile application developed on the Android platform to capture images of an induration, and photogrammetric reconstruction using Agisoft PhotoScan to reconstruct the induration in 3D, followed by 3D measurement of the induration with the aid of functions from the Python programming language...
May 8, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775912/an-accurate-sleep-stages-classification-system-using-a-new-class-of-optimally-time-frequency-localized-three-band-wavelet-filter-bank
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Manish Sharma, Deepanshu Goyal, P V Achuth, U Rajendra Acharya
Sleep related disorder causes diminished quality of lives in human beings. Sleep scoring or sleep staging is the process of classifying various sleep stages which helps to detect the quality of sleep. The identification of sleep-stages using electroencephalogram (EEG) signals is an arduous task. Just by looking at an EEG signal, one cannot determine the sleep stages precisely. Sleep specialists may make errors in identifying sleep stages by visual inspection. To mitigate the erroneous identification and to reduce the burden on doctors, a computer-aided EEG based system can be deployed in the hospitals, which can help identify the sleep stages, correctly...
May 10, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775850/electrical-resistivity-imaging-inversion-an-isfla-trained-kernel-principal-component-wavelet-neural-network-approach
#8
Feibo Jiang, Li Dong, Qianwei Dai
The traditional artificial neural network (ANN) inversion of electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) based on gradient descent algorithm is known to be inept for its low computation efficiency and does not ensure global convergence. In order to solve above problems, a kernel principal component wavelet neural network (KPCWNN) trained by an improved shuffled frog leaping algorithm (ISFLA) method is proposed in this study. An additional kernel principal component (KPC) layer is applied to reduce the dimensionality of apparent resistivity data and increase the computational efficiency of wavelet neural network (WNN)...
April 24, 2018: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775840/development-of-a-lc-ms-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-amoxicillin-and-metronidazole-in-human-serum-using-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography-hilic
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Udani L Kathriarachchi, Sagar S Vidhate, Naser Al-Tannak, Alison H Thomson, Michael J J da Silva Neto, David G Watson
A method was developed for the determination of amoxicillin and metronidazole in human serum. The procedure used was hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) followed by mass spectrometric (MS) detection. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a ZIC-HILIC column and the mobile phase consisted of a mixture of 0.1% (v/v) formic acid in water and 0.1% (v/v) formic acid in acetonitrile. The method was validated with regard to selectivity, accuracy, precision, calibration, lower limit of quantification (LOQ), extraction recovery and matrix effect...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775811/determination-of-docetaxel-in-dried-blood-spots-by-lc-ms-ms-method-development-validation-and-clinical-application
#10
S Raymundo, V V Muller, N B Andriguetti, M Tegner, A C Artmann, H M Kluck, M A Franzoi, R M M Vilela, G Schwartsmann, R Linden, M V Antunes
In this study, a LC-MS/MS method for the measurement of docetaxel in Dried Blood Spots (DBS) samples was developed and validated. Docetaxel was extracted from 8 mm DBS punch with a mixture of methanol and acetonitrile (9:1, v/v). The chromatographic separation occurred in an Acquity® C18 column (150 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) eluted with a mixture of water and acetonitrile plus 0.1% formic acid (45:55, v/v). Total analytical run time was 7 min. The method was linear from 50 to 3000 ng ml-1 . Precision assays showed CV% < 9...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775810/a-validated-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-an-unstable-peptide-monocyte-locomotion-inhibitory-factor-mlif-in-human-plasma-and-its-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study
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Xuemei Liu, Pei Hu, Yongsheng Wang, Xizhu Wang, Jinghua Huang, Jin Li, Cheng Li, Hongyun Wang, Ji Jiang
Monocyte locomotion inhibitory factor (MLIF, Met-Gln-Cys-Asn-Ser), a pentapeptide with anti-inflammatory activity, was developed for neural protection in acute ischemic stroke. Determination of MLIF in human plasma samples is of great importance for pharmacokinetic evaluation in clinical studies. A reliable and sensitive method based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was established for the measurement of MLIF in human plasma. Instability of peptide in matrix was the primary challenge in method development, which was properly resolved by addition of acidification reagents like sulfuric acid...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775793/analysis-of-dna-methylation-at-specific-loci-in-stool-samples-detects-colorectal-cancer-and-high-grade-dysplasia-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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John B Kisiel, Pasquale Klepp, Hatim T Allawi, William R Taylor, Maria Giakoumopoulos, Tamara Sander, Tracy C Yab, Bjorn A Moum, Graham P Lidgard, Stephan Brackmann, Douglas W Mahoney, Arne Roseth, David A Ahlquist
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD), are at increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC). Analyses of DNA methylation patterns in stool samples have been reported to detect CRC in patients with IBD. We sought to validate these findings in larger cohorts and assess the accuracy of analysis of DNA methylation patterns in stool for detection of CRC and high-grade dysplasia (HGD) normalized to methylation level at ZDHHC1...
May 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775663/free-breathing-ultrashort-echo-time-lung-magnetic-resonance-imaging-using-stack-of-spirals-acquisition-a-feasibility-study-in-oncology-patients
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Min Jae Cha, Hyun Jeong Park, Mun Young Paek, Alto Stemmer, Eun Sun Lee, Sung Bin Park, Yang Soo Kim
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic accuracy of lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a free-breathing three-dimensional ultrashort echo time spoiled gradient echo sequence using a stack-of-spirals acquisition (spiral 3D UTE) for pulmonary nodule detection at 3 T in oncology patients. METHODS: The institutional review board approved this retrospective study. Between June and September of 2017, 32 oncology patients underwent both free-breathing spiral 3D UTE of the lungs and thin-section chest computed tomography (CT) for pulmonary metastasis workups...
May 15, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775623/unsupervised-visual-discrimination-learning-of-complex-stimuli-accuracy-bias-and-generalization
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Rodrigo Montefusco-Siegmund, Mauricio Toro, Pedro E Maldonado, María de la L Aylwin
Through same-different judgements, we can discriminate an immense variety of stimuli and consequently, they are critical in our everyday interaction with the environment. The quality of the judgements depends on familiarity with stimuli. A way to improve the discrimination is through learning, but to this day, we lack direct evidence of how learning shapes the same-different judgments with complex stimuli. We studied unsupervised visual discrimination learning in 42 participants, as they performed same-different judgments with two types of unfamiliar complex stimuli in the absence of labeling or individuation...
May 15, 2018: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775430/gene-expression-profile-analysis-of-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-reveals-upregulation-of-cadherin-genes-in-myocardial-infarction-patients
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Anselm A Derda, Chin Cheng Woo, Thidathip Wongsurawat, Mark Richards, Chuen Neng Lee, Theo Kofidis, Vladimir A Kuznetsov, Vitaly A Sorokin
Myocardial infarction (MI) induced by acute coronary arterial occlusion is usually secondary to atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Dysregulated response of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in atherosclerotic plaques may promote plaque rupture. Cadherins (CDHs) form adherens junctions and are known stabilizers of atherosclerotic plaques. To date, the expression patterns of cadherin have not been well investigated in MI aortic VSMCs. We aimed to investigate the expression of cadherin genes in the aortic wall of patients with and without MI...
May 18, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775421/probability-of-heat-intolerance-standardized-interpretation-of-heat-tolerance-testing-results-versus-specialist-judgment
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Haggai Schermann, Erin Craig, Einat Yanovich, Itay Ketko, Gary Kalmanovich, Ran Yanovich
CONTEXT:   The heat-tolerance test (HTT) is a screening tool for secondary prevention of exertional heat illness by the Israel Defense Forces. To discern participant tolerance, recruits are exposed to intermediate environmental and exercise stresses, and their physiological responses, core temperature, and heart rate are monitored. When their physiological measures rise at a higher rate or exceed the upper levels of absolute values compared with other participants, heat intolerance (HI) is diagnosed...
April 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775337/effective-inertial-frame-in-an-atom-interferometric-test-of-the-equivalence-principle
#17
Chris Overstreet, Peter Asenbaum, Tim Kovachy, Remy Notermans, Jason M Hogan, Mark A Kasevich
In an ideal test of the equivalence principle, the test masses fall in a common inertial frame. A real experiment is affected by gravity gradients, which introduce systematic errors by coupling to initial kinematic differences between the test masses. Here we demonstrate a method that reduces the sensitivity of a dual-species atom interferometer to initial kinematics by using a frequency shift of the mirror pulse to create an effective inertial frame for both atomic species. Using this method, we suppress the gravity-gradient-induced dependence of the differential phase on initial kinematic differences by 2 orders of magnitude and precisely measure these differences...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775322/prediction-of-human-cytochrome-p450-inhibition-using-a-multi-task-deep-autoencoder-neural-network
#18
Xiang Li, Youjun Xu, Luhua Lai, Jianfeng Pei
Adverse side effects of drug-drug interactions induced by human cytochrome P450 (CYP450) inhibition is an important consideration in drug discovery. It is highly desirable to develop computational models that can predict the inhibitive effect of a compound against a specific CYP450 isoform. In this study, we developed a multi-task model for concurrent inhibition prediction of five major CYP450 isoforms, namely 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, and 3A4. The model was built by training multi-task autoencoder deep neural network (DNN) on a large dataset containing more than 13000 compounds, extracted from PubChem BioAssay Database...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775318/roll-to-roll-nanoforming-of-metals-using-laser-induced-superplasticity
#19
Debkalpa Goswami, Juan Camilo Múnera, Aniket Pal, Behnam Sadri, Caio Lui Paganelli Guzzo Scarpetti, Ramses V Martinez
This letter describes a low-cost, scalable nanomanufacturing process that enables the continuous forming of thin metallic layers with nanoscale accuracy using roll-to-roll, laser-induced superplasticity (R2RLIS). R2RLIS uses a laser shock to induce the ultrahigh strain rate deformation of metallic films at room temperature into low-cost polymeric nanomolds, independently of the original grain size of the metal. This simple and inexpensive nanoforming method does not require access to cleanrooms and associated facilities, and can be easily implemented on conventional CO2 lasers, enabling laser systems commonly used for rapid prototyping or industrial cutting and engraving to fabricate uniform and three-dimensional crystalline metallic nanostructures over large areas...
May 18, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775314/qm-mm-simulations-with-the-gaussian-electrostatic-model-a-density-based-polarizable-potential
#20
Hatice Gokcan, Eric Granville Kratz, Thomas A Darden, Jean-Philip Piquemal, Gerardo Andres Cisneros
The use of advanced polarizable potentials in Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical (QM/MM) simulations have been shown to improve the overall accuracy of the calculation. We have developed a density-based potential called the Gaussian Electrostatic Model (GEM), which has been shown to provide very accurate environments for QM wavefunctions in QM/MM. In this contribution we present a new implementation of QM/GEM that extends our implementation to include all components (Coulomb, exchange-repulsion, polarization, and dispersion) for the total inter-molecular interaction energy in QM/MM calculations, except for the charge-transfer term...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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