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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793187/stapp-spatiotemporal-analysis-of-plantar-pressure-measurements-using-statistical-parametric-mapping
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Brian G Booth, Noël L W Keijsers, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
BACKGROUND: Pedobarography produces large sets of plantar pressure samples that are routinely subsampled (e.g. using regions of interest) or aggregated (e.g. center of pressure trajectories, peak pressure images) in order to simplify statistical analysis and provide intuitive clinical measures. RESEARCH QUESTION: We hypothesize that these data reductions discard gait information that can be used to differentiate between groups or conditions. METHODS: To test the hypothesis of null information loss, we created an implementation of statistical parametric mapping (SPM) for dynamic plantar pressure datasets (i...
May 3, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793175/apolipoprotein-ciii-and-n-terminal-prohormone-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-as-independent-predictors-for-cardiovascular-disease-in-type-2-diabetes
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Marco Colombo, Helen C Looker, Bassam Farran, Felix Agakov, M Julia Brosnan, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar, Shona Livingstone, Paul N Durrington, D John Betteridge, Paul M McKeigue, Helen M Colhoun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Developing sparse panels of biomarkers for cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes would enable risk stratification for clinical decision making and selection into clinical trials. We examined the individual and joint performance of five candidate biomarkers for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) in type 2 diabetes that an earlier discovery study had yielded. METHODS: Apolipoprotein CIII (apoCIII), N-terminal prohormone B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), high sensitivity Troponin T (hsTnT), Interleukin-6, and Interleukin-15 were measured in baseline serum samples from the Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes trial (CARDS) of atorvastatin versus placebo...
May 21, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793170/effective-size-selection-of-mos-2-nanosheets-by-a-novel-liquid-cascade-centrifugation-influences-of-the-flakes-dimensions-on-electrochemical-and-photoelectrochemical-applications
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Marzieh Kajbafvala, Mansoor Farbod
Although liquid phase exfoliation is a powerful method to produce MoS2 nanosheets in large scale, but its effectiveness is limited by the diversity of produced nanosheets sizes. Here a novel approach for separation of MoS2 flakes having various lateral sizes and thicknesses based on the cascaded centrifugation has been introduced. This method involves a pre-separation step which is performed through low-speed centrifugation to avoid the deposition of large area single and few-layers by the heavier particles...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793165/inhibition-of-acetaminophen-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-mice-by-exogenous-thymosin%C3%AE-4-treatment
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Lei Wang, Xiankui Li, Cai Chen
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of exogenous thymosinβ4 (Tβ4) treatment in acetaminophen (APAP)-induced hepatotoxicity. METHODS: Liver injury was induced in mice by a single intraperitoneal injection of APAP (500 mg/kg). Exogenous Tβ4 was intraperitoneally administrated at 0 h, 2 h and 4 h after APAP injection. Chloroquine (CQ) (60 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected 2 h before APAP administration to inhibit autophagy. Six hours after APAP injection liver injury was evaluated by histological examinations, biochemical measurements and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISAs)...
May 21, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793126/effect-of-manual-therapy-versus-proprioceptive-neuromuscular-facilitation-in-dynamic-balance-mobility-and-flexibility-in-field-hockey-players-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gemma V Espí-López, Susana López-Martínez, Marta Inglés, Pilar Serra-Añó, Marta Aguilar-Rodríguez
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of a specific Manual Therapy (MT) protocol applied to field hockey players (FHP), versus a Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) protocol, in the improvement of dynamic balance, active range of movement and lumbar flexibility one-week and four-weeks after the treatment. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. Participants were assigned to 2 groups: MT and PNF. 30 min' sessions were performed once a week for three weeks...
April 22, 2018: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793125/assessment-of-cam-morphology-of-the-hip-with-ultra-sound-imaging-by-physical-therapists-is-reliable-and-valid
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Liliane Mandema, Igor Tak, Brigitte Mooij, Ruud Groeneweg, Eric Bakker, Peter van Veldhoven
BACKGROUND: Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome is considered present when a combination of clinical symptoms, signs and morphological features of the hip co-exist. Imaging is increasingly popular in primary health care settings with physical therapists performing ultrasound (US). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy and inter-rater reliability of ultrasound in determining presence of cam morphology. DESIGN: A concurrent validity and inter-rater reliability study...
April 14, 2018: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793101/-survey-of-wellbeing-of-young-children-swyc-how-does-it-fit-for-screening-developmental-delay-in-brazilian-children-aged-4-to-58-months
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R S Moreira, L C Magalhães, C M Siqueira, C R L Alves
OBJECTIVE: To replicate the original normative study of the SWYC's Milestones Questionnaires for children in Brazil. Our goals were to compare the performance of Brazilian and North American children using this screening tool and to verify the reliability and validity of the Brazilian version. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study with children aged 1-65 months and their guardians, recruited in southern Brazil. Parents were interviewed using the Developmental Milestones questionnaire, which contains 10 questions about cognitive, motor, social, and language abilities...
May 21, 2018: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793099/carbon-monoxide-analysis-method-in-human-blood-by-airtight-gas-syringe-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-ags-gc-ms-relevance-for-postmortem-poisoning-diagnosis
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S Oliverio, V Varlet
Carbon monoxide is one of the most abundant toxic air pollutants. Symptoms of a CO intoxication are non-specific, leading to a high number of misdiagnosed CO poisoning cases that are missing in the disease statistics. The chemical nature of the molecule makes it difficult to detect for long periods and at low levels, thus requiring a very accurate and sensitive method. Current methods capable of accurate and sensitive analyses are available, however an inconsistency between results and symptoms are frequently reported...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793078/comparison-of-performance-based-assessment-and-real-world-skill-in-people-with-serious-mental-illness-ecological-validity-of-the-test-of-grocery-shopping-skills
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Laura A Faith, Melisa V Rempfer
Valid functional measures are essential for clinical and research efforts that address recovery and community functioning in people with serious mental illness. Although there is a great deal of interest in functional assessment, there is limited research supporting how well current evaluation methods provide a true assessment of real world functioning or naturalistic behavior. To address this gap in the literature, the present study examined the performance of individuals with serious mental illness (i.e., diagnosis of schizophrenia-spectrum, bipolar disorder, or other depression/anxiety diagnoses and accompanying functional disability) on the Test of Grocery Shopping Skills (TOGSS), a performance-based naturalistic task...
May 7, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793071/extracting-similar-terms-from-multiple-emr-based-semantic-embeddings-to-support-chart-reviews
#10
M S Cheng Ye, Daniel Fabbri
OBJECTIVE: Word embeddings project semantically similar terms into nearby points in a vector space. When trained on clinical text, these embeddings can be leveraged to improve keyword search and text highlighting. In this paper, we present methods to refine the selection process of similar terms from multiple EMR-based word embeddings, and evaluate their performance quantitatively and qualitatively across multiple chart review tasks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Word embeddings were trained on each clinical note type in an EMR...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793025/simultaneous-immobilization-of-borate-arsenate-and-silicate-from-geothermal-water-derived-from-mining-activity-by-co-precipitation-with-hydroxyapatite
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Keiko Sasaki, Yoshikazu Hayashi, Kenta Toshiyuki, Binglin Guo
The treatment of the geothermal water discharged through mining activity is a critical issue because the rate of discharge is 12,000 m3 per day and the discharge contains high concentrations of borate (>20 mg/L) and arsenate (ca. 0.4 mg/L) as well as silicate and carbonate. The simultaneous reduction of borate and arsenate concentrations to acceptable levels was successfully performed by co-precipitation with hydroxyapatite (HAp). Although the coexisting high concentrations of carbonate act as a disturbing element, the co-precipitation equilibrium of borate was shifted to lower values by adjusting the P/Ca molar ratio, and the removal rate of borate was accelerated by using Al3+ additives, resulting in the efficient reduction of borate within 1 h...
May 16, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793014/calf-muscle-oxygen-saturation-during-six-minute-walk-test-and-its-relationship-with-walking-impairment-in-symptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease
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Aluísio Andrade-Lima, Gabriel G Cucato, Wagner J R Domingues, Antônio H Germano-Soares, Bruno R Cavalcante, Marilia A Correia, Glauco F Saes, Nelson Wolosker, Andrew W Gardner, Antônio E Zerati, Raphael M Ritti-Dias
OBJECTIVE: Impaired microcirculation is associated with poor walking capacity in symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients during treadmill test, however, this test does not simulate the efforts of daily walking of these patients. Thus, the aim of the study was to describe the microcirculation responses during six-minute walk test (6MWT) and to analyze the relationship between microcirculation indicators and walking impairment in symptomatic PAD patients. METHODS: Thirty-four patients were included (mean age = 67...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792999/does-solid-fusion-eliminate-rod-fracture-after-pedicle-subtraction-osteotomy-in-ankylosing-spondylitis-related-thoracolumbar-kyphosis
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Shi-Zhou Zhao, Bang-Ping Qian, Mu Qiao, Jun Jiang, Yong Qiu
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Rod fracture (RF) has a negative impact on the surgical outcome of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients following lumbar pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO). However, there is a paucity of published studies analyzing the risk factors for RF in PSO-treated AS patients with thoracolumbar kyphosis. PURPOSE: To investigate the risk factors for RF after PSO for thoracolumbar kyphosis secondary to AS. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Retrospective single-center study...
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/29792981/probabilistic-non-carcinogenic-and-carcinogenic-risk-assessments-monte-carlo-simulation-method-of-the-measured-acrylamide-content-in-tah-dig-using-quechers-extraction-and-uhplc-ms-ms
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Parvin Eslami Shahrbabki, Bahador Hajimohammadi, Shahram Shoeibi, Mehdi Elmi, Arash Yousefzadeh, Gea Oliveri Conti, Margherita Ferrante, Maryam Amirahmadi, Yadolah Fakhri, Amin Mousavi Khaneghah
A modified "Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe" QuEChERS in combination with Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was optimized for the determination of acrylamide content in different types of tah-dig (rice, bread, and potato). Also, the non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic risks (target hazard quotient (THQ) and incremental lifetime cancer risk (ILCR)) due to ingestion of acrylamide via tah-dig in the adults and children were assessed by Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) method...
May 21, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792971/impact-of-active-surveillance-and-infection-control-measures-on-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacterial-colonization-and-infections-in-intensive-care
#17
T Karampatakis, K Tsergouli, E Iosifidis, C Antachopoulos, A Karapanagiotou, A Karyoti, N Gritsi-Gerogianni, A Tsakris, E Roilides
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (CRGNB) infections constitute a global threat for critically ill patients and the outcome of their hospitalization. Early identification of CRGNB through rectal surveillance cultures and routine infection control measures including contact precautions, use of appropriate disinfectants, staff education on cleaning, and hand hygiene may reduce the dissemination of CRGNB. AIM: To assess the impact of enhanced infection control measures on CRGNB infections in a nine-bed polyvalent intensive care unit in a tertiary level hospital in an endemic area...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792882/utilization-of-automated-performance-metrics-to-measure-surgeon-performance-during-robotic-vesicourethral-anastomosis-and-methodical-development-of-a-training-tutorial
#18
Jian Chen, Paul J Oh, Nathan Cheng, Ankeet Shah, Jeremy Montez, Anthony Jarc, Liheng Guo, Inderbir S Gill, Andrew J Hung
PURPOSE: To develop and validate automated performance metrics (APMs) to measure surgeon performance of vesicourethral anastomosis (VUA) during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RRP). Furthermore, we seek to methodically develop a standardized training tutorial for the robotic VUA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: APMs (motion tracking and system events data) and synchronized surgical video were captured during the RRP. Non-automated performance metrics (NAPMs) were manually annotated by video review...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792737/assessing-the-recall-rate-for-screening-mammography-comparing-the-medicare-hospital-compare-dataset-with-the-national-mammography-database
#19
Cindy S Lee, Carol Parise, Judy Burleson, David Seidenwurm
OBJECTIVE: High-quality screening mammography has been shown to substantially reduce mortality from breast cancer. Recall rate is a principal performance metric for screening mammography because it directly relates to the rate of false-positive examinations. This study aims to compare the recall rate derived using two sources-the claims-based Hospital Compare (HC) dataset from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services versus the National Mammography Database (NMD) from the American College of Radiology-to understand the implications in pay-for-performance and quality improvement activities...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
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
#20
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
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