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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324948/association-between-visuomotor-adaptation-and-mathematics-skills
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M N Anwar, R Rehman, U Hassan
Learning a new motor skill involves multiple cognitive aspects such as attention, planning, prioritizing, execution, and error correction. In current study, we examined whether the students opted for pure mathematics at their undergraduate level have enhanced motor skills as compared to those pursuing biological sciences at the same level of education. A total of twenty subjects participated in a visuomotor adaptation task. The results showed that the overall movement related errors in subjects with mathematics background were lower than the biosciences students (p = 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324947/a-sparse-laguerre-volterra-autoregressive-model-for-seizure-prediction-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Pen-Ning Yu, Shokofeh A Naiini, Christi N Heck, Charles Y Liu, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger
A sparse Laguerre-Volterra autoregressive model has been developed as feature extraction from subdural human EEG data for seizure prediction in temporal lobe epilepsy. The use of Laguerre-Volterra kernel can compactly yield an autoregressive model of longer system memory without increasing the number of the coefficients. In 6 sets of seizure, we used a sparse Laguerre-Volterra autoregressive model with 6 coefficients and the decay parameter of 0.2 and obtained the 10-fold cross-validation prediction results of high Matthews correlation coefficients (0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
#3
Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323478/disability-items-from-the-current-population-survey-2008-2015-and-permanent-versus-temporary-disability-status
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Bryce Ward, Andrew Myers, Jennifer Wong, Craig Ravesloot
OBJECTIVES: To examine longitudinal responses to the disability indicator questions that have been adopted as the standard across national surveys sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services. METHODS: Data from the Current Population Survey between 2008 and 2015 were linked to create a longitudinal sample of 721 178 individual respondents. RESULTS: Responses to the disability questions fluctuated significantly. Although 17% of all respondents reported a disability at some point, only 3% consistently reported the same set of disabilities...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319150/high-throughput-transformation-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-using-liquid-handling-robots
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Guangbo Liu, Clayton Lanham, J Ross Buchan, Matthew E Kaplan
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) is a powerful eukaryotic model organism ideally suited to high-throughput genetic analyses, which time and again has yielded insights that further our understanding of cell biology processes conserved in humans. Lithium Acetate (LiAc) transformation of yeast with DNA for the purposes of exogenous protein expression (e.g., plasmids) or genome mutation (e.g., gene mutation, deletion, epitope tagging) is a useful and long established method. However, a reliable and optimized high throughput transformation protocol that runs almost no risk of human error has not been described in the literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319042/smartphone-application-for-mechanical-quality-assurance-of-medical-linear-accelerator
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Hwiyoung Kim, Hyunseok Lee, Jong In Park, Chang Heon Choi, So-Yeon Park, Hee Jung Kim, Young Suk Kim, Sung-Joon Ye
Mechanical quality assurance (QA) of medical linear accelerators consists of time consuming and human-error prone procedures. We developed a smartphone-application system for mechanical QA. The system consists of two smartphones; one attached to the gantry to obtain real-time information on mechanical parameters of medical linear accelerator, and the other to display the real-time information by bluetoothing the former. Motion sensors embedded in the smartphone were used to measure gantry and collimator rotations...
March 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317605/use-of-foodomics-for-control-of-food-processing-and-assessing-of-food-safety
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D Josić, Ž Peršurić, D Rešetar, T Martinović, L Saftić, S Kraljević Pavelić
Food chain, food safety, and food-processing sectors face new challenges due to globalization of food chain and changes in the modern consumer preferences. In addition, gradually increasing microbial resistance, changes in climate, and human errors in food handling remain a pending barrier for the efficient global food safety management. Consequently, a need for development, validation, and implementation of rapid, sensitive, and accurate methods for assessment of food safety often termed as foodomics methods is required...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317125/referenceless-magnetic-resonance-temperature-imaging-using-gaussian-process-modeling
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Joshua P Yung, David Fuentes, Christopher J MacLellan, Florian Maier, Yannis Liapis, John D Hazle, R Jason Stafford
PURPOSE: During magnetic resonance (MR)-guided thermal therapies, water proton resonance frequency shift (PRFS) based MR temperature imaging can quantitatively monitor tissue temperature changes. It is widely known that the PRFS technique is easily perturbed by tissue motion, tissue susceptibility changes, magnetic field drift, and modality-dependent applicator induced artifacts. Here a referenceless Gaussian process modeling (GPM) based estimation of the PRFS is investigated as a methodology to mitigate unwanted background field changes...
March 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316887/comparison-of-methods-of-alert-acknowledgement-by-critical-care-clinicians-in-the-icu-setting
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Andrew M Harrison, Charat Thongprayoon, Christopher A Aakre, Jack Y Jeng, Mikhail A Dziadzko, Ognjen Gajic, Brian W Pickering, Vitaly Herasevich
BACKGROUND: Electronic Health Record (EHR)-based sepsis alert systems have failed to demonstrate improvements in clinically meaningful endpoints. However, the effect of implementation barriers on the success of new sepsis alert systems is rarely explored. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis time to severe sepsis alert acknowledgement by critical care clinicians in the ICU setting would be reduced using an EHR-based alert acknowledgement system compared to a text paging-based system...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314065/construction-safety-risk-modeling-and-simulation
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Antoine J-P Tixier, Matthew R Hallowell, Balaji Rajagopalan
By building on a genetic-inspired attribute-based conceptual framework for safety risk analysis, we propose a novel approach to define, model, and simulate univariate and bivariate construction safety risk at the situational level. Our fully data-driven techniques provide construction practitioners and academicians with an easy and automated way of getting valuable empirical insights from attribute-based data extracted from unstructured textual injury reports. By applying our methodology on a data set of 814 injury reports, we first show the frequency-magnitude distribution of construction safety risk to be very similar to that of many natural phenomena such as precipitation or earthquakes...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304192/direct-analysis-of-samples-of-various-origin-and-composition-using-specific-types-of-mass-spectrometry
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Hubert Byliński, Jacek Gębicki, Tomasz Dymerski, Jacek Namieśnik
One of the major sources of error that occur during chemical analysis utilizing the more conventional and established analytical techniques is the possibility of losing part of the analytes during the sample preparation stage. Unfortunately, this sample preparation stage is required to improve analytical sensitivity and precision. Direct techniques have helped to shorten or even bypass the sample preparation stage; and in this review, we comment of some of the new direct techniques that are mass-spectrometry based...
March 17, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303327/rotational-error-in-path-integration-encoding-and-execution-errors-in-angle-reproduction
#12
Elizabeth R Chrastil, William H Warren
Path integration is fundamental to human navigation. When a navigator leaves home on a complex outbound path, they are able to keep track of their approximate position and orientation and return to their starting location on a direct homebound path. However, there are several sources of error during path integration. Previous research has focused almost exclusively on encoding error-the error in registering the outbound path in memory. Here, we also consider execution error-the error in the response, such as turning and walking a homebound trajectory...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303262/parallel-specification-of-visuomotor-feedback-gains-during-bimanual-reaching-to-independent-goals
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Anouk J de Brouwer, Tayler Jarvis, Jason P Gallivan, J Randall Flanagan
During goal-directed reaching, rapid visuomotor feedback processes enable the human motor system to quickly correct for errors in the trajectory of the hand that arise from motor noise and, in some cases, external perturbations. To date, these visuomotor responses, the gain of which is sensitive to features of the task and environment, have primarily been examined in the context of unimanual reaching movements toward a single target. However, many natural tasks involve moving both hands together, often to separate targets, such that errors can occur in parallel and at different spatial locations...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303211/real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-characterization-of-cardiac-anatomy-and-function-current-clinical-applications-and-literature-review-update
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Omar Velasco, Morgan Q Beckett, Aaron W James, Megan N Loehr, Taylor G Lewis, Tahmin Hassan, Rajesh Janardhanan
Our review of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) discusses the diagnostic utility of RT3DE and provides a comparison with two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) in clinical cardiology. A Pubmed literature search on RT3DE was performed using the following key words: transthoracic, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, real-time, and left ventricular (LV) function. Articles included perspective clinical studies and meta-analyses in the English language, and focused on the role of RT3DE in human subjects...
2017: BioResearch Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302053/a-fast-and-efficient-python-library-for-interfacing-with-the-biological-magnetic-resonance-data-bank
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Andrey Smelter, Morgan Astra, Hunter N B Moseley
BACKGROUND: The Biological Magnetic Resonance Data Bank (BMRB) is a public repository of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopic data of biological macromolecules. It is an important resource for many researchers using NMR to study structural, biophysical, and biochemical properties of biological macromolecules. It is primarily maintained and accessed in a flat file ASCII format known as NMR-STAR. While the format is human readable, the size of most BMRB entries makes computer readability and explicit representation a practical requirement for almost any rigorous systematic analysis...
March 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301178/practice-increases-procedural-errors-after-task-interruption
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Erik M Altmann, David Z Hambrick
Positive effects of practice are ubiquitous in human performance, but a finding from memory research suggests that negative effects are possible also. The finding is that memory for items on a list depends on the time interval between item presentations. This finding predicts a negative effect of practice on procedural performance under conditions of task interruption. As steps of a procedure are performed more quickly, memory for past performance should become less accurate, increasing the rate of skipped or repeated steps after an interruption...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299790/tc-mps1-12-a-novel-mps1-inhibitor-suppresses-a-growth-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-accumulated-chromosomal-instability
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Minji Choi, Yoo Hong Min, Jaehyuk Pyo, Chang-Woo Lee, Chang-Young Jang, Ja-Eun Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chromosomal instability is not only a hallmark of cancer, but also an attractive therapeutic target. A diverse set of mitotic kinases maintains chromosomal stability. One of these is monopolar spindle 1 (Mps1), which is essential for chromosome alignment and for the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC). Pharmacological inhibition of Mps1 has been suggested as a cancer therapeutic; however, despite the existence of a novel Mps1 inhibitor, TC Mps1 12, no such studies have been performed...
March 15, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298904/rna-primer-extension-hinders-dna-synthesis-by-escherichia-coli-mutagenic-dna-polymerase-iv
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Tommy F Tashjian, Ida Lin, Verena Belt, Tiziana M Cafarelli, Veronica G Godoy
In Escherichia coli the highly conserved DNA damage regulated dinB gene encodes DNA Polymerase IV (DinB), an error prone specialized DNA polymerase with a central role in stress-induced mutagenesis. Since DinB is the DNA polymerase with the highest intracellular concentrations upon induction of the SOS response, further regulation must exist to maintain genomic stability. Remarkably, we find that DinB DNA synthesis is inherently poor when using an RNA primer compared to a DNA primer, while high fidelity DNA polymerases are known to have no primer preference...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298431/canu-scalable-and-accurate-long-read-assembly-via-adaptive-k-mer-weighting-and-repeat-separation
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Sergey Koren, Brian P Walenz, Konstantin Berlin, Jason R Miller, Nicholas H Bergman, Adam M Phillippy
Long-read single-molecule sequencing has revolutionized de novo genome assembly and enabled the automated reconstruction of reference-quality genomes. However, given the relatively high error rates of such technologies, efficient and accurate assembly of large repeats and closely related haplotypes remains challenging. We address these issues with Canu, a successor of Celera Assembler that is specifically designed for noisy single-molecule sequences. Canu introduces support for nanopore sequencing, halves depth-of-coverage requirements, and improves assembly continuity while simultaneously reducing runtime by an order of magnitude on large genomes versus Celera Assembler 8...
March 15, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297443/comparison-of-automatic-image-registration-uncertainty-for-three-igrt-systems-using-a-male-pelvis-phantom
#20
Jeffrey Barber, Jonathan R Sykes, Lois Holloway, David I Thwaites
A series of phantom images using the CIRS Virtual Human Male Pelvis was acquired across available dose ranges for three image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) imaging systems: Elekta XVI CBCT, Varian TrueBeam CBCT, and TomoTherapy MV CT. Each image was registered to a fan-beam CT within the XVI software 100 times with random initial offsets. The residual registration error was analyzed to assess the role of imaging hardware and reconstruction in the uncertainty of the IGRT process. Residual translation errors were similar for all systems and <0...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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