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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417944/variable-admittance-control-based-on-fuzzy-reinforcement-learning-for-minimally-invasive-surgery-manipulator
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Zhijiang Du, Wei Wang, Zhiyuan Yan, Wei Dong, Weidong Wang
In order to get natural and intuitive physical interaction in the pose adjustment of the minimally invasive surgery manipulator, a hybrid variable admittance model based on Fuzzy Sarsa(λ)-learning is proposed in this paper. The proposed model provides continuous variable virtual damping to the admittance controller to respond to human intentions, and it effectively enhances the comfort level during the task execution by modifying the generated virtual damping dynamically. A fuzzy partition defined over the state space is used to capture the characteristics of the operator in physical human-robot interaction...
April 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412945/multimorbidity-associated-with-functional-independence-among-community-dwelling-older-people-a-cross-sectional-study-in-southern-china
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Xiao-Xiao Wang, Wei-Quan Lin, Xu-Jia Chen, Ying-Yu Lin, Ling-Ling Huang, Sheng-Chao Zhang, Pei-Xi Wang
BACKGROUND: Multimorbidity, the coexistence of two or more chronic diseases, is common in older adults. And it may lead to many adverse health outcomes, such as disability. However, data on multimorbidity and its relationship with functional independence are scarce in Asian countries. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the relationship between multimorbidity and functional status among older people in China. METHODS: Based on a cross-sectional survey, the information regarding 2705 older adults, who were of at least 60 years of age, was collected through interviews and analyzed...
April 17, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397130/antidiarrheal-drug-therapy
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REVIEW
Lawrence R Schiller
INTRODUCTION: Acute diarrhea often runs a self-limited course and little by way of treatment is needed except for oral rehydration therapy. Chronic diarrhea poses a longer-term problem. If not treatable with specific therapy aimed at the underlying pathophysiology, chronic diarrhea often needs long-term symptomatic therapy. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper aims to examine the options for symptomatic, nonspecific treatment of diarrhea. RECENT FINDINGS: The most frequently used therapies are opiate antidiarrheal drugs...
May 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395601/barriers-to-later-retirement-for-men-physical-challenges-of-work-and-increases-in-the-full-retirement-age
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Joanne Song McLaughlin, David Neumark
Policy changes intended to delay retirements of older workers and extend their work lives may run up against barriers owing to rising physical challenges of work as people age. We examine whether physical challenges at work influence employment transitions of older male workers in the age range for which public policy is trying to extend work lives and whether older male workers are able to mitigate these challenges while still remaining employed. The evidence indicates that physical challenges pose a barrier to extending work lives, although some older male workers with physically demanding jobs are able to mitigate these demands-either at new jobs or with the same employer...
January 1, 2017: Research on Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369191/the-rnaseq-er-api-a-gateway-to-systematically-updated-analysis-of-public-rna-seq-data
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Robert Petryszak, Nuno A Fonseca, Anja Füllgrabe, Laura Huerta, Maria Keays, Y Amy Tang, Alvis Brazma
Motivation: The exponential growth of publicly available RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) data poses an increasing challenge to researchers wishing to discover, analyse and store such data, particularly those based in institutions with limited computational resources. EMBL-EBI is in an ideal position to address these challenges and to allow the scientific community easy access to not just raw, but also processed RNA-Seq data. We present a Web service to access the results of a systematically and continually updated standardised alignment as well as gene and exon expression quantification of all public bulk (and in the near future also single-cell) RNA-Seq runs in 264 species in European Nucleotide Archive, using Representational State Transfer...
March 22, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367376/slimm-species-level-identification-of-microorganisms-from-metagenomes
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Temesgen Hailemariam Dadi, Bernhard Y Renard, Lothar H Wieler, Torsten Semmler, Knut Reinert
Identification and quantification of microorganisms is a significant step in studying the alpha and beta diversities within and between microbial communities respectively. Both identification and quantification of a given microbial community can be carried out using whole genome shotgun sequences with less bias than when using 16S-rDNA sequences. However, shared regions of DNA among reference genomes and taxonomic units pose a significant challenge in assigning reads correctly to their true origins. The existing microbial community profiling tools commonly deal with this problem by either preparing signature-based unique references or assigning an ambiguous read to its least common ancestor in a taxonomic tree...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365563/pedestrian-inattention-blindness-while-playing-pok%C3%A3-mon-go-as-an-emerging-health-risk-behavior-a-case-report
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Stefania Barbieri, Gianna Vettore, Vincenzo Pietrantonio, Rossella Snenghi, Alberto Tredese, Mauro Bergamini, Sara Previato, Armando Stefanati, Rosa Maria Gaudio, Paolo Feltracco
BACKGROUND: Cases of trauma resulting from the use of mobile phones while driving motor vehicles have become quite common in recent years. Road injuries incurred by people playing video games on mobile phones (or other media devices) while walking have also become a cause for concern. Pokémon Go has been the world's most popular game since it was launched in July 2016, with more than 15 million players trying to catch all Pokémon available in the game; however, the case detailed here is the first reported accident in the medical literature caused by a pedestrian distracted by the game while crossing a street...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356196/facile-preparation-of-fibrin-coated-open-tubular-column-for-characterization-of-monoclonal-antibody-variants-by-capillary-electrochromatography
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Xue Xiao, Wentao Wang, Yamin Zhang, Li Jia
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are one of the most promising classes of therapeutic protein biopharmaceuticals. However, the complexity of mAbs poses a daunting analytical challenge for heterogeneity characterization of mAbs. In this study, inspired by blood coagulation, we adopted a fibrin coating as a novel stationary phase in open tubular (OT) column for the separation of the mAbs variants by capillary electrochromatography. The fibrin coating was prepared by in situ polymerization of fibrin in the presence of thrombin as a catalyst inside a fused-silica capillary...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348919/optimized-multiresidue-analysis-of-organic-contaminants-of-priority-concern-in-a-daily-consumed-fish-grass-carp
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Wei He, Yanru Chen, Chen Yang, Wenxiu Liu, Xiangzhen Kong, Ning Qin, Qishuang He, Fuliu Xu
The organic contaminants, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are of priority concern because of their persistence, toxicity, and long-distance transportation in global environment. Their residues in a daily consumed fish (grass carp) pose potential threat to human health and aquatic ecosystems. The present study optimized an analytical protocol of microwave-assisted extraction (MAE), lip-removal by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), cleanup by solid phase cartridge (SC) or adsorption chromatography column (CC), and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS)...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342105/real-time-surgical-tool-tracking-and-pose-estimation-using-a-hybrid-cylindrical-marker
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Lin Zhang, Menglong Ye, Po-Ling Chan, Guang-Zhong Yang
PURPOSE: To provide an integrated visualisation of intraoperative ultrasound and endoscopic images to facilitate intraoperative guidance, real-time tracking of the ultrasound probe is required. State-of-the-art methods are suitable for planar targets while most of the laparoscopic ultrasound probes are cylindrical objects. A tracking framework for cylindrical objects with a large work space will improve the usability of the intraoperative ultrasound guidance. METHODS: A hybrid marker design that combines circular dots and chessboard vertices is proposed for facilitating tracking cylindrical tools...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340552/strauto-automation-and-parallelization-of-structure-analysis
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Vikram E Chhatre, Kevin J Emerson
BACKGROUND: Population structure inference using the software STRUCTURE has become an integral part of population genetic studies covering a broad spectrum of taxa including humans. The ever-expanding size of genetic data sets poses computational challenges for this analysis. Although at least one tool currently implements parallel computing to reduce computational overload of this analysis, it does not fully automate the use of replicate STRUCTURE analysis runs required for downstream inference of optimal K...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333193/increased-activity-of-colistin-in-combination-with-amikacin-against-escherichia-coli-co-producing-ndm-5-and-mcr-1
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Yu-Feng Zhou, Meng-Ting Tao, Youjun Feng, Run-Shi Yang, Xiao-Ping Liao, Ya-Hong Liu, Jian Sun
Objectives: Colistin and carbapenem are two lines of last-resort antibiotics against lethal infections caused by MDR Gram-negative pathogens. The emergence of carbapenemase-positive Escherichia coli with colistin resistance poses a serious threat to public health worldwide. Here we report, for the first time (to the best of our knowledge), a novel combination therapy used for the treatment of E. coli co-producing MCR-1 and NDM-5. Methods: The MICs of colistin were determined alone and with 1-4 mg/L amikacin...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275173/tropism-and-innate-host-responses-of-influenza-a-h5n6-virus-an-analysis-of-ex%C3%A2-vivo-and-in-vitro-cultures-of-the-human-respiratory-tract
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Kenrie P Y Hui, Louisa L Y Chan, Denise I T Kuok, Chris K P Mok, Zi-Feng Yang, Run-Feng Li, Geraldine S M Luk, Elaine F Lee, Jimmy C C Lai, Hui-Ling Yen, Huachen Zhu, Yi Guan, John M Nicholls, J S Malik Peiris, Michael C W Chan
Since their first isolation in 2013, influenza A/H5N6 viruses have spread amongst poultry across multiple provinces in China and to Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. So far, there have been 14 human H5N6 infections with 10 fatalities.We investigated the tropism, replication competence and cytokine induction of one human and two avian H5N6 isolates in ex vivo and in vitro cultures derived from the human respiratory tract. Virus tropism and replication were studied in ex vivo cultures of human nasopharynx, bronchus and lung...
March 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259462/standardization-proposal-of-soft-tissue-artefact-description-for-data-sharing-in-human-motion-measurements
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Andrea Cereatti, Tecla Bonci, Massoud Akbarshahi, Kamiar Aminian, Arnaud Barré, Mickael Begon, Daniel L Benoit, Caecilia Charbonnier, Fabien Dal Maso, Silvia Fantozzi, Cheng-Chung Lin, Tung-Wu Lu, Marcus G Pandy, Rita Stagni, Antonie J van den Bogert, Valentina Camomilla
Soft tissue artefact (STA) represents one of the main obstacles for obtaining accurate and reliable skeletal kinematics from motion capture. Many studies have addressed this issue, yet there is no consensus on the best available bone pose estimator and the expected errors associated with relevant results. Furthermore, results obtained by different authors are difficult to compare due to the high variability and specificity of the phenomenon and the different metrics used to represent these data. Therefore, the aim of this study was twofold: firstly, to propose standards for description of STA; and secondly, to provide illustrative STA data samples for body segments in the upper and lower extremities and for a range of motor tasks specifically, level walking, stair ascent, sit-to-stand, hip- and knee-joint functional movements, cutting motion, running, hopping, arm elevation and functional upper-limb movements...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256222/multiple-ligand-unbinding-pathways-and-ligand-induced-destabilization-revealed-by-wexplore
#15
Alex Dickson, Samuel D Lotz
We report simulations of full ligand exit pathways for the trypsin-benzamidine system, generated using the sampling technique WExplore. WExplore is able to observe millisecond-scale unbinding events using many nanosecond-scale trajectories that are run without introducing biasing forces. The algorithm generates rare events by dividing the coordinate space into regions, on-the-fly, and balancing computational effort between regions through cloning and merging steps, as in the weighted ensemble method. The averaged exit flux yields a ligand exit rate of 180 μs, which is within an order of magnitude of the experimental value...
February 28, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240804/share-35-changes-center-level-liver-acceptance-practices
#16
David S Goldberg, Matthew Levine, Seth Karp, Richard Gilroy, Peter L Abt
Share 35 was implemented to provide improved access to organs for patients with MELD scores ≥35. However, little is known about the impact of Share 35 on organ offer acceptance rates. We evaluated all liver offers to adult patients that were ultimately transplanted between 1/1/2011-12/31/2015. The analyses focused on patients ranked in the top five positions of a given match run, and used multi-level mixed-effects models, clustering on individual waitlist candidate and transplant center. There was a significant interaction between Share 35 era and MELD category (p<0...
February 27, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237187/comparative-assessment-of-knee-joint-models-used-in-multi-body-kinematics-optimisation-for-soft-tissue-artefact-compensation
#17
Vincent Richard, Aurelio Cappozzo, Raphaël Dumas
Estimating joint kinematics from skin-marker trajectories recorded using stereophotogrammetry is complicated by soft tissue artefact (STA), an inexorable source of error. One solution is to use a bone pose estimator based on multi-body kinematics optimisation (MKO) embedding joint constraints to compensate for STA. However, there is some debate over the effectiveness of this method. The present study aimed to quantitatively assess the degree of agreement between reference (i.e., artefact-free) knee joint kinematics and the same kinematics estimated using MKO embedding six different knee joint models...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208286/derivatization-technique-to-identify-specifically-carbonyl-groups-by-infrared-spectroscopy-characterization-of-photooxidative-aging-products-in-terpenes-and-terpeneous-resins
#18
Stefan Zumbühl, Andreas Brändle, Andreas Hochuli, Nadim C Scherrer, Walter Caseri
Analysis of bioorganic materials by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) is frequently limited due to overlapping of diagnostic bands from the various components, which poses a fundamental problem to this analytical technique. The distinction of oxidized di- and triterpenes, for example, is hindered by the superposition of similar absorption bands of carbonyl functional groups summing up to a broad, nondistinctive signal. This study presents a technique for selective fluorination of various carboxylic acids by exposure to gaseous sulfur tetrafluoride...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187410/jllumina-a-comprehensive-java-based-api-for-statistical-illumina-infinium-humanmethylation450-and-methylationepic-data-processing
#19
Diogo Almeida, Ida Skov, Jesper Lund, Afsaneh Mohammadnejad, Artur Silva, Fabio Vandin, Qihua Tan, Jan Baumbach, Richard Röttger
Measuring differential methylation of the DNA is the nowadays most common approach to linking epigenetic modifications to diseases (called epigenome-wide association studies, EWAS). For its low cost, its efficiency and easy handling, the Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip and its successor, the Infinium MethylationEPIC BeadChip, is the by far most popular techniques for conduction EWAS in large patient cohorts. Despite the popularity of this chip technology, raw data processing and statistical analysis of the array data remains far from trivial and still lacks dedicated software libraries enabling high quality and statistically sound downstream analyses...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179076/challenges-for-the-wfd-second-management-cycle-after-the-implementation-of-a-regional-multi-municipality-sanitation-system-in-a-coastal-lagoon-ria-de-aveiro-portugal
#20
M L Lopes, B Marques, J M Dias, A M V M Soares, A I Lillebø
In the scope of the first WDF management cycle, a multi-municipality sanitation system with secondary treatment was implemented in 2005 in Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon, with the treated effluent discharging into the Atlantic Ocean through a submarine outfall. The lagoon water chemical status was evaluated regarding dissolved inorganic nutrients and chlorophyll a before and after 2005. The S. Jacinto outfall has effectively reduced the point source nutrient loads (ammonium and phosphate) into Ria de Aveiro, representing a step forward for the implementation of the WFD, through eutrophication abatement...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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