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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324982/multi-task-transfer-learning-for-in-hospital-death-prediction-of-icu-patients
#1
Chandan Karmakar, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh
Multi-Task Transfer Learning (MTTL) is an efficient approach for learning from inter-related tasks with small sample size and imbalanced class distribution. Since the intensive care unit (ICU) data set (publicly available in Physionet) has subjects from four different ICU types, we hypothesize that there is an underlying relatedness amongst various ICU types. Therefore, this study aims to explore MTTL model for in-hospital mortality prediction of ICU patients. We used single-task learning (STL) approach on the augmented data as well as individual ICU data and compared the performance with the proposed MTTL model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
#2
C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324790/a-new-approach-to-estimating-the-evoked-hemodynamic-response-applied-to-dual-channel-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#3
Reza Arefi Shirvan, Seyed Kamaledin Setarehdan, Ali Motie Nasrabadi
BACKGROUND: Brain activity can be measured non-invasively by means of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) which records hemodynamics of the brain tissue. Sensitivity of fNIRS to the brain activity is however being affected by natural physiological brain hemodynamics (systemic interferences). Functional hemodynamic signal extraction from physiological interferences still remains a challenging task. NEW METHOD: This paper presents a novel effective algorithm for real-time physiological interference reduction and recovery of the evoked brain activity using a dual channel fNIRS system...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324660/single-and-combination-drug-screening-with-aqueous-biphasic-tumor-spheroids
#4
Pradip Shahi Thakuri, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids of cancer cells represent a physiologic model of solid tumors for cancer drug screening. Despite this known benefit, difficulties with generating large quantities of uniformly sized spheroids in standard plates, individually addressing spheroids with drug compounds, and quantitatively analyzing responses of cancer cells have hindered the use of spheroids in high-throughput screening applications. Recently, we addressed this challenge by using an aqueous two-phase system technology to generate a spheroid within an aqueous drop immersed in a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324322/measurement-invariance-of-the-satisfaction-with-life-scale-reviewing-three-decades-of-research
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REVIEW
Scott D Emerson, Martin Guhn, Anne M Gadermann
PURPOSE: The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is a widely used measure of life satisfaction, a key aspect in quality of life. The SWLS has been used across many socio-demographic groups. Comparison of life satisfaction across different subgroups (e.g., cultures) is meaningful to researchers; such cross-group comparison presupposes that validity of the inferences from SWLS scores holds across various subgroups (measurement invariance: MI). The aim of the present review was to identify, summarize, and evaluate research testing measurement invariance of the SWLS...
March 21, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323821/comparing-resting-state-fmri-de-noising-approaches-using-multi-and-single-echo-acquisitions
#6
Ottavia Dipasquale, Arjun Sethi, Maria Marcella Laganà, Francesca Baglio, Giuseppe Baselli, Prantik Kundu, Neil A Harrison, Mara Cercignani
Artifact removal in resting state fMRI (rfMRI) data remains a serious challenge, with even subtle head motion undermining reliability and reproducibility. Here we compared some of the most popular single-echo de-noising methods-regression of Motion parameters, White matter and Cerebrospinal fluid signals (MWC method), FMRIB's ICA-based X-noiseifier (FIX) and ICA-based Automatic Removal Of Motion Artifacts (ICA-AROMA)-with a multi-echo approach (ME-ICA) that exploits the linear dependency of BOLD on the echo time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323607/language-based-inequity-in-health-care-who-is-the-poor-historian
#7
Alexander R Green, Chijioke Nze
Patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) are among the most vulnerable populations. They experience high rates of medical errors with worse clinical outcomes than English-proficient patients and receive lower quality of care by other metrics. However, we have yet to take the issue of linguistic inequities seriously in the medical system and in medical education, tacitly accepting that substandard care is either unavoidable or not worth the cost to address. We argue that we have a moral imperative to provide high-quality care to patients with LEP and to teach our medical trainees that such care is both expected and feasible...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323455/the-sleep-of-the-ring-comparison-of-the-%C3%A5-ura-sleep-tracker-against-polysomnography
#8
Massimiliano de Zambotti, Leonardo Rosas, Ian M Colrain, Fiona C Baker
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of a multisensor sleep-tracker (ŌURA ring) against polysomnography (PSG) in measuring sleep and sleep stages. PARTICIPANTS: Forty-one healthy adolescents and young adults (13 females; Age: 17.2 ± 2.4 years). METHODS: Sleep data were recorded using the ŌURA ring and standard PSG on a single laboratory overnight. Metrics were compared using Bland-Altman plots and epoch-by-epoch (EBE) analysis...
March 21, 2017: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323435/quantifying-selection-pressure
#9
Evert Haasdijk, Jacqueline Heinerman
Selection is an essential component of any evolutionary systemand analysing this fundamental force in evolution can provide relevant insights into the evolutionary development of a population. The 1990s and early 2000s saw a substantial number of publications that investigated selection pressure through methods such as takeover time and Markov chain analysis. Over the last decade, however, interest in the analysis of selection in evolutionary computing has waned. The established methods for analysis of selection pressure provide little insight when selection is based in more than comparison of fitness values...
March 21, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320201/analysis-of-never-events-following-adult-cardiac-surgical-procedures-in-the-united-states
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Michael P Robich, Brianna M Krafcik, Nishant K Shah, Alik Farber, Denis Rybin, Jeffrey J Siracuse
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to determine the risk factors, nature, and outcomes of "never events" following open adult cardiac surgical procedures. Understanding of these events can reduce their occurrence, and thereby improve patient care, quality metrics, and cost reduction. METHODS: "Never events" for patients included in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample who underwent coronary artery bypass graft, heart valve repair/replacement, or thoracic aneurysm repair between 2003-2011 were documented...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319741/influence-of-sampling-approach-on-concentrations-of-legacy-and-novel-brominated-flame-retardants-in-indoor-dust
#11
Layla Salih Al-Omran, Stuart Harrad
The study investigates the impact of sampling method on the concentrations of PBDEs (BDE-28, BDE-47, BDE-99, BDE-100, BDE-153, BDE-154, BDE-183, and BDE-209) and NBFRs (PBEB, EH-TBB, BEH-TEBP, BTBPE and DBDPE) in indoor dust. A total of 36 dust samples were collected from 12 homes in Birmingham, UK (3 samples per home comprising researcher collected dust - both RCD from the living room (RCDL) and bedroom (RCDB), with an additional householder vacuum dust sample - HHVD). BDE-209 was the predominant compound, with average concentrations of 2642, 2336 and 2634 ng/g in RCDL, RCDB and HHVD respectively...
February 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319469/understanding-traditional-research-impact-metrics
#12
Joseph S Butler, Arjun S Sebastian, I David Kaye, Scott C Wagner, Patrick B Morrissey, Gregory D Schroeder, Christopher K Kepler, Alexander R Vaccaro
Traditionally, the success of a researcher has been judged by the number of publications he or she has published in peer-review, indexed, high impact journals. However, to quantify the impact of research in the wider scientific community, a number of traditional metrics have been used, including Impact Factor, SCImago Journal Rank, Eigenfactor Score, and Article Influence Score. This article attempts to provide a broad overview of the main traditional impact metrics that have been used to assess scholarly output and research impact...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319274/intraoperative-optical-coherence-tomography-for-soft-tissue-sarcoma-differentiation-and-margin-identification
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Kelly J Mesa, Laura E Selmic, Paritosh Pande, Guillermo L Monroy, Jennifer Reagan, Jonathan Samuelson, Elizabeth Driskell, Joanne Li, Marina Marjanovic, Eric J Chaney, Stephen A Boppart
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Sarcomas are rare but highly aggressive tumors, and local recurrence after surgical excision can occur in up to 50% cases. Therefore, there is a strong clinical need for accurate tissue differentiation and margin assessment to reduce incomplete resection and local recurrence. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and a novel image texture-based processing algorithm to differentiate sarcoma from muscle and adipose tissue...
March 20, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319132/measuring-subglacial-bedform-orientation-length-and-longitudinal-asymmetry-method-assessment
#14
Marco G Jorge, Tracy A Brennand
Geospatial analysis software provides a range of tools that can be used to measure landform morphometry. Often, a metric can be computed with different techniques that may give different results. This study is an assessment of 5 different methods for measuring longitudinal, or streamlined, subglacial bedform morphometry: orientation, length and longitudinal asymmetry, all of which require defining a longitudinal axis. The methods use the standard deviational ellipse (not previously applied in this context), the longest straight line fitting inside the bedform footprint (2 approaches), the minimum-size footprint-bounding rectangle, and Euler's approximation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318630/sarcopenia-and-its-individual-criteria-are-associated-in-part-with-mortality-among-patients%C3%A2-on-hemodialysis
#15
Piyawan Kittiskulnam, Glenn M Chertow, Juan J Carrero, Cynthia Delgado, George A Kaysen, Kirsten L Johansen
The relative importance of sarcopenia and its individual components as independent predictors of mortality in the dialysis population has not been determined. We estimated whole-body muscle mass using pre-dialysis bioimpedance spectroscopy measurements in 645 ACTIVE/ADIPOSE-enrolled prevalent hemodialysis patients from San Francisco and Atlanta. Low muscle mass was defined as two standard deviations below sex-specific means for young adults from NHANES and indexed to height(2), body weight, body surface area, or body mass index...
March 16, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318463/decreasing-the-overall-environmental-impact-of-the-dutch-diet-how-to-find-healthy-and-sustainable-diets-with-limited-changes
#16
Gerard Fh Kramer, Marcelo Tyszler, Pieter Van't Veer, Hans Blonk
OBJECTIVE: To find diets optimised on nutrition and environmental impact close to the current Dutch diet and to identify the most effective and acceptable options for mitigating environmental impact. DESIGN: Linear programming was used to optimise diets of Dutch men and women aged 9-69 years, divided into ten age-gender groups. The analysis included nutrient composition, a metric for popularity and life cycle assessments of 207 food products. Greenhouse gas emissions, fossil energy use and land occupation were used to calculate a weighted score for the overall environmental impact...
March 20, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318335/the-cognitive-affective-and-somatic-empathy-scales-cases-for-children
#17
Adrian Raine, Frances R Chen
Although the assessment of empathy has moved from general empathy to differentiating between cognitive and affective empathy, no instruments have assessed somatic (motor) empathy, and none have separated positive from negative affect empathy. The main objective of this study was to develop a 30-item self-report cognitive, affective, and somatic empathy scale (CASES) with positive and negative affect components for use with children and adolescents. A community sample of 428 male and female 11-year-olds completed the CASES together with validity questionnaires and were assessed on IQ...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318101/individual-volume-based-3d-gamma-indices-for-pretreatment-vmat-qa
#18
Jinling Yi, Ce Han, Xiaomin Zheng, Yongqiang Zhou, Zhenxiang Deng, Congying Xie, Xiance Jin, Fu Jin
Although gamma analysis is still a widely accepted quantitative tool to analyze and report patient-specific QA for intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT), the correlation between the 2D percentage gamma passing rate (%GP), and the clinical dosimetric difference for IMRT and VMAT has been questioned. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of individual volume-based 3D gamma indices for pretreatment VMAT QA. Percentage dosimetric errors (%DE) of dose-volume histogram metrics (includes target volumes and organ at risks) between the treatment planning system and QA-reconstructed dose distribution, %GPs for individual volume and global gamma indices, as well their correlations and sensitivities were investigated for one- and two-arc VMAT plans...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317949/the-nature-of-the-conserved-basic-amino-acid-sequences-found-among-437-heparin-binding-proteins-determined-by-network-analysis
#19
Timothy R Rudd, Mark D Preston, Edwin A Yates
In multicellular organisms, a large number of proteins interact with the polyanionic polysaccharides heparan sulphate (HS) and heparin. These interactions are usually assumed to be dominated by charge-charge interactions between the anionic carboxylate and/or sulfate groups of the polysaccharide and cationic amino acids of the protein. A major question is whether there exist conserved amino acid sequences for HS/heparin binding among these diverse proteins. Potentially conserved HS/heparin binding sequences were sought amongst 437 HS/heparin binding proteins...
March 20, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317556/skull-5-from-dmanisi-descriptive-anatomy-comparative-studies-and-evolutionary-significance
#20
G Philip Rightmire, Marcia S Ponce de León, David Lordkipanidze, Ann Margvelashvili, Christoph P E Zollikofer
A fifth hominin skull (cranium D4500 and mandible D2600) from Dmanisi is massively constructed, with a large face and a very small brain. Traits documented for the first time in a basal member of the Homo clade include the uniquely low ratio of endocranial volume to basicranial width, reduced vertex height, angular vault profile, smooth nasal sill coupled with a long and sloping maxillary clivus, elongated palate, and tall mandibular corpus. The convex clivus and receding symphysis of skull 5 produce a muzzle-like form similar to that of Australopithecus afarensis...
March 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
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