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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215048/unmet-home-healthcare-needs-and-quality-of-life-in-cancer-patients-a%C3%A2-hospital-based-turkish-sample
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Gülsen Ataman, Tugrul Erbaydar
Home healthcare services in Turkey are provided primarily to patients that are bedridden or seriously disabled. There are no such services integrated with hospital services that are specifically designed for cancer patients. The present study aimed to explore the home healthcare needs of cancer patients and their experiences related to unmet home healthcare needs. The study included 394 adult cancer patients who were followed up at the surgical oncology department of a university hospital. A 37-item, study-specific questionnaire and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire for cancer patients (EORTC-QLQ-C30) were administered, and patient clinical records were evaluated...
February 19, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214012/the-endothelium-solves-problems-that-endothelial-cells-do-not-know-exist
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John G McCarron, Matthew D Lee, Calum Wilson
The endothelium is the single layer of cells that lines the entire cardiovascular system and regulates vascular tone and blood-tissue exchange, recruits blood cells, modulates blood clotting, and determines the formation of new blood vessels. To control each function, the endothelium uses a remarkable sensory capability to continuously monitor vanishingly small changes in the concentrations of many simultaneously arriving extracellular activators that each provides cues to the physiological state. Here we suggest that the extraordinary sensory capabilities of the endothelium do not come from single cells but from the combined activity of a large number of endothelial cells...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213928/problem-solving-phase-transitions-during-team-collaboration
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Travis J Wiltshire, Jonathan E Butner, Stephen M Fiore
Multiple theories of problem-solving hypothesize that there are distinct qualitative phases exhibited during effective problem-solving. However, limited research has attempted to identify when transitions between phases occur. We integrate theory on collaborative problem-solving (CPS) with dynamical systems theory suggesting that when a system is undergoing a phase transition it should exhibit a peak in entropy and that entropy levels should also relate to team performance. Communications from 40 teams that collaborated on a complex problem were coded for occurrence of problem-solving processes...
February 18, 2017: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213309/a-new-search-subspace-to-compensate-failure-of-cavity-based-localization-of-ligand-binding-sites
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Kalpana Singh, Tapobrata Lahiri
The common exercise adopted in almost all the ligand-binding sites (LBS) predictive methods is to considerably reduce the search space up to a meager fraction of the whole protein. In this exercise it is assumed that the LBS are mostly localized within a search subspace, cavities, which topologically appear to be valleys within a protein surface. Therefore, extraction of cavities is considered as a most important preprocessing step for finally predicting LBS. However, prediction of LBS based on cavity search subspace is found to fail for some proteins...
January 31, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213134/speech-in-noise-perception-in-musicians-a-review
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Emily B J Coffey, Nicolette Mogilever, Robert J Zatorre
The ability to understand speech in the presence of competing sound sources is an important neuroscience question in terms of how the nervous system solves this computational problem. It is also a critical clinical problem that disproportionally affects the elderly, children with language-related learning disorders, and those with hearing loss. Recent evidence that musicians have an advantage on this multifaceted skill has led to the suggestion that musical training might be used to improve or delay the decline of speech-in-noise (SIN) function...
February 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212961/mapping-to-estimate-health-state-utility-from-non-preference-based-outcome-measures-an-ispor-good-practices-for-outcomes-research-task-force-report
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Allan J Wailoo, Monica Hernandez-Alava, Andrea Manca, Aurelio Mejia, Joshua Ray, Bruce Crawford, Marc Botteman, Jan Busschbach
Economic evaluation conducted in terms of cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) provides information that decision makers find useful in many parts of the world. Ideally, clinical studies designed to assess the effectiveness of health technologies would include outcome measures that are directly linked to health utility to calculate QALYs. Often this does not happen, and even when it does, clinical studies may be insufficient for a cost-utility assessment. Mapping can solve this problem. It uses an additional data set to estimate the relationship between outcomes measured in clinical studies and health utility...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212701/chemistry-and-biology-of-the-pyrrole-imidazole-alkaloids
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Thomas Lindel
More than a decade after our last review on the chemistry of the pyrrole-imidazole alkaloids, it was time to analyze once more the developments in that field. The comprehensive article focusses on the total syntheses of pyrrole-imidazole alkaloids that have appeared since 2005. The classic monomeric pyrrole-imidazole alkaloids have all been synthesized, sometimes primarily to demonstrate the usefulness of a new method, as in the case of the related molecules agelastatin A and cyclooroidin with more than 15 syntheses altogether...
2017: Alkaloids. Chemistry and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212421/a-low-cost-dac-bist-structure-using-a-resistor-loop
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Jaewon Jang, Heetae Kim, Sungho Kang
This paper proposes a new DAC BIST (digital-to-analog converter built-in self-test) structure using a resistor loop known as a DDEM ADC (deterministic dynamic element matching analog-to-digital converter). Methods for both switch reduction and switch effect reduction are proposed for solving problems related to area overhead and accuracy of the conventional DAC BIST. The proposed BIST modifies the length of each resistor in the resistor loop via a merging operation and reduces the number of switches and resistors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212317/an-auction-based-spectrum-leasing-mechanism-for-mobile-macro-femtocell-networks-of-iot
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Xin Chen, Lei Xing, Tie Qiu, Zhuo Li
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision of the upcoming society. It can provide pervasive communication between two or more entities using 4G-LTE (Long Term Evolution) communication technology. In 4G-LTE networks, there are two important problems: helping manage the spectrum demands of IoT devices and achieving much more revenue with the limited resource. This paper proposes a pricing framework to investigate the spectrum leasing in mobile heterogeneous networks with single macrocell and multiple femtocells...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212268/optical-sensor-of-thermal-gas-flow-based-on-fiber-bragg-grating
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Xu Jiang, Keda Wang, Junqing Li, Hui Zhan, Zhenan Song, Guohang Che, Guohui Lyu
This paper aims at solving the problem of explosion proof in measurement of thermal gas flow using electronic sensor by presenting a new type of flow sensor by optical fiber heating. A measuring unit based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) for fluid temperature and a unit for heat dissipation are designed to replace the traditional electronic sensors. The light in C band from the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) light source is split, with one part used to heat the absorbing coating and the other part used in the signal processing unit...
February 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212114/discriminative-feature-representation-an-effective-postprocessing-solution-to-low-dose-ct-imaging
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Yang Chen, Jin Liu, Yining Hu, Jian Yang, Luyao Shi, Huazhong Shu, Zhiguo Gui, Gouenou Coatrieux, Limin Luo
This paper proposes a concise and effective approach termed discriminative feature representation (DFR) for low dose computerized tomography (LDCT) image processing, which is currently a challenging problem in medical imaging field. This DFR method assumes LDCT images as the superposition of desirable high dose CT (HDCT) 3D features and undesirable noise-artifact 3D features (the combined term of noise and artifact features induced by low dose scan protocols), and the decomposed HDCT features are used to provide the processed LDCT images with higher quality...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212101/fast-solving-quasi-optimal-ls-s-%C3%A2-vm-based-on-an-extended-candidate-set
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Yuefeng Ma, Xun Liang, James T Kwok, Jianping Li, Xiaoping Zhou, Haiyan Zhang
The semisupervised least squares support vector machine (LS-S³VM) is an important enhancement of least squares support vector machines in semisupervised learning. Given that most data collected from the real world are without labels, semisupervised approaches are more applicable than standard supervised approaches. Although a few training methods for LS-S³VM exist, the problem of deriving the optimal decision hyperplane efficiently and effectually has not been solved. In this paper, a fully weighted model of LS-S³VM is proposed, and a simple integer programming (IP) model is introduced through an equivalent transformation to solve the model...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212100/homotopy-methods-based-on-l%C3%A2-norm-for-compressed-sensing
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Zhengshan Dong, Wenxing Zhu
This paper proposes two homotopy methods for solving the compressed sensing (CS) problem, which combine the homotopy technique with the iterative hard thresholding (IHT) method. The homotopy methods overcome the difficulty of the IHT method on the choice of the regularization parameter value, by tracing solutions of the regularized problem along a homotopy path. We prove that any accumulation point of the sequences generated by the proposed homotopy methods is a feasible solution of the problem. We also show an upper bound on the sparsity level for each solution of the proposed methods...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212089/streammap-smooth-dynamic-visualization-of-high-density-streaming-points
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Chenhui Li, George Baciu, Han Yu
Interactive visualization of streaming points for real-time scatterplots and linear blending of correlation patterns is increasingly becoming the dominant mode of visual analytics for both big data and streaming data from active sensors and broadcasting media. To better visualize and interact with inter-stream patterns, it is generally necessary to smooth out gaps or distortions in the streaming data. Previous approaches either animate the points directly or present a sampled static heatmap. We propose a new approach, called StreamMap, to smoothly blend high-density streaming points and create a visual flow that emphasizes the density pattern distributions...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212077/robust-guided-image-filtering-using-nonconvex-potentials
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Bumsub Ham, Minsu Cho, Jean Ponce
Filtering images using a guidance signal, a process called guided or joint image filtering, has been used in various tasks in computer vision and computational photography, particularly for noise reduction and joint upsampling. This uses an additional guidance signal as a structure prior, and transfers the structure of the guidance signal to an input image, restoring noisy or altered image structure. The main drawbacks of such a data-dependent framework are that it does not consider structural differences between guidance and input images, and that it is not robust to outliers...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212072/neural-network-based-solutions-for-stochastic-optimal-control-using-path-integrals
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Karthikeyan Rajagopal, Sivasubramanya Nadar Balakrishnan, Jerome R Busemeyer
In this paper, an offline approximate dynamic programming approach using neural networks is proposed for solving a class of finite horizon stochastic optimal control problems. There are two approaches available in the literature, one based on stochastic maximum principle (SMP) formalism and the other based on solving the stochastic Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation. However, in the presence of noise, the SMP formalism becomes complex and results in having to solve a couple of backward stochastic differential equations...
March 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
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Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211732/time-reversal-measurement-of-the-p-wave-cross-sections-of-the-7-be-n-%C3%AE-4-he-reaction-for-the-cosmological-li-problem
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T Kawabata, Y Fujikawa, T Furuno, T Goto, T Hashimoto, M Ichikawa, M Itoh, N Iwasa, Y Kanada-En'yo, A Koshikawa, S Kubono, E Miyawaki, M Mizuno, K Mizutani, T Morimoto, M Murata, T Nanamura, S Nishimura, S Okamoto, Y Sakaguchi, I Sakata, A Sakaue, R Sawada, Y Shikata, Y Takahashi, D Takechi, T Takeda, C Takimoto, M Tsumura, K Watanabe, S Yoshida
The cross sections of the ^{7}Be(n,α)^{4}He reaction for p-wave neutrons were experimentally determined at E_{c.m.}=0.20-0.81  MeV slightly above the big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) energy window for the first time on the basis of the detailed balance principle by measuring the time-reverse reaction. The obtained cross sections are much larger than the cross sections for s-wave neutrons inferred from the recent measurement at the n_TOF facility in CERN, but significantly smaller than the theoretical estimation widely used in the BBN calculations...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211639/the-use-of-on-line-heart-cutting-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-linear-ion-trap-mass-spectrometry-in-the-identification-of-impurities-in-vidarabine-monophosphate
#19
Hang Wang, Tongzhou Xu, Jiaojian Yuan
It is difficult to identify unknown impurities in nucleotide analogues by mass spectrometry because mass-spectrometry-incompatible mobile phases need to be used to separate the major ingredient from impurities. In this study, vidarabine monophosphate was selected, and unknown impurities were identified by online heart-cutting two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography and linear ion trap mass spectrometry. The one dimensional reversed phase column was filled with a mobile phase containing non-volatile salt...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211195/a-comparison-of-the-new-japanese-expedited-approval-legislation-for-regenerative-medicine-product-with-the-existing-systems-of-the-united-states-and-european-union
#20
Yoji Jokura, Kazuo Yano, Masayuki Yamato
Expedited approval pathways/programs for drugs, biologics, or medical devices have been enacted for rapid product commercialization of innovative products in the United States (US) and European Union (EU). However, less innovative products are increasingly using these expedited pathways and frequently obligations to collect and report post-marketing data on approved products are being bypassed. The Japanese government recently enacted a new conditional and time-limited approval pathway dedicated to regenerative medicine products...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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