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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227430/a-method-for-coronary-bifurcation-centerline-reconstruction-from-angiographic-images-based-on-focalization-optimization
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E Montin, S Migliori, C Chiastra, C Credi, R Fedele, C Aurigemma, M Levi, F Burzotta, F Migliavacca, L T Mainardi, E Montin, S Migliori, C Chiastra, C Credi, R Fedele, C Aurigemma, M Levi, F Burzotta, F Migliavacca, L T Mainardi, L T Mainardi, C Chiastra, E Montin, S Migliori, F Burzotta, C Credi, R Fedele, M Levi, C Aurigemma, F Migliavacca
A method for the reconstruction of a vessel centerline from angiographic images is outlined in this work. A typical coronary artery segment with bifurcations was emulated with a 3D printed static phantom and several angiograms were acquired at various angular positions on the C-Arm. The effectiveness of the reconstruction turned out to be largely influenced by the intrinsic parameters of the angiographic system, particularly the homogeneous coordinates system scaling factor λ. Therefore, recourse was made to a heuristic optimization method to estimate the optimal value of λ for each view...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227095/a-small-portable-battery-powered-brain-computer-interface-system-for-motor-rehabilitation
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Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do, Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do, Ming Wang, An H Do, Zoran Nenadic, Colin M McCrimmon, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226908/s2ni-a-mobile-platform-for-nutrition-monitoring-from-spoken-data
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Niloofar Hezarjaribi, Cody A Reynolds, Drew T Miller, Naomi Chaytor, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Niloofar Hezarjaribi, Cody A Reynolds, Drew T Miller, Naomi Chaytor, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Cody A Reynolds, Naomi Chaytor, Niloofar Hezarjaribi, Drew T Miller
Diet and physical activity are important lifestyle and behavioral factors in self-management and prevention of many chronic diseases. Mobile sensors such as accelerometers have been used in the past to objectively measure physical activity or detect eating time. Diet monitoring, however, still relies on self-recorded data by end users where individuals use mobile devices for recording nutrition intake by either entering text or taking images. Such approaches have shown low adherence in technology adoption and achieve only moderate accuracy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226463/cardiac-katp-channel-modulation-by-16hz-magnetic-fields-a-theoretical-study
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Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Sharon Zlochiver, Mickey Scheinowitz
Heart exposure to 16Hz magnetic fields (MFs) was shown to be cardio-protective for diseased hearts; still, the mechanism of this effect is unknown. We hypothesize that a possible one mechanism is an increased trans-membrane KATP channel open probability due to modulation of the degree of dissociation between K(+) ions, having a resonance frequency of 16Hz, and the channel selectivity filter. The Fan-Makielski Markovian KATP channel model was adopted, and the MF bio-effect was manifested by modulating the open probability of the channel using the predictive MF bio-effect parameter based on Binhi's quantum mechanics model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225889/roles-of-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-and-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-immune-response-to-spinal-tuberculosis-in-a-new-zealand-white-rabbit-model
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X H Guo, Z Bai, B Qiang, F H Bu, N Zhao
This study aimed to explore the roles of monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) in immune response to spinal tuberculosis in a New Zealand white rabbit model. Forty-eight New Zealand white rabbits were collected and divided into four groups: experimental group (n=30, spinal tuberculosis model was established), the sham group (n=15, sham operation was performed) and the blank group (n=3). The qRT-PCR assay and western blotting were applied to detect the mRNA and protein expressions of MCP-1 and NF-κB in peripheral blood...
February 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224939/targeting-access-to-kidney-care-via-telehealth-the-va-experience
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Susan T Crowley, Justin Belcher, Devasmita Choudhury, Cassandra Griffin, Raymond Pichler, Brooks Robey, Rajeev Rohatgi, Bessie Mielcarek
The Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States and is responsible for the care of a population with a disproportionately high rate of CKD. As such, ensuring access to kidney health services is a VA imperative. One facet of the VA's strategy to reduce CKD is to leverage the use of teletechnology to expand the VA's outreach to Veterans with kidney disease. A wide array of teletechnology services have been deployed to both pull in Veterans and push out kidney health services to Veterans in their preferred health care venue...
January 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224733/nk1-1-cd4-nkg2d-t-cells-suppress-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice-through-production-of-tgf-%C3%AE
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Xingxing Qian, Chunxia Hu, Sen Han, Zhijie Lin, Weiming Xiao, Yanbing Ding, Yu Zhang, Li Qian, Xiaoqing Jia, Guoqiang Zhu, Weijuan Gong
CD4(+) NKG2D(+) T cells are associated with tumour, infection and autoimmune diseases. Some CD4(+) NKG2D(+) T cells secrete IFN-γ and TNF-α to promote inflammation, but others produce TGF-β and FasL to facilitate tumour evasion. Here, murine CD4(+) NKG2D(+) T cells were further classified into NK1.1(-) CD4(+) NKG2D(+) and NK1.1(+) CD4(+) NKG2D(+) subpopulations. The frequency of NK1.1(-) CD4(+) NKG2D(+) cells decreased in inflamed colons, whereas more NK1.1(+) CD4(+) NKG2D(+) cells infiltrated into colons of mice with DSS-induced colitis...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224212/upregulation-of-thioredoxin-1-in-activated-human-nk-cells-confers-increased-tolerance-to-oxidative-stress
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Kousaku Mimura, Ley-Fang Kua, Noriko Shimasaki, Kensuke Shiraishi, Shotaro Nakajima, Lim Kee Siang, Asim Shabbir, Jimmy So, Wei-Peng Yong, Koji Kono
Adoptive transfer of immune cells, such as T lymphocytes and NK cells, has potential to control cancer growth. However, this can be counteracted by immune escape mechanisms within the tumor microenvironment, including those mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here, we determined the levels of anti-oxidant molecules in NK cells and their capacity to overcome ROS-induced immune suppression. We investigated the effect of H2O2 on resting NK cells, IL-2-activated NK cells and NK cells expanded by coculture with the K562 leukemia cell line genetically modified to express membrane-bound IL-15 and 4-1BB ligand (K562-mb15-41BBL)...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223693/single-cd28-stimulation-induces-stable-and-polyclonal-expansion-of-human-regulatory-t-cells
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Xuehui He, Ruben L Smeets, Esther van Rijssen, Annemieke M H Boots, Irma Joosten, Hans J P M Koenen
CD4+FOXP3+ Treg are essential for immune tolerance. Phase-1 clinical trials of Treg-therapy to treat graft-versus-host-disease reported safety and potential therapeutic efficacy. Treg-based trials have started in organ-transplant patients. However, efficient ex vivo expansion of a stable Treg population remains a challenge and exploring novel ways for Treg expansion is a pre-requisite for successful immunotherapy. Based on the recent finding that CD28-signaling is crucial for survival and proliferation of mouse Treg, we studied single-CD28 stimulation of human Treg, without T cell receptor stimulation...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223167/intracavitary-t4-immunotherapy-of-malignant-mesothelioma-using-pan-erbb-re-targeted-car-t-cells
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Astero Klampatsa, Daniela Y Achkova, David M Davies, Ana C Parente-Pereira, Natalie Woodman, James Rosekilly, Georgina Osborne, Thivyan Thayaparan, Andrea Bille, Michael Sheaf, James F Spicer, Juliet King, John Maher
Malignant mesothelioma remains an incurable cancer. We demonstrated that mesotheliomas expressed EGFR (79.2%), ErbB4 (49.0%) and HER2 (6.3%), but lacked ErbB3. At least one ErbB family member was expressed in 88% of tumors. To exploit ErbB dysregulation in this disease, patient T-cells were engineered by retroviral transduction to express a panErbB-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR), co-expressed with a chimeric cytokine receptor that allows interleukin (IL)-4 mediated CAR T-cell proliferation. This combination is referred to as T4 immunotherapy...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223153/evaluations-of-implementation-at-early-adopting-lung-cancer-screening-programs-lessons-learned
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Yaron B Gesthalter, Elisa Koppelman, Rendelle Bolton, Christopher G Slatore, Sue H Yoon, Hilary C Cain, Nichole T Tanner, David H Au, Jack A Clark, Renda Soylemez Wiener
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend lung cancer screening and it is currently being adopted nationwide. The American College of Chest Physicians advises inclusion of specific programmatic components to ensure high-quality screening. However, little is known about how lung cancer screening has been implemented in practice. We sought to evaluate the experience of early-adopting programs, characterize barriers faced, and identify strategies to achieve successful implementation. METHODS: We performed qualitative evaluations of lung cancer screening implementation at three Veterans Health Administration facilities, conducting semi-structured interviews with key staff (n=29)...
February 18, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222825/combined-universal-and-selective-prevention-for-adolescent-alcohol-use-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Teesson, N C Newton, T Slade, N Carragher, E L Barrett, K E Champion, E V Kelly, N K Nair, L A Stapinski, P J Conrod
BACKGROUND: No existing models of alcohol prevention concurrently adopt universal and selective approaches. This study aims to evaluate the first combined universal and selective approach to alcohol prevention. METHOD: A total of 26 Australian schools with 2190 students (mean age: 13.3 years) were randomized to receive: universal prevention (Climate Schools); selective prevention (Preventure); combined prevention (Climate Schools and Preventure; CAP); or health education as usual (control)...
February 22, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222215/epstein-barr-virus-specific-adoptive-immunotherapy-for-recurrent-metastatic-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Julian Huang, Mark Fogg, Lori J Wirth, Heather Daley, Jerome Ritz, Marshall R Posner, Fred C Wang, Jochen H Lorch
BACKGROUND: Early-stage and intermediate stage nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) generally carry a good prognosis, but for patients with recurrent, metastatic disease, options are limited. In the current study, the authors present a phase 1/2 study to evaluate the efficacy of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-stimulated cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (EBV-CTL) immunotherapy in this patient population. METHODS: Screening for patients with active, recurrent, metastatic EBV-associated NPC began in February 2007, and the study was closed to accrual in January 2012...
February 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222146/cytotoxic-effector-functions-of-t-cells-are-not-required-for-protective-immunity-against-fatal-rickettsia-typhi-infection-in-a-murine-model-of-infection-role-of-th1-and-th17-cytokines-in-protection-and-pathology
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Kristin Moderzynski, Liza Heine, Jessica Rauch, Stefanie Papp, Svenja Kuehl, Ulricke Richardt, Bernhard Fleischer, Anke Osterloh
Endemic typhus caused by Rickettsia (R.) typhi is an emerging febrile disease that can be fatal due to multiple organ pathology. Here we analyzed the requirements for protection against R. typhi by T cells in the CB17 SCID model of infection. BALB/c wild-type mice generate CD4+ TH1 and cytotoxic CD8+ T cells both of which are sporadically reactivated in persistent infection. Either adoptively transferred CD8+ or CD4+ T cells protected R. typhi-infected CB17 SCID mice from death and provided long-term control...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222119/revised-hammersmith-scale-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy-a-sma-specific-clinical-outcome-assessment-tool
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Danielle Ramsey, Mariacristina Scoto, Anna Mayhew, Marion Main, Elena S Mazzone, Jacqueline Montes, Roberto de Sanctis, Sally Dunaway Young, Rachel Salazar, Allan M Glanzman, Amy Pasternak, Janet Quigley, Elizabeth Mirek, Tina Duong, Richard Gee, Matthew Civitello, Gihan Tennekoon, Marika Pane, Maria Carmela Pera, Kate Bushby, John Day, Basil T Darras, Darryl De Vivo, Richard Finkel, Eugenio Mercuri, Francesco Muntoni
Recent translational research developments in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), outcome measure design and demands from regulatory authorities require that clinical outcome assessments are 'fit for purpose'. An international collaboration (SMA REACH UK, Italian SMA Network and PNCRN USA) undertook an iterative process to address discontinuity in the recorded performance of the Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale Expanded and developed a revised functional scale using Rasch analysis, traditional psychometric techniques and the application of clinical sensibility via expert panels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221979/influence-of-transportation-conditions-and-postharvest-disinfection-treatments-on-microbiological-quality-of-fresh-market-tomatoes-cv-nemo-netta-in-a-south-african-supply-chain
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M S Sibomana, L W Ziena, S Schmidt, T S Workneh
Postharvest microbial spoilage due to suboptimal transportation and packaging conditions is a key concern for the South African tomato industry. This study investigated the influence of washing with tap water or aqueous disinfectant solutions (chlorinated and anolyte water) on the microbiological quality of tomatoes during storage after transportation in nonrefrigerated trucks along two supply routes when packaged in crates and boxes. Route 1 was 1,093 km from field to storage site, while route 2 was 1,057 km...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220929/increasing-the-efficiency-on-producing-radiology-reports-for-breast-cancer-diagnosis-by-means-of-structured-reports-a-comparative-study
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J Damian Segrelles, Rosana Medina, Ignacio Blanquer, Luis Martí-Bonmatí
BACKGROUND: Radiology reports are commonly written on free-text using voice recognition devices. Structured reports (SR) have a high potential but they are usually considered more difficult to fill-in so their adoption in clinical practice leads to a lower efficiency. However, some studies have demonstrated that in some cases, producing SRs may require shorter time than plain-text ones. This work focuses on the definition and demonstration of a methodology to evaluate the productivity of software tools for producing radiology reports...
February 21, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220746/readiness-to-adopt-a-performance-measurement-system-for-substance-abuse-treatment-findings-from-the-service-quality-measures-initiative
#18
B Myers, P Petersen Williams, K Johnson, R Govender, R Manderscheid, J R Koch
BACKGROUND: A performance measurement system - the Service Quality Measures (SQM) initiative - has been developed to monitor the quality of South Africa (SA)'s substance abuse treatment services. Identifying factors associated with readiness to adopt this system may inform strategies to facilitate its robust implementation. OBJECTIVE: To examine factors associated with readiness to adopt a performance measurement system among SA substance abuse treatment providers...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220435/rapid-construction-of-multiplexed-crispr-cas9-systems-for-plant-genome-editing
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Levi Lowder, Aimee Malzahn, Yiping Qi
Multiplex CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease mediated genome editing is an efficient method for disrupting gene function in plants. Use of CRISPR-Cas9 has escalated rapidly in recent years and is expected to become routine practice in molecular biology and related fields of research. Due to the relatively novel and widespread adoption of this technology, first-time users may not have regular access to experienced guidance or technical support from peers or mentors. Here, we offer guidance and technical support in the form of a detailed and tested protocol for simultaneous targeting of three separate loci on the TRANSPARENT TESTA 4 (TT4) gene in Arabidopsis thaliana using multiplex CRISPR-Cas9...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220096/investigating-a-weakly-informative-prior-for-item-scale-hyperparameters-in-hierarchical-3pno-irt-models
#20
Yanyan Sheng
The half-t family has been suggested for the scale hyperparameter in Bayesian hierarchical modeling. Two parameters define a half-t distribution: the scale s and the degree-of-freedom ν. When s is set at a finite value that is slightly larger than the actual standard deviation of the parameters, the half-t prior density can be vaguely informative. This paper focused on such densities, and applied them to the hierarchical three-parameter item response theory (IRT) model. Monte Carlo simulations were carried out to investigate the performance of such specifications in parameter recovery and model comparisons under situations where the actual variability of item parameters varied, and results suggest that the half-t family does offer advantages over the commonly adopted uniform or inverse-gamma prior density by allowing the variability for item parameters to be either very small or large...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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