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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351063/from-communication-skills-to-skillful-communication-a-longitudinal-integrated-curriculum-for-critical-care-medicine-fellows
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Amanda L Roze des Ordons, Christopher J Doig, Philippe Couillard, Jason Lord
PROBLEM: Communication with patients and families in critical care medicine (CCM) can be complex and challenging. A longitudinal curricular model integrating multiple techniques within classroom and clinical milieus may facilitate skillful communication across diverse settings. APPROACH: In 2014-2015, the authors developed and implemented a curriculum for CCM fellows at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, to promote the longitudinal development of skillful communication...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350887/auditory-steady-state-responses-and-cochlear-implants-modeling-the-artifact-response-mixture-in-the-perspective-of-denoising
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Faten Mina, Virginie Attina, Yvan Duroc, Evelyne Veuillet, Eric Truy, Hung Thai-Van
Auditory steady state responses (ASSRs) in cochlear implant (CI) patients are contaminated by the spread of a continuous CI electrical stimulation artifact. The aim of this work was to model the electrophysiological mixture of the CI artifact and the corresponding evoked potentials on scalp electrodes in order to evaluate the performance of denoising algorithms in eliminating the CI artifact in a controlled environment. The basis of the proposed computational framework is a neural mass model representing the nodes of the auditory pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350572/aripiprazole-lauroxil-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-this-long-acting-injectable-antipsychotic-in-persons-with-schizophrenia
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Marjie L Hard, Richard J Mills, Brian M Sadler, Ryan Z Turncliff, Leslie Citrome
BACKGROUND: Aripiprazole lauroxil is an extended-release prodrug of aripiprazole for intramuscular injection, approved for schizophrenia treatment. We developed a population pharmacokinetic (PopPK) model to characterize aripiprazole lauroxil PK and evaluate dosing scenarios likely to be encountered in clinical practice. METHODS: Data from 616 patients with schizophrenia, collected from 5 clinical studies, were used to construct the PopPK model. The model was subsequently used to evaluate various dose levels and frequency and the impact of dosing delay on aripiprazole concentrations...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350546/comparing-stochastic-proton-interactions-simulated-using-topas-nbio-to-experimental-data-from-fluorescent-nuclear-track-detectors
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T S A Underwood, W Sung, C H McFadden, S J McMahon, D C Hall, A L McNamara, H Paganetti, G O Sawakuchi, J Schuemann
Whilst Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of proton energy deposition have been well-validated at the macroscopic level, their microscopic validation remains lacking. Equally, no gold-standard yet exists for experimental metrology of individual proton tracks. In this work we compare the distributions of stochastic proton interactions simulated using the TOPAS-nBio MC platform against confocal microscope data for Al2O3:C,Mg fluorescent nuclear track detectors (FNTDs). We irradiated [Formula: see text] mm(3) FNTD chips inside a water phantom, positioned at seven positions along a pristine proton Bragg peak with a range in water of 12 cm...
April 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350540/construction-of-a-biomechanical-head-and-neck-motion-model-as-a-guide-to-evaluation-of-deformable-image-registration
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Hendrik Teske, Kathrin Bartelheimer, Jan Meis, Rolf Bendl, Eva Stoiber, Kristina Giske
The use of deformable image registration methods in the context of adaptive radiotherapy leads to uncertainties in the simulation of the administered dose distributions during the treatment course. Evaluation of these methods is a prerequisite to decide if a plan adaptation will improve the individual treatment. Current approaches using manual references limit the validity of evaluation, especially for low contrast regions. In particular for the head and neck region, the highly flexible anatomy and the low soft tissue contrast in control images pose a challenge to image registration and its evaluation...
March 28, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350499/determining-selection-across-heterogeneous-landscapes-a-perturbation-based-method-and-its-application-to-modeling-evolution-in-space
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Jonas Wickman, Sebastian Diehl, Bernd Blasius, Christopher A Klausmeier, Alexey B Ryabov, Åke Brännström
Spatial structure can decisively influence the way evolutionary processes unfold. To date, several methods have been used to study evolution in spatial systems, including population genetics, quantitative genetics, moment-closure approximations, and individual-based models. Here we extend the study of spatial evolutionary dynamics to eco-evolutionary models based on reaction-diffusion equations and adaptive dynamics. Specifically, we derive expressions for the strength of directional and stabilizing/disruptive selection that apply both in continuous space and to metacommunities with symmetrical dispersal between patches...
April 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350448/mechanism-exploration-of-ion-transport-in-nanocomposite-cation-exchange-membranes
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Xin Tong, Bopeng Zhang, Yilin Fan, Yongsheng Chen
The origin of property enhancement of nanocomposite ion exchange membranes (IEMs) is far from being fully understood. By combining experimental work and computational modeling analysis, we could determine the influence of nanomaterials on the ion transport properties of nanocomposite cation exchange membranes (CEMs). We synthesized and characterized a series of nanocomposite CEMs by using SPPO as polymer materials and silica nanoparticles (NPs) (unsulfonated or sulfonated) as nanomaterials. We found that with the increase of NP loading, measured CEM permselectivity and swelling degree first increased and then decreased...
March 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346905/modeling-the-terrestrial-n-processes-in-a-small-mountain-catchment-through-inca-n-a-case-study-in-taiwan
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Meng-Chang Lu, Chung-Te Chang, Teng-Chiu Lin, Lih-Jih Wang, Chiao-Ping Wang, Ting-Chang Hsu, Jr-Chuan Huang
Riverine dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) is an important indicator of trophic status of aquatic ecosystems. High riverine DIN export in Taiwan, ~3800kg-Nkm(-2)yr(-1), which is ~18 times higher than the global average, urges the need of thorough understanding of N cycling processes. We applied INCA-N (Integrated Nitrogen Catchment Model) to simulate riverine DIN export and infer terrestrial N processes using weekly rainwater and streamwater samples collected at the Fushan Experimental Forest (FEF) of northern Taiwan...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346876/a-fluid-structure-interaction-model-of-the-internal-carotid-and-ophthalmic-arteries-for-the-noninvasive-intracranial-pressure-measurement-method
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Edgaras Misiulis, Algis Džiugys, Robertas Navakas, Nerijus Striūgas
Accurate and clinically safe measurements of intracranial pressure (ICP) are crucial for secondary brain damage prevention. There are two methods of ICP measurement: invasive and noninvasive. Invasive methods are clinically unsafe; therefore, safer noninvasive methods are being developed. One of the noninvasive ICP measurement methods implements the balance principle, which assumes that if the velocity of blood flow in both ophthalmic artery segments - the intracranial (IOA) and extracranial (EOA) - is equal, then the acting ICP on the IOA and the external pressure (Pe) on the EOA are also equal...
March 22, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346824/weighted-pseudolikelihood-for-snp-set-analysis-with-multiple-secondary-outcomes-in-case-control-genetic-association-studies
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Tamar Sofer, Elizabeth D Schifano, David C Christiani, Xihong Lin
We propose a weighted pseudolikelihood method for analyzing the association of a SNP set, example, SNPs in a gene or a genetic pathway or network, with multiple secondary phenotypes in case-control genetic association studies. To boost analysis power, we assume that the SNP-specific effects are shared across all secondary phenotypes using a scaled mean model. We estimate regression parameters using Inverse Probability Weighted (IPW) estimating equations obtained from the weighted pseudolikelihood, which accounts for case-control sampling to prevent potential ascertainment bias...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346819/parametric-overdispersed-frailty-models-for-current-status-data
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Steven Abrams, Marc Aerts, Geert Molenberghs, Niel Hens
Frailty models have a prominent place in survival analysis to model univariate and multivariate time-to-event data, often complicated by the presence of different types of censoring. In recent years, frailty modeling gained popularity in infectious disease epidemiology to quantify unobserved heterogeneity using Type I interval-censored serological data or current status data. In a multivariate setting, frailty models prove useful to assess the association between infection times related to multiple distinct infections acquired by the same individual...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346796/harnessing-external-cues-development-and-evaluation-of-an-in-vitro-culture-system-for-osteochondral-tissue-engineering
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Deborah L Dorcemus, Eve O George, Caroline N Dealy, Syam P Nukavarapu
Over the last decade, engineered structures have been developed for osteochondral (OC) tissue regeneration. While the optimal structure design is yet to be determined, these scaffolds require in vitro evaluation before clinical use. However, the means by which complex scaffolds, such as OC scaffolds, can be tested are limited. Taking advantage of a mesenchymal stem cell's (MSC's) ability to respond to its surrounding we harness external cues, such as the cell's mechanical environment and delivered factors, to create an in vitro culture system for OC tissue engineering with a single cell source on a gradient yet integrated scaffold system...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346787/assembly-and-speed-in-ion-exchange-based-modular-phoretic-micro-swimmers
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Ran Niu, Denis Botin, Julian Weber, Alexander Reinmüller, Thomas Palberg
We report an experimental study on ion-exchange based modular micro-swimmers in low-salt water. Cationic ion-exchange particles and passive cargo particles assemble into self-propelling complexes, showing self-propulsion at speeds of several microns per second over extended distances and times. We quantify the assembly and speed of the complexes for different combinations of ion exchange particles and cargo particles, substrate types, salt types and concentrations, and cell geometries. Irrespective of experimental boundary conditions, we observe a regular development of the assembly shape with increasing number of cargo...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346555/modulation-of-the-cooperativity-in-the-assembly-of-multistranded-supramolecular-polymers
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Cristiana Campanella, Elkin Lopez-Fontal, Lilia Milanesi, Salvador Tomas
It is highly desirable that supramolecular polymers self-assemble following small changes in the environment. The degree of responsiveness depends on the degree of cooperativity at play during the assembly. Understanding how to modulate and quantify cooperativity is therefore highly desirable for the study and design of responsive polymers. Here we show that the cooperative assembly of a porphyrin-based, double-stranded polymer is triggered by changes in building blocks and in salt concentration. We develop a model that accounts for this responsiveness by assuming the binding of the salt countercations to the double-stranded polymer...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346534/spatial-and-temporal-changes-in-leaf-coloring-date-of-acer-palmatum-and-ginkgo-biloba-in-response-to-temperature-increases-in-south-korea
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Chang-Kyun Park, Chang-Hoi Ho, Su-Jong Jeong, Eun Ju Lee, Jinwon Kim
Understanding shifts in autumn phenology associated with climate changes is critical for preserving forest ecosystems. This study examines the changes in the leaf coloring date (LCD) of two temperate deciduous tree species, Acer palmatum (Acer) and Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo), in response to surface air temperature (Ts) changes at 54 stations of South Korea for the period 1989-2007. The variations of Acer and Ginkgo in South Korea are very similar: they show the same mean LCD of 295th day of the year and delays of about 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346461/geometry-can-provide-long-range-mechanical-guidance-for-embryogenesis
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Mahamar Dicko, Pierre Saramito, Guy B Blanchard, Claire M Lye, Bénédicte Sanson, Jocelyn Étienne
Downstream of gene expression, effectors such as the actomyosin contractile machinery drive embryo morphogenesis. During Drosophila embryonic axis extension, actomyosin has a specific planar-polarised organisation, which is responsible for oriented cell intercalation. In addition to these cell rearrangements, cell shape changes also contribute to tissue deformation. While cell-autonomous dynamics are well described, understanding the tissue-scale behaviour challenges us to solve the corresponding mechanical problem at the scale of the whole embryo, since mechanical resistance of all neighbouring epithelia will feedback on individual cells...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346262/modeling-outcomes-modified-aortic-arch-advancement-for-neonatal-hypoplastic-arch
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Joseph R Nellis, Timothy K Chung, Nandita Agarwal, Jose E Torres, Sarah E Holgren, Madhavan L Raghavan, Joseph W Turek
OBJECTIVE: Numerous surgical approaches regarding aortic arch advancement for neonatal arch hypoplasia have been described. These repairs can be classified into two categories: those that incorporate a patch and those that do not. The decision between repairs remains largely experiential, rather than empirical, because of the limited number of reported outcomes. We report early outcomes from neonates undergoing modified aortic arch advancement with an anterior patch and our experience using computational fluid dynamic modeling to better understand the hemodynamic consequences associated with this repair...
March 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346078/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-three-plastic-additives-diffusion-in-polyethylene-terephthalate
#19
Bo Li, Zhi-Wei Wang, Qin-Bao Lin, Chang-Ying Hu
Accurate diffusion coefficient data of additives in polymer is of paramount importance for estimating the migration of the additives over time. In this article it is shown how this diffusion coefficient can be estimated for three plastic additives [2-(2'-hydroxy-5'-methylphenyl) (UV-P), 2, 6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol (BHT) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)] in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation method. MD simulations were performed at temperatures of 293-433 K...
March 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346064/modeling-and-simulation-of-two-wheelchair-accessories-for-pushing-doors
#20
Soran Jalal Abdullah, Javeed Shaikh Mohammed
Independent mobility is vital to individuals of all ages, and wheelchairs have proven to be great personal mobility devices. The tasks of opening and navigating through a door are trivial for healthy people, while the same tasks could be difficult for some wheelchair users. A wide range of intelligent wheelchair controllers and systems, robotic arms, or manipulator attachments integrated with wheelchairs have been developed for various applications, including manipulating door knobs. Unfortunately, the intelligent wheelchairs and robotic attachments are not widely available as commercial products...
March 27, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
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