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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927017/an-improved-evidential-iowa-sensor-data-fusion-approach-in-fault-diagnosis
#1
Yongchuan Tang, Deyun Zhou, Miaoyan Zhuang, Xueyi Fang, Chunhe Xie
As an important tool of information fusion, Dempster-Shafer evidence theory is widely applied in handling the uncertain information in fault diagnosis. However, an incorrect result may be obtained if the combined evidence is highly conflicting, which may leads to failure in locating the fault. To deal with the problem, an improved evidential-Induced Ordered Weighted Averaging (IOWA) sensor data fusion approach is proposed in the frame of Dempster-Shafer evidence theory. In the new method, the IOWA operator is used to determine the weight of different sensor data source, while determining the parameter of the IOWA, both the distance of evidence and the belief entropy are taken into consideration...
September 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926966/augmented-renal-clearance-in-critical-illness-an-important-consideration-in-drug-dosing
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REVIEW
Sherif Hanafy Mahmoud, Chen Shen
Augmented renal clearance (ARC) is a manifestation of enhanced renal function seen in critically ill patients. The use of regular unadjusted doses of renally eliminated drugs in patients with ARC might lead to therapy failure. The purpose of this scoping review was to provide and up-to-date summary of the available evidence pertaining to the phenomenon of ARC. A literature search of databases of available evidence in humans, with no language restriction, was conducted. Databases searched were MEDLINE (1946 to April 2017), EMBASE (1974 to April 2017) and the Cochrane Library (1999 to April 2017)...
September 16, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926930/modeling-of-bn-lifetime-prediction-of-a-system-based-on-integrated-multi-level-information
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Jingbin Wang, Xiaohong Wang, Lizhi Wang
Predicting system lifetime is important to ensure safe and reliable operation of products, which requires integrated modeling based on multi-level, multi-sensor information. However, lifetime characteristics of equipment in a system are different and failure mechanisms are inter-coupled, which leads to complex logical correlations and the lack of a uniform lifetime measure. Based on a Bayesian network (BN), a lifetime prediction method for systems that combine multi-level sensor information is proposed. The method considers the correlation between accidental failures and degradation failure mechanisms, and achieves system modeling and lifetime prediction under complex logic correlations...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926726/fertility-and-pregnancy-outcomes-after-transvaginal-cervico-isthmic-cerclage
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Marie-Emmanuelle Neveu, Hervé Fernandez, Xavier Deffieux, Marie-Victoire Senat, Marie Houllier, Perrine Capmas
INTRODUCTION: Prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Cervical insufficiency seems to be the main risk factor. Treatment is cervical cerclage. In case of failure, a cervico-isthmic cerclage by Fernandez' technique, with the placement of a polypropylene sling by vaginal approach during the first trimester of pregnancy, has proven its effectiveness. The aim of our study is to report effectiveness of Fernandez' cervico-isthmic cerclage in subsequent pregnancies...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926562/generics-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-in-monoinfected-and-hiv-coinfected-patients-pros-and-cons
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Dario Cattaneo, Alessandro Fossati, Chiara Resnati, Massimo Galli, Cristina Gervasoni
The treatment of hepatitis C virus in monoinfected and HIV-coinfected patients has greatly changed over recent years as a result of the introduction of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs), which have revolutionized clinical outcomes and led to sustained virological response rates above 90-95%. The discovery of new molecules and the subsequent competition between pharmaceutical companies, together with the negotiated price policies pursued by many national health systems, have led to a gradual reduction in the cost of DAAs, and expand their use to an increasing number of patients, including those with mild liver damage...
September 19, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925976/shiga-toxin-therapeutics-beyond-neutralization
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REVIEW
Gregory Hall, Shinichiro Kurosawa, Deborah J Stearns-Kurosawa
Ribotoxic Shiga toxins are the primary cause of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in patients infected with Shiga toxin-producing enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (STEC), a pathogen class responsible for epidemic outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease around the globe. HUS is a leading cause of pediatric renal failure in otherwise healthy children, resulting in a mortality rate of 10% and a chronic morbidity rate near 25%. There are currently no available therapeutics to prevent or treat HUS in STEC patients despite decades of work elucidating the mechanisms of Shiga toxicity in sensitive cells...
September 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925732/interleukin-10-gene-transfer-in-rat-limbal-transplantation
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Claude Kaufmann, Lauren A Mortimer, Helen M Brereton, Yazad D Irani, Douglas Ga Parker, Donald S Anson, Lucas M Bachmann, Keryn A Williams
PURPOSE: To evaluate the gene transfer of the interleukin (IL)-10 cytokine as a treatment modality for prolonging limbal allograft survival in a rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adenoviral (AV) and lentiviral (LV) vectors were produced for ex vivo gene transfer into limbal graft tissue prior to orthotopic transplantation. Experimental groups comprised unmodified isografts, unmodified allografts, allografts transfected with a reporter gene, and allografts transfected with IL-10...
September 19, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925476/late-onset-pompe-disease-in-a-54-year-old-sportsman-with-an-episode-of-syncope-a-case-report
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M Walczak-Galezewska, D Skrypnik, M Szulinska, K Musialik, K Skrypnik, P Bogdanski
Pompe disease is an extra-rare metabolic storage disease with deficiency of acid-alpha-glucosidase (GAA) enzyme activity, which leads to the pathologic accumulation of glycogen in target tissues (skeletal muscles, heart, brain). Clinical features and severity vary by the age of onset, rate of extent of organ involvement. In the late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) form, essential cardiomyopathy seems to be uncommon. Muscles weakness and respiratory failure are the main symptoms of adult patient with Pompe disease...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925327/treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-with-crushed-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-administered-via-a-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-tube
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Lauren Jindracek, Jennifer Stark
INTRODUCTION: Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni®) is a fixed-dose tablet indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. There are currently no data available on the safety and efficacy of crushed ledipasvir/sofosbuvir tablets. CASE SUMMARY: This report describes the first documented case of successful treatment of chronic HCV infection in a patient crushing ledipasvir/sofosbuvir for administration via a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924872/-alzheimer-s-disease-from-auguste-deter-to-the-present-progress-disappointments-and-open-questions
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REVIEW
Johannes Pantel
AIM: The present article aims to provide a short overview of the discovery history, conceptual development, as well as on current neurobiological and pharmacological research questions in the field of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In view of the long hoped for but so far unachieved therapeutic breakthrough, this also includes a critical reflection of current research paradigms. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Starting from the first case report described by Alois Alzheimer in 1906, the historical impact of his seminal discovery is reconstructed...
September 18, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924218/uncontrolled-angiogenic-precursor-expansion-causes-coronary-artery-anomalies-in-mice-lacking-pofut1
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Yidong Wang, Bingruo Wu, Pengfei Lu, Donghong Zhang, Brian Wu, Shweta Varshney, Gonzalo Del Monte-Nieto, Zhenwu Zhuang, Rabab Charafeddine, Adam H Kramer, Nicolas E Sibinga, Nikolaos G Frangogiannis, Richard N Kitsis, Ralf H Adams, Kari Alitalo, David J Sharp, Richard P Harvey, Pamela Stanley, Bin Zhou
Coronary artery anomalies may cause life-threatening cardiac complications; however, developmental mechanisms underpinning coronary artery formation remain ill-defined. Here we identify an angiogenic cell population for coronary artery formation in mice. Regulated by a DLL4/NOTCH1/VEGFA/VEGFR2 signaling axis, these angiogenic cells generate mature coronary arteries. The NOTCH modulator POFUT1 critically regulates this signaling axis. POFUT1 inactivation disrupts signaling events and results in excessive angiogenic cell proliferation and plexus formation, leading to anomalous coronary arteries, myocardial infarction and heart failure...
September 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923605/microbial-pathogenicity-and-virulence-mediated-by-integrons-on-gram-positive-microorganisms
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REVIEW
Yanmei Li, Ling Yang, Jie Fu, Muxia Yan, Dingqiang Chen, Li Zhang
Gram-positive microorganisms are one of leading pathogenic microorganisms in public health, including several typical "Super Bugs" as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, which caused a increasement of infections, clinical failures and expenses. Regarded as a common genetic element responsible for horizontal gene transfer, integrons are widely distributed in various pathogens considered as a determinant in the acquisition and evolution of antibiotic resistance...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923538/three-dimensional-nano-architected-scaffolds-with-tunable-stiffness-for-efficient-bone-tissue-growth
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Alessandro Maggi, Hanqing Li, Julia R Greer
The precise mechanisms that lead to orthopedic implant failure are not well understood; it is believed that the micromechanical environment at the bone-implant interface regulates structural stability of an implant. In this work, we seek to understand how the 3D mechanical environment of an implant affects bone formation during early osteointegration. We employed two-photon lithography (TPL) direct laser writing to fabricate 3-dimensional rigid polymer scaffolds with tetrakaidecahedral periodic geometry, herewith referred to as nanolattices, whose strut dimensions were on the same order as osteoblasts' focal adhesions (∼2μm) and pore sizes on the order of cell size, ∼10μm...
September 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923474/beyond-the-inhaled-nitric-oxide-in-persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-of-the-newborn
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REVIEW
Mei-Yin Lai, Shih-Ming Chu, Satyan Lakshminrusimha, Hung-Chih Lin
Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is a consequence of failed pulmonary vascular transition at birth and leads to pulmonary hypertension with shunting of deoxygenated blood across the ductus arteriosus (DA) and foramen ovale (FO) resulting in severe hypoxemia, and it may eventually lead to life-threatening circulatory failure. PPHN is a serious event affecting both term and preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. It is often associated with diseases such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, meconium aspiration, sepsis, congenital pneumonia, birth asphyxia and respiratory distress syndrome...
August 10, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923025/intrafamilial-phenotypic-heterogeneity-in-a-taiwanese-family-with-a-mapt-p-r5h-mutation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Hui-Chi Lin, Chin-Hsien Lin, Pei-Lung Chen, Shih-Jung Cheng, Pei-Hao Chen
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder characterized by deficits in executive function that frequently overlaps with parkinsonism and motor neuron disorders. Several genes have been identified to cause autosomal dominant forms of FTD, including the gene coding for the protein associated with microtubule tau (MAPT). While most reported pathogenic mutations in MAPT occur in exons 9-13, few families have been reported with mutations outside of this region...
September 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922960/cognitive-performance-in-transient-global-hypoxic-brain-injury-due-to-moderate-drowning
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Mariana Penteado Nucci, Katerina Lukasova, Gilson Vieira, João Ricardo Sato, Edson Amaro Júnior
INTRODUCTION: Drowning is a serious and frequently neglected public health threat. Primary respiratory impairment after submersion often leads to brain dysfunction. Depending on the period of global hypoxia (respiratory failure), clinical aspects of neurological dysfunction are evident on the first evaluation after the water rescue. Nowadays, many neuropsychological assessments after drowning are inconclusive, with some studies reporting only minor neurological or cognitive impairments...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922340/the-impact-of-continuous-non-invasive-arterial-blood-pressure-monitoring-on-blood-pressure-stability-during-general-anaesthesia-in-orthopaedic-patients-a-randomised-trial
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Agnes S Meidert, Johanna S Nold, Roman Hornung, Alexander C Paulus, Bernhard Zwißler, Stephan Czerner
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing general anaesthesia, intraoperative hypotension occurs frequently and is associated with adverse outcomes such as postoperative acute kidney failure, myocardial infarction or stroke. A history of chronic hypertension renders patients more susceptible to a decrease in blood pressure (BP) after induction of general anaesthesia. As a patient's BP is generally monitored intermittently via an upper arm cuff, there may be a delay in the detection of hypotension by the anaesthetist...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922056/secondary-defects-detected-by-transmission-electron-microscopy-in-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-diagnostics
#18
Mellisa Dixon, Amelia Shoemark
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is predominantly an autosomal recessively inherited condition that affects ~1 in 15,000 people. Diagnosis of PCD can be complex and is ordinarily based on the results of multiple investigations. These investigations include nasal nitric oxide, high-speed video microscopy, genotyping, and electron microscopy analysis of ciliary ultrastructure. A diagnosis is ultimately confirmed by the presence of a hallmark defect identified by transmission electron microscopy or biallelic variants in a known PCD gene...
September 18, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921803/the-pathophysiology-of-arterial-vasodilatation-and-hyperdynamic-circulation-in-cirrhosis
#19
Søren Møller, Flemming Bendtsen
Patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension often develop complications from a variety of organ systems leading to a multiple organ failure. The combination of liver failure and portal hypertension result in a hyperdynamic circulatory state partly owing to simultaneous splanchnic and peripheral arterial vasodilatation. Increases in circulatory vasodilators are believed to be due to portosystemic shunting and bacterial translocation leading to redistribution of the blood volume with central hypovolemia. Portal hypertension per se and increased splanchnic blood flow are mainly responsible for the development and perpetuation of the hyperdynamic circulation and the associated changes in cardiovascular function with development of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, autonomic dysfunction, and renal dysfunction as part of a cardiorenal syndrome...
September 16, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921643/bridging-adult-experience-to-pediatrics-in-oncology-drug-development
#20
Ruby Leong, Hong Zhao, Gregory Reaman, Qi Liu, Yaning Wang, Clinton F Stewart, Gilbert Burckart
Pediatric drug development in the United States has grown under the current regulations made permanent by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. Over 1200 pediatric studies have now been submitted to the US FDA, but there is still a high rate of failure to obtain pediatric labeling for the indication pursued. Pediatric oncology represents special problems in that the disease is most often dissimilar to any cancer found in the adult population. Therefore, the development of drug dosing in pediatric oncology patients represents a special challenge...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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