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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820888/a-new-model-integrating-short-and-long-term-aging-of-copper-added-to-soils
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Saiqi Zeng, Jumei Li, Dongpu Wei, Yibing Ma
Aging refers to the processes by which the bioavailability/toxicity, isotopic exchangeability, and extractability of metals added to soils decline overtime. We studied the characteristics of the aging process in copper (Cu) added to soils and the factors that affect this process. Then we developed a semi-mechanistic model to predict the lability of Cu during the aging process with descriptions of the diffusion process using complementary error function. In the previous studies, two semi-mechanistic models to separately predict short-term and long-term aging of Cu added to soils were developed with individual descriptions of the diffusion process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820678/a-new-hybrid-model-using-an-autoregressive-integrated-moving-average-and-a-generalized-regression-neural-network-for-the-incidence-of-tuberculosis-in-heng-county-china
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Wudi Wei, Junjun Jiang, Lian Gao, Bingyu Liang, Jiegang Huang, Ning Zang, Chuanyi Ning, Yanyan Liao, Jingzhen Lai, Jun Yu, Fengxiang Qin, Hui Chen, Jinming Su, Li Ye, Hao Liang
It is a daunting task to eradicate tuberculosis completely in Heng County due to a large transient population, human immunodeficiency virus/tuberculosis coinfection, and latent infection. Thus, a high-precision forecasting model can be used for the prevention and control of tuberculosis. In this study, four models including a basic autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model, a traditional ARIMA-generalized regression neural network (GRNN) model, a basic GRNN model, and a new ARIMA-GRNN hybrid model were used to fit and predict the incidence of tuberculosis...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820660/driver-s-mental-workload-prediction-model-based-on-physiological-indices
#3
Shengyuan Yan, Cong Chi Tran, Yingying Wei, Jean Luc Habiyaremye
Developing an early warning model to predict the driver's mental workload (MWL) is critical and helpful, especially for new or less experienced drivers. The present study aims to investigate the correlation between new driver's MWL and their work performance, regarding the number of errors. Additionally, the Group method of data handling (GMDH) is used to establish the driver's MWL predictive model based on subjective rating (NASA task load index (NASA-TLX)) and six physiological indices. The results indicate that NASA-TLX and the number of errors are positively correlated, and the predictive model shows the validity of the proposed model with an R(2) value of 0...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819548/a-random-forest-classifier-for-detecting-rare-variants-in-ngs-data-from-viral-populations
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Raunaq Malhotra, Manjari Jha, Mary Poss, Raj Acharya
We propose a random forest classifier for detecting rare variants from sequencing errors in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data from viral populations. The method utilizes counts of varying length of k-mers from the reads of a viral population to train a Random forest classifier, called MultiRes, that classifies k-mers as erroneous or rare variants. Our algorithm is rooted in concepts from signal processing and uses a frame-based representation of k-mers. Frames are sets of non-orthogonal basis functions that were traditionally used in signal processing for noise removal...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819323/excessive-body-fat-linked-to-blunted-somatosensory-cortex-response-to-general-reward-in-adolescents
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J F Navas, A Barros-Loscertales, V Costumero-Ramos, J Verdejo-Román, R Vilar-López, A Verdejo-García
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The brain reward system is key to understanding adolescent obesity in the current obesogenic environment, rich in highly appetising stimuli, to which adolescents are particularly sensitive. We aimed to examine the association between body fat levels and brain reward system responsivity to general (monetary) rewards in male and female adolescents. METHOD: Sixty-eight adolescents (34 females; mean age [standard deviation]=16.56 [1.35]) were measured for body fat levels with bioelectric impedance, and underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan during the Monetary Incentive Delay (MID) task...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818707/a-biomarker-of-anxiety-in-children-and-adolescents-a-review-focusing-on-the-error-related-negativity-ern-and-anxiety-across-development
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Alexandria Meyer
BACKGROUND: Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychopathology and often begin early in development. Therefore, there is interest in identifying neural biomarkers that characterize pathways leading to anxiety disorders early in the course of development. A substantial amount of work focuses on the error-related negativity (ERN) as a biomarker of anxiety. While two previous reviews have focused on the relationship of the ERN and anxiety in adults, no previous review has focused on this issue in children and adolescents...
August 8, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818392/how-predictable-are-human-stratum-corneum-lipid-water-partition-coefficients-assessment-and-useful-correlations-for-dermal-absorption
#7
Johannes M Nitsche, Gerald B Kasting
Partition coefficients between human stratum corneum lipids and water (K(sclip/w)) are collected or deduced from a variety of sources in a manner that approximately doubles the available data compared to the current state-of-the-art model [Hansen et al., Adv Drug Deliv Rev 65:252-264 (2013)]. An additional datum for water itself in porcine SC that considerably extends the molecular size and lipophilicity range of the dataset is considered. The data are analyzed in terms of an extended linear free energy relationship involving octanol/water partition coefficients, Abraham solvation parameters and a secondary, power law molecular weight dependence...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817611/the-directed-migration-of-gonadal-distal-tip-cells-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-requires-ngat-1-a-%C3%A3-1-4-n-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-enzyme
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Joseph Veyhl, Robert J Dunn, Wendy L Johnston, Alexa Bennett, Lijia W Zhang, James W Dennis, Harry Schachter, Joseph G Culotti
Glycoproteins such as growth factor receptors and extracellular matrix have well-known functions in development and cancer progression, however, the glycans at sites of modification are often heterogeneous molecular populations which makes their functional characterization challenging. Here we provide evidence for a specific, discrete, well-defined glycan modification and regulation of a stage-specific cell migration in Caenorhabditis elegans. We show that a chain-terminating, putative null mutation in the gene encoding a predicted β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase, named ngat-1, causes a maternally rescued temperature sensitive (ts) defect in the second phase of the three phase migration pattern of the posterior, but not the anterior, hermaphrodite Distal Tip Cell (DTC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816109/assessing-the-validity-of-commercial-and-municipal-food-environment-data-sets-in-vancouver-canada
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Madeleine Ig Daepp, Jennifer Black
OBJECTIVE: The present study assessed systematic bias and the effects of data set error on the validity of food environment measures in two municipal and two commercial secondary data sets. DESIGN: Sensitivity, positive predictive value (PPV) and concordance were calculated by comparing two municipal and two commercial secondary data sets with ground-truthed data collected within 800 m buffers surrounding twenty-six schools. Logistic regression examined associations of sensitivity and PPV with commercial density and neighbourhood socio-economic deprivation...
August 17, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816038/estimating-grass-soil-bioconcentration-of-munitions-compounds-from-molecular-structure
#10
Tifany Lorena Torralba-Sanchez, Yuzhen Liang, Dominic M Di Toro
A partitioning-based model is presented to estimate the bioconcentration of five munitions compounds and two munition-like compounds in grasses. The model uses polyparameter linear free energy relationships (pp-LFERs) to estimate the partition coefficients between soil organic carbon and interstitial water and between interstitial water and the plant cuticle, a lipid-like plant component. Inputs for the pp-LFERs are a set of numerical descriptors computed from molecular structure only that characterize the molecular properties that determine the interaction with soil organic carbon, interstitial water, and plant cuticle...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815878/prediction-of-energy-expenditure-during-walking-in-adults-with-down-syndrome
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Stamatis Agiovlasitis, Goncalo V Mendonca, Jeffrey A McCubbin, Bo Fernhall
BACKGROUND: When developing walking programmes for improving health in adults with Down syndrome (DS), physical activity professionals are in need of an equation for predicting energy expenditure. We therefore developed and cross-validated an equation for predicting the rate of oxygen uptake (VO2 ; an index of energy expenditure) for adults with and without DS. METHOD: A total of 469 VO2 observations during walking across different speeds were available from 54 adults with DS and 61 adults without DS...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815759/prediction-of-reduction-potentials-of-copper-proteins-with-continuum-electrostatics-and-density-functional-theory
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Nicholas J Fowler, Christopher F Blanford, Jim Warwicker, Samuel de Visser
Blue copper proteins, such as azurin, show dramatic changes in Cu2+/Cu+ reduction potential upon mutation over the full physiological range. Hence they have important functions in electron transfer and oxidation chemistry and may have potential in biotechnology. The details of what determines these reduction potential changes upon mutation are still unclear. Moreover, it has been difficult to model and predict the reduction potential of azurin mutants and currently no unique procedure or workflow pattern exists...
August 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815696/a-novel-method-for-sub-arc-vmat-dose-delivery-verification-based-on-portal-dosimetry-with-an-epid
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Ruud A M Cools, Maarten L P Dirkx, Ben J M Heijmen
PURPOSE: EPID-based sub-arc verification of VMAT dose delivery requires synchronization, i.e., establishing the start- and stop-MU of acquired electronic portal images (EPIs). To realize this, published synchronization methods propose the use of logging features of the linac or dedicated hardware solutions. In this study, we developed a novel, software-based synchronization method that only uses information inherently available in the acquired images. METHOD: EPIs are continuously acquired during pre-treatment VMAT delivery and converted into Portal Dose Images (PDIs)...
August 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815132/precision-diagnosis-of-melanoma-and-other-skin-lesions-from-digital-images
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Abhishek Bhattacharya, Albert Young, Andrew Wong, Simone Stalling, Maria Wei, Dexter Hadley
Melanoma will affect an estimated 73,000 new cases this year and result in 9,000 deaths, yet precise diagnosis remains a serious problem. Without early detection and preventative care, melanoma can quickly spread to become fatal (Stage IV 5-year survival rate is 20-10%) from a once localized skin lesion (Stage IA 5- year survival rate is 97%). There is no biomarker for melanoma in clinical use, and the current diagnostic criteria for skin lesions remains subjective and imprecise. Accurate diagnosis of melanoma relies on a histopathologic gold standard; thus, aggressive excision of melanocytic skin lesions has been the mainstay of treatment...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815039/predicting-adr-from-pdr-and-individual-adenoma-to-polyp-detection-rate-ratio-for-screening-and-surveillance-colonoscopies-a-new-approach-to-quality-assessment
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C Schramm, I Scheller, J Franklin, M Demir, F Kuetting, D Nierhoff, T Goeser, U Toex, H M Steffen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Adenoma detection rate (ADR) has been established as a quality indicator for screening colonoscopy. Because ADR is cumbersome to obtain in routine practice, polyp detection rate (PDR), polypectomy rate (PR) and adenoma-to-polyp-detection-rate-ratio (APDRR) have been proposed to estimate ADR. This study aimed to evaluate APDRR in order to estimate ADR (ADRest) in different settings. METHODS: Average risk screening and surveillance colonoscopies from a community-based private practice and a tertiary academic hospital setting were retrospectively evaluated...
August 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813847/a-research-on-the-postural-stability-of-a-person-wearing-the-lower-limb-exoskeletal-robot-by-the-hat-model
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Minsu Chang, Yeongmin Kim, Yoseph Lee, Doyoung Jeon
This paper proposes a method of detecting the postural stability of a person wearing the lower limb exoskeletal robot with the HAT(Head-Arm-Trunk) model. Previous studies have shown that the human posture is stable when the CoM(Center of Mass) of the human body is placed on the BoS(Base of Support). In the case of the lower limb exoskeletal robot, the motion data, which are used for the CoM estimation, are acquired by sensors in the robot. The upper body, however, does not have sensors in each segment so that it may cause the error of the CoM estimation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813567/comparison-of-view-based-and-reconstruction-based-models-of-human-navigational-strategy
#17
Luise Gootjes-Dreesbach, Lyndsey C Pickup, Andrew W Fitzgibbon, Andrew Glennerster
There is good evidence that simple animals, such as bees, use view-based strategies to return to a familiar location, whereas humans might use a 3-D reconstruction to achieve the same goal. Assuming some noise in the storage and retrieval process, these two types of strategy give rise to different patterns of predicted errors in homing. We describe an experiment that can help distinguish between these models. Participants wore a head-mounted display to carry out a homing task in immersive virtual reality. They viewed three long, thin, vertical poles and had to remember where they were in relation to the poles before being transported (virtually) to a new location in the scene from where they had to walk back to the original location...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813098/modeling-and-mapping-basal-area-of-pinus-taeda-l-plantation-using-airborne-lidar-data
#18
Carlos A Silva, Carine Klauberg, Andrew T Hudak, Lee A Vierling, Scott J Fennema, Ana Paula D Corte
Basal area (BA) is a good predictor of timber stand volume and forest growth. This study developed predictive models using field and airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data for estimation of basal area in Pinus taeda plantation in south Brazil. In the field, BA was collected from conventional forest inventory plots. Multiple linear regression models for predicting BA from LiDAR-derived metrics were developed and evaluated for predictive power and parsimony. The best model to predict BA from a family of six models was selected based on corrected Akaike Information Criterion (AICc) and assessed by the adjusted coefficient of determination (adj...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812881/predicting-microbial-fuel-cell-biofilm-communities-and-bioreactor-performance-using-artificial-neural-networks
#19
Keaton Larson Lesnik, Hong Liu
The complex interactions that occur in mixed-species bioelectrochemical reactors, like microbial fuel cells (MFCs), make accurate predictions of performance outcomes under untested conditions difficult. While direct correlations between any individual waste stream characteristic or microbial community structure and reactor performance have not been able to be directly established, the increase in sequencing data and readily available computational power enables the development of alternate approaches. In the current study, 33 MFCs were evaluated under a range of conditions including 8 separate substrates and 3 different wastewaters...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812543/assessing-the-performance-of-self-consistent-hybrid-functional-for-band-gap-calculation-in-oxide-semiconductors
#20
Jiangang He, Cesare Franchini
In this paper we assess the predictive power of the self-consistent hybrid functional scPBE0 in calculating the band gap of oxide semiconductors. The computational procedure is based on the self-consistent evaluation of the mixing parameter α by means of an iterative calculation of the static dielectric constant using the perturbation expansion after discretization (PEAD) method and making use of the relation α = 1/ε<sub>∞</sub>. Our materials dataset is formed by 30 compounds covering a wide range of band gaps and dielectric properties, and includes materials with a wide spectrum of application as thermoelectrics, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, transparent conducting oxides, and refractory materials...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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