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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231375/predictors-of-adverse-events-after-neck-dissection-an-analysis-of-the-2006-2011-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-nsqip-database
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Umang Jain, Jessica Somerville, Sujata Saha, Jon P Ver Halen, Anuja K Antony, Sandeep Samant, John Y Kim
While neck dissection is an important primary and adjunctive procedure in the treatment of head and neck cancer, there is a paucity of studies evaluating outcomes. A retrospective review of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database was performed to identify factors associated with adverse events (AEs) in patients undergoing neck dissection. A total of 619 patients were identified, using CPT codes specific to neck dissection. Of the 619 patients undergoing neck dissection, 142 (22.9%) experienced an AE within 30 days of the surgical procedure...
February 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231171/application-of-hybrid-genetic-algorithm-routine-in-optimizing-food-and-bioengineering-processes
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Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Richard McCulloch
Optimization is a crucial step in the analysis of experimental results. Deterministic methods only converge on local optimums and require exponentially more time as dimensionality increases. Stochastic algorithms are capable of efficiently searching the domain space; however convergence is not guaranteed. This article demonstrates the novelty of the hybrid genetic algorithm (HGA), which combines both stochastic and deterministic routines for improved optimization results. The new hybrid genetic algorithm developed is applied to the Ackley benchmark function as well as case studies in food, biofuel, and biotechnology processes...
November 9, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230445/benchmarking-insulin-treatment-persistence-among-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-across-different-u-s-payer-segments
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Wenhui Wei, Jenny Jiang, Youbei Lou, Sohini Ganguli, Mark S Matusik
BACKGROUND: Treatment persistence with basal insulins is crucial to achieving sustained glycemic control, which is associated with a reduced risk of microvascular disease and other complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, studies suggest that persistence with basal insulin treatment is often poor. OBJECTIVE: To measure and benchmark real-world basal insulin treatment persistence among patients with T2D across different payer segments in the United States...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230283/low-band-gap-bistetracene-based-organic-semiconductors-exhibiting-air-stability-high-aromaticity-and-mobility
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Kamal Sbargoud, Masashi Mamada, Tanguy Jousselin-Oba, Yasunori Takeda, Shizuo Tokito, Abderrahim Yassar, Jérôme Marrot, Michel Frigoli
The benchmark of soluble organic semiconductors based on acenes is the 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-PEN). However TIPS-PEN still suffers from photoinduced oxidation due to its low aromaticity. Increasing the aromaticity while keeping similar optical and electrochemical properties and shape suitable for good transport can be achieved with two-dimensional polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (2D-PAHs). Herein, we present an efficient synthesis and characterization of bistetracene derivatives that exhibit a band gap up to 1...
February 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229912/mid-diastolic-left-ventricular-volume-and-mass-normal-values-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Daniel Juneau, Fernanda Erthal, Owen Clarkin, Atif Alzahrani, Ali Alenazy, Alomgir Hossain, Joao R Inacio, Girish Dwivedi, Alexander J Dick, Frank J Rybicki, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: The adoption of prospectively ECG-triggered acquisition coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) has resulted in the inability to measure left ventricle (LV) end-diastolic volume and LV ejection fraction. However other prognostic measures such as LV mass and LV mid-diastolic volume (LVMDV) can still be assessed. The objective of this study is to establish normal reference values for LVMDV and LV mass. METHODS: Left ventricular mid-diastolic volumes and LV mass were prospectively measured in 2647 consecutive 'normal' patients undergoing prospectively ECG-triggered coronary CTA...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229295/benchmarking-of-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-practice-with-ent-uk-guidelines
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Ali S Al-Qahtani
The aim of this study was to benchmark our guidelines of prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in ENT surgical population against ENT.UK guidelines, and also to encourage healthcare providers to utilize benchmarking as an effective method of improving performance. The study design is prospective descriptive analysis. The setting of this study is tertiary referral centre (Assir Central Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia). In this study, we are benchmarking our practice guidelines of the prevention of VTE in the ENT surgical population against that of ENT...
February 22, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228094/sfreemap-a-simulation-free-tool-for-stochastic-mapping
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Diego Pasqualin, Marcos Barbeitos, Fabiano Silva
BACKGROUND: Stochastic mapping is frequently used in comparative biology to simulate character evolution, enabling the probabilistic computation of statistics such as number of state transitions along a tree and distribution of states in its internal nodes. Common implementations rely on Continuous-time Markov Chain simulations whose parameters are difficult to adjust and subjected to inherent inaccuracy. Thus, researchers must run a large number of simulations in order to obtain adequate estimates...
February 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228019/equation-of-state-and-shock-compression-of-warm-dense-sodium-a-first-principles-study
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Shuai Zhang, Kevin P Driver, François Soubiran, Burkhard Militzer
As one of the simple alkali metals, sodium has been of fundamental interest for shock physics experiments, but knowledge of its equation of state (EOS) in hot, dense regimes is not well known. By combining path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) results for partially ionized states [B. Militzer and K. P. Driver, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 176403 (2015)] at high temperatures and density functional theory molecular dynamics (DFT-MD) results at lower temperatures, we have constructed a coherent equation of state for sodium over a wide density-temperature range of 1...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227966/real-time-evaluation-of-a-myoelectric-control-method-for-high-level-upper-limb-amputees-based-on-homologous-leg-movements
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Kenneth R Lyons, Sanjay S Joshi, Kenneth R Lyons, Sanjay S Joshi, Sanjay S Joshi, Kenneth R Lyons
Electromyography-based gesture classification methods for control of advanced upper limb prostheses are limited either to individuals with amputations distal to the elbow or to those willing to undergo targeted muscle reinnervation surgery. Based on the natural similarity between gestures of the lower leg and the arm and on established methods in electromyography-based gesture classification, we propose a noninvasive system with which users control an upper limb prosthesis via homologous movements of the leg and foot...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227753/statistically-significant-time-varying-neural-connectivity-estimation-using-generalized-partial-directed-coherence
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Pedro L C Rodrigues, Luiz A Baccala, Pedro L C Rodrigues, Luiz A Baccala, Pedro L C Rodrigues, Luiz A Baccala
This paper illustrates the effectiveness of generalized partial directed coherence (gPDC) in characterizing time-varying neural connectivity by properly extrapolating its single trial asymptotic statistical results to a multi trial setting. Time-varying estimation is performed with a sliding-window procedure based on the proposal in [1], whereby a time-frequency map of the connectivity between channels is built. The technique is validated on a non-linear toy model generating simulated EEG and then applied to a publicly available real EEG dataset for benchmarking purposes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227620/routing-over-multi-hop-fading-wireless-body-area-networks-with-reliability-considerations
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Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi
Optimal reliable routing is studied in the context of fading wireless body area networks (WBANs). A non-cooperative game is proposed to model and analyze the strategic interactions among body-worn health-care devices when each seeks to find the most reliable path to the hub. A distributed algorithm based on the proposed game is provided and proved to converge to a multi-hop Pareto-dominant Nash topology. The game-theoretic framework is evaluated through numerical simulations in conditions approximating actual deployment of a moving ultra wideband WBAN...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227616/contactless-on-bed-activity-sensing-using-first-reflection-echolocation
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Henry Griffith, Yan Shi, Subir Biswas, Henry Griffith, Yan Shi, Subir Biswas, Henry Griffith, Subir Biswas, Yan Shi
A novel system capable of detecting on-bed activity during sleep using first-reflection ultrasonic echolocation is described herein. As is employed in many existing solutions, such activity detection may be utilized in the assessment of sleep quality. Compared to current approaches using either wearable devices or sensors collocated on the surface of the bed, the proposed architecture greatly enhances convenience for the end-user by providing minimal disruptions to his or her standard sleep routine. A series of experiments were conducted in order to investigate the capacity of the system to detect activity during sleep...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227448/a-pulse-transit-time-based-fusion-method-for-the-noninvasive-and-continuous-monitoring-of-respiratory-rate
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Xiao-Rong Ding, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Hon Ki Tsang, Walter Karlen, Xiao-Rong Ding, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Hon Ki Tsang, Walter Karlen, Hon Ki Tsang, Walter Karlen, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether pulse transit time (PTT) can be used for continuous monitoring of respiratory rate (RR). We derived PTT from the electrocardiogram and photoplethysmogram obtained from 42 recordings of CapnoBase, a publicly available benchmark data set for validating respiratory related measurements. The number of breaths in a minute (RR#) was estimated from the heart rate interval (HRI), pulse rate interval (PRI), and from PTT. In addition, to improve the estimation reliability, we investigated a fusion of the three HRI, PRI and PTT derived estimations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227379/parallel-generation-of-digitally-reconstructed-radiographs-on-heterogeneous-multi-gpu-workstations
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Marwan Abdellah, Asem Abdelaziz, E M B S Eslam Ali, Sherief Abdelaziz, Abdelrahman Sayed, Mohamed I Owis, Ayman Eldeib, Marwan Abdellah, Asem Abdelaziz, E M B S Eslam Ali, Sherief Abdelaziz, Abdelrahman Sayed, Mohamed I Owis, Ayman Eldeib, Sherief Abdelaziz, Mohamed I Owis, Abdelrahman Sayed, Marwan Abdellah, Asem Abdelaziz, Eslam Ali, Ayman Eldeib
The growing importance of three-dimensional radiotherapy treatment has been associated with the active presence of advanced computational workflows that can simulate conventional x-ray films from computed tomography (CT) volumetric data to create digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRR). These simulated x-ray images are used to continuously verify the patient alignment in image-guided therapies with 2D-3D image registration. The present DRR rendering pipelines are quite limited to handle huge imaging stacks generated by recent state-of-the-art CT imaging modalities...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227356/dermatologist-like-feature-extraction-from-skin-lesion-for-improved-asymmetry-classification-in-ph-2-database
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Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Mani Abedini, Rahil Garnavi, Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Mani Abedini, Rahil Garnavi, Rajib Chakravorty, Sisi Liang, Rahil Garnavi, Mani Abedini
Asymmetry is one of key characteristics for early diagnosis of melanoma according to medical algorithms such as (ABCD, CASH etc.). Besides shape information, cues such as irregular distribution of colors and structures within the lesion area are assessed by dermatologists to determine lesion asymmetry. Motivated by the clinical practices, we have used Kullback-Leibler divergence of color histogram and Structural Similarity metric as a measures of these irregularities. We have presented performance of several classifiers using these features on publicly available PH(2) dataset...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227351/video-based-depression-detection-using-local-curvelet-binary-patterns-in-pairwise-orthogonal-planes
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Anastasia Pampouchidou, Kostas Marias, Manolis Tsiknakis, Panagiotis Simos, Fan Yang, Guillaume Lemaitre, Fabrice Meriaudeau, Anastasia Pampouchidou, Kostas Marias, Manolis Tsiknakis, Panagiotis Simos, Fan Yang, Guillaume Lemaitre, Fabrice Meriaudeau, Fabrice Meriaudeau, Guillaume Lemaitre, Manolis Tsiknakis, Kostas Marias, Anastasia Pampouchidou, Panagiotis Simos, Fan Yang
Depression is an increasingly prevalent mood disorder. This is the reason why the field of computer-based depression assessment has been gaining the attention of the research community during the past couple of years. The present work proposes two algorithms for depression detection, one Frame-based and the second Video-based, both employing Curvelet transform and Local Binary Patterns. The main advantage of these methods is that they have significantly lower computational requirements, as the extracted features are of very low dimensionality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227218/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman, C 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/28227169/biomarker-discovery-based-on-bbha-and-adaboostm1-on-microarray-data-for-cancer-classification
#18
Elnaz Pashaei, Mustafa Ozen, Nizamettin Aydin, Elnaz Pashaei, Mustafa Ozen, Nizamettin Aydin, Nizamettin Aydin, Elnaz Pashaei, Mustafa Ozen
In this paper, a new approach based on Binary Black Hole Algorithm (BBHA) and Adaptive Boosting version Ml (AdaboostM1) is proposed for finding genes that can classify the group of cancers correctly. In this approach, BBHA is used to perform gene selection and AdaboostM1 with 10-fold cross validation is adopted as the classifier. Also, to find the relation between the biomarkers for biological point of view, decision tree algorithm (C4.5) is utilized. The proposed approach is tested on three benchmark microarrays...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227026/the-effects-of-perceived-usb-delay-for-sensor-and-embedded-system-development
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J Du, D Kade, C Gerdtman, O Ozcan, M Linden, J Du, D Kade, C Gerdtman, O Ozcan, M Linden, O Ozcan, M Linden, D Kade, C Gerdtman, J Du
Perceiving delay in computer input devices is a problem which gets even more eminent when being used in healthcare applications and/or in small, embedded systems. Therefore, the amount of delay found as acceptable when using computer input devices was investigated in this paper. A device was developed to perform a benchmark test for the perception of delay. The delay can be set from 0 to 999 milliseconds (ms) between a receiving computer and an available USB-device. The USB-device can be a mouse, a keyboard or some other type of USB-connected input device...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226882/development-of-a-real-time-activity-monitoring-android-application-utilizing-smartstep
#20
Nagaraj Hegde, Edward Melanson, Edward Sazonov, Nagaraj Hegde, Edward Melanson, Edward Sazonov, Nagaraj Hegde, Edward Melanson, Edward Sazonov
Footwear based activity monitoring systems are becoming popular in academic research as well as consumer industry segments. In our previous work, we had presented developmental aspects of an insole based activity and gait monitoring system-SmartStep, which is a socially acceptable, fully wireless and versatile insole. The present work describes the development of an Android application that captures the SmartStep data wirelessly over Bluetooth Low energy (BLE), computes features on the received data, runs activity classification algorithms and provides real time feedback...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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