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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355115/a-clinically-translatable-machine-learning-algorithm-for-the-prediction-of-alzheimer-s-disease-conversion-in-individuals-with-mild-and-premild-cognitive-impairment
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Massimiliano Grassi, Giampaolo Perna, Daniela Caldirola, Koen Schruers, Ranjan Duara, David A Loewenstein
BACKGROUND: Available therapies for Alzheimer's disease (AD) can only alleviate and delay the advance of symptoms, with the greatest impact eventually achieved when provided at an early stage. Thus, early identification of which subjects at high risk, e.g., with MCI, will later develop AD is of key importance. Currently available machine learning algorithms achieve only limited predictive accuracy or they are based on expensive and hard-to-collect information. OBJECTIVE: The current study aims to develop an algorithm for a 3-year prediction of conversion to AD in MCI and PreMCI subjects based only on non-invasively and effectively collectable predictors...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352835/a-gap-analysis-survey-of-us-aircraft-rescue-and-fire-fighting-arff-members-to-determine-highly-infectious-disease-training-and-education-needs
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Aurora B Le, Rene Herron, Jocelyn J Herstein, Katelyn C Jelden, Elizabeth L Beam, Shawn G Gibbs, John J Lowe, Todd D Smith
OBJECTIVE: Despite lessons learned from the recent Ebola epidemic, attempts to survey and determine non-health care worker, industry-specific needs to address highly infectious diseases have been minimal. The aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) industry is often overlooked in highly infectious disease training and education, even though it is critical to their field due to elevated occupational exposure risk during their operations. METHODS: A 44-question gap analysis survey was distributed to the ARFF Working Group to determine where highly infectious education and training can be improved...
January 21, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351989/iterative-random-forests-to-discover-predictive-and-stable-high-order-interactions
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Sumanta Basu, Karl Kumbier, James B Brown, Bin Yu
Genomics has revolutionized biology, enabling the interrogation of whole transcriptomes, genome-wide binding sites for proteins, and many other molecular processes. However, individual genomic assays measure elements that interact in vivo as components of larger molecular machines. Understanding how these high-order interactions drive gene expression presents a substantial statistical challenge. Building on random forests (RFs) and random intersection trees (RITs) and through extensive, biologically inspired simulations, we developed the iterative random forest algorithm (iRF)...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351262/imu-to-segment-assignment-and-orientation-alignment-for-the-lower-body-using-deep-learning
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Tobias Zimmermann, Bertram Taetz, Gabriele Bleser
Human body motion analysis based on wearable inertial measurement units (IMUs) receives a lot of attention from both the research community and the and industrial community. This is due to the significant role in, for instance, mobile health systems, sports and human computer interaction. In sensor based activity recognition, one of the major issues for obtaining reliable results is the sensor placement/assignment on the body. For inertial motion capture (joint kinematics estimation) and analysis, the IMU-to-segment (I2S) assignment and alignment are central issues to obtain biomechanical joint angles...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350429/sprint-performance-and-propulsion-asymmetries-on-an-ergometer-in-trained-high-and-low-point-wheelchair-rugby-players
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Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey, Riemer J K Vegter, Barry S Mason, Thomas A W Paulson, John P Lenton, Jan W van der Scheer, Lucas H V van der Woude
The purpose of this study was to examine the propulsion asymmetries of wheelchair athletes whilst sprinting on an instrumented, dual-roller ergometer system. Eighteen experienced wheelchair rugby players (8 low-point (LP) (class ≤1.5) and 10 high-point (HP) (class ≥2.0)) performed a 15s sprint in their sports wheelchair on the instrumented ergometer. Asymmetry was defined as the difference in distance and power output (PO) between left and right sides when the best side reached 28m. Propulsion techniques were quantified based on torque and velocity data...
January 19, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349098/comparison-of-hiv-testing-among-children-and-adults-with-tuberculosis-vietnam
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Tyson Volkmann, Binh Nguyen, Ebelechukwu G Anyalechi, Kimberly N Chapman Hedges, Ho Van Anh, Pham Quang Tue, Nguyen Viet Nhung, Eleanor S Click
HIV testing among persons with tuberculosis (TB) results in high-yield identification of persons infected with HIV. To evaluate differences in HIV testing among children versus adults with TB in Vietnam, we collected and analyzed age-disaggregated facility and aggregated provincial data from the National Tuberculosis Program. HIV testing was incompletely documented for >70% of children, whereas adult testing data were >90% complete. Standardized training of personnel for universal HIV testing and documentation for children with TB could improve HIV case-detection and permit linking of children with HIV to antiretroviral treatment to prevent morbidity and mortality...
December 2017: Journal of Tuberculosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346162/specificity-of-live-high-train-low-altitude-training-on-exercise-performance
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Jacob Bejder, Nikolai Baastrup Nordsborg
The novel hypothesis that "Live High-Train Low" (LHTL) does not improve sport-specific exercise performance (e.g., time trial) is discussed. Indeed, many studies demonstrate improved performance after LHTL but unfortunately control groups are often lacking, leaving open the possibility of training camp effects. Importantly, when control groups, blinding procedures and strict scientific evaluation criteria are applied, LHTL has no detectable effect on performance.
January 15, 2018: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344773/beyond-content-cultural-perspectives-on-using-the-internet-to-deliver-a-sexual-health-intervention-to-american-indian-youth
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Kirsten J Black, Bradley Morse, Nicole Tuitt, CeCe Big Crow, Carly Shangreau, Carol E Kaufman
American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) youth are characterized by high rates of pregnancy and risky sexual behavior. Reaching these youth with culturally appropriate interventions is difficult due to geographic dispersion and cultural isolation. Online interventions can provide opportunities for reaching and engaging AIAN youth. However, electronic interventions are also impersonal and this can be culturally incongruous for AIANs and other populations for whom traditional ceremonies, practices and patterns of interpersonal communication are central...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Primary Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344632/factors-associated-with-outcomes-and-costs-after-pediatric-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Gileh-Gol Akhtar-Danesh, Aristithes G Doumouras, Cecily Bos, Helene Flageole, Dennis Hong
Importance: The prevalence of pediatric cholelithiasis is increasing with the epidemic of childhood obesity. With this rise, the outcomes and costs of pediatric laparoscopic cholecystectomy become an important public health and economic concern. Objective: To assess patient and health system factors associated with the outcomes and costs after laparoscopic cholecystectomy among Canadian children. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a retrospective, population-based study of children 17 years and younger undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy from April 1, 2008, until March 31, 2015...
January 17, 2018: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343623/identifying-dna-methylation-biomarkers-for-non-endoscopic-detection-of-barrett-s-esophagus
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Helen R Moinova, Thomas LaFramboise, James D Lutterbaugh, Apoorva Krishna Chandar, John Dumot, Ashley Faulx, Wendy Brock, Omar De la Cruz Cabrera, Kishore Guda, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Prasad G Iyer, Marcia I Canto, Jean S Wang, Nicholas J Shaheen, Prashanti N Thota, Joseph E Willis, Amitabh Chak, Sanford D Markowitz
We report a biomarker-based non-endoscopic method for detecting Barrett's esophagus (BE) based on detecting methylated DNAs retrieved via a swallowable balloon-based esophageal sampling device. BE is the precursor of, and a major recognized risk factor for, developing esophageal adenocarcinoma. Endoscopy, the current standard for BE detection, is not cost-effective for population screening. We performed genome-wide screening to ascertain regions targeted for recurrent aberrant cytosine methylation in BE, identifying high-frequency methylation within the CCNA1 locus...
January 17, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341755/excitation-and-control-of-plasma-wakefields-by-multiple-laser-pulses
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J Cowley, C Thornton, C Arran, R J Shalloo, L Corner, G Cheung, C D Gregory, S P D Mangles, N H Matlis, D R Symes, R Walczak, S M Hooker
We demonstrate experimentally the resonant excitation of plasma waves by trains of laser pulses. We also take an important first step to achieving an energy recovery plasma accelerator by showing that a plasma wave can be damped by an out-of-resonance trailing laser pulse. The measured laser wakefields are found to be in excellent agreement with analytical and numerical models of wakefield excitation in the linear regime. Our results indicate a promising direction for achieving highly controlled, GeV-scale laser-plasma accelerators operating at multikilohertz repetition rates...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339982/relationships-between-mechanical-variables-in-the-traditional-and-close-grip-bench-press
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Robert G Lockie, Samuel J Callaghan, Matthew R Moreno, Fabrice G Risso, Tricia M Liu, Alyssa A Stage, Samantha A Birmingham-Babauta, John J Stokes, Dominic V Giuliano, Adrina Lazar, DeShaun L Davis, Ashley J Orjalo
The study aim was to determine relationships between mechanical variables in the one-repetition maximum (1RM) traditional bench press (TBP) and close-grip bench press (CGBP). Twenty resistance-trained men completed a TBP and CGBP 1RM. The TBP was performed with the preferred grip; the CGBP with a grip width of 95% biacromial distance. A linear position transducer measured: lift distance and duration; work; and peak and mean power, velocity, and force. Paired samples t-tests (p < 0.05) compared the 1RM and mechanical variables for the TBP and CGBP; effect sizes (d) were also calculated...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336645/physical-exercise-prior-to-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-feasibility-study
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Inge E P M van Haren, J Bart Staal, Carin M Potting, Femke Atsma, Thomas J Hoogeboom, Nicole M A Blijlevens, Maria W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden
PURPOSE: This study explores the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an exercise program in people scheduled for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). METHODS: In this controlled clinical trial, we compare pre-transplantation exercise to no exercise in the waiting period for an allogeneic of autologous HSCT. The supervised individually tailored exercise program (4-6 weeks) consisted of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, and relaxation exercises, administered twice a week in the period prior to HSCT...
January 16, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335235/va-fitheart-a-mobile-app-for-cardiac-rehabilitation-usability-study
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Alexis L Beatty, Sara L Magnusson, John C Fortney, George G Sayre, Mary A Whooley
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves outcomes for patients with ischemic heart disease or heart failure but is underused. New strategies to improve access to and engagement in CR are needed. There is considerable interest in technology-facilitated home CR. However, little is known about patient acceptance and use of mobile technology for CR. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a mobile app for technology-facilitated home CR and seek to determine its usability...
January 15, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334955/the-inverted-cup-device-for-blood-transfer-on-malaria-rdts-ease-of-use-acceptability-and-safety-in-routine-use-by-health-workers-in-nigeria
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Sandra Incardona, Magoma Mwancha-Kwasa, Roxanne R Rees-Channer, Audrey Albertini, Joshua Havumaki, Peter Chiodini, Wellington Oyibo, Iveth J Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are becoming widely adopted for case management at community level. However, reports and anecdotal observations indicate that the blood transfer step poses a significant challenge to many users. This study sought to evaluate the inverted cup device in the hands of health workers in everyday clinical practice, in comparison with the plastic pipette, and to determine the volume accuracy of the device made of a lower-cost plastic. METHODS: The volume accuracy of inverted cup devices made of two plastics, PMMA and SBC, was compared by transferring blood 150 times onto filter paper and comparing the blood spot areas with those produced by 20 reference transfers with a calibrated micropipette...
January 15, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334876/three-nontraditional-approaches-to-improving-the-capacity-accessibility-and-quality-of-mental-health-services-an-overview
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Kiran L Grant, Magenta Bender Simmons, Christopher G Davey
To provide evidence for wider use of peer workers and other nonprofessionals, the authors examined three approaches to mental health service provision-peer support worker (PSW) programs, task shifting, and mental health first-aid and community advocacy organizations-summarizing their effectiveness, identifying similarities and differences, and highlighting opportunities for integration. Relevant articles obtained from PubMed, MEDLINE, and Google Scholar searches are discussed. Studies indicate that PSWs can achieve outcomes equal to or better than those achieved by nonpeer mental health professionals...
January 16, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334345/arm-crank-ergometry-improves-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-and-community-mobility-independent-of-body-composition-in-high-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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James J Bresnahan, Gary J Farkas, Jody L Clasey, James W Yates, David R Gater
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the effect of aerobic exercise using arm crank ergometry (ACE) in high motor complete (ISNCSCI A/B) spinal cord injury (SCI) as primarily related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and functional mobility and secondarily to body composition and metabolic profiles. DESIGN: Longitudinal interventional study at an academic medical center. METHODS: Ten previously untrained participants (M8/F2, Age 36.7 y ± 10.1, BMI 24...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333610/clinical-features-and-treatment-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-across-the-asia-pacific-region-the-go-asia-initiative
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W-K Chan, S Treeprasertsuk, K Imajo, A Nakajima, Y Seki, K Kasama, S Kakizaki, J-G Fan, M J Song, S K Yoon, Y-Y Dan, L Lesmana, K-Y Ho, K-L Goh, V W-S Wong
BACKGROUND: The Gut and Obesity Asia (GO ASIA) workgroup was formed to study the relationships between obesity and gastrointestinal diseases in the Asia Pacific region. AIM: To study factors associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and advanced fibrosis, and medical treatment of biopsy-proven nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients. METHODS: Retrospective study of biopsy-proven NAFLD patients from centres in the GO ASIA Workgroup...
January 14, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332743/myoeletric-indices-of-fatigue-adopting-different-rest-intervals-during-leg-press-sets
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Humberto Miranda, Marianna Maia, Carlos G de Oliveira, Déborah Farias, Jurandir B da Silva, Vicente P Lima, Jeffrey M Willardson, Gabriel A Paz
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to examine the acute effect of different rest intervals between multiple sets of the 45° angled leg press exercise (LP45) on surface electromyographic (SEMG) spectral and amplitude indices of fatigue. METHODS: Fifteen recreationally trained females performed three protocols in a randomized crossover design; each consisting of four sets of 10 repetitions with 1 (P1), 3 (P3), or 5 (P5) minute rest intervals between sets...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331459/garlic-allium-sativum-l-fed-to-dairy-cows-does-not-modify-the-cheese-making-properties-of-milk-but-affects-the-color-texture-and-flavor-of-ripened-cheese
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Giulia Rossi, Stefano Schiavon, Giovanna Lomolino, Claudio Cipolat-Gotet, Alberto Simonetto, Giovanni Bittante, Franco Tagliapietra
Garlic and garlic components have recently been proposed as ruminal activity modulators to reduce the enteric methane emissions of ruminants, but little is known of their influence on milk coagulation properties, nutrient recovery, cheese yield, and sensorial and rheological characteristics of milk and cheese. The present study assessed the effects of garlic and diallyl sulfide supplements on dry matter intake (DMI), productive performance, milk coagulation properties, cheese yield, milk and cheese sensory profiles, and rheological characteristics...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
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