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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346954/evaluation-of-probably-benign-adnexal-masses-in-postmenopausal-women
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Burcu Kisa Karakaya, Emre Ozgu, Hatice Celik Kansu, Ozlem Evliyaoglu, Esma Sarikaya, Bugra Coskun, Salim Erkaya
Background Preoperatively identification of malignancy potential of a postmenopausal adnexal masses is important. Aim To evaluate the effectiveness of the Risk of Malignancy Index-2 in presumably benign adnexal masses in postmenopausal women. Study Design Retrospective, observational study. Methods 119 women with postmenopausal adnexal masses with a preliminary diagnosis of benign tumors according to the Risk of Malignancy Index-2 were included. Age, duration of menopause, ultrasonographic findings, and serum CA-125 levels were recorded preoperatively...
March 27, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346869/multisensory-object-perception-in-infancy-4-month-olds-perceive-a-mistuned-harmonic-as-a-separate-auditory-and-visual-object
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Nicholas A Smith, Nicole A Folland, Diana M Martinez, Laurel J Trainor
Infants learn to use auditory and visual information to organize the sensory world into identifiable objects with particular locations. Here we use a behavioural method to examine infants' use of harmonicity cues to auditory object perception in a multisensory context. Sounds emitted by different objects sum in the air and the auditory system must figure out which parts of the complex waveform belong to different sources (auditory objects). One important cue to this source separation is that complex tones with pitch typically contain a fundamental frequency and harmonics at integer multiples of the fundamental...
March 24, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346641/speech-perception-and-auditory-performance-following-cochlear-implantation-in-elderly-koreans
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Sungsu Lee, Hyong-Joo Park, Hyong-Ho Cho, Yong-Beom Cho
The benefits of cochlear implantation (CI) in the elderly remain debatable in terms of sound and speech perception. Moreover, the results of CI may be affected by the intensity and pitch of spoken language. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate surgical and hospitalization times, postoperative complications, and hearing outcomes after CI in elderly Koreans. Our study population was made up of 55 postlingually deafened adults who underwent unilateral CI. They were divided into two groups based on age; an older group consisted of 21 patients aged 65 years or older (mean 71...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346538/discrimination-of-rippled-spectrum-patterns-in-noise-a-manifestation-of-compressive-nonlinearity
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Olga N Milekhina, Dmitry I Nechaev, Vladimir O Klishin, Alexander Ya Supin
In normal-hearing listeners, rippled-spectrum discrimination was psychophysically investigated in both silence and with a simultaneous masker background using the following two paradigms: measuring the ripple density resolution with the phase-reversal test and measuring the ripple-shift threshold with the ripple-shift test. The 0.5-oct wide signal was centered on 2 kHz, the signal levels were 50 and 80 dB SPL, and the masker levels varied from 30 to 100 dB SPL. The baseline ripple density resolutions were 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346487/ml2motif-reliable-extraction-of-discriminative-sequence-motifs-from-learning-machines
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Marina M-C Vidovic, Marius Kloft, Klaus-Robert Müller, Nico Görnitz
High prediction accuracies are not the only objective to consider when solving problems using machine learning. Instead, particular scientific applications require some explanation of the learned prediction function. For computational biology, positional oligomer importance matrices (POIMs) have been successfully applied to explain the decision of support vector machines (SVMs) using weighted-degree (WD) kernels. To extract relevant biological motifs from POIMs, the motifPOIM method has been devised and showed promising results on real-world data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346485/identification-and-discrimination-of-toxoplasma-gondii-sarcocystis-spp-neospora-spp-and-cryptosporidium-spp-by-righ-resolution-melting-analysis
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Hllytchaikra Ferraz Fehlberg, Bianca Mendes Maciel, George Rêgo Albuquerque
The objective of this study was to standardize the high-resolution melting method for identification and discrimination of Toxoplasma gondii, Sarcocystis spp., Neospora spp., and Cryptosporidium spp. by amplification of 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) using a single primer pair. The analyses were performed on individual reactions (containing DNA from a single species of a protozoan), on duplex reactions (containing DNA from two species of protozoa in each reaction), and on a multiplex reaction (containing DNA of four parasites in a single reaction)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346469/computational-identifying-and-characterizing-circular-rnas-and-their-associated-genes-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yan Li, Yongcheng Dong, Ziyan Huang, Qifan Kuang, Yiming Wu, Yizhou Li, Menglong Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is currently still a major factor leading to death, lacking of reliable biomarkers. Therefore, deep understanding the pathogenesis for HCC is of great importance. The emergence of circular RNA (circRNA) provides a new way to study the pathogenesis of human disease. Here, we employed the prediction tool to identify circRNAs based on RNA-seq data. Then, to investigate the biological function of the circRNA, the candidate circRNAs were associated with the protein-coding genes (PCGs) by GREAT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346374/minimized-bolus-type-wireless-sensor-node-with-a-built-in-three-axis-acceleration-meter-for-monitoring-a-cow-s-rumen-conditions
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Hirofumi Nogami, Shozo Arai, Hironao Okada, Lan Zhan, Toshihiro Itoh
Monitoring rumen conditions in cows is important because a dysfunctional rumen system may cause death. Sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a typical disease in cows, and is characterized by repeated periods of low ruminal pH. SARA is regarded as a trigger for rumen atony, rumenitis, and abomasal displacement, which may cause death. In previous studies, rumen conditions were evaluated by wireless sensor nodes with pH measurement capability. The primary advantage of the pH sensor is its ability to continuously measure ruminal pH...
March 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346071/mineral-composition-and-toxic-element-levels-of-muscle-liver-and-kidney-of-intensive-swedish-landrace-and-extensive-mangulica-pigs-from-serbia
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Dragica Nikolic, Jasna Djinovic-Stojanovic, Sasa Jankovic, Nikola Stanisic, Cedomir Radovic, Lato Pezo, Mila Lausevic
Mineral composition (Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Se, Cr, Co, Ni, Na, K, Mg, Ca) and toxic element levels (Cd, Pb, Hg, As) of soil, feed and tissue (muscle, liver and kidney) from intensive (Swedish Landrace, housed indoors, fed a known diet, 4 years) and extensive (Mangulica, free-roaming, non-specified diet, 7-8 months) pigs was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Controlled nutrition produced pigs with higher concentrations of most minerals (muscle: Mn, Se, K, Mg; liver: Zn, Cu, Mn, Se, Cr, Ca; kidney: Zn, Cu, Mn, Se, K, Mg), but for Fe, the opposite trend was found...
March 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346059/deferasirox-pharmacogenetic-influence-on-pharmacokinetic-efficacy-and-toxicity-in-a-cohort-of-pediatric-patients
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Sarah Allegra, Silvia De Francia, Jessica Cusato, Arianna Arduino, Davide Massano, Filomena Longo, Antonio Piga, Antonio D'Avolio
AIM: We aimed to evaluate the influence of genetic polymorphisms involved in deferasirox metabolism and transport on its pharmacokinetics and treatment toxicity, in a cohort of β-thalassaemic children. PATIENTS & METHODS: Drug plasma concentrations were measured by a HPLC-UV method. Allelic discrimination for UGT1A1, UGT1A3, CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP2D6, MRP2 and BCRP1 polymorphisms was performed by real-time PCR. RESULTS: CYP1A1 rs2606345AA influenced Ctrough (p = 0...
March 27, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345992/evaluation-of-a-hypervariable-octameric-oligonucleotide-fingerprints-assay-for-identification-of-and-discrimination-between-wild-type-and-vaccine-strains-of-brucella-melitensis
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Lijuan Tang, Jun Liu, Yuanzhi Wang, Hui Zhang, Chuangfu Chen
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a hypervariable octameric oligonucleotide fingerprints (HOOF-Prints) assay for identification of and discrimination between wild-type and vaccine strains of Brucella melitensis. SAMPLE Brucella melitensis vaccine strain M5 and wild-type strain M43. PROCEDURES 8 pairs of primers (alterable, octameric nucleotides) were designed on the basis of a biological analysis of 8 flanking sequences in the DNA of B melitensis. The HOOF-Prints technique was used to identify wild-type and vaccine strains of B melitensis...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345878/multispectral-optical-tweezers-for-biochemical-fingerprinting-of-cd9-positive-exosome-subpopulations
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Randy P Carney, Sidhartha Hazari, Macalistair Colquhoun, Di Tran, Billanna Hwang, Michael S Mulligan, James D Bryers, Eugenia Girda, Gary S Leiserowitz, Zachary James Smith, Kit S Lam
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes, are circulating nanoscale particles heavily implicated in cell signaling, and can be isolated in vast numbers from human biofluids. Study of their molecular profiling and materials properties is currently underway for purposes of describing a variety of biological functions and diseases. However, the large, and as yet unquantified, variety of EV subpopulations differing in composition, size, and likely function, necessitates characterization schemes capable of measuring single vesicles...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345609/environmental-dna-in-subterranean-biology-range-extension-and-taxonomic-implications-for-proteus
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Špela Gorički, David Stanković, Aleš Snoj, Matjaž Kuntner, William R Jeffery, Peter Trontelj, Miloš Pavićević, Zlatko Grizelj, Magdalena Năpăruş-Aljančič, Gregor Aljančič
Europe's obligate cave-dwelling amphibian Proteus anguinus inhabits subterranean waters of the north-western Balkan Peninsula. Because only fragments of its habitat are accessible to humans, this endangered salamander's exact distribution has been difficult to establish. Here we introduce a quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction-based environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to detect the presence of Proteus using water samples collected from karst springs, wells or caves. In a survey conducted along the southern limit of its known range, we established a likely presence of Proteus at seven new sites, extending its range to Montenegro...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345442/predicting-1-year-statin-adherence-among-prevalent-users-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Alexis A Krumme, Jessica M Franklin, Danielle L Isaman, Olga S Matlin, Angela Y Tong, Claire M Spettell, Troyen A Brennan, William H Shrank, Niteesh K Choudhry
BACKGROUND: Attempts to predict who is at risk of future nonadherence have largely focused on predictions at the time of therapy initiation; however, these users are only a small proportion of all patients on therapy at any point in time. Methods to predict nonadherence for established medication users, which have not been previously described in the literature, would be helpful to guide efforts to enhance the use of evidence-based therapies. OBJECTIVE: To test approaches for adherence prediction among prevalent statin users, namely the use of short-term filling behavior, investigator-specified predictors from medical and pharmacy administrative claims, and the empirical selection of potential predictors using the high-dimensional propensity score variable selection algorithm...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345310/individual-factors-that-influence-experiences-and-perceptions-of-stigma-and-discrimination-towards-people-with-mental-illness-in-ghana
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Sebastian Gyamfi, Kathy Hegadoren, Tanya Park
People with a mental illness often encounter stigma and discrimination from a variety of sources, reinforcing negative self-perceptions and influencing their health and well-being. Even though support systems and attitudes of the general public act as powerful sources of stigma, views and perceptions held by people with mental illness also influence their sensitivity to the experiences they encounter. The aim of the present qualitative study was to examine perceptions of stigma and discrimination and self-stigma in individuals diagnosed with a mental illness...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345269/multi-task-diagnosis-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-using-multi-modality-features-a-multi-center-study
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Jun Wang, Qian Wang, Jialin Peng, Dong Nie, Feng Zhao, Minjeong Kim, Han Zhang, Chong-Yaw Wee, Shitong Wang, Dinggang Shen
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disease characterized by impairment of social interaction, language, behavior, and cognitive functions. Up to now, many imaging-based methods for ASD diagnosis have been developed. For example, one may extract abundant features from multi-modality images and then derive a discriminant function to map the selected features toward the disease label. A lot of recent works, however, are limited to single imaging centers. To this end, we propose a novel multi-modality multi-center classification (M3CC) method for ASD diagnosis...
March 27, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345122/effect-of-laser-on-pain-relief-and-wound-healing-of-recurrent-aphthous-stomatitis-a-systematic-review
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Valerie G A Suter, Sophia Sjölund, Michael M Bornstein
The aim of this systematic review was to assess a potential benefit of laser use in the treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). The primary outcome variables were pain relief, duration of wound healing and reduction in episode frequency. A PICO approach was used as a search strategy in Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases. After scanning and excluding titles, abstracts and full texts, 11 studies (ten RCTs and one non-randomised controlled trial) were included. Study selection and data extraction was done by two observers...
March 27, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344974/assessing-preferences-for-animals-in-children-with-autism-a-new-use-for-video-based-preference-assessment
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REVIEW
Noémie A Guérin, Kerri E Rodriguez, Matthew T Brodhead, Marguerite E O'Haire
The inclusion of animals into interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing practice known as animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The choice of the animal to include in an intervention is often solely up to the interventionist and depends on their experience, subjective judgment, and ease of access to different animals. For individuals with ASD who are non-verbal and unable to indicate preferred stimuli or activities, incorporating preference into interventions has been linked to increases in positive behaviors and enhanced quality of life...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344781/patient-specific-three-dimensional-explant-spheroids-derived-from-human-nasal-airway-epithelium-a-simple-methodological-approach-for-ex-vivo-studies-of-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia
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June Kehlet Marthin, Elizabeth Munkebjerg Stevens, Lars Allan Larsen, Søren Tvorup Christensen, Kim Gjerum Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional explant spheroid formation is an ex vivo technique previously used in studies of airway epithelial ion and water transport. Explanted cells and sheets of nasal epithelium form fully differentiated spheroids enclosing a partly fluid-filled lumen with the ciliated apical surface facing the outside and accessible for analysis of ciliary function. METHODS: We performed a two-group comparison study of ciliary beat pattern and ciliary beat frequency in spheroids derived from nasal airway epithelium in patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and in healthy controls...
2017: Cilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344779/accuracy-of-the-detection-of-binding-events-using-3d-single-particle-tracking
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Sara Carozza, Jamie Culkin, John van Noort
BACKGROUND: Nanoparticles can be used as markers to track the position of biomolecules, such as single proteins, inside living cells. The activity of a protein can sometimes be inferred from changes in the mobility of the attached particle. Mean Square Displacement analysis is the most common method to obtain mobility information from trajectories of tracked particles, such as the diffusion coefficient D. However, the precision of D sets a limit to discriminate changes in mobility caused by biological events from changes that reflect the stochasticity inherent to diffusion...
2017: BMC Biophysics
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