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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092800/effect-of-venepuncture-process-design-on-efficiency-and-failure-rates-a-simulation-model-study-for-secondary-care
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Sean Reed, Rasa Remenyte-Prescott, Ben Rees
BACKGROUND: Healthcare aims to deliver good patient outcomes. For many clinical procedures there are multiple alternative task sequences that can be performed. These deviations can influence procedure reliability, efficiency of usage of hospital resources and risk to staff and patient safety. Venepuncture is one of the most common invasive procedures in healthcare. Literature of clinical practice shows evidence of wide variability in the procedure order and the duration of each step, which can depend on attributes, such as patient health, sampling method and staff skills...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092785/integrated-ssfp-for-functional-brain-mapping-at-7t-with-reduced-susceptibility-artifact
#2
Kaibao Sun, Rong Xue, Peng Zhang, Zhentao Zuo, Zhongwei Chen, Bo Wang, Thomas Martin, Yi Wang, Lin Chen, Sheng He, Danny J J Wang
Balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) offers an alternative and potentially important tool to the standard gradient-echo echo-planar imaging (GE-EPI) for functional MRI (fMRI). Both passband and transition band based bSSFP have been proposed for fMRI. The applications of these methods, however, are limited by banding artifacts due to the sensitivity of bSSFP signal to off-resonance effects. In this article, a unique case of the SSFP-FID sequence, termed integrated-SSFP or iSSFP, was proposed to overcome the obstacle by compressing the SSFP profile into the width of a single voxel...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092550/-l_0-gradient-projection
#3
Shunsuke Ono
Minimizing L0 gradient, the number of the nonzero gradients of an image, together with a quadratic datafidelity to an input image has been recognized as a powerful edge-preserving filtering method. However, the L0 gradient minimization has an inherent difficulty: a user-given parameter controlling the degree of flatness does not have a physical meaning since the parameter just balances the relative importance of the L0 gradient term to the quadratic data-fidelity term. As a result, the setting of the parameter is a troublesome work in the L0 gradient minimization...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092545/heterogeneous-face-recognition-a-common-encoding-feature-discriminant-approach
#4
Dihong Gong, Zhifeng Li, Weilin Huang, Xuelong Li, Dacheng Tao
Heterogeneous face recognition is an important yet challenging problem in face recognition community. It refers to matching a probe face image to a gallery of face images taken from alternate imaging modality. The major challenge of heterogeneous face recognition lies in the great discrepancies between different image modalities. Conventional face feature descriptors, e.g. LBP, HOG and SIFT, are mostly designed in a handcrafted way and thus generally fail to extract the common discriminant information from the heterogeneous face images...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092540/robust-and-discriminative-labeling-for-multi-label-active-learning-based-on-maximum-correntropy-criterion
#5
Bo Du, Zengmao Wang, Lefei Zhang, Liangpei Zhang, Dacheng Tao
Multi-label learning draws great interests in many real world applications. It is a highly costly task to assign many labels by the oracle for one instance. Meanwhile, it is also hard to build a good model without diagnosing discriminative labels. Can we reduce the label costs and improve the ability to train a good model for multi-label learning simultaneously? Active learning addresses the less training samples problem by querying the most valuable samples to achieve a better performance with little costs...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092519/newton-type-greedy-selection-methods-for-ell_0-constrained-minimization
#6
Xiao-Tong Yuan, Qingshan Liu
We introduce a family of Newton-type greedy selection methods for ℓ0-constrained minimization problems. The basic idea is to construct a quadratic function to approximate the original objective function around the current iterate and solve the constructed quadratic program over the cardinality constraint. The next iterate is then estimated via a line search operation between the current iterate and the solution of the sparse quadratic program. This iterative procedure can be interpreted as an extension of the constrained Newton methods from convex minimization to non-convex ℓ0-constrained minimization...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092192/do-i-feel-ill-because-i-crave-for-work-or-do-i-crave-for-work-because-i-feel-ill-a-longitudinal-analysis-of-work-craving-self-regulation-and-health
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Kamila Wojdylo, Wilhelm Karlsson, Nicola Baumann
Background The theory of work craving defines workaholism as a pathological work addiction which comprises: (a) obsessive-compulsive desire to work, (b) anticipation of self-worth compensatory incentives from working, (c) anticipation of reduction of negative emotions or withdrawal symptoms from working, and (d) neurotic perfectionism. Research has shown that workaholism is associated with adverse health outcomes. However, the antecedents of workaholism and the causal direction of the relationship with health have been largely neglected...
March 2016: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092164/comparing-modified-huddart-bodenham-scoring-system-and-goslon-yardstick-to-assess-dental-arch-relationships-in-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate-patients
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Muhaini Yakob, H Yang Rafidah, M Gu, Y Yang
OBJECTIVE:   To test the reliability of the modified Huddart-Bodenham (MHB) numerical scoring system and its agreement with the GOSLON Yardstick categorization for assessing the dental arch relationships in unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) cases. DESIGN:   A retrospective study. SETTING:   Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong. PATIENTS:   Forty-one nonsyndromic UCLP consecutive patients attending the Joint Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic at Faculty of Dentistry in the University of Hong Kong were selected...
January 16, 2017: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092050/microwestern-arrays-for-systems-level-analysis-of-sh2-domain-containing-proteins
#9
Mark F Ciaccio, Richard B Jones
The Microwestern Array (MWA) method combines the scalability and miniaturization afforded by the Reverse Phase Lysate Array (RPLA) approach with the electrophoretic separation characteristic of the Western blot. This technology emulates the creation of an array of small Western blots on a single sheet of nitrocellulose allowing for the sensitive and quantitative measurement of hundreds of proteins from hundreds of cell lysates with minimal cost and maximal accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. The MWA is a versatile technology that can be easily configured for purposes such as antibody screening, cell signaling network inference, protein modification/phenotype regression analysis, and genomic/proteomic relationships...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092031/expression-and-production-of-sh2-domain-proteins
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Bernard A Liu, Mari Ogiue-Ikeda, Kazuya Machida
The Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain lies at the heart of phosphotyrosine signaling, coordinating signaling events downstream of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), adaptors, and scaffolds. Over a hundred SH2 domains are present in mammals, each having a unique specificity which determines its interactions with multiple binding partners. One of the essential tools necessary for studying and determining the role of SH2 domains in phosphotyrosine signaling is a set of soluble recombinant SH2 proteins. Here we describe methods, based on a broad experience with purification of all SH2 domains, for the production of SH2 domain proteins needed for proteomic and biochemical-based studies such as peptide arrays, mass-spectrometry, protein microarrays, reverse-phase microarrays, and high-throughput fluorescence polarization (HTP-FP)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091996/zeolitic-tuffs-for-acid-mine-drainage-amd-treatment-in-ecuador-breakthrough-curves-for-mn-2-cd-2-cr-3-zn-2-and-al-3
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Xavier Buenaño, Laureano Canoira, Domingo Martin Sánchez, Jorge Costafreda
Zeolitic tuff constitutes a technical and economical feasible alternative to manage acidic waters in initial phases of generation. A study of cation exchange with two zeolitic tuffs from Ecuador and one from Cuba has been conducted using breakthrough curve methodology. Cations Mn(2+), Cd(2+), Cr(3+), Zn(2+), and Al(3+) have been chosen owing to their presence in underground water in exploration activities (decline development) in Fruta del Norte (Ecuador). Zeolites characterized by X-ray diffraction and thermal stability after heating overnight as heulandites show a similar exchange behavior for the five cations studied...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090779/preparation-and-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluation-of-metformin-hydrochloride-rectal-dosage-forms-for-treatment-of-patients-with-type-ii-diabetes
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Abdel-Azim Zaghloul, Ahmad Lila, Fathy Abd-Allah, Aly Nada
BACKGROUND: Metformin hydrochloride (MtHCL) is an oral antidiabetic drug and has many other therapeutic benefits. It has poor bioavailability, narrow absorption window and extensive liver metabolism. Moreover, children and elders face difficulty to swallow the commercial oral tablets. OBJECTIVES: Preparation, in vitro/in vivo evaluation of MtHCL suppositories for rectal administration to solve some of these problems. METHODS: Suppository fatty bases (Witepsol®, Suppocire® and Massa®; different grades) and PEG bases 1000, 4000 and 6000 (different ratios), were used to prepare rectal suppository formulations each containing 500 mg drug...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090664/development-of-a-novel-dual-cd-mekc-system-for-the-systematic-flavonoid-fingerprinting-of-ligaria-cuneifolia-r-et-p-tiegh-loranthaceae-extracts
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Cecilia B Dobrecky, Sabrina A Flor, Paula G López, Marcelo L Wagner, Silvia E Lucangioli
The present work deals with the development and validation of a novel dual CD-MEKC system for the systematic flavonoid fingerprinting of Ligaria cuneifolia (R. et P.) Tiegh. -Loranthaceae- extracts. The BGE consisted of 20 mM pH 8.3 borate buffer, 50 mM SDS, a dual CD system based on the combination of 5 mM β-CD and 2% w/v S-β-CD, and 10% v/v methanol. The proposed method has been successfully applied to the comparative analysis of extracts from aerial parts and different hosts, geographical areas and extraction procedures in order to establish the flavonoid fingerprint of L...
January 16, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090656/real-time-monitoring-of-tissue-displacement-and-temperature-changes-during-mr-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Pierre Bour, Fabrice Marquet, Valéry Ozenne, Solenn Toupin, Erik Dumont, Jean-François Aubry, Matthieu Lepetit-Coiffe, Bruno Quesson
PURPOSE: The therapy endpoint most commonly used in MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound is the thermal dose. Although namely correlated with nonviable tissue, it does not account for changes in mechanical properties of tissue during ablation. This study presents a new acquisition sequence for multislice, subsecond and simultaneous imaging of tissue temperature and displacement during ablation. METHODS: A single-shot echo planar imaging sequence was implemented using a pair of motion-encoding gradients, with alternated polarities...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090616/a-copper-catalyzed-reaction-of-oximes-with-diisopropyl-azodicarboxylate-an-alternative-method-for-the-synthesis-of-oxime-carbonates
#15
Muhammad Usman, Zhi-Hui Ren, Yao-Yu Wang, Zheng-Hui Guan
A new Cu-catalyzed efficient protocol is described for the transformation of oximes to the corresponding carbonate derivatives. Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate acted as a selective new precursor for the synthesis of oxime carbonates in high yields. The O-H bond cleavage and O-C bond formation occur in the presence of a copper catalyst providing a synthetically useful process, which tolerates a wide range of functional groups.
January 16, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090431/a-role-for-3d-printing-in-kidney-on-a-chip-platforms
#16
Ryan D Sochol, Navin R Gupta, Joseph V Bonventre
The advancement of "kidney-on-a-chip" platforms - submillimeter-scale fluidic systems designed to recapitulate renal functions in vitro - directly impacts a wide range of biomedical fields, including drug screening, cell and tissue engineering, toxicity testing, and disease modelling. To fabricate kidney-on-a-chip technologies, researchers have primarily adapted traditional micromachining techniques that are rooted in the integrated circuit industry; hence the term, "chip." A significant challenge, however, is that such methods are inherently monolithic, which limits one's ability to accurately recreate the geometric and architectural complexity of the kidney in vivo...
March 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090134/outcome-dependent-sampling-design-and-inference-for-cox-s-proportional-hazards-model
#17
Jichang Yu, Yanyan Liu, Jianwen Cai, Dale P Sandler, Haibo Zhou
We propose a cost-effective outcome-dependent sampling design for the failure time data and develop an efficient inference procedure for data collected with this design. To account for the biased sampling scheme, we derive estimators from a weighted partial likelihood estimating equation. The proposed estimators for regression parameters are shown to be consistent and asymptotically normally distributed. A criteria that can be used to optimally implement the ODS design in practice is proposed and studied. The small sample performance of the proposed method is evaluated by simulation studies...
November 2016: Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089791/supplement-ct-guided-microcoil-placement-for-localising-ggo-lesions-at-blind-areas-of-the-conventional-hook-wire-technique
#18
Tao Zuo, Shunbin Shi, Long Wang, Zhe Shi, Chenyang Dai, Chuanyi Li, Xiaogang Zhao, Zhengyi Ni, Ke Fei, Chang Chen
BACKGROUND: In the conventional hook-wire technique of pulmonary nodular localisations there are several "blind areas", including the mediastinum-vicinity region, interlobar fissure-neighbouring areas and scapulae-shadowed areas. The present study aims to summarise the experiences of CT-guided microcoil placement as an alternative method for localising pulmonary ground-glass opacity (GGO) lesions before thoracoscopic wedge resections. METHODS: Sixteen GGO lesions at "blind areas" in 16 patients were localised with platinum-fibered microcoils under CT assistance before undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical resections...
November 19, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089723/cost-effectiveness-of-the-decipher-genomic-classifier-to-guide-individualized-decisions-for-early-radiation-therapy-after-prostatectomy-for-prostate-cancer
#19
Jennifer M Lobo, Daniel M Trifiletti, Vanessa N Sturz, Adam P Dicker, Christine Buerki, Elai Davicioni, Matthew R Cooperberg, R Jeffrey Karnes, Robert B Jenkins, Robert B Den, Timothy N Showalter
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding the effectiveness of early adjuvant versus salvage radiation therapy after prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Estimates of prostate cancer progression from the Decipher genomic classifier (GC) could guide informed decision-making and improve the outcomes for patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a Markov model to compare the costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) associated with GC-based treatment decisions regarding adjuvant therapy after prostatectomy with those of 2 control strategies: usual care (determined from patterns of care studies) and the alternative of 100% adjuvant radiation therapy...
August 17, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089674/assessment-of-ventilator-associated-events-using-the-geometric-distribution
#20
Ragheb Assaly, William R Barnett, Fadi Safi, Sadik Khuder, John Macko
Hospital-acquired rare events, such as nosocomial infections and other low-occurring incidents, in the clinical environment are difficult to monitor using traditional quality indicators. Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of ventilator-associated events, we demonstrate an alternative method for assessment of rare events.
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
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