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Hasseeb Azzawi, Jingyu Hou, Yong Xiang, Russul Alanni
Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. The early diagnosis of cancer has demonstrated to be greatly helpful for curing the disease effectively. Microarray technology provides a promising approach of exploiting gene profiles for cancer diagnosis. In this study, the authors propose a gene expression programming (GEP)-based model to predict lung cancer from microarray data. The authors use two gene selection methods to extract the significant lung cancer related genes, and accordingly propose different GEP-based prediction models...
October 2016: IET Systems Biology
Shekhar Dethe, M Deepak, Amit Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst., commonly known as Brahmi, is renowned in Indian traditional system for its potent memory enhancing activity, which has been validated by various scientific studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to understand the molecular mechanism of memory enhancing activity of BacoMind(®) (BM), a standardized extract of B. monnieri. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BM was screened in vitro in a panel of cell-free and receptor-transfected cell assays...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Vladimir Dedovic, Goran Stankovic
Despite permanent improvement in success rate and technical developments, chronic total occlusion (CTO) remains undertreated by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Dedicated CTO operators from Japan, Europe and USA perform these procedures with success rate beyond 90%, but there is still huge gap between this group of specialists and broader population of PCI operators. Recently proposed CTO scores can be used for patients' selection according to the CTO operators' experience. Patients with low CTO score values may be suitable for less experienced operators at the beginning of the CTO PCI learning curve, while more complex CTOs (higher CTO score values) should be differed to CTO experts...
October 19, 2016: Panminerva Medica
R John Sawyer, S Marc Testa, Moira Dux
OBJECTIVE: Various research studies and neuropsychology practice organizations have reiterated the importance of developing embedded performance validity tests (PVTs) to detect potentially invalid neurocognitive test data. This study investigated whether measures within the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test - Revised (HVLT-R) and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test - Revised (BVMT-R) could accurately classify individuals who fail two or more PVTs during routine clinical assessment. METHOD: The present sample of 109 United States military veterans (Mean age = 52...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
Timothy B Lannin, Fredrik I Thege, Brian J Kirby
Advances in rare cell capture technology have made possible the interrogation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) captured from whole patient blood. However, locating captured cells in the device by manual counting bottlenecks data processing by being tedious (hours per sample) and compromises the results by being inconsistent and prone to user bias. Some recent work has been done to automate the cell location and classification process to address these problems, employing image processing and machine learning (ML) algorithms to locate and classify cells in fluorescent microscope images...
October 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
A van Uitert, F C H d'Ancona, J Deinum, H J L M Timmers, J F Langenhuijsen
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is an effective method for benign adrenal tumor removal. In the literature, both lateral transperitoneal (TLA) and posterior retroperitoneoscopic (RPA) approaches are described. Since 2007, the number of patients increased significantly in our center. Therefore, RPA was introduced in 2011 because of its potential advantages in operating and recovery times. The learning curve of RPA is now evaluated. METHODS: All data of patients undergoing laparoscopic adrenalectomy from 2007 until 2014 were prospectively collected...
October 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Pedro Roldán, Sergio García, Josep González, Luis Alberto Reyes, Jorge Torales, Ricard Valero, Laura Oleaga, Joaquim Enseñat
OBJECTIVES: Intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) is a recently introduced tool in the most advanced neurosurgical operating rooms worldwide. We present our preliminary experience in brain tumour surgery with low field PoleStar N30® intraoperative MRI since its introduction in 2013 in the Barcelona Clinic Hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective non-randomised study was conducted on cases operated on using iMRI and intention of complete removal up to October 2015...
October 14, 2016: Neurocirugía
Sheng-Han Tsai, Chien-An Liu, Kuo-Hung Huang, Yuan-Tzu Lan, Ming-Huang Chen, Yee Chao, Su-Shun Lo, Anna Fen-Yau Li, Chew-Wun Wu, Shih-Hwa Chiou, Muh-Hwa Yang, Yi-Ming Shyr, Wen-Liang Fang
Robot-assisted gastrectomy has been reported to be a safe alternative to both conventional laparoscopy and the open approach for treating early gastric carcinoma. Currently, there are a limited number of published reports on this technique in the literature. We assessed the current status of robotic and laparoscopic surgery in the treatment of gastric cancer and compared the operative outcomes, learning curves, and oncological outcome of the two approaches. Robotic gastrectomy offers benefits that include increased ease of performing D2 lymph node dissection and reduced blood loss compared with laparoscopic gastrectomy...
October 17, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Antonio Mazzella, Anne Olland, Pierre Emmanuel Falcoz, Stephane Renaud, Nicola Santelmo, Gilbert Massard
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the number of video-assisted thoracic surgery-lobectomies (VATS-lobectomies) required for an experienced consultant thoracic surgeon to obtain competence and to perform standard quality surgery. METHODS: We have analysed the initial VATS-experience (January 2012 to September 2014) of a confirmed senior consultant who has performed 145 consecutive anatomic resections by thoracoscopy. After excluding bilobectomies, segmentectomies, and lobectomies for infectious disease, we have focused into 119 consecutive lobectomies, classified into 4 chronologic groups of 30 each...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Arvind G Kulkarni, Hussain Bohra, Abhilash Dhruv, Abhishek Sarraf, Anupreet Bassi, Vishwanath M Patil
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present prospective study is to evaluate whether the touted advantages of minimal invasive-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) translate into superior, equal, or inferior outcomes as compared to open-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (O-TLIF). This is the first study from the Indian subcontinent prospectively comparing the outcomes of MI-TLIF and O-TLIF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All consecutive cases of open and MI-TLIF were prospectively followed up...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Harneet Gujral, Annmarie Vilkins, Nisse Clark, Alison B Vogell, Kelly N Wright
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To compare the operative time of contained hand tissue extraction to power morcellation and to quantify the learning curve required to develop this skill. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study DESIGN: Classification: II-3 SETTING: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, a suburban academic tertiary care center serving a broad base of patients. PATIENTS: Eighty-eight women undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy requiring morcellation or tissue extraction from 2012 through 2015...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Li-Jen Kuo, James Chi-Yong Ngu, Yiu-Shun Tong, Chia-Che Chen
OBJECTIVE: Robot-assisted rectal surgery is gaining popularity, and robotic single-site surgery is also being explored clinically. We report our initial experience with robotic transanal total mesorectal excision (R-taTME) and radical proctectomy using the robotic single-site plus one-port (R-SSPO) technique for low rectal surgery. METHODS: Between July 2015 and March 2016, 15 consecutive patients with ultra-low rectal lesions underwent R-taTME followed by radical proctectomy using the R-SSPO technique by a single surgeon...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Chikezie I Eseonu, Karim ReFaey, Jordina Rincon-Torroella, Oscar Garcia, Gary S Wand, Roberto Salvatori, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
OBJECTIVE: The transition from microscopic to a fully endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery requires a surgeon to assess how the change in technique will affect the extent of tumor resection (EOR), outcomes, and complications. We compared a single surgeon's experience transitioning from one technique to the other, and examined the operative outcomes and EOR between microscopic versus endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery. METHODS: Retrospective data analysis of adult patients who were treated surgically for a pituitary adenoma between August 2005 and May 2015 by a single neurosurgeon, who was originally trained and practiced in the microscopic transsphenoidal approach...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Simon Kocbek, Lawrence Cavedon, David Martinez, Christopher Bain, Chris Mac Manus, Gholamreza Haffari, Ingrid Zukerman, Karin Verspoor
OBJECTIVE: Text and data mining play an important role in obtaining insights from Health and Hospital Information Systems. This paper presents a text mining system for detecting admissions marked as positive for several diseases: Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Secondary Malignant Neoplasm of Respiratory and Digestive Organs, Multiple Myeloma and Malignant Plasma Cell Neoplasms, Pneumonia, and Pulmonary Embolism. We specifically examine the effect of linking multiple data sources on text classification performance...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Anthony J Rosellini, John Monahan, Amy E Street, Eric D Hill, Maria Petukhova, Ben Y Reis, Nancy A Sampson, David M Benedek, Paul Bliese, Murray B Stein, Robert J Ursano, Ronald C Kessler
Growing concerns exist about violent crimes perpetrated by U.S. military personnel. Although interventions exist to reduce violent crimes in high-risk populations, optimal implementation requires evidence-based targeting. The goal of the current study was to use machine learning methods (stepwise and penalized regression; random forests) to develop models to predict minor violent crime perpetration among U.S. Army soldiers. Predictors were abstracted from administrative data available for all 975,057 soldiers in the U...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
E Tan, F Lin, L Sheck, P Salmon, S Ng
PURPOSE: To derive a decision rule for predicting surgical complexity in periorbital basal cell carcinoma (pBCC). DESIGN: Prospective, cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Patients referred to an oculoplastic service for excision of pBCC from September 2010 to November 2015 METHODS: This study was conducted at two centres in New Zealand from September 2010 to November 2015. Baseline demographic information, and an initial assessment of operative complexity (a four-point grading scale) were collected...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Benedikt Wiestler, Anne Kluge, Mathias Lukas, Jens Gempt, Florian Ringel, Jürgen Schlegel, Bernhard Meyer, Claus Zimmer, Stefan Förster, Thomas Pyka, Christine Preibisch
Non-invasive, imaging-based examination of glioma biology has received increasing attention in the past couple of years. To this end, the development and refinement of novel MRI techniques, reflecting underlying oncogenic processes such as hypoxia or angiogenesis, has greatly benefitted this research area. We have recently established a novel BOLD (blood oxygenation level dependent) based MRI method for the measurement of relative oxygen extraction fraction (rOEF) in glioma patients. In a set of 37 patients with newly diagnosed glioma, we assessed the performance of a machine learning model based on multiple MRI modalities including rOEF and perfusion imaging to predict WHO grade...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Stephan Kische, Giuseppe D'Ancona, Hüseyin U Agma, Gihan El-Achkar, Martin Dißmann, Jasmin Ortak, Hüseyin Ince
OBJECTIVES: To analyze our single center experience with the Direct Flow Medical (DFM). BACKGROUND: The DFM has been recently introduced to the market and large real world experiences are lacking. METHODS: A total of 126 patients with severe aortic valve stenosis (AVS) were treated by the same team from March 2013 to May 2015. Device success and procedural safety were classified, according to valve academic research consortium (VARC) criteria, for the entire cohort, including patients treated in the early phases of our learning curve...
October 14, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Fiona Bach, Philip Toozs-Hobson
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Retropubic tapes are successful for treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but there is controversy around risk profiles. The British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) database allows analysis of surgery for patient safety, surveillance and benchmarking. Objectives of this study were to establish success and complication rates in routine practice, determine complication rates for trainees and consultants, explore reasons for outliers and assess perforation as a surrogacy of quality...
October 13, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Christian M Parobek, Frederick I Archer, Michelle E DePrenger-Levin, Sean M Hoban, Libby Liggins, Allan E Strand
Simulations are a key tool in molecular ecology for inference and forecasting, as well as for evaluating new methods. Due to growing computational power and a diversity of software with different capabilities, simulations are becoming increasingly powerful and useful. However, the widespread use of simulations by geneticists and ecologists is hindered by difficulties in understanding these softwares' complex capabilities, composing code and input files, a daunting bioinformatics barrier, and a steep conceptual learning curve...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
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