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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342452/estimated-effect-of-temperature-on-years-of-life-lost-a-retrospective-time-series-study-of-low-middle-and-high-income-regions
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Maquins Odhiambo Sewe, Aditi Bunker, Vijendra Ingole, Thaddaeus Egondi, Daniel Oudin Åström, David M Hondula, Joacim Rocklöv, Barbara Schumann
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have reported a strong association between temperature and mortality. Additional insights can be gained from investigating the effects of temperature on years of life lost (YLL), considering the life expectancy at the time of death. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this work was to assess the association between temperature and YLL at seven low-, middle-, and high-income sites. METHODS: We obtained meteorological and population data for at least nine years from four Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in Kenya (western Kenya, Nairobi), Burkina Faso (Nouna), and India (Vadu), as well as data from cities in the United States (Philadelphia, Phoenix) and Sweden (Stockholm)...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342443/test-retest-reliability-of-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-eeg-evoked-potentials
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Lewis J Kerwin, Corey J Keller, Wei Wu, Manjari Narayan, Amit Etkin
BACKGROUND: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-evoked potentials (TEPs), recorded using electroencephalography (TMS-EEG), offer a powerful tool for measuring causal interactions in the human brain. However, the test-retest reliability of TEPs, critical to their use in clinical biomarker and interventional studies, remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We quantified TEP reliability to: (i) determine the minimal TEP amplitude change which significantly exceeds that associated with simply re-testing, (ii) locate the most reliable scalp regions of interest (ROIs) and TEP peaks, and (iii) determine the minimal number of TEP pulses for achieving reliability...
December 29, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342415/lysosomes-targeting-imaging-and-anticancer-properties-of-novel-bis-naphthalimide-derivatives
#3
Rui-Xue Rong, Shan-Shan Wang, Xuan Liu, Ren-Feng Li, Ke-Rang Wang, Zhi-Ran Cao, Xiao-Liu Li
A series of novel N,N-bis(3-aminopropyl)methylamine bridged bis-naphthalimide derivatives NI1-NI8 containing saturated nitrogenous heterocycles were designed and synthesized, their cytotoxic activities against Hela, MCF-7, A549 and MGC-803 cells were investigated, Compounds NI1-NI4 modified with piperidine and piperazine exhibited good and selective cytotoxic activity, for instance, compounds NI1 and NI4 showed potent cytotoxic activity against Hela cells and MGC-803 cells with the IC50 values of 2.89, 060, 2...
January 9, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342407/vitamin-d-and-iron-deficiencies-in-children-and-adolescents-with-cerebral-palsy
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C Le Roy, S Barja, C Sepúlveda, M L Guzmán, M Olivarez, M J Figueroa, M Alvarez
INTRODUCTION: Children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) are at a greater risk of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Two deficiencies that we can study and treat are vitaminD (VD) and iron deficiencies; however, no studies have described these deficiencies in Chile. OBJECTIVE: To describe the status of VD and iron in patients with CP and evaluate the relationship with certain factors associated with deficiencies of these micronutrients. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We performed a descriptive, cross-sectional study including 69 patients aged between 2 and 21years, from two public hospitals...
January 13, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342399/information-theoretic-bounds-and-approximations-in-neural-population-coding
#5
Wentao Huang, Kechen Zhang
While Shannon's mutual information has widespread applications in many disciplines, for practical applications it is often difficult to calculate its value accurately for high-dimensional variables because of the curse of dimensionality. This article focuses on effective approximation methods for evaluating mutual information in the context of neural population coding. For large but finite neural populations, we derive several information-theoretic asymptotic bounds and approximation formulas that remain valid in high-dimensional spaces...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342398/adaptive-structure-concept-factorization-for-multiview-clustering
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Kun Zhan, Jinhui Shi, Jing Wang, Haibo Wang, Yuange Xie
Most existing multiview clustering methods require that graph matrices in different views are computed beforehand and that each graph is obtained independently. However, this requirement ignores the correlation between multiple views. In this letter, we tackle the problem of multiview clustering by jointly optimizing the graph matrix to make full use of the data correlation between views. With the interview correlation, a concept factorization-based multiview clustering method is developed for data integration, and the adaptive method correlates the affinity weights of all views...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342371/global-regional-and-country-level-economic-impacts-of-dental-diseases-in-2015
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A J Righolt, M Jevdjevic, W Marcenes, S Listl
Up-to-date information about the economic impact of dental diseases is essential for health care decision makers when seeking to make rational use of available resources. The purpose of this study was to provide up-to-date estimates for dental expenditures (direct costs) and productivity losses (indirect costs) due to dental diseases on the global, regional, and country level. Direct costs of dental diseases were estimated using a previously established systematic approach; indirect costs were estimated using an approach developed by the World Health Organization Commission on Macroeconomics and Health and factoring in 2015 values for gross domestic product and disability-adjusted life years from the Global Burden of Disease Study...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342369/added-sugar-consumption-and-chronic-oral-disease-burden-among-adolescents-in-brazil
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C D S Carmo, M R C Ribeiro, J X P Teixeira, C M C Alves, M M Franco, A K T C França, B B Benatti, J Cunha-Cruz, C C C Ribeiro
Chronic oral diseases are rarely studied together, especially with an emphasis on their common risk factors. This study examined the association of added sugar consumption on "chronic oral disease burden" among adolescents, with consideration of obesity and systemic inflammation pathways through structural equation modeling. A cross-sectional study was conducted of a complex random sample of adolescent students enrolled at public schools in São Luís, Brazil ( n = 405). The outcome was chronic oral disease burden, a latent variable based on the presence of probing depth ≥4 mm, bleeding on probing, caries, and clinical consequences of untreated caries...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342329/when-the-gold-standard-is-not-always-golden-the-value-of-invasive-hemodynamic-assessment-to-overcome-the-pitfalls-of-echocardiography-in-challenging-cases-of-mitral-stenosis
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Yenal Harper, Salem A Salem, Shadwan Alsafwah, Santhosh Koshy, Nadish Garg
Mitral stenosis is a uncommon valvular lesion in the developed countries. Noninvasive evaluation is the first-line modality for assessment of mitral stenosis, however the noninvasive methods may have limitations in certain cases. Invasive hemodynamics can be used as adjunct tool for assessment of mitral stenosis in such difficult cases. Mitral valve using three-dimensional planimetry is a promising technique for assessment of mitral stenosis.
January 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342305/analysis-of-electric-field-strength-and-power-around-selected-mobile-base-stations
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P Deatanyah, J K Amoako, E K K Abavare, A Menyeh
The analysis of channel power and electric field strength at various locations from mobile base stations using power sensor, spectrum analyzer and log-periodic antenna revealed maximum potential exposure between the range of 61.1 and 254.7 m. Generally, the potential exposure values ranged from 0.0717 to 0.8950 mW m-2 with a maximum deviation of 22.22%. GSM900 was found to be more pronounced than GSM1800 and UMTS2100. Though the results complied with ICNIRP reference levels with a wide margin of 0.01%, it was higher than some previous work and South African mean value of 0...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342302/determination-of-the-appropriate-physical-density-of-internal-metallic-ports-in-temporary-tissue-expanders-for-the-treatment-planning-of-post-mastectomy-radiation-therapy
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Norifumi Mizuno, Haruna Takahashi, Jiro Kawamori, Naoki Nakamura, Mami Ogita, Shogo Hatanaka, Ryouhei Yamauchi, Masatsugu Hariu, Kenji Sekiguchi
Some patients undergoing breast reconstruction require post-mastectomy radiation therapy, but the metallic ports used in temporary tissue expanders attenuate the X-rays. In this study, we evaluated by the film method, the attenuation of 4 MV and 6 MV X-rays after passing through a metallic port, with the aim of identifying a useful method for determining the appropriate density to use in the radiation treatment planning system (RTPS), taking into account the distance between the metallic port and the targets...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342291/portuguese-study-of-mean-glandular-dose-in-mammography-and-comparison-with-european-references
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Cláudia Sá Dos Reis, Mário João Fartaria, João H Garcia Alves, Ana Pascoal
To characterise the mean glandular dose (MGD) in a sample of healthcare providers for digital mammography in Portugal. To compare the achieved values with European references. The MGD was measured on a poly-methyl-methacrylate phantom (45 mm) for each system using dosimeters. In addition, MGD was estimated using exposure settings collected from mammography exams in clinical context. Data were collected from 25 computed-radiography systems (CR) and 13 integrated digital (DR). For both measurements (phantom and clinical exposures), the average MGD for CR was higher compared to the DR...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342278/dosimetry-of-adult-and-pediatric-patients-for-common-digital-radiography-examinations
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Bhupendra Singh Rana, Sanjeev Kumar, Inderjeet Singh Sandhu, Narinder Paul Singh
The present work reports dosimetry data on adult and pediatric patients for some common radiographic examinations during the standard hospital routine. The measurements are the part of quality assurance program to determine radiation exposures to patients in these examinations. The entrance skin doses (ESDs) of the patients were measured from 2451 projection for 12 diagnostic examinations in digital radiography (DR). The ESDs in adult patient were measured using thermoluminescence dosemeters placed on the skin of the patient...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342277/finding-nemo-hybrid-assembly-with-oxford-nanopore-and-illumina-reads-greatly-improves-the-clownfish-amphiprion-ocellaris-genome-assembly
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Mun Hua Tan, Christopher M Austin, Michael P Hammer, Yin Peng Lee, Laurence J Croft, Han Ming Gan
Background: Some of the most widely recognised coral-reef fishes are clownfish or anemonefishes, members of the family Pomacentridae (subfamily: Amphiprioninae). They are popular aquarium species due to their bright colours, adaptability to captivity and fascinating behavior. Their breeding biology (sequential hermaphrodites) and symbiotic mutualism with sea anemones have attracted much scientific interest. Moreover, there are some curious geographic-based phenotypes which warrant investigation...
January 12, 2018: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342235/estimation-of-lead-exposure-prevalence-in-korean-population-through-combining-multiple-experts-judgment-based-on-objective-data-sources
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Dong-Hee Koh, Ju-Hyun Park, Sang-Gil Lee, Hwan-Cheol Kim, Sangjun Choi, Hyejung Jung, Jae-Oh Park, Dong-Uk Park
Objective: Estimating carcinogen exposure prevalence is important for preventing occupational cancers. To develop the Korean version of CARcinogen EXposure (CAREX), a carcinogen surveillance system used in many countries, we estimated lead exposure prevalence in the Korean working population. Methods: We used three Korean nationwide data sources to obtain objective database-derived prevalences of lead exposure across industries: airborne lead measurement data from the work environment measurement database (WEMD), blood lead measurement data from the special health examination database (SHED), and lead exposure prevalence computed using data from the work environment condition survey (WECS), which is a nationwide occupational exposure survey...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342229/a-rapid-epistatic-mixed-model-association-analysis-by-linear-retransformations-of-genomic-estimated-values
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Chao Ning, Dan Wang, Huimin Kang, Raphael Mrode, Lei Zhou, Shizhong Xu, Jian-Feng Liu
Motivation: Epistasis provides a feasible way for probing potential genetic mechanism of complex traits. However, time-consuming computation challenges successful detection of interaction in practice, especially when linear mixed model (LMM) is used to control type I error in the presence of population structure and cryptic relatedness. Results: A rapid epistatic mixed-model association analysis (REMMA) method was developed to overcome computational limitation. This method first estimates individuals' epistatic effects by an extended genomic best linear unbiased prediction (EG-BLUP) model with additive and epistatic kinship matrix, then pairwise interaction effects are obtained by linear retransformations of individuals' epistatic effects...
January 12, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342204/bulk-metal-concentrations-versus-total-suspended-solids-in-rivers-time-invariant-catchment-specific-relationships
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Touraj Nasrabadi, Hermann Ruegner, Marc Schwientek, Jeremy Bennett, Shahin Fazel Valipour, Peter Grathwohl
Suspended particles in rivers can act as carriers of potentially bioavailable metal species and are thus an emerging area of interest in river system monitoring. The delineation of bulk metals concentrations in river water into dissolved and particulate components is also important for risk assessment. Linear relationships between bulk metal concentrations in water (CW,tot) and total suspended solids (TSS) in water can be used to easily evaluate dissolved (CW, intercept) and particle-bound metal fluxes (CSUS, slope) in streams (CW,tot = CW + CSUS TSS)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342203/biological-pathways-underlying-the-association-of-red-cell-distribution-width-and-adverse-clinical-outcome-results-of-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Giedre Zurauskaite, Marc Meier, Alaadin Voegeli, Daniel Koch, Sebastian Haubitz, Alexander Kutz, Luca Bernasconi, Andreas Huber, Mario Bargetzi, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: Red cell distribution width (RDW) predicts disease outcome in several patient populations, but its prognostic value in addition to other disease parameters in unselected medical inpatients remains unclear. Our aim was to investigate the association of admission RDW levels and mortality adjusted for several disease pathways in unselected medical patients from a previous multicenter study. METHODS: We included consecutive adult, medical patients at the time point of hospital admission through the emergency department into this observational, cohort study...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342201/differentiation-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-metastases-and-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphomas-using-multiparametric-perfusion-and-diffusion-mr-imaging-of-a-tumor-core-and-a-peritumoral-zone-searching-for-a-practical-approach
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Małgorzata Neska-Matuszewska, Joanna Bladowska, Marek Sąsiadek, Anna Zimny
INTRODUCTION: In conventional MR examinations glioblastomas multiforme (GBMs), metastases and primary CNS lymphomas (PCNSLs) may show very similar appearance. The aim of the study was to evaluate usefulness of multiparametric T2*DSC perfusion and diffusion MR imaging in the preoperative differentiation of these tumors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventy four solitary enhancing tumors (27 GBMs, 30 metastases, 17 PCNSLs) were enrolled in the study. Parameters of cerebral blood volume (rCBV), peak height (rPH), percentage of signal recovery (rPSR) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) were assessed from the tumor core and the peritumoral non-enhancing T2-hyperintense zone...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342199/a-non-linear-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-relationship-of-metformin-in-healthy-volunteers-an-open-label-parallel-group-randomized-clinical-study
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Hyewon Chung, Jaeseong Oh, Seo Hyun Yoon, Kyung-Sang Yu, Joo-Youn Cho, Jae-Yong Chung
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) relationship of metformin on glucose levels after the administration of 250 mg and 1000 mg of metformin in healthy volunteers. METHODS: A total of 20 healthy male volunteers were randomized to receive two doses of either a low dose (375 mg followed by 250 mg) or a high dose (1000 mg followed by 1000 mg) of metformin at 12-h intervals. The pharmacodynamics of metformin was assessed using oral glucose tolerance tests before and after metformin administration...
2018: PloS One
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