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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215052/predicting-pregnancy-outcomes-using-longitudinal-information-a-penalized-splines-mixed-effects-model-approach
#1
Rolando De la Cruz, Claudio Fuentes, Cristian Meza, Dae-Jin Lee, Ana Arribas-Gil
We propose a semiparametric nonlinear mixed-effects model (SNMM) using penalized splines to classify longitudinal data and improve the prediction of a binary outcome. The work is motivated by a study in which different hormone levels were measured during the early stages of pregnancy, and the challenge is using this information to predict normal versus abnormal pregnancy outcomes. The aim of this paper is to compare models and estimation strategies on the basis of alternative formulations of SNMMs depending on the characteristics of the data set under consideration...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215014/management-of-a-dutch-resident-barnacle-goose-branta-leucopsis-population-how-can-results-from-counts-ringing-and-hunting-bag-statistics-be-reconciled
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Henk P van der Jeugd, Anne Kwak
The resident Dutch Northern Delta barnacle geese Branta leucopsis population expanded steadily since birds first bred in 1982, increasing agricultural conflict. Derogation shooting has been used since 2005 to scare geese from sensitive crops and to reduce population size. Numbers almost doubled to ca. 28 000 individuals during 2007-2014, despite annual removal of 15-25% of geese and adult and juvenile survival rates of 79 and 67% (cf. natural survival of 96% for both age classes). Simple population modelling, using estimated annual survival values and fixed fecundity, predicted a moderate increase to 21 500 individuals in 2014...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214998/optimal-visual-haptic-integration-with-articulated-tools
#3
Chie Takahashi, Simon J Watt
When we feel and see an object, the nervous system integrates visual and haptic information optimally, exploiting the redundancy in multiple signals to estimate properties more precisely than is possible from either signal alone. We examined whether optimal integration is similarly achieved when using articulated tools. Such tools (tongs, pliers, etc) are a defining characteristic of human hand function, but complicate the classical sensory 'correspondence problem' underlying multisensory integration. Optimal integration requires establishing the relationship between signals acquired by different sensors (hand and eye) and, therefore, in fundamentally unrelated units...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214989/exposure-response-analyses-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-changes-for-methylphenidate-in-healthy-adults
#4
Liang Li, Yaning Wang, Ramana S Uppoor, Mehul U Mehta, Tiffany Farchione, Mitchell V Mathis, Hao Zhu
The aim of the study was to evaluate the exposure-response (E-R) relationships of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) changes in healthy adults taking methylphenidate (MPH). Intensive time profiles of BP and HR from healthy adults in placebo and MPH treatment arms of seven clinical trials from the FDA internal database were utilized for this analysis. The analysis model contains a circadian component for placebo effect and an E-R component to describe drug effect. Internal validation was performed using goodness-of-fit plots and visual predictive check...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214915/evaluation-of-the-gard-assay-in-a-blind-cosmetics-europe-study
#5
Henrik Johansson, Robin Gradin, Andy Forreryd, Maria Agemark, Kathrin Zeller, Angelica Johansson, Olivia Larne, Erwin van Vliet, Carl Borrebaeck, Malin Lindstedt
Chemical hypersensitivity is an immunological response towards foreign substances, commonly referred to as sensitizers, which gives rise primarily to the clinical symptoms known as allergic contact dermatitis. For the purpose of mitigating risks associated with consumer products, chemicals are screened for sensitizing effects. Historically, such predictive screenings have been performed using animal models. However, due to industrial and regulatory demand, animal models for the purpose of sensitization assessment are being replaced by animal-free testing methods, a global trend that is spreading across industries and market segments...
February 17, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214794/cost-effectiveness-of-intensifying-lipid-lowering-therapy-with-statins-based-on-individual-absolute-benefit-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients
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Manon C Stam-Slob, Yolanda van der Graaf, Jacoba P Greving, Jannick A N Dorresteijn, Frank L J Visseren
BACKGROUND: A validated prediction model estimates the absolute benefit of intensive versus standard lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) with statins on next major cardiovascular events for individual patients with coronary artery disease. We aimed to assess whether targeting intensive LLT therapy to coronary artery disease patients with the highest predicted absolute benefit is cost-effective compared to treating all with standard or all with intensive LLT. METHODS AND RESULTS: A lifetime Markov model was constructed for coronary artery disease patients (n=10 000) with mean age 61 years...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214784/cross-cultural-relevance-of-the-interpersonal-theory-of-suicide-across-korean-and-u-s-undergraduate-students
#7
Sooyeon Suh, Chad K Ebesutani, Christopher R Hagan, Megan L Rogers, Melanie A Hom, Fallon B Ringer, Rebecca A Bernert, Soohyun Kim, Thomas E Joiner
: This study investigated the cross-cultural relevance and validity of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (ITS) utilizing young adult samples from South Korea (n =554) and the United States (U.S.; n =390). To examine the ITS, all participants completed self-report questionnaires measuring Thwarted Belongingness, Perceived Burdensomeness, and Capability for Suicide. We examined whether each construct significantly predicted the severity of suicidal risk in both samples. We also determined whether the strength of the effects of Thwarted Belongingness and Perceived Burdensomeness on suicidal ideation differed between the two samples due to the greater degree of importance placed on interpersonal relationships in collectivistic cultures such as South Korea...
February 3, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214775/role-of-c-di-gmp-in-anammox-aggregation-and-systematic-analysis-of-its-turnover-protein-in-candidatus-jettenia-caeni
#8
Yongzhao Guo, Sitong Liu, Xi Tang, Fenglin Yang
The anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) process has been recognized as a promising sewage treatment approach. Considering the susceptibility, it is meaningful to study the behaviors of anammox bacteria under the unfavorable conditions. Here, we found that anammox bacteria more probably tended to aggregation by the regulation of c-di-GMP against the unfavorable environmental stresses (low temperature, aerobic condition and low pH). Further using multiple protein sequence alignment, we systematically examined the functionality of thirteen genes encoding putative c-di-GMP metabolic enzymes in anammox organism Candidatus Jettenia caeni, revealing most of the predicted enzymes were predicted to be active...
February 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214638/pre-residency-publication-number-does-not-predict-academic-career-placement-in-neurosurgery
#9
Marcus Daniels, Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, Russell Maxwell, Rafael J Tamargo, Judy Huang, Tim Witham, Chetan Bettegowda, Kaisorn L Chaichana
OBJECTIVE: It is unclear if pre-residency and/or residency research work impacts academic neurosurgery placement post-residency. The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact that pre-residency and residency research publication has on attaining academic faculty positions. METHODS: Alumni information was collected from 65 of the 108 (60%) neurosurgery residency websites. Graduates from these programs between 2005-2015 (N=949) were analyzed to determine factors associated with an academic career...
February 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214619/transition-from-non-fickian-to-fickian-longitudinal-transport-through-3-d-rough-fractures-scale-in-sensitivity-and-roughness-dependence
#10
Lichun Wang, M Bayani Cardenas
Understanding transport in rough fractures from non-Fickian to Fickian regimes and the prediction of non-Fickian transport is critical for the development of new transport theories and many practical applications. Through computational experiments that fall within the macrodispersion regime, we first simulated and analyzed solute transport through synthetic rough fractures with stationary geometrical properties (i.e., fracture roughness σb/〈b〉 and correlation length λ, where b refers to aperture with its standard deviation σb and arithmetic mean 〈b〉) across increasing fracture longitudinal transport domain length L, with L/λ ranging from 2...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214616/exploring-factors-influencing-low-back-pain-in-people-with-non-dysvascular-lower-limb-amputation-a-national-survey
#11
Hemakumar Devan, Paul Hendrick, Leigh Hale, Allan Carman, Michael P Dillon, Daniel Cury Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal impairment in people with lower limb amputation. Given the multifactorial nature of LBP, exploring the factors influencing the presence and intensity of LBP is warranted. OBJECTIVE: To investigate which physical, personal, and amputee-specific factors predicted presence and intensity of low back pain (LBP) in persons with non-dysvascular transfemoral (TFA) and transtibial amputation (TTA). DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional survey SETTING: A national random sample of people with non-dysvascular TFA and TTA...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214535/multilevel-ensemble-model-for-prediction-of-iga-and-igg-antibodies
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Divya Khanna, Prashant Singh Rana
Identification of antigen for inducing specific class of antibody is prime objective in peptide based vaccine designs, immunodiagnosis, and antibody productions. It's urge to introduce a reliable system with high accuracy and efficiency for prediction. In the present study, a novel multilevel ensemble model is developed for prediction of antibodies IgG and IgA. Epitope length is important in training the model and it is efficient to use variable length of epitopes. In this ensemble approach, seven different machine learning models are combined to predict variable length of epitopes (4 to 50)...
February 15, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214527/a%C3%A2-mathematical-model-of-low-grade-gliomas-treated-with-temozolomide-and-its-therapeutical-implications
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M U Bogdańska, M Bodnar, J Belmonte-Beitia, M Murek, P Schucht, J Beck, V M Pérez-García
Low grade gliomas (LGGs) are infiltrative and incurable primary brain tumours with typically slow evolution. These tumours usually occur in young and otherwise healthy patients, bringing controversies in treatment planning since aggressive treatment may lead to undesirable side effects. Thus, for management decisions it would be valuable to obtain early estimates of LGG growth potential. Here we propose a simple mathematical model of LGG growth and its response to chemotherapy which allows the growth of LGGs to be described in real patients...
February 15, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214469/cost-benefit-analysis-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-screening-in-pregnant-women-in-a-high-burden-setting-in-the-united-states
#14
Jared Ditkowsky, Khushal H Shah, Margaret R Hammerschlag, Stephan Kohlhoff, Tamar A Smith-Norowitz
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States (U.S.) [1] and remains a major public health problem. We determined the cost- benefit of screening all pregnant women aged 15-24 for Chlamydia trachomatis infection compared with no screening. METHODS: We developed a decision analysis model to estimate costs and health-related effects of screening pregnant women for C. trachomatis in a high burden setting (Brooklyn, NY)...
February 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214450/in-silico-structural-and-functional-analysis-of-mesorhizobium-acc-deaminase
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Krishnendu Pramanik, Tithi Soren, Soumik Mitra, Tushar Kanti Maiti
Nodulation is one of the very important processes of legume plants as it is the initiating event of fixing nitrogen. Although ethylene has essential role in normal plant metabolism but it has also negative impact on plants particularly in nodule formation in legume plants. It is also produced due to a variety of biotic or abiotic stresses. 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) deaminase is a rhizobial enzyme which cleaves ACC (immediate precursor of ethylene) into α-ketobutyrate and ammonia. As a result, the level of ethylene from the plant cells is decreased and the negative impact of ethylene on nodule formation is reduced...
February 11, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214438/stepwise-dynamics-of-an-anionic-micellar-film-formation-of-crown-lenses
#16
Jongju Lee, Alex Nikolov, Darsh Wasan
We studied the stepwise thinning of a microscopic circular foam film formed from an anionic micellar solution of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The foam film formed from the SDS micellar solution thins in a stepwise manner by the formation and expansion of a dark spot(s) of one layer less than the film thickness. During the last stages of film thinning (e.g., a film with one micellar layer), the dark spot expansion occurs via two steps. Initially, a small dark circular spot inside a film of several microns in size is formed, which expands at a constant rate...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214386/management-and-prognosis-of-hcc-in-the-elderly-results-of-an-in-field-multicenter-cohort-study
#17
Mauro Borzio, Elena Dionigi, Alessandro Vitale, Angelo Rossini, Massimo Marignani, Fabio Fornari, Susanna Vicari, Ilario De Sio, Fabio Farinati, Emanuela Bertolini, Filippo Oliveri, Gioacchino Leandro, Giampiero Francica, Mario Mitra, Barbara Omazzi, Sergio Boccia, Andrea Salmi, Anna Toldi, Rodolfo Sacco
AIMS: This multicentre cohort study evaluated the role of aging on clinical characteristics, treatment allocation, and outcome of new HCCs, in clinical practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From September 2008, 541 patients aged > 70 years old (elderly group), and 527 ≤ 70 years old (non elderly group) with newly diagnosed HCC were consecutively enrolled in 30 Italian centres. Differences in clinical characteristics and treatment allocation between groups were described by a multivariable logistic regression model measuring the inverse probability weight to meet the elderly group...
February 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214380/application-of-the-mechpeff-model-to-predict-passive-effective-intestinal-permeability-in-the-different-regions-of-the-rodent-small-intestine-and-colon
#18
D Pade, M Jamei, A Rostami-Hodjegan, D B Turner
A major component of Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models is prediction of the rate and extent of absorption of orally dosed drugs for which knowledge of effective passive intestinal permeability (Peff ) is essential. Single pass intestinal perfusion (SPIP) studies are used to establish effective permeability in vivo but are difficult to perform in rodents while mechanistic models to predict drug Peff in rat and mouse have not been published. This work evaluates the predictive performance of the 'MechPeff' model to predict Peff in the rodent intestine based upon knowledge of regional gut physiology and drug-specific physicochemical parameters...
February 18, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214283/prognostic-role-of-n-cadherin-expression-in-patients-with-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
#19
Mohammad Abufaraj, Shahrokh F Shariat, Andrea Haitel, Marco Moschini, Beat Foerster, Piotr Chłosta, Kilian Gust, Marek Babjuk, Alberto Briganti, Pierre I Karakiewicz, Walter Albrecht
PURPOSE: To assess the role of N-cadherin as a prognostic biomarker in patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) treated with transurethral resection with or without adjuvant intravesical therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemistry using monoclonal mouse antibody was used to evaluate the expression status of N-cadherin in 827 patients with NMIBC. N-cadherin was considered positive if any immunoreactivity with membranous staining was detected...
February 14, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214238/high-prevalence-of-low-serum-biologically-active-testosterone-in%C3%A2-older-male-veterans
#20
Christine F Conover, Joshua F Yarrow, Timothy J Garrett, Fan Ye, Eoin P Quinlivan, Darryl F Cannady, Mark D Peterson, Stephen E Borst
OBJECTIVES: Assess the prevalence of hypogonadism in older male Veterans by comparing direct measurements of total testosterone (T) and bioavailable testosterone (BioT) versus indirect BioT values derived from existing and newly developed regression analyses. DESIGN: Cohort study. SETTING: Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling male Veterans aged 60 and older (n = 203). MEASUREMENTS: Total T, BioT, albumin, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and body mass index were evaluated...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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