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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440311/efficacy-and-safety-of-rectal-5-aminosalicylic-acid-versus-corticosteroids-in-active-distal-ulcerative-colitis-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Xiaojing Zhao, Changcheng Zhou, Jingjing Ma, Yunjuan Zhu, Min Sun, Peixue Wang, Yi Zhang, Haiqin Ma, Hongjie Zhang
Topical 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) and corticosteroids are used frequently in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis (UC). Our study aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of different topical drugs used to treat active distal UC. A random-effects model within a Bayesian framework was utilized to compare treatment effects and safety as odds ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% credible intervals (CrI). The surface under the cumulative ranking area (SUCRA) and median rank (MR) with corresponding 95% CrI were calculated to rank the treatment outcomes...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440122/effects-of-low-dose-ionizing-radiation-on-dna-damage-caused-pathways-by-reverse-phase-protein-array-and-bayesian-networks
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Dong-Chul Kim, Mingon Kang, Ashis Biswas, Chin-Rang Yang, Xiaoyu Wang, Jean X Gao
Ionizing radiation (IR) causing damages to Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) constitutes a broad range of base damage and double strand break, and thereby, it induces the operation of relevant signaling pathways such as DNA repair, cell cycle control, and cell apoptosis. The goal of this paper is to study how the exposure to low dose radiation affects the human body by observing the signaling pathway associated with Ataxia Telangiectasia mutated (ATM) using Reverse-Phase Protein Array (RPPA) and isogenic human Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) cells under different amounts and durations of IR exposure...
April 2017: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439448/spatial-determinants-of-ebola-virus-disease-risk-for-the-west-african-epidemic
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Kate Zinszer, Kathryn Morrison, Aman Verma, John S Brownstein
INTRODUCTION: Although many studies have investigated the probability of Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks while other studies have simulated the size and speed of EVD outbreaks, few have investigated the environmental and population-level predictors of Ebola transmission once an outbreak is underway. Identifying strong predictors of transmission could help guide and target limited public health resources during an EVD outbreak. We examined several environmental and population-level demographic predictors of EVD risk from the West African epidemic...
March 31, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436046/simulation-based-adjustment-after-exploratory-biomarker-subgroup-selection-in-phase-ii
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Heiko Götte, Marietta Kirchner, Martin Oliver Sailer, Meinhard Kieser
As part of the evaluation of phase II trials, it is common practice to perform exploratory subgroup analyses with the aim of identifying patient populations with a beneficial treatment effect. When investigating targeted therapies, these subgroups are typically defined by biomarkers. Promising results may lead to the decision to select the respective subgroup as the target population for a subsequent phase III trial. However, a selection based on a large observed treatment effect may potentially induce an upwards-bias leading to over-optimistic expectations on the success probability of the phase III trial...
April 24, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435311/application-of-bayesian-decision-making-to-laboratory-testing-for-lyme-disease-and-comparison-with-testing-for-hiv
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Michael J Cook, Basant K Puri
In this study, Bayes' theorem was used to determine the probability of a patient having Lyme disease (LD), given a positive test result obtained using commercial test kits in clinically diagnosed patients. In addition, an algorithm was developed to extend the theorem to the two-tier test methodology. Using a disease prevalence of 5%-75% in samples sent for testing by clinicians, evaluated with a C6 peptide enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), the probability of infection given a positive test ranged from 26...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434205/molecular-systematics-reveals-increased-diversity-within-the-south-african-laurencia-complex-rhodomelaceae-rhodophyta
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Caitlynne Francis, John J Bolton, Lydiane Mattio, Tshifhiwa G Mandiwana-Neudani, Robert J Anderson
Previous publications list ten species in the Laurencia complex from South Africa with all ascribed to the genus Laurencia sensu stricto. However, the diversity of the complex in South Africa has not yet been reassessed following the numerous recent taxonomic changes. The present study investigated the phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of this group in South Africa using recent collections. Methods included a molecular phylogenetic analysis of plastid rbcL gene sequences (a total of 146; including eleven outgroup taxa) using Bayesian Inference, and the examination of morphological and anatomical characters, including the number of corps en cerise when present...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429157/scenes-as-micro-cultures-examining-heterogeneity-of-hiv-risk-behavior-among-gay-bisexual-and-other-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-toronto-canada
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Syed W Noor, Barry D Adam, David J Brennan, David A Moskowitz, Sandra Gardner, Trevor A Hart
Using latent class analysis (LCA), we examined patterns of participation in multiple scenes, how sexual risk practices vary by scene, and psychosocial factors associated with these patterns among 470 gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) recruited from Toronto. We calculated posterior probability of being in a class from participation in nine separate scenes. We used Entropy, the Bayesian information criterion and the Lo-Mendel-Rubin likelihood ratio test to identify the best fit model. Fit indices suggested a four-class solution...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427337/treatment-seeking-behaviour-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-estimated-using-a-bayesian-model
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Victor A Alegana, Jim Wright, Carla Pezzulo, Andrew J Tatem, Peter M Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Seeking treatment in formal healthcare for uncomplicated infections is vital to combating disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour varies within and between communities and is modified by socio-economic, demographic, and physical factors. As a result, it remains a challenge to quantify healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour using a metric that is comparable across communities. Here, we present an application for transforming individual categorical responses (actions related to fever) to a continuous probabilistic estimate of fever treatment for one country in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427321/in-silico-assessment-of-biomedical-products-the-conundrum-of-rare-but-not-so-rare-events-in-two-case-studies
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Marco Viceconti, Claudio Cobelli, Tarek Haddad, Adam Himes, Boris Kovatchev, Mark Palmer
In silico clinical trials, defined as "The use of individualized computer simulation in the development or regulatory evaluation of a medicinal product, medical device, or medical intervention," have been proposed as a possible strategy to reduce the regulatory costs of innovation and the time to market for biomedical products. We review some of the the literature on this topic, focusing in particular on those applications where the current practice is recognized as inadequate, as for example, the detection of unexpected severe adverse events too rare to be detected in a clinical trial, but still likely enough to be of concern...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425926/chemical-source-localization-fusing-concentration-information-in-the-presence-of-chemical-background-noise
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Víctor Pomareda, Rudys Magrans, Juan M Jiménez-Soto, Dani Martínez, Marcel Tresánchez, Javier Burgués, Jordi Palacín, Santiago Marco
We present the estimation of a likelihood map for the location of the source of a chemical plume dispersed under atmospheric turbulence under uniform wind conditions. The main contribution of this work is to extend previous proposals based on Bayesian inference with binary detections to the use of concentration information while at the same time being robust against the presence of background chemical noise. For that, the algorithm builds a background model with robust statistics measurements to assess the posterior probability that a given chemical concentration reading comes from the background or from a source emitting at a distance with a specific release rate...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425624/a-statistical-approach-to-fine-mapping-for-the-identification-of-potential-causal-variants-related-to-bone-mineral-density
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Jonathan Greenbaum, Hong-Wen Deng
Although GWAS have been able to successfully identify dozens of genetic loci associated with bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis related traits, very few of these loci have been confirmed to be causal. This is due to the fact that in a given genetic region there may exist many trait-associated SNPs that are highly correlated. While this correlation is useful for discovering novel associations, the high degree of linkage disequilibrium that persists throughout the genome presents a major challenge to discern which among these correlated variants has a direct effect on the trait...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424073/systematic-review-with-network-meta-analysis-dual-therapy-for-high-risk-bleeding-peptic-ulcers
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Keda Shi, Zeren Shen, Guiqi Zhu, Fansheng Meng, Mengli Gu, Feng Ji
BACKGROUND: Adding a second endoscopic therapy to epinephrine injection might improve hemostatic efficacy in patients with high-risk bleeding ulcers but the optimum modality remains unknown. We aimed to estimate the comparative efficacy of different dual endoscopic therapies for the management of bleeding peptic ulcers through random-effects Bayesian network meta-analysis. METHODS: Different databases were searched for controlled trials comparing dual therapy versus epinephrine monotherapy or epinephrine combined with another second modality until September, 30 2016...
April 19, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423011/the-range-of-the-mange-spatiotemporal-patterns-of-sarcoptic-mange-in-red-foxes-vulpes-vulpes-as-revealed-by-camera-trapping
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David Carricondo-Sanchez, Morten Odden, John D C Linnell, John Odden
Sarcoptic mange is a widely distributed disease that affects numerous mammalian species. We used camera traps to investigate the apparent prevalence and spatiotemporal dynamics of sarcoptic mange in a red fox population in southeastern Norway. We monitored red foxes for five years using 305 camera traps distributed across an 18000 km2 area. A total of 6581 fox events were examined to visually identify mange compatible lesions. We investigated factors associated with the occurrence of mange by using logistic models within a Bayesian framework, whereas the spatiotemporal dynamics of the disease were analysed with space-time scan statistics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422660/weak-classifier-for-density-estimation-in-eye-localization-and-tracking
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Gabriel M Araujo, Felipe M L Ribeiro, Waldir S Junior, Eduardo A B da Silva, Siome K Goldenstein
In this work, we propose a fast weak classifier that can detect and track eyes in video sequences. The approach relies on a least-squares detector based on the Inner Product Detector (IPD) that can estimate a probability density distribution for a feature's location - which fits naturally with a Bayesian estimation cycle, such as a Kalman or particle filter. As a leastsquares sliding window detector, it possesses tolerance to small variations in the desired pattern while maintaining good generalization capabilities and computational efficiency...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419235/a-bayesian-group-sparse-multi-task-regression-model-for-imaging-genetics
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Keelin Greenlaw, Elena Szefer, Jinko Graham, Mary Lesperance, Farouk S Nathoo
Motivation: Recent advances in technology for brain imaging and high-throughput genotyping have motivated studies examining the influence of genetic variation on brain structure. Wang et al. (Bioinformatics, 2012) have developed an approach for the analysis of imaging genomic studies using penalized multi-task regression with regularization based on a novel group l2,1-norm penalty which encourages structured sparsity at both the gene level and SNP level. While incorporating a number of useful features, the proposed method only furnishes a point estimate of the regression coefficients; techniques for conducting statistical inference are not provided...
April 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414335/uncertainty-quantification-and-design-of-experiment-in-absorption-based-aqueous-film-parameter-measurements-using-bayesian-inference
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R Pan, K J Daun, T Dreier, C Schulz
Diode laser-based multi-wavelength near-infrared (NIR) absorption in aqueous films is a promising diagnostic for making temporally resolved, simultaneous measurements of film thickness, temperature, and concentration of a solute. Our previous work in aqueous urea solutions aimed at determining simultaneously two of these system parameters, while the third one must be fixed or specified by additional measurements. The current work presents a simultaneous NIR absorption-based multi-parameter measurement of thickness, temperature, and solute concentration coupled with the Bayesian methodology that is used to infer probability densities for the obtained data...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412593/bootstrapping-language-acquisition
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Omri Abend, Tom Kwiatkowski, Nathaniel J Smith, Sharon Goldwater, Mark Steedman
The semantic bootstrapping hypothesis proposes that children acquire their native language through exposure to sentences of the language paired with structured representations of their meaning, whose component substructures can be associated with words and syntactic structures used to express these concepts. The child's task is then to learn a language-specific grammar and lexicon based on (probably contextually ambiguous, possibly somewhat noisy) pairs of sentences and their meaning representations (logical forms)...
April 13, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410388/tiger-on-the-prowl-invasion-history-and-spatio-temporal-genetic-structure-of-the-asian-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-skuse-1894-in-the-indo-pacific
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Andrew J Maynard, Luke Ambrose, Robert D Cooper, Weng K Chow, Joseph B Davis, Mutizwa O Muzari, Andrew F van den Hurk, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jeomhee M Hasty, Thomas R Burkot, Michael J Bangs, Lisa J Reimer, Charles Butafa, Neil F Lobo, Din Syafruddin, Yan Naung Maung Maung, Rohani Ahmad, Nigel W Beebe
BACKGROUND: Within the last century, increases in human movement and globalization of trade have facilitated the establishment of several highly invasive mosquito species in new geographic locations with concurrent major environmental, economic and health consequences. The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is an extremely invasive and aggressive daytime-biting mosquito that is a major public health threat throughout its expanding range. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used 13 nuclear microsatellite loci (on 911 individuals) and mitochondrial COI sequences to gain a better understanding of the historical and contemporary movements of Ae...
April 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408880/a-bayesian-model-for-the-prediction-and-early-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Athanasios Alexiou, Vasileios D Mantzavinos, Nigel H Greig, Mohammad A Kamal
Alzheimer's disease treatment is still an open problem. The diversity of symptoms, the alterations in common pathophysiology, the existence of asymptomatic cases, the different types of sporadic and familial Alzheimer's and their relevance with other types of dementia and comorbidities, have already created a myth-fear against the leading disease of the twenty first century. Many failed latest clinical trials and novel medications have revealed the early diagnosis as the most critical treatment solution, even though scientists tested the amyloid hypothesis and few related drugs...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408000/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-systemic-therapies-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-in-the-canadian-health-care-system
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Doug Coyle, Yoo-Joung Ko, Kathryn Coyle, Ronak Saluja, Keya Shah, Kelly Lien, Henry Lam, Kelvin K W Chan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of gemcitabine (G), G + 5-fluorouracil, G + capecitabine, G + cisplatin, G + oxaliplatin, G + erlotinib, G + nab-paclitaxel (GnP), and FOLFIRINOX in the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer from a Canadian public health payer's perspective, using data from a recently published Bayesian network meta-analysis. METHODS: Analysis was conducted through a three-state Markov model and used data on the progression of disease with treatment from the gemcitabine arms of randomized controlled trials combined with estimates from the network meta-analysis for the newer regimens...
April 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
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