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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650089/a-new-formula-for-estimation-of-standard-liver-volume-using-computed-tomography-measured-body-thickness
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Ka Wing Ma, Kenneth S H Chok, Albert Chi Yan Chan, Henry Shiu Cheung Tam, Jeff Wing Chiu Dai, Tan To Cheung, James Yan Yue Fung, Chung Mau Lo
Objective To derive a more accurate and easy to use formula for estimation of standard liver volume (ESLV) using novel CT measured parameters Background New formulae for ESLV have been emerging and aiming to improve the accuracy of estimation. However, many of these formulae contain body surface area and logarithm in the equation which lead to more complicated calculation. In addition, substantial error in the estimation of liver volume using these old formulae had been shown. Improved version of formula for ESLV is awaited...
June 26, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649976/efficiency-of-analytical-and-sampling-based-uncertainty-propagation-in-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy
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N Wahl, P Hennig, H P Wieser, M Bangert
The sensitivity of intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) treatment plans to uncertainties can be quantified and mitigated with robust/min-max and stochastic/probabilistic treatment analysis and optimization techniques. Those methods usually rely on sparse random, importance, or worst-case sampling. Inevitably, this imposes a trade-off between computational speed and accuracy of the uncertainty propagation. Here, we investigate analytical probabilistic modeling (APM) as an alternative for uncertainty propagation and minimization in IMPT that does not rely on scenario sampling...
June 26, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649950/quantification-of-aortic-valve-calcification-on-contrast-enhanced-ct-of-patients-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Matthias Eberhar, Monika Mastalerz, Thomas Frauenfelder, Felix C Tanner, Francesco Maisano, Fabian Nietlispach, Burkhardt Seifert, Hatem Alkadhi, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim
AIMS: To develop a formula enabling the quantification of aortic valve calcification (AVC) on contrast-enhanced CT of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: 217 consecutive patients with severe aortic valve stenosis undergoing non-enhanced (NECT) and contrast-enhanced electrocardiography-gated CT angiography (CECT) prior to TAVI were subdivided into a training (n=145) and validation cohort (n=72). AVC was semi-automatically segmented on CECT (AVCCE)...
June 27, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649081/soluble-transferrin-receptor-ferritin-index-in-pakistani-population
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Faiza Alam, Nabeel Ashraf, Ramsha Kashif, Hashaam Arshad, Syeda Sadia Fatima
Inflammation affects the reliability of ferritin. The serum level of transferrin receptor protein (sTfR) represents true demand of iron in the body. This study attempts to identify levels of sTfR and correlate the trends of sTfR/ferritin index with BMI in the population of Karachi. 132 gender matched volunteers between the ages of 20-60 years were recruited for this cross-sectional study. BMI was calculated using the formula: (weight in kg / height in m2). Following groups were made according to South Asian criteria of BMI; Group A: normal weight (18...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648064/unraveling-the-magnesium-ion-intercalation-mechanism-in-vanadium-pentoxide-in-a-wet-organic-electrolyte-by-structural-determination
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Sung-Chul Lim, Jinhee Lee, Hunho H Kwak, Jongwook W Heo, Munseok S Chae, Docheon Ahn, Yun Hee Jang, Hochun Lee, Seung-Tae Hong
Magnesium batteries have received attention as a type of post-lithium-ion battery because of their potential advantages in cost and capacity. Among the host candidates for magnesium batteries, orthorhombic α-V2O5 is one of the most studied materials, and it shows a reversible magnesium intercalation with a high capacity especially in a wet organic electrolyte. Studies by several groups during the last two decades have demonstrated that water plays some important roles in getting higher capacity. Very recently, proton intercalation was evidenced mainly using nuclear resonance spectroscopy...
June 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647783/a-sample-predictive-model-for-intraocular-pressure-following-laser-in-situ-keratomileusis-for-myopia-and-an-intraocular-pressure-constant
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Ayse Ebru Bahadir Kilavuzoglu, Tahir Kansu Bozkurt, Cemile Banu Cosar, Asım Bozkurt Sener
PURPOSE: To describe a sample predictive model for intraocular pressure (IOP) following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for myopia and an IOP constant. METHODS: The records of patients that underwent LASIK for myopia and myopic astigmatism via WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400 Hz excimer laser and Hansatome XP microkeratome were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with no systemic or ocular disease other than myopia or myopic astigmatism were included in the study...
June 24, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641434/first-principles-study-of-2d-layered-organohalide-tin-perovskites
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Alberto Fraccarollo, Lorenzo Canti, Leonardo Marchese, Maurizio Cossi
This article describes the structure and the electronic properties of a series of layered perovskites of a general formula (A(+))2(SnX4)(-2) where X = I, Br and A(+) is an organic cation, either formamidinium, 1-methylimidazolium, or phenylethylammonium. For each system, two conformations are considered, with eclipsed or staggered stacking of the adjacent inorganic layers. Geometry optimizations are performed at the density functional theory level with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functional and semiempirical correction for dispersion energies; band profiles and bandgaps are computed including both spin orbit coupling (SOC) and correlation (GW) effects through an additive scheme...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639168/sensitivity-of-chaos-measures-in-detecting-stress-in-the-focusing-control-mechanism-of-the-short-sighted-eye
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Karen M Hampson, Matthew P Cufflin, Edward A H Mallen
When fixating on a stationary object, the power of the eye's lens fluctuates. Studies have suggested that changes in these so-called microfluctuations in accommodation may be a factor in the onset and progression of short-sightedness. Like many physiological signals, the fluctuations in the power of the lens exhibit chaotic behaviour. A breakdown or reduction in chaos in physiological systems indicates stress to the system or pathology. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the chaos in fluctuations of the power of the lens changes with refractive error, i...
June 21, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638797/recurrence-free-survival-as-a-putative-surrogate-for-overall-survival-in-phase-iii-trials-of-curative-intent-treatment-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-systematic-review
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Raphael L C Araujo, Paulo Herman, Rachel P Riechelmann
AIM: To verify whether recurrence-free survival (RFS) surrogates overall survival (OS) in phase III trials for resectable colorectal liver metastases (CRLM). METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Scopus databases were consulted. Eligible studies were phase III trials testing any type of systemic therapy (neoadjuvant, adjuvant or perioperative) added to surgery in patients with resectable CRLM. A linear regression model based on hazard ratios (HR) of OS and RFS was performed...
June 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634928/comparison-of-formulas-and-methods-for-high-myopia-patients-requiring-intraocular-lens-powers-less-than-six-diopters
#10
Harry S Geggel
PURPOSE: To determine the best method to minimize postoperative hyperopia and achieve mild myopia in patients requiring low-powered (<6.00 D) MN60MA intraocular lenses (IOLs). METHODS: This retrospective non-comparative case series consists of 32 eyes (20 patients). Postoperative spherical equivalent (SE) refractions were compared using four methods: standard formulas with varying target refractions (Haigis -1.00 D, Hoffer Q -1.75 D, Holladay 1 -1.50 D and SRK/T -1...
June 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634852/incidence-of-prolonged-qtc-and-severe-hypoglycemia-in-type-1-diabetes-the-eurodiab-prospective-complications-study
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Cristina Amione, Sara Giunti, Paolo Fornengo, Sabita S Soedamah-Muthu, Nish Chaturvedi, J H Fuller, Federica Barutta, Gabriella Gruden, Graziella Bruno
AIMS: To assess the independent role of severe hypoglycemia on 7-year cumulative incidence of prolonged QTc in a large cohort of patients with type 1 diabetes. METHODS: People with type 1 diabetes recruited by the EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study who had normal QTc were examined at baseline and after 7 years with standardized methods (n = 1415; mean age ± SD 32.1 ± 9.6 years; diabetes duration 14.2 ± 8.8 years). Hypoglycemic episodes were assessed by a questionnaire...
June 20, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634136/tongxie-formula-reduces-symptoms-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Heng Fan, Liang Zheng, Yaoliang Lai, Weimin Lu, Zhixiang Yan, Qi Xiao, Baiwen Li, Min Tang, Dawei Huang, Yuanyuan Wang, Zhen Li, Yuwei Mei, Zhengyan Jiang, Xingxing Liu, Qing Tang, Dongmei Zuo, Jingyi Ye, Yongqiang Yang, Huisuo Huang, Zongxiang Tang, Jun Xiao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder, yet few drugs are effective in reducing symptoms. Approximately 50% of patients with IBS attempt herbal therapy at least once. We performed a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy of the herb formulation tongxie vs placebo or pinaverium (an antispasmodic agent) in reducing symptoms of IBS. METHODS: We performed a trial of 1044 adult patients with IBS (based on Rome III criteria) at 5 hospitals in China, from August 2012 through January 2015...
June 17, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633679/multistate-modeling-to-analyze-nosocomial-infection-data-an-introduction-and-demonstration
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Martin Wolkewitz, Maja von Cube, Martin Schumacher
OBJECTIVE Multistate and competing risks models have become an established and adequate tool with which to quantify determinants and consequences of nosocomial infections. In this tutorial article, we explain and demonstrate the basics of these models to a broader audience of professionals in health care, infection control, and hospital epidemiology. METHODS Using a publicly available data set from a cohort study of intensive care unit patients, we show how hospital infection data can be displayed and explored graphically and how simple formulas are derived under some simplified assumptions for illustrating the basic ideas behind multistate models...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630887/calculation-of-the-entrance-skin-dose-distribution-for-fluoroscopically-guided-interventions-using-a-pencil-beam-backscatter-model
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Sarath Vijayan, Zhenyu Xiong, Stephen Rudin, Daniel R Bednarek
Radiation backscattered from the patient can contribute substantially to skin dose in fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGIs). The distribution of backscatter is not spatially uniform, and use of a single backscatter factor cannot provide an accurate determination of skin dose. This study evaluates a method to determine the backscatter spatial distribution through convolution of a backscatter-to-primary (BP) point spread function (PSFn). The PSFn is derived for a pencil beam using EGSnrc Monte Carlo software and is convolved with primary distributions using a dose-tracking system...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630643/improved-classification-accuracy-of-powdery-mildew-infection-levels-of-wine-grapes-by-spatial-spectral-analysis-of-hyperspectral-images
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Uwe Knauer, Andrea Matros, Tijana Petrovic, Timothy Zanker, Eileen S Scott, Udo Seiffert
BACKGROUND: Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging means of assessing plant vitality, stress parameters, nutrition status, and diseases. Extraction of target values from the high-dimensional datasets either relies on pixel-wise processing of the full spectral information, appropriate selection of individual bands, or calculation of spectral indices. Limitations of such approaches are reduced classification accuracy, reduced robustness due to spatial variation of the spectral information across the surface of the objects measured as well as a loss of information intrinsic to band selection and use of spectral indices...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630524/a-martingale-analysis-of-first-passage-times-of-time-dependent-wiener-diffusion-models
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Vaibhav Srivastava, Samuel F Feng, Jonathan D Cohen, Naomi Ehrich Leonard, Amitai Shenhav
Research in psychology and neuroscience has successfully modeled decision making as a process of noisy evidence accumulation to a decision bound. While there are several variants and implementations of this idea, the majority of these models make use of a noisy accumulation between two absorbing boundaries. A common assumption of these models is that decision parameters, e.g., the rate of accumulation (drift rate), remain fixed over the course of a decision, allowing the derivation of analytic formulas for the probabilities of hitting the upper or lower decision threshold, and the mean decision time...
April 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623794/new-thermodynamic-entropy-calculation-based-approach-towards-quantifying-the-impact-of-eutrophication-on-water-environment
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Li Luo, Nan Duan, Xiaochang C Wang, Wenshan Guo, Huu Hao Ngo
Although the eutrophication phenomenon has been studied for a long time, there are still no quantifiable parameters available for a comprehensive assessment of its impacts on the water environment. As contamination alters the thermodynamic equilibrium of a water system to a state of imbalance, a novel method was proposed, in this study, for its quantitative evaluation. Based on thermodynamic analyses of the algal growth process, the proposed method targeted, both theoretically and experimentally, the typical algae species encountered in the water environment...
June 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623599/energetics-and-reactivity-of-small-beryllium-deuterides
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Ivan Sukuba, Alexander Kaiser, Stefan E Huber, Jan Urban, Michael Probst
Enthalpies and free energies of reaction for small neutral and charged beryllium deuterides BeD, BeD2, and BeD3 that have been calculated are reported for a temperature range of 0 K to 1000 K. We discuss probable dissociation channels and possible ways of producing BeD by localizing the relevant transition states and by calculating corresponding rate constants. BeD and BeD(+) are found to be the most stable ones among the considered compounds. BeD2 and [Formula: see text] are more likely to decompose into Be(0,+) + D2 than into BeD(0,+) + D...
July 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622899/a-novel-method-for-estimating-three-dimensional-apical-vertebral-rotation-using-two-dimensional-coronal-cobb-angle-and-thoracic-kyphosis
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T Barrett Sullivan, Tracey Bastrom, Fredrick Reighard, Megan Jeffords, Peter O Newton
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis. OBJECTIVES: To use a large cohort of three-dimensional (3D) spinal reconstructions to create a simple mathematical formula capable of estimating 3D apical vertebral rotation (AVR) based on the correlation with routinely obtained two-dimensional (2D) measurements of scoliosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Quantification of vertebral rotation in AIS using 2-dimensional (2D) imaging is inherently challenging as the axial plane cannot be directly visualized...
July 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622533/intrathecal-igm-index-correlates-with-a-severe-disease-course-in-multiple-sclerosis-clinical-and-mri-results
#20
Serkan Ozakbas, Bilge Piri Cinar, Pinar Özcelik, Hatice Baser, Gorkem Kosehasanoğullari
OBJECTIVES: Intrathecally synthesized IgM can be seen not only in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in infectious and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, but also in that of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Intrathecal IgM synthesis in MS seems to be correlated with an unfavorable disease course. In one cross-sectional study, intrathecal synthesis of IgM (IgM index) was found to be correlated with cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) parameters. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible relationship between the IgM index and MRI and clinical parameters...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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