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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732149/beware-of-the-origin-of-numbers-standard-scoring-of-the-sf-12-and-sf-36-summary-measures-distorts-measurement-and-score-interpretations
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Peter Hagell, Albert Westergren, Kristofer Årestedt
The 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) is a generic health rating scale developed to reproduce the Physical and Mental Component Summary scores (PCS and MCS, respectively) of a longer survey, the SF-36. The standard PCS/MCS scoring algorithm has been criticized because its expected dimensionality often lacks empirical support, scoring is based on the assumption that physical and mental health are uncorrelated, and because scores on physical health items influence MCS scores, and vice versa. In this paper, we review the standard PCS/MCS scoring algorithm for the SF-12 and consider alternative scoring procedures: the RAND-12 Health Status Inventory (HSI) and raw sum scores...
August 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730782/human-glioma-cells-conditioned-medium-promotes-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-vitro
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Rusen Zhu, Xinggui Chen, Jinghong Li, Liubo Lan
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in cell proliferation and migration of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) in glioma environment, in order to assess the tumorigenic risk of hMSCs in the clinical application to treat human gliomas. METHODS: hMSCs were obtained from normal adult persons and identified by their morphological characteristics and test of their stemness. The U251 glioma cell-conditioned medium (U251-CM) was obtained to simulate the human glioma environment in vitro...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728997/sepsis-reconsidered-identifying-novel-metrics-for-behavioral-landscape-characterization-with-a-high-performance-computing-implementation-of-an-agent-based-model
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Chase Cockrell, Gary An
OBJECTIVES: Sepsis affects nearly 1 million people in the United States per year, has a mortality rate of 28-50% and requires more than $20 billion a year in hospital costs. Over a quarter century of research has not yielded a single reliable diagnostic test or a directed therapeutic agent for sepsis. Central to this insufficiency is the fact that sepsis remains a clinical/physiological diagnosis representing a multitude of molecularly heterogeneous pathological trajectories. Advances in computational capabilities offered by High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms call for an evolution in the investigation of sepsis to attempt to define the boundaries of traditional research (bench, clinical and computational) through the use of computational proxy models...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728865/mass-spring-models-for-the-simulation-of-mitral-valve-function-looking-for-a-trade-off-between-reliability-and-time-efficiency
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O A Pappalardo, F Sturla, F Onorati, G Puppini, M Selmi, G B Luciani, G Faggian, A Redaelli, E Votta
Patient-specific finite element (FE) models can assess the impact of mitral valve (MV) repair on the complex MV anatomy and function. However, FE excessive time requirements hamper their use for surgical planning; mass-spring models (MSMs) represent a more approximate approach but can provide almost real-time simulations. On this basis, we implemented MSMs of three healthy MVs from cardiac magnetic resonance (cMR) imaging to simulate the systolic MV closure, including the in vivo papillary muscles and annular kinematics, and the anisotropic and non-linear mechanical response of MV tissues...
July 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728780/detecting-regional-stiffness-changes-in-aortic-aneurysmal-geometries-using-pressure-normalized-strain
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Doran S Mix, Ling Yang, Camille C Johnson, Nathan Couper, Ben Zarras, Isaac Arabadjis, Lauren E Trakimas, Michael C Stoner, Steven W Day, Michael S Richards
Transabdominal ultrasound elasticity imaging could improve the assessment of rupture risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms by providing information on the mechanical properties and stress or strain states of vessel walls. We implemented a non-rigid image registration method to visualize the pressure-normalized strain within vascular tissues and adapted it to measure total strain over an entire cardiac cycle. We validated the algorithm's performance with both simulated ultrasound images with known principal strains and anatomically accurate heterogeneous polyvinyl alcohol cryogel vessel phantoms...
July 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728594/implementing-the-efftox-dose-finding-design-in-the-matchpoint-trial
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Kristian Brock, Lucinda Billingham, Mhairi Copland, Shamyla Siddique, Mirjana Sirovica, Christina Yap
BACKGROUND: The Matchpoint trial aims to identify the optimal dose of ponatinib to give with conventional chemotherapy consisting of fludarabine, cytarabine and idarubicin to chronic myeloid leukaemia patients in blastic transformation phase. The dose should be both tolerable and efficacious. This paper describes our experience implementing EffTox in the Matchpoint trial. METHODS: EffTox is a Bayesian adaptive dose-finding trial design that jointly scrutinises binary efficacy and toxicity outcomes...
July 20, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728559/effect-of-insulin-therapy-and-dietary-adjustments-on-safety-and-performance-during-simulated-soccer-tests-in-people-with-type-1-diabetes-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Javier Calvo-Marín, Gabriel Torrealba-Acosta, Matthew Campbell, Jesse Gaboury, Ajmol Ali, Chih Hao Chen-Ku
BACKGROUND: Despite the reduction in glycemic derangement in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) through dietary and therapeutic adjustments implemented before, during and after continuous exercise, evidence for its effectiveness with intermittent forms of exercise, such as soccer, is still lacking. METHODS/DESIGN: We designed a study protocol for a randomized, crossover, double-blinded, controlled trial, for the evaluation of the effect that a strategy of dietary and therapeutic modifications may have on safety and performance of persons with T1D in soccer training sessions and cognitive testing...
July 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728442/an-integrated-platform-for-small-animal-hyperthermia-investigations-under-ultra-high-field-mri-guidance
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Sergio Curto, Pegah Faridi, Tej B Shrestha, Marla Pyle, Leila Maurmann, Deryl Troyer, Stefan H Bossmann, Punit Prakash
PURPOSE: Integrating small-animal experimental hyperthermia instrumentation with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) affords real-time monitoring of spatial temperature profiles. This study reports on the development and preliminary in vivo characterisation of a 2.45 GHz microwave hyperthermia system for pre-clinical small animal investigations, integrated within a 14 T ultra-high-field MRI scanner. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The presented system incorporates a 3.5 mm (OD) directional microwave hyperthermia antenna, positioned adjacent to the small-animal target, radiating microwave energy for localised heating of subcutaneous tumours...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728434/economic-model-predictive-control-of-bihormonal-artificial-pancreas-system-based-on-switching-control-and-dynamic-r-parameter
#9
Fengna Tang, Youqing Wang
BACKGROUND: Blood glucose (BG) regulation is a long-term task for people with diabetes. In recent years, more and more researchers have attempted to achieve automated regulation of BG using automatic control algorithms, called the artificial pancreas (AP) system. In clinical practice, it is equally important to guarantee the treatment effect and reduce the treatment costs. The main motivation of this study is to reduce the cure burden. METHODS: The dynamic R-parameter economic model predictive control (R-EMPC) is chosen to regulate the delivery rates of exogenous hormones (insulin and glucagon)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727944/computer-based-case-simulations-for-assessment-in-health-care-a-literature-review-of-validity-evidence
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Robyn C Ward, Timothy J Muckle, Michael J Kremer, Mary Anne Krogh
Simulation for education and training in health-care professions has been widely applied. However, its value as an assessment tool for competence is not fully known. Logistical barriers of simulation-based assessments have led some health-care organizations to utilize computer-based case simulations (CCSs) for assessment. This article provides a review of the literature on the identification of psychometrically sound, CCS instruments designed to measure decision-making competence in health-care professionals...
January 1, 2017: Evaluation & the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727637/evaluation-and-student-perceptions-of-an-ob-boot-camp-simulation-for-undergraduate-nursing-students-a-mixed-method-approach
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Cynthia S Crews, Lisa C Minor
Obstetrical nursing offers unique challenges as a specialty clinical area as the process of birth and the nature of the setting are unpredictable. Traditional undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students may not have experience with maternal/newborn care. An eight-hour OB Boot Camp was developed to prepare students for their first obstetrical clinical rotation. An explanatory sequential mixed-method research study was used to explore student perceptions and evaluate the experience. On the basis of the results of this research study, the OB Boot Camp was a valuable instructional method to prepare students for obstetrical clinical rotations and coursework...
July 19, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726782/pkc%C3%AE-phosphorylates-traf2-to-protect-against-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-injury
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Wei Zhou, Jihong Yao, Guangzhi Wang, Zhao Chen, Zhenlu Li, Dongcheng Feng, Yang Li, Wasim Qasim, Wenzhi Tan, Shili Ning, Xiaofeng Tian
Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is a common clinical problem that occurs during various clinical pathological processes. Excessive apoptosis has an indispensable role in intestinal I/R injury. Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2) and PKCζ have an essential role in apoptosis. Here, we aimed to investigate the effects of PKCζ and TRAF2 and to explore the correlation between PKCζ and TRAF2 in intestinal I/R injury. Mice were subjected to intestinal I/R injury in vivo. In vitro experiments were conducted by treating Caco-2 cells with hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) stimulation to simulate intestinal I/R...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726679/accuracy-of-rhenium-188-spect-ct-activity-quantification-for-applications-in-radionuclide-therapy-using-clinical-reconstruction-methods
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Pedro L Esquinas, Carlos F Uribe, M Gonzalez, Cristina Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Urs O Häfeli, Anna Celler
The main applications of (188)Re in radionuclide therapies include trans-arterial liver radioembolization and palliation of painful bone-metastases. In order to optimize (188)Re therapies, the accurate determination of radiation dose delivered to tumors and organs at risk is required. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) can be used to perform such dosimetry calculations. However, the accuracy of dosimetry estimates strongly depends on the accuracy of activity quantification in (188)Re images...
July 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726116/a-computationally-efficient-method-for-hand-eye-calibration
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Zhiqiang Zhang, Lin Zhang, Guang-Zhong Yang
PURPOSE: Surgical robots with cooperative control and semiautonomous features have shown increasing clinical potential, particularly for repetitive tasks under imaging and vision guidance. Effective performance of an autonomous task requires accurate hand-eye calibration so that the transformation between the robot coordinate frame and the camera coordinates is well defined. In practice, due to changes in surgical instruments, online hand-eye calibration must be performed regularly. In order to ensure seamless execution of the surgical procedure without affecting the normal surgical workflow, it is important to derive fast and efficient hand-eye calibration methods...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725558/temperature-dependent-optoacoustic-response-and-transient-through-zero-gr%C3%A3-neisen-parameter-in-optically-contrasted-media
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Elena Petrova, Anton Liopo, Alexander A Oraevsky, Sergey A Ermilov
Non-invasive optoacoustic mapping of temperature in tissues with low blood content can be enabled by administering external contrast agents. Some important clinical applications of such approach include temperature mapping during thermal therapies in a prostate or a mammary gland. However, the technique would require a calibration that establishes functional relationship between the measured normalized optoacoustic response and local tissue temperature. In this work, we investigate how a key calibration parameter - the temperature of zero optoacoustic response (T0 ) - behaves in different environments simulating biological tissues augmented with either dissolved or particulate (nanoparticles) contrast agents...
September 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725497/effect-of-screw-perpendicularity-on-compression-in-scaphoid-waist-fractures
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Morgan M Swanstrom, Kyle W Morse, Joseph D Lipman, Krystle A Hearns, Michelle G Carlson
Background  Central and perpendicular (PERP) screw orientations have each been described for scaphoid fracture fixation. It is unclear, however, which orientation produces greater compression. Questions/Purposes  This study compares compression in scaphoid waist fractures with screw fixation in both PERP and pole-to-pole (PTP) configurations. PERP orientation was hypothesized to produce greater compression than PTP orientation. Methods  Ten preoperative computed tomography scans of scaphoid waist fractures were classified by fracture type and orientation in the coronal and sagittal planes...
August 2017: Journal of Wrist Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725482/systems-biology-driving-drug-development-from-design-to-the-clinical-testing-of-the-anti-erbb3-antibody-seribantumab-mm-121
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REVIEW
Birgit Schoeberl, Art Kudla, Kristina Masson, Ashish Kalra, Michael Curley, Gregory Finn, Emily Pace, Brian Harms, Jaeyeon Kim, Jeff Kearns, Aaron Fulgham, Olga Burenkova, Viara Grantcharova, Defne Yarar, Violette Paragas, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Marisa Wainszelbaum, Kip West, Sara Mathews, Rachel Nering, Bambang Adiwijaya, Gabriela Garcia, Bill Kubasek, Victor Moyo, Akos Czibere, Ulrik B Nielsen, Gavin MacBeath
The ErbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases comprises four members: epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB1), human EGFR 2 (HER2/ErbB2), ErbB3/HER3, and ErbB4/HER4. The first two members of this family, EGFR and HER2, have been implicated in tumorigenesis and cancer progression for several decades, and numerous drugs have now been approved that target these two proteins. Less attention, however, has been paid to the role of this family in mediating cancer cell survival and drug tolerance. To better understand the complex signal transduction network triggered by the ErbB receptor family, we built a computational model that quantitatively captures the dynamics of ErbB signaling...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724555/susceptibility-testing-for-the-polymyxins-two-steps-back-three-steps-forward
#18
Shawn Vasoo
Optimizing and standardizing susceptibility testing for the polymyxins have become a pressing issue given the rise multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. Recently both CLSI-EUCAST have recommended broth microdilution (BMD) (without polysorbate) as the reference method for polymyxin susceptibility testing. In this issue, Chew et al. (doi: https://doi.org/10.1128JCM.00268-17.) compare the performance of three commercial BMD panels and the Etest to reference BMD for polymyxin B and colistin, on 76 Enterobacteriaceae isolates (21 mcr-1 positive)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724354/novel-plasmodium-falciparum-metabolic-network-reconstruction-identifies-shifts-associated-with-clinical-antimalarial-resistance
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Maureen A Carey, Jason A Papin, Jennifer L Guler
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a major public health burden and resistance has emerged to every antimalarial on the market, including the frontline drug, artemisinin. Our limited understanding of Plasmodium biology hinders the elucidation of resistance mechanisms. In this regard, systems biology approaches can facilitate the integration of existing experimental knowledge and further understanding of these mechanisms. RESULTS: Here, we developed a novel genome-scale metabolic network reconstruction, iPfal17, of the asexual blood-stage P...
July 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724196/a-local-agreement-pattern-measure-based-on-hazard-functions-for-survival-outcomes
#20
Tian Dai, Ying Guo, Limin Peng, Amita K Manatunga
Assessing agreement is often of interest in biomedical and clinical research when measurements are obtained on the same subjects by different raters or methods. Most classical agreement methods have been focused on global summary statistics, which cannot be used to describe various local agreement patterns. The objective of this work is to study the local agreement pattern between two continuous measurements subject to censoring. In this article, we propose a new agreement measure based on bivariate hazard functions to characterize the local agreement pattern between two correlated survival outcomes...
July 19, 2017: Biometrics
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