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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742955/bayesian-one-step-ipd-network-meta-analysis-of-time-to-event-data-using-royston-parmar-models
#1
Suzanne C Freeman, James R Carpenter
Network meta-analysis (NMA) combines direct and indirect evidence from trials to calculate and rank treatment estimates. While modelling approaches for continuous and binary outcomes are relatively well developed, less work has been done with time-to-event outcomes. Such outcomes are usually analysed using Cox proportional hazard (PH) models. However, in oncology with longer follow-up time, and time-dependent effects of targeted treatments, this may no longer be appropriate. Network meta-analysis conducted in the Bayesian setting has been increasing in popularity...
July 25, 2017: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742339/vms-rot-a-new-module-of-the-virtual-multifrequency-spectrometer-for-simulation-interpretation-and-fitting-of-rotational-spectra
#2
Daniele Licari, Nicola Tasinato, Lorenzo Spada, Cristina Puzzarini, Vincenzo Barone
The Virtual Multifrequency Spectrometer (VMS) is a tool that aims at integrating a wide range of computational and experimental spectroscopic techniques with the final goal of disclosing the static and dynamic physical-chemical properties "hidden" in molecular spectra. VMS is composed of two parts, namely VMS-Comp, which provides access to the latest developments in the field of computational spectroscopy, and VMS-Draw, which provides a powerful graphical user interface (GUI) for an intuitive interpretation of theoretical outcomes and a direct comparison to experiment...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742272/longitudinal-associations-between-exercise-identity-and-exercise-motivation-a-multilevel-growth-curve-model-approach
#3
Nikos Ntoumanis, Andreas Stenling, Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Symeon Vlachopoulos, Magnus Lindwall, Daniel F Gucciardi, Christos Tsakonitis
OBJECTIVES: Past work linking exercise identity and exercise motivation has been cross-sectional. This is the first study to model the relations between different types of exercise identity and exercise motivation longitudinally. Understanding the dynamic associations between these sets of variables has implications for theory development and applied research. DESIGN: Longitudinal survey study. METHODS: Participants were 180 exercisers (79 men, 101 women) from Greece, who were recruited from fitness centres and were asked to complete questionnaires assessing exercise identity (exercise beliefs and role identity) and exercise motivation (intrinsic, identified, introjected, external motivation, and amotivation) three times within a six month period...
July 25, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741116/application-of-multivariate-curve-resolution-alternate-least-square-technique-on-extracting-pure-spectral-components-from-multiple-emitting-systems-a-case-study
#4
Madhumita Tarai, Ashok Kumar Mishra
Multiple emitting components in a fluorophoric system often produce complicated emission spectra. Extracting the individual spectral information from the composite spectra is important in order to comprehend the photophysical processes occurring in the multifluorophoric systems. Although the combination of Principal Component Analysis and Multivariate Curve Resolution-Alternate Least Square (PCA/MCR-ALS) technique is a well-known approach for curve deconvolution, its applicability in the spectral deconvolution of vibronically and electronically mixed up emitting systems as well as systems merged up with multiple electronic bands without a priori knowledge of the individual emitting species, is not properly studied...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740670/analysis-of-the-risk-factors-of-postoperative-cardiopulmonary-complications-and-ability-to-predicate-the-risk-in-patients-after-lung-cancer-surgery
#5
Yue Li, Yin-Lu Ma, Yong-Yin Gao, Dan-Dan Wang, Qing Chen
BACKGROUND: Postoperative cardiopulmonary complications might be fatal for patients with lung cancer after surgery. The aim of this study was to identify the risk factors of postoperative cardiopulmonary complications in lung cancer patients and get a fitting formula for predicting incidences of cardiopulmonary complications. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 653 patients with a diagnosis of lung cancer who underwent a surgery in the Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital (Tianjin, China) from January to December 2014...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737918/reactive-inelastic-and-dissociation-processes-in-collisions-of-atomic-oxygen-with-molecular-nitrogen
#6
Fabrizio Esposito, Iole Armenise
We report the results of detailed calculations of reactive, inelastic and dissociative processes in collisions of atomic oxygen with molecular nitrogen in their respective electronic ground states. Cross sections are calculated as a function of collision energy in the range 0.001-10eV, considering the whole rovibrational ladder. Some problems related to the vibrational energy levels of the asymptotes of 3A" and 3A' potential energy surfaces used in this work are solved by an appropriate scaling at the level of cross sections...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737687/new-cinchona-oximes-evaluated-as-reactivators-of-acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-inhibited-by-organophosphorus-compounds
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Maja Katalinić, Antonio Zandona, Alma Ramić, Tamara Zorbaz, Ines Primožič, Zrinka Kovarik
For the last six decades, researchers have been focused on finding efficient reactivators of organophosphorus compound (OP)-inhibited acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE). In this study, we have focused our research on a new oxime scaffold based on the Cinchona structure since it was proven to fit the cholinesterases active site and reversibly inhibit their activity. Three Cinchona oximes (C1, C2, and C3), derivatives of the 9-oxocinchonidine, were synthesized and investigated in reactivation of various OP-inhibited AChE and BChE...
July 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737163/plane-dependent-ml-scatter-scaling-3d-extension-of-the-2d-simulated-single-scatter-sss-estimate
#8
Ahmadreza Rezaei, Koen Salvo, Thomas Vahle, Vladimir Panin, Michael Casey, Fernando Boada, Michel Defrise, Johan Nuyts
Scatter correction is typically done using a simulation of the single scatter, which is then scaled to account for multiple scatters and other possible model mismatches. This scaling factor is determined by fitting the simulated scatter sinogram to the measured sinogram, using only counts measured along LORs that do not intersect the patient body, i.e. 'scatter-tails'. Extending previous work, we propose to scale the scatter with a plane dependent factor, which is determined as an additional unknown in the maximum likelihood (ML) reconstructions, using counts in the entire sinogram rather than only the 'scatter-tails'...
July 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736683/progress-toward-optimizing-prosthetic-socket-fit-and-suspension-using-elevated-vacuum-to-promote-residual-limb-health
#9
Matthew M Wernke, Ryan M Schroeder, Michael L Haynes, Lonnie L Nolt, Alexander W Albury, James M Colvin
Objective: Prosthetic sockets are custom made for each amputee, yet there are no quantitative tools to determine the appropriateness of socket fit. Ensuring a proper socket fit can have significant effects on the health of residual limb soft tissues and overall function and acceptance of the prosthetic limb. Previous work found that elevated vacuum pressure data can detect movement between the residual limb and the prosthetic socket; however, the correlation between the two was specific to each user. The overall objective of this work is to determine the relationship between elevated vacuum pressure deviations and prosthetic socket fit...
July 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735884/from-drop-shape-analysis-to-stress-fitting-elastometry
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Mathias Nagel, Theo A Tervoort, Jan Vermant
Drop-shape analysis using pendant or sessile drops is a well-established experimental technique for measuring the interfacial or surface tension, and changes thereof. The method relies on deforming a drop by either gravity or buoyancy and fitting the Young-Laplace equation to the drop shape. Alternatively one can prescribe the shape and measure the pressure inside the drop or bubble using pressure tensiometry. However, when an interface with a complex microstructure is present, extra and anisotropic interfacial stresses may develop due to lateral interactions between the surface-active moieties, leading to deviations of the drop shape or even a wrinkling of the interface...
July 13, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735215/estimation-of-individual-axon-bundle-properties-by-a-multi-resolution-discrete-search-method
#11
Ricardo Coronado-Leija, Alonso Ramirez-Manzanares, Jose Luis Marroquin
A stable, accurate and robust-to-noise method for the estimation of the intra-voxel bundle-wise diffusion properties for diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging is presented. The proposed method overcomes some of the limitations of most of the multi-fiber algorithms in the literature and extends them to estimate the diffusion profiles, improving the estimation of the intra-voxel geometry at challenging microstructure configurations, that is to say: relatively small crossing angles, different voxel-wise anisotropic diffusion profiles and low SNR...
June 29, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734299/state-of-the-art-ab-initio-potential-energy-curve-for-the-xenon-atom-pair-and-related-spectroscopic-and-thermophysical-properties
#12
Robert Hellmann, Benjamin Jäger, Eckard Bich
A new ab initio interatomic potential energy curve for two ground-state xenon atoms is presented. It is based on supermolecular calculations at the coupled-cluster level with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations [CCSD(T)] employing basis sets up to sextuple-zeta quality, which were developed as part of this work. In addition, corrections were determined for higher coupled-cluster levels up to CCSDTQ as well as for scalar and spin-orbit relativistic effects at the CCSD(T) level. A physically motivated analytical function was fitted to the calculated interaction energies and used to compute the vibrational spectrum of the dimer, the second virial coefficient, and the dilute gas transport properties...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734172/clear-evidence-for-item-limits-in-visual-working-memory
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Kirsten C S Adam, Edward K Vogel, Edward Awh
There is a consensus that visual working memory (WM) resources are sharply limited, but debate persists regarding the simple question of whether there is a limit to the total number of items that can be stored concurrently. Zhang and Luck (2008) advanced this debate with an analytic procedure that provided strong evidence for random guessing responses, but their findings can also be described by models that deny guessing while asserting a high prevalence of low precision memories. Here, we used a whole report memory procedure in which subjects reported all items in each trial and indicated whether they were guessing with each response...
July 19, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733991/ph-sensitive-amide-proton-transfer-effect-dominates-the-magnetization-transfer-asymmetry-contrast-during-acute-ischemia-quantification-of-multipool-contribution-to-in-vivo-cest-mri
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Yin Wu, Iris Yuwen Zhou, Dongshuang Lu, Emiri Manderville, Eng H Lo, Hairong Zheng, Phillip Zhe Sun
PURPOSE: To determine the origins of in vivo magnetization transfer asymmetry contrast during acute ischemic stroke, particularly in the diffusion lesion, perfusion lesion, and their mismatch using a middle cerebral artery occlusion rat model of acute stroke. METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats underwent multiparametric MRI of diffusion, perfusion, T1 , and amide proton transfer (APT) imaging at 4.7 T following a middle cerebral artery occlusion procedure. A multipool Lorentzian model, including the nuclear Overhauser effect, magnetization transfer, direct water saturation, amine and amide chemical exchange saturation transfer effects, was applied for Z-spectrum fitting to determine the sources of in vivo magnetization transfer asymmetry following acute stroke...
July 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733239/protein-carbohydrate-regulation-in-helicoverpa-amigera-and-h-punctigera-and-how-diet-protein-carbohydrate-content-affects-insect-susceptibility-to-bt-toxins
#15
Ashley E Tessnow, Spencer T Behmer, Tom K Walsh, Gregory A Sword
Many animals, including insects, demonstrate a remarkable ability to regulate their intake of key macronutrients (e.g., soluble protein and digestible carbohydrates), which allows them to optimize fitness and performance. Additionally, regulating the intake of these two macronutrients enhances an animal's ability to defend itself against pathogens, mitigate the effects of secondary plant metabolites, and decrease susceptibility to toxins. In this study, we first compared how Bt-resistant and -susceptible lines of Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa punctigera regulate their intake of protein (p) and digestible carbohydrates (c)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731981/technology-in-strength-and-conditioning-assessing-bodyweight-squat-technique-with-wearable-sensors
#16
Martin A OʼReilly, Darragh F Whelan, Tomas E Ward, Eamonn Delahunt, Brian M Caulfield
O'Reilly, MA, Whelan, DF, Ward, TE, Delahunt, E, and Caulfield, BM. Technology in strength and conditioning: assessing bodyweight squat technique with wearable sensors. J Strength Cond Res 31(8): 2303-2312, 2017-Strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches offer expert guidance to help those they work with achieve their personal fitness goals. However, it is not always practical to operate under the direct supervision of an S&C coach and consequently individuals are often left training without expert oversight. Recent developments in inertial measurement units (IMUs) and mobile computing platforms have allowed for the possibility of unobtrusive motion tracking systems and the provision of real-time individualized feedback regarding exercise performance...
August 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731549/development-and-validation-of-the-dietetic-confidence-scale-for-working-with-clients-experiencing-psychological-issues
#17
Kerryn Buttenshaw, Susan Ash, Jane Shakespeare-Finch
AIM: A standardised tool was needed to measure a generalist dietitian's confidence about working with clients experiencing psychological issues in order to effectively evaluate mental health-related professional development activities. The aim of this study was to develop, pilot and validate a robust instrument that measures a generalist dietitian's professional confidence for working with clients experiencing psychological issues. METHODS: The Dietetic Confidence Scale (DCS) was developed...
February 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731285/plant-infection-by-two-different-viruses-induce-contrasting-changes-of-vectors-fitness-and-behavior
#18
Quentin Chesnais, Aude Couty, Maryline Uzest, Véronique Brault, Arnaud Ameline
Insect-vectored plant viruses can induce changes in plant phenotypes, thus influencing plant-vector interactions in a way that may promote their dispersal according to their mode of transmission (i.e. circulative vs. non-circulative). This indirect vector manipulation requires host-virus-vector co-evolution and would thus be effective solely in very specific plant-virus-vector species associations. Some studies suggest this manipulation may depend on multiple factors relative to various intrinsic characteristics of vectors such as transmission efficiency...
July 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730920/validity-of-a-device-designed-to-measure-braking-power-in-bicycle-disc-brakes
#19
Matthew C Miller, Philip W Fink, Paul William Macdermid, Blake G Perry, Stephen R Stannard
Real-world cycling performance depends not only on exercise capacities, but also on efficiently traversing the bicycle through the terrain. The aim of this study was to determine if it was possible to quantify the braking done by a cyclist in the field. One cyclist performed 408 braking trials (348 on a flat road; 60 on a flat dirt path) over 5 days on a bicycle fitted with brake torque and angular velocity sensors to measure brake power. Based on Newtonian physics, the sum of brake work, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance was compared with the change in kinetic energy in each braking event...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728790/a-mechanistic-damage-model-for-ligaments
#20
Jeff M Barrett, Jack P Callaghan
PURPOSE: The accuracy of biomechanical models is predicated on the realism by which they represent their biomechanical tissues. Unfortunately, most models use phenomenological ligament models that neglect the behaviour in the failure region. Therefore, the purpose of this investigation was to test whether a mechanistic model of ligamentous tissue portrays behaviour representative of actual ligament failure tests. MODEL: The model tracks the time-evolution of a population of collagen fibres in a theoretical ligament...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
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