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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231574/biomarkers-in-allergic-airway-disease-simply-complex
#1
Adam M Chaker, Ulrich M Zissler, Martin Wagenmann, Carsten Schmidt-Weber
Clinical diagnoses of allergic airway disease need confirmation of a relevant sensitization to allergens. Serum-based component-resolved diagnosis has become increasingly popular and allows the precise assessment of specific IgE to molecular allergens. Molecular allergen diagnosis has improved our understanding of disease phenotypes in allergic patients, including cross-reactive patterns and food allergy. Beyond sensitization profiles, characterization of the (endo-)type and severity of a local allergic disease is useful for targeted therapy with biologics in advanced allergic airway disease...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231142/a-rapid-colorimetric-method-reveals-fraudulent-substitutions-in-sea-urchin-roe-marketed-in-sardinia-italy
#2
Domenico Meloni, Antonio Spina, Gianluca Satta, Vittorio Chessa
In recent years, besides the consumption of fresh sea urchin specimens, the demand of minimally-processed roe has grown considerably. This product has made frequent consumption in restaurants possible and frauds are becoming widespread with the partial replacement of sea urchin roe with surrogates that are similar in colour. One of the main factors that determines the quality of the roe is its colour and small differences in colour scale cannot be easily discerned by the consumers. In this study we have applied a rapid colorimetric method for reveal the fraudulent partial substitution of semi-solid sea urchin roe with liquid egg yolk...
June 25, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230660/diagnostic-performance-of-48-hour-fasting-test-and-insulin-surrogates-in-patients-with-suspected-insulinoma
#3
Keijiro Ueda, Ken Kawabe, Lingaku Lee, Yuichi Tachibana, Nao Fujimori, Hisato Igarashi, Yoshinao Oda, Robert T Jensen, Ryoichi Takayanagi, Tetsuhide Ito
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness of the 48-hour fasting test and insulin surrogates followed by a glucagon stimulatory test (GST) for the diagnosis of insulinoma. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with suspected insulinoma who underwent 48-hour fasting test and GST were retrospectively included in our study: 15 patients with surgically proven insulinomas and 20 patients in whom insulinoma was clinically ruled out. We determined the duration of the fasting test, plasma glucose levels, serum levels of immunoreactive insulin and C-peptide, and insulin surrogates (serum levels of β-hydroxybutyrate, free fatty acid, and response of plasma glucose to intravenous glucagon [ΔPG]) at the end of the fast...
February 23, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230305/br%C3%A3-nsted-acid-catalyzed-oxygenative-bimolecular-friedel-crafts-type-coupling-of-ynamides
#4
Dilip V Patil, Seung Woo Kim, Quynh H Nguyen, Hanbyul Kim, Shan Wang, Tuan Hoang, Seunghoon Shin
A non-metal approach for accessing α-oxo carbene surrogates for a C-C bond-forming bimolecular coupling between ynamides and nucleophilic arenes was developed. This acid-catalyzed coupling features mild temperature, which is critical for the required temporal chemoselectivity among nucleophiles. The scope of nucleophiles includes indoles, pyrroles, anilines, phenols and silyl enolethers. Furthermore, a direct test of SN 2' mechanism has been provided by employing chiral N,N'-dioxides which also enlightens the nature of the intermediates in related metal-catalyzed processes...
February 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229054/effectiveness-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-for-cardiovascular-health-outcomes
#5
REVIEW
Panagiota Veloudi, Graeme Jones, James E Sharman
There is a plausible physiological theory, supported by many observational studies, that vitamin D supplementation should be effective for improving cardiovascular end points, such as blood pressure (BP), large artery stiffness, atherosclerosis, endothelial function and clinical events. However, results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have been inconsistent. In this review, we evaluated the evidence regarding the effectiveness of vitamin D supplementation for cardiovascular surrogate and hard clinical end points...
January 2017: Pulse (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228705/her2-orientated-therapy-in-early-and-metastatic-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Severine Iborra, Elmar Stickeler
Due to the enhanced understanding of molecular oncology and signaling pathways in breast cancer (BC), therapy management has undergone a major transformation, especially with the emergence of treatment tailored to individual disease characteristics. In the case of HER2-positive early or metastatic BC, targeted therapies are well established and remain a major focus of ongoing research. The introduction of anti-HER2 biologicals such as trastuzumab, pertuzumab, and T-DM1 has made targeted and personalized treatment possible and has clearly improved disease-free and overall survival in patients with HER2-positive BC...
December 2016: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228480/a-stable-but-reversible-integrated-surrogate-reporter-for-assaying-crispr-cas9-stimulated-homology-directed-repair
#7
Yahong Wen, Grace Liao, Thomas Pritchard, Ting-Ting Zhao, Jon P Connelly, Shondra M Pruett-Miller, Valerie Blanc, Nicholas O Davidson, Blair B Madison
The discovery and application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology for genome editing has greatly accelerated targeted mutagenesis in a variety of organisms. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated site-specific cleavage is typically exploited for the generation of insertions or deletions (indels) following aberrant dsDNA repair via the endogenous non-homology end-joining (NHEJ) pathway, or alternatively, for enhancing homology directed repair (HDR) to facilitate the generation of a specific mutation (or knock-in). However, there is a need for efficient cellular assays that can measure Cas9/guide RNA (gRNA) activity...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228309/correlation-of-compliance-to-statin-therapy-with-lipid-profile-and-serum-hmgcoa-reductase-levels-in-dyslipidemic-patients
#8
Abhinav Grover, Harmeet Singh Rehan, Lalit Kumar Gupta, Madhur Yadav
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of statin therapy may be lost or vary with reduction in compliance and intensity of statin therapy. OBJECTIVE: To study and correlate the quantitative effect of compliance on lipid profile and 3-hydroxyl-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGCoA-R) levels in dyslipidemic patients. METHODS: Compliance to different intensity of statin therapy assessed by pill count was correlated with serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), triglycerides (TG), apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1), apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and HMGCoA-R...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228145/donation-after-brain-circulation-determination-of-death
#9
Anne L Dalle Ave, James L Bernat
BACKGROUND: The fundamental determinant of death in donation after circulatory determination of death is the cessation of brain circulation and function. We therefore propose the term donation after brain circulation determination of death [DBCDD]. RESULTS: In DBCDD, death is determined when the cessation of circulatory function is permanent but before it is irreversible, consistent with medical standards of death determination outside the context of organ donation...
February 23, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228034/vibronic-enhancement-of-excitation-energy-transport-interplay-between-local-and-non-local-exciton-phonon-interactions
#10
Myeong H Lee, Alessandro Troisi
It has been reported in recent years that vibronic resonance between vibrational energy of the intramolecular nuclear mode and excitation-energy difference is crucial to enhance excitation energy transport in light harvesting proteins. Here we investigate how vibronic enhancement induced by vibronic resonance is influenced by the details of local and non-local exciton-phonon interactions. We study a heterodimer model with parameters relevant to the light-harvesting proteins with the surrogate Hamiltonian quantum dynamics method in a vibronic basis...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227995/comparison-of-pulse-wave-velocity-derived-from-accelerometer-and-reflective-photo-plethysmography-signals-placed-at-the-carotid-and-femoral-artery
#11
Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley, Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley, Lars Schmitt, Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch
Carotid - femoral pulse wave velocity is an established measure to assess cardiovascular risk and an interesting surrogate parameter towards non-invasive continuous blood pressure inference. Due to progress in sensing technologies for wearable wrist worn sensors, there are low cost sensor combinations of photo-plethysmography and high fidelity accelerometers available offering access to pulse information from larger arteries complemented by blood volume changes in the superficial tissue. In this work we compare pulse wave velocities derived from accelerometer and reflective photo-plethysmography signals placed at the carotid and femoral artery...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227977/surrogate-analysis-of-fractal-dimensions-from-semg-sensor-array-as-a-predictor-of-chronic-low-back-pain
#12
Manouane Caza-Szoka, Daniel Massicotte, Francois Nougarou, Martin Descarreaux, Manouane Caza-Szoka, Daniel Massicotte, Francois Nougarou, Martin Descarreaux, Manouane Caza-Szoka, Daniel Massicotte, Martin Descarreaux, Francois Nougarou
In this paper, a method based on nonlinear analysis of sEMG sensor array signals (2 arrays of 5×13 sensors) to detect chronic low back pain is presented. The use of an FFT based surrogate analysis method isolates the nonlinear structure of the signals from the effect of the power spectrum. The fractal dimension is used for the nonlinear characteristic. From the sensor arrays, a certain number of channels which exhibits the most nonlinearity for a subject are kept as input of a small neural network. A leave-one-out type cross-validation method shows a success rate of 80%...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227957/bidirectional-peripheral-nerve-interface-and-applications
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Nitish V Thakor, Qihong Wang, Elliot Greenwald, Nitish V Thakor, Qihong Wang, Elliot Greenwald, Elliot Greenwald, Nitish V Thakor, Qihong Wang
Peripheral nerves, due to their small size and complex innervation to organs and complex physiology, pose particularly significant challenges towards interfacing electrodes and electronics to enable neuromodulation. Here, we present a review of the technology for building such interface, including recording and stimulating electrodes and low power electronics, as well as powering. Of particular advantage to building a miniature implanted device is a "bidirectional" system that both senses from the nerves or surrogate organs and stimulates the nerves to affect the organ function...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227883/development-and-validation-of-thums-version-5-with-1d-muscle-models-for-active-and-passive-automotive-safety-research
#14
Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Masami Iwamoto, Yuko Nakahira
Accurately predicting the occupant kinematics is critical to better understand the injury mechanisms during an automotive crash event. The objectives of this study were to develop and validate a finite element (FE) model of the human body integrated with an active muscle model called Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS) version 5, which has the body size of the 50th percentile American adult male (AM50). This model is characterized by being able to generate a force owing to muscle tone and to predict the occupant response during an automotive crash event...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227804/novel-dry-electrodes-for-recording-electrodermal-activity
#15
Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Ryan Rood, Yeonsik Noh, Ken Burnham, John Pennace, Ki H Chon, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Ryan Rood, Yeonsik Noh, Ken Burnham, John Pennace, Ki H Chon, Ryan Rood, John Pennace, Ki H Chon, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Ken Burnham, Yeonsik Noh
Novel carbon/salt adhesive (CSA) electrodes have been found suitable for collecting electrodermal activity (EDA) signals. Ag/AgCl electrodes are considered the standard for collecting EDA signals, because it highly avoids electrodes' polarization. Ag is an expensive commodity. Furthermore, a hydrogel layer is needed for the Ag/AgCl electrodes to collect EDA signals. Adding hydrogel to the electrodes is a cumbersome process. Aforementioned circumstances highlight the need for a more accessible media to collect these signals, allowing EDA use to spread...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227451/cuff-pressure-induced-pat-changes-modelling-and-experimental-verification-towards-calibration-of-blood-pressure-surrogates
#16
Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Dennis De Matteis, Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Dennis De Matteis, Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Dennis De Matteis, Lars Schmitt, Jens Muehlsteff
Arterial Blood Pressure (ABP) is one of the most often measured vital parameters in daily clinical practice. State-of-the-Art non-invasive ABP measurement technologies have obvious limitations and are still mainly based on uncomfortable techniques by complete or partial occlusions of arteries. Additionally, embodiments are bulky, difficult to apply for the layman, or provide only intermittent measurements. We have been investigating the pulse arrival time (PAT) and pulse transit time (PTT) methodology for unobtrusive blood pressure (BP) measurements...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227197/identifying-individual-sleep-apnea-hypoapnea-epochs-using-smartphone-based-pulse-oximetry
#17
Ainara Garde, Parastoo Dekhordi, J Mark Ansermino, Guy A Dumont, Ainara Garde, Parastoo Dekhordi, J Mark Ansermino, Guy A Dumont, J Mark Ansermino, Parastoo Dekhordi, Guy A Dumont, Ainara Garde
Sleep apnea, characterized by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, poses a serious threat to the healthy growth and development of children. Polysomnography (PSG), the gold standard for sleep apnea diagnosis, is resource intensive and confined to sleep laboratories, thus reducing its accessibility. Pulse oximetry alone, providing blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and blood volume changes in tissue (PPG), has the potential to identify children with sleep apnea. Thus, we aim to develop a tool for at-home sleep apnea screening that provides a detailed and automated 30 sec epoch-by-epoch sleep apnea analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227136/can-ppg-be-used-for-hrv-analysis
#18
N Pinheiro, R Couceiro, J Henriques, J Muehlsteff, I Quintal, L Goncalves, P Carvalho, N Pinheiro, R Couceiro, J Henriques, J Muehlsteff, I Quintal, L Goncalves, P Carvalho, P Carvalho, J Muehlsteff, L Goncalves, N Pinheiro, J Henriques, I Quintal, R Couceiro
Heart rate variability (HRV) represents one of the most promising markers of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulation. However, it requires the acquisition of the ECG signal in order to reliably detect the RR intervals, which is not always easily and comfortably available in personal health applications. Additionally, due to progress in single spot optical sensors, photoplethysmography (PPG) is an interesting alternative for heartbeat interval measurements, since it is a more convenient and a less intrusive measurement technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227117/altered-viscoelastic-properties-of-stroke-affected-muscles-estimated-using-ultrasound-shear-waves-preliminary-data
#19
Ghulam Rasool, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer, Sabrina S M Lee, Ghulam Rasool, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer, Sabrina S M Lee, Ghulam Rasool, Sabrina S M Lee, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer
As a result of a brain injury such as stroke, the skeletal muscles may undergo numerous structural and functional alterations. These abnormal changes are linked to muscle weakness, joint contracture, and abnormal muscle tone and eventually, result in motor impairment. A subset of these alterations affects passive muscle stiffness, i.e., viscoelastic properties. However, in vivo estimation of changes in viscoelastic properties is a challenging task. Here, we used the shear wave velocity, estimated through ultrasound SuperSonic imaging (SSI), as a surrogate for viscoelastic properties...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226769/a-bi-directional-communication-paradigm-between-parallel-neuron-and-an-external-non-neuron-process
#20
Phillip J Hendrickson, Clayton Bingham, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger, Phillip J Hendrickson, Clayton Bingham, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger, Phillip J Hendrickson, Clayton Bingham, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger
In order to accurately model the pattern of activation due to electrical stimulation of the hippocampus, a multi-scale computational approach is necessary. At the system level, the Admittance Method (ADM) is used to calculate the extracellular voltages created by a stimulating electrode. At the network and cellular levels, a large-scale multi-compartmental neuron network is used to calculate cellular activation. This paper presents a bi-directional communication paradigm between the NEURON model and an external surrogate for the ADM solver, where at each time step, neurons share their membrane currents with the external process, and the external process shares calculated extracellular voltages with the neuronal network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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