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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634149/a-non-invasive-restraining-system-for-awake-mouse-imaging
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Dan Madularu, Axel P Mathieu, Chathura Kumaragamage, Lauren Reynolds, Jamie Near, Cecilia Flores, M Natasha Rajah
BACKGROUND: Preclinical neuroimaging allows for the assessment of brain anatomy, connectivity and function in laboratory animals, such as mice and rats. Most of these studies are performed under anesthesia to avoid movement during the scanning sessions. METHOD: Due to the limitations associated with anesthetized imaging, recent efforts have been made to conduct rodent imaging studies in awake animals, habituated to the restraint systems used in these instances. As of now, only one such system is commercially available for mouse scanning (Animal Imaging Research, Boston, MA, USA) integrating the radiofrequency coil electronics with the restraining element, an approach which, although effective in reducing head motion during awake imaging, has some limitations...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633695/how-should-discordance-between-molecular-and-growth-based-assays-for-rifampicin-resistance-be-investigated
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S Hofmann-Thiel, H Hoffmann, D Hillemann, L Rigouts, A Van Deun, K Kranzer
Molecular tests to detect the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and genetic polymorphisms in the rpoB gene conferring resistance to rifampicin (RMP) have become integral parts of tuberculosis diagnostics worldwide. These assays are often performed sequentially or in parallel to phenotypic drug susceptibility testing. Discordances between molecular and phenotypic tests invariably occur. Root causes range from pre-, post- and analytic errors to co-existence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria, silent mutations, mutations outside the 81 base-pair RMP resistance-determining region, non-canonical mutations conferring increased minimal inhibitory concentrations below the critical concentration in some phenotypic drug susceptibility tests, and heteroresistance...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606893/young-people-adult-worries-randomized-controlled-trial-and-feasibility-study-of-the-internet-based-self-support-method-feel-the-vibe-for-adolescents-and-young-adults-exposed-to-family-violence
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Karin van Rosmalen-Nooijens, Sylvie Lo Fo Wong, Judith Prins, Toine Lagro-Janssen
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are of special interest in a group of children exposed to family violence (FV). Past-year prevalence of exposure to FV is known to be highest in AYAs and has severe consequences. Peer support is an effective approach to behavior change and the Internet is considered suitable as a mode of delivery. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to evaluate both effectiveness and feasibility of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and feasibility study of the Internet-based self-support method "Feel the ViBe" (FtV) using mixed-methods approach to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of a new intervention...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604610/an-nfc-on-two-coil-wpt-link-for-implantable-biomedical-sensors-under-ultra-weak-coupling
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Chen Gong, Dake Liu, Zhidong Miao, Wei Wang, Min Li
The inductive link is widely used in implantable biomedical sensor systems to achieve near-field communication (NFC) and wireless power transfer (WPT). However, it is tough to achieve reliable NFC on an inductive WPT link when the coupling coefficient is ultra-low (0.01 typically), since the NFC signal (especially for the uplink from the in-body part to the out-body part) could be too weak to be detected. Traditional load shift keying (LSK) requires strong coupling to pass the load modulation information to the power source...
June 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600436/accurate-quantification-of-chromosomal-lesions-via-short-tandem-repeat-analysis-using-minimal-amounts-of-dna
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Johann-Christoph Jann, Daniel Nowak, Florian Nolte, Stephanie Fey, Verena Nowak, Julia Obländer, Jovita Pressler, Iris Palme, Christina Xanthopoulos, Alice Fabarius, Uwe Platzbecker, Aristoteles Giagounidis, Katharina Götze, Anne Letsch, Detlef Haase, Richard Schlenk, Gesine Bug, Michael Lübbert, Arnold Ganser, Ulrich Germing, Claudia Haferlach, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann, Maximilian Mossner
BACKGROUND: Cytogenetic aberrations such as deletion of chromosome 5q (del(5q)) represent key elements in routine clinical diagnostics of haematological malignancies. Currently established methods such as metaphase cytogenetics, FISH or array-based approaches have limitations due to their dependency on viable cells, high costs or semi-quantitative nature. Importantly, they cannot be used on low abundance DNA. We therefore aimed to establish a robust and quantitative technique that overcomes these shortcomings...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595649/data-driven-prediction-of-adverse-drug-reactions-induced-by-drug-drug-interactions
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Ruifeng Liu, Mohamed Diwan M AbdulHameed, Kamal Kumar, Xueping Yu, Anders Wallqvist, Jaques Reifman
BACKGROUND: The expanded use of multiple drugs has increased the occurrence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) induced by drug-drug interactions (DDIs). However, such reactions are typically not observed in clinical drug-development studies because most of them focus on single-drug therapies. ADR reporting systems collect information on adverse health effects caused by both single drugs and DDIs. A major challenge is to unambiguously identify the effects caused by DDIs and to attribute them to specific drug interactions...
June 8, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587598/methodologic-considerations-in-the-design-and-analysis-of-nested-case-control-studies-association-between-cytokines-and-postoperative-delirium
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Long H Ngo, Sharon K Inouye, Richard N Jones, Thomas G Travison, Towia A Libermann, Simon T Dillon, George A Kuchel, Sarinnapha M Vasunilashorn, David C Alsop, Edward R Marcantonio
BACKGROUND: The nested case-control study (NCC) design within a prospective cohort study is used when outcome data are available for all subjects, but the exposure of interest has not been collected, and is difficult or prohibitively expensive to obtain for all subjects. A NCC analysis with good matching procedures yields estimates that are as efficient and unbiased as estimates from the full cohort study. We present methodological considerations in a matched NCC design and analysis, which include the choice of match algorithms, analysis methods to evaluate the association of exposures of interest with outcomes, and consideration of overmatching...
June 6, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578266/next-generation-sequencing-based-multigene-panel-for-high-throughput-detection-of-food-borne-pathogens
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Chiara Ferrario, Gabriele Andrea Lugli, Maria Cristina Ossiprandi, Francesca Turroni, Christian Milani, Sabrina Duranti, Leonardo Mancabelli, Marta Mangifesta, Giulia Alessandri, Douwe van Sinderen, Marco Ventura
Contamination of food by chemicals or pathogenic bacteria may cause particular illnesses that are linked to food consumption, commonly referred to as foodborne diseases. Bacteria are present in/on various foods products, such as fruits, vegetables and ready-to-eat products. Bacteria that cause foodborne diseases are known as foodborne pathogens (FBPs). Accurate detection methods that are able to reveal the presence of FBPs in food matrices are in constant demand, in order to ensure safe foods with a minimal risk of causing foodborne diseases...
May 3, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552265/synergistic-target-combination-prediction-from-curated-signaling-networks-machine-learning-meets-systems-biology-and-pharmacology
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Huey Eng Chua, Sourav S Bhowmick, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg
Given a signaling network, the target combination prediction problem aims to predict efficacious and safe target combinations for combination therapy. State-of-the-art in silico methods use Monte Carlo simulated annealing (mcsa) to modify a candidate solution stochastically, and use the Metropolis criterion to accept or reject the proposed modifications. However, such stochastic modifications ignore the impact of the choice of targets and their activities on the combination's therapeutic effect and off-target effects, which directly affect the solution quality...
May 24, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551764/autofluorescence-spectroscopy-for-nerve-sparing-laser-surgery-of-the-head-and-neck-the-influence-of-laser-tissue-interaction
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Florian Stelzle, Maximilian Rohde, Max Riemann, Nicolai Oetter, Werner Adler, Katja Tangermann-Gerk, Michael Schmidt, Christian Knipfer
The use of remote optical feedback systems represents a promising approach for minimally invasive, nerve-sparing laser surgery. Autofluorescence properties can be exploited for a fast, robust identification of nervous tissue. With regard to the crucial step towards clinical application, the impact of laser ablation on optical properties in the vicinity of structures of the head and neck has not been investigated up to now. We acquired 24,298 autofluorescence spectra from 135 tissue samples (nine ex vivo tissue types from 15 bisected pig heads) both before and after ER:YAG laser ablation...
May 27, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545042/hierarchical-ordering-with-partial-pairwise-hierarchical-relationships-on-the-macaque-brain-data-sets
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Woosang Lim, Jungsoo Lee, Yongsub Lim, Doo-Hwan Bae, Haesun Park, Dae-Shik Kim, Kyomin Jung
Hierarchical organizations of information processing in the brain networks have been known to exist and widely studied. To find proper hierarchical structures in the macaque brain, the traditional methods need the entire pairwise hierarchical relationships between cortical areas. In this paper, we present a new method that discovers hierarchical structures of macaque brain networks by using partial information of pairwise hierarchical relationships. Our method uses a graph-based manifold learning to exploit inherent relationship, and computes pseudo distances of hierarchical levels for every pair of cortical areas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541404/m2align-parallel-multiple-sequence-alignment-with-a-multi-objective-metaheuristic
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Cristian Zambrano-Vega, Antonio J Nebro, José García-Nieto, José F Aldana Montes
Motivation: Multiple Sequence Alignment (MSA) is an NP-complete optimization problem found in computational biology, where the time complexity of finding an optimal alignment raises exponentially along with the number of sequences and their lengths. Additionally, to assess the quality of a MSA, a number of objectives can be taken into account, such as maximizing the sum-of-pairs, maximizing the totally conserved columns, minimizing the number of gaps, or maximizing structural information based scores such as STRIKE...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532442/an-integrated-enhancement-and-reconstruction-strategy-for-the-quantitative-extraction-of-actin-stress-fibers-from-fluorescence-micrographs
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Zhen Zhang, Shumin Xia, Pakorn Kanchanawong
BACKGROUND: The stress fibers are prominent organization of actin filaments that perform important functions in cellular processes such as migration, polarization, and traction force generation, and whose collective organization reflects the physiological and mechanical activities of the cells. Easily visualized by fluorescence microscopy, the stress fibers are widely used as qualitative descriptors of cell phenotypes. However, due to the complexity of the stress fibers and the presence of other actin-containing cellular features, images of stress fibers are relatively challenging to quantitatively analyze using previously developed approaches, requiring significant user intervention...
May 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529973/high-affinity-mannotetraose-as-an-alternative-to-dextran-in-cona-based-fluorescent-affinity-glucose-assay-due-to-improved-fret-efficiency
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Andrea K Locke, Brian M Cummins, Gerard L Coté
Diabetes mellitus affects millions of people worldwide and requires that individuals tightly self-regulate their blood glucose levels to minimize the associated secondary complications. Continuous monitoring devices potentially offer patients a long-term means to tightly monitor their glucose levels. In recent years, fluorescent affinity sensors based on lectins (e.g., Concanavalin A (ConA)) have been implemented in such devices. Traditionally, these sensors pair the lectin with a multivalent ligand, like dextran, in order to develop a competitive binding assay that changes its fluorescent properties in response to the surrounding glucose concentrations...
May 27, 2016: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525785/denitrifying-woodchip-bioreactor-and-phosphorus-filter-pairing-to-minimize-pollution-swapping
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Laura E Christianson, Christine Lepine, Philip L Sibrell, Chad Penn, Steven T Summerfelt
Pairing denitrifying woodchip bioreactors and phosphorus-sorbing filters provides a unique, engineered approach for dual nutrient removal from waters impaired with both nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). This column study aimed to test placement of two P-filter media (acid mine drainage treatment residuals and steel slag) relative to a denitrifying system to maximize N and P removal and minimize pollution swapping under varying flow conditions (i.e., woodchip column hydraulic retention times (HRTs) of 7.2, 18, and 51 h; P-filter HRTs of 7...
May 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512438/are-neurodynamic-organizations-a-fundamental-property-of-teamwork
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Ronald H Stevens, Trysha L Galloway
When performing a task it is important for teams to optimize their strategies and actions to maximize value and avoid the cost of surprise. The decisions teams make sometimes have unintended consequences and they must then reorganize their thinking, roles and/or configuration into corrective structures more appropriate for the situation. In this study we ask: What are the neurodynamic properties of these reorganizations and how do they relate to the moment-by-moment, and longer, performance-outcomes of teams?...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504684/fully-automated-5-plex-fluorescent-immunohistochemistry-with-tyramide-signal-amplification-and-same-species-antibodies
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Wenjun Zhang, Antony Hubbard, Tobin Jones, Adriana Racolta, Srabani Bhaumik, Nick Cummins, Liping Zhang, Karl Garsha, Frank Ventura, Mark R Lefever, Zhenqiang Lu, John K Hurley, William A Day, Lidija Pestic-Dragovich, Larry E Morrison, Lei Tang
The ability to simultaneously visualize the presence, abundance, location and functional state of many targets in cells and tissues has been described as a true next-generation approach in immunohistochemistry (IHC). A typical requirement for multiplex IHC (mIHC) is the use of different animal species for each primary (1°Ab) and secondary (2°Ab) antibody pair. Although 1°Abs from different species have been used with differently labeled species-specific 2°Abs, quite often the appropriate combination of antibodies is not available...
May 15, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492197/the-effect-of-atraumatic-restorative-treatment-on-adhesive-restorations-for-dental-caries-in-deciduous-molars
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Eliane Batista de Medeiros Serpa, Marayza Alves Clementino, Ana Flávia Granville-Garcia, Aronita Rosenblatt
BACKGROUND: Minimal invasive approaches to managing caries, such as partial caries removal techniques and atraumatic restorative treatment (ART), are showing increasing evidence of improved outcomes over the conventional complete caries removal. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinically and radiographically the effect of ART on restorations using restorative cement and glass ionomer cement (GIC) for dental caries in the deciduous molars of children aged between 4 and 8 years...
April 2017: Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475760/evaluating-patients-walking-capacity-during-hospitalization-for-lung-cancer-resection%C3%A2
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Pedro A Esteban, Nieves Hernández, Nuria M Novoa, Gonzalo Varela
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to describe non-supervised daily physical activity in patients during the period immediately following anatomical lung resection. METHODS: The study was an observational study on 50 consecutive patients (33 men) admitted for anatomical lung resection over a 4-month period. All cases were approached using a minimally invasive technique. Patients were instructed by nursing and physiotherapy staff and asked to wear a portable pedometer (Omron HJ-720 T-E2) from admission until hospital discharge, excluding the day of the operation and the first hours in the recovery room...
May 4, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472862/three-dimensional-saline-infusion-sonography-compared-to-two-dimensional-saline-infusion-sonography-for-the-diagnosis-of-focal-intracavitary-lesions
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Lotte L Nieuwenhuis, Frederik Jr Hermans, A J Marjolein Bij de Vaate, Mariska Mg Leeflang, Hans Am Brölmann, Wouter Jk Hehenkamp, Ben Willem J Mol, T Justin Clark, Judith Af Huirne
BACKGROUND: Focal abnormalities most commonly acquired within the uterine cavity include endometrial polyps (arising from the endometrium) and submucous fibroids (arising from the myometrium). These benign abnormalities can cause several problems, including abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and subfertility. Two-dimensional saline infusion sonography (2D SIS) is a minimally invasive test that can be used to diagnose these pathologies, but it is less accurate than hysteroscopy, which is a more invasive procedure by which an endoscope allows direct visualisation of the uterine cavity...
May 5, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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