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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535555/paresthesia-independence-an-assessment-of-technical-factors-related-to-10-khz-paresthesia-free-spinal-cord-stimulation
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Giuliano De Carolis, Mery Paroli, Lara Tollapi, Matthew W Doust, Abram H Burgher, Cong Yu, Thomas Yang, Donna M Morgan, Kasra Amirdelfan, Leonardo Kapural, B Todd Sitzman, Richard Bundschu, Ricardo Vallejo, Ramsin M Benyamin, Thomas L Yearwood, Bradford E Gliner, Ashley A Powell, Kerry Bradley
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been successfully used to treat chronic intractable pain for over 40 years. Successful clinical application of SCS is presumed to be generally dependent on maximizing paresthesia-pain overlap; critical to achieving this is positioning of the stimulation field at the physiologic midline. Recently, the necessity of paresthesia for achieving effective relief in SCS has been challenged by the introduction of 10 kHz paresthesia-free stimulation...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535541/contribution-of-amniotic-fluid-along-gestation-to-the-prediction-of-perinatal-mortality-in-women-with-early-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
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Teresa Cobo, Jordina Munrós, José Ríos, Janisse Ferreri, Federico Migliorelli, Núria Baños, Eduard Gratacós, Montse Palacio
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the largest vertical pocket (LVP) of amniotic fluid as a time-dependent factor to predict perinatal mortality in women with early preterm premature rupture of membranes (EPPROM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Observational cohort study of singleton pregnancies with EPPROM <24 weeks. Termination of pregnancy (TOP) was considered if the LVP was <2 cm at 7 days. The maternal and neonatal characteristics of ongoing pregnancies were recorded. Prediction of perinatal mortality was estimated based on the influence of the LVP as a time-dependent factor after adjustment for maternal age, prior invasive procedure, and gestational age at EPPROM...
May 24, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535301/life-events-and-black-white-differences-in-adult-children-s-financial-assistance-to-mothers
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Sung S Park
Background and Objectives: Parents who experience life events with negative economic consequences may rely on adult children for financial assistance. This study provided national estimates of Black and White mothers' financial help from adult children. It also examined whether the Black-White difference in the likelihood of a mother's receipt of financial assistance persisted after accounting for life events reflecting parental need and children's ability to provide help. Research Design and Methods: The Health and Retirement Study was used to examine late middle aged (51-70) Black and White mothers' financial help from adult children...
May 23, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535111/relative-validity-and-reproducibility-of-an-interviewer-administered-14-item-ffq-to-estimate-flavonoid-intake-among-older-adults-with-mild-moderate-dementia
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Katherine Kent, Karen Charlton
There is a large burden on researchers and participants when attempting to accurately measure dietary flavonoid intake using dietary assessment. Minimizing participant and researcher burden when collecting dietary data may improve the validity of the results, especially in older adults with cognitive impairment. A short 14-item food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) to measure flavonoid intake, and flavonoid subclasses (anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, flavonols, and flavanones) was developed and assessed for validity and reproducibility against a 24-hour recall...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534847/low-power-multi-hop-networking-analysis-in-intelligent-environments
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Josu Etxaniz, Gerardo Aranguren
Intelligent systems are driven by the latest technological advances in many different areas such as sensing, embedded systems, wireless communications or context recognition. This paper focuses on some of those areas. Concretely, the paper deals with wireless communications issues in embedded systems. More precisely, the paper combines the multi-hop networking with Bluetooth technology and a quality of service (QoS) metric, the latency. Bluetooth is a radio license-free worldwide communication standard that makes low power multi-hop wireless networking available...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534844/property-analysis-of-the-real-time-uncalibrated-phase-delay-product-generated-by-regional-reference-stations-and-its-influence-on-precise-point-positioning-ambiguity-resolution
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Yong Zhang, Qing Wang, Xinyuan Jiang
The real-time estimation of the wide-lane and narrow-lane Uncalibrated Phase Delay (UPD) of satellites is realized by real-time data received from regional reference station networks; The properties of the real-time UPD product and its influence on real-time precise point positioning ambiguity resolution (RTPPP-AR) are experimentally analyzed according to real-time data obtained from the regional Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) network located in Tianjin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc. The results show that the real-time wide-lane and narrow-lane UPD products differ significantly from each other in time-domain characteristics; the wide-lane UPDs have daily stability, with a change rate of less than 0...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534790/neighborhood-based-stopping-criterion-for-contrastive-divergence
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Enrique Romero Merino, Ferran Mazzanti Castrillejo, Jordi Delgado Pin
Restricted Boltzmann Machines (RBMs) are general unsupervised learning devices to ascertain generative models of data distributions. RBMs are often trained using the Contrastive Divergence (CD) learning algorithm, an approximation to the gradient of the data log-likelihood (logL). A simple reconstruction error is often used as a stopping criterion for CD, although several authors have raised doubts concerning the feasibility of this procedure. In many cases, the evolution curve of the reconstruction error is monotonic, while the logL is not, thus indicating that the former is not a good estimator of the optimal stopping point for learning...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533965/reappraisal-of-the-extinct-seal-phoca-vitulinoides-from-the-neogene-of-the-north-sea-basin-with-bearing-on-its-geological-age-phylogenetic-affinities-and-locomotion
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Leonard Dewaele, Eli Amson, Olivier Lambert, Stephen Louwye
BACKGROUND: Discovered on the southern margin of the North Sea Basin, "Phoca" vitulinoides represents one of the best-known extinct species of Phocidae. However, little attention has been given to the species ever since its original 19th century description. Newly discovered material, including the most complete specimen of fossil Phocidae from the North Sea Basin, prompted the redescription of the species. Also, the type material of "Phoca" vitulinoides is lost. METHODS: "Phoca" vitulinoides is redescribed...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533330/race-and-sex-differences-of-long-term-blood-pressure-profiles-from-childhood-and-adult-hypertension-the-bogalusa-heart-study
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Wei Shen, Tao Zhang, Shengxu Li, Huijie Zhang, Bo Xi, Hongbing Shen, Camilo Fernandez, Lydia Bazzano, Jiang He, Wei Chen
This study aims to characterize longitudinal blood pressure (BP) trajectories from childhood in black-white and sex groups and examine the association between childhood level-independent trajectories of BP and adult hypertension. The longitudinal cohort consisted of 2732 adults who had body mass index and BP measured 4 to 15 times from childhood (4-19 years) to adulthood (20-51 years). Model-estimated levels and linear slopes of BP and body mass index at childhood age points were calculated at 1-year intervals using the growth curve parameters and their first derivatives, respectively...
May 22, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532436/vinblastine-chemotherapy-in-adult-patients-with-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Abdellatif Tazi, Gwenaël Lorillon, Julien Haroche, Antoine Neel, Stéphane Dominique, Achille Aouba, Jean-David Bouaziz, Constance de Margerie-Melon, Emmanuelle Bugnet, Vincent Cottin, Thibault Comont, Christian Lavigne, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Jean Donadieu, Sylvie Chevret
BACKGROUND: Vinblastine is the standard treatment for children with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). Whether this treatment could be extended to adults with LCH is questionable. This retrospective multicenter study included 35 adult patients (median age 33 years; 23 men; 80% with multisystem LCH) who were treated with vinblastine + steroids as a first-line chemotherapy and followed for a median time of 83 months. The objectives were to determine the overall response rate (based on the Histiocyte Society criteria), disease reactivation rate, toxicity, permanent consequences, and survival rate corresponding to this treatment...
May 22, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532424/an-objective-assessment-of-the-variability-in-number-of-drops-per-bottle-of-glaucoma-medication
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Daniel B Moore, Judy Beck, Richard J Kryscio
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the number of eyedrops available per bottle of a variety of commonly prescribed glaucoma medications. METHODS: Six bottles of each glaucoma medication were tested: three each in the vertical and horizontal orientations. Bottles were housed in a customized force gauge apparatus designed to mimic ballpoint fingertip contact with a bottle. At a standard rate, all drops were expressed from each bottle and counted with an automated drop counter...
May 22, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532189/non-selective-beta-blocker-treatment-does-not-impact-on-kidney-function-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-varices
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Bernhard Scheiner, Diego Parada-Rodriguez, Theresa Bucsics, Philipp Schwabl, Mattias Mandorfer, Nikolaus Pfisterer, Florian Riedl, Wolfgang Sieghart, Arnulf Ferlitsch, Michael Trauner, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Thomas Reiberger
GOALS AND BACKGROUND: Non-selective beta-blockers (NSBBs) are used for bleeding prophylaxis in cirrhotic patients with gastroesophageal varices (GEVs). Recent data suggested that NSBB treatment might increase the risk of renal dysfunction in patients with refractory ascites due to an impaired response to acute haemodynamic stress. STUDY: Retrospective longitudinal assessment of kidney function in a cohort of cirrhotic patients with GEVs with vs. without NSBB therapy...
May 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531780/vitamin-d-status-and-the-effects-of-oral-vitamin-d-treatment-in-children-with-vitiligo-a-prospective-study
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Gülay Karagüzel, Nil P Sakarya, Sevgi Bahadır, Selçuk Yaman, Ayşenur Ökten
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Vitiligo is a pigmentary disorder and autoimmune pathogenesis seems most likely. Decreased vitamin D levels have been related to several autoimmune diseases. Little is known about the association of vitiligo and vitamin D. We aimed to evaluate serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels in children with vitiligo and to determine the efficacy of oral vitamin D therapy on the repigmentation of vitamin D deficient patients. METHODS: Thirty patients aged 6-17 years with vitiligo and 30 sex- and age-matched apparently healthy controls were included in this prospective study...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531565/efficiency-cost-effectiveness-and-need-of-inversion-in-nutritional-therapy-importance-of-detecting-and-documenting-undernutrition
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Jesús Manuel Morán López, María Piedra León, Belén Beneítez Moralejo, Fidel Jesús Enciso Izquierdo, Luis Miguel Luengo Pérez, José Antonio Amado Señaris
Disease Related Malnutrition (DRM) is highly prevalent in Spanish hospitals. WHO estimates that 20-40% of health-associated expenses are lost due to inefficiency. Demonstration that DRM is a component of inefficiency and hiring a specialist physician for its detection and treatment is cost-effective. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Comparison between nutritional diagnosis and procedures detected and encoded at discharge using McNemar test. Recoding of 162 discharge reports including nutritional diagnoses and procedures...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531456/multi-frequency-bioelectrical-impedance-analysis-bia-compared-to-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-for-estimation-of-fat-free-mass-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-treated-with-chemotherapy
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Stine S Palle, Line T Møllehave, Zahra Taheri-Kadkhoda, Susanne Johansen, Lisbeth Larsen, Janne W Hansen, Nikolaj K G Jensen, Anette O Elingaard, Alice H Møller, Karen Larsen, Jens R Andersen
BACKGROUND: Changes in body composition in cancer patients during chemotherapy are associated with treatment related toxicities or mortalities. Thus, it is relevant to identify accessible, relatively inexpensive, portable and reliable tools for evaluation of body composition in cancer patients during the course of their treatments. OBJECTIVE: To examine relationships between single cross-sectional thighs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), skeletal muscle mass (SM) as reference and multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) fat free mass (FFM) in patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531142/optimal-energy-delivery-rather-than-the-implementation-of-a-feeding-protocol-may-benefit-clinical-outcomes-in-critically-ill-patients
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Chen-Yu Wang, Chun-Te Huang, Chao-Hsiu Chen, Mei-Fen Chen, Shiu-Lan Ching, Yi-Chia Huang
Malnutrition is common in intensive care units (ICU), and volume based feeding protocols have been proposed to increase nutrient delivery. However, the volume based approach compared to trophic feeding has not been proven entirely successful in critically ill patients. Our study aimed to compare the clinical outcomes both before and after the implementation of the feeding protocol, and to also evaluate the effects of total energy delivery on outcomes in these patients. We retrospectively collected all patient data, one year before and after the implementation of the volume-based feeding protocol, in the ICU at Taichung Veterans General Hospital...
May 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530475/a-novel-electromyographic-approach-to-estimate-fatigue-threshold-in-maximum-incremental-strength-tests
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Jerónimo Aragón-Vela, Yaira Barranco-Ruiz, Cristina Casals, Julio Plaza-Díaz, Rafael A Casuso, Luis Fontana, Jesus R Huertas
Evaluation of muscular fatigue thresholds in athletes performing short-duration and explosive exercises is difficult due to the fact that classic parameters do not suffer large variations. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop a new method to estimate the fatigue threshold in single muscles. Our approach is based on electromyographic data recorded during a maximun incremental strength test until the one repetition maximum (1RM) is reached. Ten men and ten women performed a half-squat strength test consisting of five incremental intensities of 1RM...
May 22, 2017: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530396/the-hydrotropic-action-of-cationic-hydrotrope-p-toluidinium-chloride-on-the-solubility-of-sparingly-soluble-gliclazide-drug-molecule-a-computational-study
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Shubhadip Das, Sandip Paul
We perform classical molecular dynamics simulations of sparingly soluble drug gliclazide (GLC) and hydrotrope p-toluidinium chloride (PTOL) in water with a regime of PTOL concentrations. Our results demonstrate that PTOL starts to self aggregate above its minimum hydrotrope concentration (MHC). Further these PTOL aggregates create a mixed micellar like framework in which the hydrophobic small tail part of most of the PTOL molecules direct towards the inside whereas in order to make favorable contact with water molecules its hydrophilic ammonium group points outward...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529839/estimating-effects-with-rare-outcomes-and-high-dimensional-covariates-knowledge-is-power
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Laura Balzer, Jennifer Ahern, Sandro Galea, Mark van der Laan
Many of the secondary outcomes in observational studies and randomized trials are rare. Methods for estimating causal effects and associations with rare outcomes, however, are limited, and this represents a missed opportunity for investigation. In this article, we construct a new targeted minimum loss-based estimator (TMLE) for the effect or association of an exposure on a rare outcome. We focus on the causal risk difference and statistical models incorporating bounds on the conditional mean of the outcome, given the exposure and measured confounders...
December 2016: Epidemiologic Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529472/a-comparative-study-of-average-linked-mastoid-and-rest-references-for-erp-components-acquired-during-fmri
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Ping Yang, Chenggui Fan, Min Wang, Ling Li
In simultaneous electroencephalogram (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies, average reference (AR), and digitally linked mastoid (LM) are popular re-referencing techniques in event-related potential (ERP) analyses. However, they may introduce their own physiological signals and alter the EEG/ERP outcome. A reference electrode standardization technique (REST) that calculated a reference point at infinity was proposed to solve this problem. To confirm the advantage of REST in ERP analyses of synchronous EEG-fMRI studies, we compared the reference effect of AR, LM, and REST on task-related ERP results of a working memory task during an fMRI scan...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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