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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088073/strategies-to-design-clinical-studies-to-identify-predictive-biomarkers-in-cancer-research
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Jose Luis Perez-Gracia, Miguel F Sanmamed, Ana Bosch, Ana Patiño-Garcia, Kurt A Schalper, Victor Segura, Joaquim Bellmunt, Josep Tabernero, Christopher J Sweeney, Toni K Choueiri, Miguel Martín, Juan Pablo Fusco, Maria Esperanza Rodriguez-Ruiz, Alfonso Calvo, Celia Prior, Luis Paz-Ares, Ruben Pio, Enrique Gonzalez-Billalabeitia, Alvaro Gonzalez Hernandez, David Páez, Jose María Piulats, Alfonso Gurpide, Mapi Andueza, Guillermo de Velasco, Roberto Pazo, Enrique Grande, Pilar Nicolas, Francisco Abad-Santos, Jesus Garcia-Donas, Daniel Castellano, María J Pajares, Cristina Suarez, Ramon Colomer, Luis M Montuenga, Ignacio Melero
The discovery of reliable biomarkers to predict efficacy and toxicity of anticancer drugs remains one of the key challenges in cancer research. Despite its relevance, no efficient study designs to identify promising candidate biomarkers have been established. This has led to the proliferation of a myriad of exploratory studies using dissimilar strategies, most of which fail to identify any promising targets and are seldom validated. The lack of a proper methodology also determines that many anti-cancer drugs are developed below their potential, due to failure to identify predictive biomarkers...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087450/item-response-theory-analysis-to-evaluate-reliability-and-minimal-clinically-important-change-of-the-roland-morris-disability-questionnaire-in-patients-with-severe-disability-due-to-back-pain-from-vertebral-compression-fractures
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Minji K Lee, Kathleen J Yost, Jennifer S McDonald, Ryne W Dougherty, Roanna L Vine, David F Kallmes
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The majority of validation done on the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) has been in patients with mild or moderate low disability. There is paucity of research focusing on the psychometric quality of the RMDQ in patients with severe disability. PURPOSE: To evaluate the psychometric quality of the RMDQ in patients with severe disability. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Observational clinical study SAMPLE: The sample consisted of 214 patients with painful vertebral compression fractures who underwent vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty...
January 10, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086967/translation-cross-cultural-adaption-and-measurement-properties-of-the-evidence-based-practice-profile
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Kristine Berg Titlestad, Anne Kristin Snibsoer, Hilde Stromme, Monica Wammen Nortvedt, Birgitte Graverholt, Birgitte Espehaug
BACKGROUND: The evidence-based practice profile (EBP(2)) questionnaire assesses students' self-reported knowledge, behaviour and attitudes related to evidence-based practice. The aim of this study was to translate and cross-culturally adapt EBP(2) into Norwegian and to evaluate the reliability, validity and responsiveness of the Norwegian version. METHODS: EBP(2) was translated and cross-culturally adapted using recommended methodology. Face validity and feasibility were evaluated in a pilot on bachelor students and health and social workers (n = 18)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081571/robust-inference-from-conditional-logistic-regression-applied-to-movement-and-habitat-selection-analysis
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Marie-Caroline Prima, Thierry Duchesne, Daniel Fortin
Conditional logistic regression (CLR) is widely used to analyze habitat selection and movement of animals when resource availability changes over space and time. Observations used for these analyses are typically autocorrelated, which biases model-based variance estimation of CLR parameters. This bias can be corrected using generalized estimating equations (GEE), an approach that requires partitioning the data into independent clusters. Here we establish the link between clustering rules in GEE and their effectiveness to remove statistical biases in variance estimation of CLR parameters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081239/statistical-modeling-applied-to-deformation-relaxation-processes-in-a-composite-biopolymer-network-induced-by-magnetic-field
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Javier Tarrío-Saavedra, Cécilia Galindo González, Salvador Naya, Jorge López-Beceiro, Alain Ponton
This study investigated a methodology based on image processing and statistics to characterize and model the deformation upon controlled and uniform magnetic field and the relaxation under zero field of droplets observed in aqueous solutions of sodium alginate incorporating magnetic maghemite nanoparticles stabilized by adsorption of citrate ions. The changes of droplet geometry were statistically analyzed using a new approach based on the data obtained from optical microscopy, image processing, nonlinear regression, evolutionary optimization, analysis of variance and resampling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079810/risk-of-vertebral-compression-fractures-in-multiple-myeloma-patients-a-finite-element-study
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D Anitha, Baum Thomas, Kirschke S Jan, Karupppasamy Subburaj
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a finite element (FE) model to predict vertebral bone strength in vitro using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) images in multiple myeloma (MM) patients, to serve as a complementing tool to assess fracture risk. In addition, it also aims to differentiate MM patients with and without vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) by performing FE analysis on vertebra segments (T1-L5) obtained from in vivo routine MDCT imaging scans. MDCT-based FE models were developed from the in vitro vertebrae samples and were then applied to the in vivo vertebrae segments of MM patients (n = 4) after validation...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079632/interrater-and-test-retest-reliability-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-the-balance-evaluation-systems-test-bestest-and-subsystems-with-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Elizabeth Wang-Hsu, Susan S Smith
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Falls are a common cause of injuries and hospital admissions in older adults. Balance limitation is a potentially modifiable factor contributing to falls. The Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest), a clinical balance measure, categorizes balance into 6 underlying subsystems. Each of the subsystems is scored individually and summed to obtain a total score. The reliability of the BESTest and its individual subsystems has been reported in patients with various neurological disorders and cancer survivors...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079607/mapping-regional-differences-of-local-pressure-volume-curves-with-electrical-impedance-tomography
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Alessandro Beda, Alysson R Carvalho, Nadja C Carvalho, Sören Hammermüller, Marcelo B P Amato, Thomas Muders, Claudia Gittel, Katharina Noreikat, Hermann Wrigge, Andreas W Reske
OBJECTIVES: Lung-protective mechanical ventilation aims to prevent alveolar collapse and overdistension, but reliable bedside methods to quantify them are lacking. We propose a quantitative descriptor of the shape of local pressure-volume curves derived from electrical impedance tomography, for computing maps that highlight the presence and location of regions of presumed tidal recruitment (i.e., elastance decrease during inflation, pressure-volume curve with upward curvature) or overdistension (i...
January 10, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078978/preschoolers-flexibly-adapt-to-linguistic-input-in-a-noisy-channel
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Daniel Yurovsky, Sarah Case, Michael C Frank
Because linguistic communication is inherently noisy and uncertain, adult language comprehenders integrate bottom-up cues from speech perception with top-down expectations about what speakers are likely to say. Further, in line with the predictions of ideal-observer models, past results have shown that adult comprehenders flexibly adapt how much they rely on these two kinds of cues in proportion to their changing reliability. Do children also show evidence of flexible, expectation-based language comprehension? We presented preschoolers with ambiguous utterances that could be interpreted in two different ways, depending on whether the children privileged perceptual input or top-down expectations...
January 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078827/fam83-family-oncogenes-are-broadly-involved-in-human-cancers-an-integrative-multi-omics-approach
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Antoine M Snijders, Sun-Young Lee, Bo Hang, Wenshan Hao, Mina J Bissell, Jian-Hua Mao
The development of novel targeted therapies for cancer treatment requires identification of reliable targets. FAM83 ('family with sequence similarity 83') family members A, B, and D were shown recently to have oncogenic potential. However, the overall oncogenic abilities of FAM83 family genes remain largely unknown. Here, we used a systematic and integrative genomics approach to investigate oncogenic properties of the entire FAM83 family members. We assessed transcriptional expression patterns of eight FAM83 family genes (FAM83A-H) across tumor types, the relationship between their expression and changes in DNA copy number, and the association with patient survival...
October 26, 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078685/peer-assessment-of-professional-behaviours-in-problem-based-learning-groups
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Chris Roberts, Christine Jorm, Stacey Gentilcore, Jim Crossley
CONTEXT: Peer assessment of professional behaviour within problem-based learning (PBL) groups can support learning and provide opportunities to identify and remediate problem behaviours. OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether a peer assessment of learning behaviours in PBL is sufficiently valid to support decision making about student professional behaviours. METHODS: Data were available for two cohorts of students, in which each student was rated by all of their PBL group peers using a modified version of a previously validated scale...
January 12, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078569/the-computer-based-symbol-digit-modalities-test-establishing-age-expected-performance-in-healthy-controls-and-evaluation-of-pediatric-ms-patients
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Sandra Bigi, R A Marrie, C Till, E A Yeh, N Akbar, A Feinstein, B L Banwell
Decreased information processing speed (IPS) is frequently reported in pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The computerized version of the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (c-SDMT) measures IPS over eight consecutive trials per session and additionally captures changes in performance within the session. Here, we establish normative c-SDMT performance and test-retest reliability in healthy children (HC) and explore differences in the overall c-SDMT-performance between HC and MS patients. This cross-sectional study included 478 HC (237 female, 49...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078170/computational-fluid-dynamics-assisted-characterization-of-parafoveal-hemodynamics-in-normal-and-diabetic-eyes-using-adaptive-optics-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy
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Yang Lu, Miguel O Bernabeu, Jan Lammer, Charles C Cai, Martin L Jones, Claudio A Franco, Lloyd Paul Aiello, Jennifer K Sun
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of visual loss in working-age adults worldwide. Previous studies have found hemodynamic changes in the diabetic eyes, which precede clinically evident pathological alterations of the retinal microvasculature. There is a pressing need for new methods to allow greater understanding of these early hemodynamic changes that occur in DR. In this study, we propose a noninvasive method for the assessment of hemodynamics around the fovea (a region of the eye of paramount importance for vision)...
December 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077380/metabolomic-profiles-as-reliable-biomarkers-of-dietary-composition
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Tõnu Esko, Joel N Hirschhorn, Henry A Feldman, Yu-Han H Hsu, Amy A Deik, Clary B Clish, Cara B Ebbeling, David S Ludwig
BACKGROUND: Clinical nutrition research often lacks robust markers of compliance, complicating the interpretation of clinical trials and observational studies of free-living subjects. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine metabolomics profiles in response to 3 diets that differed widely in macronutrient composition during a controlled feeding protocol. DESIGN: Twenty-one adults with a high body mass index (in kg/m(2); mean ± SD: 34.4 ± 4.9) were given hypocaloric diets to promote weight loss corresponding to 10-15% of initial body weight...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077279/homology-analysis-detects-topological-changes-of-iba1-localization-accompanied-by-microglial-activation
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Toshinori Sawano, Ryo Tsuchihashi, Eiichi Morii, Fumiya Watanabe, Kazuaki Nakane, Shinobu Inagaki
The state of microglial activation provides important information about the central nervous system. However, a reliable index of microglial activation in histological samples has yet to be established. Here, we show that microglial activation induces topological changes of Iba1 localization that can be detected by analysis based on homology theory. Analysis of homology was applied to images of Iba1-stained tissue sections, and the 0-dimentional Betti number (b0: the number of solid components) and the 1-dimentional Betti number (b1: the number of windows surrounded by solid components) were obtained...
January 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077215/analyzing-therapeutic-change-using-modified-brinley-plots-history-construction-and-interpretation
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Neville M Blampied
The paper reviews the history, construction, and interpretation of modified Brinley plots, a scatter plot used in therapy outcome research to compare each individual participant's scores on the same dependent variable at Time 1 (normally pretreatment baseline; x-axis), with scores at selected times during or after treatment (y-axis). Since 1965 eponymously named Brinley plots have occasionally been used in experimental psychology to display group mean data. Between 1979 and 1995 a number of clinical researchers modified Brinley plots to show individuals' data but these plots have received little subsequent use...
January 2017: Behavior Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077209/residual-compressive-surface-stress-increases-the-bending-strength-of-dental-zirconia
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Masanao Inokoshi, Fei Zhang, Kim Vanmeensel, Jan De Munck, Shunsuke Minakuchi, Ignace Naert, Jozef Vleugels, Bart Van Meerbeek
OBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of surface treatment and thermal annealing on the four-point bending strength of two ground dental zirconia grades. METHODS: Fully-sintered zirconia specimens (4.0×3.0×45.0mm(3)) of Y-TZP zirconia (LAVA Plus, 3M ESPE) and Y-TZP/Al2O3 zirconia (ZirTough, Kuraray Noritake) were subjected to four surface treatments: (1) 'GROUND': all surfaces were ground with a diamond-coated grinding wheel on a grinding machine; (2) 'GROUND+HEAT': (1) followed by annealing at 1100°C for 30min; (3) 'GROUND+Al2O3 SANDBLASTED': (1) followed by sandblasting using Al2O3; (4) 'GROUND+CoJet SANDBLASTED': (1) followed by tribochemical silica (CoJet) sandblasting...
January 8, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077190/measures-of-the-dsm-5-mixed-features-specifier-of-major-depressive-disorder
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Mark Zimmerman
During the past two decades, a number of studies have found that depressed patients frequently have manic symptoms intermixed with depressive symptoms. While the frequency of mixed syndromes are more common in bipolar than in unipolar depressives, mixed states are also common in patients with major depressive disorder. The admixture of symptoms may be evident when depressed patients present for treatment, or they may emerge during ongoing treatment. In some patients, treatment with antidepressant medication might precipitate the emergence of mixed states...
January 12, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077153/detection-of-strongylus-vulgaris-in-equine-faecal-samples-by-real-time-pcr-and-larval-culture-method-comparison-and-occurrence-assessment
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A Kaspar, K Pfister, M K Nielsen, C Silaghi, H Fink, M C Scheuerle
BACKGROUND: Strongylus vulgaris has become a rare parasite in Germany during the past 50 years due to the practice of frequent prophylactic anthelmintic therapy. To date, the emerging development of resistance in Cyathostominae and Parascaris spp. to numerous equine anthelmintics has changed deworming management and the frequency of anthelmintic usage. In this regard, reliable detection of parasitic infections, especially of the highly pathogenic S. vulgaris is essential. In the current study, two diagnostic methods for the detection of infections with S...
January 11, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077147/the-political-and-scientific-challenges-in-evaluating-compulsory-drug-treatment-centers-in-southeast-asia
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Thu Vuong, Nhu Nguyen, Giang Le, Marian Shanahan, Robert Ali, Alison Ritter
BACKGROUND: In Vietnam, like many countries in Southeast Asia, the commonly used approach of center-based compulsory drug treatment (CCT) has been criticized on human rights ground. Meanwhile, community-based voluntary methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) has been implemented for nearly a decade with promising results. Reform-minded leaders have been seeking empirical evidence of the costs and effectiveness associated with these two main treatment modalities. Conducting evaluations of these treatments, especially where randomization is not ethical, presents challenges...
January 11, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
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