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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092749/public-value-at-risk-from-phytophthora-ramorum-and-phytophthora-kernoviae-spread-in-england-and-wales
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Ben Drake, Glyn Jones
Heritage gardens, heathland and woodland are increasingly under threat from the non-native tree and plant diseases Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae. However, there exist only limited literature that estimates the public non-market value that may be lost from a continued spread of Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae into these habitats. This paper therefore uses a contingent valuation survey to assess the non-extractive public use and non-use values at risk from an uncontrolled spread of these diseases in England and Wales...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089620/the-use-of-information-theory-for-the-evaluation-of-biomarkers-of-aging-and-physiological-age
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David Blokh, Ilia Stambler
The present work explores the application of information theoretical measures, such as entropy and normalized mutual information, for research of biomarkers of aging. The use of information theory affords unique methodological advantages for the study of aging processes, as it allows evaluating non-linear relations between biological parameters, providing the precise quantitative strength of those relations, both for individual and multiple parameters, showing cumulative or synergistic effect. Here we illustrate those capabilities utilizing a dataset on heart disease, including diagnostic parameters routinely available to physicians...
January 12, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089342/a-simulation-based-cognitive-assessment-of-resident-decision-making-during-complex-urinary-catheterization-scenarios
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Jay N Nathwani, Katherine E Law, Anna K Witt, R D Ray, S M DiMarco, C M Pugh
BACKGROUND: This study explores general surgery residents' decision making skills in uncommon, complex urinary catheter scenarios. METHODS: 40 residents were presented with two scenarios. Scenario A was a male with traumatic urethral injury and scenario B was a male with complete urinary blockage. Residents verbalized whether they would catheterize the patient and described the workup and management of suspected pathologies. Residents' decision paths were documented and analyzed...
January 7, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089159/immunohistochemistry-for-egfr-mutation-detection-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#4
Nina Turnšek Hitij, Izidor Kern, Aleksander Sadikov, Lea Knez, Karmen Stanič, Matjaž Zwitter, Tanja Cufer
INTRODUCTION: The sensitivity and specificity of immunohistochemistry (IHC) was compared with the standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based method for detecting common activating epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Additionally, we evaluated predictive value of IHC EGFR mutation-positive status for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment outcome and estimated cost-effectiveness for the upfront IHC testing. METHODS: The trial included 79 consecutive EGFR mutation-positive and 29 EGFR mutation-negative NSCLC cases diagnosed with reflex PCR-based testing...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088797/automated-interpretation-of-pulmonary-function-tests-in-adults-with-respiratory-complaints
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Marko Topalovic, Stefan Laval, Jean-Marie Aerts, Thierry Troosters, Marc Decramer, Wim Janssens
BACKGROUND: The use of pulmonary function tests is primarily based on expert opinion and international guidelines. Current interpretation strategies are using predefined cutoffs for the description of a typical pattern. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore the predicted disease outcome based on the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) interpreting strategy. Subsequently, we investigated whether an unbiased machine learning framework integrating lung function with clinical variables may provide alternative decision trees resulting in a more accurate diagnosis...
January 12, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088304/mechanical-biomarkers-of-medial-compartment-knee-osteoarthritis-diagnosis-and-severity-grading-discovery-phase
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Neila Mezghani, Youssef Ouakrim, Alexandre Fuentes, Amar Mitiche, Nicola Hagemeister, Pascal-André Vendittoli, Jacques A de Guise
OBJECTIVE: To investigate, as a discovery phase, if 3D knee kinematics assessment parameters can serve as mechanical biomarkers, more specifically as diagnostic biomarker and burden of disease biomarkers, as defined in the Burden of Disease, Investigative, Prognostic, Efficacy of Intervention and Diagnostic classification scheme for osteoarthritis (OA) (Altman et al., 1986). These biomarkers consist of a set of biomechanical parameters discerned from 3D knee kinematic patterns, namely, flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, and tibial internal/external rotation measurements, during gait recording...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088109/carbetocin-versus-oxytocin-for-prevention-of-post-partum-haemorrhage-at-caesarean-section-in-the-united-kingdom-an-economic-impact-analysis
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Helen A van der Nelson, Tim Draycott, Dimitrios Siassakos, Christopher W H Yau, Anthony J Hatswell
OBJECTIVE: To determine the economic impact of the introduction of carbetocin for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) at caesarean section, compared to oxytocin. STUDY DESIGN: The model is a decision tree conducted from a UK National Health Service perspective. 1500 caesarean sections (both elective and emergency) were modelled over a 12 month period. Efficacy data was taken from a published Cochrane meta-analysis, and costs from NHS Reference costs, the British National Formulary and the NHS electronic Medicines Information Tool...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081509/in-silico-prediction-of-toxicity-of-phenols-to-tetrahymena-pyriformis-by-using-genetic-algorithm-and-decision-tree-based-modeling-approach
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Fatemeh Abbasitabar, Vahid Zare-Shahabadi
Risk assessment of chemicals is an important issue in environmental protection; however, there is a huge lack of experimental data for a large number of end-points. The experimental determination of toxicity of chemicals involves high costs and time-consuming process. In silico tools such as quantitative structure-toxicity relationship (QSTR) models, which are constructed on the basis of computational molecular descriptors, can predict missing data for toxic end-points for existing or even not yet synthesized chemicals...
January 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076594/predictive-factors-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Cynthia de Oliveira Folla, Cinthia Cristina de Santana Melo, Rita de Cassia Gengo E Silva
Objective: To analyze predictive demographic and perioperative variables of postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients who underwent exclusively coronary artery bypass grafting. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort. We randomly selected 105 medical records of patients who underwent exclusively coronary artery bypass grafting in 2014. Demographic, clinical (preoperative and immediate postoperative) data and related with surgical procedure were collected from medical records...
October 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076576/-optimization-of-registry-of-deaths-from-chronic-kidney-disease-in-agricultural-communities-in-central-america
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José Antonio Escamilla-Cejudo, Jorge Lara Báez, Rodolfo Peña, Patricia Lorena Ruiz Luna, Pedro Ordunez
Several Central American countries are seeing continued growth in the number of deaths from chronic kidney disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT) among farm workers and there is underreporting. This report presents the results of a consensus process coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH). This consensus seeks to increase the probability of detecting and recording deaths from these causes...
November 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076183/markov-influence-diagrams
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Francisco J Díez, Mar Yebra, Iñigo Bermejo, Miguel A Palacios-Alonso, Manuel Arias Calleja, Manuel Luque, Jorge Pérez-Martín
Markov influence diagrams (MIDs) are a new type of probabilistic graphical model that extends influence diagrams in the same way that Markov decision trees extend decision trees. They have been designed to build state-transition models, mainly in medicine, and perform cost-effectiveness analyses. Using a causal graph that may contain several variables per cycle, MIDs can model various patient characteristics without multiplying the number of states; in particular, they can represent the history of the patient without using tunnel states...
February 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073489/cost-comparison-of-initial-lobectomy-versus-fine-needle-aspiration-for-diagnostic-workup-of-thyroid-nodules-in-children
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Katherine J Baxter, Heather L Short, Mitali A Thakore, Jeremy G Fisher, David H Rothstein, Kurt F Heiss, Mehul V Raval
BACKGROUND: Though uncommon in children, pediatric thyroid nodules carry a higher risk of malignancy than adult nodules. While fine-needle aspiration (FNA) has been well established as the initial diagnostic test in adults, it has been more slowly adopted in children. The purpose of this study was to examine the comparative cost of FNA versus initial diagnostic lobectomy (DL) in the pediatric patient with an ultrasound-confirmed thyroid nodule. METHODS: A decision tree model was created using an adolescent with an asymptomatic thyroid nodule as the reference case...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072849/analysis-of-the-importance-of-oxides-and-clays-in-cd-cr-cu-ni-pb-and-zn-adsorption-and-retention-with-regression-trees
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Juan José González-Costa, Manuel Joaquín Reigosa, José María Matías, Emma Fernández-Covelo
This study determines the influence of the different soil components and of the cation-exchange capacity on the adsorption and retention of different heavy metals: cadmium, chromium, copper, nickel, lead and zinc. In order to do so, regression models were created through decision trees and the importance of soil components was assessed. Used variables were: humified organic matter, specific cation-exchange capacity, percentages of sand and silt, proportions of Mn, Fe and Al oxides and hematite, and the proportion of quartz, plagioclase and mica, and the proportions of the different clays: kaolinite, vermiculite, gibbsite and chlorite...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072449/a-survival-guide-to-landsat-preprocessing
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Nicholas E Young, Ryan S Anderson, Stephen M Chignell, Anthony G Vorster, Rick Lawrence, Paul H Evangelista
Landsat data are increasingly used for ecological monitoring and research. These data often require preprocessing prior to analysis to account for sensor, solar, atmospheric, and topographic effects. However, ecologists using these data are faced with a literature containing inconsistent terminology, outdated methods, and a vast number of approaches with contradictory recommendations. These issues can, at best, make determining the correct preprocessing workflow a difficult and time-consuming task and, at worst, lead to erroneous results...
January 10, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066809/deep-feature-transfer-learning-in-combination-with-traditional-features-predicts-survival-among-patients-with-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Rahul Paul, Samuel H Hawkins, Yoganand Balagurunathan, Matthew B Schabath, Robert J Gillies, Lawrence O Hall, Dmitry B Goldgof
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the USA. It can be detected and diagnosed using computed tomography images. For an automated classifier, identifying predictive features from medical images is a key concern. Deep feature extraction using pretrained convolutional neural networks (CNNs) has recently been successfully applied in some image domains. Here, we applied a pretrained CNN to extract deep features from 40 computed tomography images, with contrast, of non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer, and combined deep features with traditional image features and trained classifiers to predict short- and long-term survivors...
December 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062603/combining-qualitative-and-quantitative-operational-research-methods-to-inform-quality-improvement-in-pathways-that-span-multiple-settings
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Sonya Crowe, Katherine Brown, Jenifer Tregay, Jo Wray, Rachel Knowles, Deborah A Ridout, Catherine Bull, Martin Utley
BACKGROUND: Improving integration and continuity of care across sectors within resource constraints is a priority in many health systems. Qualitative operational research methods of problem structuring have been used to address quality improvement in services involving multiple sectors but not in combination with quantitative operational research methods that enable targeting of interventions according to patient risk. We aimed to combine these methods to augment and inform an improvement initiative concerning infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) whose complex care pathway spans multiple sectors...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061006/confirmation-of-promise-a-simple-genomics-based-clinical-classifier-for-endometrial-cancer
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Aline Talhouk, Melissa K McConechy, Samuel Leung, Winnie Yang, Amy Lum, Janine Senz, Niki Boyd, Judith Pike, Michael Anglesio, Janice S Kwon, Anthony N Karnezis, David G Huntsman, C Blake Gilks, Jessica N McAlpine
BACKGROUND: Classification of endometrial carcinomas (ECs) by morphologic features is irreproducible and imperfectly reflects tumor biology. The authors developed the Proactive Molecular Risk Classifier for Endometrial Cancer (ProMisE), a molecular classification system based on The Cancer Genome Atlas genomic subgroups, and sought to confirm both feasibility and prognostic ability in a new, large cohort of ECs. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry (IHC) for the presence or absence of mismatch repair (MMR) proteins (to identify MMR deficiency [MMR-D]), sequencing for polymerase-ɛ (POLE) exonuclease domain mutations (POLE EDMs), and IHC for tumor protein 53 (p53) (wild type vs null/missense mutations; p53 wt and p53 abn, respectively) were performed on 319 new EC samples...
January 6, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060834/estimating-the-cost-effectiveness-of-one-time-screening-and-treatment-for-hepatitis-c-in-korea
#18
Do Young Kim, Kwang-Hyub Han, Byungyool Jun, Tae Hyun Kim, Sohee Park, Thomas Ward, Samantha Webster, Phil McEwan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This study aims to investigate the cost-effectiveness of a one-time hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and treatment program in South Korea where hepatitis B virus (HBV) prevails, in people aged 40-70, compared to current practice (no screening). METHODS: A published Markov model was used in conjunction with a screening and treatment decision tree to model patient cohorts, aged 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69 years, distributed across chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and compensated cirrhosis (CC) health states (82...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057479/main-meal-quality-in-brazil-and-united-kingdom-similarities-and-differences
#19
Bartira Mendes Gorgulho, Gerda Karolien Pot, Flavia Mori Sarti, Dirce Maria Marchioni
Consumption of fast food and ready-to-eat meals has been positively associated with obesity. In the UK, ready-made meals are more often consumed than in Brazil, a country in which nutrition transition is relatively low. This study aimed to compare the nutritional quality of the main meal consumed by adults in Brazil and UK. Food record data was obtained from representative samples from UK and Brazil databases. The Main Meal Quality Index (MMQI) was applied to estimate the quality of the main meal consumed in Brazil and UK...
January 3, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055830/stratified-decision-forests-for-accurate-anatomical-landmark-localization-in-cardiac-images
#20
Ozan Oktay, Wenjia Bai, Ricardo Guerrero, Martin Rajchl, Antonio de Marvao, Declan P O'Regan, Stuart A Cook, Mattias P Heinrich, Ben Glocker, Daniel Rueckert
Accurate localization of anatomical landmarks is an important step in medical imaging, as it provides useful prior information for subsequent image analysis and acquisition methods. It is particularly useful for initialization of automatic image analysis tools (e.g. segmentation and registration) and detection of scan planes for automated image acquisition. Landmark localization has been commonly performed using learning based approaches, such as classifier and/or regressor models. However, trained models may not generalize well in heterogeneous datasets when the images contain large differences due to size, pose and shape variations of organs...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
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