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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098810/state-of-the-art-dtm-generation-using-airborne-lidar-data
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REVIEW
Ziyue Chen, Bingbo Gao, Bernard Devereux
Digital terrain model (DTM) generation is the fundamental application of airborne Lidar data. In past decades, a large body of studies has been conducted to present and experiment a variety of DTM generation methods. Although great progress has been made, DTM generation, especially DTM generation in specific terrain situations, remains challenging. This research introduces the general principles of DTM generation and reviews diverse mainstream DTM generation methods. In accordance with the filtering strategy, these methods are classified into six categories: surface-based adjustment; morphology-based filtering, triangulated irregular network (TIN)-based refinement, segmentation and classification, statistical analysis and multi-scale comparison...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098797/nonlinear-fusion-of-multispectral-citrus-fruit-image-data-with-information-contents
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Peilin Li, Sang-Heon Lee, Hung-Yao Hsu, Jae-Sam Park
The main issue of vison-based automatic harvesting manipulators is the difficulty in the correct fruit identification in the images under natural lighting conditions. Mostly, the solution has been based on a linear combination of color components in the multispectral images. However, the results have not reached a satisfactory level. To overcome this issue, this paper proposes a robust nonlinear fusion method to augment the original color image with the synchronized near infrared image. The two images are fused with Daubechies wavelet transform (DWT) in a multiscale decomposition approach...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098765/validation-of-an-online-food-frequency-questionnaire-against-doubly-labelled-water-and-24-h-dietary-recalls-in-pre-school-children
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Christine Delisle Nyström, Hanna Henriksson, Christina Alexandrou, Anna Bergström, Stephanie Bonn, Katarina Bälter, Marie Löf
The development of easy-to-use and accurate methods to assess the intake of energy, foods and nutrients in pre-school children is needed. KidMeal-Q is an online food frequency questionnaire developed for the LifeGene prospective cohort study in Sweden. The aims of this study were to compare: (i) energy intake (EI) obtained using KidMeal-Q to total energy expenditure (TEE) measured via doubly labelled water and (ii) the intake of certain foods measured using KidMeal-Q to intakes acquired by means of 24 h dietary recalls in 38 children aged 5...
January 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098689/inconsistency-between-different-methods-to-indicate-statistical-significance
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Mahmoud Daoud
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098578/helicobacter-pylori-and-risk-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karn Wijarnpreecha, Charat Thongprayoon, Panadeekarn Panjawatanan, Wuttiporn Manatsathit, Veeravich Jaruvongvanich, Patompong Ungprasert
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the most common chronic bacterial infection. Patients with H. pylori infection may be at an increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) because of chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. Several epidemiologic studies attempting to determine this risk have yielded inconsistent results. This meta-analysis was conducted with the aims to summarize all available evidence and estimate the risk of NAFLD in patients with H...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098507/development-and-evaluation-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-for-the-detection-of-haemonchus-contortus-in-goat-fecal-samples
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Xin Yang, Mingwei Qi, Zongze Zhang, Chong Gao, Chunqun Wang, Weiqiang Lei, Li Tan, Junlong Zhao, Rui Fang, Min Hu
Haemonchus contortus is one of the most significant strongylid nematodes infecting small ruminants and causes great economic losses to the livestock industry worldwide. Accurate diagnosis of H. contortus is crucial to control the infection. Traditional microscopic examinations are the most common methods for the diagnosis of H. contortus, but they are time-consuming and inaccurate. Molecular methods based on PCR are more accurate, but need expensive machines usually only used in the laboratory. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a rapid, simple, specific and sensitive method that has been widely used to detect viruses, bacteria and parasites...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098186/a-novel-multi-target-regression-framework-for-time-series-prediction-of-drug-efficacy
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Haiqing Li, Wei Zhang, Ying Chen, Yumeng Guo, Guo-Zheng Li, Xiaoxin Zhu
Excavating from small samples is a challenging pharmacokinetic problem, where statistical methods can be applied. Pharmacokinetic data is special due to the small samples of high dimensionality, which makes it difficult to adopt conventional methods to predict the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) prescription. The main purpose of our study is to obtain some knowledge of the correlation in TCM prescription. Here, a novel method named Multi-target Regression Framework to deal with the problem of efficacy prediction is proposed...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097941/telemedicine-support-shortens-length-of-stay-after-fast-track-hip-replacement
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Martin Svoldgaard Vesterby, Preben Ulrich Pedersen, Malene Laursen, Søren Mikkelsen, Jens Larsen, Kjeld Søballe, Lene Bastrup Jørgensen
Background and purpose - Telemedicine could allow patients to be discharged more quickly after surgery and contribute to improve fast-track procedures without compromising quality, patient safety, functionality, anxiety, or other patient-perceived parameters. We investigated whether using telemedicine support (TMS) would permit hospital discharge after 1 day without loss of self-assessed quality of life, loss of functionality, increased anxiety, increased rates of re-admission, or increased rates of complications after hip replacement...
February 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097881/evaluation-of-hemoglobin-a1c-measurement-from-filter-paper-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-immunoturbidimetric-assay
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Yonghua Wu, Xu Yang, Haining Wang, Zhenrong Li, Tiancheng Wang
Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurement from whole blood (WB) samples is inconvenient for epidemic surveillance and self-monitoring of glycemic level. We evaluated HbA1c measurement from WB blotted on filter paper (FP), which can be easily transported to central laboratories, with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and immunoturbidimetric assay (ITA). WB was applied to Whatman filter paper. By using HPLC and WB samples as reference methods, these FP samples were evaluated on HPLC and ITA. Inter- and intra-assay variation, WB vs...
January 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097472/proceedings-of-the-third-international-molecular-pathological-epidemiology-mpe-meeting
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REVIEW
Peter T Campbell, Timothy R Rebbeck, Reiko Nishihara, Andrew H Beck, Colin B Begg, Alexei A Bogdanov, Yin Cao, Helen G Coleman, Gordon J Freeman, Yujing J Heng, Curtis Huttenhower, Rafael A Irizarry, N Sertac Kip, Franziska Michor, Daniel Nevo, Ulrike Peters, Amanda I Phipps, Elizabeth M Poole, Zhi Rong Qian, John Quackenbush, Harlan Robins, Peter K Rogan, Martha L Slattery, Stephanie A Smith-Warner, Mingyang Song, Tyler J VanderWeele, Daniel Xia, Emily C Zabor, Xuehong Zhang, Molin Wang, Shuji Ogino
Molecular pathological epidemiology (MPE) is a transdisciplinary and relatively new scientific discipline that integrates theory, methods, and resources from epidemiology, pathology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. The underlying objective of MPE research is to better understand the etiology and progression of complex and heterogeneous human diseases with the goal of informing prevention and treatment efforts in population health and clinical medicine. Although MPE research has been commonly applied to investigating breast, lung, and colorectal cancers, its methodology can be used to study most diseases...
January 17, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097242/anterior-to-psoas-atp-fusion-of-the-lumbar-spine-evolution-of-a-technique-facilitated-by-changes-in-equipment
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Cristian Gragnaniello, Kevin Seex
BACKGROUND: Lateral interbody cages have been proven useful in spinal fusions. Spanning both lateral cortical rims while sparing the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament, the lateral interbody cages restore and maintain disc height while adding stability prior to supplemental fixation. The standard approach for their insertion is by a 90-degree lateral transpsoas method. This is relatively bloodless compared to other techniques although has its limitations, requiring neuro-monitoring and being, at times, very difficult at L4/5 due to iliac crest obstruction or an anterior plexus position...
December 2016: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097204/genomics-implicates-adaptive-and-innate-immunity-in-alzheimer-s-and-parkinson-s-diseases
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Sarah A Gagliano, Jennie G Pouget, John Hardy, Jo Knight, Michael R Barnes, Mina Ryten, Michael E Weale
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the current genetic evidence for the involvement of various cell types and tissue types in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases, especially in relation to the neuroinflammatory hypothesis of neurodegenerative diseases. METHODS: We obtained large-scale genome-wide association study (GWAS) summary statistics from Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We used multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, as a positive control...
December 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097181/social-well-being-and-related-factors-in-students-of-school-of-nursing-and-midwifery
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Alireza Salehi, Maryam Marzban, Maryam Sourosh, Farkhondeh Sharif, Mahmoud Nejabat, Mohammad Hadi Imanieh
BACKGROUND: According to the World Health Organization viewpoint, social well-being is an important dimension of health along with physical and mental aspects. Evaluation of social well-being is necessary in students, especially in medical sciences students due to future responsibility as health care professionals. The present study attempted to investigate the level of social well-being, five domains of it (like actualization, integration, contribution), and some related factors in the school of nursing and midwifery students...
January 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097175/socioeconomic-status-and-satisfaction-with-public-healthcare-system-in-iran
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Najmeh Maharlouei, Mojtaba Akbari, Maryam Akbari, Kamran B Lankarani
BACKGROUND: The users' satisfaction is a method for evaluating the efficacy of healthcare system. We aimed to evaluate the association between the users' socioeconomic status (SES) and satisfaction with the healthcare system in Shiraz, Iran. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted from December, 2013 to March, 2014, in Shiraz, Iran. 3400 households were recruited by multi-stage cluster random sampling. Information about demographic, insurance status, and users' satisfaction was derived from face-to-face interviews...
January 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097110/comparative-study-of-bipolar-hemiarthroplasty-for-femur-neck-fractures-treated-with-cemented-versus-cementless-stem
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Jung-Yun Choi, Yerl-Bo Sung, Joo-Hyung Kim
PURPOSE: To compare and analyze clinical and radiologic outcomes of cemented versus cementless bipolar hemiarthroplasty for treatment of femur neck fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 180 patients aged 65 years and over older who underwent bipolar hemiarthroplasty for treatment of displaced femur neck fractures (Garden stage III, IV) from March 2009 to February 2014 were included in this study. Among the 180 patients, 115 were treated with cemented stems and 65 patients with cementless stems...
December 2016: Hip & Pelvis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097099/comparison-of-vitamin-d-levels-in-naive-treated-and-inactive-carriers-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus
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Shahnaz Sali, Soheil Tavakolpour, Baharan Farkhondemehr
Background and Aims: During recent years, the relationship between vitamin D levels and chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection has attracted many researchers' attention. However, the results relating to the association of vitamin D levels and HBV infection have been conflicting and there remains a lack of knowledge about the effects of antiviral treatments on vitamin D level. Methods: Eighty-four patients with CHB were assessed and divided into three groups: inactive carriers (n = 28), treated (n = 34), and new (treatment-naïve) cases (n = 22)...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097076/a-critical-issue-in-model-based-inference-for-studying-trait-based-community-assembly-and-a-solution
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Cajo J F Ter Braak, Pedro Peres-Neto, Stéphane Dray
Statistical testing of trait-environment association from data is a challenge as there is no common unit of observation: the trait is observed on species, the environment on sites and the mediating abundance on species-site combinations. A number of correlation-based methods, such as the community weighted trait means method (CWM), the fourth-corner correlation method and the multivariate method RLQ, have been proposed to estimate such trait-environment associations. In these methods, valid statistical testing proceeds by performing two separate resampling tests, one site-based and the other species-based and by assessing significance by the largest of the two p-values (the pmax test)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097060/why-choose-random-forest-to-predict-rare-species-distribution-with-few-samples-in-large-undersampled-areas-three-asian-crane-species-models-provide-supporting-evidence
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Chunrong Mi, Falk Huettmann, Yumin Guo, Xuesong Han, Lijia Wen
Species distribution models (SDMs) have become an essential tool in ecology, biogeography, evolution and, more recently, in conservation biology. How to generalize species distributions in large undersampled areas, especially with few samples, is a fundamental issue of SDMs. In order to explore this issue, we used the best available presence records for the Hooded Crane (Grus monacha, n = 33), White-naped Crane (Grus vipio, n = 40), and Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis, n = 75) in China as three case studies, employing four powerful and commonly used machine learning algorithms to map the breeding distributions of the three species: TreeNet (Stochastic Gradient Boosting, Boosted Regression Tree Model), Random Forest, CART (Classification and Regression Tree) and Maxent (Maximum Entropy Models)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097054/hydrogel-scaffolds-promote-neural-gene-expression-and-structural-reorganization-in-human-astrocyte-cultures
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V Bleu Knight, Elba E Serrano
Biomaterial scaffolds have the potential to enhance neuronal development and regeneration. Understanding the genetic responses of astrocytes and neurons to biomaterials could facilitate the development of synthetic environments that enable the specification of neural tissue organization with engineered scaffolds. In this study, we used high throughput transcriptomic and imaging methods to determine the impact of a hydrogel, PuraMatrix™, on human glial cells in vitro. Parallel studies were undertaken with cells grown in a monolayer environment on tissue culture polystyrene...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096824/extended-myectomy-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
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Mateusz Kuć, Piotr Kołsut, Jacek Różański, Maciej Dąbrowski, Mariusz Kłopotowski, Magda Kumor, Mirosław Kowalski, Natalia Kopyłowska, Jarosław Kuriata, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk
INTRODUCTION: Partial resection of the septal muscle is a well-established and effective method of surgical treatment for patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). The procedure is characterized by a low operative mortality rate and long-term clinical improvement that has been confirmed in numerous publications. Mitral insufficiency in patients with HOCM is mostly functional due to the effect of systolic anterior motion (SAM). AIM: To present the early results of surgical treatment provided to HOCM patients and to compare the effectiveness of two surgical procedures: isolated myectomy and myectomy combined with mitral valve replacement...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
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