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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433870/automated-detection-of-premature-delivery-using-empirical-mode-and-wavelet-packet-decomposition-techniques-with-uterine-electromyogram-signals
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U Rajendra Acharya, Vidya K Sudarshan, Soon Qing Rong, Zechariah Tan, Choo Min Lim, Joel Ew Koh, Sujatha Nayak, Sulatha V Bhandary
An accurate detection of preterm labor and the risk of preterm delivery before 37 weeks of gestational age is crucial to increase the chance of survival rate for both mother and the infant. Thus, the uterine contractions measured using uterine electromyogram (EMG) or electro hysterogram (EHG) need to have high sensitivity in the detection of true preterm labor signs. However, visual observation and manual interpretation of EHG signals at the time of emergency situation may lead to errors. Therefore, the employment of computer-based approaches can assist in fast and accurate detection during the emergency situation...
April 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433412/quantitative-imaging-correlating-image-features-with-the-segmentation-accuracy-of-pet-based-tumor-contours-in-the-lung
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Perry B Johnson, Lori A Young, Narottam Lamichhane, Vivek Patel, Felix M Chinea, Fei Yang
The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between image features extracted from PET images and the accuracy of manually drawn lesion contours in the lung. Such correlations are interesting in that they could potentially be used in predictive models to help guide physician contouring. In this work, 26 synthetic PET datasets were created using an anthropomorphic phantom and Monte Carlo simulation. Manual contours of simulated lesions were provided by 10 physicians. Contour accuracy was quantified using five commonly used similarity metrics which were then correlated with several features extracted from the images...
April 19, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433090/neural-biomarker-and-early-temperament-predict-increased-internalizing-symptoms-after-a%C3%A2-natural-disaster
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Alexandria Meyer, Carla Kmett Danielson, Allison P Danzig, Vickie Bhatia, Sarah R Black, Evelyn Bromet, Gabrielle Carlson, Greg Hajcak, Roman Kotov, Daniel N Klein
OBJECTIVE: Although most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their life, only some will develop significant psychological symptoms in the aftermath. In the current study, we use a preexisting longitudinal study located in Long Island to examine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on internalizing symptoms in a large sample of children. We focused on temperamental fear and a biomarker of risk for anxiety, the error-related negativity (ERN). The ERN is a negative deflection in the event-related potential (ERP) occurring when individuals make mistakes and is increased in anxious individuals...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432935/accelerometry-based-assessment-and-detection-of-early-signs-of-balance-deficits
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Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Miikka Ermes
Falls are the cause for more than half of the injury-related hospitalizations among older people. Accurate assessment of individuals' fall risk could enable targeted interventions to reduce the risk. This paper presents a novel method for using wearable accelerometers to detect early signs of deficits in balance from gait. Gait acceleration data were analyzed from 35 healthy female participants (73.86±5.40 years). The data were collected with waist-mounted accelerometer and the participants performed three supervised balance tests: Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed-Up-and-Go (TUG) and 4m walk...
April 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432828/quantitative-contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-based-on-photon-counting-detectors-a-feasibility-study
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Huanjun Ding, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer simulation model was developed to evaluate the performance of a photon-counting spectral mammography system in the application of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. A figure-of-merit (FOM), which was defined as the decomposed iodine signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with respect to the square root of the mean glandular dose (MGD), was chosen to optimize the imaging parameters, in terms of beam energy, splitting energy, and pre-filtrations for breasts of various thicknesses and densities...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432468/population-pharmacokinetics-of-intravenous-acetaminophen-in-japanese-patients-undergoing-elective-surgery
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Tsuyoshi Imaizumi, Shinju Obara, Midori Mogami, Yuzo Iseki, Makiko Hasegawa, Masahiro Murakawa
INTRODUCTION: Intravenous (i.v.) acetaminophen is administered during surgery for postoperative analgesia. However, little information is available on the pharmacokinetics of i.v. acetaminophen in Japanese patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia. METHODS: The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board and registered at UMIN-CTR (UMIN000013418). Patients scheduled to undergo elective surgery under general anesthesia were enrolled after obtaining written informed consent...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432384/the-probability-of-object-scene-co-occurrence-influences-object-identification-processes
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Geneviève Sauvé, Mariane Harmand, Léa Vanni, Mathieu B Brodeur
Contextual information allows the human brain to make predictions about the identity of objects that might be seen and irregularities between an object and its background slow down perception and identification processes. Bar and colleagues modeled the mechanisms underlying this beneficial effect suggesting that the brain stocks information about the statistical regularities of object and scene co-occurrence. Their model suggests that these recurring regularities could be conceptualized along a continuum in which the probability of seeing an object within a given scene can be high (probable condition), moderate (improbable condition) or null (impossible condition)...
April 21, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431862/application-of-the-cdc-ebolaresponse-modeling-tool-to-disease-predictions
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Robert H Gaffey, Cécile Viboud
Model-based predictions were critical in eliciting a vigorous international public health response to the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa. Here, we describe the performances of an extension of the CDC-initiated EbolaResponse Modeling tool to the Ebola Forecasting Challenge, which offered a controlled environment for epidemiological predictions. In the EbolaResponse tool, transmission risks and proportions of population affected by interventions were fitted to data via least square fitting. Prediction performances were evaluated for 5 prediction time points of 4 synthetic outbreaks...
March 10, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431389/prediction-of-size-fractionated-airborne-particle-bound-metals-using-mlr-bp-ann-and-svm-analyses
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Xiang'zi Leng, Jinhua Wang, Haibo Ji, Qin'geng Wang, Huiming Li, Xin Qian, Fengying Li, Meng Yang
Size-fractionated heavy metal concentrations were observed in airborne particulate matter (PM) samples collected from 2014 to 2015 (spanning all four seasons) from suburban (Xianlin) and industrial (Pukou) areas in Nanjing, a megacity of southeast China. Rapid prediction models of size-fractionated metals were established based on multiple linear regression (MLR), back propagation artificial neural network (BP-ANN) and support vector machine (SVM) by using meteorological factors and PM concentrations as input parameters...
April 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430949/capturing-non-local-interactions-by-long-short-term-memory-bidirectional-recurrent-neural-networks-for-improving-prediction-of-protein-secondary-structure-backbone-angles-contact-numbers-and-solvent-accessibility
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Rhys Heffernan, Yuedong Yang, Kuldip Paliwal, Yaoqi Zhou
Motivation: The accuracy of predicting protein local and global structural properties such as secondary structure and solvent accessible surface area has been stagnant for many years because of the challenge of accounting for non-local interactions between amino acid residues that are close in three-dimensional structural space but far from each other in their sequence positions. All existing machine-learning techniques relied on a sliding window of 10-20 amino acid residues to capture some "short to intermediate" non-local interactions...
April 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430231/collimation-technique-and-testing-applied-to-finite-size-polychromatic-sources
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Francisco Jose Torcal-Milla, Luis Miguel Sanchez-Brea
Highly collimated beams are required in numerous applications and techniques. Different methods have been proposed for collimating monochromatic point light sources during the recent years. In this work, we analyze how a finite size and polychromatic light source can be collimated using only one diffraction grating and a CMOS camera placed after the source and the collimating lens. For this, we determine the period of the fringes diffracted by the grating and compare it with the period of the grating. Analytical equations are obtained to predict the amplitude of the fringes and their period...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429747/imaging-genetics-approach-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-correlation-with-clinical-score
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Mansu Kim, Jonghoon Kim, Seung-Hak Lee, Hyunjin Park
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with both underlying genetic factors and neuroimaging findings. Existing neuroimaging studies related to the genome in PD have mostly focused on certain candidate genes. The aim of our study was to construct a linear regression model using both genetic and neuroimaging features to better predict clinical scores compared to conventional approaches. We obtained neuroimaging and DNA genotyping data from a research database. Connectivity analysis was applied to identify neuroimaging features that could differentiate between healthy control (HC) and PD groups...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429592/peptide-retention-time-prediction-in-hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-data-collection-methods-and-features-of-additive-and-sequence-specific-models
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Oleg V Krokhin, Peyman Ezzati, Vic Spicer
The development of a peptide retention prediction model for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (XBridge Amide column) is described for a collection of ~40,000 tryptic peptides. Off-line 2D LC-MS/MS analysis (HILIC-RPLC) of S. cerevisiae whole cell lysate has been used to acquire retention information for a HILIC separation. The large size of the optimization dataset (more than two orders of magnitude compared to previous reports) permits the accurate assignment of hydrophilic retention coefficients of individual amino acids, establishing both, the effects of amino-acid position relative to peptide termini and the influence of peptide secondary structure in HILIC...
April 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427890/attentive-pointing-in-natural-scenes-correlates-with-other-measures-of-attention
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Daniel M Jeck, Michael Qin, Howard Egeth, Ernst Niebur
Finger pointing is a natural human behavior frequently used to draw attention to specific parts of sensory input. Since this pointing behavior is likely preceded and/or accompanied by the deployment of attention by the pointing person, we hypothesize that pointing can be used as a natural means of providing self-reports of attention and, in the case of visual input, visual salience. We here introduce a new method for assessing attentional choice by asking subjects to point to and tap the first place they look at on an image appearing on an electronic tablet screen...
April 17, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427482/a-genetic-variant-brain-dervied-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-polymorphism-interacts-with-hostile-parenting-to-predict-error-related-brain-activity-and-thereby-risk-for-internalizing-disorders-in-children
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Alexandria Meyer, Greg Hajcak, Elizabeth Hayden, Haroon I Sheikh, Shiva M Singh, Daniel N Klein
The error-related negativity (ERN) is a negative deflection in the event-related potential occurring when individuals make mistakes, and is increased in children with internalizing psychopathology. We recently found that harsh parenting predicts a larger ERN in children, and recent work has suggested that variation in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene may moderate the impact of early life adversity. Parents and children completed measures of parenting when children were 3 years old (N = 201); 3 years later, the ERN was measured and diagnostic interviews as well as dimensional symptom measures were completed...
April 21, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427087/pretreatment-serum-uracil-concentration-as-a-predictor-of-severe-and-fatal-fluoropyrimidine-associated-toxicity
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Didier Meulendijks, Linda M Henricks, Bart A W Jacobs, Abidin Aliev, Maarten J Deenen, Niels de Vries, Hilde Rosing, Erik van Werkhoven, Anthonius de Boer, Jos H Beijnen, Caroline M P W Mandigers, Marcel Soesan, Annemieke Cats, Jan H M Schellens
BACKGROUND: We investigated the predictive value of dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) phenotype, measured as pretreatment serum uracil and dihydrouracil concentrations, for severe as well as fatal fluoropyrimidine-associated toxicity in 550 patients treated previously with fluoropyrimidines during a prospective multicenter study. METHODS: Pretreatment serum concentrations of uracil and dihydrouracil were measured using a validated LC-MS/MS method. The primary endpoint of this analysis was global (any) severe fluoropyrimidine-associated toxicity, that is, grade ⩾3 toxicity according to the NCI CTC-AE v3...
April 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426191/genome-wide-abolishment-of-mobile-genetic-elements-using-genome-shuffling-and-crispr-cas-assisted-mage-allows-the-efficient-stabilization-of-a-bacterial-chassis
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Kinga Umenhoffer, Gábor Draskovits, Ákos Nyerges, Ildikó Karcagi, Balázs Bogos, Edit Tímár, Bálint Csörgő, Róbert Herczeg, István Nagy, Tamás Fehér, Csaba Pal, Gyorgy Posfai
The ideal bacterial chassis provides a simplified, stable and predictable host environment for synthetic biological circuits. Mutability and evolution can, however, compromise stability, leading to deterioration of artificial genetic constructs. By eliminating certain sources of instability, these undesired genetic changes can be mitigated. Specifically, deletion of prophages and insertion sequences, non-essential constituents of bacterial genomes, has been shown to be beneficial in cellular and genetic stabilization...
April 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425394/near-infrared-spectrum-detection-of-wheat-gluten-protein-content-based-on-a-combined-filtering-method
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Jian-Hua Cai
To eliminate the random error of the derivative near-IR (NIR) spectrum and to improve model stability and the prediction accuracy of the gluten protein content, a combined method is proposed for pretreatment of the NIR spectrum based on both empirical mode decomposition and the wavelet soft-threshold method. The principle and the steps of the method are introduced and the denoising effect is evaluated. The wheat gluten protein content is calculated based on the denoised spectrum, and the results are compared with those of the nine-point smoothing method and the wavelet soft-threshold method...
April 20, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425100/mass-spectrometry-analysis-and-in-silico-prediction-of-allergenicity-of-peptides-in-tryptic-hydrolysates-of-the-proteins-from-ruditapes-philippinarum
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Yue Yu, Hongwei Liu, Maolin Tu, Meiling Qiao, Zhenyu Wang, Ming Du
BACKGROUND: The Ruditapes philippinarum is nutrient-rich and widely-distributed, but little attentions had been paid on the identification and characterization of bioactive peptides in the bivalve. In this study, we evaluated the peptides of the Ruditapes philippinarum enzymolysised by trypsin using a combination of UPLC separation and a ESI-Q-TOF-MS/MS spectrometer, followed by data processing, sequence-similarity database searching. The potential allergenicity of the peptides was assessed in silico...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424979/studies-on-core-shell-nanocapsules-of-felodipine-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluations
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Jerome K Geroge, Priya Ranjan Prasad Verma, Jayachandran Venkatesan, Jin-Young Lee, Dong-Han Yoon, Se-Kwon Kim, Sandeep Kumar Singh
The present study aimed for in vitro-in vivo-in silico simulation studies of experimentally designed (3(2)-factorial) Capmul PG-8-cored, Eudragit RSPO-Lutrol F 127 nanocapsules to ferry felodipine using GastroPlus™. The in silico parameter sensitivity analysis for pharmacokinetic parameters was initially assessed to justify the preparation of felodipine-loaded nanocapsules (FLNs) with enhanced solubility to overcome the bioavailability issues of felodipine. The overall integrated desirability ranged between 0...
April 19, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
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