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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103548/dimensionality-reduction-on-spd-manifolds-the-emergence-of-geometry-aware-methods
#1
Mehrtash Harandi, Mathieu Salzmann, Richard Hartley
Representing images and videos with Symmetric Positive Definite (SPD) matrices, and considering the Riemannian geometry of the resulting space, has been shown to yield high discriminative power in many visual recognition tasks. Unfortunately, computation on the Riemannian manifold of SPD matrices -especially of high-dimensional ones- comes at a high cost that limits the applicability of existing techniques. In this paper, we introduce algorithms able to handle high-dimensional SPD matrices by constructing a lower-dimensional SPD manifold...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103445/factors-influencing-radiation-treatment-recommendations-in-early-stage-merkel-cell-carcinoma-a-survey-of-us-based-radiation-oncologists
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Yolanda D Tseng, Smith Apisarnthanarax, Jay J Liao, Shailender Bhatia, Paul T Nghiem, Upendra Parvathaneni
OBJECTIVES: It is unclear which subgroups of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) patients benefit the most from radiation. We surveyed radiation oncologists (RO) that regularly see and treat MCC to understand how they approach the treatment of early-stage MCC. METHODS: A web-based survey was emailed to 63 ROs, who were identified through publications, guideline panel membership, and/or affiliation with institutions of high MCC volume. ROs provided treatment recommendations for two hypothetical case scenarios of early stage MCC...
January 19, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102933/what-if-a-tumor-is-significantly-enlarged-just-before-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Hung-Jen Chen, Ji-An Liang, Chih-Yi Chen, Yang-Hao Yu, Chun-Ru Chien
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) plays an important role in early stage non-small cell lung cancer. Tumor growth before radiotherapy planning (RTP) or during SBRT has been reported in lung cancer patients; however, little is known of growth during the period in-between (i.e. after RTP but before SBRT). An 83-year-old man referred to our hospital and diagnosed with medically inoperable non-small cell lung cancer was noted to have significant tumor progression on day 1 of cone beam computed tomography just before the planned SBRT delivery...
November 18, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102701/the-effect-of-pre-crash-velocity-reduction-on-occupant-response-using-a-human-body-finite-element-model
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B Guleyupoglu, J Schap, K D Kusano, F S Gayzik
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to use a validated finite element model of the human body and a certified model of an ATD to evaluate the effect of simulated pre-crash braking on driver kinematics, restraint loads, body loads and computed injury criteria in four commonly-injured body regions. METHODS: The Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) 50th percentile male occupant (M50-O) and the Humanetics Hybrid-III 50(th) percentile models were gravity settled in the driver position of a generic interior equipped with an advanced three point belt and driver airbag...
January 19, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101632/a-discrete-time-model-for-population-persistence-in-habitats-with-time-varying-sizes
#5
Ying Zhou, William F Fagan
In this paper, we use periodic and stochastic integrodifference models to study the persistence of a single-species population in a habitat with temporally varying sizes. We extend a persistence metric for integral operators on bounded domains to that of integral operators on unbounded domains. Using this metric in the periodic model, we present new perspectives of the critical habitat size problem in the case of dynamically changing habitat sizes. Specifically, we extend the concept of critical habitat size to that of lower minimal limit size in a period-2 scenario, and prove the existence of the lower minimal limit size...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101126/characterisation-of-microbial-communities-within-aggressive-prostate-cancer-tissues
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Melissa A Yow, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Gianluca Severi, Damien M Bolton, John Pedersen, Graham G Giles, Melissa C Southey
BACKGROUND: An infectious aetiology for prostate cancer has been conjectured for decades but the evidence gained from questionnaire-based and sero-epidemiological studies is weak and inconsistent, and a causal association with any infectious agent is not established. We describe and evaluate the application of new technology to detect bacterial and viral agents in high-grade prostate cancer tissues. The potential of targeted 16S rRNA gene sequencing and total RNA sequencing was evaluated in terms of its utility to characterise microbial communities within high-grade prostate tumours...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100596/genomic-epidemiology-of-penicillin-non-susceptible-pneumococci-with-non-vaccine-serotypes-causing-invasive-disease-in-the-usa
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Cheryl P Andam, Patrick K Mitchell, Alanna Callendrello, Qiuzhi Chang, Jukka Corander, Chrispin Chaguza, Lesley McGee, Bernard W Beall, William P Hanage
Conjugate vaccination against seven pneumococcal serotypes (PCV7) reduced disease prevalence due to antibiotic resistant strains throughout the 2000s; however, disease caused by resistant non-vaccine type (NVT) strains increased. Some of these emerging strains were derived from vaccine types (VT) that had changed their capsule by recombination. The introduction of vaccine targeting 13 serotypes (PCV13) in 2010 has led to concern that this scenario will repeat itself. We generated high quality draft genomes from 265 isolates of NVT pneumococci not susceptible to penicillin (PNSP) in 2009 and compared them with 581 isolates from 2012-2013, collected by the Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100559/what-is-involved-in-medicines-management-across-care-boundaries-a-qualitative-study-of-healthcare-practitioners-experiences-in-the-case-of-acute-kidney-injury
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Denham L Phipps, Rebecca L Morris, Tom Blakeman, Darren M Ashcroft
OBJECTIVES: To examine the role of individual and collective cognitive work in managing medicines for acute kidney injury (AKI), this being an example of a clinical scenario that crosses the boundaries of care organisations and specialties. DESIGN: Qualitative design, informed by a realist perspective and using semistructured interviews as the data source. The data were analysed using template analysis. SETTING: Primary, secondary and intermediate care in England...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100244/is-aclidinium-alone-or-combined-with-a-laba-a-rational-choice-for-symptomatic-copd-patients
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F Blasi, G W Canonica, M Miravitlles
BACKGROUND: As emphasized by international recommendations and largely confirmed by clinical experience, long-acting bronchodilators play a central role in the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to their proven efficacy in reducing airflow obstruction and improving symptoms. MAIN BODY: There are some important aspects to define with regard to inhalation therapy for COPD, particularly those concerning the selection criteria and the optimal use of long-acting bronchodilators...
January 18, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099214/rheumatoid-arthritis-selecting-monotherapy-versus-combination-therapy
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Nimish Mehta, Lynne Kolton Schneider, Emilie McCardell
The overall goal of therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is to achieve low disease activity or remission and to prevent or control joint damage, prevent loss of function, and decrease pain. However, many patients with RA do not have the disease adequately controlled, and only a minority attain consistent remission. To successfully treat to target, rheumatologists need practical guidance to select monotherapy and combination therapy regimens based on available data. Differences in study design, dosing regimens, and data from defined and specific patient populations pose challenges to clinicians who treat patients with diverse characteristics and needs...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098023/key-parameters-for-behaviour-related-to-source-separation-of-household-organic-waste-a-case-study-in-hanoi-vietnam
#11
Kosuke Kawai, Luong Thi Mai Huong
Proper management of food waste, a major component of municipal solid waste (MSW), is needed, especially in developing Asian countries where most MSW is disposed of in landfill sites without any pretreatment. Source separation can contribute to solving problems derived from the disposal of food waste. An organic waste source separation and collection programme has been operated in model areas in Hanoi, Vietnam, since 2007. This study proposed three key parameters (participation rate, proper separation rate and proper discharge rate) for behaviour related to source separation of household organic waste, and monitored the progress of the programme based on the physical composition of household waste sampled from 558 households in model programme areas of Hanoi...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096251/healthcare-resource-consumption-for-intermittent-urinary-catheterisation-cost-effectiveness-of-hydrophilic-catheters-and-budget-impact-analyses
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Carla Rognoni, Rosanna Tarricone
OBJECTIVES: This study presents a cost-effectiveness analysis comparing hydrophilic coated to uncoated catheters for patients performing urinary intermittent catheterisation. A national budget impact analysis is also included to evaluate the impact of intermittent catheterisation for management of bladder dysfunctions over a period of 5 years. DESIGN: A Markov model (lifetime horizon, 1 year cycle length) was developed to project health outcomes (life years and quality-adjusted life years) and economic consequences related to patients using hydrophilic coated or uncoated catheters...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095930/quantitative-risk-assessment-of-the-introduction-of-rabies-into-japan-through-the-importation-of-dogs-and-cats-worldwide
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N C L Kwan, K Sugiura, Y Hosoi, A Yamada, E L Snary
Japan has been free from rabies since 1958. A strict import regimen has been adopted since 2004 consisting of identification of an animal with microchip, two-time rabies vaccination, neutralizing antibody titration test and a waiting period of 180 days. The present study aims to quantitatively assess the risk of rabies introduction into Japan through the international importation of dogs and cats and hence provide evidence-based recommendations to strengthen the current rabies prevention system. A stochastic scenario tree model was developed and simulations were run using @RISK...
January 18, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095851/analytical-method-for-calculation-of-deviations-from-intended-dosages-during-multi-infusion
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Maurits K Konings, Roland A Snijder, Joris H Radermacher, Annemoon M Timmerman
BACKGROUND: In this paper, a new method is presented that combines mechanical compliance effects with Poiseuille flow and push-out effects ("dead volume") in one single mathematical framework for calculating dosing errors in multi-infusion set-ups. In contrast to existing numerical methods, our method produces explicit expressions that illustrate the mathematical dependencies of the dosing errors on hardware parameters and pump flow rate settings. METHODS: Our new approach uses the Z-transform to model the contents of the catheter, and after implementation in Mathematica (Wolfram), explicit expressions are produced automatically...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095745/toward-the-definition-of-a-new-worst-case-paradigm-for-the-preclinical-evaluation-of-posterior-spine-stabilization-devices
#15
Luigi La Barbera, Tomaso Villa
Mechanical reliability tests on posterior spine stabilization devices are based on standard F1717 by the American Society for Testing and Materials, which describes how to assemble the implant with vertebrae-like test blocks in a corpectomy model. A recent study proposed to revise the standard to describe the anatomical worst-case scenario, instead of the average one currently implemented, and introduce the unsupported screw length as a mechanical parameter. This article investigates the implications of such revisions on the endurance properties of an implant already on the market...
January 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095572/development-of-a-clinical-pathway-for-atopic-dermatitis-patients-a-case-based-approach
#16
Lyn C Guenther, Anneke Andriessen, Charles W Lynde, John W P Toole, Gary R Sibbald, James N Bergman, Marc Bourcier, Ian D R Landells
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic skin condition, associated with significant patient morbidity. There are a myriad of excellent evidenced based guidelines to guide clinicians by an extensive review of all the available treatments. However, while well written and complete these papers may not always allow easy transition to clinical application. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper was to develop a practical case-based approach for the treatment and maintenance of AD, enabling translation of guidelines into clinical care...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095414/mosquito-disseminated-insecticide-for-citywide-vector-control-and-its-potential-to-block-arbovirus-epidemics-entomological-observations-and-modeling-results-from-amazonian-brazil
#17
Fernando Abad-Franch, Elvira Zamora-Perea, Sérgio L B Luz
BACKGROUND: Mosquito-borne viruses threaten public health worldwide. When the ratio of competent vectors to susceptible humans is low enough, the virus's basic reproductive number (R0) falls below 1.0 (each case generating, on average, <1.0 additional case) and the infection fades out from the population. Conventional mosquito control tactics, however, seldom yield R0 < 1.0. A promising alternative uses mosquitoes to disseminate a potent growth-regulator larvicide, pyriproxyfen (PPF), to aquatic larval habitats; this kills most mosquito juveniles and substantially reduces adult mosquito emergence...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095403/a-likelihood-approach-for-real-time-calibration-of-stochastic-compartmental-epidemic-models
#18
Christoph Zimmer, Reza Yaesoubi, Ted Cohen
Stochastic transmission dynamic models are especially useful for studying the early emergence of novel pathogens given the importance of chance events when the number of infectious individuals is small. However, methods for parameter estimation and prediction for these types of stochastic models remain limited. In this manuscript, we describe a calibration and prediction framework for stochastic compartmental transmission models of epidemics. The proposed method, Multiple Shooting for Stochastic systems (MSS), applies a linear noise approximation to describe the size of the fluctuations, and uses each new surveillance observation to update the belief about the true epidemic state...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095191/maximum-pseudolikelihood-estimation-for-model-based-clustering-of-time-series-data
#19
Hien D Nguyen, Geoffrey J McLachlan, Pierre Orban, Pierre Bellec, Andrew L Janke
Mixture of autoregressions (MoAR) models provide a model-based approach to the clustering of time series data. The maximum likelihood (ML) estimation of MoAR models requires evaluating products of large numbers of densities of normal random variables. In practical scenarios, these products converge to zero as the length of the time series increases, and thus the ML estimation of MoAR models becomes infeasible without the use of numerical tricks. We propose a maximum pseudolikelihood (MPL) estimation approach as an alternative to the use of numerical tricks...
January 17, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095141/an-old-problem-aging-and-skeletal-muscle-strain-injury
#20
Brent A Baker
: Clinical Scenario: Even though chronological aging is an inevitable phenomenological consequence occurring in every living organism, it is biological aging that may be the most significant factor challenging our quality of life. Development of functional limitations, resulting from improper maintenance and restoration of various organ systems, ultimately leads to reduced health and independence. Skeletal muscle is an organ system, that when challenged, is often injured in response to varying stimuli...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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