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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550763/mechanical-properties-of-a-nanoporous-membrane-used-in-implantable-medical-devices-correlation-between-experimental-characterization-and-2d-numerical-simulation
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F Cristofari, B Piotrowski, R Pesci
Nanoporous membranes are used for the elaboration of implantable medical devices. In order to guaranty their integrity after implantation in a patient body, it is necessary to characterize the microstructure and the mechanical behavior of such membranes. They present randomly distributed pores around 1µm in diameter at the surface. X-ray nanotomography permits to get the geometry of the pores through the thickness with a reduction of the diameter in the core. A multiscale study is done to characterize the membranes: macroscopic tensile tests permit to get the behavior law of the non porous material and in situ tensile tests are carried on in a Scanning Electron Microscope in order to observe the evolution of pores and cracks during loading...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550762/forensic-age-estimation-by-morphometric-analysis-of-the-manubrium-from-3d-mr-images
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Naira P Martínez Vera, Johannes Höller, Thomas Widek, Bernhard Neumayer, Thomas Ehammer, Martin Urschler
Forensic age estimation research based on skeletal structures focuses on patterns of growth and development using different bones. In this work, our aim was to study growth-related evolution of the manubrium in living adolescents and young adults using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is an image acquisition modality that does not involve ionizing radiation. In a first step, individual manubrium and subject features were correlated with age, which confirmed a statistically significant change of manubrium volume (Mvol:p<0...
May 12, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550720/development-and-validation-of-an-uplc-uv-method-for-determination-of-a-novel-triazine-coccidiostat-ethanamizuril-and-its-metabolite-m3-in-chicken-tissues
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Xiao Zhao, Youfa Xu, Lifang Zhang, Chunmei Wang, Chunna Guo, Chenzhong Fei, Keyu Zhang, Xiaoyang Wang, Yingchun Liu, Mi Wang, Wenli Zheng, Feiqun Xue
Ethanamizuril (EZL) is a novel anti-coccidial triazine synthesized by the Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. As a novel coccidiostat, it is essential to study its residue in food animal tissues. In this study, a reliable UPLC method for the determination of ethanamizuril (EZL) and one of its metabolites (M3) in chicken muscle, skin and fat, liver, and kidney samples was developed. Analytes were extracted using acetonitrile and 10% sodium carbonate solution, defatted by n-hexane, and further purified by using an Oasis MCX cartridge...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550656/the-combined-use-of-virtual-reality-and-eeg-to-study-language-processing-in-naturalistic-environments
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Johanne Tromp, David Peeters, Antje S Meyer, Peter Hagoort
When we comprehend language, we often do this in rich settings where we can use many cues to understand what someone is saying. However, it has traditionally been difficult to design experiments with rich three-dimensional contexts that resemble our everyday environments, while maintaining control over the linguistic and nonlinguistic information that is available. Here we test the validity of combining electroencephalography (EEG) and virtual reality (VR) to overcome this problem. We recorded electrophysiological brain activity during language processing in a well-controlled three-dimensional virtual audiovisual environment...
May 26, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550611/-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-diagnosis-of-malignancy-in-patients-with-paraneoplastic-neurological-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ana María García Vicente, Roberto C Delgado-Bolton, Mariano Amo-Salas, Jesús López-Fidalgo, Ana Paula Caresia Aróztegui, José Ramón García Garzón, Javier Orcajo Rincón, María José García Velloso, María de Arcocha Torres, Soledad Alvárez Ruíz
PURPOSE: The detection of occult cancer in patients suspected of having a paraneoplastic neurological syndrome (PNS) poses a diagnostic challenge. The aim of our study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic performance of FDG PET for the detection of occult malignant disease responsible for PNS. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, and DARE) was undertaken to identify studies published in any language...
May 27, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550447/trends-in-surgical-research-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Genrich Tolstonog, Christian Simon
The task of surgical research is to improve the efficacy of available surgical therapeutic modalities, develop new ones, and balance this well with favorable functional outcome. Therefore, surgical research is composed of a translational and a clinical component. In translational surgical research, animal models are used to better understand the biology of head and neck cancers, but even more importantly, the biology of changes to the disease and the microenvironment created by surgical interventions. Animal models additionally allow for the development of image-guided surgery systems, novel strategies of intraoperative adjuvant treatment, and patient "avatars" to test innovative anticancer drug combinations...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550374/performance-of-an-artificial-multi-observer-deep-neural-network-for-fully-automated-segmentation-of-polycystic-kidneys
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Timothy L Kline, Panagiotis Korfiatis, Marie E Edwards, Jaime D Blais, Frank S Czerwiec, Peter C Harris, Bernard F King, Vicente E Torres, Bradley J Erickson
Deep learning techniques are being rapidly applied to medical imaging tasks-from organ and lesion segmentation to tissue and tumor classification. These techniques are becoming the leading algorithmic approaches to solve inherently difficult image processing tasks. Currently, the most critical requirement for successful implementation lies in the need for relatively large datasets that can be used for training the deep learning networks. Based on our initial studies of MR imaging examinations of the kidneys of patients affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD), we have generated a unique database of imaging data and corresponding reference standard segmentations of polycystic kidneys...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550341/development-of-a-risk-algorithm-to-better-target-sti-testing-and-treatment-among-australian-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people
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Handan Wand, Joanne Bryant, Marian Pitts, Dea Delaney-Thiele, John M Kaldor, Heather Worth, James Ward
Identifying and targeting those at greatest risk will likely play a significant role in developing the most efficient and cost-effective sexually transmissible infections (STI) prevention programs. We aimed to develop a risk prediction algorithm to identify those who are at increased risk of STI. A cohort (N = 2320) of young sexually active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (hereafter referred to as Aboriginal people) were included in this study. The primary outcomes were self-reported high-risk sexual behaviors and past STI diagnosis...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550020/translation-adaptation-and-validation-of-two-versions-of-the-chronic-liver-disease-questionnaire-in-malaysian-patients-for-speakers-of-both-english-and-malay-languages-a-cross-sectional-study
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Shasha Khairullah, Sanjiv Mahadeva
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to adapt, translate and validate the Chronic Liver Disease Questionnaire (CLDQ) in Malaysian patients with chronic liver diseases of various aetiologies. SETTING: Tertiary level teaching institution in Malaysia. PARTICIPANTS: The validation process involved 211 adult patients (English language n=101, Malay language n=110) with chronic liver disease. Characteristics of the study subjects were as follows: mean (SD) age was 56 (12...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550019/measuring-ability-to-assess-claims-about-treatment-effects-a-latent-trait-analysis-of-items-from-the-claim-evaluation-tools-database-using-rasch-modelling
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Astrid Austvoll-Dahlgren, Øystein Guttersrud, Allen Nsangi, Daniel Semakula, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: The Claim Evaluation Tools database contains multiple-choice items for measuring people's ability to apply the key concepts they need to know to be able to assess treatment claims. We assessed items from the database using Rasch analysis to develop an outcome measure to be used in two randomised trials in Uganda. Rasch analysis is a form of psychometric testing relying on Item Response Theory. It is a dynamic way of developing outcome measures that are valid and reliable. OBJECTIVES: To assess the validity, reliability and responsiveness of 88 items addressing 22 key concepts using Rasch analysis...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549851/identification-of-pathway-based-prognostic-gene-signatures-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
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Mohamad Zamani-Ahmadmahmudi, Shahreyar Dabiri, Nadia Nadimi
Molecular profiling is used to extract prognostic gene signatures in different cancers such as multiple myeloma (MM), which is the second most common hematological malignancy. In this study, we utilized gene expression profiles to find biological pathways that could efficiently predict survival time in patients with MM. Four data sets-namely GSE2658 (559 samples), GSE9782 (264 samples), GSE6477 (147 samples), and GSE57317 (55 samples)-were employed. GSE2658 was used as a training data set and the others as validation data sets...
May 9, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549761/positive-and-negative-emotional-eating-have-different-associations-with-overeating-and-binge-eating-construction-and-validation-of-the-positive-negative-emotional-eating-scale
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Hedvig Sultson, Katrin Kukk, Kirsti Akkermann
Research on emotional eating mostly focuses on negative emotions. Much less is known about how positive emotions relate to overeating and binge eating (BE). The aim of the current study was to construct a scale for positive and negative emotional eating and to assess its predictive validity. In study 1, the Positive-Negative Emotional Eating Scale (PNEES) was constructed and tested on 531 women, who also completed Eating Disorders Assessment Scale (EDAS). Results showed that a two-factor model constituting Positive emotional eating (PNEES-P) and Negative emotional eating (PNEES-N) fit the data well...
May 23, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549623/standardising-rna-profiling-based-biomarker-application-in-cancer-the-need-for-robust-control-of-technical-variables
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James P Stewart, Susan Richman, Tim Maughan, Mark Lawler, Philip D Dunne, Manuel Salto-Tellez
Histopathology-based staging of colorectal cancer (CRC) has utility in assessing the prognosis of patient subtypes, but as yet cannot accurately predict individual patient's treatment response. Transcriptomics approaches, using array based or next generation sequencing (NGS) platforms, of formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue can be harnessed to develop multi-gene biomarkers for predicting both prognosis and treatment response, leading to stratification of treatment. While transcriptomics can shape future biomarker development, currently <1% of published biomarkers become clinically validated tests, often due to poor study design or lack of independent validation...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549556/evaluation-of-a-commercial-automatic-treatment-planning-system-for-prostate-cancers
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Kanabu Nawa, Akihiro Haga, Akihiro Nomoto, Raniel A Sarmiento, Kenshiro Shiraishi, Hideomi Yamashita, Keiichi Nakagawa
Recent developments in Radiation Oncology treatment planning have led to the development of software packages that facilitate automated intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning. Such solutions include site-specific modules, plan library methods, and algorithm-based methods. In this study, the plan quality for prostate cancer generated by the Auto-Planning module of the Pinnacle(3) radiation therapy treatment planning system (v9.10, Fitchburg, WI) is retrospectively evaluated...
May 23, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549241/establishing-the-brief-assessment-of-cognition-short-form
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Max Lam, Mingyuan Wang, Wanping Huang, Goi Khia Eng, Attilio Rapisarda, Michael Kraus, Sim Kang, R S E Keefe, Jimmy Lee
The study aims to identify and validate a parsimonious subset of tests in the commonly used Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS) that allows the evaluation of global cognitive ability. Several permutations of subtests from the BACS were examined to identify the best subset of tests to compose the short form measure. The Brief Assessment of Cognition-Short Form (BAC-SF) was evaluated for convergent validity in healthy and psychiatric samples (N = 3718). Verbal Memory, Digit Sequencing, and Symbol Coding subtests were found to best summarize the variance of composite scores in both Asian and US Norming samples (r = 0...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549208/identification-of-reference-genes-for-rt-qpcr-analysis-in-peach-genotypes-with-contrasting-chilling-requirements
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N Marini, C B Bevilacqua, M V Büttow, M C B Raseira, S Bonow
Selecting and validating reference genes are the first steps in studying gene expression by reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The present study aimed to evaluate the stability of five reference genes for the purpose of normalization when studying gene expression in various cultivars of Prunus persica with different chilling requirements. Flower bud tissues of nine peach genotypes from Embrapa's peach breeding program with different chilling requirements were used, and five candidate reference genes based on the RT-qPCR that were useful for studying the relative quantitative gene expression and stability were evaluated using geNorm, NormFinder, and bestKeeper software packages...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548970/rinsing-paired-agent-model-rpam-to-quantify-cell-surface-receptor-concentrations-in-topical-staining-applications-of-thick-tissues
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Xiaochun Xu, Yu Wang, Jialing Xiang, Jonathan T C Liu, Kenneth M Tichauer
Conventional molecular assessment of tissue through histology, if adapted to fresh thicker samples, has the potential to enhance cancer detection in surgical margins and monitoring of 3D cell culture molecular environments. However, in thicker samples, substantial background staining is common despite repeated rinsing, which can significantly reduce image contrast. Recently, 'paired-agent' methods-which employ co-administration of a control (untargeted) imaging agent-have been applied to thick-sample staining applications to account for background staining...
May 26, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548922/development-of-ergonomics-audits-for-bagging-haul-truck-and-maintenance-and-repair-operations-in-mining
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Patrick G Dempsey, Jonisha Pollard, William L Porter, Alan Mayton, John R Heberger, Sean Gallagher, Leanna Reardon, Colin G Drury
The development and testing of ergonomics and safety audits for small and bulk bag filling, haul truck, and maintenance and repair operations in coal preparation and mineral processing plants found at surface mine sites is described. The content for the audits was derived from diverse sources of information on ergonomics and safety deficiencies including: analysis of injury, illness, and fatality data and reports; task analysis; empirical laboratory studies of particular tasks; field studies and observations at mine sites; and maintenance records...
May 26, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548919/a-novel-method-for-quanitifying-comfort-in-child-passengers-demonstrates-an-association-between-child-restraint-comfort-and-errors-in-use-of-booster-seats
#19
Cameron K Fong, Lynne E Bilston, Gunther Paul, Julie Brown
OBJECTIVE: Misuse of child restraint systems is a widespread and long-standing problem impacting risk of injury and death in car crashes. Discomfort has been suggested as a causative factor for misuse, particularly in errors introduced by children while they use the restraints. However, the relationship between comfort and errors in use has never been studied. In this study we examine the reliability and sensitivity of a newly developed observational method for assessing comfort in children in vehicles...
May 29, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548557/further-examination-of-embedded-performance-validity-indicators-for-the-conners-continuous-performance-test-and-brief-test-of-attention-in-a-large-outpatient-clinical-sample
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Michael J Sharland, Stephen C Waring, Brian P Johnson, Allise M Taran, Travis A Rusin, Andrew M Pattock, Jeanette A Palcher
OBJECTIVE: Assessing test performance validity is a standard clinical practice and although studies have examined the utility of cognitive/memory measures, few have examined attention measures as indicators of performance validity beyond the Reliable Digit Span. The current study further investigates the classification probability of embedded Performance Validity Tests (PVTs) within the Brief Test of Attention (BTA) and the Conners' Continuous Performance Test (CPT-II), in a large clinical sample...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
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