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Ben H Chew, Dirk Lange
Open ureterolithotomy and pyelolithotomy used to be first line therapy for treating kidney and ureteral stones. With the advent of shockwave lithotripsy, open stone surgery became less prevalent, but once ureteroscopy became more prevalent, open stone surgery became all but extinct. Advances in smaller, more flexible endoscopes and improvements in intracorporeal lithotripters, ureteroscopy has become a mainstay of therapy for kidney stones. The holmium:YAG laser can be utilized through flexible instruments and fragments any stone no matter what it is composed of...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Jonathan Sandoval-Castillo, Catherine R M Attard, Shashikanth Marri, Chris J Brauer, Luciana M Möller, Luciano B Beheregaray
Captive breeding programs are often a necessity for the continued persistence of a population or species. They typically have the goal of maintaining genetic diversity and minimizing inbreeding. However, most captive breeding programs have been based on the assumption that the founding breeders are unrelated and outbred, even though in situ anthropogenic impacts often mean these founders may have high relatedness and substantial inbreeding. In addition, polygamous group-breeding species in captivity often have uncertain pedigrees, making it difficult to select the group composition for subsequent breeding...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
Hao Chen, Xiaoyun Xie, Wanneng Shu, Naixue Xiong
With the rapid growth of wireless sensor applications, the user interfaces and configurations of smart homes have become so complicated and inflexible that users usually have to spend a great amount of time studying them and adapting to their expected operation. In order to improve user experience, a weighted hybrid recommender system based on a Kalman Filter model is proposed to predict what users might want to do next, especially when users are located in a smart home with an enhanced living environment. Specifically, a weight hybridization method was introduced, which combines contextual collaborative filter and the contextual content-based recommendations...
October 15, 2016: Sensors
Jing Zhang, Lei Sun, Yu Liu, Hongyi Wang, Ningling Sun, Jia Yu, Yao He, Sijin Yan, Puhong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile device based electronical data capture (mEDC) system applied in one randomized clinical trial (RCT). DESIGN AND METHOD: The mEDC, an android smartphone-based application, was developed to support real-time data capture, project management and quality control in a multicenter randomized double-blinded parallel controlled pharmaceutical trial. Four user interfaces are shown in Figure 1. The RCT is to evaluate the efficacy of telmisartan (40mg) and hydrochlorothiazide (25mg) monotherapy in high sodium intake patients with mild to moderate hypertension in 14 hospitals, including one baseline survey and three follow-ups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Carola Borries, Aaron A Sandel, Andreas Koenig, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Jason M Kamilar, Caroline R Amoroso, Robert A Barton, Joel Bray, Anthony Di Fiore, Ian C Gilby, Adam D Gordon, Roger Mundry, Markus Port, Lauren E Powell, Anne E Pusey, Amanda Spriggs, Charles L Nunn
Recent decades have seen rapid development of new analytical methods to investigate patterns of interspecific variation. Yet these cutting-edge statistical analyses often rely on data of questionable origin, varying accuracy, and weak comparability, which seem to have reduced the reproducibility of studies. It is time to improve the transparency of comparative data while also making these improved data more widely available. We, the authors, met to discuss how transparency, usability, and reproducibility of comparative data can best be achieved...
September 2016: Evolutionary Anthropology
Quynh C Nguyen, Dapeng Li, Hsien-Wen Meng, Suraj Kath, Elaine Nsoesie, Feifei Li, Ming Wen
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that where people live, play, and work can influence health and well-being. However, the dearth of neighborhood data, especially data that is timely and consistent across geographies, hinders understanding of the effects of neighborhoods on health. Social media data represents a possible new data resource for neighborhood research. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to build, from geotagged Twitter data, a national neighborhood database with area-level indicators of well-being and health behaviors...
October 17, 2016: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Wolfgang Kuchinke, Christian Krauth, René Bergmann, Töresin Karakoyun, Astrid Woollard, Irene Schluender, Benjamin Braasch, Martin Eckert, Christian Ohmann
BACKGROUND: In an unprecedented rate data in the life sciences is generated and stored in many different databases. An ever increasing part of this data is human health data and therefore falls under data protected by legal regulations. As part of the BioMedBridges project, which created infrastructures that connect more than 10 ESFRI research infrastructures (RI), the legal and ethical prerequisites of data sharing were examined employing a novel and pragmatic approach. METHODS: We employed concepts from computer science to create legal requirement clusters that enable legal interoperability between databases for the areas of data protection, data security, Intellectual Property (IP) and security of biosample data...
July 7, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Cheng-Shiu Chung, Hongwu Wang, Matthew J Hannan, Dan Ding, Annmarie R Kelleher, Rory A Cooper
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the performance of commercially available assistive robotic manipulators (ARMs) user interfaces and to investigate the concurrent validity and sensitivity to change with task-oriented performance evaluation tools (TO-PETs) for ARMs. DESIGN: This was a nonblinded randomized controlled study with power-wheelchair users with upper-extremity impairments (N = 10). Participants were trained to use 2 ARMs with their respective original user interfaces (keypad and joystick) and evaluated the performance using TO-PET and the adapted Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT-ARM)...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Andreas Pinegger, Selina C Wriessnegger, Josef Faller, Gernot R Müller-Putz
One important aspect in non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) research is to acquire the electroencephalogram (EEG) in a proper way. From an end-user perspective, it means with maximum comfort and without any extra inconveniences (e.g., washing the hair), whereas from a technical perspective, the signal quality has to be optimal to make the BCI work effectively and efficiently. In this work, we evaluated three different commercially available EEG acquisition systems that differ in the type of electrodes (gel-, water-, and dry-based), the amplifier technique, and the data transmission method...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
G Iakimova, S Dimitrova, T Burté
OBJECTIVES: Computer-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (C-CBT) are emerging as therapeutic techniques which contribute to overcome the barriers of health care access in adult populations with depression. The C-CBTs provide CBT techniques in a highly structured format comprising a number of educational lessons, homework, multimedia illustrations and supplementary materials via interactive computer interfaces. Programs are often administrated with a minimal or regular support provided by a clinician or a technician via email, telephone, online forums, or during face-to-face consultations...
October 10, 2016: L'Encéphale
Guillaume Zahnd, Kostas Kapellas, Martijn van Hattem, Anouk van Dijk, André Sérusclat, Philippe Moulin, Aad van der Lugt, Michael Skilton, Maciej Orkisz
The aim of this study was to introduce and evaluate a contour segmentation method to extract the interfaces of the intima-media complex in carotid B-mode ultrasound images. The method was applied to assess the temporal variation of intima-media thickness during the cardiac cycle. The main methodological contribution of the proposed approach is the introduction of an augmented dimension to process 2-D images in a 3-D space. The third dimension, which is added to the two spatial dimensions of the image, corresponds to the tentative local thickness of the intima-media complex...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Maciej Antczak, Mariusz Popenda, Tomasz Zok, Joanna Sarzynska, Tomasz Ratajczak, Katarzyna Tomczyk, Ryszard W Adamiak, Marta Szachniuk
RNAComposer is a fully automated, web-interfaced system for RNA 3D structure prediction, freely available at and Its main components are: manually curated database of RNA 3D structure elements, highly efficient computational engine and user-friendly web application. In this paper, we demonstrate how the latest additions to the system allow the user to significantly affect the process of 3D model composition on several computational levels...
October 14, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Á Fernández-Rodríguez, F Velasco-Álvarez, R Ron-Angevin
This paper presents a review of the state of the art regarding wheelchairs driven by a brain-computer interface. Using a brain-controlled wheelchair (BCW), disabled users could handle a wheelchair through their brain activity, granting autonomy to move through an experimental environment. A classification is established, based on the characteristics of the BCW, such as the type of electroencephalographic signal used, the navigation system employed by the wheelchair, the task for the participants, or the metrics used to evaluate the performance...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Na Han, Weiwen Yu, Yujun Qiang, Wen Zhang
Type IV secretion system (T4SS) can mediate the passage of macromolecules across cellular membranes and is essential for virulent and genetic material exchange among bacterial species. The Type IV Secretion Project 2.0 (T4SP 2.0) database is an improved and extended version of the platform released in 2013 aimed at assisting with the detection of Type IV secretion systems (T4SS) in bacterial genomes. This advanced version provides users with web server tools for detecting the existence and variations of T4SS genes online...
2016: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Na Li, Xiuhong Li, Yuzhu Wang, Guangfeng Liu, Ping Zhou, Hongjin Wu, Chunxia Hong, Fenggang Bian, Rongguang Zhang
The beamline BL19U2 is located in the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF) and is its first beamline dedicated to biological material small-angle X-ray scattering (BioSAXS). The electrons come from an undulator which can provide high brilliance for the BL19U2 end stations. A double flat silicon crystal (111) monochromator is used in BL19U2, with a tunable monochromatic photon energy ranging from 7 to 15 keV. To meet the rapidly growing demands of crystallographers, biochemists and structural biologists, the BioSAXS beamline allows manual and automatic sample loading/unloading...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Crystallography
Christian M Parobek, Frederick I Archer, Michelle E DePrenger-Levin, Sean M Hoban, Libby Liggins, Allan E Strand
Simulations are a key tool in molecular ecology for inference and forecasting, as well as for evaluating new methods. Due to growing computational power and a diversity of software with different capabilities, simulations are becoming increasingly powerful and useful. However, the widespread use of simulations by geneticists and ecologists is hindered by difficulties in understanding these softwares' complex capabilities, composing code and input files, a daunting bioinformatics barrier, and a steep conceptual learning curve...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
Jingyin Yu, Komivi Dossa, Linhai Wang, Yanxin Zhang, Xin Wei, Boshou Liao, Xiurong Zhang
Microsatellite DNAs (or SSRs) are important genomic components involved in many important biological functions. SSRs have been extensively exploited as molecular markers for diverse applications including genetic diversity, linkage/association mapping of gene/QTL, marker-assisted selection, variety identification and evolution analysis. However, a comprehensive database or web service for studying microsatellite DNAs and marker development in plants is lacking. Here, we developed a database, PMDBase, which integrates large amounts of microsatellite DNAs from genome sequenced plant species and includes a web service for microsatellite DNAs identification...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Edison Ong, Zuoshuang Xiang, Bin Zhao, Yue Liu, Yu Lin, Jie Zheng, Chris Mungall, Mélanie Courtot, Alan Ruttenberg, Yongqun He
Linked Data (LD) aims to achieve interconnected data by representing entities using Unified Resource Identifiers (URIs), and sharing information using Resource Description Frameworks (RDFs) and HTTP. Ontologies, which logically represent entities and relations in specific domains, are the basis of LD. Ontobee ( is a linked ontology data server that stores ontology information using RDF triple store technology and supports query, visualization and linkage of ontology terms. Ontobee is also the default linked data server for publishing and browsing biomedical ontologies in the Open Biological Ontology (OBO) Foundry (http://obofoundry...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Peilin Jia, Guangchun Han, Junfei Zhao, Pinyi Lu, Zhongming Zhao
SZGR 2.0 is a comprehensive resource of candidate variants and genes for schizophrenia, covering genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, translational and many other types of evidence. By systematic review and curation of multiple lines of evidence, we included almost all variants and genes that have ever been reported to be associated with schizophrenia. In particular, we collected ∼4200 common variants reported in genome-wide association studies, ∼1000 de novo mutations discovered by large-scale sequencing of family samples, 215 genes spanning rare and replication copy number variations, 99 genes overlapping with linkage regions, 240 differentially expressed genes, 4651 differentially methylated genes and 49 genes as antipsychotic drug targets...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Daniel Ian McSkimming, Shima Dastgheib, Timothy R Baffi, Dominic P Byrne, Samantha Ferries, Steven Thomas Scott, Alexandra C Newton, Claire E Eyers, Krzysztof J Kochut, Patrick A Eyers, Natarajan Kannan
Multiple sequence alignments (MSAs) are a fundamental analysis tool used throughout biology to investigate relationships between protein sequence, structure, function, evolutionary history, and patterns of disease-associated variants. However, their widespread application in systems biology research is currently hindered by the lack of user-friendly tools to simultaneously visualize, manipulate and query the information conceptualized in large sequence alignments, and the challenges in integrating MSAs with multiple orthogonal data such as cancer variants and post-translational modifications, which are often stored in heterogeneous data sources and formats...
October 12, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
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