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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637314/dna-methylation-signatures-and-coagulation-factors-in-the-peripheral-blood-leucocytes-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
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Lian Li, Hong Zheng, Yubei Huang, Caiyun Huang, Shuang Zhang, Jing Tian, Pei Li, Anil K Sood, Wei Zhang, Kexin Chen
Solid tumors are increasingly recognized as a systemic disease that is manifested by changes in DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites in the blood. Whereas many studies have reported gene mutation events in the circulation, few studies have focused on epigenetic DNA methylation markers. To identify DNA methylation biomarkers in peripheral blood for ovarian cancer, we performed a two-stage epigenome-wide association study. In the discovery stage, we measured genome wide DNA methylation for 485,000 CpG sites in peripheral blood in 24 epithelial ovarian cancer cases and 24 age-matched healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637157/maximal-and-submaximal-aerobic-tests-for-wheelchair-dependent-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review-to-summarize-and-identify-useful-applications-for-clinical-rehabilitation
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Sophia Eerden, Rienk Dekker, Florentina J Hettinga
PURPOSE: To summarize the available maximal and submaximal aerobic exercise tests for wheelchair-dependent persons with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and to identify useful applications for clinical rehabilitation. METHOD: The databases of PubMed, CINAHL(®), EMBASE, and PsycINFO(®) were searched for English-language studies published prior to March 2015. Two independent raters identified and examined studies that reported on laboratory-based aerobic exercise tests in persons with an SCI, according to the PRISMA statement...
March 3, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637143/validity-and-reliability-of-an-activity-monitor-to-quantify-arm-movements-and-activity-in-adults-following-distal-radius-fracture
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Andrea M Bruder, Jodie A McClelland, Nora Shields, Karen J Dodd, Raphael Hau, Alexander T M van de Water, Nicholas F Taylor
PURPOSE: To examine the validity and reliability of an activity monitor to estimate upper limb activity. METHODS: Thirty-two adults after distal radial fracture were recruited. 15 adults performed five upper limb activities during two testing sessions, one week apart to investigate criterion validity against the criterion reference of three-dimensional motion analysis, convergent validity, and test-retest reliability. 17 adults in two therapy groups wore monitors for three consecutive days at baseline and six weeks post-intervention...
February 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637131/translation-cultural-adaptation-reliability-and-validity-of-the-turkish-version-of-the-penn-shoulder-score
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Zeynep Hazar Kanik, Gurkan Gunaydin, Omer Osman Pala, Ugur Sozlu, Zeynep Beyza Alkan, Seyit Citaker, Selda Basar, Ulunay Kanatli
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to translate the Penn Shoulder Score into Turkish and to establish its cultural adaptation, reliability, and validity in patients with shoulder dysfunctions. METHODS: The Penn Shoulder Score was translated and culturally adapted from English into Turkish. Subsequently, the Penn Shoulder Score, the Constant Score, the American Shoulder and Elbow Score, and the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index were completed by 97 patients with shoulder dysfunctions...
February 7, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637064/safety-and-efficacy-of-glycopyrrolate-as-a-premedication-for-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Eui Joo Kim, Min Young Um, Kyoung Oh Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Su Young Kim, Dong Kyun Park, Kwang An Kwon, Jun Won Chung, Yoon Jae Kim
Background and study aims Anticholinergic premedication has not been validated for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we investigated the efficacy and safety of glycopyrrolate as a premedication for ESD. Methods A total of 196 patients undergoing ESD at a single tertiary medical center between December 2014 and February 2016 were randomly allocated to receive one of the following two premedications: glycopyrrolate (0.004 mg/kg intramuscularly [IM]) or placebo (2...
June 21, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636915/probing-the-structural-dynamics-of-the-nmda-receptor-activation-by-coarse-grained-modeling
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Wenjun Zheng, Han Wen, Gary J Iacobucci, Gabriela K Popescu
N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are glutamate-gated excitatory channels that play essential roles in brain functions. High-resolution structures have been solved for an allosterically inhibited and agonist-bound form of a functional NMDA receptor; however, other key functional states (particularly the active open-channel state) were only resolved at moderate resolutions by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). To decrypt the mechanism of the NMDA receptor activation, structural modeling is essential to provide presently missing information about structural dynamics...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636905/a-kepler-workflow-tool-for-reproducible-amber-gpu-molecular-dynamics
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Shweta Purawat, Pek U Ieong, Robert D Malmstrom, Garrett J Chan, Alan K Yeung, Ross C Walker, Ilkay Altintas, Rommie E Amaro
With the drive toward high throughput molecular dynamics (MD) simulations involving ever-greater numbers of simulation replicates run for longer, biologically relevant timescales (microseconds), the need for improved computational methods that facilitate fully automated MD workflows gains more importance. Here we report the development of an automated workflow tool to perform AMBER GPU MD simulations. Our workflow tool capitalizes on the capabilities of the Kepler platform to deliver a flexible, intuitive, and user-friendly environment and the AMBER GPU code for a robust and high-performance simulation engine...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636755/technical-note-combination-of-multiple-epid-imager-layers-improves-image-quality-and-tracking-performance-of-low-contrast-to-noise-objects
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Stephen Sf Yip, Joerg Rottmann, Haijian Chen, Daniel Morf, Rony Füglistaller, Josh Star-Lack, George Zentai, Ross Berbeco
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that combining multiple amorphous silicon flat panel layers increases photon detection efficiency in an electronic portal imaging device (EPID), improving image quality and tracking accuracy of low contrast targets during radiotherapy METHODS: The prototype imager evaluated in this study contained 4 individually programmable layers each with a copper converter layer, Gd2 O2 S scintillator and active-matrix flat panel imager (AMFPI). The imager was placed on a Varian TrueBeam linac and a Las Vegas phantom programmed with sinusoidal motion (peak-to-peak amplitude=20mm, Period=3...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636621/validation-study-of-the-safety-attitudes-questionnaire-saq-in-public-hospitals-of-heilongjiang-province-china
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Ying Li, Xiaowen Zhao, Xue Zhang, Chi Zhang, Hongkun Ma, Mingli Jiao, Xia Li, Lijun Gao, Mo Hao, Jun Lv, Yanming Zhao, Yu Cui, Jinghua Liu, Zhaoquan Huang, Wuxiang Shi, Qunhong Wu, Mei Yin
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to validate the reliability and validity of the safety attitudes questionnaire (SAQ) in Heilongjiang province, northern China. METHODS: The SAQ was distributed to 27 public hospitals in five cities across Heilongjiang province. The Cronbach's α, item-dimension and dimension-dimension correlations were calculated. Descriptive analyses and confirmatory factor analysis were also performed. RESULTS: The recovery rate of the questionnaire was 84...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636482/impact-of-freeway-weaving-segment-design-on-light-duty-vehicle-exhaust-emissions
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Qing Li, Fengxiang Qiao, Lei Yu, Shuyan Chen, Tiezhu Li
In United States, 26% of greenhouse gas emissions is emitted from the transportation sector, which meanwhile accompanies with enormous toxic emissions to humans, such as CO, NOx, and HC, approximately 2.5% and 2.44% of a total exhaust emission for a petrol and diesel engine, respectively. These exhaust emissions are typically subject to vehicles' intermittent operations, such as hard acceleration and hard braking. In practice, drivers are inclined to operate intermittently while driving through a weaving segment, due to complex vehicle maneuvering for weaving...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636255/recombinant-human-serum-albumin-for-corneal-preservation
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Mohit Parekh, Hossein Elbadawy, Gianni Salvalaio, Marie-Claude Amoureux, Enzo Di Iorio, Denis Fortier, Diego Ponzin, Stefano Ferrari, Alessandro Ruzza
PURPOSE: To study the performance of a completely synthetic organ culture (OC) preservation system containing recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA) for preservation of human donor corneas. METHODS: Twenty-four paired donor corneas were randomly collected, and one cornea from each donor was preserved in synthetic (experimental) and serum-based media (control). The tissues were assessed at day 0; after 6 days of preservation at room temperature (RT) in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Prep II(®) ; after 28 days at 31°C in Cornea Syn(®) [with rHSA] and Cornea Max(®) [with foetal calf serum (FCS)] and; 4-day post deswelling in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Jet(®) ...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636246/stretchable-electrochemical-sensor-for-inducing-and-monitoring-cell-mechanotransduction-in-real-time
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Yan-Ling Liu, Yu Qin, Zi-He Jin, Xue-Bo Hu, Miao-Miao Chen, Rong Liu, Christian Amatore, Wei-Hua Huang
Existing methods offer little direct and real-time information about stretch-triggered biochemical responses during cell mechanotransduction. Herein, we report a novel stretchable electrochemical sensor that takes advantage of a hierarchical percolation network of carbon nanotubes and gold nanotubes (CNTs- Au NTs). This hybrid nano-structure provides the sensor with excellent time-reproducible mechanical and electrochemical performances while granting very good cellular compatibility, making it perfectly apt to induce and monitor simultaneously transient biochemical signals...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636163/the-pu-prom-a-patient-reported-outcome-measure-for-peptic-ulcer-disease
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Na Liu, Jing Lv, Jinchun Liu, Yanbo Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) conceived to enable description of treatment-related effects, from the patient perspective, bring the potential to improve in clinical research, and to provide patients with accurate information. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop a patient-centred peptic ulcer patient-reported outcome measure (PU-PROM) and evaluate its reliability, validity, differential item functioning (DIF) and feasibility. METHOD: To develop a conceptual framework and item pool for the PU-PROM, we performed a literature review and consulted other measures created in China and other countries...
June 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636053/evidence-of-bad-recycling-practices-bfrs-in-children-s-toys-and-food-contact-articles
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A Guzzonato, F Puype, S J Harrad
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been used intentionally in a wide range of plastics, but are now found in an even wider range of such materials (including children's toys and food contact articles) as a result of recycling practices that mix BFR-containing waste plastics with "virgin" materials. In this study Br was quantified in toy and food contact samples on the assumption that its concentration can be used as a metric for BFR contamination. Subsequently, compound specific determination of BFRs was performed to evaluate the validity of the aforementioned assumption, crucial to render rapid, inexpensive, in situ Br determination in non-laboratory environments (such as waste handling facilities) a viable option for sorting wastes according to their BFR content...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635678/evaluation-of-classifier-performance-for-multiclass-phenotype-discrimination-in-untargeted-metabolomics
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Patrick J Trainor, Andrew P DeFilippis, Shesh N Rai
Statistical classification is a critical component of utilizing metabolomics data for examining the molecular determinants of phenotypes. Despite this, a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the accuracy of classification techniques for phenotype discrimination given metabolomics data has not been conducted. We conducted such an evaluation using both simulated and real metabolomics datasets, comparing Partial Least Squares-Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA), Sparse PLS-DA, Random Forests, Support Vector Machines (SVM), Artificial Neural Network, k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN), and Naïve Bayes classification techniques for discrimination...
June 21, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635625/soil-moisture-content-estimation-based-on-sentinel-1-and-auxiliary-earth-observation-products-a-hydrological-approach
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Dimitrios D Alexakis, Filippos-Dimitrios K Mexis, Anthi-Eirini K Vozinaki, Ioannis N Daliakopoulos, Ioannis K Tsanis
A methodology for elaborating multi-temporal Sentinel-1 and Landsat 8 satellite images for estimating topsoil Soil Moisture Content (SMC) to support hydrological simulation studies is proposed. After pre-processing the remote sensing data, backscattering coefficient, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), thermal infrared temperature and incidence angle parameters are assessed for their potential to infer ground measurements of SMC, collected at the top 5 cm. A non-linear approach using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) is tested...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635441/the-extension-of-a-set-of-needs-led-mental-health-clusters-to-accommodate-people-accessing-uk-intellectual-disability-health-services
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Jon Painter, Liam Trevithick, Richard Hastings, Barry Ingham, Ashok Roy
BACKGROUND: A development of a needs-led mental health classification system based on the Health of the National Outcome Scales (HoNOS) has previously been developed. AIMS: To extend the needs-based mental health (MH) clusters to accommodate the additional needs of people accessing UK intellectual disabilities health services. METHOD: Hierarchical cluster analysis was performed on assessment data from 18 National Health Service (NHS) provider organisations...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635403/psychomotor-skills-assessment-by-motion-analysis-in-minimally-invasive-surgery-on-an-animal-organ
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Erlend Fagertun Hofstad, Cecilie Våpenstad, Lars Eirik Bø, Thomas Langø, Esther Kuhry, Ronald Mårvik
BACKGROUND: A high level of psychomotor skills is required to perform minimally invasive surgery (MIS) safely. To be able to measure these skills is important in the assessment of surgeons, as it enables constructive feedback during training. The aim of this study was to test the validity of an objective and automatic assessment method using motion analysis during a laparoscopic procedure on an animal organ. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Experienced surgeons in laparoscopy (experts) and medical students (novices) performed a cholecystectomy on a porcine liver box model...
February 8, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635178/assessing-inhibitory-control-in-early-stage-alzheimer-s-and-parkinson-s-disease-using-the-hayling-sentence-completion-test
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Anthony Martyr, Elina Boycheva, Aleksandra Kudlicka
The ability to inhibit irrelevant information is essential for coping with the demands of everyday life. Inhibitory deficits are present in all stages of dementia and commonly observed in people with Parkinson's disease (PwPD). Inhibition is frequently tested with the Stroop test, but this may lack ecological validity. This study investigates inhibitory control in people with Alzheimer's disease dementia (PwD) and PwPD using the Hayling Sentence Completion Test (HSCT), which aspires to be a more ecologically valid task...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634773/development-and-validation-of-a-fall-risk-assessment-index-for-dialysis-patients
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Kenichi Kono, Yusuke Nishida, Hiroki Yabe, Yoshihumi Moriyama, Toshihiko Mori, Ryota Shiraki, Takashi Sato
BACKGROUND: Dialysis patients often have low physical performance due to uremic sarcopenia, protein energy wasting (PEW), and incidence intradialytic hypotension (IDH), which are indicated as risk factors for falling. The objective of this study was to develop a symptom-encompassing evaluation form to predict falls with high sensitivity for dialysis patients. METHODS: A total of 251 patients who had been receiving maintenance hemodialysis therapy three times a week were enrolled in the study...
June 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
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