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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353161/automated-diagnosis-of-focal-liver-lesions-using-bidirectional-empirical-mode-decomposition-features
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U Rajendra Acharya, Joel En Wei Koh, Yuki Hagiwara, Jen Hong Tan, Arkadiusz Gertych, Anushya Vijayananthan, Nur Adura Yaakup, Basri Johan Jeet Abdullah, Mohd Kamil Bin Mohd Fabell, Chai Hong Yeong
Liver is the heaviest internal organ of the human body and performs many vital functions. Prolonged cirrhosis and fatty liver disease may lead to the formation of benign or malignant lesions in this organ, and an early and reliable evaluation of these conditions can improve treatment outcomes. Ultrasound imaging is a safe, non-invasive, and cost-effective way of diagnosing liver lesions. However, this technique has limited performance in determining the nature of the lesions. This study initiates a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system to aid radiologists in an objective and more reliable interpretation of ultrasound images of liver lesions...
January 3, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351856/high-density-lipoprotein-with-apolipoprotein-c-iii-is-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-among-generally-healthy-individuals
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Rain Yamamoto, Frank M Sacks, Frank B Hu, Bernard Rosner, Jeremy D Furtado, Sarah A Aroner, Ele Ferrannini, Simona Baldi, Michaela Kozakova, Beverley Balkau, Andrea Natali, Majken K Jensen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: About 6-7% of high density lipoprotein (HDL) has a protein called apolipoprotein (apo) C-III that regulates lipoprotein metabolism and can provoke an inflammatory response. HDL without apoC-III is inversely associated with coronary heart disease (CHD), whereas HDL with apoC-III is directly associated with CHD. We investigated how the presence of apoC-III affects the association between HDL and early stages of atherosclerosis measured as carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT)...
January 2, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350902/hierarchically-self-assembled-supramolecular-host-guest-delivery-system-for-delivery-of-chemotherapeutics-to-drug-resistant-cancer-tumours
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Hongwei Cheng, Xiaoshan Fan, Xiaoyuan Wang, Enyi Ye, Xian Jun Loh, Zibiao Li, Yun-Long Wu
In this report, a new star-like copolymer -CD-g-(PNIPAAm-b-POEGA)x consisting of a -CD core, grafted with temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) and biocompatible poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) acrylate) (POEGA) in a block copolymer of the arms, was used to deliver chemotherapeutics to drug resistant cancer tumours. The first step of the self-assembly process involves the encapsulation of chemotherapeutics through host-guest inclusion complexation between the -cyclodextrin cavity and the anti-cancer drug...
January 19, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350347/low-birth-weight-is-a-conditioning-factor-for-podocyte-alteration-and-steroid-dependance-in-children-with-nephrotic-syndrome
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Giovanni Conti, Dominique De Vivo, Claudia Fede, Stefania Arasi, Angela Alibrandi, Roberto Chimenz, Domenico Santoro
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight (LBW) is associated with reduced nephron endowment. Clinical-pathologic features of post adaptive focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) have been observed in subjects with prematurity and very LBW. METHODS: We aimed to investigate the correlation between LBW and outcome in a cohort of 89 children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS) (2-12 years-old at onset, followed for > 3 years), of whom 21 with LBW (birth weight < 10th percentile for gestational age, gender, ethnicity, and maternal parity or birth weight < 2500 g)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346028/biophysics-model-of-heavy-ion-degradation-of-neuron-morphology-in-mouse-hippocampal-granular-cell-layer-neurons
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Murat Alp, Francis A Cucinotta
Exposure to heavy-ion radiation during cancer treatment or space travel may cause cognitive detriments that have been associated with changes in neuron morphology and plasticity. Observations in mice of reduced neuronal dendritic complexity have revealed a dependence on radiation quality and absorbed dose, suggesting that microscopic energy deposition plays an important role. In this work we used morphological data for mouse dentate granular cell layer (GCL) neurons and a stochastic model of particle track structure and microscopic energy deposition (ED) to develop a predictive model of high-charge and energy (HZE) particle-induced morphological changes to the complex structures of dendritic arbors...
January 18, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344753/comparative-approach-of-mri-based-brain-tumor-segmentation-and-classification-using-genetic-algorithm
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Nilesh Bhaskarrao Bahadure, Arun Kumar Ray, Har Pal Thethi
The detection of a brain tumor and its classification from modern imaging modalities is a primary concern, but a time-consuming and tedious work was performed by radiologists or clinical supervisors. The accuracy of detection and classification of tumor stages performed by radiologists is depended on their experience only, so the computer-aided technology is very important to aid with the diagnosis accuracy. In this study, to improve the performance of tumor detection, we investigated comparative approach of different segmentation techniques and selected the best one by comparing their segmentation score...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343534/effect-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-probability-on-diagnostic-and-prognostic-performance-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin
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Patrick Badertscher, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Thomas Nestelberger, Raphael Twerenbold, Karin Wildi, Zaid Sabti, Christian Puelacher, Maria Rubini Giménez, Julian Pfäffli, Dayana Flores, Jeanne du Fay de Lavallaz, Òscar Miró, F Javier Martin-Sanchez, Beata Morawiec, Jens Lohrmann, Andreas Buser, Dagmar I Keller, Nicolas Geigy, Tobias Reichlin, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: There is concern that high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) may have low diagnostic accuracy in patients with low acute coronary syndrome (ACS) probability. METHODS: We prospectively stratified patients presenting with acute chest discomfort to the emergency department (ED) into 3 groups according to their probability for ACS as assessed by the treating ED physician using a visual analog scale-≤10%, 11% to 79%, and ≥80%-reviewing all information available at 90 min...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341323/test-retest-reliability-and-longitudinal-analysis-of-automated-hippocampal-subregion-volumes-in-healthy-ageing-and-alzheimer-s-disease-populations
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Amanda Worker, Danai Dima, Anna Combes, William R Crum, Johannes Streffer, Steven Einstein, Mitul A Mehta, Gareth J Barker, Steve C R Williams, Owen O'daly
The hippocampal formation is a complex brain structure that is important in cognitive processes such as memory, mood, reward processing and other executive functions. Histological and neuroimaging studies have implicated the hippocampal region in neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in neurodegenerative diseases. This highly plastic limbic region is made up of several subregions that are believed to have different functional roles. Therefore, there is a growing interest in imaging the subregions of the hippocampal formation rather than modelling the hippocampus as a homogenous structure, driving the development of new automated analysis tools...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339678/endarteritis-of-coarctation-of-the-aorta-diagnosed-with-pet-ct
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Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Burcu Dirlik Serim, Rukiye Yıldırım, Özge Çetinarslan, Mehmet Serdar Küçükoğlu
Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infectious disease that affects the endothelium of the large intrathoracic vessels, heart valves, and intra-cardiac foreign body material. A 20-year-old woman was admitted to the cardiology department with complaints of fever and palpitations. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root enlargement, and aortic coarctation. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, but there was no vegetation. Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus was identified on a blood culture...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338541/diagnostic-accuracy-of-clinical-measures-considering-segmental-tissue-composition-and-volume-changes-of-breast-cancer-related-lymphedema
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Eun Joo Yang, Seoung Yeon Kim, Woo Hyung Lee, Jae-Young Lim, Jaebong Lee
BACKGROUND: If we use only volumetry for measuring lymphedema, we could underdiagnose lymphedema with characteristics of biomechanical changes without definite volume change, especially in the medial forearm. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 158 breast cancer patients participated in this study. Arm volume was measured by water displacement volumetry, and segmental volumes were calculated from circumferences by using the truncated cone method. Subcutaneous ultrasound echogenicities were assessed on the medial side of the upper arm and forearm of both arms and graded by subcutaneous echogenicity grade (SEG) and revised SEG (rSEG)...
January 17, 2018: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337284/method-for-identification-of-sensitive-nodes-in-boolean-models-of-biological-networks
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Pooja A Dnyane, Shraddha S Puntambekar, Chetan J Gadgil
Biological systems are often represented as Boolean networks and analysed to identify sensitive nodes which on perturbation disproportionately change a predefined output. There exist different kinds of perturbation methods: perturbation of function, perturbation of state and perturbation in update scheme. Nodes may have defects in interpretation of the inputs from other nodes and calculation of the node output. To simulate these defects and systematically assess their effect on the system output, two new function perturbations, referred to as 'not of function' and 'function of not', are introduced...
February 2018: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336627/clinical-severity-classification-using-automated-conjunctival-hyperemia-analysis-software-in-patients-with-superior-limbic-keratoconjunctivitis
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Junki Kurita, Jun Shoji, Noriko Inada, Tsuyoshi Yoneda, Tamaki Sumi, Masahiko Kobayashi, Yasuhiro Hoshikawa, Atsuki Fukushima, Satoru Yamagami
PURPOSE: Digitization of clinical observation is necessary for assessing the severity of superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK). This study aimed to use a novel quantitative marker to examine hyperemia in patients with SLK. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included six eyes of six patients with both dry eye disease and SLK (SLK group) and eight eyes of eight patients with Sjögren syndrome (SS group). We simultaneously obtained the objective finding scores by using slit-lamp examination and calculated the superior hyperemia index (SHI) with an automated conjunctival hyperemia analysis software by using photographs of the anterior segment...
January 16, 2018: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333354/novel-wavelet-based-segmentation-of-prostate-cbct-images-with-implanted-calypso-transponders
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Yingxia Liu, Ziad Saleh, Yulin Song, Maria Chan, Xiang Li, Chengyu Shi, Xin Qian, Xiaoli Tang
Segmentation of prostate Cone Beam CT (CBCT) images is an essential step towards real-time adaptive radiotherapy (ART). It is challenging for Calypso patients, as more artifacts generated by the beacon transponders are present on the images. We herein propose a novel wavelet-based segmentation algorithm for rectum, bladder, and prostate of CBCT images with implanted Calypso transponders. For a given CBCT, a Moving Window-Based Double Haar (MWDH) transformation is applied first to obtain the wavelet coefficients...
August 2017: International Journal of Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331072/transcranial-ultrasonographic-image-analysis-system-for-decision-support-in-parkinson-disease
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Andrius Sakalauskas, Vita Špečkauskienė, Kristina Laučkaitė, Rytis Jurkonis, Daiva Rastenytė, Arūnas Lukoševičius
OBJECTIVES: Transcranial ultrasonography (US) is a relatively new neuroimaging modality proposed for early diagnostics of Parkinson disease (PD). The main limitation of transcranial US image-based diagnostics is a high degree of subjectivity caused by low quality of the transcranial images. The article presents a developed image analysis system and evaluates the potential of automated image analysis on transcranial US. METHODS: The system consists of algorithms for the segmentation and assessment of informative brain regions (midbrain and substantia nigra) and a decision support subsystem, which is equipped with 64 classification algorithms...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330332/identification-and-characterization-of-sites-where-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-is-terminated-by-localized-ablation
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Junaid A B Zaman, William H Sauer, Mahmood I Alhusseini, Tina Baykaner, Ryan T Borne, Christopher A B Kowalewski, Sonia Busch, Paul C Zei, Shirley Park, Mohan N Viswanathan, Paul J Wang, Johannes Brachmann, David E Krummen, John M Miller, Wouter Jan Rappel, Sanjiv M Narayan, Nicholas S Peters
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms by which persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) terminates via localized ablation are not well understood. To address the hypothesis that sites where localized ablation terminates persistent AF have characteristics identifiable with activation mapping during AF, we systematically examined activation patterns acquired only in cases of unequivocal termination by ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 57 patients with persistent AF undergoing ablation, in whom localized ablation terminated AF to sinus rhythm or organized tachycardia...
January 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326035/myoclonus-in-the-elderly-a-retrospective-analysis-of-clinical-and-electrophysiological-characteristics-of-patients-referred-to-an-electrophysiology-laboratory
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Meral E Kiziltan, Aysegul Gunduz, Melih Tutuncu, Sibel Ertan, Hulya Apaydin, Gunes Kiziltan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Late-onset myoclonus in the elderly is mainly related to dementia or systemic disease. In this report, we aimed to investigate the clinical and electrophysiological features of patients with late-onset myoclonus. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We retrospectively assessed the medical records of patients who were referred to our electromyography laboratory. From these records, we included all patients who had myoclonus which started after the age of 60 years and in whom it was confirmed by polymyography...
December 26, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324592/frequent-subclinical-macular-changes-in-combined-braf-mek-inhibition-with-high-dose-hydroxychloroquine-as-treatment-for-advanced-metastatic-braf-mutant-melanoma-preliminary-results-from-a-phase-i-ii-clinical-treatment-trial
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Akosua A Nti, Leona W Serrano, Harpal S Sandhu, Katherine E Uyhazi, Ilaina D Edelstein, Elaine J Zhou, Scott Bowman, Delu Song, Tara C Gangadhar, Lynn M Schuchter, Sheryl Mitnick, Alexander Huang, Charles W Nichols, Ravi K Amaravadi, Benjamin J Kim, Tomas S Aleman
PURPOSE: To assess the potential ocular toxicity of a combined BRAF inhibition (BRAFi) + MEK inhibition (MEKi) + hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) regime used to treat metastatic BRAF mutant melanoma. METHODS: Patients with stage IV metastatic melanoma and BRAF V600E mutations (n = 11, 31-68 years of age) were included. Treatment was with oral dabrafenib, 150 mg bid, trametinib, 2 mg/day, and HCQ, 400 mg to 600 mg bid. An ophthalmic examination, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, near-infrared and short-wavelength fundus autofluorescence, and static perimetry were performed at baseline, 1 month, and q/6 months after treatment...
January 10, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322276/integrating-direct-observation-and-gps-tracking-to-monitor-animal-behavior-for-resource-management
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Chelsey Walden-Schreiner, Yu-Fai Leung, Tim Kuhn, Todd Newburger
Monitoring the behavior of pack animals in protected areas informs management about use patterns and the potential associated negative impacts. However, systematic assessments of behavior are uncommon due to methodological and logistical constraints. This study integrated behavior mapping with GPS tracking, and applied behavior change point analysis, as an approach to monitor the behaviors of pack animals during overnight periods. The integrated approach identified multiple grazing patterns (i.e., locally intense grazing, ambulatory grazing) not feasible through a single methodology alone...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321951/utility-of-the-phenacyl-protecting-group-in-traceless-protein-semisynthesis-through-ligation-desulfurization-chemistry
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Maria Matveenko, Stefanie Hackl, Christian F W Becker
Semisynthesis of proteins via expressed protein ligation is a widely applicable method, even more so because of the possibility of ligation at non-cysteine sites using β-mercapto amino acids that can be converted to the corresponding native amino acids by desulfurization. A drawback of this ligation- desulfurization approach is the removal of any unprotected native cysteine residues within the ligated protein segments. Here, we show that the phenacyl (PAc) moiety can be successfully used to protect cysteines within recombinantly generated protein segments...
January 2018: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319918/comparison-of-modified-two-point-dixon-and-chemical-shift-encoded-mri-water-fat-separation-methods-for-fetal-fat-quantification
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Stephanie A Giza, Michael R Miller, Prasiddha Parthasarathy, Barbra de Vrijer, Charles A McKenzie
BACKGROUND: Fetal fat is indicative of the energy balance within the fetus, which may be disrupted in pregnancy complications such as fetal growth restriction, macrosomia, and gestational diabetes. Water-fat separated MRI is a technique sensitive to tissue lipid content, measured as fat fraction (FF), and can be used to accurately measure fat volumes. Modified two-point Dixon and chemical shift encoded MRI (CSE-MRI) are water-fat separated MRI techniques that could be applied to imaging of fetal fat...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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