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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222954/evaluation-of-motion-artifact-metrics-for-coronary-ct-angiography
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Hongfeng Ma, Eric Gros, Aniko Szabo, Scott G Baginski, Zachary R Laste, Naveen M Kulkarni, Darin Okerlund, Taly G Schmidt
PURPOSE: This study quantified the performance of coronary artery motion artifact metrics relative to human observer ratings. Motion artifact metrics have been used as part of motion correction and best-phase selection algorithms for Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA). However, the lack of ground truth makes it difficult to validate how well the metrics quantify the level of motion artifact. This study investigated five motion artifact metrics, including two novel metrics, using a dynamic phantom, clinical CCTA images, and an observer study that provided ground truth motion artifact scores from a series of pairwise comparisons...
December 9, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222898/exercise-induced-dehydration-status-and-skinfold-compressibility-in-athletes-an-intervention-study
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Daniela Araújo, Vitor Hugo Teixeira, Pedro Carvalho, Teresa F Amaral
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Skinfold thickness assessment is a widely recognized technique for the estimation of body adiposity and fat free mass. This method assumes that skinfolds' compressibility is constant but there are some factors that could influence its compressibility. This study aims to evaluate whether the skinfolds' compressibility is influenced by hydration status. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: An intervention study was conducted in a sample of 22 adult male amateur soccer players, who took part in a 90min simulated soccer match...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222631/an-advanced-simulator-for-orthopedic-surgical-training
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J Cecil, Avinash Gupta, Miguel Pirela-Cruz
PURPOSE: The purpose of creating the virtual reality (VR) simulator is to facilitate and supplement the training opportunities provided to orthopedic residents. The use of VR simulators has increased rapidly in the field of medical surgery for training purposes. This paper discusses the creation of the virtual surgical environment (VSE) for training residents in an orthopedic surgical process called less invasive stabilization system (LISS) surgery which is used to address fractures of the femur...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222625/using-patient-feedback-to-optimize-the-design-of-a-certolizumab-pegol-electromechanical-self-injection-device-insights-from-human-factors-studies
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Barbara Domańska, Oliver Stumpp, Steven Poon, Serkan Oray, Irina Mountian, Clovis Pichon
INTRODUCTION: We incorporated patient feedback from human factors studies (HFS) in the patient-centric design and validation of ava®, an electromechanical device (e-Device) for self-injecting the anti-tumor necrosis factor certolizumab pegol (CZP). METHODS: Healthcare professionals, caregivers, healthy volunteers, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or Crohn's disease participated in 11 formative HFS to optimize the e-Device design through intended user feedback; nine studies involved simulated injections...
December 8, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222509/impact-of-model-calibration-on-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-cervical-cancer-prevention
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David Moriña, Silvia de Sanjosé, Mireia Diaz
Markov chain models are commonly used to simulate the natural history of human papillomavirus infection and subsequent cervical lesions with the aim of predicting future benefits of health interventions. Developing and calibrating these models entails making a number of critical decisions that will influence the ability of the model to reflect real conditions and predict future situations. Accuracy of selected inputs and calibration procedures are two of the crucial aspects for model performance and understanding their influence is essential, especially when involves policy decisions...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221857/review-of-simulation-training-in-interventional-radiology
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Souzan Mirza, Sriharsha Athreya
Simulation training has evolved and is now able to offer numerous training opportunities to supplement the practice of and overcome some of the shortcomings of the traditional Master-Apprentice model currently used in medical training. Simulation training provides new opportunities to practice skills used in clinical procedures, crisis management scenarios, and everyday clinical practice in a risk-free environment. Procedural and nonprocedural skills used in interventional radiology can be taught with the use of simulation devices and technologies...
December 5, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221453/the-extra-cost-of-comorbidity-multiple-illnesses-and-the-economic-burden-of-non-communicable-diseases
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Sébastien Cortaredona, Bruno Ventelou
BACKGROUND: The literature offers competing estimates of disease costs, with each study having its own data and methods. In 2007, the Dutch Center for Public Health Forecasting of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment provided guidelines that can be used to set up cost-of-illness (COI) studies, emphasising that most COI analyses have trouble accounting for comorbidity in their cost estimations. When a patient has more than one chronic condition, the conditions may interact such that the patient's healthcare costs are greater than the sum of the costs for the individual diseases...
December 8, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221408/exploring-a-multi-scale-method-for-molecular-simulation-in-continuum-solvent-model-explicit-simulation-of-continuum-solvent-as-an-incompressible-fluid
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Li Xiao, Ray Luo
We explored a multi-scale algorithm for the Poisson-Boltzmann continuum solvent model for more robust simulations of biomolecules. In this method, the continuum solvent/solute interface is explicitly simulated with a numerical fluid dynamics procedure, which is tightly coupled to the solute molecular dynamics simulation. There are multiple benefits to adopt such a strategy as presented below. At this stage of the development, only nonelectrostatic interactions, i.e., van der Waals and hydrophobic interactions, are included in the algorithm to assess the quality of the solvent-solute interface generated by the new method...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221373/note-assessment-of-the-scan-rvv10-functional-for-the-structure-of-liquid-water
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Julia Wiktor, Francesco Ambrosio, Alfredo Pasquarello
The performance of the SCAN+rVV10 functional in modeling the structural properties of liquid water is studied through constant-volume ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with both classical and quantum nuclei. The radial distribution functions are found to be slightly overstructured with respect to experiment, but overall similar to those achieved with the bare SCAN and the rVV10 functionals. From the pressures calculated during the dynamics, it is inferred that the SCAN+rVV10 functional leads to a noticeable overestimation of the density of liquid water...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220980/modeling-the-single-and-multiple-scattering-properties-of-soot-laden-mineral-dust-aerosols
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Guanglang Xu, Patrick G Stegmann, Sarah D Brooks, Ping Yang
Fractal particle morphologies are employed to study the light scattering properties of soot-laden mineral dust aerosols. The applicability of these models is assessed in comparison with measurements and other numerical studies. To quantify the dust-soot mixing effects on the single and multiple scattering properties, a parameterization of the effective bulk properties is developed. Based on the parameterized bulk properties, polarized one-dimensional radiative transfer simulations are performed. The results indicate that small uncertainties in conjunction with soot contamination parameters may lead to large uncertainties in both forward and inverse modeling involving mineral dust contaminated with soot...
November 27, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220728/assessment-of-long-term-exposure-to-airborne-dioxin-and-cadmium-concentrations-in-the-lyon-metropolitan-area-france
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T Coudon, H Hourani, C Nguyen, E Faure, F R Mancini, B Fervers, P Salizzoni
Identifying the long-term effects of airborne pollutants requires the computation of the spatial and temporal variability of their concentration in air to estimate the exposure of the population. To estimate exposure levels of individuals in a breast cancer case control study nested in a national prospective cohort, we determine here the differential impact of a variety of cadmium and dioxin sources on urban air over a large urban area and over a period of almost 20years. To that end, we couple an emission model, to estimate dioxin and cadmium atmospheric annual releases, with an urban dispersion model in order to compute pollutant concentration fields at a fine temporal (1h) and spatial (25m) resolution...
December 5, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220534/effects-of-acupuncture-treatment-on-fibromyalgia-symptoms-serotonin-and-substance-p-levels-a-randomized-sham-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Saliha Karatay, Sibel Caglar Okur, Hulya Uzkeser, Kadir Yildirim, Fatih Akcay
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of acupuncture treatment on serum levels of serotonin and substance P (SP) as well as on clinical parameters in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Methods: This is a randomized controlled clinical trial. Seventy-five women with FM were randomized into one of three kinds of acupuncture treatment: real acupuncture group (AcG), sham acupuncture group (ShG), and simulated acupuncture group (SiG). Treatments were applied semiweekly for four weeks...
December 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220511/unbiased-estimate-of-synonymous-and-non-synonymous-substitution-rates-with-non-stationary-base-composition
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Laurent Guéeguen, Laurent Duret
The measurement of synonymous and non-synonymous substitution rates (dS and dN) is useful for assessing selection operating on protein sequences or for investigating mutational processes affecting genomes. In particular, the ratio dNdS is expected to be a good proxy for ω, the ratio of fixation robabilities of non-synonymous mutations relative to that of neutral mutations. Standard methods for estimating dN, dS or ω rely on the assumption that the base composition of sequences is at the equilibrium of the evolutionary process...
December 6, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219744/n-nitrosamines-migrating-from-food-contact-materials-into-food-simulants-analysis-and-quantification-by-means-of-hplc-apci-ms-ms
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Friederike Kühne, Oliver Kappenstein, Samira Straβgütl, Florian Weese, Jürgen Weyer, Karla Pfaff, Andreas Luch
It was the aim of the work described here to develop a validated analytical method for the determination N-nitrosamines in food simulants. Here, we present the validation of a liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-APCI-MS/MS) method for the determination of thirteen N-nitrosamines in the food simulants deionised water, 3 % acetic acid and 10 % ethanol. Method validation encompassed linearity, limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), recovery, precision and stability of the N-nitrosamines...
December 8, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218880/causal-inference-on-electronic-health-records-to-assess-blood-pressure-treatment-targets-an-application-of-the-parametric-g-formula
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Kipp W Johnson, Benjamin S Glicksberg, Rachel A Hodos, Khader Shameer, Joel T Dudley
Hypertension is a major risk factor for ischemic cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease, which are respectively the primary and secondary most common causes of morbidity and mortality across the globe. To alleviate the risks of hypertension, there are a number of effective antihypertensive drugs available. However, the optimal treatment blood pressure goal for antihypertensive therapy remains an area of controversy. The results of the recent Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) trial, which found benefits for intensive lowering of systolic blood pressure, have been debated for several reasons...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218591/model-based-phenotypic-signatures-governing-the-dynamics-of-the-stem-and-semi-differentiated-cell-populations-in-dysplastic-colonic-crypts
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Svetoslav Nikolov, Guido Santos, Olaf Wolkenhauer, Julio Vera
Mathematical modeling of cell differentiated in colonic crypts can contribute to a better understanding of basic mechanisms underlying colonic tissue organization, but also its deregulation during carcinogenesis and tumor progression. Here, we combined bifurcation analysis to assess the effect that time delay has in the complex interplay of stem cells and semi-differentiated cells at the niche of colonic crypts, and systematic model perturbation and simulation to find model-based phenotypes linked to cancer progression...
December 7, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218586/nonparametric-tests-for-equality-of-psychometric-functions
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Miguel A García-Pérez, Vicente Núñez-Antón
Many empirical studies measure psychometric functions (curves describing how observers' performance varies with stimulus magnitude) because these functions capture the effects of experimental conditions. To assess these effects, parametric curves are often fitted to the data and comparisons are carried out by testing for equality of mean parameter estimates across conditions. This approach is parametric and, thus, vulnerable to violations of the implied assumptions. Furthermore, testing for equality of means of parameters may be misleading: Psychometric functions may vary meaningfully across conditions on an observer-by-observer basis with no effect on the mean values of the estimated parameters...
December 7, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218579/assessment-of-debris-inputs-from-land-into-the-river-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-area-china
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Jing Wan, Yonggui Wang, Meiling Cheng, Bernard A Engel, Wanshun Zhang, Hong Peng
Riverine debris in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area (TGRA) poses a threat to electricity generation, ship navigation, and water environment. Quantifying riverine debris inputs from land into the river is a foundation for modeling of the transport and accumulation of floating debris on the water surface in the TGRA. However, this has not been researched to date. In this study, debris inputs from land into the river in the TGRA were assessed according to the response relationship between debris inputs and surface runoff...
December 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218016/synergistic-anti-arrhythmic-effects-in-human-atria-with-combined-use-of-sodium-blockers-and-acacetin
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Haibo Ni, Dominic G Whittaker, Wei Wang, Wayne R Giles, Sanjiv M Narayan, Henggui Zhang
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Developing effective and safe anti-AF drugs remains an unmet challenge. Simultaneous block of both atrial-specific ultra-rapid delayed rectifier potassium (K+) current (IKur) and the Na+ current (INa) has been hypothesized to be anti-AF, without inducing significant QT prolongation and ventricular side effects. However, the antiarrhythmic advantage of simultaneously blocking these two channels vs. individual block in the setting of AF-induced electrical remodeling remains to be documented...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218000/synapse-specific-regulation-revealed-at-single-synapses-is-concealed-when-recording-multiple-synapses
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Justin Lines, Ana Covelo, Ricardo Gómez, Lan Liu, Alfonso Araque
Synaptic transmission and its activity-dependent modulation, known as synaptic plasticity, are fundamental processes in nervous system function. Neurons may receive thousands of synaptic contacts, but synaptic regulation may occur only at individual or discrete subsets of synapses, which may have important consequences on the spatial extension of the modulation of synaptic information. Moreover, while several electrophysiological methods are used to assess synaptic transmission at different levels of observation, i...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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