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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087490/longitudinal-multiple-sclerosis-lesion-segmentation-resource-challenge
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Aaron Carass, Snehashis Roy, Amod Jog, Jennifer L Cuzzocreo, Elizabeth Magrath, Adrian Gherman, Julia Button, James Nguyen, Ferran Prados, Carole H Sudre, Manuel Jorge Cardoso, Niamh Cawley, Olga Ciccarelli, Claudia A M Wheeler-Kingshott, Sébastien Ourselin, Laurence Catanese, Hrishikesh Deshpande, Pierre Maurel, Olivier Commowick, Christian Barillot, Xavier Tomas-Fernandez, Simon K Warfield, Suthirth Vaidya, Abhijith Chunduru, Ramanathan Muthuganapathy, Ganapathy Krishnamurthi, Andrew Jesson, Tal Arbel, Oskar Maier, Heinz Handels, Leonardo O Iheme, Devrim Unay, Saurabh Jain, Diana M Sima, Dirk Smeets, Mohsen Ghafoorian, Bram Platel, Ariel Birenbaum, Hayit Greenspan, Pierre-Louis Bazin, Peter A Calabresi, Ciprian M Crainiceanu, Lotta M Ellingsen, Daniel S Reich, Jerry L Prince, Dzung L Pham
In conjunction with the ISBI 2015 conference, we organized a longitudinal lesion segmentation challenge providing training and test data to registered participants. The training data consisted of five subjects with a mean of 4.4 time-points, and test data of fourteen subjects with a mean of 4.4 time-points. All 82 data sets had the white matter lesions associated with multiple sclerosis delineated by two human expert raters. Eleven teams submitted results using state-of-the-art lesion segmentation algorithms to the challenge, with ten teams presenting their results at the conference...
January 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087489/neurite-density-index-is-sensitive-to-age-related-differences-in-the-developing-brain
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Sila Genc, Charles B Malpas, Scott K Holland, Richard Beare, Timothy J Silk
PURPOSE: White matter development during childhood and adolescence is characterised by increasing white matter coherence and organisation. Commonly used scalar metrics, such as fractional anisotropy (FA), are sensitive to multiple mechanisms of white matter change and therefore unable to distinguish between mechanisms that change during development. We investigate the relationship between age and neurite density index (NDI) from neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI), and the age-classification accuracy of NDI compared with FA, in a developmental cohort...
January 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087467/positive-childhood-experiences-and-ideal-cardiovascular-health-in-midlife-associations-and-mediators
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Natalie Slopen, Ying Chen, Jennifer L Guida, Michelle A Albert, David R Williams
In 2010, the American Heart Association introduced a new conceptual framework to encourage a focus on primary prevention and provided a definition for "ideal cardiovascular health". In this study we examined the relationship between positive childhood experience and ideal cardiovascular health in mid-life, and the extent to which education, depression, and social support mediate this association. Data are from participants in the Midlife and Aging in the United States study who completed a clinic-based assessment of health (N=1255, aged 34-84years, 2004-2005)...
January 10, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087455/correlation-between-antigenicity-and-variability-in-the-vls-antigenic-variation-system-of-borrelia-burgdorferi
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Wei Zhou, Dustin Brisson
Many parasites have evolved antigenic variation systems that alter surface proteins in order to evade recognition by presently expressed antibodies and subsequent death. Although the amino acid positions in antigens to which antibodies most commonly target are expected to be the most variable, this assumption has not been investigated. Using the vls antigenic variation system of Borrelia burgdorferi as a model, we first investigated this assumption computationally and then developed a sensitive immunoassay to experimentally validate the computational results...
January 10, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086778/diabetes-does-not-impact-the-diagnostic-performance-of-contrast-based-fractional-flow-reserve-insights-from-the-contrast-study
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Giuseppe Gargiulo, Eugenio Stabile, Marco Ferrone, Emanuele Barbato, Frederik M Zimmermann, Julien Adjedj, Barry Hennigan, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Nils P Johnson, William F Fearon, Allen Jeremias, Bruno Trimarco, Giovanni Esposito
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-free coronary pressure wire metrics have been proposed to test the functional significance of coronary artery lesions, but it is unexplored whether their diagnostic performance might be altered in patients with diabetes. METHODS: We performed a post-hoc analysis of the CONTRAST study, which prospectively enrolled an international cohort of patients undergoing routine fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment for standard indications. Paired, repeated measurements of all physiology metrics (Pd/Pa, iFR, contrast-based FFR, and FFR) were made...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081153/dermal-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-do-not-freely-re-circulate-out-of-skin-and-produce-il-17-to-promote-neutrophil-infiltration-during-primary-contact-hypersensitivity
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Xiaodong Jiang, Chang Ook Park, Jenna Geddes Sweeney, Min Jae Yoo, Olivier Gaide, Thomas Seth Kupper
The role of mouse dermal γδ T cells in inflammatory skin disorders and host defense has been studied extensively. It is known that dendritic epidermal T cells (DETC) have a monomorphic γδ T cell receptor (TCR) and reside in murine epidermis from birth. We asked if dermal γδ cells freely re-circulated out of skin, or behaved more like dermal resident memory T cells (TRM) in mice. We found that, unlike epidermal γδ T cells (DETC), dermal γδ cells are not homogeneous with regard to TCR, express the tissue resident T cell markers CD69 and CD103, bear skin homing receptors, and produce IL-17 and IL-22...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080183/palliative-care-scorecard
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Sheri Kittelson, Read Pierce, Jeanie Youngwerth
BACKGROUND: In response to poor healthcare quality outcomes and rising costs, healthcare reform triple aim has increased requirements for providers to demonstrate value to payers, partners, and the public. OBJECTIVE: Electronically automating measurement of the meaningful impact of palliative care (PC) programs on clinical, operational, and financial systems over time is imperative to the success of the field and the goal of development of this automated PC scorecard...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080115/reaching-into-response-selection-stimulus-and-response-similarity-influence-central-operations
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Tim Wifall, Aaron T Buss, Thomas A Farmer, John P Spencer, Eliot Hazeltine
To behave adaptively in complex and dynamic environments, one must link perception and action to satisfy internal states, a process known as response selection (RS). A largely unexplored topic in the study of RS is how interstimulus and interresponse similarity affect performance. To examine this issue, we manipulated stimulus similarity by using colors that were either similar or dissimilar and manipulated response similarity by having participants move a mouse cursor to locations that were either close together or far apart...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080048/wearable-sensors-for-personal-monitoring-and-estimation-of-inhaled-traffic-related-air-pollution-evaluation-of-methods
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Evi Dons, Michelle Laeremans, Juan Pablo Orjuela, Ione Avila-Palencia, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Tom Cole-Hunter, Esther Anaya-Boig, Arnout Standaert, Patrick De Boever, Tim S Nawrot, Thomas Götschi, Audrey de Nazelle, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Luc Int Panis
Physical activity and ventilation rates have an effect on an individual's dose and may be important to consider in exposure-response relationships; however, these factors are often ignored in environmental epidemiology studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate methods to estimate the inhaled dose of air pollution and understand variability, in the absence of a true gold standard metric. Five types of methods were identified: (1) methods using (physical) activity types; (2) methods based on energy expenditure, METs (metabolic equivalents of task) and oxygen consumption; (3) methods based on heart rate or (4) breathing rate; and (5) methods that combine heart and breathing rate...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079461/building-the-evidence-base-for-tele-emergency-care-efforts-to-identify-a-standardized-set-of-outcome-measures
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Yael Harris, Boyd Gilman, Marcia M Ward, Jonathan Ladinsky, Jacqueline Crowley, Cannon Warren, Craig Caplan
BACKGROUND: To enhance the quality of emergency department (ED) care, some rural hospitals have adopted the use of telemedicine (tele-ED). Without a common set of metrics, it is difficult to quantify the impact of this technology. INTRODUCTION: To address this limitation, the Health Resources and Services Administration funded the identification and testing of a core set of measures that could be used to build a business case for the value of tele-ED care. METHODS: A comprehensive environmental scan was conducted to identify existing measures relevant to assessing ED care and the use of telemedicine...
January 12, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079394/the-positive-emotions-after-acute-coronary-events-behavioral-health-intervention-design-rationale-and-preliminary-feasibility-of-a-factorial-design-study
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Jeffery C Huffman, Ariana M Albanese, Kirsti A Campbell, Christopher M Celano, Rachel A Millstein, Carol A Mastromauro, Brian C Healy, Wei-Jean Chung, James L Januzzi, Linda M Collins, Elyse R Park
BACKGROUND: Positive psychological constructs, such as optimism, are associated with greater participation in cardiac health behaviors and improved cardiac outcomes. Positive psychology interventions, which target psychological well-being, may represent a promising approach to improving health behaviors in high-risk cardiac patients. However, no study has assessed whether a positive psychology intervention can promote physical activity following an acute coronary syndrome. OBJECTIVE: In this article we will describe the methods of a novel factorial design study to aid the development of a positive psychology-based intervention for acute coronary syndrome patients and aim to provide preliminary feasibility data on study implementation...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079277/whole-body-vibration-exposure-of-occupational-horseback-riding-in-agriculture-a-ranching-example
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Xiaoke Zeng, Catherine Trask, Aaron M Kociolek
BACKGROUND: Horse riding is common in many occupations; however, there is currently no research evaluating exposure to whole-body vibration and mechanical shock on horseback. METHODS: Whole-body vibration was measured on a cattle rancher during two 30 min horseback rides using a tri-axial accelerometer mounted on a western saddle. Vibration was summarized into standardized metrics, including the 8 hr equivalent root-mean-squared acceleration (A[8]) and the daily 4th power vibration dose value (VDV)...
February 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079016/fast-hplc-fingerprinting-to-discriminate-olive-oil-from-other-edible-vegetable-oils-by-multivariate-classification-methods
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Ana M Jiménez-Carvelo, Antonio González-Casado, Estefanía Pérez-Castaño, Luis Cuadros-Rodríguez
A new analytical method for the differentiation of olive oil from other vegetable oils using reversed-phase LC and applying chemometric techniques was developed. A 3 cm short column was used to obtain the chromatographic fingerprint of the methyl-transesterified fraction of each vegetable oil. The chromatographic analysis took only 4 min. The multivariate classification methods used were <em>k</em>-nearest neighbors, partial least-squares (PLS) discriminant analysis, one-class PLS, support vector machine classification, and soft independent modeling of class analogies...
January 12, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078077/a-novel-method-for-the-quantification-of-fatty-infiltration-in-skeletal-muscle
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Nicole K Biltz, Gretchen A Meyer
BACKGROUND: Fatty infiltration of the skeletal muscle is a common but poorly understood feature of many myopathies. It is best described in human muscle, where non-invasive imaging techniques and representative histology have been optimized to view and quantify infiltrating fat. However, human studies are limited in their ability to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating fatty infiltration, a likely prerequisite to developing targeted interventions. As mechanistic investigations move to small animals, studies may benefit from new or adapted imaging tools optimized for high resolution and whole muscle quantification...
2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077914/modelling-expertise-at-different-levels-of-granularity-using-semantic-similarity-measures-in-the-context-of-collaborative-knowledge-curation-platforms
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Hasti Ziaimatin, Tudor Groza, Tania Tudorache, Jane Hunter
Collaboration platforms provide a dynamic environment where the content is subject to ongoing evolution through expert contributions. The knowledge embedded in such platforms is not static as it evolves through incremental refinements - or micro-contributions. Such refinements provide vast resources of tacit knowledge and experience. In our previous work, we proposed and evaluated a Semantic and Time-dependent Expertise Profiling (STEP) approach for capturing expertise from micro-contributions. In this paper we extend our investigation to structured micro-contributions that emerge from an ontology engineering environment, such as the one built for developing the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) revision 11...
December 2016: Journal of Intelligent Information Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077697/point-counterpoint-what-is-the-optimal-approach-for-detection-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Ferric C Fang, Christopher R Polage, Mark H Wilcox
In 2010, we published an initial point-counterpoint on laboratory diagnosis of C. difficile infection (CDI). At that time, nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) were just becoming commercially available, and the idea of algorithmic approaches to CDI was being explored. Now there are numerous NAATs in the marketplace and based on recent proficiency test surveys, they have become the predominant method used for CDI diagnosis in the United States. At the same time, there is a body of literature that suggests that NAATs lack clinical specificity and thus inflate CDI rates...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077568/automatic-query-generation-using-word-embeddings-for-retrieving-passages-describing-experimental-methods
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Ferhat Aydın, Zehra Melce Hüsünbeyi, Arzucan Özgür
Information regarding the physical interactions among proteins is crucial, since protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are central for many biological processes. The experimental techniques used to verify PPIs are vital for characterizing and assessing the reliability of the identified PPIs. A lot of information about PPIs and the experimental methods are only available in the text of the scientific publications that report them. In this study, we approach the problem of identifying passages with experimental methods for physical interactions between proteins as an information retrieval search task...
2017: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077385/impact-of-sex-and-contact-to-device-time-on-clinical-outcomes-in-acute-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-findings-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry
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Robert O Roswell, Jordan Kunkes, Anita Y Chen, Karen Chiswell, Sohah Iqbal, Matthew T Roe, Sripal Bangalore
BACKGROUND: Emergent myocardial reperfusion via primary percutaneous coronary intervention is optimal care for patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Delays in such interventions are associated with increases in mortality. With the shift in focus to contact-to-device (C2D) time as a new perfusion metric, this study was designed to examine how sex affects C2D time and mortality in STEMI patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical data on male and female STEMI patients were extracted and analyzed from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry from July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2014...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076612/einstein-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-its-metrics-and-some-related-issues
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Jacyr Pasternak, Sidney Glina
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October 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076439/predictors-of-student-productivity-in-biomedical-graduate-school-applications
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Joshua D Hall, Anna B O'Connell, Jeanette G Cook
Many US biomedical PhD programs receive more applications for admissions than they can accept each year, necessitating a selective admissions process. Typical selection criteria include standardized test scores, undergraduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, a resume and/or personal statement highlighting relevant research or professional experience, and feedback from interviews with training faculty. Admissions decisions are often founded on assumptions that these application components correlate with research success in graduate school, but these assumptions have not been rigorously tested...
2017: PloS One
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