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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537997/where-are-we-heading-with-fluid-responsiveness-research
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Simon T Vistisen, Peter Juhl-Olsen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fluid responsiveness prediction is not always possible with well established dynamic approaches such as passive leg raising or pulse pressure variation in the ICU. The purpose of the present review is to summarize emerging alternative techniques for fluid responsiveness prediction in adult critically ill patients and discuss their methodology and applicability. In addition, the future role of fluid responsiveness prediction in the ICU is discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: Several new dynamic techniques have been investigated and they all contribute to the applicability of fluid responsiveness techniques...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533184/multi-institutional-development-of-a-mastoidectomy-performance-evaluation-instrument
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Thomas Kerwin, Brad Hittle, Don Stredney, Paul De Boeck, Gregory Wiet
OBJECTIVE: A method for rating surgical performance of a mastoidectomy procedure that is shown to apply universally across teaching institutions has not yet been devised. This work describes the development of a rating instrument created from a multi-institutional consortium. DESIGN: Using a participatory design and a modified Delphi approach, a multi-institutional group of expert otologists constructed a 15-element task-based checklist for evaluating mastoidectomy performance...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525908/mri-based-radiotherapy-planning-method-using-rigid-image-registration-technique-combined-with-outer-body-correction-scheme-a%C3%A2-feasibility-study
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Ki Mun Kang, Hoon Sik Choi, Bae Kwon Jeong, Jin Ho Song, In-Bong Ha, Yun Hee Lee, Chul Hang Kim, Hojin Jeong
An alternative pseudo CT generation method for magnetic resonance image (MRI)-based radiotherapy planning was investigated in the work. A pseudo CT was initially generated using the rigid image registration between the planning MRI and previously acquired diagnostic CT scan. The pseudo CT generated was then refined to have the same morphology with that of the referenced planning image scan by applying the outer body correction scheme. This method was applied to some sample of brain image data and the feasibility of the method was assessed by comparing dosimetry results with those from the current gold standard CT-based calculations...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524734/capillary-microsampling-in-nonclinical-safety-assessment-practical-sampling-and-bioanalysis-from-a-cro-perspective
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David Coleman, Graeme Smith, Rachel Lawrence, Deborah McManus, Sunetha Diaram, Joanna Edwards
Microsampling has the 3R benefits of refining blood collection techniques while reducing the number of animals required for rodent safety assessment studies. There are significant scientific benefits of correlating study findings with systemic exposure and consequently, there is an industry drive to utilize microsampling in regulatory toxicology studies. This article will focus on capillary microsampling and will discuss the initial considerations before using capillary microsampling, study design and some practicalities of sample collection...
May 19, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522828/efficient-wideband-numerical-simulations-for-nanostructures-employing-a-drude-critical-points-dcp-dispersive-model
#5
Qiang Ren, Jogender Nagar, Lei Kang, Yusheng Bian, Ping Werner, Douglas H Werner
A highly efficient numerical approach for simulating the wideband optical response of nano-architectures comprised of Drude-Critical Points (DCP) media (e.g., gold and silver) is proposed and validated through comparing with commercial computational software. The kernel of this algorithm is the subdomain level discontinuous Galerkin time domain (DGTD) method, which can be viewed as a hybrid of the spectral-element time-domain method (SETD) and the finite-element time-domain (FETD) method. An hp-refinement technique is applied to decrease the Degrees-of-Freedom (DoFs) and computational requirements...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521879/a-quick-simple-method-for-detecting-circulating-fluorescent-advanced-glycation-end-products-correlation-with-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-non-enzymatic-glycation
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Marika Villa, Mariacristina Parravano, Arianna Micheli, Lucia Gaddini, Andrea Matteucci, Cinzia Mallozzi, Francesco Facchiano, Fiorella Malchiodi-Albedi, Flavia Pricci
OBJECTIVE: Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) constitute a highly heterogeneous family of compounds, relevant in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications, which could represent efficient biomarkers of disease progression and drug response. Unfortunately, due to their chemical heterogeneity, no method has been validated to faithfully monitor their levels in the course of the disease. In this study, we refine a procedure to quantitatively analyze fluorescent AGEs (fAGEs), a subset considered remarkably representative of the entire AGE family, and measure them in in vitro glycated BSA (gBSA) and in plasma and vitreous of diabetic rats, for testing its use to possibly quantify circulating AGEs in patients, as markers of metabolic control...
June 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493388/magnetic-resonance-elastography-measured-shear-stiffness-as-a-biomarker-of-fibrosis-in-pediatric-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Jeffrey B Schwimmer, Cynthia Behling, Jorge Eduardo Angeles, Melissa Paiz, Janis Durelle, Jonathan Africa, Kimberly P Newton, Elizabeth M Brunt, Joel E Lavine, Stephanie H Abrams, Prakash Masand, Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Kelvin Wong, Richard L Ehman, Meng Yin, Kevin J Glaser, Bogdan Dzyubak, Tanya Wolfson, Anthony C Gamst, Jonathan Hooker, William Haufe, Alexandra Schlein, Gavin Hamilton, Michael S Middleton, Claude B Sirlin
Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) is promising for non-invasive assessment of fibrosis, a major determinant of outcome in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, data in children are limited. Study aims were to determine accuracy of MRE for detection of fibrosis and advanced fibrosis in children with NAFLD, and to assess agreement between manual and novel automated reading methods. We performed a prospective, multi-center study of 2D-MRE in children with NAFLD. MR-elastograms were analyzed manually at 2 reading centers and using a new automated technique...
May 11, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480627/predicting-long-term-mortality-after-fontan-procedures-a-risk-score-based-on-6707-patients-from-28-studies
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Tarek Alsaied, Jouke P Bokma, Mark E Engel, Joey M Kuijpers, Samuel P Hanke, Liesl Zuhlke, Bin Zhang, Gruschen R Veldtman
BACKGROUND: Reported long-term outcome measures vary greatly between studies in Fontan patients making comprehensive appraisal of mortality hazard challenging. We sought to create a clinical risk score to assist monitoring of Fontan patients in the outpatient setting. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to evaluate risk factors for long-term (beyond the first postoperative year) mortality in Fontan patients. Studies were eligible for inclusion if ≥90 patients were included or ≥20 long-term mortalities we reported...
May 8, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427537/metabolomics-nutrition-and-potential-biomarkers-of-food-quality-intake-and-health-status
#9
Jean-Louis Sébédio
Diet, dietary patterns, and other environmental factors such as exposure to toxins are playing an important role in the prevention/development of many diseases, like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and consequently on the health status of individuals. A major challenge nowadays is to identify novel biomarkers to detect as early as possible metabolic dysfunction and to predict evolution of health status in order to refine nutritional advices to specific population groups. Omics technologies such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics coupled with statistical and bioinformatics tools have already shown great potential in this research field even if so far only few biomarkers have been validated...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425923/connectivity-restoration-in-wireless-sensor-networks-via-space-network-coding
#10
Alfred Uwitonze, Jiaqing Huang, Yuanqing Ye, Wenqing Cheng
The problem of finding the number and optimal positions of relay nodes for restoring the network connectivity in partitioned Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is Non-deterministic Polynomial-time hard (NP-hard) and thus heuristic methods are preferred to solve it. This paper proposes a novel polynomial time heuristic algorithm, namely, Relay Placement using Space Network Coding (RPSNC), to solve this problem, where Space Network Coding, also called Space Information Flow (SIF), is a new research paradigm that studies network coding in Euclidean space, in which extra relay nodes can be introduced to reduce the cost of communication...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425345/surrogate-marker-analysis-in-cancer-clinical-trials-through-time-to-event-mediation-techniques
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Sjouke Vandenberghe, Luc Duchateau, Leen Slaets, Jan Bogaerts, Stijn Vansteelandt
The meta-analytic approach is the gold standard for validation of surrogate markers, but has the drawback of requiring data from several trials. We refine modern mediation analysis techniques for time-to-event endpoints and apply them to investigate whether pathological complete response can be used as a surrogate marker for disease-free survival in the EORTC 10994/BIG 1-00 randomised phase 3 trial in which locally advanced breast cancer patients were randomised to either taxane or anthracycline based neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422350/electronic-g-tensors-in-u-v-complexes-a-computational-study
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Helen Moylan, Joseph McDouall
The theory and computation of EPR parameters from first principles has seen a great deal of development over the past two decades. In particular, various techniques for the computation of the electronic g tensor have been implemented in many quantum chemistry packages. These methods have been successfully applied to paramagnetic organic species and transition metal systems. The situation is less well-understood and established in the case of actinide containing molecules and there is a dearth of experimental data available for validation of computations...
April 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420133/using-dimensionality-reduction-techniques-for-refining-passive-indoor-positioning-systems-based-on-radio-fingerprinting
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Pedro E Lopez-de-Teruel, Oscar Canovas, Felix J Garcia
Indoor positioning methods based on fingerprinting and radio signals rely on the quality of the radio map. For example, for room-level classification purposes, it is required that the signal observations related to each room exhibit significant differences in their RSSI values. However, it is difficult to verify and visualize that separability since radio maps are constituted by multi-dimensional observations whose dimension is directly related to the number of access points or monitors being employed for localization purposes...
April 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402873/saxs-oriented-ensemble-refinement-of-flexible-biomolecules
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Peng Cheng, Junhui Peng, Zhiyong Zhang
The conformational flexibility of a biomolecule may play a crucial role in its biological function. Small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) is a very popular technique for characterizing biomolecule flexibility. It can be used to determine a possible structural ensemble of the biomolecule in solution with the aid of a computer simulation. In this article, we present a tool written in Python, which iteratively runs multiple independent enhanced sampling simulations such as amplified collective motions and accelerated molecular dynamics, and an ensemble optimization method to drive the biomolecule toward an ensemble that fits the SAXS data well...
April 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375653/an-innovative-method-of-ocular-prosthesis-fabrication-by-bio-cad-and-rapid-3-d-printing-technology-a-pilot-study
#15
Shahid Alam, M Sugavaneswaran, G Arumaikkannu, Bipasha Mukherjee
Ocular prosthesis is either a readymade stock shell or custom made prosthesis (CMP). Presently, there is no other technology available, which is either superior or even comparable to the conventional CMP. The present study was designed to fabricate ocular prosthesis using computer aided design (CAD) and rapid manufacturing (RM) technology and to compare it with custom made prosthesis (CMP). The ocular prosthesis prepared by CAD was compared with conventional CMP in terms of time taken for fabrication, weight, cosmesis, comfort, and motility...
April 4, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341584/development-of-videogrammetry-as-a-tool-for-gas-particle-fluidization-research
#16
S Anweiler
Many industries use fluidization of solid particles for energy efficiency or environmental friendly process development, and this paper introduces research techniques developed for investigating gas-particle systems At present there is plenty of room for refining gas-particle fluidization process. With the rapidly rising application of mathematical modelling, real time visualization of processes will be widely used for validation of those models in the near future. In presented research, photogrammetry, as a part of close range vision metrology, has been expanded to allow dynamic space and time analysis of the phase concentration distribution inside fluidization devices...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331530/kras-detection-on-archival-cytological-smears-by-the-novel-fully-automated-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-idylla-mutation-test
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Caterina De Luca, Elena Vigliar, Melania d'Anna, Pasquale Pisapia, Claudio Bellevicine, Umberto Malapelle, Giancarlo Troncone
BACKGROUND: Molecular techniques are relevant to modern cytopathology, but their implementation is difficult without molecular expertise and infrastructure. The assessment of KRAS mutational status on cytological preparations may be useful either to refine uncertain diagnoses on pancreatic aspirates or to yield predictive information to plan targeted treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The novel test Idylla™ enables fully automated KRAS genotyping in approximately 2 h, even in less experienced hands...
2017: CytoJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300375/photon-optimizer-po-prevails-over-progressive-resolution-optimizer-pro-for-vmat-planning-with-or-without-knowledge-based-solution
#18
Fan Jiang, Hao Wu, Haizhen Yue, Fei Jia, Yibao Zhang
The enhanced dosimetric performance of knowledge-based volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning might be jointly contributed by the patient-specific optimization objectives, as estimated by the RapidPlan model, and by the potentially improved Photon Optimizer (PO) algorithm than the previous Progressive Resolution Optimizer (PRO) engine. As PO is mandatory for RapidPlan estimation but optional for conventional manual planning, appreciating the two optimizers may provide practical guidelines for the algorithm selection because knowledge-based planning may not replace the current method completely in a short run...
March 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296903/the-potential-distribution-of-cassava-mealybug-phenacoccus-manihoti-a-threat-to-food-security-for-the-poor
#19
Tania Yonow, Darren J Kriticos, Noboru Ota
The cassava mealybug is a clear and present threat to the food security and livelihoods of some of the world's most impoverished citizens. Niche models, such as CLIMEX, are useful tools to indicate where and when such threats may extend, and can assist with planning for biosecurity and the management of pest invasions. They can also contribute to bioeconomic analyses that underpin the allocation of resources to alleviate poverty. Because species can invade and establish in areas with climates that are different from those that are found in their native range, it is essential to define robust range-limiting mechanisms in niche models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272524/atomistic-structural-ensemble-refinement-reveals-non-native-structure-stabilizes-a-sub-millisecond-folding-intermediate-of-chey
#20
Jade Shi, R Paul Nobrega, Christian Schwantes, Sagar V Kathuria, Osman Bilsel, C Robert Matthews, T J Lane, Vijay S Pande
The dynamics of globular proteins can be described in terms of transitions between a folded native state and less-populated intermediates, or excited states, which can play critical roles in both protein folding and function. Excited states are by definition transient species, and therefore are difficult to characterize using current experimental techniques. Here, we report an atomistic model of the excited state ensemble of a stabilized mutant of an extensively studied flavodoxin fold protein CheY. We employed a hybrid simulation and experimental approach in which an aggregate 42 milliseconds of all-atom molecular dynamics were used as an informative prior for the structure of the excited state ensemble...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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