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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230532/optimization-of-volumetric-breast-density-estimation-in-digital-mammograms
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Katharina Holland, Albert Gubern-Merida, Ritse Mann, Nico Karssemeijer
Fibroglandular tissue volume and percent density can be estimated in unprocessed mammograms using a physics-based method, which relies on an internal reference value representing the projection of fat only. However, pixels representing fat only may not be present in dense breasts, causing an underestimation of density measurements. In this work, we investigate alternative approaches for obtaining a tissue reference value to improve density estimations, particularly in dense breasts. Two of three investigated reference values (F1, F2) are percentiles of the pixel value distribution in the breast interior (the contact area of breast and compression paddle)...
February 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220524/language-fmri-and-direct-cortical-stimulation-in-epilepsy-preoperative-planning
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Alison Austermuehle, John Cocjin, Reynolds Richard, Shubhi Agrawal, Leigh Sepeta, William D Gaillard, Kareem Zaghloul, Sara Inati, William H Theodore
OBJECTIVE: Presurgical language assessment can help minimize damage to eloquent cortex during resective epilepsy surgery. Two methods for presurgical language mapping are functional MRI (fMRI) and direct cortical stimulation (DCS) of implanted subdural electrodes. We compared fMRI results to DCS to help optimize non-invasive language localization and assess its validity. METHODS: We studied 19 patients referred for presurgical evaluation of drug-resistant epilepsy...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218596/forced-aerobic-exercise-preceding-task-practice-improves-motor-recovery-poststroke
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Susan M Linder, Anson B Rosenfeldt, Tanujit Dey, Jay L Alberts
OBJECTIVE: To understand how two types of aerobic exercise affect upper-extremity motor recovery post-stroke. Our aims were to (1) evaluate the feasibility of having people who had a stroke complete an aerobic exercise intervention and (2) determine whether forced or voluntary exercise differentially facilitates upper-extremity recovery when paired with task practice. METHOD: Seventeen participants with chronic stroke completed twenty-four 90-min sessions over 8 wk...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218413/minimal-clinically-important-differences-for-the-experiences-of-daily-living-parts-of-movement-disorder-society-sponsored-unified-parkinson-s-disease-rating-scale
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Krisztina Horváth, Zsuzsanna Aschermann, Márton Kovács, Attila Makkos, Márk Harmat, József Janszky, Sámuel Komoly, Kázmér Karádi, Norbert Kovács
BACKGROUND: The minimal clinically important difference is the smallest change of scores clinically meaningful to patients. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to calculate these threshold values in association with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society UPDRS (MDS-UPDRS) Parts I and II and to evaluate the feasibility of the composite score of Part I and II (MDS-UPDRS I+II) as an outcome. METHODS: Nine hundred eighty-five paired investigations of 365 patients were reviewed, implementing three different techniques simultaneously...
February 20, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217423/test-retest-reliability-of-the-closed-kinetic-chain-upper-extremity-stability-test-ckcuest-in-adolescents-reliability-of-ckcuest-in-adolescents
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Valéria M A de Oliveira, Ana C R Pitangui, Vinícius Y S Nascimento, Hítalo A da Silva, Muana H P Dos Passos, Rodrigo C de Araújo
BACKGROUND: The Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Stability Test (CKCUEST) has been proposed as an option to assess upper limb function and stability; however, there are few studies that support the use of this test in adolescents. PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the intersession reliability and agreement of three CKCUEST scores in adolescents and establish clinimetric values for this test. STUDY DESIGN: Test-retest reliability...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214956/banding-the-sleeve-improves-weight-loss-in-midterm-follow-up
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Jodok M Fink, Natalie Hoffmann, Simon Kuesters, Gabriel Seifert, Claudia Laessle, Torben Glatz, Ulrich T Hopt, W Konrad Karcz, Goran Marjanovic
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) can achieve excellent weight loss, yet sleeve dilatation with concomitant weight regain proves to be a relevant issue. Hence, additional restriction might improve results after LSG. METHODS: In a retrospective matched-pair analysis, 42 patients who underwent banded LSG (BLSG) using a MiniMizer® ring between January 2012 and October 2014 were analysed regarding weight loss, complications and comorbidity. Median follow-up was 3 years...
February 18, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
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Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213442/amplitude-normalization-of-dendritic-epsps-at-the-soma-of-binaural-coincidence-detector-neurons-of-the-medial-superior-olive
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Bradley D Winters, Shan-Xue Jin, Kenneth R Ledford, Nace L Golding
The principal neurons of the medial superior olive (MSO) encode cues for horizontal sound localization through comparisons of the relative timing of excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs). To understand how the timing and amplitude of EPSPs is maintained during propagation in the dendrites, we made dendritic and somatic whole-cell recordings from MSO principal neurons in brain slices from Mongolian gerbils. In somatic recordings, EPSP amplitudes were largely uniform following minimal stimulation of excitatory synapses at visualized locations along the dendrites...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212452/bone-to-implant-contact-and-new-bone-formation-within-human-freeze-dried-bone-blocks-grafted-over-rabbit-calvaria
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Zvi Artzi, Karen Anavi-Lev, Avital Kozlovsky, Liat Chaushu, Frank Schwarz, Haim Tal
PURPOSE: To assess the extent of osseointegration with rough-surface implants and new bone formation (NBF) within human freeze-dried bone blocks (h-FDB) grafted over rabbit calvaria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 18 rectangular h-FDB blocks were stabilized bilaterally to the calvaria of nine New Zealand rabbits by two mini titanium screws each. A total of 18 rough-surface implants (5.0 × 6.0-mm) were placed, 9 simultaneously (immediate placement [IP]) on one side and 9 at 3 months after block grafting (delayed placement [DP]) on the contralateral side...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208474/key-lock-colloids-in-a-nematic-liquid-crystal
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Nuno M Silvestre, M Tasinkevych
The Landau-de Gennes free energy is used to study theoretically the effective interaction of spherical "key" and anisotropic "lock" colloidal particles. We assume identical anchoring properties of the surfaces of the key and of the lock particles, and we consider planar degenerate and perpendicular anchoring conditions separately. The lock particle is modeled as a spherical particle with a spherical dimple. When such a particle is introduced into a nematic liquid crystal, it orients its dimple at an oblique angle θ_{eq} with respect to the far field director n_{∞}...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201921/generalized-spin-ratio-scaled-mp2-method-for-accurate-prediction-of-intermolecular-interactions-for-neutral-and-ionic-species
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Samuel Tan, Santiago Barrera Acevedo, Ekaterina I Izgorodina
The accurate calculation of intermolecular interactions is important to our understanding of properties in large molecular systems. The high computational cost of the current "gold standard" method, coupled cluster with singles and doubles and perturbative triples (CCSD(T), limits its application to small- to medium-sized systems. Second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation (MP2) theory is a cheaper alternative for larger systems, although at the expense of its decreased accuracy, especially when treating van der Waals complexes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198979/root-length-and-alveolar-bone-level-of-impacted-canines-and-adjacent-teeth-after-orthodontic-traction-a-long-term-evaluation
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Aldir Cordeiro da Silva, Anderson Capistrano, Renata Rodrigues de Almeida-Pedrin, Maurício de Almeida Cardoso, Ana Cláudia de Castro Ferreira Conti, Leopoldino Capelozza
Objective: The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the long-term effects of orthodontic traction on root length and alveolar bone level in impacted canines and adjacent teeth. Material and Methods: Sample consisted of 16 patients (nine males and seven females), mean initial age 11 years and 8 months presenting with unilaterally maxillary impacted canines, palatally displaced, treated with the same surgical and orthodontic approach. Teeth from the impacted-canine side were assigned as Group I (GI), and contralateral teeth as control, Group II (GII)...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194989/enhanced-resolution-of-chiral-amino-acids-with-capillary-electrophoresis-for-biosignature-detection-in-extraterrestrial-samples
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Jessica S Creamer, Maria F Mora, Peter A Willis
Amino acids are fundamental building blocks of terrestrial life as well as ubiquitous byproducts of abiotic reactions. In order to distinguish between amino acids formed by abiotic versus biotic processes it is possible to use chemical distributions to identify patterns unique to life. This article describes two capillary electrophoresis methods capable of resolving 17 amino acids found in high abundance in both biotic and abiotic samples (seven enantiomer pairs d/l-Ala, -Asp, -Glu, -His, -Leu, -Ser, -Val and the three achiral amino acids Gly, β-Ala, and GABA)...
January 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194823/personal-smartphones-for-neonatal-diagnostic-imaging-a-prospective-crossover-study
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Margreta Westberg, Theresia Vasko, Louise S Owen, Risha Bhatia, Marta Thio Lluch, Susan Donath, Peter G Davis, Jennifer A Dawson
AIM: Neonatal clinicians may be asked to review X-ray images when unable to directly access the original image. Transmitting an X-ray image to a smartphone is a technique increasingly being used by clinicians in a number of settings. Minimal data exist on its use in the neonatal setting. Our aim was to compare the ability of neonatal clinicians to correctly diagnose a pneumothorax from a chest radiograph (CXR) viewed on a smartphone, paralleled with the same image viewed on a computer screen...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191844/armsd-a-comprehensive-tool-for-structural-analysis
#15
Arne Wagner, Hans-Joerg Himmel
A new tool for structural comparison is presented that combines existing and new features into a single software package. aRMSD incorporates the functions of establishing a pair-wise correlation between the atoms of two molecular structures and the calculation of the optimal rotation matrix that minimizes the RMSD between the molecules. The complexity of the Hungarian assignation problem is reduced by decomposing molecules into different subsets based on different atom or group types allowing for an efficient and robust treatment of large molecules while tolerating different substituents...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191581/eight-at-one-stroke-a-synthetic-tetra-disulfide-peptide-epitope
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Andreas Schrimpf, Uwe Linne, Armin Geyer
We have designed a cysteine-rich β-hairpin peptide which dimerises spontaneously to the antiparallel double β-hairpin motif C1-C12', C1'-C12, C5-C8, C5'-C8'-tricyclo-(CHWECCitGCRLVC)2. The highly regioselective oxidation of eight cysteines yields an intermolecular bi-disulfide 24mer hinge peptide from two individual 12mer β-hairpins, each rigidified by an additional intramolecular disulfide bond - all in all a tetra-disulfide. The reaction kinetics of air-oxidation were followed by HPLC and the constitutional isomer was identified by mass spectrometry...
February 13, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191039/elevated-transcriptional-levels-of-aldolase-a-aldoa-associates-with-cell-cycle-related-genes-in-patients-with-nsclc-and-several-solid-tumors
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Fan Zhang, Jie-Diao Lin, Xiao-Yu Zuo, Yi-Xuan Zhuang, Chao-Qun Hong, Guo-Jun Zhang, Xiao-Jiang Cui, Yu-Kun Cui
BACKGROUND: Aldolase A (ALDOA) is one of the glycolytic enzymes primarily found in the developing embryo and adult muscle. Recently, a new role of ALDOA in several cancers has been proposed. However, the underlying mechanism remains obscure and inconsistent. In this study, we tried to investigate ALDOA-associated (AA) genes using available microarray datasets to help elucidating the role of ALDOA in cancer. RESULTS: In the dataset of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC, E-GEOD-19188), 3448 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) including ALDOA were identified, in which 710 AA genes were found to be positively associated with ALDOA...
2017: BioData Mining
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187765/does-a-lack-of-physical-activity-explain-the-rheumatoid-arthritis-lipid-profile
#18
Hiba AbouAssi, Margery A Connelly, Lori A Bateman, K Noelle Tune, Janet L Huebner, Virginia B Kraus, Deborah A Winegar, James D Otvos, William E Kraus, Kim M Huffman
BACKGROUND: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), cardiovascular risk is associated with paradoxical reductions in total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), and high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C). Concentrations of small LDL (LDL-P) and HDL (HDL-P) particles are also reduced with increased inflammation and disease activity in RA patients. Here we sought to identify which measure(s) of inflammation, disease activity and cardiometabolic risk contribute most to the RA-associated lipoprotein profile...
February 10, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185295/irreversible-electroporation-for-the-ablation-of-pancreatic-malignancies-a-patient-specific-methodology
#19
Eduardo L Latouche, Michael B Sano, Melvin F Lorenzo, Rafael V Davalos, Robert C G Martin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) is a focal ablation technique highly attractive to surgical oncologists due to its non-thermal nature that allows for eradication of unresectable tumors in a minimally invasive procedure. In this study, our group sought to address the challenge of predicting the ablation volume with IRE for pancreatic procedures. METHODS: In compliance with HIPAA and hospital IRB approval, we established a pre-treatment planning methodology for IRE procedures in pancreas, which optimized treatment protocols for individual cases of locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178801/on-the-applicability-of-density-dependent-effective-interactions-in-cluster-forming-systems
#20
Marta Montes-Saralegui, Gerhard Kahl, Arash Nikoubashman
We systematically studied the validity and transferability of the force-matching algorithm for computing effective pair potentials in a system of dendritic polymers, i.e., a particular class of ultrasoft colloids. We focused on amphiphilic dendrimers, macromolecules which can aggregate into clusters of overlapping particles to minimize the contact area with the surrounding implicit solvent. Simulations were performed for both the monomeric and coarse-grained models in the liquid phase at densities ranging from infinite dilution up to values close to the freezing point...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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