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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605608/canagliflozin-and-cardiovascular-and-renal-events-in-type-2-diabetes
#1
Bruce Neal, Vlado Perkovic, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Dick de Zeeuw, Greg Fulcher, Ngozi Erondu, Wayne Shaw, Gordon Law, Mehul Desai, David R Matthews
Background Canagliflozin is a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor that reduces glycemia as well as blood pressure, body weight, and albuminuria in people with diabetes. We report the effects of treatment with canagliflozin on cardiovascular, renal, and safety outcomes. Methods The CANVAS Program integrated data from two trials involving a total of 10,142 participants with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk. Participants in each trial were randomly assigned to receive canagliflozin or placebo and were followed for a mean of 188...
June 12, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525772/implementation-of-glycanbuilder-to-draw-a-wide-variety-of-ambiguous-glycans
#2
Shinichiro Tsuchiya, Nobuyuki P Aoki, Daisuke Shinmachi, Masaaki Matsubara, Issaku Yamada, Kiyoko F Aoki-Kinoshita, Hisashi Narimatsu
GlyTouCan version 1.0 was released in 2015 as the international glycan structure repository, and a new sequence format called WURCS (Web3 Unique Representation of Carbohydrate Structures) was proposed during the early stages of the GlyTouCan project. GlyTouCan uses WURCS as its base representation for glycans because existing formats were insufficient in their flexibility to represent any and all glycans universally. Therefore, in order to obtain WURCS strings for existing or new glycan structures, conversion tools or glycan structure editors that can export WURCS became necessary...
April 19, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504939/correlation-preserving-photo-collage
#3
Lingjie Liu, Hongjie Zhang, Guangmei Jing, Yanwen Guo, Zhonggui Chen, Wenping Wang
A new method is presented for producing photo collages that preserve content correlation of photos. We use deep learning techniques to find correlation among given photos to facilitate their embedding on the canvas, and develop an efficient combinatorial optimization technique to make correlated photos stay close to each other. To make efficient use of canvas space, our method first extracts salient regions of photos and packs only these salient regions. We allow the salient regions to have arbitrary shapes, therefore yielding informative, yet more compact collages than by other similar collage methods based on salient regions...
May 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459138/main-drivers-of-outcome-differ-between-short-and-long-term-in-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis-a-prospective-study
#4
Alexandre Louvet, Julien Labreuche, Florent Artru, Alexis Bouthors, Benjamin Rolland, Pierre Saffers, Julien Lollivier, Elise Lemaître, Sébastien Dharancy, Guillaume Lassailly, Valérie Canva-Delcambre, Alain Duhamel, Philippe Mathurin
Understanding the mechanisms of outcome according to the time frame can help optimize the therapeutic development in severe alcoholic hepatitis (AH). OBJECTIVE: to assess short-term and long-term survival in severe AH based on baseline disease severity, extent of therapeutic improvement, long-term influence of alcohol relapse and their interaction. DESIGN: Data and alcohol consumption were prospectively recorded in 398 patients treated with corticosteroids at short (from corticosteroid initiation to 6 months) and long term (from 6 months to maximum follow-up time)...
April 29, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451689/a-randomized-trial-comparing-classical-participatory-design-to-vandaid-an-interactive-crowdsourcing-platform-to-facilitate-user-centered-design
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Kevin R Dufendach, Sabine Koch, Kim M Unertl, Christoph U Lehmann
BACKGROUND: Early involvement of stakeholders in the design of medical software is particularly important due to the need to incorporate complex knowledge and actions associated with clinical work. Standard user-centered design methods include focus groups and participatory design sessions with individual stakeholders, which generally limit user involvement to a small number of individuals due to the significant time investments from designers and end users. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this project was to reduce the effort for end users to participate in co-design of a software user interface by developing an interactive web-based crowdsourcing platform...
April 28, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450142/pan-genome-analysis-of-clostridium-botulinum-reveals-unique-targets-for-drug-development
#6
Tulika Bhardwaj, Pallavi Somvanshi
Clostridium botulinum, a formidable pathogen is responsible for the emerging cause of food poisoning cases on the global canvas. The endemicity of bacterium Clostridium botulinum is reflected by the sudden hospital outbreaks and increased resistance towards multiple drugs. Therefore, a combined approach of in-silico comparative genomic analysis with statistical analysis was applied to overcome the limitation of bench-top technologies. Owing to the paucity of genomic data available by the advent of third generation sequencing technologies, several 'omics' technologies were applied to understand the underlying evolutionary pattern and lifestyle of the bacterial pathogen using phylogenomics...
August 5, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436307/choice-of-anesthesia-for-endovascular-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-canvas-trial
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Yuming Peng, Yan Li, Minyu Jian, Xiaoyuan Liu, Jian Sun, Bo Jia, Jia Dong, Min Zeng, Nan Lin, Li Zhang, Adrian W Gelb, Matthew Tv Chan, Ruquan Han
Background Observational studies indicate that the type of anesthesia, local or general, may be associated with the post-procedural neurological function in patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular treatment. However, these results need further confirmation, and the causal relationship has not yet been established. Methods This is a randomized controlled equivalence trial. Permuted block randomization stratified by culprit vessels will be used. Six hundred and forty patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular recanalization will be randomized one to one to receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418309/translation-of-real-time-infectious-disease-modeling-into-routine-public-health-practice
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David J Muscatello, Abrar A Chughtai, Anita Heywood, Lauren M Gardner, David J Heslop, C Raina MacIntyre
Infectious disease dynamic modeling can support outbreak emergency responses. We conducted a workshop to canvas the needs of stakeholders in Australia for practical, real-time modeling tools for infectious disease emergencies. The workshop was attended by 29 participants who represented government, defense, general practice, and academia stakeholders. We found that modeling is underused in Australia and its potential is poorly understood by practitioners involved in epidemic responses. The development of better modeling tools is desired...
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389668/photoacoustic-imaging-reveals-hidden-underdrawings-in-paintings
#9
George J Tserevelakis, Ilianna Vrouvaki, Panagiotis Siozos, Krystallia Melessanaki, Kostas Hatzigiannakis, Costas Fotakis, Giannis Zacharakis
A novel, non-invasive, imaging methodology, based on the photoacoustic effect, is introduced in the context of artwork diagnostics with emphasis on the uncovering of hidden features such as underdrawings or original sketch lines in paintings. Photoacoustic microscopy, a rapidly growing imaging method widely employed in biomedical research, exploits the ultrasonic acoustic waves, generated by light from a pulsed or intensity modulated source interacting with a medium, to map the spatial distribution of absorbing components...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352212/canagliflozin-in-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-an-evidence-based-review-of-its-place-in-therapy
#10
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Thomas Karagiannis, Eleni Bekiari, Apostolos Tsapas
INTRODUCTION: Deciding on an optimal medication choice for type 2 diabetes is often challenging, due to the increasing number of treatment options. Canagliflozin is a novel glucose-lowering agent belonging to sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. AIM: The aim of this study was to examine and summarize the evidence based on the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of canagliflozin for type 2 diabetes. EVIDENCE REVIEW: Compared to placebo, canagliflozin 100 and 300 mg lower glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) by ~0...
2017: Core Evidence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321289/art-perception-in-the-museum-how-we-spend-time-and-space-in-art-exhibitions
#11
Claus-Christian Carbon
Aesthetics research aiming at understanding art experience is an emerging field; however, most research is conducted in labs without access to real artworks, without the social context of a museum and without the presence of other persons. The present article replicates and complements key findings of art perception in museum contexts. When observing museum visitors (N = 225; 126 female, M(age) = 43.3 years) while perceiving a series of six Gerhard Richter paintings of various sizes (0.26-3.20 sq...
January 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244644/optimizing-the-analysis-strategy-for-the-canvas-program-a-prespecified-plan-for-the-integrated-analyses-of-the-canvas-and-canvas-r-trials
#12
Bruce Neal, Vlado Perkovic, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Greg Fulcher, Ngozi Erondu, Mehul Desai, Wayne Shaw, Gordon Law, Marc K Walton, Norm Rosenthal, Dick de Zeeuw, David R Matthews
Two large cardiovascular outcome trials of canagliflozin, comprising the CANVAS Program, will complete in early 2017: the CANagliflozin cardioVascular Assessment Study (CANVAS) and the CANagliflozin cardioVascular Assessment Study-Renal (CANVAS-R). Accruing data for the sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor class has identified questions and opportunities that were not apparent when the trials were designed. Accordingly, a series of modifications have been made to the planned analyses. These updates will ensure that the data from the CANVAS Program will maximize advances in scientific knowledge and patient care...
February 28, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129176/paint-with-me-stimulating-creativity-and-empathy-while-painting-with-a-painter-in-virtual-reality
#13
Lynda Gerry
While nothing can be more vivid, immediate and real than our own sensorial experiences, emerging virtual reality technologies are playing with the possibility of being able to share someone else's sensory reality. The Painter Project is a virtual environment where users see a video from a painter's point of view in tandem with a tracked rendering of their own hand while they paint on a physical canvas. The end result is an experiment in superimposition of one experiential reality on top of another, hopefully opening a new window into an artist's creative process...
January 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120497/rationale-design-and-baseline-characteristics-of-the-canagliflozin-cardiovascular-assessment-study-renal-canvas-r-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#14
Bruce Neal, Vlado Perkovic, David R Matthews, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Greg Fulcher, Gary Meininger, Ngozi Erondu, Mehul Desai, Wayne Shaw, Frank Vercruysse, Jacqueline Yee, Hsiaowei Deng, Dick de Zeeuw
AIMS: The primary aim of the CANagliflozin cardioVascular Assessment Study-Renal (CANVAS-R) is to determine whether the favourable effects of inhibition of the sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) on blood glucose, blood pressure and body weight are accompanied by protection against adverse renal outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CANVAS-R is a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in patients with type 2 diabetes with a history or high risk of cardiovascular events...
March 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113753/removal-of-canvas-patterns-in-digital-acquisitions-of-paintings
#15
Bruno Cornelis, Haizhao Yang, Alex Goodfriend, Noelle Ocon, Jianfeng Lu, Ingrid Daubechies
We address the removal of canvas artifacts from high-resolution digital photographs and X-ray images of paintings on canvas. Both imaging modalities are common investigative tools in art history and art conservation. Canvas artifacts manifest themselves very differently according to the acquisition modality; they can hamper the visual reading of the painting by art experts, for instance, in preparing a restoration campaign. Digital removal of canvas is desirable for restorers when the painting on canvas they are preparing to restore has acquired over the years a much more salient texture...
October 25, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113181/removal-of-canvas-patterns-in-digital-acquisitions-of-paintings
#16
Bruno Cornelis, Haizhao Yang, Alex Goodfriend, Noelle Ocon, Jianfeng Lu, Ingrid Daubechies
We address the removal of canvas artifacts from high-resolution digital photographs and X-ray images of paintings on canvas. Both imaging modalities are common investigative tools in art history and art conservation. Canvas artifacts manifest themselves very differently according to the acquisition modality; they can hamper the visual reading of the painting by art experts, for instance, in preparing a restoration campaign. Computer-aided canvas removal is desirable for restorers when the painting on canvas they are preparing to restore has acquired over the years a much more salient texture...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092825/non-invasive-techniques-for-revealing-the-palette-of-the-romantic-painter-francesco-hayez
#17
Laura Rampazzi, Valentina Brunello, Cristina Corti, Elena Lissoni
This paper describes the first systematic analysis of the palette of Francesco Hayez, one of the most outstanding artists of European Romanticism, whose painting technique has never been extensively investigated despite the plethora of artistic studies. He lived in a particular moment in the history of painting, as in the first half of the 19th century many synthetic pigments were available, also in tin tubes, but traditional materials were still used. Sixteen paintings on canvas and on panels, created between 1823 and 1868, were analyzed in situ through non-invasive techniques (infrared reflectography and infrared reflection spectroscopy)...
January 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092562/line-graph-or-scatter-plot-automatic-selection-of-methods-for-visualizing-trends-in-time-series
#18
Yunhai Wang, Fubo Han, Lifeng Zhu, Oliver Deussen, Baoquan Chen
Line graphs are usually considered to be the best choice for visualizing time series data, whereas sometimes also scatter plots are used for showing main trends. So far there are no guidelines that indicate which of these visualization methods better display trends in time series for a given canvas. Assuming that the main information in a time series is its overall trend, we propose an algorithm that automatically picks the visualization method that reveals this trend best. This is achieved by measuring the visual consistency between the trend curve represented by a LOESS fit and the trend described by a scatter plot or a line graph...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012341/walking-cadence-affects-rate-of-plantar-foot-temperature-change-but-not-final-temperature-in-younger-and-older-adults
#19
Prabhav Nadipi Reddy, Glen Cooper, Andrew Weightman, Emma Hodson-Tole, Neil D Reeves
This study examined the relationship between (1) foot temperature in healthy individuals and walking cadence, (2) temperature change at different locations of the foot, and (3) temperature change and its relationship with vertical pressures exerted on the foot. Eighteen healthy adult volunteers (10 between 30 and 40 years - Age: 33.4±2.4years; 8 above 40 years - Age: 54.1±7.7years) were recruited. A custom-made insole with temperature sensors was placed directly onto the plantar surface of the foot and held in position using a sock...
December 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894216/bone-effects-of-canagliflozin-a-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitor-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#20
REVIEW
Thomas C Blevins, Azeez Farooki
Canagliflozin, a sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), lowers blood glucose by inhibiting renal glucose reabsorption and increasing urinary glucose excretion. It has been reported that SGLT2 inhibitors may have potential adverse effects on bone, including increased fracture risk and decreased bone mineral density (BMD). Across clinical studies, canagliflozin was not associated with meaningful changes in serum or urine calcium, vitamin D, or parathyroid hormone...
January 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
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