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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110049/performance-of-microscopic-observation-drug-susceptibility-for-the-rapid-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-and-detection-of-drug-resistance-in-bamako-mali
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Moumine Sanogo, Bourahima Kone, Bassirou Diarra, Mamoudou Maiga, Bocar Baya, Anou M Somboro, Yeya S Sarro, Antieme C G Togo, Bindongo P P Dembele, Drissa Goita, Amadou Kone, Ousmane M'Baye, Nadie Coulibaly, Seydou Diabate, Brehima Traore, Mariam H Diallo, Yaya I Coulibaly, Paul Saleeb, Michael Belson, Susan Orsega, Sophia Siddiqui, Michael A Polis, Sounkalo Dao, Robert L Murphy, Souleymane Diallo
OBJECTIVES: In Mali early detection and treatment of multidrug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are still challenging due to cost, time and/or complexity associated with regular tests. Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility (MODS) is a low-cost assay validated by WHO in 2010. It is a liquid culture based assay to detect the "cording" characteristic of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBc) and to assess susceptibility to both isoniazid and rifampicin defining MDR-TB. In this study we aimed to evaluate the performance of MODS as diagnostic tool compared to a validated method, the MGIT/AST/SIRE...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109936/precision-phenotyping-in-heart-failure-and-pattern-clustering-of-ultrasound-data-for-the-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction
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Alaa Mabrouk Salem Omar, Sukrit Narula, Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Hala Raslan, Osama Rifaie, Jagat Narula, Partho P Sengupta
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether cluster analysis of left atrial and left ventricular (LV) mechanical deformation parameters provide sufficient information for Doppler-independent assessment of LV diastolic function. BACKGROUND: Medical imaging produces substantial phenotyping data, and superior computational analyses could allow automated classification of repetitive patterns into patient groups with similar behavior. METHODS: The authors performed a cluster analysis and developed a model of LV diastolic function from an initial exploratory cohort of 130 patients that was subsequently tested in a prospective cohort of 44 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109596/genotype-by-environment-climate-interaction-improves-genomic-prediction-for-production-traits-in-us-holstein-cattle
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F Tiezzi, G de Los Campos, K L Parker Gaddis, C Maltecca
Genotype by environment interaction (G × E) in dairy cattle productive traits has been shown to exist, but current genetic evaluation methods do not take this component into account. As several environmental descriptors (e.g., climate, farming system) are known to vary within the United States, not accounting for the G × E could lead to reranking of bulls and loss in genetic gain. Using test-day records on milk yield, somatic cell score, fat, and protein percentage from all over the United States, we computed within herd-year-season daughter-yield deviations for 1,087 Holstein bulls and regressed them on genetic and environmental information to estimate variance components and to assess prediction accuracy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108896/pharmacophore-based-screening-and-drug-repurposing-exemplified-on-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-inhibitors
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Luminita Crisan, Sorin Avram, Liliana Pacureanu
The current study was conducted to elaborate a novel pharmacophore model to accurately map selective glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) inhibitors, and perform virtual screening and drug repurposing. Pharmacophore modeling was developed using PHASE on a data set of 203 maleimides. Two benchmarking validation data sets with focus on selectivity were assembled using ChEMBL and PubChem GSK-3 confirmatory assays. A drug repurposing experiment linking pharmacophore matching with drug information originating from multiple data sources was performed...
January 21, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108468/metabolic-biomarker-signature-to-differentiate-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-from-chronic-pancreatitis
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Julia Mayerle, Holger Kalthoff, Regina Reszka, Beate Kamlage, Erik Peter, Bodo Schniewind, Sandra González Maldonado, Christian Pilarsky, Claus-Dieter Heidecke, Philipp Schatz, Marius Distler, Jonas A Scheiber, Ujjwal M Mahajan, F Ulrich Weiss, Robert Grützmann, Markus M Lerch
OBJECTIVE: Current non-invasive diagnostic tests can distinguish between pancreatic cancer (pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC)) and chronic pancreatitis (CP) in only about two thirds of patients. We have searched for blood-derived metabolite biomarkers for this diagnostic purpose. DESIGN: For a case-control study in three tertiary referral centres, 914 subjects were prospectively recruited with PDAC (n=271), CP (n=282), liver cirrhosis (n=100) or healthy as well as non-pancreatic disease controls (n=261) in three consecutive studies...
January 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108266/validity-of-clinical-outcome-measures-to-evaluate-ankle-range-of-motion-during-the-weight-bearing-lunge-test
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Emily A Hall, Carrie L Docherty
OBJECTIVES: To determine the concurrent validity of standard clinical outcome measures compared to laboratory outcome measure while performing the weight-bearing lunge test (WBLT). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Fifty participants performed the WBLT to determine dorsiflexion ROM using four different measurement techniques: dorsiflexion angle with digital inclinometer at 15cm distal to the tibial tuberosity (°), dorsiflexion angle with inclinometer at tibial tuberosity (°), maximum lunge distance (cm), and dorsiflexion angle using a 2D motion capture system (°)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108263/anxiety-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-in-newly-diagnosed-parkinson-s-disease
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Nadeeka N W Dissanayaka, Rachael A Lawson, Alison J Yarnall, Gordon W Duncan, David P Breen, Tien K Khoo, Roger A Barker, David J Burn
INTRODUCTION: Anxiety and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are prevalent non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease (PD). While few studies have demonstrated a possible link between cognitive dysfunction and anxiety in PD, to our knowledge, no studies have directly examined the association between them. This study investigated the association between anxiety and cognitive deficits in newly diagnosed PD patients. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed PD (N = 185) were recruited from community and outpatient clinics...
January 4, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108082/analysis-of-drugs-of-abuse-in-human-plasma-using-microextraction-by-packed-sorbents-and-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
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P Fernández, M González, M Regenjo, A M Ares, A M Fernández, R A Lorenzo, A M Carro
A miniaturized and simple method based on digitally programmed microextraction by packed sorbent (eVol(®)-MEPS) coupled to ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) has been developed for quantitative determination of three synthetic cathinones and seven conventional drugs of abuse and metabolites. The influence of several extraction parameters, such as washing and elution solvents were tested. In addition important variables affecting MEPS performance, namely sample volume, sorbent drying time, washing solvent volume, elution volume, number of extraction cycles, sorbent phase and pH, were evaluated using an asymmetrical screening design...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107988/quantitative-assay-for-the-detection-screening-and-reactivity-evaluation-of-nanoceria-particles
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Ali Othman, Kristen Bear, Silvana Andreescu
Increasing use of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in many industrial processes and consumer products requires rapid analytical methodologies to reliably detect and screen samples for the presence of NPs. Here, we report the development, analytical characterization and performance evaluation of a colorimetric assay as a comprehensive test for quantitative detection, screening and reactivity evaluation of nanoceria (cerium oxide, CeO2) particles in aqueous environments. We provide a critical discussion of the role of environmental conditions including pH, ionic composition, and presence of humic acid and particle type on the overall performance and sensitivity of this assay...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107913/quantitative-structure-retention-relationship-model-for-the-determination-of-naratriptan-hydrochloride-and-its-impurities-based-on-artificial-neural-networks-coupled-with-genetic-algorithm
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Mikołaj Mizera, Anna Krause, Przemysław Zalewski, Robert Skibiński, Judyta Cielecka-Piontek
Mathematical modeling of Quantitative Structure - Property Relationships met great interest in fields of in silico drug design and more recently, pharmaceutical analysis. In our approach we proposed automated method of creation Quantitative Structure-Retention Relationship (QSRR) for analysis of triptans, selective serotonin 5-HT1 receptor agonists used for the treatment of acute headache. The method was created using hybrid machine learning approach, namely Genetic algorithm (GA) coupled with artificial neutral networks (ANN)...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107611/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-singing-voice-handicap-index-into-polish
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Ewelina M Sielska-Badurek, Maria Sobol, Anna Cioch, Ewa Osuch-Wójcikiewicz, Anna M Rzepakowska, Kazimierz Niemczyk
OBJECTIVE: To translate and adapt the original SVHI for the Polish population and to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Polish SVHI version, such as internal consistency, reliability and construct validity in different groups of dysphonic singers. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. SETTING: Patients treated at a single institute. PARTICIPANTS: 60 singers with voice disorders and 57 healthy singers completed the Singing Voice Handicap Index (SVHI) and the Voice Handicap Index (VHI)...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107543/quantification-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-bleomycin-mouse-model-using-automated-histological-image-analysis
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Jean-Claude Gilhodes, Yvon Julé, Sebastian Kreuz, Birgit Stierstorfer, Detlef Stiller, Lutz Wollin
Current literature on pulmonary fibrosis induced in animal models highlights the need of an accurate, reliable and reproducible histological quantitative analysis. One of the major limits of histological scoring concerns the fact that it is observer-dependent and consequently subject to variability, which may preclude comparative studies between different laboratories. To achieve a reliable and observer-independent quantification of lung fibrosis we developed an automated software histological image analysis performed from digital image of entire lung sections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106719/body-adiposity-index-performance-in-estimating-body-fat-percentage-in-colombian-college-students-findings-from-the-fuprecol-adults-study
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Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Katherine González-Ruíz, Andrés Vivas, Héctor Reynaldo Triana-Reina, Javier Martínez-Torres, Daniel Humberto Prieto-Benavides, Hugo Alejandro Carrillo, Jeison Alexander Ramos-Sepúlveda, Emilio Villa-González, Antonio García-Hermoso
Recently, a body adiposity index (BAI = (hip circumference)/((height)(1.5))(-18)) was developed and validated in adult populations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of BAI in estimating percentage body fat (BF%) in a sample of Colombian collegiate young adults. The participants were comprised of 903 volunteers (52% females, mean age = 21.4 years ± 3.3). We used the Lin's concordance correlation coefficient, linear regression, Bland-Altman's agreement analysis, concordance correlation coefficient (ρc) and the coefficient of determination (R²) between BAI, and BF%; by bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA))...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106560/face-name-associative-recognition-deficits-in-subjective-cognitive-decline-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Alexandra Polcher, Ingo Frommann, Alexander Koppara, Steffen Wolfsgruber, Frank Jessen, Michael Wagner
BACKGROUND: There is a need for more sensitive neuropsychological tests to detect subtle cognitive deficits emerging in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Associative memory is a cognitive function supported by the hippocampus and affected early in the process of AD. OBJECTIVE: We developed a short computerized face-name-associative-recognition test (FNART) and tested whether it would detect memory impairment in memory-clinic patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and subjective cognitive decline (SCD)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106517/traditional-invasive-and-synchrotron-based-non-invasive-assessments-of-3d-printed-hybrid-cartilage-constructs
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Adeola Deborah Olubamiji, Ning Zhu, Tuanjie Chang, Chijioke Nwankwo, Zohreh Izadifar, Ali Honaramooz, Daniel Chen, B Frank Eames
Three-dimensional (3D)-printed constructs made of polycaprolactone (PCL) and chondrocyte-impregnated alginate hydrogel (hybrid cartilage constructs) mimic the biphasic nature of articular cartilage, offering promise for cartilage tissue engineering (CTE) applications. However, the regulatory pathway for medical device development requires validation of such constructs through in vitro bench tests and in vivo preclinical examinations premarket approval. Furthermore, non-invasive imaging techniques are required for effective evaluation of the progress of these cartilage constructs, especially when implanted in animal models or human subjects...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105919/snoreport-2-0-new-features-and-a-refined-support-vector-machine-to-improve-snorna-identification
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João Victor de Araujo Oliveira, Fabrizio Costa, Rolf Backofen, Peter Florian Stadler, Maria Emília Machado Telles Walter, Jana Hertel
BACKGROUND: snoReport uses RNA secondary structure prediction combined with machine learning as the basis to identify the two main classes of small nucleolar RNAs, the box H/ACA snoRNAs and the box C/D snoRNAs. Here, we present snoReport 2.0, which substantially improves and extends in the original method by: extracting new features for both box C/D and H/ACA box snoRNAs; developing a more sophisticated technique in the SVM training phase with recent data from vertebrate organisms and a careful choice of the SVM parameters C and γ; and using updated versions of tools and databases used for the construction of the original version of snoReport...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105700/derivation-and-validation-of-a-diagnostic-test-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome-using-latent-class-analysis
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R Sood, D J Gracie, M J Gold, N To, M I Pinto-Sanchez, P Bercik, P Moayyedi, A C Ford, G R Law
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of symptom-based diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is modest. AIMS: To derive and validate a new test that utilises latent class analysis. METHODS: Symptom, colonoscopy, and histology data were collected from 1981 patients and 360 patients in two cohorts referred to secondary care for investigation of their gastrointestinal symptoms in Canada and the UK, respectively. Latent class analysis was used to identify naturally occurring clusters in patient-reported symptoms in the Canadian dataset, and the latent class model derived from this was then applied to the UK dataset in order to validate it...
January 20, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105469/qin-dawg-validation-of-gradient-nonlinearity-bias-correction-workflow-for-quantitative-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-multicenter-trials
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Dariya I Malyarenko, Lisa J Wilmes, Lori R Arlinghaus, Michael A Jacobs, Wei Huang, Karl G Helmer, Bachir Taouli, Thomas E Yankeelov, David Newitt, Thomas L Chenevert
Previous research has shown that system-dependent gradient nonlinearity (GNL) introduces a significant spatial bias (nonuniformity) in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. Here, the feasibility of centralized retrospective system-specific correction of GNL bias for quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in multisite clinical trials is demonstrated across diverse scanners independent of the scanned object. Using corrector maps generated from system characterization by ice-water phantom measurement completed in the previous project phase, GNL bias correction was performed for test ADC measurements from an independent DWI phantom (room temperature agar) at two offset locations in the bore...
December 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105335/detection-of-stanozolol-in-the-urine-of-athletes-at-a-pg-level-the-possibility-of-passive-exposure
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Christina Tsitsimpikou, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis
Stanozolol is a synthetic heterocyclic steroid with anabolic and androgenic properties, which has been abused by several high-profile professional athletes. Stanozolol is also used in veterinary medicine to increase appetite, cause weight gain and treat certain types of anemia. The detection of stanozolol metabolites in human urine for doping control purposes depends on the analytical method applied. The most commonly applied methods in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited doping control laboratories are gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry (GC/HRMS) or gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS/MS)...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105171/collagen-gel-droplet-embedded-culture-drug-sensitivity-testing-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cell-lines-derived-from-human-oral-cancers-optimal-contact-concentrations-of-cisplatin-and-fluorouracil
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Kaname Sakuma, Akira Tanaka, Izumi Mataga
The collagen gel droplet-embedded culture drug sensitivity test (CD-DST) is an anticancer drug sensitivity test that uses a method of three-dimensional culture of extremely small samples, and it is suited to primary cultures of human cancer cells. It is a useful method for oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), in which the cancer tissues available for testing are limited. However, since the optimal contact concentrations of anticancer drugs have yet to be established in OSCC, CD-DST for detecting drug sensitivities of OSCC is currently performed by applying the optimal contact concentrations for stomach cancer...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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