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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109021/affordable-orphan-drugs-a-role-for-not-for-profit-organisations
#1
E H Davies, E Fulton, D Brook, D A Hughes
The success of the Regulation on Orphan Medicinal Products in the European Union is evidenced by the 127 orphan drugs that have had market authorisation since 2000. However the incentives aimed to stimulate research and development have had the unintended consequence of increasing drug cost, resulting in many orphan drugs not being cost-effective. Orphan drugs command an increasing share of the pharmaceutical market and account for a disproportionate amount of healthcare expenditure. Orphan drug ownership by socially motivated, not-for-profit organisations may facilitate access to more affordable orphan drugs, for the benefit of patients and healthcare systems alike...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105966/a-novel-approach-for-pathway-analysis-of-gwas-data-highlights-role-of-bmp-signaling-and-muscle-cell-differentiation-in-colorectal-cancer-susceptibility
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Aniket Mishra, Stuart MacGregor
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revolutionized the field of gene mapping. As the GWAS field matures, it is becoming clear that for many complex traits, a proportion of the missing heritability is attributable to common variants of individually small effect. Detecting these small effects individually can be difficult, and statistical power would be increased if relevant variants could be grouped together for testing. Here, we propose a VEGAS2Pathway approach that aggregates association strength of individual markers into pre-specified biological pathways...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105921/simba-a-web-tool-for-managing-bacterial-genome-assembly-generated-by-ion-pgm-sequencing-technology
#3
Diego C B Mariano, Felipe L Pereira, Edgar L Aguiar, Letícia C Oliveira, Leandro Benevides, Luís C Guimarães, Edson L Folador, Thiago J Sousa, Preetam Ghosh, Debmalya Barh, Henrique C P Figueiredo, Artur Silva, Rommel T J Ramos, Vasco A C Azevedo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) has considerably reduced the cost per sequenced-base, allowing a significant rise of sequencing projects, mainly in prokaryotes. However, the range of available NGS platforms requires different strategies and software to correctly assemble genomes. Different strategies are necessary to properly complete an assembly project, in addition to the installation or modification of various software. This requires users to have significant expertise in these software and command line scripting experience on Unix platforms, besides possessing the basic expertise on methodologies and techniques for genome assembly...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102533/hospital-incident-command-first-responders-or-receiving-centers
#4
Brian Fletcher, Amanda Knight, Brandy Pockrus, Matthew J Wain, Kathy Lehman-Huskamp
OBJECTIVES: (1) Propose a conceptual model of an alternative hospital incident management system (HIMS) that integrates concepts used by emergency operations centers (EOCs). (2) Compare HIMS to the standard hospital incident command system (HICS) model. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental study was performed. Two identical tabletop incident scenarios were presented, one utilizing HICS and one using HIMS. Participants completed postexercise surveys for each tabletop. Surveys contained both knowledge and satisfaction questions...
April 2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101424/detection-and-classification-of-three-class-initial-dips-from-prefrontal-cortex
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Amad Zafar, Keum-Shik Hong
In this paper, the use of initial dips using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for brain-computer interface (BCI) is investigated. Features and window sizes for detecting initial dips are also discussed. Three mental tasks including mental arithmetic, mental counting, and puzzle solving are performed in obtaining fNIRS signals from the prefrontal cortex. Vector-based phase analysis method combined with a threshold circle, as a decision criterion, are used to detect the initial dips. Eight healthy subjects participate in experiment...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100659/a-neural-locus-for-spatial-frequency-specific-saccadic-suppression-in-visual-motor-neurons-of-the-primate-superior-colliculus
#6
Chih-Yang Chen, Ziad M Hafed
Saccades cause rapid retinal-image shifts that go perceptually unnoticed several times per second. The mechanisms for saccadic suppression have been controversial, in part due to sparse understanding of neural substrates. Here we uncovered an unexpectedly specific neural locus for spatial-frequency specific saccadic suppression in the superior colliculus (SC). We first developed a sensitive behavioral measure of suppression in two macaque monkeys, demonstrating selectivity to low spatial frequencies similar to that observed in earlier behavioral studies...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097230/protection-against-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-by-pfspz-vaccine
#7
Judith E Epstein, Kristopher M Paolino, Thomas L Richie, Martha Sedegah, Alexandra Singer, Adam J Ruben, Sumana Chakravarty, April Stafford, Richard C Ruck, Abraham G Eappen, Tao Li, Peter F Billingsley, Anita Manoj, Joana C Silva, Kara Moser, Robin Nielsen, Donna Tosh, Susan Cicatelli, Harini Ganeshan, Jessica Case, Debbie Padilla, Silas Davidson, Lindsey Garver, Elizabeth Saverino, Tooba Murshedkar, Anusha Gunasekera, Patrick S Twomey, Sharina Reyes, James E Moon, Eric R James, Natasha Kc, Minglin Li, Esteban Abot, Arnel Belmonte, Kevin Hauns, Maria Belmonte, Jun Huang, Carlos Vasquez, Shon Remich, Mary Carrington, Yonas Abebe, Amy Tillman, Bradley Hickey, Jason Regules, Eileen Villasante, B Kim Lee Sim, Stephen L Hoffman
BACKGROUND: A radiation-attenuated Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) sporozoite (SPZ) malaria vaccine, PfSPZ Vaccine, protected 6 of 6 subjects (100%) against homologous Pf (same strain as in the vaccine) controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) 3 weeks after 5 doses administered intravenously. The next step was to assess protective efficacy against heterologous Pf (different from Pf in the vaccine), after fewer doses, and at 24 weeks. METHODS: The trial assessed tolerability, safety, immunogenicity, and protective efficacy of direct venous inoculation (DVI) of 3 or 5 doses of PfSPZ Vaccine in non-immune subjects...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094764/neuromorphic-meets-neuromechanics-part-ii-the-role-of-fusimotor-drive
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Kian Jalaleddini, Chuanxin Niu, Suraj Chakravarthi Raja, Won Joon Sohn, Gerald Loeb, Terence Sanger, Francisco Valero-Cuevas
OBJECTIVE: We studied the fundamentals of muscle afferentation by building a neuro-mechano-morphic system actuating a cadaveric finger. This system is a faithful implementation of the stretch reflex circuitry. It allowed the systematic exploration of the effects of different fusimotor drives to the muscle spindle on the closed-loop stretch reflex response. APPROACH: As in Part I of this work, sensory neurons conveyed proprioceptive information from muscle spindles (with static and dynamic fusimotor drive) to populations of ��-motor neurons (with recruitment and rate coding properties)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094434/the-effect-of-remifentanil-on-propofol-requirements-to-achieve-loss-of-response-to-command-vs-loss-of-response-to-pain
#9
H B Scott, S W Choi, G T C Wong, M G Irwin
When providing total intravenous anaesthesia, careful selection of end-points is required in titrating dose to effect during induction. Although propofol and remifentanil have predominantly different pharmacodynamic effects, they are seen to interact in achieving loss of consciousness and analgesia. To highlight these differences, we performed a double-blind, randomised controlled trial, comparing one group of patients receiving propofol alone (n = 42) with another group receiving remifentanil plus propofol (n = 46) as a target-controlled infusion of remifentanil (Minto; 3 ng...
January 17, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093472/social-status-dependent-shift-in-neural-circuit-activation-affects-decision-making
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Thomas Miller, Katie Clements, Sungwoo Ahn, Choongseok Park, Eoon Hye Ji, Fadi A Issa
: In a social group, animals make behavioral decisions that fit their social ranks. These behavioral choices are dependent on the various social cues experienced during social interactions. In vertebrates, little is known of how social status affects the underlying neural mechanisms regulating decision-making circuits that drive competing behaviors. Here, we demonstrate that social status in zebrafish (Danio rerio) influences behavioral decisions by shifting the balance in neural circuit activation between two competing networks (escape and swim)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093408/vcf-kit-assorted-utilities-for-the-variant-call-format
#11
Daniel E Cook, Erik C Andersen
: The variant call format (VCF) is a popular standard for storing genetic variation data. As a result, a large collection of tools has been developed that perform diverse analyses using VCF files. However, some tasks common to statistical and population geneticists have not been created yet. To streamline these types of analyses, we created novel tools that analyze or annotate VCF files and organized these tools into a command-line based utility named VCF-kit. VCF-kit adds essential utilities to process and analyze VCF files, including primer generation for variant validation, dendrogram production, genotype imputation from sequence data in linkage studies, and additional tools...
January 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092595/command-filter-based-adaptive-neural-tracking-controller-design-for-uncertain-switched-nonlinear-output-constrained-systems
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Ben Niu, Yanjun Liu, Guangdeng Zong, Zhaoyu Han, Jun Fu
In this paper, a new adaptive approximation-based tracking controller design approach is developed for a class of uncertain nonlinear switched lower-triangular systems with an output constraint using neural networks (NNs). By introducing a novel barrier Lyapunov function (BLF), the constrained switched system is first transformed into a new system without any constraint, which means the control objectives of the both systems are equivalent. Then command filter technique is applied to solve the so-called "explosion of complexity" problem in traditional backstepping procedure, and radial basis function NNs are directly employed to model the unknown nonlinear functions...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092509/a-bci-based-environmental-control-system-for-patients-with-severe-spinal-cord-injuries
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Rui Zhang, Qihong Wang, Kai Li, Shenghong He, Si Qin, Zhenghui Feng, Yang Chen, Pingxia Song, Tingyan Yang, Yuandong Zhang, Zhuliang Yu, Yaohua Hu, Ming Shao, Yuanqing Li
: This study proposes an event-related potential (ERP) BCI-based environmental control system that integrates household electrical appliances, a nursing bed, and an intelligent wheelchair to provide daily assistance to paralyzed patients with severe spinal cord injuries (SCIs). METHODS: An asynchronous mode is used to switch the environmental control system on or off or to select a device (e.g., a TV) for achieving selfpaced control. In the asynchronous mode, we introduce several pseudo-keys and a verification mechanism to effectively reduce the false operation rate...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092500/a-model-of-a-synthetic-biological-communication-interface-between-mammalian-cells-and-mechatronic-systems
#14
Keith C Heyde, Warren C Ruder
The creation of communication interfaces between abiotic and biotic systems represents a significant research challenge. In this work, we design and model a system linking the biochemical signaling pathways of mammalian cells to the actions of a mobile robotic prosthesis. We envision this system as a robotic platform carrying an optically monitored bioreactor that harbors mammalian cells. The cellular, optical signal is captured by an onboard fluorescent microscope and converted into an electronic signal. We first present a design for the overall cell-robot system, with a specific focus on the design of the synthetic gene networks needed for the system...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091395/a-novel-onset-detection-technique-for-brain-computer-interfaces-using-sound-production-related-cognitive-tasks-in-simulated-online-system
#15
YoungJae Song, Francisco Sepulveda
OBJECTIVE: Self-paced EEG-based BCIs (SP-BCIs) have traditionally been avoided due to two sources of uncertainty: (1) precisely when an intentional command is sent by the brain, i.e., the command onset detection problem, and (2) how different the intentional command is when compared to non-specific (or idle) states. Performance evaluation is also a problem and there are no suitable standard metrics available. In this paper we attempted to tackle these issues. APPROACH: Self-paced covert sound-production cognitive tasks (i...
February 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088432/detection-of-upper-tract-urothelial-malignancies-by-computed-tomography-urography-in-patients-referred-for-hematuria-at-a-large-tertiary-referral-center
#16
Clayton W Commander, David C Johnson, Mathew C Raynor, Lauren M Burke, Kathryn E Hacker, Bryan Hoag, Julia R Fielding, Richard C Semelka, Ellie R Lee
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the age-stratified prevalence of upper tract urothelial malignancies diagnosed on computed tomography urography in a large cohort of patients referred for initial evaluation of hematuria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 1123 consecutive adults without a history of urothelial cancer underwent initial computed tomography urography for gross hematuria (n = 652), microscopic hematuria (n = 457), or unspecified hematuria (n = 14) at a single institution from October 2006 to October 2012...
January 11, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088431/reply
#17
Clayton W Commander, David C Johnson, Mathew C Raynor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 11, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087767/trial-by-trial-motor-cortical-correlates-of-a-rapidly-adapting-visuomotor-internal-model
#18
Sergey D Stavisky, Jonathan C Kao, Stephen I Ryu, Krishna V Shenoy
: Accurate motor control is mediated by internal models of how neural activity generates movement. We examined neural correlates of an adapting internal model of visuomotor gain in motor cortex while two macaques performed a reaching task in which the gain scaling between the hand and a presented cursor was varied. Previous studies of cortical changes during visuomotor adaptation focused on preparatory and peri-movement epochs and analyzed trial-averaged neural data. Here, we recorded simultaneous neural population activity using multielectrode arrays and focused our analysis on neural differences in the period before the target appeared...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086961/longitudinal-multiple-imputation-approaches-for-body-mass-index-or-other-variables-with-very-low-individual-level-variability-the-mibmi-command-in-stata
#19
Evangelos Kontopantelis, Rosa Parisi, David A Springate, David Reeves
BACKGROUND: In modern health care systems, the computerization of all aspects of clinical care has led to the development of large data repositories. For example, in the UK, large primary care databases hold millions of electronic medical records, with detailed information on diagnoses, treatments, outcomes and consultations. Careful analyses of these observational datasets of routinely collected data can complement evidence from clinical trials or even answer research questions that cannot been addressed in an experimental setting...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079592/implementation-science-the-laboratory-as-a-command-centre
#20
Debrah I Boeras, John N Nkengasong, Rosanna W Peeling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in point-of-care technologies to ensure universal access to affordable quality-assured diagnostics have the potential to transform patient management, surveillance programmes, and control of infectious diseases. Decentralization of testing can put tremendous stresses on fragile health systems if the laboratory is not involved in the planning, introduction, and scale-up strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The impact of investments in novel technologies can only be realized if these tests are evaluated, adopted, and scaled up within the healthcare system with appropriate planning and understanding of the local contexts in which these technologies will be used...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
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