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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644998/olfactory-identification-deficit-predicts-white-matter-tract-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Matthew R Woodward, Michael G Dwyer, Niels Bergsland, Jesper Hagemeier, Robert Zivadinov, Ralph Hb Benedict, Kinga Szigeti
Olfactory identification deficit (OID) has been associated with both aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the context of an amnestic disorders, OID predicts conversion to AD. Neuroanatomical correlates could increase specificity and sensitivity and elucidate the mechanistic differences between OID in AD and aging. Cross-sectional analysis of white matter microstructural changes was performed using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based-spatial-statistics in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), AD and normal controls (NC) in 66 subjects (26 AD, 15 aMCI, 25 NC)...
June 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643955/diffusion-tensor-imaging-of-normal-appearing-white-matter-in-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-and-multiple-sclerosis
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S-H Kim, K Kwak, J-W Hyun, A Joung, S H Lee, Y-H Choi, J-M Lee, H J Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The occult changes in normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) were investigated and compared amongst patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and healthy controls (HCs) by applying tract-based spatial statistics to diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) data. METHODS: Diffusion tensor imaging was performed with a 3-T scanner in 93 patients with NMOSD, 53 patients with MS and 43 HCs. Voxel-wise statistical analyses of the DTI data were performed using tract-based spatial statistics...
July 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643694/simultaneous-maximum-a-i-posteriori-i-longitudinal-pet-image-reconstruction
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Sam Ellis, Andrew J Reader
Positron emission tomography (PET) is frequently used to monitor functional changes that occur over extended time scales, for example in longitudinal oncology PET protocols that include routine clinical follow-up scans to assess the efficacy of a course of treatment. In these contexts PET datasets are currently reconstructed into images using single-dataset reconstruction methods. Inspired by recently proposed joint PET-MR reconstruction methods, we propose to reconstruct longitudinal datasets simultaneously by using a joint penalty term in order to exploit the high degree of similarity between longitudinal images...
June 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643191/role-of-obesity-variables-in-detecting-hypertension-in-an-iranian-population
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Patricia Khashayar, Hamidreza Aghaei Meybodi, Mohsen Rezaei Hemami, Bagher Larijani
INTRODUCTION: As the high incidence of hypertension has been in conjunction with dramatic increase in the prevalence of obesity, many studies have suggested obesity as its underlying cause in diverse race and ethnic groups. AIM: The present study was designed to quantify the relationship between obesity variables and hypertension in Iranian population. A ROC curve analysis was also used to determine an optimal BMI cutoff for obesity with the aim of representing elevated incidence of hypertension in this population...
June 22, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642286/brain-regions-important-for-recovery-after-severe-post-stroke-upper-limb-paresis
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Jane M Rondina, Chang-Hyun Park, Nick S Ward
Background The ability to predict outcome after stroke is clinically important for planning treatment and for stratification in restorative clinical trials. In relation to the upper limbs, the main predictor of outcome is initial severity, with patients who present with mild to moderate impairment regaining about 70% of their initial impairment by 3 months post-stroke. However, in those with severe presentations, this proportional recovery applies in only about half, with the other half experiencing poor recovery...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642255/family-history-is-strong-risk-factor-in-brca1-and-brca2-carriers-study-finds
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Jacqui Wise
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641261/robust-web-image-annotation-via-exploring-multi-facet-and-structural-knowledge
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Mengqiu Hu, Yang Yang, Fumin Shen, Luming Zhang, Heng Tao Shen, Xuelong Li
Driven by the rapid development of Internet and digital technologies, we have witnessed the explosive growth of Web images in recent years. Seeing that labels can reflect the semantic contents of the images, automatic image annotation, which can further facilitate the procedure of image semantic indexing, retrieval and other image management tasks, has become one of the most crucial research directions in multimedia. Most of the existing annotation methods heavily rely on well-labeled training data (expensive to collect) and/or single view of visual features (insufficient representative power)...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641255/piecewise-linear-approximation-of-vector-valued-images-and-curves-via-2nd-order-variational-model
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Massimo Zanetti, Lorenzo Bruzzone
Variational models are known to work well for addressing image restoration/regularization problems. However, most of the methods proposed in literature are defined for scalar inputs and are used on multiband images (such as RGB or multispectral imagery) by the composition of a simple band-wise processing. This involves suboptimal results and may introduce artifacts. Only in a few cases variational models are extended to the case of vector-valued inputs. However, the known implementations are restricted to 1st-order models, while 2nd-order models are never considered...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641250/deep-convolutional-neural-network-for-inverse-problems-in-imaging
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Kyong Hwan Jin, Michael T McCann, Emmanuel Froustey, Michael Unser
In this paper, we propose a novel deep convolutional neural network (CNN)-based algorithm for solving ill-posed inverse problems. Regularized iterative algorithms have emerged as the standard approach to ill-posed inverse problems in the past few decades. These methods produce excellent results, but can be challenging to deploy in practice due to factors including the high computational cost of the forward and adjoint operators and the difficulty of hyper parameter selection. The starting point of our work is the observation that unrolled iterative methods have the form of a CNN (filtering followed by point-wise nonlinearity) when the normal operator ( H*H where H* is the adjoint of the forward imaging operator, H ) of the forward model is a convolution...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641249/eit-imaging-regularization-based-on-spectral-graph-wavelets
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Bo Gong, Benjamin Schullcke, Sabine Krueger-Ziolek, Marko Vauhkonen, Gerhard Wolf, Ullrich Mueller-Lisse, Knut Moeller
The objective of Electrical Impedance Tomographic reconstruction is to identify the distribution of tissue conductivity from electrical boundary conditions. This is an ill-posed inverse problem usually solved under the finite element method framework. In previous studies, standard sparse regularization was used for difference EIT to achieve a sparse solution. However, regarding element-wise sparsity, standard sparse regularization interferes with the smoothness of conductivity distribution between neighboring elements and is sensitive to noise...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640969/control-of-breathing-and-ventilatory-acclimatization-to-hypoxia-in-deer-mice-native-to-high-altitudes
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Catherine M Ivy, Graham R Scott
AIM: We compared the control of breathing and heart rate by hypoxia between high- and low-altitude populations of Peromyscus mice, to help elucidate the physiological specializations that help high-altitude natives cope with O2 limitation. METHODS: Deer mice (P. maniculatus) native to high altitude and congeneric mice native to low altitude (P. leucopus) were bred in captivity at sea level. The F1 progeny of each population were raised to adulthood and then acclimated to normoxia or hypobaric hypoxia (12 kPa, simulating hypoxia at ~4300 m) for 5 months...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640748/spike-detection-using-a-multiresolution-entropy-based-method
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Sajjad Farashi
Correct interpretation of neural mechanisms depends on the accurate detection of neuronal activities, which become visible as spikes in the electrical activity of neurons. In the present work, a novel entropy based method is proposed for spike detection which employs the fact that transient spike events change the entropy level of the neural time series. In this regard, the time-dependent entropy method can be used for detecting spike times, where the entropy of a selected segment of a neural time series, using a sliding window approach, is calculated and the time of the events are highlighted by sharp peaks in the output of the time-dependent entropy method...
June 22, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640615/reduction-of-dinitrogen-to-ammonia-catalyzed-by-molybdenum-diamido-complexes
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Lasantha A Wickramasinghe, Richard R Schrock, Peter Müller, Takaya Ogawa
[Ar2N3]Mo(N)(O-t-Bu) ([Ar2N3]2- = [2,6-(ArNCH2)2NC5H3]2-, where Ar = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl), which contains a conformationally rigid pyridine-based diamido ligand, can be prepared from Li2[Ar2N3] and (t-BuO)3Mo(N). [Ar2N3]Mo(N)(O-t-Bu) serves as a cata-lyst precursor for the catalytic reduction of molecular nitrogen to ammonia in diethyl ether between -78 °C and 22 °C in a batch-wise manner with CoCp*2 as the electron source and Ph2NH2OTf as the proton source. Up to ~10 equivalents of ammonia can be formed per Mo with a maximum efficiency in electrons of ~43%...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639415/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-for-diabetic-macular-oedema-a-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gianni Virgili, Mariacristina Parravano, Jennifer R Evans, Iris Gordon, Ersilia Lucenteforte
BACKGROUND: Diabetic macular oedema (DMO) is a common complication of diabetic retinopathy. Antiangiogenic therapy with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) modalities can reduce oedema and thereby improve vision and prevent further visual loss. These drugs have replaced laser photocoagulation as the standard of care for people with DMO. OBJECTIVES: The 2014 update of this review found high-quality evidence of benefit with antiangiogenic therapy with anti-VEGF modalities, compared to laser photocoagulation, for the treatment of DMO...
June 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639264/magnetic-resonance-spin-spin-relaxation-time-estimation-in-a-rat-model-of-fatty-liver-disease
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Sami Alghamdi, Benjamin Sinclair, Gary Cowin, Ian Brereton, Yasvir A Tesiram
PURPOSE: To compare mono- and bi-exponential relaxation model equations to discriminate between normal and fatty liver disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six rats on a choline deficient amino acid modified (CDAA) diet and six on normal chow were studied. Multiple spin echo images with increasing echo times (TEs) were collected at 9.4T. Pixel-wise T2 maps were generated using mono-exponential decay function to calculate T2M , and a bi-exponential to calculate, short T2 component (T2S ), long T2 component (T2L ), and fractions of these components (ρS , ρL ), respectively...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638842/choosing-wisely-overnight-residents-approach-to-fever
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Jessica Howard-Anderson, Kristin Schwab, Roswell Quinn, Christopher J Graber
We surveyed internal medicine residents regarding how they approach febrile patients in cross-cover settings. Residents frequently use the term "full fever work-up," and rely on this for sign-out. Despite this, residents felt fever work-ups were not evidenced-based, and definitions of when and how to respond to a fever varied.
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637796/quantifying-the-genetic-correlation-between-multiple-cancer-types
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Sara Lindström, Hilary Finucane, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, Fredrick R Schumacher, Christopher I Amos, Rayjean J Hung, Kristin Rand, Stephen B Gruber, David Conti, Jennifer B Permuth, Hui-Yi Lin, Ellen L Goode, Thomas A Sellers, Laufey T Amundadottir, Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, Alison Klein, Gloria Petersen, Harvey Risch, Brian Wolpin, Li Hsu, Jeroen R Huyghe, Jenny Chang Claude, Andrew Chan, Sonja Berndt, Rosalind A Eeles, Douglas Easton, Christopher A Haiman, David J Hunter, Benjamin Neale, Alkes Price, Peter Kraft
Many cancers share specific genetic risk factors including both rare high-penetrance mutations and common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified through genome-wide association studies (GWAS). However, little is known about the overall shared heritability across cancers. Quantifying the extent to which two distinct cancers share genetic origin will give insights to shared biological mechanisms underlying cancer and inform design for future genetic association studies. In this study, we estimated the pair-wise genetic correlation between six cancer types (breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate) using cancer-specific GWAS summary statistics data based on 66,958 case and 70,665 control subjects of European ancestry...
June 21, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637774/most-deaths-of-babies-and-brain-injuries-in-childbirth-are-avoidable-says-college
#18
Jacqui Wise
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636879/delineating-neuroinflammation-parasite-cns-invasion-and-blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-in-an-experimental-murine-model-of-human-african-trypanosomiasis
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Jean Rodgers, Barbara Bradley, Peter G E Kennedy
Although Trypanosoma brucei spp. was first detected by Aldo Castellani in CSF samples taken from sleeping sickness patients over a century ago there is still a great deal of debate surrounding the timing, route and effects of transmigration of the parasite from the blood to the CNS. In this investigation, we have applied contrast-enhance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the effects of trypanosome infection on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in the well-established GVR35 mouse model of sleeping sickness...
June 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636425/ats-nhlbi-asthma-copd-overlap-aco-workshop-report
#20
Prescott G Woodruff, Maarten van den Berge, Richard C Boucher, Christopher Brightling, Esteban G Burchard, Stephanie A Christenson, MeiLan K Han, Michael J Holtzman, Monica Kraft, David A Lynch, Fernando D Martinez, Helen K Reddel, Don D Sin, George R Washko, Sally E Wenzel, Antonello Punturieri, Michelle M Freemer, Robert A Wise
Asthma and COPD are highly prevalent chronic obstructive lung diseases with an associated high burden of disease. Asthma, which is often allergic in origin, frequently begins in infancy or childhood with variable airflow obstruction and intermittent wheezing, cough, and dyspnea. Patients with COPD, in contrast, are usually current or former smokers who present after the age of 40 years with symptoms (often persistent), including dyspnea and a productive cough. Based on age and smoking history, it is often easy to distinguish between asthma and COPD...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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