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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422648/fast-and-stable-signal-deconvolution-via-compressible-state-space-models
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Abbas Kazemipour, Ji Liu, Krystyna Solarana, Daniel Nagode, Patrick Kanold, Min Wu, Behtash Babadi
OBJECTIVE: Common biological measurements are in the form of noisy convolutions of signals of interest with possibly unknown and transient blurring kernels. Examples include EEG and calcium imaging data. Thus, signal deconvolution of these measurements is crucial in understanding the underlying biological processes. The objective of this paper is to develop fast and stable solutions for signal deconvolution from noisy, blurred and undersampled data, where the signals are in the form of discrete events distributed in time and space...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389485/operational-strategies-to-manage-non-elective-orthopaedic-surgical-flows-a-simulation-modelling-study
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Marie Persson, Helena Hvitfeldt-Forsberg, Maria Unbeck, Olof Gustaf Sköldenberg, Andreas Stark, Paula Kelly-Pettersson, Pamela Mazzocato
OBJECTIVES: To explore the value of simulation modelling in evaluating the effects of strategies to plan and schedule operating room (OR) resources aimed at reducing time to surgery for non-elective orthopaedic inpatients at a Swedish hospital. METHODS: We applied discrete-event simulation modelling. The model was populated with real world data from a university hospital with a strong focus on reducing waiting time to surgery for patients with hip fracture. The system modelled concerned two patient groups that share the same OR resources: hip-fracture and other non-elective orthopaedic patients in need of surgical treatment...
April 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384413/comparative-effectiveness-of-tacrolimus-based-steroid-sparing-versus-steroid-maintenance-regimens-in-kidney-transplantation-results-from-discrete-event-simulation
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Vibha C A Desai, Yann Ferrand, Teresa M Cavanaugh, Christina M L Kelton, J Jaime Caro, Jens Goebel, Pamela C Heaton
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids used as immunosuppressants to prevent acute rejection (AR) and graft loss (GL) following kidney transplantation are associated with serious cardiovascular and other adverse events. Evidence from short-term randomized controlled trials suggests that many patients on a tacrolimus-based immunosuppressant regimen can withdraw from steroids without increased AR or GL risk. OBJECTIVES: To measure the long-term tradeoff between GL and adverse events for a heterogeneous-risk population and determine the optimal timing of steroid withdrawal...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368834/asynchronous-state-estimation-for-discrete-time-switched-complex-networks-with-communication-constraints
#4
Dan Zhang, Qing-Guo Wang, Dipti Srinivasan, Hongyi Li, Li Yu
This paper is concerned with the asynchronous state estimation for a class of discrete-time switched complex networks with communication constraints. An asynchronous estimator is designed to overcome the difficulty that each node cannot access to the topology/coupling information. Also, the event-based communication, signal quantization, and the random packet dropout problems are studied due to the limited communication resource. With the help of switched system theory and by resorting to some stochastic system analysis method, a sufficient condition is proposed to guarantee the exponential stability of estimation error system in the mean-square sense and a prescribed $H∞ performance level is also ensured...
March 29, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366005/evaluation-of-dissolution-in-the-lower-intestine-and-its-impact-on-the-absorption-process-of-high-dose-low-solubility-drugs
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Danai Georgaka, James Butler, Filippos Kesisoglou, Christos Reppas, Maria Vertzoni
PURPOSE: First, to optimize a recently proposed two-stage single-compartment in vitro test for the evaluation of dissolution in the lower intestine with the mini-paddle apparatus in the fasted and fed state using two model high dose, low solubility drugs [sulfasalazine (Azulfidine®) and micronized aprepitant] and one mesalamine colon targeting product (Asacol, 400mg/tablet). Second, to evaluate the impact of passive absorption from the lower intestine on the overall absorption process using three model high dose, low solubility drugs [micronized aprepitant, SB705498, and albendazole (Zentel®)]...
April 1, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361346/redesigning-the-diagnostic-pathway-for-chest-pain-patients-in-emergency-departments
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Sebastian Rachuba, Andrew Salmon, Zhivko Zhelev, Martin Pitt
Patients presenting with chest pain at an emergency department in the United Kingdom receive troponin tests to assess the likelihood of an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Until recently, serial testing with two blood samples separated by at least six hours was necessary in order to analyse the change in troponin levels over time. New high-sensitivity troponin tests, however, allow the inter-test time to be shortened from six to three hours. Recent evidence also suggests that the new generation of troponin tests can be used to rule out AMI on the basis of a single test if patients at low risk of AMI present with very low cardiac troponin levels more than three hours after onset of worst pain...
March 30, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349405/quantitative-modeling-and-automated-analysis-of-meiotic-recombination
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Martin A White, Shunxin Wang, Liangran Zhang, Nancy Kleckner
Many morphological features, in both physical and biological systems, exhibit spatial patterns that are specifically characterized by a tendency to occur with even spacing (in one, two, or three dimensions). The positions of crossover (CO) recombination events along meiotic chromosomes provide an interesting biological example of such an effect. In general, mechanisms that explain such patterns may (a) be mechanically based, (b) occur by a reaction-diffusion mechanism in which macroscopic mechanical effects are irrelevant, or (c) involve a combination of both types of effects...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319990/a-decision-support-approach-for-provider-scheduling-in-a-patient-centered-medical-home
#8
Renata Konrad, Sarah Ficarra, Catherine Danko, Rachel Wallace, Cliona Archambeault
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been proposed as a viable and medically effective model of primary care delivery. The fundamental principles of a PCMH address increased access and offer new ways to organize a practice. Creating provider schedules able to satisfy the operational and organizational constraints imposed by this type of delivery model is a challenging, complex, and time-consuming task.This article presents a two-step approach for scheduling providers and prospectively assessing the consequences of various schedules on patient throughput without experimenting on the real-world system...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306273/chaos-and-correlated-avalanches-in-excitatory-neural-networks-with-synaptic-plasticity
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Fabrizio Pittorino, Miguel Ibáñez-Berganza, Matteo di Volo, Alessandro Vezzani, Raffaella Burioni
A collective chaotic phase with power law scaling of activity events is observed in a disordered mean field network of purely excitatory leaky integrate-and-fire neurons with short-term synaptic plasticity. The dynamical phase diagram exhibits two transitions from quasisynchronous and asynchronous regimes to the nontrivial, collective, bursty regime with avalanches. In the homogeneous case without disorder, the system synchronizes and the bursty behavior is reflected into a period doubling transition to chaos for a two dimensional discrete map...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287997/event-based-variance-constrained-h%C3%A2-filtering-for-stochastic-parameter-systems-over-sensor-networks-with-successive-missing-measurements
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Licheng Wang, Zidong Wang, Qing-Long Han, Guoliang Wei
This paper is concerned with the distributed H∞ filtering problem for a class of discrete time-varying stochastic parameter systems with error variance constraints over a sensor network where the sensor outputs are subject to successive missing measurements. The phenomenon of the successive missing measurements for each sensor is modeled via a sequence of mutually independent random variables obeying the Bernoulli binary distribution law. To reduce the frequency of unnecessary data transmission and alleviate the communication burden, an event-triggered mechanism is introduced for the sensor node such that only some vitally important data is transmitted to its neighboring sensors when specific events occur...
March 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268606/mechanisms-of-stochastic-focusing-and-defocusing-in-biological-reaction-networks-insight-from-accurate-chemical-master-equation-acme-solutions
#11
Gamze Gursoy, Anna Terebus, Youfang Cao, Jie Liang
Stochasticity plays important roles in regulation of biochemical reaction networks when the copy numbers of molecular species are small. Studies based on Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (SSA) has shown that a basic reaction system can display stochastic focusing (SF) by increasing the sensitivity of the network as a result of the signal noise. Although SSA has been widely used to study stochastic networks, it is ineffective in examining rare events and this becomes a significant issue when the tails of probability distributions are relevant as is the case of SF...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248285/thinning-sea-ice-weakens-buttressing-force-of-iceberg-m%C3%A3-lange-and-promotes-calving
#12
Alexander A Robel
At many marine-terminating glaciers, the breakup of mélange, a floating aggregation of sea ice and icebergs, has been accompanied by an increase in iceberg calving and ice mass loss. Previous studies have argued that mélange may suppress calving by exerting a buttressing force directly on the glacier terminus. In this study, I adapt a discrete element model to explicitly simulate mélange as a cohesive granular material. Simulations show that mélange laden with thick landfast sea ice produces enough resistance to shut down calving at the terminus...
March 1, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245734/understanding-length-of-stay-after-spinal-cord-injury-insights-and-limitations-from-the-access-to-care-and-timing-project
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Anthony S Burns, Argelio Santos, Christiana L Cheng, Elaine Chan, Nader Fallah, Derek Atkins, Marcel F Dvorak, Chester Ho, Henry Ahn, Jerome Paquet, Brian K Kwon, Vanessa K Noonan
Costs associated with initial hospitalization following spinal cord injury (SCI) are substantial, and a major driver of costs is the length of stay (LOS); that is, the time that the injured individual remains hospitalized prior to community reintegration. Our aim was to study the factors and variables that contribute to LOS following traumatic SCI. Modeling (process mapping of the SCI healthcare delivery system in Canada and discrete event simulation) and regression analysis using a national registry of individuals with acute traumatic SCI in Canada, existing databases, and peer-reviewed literature were used to examine the driver of LOS following traumatic SCI...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237939/virtual-network-embedding-via-monte-carlo-tree-search
#14
Soroush Haeri, Ljiljana Trajkovic
Network virtualization helps overcome shortcomings of the current Internet architecture. The virtualized network architecture enables coexistence of multiple virtual networks (VNs) on an existing physical infrastructure. VN embedding (VNE) problem, which deals with the embedding of VN components onto a physical network, is known to be NP-hard. In this paper, we propose two VNE algorithms: MaVEn-M and MaVEn-S. MaVEn-M employs the multicommodity flow algorithm for virtual link mapping while MaVEn-S uses the shortest-path algorithm...
February 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226785/mechanisms-of-stochastic-focusing-and-defocusing-in-biological-reaction-networks-insight-from-accurate-chemical-master-equation-acme-solutions
#15
Gamze Giirsoy, Anna Terebus, Youfang Cao, Jie Liang, Gamze Gursoy, Anna Terebus, Youfang Cao, Jie Liang, Gamze Gursoy, Youfang Cao, Anna Terebus, Jie Liang
Stochasticity plays important roles in regulation of biochemical reaction networks when the copy numbers of molecular species are small. Studies based on Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (SSA) has shown that a basic reaction system can display stochastic focusing (SF) by increasing the sensitivity of the network as a result of the signal noise. Although SSA has been widely used to study stochastic networks, it is ineffective in examining rare events and this becomes a significant issue when the tails of probability distributions are relevant as is the case of SF...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222957/reducing-patient-waiting-times-for-radiation-therapy-and-improving-the-treatment-planning-process-a-discrete-event-simulation-model-radiation-treatment-planning
#16
V Babashov, I Aivas, M A Begen, J Q Cao, G Rodrigues, D D'Souza, M Lock, G S Zaric
AIMS: We analysed the radiotherapy planning process at the London Regional Cancer Program to determine the bottlenecks and to quantify the effect of specific resource levels with the goal of reducing waiting times. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a discrete-event simulation model of a patient's journey from the point of referral to a radiation oncologist to the start of radiotherapy, considering the sequential steps and resources of the treatment planning process...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219461/evaluating-the-impact-of-pharmacies-on-pandemic-influenza-vaccine-administration
#17
Joy Schwerzmann, Samuel B Graitcer, Barbara Jester, David Krahl, Daniel Jernigan, Carolyn B Bridges, Joseph Miller
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to quantify the potential retail pharmacy vaccine administration capacity and its possible impact on pandemic influenza vaccine uptake. METHODS: We developed a discrete event simulation model by use of ExtendSim software (Imagine That Inc, San Jose, CA) to forecast the potential effect of retail pharmacy vaccine administration on total weekly vaccine administration and the time needed to reach 80% vaccination coverage with a single dose of vaccine per person...
February 21, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209427/event-triggered-fault-detection-for-a-class-of-discrete-time-linear-systems-using-interval-observers
#18
Zhi-Hui Zhang, Guang-Hong Yang
This paper provides a novel event-triggered fault detection (FD) scheme for discrete-time linear systems. First, an event-triggered interval observer is proposed to generate the upper and lower residuals by taking into account the influence of the disturbances and the event error. Second, the robustness of the residual interval against the disturbances and the fault sensitivity are improved by introducing l1 and H∞ performances. Third, dilated linear matrix inequalities are used to decouple the Lyapunov matrices from the system matrices...
February 13, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199265/a-decision-support-approach-for-provider-scheduling-in-a-patient-centered-medical-home
#19
Renata Konrad, Sarah Ficarra, Catherine Danko, Rachel Wallace, Cliona Archambeault
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been proposed as a viable and medically effective model of primary care delivery. The fundamental principles of a PCMH address increased access and offer new ways to organize a practice. Creating provider schedules able to satisfy the operational and organizational constraints imposed by this type of delivery model is a challenging, complex, and time-consuming task.This article presents a two-step approach for scheduling providers and prospectively assessing the consequences of various schedules on patient throughput without experimenting on the real-world system...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186909/finite-time-state-estimation-for-recurrent-delayed-neural-networks-with-component-based-event-triggering-protocol
#20
Licheng Wang, Zidong Wang, Guoliang Wei, Fuad E Alsaadi
This paper deals with the event-based finite-time state estimation problem for a class of discrete-time stochastic neural networks with mixed discrete and distributed time delays. In order to mitigate the burden of data communication, a general component-based event-triggered transmission mechanism is proposed to determine whether the measurement output should be released to the estimator at certain time-point according to a specific triggering condition. A new concept of finite-time boundedness in the mean square is put forward to quantify the estimation performance by introducing a settling-like time function...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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