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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793156/mechanical-properties-of-the-human-scalp-in-tension
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Lisa Falland-Cheung, Mario Scholze, Pamela F Lozano, Benjamin Ondruschka, Darryl C Tong, Paul A Brunton, J Neil Waddell, Niels Hammer
Mechanical properties of the human scalp have not been investigated to a great extent with limited information available. The purpose of this study was to provide new baseline material data for human scalp tissue of various ages, which can be applied to experimental and constitutive models, such as in the area of impact biomechanics. This study used specimens from the left and right temporal, fronto-parietal and occipital regions of the human scalp. It investigated the tensile behavior of scalp tissue using tissues harvested from unfixed, fresh cadavers...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793138/computation-of-marginal-distributions-of-peak-heights-in-electropherograms-for-analysing-single-source-and-mixture-str-dna-samples
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Robert G Cowell
Current models for single source and mixture samples, and probabilistic genotyping software based on them used for analysing STR electropherogram data, assume simple probability distributions, such as the gamma distribution, to model the allelic peak height variability given the initial amount of DNA prior to PCR amplification. Here we illustrate how amplicon number distributions, for a model of the process of sample DNA collection and PCR amplification, may be efficiently computed by evaluating probability generating functions using discrete Fourier transforms...
May 4, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793110/remembrance-of-inferences-past-amortization-in-human-hypothesis-generation
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Ishita Dasgupta, Eric Schulz, Noah D Goodman, Samuel J Gershman
Bayesian models of cognition assume that people compute probability distributions over hypotheses. However, the required computations are frequently intractable or prohibitively expensive. Since people often encounter many closely related distributions, selective reuse of computations (amortized inference) is a computationally efficient use of the brain's limited resources. We present three experiments that provide evidence for amortization in human probabilistic reasoning. When sequentially answering two related queries about natural scenes, participants' responses to the second query systematically depend on the structure of the first query...
May 21, 2018: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792998/bmi-and-gender-increase-risk-for-sacral-fractures-after-multilevel-instrumented-spinal-fusion-compared-to-bone-mineral-density-and-pelvic-parameters
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Stephan N Salzmann, Courtney Ortiz Miller, John A Carrino, Jingyan Yang, Jennifer Shue, Andrew A Sama, Frank P Cammisa, Federico P Girardi, Alexander P Hughes
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Sacral fractures are a rare but potentially devastating complication. Long-fusion constructs including the sacrum that do not extend to the pelvis may result in sacral fractures. Besides established risk factors including gender, age and number of levels fused, body mass index (BMI), pelvic parameters and bone mineral density (BMD) have also been proposed as potential risk factors for postoperative sacral fractures. The literature supporting this, however, is limited...
May 21, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792988/towards-quantitative-prediction-of-the-performance-of-dry-powder-inhalers-by-multi-scale-simulations-and-experiments
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Duy Nguyen, Johan Remmelgas, Ingela Niklasson Björn, Berend van Wachem, Kyrre Thalberg
This work demonstrates the use of multi-scale simulations coupled with experiments to build a quantitative prediction tool for the performance of adhesive mixtures in a dry powder inhaler (DPI). Using discrete element model (DEM), the behaviour of fine-carrier particle assemblies upon different mechanisms encountered during dose entrainment and dispersion can be described at the individual particle level. Combining these results with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, the complete dosing event from a DPI can be captured and key performance measures can be extracted...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792986/model-based-nir-spectroscopy-implementation-for-in-line-assay-monitoring-during-a-pharmaceutical-suspension-manufacturing-process
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Maxim Verstraeten, Daan Van Hauwermeiren, Mario Hellings, Eline Hermans, Jeroen Geens, Chris Vervaet, Ingmar Nopens, Thomas De Beer
The implementation of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) instruments is generally achieved stochastically. Sub-optimal PAT locations could introduce variation in the measurements which is not related to the analyte of interest. For this reason, rational approaches should be considered to establish an optimal sensor placement where relevant measurements are possible and the impact of disturbances is minimized. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how mechanistic modelling can support appropriate sensor implementation by means of a case study...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792732/phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-isoforms-play-key-roles-in-metastasis-of-prostate-cancer-du145-cells
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Zhe Zhang, Jie Liu, Yingying Wang, Xiao Tan, Wennan Zhao, Xiaoxue Xing, Yuling Qiu, Ran Wang, Meihua Jin, Guanwei Fan, Ping Zhang, Yuxu Zhong, Dexin Kong
Metastasis is the main cause of the lethality of prostate cancer. Class I phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI3Ks), which contain 4 isoforms, α, β, δ, and γ, are known to play important roles in cell growth, migration, invasion, and so on. However, the respective role of each PI3K isoform in cancer cell migration and invasion remains unknown. In a study that aimed to elucidate the respective role of the 4 PI3K isoforms, we investigated the change in migratory and invasive ability of DU145 cells after treatment with each PI3K isoform-specific inhibitor...
May 24, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792729/90-kvp-low-tube-voltage-ct-pulmonary-angiography-in-combination-with-advanced-modelled-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-effects-on-radiation-dose-image-quality-and-diagnostic-accuracy-for-the-detection-of-pulmonary-embolism
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Doris Leithner, Tatjana Gruber-Rouh, Martin Beeres, Julian L Wichmann, Scherwin Mahmoudi, Simon S Martin, Lukas Lenga, Moritz H Albrecht, Christian Booz, Thomas J Vogl, Jan-Erik Scholtz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate low-tube-voltage 90-kVp computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) with advanced modelled iterative reconstruction algorithm (Admire) compared to 120-kVp equivalent dual-energy acquisition with regards to radiation exposure, image quality, and diagnostic accuracy for pulmonary embolism (PE) assessment. METHODS: CTPA studies of 40 patients with suspected PE (56.7 ± 16.3 years) performed on a third-generation 192-slice dual-source CT scanner were retrospectively included...
May 24, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792720/-experimental-processing-of-corrosion-casts-of-large-animal-organs
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R Pálek, V Liška, L Eberlová, H Mírka, M Svoboda, S Haviar, M Emingr, O Brzoň, P Mik, V Třeška
INTRODUCTION: Corrosion casts (CCs) are used for the visualization and assessment of hollow structures. CCs with filled capillaries enable (with the help of imaging methods) to obtain data for mathematical organ perfusion modelling. As the processing is more difficult in case of organs with greater volume of the vasculature, mainly organs from small animals have been cast up to now. The aim of this study was to optimize the protocol of corrosion casting of different organs of pig. Porcine organs are relatively easily accessible and frequently used in experimental medicine...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792570/a-model-for-predicting-the-risk-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-computer-professionals
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Vishnu Sasikumar, Second Champakkadayil Abdul Basheer Binoosh
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a model for predicting the risk of musculoskeletal disorders among computer professionals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A preliminary study with a modified Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire was conducted to identify the risk in different body parts of the professionals during their work. A discrete postural evaluation of the dynamic postures involved in the work was assessed using rapid upper limb assessment. The postural, physiological and work-related factors were considered as the attributes of the model...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792541/interaction-of-low-frequency-external-electric-fields-and-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-a-mathematical-modeling-approach-to-identify-the-influence-of-excitation-parameters
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Sajjad Farashi, Pezhman Sasanpour, Hashem Rafii-Tabar
Purpose-Although the effect of electromagnetic fields on biological systems has attracted attraction in recent years, there has not been any conclusive result concerning the effects of interaction and the underlying mechanisms involved. Besides the complexity of biological systems, the parameters of the applied electromagnetic field have not been estimated in most of the experiments. Material and Method-In this study, we have used computational approach in order to find the excitation parameters of an external electric field which produces sensible effects in the function of insulin secretory machinery, whose failure triggers the diabetes disease...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792508/effects-of-tgf-%C3%AE-overexpression-via-raav-gene-transfer-on-the-early-repair-processes-in-an-osteochondral-defect-model-in-minipigs
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Magali Cucchiarini, Ann-Kathrin Asen, Lars Goebel, Jagadeesh K Venkatesan, Gertrud Schmitt, David Zurakowski, Michael D Menger, Matthias W Laschke, Henning Madry
BACKGROUND: Application of the chondrogenic transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is an attractive approach to enhance the intrinsic biological activities in damaged articular cartilage, especially when using direct gene transfer strategies based on the clinically relevant recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors. PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of an rAAV-TGF-β construct to modulate the early repair processes in sites of focal cartilage injury in minipigs in vivo relative to control (reporter lacZ gene) vector treatment...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792469/unpacking-team-process-dynamics-and-emergent-phenomena-challenges-conceptual-advances-and-innovative-methods
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Steve W J Kozlowski, Georgia T Chao
Psychologists have studied small-group and team effectiveness for decades, and although there has been considerable progress, there remain significant challenges. Meta-analyses and systematic research have provided solid evidence for core team cognitive, motivational, affective, and behavioral processes that contribute to team effectiveness and empirical support for interventions that enhance team processes (e.g., team design, composition, training, and leadership); there has been substantial evidence for a science of team effectiveness...
May 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792423/trace-organic-pollutant-removal-by-vuv-uv-chlorine-process-feasibility-investigation-for-drinking-water-treatment-on-a-mini-fluidic-vuv-uv-photoreaction-system-and-a-pilot-photoreactor
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Mengkai Li, Mengyu Hao, Laxiang Yang, Hong Yao, James R Bolton, Ernest R Blatchley, Zhimin Qiang
The vacuum-ultraviolet/ultraviolet/chlorine (VUV/UV/chlorine) process, with a VUV/UV mercury lamp used as the light source, was found to be a highly efficient advanced oxidation process (AOP) in a previous study. Hence, its application feasibility for trace organic pollutant removal from drinking water becomes attractive. In this work, a bench-scale mini-fluidic VUV/UV photoreaction system was used to determine the degradation kinetics of sulfamethazine (SMN), a model sulfonamide antibiotic frequently detected with trace levels in aquatic environments...
May 24, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792208/automated-chest-screening-based-on-a-hybrid-model-of-transfer-learning-and-convolutional-sparse-denoising-autoencoder
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Changmiao Wang, Ahmed Elazab, Fucang Jia, Jianhuang Wu, Qingmao Hu
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we aim to investigate the effect of computer-aided triage system, which is implemented for the health checkup of lung lesions involving tens of thousands of chest X-rays (CXRs) that are required for diagnosis. Therefore, high accuracy of diagnosis by an automated system can reduce the radiologist's workload on scrutinizing the medical images. METHOD: We present a deep learning model in order to efficiently detect abnormal levels or identify normal levels during mass chest screening so as to obtain the probability confidence of the CXRs...
May 23, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792141/molecular-docking-for-prediction-and-interpretation-of-adverse-drug-reactions
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Heng Luo, Achille Fokoue-Nkoutche, Nalini Singh, Lun Yang, Jianying Hu, Ping Zhang
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) present a major burden for patients and the healthcare industry. Various computational methods have been developed to predict ADRs for drug molecules. However, many of these methods require experimental or surveillance data and cannot be used when only structural information is available. We collected 1,231 small molecule drugs and 600 human proteins and utilized molecular docking to generate binding features among them. We developed machine learning models that use these docking features to make predictions for 1,533 ADRs...
May 23, 2018: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792112/analytical-and-computational-study-of-an-individual-based-network-model-for-the-spread-of-heavy-drinking
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Donald A French, Marisa Eisenberg, Tony Nance, Zeynep Teymuroglu
Two simple models for the spread of heavy drinking among a network of individuals are re-introduced and analysed. We provide theorems on the spread of alcohol abuse for these models in cases involving simple connection schemes. Indicators for this spread that resemble the [Formula: see text] used in disease assessment are suggested and studied. We further provide computations with our models on general application networks and begin to study the reliability of the spread indicators.
December 2018: Journal of Biological Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791914/atlas-independent-electrophysiological-mapping-of-the-optimal-locus-of-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-for-the-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-disease
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Erin C Conrad, James M Mossner, Kelvin L Chou, Parag G Patil
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) improves motor symptoms of Parkinson disease (PD). However, motor outcomes can be variable, perhaps due to inconsistent positioning of the active contact relative to an unknown optimal locus of stimulation. Here, we determine the optimal locus of STN stimulation in a geometrically unconstrained, mathematically precise, and atlas-independent manner, using Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) motor outcomes and an electrophysiological neuronal stimulation model...
May 23, 2018: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791698/stryker-orthopaedic-modeling-and-analytics-soma-a-review
#19
Walter Schmidt, Sally LiArno, Anton Khlopas, Andreas Petersik, Michael A Mont
Due to the differences in bone morphology between demographics such as age, gender, body mass index, and ethnicity, the development of orthopaedic implants requires a large number of anatomical data from various patient populations. In an effort to assess these demographic variations, Stryker Orthopaedic Modeling and Analytics (SOMA) has been developed. SOMA is a suite of tools which utilizes a comprehensive database of computed tomography scans (CT-scans), plus associated three-dimensional (3D) bone models, allowing the user to assess population differences in bone morphology, bone density, and implant fit for the purposes of research and development...
June 1, 2018: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791518/multi-operational-selective-computer-assisted-targeting-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-evaluation-of-a-novel-approach-for-navigated-tumor-ablation
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Pascale Tinguely, Marius Schwalbe, Torsten Fuss, Dominik P Guensch, Andreas Kohler, Iris Baumgartner, Stefan Weber, Daniel Candinas
OBJECTIVE: To facilitate precise local ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a setting of combined ablation and transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), we evaluated accuracy and efficiency of a novel technique for navigated positioning of ablation probes using intrahepatic tumor referencing and electromagnetic (EM) guidance, in a porcine model. METHODS: An angiographic wire with integrated EM reference sensor at its tip was inserted via a transarterial femoral access and positioned in the vicinity of artificial liver tumors...
2018: PloS One
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