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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343169/a-bayesian-semiparametric-factor-analysis-model-for-subtype-identification
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Jiehuan Sun, Joshua L Warren, Hongyu Zhao
Disease subtype identification (clustering) is an important problem in biomedical research. Gene expression profiles are commonly utilized to infer disease subtypes, which often lead to biologically meaningful insights into disease. Despite many successes, existing clustering methods may not perform well when genes are highly correlated and many uninformative genes are included for clustering due to the high dimensionality. In this article, we introduce a novel subtype identification method in the Bayesian setting based on gene expression profiles...
March 25, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342675/the-digital-heart-manual-a-pilot-study-of-an-innovative-cardiac-rehabilitation-programme-developed-for-and-with-users
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C Deighan, L Michalova, C Pagliari, J Elliott, L Taylor, H Ranaldi
OBJECTIVE: Patients are seeking greater choice and flexibility in how they engage with self-management programmes. While digital innovations offer opportunities to deliver supportive interventions to patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation little is known about how accessible, useful and acceptable they are for this group. This project developed a digital version of a leading evidenced cardiac rehabilitation programme, the Heart Manual (HM). The prototype was developed and evaluated iteratively in collaboration with end users...
March 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342320/mitigating-hypoxic-stress-on-pancreatic-islets-via-in-situ-oxygen-generating-biomaterial
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Maria M Coronel, Ryan Geusz, Cherie L Stabler
A major obstacle in the survival and efficacy of tissue engineered transplants is inadequate oxygenation, whereby unsupportive oxygen tensions result in significant cellular dysfunction and death within the implant. In a previous report, we developed an innovative oxygen generating biomaterial, termed OxySite, to provide supportive in situ oxygenation to cells and prevent hypoxia-induced damage. Herein, we explored the capacity of this biomaterial to mitigate hypoxic stress in both rat and nonhuman primate pancreatic islets by decreasing cell death, supporting metabolic activity, sustaining aerobic metabolism, preserving glucose responsiveness, and decreasing the generation of inflammatory cytokines...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340317/opportunities-for-crash-and-injury-reduction-a-multi-harm-approach-for-crash-data-analysis
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Ann Mallory, Allison Kender, Kevin Moorhouse
OBJECTIVE: A multi-harm approach for analyzing crash and injury data was developed for the ultimate purpose of getting a richer picture of motor vehicle crash outcomes identifying research opportunities in crash safety. METHODS: Methods were illustrated using a retrospective analysis of 69,597 occupant cases from NASS CDS (National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System) from 2005 to 2015. Occupant cases were analyzed by frequency and severity of outcome: fatality, injury by AIS (Abbreviated Injury Scale), number of cases, attributable fatality, disability, and injury costs...
March 24, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340092/community-based-effectiveness-trials-as-a-means-to-disseminate-evidence-based-and-culturally-responsive-behavioral-health-interventions
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Flavio F Marsiglia, Patricia Dustman, Mary Harthun, Chelsea Coyne Ritland, Adriana Umaña-Taylor
This article adds to the existing knowledge about innovative community-based approaches used to reduce and eliminate behavioral health disparities. Special attention is given to culturally appropriate interventions that increase access to care and that improve the quality of behavioral health services across different geographic regions and communities. Effectiveness trials are presented as appropriate tools to translate existing efficacious interventions into real-world settings. This article describes how to transition from efficacy to effectiveness, including factors essential to consider from the perspectives of university-based research teams and community-based organizations (CBOs)...
March 14, 2017: Health & Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338852/the-growth-of-biostatistics-and-estimation-of-cancer-risk-estimates-past-current-and-future-challenges
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Dale L Preston, Daniel O Stram
There has been a long process of growth and development of statistical approaches to the analysis of cancer incidence and mortality data obtained from the follow-up of radiation exposed populations. The challenges of radiation risk analysis provided impetus for innovative statistical methods, including, the inception and continued improvement of hazard rate regression methods. Key statistical contributions that improved cancer risk estimation include statistical advances pertaining to the measurement error problem...
March 2, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338586/towards-microsurgical-correction-of-cleft-lip-ex-utero-via-restoration-of-craniofacial-developmental-programs
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Xue Dong, Wilmina N Landford, James Hart, Maurizio Risolino, Omer Kaymakcalan, Julia Jin, Yoshiko Toyoda, Elisabetta Ferretti, Licia Selleri, Jason A Spector
BACKGROUND: Cleft Lip with or without Palate (CL/P) is present in approximately 1 in 500-700 live births, representing the most common congenital craniofacial anomaly. Previously, we developed a unique murine model with compound Pbx deficiency that exhibits fully penetrant CL/P. To investigate the possibility of tissue repair at an early gestational stage, we designed a minimally invasive surgical approach suitable for intrauterine repair using Wnt9b-soaked collagen microspheres to restore craniofacial developmental programs for cleft correction...
March 3, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338498/challenge-of-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-therapy
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Alan J Thompson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Understanding the mechanisms underlying progression in multiple sclerosis (MS) and identifying appropriate therapeutic targets is a key challenge facing the MS community. This challenge has been championed internationally by organizations such as the Progressive MS Alliance, which has raised the profile of progressive MS and identified the key obstacles to treatment. This review will outline the considerable progress against these challenges. RECENT FINDINGS: New insights into mechanisms underlying progression have opened up potential therapeutic opportunities...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337491/meeting-report-unesco-merck-africa-research-summit-2015-accelerating-access-and-sustaining-innovation-from-africa-for-africa
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R W Omange, A O Ocholla, A O Kwallah, S N Kageha, J Mwangi, R K Cherutich, Odeny T A, T Nzomo, S Angwenyi, P Yonga, F Kariuki, M Kyalo, P C Mutai, F Nindo, E M Songok
BACKGROUND: The Ebola virus disease outbreak of 2014 was the largest, longest and most devastating in the history of the disease. It demonstrated the social and economic impact an emerging infectious disease can have in a globalized world. Health systems in affected countries were stretched to the point of near collapse, while social relations and traditional practices were negatively impacted. Heads of African research institutions, African government representatives, leaders of global pharmaceutical companies, global infectious disease experts and close to 100 young African researchers from 25 countries; Assembled in Geneva on 19 and 20th October 2015, for the inaugural UNESCO-Merck Africa Summit sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Science and Culture Organization and Merck KGA...
2017: African Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337422/the-combined-use-of-computer-guided-minimally-invasive-flapless-corticotomy-and-clear-aligners-as-a-novel-approach-to-moderate-crowding-a-case-report
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Michele Cassetta, Federica Altieri, Stefano Pandolfi, Matteo Giansanti
The aim of this case report was to describe an innovative orthodontic treatment method that combined surgical and orthodontic techniques. The novel method was used to achieve a positive result in a case of moderate crowding by employing a computer-guided piezocision procedure followed by the use of clear aligners. A 23-year-old woman had a malocclusion with moderate crowding. Her periodontal indices, oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), and treatment time were evaluated. The treatment included interproximal corticotomy cuts extending through the entire thickness of the cortical layer, without a full-thickness flap reflection...
March 2017: Korean Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336746/understanding-dutch-practice-nurses-adherence-to-evidence-based-smoking-cessation-guidelines-and-their-needs-for-web-based-adherence-support-results-from-semistructured-interviews
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D de Ruijter, E S Smit, H de Vries, L Goossens, C Hoving
OBJECTIVES: Practice nurses in general practices suboptimally adhere to smoking cessation guidelines. Since the effectiveness of their smoking cessation support is greatest when full adherence to these guidelines is achieved, interventions need to be developed to improve practice nurses' guideline adherence, for example, by tailoring their content to adherence determinants. However, the sociocognitive determinants explaining adherence have not yet been investigated. Therefore, this qualitative needs assessment aimed to explore practice nurses' current counselling practices, as well as their sociocognitive beliefs related to their smoking cessation guideline adherence and their needs regarding web-based adherence support...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336097/ranking-current-and-prospective-no2-pollution-mitigation-strategies-an-environmental-and-economic-modelling-investigation-in-oxford-street-london
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A P R Jeanjean, J Gallagher, P S Monks, R J Leigh
Air pollution continues to be a problem in the urban environment. A range of different pollutant mitigation strategies that promote dispersion and deposition exist, but there is little evidence with respect to their comparative performance from both an environmental and economic perspective. This paper focuses on examining different NO2 mitigation strategies such as trees, buildings facades coated with photocatalytic paint and solid barriers in Oxford Street in London. The case study findings will support ranking the environmental and economic impacts of these different strategies to improve personal exposure conditions on the footpath and on the road in a real urban street canyon...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336026/viscoelastic-studies-effective-tools-for-trauma-and-surgical-resuscitation-efforts
#13
Dagoberto Salinas
Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is an abrupt disruption of all hemostatic components of coagulation resulting from severe tissue injury and hypoperfusion. The effective management of TIC has remained elusive to clinicians using traditional laboratory methods, challenging efforts to improve outcomes related to uncontrolled bleeding. Recent initiatives have aimed to reduce TIC-associated morbidity and mortality, further invoking trauma experts to explore innovative modalities in the field of viscoelastic studies, such as thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM)...
April 2017: AORN Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335993/biomaterials-innovation-for-next-generation-ex%C3%A2-vivo-immune-tissue-engineering
#14
REVIEW
Ankur Singh
Primary and secondary lymphoid organs are tissues that facilitate differentiation of B and T cells, leading to the induction of adaptive immune responses. These organs are present in the body from birth and are also recognized as locations where self-reactive B and T cells can be eliminated during the natural selection process. Many insights into the mechanisms that control the process of immune cell development and maturation in response to infection come from the analysis of various gene-deficient mice that lack some or all hallmark features of lymphoid tissues...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335298/monitoring-damage-propagation-in-glass-fiber-composites-using-carbon-nanofibers
#15
Ahmed Al-Sabagh, Eman Taha, Usama Kandil, Gamal-Abdelnaser Nasr, Mahmoud Reda Taha
In this work, we report the potential use of novel carbon nanofibers (CNFs), dispersed during fabrication of glass fiber composites to monitor damage propagation under static loading. The use of CNFs enables a transformation of the typically non-conductive glass fiber composites into new fiber composites with appreciable electrical conductivity. The percolation limit of CNFs/epoxy nanocomposites was first quantified. The electromechanical responses of glass fiber composites fabricated using CNFs/epoxy nanocomposite were examined under static tension loads...
September 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335282/inverter-circuits-using-zno-nanoparticle-based-thin-film-transistors-for-flexible-electronic-applications
#16
Fábio F Vidor, Thorsten Meyers, Ulrich Hilleringmann
Innovative systems exploring the flexibility and the transparency of modern semiconducting materials are being widely researched by the scientific community and by several companies. For a low-cost production and large surface area applications, thin-film transistors (TFTs) are the key elements driving the system currents. In order to maintain a cost efficient integration process, solution based materials are used as they show an outstanding tradeoff between cost and system complexity. In this paper, we discuss the integration process of ZnO nanoparticle TFTs using a high-k resin as gate dielectric...
August 23, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334223/is-bamm-flawed-theoretical-and-practical-concerns-in-the-analysis-of-multi-rate-diversification-models
#17
Daniel L Rabosky, Jonathan S Mitchell, Jonathan Chang
BAMM (Bayesian Analysis of Macroevolutionary Mixtures) is a statistical framework that uses reversible jump MCMC to infer complex macroevolutionary dynamics of diversification and phenotypic evolution on phylogenetic trees. A recent article by Moore and coauthors (MEA) reported a number of theoretical and practical concerns with BAMM. Major claims from MEA are that (1) BAMM's likelihood function is incorrect, because it does not account for unobserved rate shifts; (2) the posterior distribution on the number of rate shifts is overly sensitive to the prior; and (3) diversification rate estimates from BAMM are unreliable...
February 21, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333785/improving-decision-making-for-advanced-heart-failure-patients-and-caregivers
#18
Colleen K McIlvennan
In this month's Magnet® Perspectives column, Colleen K. McIlvennan, DNP, ANP, lead nurse practitioner, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation at the University of Colorado, discusses her groundbreaking research encompassing patients' and caregivers' emotional, rational, and fundamental beliefs when considering a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Results have led to the development of 2 innovative decision aids that are currently in use by LVAD programs across the United States and Canada. Dr McIlvennan's efforts led to a $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, as well as national recognition from the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America...
April 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333716/internal-aspiration-under-perfluorocarbon-liquid-for-the-management-of-large-macular-holes
#19
Oded Ohana, Adiel Barak, Shulamit Schwartz
PURPOSE: To report the outcomes of pars plana vitrectomy with internal aspiration under perfluorocarbon liquid for large macular holes (MH). METHODS: Retrospective consecutive case series of patients with large (>400 µm) MH. All treated were with pars plana vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane peeling, internal fluid aspiration under perfluorocarbon liquid, and gas/oil tamponade. Outcomes included closure rate and visual acuity at 6 months. RESULTS: Twenty eyes of 20 patients were included...
January 11, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332655/livestock-vaccination-in-india-an-analysis-of-theory-and-practice-among-multiple-stakeholders
#20
P Rathod, M Chander, Y Bangar
An effective and efficient disease prevention and control strategy is of paramount importance to improve the quality and quantity of livestock production in the Indian context. Although livestock vaccination is considered an emerging innovation of socioeconomic importance in the Indian dairy industry, the rate of adoption and diffusion of vaccination technology is very low at field level. In this context, the authors examined the efforts of the Government of India to protect livestock health and control disease, considered the lessons learnt from rinderpest eradication, looked at field practices and the reality on the ground, and studied the perceptions of multiple stakeholders with regards to the relevance, profitability and sustainability of vaccination...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
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