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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445910/influence-of-contrast-media-on-bone-mineral-density-bmd-measurements-from-routine-contrast-enhanced-mdct-datasets-using-a-phantom-less-bmd-measurement-tool
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Andrea Toelly, Constanze Bardach, Michael Weber, Rui Gong, Yanbo Lai, Pei Wang, Yulin Guo, Jan Kirschke, Thomas Baum, Michael Gruber
Aim To evaluate the differences in phantom-less bone mineral density (BMD) measurements in contrast-enhanced routine MDCT scans at different contrast phases, and to develop an algorithm for calculating a reliable BMD value. Materials and Methods 112 postmenopausal women from the age of 40 to 77 years (mean age: 57.31 years; SD 9.61) who underwent a clinically indicated MDCT scan, consisting of an unenhanced, an arterial, and a venous phase, were included. A retrospective analysis of the BMD values of the Th12 to L4 vertebrae in each phase was performed using a commercially available phantom-less measurement tool...
April 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445897/adrenal-vein-catecholamine-levels-and-ratios-reference-intervals-derived-from-patients-with-primary-aldosteronism
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Candy W C Sze, Samuel Matthew O'Toole, Roger Kent Tirador, Scott A Akker, Matthew Matson, Leslie Perry, Maralyn Rose Druce, Tanja Dekkers, Jaap Deinum, Jacques W M Lenders, Graeme Eisenhofer, William Martyn Drake
Phaeochromocytoma localisation is generally reliably achieved with modern imaging techniques, particularly in sporadic cases. On occasion, however, there can be diagnostic doubt due to the presence of bilateral adrenal abnormalities, particularly in patients with mutations in genes predisposing them to the development of multiple phaeochromocytomas. In such cases, surgical intervention is ideally limited to large or functional lesions due to the long-term consequences associated with hypoadrenalism. Adrenal venous sampling (AVS) for catecholamines has been used in this situation to guide surgery, although there are few data available to support diagnostic thresholds...
April 26, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445824/the-shadow-price-of-co2-emissions-in-china-s-iron-and-steel-industry
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Ke Wang, Linan Che, Chunbo Ma, Yi-Ming Wei
As China becomes the world's largest energy consumer and CO2 emitter, there has been a rapidly emerging literature on estimating China's abatement cost for CO2 using a distance function approach. However, the existing studies have mostly focused on the cost estimates at macro levels (provinces or industries) with few examining firm-level abatement costs. No work has attempted to estimate the abatement cost of CO2 emissions in the iron and steel industry. Although some have argued that the directional distance function (DDF) is more appropriate in the presence of bad output under regulation, the choice of directions is largely arbitrary...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445775/changes-in-social-isolation-and-loneliness-following-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty-longitudinal-analysis-of-the-english-longitudinal-study-of-ageing-elsa-cohort
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Toby O Smith, Jack R Dainty, Alex Macgregor
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and change in social isolation and loneliness in people before and after THA and TKA in England. DESIGN: The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing dataset, a prospective study of community-dwelling older adults, was used to identify people who had undergone primary THA or TKA because of osteoarthritis. Social isolation was assessed using the ELSA Social Isolation Index. Loneliness was evaluated using the Revised University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Loneliness Scale...
April 23, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445722/genomic-analyses-reveal-the-influence-of-geographic-origin-migration-and-hybridization-on-modern-dog-breed-development
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Heidi G Parker, Dayna L Dreger, Maud Rimbault, Brian W Davis, Alexandra B Mullen, Gretchen Carpintero-Ramirez, Elaine A Ostrander
There are nearly 400 modern domestic dog breeds with a unique histories and genetic profiles. To track the genetic signatures of breed development, we have assembled the most diverse dataset of dog breeds, reflecting their extensive phenotypic variation and heritage. Combining genetic distance, migration, and genome-wide haplotype sharing analyses, we uncover geographic patterns of development and independent origins of common traits. Our analyses reveal the hybrid history of breeds and elucidate the effects of immigration, revealing for the first time a suggestion of New World dog within some modern breeds...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445538/gene-expression-patterns-associated-with-neurological-disease-in-human-hiv-infection
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Pietro Paolo Sanna, Vez Repunte-Canonigo, Eliezer Masliah, Celine Lefebvre
The pathogenesis and nosology of HIV-associated neurological disease (HAND) remain incompletely understood. Here, to provide new insight into the molecular events leading to neurocognitive impairments (NCI) in HIV infection, we analyzed pathway dysregulations in gene expression profiles of HIV-infected patients with or without NCI and HIV encephalitis (HIVE) and control subjects. The Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) algorithm was used for pathway analyses in conjunction with the Molecular Signatures Database collection of canonical pathways (MSigDb)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445530/computation-of-adherence-to-medication-and-visualization-of-medication-histories-in-r-with-adherer-towards-transparent-and-reproducible-use-of-electronic-healthcare-data
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Alexandra Lelia Dima, Dan Dediu
Adherence to medications is an important indicator of the quality of medication management and impacts on health outcomes and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Electronic healthcare data (EHD) are increasingly used to estimate adherence in research and clinical practice, yet standardization and transparency of data processing are still a concern. Comprehensive and flexible open-source algorithms can facilitate the development of high-quality, consistent, and reproducible evidence in this field. Some EHD-based clinical decision support systems (CDSS) include visualization of medication histories, but this is rarely integrated in adherence analyses and not easily accessible for data exploration or implementation in new clinical settings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445496/a-fuzzy-co-clustering-algorithm-for-biomedical-data
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Yongli Liu, Shuai Wu, Zhizhong Liu, Hao Chao
Fuzzy co-clustering extends co-clustering by assigning membership functions to both the objects and the features, and is helpful to improve clustering accurarcy of biomedical data. In this paper, we introduce a new fuzzy co-clustering algorithm based on information bottleneck named ibFCC. The ibFCC formulates an objective function which includes a distance function that employs information bottleneck theory to measure the distance between feature data point and the feature cluster centroid. Many experiments were conducted on five biomedical datasets, and the ibFCC was compared with such prominent fuzzy (co-)clustering algorithms as FCM, FCCM, RFCC and FCCI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445480/google-earth-elevation-data-extraction-and-accuracy-assessment-for-transportation-applications
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Yinsong Wang, Yajie Zou, Kristian Henrickson, Yinhai Wang, Jinjun Tang, Byung-Jung Park
Roadway elevation data is critical for a variety of transportation analyses. However, it has been challenging to obtain such data and most roadway GIS databases do not have them. This paper intends to address this need by proposing a method to extract roadway elevation data from Google Earth (GE) for transportation applications. A comprehensive accuracy assessment of the GE-extracted elevation data is conducted for the area of conterminous USA. The GE elevation data was compared with the ground truth data from nationwide GPS benchmarks and roadway monuments from six states in the conterminous USA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445441/mining-productive-associated-periodic-frequent-patterns-in-body-sensor-data-for-smart-home-care
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Walaa N Ismail, Mohammad Mehedi Hassan
The understanding of various health-oriented vital sign data generated from body sensor networks (BSNs) and discovery of the associations between the generated parameters is an important task that may assist and promote important decision making in healthcare. For example, in a smart home scenario where occupants' health status is continuously monitored remotely, it is essential to provide the required assistance when an unusual or critical situation is detected in their vital sign data. In this paper, we present an efficient approach for mining the periodic patterns obtained from BSN data...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445432/multispectral-lidar-data-for-land-cover-classification-of-urban-areas
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Salem Morsy, Ahmed Shaker, Ahmed El-Rabbany
Airborne Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) systems usually operate at a monochromatic wavelength measuring the range and the strength of the reflected energy (intensity) from objects. Recently, multispectral LiDAR sensors, which acquire data at different wavelengths, have emerged. This allows for recording of a diversity of spectral reflectance from objects. In this context, we aim to investigate the use of multispectral LiDAR data in land cover classification using two different techniques. The first is image-based classification, where intensity and height images are created from LiDAR points and then a maximum likelihood classifier is applied...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445293/possible-pathways-used-to-predict-different-stages-of-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Xiaodong Chen, Qiongyu Duan, Ying Xuan, Yunan Sun, Rong Wu
We aimed to find some specific pathways that can be used to predict the stage of lung adenocarcinoma.RNA-Seq expression profile data and clinical data of lung adenocarcinoma (stage I [37], stage II 161], stage III [75], and stage IV [45]) were obtained from the TCGA dataset. The differentially expressed genes were merged, correlation coefficient matrix between genes was constructed with correlation analysis, and unsupervised clustering was carried out with hierarchical clustering method. The specific coexpression network in every stage was constructed with cytoscape software...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445152/multiplexed-gene-expression-profiling-identifies-the-fgfr4-pathway-as-a-novel-biomarker-in-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
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Changhoon Yoo, Jihoon Kang, Deokhoon Kim, Kyu-Pyo Kim, Baek-Yeol Ryoo, Seung-Mo Hong, Jung Jin Hwang, Seong-Yun Jeong, Shin Hwang, Ki-Hun Kim, Young-Joo Lee, Klaus P Hoeflich, Oleg Schmidt-Kittler, Stephen Miller, Eun Kyung Choi
BACKGROUND: The fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) pathway is an essential regulatory component of bile acid synthesis, and its relationship with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been reported. We investigated the gene expression and clinical significance of FGFR4 and related pathways in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA). RESULTS: The median age was 56 years (range 30-78) and 34 patients (74%) were male. Six patients (13%) had hepatitis B virus infection, with or without liver cirrhosis...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444973/in-depth-comparative-phenotyping-of-blood-innate-myeloid-leukocytes-from-healthy-humans-and-macaques-using-mass-cytometry
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Jamila Elhmouzi-Younes, Jean-Louis Palgen, Nicolas Tchitchek, Simon Delandre, Inana Namet, Caroline L Bodinham, Kathleen Pizzoferro, David J M Lewis, Roger Le Grand, Antonio Cosma, Anne-Sophie Beignon
Comparative immune-profiling of innate responses in humans and non-human primates is important to understand the pathogenesis of infectious and chronic inflammatory diseases as well as for the preclinical development of vaccines and immune therapies. However, direct comparisons of the two species are rare and were never performed using mass cytometry. Here, whole-blood-derived leukocytes from healthy humans and cynomolgus macaques were analyzed with mass cytometry. Two similar panels of around 30 monoclonal antibodies targeting human markers associated with innate myeloid cells to stain fixed human and macaque leukocytes were constructed...
April 26, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444799/pixel-wise-estimation-of-noise-statistics-on-iterative-ct-reconstruction-from-a-single-scan
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Tonghe Wang, Lei Zhu
PURPOSE: As iterative CT reconstruction continues to advance, the spatial distribution of noise standard deviation (STD) and accurate noise power spectrum (NPS) on the reconstructed CT images become important for method evaluation as well as optimization of algorithm parameters. Using a single CT scan, we propose a practical method for pixel-wise calculation of noise statistics on an iteratively reconstructed CT image, which enables accurate calculation of noise STD for each pixel and NPS...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444772/multi-atlas-approach-with-local-registration-goodness-weighting-for-mri-based-electron-density-mapping-of-head-and-neck-anatomy
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Reza Farjam, Neelam Tyagi, Harini Veeraraghavan, Aditya Apte, Kristen Zakian, Margie A Hunt, Joseph O Deasy
PURPOSE: The growing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a substitute for computed tomography-based treatment planning requires the development of effective algorithms to generate electron density maps for treatment planning and patient setup verification. The purpose of this work was to develop a method to synthesize computerized tomography (CT) for MR-only radiotherapy of head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: The algorithm is based on registration of multiple patient datasets containing both MRI and CT images (a "multi-atlas" algorithm)...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444610/publicly-available-datasets-on-thallium-tl-in-the-environment-a-comment-on-presence-of-thallium-in-the-environment-sources-of-contaminations-distribution-and-monitoring-methods-by-bozena-karbowska-environ-monit-assess-2016-188-640-doi-10-1007-s10661-016-5647
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Patrice de Caritat, Clemens Reimann
This comment highlights a whole series of datasets on thallium concentrations in the environment that were overlooked in the recent review by Karbowska, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188, 640, 2016 in this journal. Geochemical surveys carried out over the last few decades all over the world at various scales and using different sampling media have reported the concentration of thallium (and dozens more elements) in tens of thousands of samples. These datasets provide a 'real-world' foundation upon which source apportionment investigations can be based, monitoring programs devised and modelling studies designed...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444588/unveiling-differentially-expressed-genes-upon-regulation-of-transcription-factors-in-sepsis
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Junli Zhang, Yuelei Cheng, Minmin Duan, Nannan Qi, Jian Liu
In this study, we integrated the gene expression data of sepsis to reveal more precise genome-wide expression signature to shed light on the pathological mechanism of sepsis. Differentially expressed genes via integrating five microarray datasets from the Gene Expression Omnibus database were obtained. The gene function and involved pathways of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were detected by GeneCodis3. Transcription factors (TFs) targeting top 20 dysregulated DEGs (including up- and downregulated genes) were found based on the TRANSFAC...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444387/meiotic-genes-are-enriched-in-regions-of-reduced-archaic-ancestry
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B Jégou, S Sankararaman, A D Rolland, D Reich, F Chalmel
About 1-6% of the genetic ancestry of modern humans today originates from admixture with archaic humans. It has recently been shown that autosomal genomic regions with a reduced proportion of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestries are significantly enriched in genes that are more expressed in testis than in other tissues. To determine whether a cellular segregation pattern would exist, we combined maps of archaic introgression with a cross-analysis of three transcriptomic datasets deciphering the transcriptional landscape of human gonadal cell types...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444211/effects-of-sample-size-and-full-sibs-on-genetic-diversity-characterization-a-case-study-of-three-syntopic-iberian-pond-breeding-amphibians
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Gregorio Sánchez-Montes, Arturo H Ariño, José L Vizmanos, Jinliang Wang, Íñigo Martínez-Solano
Accurate characterization of genetic diversity is essential for understanding population demography, predicting future trends and implementing efficient conservation policies. For that purpose, molecular markers are routinely developed for non-model species, but key questions regarding sampling design, like calculation of minimum sample sizes or the effect of relatives in the sample, are often neglected. We used accumulation curves and sibship analyses to explore how these two factors affect marker performance in the characterization of genetic diversity...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Heredity
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