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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447959/using-measurable-dosimetric-quantities-to-characterize-the-inter-structural-tradeoff-in-inverse-planning
#1
Hongcheng Liu, Peng Dong, Lei Xing
Traditional inverse planning relies on the use of weighting factors to balance the conflicting requirements of different structures. The manual trial-and-error determination of the weighting factors has long been recognized as a time-consuming part of treatment planning. The purpose of this work is to develop an inverse planning framework that parameterizes the dosimetric tradeoff among the structures with physically meaningful quantities to simplify the search for clinically sensible plans. In this formalism, instead of using the weighting factors, permissible variation range of the prescription dose or dose volume histogram (DVH) of the involved structures are used to characterize the "importance" of the structures...
April 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447844/frontal-theta-band-oscillations-predict-error-correction-and-posterror-slowing-in-typing
#2
Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford, Elizabeth Milne
Performance errors are associated with robust behavioral and electroencephalography (EEG) effects. However, there is a debate about the nature of the relationship between these effects and implicit versus explicit error awareness. Our aim was to study the relationship between error related electrophysiological effects, such as spectral perturbations in fronto-medial theta band oscillations (FMT), and error awareness in typing. Typing has an advantage as an experimental paradigm in that detected errors are quickly and habitually signaled by the participant using backspace, allowing separation of detected from undetected errors without interruption in behavior...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444231/whole-genome-sequencing-of-7-strains-of-staphylococcus-lugdunensis-allows-identification-of-mobile-genetic-elements
#3
Xavier Argemi, Véronique Martin, Valentin Loux, Sandrine Dahyot, Jérémie Lebeurre, Aurélien Guffroy, Mickael Martin, Aurélie Velay, Daniel Keller, Philippe Riegel, Yves Hansmann, Nicodème Paul, Gilles Prévost
Coagulase negative staphylococci are normal inhabitant of the human skin flora that account for an increasing number of infections, particularly hospital-acquired infections. Staphylococcus lugdunensis has emerged as a most virulent species causing various infections with clinical characteristics close to what clinicians usually observe with Staphylococcus aureus and both bacteria share more than 70% of their genome. Virulence of S. aureus relies on a large repertoire of virulence factors, many of which are encoded on mobile genetic elements...
April 21, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441760/supplementation-with-a-polyphenol-rich-extract-perfload-%C3%A2-improves-physical-performance-during-high-intensity-exercise-a-randomized-double-blind-crossover-trial
#4
Julien Cases, Cindy Romain, Cristian Marín-Pagán, Linda H Chung, José Miguel Rubio-Pérez, Caroline Laurent, Sylvie Gaillet, Emmanuelle Prost-Camus, Michel Prost, Pedro E Alcaraz
Workout capacity is energy-production driven. To produce peak metabolic power outputs, the organism predominantly relies more on anaerobic metabolism, but this undoubtedly has a negative and limiting impact on muscle function and performance. The aim of the study was to evaluate if an innovative polyphenol-based food supplement, PerfLoad(®), was able to improve metabolic homeostasis and physical performance during high-intensity exercises under anaerobic conditions. The effect of a supplementation has been investigated on fifteen recreationally-active male athletes during a randomized, double-blind and crossover clinical investigation...
April 24, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440895/the-relationship-between-rate-of-algometer-application-and-pain-pressure-threshold-in-the-assessment-of-myofascial-trigger-point-sensitivity
#5
L D Linde, D A Kumbhare, M Joshi, J Z Srbely
BACKGROUND: Pressure algometry is a commonly employed technique in the assessment of both regional and widespread musculoskeletal pain. Despite its acceptance amongst clinicians and scientists, the relationship between rate of pressure application (RoA) and pain pressure threshold (PPT) remains poorly understood. We set out to test the hypothesis that a strong, positive, linear relationship exists between the RoA and the PPT within the infraspinatus of young healthy subjects. METHODS: Thirty-three (n=33) participants were randomly recruited from the local university community...
April 25, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437190/consuming-a-ketogenic-diet-while-receiving-radiation-and-chemotherapy-for-locally-advanced-lung-cancer-and-pancreatic-cancer-the-university-of-iowa-experience-of-two-phase-1-clinical-trials
#6
Amir Zahra, Melissa A Fath, Emyleigh Opat, Kranti A Mapuskar, Sudershan K Bhatia, Daniel C Ma, Samuel N Rodman Iii, Travis P Snyders, Catherine A Chenard, Julie M Eichenberger-Gilmore, Kellie L Bodeker, Logan Ahmann, Brian J Smith, Sandy A Vollstedt, Heather A Brown, Taher Abu Hejleh, Gerald H Clamon, Daniel J Berg, Luke I Szweda, Douglas R Spitz, John M Buatti, Bryan G Allen
Ketogenic diets are low in carbohydrates and high in fat, which forces cells to rely more heavily upon mitochondrial oxidation of fatty acids for energy. Relative to normal cells, cancer cells are believed to exist under a condition of chronic mitochondrial oxidative stress that is compensated for by increases in glucose metabolism to generate reducing equivalents. In this study we tested the hypothesis that a ketogenic diet concurrent with radiation and chemotherapy would be clinically tolerable in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and pancreatic cancer and could potentially exploit cancer cell oxidative metabolism to improve therapeutic outcomes...
April 24, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435219/clinical-effectiveness-of-currently-available-low-vision-devices-in-glaucoma-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-vision-loss
#7
Yogesh Patodia, Elizabeth Golesic, Alex Mao, Cindy Ml Hutnik
PURPOSE: The aim of this trial is to study the effectiveness of currently available low-vision devices in glaucoma patients with moderate-to-severe vision loss. DESIGN: This is a randomized pilot clinical trial. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen low-vision glaucoma patients participated in this study. METHODS: Patients with a best-corrected visual acuity between 20/70 and 20/400 in the better eye and a diagnosis of stable primary or secondary open-angle glaucoma were randomized to a low-vision treatment group or a nonintervention control group...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434055/addressing-methodologic-challenges-and-minimizing-threats-to-validity-in-synthesizing-findings-from-individual-level-data-across-longitudinal-randomized-trials
#8
Ahnalee Brincks, Samantha Montag, George W Howe, Shi Huang, Juned Siddique, Soyeon Ahn, Irwin N Sandler, Hilda Pantin, C Hendricks Brown
Integrative Data Analysis (IDA) encompasses a collection of methods for data synthesis that pools participant-level data across multiple studies. Compared with single-study analyses, IDA provides larger sample sizes, better representation of participant characteristics, and often increased statistical power. Many of the methods currently available for IDA have focused on examining developmental changes using longitudinal observational studies employing different measures across time and study. However, IDA can also be useful in synthesizing across multiple randomized clinical trials to improve our understanding of the comprehensive effectiveness of interventions, as well as mediators and moderators of those effects...
April 22, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430039/distractor-resistant-stm-is-supported-by-transient-changes-in-neural-stimulus-representations
#9
Jan Derrfuss, Matthias Ekman, Michael Hanke, Marc Tittgemeyer, Christian J Fiebach
Goal-directed behavior in a complex world requires the maintenance of goal-relevant information despite multiple sources of distraction. However, the brain mechanisms underlying distractor-resistant working or STM are not fully understood. Although early single-unit recordings in monkeys and fMRI studies in humans pointed to an involvement of lateral prefrontal cortices, more recent studies highlighted the importance of posterior cortices for the active maintenance of visual information also in the presence of distraction...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429824/application-of-an-embryonated-chicken-egg-model-to-assess-the-vector-competence-of-australian-culicoides-midges-for-bluetongue-viruses
#10
M R VAN DER Saag, M P Ward, P D Kirkland
Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are vectors of a number of globally important arboviruses that affect livestock, including bluetongue virus (BTV), African horse sickness virus and the recently emerged Schmallenberg virus. In this study, a model using embryonated chicken eggs (ECEs) was utilized to undertake vector competence studies of Australian Culicoides spp. for 13 laboratory-adapted or wild-type virus strains of BTV. A total of 7393 Culicoides brevitarsis were reared from bovine dung, and 3364 Culicoides were induced to feed from ECEs infected with different strains of BTV...
April 21, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429185/high-content-assessment-of-cardiac-function-using-heart-on-a-chip-devices-as-drug-screening-model
#11
Genevieve Conant, Benjamin Fook Lun Lai, Rick Xing Ze Lu, Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Milica Radisic
Drug discovery and development continues to be a challenge to the pharmaceutical industry despite great advances in cell and molecular biology that allow for the design of better targeted therapeutics. Many potential drug compounds fail during the clinical trial due to inefficacy and toxicity that were not predicted during preclinical stages. The fundamental problem lies with the use of traditional drug screening models that still largely rely on the use of cell lines or animal cell monolayers, which leads to lack of predictive power of human tissue and organ response to the drug candidates...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428885/the-why-what-and-how-of-the-new-fact-standards-for-immune-effector-cells
#12
EDITORIAL
Marcela V Maus, Sarah Nikiforow
Novel cellular therapies outside of traditional hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) therapy are currently under evaluation in clinical trials across the United States and around the world. Several cellular products, e.g., CD19-directed Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells, are poised for FDA approval and thus increased use at a wider range of academic centers within the next year, with the likelihood of dissemination to standard oncology practice once safety is confirmed...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427989/egocentric-and-allocentric-visuospatial-working-memory-in-premotor-huntington-s-disease-a-double-dissociation-with-caudate-and-hippocampal-volumes
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Katherine L Possin, Hosung Kim, Michael D Geschwind, Tacie Moskowitz, Erica T Johnson, Sharon J Sha, Alexandra Apple, Duan Xu, Bruce L Miller, Steven Finkbeiner, Christopher P Hess, Joel H Kramer
Our brains represent spatial information in egocentric (self-based) or allocentric (landmark-based) coordinates. Rodent studies have demonstrated a critical role for the caudate in egocentric navigation and the hippocampus in allocentric navigation. We administered tests of egocentric and allocentric working memory to individuals with premotor Huntington's disease (pmHD), which is associated with early caudate nucleus atrophy, and controls. Each test had 80 trials during which subjects were asked to remember 2 locations over 1-sec delays...
April 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427444/interventions-to-reduce-wait-times-for-primary-care-appointments-a-systematic-review
#14
Dominique Ansell, James A G Crispo, Benjamin Simard, Lise M Bjerre
BACKGROUND: Accessibility and availability are important characteristics of efficient and effective primary healthcare systems. Currently, timely access to a family physician is a concern in Canada. Adverse outcomes are associated with longer wait times for primary care appointments and often leave individuals to rely on urgent care. When wait times for appointments are too long patients may experience worse health outcomes and are often left to use emergency department resources. The primary objective of our study was to systematically review the literature to identify interventions designed to reduce wait times for primary care appointments...
April 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425733/contingent-capture-is-weakened-in-search-for-multiple-features-from-different-dimensions
#15
Dan Biderman, Natalie Biderman, Alon Zivony, Dominique Lamy
Can observers maintain more than 1 attentional set and search for 2 features in parallel? Previous studies that relied on attentional capture by irrelevant distractors to answer this question focused on features from the same dimension and specifically, on color. They showed that 2 separate color templates can guide attention selectively and simultaneously. Here, the authors investigated attentional guidance by 2 features from different dimensions. In three spatial-cueing experiments, they compared contingent capture during single-set versus dual-set search...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424538/metal-complexes-in-cancer-therapy-an-update-from-drug-design-perspective
#16
REVIEW
Umar Ndagi, Ndumiso Mhlongo, Mahmoud E Soliman
In the past, metal-based compounds were widely used in the treatment of disease conditions, but the lack of clear distinction between the therapeutic and toxic doses was a major challenge. With the discovery of cisplatin by Barnett Rosenberg in 1960, a milestone in the history of metal-based compounds used in the treatment of cancers was witnessed. This forms the foundation for the modern era of the metal-based anticancer drugs. Platinum drugs, such as cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin, are the mainstay of the metal-based compounds in the treatment of cancer, but the delay in the therapeutic accomplishment of other metal-based compounds hampered the progress of research in this field...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422152/towards-automatic-pulmonary-nodule-management-in-lung-cancer-screening-with-deep-learning
#17
Francesco Ciompi, Kaman Chung, Sarah J van Riel, Arnaud Arindra Adiyoso Setio, Paul K Gerke, Colin Jacobs, Ernst Th Scholten, Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop, Mathilde M W Wille, Alfonso Marchianò, Ugo Pastorino, Mathias Prokop, Bram van Ginneken
The introduction of lung cancer screening programs will produce an unprecedented amount of chest CT scans in the near future, which radiologists will have to read in order to decide on a patient follow-up strategy. According to the current guidelines, the workup of screen-detected nodules strongly relies on nodule size and nodule type. In this paper, we present a deep learning system based on multi-stream multi-scale convolutional networks, which automatically classifies all nodule types relevant for nodule workup...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420352/assessing-the-reliability-of-self-reported-weight-for-the-management-of-heart-failure-application-of-fraud-detection-methods-to-a-randomised-trial-of-telemonitoring
#18
Adam Steventon, Sarwat I Chaudhry, Zhenqiu Lin, Jennifer A Mattera, Harlan M Krumholz
BACKGROUND: Since clinical management of heart failure relies on weights that are self-reported by the patient, errors in reporting will negatively impact the ability of health care professionals to offer timely and effective preventive care. Errors might often result from rounding, or more generally from individual preferences for numbers ending in certain digits, such as 0 or 5. We apply fraud detection methods to assess preferences for numbers ending in these digits in order to inform medical decision making...
April 18, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416405/development-validation-and-assessment-of-an-ischemic-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-specific-prediction-tool-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#19
Jason J Sico, H Klar Yaggi, Susan Ofner, John Concato, Charles Austin, Jared Ferguson, Li Qin, Lauren Tobias, Stanley Taylor, Carlos A Vaz Fragoso, Vincent McLain, Linda S Williams, Dawn M Bravata
BACKGROUND: Screening instruments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as used routinely to guide clinicians regarding patient referral for polysomnography (PSG), rely heavily on symptomatology. We sought to develop and validate a cerebrovascular disease-specific OSA prediction model less reliant on symptomatology, and to compare its performance with commonly used screening instruments within a population with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS: Using data on demographic factors, anthropometric measurements, medical history, stroke severity, sleep questionnaires, and PSG from 2 independently derived, multisite, randomized trials that enrolled patients with stroke or TIA, we developed and validated a model to predict the presence of OSA (i...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415179/bias-cancellation-in-one-determinant-fixed-node-diffusion-monte-carlo-insights-from-fermionic-occupation-numbers
#20
Matúš Dubecký
The accuracy of the fixed-node diffusion Monte Carlo (FNDMC) depends on the node location of the supplied trial state Ψ_{T}. The practical FNDMC approaches available for large systems rely on compact yet effective Ψ_{T}, most often containing an explicitly correlated single Slater determinant (SD). However, SD nodes may be better suited to one system than to another, which may possibly lead to inaccurate FNDMC energy differences. It remains a challenge how to estimate nonequivalence or appropriateness of SDs...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
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