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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333884/use-of-tidal-breathing-curves-for-evaluating-expiratory-airway-obstruction-in-infants
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Avigdor Hevroni, Aliza Goldman, Miriam Blank-Brachfeld, Wiessam Abu Ahmad, Lior Ben-Dov, Chaim Springer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate tidal breathing (TB) flow-volume and flow-time curves for identification of expiratory airway obstruction in infants. METHODS: Pulmonary function tests were analyzed retrospectively in 156 infants aged 3-24 months with persistent or recurrent respiratory complaints. Parameters derived from TB curves were compared to maximal expiratory flow at functional residual capacity ([Formula: see text]maxFRC) measured by rapid thoracoabdominal compression technique...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333594/ras-testing-for-colorectal-cancer-patients-is-reliable-in-european-laboratories-that-pass-external-quality-assessment
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V Tack, M J L Ligtenberg, A G Siebers, P D M Rombout, P D Dabir, R D A Weren, J H J M van Krieken, E M C Dequeker
Wild-type status of KRAS and the NRAS gene (exon 2, 3, and 4) in the tumor should be determined before treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients with EGFR-targeting agents. There is a large variation in test methods to determine RAS status, and more sensitive detection methods were recently introduced. Data from quality assessment programs indicate substantial error rates. This study assessed the completeness and correctness of RAS testing in European laboratories that successfully passed external quality assessment (EQA)...
January 15, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333586/pre-operative-templating-for-knee-arthroplasty-shows-low-accuracy-with-standard-x-rays
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Nelson Hiroyuki Miyabe Ooka, André Luiz Siqueira Campos, Vitor Mudesto da Fonseca, Luis Edmundo Oliveira Rodrigues, Edmilson Barbosa Filho, José Sérgio Franco, Rodrigo Satamini Pires E Albuquerque, Vinicius Schott Gameiro
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of pre-operative templating in predicting the size of femoral and tibial components and the effect of coronal deformity on templating accuracy. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 39 pre-operative templates prepared by three different surgeons with different levels of training. The accuracy and reliability measures were evaluated by alpha and kappa coefficients of agreement...
January 15, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333531/patient-reported-outcome-measures-prom-as-a-preoperative-assessment-tool
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Sunghye Kim, Pamela W Duncan, Leanne Groban, Hannah Segal, Rica Moonyeen Abbott, Jeff D Williamson
Aim of review: Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) on functional, social, and behavioral factors might be important preoperative predictors of postoperative outcomes. We conducted a literature review to explore associations of preoperative depression, socioeconomic status, social support, functional status/frailty, cognitive status, self-management skills, health literacy, and nutritional status with surgical outcomes. Methods: Two electronic data bases, including PubMed and Google Scholar, were searched linking either depression, socioeconomic status, social support, functional status/frailty, cognitive status, self-management skills, health literacy, or nutritional status with surgery, postoperative complications, or perioperative period within the past 2 decades...
November 28, 2017: Journal of anesthesia and perioperative medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331899/the-speed-of-memory-errors-shows-the-influence-of-misleading-information-testing-the-diffusion-model-and-discrete-state-models
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Jeffrey J Starns, Chad Dubé, Matthew E Frelinger
In this report, we evaluate single-item and forced-choice recognition memory for the same items and use the resulting accuracy and reaction time data to test the predictions of discrete-state and continuous models. For the single-item trials, participants saw a word and indicated whether or not it was studied on a previous list. The forced-choice trials had one studied and one non-studied word that both appeared in the earlier single-item trials and both received the same response. Thus, forced-choice trials always had one word with a previous correct response and one with a previous error...
January 11, 2018: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331842/predicting-1-year-disability-and-mortality-of-injured-older-adults
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Alvin D Jeffery, Mary S Dietrich, Cathy A Maxwell
PURPOSE: The growing incidence of elderly patients injured from falls, combined with a growing understanding of the contribution of cognition and frailty to mortality, prompted this work. Our objective was to develop a clinical risk prediction model for prognosticating disability and mortality among injured older adults 1 year after hospitalization. METHODS: Secondary analysis of prospective longitudinal data from an urban Level 1 trauma center. A proportional odds regression model was used to model mortality and functional status as ordinal outcomes...
January 6, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331491/investigating-the-relationship-between-cardiac-interoception-and-autonomic-cardiac-control-using-a-predictive-coding-framework
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Andrew P Owens, Karl J Friston, David A Low, Christopher J Mathias, Hugo D Critchley
Predictive coding models, such as the 'free-energy principle' (FEP), have recently been discussed in relation to how interoceptive (afferent visceral feedback) signals update predictions about the state of the body, thereby driving autonomic mediation of homeostasis. This study appealed to 'interoceptive inference', under the FEP, to seek new insights into autonomic (dys)function and brain-body integration by examining the relationship between cardiac interoception and autonomic cardiac control in healthy controls and patients with forms of orthostatic intolerance (OI); to (i) seek empirical support for interoceptive inference and (ii) delineate if this relationship was sensitive to increased interoceptive prediction error in OI patients during head-up tilt (HUT)/symptom provocation...
January 9, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331446/intolerance-of-uncertainty-neural-and-psychophysiological-correlates-of-the-perception-of-uncertainty-as-threatening
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Ema Tanovic, Dylan G Gee, Jutta Joormann
Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) reflects the perception of uncertainty as threatening, regardless of the true probability of threat. IU is elevated in various forms of psychopathology, uniquely associated with anxiety and depression symptoms after controlling for related constructs, and prospectively predicts symptoms. Given the ubiquity of uncertainty in daily life and the clinical implications of IU, recent work has begun to investigate the neural and psychophysiological correlates of IU. This review summarizes the existing literature and integrates findings within a mechanistic neural model of responding to uncertainty...
January 6, 2018: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331383/population-pharmacokinetics-of-high-dose-methotrexate-in-patients-with-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma
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Shenghui Mei, Xingang Li, Xueyun Jiang, Kefu Yu, Song Lin, Zhigang Zhao
The intra- and inter-individual variances of methotrexate (MTX) pharmacokinetics are extremely large, and the pharmacokinetic property of MTX in patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is unestablished. A total of 701 MTX plasma concentrations from 98 patients with PCNSL under High-dose methotrexate (HDMTX) therapy were used to develop the population pharmacokinetic (popPK) model of MTX by using the nonlinear mixed-effects modeling method. A two-compartment model was employed to describe the pharmacokinetic property of MTX...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331218/knowing-when-to-stop-aberrant-precision-and-evidence-accumulation-in-schizophrenia
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Roberto Limongi, Bartosz Bohaterewicz, Magdalena Nowicka, Aleksandra Plewka, Karl J Friston
Predictive coding and active inference formulations of the dysconnection hypothesis suggest that subjects with schizophrenia (SZ) hold unduly precise prior beliefs to compensate for a failure of sensory attenuation. This implies that SZ subjects should both initiate responses prematurely during evidence-accumulation tasks and fail to inhibit their responses at long stop-signal delays. SZ and healthy control subjects were asked to report the timing of billiards-ball collisions and were occasionally required to withhold their responses...
January 10, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330779/correction-to-age-at-disease-onset-and-peak-ammonium-level-rather-than-interventional-variables-predict-the-neurological-outcome-in-urea-cycle-disorders
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Roland Posset, Angeles Garcia-Cazorla, Vassili Valayannopoulos, Elisa Leão Teles, Carlo Dionisi-Vici, Anaïs Brassier, Alberto B Burlina, Peter Burgard, Elisenda Cortès-Saladelafont, Dries Dobbelaere, Maria L Couce, Jolanta Sykut-Cegielska, Johannes Häberle, Allan M Lund, Anupam Chakrapani, Manuel Schiff, John H Walter, Jiri Zeman, Roshni Vara, Stefan Kölker
Due to an unfortunate error during the typesetting process, the collaborators were presented incorrectly.
January 12, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330686/attentional-influences-on-memory-formation-a-tale-of-a-not-so-simple-story
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J Ortiz-Tudela, B Milliken, L Jiménez, J Lupiáñez
Is there a learning mechanism triggered by mere expectation violation? Is there some form of memory enhancement inherent to an event mismatching our predictions? Across seven experiments, we explore this issue by means of a validity paradigm. Although our manipulation clearly succeeded in generating an expectation and breaking it, the memory consequences of that expectation mismatch are not so obvious. We report here evidence of a null effect of expectation on memory formation. Our results (1) show that enhanced memory for unexpected events is not easily achieved and (2) call for a reevaluation of previous accounts of memory enhancements based on prediction error or difficulty of processing...
January 12, 2018: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329997/clinical-log-data-analysis-for-assessing-the-accuracy-of-the-cyberknife-fiducial-free-lung-tumor-tracking-system
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Masao Nakayama, Hideki Nishimura, Hiroshi Mayahara, Masaki Nakamura, Kazuyuki Uehara, Shinji Tsudou, Aya Harada, Hiroaki Akasaka, Ryohei Sasaki
PURPOSE: The CyberKnife Xsight Lung Tracking (XLT) and 1-View tracking systems can synchronize beam targeting to a visible lung tumor with respiratory motion during irradiation without requiring internal fiducial markers. The systems use a correlation model that relates external marker positions to tumor positions as well as a prediction model that predicts the target's future position. In this study, the correlation and prediction model uncertainties related to the CyberKnife fiducial-free tumor tracking system were evaluated using clinical log data...
November 4, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329861/in-situ-characterization-of-acidic-and-thermal-protein-denaturation-by-infrared-microspectroscopy
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Michiyo Motoyama, Annie Vénien, Olivier Loison, Christophe Sandt, Genya Watanabe, Jason Sicard, Keisuke Sasaki, Thierry Astruc
Foods meet acid pH during gastric digestion after cooking. An in situ infrared microspectroscopy approach was developed to detect the effects of heat and acid treatments on protein structure separately. Infrared spectra were obtained from meat samples treated with heat and/or acid, and wavenumbers accounting independently for the treatments were extracted by principal component regression. Extreme-acid treatment (pHinitial 2.0) was well predicted (0.5% error) by a simple ratio of as-observed spectral intensities at 1211 and 1396 cm-1, reflecting a perturbation in the vibration of amino acid residues (phenylalanine, tyrosine and aspartic acid) by protein unfolding and protonation...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329834/heterospectral-two-dimensional-correlation-analysis-with-near-infrared-hyperspectral-imaging-for-monitoring-oxidative-damage-of-pork-myofibrils-during-frozen-storage
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Weiwei Cheng, Da-Wen Sun, Hongbin Pu, Qingyi Wei
Near-infrared (NIR) spectra contain abundant data, heterospectral two-dimensional correlation (H2D-CS) analysis offers a good way to interpret these data. For the first time, H2D-CS was used to correlate the NIR hyperspectral imaging (HSI) data with mid-infrared spectra and to identify feature-related wavebands for developing models for monitoring the oxidative damage of pork myofibrils during frozen storage. The HSI images were acquired at frozen state without thawing and the oxidative damage of myofibrils was assessed by carbonyl content...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329456/designing-and-evaluating-an-automated-system-for-real-time-medication-administration-error-detection-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Yizhao Ni, Todd Lingren, Eric S Hall, Matthew Leonard, Kristin Melton, Eric S Kirkendall
Background: Timely identification of medication administration errors (MAEs) promises great benefits for mitigating medication errors and associated harm. Despite previous efforts utilizing computerized methods to monitor medication errors, sustaining effective and accurate detection of MAEs remains challenging. In this study, we developed a real-time MAE detection system and evaluated its performance prior to system integration into institutional workflows. Methods: Our prospective observational study included automated MAE detection of 10 high-risk medications and fluids for patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center during a 4-month period...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328645/assessing-intermolecular-interactions-in-guest-free-clathrate-hydrate-systems
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Iván León-Merino, Raúl Rodríguez-Segundo, Daniel J Arismendi-Arrieta, Rita Prosmiti
Recently, empty hydrate structures sI, sII, sH and others have been proposed as low-density ice structures by both experimental observations and computer simulations. Some of them have been synthesized in the laboratory and motivates to reexamine the stability of such guest-free clathrate structures. Using empirical and ab initio-based water models, as well as dispersion-corrected density functional theory approaches, we predict their stability, including cooperative many-body effects, in comparison with reference data from converged wavefunction-based DF-MP2 electronic structure calculations...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327652/acquisition-of-a-mental-strategy-to-control-a-virtual-tail-via-brain-computer-interface
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Ayaka Fujisawa, Shoko Kasuga, Takaharu Suzuki, Junichi Ushiba
The objective of the present study was to clarify the variation in and properties of mental images and policies used to regulate specific image selection when learning to control a brain-computer interface. Healthy volunteers performed a reaching task with a virtually generated monkey tail-like object on a computer monitor by regulating event-related desynchronization (ERD) on the buttock area of the sensorimotor cortex as recorded by electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants were instructed to find a free image by which the tail was well controlled...
January 12, 2018: Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325902/which-data-should-be-tracked-in-forward-dynamic-optimisation-to-best-predict-muscle-forces-in-a-pathological-co-contraction-case
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Colombe Bélaise, Benjamin Michaud, Fabien Dal Maso, Katja Mombaur, Mickaël Begon
The choice of the cost-function for predicting muscle forces during a movement remains a challenge, especially in patients with neuromuscular disorders. Forward dynamics-based optimisations mainly track joint kinematics or torques, combined with a least-excitation criterion. Tracking marker trajectories and/or electromyography (EMG) has rarely been proposed. Our objective was to determine the best tracking objective-function to accurately predict the upper-limb muscle forces. A musculoskeletal model was created and EMG was simulated to obtain a reference movement - a shoulder abduction...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324835/subject-specific-pulse-wave-propagation-modeling-towards-enhancement-of-cardiovascular-assessment-methods
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Jan Poleszczuk, Malgorzata Debowska, Wojciech Dabrowski, Alicja Wojcik-Zaluska, Wojciech Zaluska, Jacek Waniewski
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Pulse wave analysis (PWA) technique, which reconstructs and analyses aortic pressure waveform based on non-invasive peripheral pressure recording, became an important bioassay for cardiovascular assessment in a general population. The aim of our study was to establish a pulse wave propagation modeling framework capable of matching clinical PWA data from healthy individuals on a per-subject basis. Radial pressure profiles from 20 healthy individuals (10 males, 10 females), with mean age of 42 ± 10 years, were recorded using applanation tonometry (SphygmoCor, AtCor Medical, Australia) and used to estimate subject-specific parameters of mathematical model of blood flow in the system of fifty-five arteries...
2018: PloS One
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