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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092580/determination-of-the-edge-of-criticality-in-echo-state-networks-through-fisher-information-maximization
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Lorenzo Livi, Filippo Maria Bianchi, Cesare Alippi
It is a widely accepted fact that the computational capability of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) is maximized on the so-called "edge of criticality." Once the network operates in this configuration, it performs efficiently on a specific application both in terms of: 1) low prediction error and 2) high short-term memory capacity. Since the behavior of recurrent networks is strongly influenced by the particular input signal driving the dynamics, a universal, application-independent method for determining the edge of criticality is still missing...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089986/estimating-glomerular-filtration-rate-for-the-full-age-spectrum-from-serum-creatinine-and-cystatin-c
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Hans Pottel, Pierre Delanaye, Elke Schaeffner, Laurence Dubourg, Bjørn Odvar Eriksen, Toralf Melsom, Edmund J Lamb, Andrew D Rule, Stephen T Turner, Richard J Glassock, Vandréa De Souza, Luciano Selistre, Karolien Goffin, Steven Pauwels, Christophe Mariat, Martin Flamant, Natalie Ebert
BACKGROUND: We recently published and validated the new serum creatinine (Scr)-based full-age-spectrum equation (FAScrea) for estimating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) for healthy and kidney-diseased subjects of all ages. The equation was based on the concept of normalized Scr and shows equivalent to superior prediction performance to the currently recommended equations for children, adolescents, adults and older adults. METHODS: Based on an evaluation of the serum cystatin C (ScysC) distribution, we defined normalization constants for ScysC (QcysC = 0...
January 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088474/diagnostic-accuracy-of-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-predicting-cough-variant-asthma-and-eosinophilic-bronchitis-in-adult-patients-with-chronic-cough-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Woo-Jung Song, Hyun Jung Kim, Ji-Su Shim, Ha-Kyeong Won, Sung-Yoon Kang, Kyoung-Hee Sohn, Byung-Keun Kim, Eun-Jung Jo, Min-Hye Kim, Sang-Heon Kim, Heung-Woo Park, Sun-Sin Kim, Yoon-Seok Chang, Alyn H Morice, Byung-Jae Lee, Sang-Heon Cho
BACKGROUND: Individual studies suggested the utility of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in detecting cough variant asthma (CVA) and eosinophilic bronchitis (EB) in chronic cough patients. OBJECTIVE: To obtain summary estimates of diagnostic test accuracy of FeNO in predicting CVA and/or EB in adult patients with chronic cough METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for studies published until January 2016, without language restriction. Cross-sectional studies which reported the diagnostic accuracy of FeNO for detecting CVA or EB were included...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087872/clinical-inquiry-how-do-clinical-prediction-rules-compare-with-joint-fluid-analysis-in-diagnosing-gout
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Katie L Westerfield, Anne Mounsey, Joan Nashelsky
Clinical prediction rules effectively diagnose gout without joint fluid analysis. The American College of Rheumatology clinical prediction rules, the most accurate rules developed for research purposes, have a sensitivity of 92%, specificity of 89%, positive likelihood ratio of 8.36, and negative likelihood ratio of 0.09.
November 2016: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087842/novel-determinants-of-mammalian-primary-microrna-processing-revealed-by-systematic-evaluation-of-hairpin-containing-transcripts-and-human-genetic-variation
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Christine Anne Roden, Jonathan Gaillard, Shaveta Kanoria, William Rennie, Syndi Barish, Jijun Cheng, Wen Pan, Jun Liu, Chris Cotsapas, Ye Ding, Jun Lu
Mature microRNAs (miRNAs) are processed from hairpin-containing primary miRNAs (pri-miRNAs). However, rules that distinguish pri-miRNAs from other hairpin-containing transcripts in the genome are incompletely understood. By developing a computational pipeline to systematically evaluate 30 structural and sequence features of mammalian RNA hairpins, we report several new rules that are preferentially utilized in miRNA hairpins and govern efficient pri-miRNA processing. We propose that a hairpin stem length of 36+/-3nt is optimal for pri-miRNA processing...
January 13, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081211/development-and-validation-of-a-clinical-prediction-rule-for-bacteremia-among-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients-in-outpatient-settings
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Sho Sasaki, Takeshi Hasegawa, Hiroo Kawarazaki, Atsushi Nomura, Daisuke Uchida, Takahiro Imaizumi, Masahide Furusho, Hiroki Nishiwaki, Shingo Fukuma, Yugo Shibagaki, Shunichi Fukuhara
BACKGROUND: To our knowledge, no reliable clinical prediction rule (CPR) for identifying bacteremia in hemodialysis (HD) patients has been established. The aim of this study was to develop a CPR for bacteremia in maintenance HD patients visiting the outpatient department. METHODS: This multicenter cohort study involved consecutive maintenance HD patients who visited the outpatient clinic or emergency room of seven Japanese institutions between August 2011 and July 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081031/intracranial-hemorrhage-recurrence-on-vitamin-k-antagonist-severity-of-the-first-episode-and-hasbled-score-fail-to-identify-high-risk-patients-from-the-chirone-study
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Daniela Poli, Emilia Antonucci, Francesco Dentali, Sophie Testa, Gualtiero Palareti
The most feared complication of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) treatment is intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). The previously published CHIRONE Study fails to identify risk factors associated with ICH recurrence after VKAs resumption. The aim of this secondary analysis of the study is to evaluate if patients who need surgery or with severe neurological sequelae after the first episode show a higher risk of ICH recurrence. The HASBLED score was used to stratify bleeding risk and to evaluate the distribution of recurrence in relation to each class of risk...
January 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080042/relative-stability-of-empty-exohedral-fullerenes-%C3%AF-delocalization-versus-strain-and-steric-hindrance
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Yang Wang, Sergio Díaz-Tendero, Manuel Alcami, Fernando Martin
Predicting and understanding the relative stability of exohedral fullerenes is an important aspect of fullerene chemistry, since the experimentally formed structures do not generally follow the rules that govern addition reactions and/or the making of pristine fullerenes. First-principles theoretical calculations are of limited applicability due to the large number of possible isomeric forms, e.g., more than 50 billion for C60X8. Here we propose a simple model, exclusively based on topological arguments, that allows one to predict the relative stability of exohedral fullerenes without the need for electronic structure calculations or geometry optimizations...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079612/thrombopoietin-as-early-biomarker-of-disease-severity-in-patients-with-acute-pancreatitis
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Enrico Lupia, Luca Pigozzi, Emanuele Pivetta, Ornella Bosco, Barbara Vizio, Maria Loiacono, Manuela Lucchiari, Stefania Battista, Fulvio Morello, Corrado Moiraghi, Giulio Mengozzi, Giuseppe Montrucchio
OBJECTIVES: To study the concentrations of thrombopoietin (TPO), a growth factor recently involved in the pathogenesis of experimental acute pancreatitis (AP), and its potential role as an early diagnostic and prognostic biomarker in patients with AP. METHODS: Thrombopoietin was measured in 44 AP patients, 18 patients with nonpancreatic acute abdominal pain, and 18 healthy volunteers. Acute pancreatitis severity was classified on the basis of the 2012 International Atlanta Symposium on Acute Pancreatitis criteria...
February 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072823/syntactic-recursion-facilitates-and-working-memory-predicts-recursive-theory-of-mind
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Burcu Arslan, Annette Hohenberger, Rineke Verbrugge
In this study, we focus on the possible roles of second-order syntactic recursion and working memory in terms of simple and complex span tasks in the development of second-order false belief reasoning. We tested 89 Turkish children in two age groups, one younger (4;6-6;5 years) and one older (6;7-8;10 years). Although second-order syntactic recursion is significantly correlated with the second-order false belief task, results of ordinal logistic regressions revealed that the main predictor of second-order false belief reasoning is complex working memory span...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072697/usefulness-of-hatch-score-in-the-prediction-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-for-asians
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Kazuyoshi Suenari, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Yasuki Kihara, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Ann Chen
The HATCH score (hypertension <1 point>, age >75 years <1 point>, stroke or transient ischemic attack <2 points>, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease <1 point>, and heart failure <2 points>) was reported to be useful for predicting the progression of atrial fibrillation (AF) from paroxysmal to persistent or permanent AF for patients who participated in the Euro Heart Survey. The goal of the current study was to investigate whether the HATCH score was a useful scheme in predicting new-onset AF...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072422/the-fitness-costs-and-trade-off-shapes-associated-with-the-exclusion-of-nine-antibiotics-by-ompf-porin-channels
#12
Katherine Phan, Thomas Ferenci
The trade-off relationship between antibiotic exclusion and nutrient access across the Gram-negative outer membrane is determined by structural constraints in porin channels. The precise nutritional cost of exclusion is unknown for different antibiotics, as are the shapes of the nutrition-susceptibility trade-off. Using a library of 10 engineered isogenic Escherichia coli strains with structural modifications of OmpF porin expressed at a constant level, susceptibilities were measured for nine antibiotics and the nutritional fitness costs estimated by competitions in chemostats...
January 10, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071986/evaluation-of-a-two-year-routine-application-of-molecular-testing-of-thyroid-fine-needle-aspirations-fna-using-a-7-gene-panel-in-a-primary-referral-setting-in-germany
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Markus Eszlinger, Katharina Böhme, Maha Ullmann, Fabian Görke, Udo Siebolts, Anna Neumann, Christiane Franzius, Sabine Adam, Thomas Molwitz, Christian Landvogt, Bassam Amro, Anja Hach, Berit Feldmann, Dieter Graf, Antje Wefer, Rainer Niemann, Catharina Bullmann, Günther Klaushenke, Reinhard Santen, Gregor Tönshoff, Velimir Ivancevic, Andreas Kögler, Eberhard Bell, Bernd Lorenz, Gerald Kluge, Christoph Hartenstein, Ilka Ruschenburg, Ralf Paschke
BACKGROUND: Major differences with respect to the diagnostic performance of a "ruling in" approach in the pre-surgical diagnosis of indeterminate thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) have been reported. Therefore, the aim of this prospective multicenter study was to investigate the specific diagnostic impact of mutation testing using a 7-gene-panel in a routine primary referral setting analyzing FNAs from endocrinology and nuclear medicine practices in Germany. METHODS: RNA and DNA was extracted from 564 routine air-dried FNA smears obtained from 64 physicians and cytologically graded by one experienced cytopathologist...
January 10, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071707/the-content-of-imagined-sounds-changes-visual-motion-perception-in-the-cross-bounce-illusion
#14
Christopher C Berger, H Henrik Ehrsson
Can what we imagine hearing change what we see? Whether imagined sensory stimuli are integrated with external sensory stimuli to shape our perception of the world has only recently begun to come under scrutiny. Here, we made use of the cross-bounce illusion in which an auditory stimulus presented at the moment two passing objects meet promotes the perception that the objects bounce off rather than cross by one another to examine whether the content of imagined sound changes visual motion perception in a manner that is consistent with multisensory integration...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069255/is-urgent-ct-angiography-necessary-in-cases-of-acute-lower-gastrointestinal-bleeding
#15
A Martín Díaz, L Fernández Rodríguez, M Martí de Gracia
Acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding usually presents as hematochezia, rectal bleeding or melena and represents 1-2% of the medical appointments in the Emergency Services. Mortality reaches the 30-40% and it is highly related with the severity and associated comorbidity. Most clinical practice guidelines include colonoscopy at some point in the diagnostic and therapeutic process (urgent for severe cases and ambulatory for mild ones) and look for predictors of severity. In the last years, there have been numerous studies where is clear the relevance and complementarity of advanced diagnostic imaging techniques, gradually incorporated as an alternative or second step in severe cases...
January 6, 2017: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068441/changes-in-astigmatism-densitometry-and-aberrations-after-smile-for-low-to-high-myopic-astigmatism-a-12-month-prospective-study
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Iben Bach Pedersen, Anders Ivarsen, Jesper Hjortdal
PURPOSE: To evaluate 12-month changes in refraction, visual outcome, corneal densitometry, and postoperative aberrations after small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) for myopic astigmatism. METHODS: This 12-month prospective clinical trial comprised 101 eyes (101 patients) treated with SMILE for myopic astigmatism with cylinder of 0.75 to 4.00 diopters (D). The preoperative, 1-week, and 1-, 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month examinations included measurement of manifest refraction, uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuity...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068355/a-methodology-for-cancer-therapeutics-by-systems-pharmacology-based-analysis-a-case-study-on-breast-cancer-related-traditional-chinese-medicines
#17
Yan Li, Jinghui Wang, Feng Lin, Yinfeng Yang, Su-Shing Chen
Breast cancer is the most common carcinoma in women. Comprehensive therapy on breast cancer including surgical operation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrinotherapy, etc. could help, but still has serious side effect and resistance against anticancer drugs. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may avoid these problems, in which traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been highlighted. In this section, to analyze the mechanism through which TCM act on breast cancer, we have built a virtual model consisting of the construction of database, oral bioavailability prediction, drug-likeness evaluation, target prediction, network construction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068117/the-neural-representation-of-the-gender-of-faces-in-the-primate-visual-system-a-computer-modeling-study
#18
Thomas Minot, Hannah L Dury, Akihiro Eguchi, Glyn W Humphreys, Simon M Stringer
We use an established neural network model of the primate visual system to show how neurons might learn to encode the gender of faces. The model consists of a hierarchy of 4 competitive neuronal layers with associatively modifiable feedforward synaptic connections between successive layers. During training, the network was presented with many realistic images of male and female faces, during which the synaptic connections are modified using biologically plausible local associative learning rules. After training, we found that different subsets of output neurons have learned to respond exclusively to either male or female faces...
January 9, 2017: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065305/micromanipulation-of-daughter-cells-for-the-study-of-cytokinetic-abscission
#19
J Lafaurie-Janvore, C Lafaurie, M Piel
The last step of cytokinesis, abscission, consists in the severing of the intercellular bridge connecting the two daughter cells. Because daughter cells move randomly on regular cell culture substrates, the use of adhesive micropatterns facilitates the observation of the intercellular bridge and its severing. Here we propose general rules to design micropatterns optimized to study this process. In particular, these micropatterns allow a good stabilization of the daughter cells and a predictable positioning of the intercellular bridge...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064432/validation-of-nosas-score-for-screening-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-a-multiethnic-asian-population
#20
Adeline Tan, Yueheng Hong, Linda W L Tan, Rob M van Dam, Yan Yi Cheung, Chi-Hang Lee
PURPOSE: The NoSAS score was developed to identify subjects at high risk of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). We aimed to validate the NoSAS score in a multiethnic Asian cohort and compare its performance to the STOP-Bang and Berlin questionnaires. METHODS: A sample of 242 subjects selected from a population-based cohort in Singapore completed home-based sleep testing with an Embletta device (type 3 monitor). All subjects were given the STOP-Bang and Berlin questionnaires for self-administration prior to the sleep study...
January 7, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
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