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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108686/use-of-mechanical-insufflation-exsufflation-devices-for-airway-clearance-in-subjects-with-neuromuscular-disease
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REVIEW
Catherine Auger, Vanessa Hernando, Hubert Galmiche
The aim of this systematic review is to examine the benefit/risk ratio of the use of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation (MI-E) devices for airway clearance in patients with neuromuscular diseases. A search was conducted for relevant studies in MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, and the Health Technology Assessment Database using the main key words: cough, airway clearance, in-exsufflation. The search limits were studies published in English and French between 1970 and 2014 (literature watch until December 2015)...
February 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108641/spinal-cord-stimulation-scs-with-anatomically-guided-3d-neural-targeting-shows-superior-chronic-axial-low-back-pain-relief-compared-to-traditional-scs-lumina-study
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Elias Veizi, Salim M Hayek, James North, T Brent Chafin, Thomas L Yearwood, Louis Raso, Robert Frey, Kevin Cairns, Anthony Berg, John Brendel, Nameer Haider, Matthew McCarty, Henry Vucetic, Alden Sherman, Lilly Chen, Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov
: BACKGROUND : The aim of this study was to determine whether spinal cord stimulation (SCS) using 3D neural targeting provided sustained overall and low back pain relief in a broad routine clinical practice population. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:  This was a multicenter, open-label observational study with an observational arm and retrospective analysis of a matched cohort. After IPG implantation, programming was done using a patient-specific, model-based algorithm to adjust for lead position (3D neural targeting) or previous generation software (traditional)...
January 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108445/multi-rate-poisson-tree-processes-for-single-locus-species-delimitation-under-maximum-likelihood-and-markov-chain-monte-carlo
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P Kapli, S Lutteropp, J Zhang, K Kobert, P Pavlidis, A Stamatakis, T Flouri
MOTIVATION: In recent years, molecular species delimitation has become a routine approach for quantifying and classifying biodiversity. Barcoding methods are of particular importance in large-scale surveys as they promote fast species discovery and biodiversity estimates. Among those, distance-based methods are the most common choice as they scale well with large datasets; however, they are sensitive to similarity threshold parameters and they ignore evolutionary relationships. The recently introduced "Poisson Tree Processes" (PTP) method is a phylogeny-aware approach that does not rely on such thresholds...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108316/crispr-cas9-in-insects-applications-best-practices-and-biosafety-concerns
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REVIEW
Clauvis Nji Tizi Taning, Benigna Van Eynde, Na Yu, Sanyuan Ma, Guy Smagghe
Discovered as a bacterial adaptive immune system, CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat/CRISPR associated) is being developed as an attractive tool in genome editing. Due to its high specificity and applicability, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing has been employed in a multitude of organisms and cells, including insects, for not only fundamental research such as gene function studies, but also applied research such as modification of organisms of economic importance. Despite the rapid increase in the use of CRISPR in insect genome editing, results still differ from each study, principally due to existing differences in experimental parameters, such as the Cas9 and guide RNA form, the delivery method, the target gene and off-target effects...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108198/ted-a-tolerant-edit-distance-for-segmentation-evaluation
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Jan Funke, Jonas Klein, Francesc Moreno-Noguer, Albert Cardona, Matthew Cook
In this paper, we present a novel error measure to compare a computer-generated segmentation of images or volumes against ground truth. This measure, which we call Tolerant Edit Distance (TED), is motivated by two observations that we usually encounter in biomedical image processing: (1) Some errors, like small boundary shifts, are tolerable in practice. Which errors are tolerable is application dependent and should be explicitly expressible in the measure. (2) Non-tolerable errors have to be corrected manually...
January 17, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107943/development-of-a-nanoarray-capable-of-the-rapid-and-simultaneous-detection-of-zearalenone-t2-toxin-and-fumonisin
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Sara E McNamee, Francesca Bravin, Giulia Rosar, Christopher T Elliott, Katrina Campbell
Fusarium mycotoxins such as trichothecenes, zearalenone and fumonisins occur on a worldwide basis in cereal grains, animal feeds and forages. Practical solutions for multiple mycotoxin determination in samples are required by industry and regulators for cost effective screening purposes. The feasibility of developing a novel multiplex nanoarray for the simultaneous and semi-quantitative detection of three regulated mycotoxins: zearalenone (ZEA), T2-toxin (T2) and fumonisin B1 (FUM) was examined. Additionally, the assay was also able to detect HT2 toxin and fumonisin B2 and B3 due to the cross reactivity profiles of the antibodies used...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107495/germination-response-of-four-alien-congeneric-amaranthus-species-to-environmental-factors
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Jian-Hua Hao, Shuang-Shuang Lv, Saurav Bhattacharya, Jian-Guo Fu
Seed germination is the key step for successful establishment, growth and further expansion of population especially for alien plants with annual life cycle. Traits like better adaptability and germination response were thought to be associated with plant invasion. However, there are not enough empirical studies correlating adaptation to environmental factors with germination response of alien invasive plants. In this study, we conducted congeneric comparisons of germination response to different environmental factors such as light, pH, NaCl, osmotic and soil burials among four alien amaranths that differ in invasiveness and have sympatric distribution in Jiangsu Province, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107049/statistical-primer-for-athletic-trainers-using-confidence-intervals-and-effect-sizes-to-evaluate-clinical-meaningfulness
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Monica Lininger, Bryan L Riemann
OBJECTIVE: To describe confidence intervals (CIs) and effect sizes and provide practical examples to assist clinicians in assessing clinical meaningfulness. BACKGROUND: As discussed in our first article in 2015, which addressed the difference between statistical significance and clinical meaningfulness, evaluating the clinical meaningfulness of a research study remains a challenge to many readers. In this paper, we will build on this topic by examining CIs and effect sizes...
December 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106832/plaimos-a-remote-mobile-healthcare-platform-to-monitor-cardiovascular-and-respiratory-variables
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Ramses Miramontes, Raúl Aquino, Arturo Flores, Guillermo Rodríguez, Rafael Anguiano, Arturo Ríos, Arthur Edwards
The number of elderly and chronically ill patients has grown significantly over the past few decades as life expectancy has increased worldwide, leading to increased demands on the health care system and significantly taxing traditional health care practices. Consequently, there is an urgent need to use technology to innovate and more constantly and intensely monitor, report and analyze critical patient physiological parameters beyond conventional clinical settings in a more efficient and cost effective manner...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106614/study-of-intrapatient-variability-and-reproducibility-of-quantitative-tumor-perfusion-parameters-evaluated-with-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography
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Nathalie Lassau, Bénédicte Coiffier, Laura Faivre, Baya Benatsou, Sophie Bidault, Elizabeth Girard, Bernard Asselain, Stéphanie Pitre-Champagnat, Serge Koscielny
OBJECTIVES: Dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) ultrasonography (US) is a functional imaging technique enabling quantitative assessment of solid tumor perfusion in metastatic patients treated with antiangiogenic therapies.The objective of this prospective single-center study was to evaluate in real-life conditions (in routine clinical practice) the intrapatient variability and reproducibility of DCE-US parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Each patient provided written informed consent and had 2 DCE-US examinations (preprandial and postprandial) at baseline, day 15, and 1 month after treatment initiation...
January 18, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106411/construction-of-multichromophoric-spectra-from-monomer-data-applications-to-resonant-energy-transfer
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Aurélia Chenu, Jianshu Cao
We develop a model that establishes a quantitative link between the physical properties of molecular aggregates and their constituent building blocks. The relation is built on the coherent potential approximation, calibrated against exact results, and proven reliable for a wide range of parameters. It provides a practical method to compute spectra and transfer rates in multichromophoric systems from experimentally accessible monomer data. Applications to Förster energy transfer reveal optimal transfer rates as functions of both the system-bath coupling and intra-aggregate coherence...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105657/a-nomogram-to-predict-distant-metastasis-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-and-radical-surgery-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer
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Yanwu Sun, Huiming Lin, Xingrong Lu, Ying Huang, Zongbin Xu, Shenghui Huang, Xiaojie Wang, Pan Chi
PURPOSE: To compare distant metastasis (DM) in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) and surgery alone, and to develop a predictive nomogram for DM following nCRT. METHODS: Propensity-scoring match analysis was performed to compare DM in LARC treated with nCRT (n = 375) and surgery alone (n = 375). Cox regression was performed to identify predictors of DM following nCRT. A nomogram was developed and validated by internal (n = 425) and external validation (n = 97)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104976/clinical-role-of-non-invasive-assessment-of-portal-hypertension
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EDITORIAL
Massimo Bolognesi, Marco Di Pascoli, David Sacerdoti
Measurement of portal pressure is pivotal in the evaluation of patients with liver cirrhosis. The measurement of the hepatic venous pressure gradient represents the reference method by which portal pressure is estimated. However, it is an invasive procedure that requires significant hospital resources, including experienced staff, and is associated with considerable cost. Non-invasive methods that can be reliably used to estimate the presence and the degree of portal hypertension are urgently needed in clinical practice...
January 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104897/optimal-flow-rate-sampling-designs-for-studies-with-extended-exhaled-nitric-oxide-analysis
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Noa Molshatzki, Sandrah Eckel
INTRODUCTION: The fractional concentration of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is a biomarker of airway inflammation. Repeat FeNO maneuvers at multiple fixed exhalation flow rates (extended NO analysis) can be used to estimate parameters quantifying proximal and distal sources of NO in mathematical models of lower respiratory tract NO. A growing number of studies use extended NO analysis, but there is no official standard flow rate sampling protocol. In this paper, we provide information for study planning by deriving theoretically optimal flow rate sampling designs...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104724/predicting-survival-of-patients-with-small-bowel-neuroendocrine-tumours-comparison-of-3-systems
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Ashley Kieran Clift, Omar Faiz, Rob Goldin, John Martin, Harpreet Wasan, Marc-Olaf Liedke, Erik Schloericke, Anna Malczewska, Guido Rindi, Mark Kidd, Irvin Modlin, Andrea Frilling
Neuroendocrine tumours (NET) are clinically challenging due to their unpredictable behaviour. Nomograms, grading and staging systems are predictive tools with multiple roles in clinical practice, including patient prognostication. The NET nomogram allocates scores for various clinicopathological parameters, calculating percentage estimates for 5- and 10-year disease-specific survival of patients with small bowel (SB) NET. We evaluated the clinical utility of three prognostic systems in 70 SB NET patients: the NET nomogram, the World Health Organisation (WHO)/European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (ENETS) grading system and the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC)/Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) TNM staging method...
January 19, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104629/historian-accurate-reconstruction-of-ancestral-sequences-and-evolutionary-rates
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Ian H Holmes
MOTIVATION: Reconstruction of ancestral sequence histories, and estimation of parameters like indel rates, are improved by using explicit evolutionary models and summing over uncertain alignments. The previous best tool for this purpose (according to simulation benchmarks) was ProtPal, but this tool was too slow for practical use. RESULTS: Historian combines an efficient reimplementation of the ProtPal algorithm with performance-improving heuristics from other alignment tools...
January 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104486/valid-statistical-approaches-for-analyzing-sholl-data-mixed-effects-versus-simple-linear-models
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Machelle D Wilson, Sunjay Sethi, Pamela J Lein, Kimberly P Keil
BACKGROUND: The Sholl technique is widely used to quantify dendritic morphology. Data from such studies, which typically sample multiple neurons per animal, are often analyzed using simple linear models. However, simple linear models fail to account for intra-class correlation that occurs with clustered data, which can lead to faulty inferences. NEW METHOD: Mixed effects models account for intra-class correlation that occurs with clustered data; thus, these models more accurately estimate the standard deviation of the parameter estimate, which produces more accurate p-values...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104277/microcirculatory-monitoring-in-septic-patients-where-do-we-stand
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G Gruartmoner, J Mesquida, C Ince
Microcirculatory alterations play a pivotal role in sepsis-related morbidity and mortality. However, since the microcirculation has been a "black box", current hemodynamic management of septic patients is still guided by macrocirculatory parameters. In the last decades, the development of several technologies has shed some light on microcirculatory evaluation and monitoring, and the possibility of incorporating microcirculatory variables to clinical practice no longer seems to be beyond reach. The present review provides a brief summary of the current technologies for microcirculatory evaluation, and attempts to explore the potential role and benefits of their integration to the resuscitation process in critically ill septic patients...
January 16, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103638/music-interventions-for-acquired-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Wendy L Magee, Imogen Clark, Jeanette Tamplin, Joke Bradt
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) can result in impairments in motor function, language, cognition, and sensory processing, and in emotional disturbances, which can severely reduce a survivor's quality of life. Music interventions have been used in rehabilitation to stimulate brain functions involved in movement, cognition, speech, emotions, and sensory perceptions. An update of the systematic review published in 2010 was needed to gauge the efficacy of music interventions in rehabilitation for people with ABI...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103275/a-theoretical-model-for-predicting-residual-stress-generation-in-fabrication-process-of-double-ceramic-layer-thermal-barrier-coating-system
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Yan Song, Weijie Wu, Feng Xie, Yilun Liu, Tiejun Wang
Residual stress arisen in fabrication process of Double-Ceramic-Layer Thermal Barrier Coating System (DCL-TBCs) has a significant effect on its quality and reliability. In this work, based on the practical fabrication process of DCL-TBCs and the force and moment equilibrium, a theoretical model was proposed at first to predict residual stress generation in its fabrication process, in which the temperature dependent material properties of DCL-TBCs were incorporated. Then, a Finite Element method (FEM) has been carried out to verify our theoretical model...
2017: PloS One
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