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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623846/sonocad-a-software-to-solve-the-dilemma-of-the-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-syndromes
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Mahmoud Abdelnaby, Abdulmeneam Fawzi, Manal Swelem, Hisham Elgammal, Hamdy Elgammal
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to develop an efficient, user friendly, time saving computer software program specified with prenatal diagnosis, based solely on ultrasound findings provided by the sonographer. MATERIALS AND METHOD: SonoCAD (Sonographyic Computer Assisted Diagnosis) program was developed in 4 phases. Phase I, data gathering phase. Phase II the software development phase in which the source code of the software was developed. Phase III, system testing phase, was divided into 2 steps...
June 17, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587672/exploring-parent-reported-barriers-to-supporting-their-child-s-health-behaviors-a-cross-sectional-study
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Jocelyn W Jarvis, Daniel W Harrington, Heather Manson
BACKGROUND: Parents can influence the health behaviors of their children by engaging in supportive behaviors (e.g., playing outside with their child, limiting recreational screen time). How, and the extent to which parents engage in supportive behaviors may be influenced by perceived barriers. The purpose of this study is to explore whether the frequency, and types, of barriers to providing parental support are dependent on the type of child health behavior being supported (i.e., physical activity, recreational screen time reduction, healthy eating, and sleep)...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511896/-changes-in-the-prevalence-of-statin-use-in-germany-findings-from-national-health-interview-and-examination-surveys-1997-1999-and-2008-2011
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Hildtraud C Knopf, Markus A Busch, Yong Du, Julia Truthmann, Anja Schienkiewitz, Christa Scheidt-Nave
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based guideline recommendations on lipid lowering drug treatment, in particular statin treatment, play an essential role in the management of dyslipidemias and in the prevention of cardiovascular disease events. In Germany, statutory health insurance data provide information on time trends in the prescription of lipid lowering drugs. However, population-based data regarding changes in user prevalence according to socio-demographic and health-related characteristics are lacking...
May 13, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498065/effect-of-interval-and-continuous-aerobic-training-on-basal-serum-and-plasma-bdnf-values-in-seniors-a-systematic-review-of-intervention-studies
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Lievyn Enette, Thomas Vogel, Jean Luc Fanon, Pierre Olivier Lang
The purpose of this systematic review was to provide a comprehensive analysis of the available clinical trials analyzing, in seniors, the effect of aerobic interval training (IAT) and continuous aerobic training (CAT) on peripheral Brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) concentration. We identified 14 randomized or not-randomized intervention studies published up to January 2017 through a computer-assisted search (PUBMED, Pedro, and Science direct data bases). The 5 trials considering IAT and the 9 CAT totalized 988 individuals (age range: 58...
May 12, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481298/vulnerability-and-diversity-aware-anonymization-of-personally-identifiable-information-for-improving-user-privacy-and-utility-of-publishing-data
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Abdul Majeed, Farman Ullah, Sungchang Lee
Personally identifiable information (PII) affects individual privacy because PII combinations may yield unique identifications in published data. User PII such as age, race, gender, and zip code contain private information that may assist an adversary in determining the user to whom such information relates. Each item of user PII reveals identity differently, and some types of PII are highly identity vulnerable. More vulnerable types of PII enable unique identification more easily, and their presence in published data increases privacy risks...
May 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475071/robust-face-hallucination-via-locality-constrained-bi-layer-representation
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Licheng Liu, C L Philip Chen, Shutao Li, Yuan Yan Tang, Long Chen
Recently, locality-constrained linear coding (LLC) has been drawn great attentions and been widely used in image processing and computer vision tasks. However, the conventional LLC model is always fragile to outliers. In this paper, we present a robust locality-constrained bi-layer representation model to simultaneously hallucinate the face images and suppress noise and outliers with the assistant of a group of training samples. The proposed scheme is not only able to capture the nonlinear manifold structure but also robust to outliers by incorporating a weight vector into the objective function to subtly tune the contribution of each pixel offered in the objective...
May 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461555/cell-scientist-to-watch-mitchell-guttman
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Mitchell received a bachelor's degree in molecular and computational biology and a master's degree in computational biology and bioinformatics from the University of Pennsylvania. He then joined the laboratory of Eric Lander at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and was awarded his PhD in 2012. The same year he was named in the Forbes '30 under 30: science and healthcare' list of rising stars and received an NIH early independence award. Mitchell subsequently moved to the California Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor to establish his own laboratory...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445069/targeted-dereplication-of-microbial-natural-products-by-high-resolution-ms-and-predicted-lc-retention-time
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Justine Chervin, Marc Stierhof, Ming Him Tong, Doe Peace, Kine Østnes Hansen, Dagmar Solveig Urgast, Jeanette Hammer Andersen, Yi Yu, Rainer Ebel, Kwaku Kyeremeh, Veronica Paget, Gabriela Cimpan, Albert Van Wyk, Hai Deng, Marcel Jaspars, Jioji N Tabudravu
A new strategy for the identification of known compounds in Streptomyces extracts that can be applied in the discovery of natural products is presented. The strategy incorporates screening a database of 5555 natural products including 5098 structures from Streptomyces sp., using a high-throughput LCMS data processing algorithm that utilizes HRMS data and predicted LC retention times (tR) as filters for rapid identification of known compounds in the natural product extract. The database, named StrepDB, contains for each compound the structure, molecular formula, molecular mass, and predicted LC retention time...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432195/n-terminal-proteomics-assisted-profiling-of-the-unexplored-translation-initiation-landscape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Patrick Willems, Elvis Ndah, Veronique Jonckheere, Simon Stael, Adriaan Sticker, Lennart Martens, Frank Van Breusegem, Kris Gevaert, Petra Van Damme
Proteogenomics is an emerging research field yet lacking a uniform method of analysis. Proteogenomic studies in which N-terminal proteomics and ribosome profiling are combined, suggest that a high number of protein start sites are currently missing in genome annotations. We constructed a proteogenomic pipeline specific for the analysis of N-terminal proteomics data, with the aim of discovering novel translational start sites outside annotated protein coding regions. In summary, unidentified MS/MS spectra were matched to a specific N-terminal peptide library encompassing protein N termini encoded in the Arabidopsis thaliana genome...
June 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431187/feasibility-of-audio-computer-assisted-self-interviewing-with-color-coding-and-helper-assistance-acasi-h-for-hmong-older-adults
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Maichou Lor, Barbara J Bowers
Many older adult immigrants in the US, including Hmong older adults, have limited English proficiency (LEP), and cannot read or have difficulty reading even in their first language (non-literate [NL]). Little has been done to identify feasible data collection approaches to enable inclusion of LEP or NL populations in research, limiting knowledge about their health. This study's purpose was to test the feasibility of culturally and linguistically adapted audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) with color-labeled response categories and helper assistance (ACASI-H) for collection of health data with Hmong older adults...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398459/misa-web-a-web-server-for-microsatellite-prediction
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Sebastian Beier, Thomas Thiel, Thomas Münch, Uwe Scholz, Martin Mascher
Motivation: Microsatellites are a widely-used marker system in plant genetics and forensics. The development of reliable microsatellite markers from resequencing data is challenging. Results: We extended MISA, a computational tool assisting the development of microsatellite markers, and reimplemented it as a web-based application. We improved compound microsatellite detection and added the possibility to display and export MISA results in GFF3 format for downstream analysis...
April 7, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368827/brane-clust-cluster-assisted-gene-regulatory-network-inference-refinement
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Aurelie Pirayre, Camille Couprie, Laurent Duval, Jean-Christophe Pesquet
Discovering meaningful gene interactions is crucial for the identification of novel regulatory processes in cells. Building accurately the related graphs remains challenging due to the large number of possible solutions from available data. Nonetheless, enforcing a priori on the graph structure, such as modularity, may reduce network indeterminacy issues. BRANE Clust (Biologically-Related A priori Network Enhancement with Clustering) refines gene regulatory network (GRN) inference thanks to cluster information...
March 28, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368689/text-entry-rate-of-access-interfaces-used-by-people-with-physical-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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Heidi Horstmann Koester, Sajay Arthanat
This study systematically reviewed the research on assistive technology (AT) access interfaces used for text entry, and conducted a quantitative synthesis of text entry rates (TER) associated with common interfaces. We searched 10 databases and included studies in which: typing speed was reported in words per minute (WPM) or equivalent; the access interface was available for public use; and individuals with physical impairments were in the study population. For quantitative synthesis, we used only the TER reported for individuals with physical impairments...
April 3, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360246/evidence-on-health-promoting-lifestyle-practices-and-information-and-communication-technologies-scoping-review-protocol
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Elizabeth M Joseph-Shehu, Busisiwe P Ncama
INTRODUCTION: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play a key role in improving health and maintaining health promoting behaviours. ICTs are therefore one potential solution for promoting healthy lifestyles. In addition, they can assist in the reduction and control of the menace of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. This study will map evidence of interventions that demonstrate the effect of ICTs on health-promoting lifestyle practices that can prevent and control diseases...
March 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358284/molecular-cloning-of-porcine-sun5-gene-and-association-between-a-snp-with-litter-size-trait
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Zhenhua Zhao, Yonggang Liu
SUN domain-containing protein 5 (SUN5) is an important reproduction related gene. In this study, we cloned the full-length coding sequence of porcine SUN5 gene through RT-PCR. Sequence analysis of this gene revealed that the pig SUN5 gene encodes a protein of 383 amino acids that has high homology with the SUN5 protein of eight species: wild Bactrian camel (95%), alpaca (95%), Yangtze River dolphin (94%), sperm whale (94%), sheep (93%), black flying fox (93%), goat (92%), and horse (91%). This gene is structured into 13 exons and 12 introns as revealed by computer-assisted analysis...
March 30, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342987/circular-rnas-and-cancer
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Jun He, Qichao Xie, Hailin Xu, Jiantian Li, Yongsheng Li
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a type of non-coding RNA molecules that lack a 5'-terminal cap and 3'-terminal poly A tail. A large number of circRNAs have been identified through biological experiments, computational methods and high-throughput sequencing. CircRNA sequence composition determines if a given circRNA is exonic, intronic or retained-intronic. CircRNAs are more abundant and stable than linear mRNAs, and their expression is both step- and location-specific. CircRNAs mediate transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene and protein expression...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328253/a-comprehensive-index-for-predicting-risk-of-anemia-from-patients-diagnoses
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Matthew G Tuck, Farrokh Alemi, John F Shortle, Sanj Avramovic, Charles Hesdorffer
This article demonstrates how time-dependent, interacting, and repeating risk factors can be used to create more accurate predictive medicine. In particular, we show how emergence of anemia can be predicted from medical history within electronic health records. We used the Veterans Affairs Informatics and Computing Infrastructure database to examine a retrospective cohort of 9,738,838 veterans over an 11-year period. Using International Clinical Diagnoses Version 9 codes organized into 25 major diagnostic categories, we measured progression of disease by examining changes in risk over time, interactions in risk of combination of diseases, and elevated risk associated with repeated hospitalization for the same diagnostic category...
March 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239554/the-development-and-characterization-of-a-novel-yet-simple-3d-printed-tool-to-facilitate-phantom-imaging-of-photoacoustic-contrast-agents
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Santiago J Arconada-Alvarez, Jeanne E Lemaster, Junxin Wang, Jesse V Jokerst
We report a new approach to preparing phantoms using 3D printing. This device supports plastic tubing containing the contrast agent and is immersed in a solution with absorption or scattering properties that mimic tissue. Up to 12 tubing samples could be placed in the device with sample-to-sample spacing as low as 0.3 mm and at a constant distance from the transducer (±0.16 mm), which is critical in validating photoacoustic contrast agents. We also studied different types of tubing and found that tubing with a larger outside diameter has more inherent signal...
March 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230581/a-handoffs-software-led-to-fewer-errors-of-omission-and-better-provider-satisfaction-a-randomized-control-trial
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Markos G Kashiouris, Christos Stefanou, Deepankar Sharma, Cecilia Yshii-Tamashiro, Ryan Vega, Sarah Hartingan, Charles Albrecht, Robert H Brown
BACKGROUND: Computer-assisted communication is shown to prevent critical omissions ("errors") in the handoff process. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to study this effect and related provider satisfaction, using a standardized software. METHODS: Fourteen internal medicine house officers staffed 6 days and 1 cross-covering teams were randomized to either the intervention group or control, employing usual handoff, so that handoff information was exchanged only between same-group subjects (daily, for 28 days)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211839/use-of-speech-generating-devices-can-improve-perception-of-qualifications-for-skilled-verbal-and-interactive-jobs
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Steven E Stern, Chelsea M Chobany, Alexander A Beam, Brittany N Hoover, Thomas T Hull, Melissa Linsenbigler, Courtney Makdad-Light, Courtney N Rubright
BACKGROUND: We have previously demonstrated that when speech generating devices (SGD) are used as assistive technologies, they are preferred over the users' natural voices. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine whether using SGDs would affect listener's perceptions of hirability of people with complex communication needs. METHODS: In a series of three experiments, participants rated videotaped actors, one using SGD and the other using their natural, mildly dysarthric voice, on (a) a measurement of perceptions of speaker credibility, strength, and informedness and (b) measurements of hirability for jobs coded in terms of skill, verbal ability, and interactivity...
February 17, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
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