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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107676/characterization-of-a-new-ultrasound-device-designed-for-measuring-cortical-porosity-at-the-human-tibia-a-phantom-study
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M Gräsel, C-C Glüer, R Barkmann
Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) measurements of trabecular bone are a useful tool for the assessment of osteoporotic fracture risk. However, cortical bone properties (e.g. porosity) have an impact on bone strength as well and thus current research is focused on QUS assessment of cortical bone properties. Simulation studies of ultrasound propagation through cortical bone indicate that anisotropy, calculated from the ratio of the velocities in axial and tangential directions, is correlated with porosity. However, this relationship is affected by error sources, specifically bone surface curvature and variability of probe positioning...
January 4, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107468/micro-x-ray-computed-tomography-mass-loss-assessment-of-different-uhmwpe-a-hip-joint-simulator-study-on-standard-vs-cross-linked-polyethylene
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Saverio Affatato, Filippo Zanini, Simone Carmignato
More than 60.000 hip arthroplasty are performed every year in Italy. Although Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene remains the most used material as acetabular cup, wear of this material induces over time in vivo a foreign-body response and consequently osteolysis, pain, and the need of implant revision. Furthermore, oxidative wear of the polyethylene provoke several and severe failures. To solve these problems, highly cross-linked polyethylene and Vitamin-E-stabilized polyethylene were introduced in the last years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107447/a-software-tool-for-estimation-of-burden-of-infectious-diseases-in-europe-using-incidence-based-disability-adjusted-life-years
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Edoardo Colzani, Alessandro Cassini, Daniel Lewandowski, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Dietrich Plass, Scott A McDonald, Alies van Lier, Juanita A Haagsma, Guido Maringhini, Alessandro Pini, Piotr Kramarz, Mirjam E Kretzschmar
The burden of disease framework facilitates the assessment of the health impact of diseases through the use of summary measures of population health such as Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). However, calculating, interpreting and communicating the results of studies using this methodology poses a challenge. The aim of the Burden of Communicable Disease in Europe (BCoDE) project is to summarize the impact of communicable disease in the European Union and European Economic Area Member States (EU/EEA MS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107385/evaluating-the-significance-of-viscoelasticity-in-diagnosing-early-stage-liver-fibrosis-with-transient-elastography
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Jingxin Zhao, Fei Zhai, Jun Cheng, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo, Xueping Yang, Jinhua Shao, Huichun Xing
Transient elastography quantifies the propagation of a mechanically generated shear wave within a soft tissue, which can be used to characterize the elasticity and viscosity parameters of the tissue. The aim of our study was to combine numerical simulation and clinical assessment to define a viscoelastic index of liver tissue to improve the quality of early diagnosis of liver fibrosis. This is clinically relevant, as early fibrosis is reversible. We developed an idealized two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model of the liver to evaluate the effects of different viscoelastic values on the propagation characteristics of the shear wave...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107090/cost-effectiveness-analysis-in-the-spanish-setting-of-the-peak-trial-of-panitumumab-plus-mfolfox6-compared-with-bevacizumab-plus-mfolfox6-for-first-line-treatment-of-patients-with-wild-type-ras-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Fernando Rivera, Manuel Valladares, Salvador Gea, Noemí López-Martínez
OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost-effectiveness of panitumumab in combination with mFOLFOX6 (oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin) versus bevacizumab in combination with mFOLFOX6 as first-line treatment of patients with wild-type RAS metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) in Spain. METHODS: A semi-Markov model was developed including the following health states: Progression free; Progressive disease: Treat with best supportive care; Progressive disease: Treat with subsequent active therapy; Attempted resection of metastases; Disease free after metastases resection; Progressive disease: after resection and relapse; Death...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106205/synbiotic-amazonian-palm-berry-a%C3%A3-ai-euterpe-oleracea-mart-ice-cream-improved-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-gg-survival-to-simulated-gastrointestinal-stress
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Mayra Garcia Maia Costa, Gabriela Namur Ooki, Antônio Diogo Silva Vieira, Raquel Bedani, Susana Marta Isay Saad
The effect of açai pulp ice cream and of its supplementation with inulin (I), whey protein concentrate (WC), and/or whey protein isolate (WI) on the viability and resistance to simulated gastrointestinal stress of the probiotic Lactobacillus (Lb.) rhamnosus GG strain throughout storage at -18 °C for up to 112 days was evaluated and morphological changes during stress were monitored. Lb. rhamnosus GG viability was stable in all formulations for up to 112 days of storage, preserving populations around 9 log CFU g(-1)...
January 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105775/concordance-correlation-coefficients-estimated-by-generalized-estimating-equations-and-variance-components-for-longitudinal-repeated-measurements
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Miao-Yu Tsai
The concordance correlation coefficient (CCC) is a commonly accepted measure of agreement between two observers for continuous responses. This paper proposes a generalized estimating equations (GEE) approach allowing dependency between repeated measurements over time to assess intra-agreement for each observer and inter- and total agreement among multiple observers simultaneously. Furthermore, the indices of intra-, inter-, and total agreement through variance components (VC) from an extended three-way linear mixed model (LMM) are also developed with consideration of the correlation structure of longitudinal repeated measurements...
January 20, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104695/infectious-disease-risk-and-international-tourism-demand
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Jaume Rosselló, Maria Santana-Gallego, Waqas Awan
CONTEXT:  For some countries, favourable climatic conditions for tourism are often associated with favourable conditions for infectious diseases, with the ensuing development constraints on the tourist sectors of impoverished countries where tourism's economic contribution has a high potential. This paper evaluates the economic implications of eradication of Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Ebola on the affected destination countries focusing on the tourist expenditures. METHODS:  A gravity model for international tourism flows is used to provide an estimation of the impact of each travel-related disease on international tourist arrivals...
January 18, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104414/dissolution-failure-of-solid-oral-drug-products-in-field-alert-reports
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Dajun Sun, Meng Hu, Mark Browning, Rick L Friedman, Wenlei Jiang, Liang Zhao, Hong Wen
From 2005 to 2014, 370 data entries of dissolution failures of solid oral drug products were assessed with respect to the solubility of drug substances, dosage forms (immediate release (IR) vs. modified release (MR)), and manufacturers (brand-name vs. generic). The study results show that the solubility of drug substances does not play a significant role in dissolution failures; however, MR drug products fail dissolution tests more frequently than IR drug products. When multiple variables were analyzed simultaneously, poorly water-soluble IR drug products failed the most dissolution tests, followed by poorly soluble MR drug products and very soluble MR drug products...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104321/the-influence-of-various-irrigants-on-the-accuracy-of-2-electronic-apex-locators-in-locating-simulated-root-perforations
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Demet Altunbaş, Alper Kuştarcı, Mustafa Toyoğlu
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of the Dentaport ZX (Morita Co, Kyoto, Japan) and the Rootor (Meta Biomed, Cheongwon-gun, Korea) electronic apex locators (EALs) in detecting root perforations in dry conditions and in the presence of the following irrigation solutions: 2.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), 0.9% saline solution (NaCl), and 17% EDTA. METHODS: Twenty extracted, single-rooted human teeth were perforated artificially in the middle section...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104293/debriefing-decreases-mental-workload-in-surgical-crisis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sylvain Boet, Bharat Sharma, Ashlee-Ann Pigford, Emily Hladkowicz, Neil Rittenhouse, Teodor Grantcharov
BACKGROUND: Mental workload is the amount of mental effort involved in performing a particular task. Crisis situations may increase mental workload, which can subsequently negatively impact operative performance and patient safety. This study aims to measure the impact of learning through debriefing and a systematic approach to crisis on trainees' mental workload in a simulated surgical crisis. METHODS: Twenty junior surgical residents participated in a high-fidelity, simulated, postoperative crisis in a surgical ward environment (pretest)...
January 16, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103552/extending-the-utility-of-the-parabolic-approximation-in-medical-ultrasound-using-wide-angle-diffraction-modeling
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Joshua E Soneson
Wide-angle parabolic models are commonly used in geophysics and underwater acoustics but have seen little application in medical ultrasound. Here a wide-angle model for continuous-wave high-intensity ultrasound beams is derived which approximates the diffraction process more accurately than the commonly-used Khokhlov-Zabolotskaya-Kuznetsov (KZK) equation without increasing implementation complexity or computing time. A method for preventing the high spatial frequencies often present in source boundary conditions from corrupting the solution is presented...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103524/validation-of-a-bicycle-simulator-for-road-safety-research
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Steve O'Hern, Jennie Oxley, Mark Stevenson
The study's aim was to assess the behavioural validity of participants using of a newly developed bicycle simulator with respect to a range of cycling performance measures collected both using the cycling simulator and on-road. The validation study consisted of a within-subjects study design comparing participants riding on-road with riding in the simulator. The study recruited 26 participants ranging in age from 18 to 35 years (M=25.0, SD=4.8). Absolute validity was established for measures of spatial positioning including average lane position, deviation in lane position and average passing distance from kerbside parked cars...
January 16, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103260/friendship-network-and-dental-brushing-behavior-among-middle-school-students-an-agent-based-modeling-approach
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Maryam Sadeghipour, Mohammad Hossein Khoshnevisan, Afshin Jafari, Seyed Peyman Shariatpanahi
By using a standard questionnaire, the level of dental brushing frequency was assessed among 201 adolescent female middle school students in Tehran. The initial assessment was repeated after 5 months, in order to observe the dynamics in dental health behavior level. Logistic Regression model was used to evaluate the correlation among individuals' dental health behavior in their social network. A significant correlation on dental brushing habits was detected among groups of friends. This correlation was further spread over the network within the 5 months period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103120/compassionate-options-for-pediatric-ems-cope-addressing-communication-skills
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Aaron W Calhoun, Erica R H Sutton, Anita P Barbee, Beth McClure, Carrie Bohnert, Richard Forest, Peter Taillac, Mary E Fallat
INTRODUCTION: Each year, 16,000 children suffer cardiopulmonary arrest, and in one urban study, 2% of pediatric EMS calls were attributed to pediatric arrests. This indicates a need for enhanced educational options for prehospital providers that address how to communicate to families in these difficult situations. In response, our team developed a cellular phone digital application (app) designed to assist EMS providers in self-debriefing these events, thereby improving their communication skills...
January 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102344/predicting-drug-combination-index-and-simulating-the-network-regulation-dynamics-by-mathematical-modeling-of-drug-targeted-egfr-erk-signaling-pathway
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Lu Huang, Yuyang Jiang, Yuzong Chen
Synergistic drug combinations enable enhanced therapeutics. Their discovery typically involves the measurement and assessment of drug combination index (CI), which can be facilitated by the development and applications of in-silico CI predictive tools. In this work, we developed and tested the ability of a mathematical model of drug-targeted EGFR-ERK pathway in predicting CIs and in analyzing multiple synergistic drug combinations against observations. Our mathematical model was validated against the literature reported signaling, drug response dynamics, and EGFR-MEK drug combination effect...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102202/consistent-negative-response-of-us-crops-to-high-temperatures-in-observations-and-crop-models
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Bernhard Schauberger, Sotirios Archontoulis, Almut Arneth, Juraj Balkovic, Philippe Ciais, Delphine Deryng, Joshua Elliott, Christian Folberth, Nikolay Khabarov, Christoph Müller, Thomas A M Pugh, Susanne Rolinski, Sibyll Schaphoff, Erwin Schmid, Xuhui Wang, Wolfram Schlenker, Katja Frieler
High temperatures are detrimental to crop yields and could lead to global warming-driven reductions in agricultural productivity. To assess future threats, the majority of studies used process-based crop models, but their ability to represent effects of high temperature has been questioned. Here we show that an ensemble of nine crop models reproduces the observed average temperature responses of US maize, soybean and wheat yields. Each day >30 °C diminishes maize and soybean yields by up to 6% under rainfed conditions...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101733/3d-absorbed-dose-distribution-estimated-by-monte-carlo-simulation-in-radionuclide-therapy-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-synovial-sarcoma
#20
David Sarrut, Jean-Noël Badel, Adrien Halty, Gwenaelle Garin, David Perol, Philippe Cassier, Jean-Yves Blay, David Kryza, Anne-Laure Giraudet
BACKROUND: Radiolabeled OTSA101, a monoclonal antibody targeting synovial sarcoma (SS) developed by OncoTherapy Science, was used to treat relapsing SS metastases following a theranostic procedure: in case of significant (111)In-OTSA101 tumor uptake and favorable biodistribution, patient was randomly treated with 370/1110 MBq (90)Y-OTSA101. Monte Carlo-based 3D dosimetry integrating time-activity curves in VOI was performed on (111)In-OTSA101 repeated SPECT/CT. Estimated absorbed doses (AD) in normal tissues were compared to biological side effects and to the admitted maximal tolerated absorbed dose (MTD) in normal organs...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
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