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Worapan Kusakunniran, Qiang Wu, Panrasee Ritthipravat, Jian Zhang
(Background and Objective): The occurrence of hard exudates is one of the early signs of diabetic retinopathy which is one of the leading causes of the blindness. Many patients with diabetic retinopathy lose their vision because of the late detection of the disease. Thus, this paper is to propose a novel method of hard exudates segmentation in retinal images in an automatic way. (Methods): The existing methods are based on either supervised or unsupervised learning techniques. In addition, the learned segmentation models may often cause miss-detection and/or fault-detection of hard exudates, due to the lack of rich characteristics, the intra-variations, and the similarity with other components in the retinal image...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Jun Ma, Bin Chen, Dong Li, Yue Zhang, Zhaoxia Ying
Port-wine stain (PWS) birthmark is a congenital microvascular malformation of the skin. A 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser can achieve a deeper treatment, but the weak absorption by blood limits its clinical application. Multiple laser pulses (MLPs) are a potential solution to enhance the curative effect of a Nd:YAG laser. To reduce the pulse number (pn ) required for the thermal destruction of the blood vessel, the effect of glucose in conjunction with MLP was investigated. In vivo experiments were performed on a dorsal skin chamber model...
March 14, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Richard T Amison, Shirin Jamshidi, Khondaker M Rahman, Clive P Page, Simon C Pitchford
Platelet P2Y1 receptor signaling via RhoGTPases is necessary for platelet-dependent leukocyte recruitment, where no platelet aggregation is observed. We investigated signaling cascades involved in distinct P2Y1 -dependent platelet activities in vitro, using specific inhibitors for phospholipase C (PLC) (U73122, to inhibit the canonical pathway), and RhoGTPases: Rac1 (NSC23766) and RhoA (ROCK inhibitor GSK429286). Human platelet rich plasma (for platelet aggregation) or isolated washed platelets (for chemotaxis assays) was treated with U73122, GSK429286 or NSC23766 prior to stimulation with adenosine diphosphate (ADP) or the P2Y1 specific agonist MRS2365...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Nagesh Shukla, Markus Hagenbuchner, Khin Than Win, Jack Yang
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting females worldwide. Breast cancer survivability prediction is challenging and a complex research task. Existing approaches engage statistical methods or supervised machine learning to assess/predict the survival prospects of patients. OBJECTIVE: The main objectives of this paper is to develop a robust data analytical model which can assist in (i) a better understanding of breast cancer survivability in presence of missing data, (ii) providing better insights into factors associated with patient survivability, and (iii) establishing cohorts of patients that share similar properties...
March 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Chuanqing Zhong, Jiafang Fu, Tianyi Jiang, Chunming Zhang, Guangxiang Cao
The ability of Microlunatus phosphovorus to accumulate large amounts of polyphosphate (Poly-P) plays an important role in removing soluble phosphorus from wastewater. Strain JN459, isolated from a sewage system, was previously demonstrated to be Microlunatus phosphovorus. In this study, we analyzed the phosphorus-accumulating and phosphorus-releasing characteristics of strain JN459. Our analyses indicate that strain JN459 accumulates Poly-P under aerobic conditions but releases phosphorus under anaerobic conditions...
February 22, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Abdulla Watad, Nicola L Bragazzi, Susanna Bacigaluppi, Howard Amital, Samaa Watad, Kassem Sharif, Bishara Bisharat, Anna Siri, Ala Mahamid, Hakim Abu Ras, Ahmed Nasr, Federico Bilotta, Chiara Robba, Mohammad Adawi
BACKGROUND: Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques play a major role in anesthesiology, even though their importance is often overlooked. In the extant literature, AI approaches, such as Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), have been underutilized, mainly being used to model patient's consciousness state, to predict the precise amount of anesthetic gases, the level of analgesia, or the need of anesthesiological blocks, among others. In the field of neurosurgery, ANNs have been effectively applied to the diagnosis and prognosis of cerebral tumors, seizures, low back pain, and also to the monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP)...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Ponnayyan Sulochana Suresh, Ravi Kumar Jairam, Devaraj V Chandrasekhar, Anera Balakrishna Vinod, Rakesh A Hiremath, Anusha Raj, Mohd Zainuddin, Ravi Kanth Bhamidipati, Ramesh Mullangi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ulixertinib (BVD-523) is a novel and selective reversible inhibitor of ERK1/ERK2. The primary objectives of the study were to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of ulixertinib in mice, rats, and dogs followed by prediction of human pharmacokinetic profile by allometric equations with/without correction factors. METHODS: Oral and intravenous pharmacokinetic profiles of ulixertinib were generated in mice, rats, and dogs. The human intravenous pharmacokinetics profiles [volume of distribution (Vss ) and clearance (CL)] were predicted employing simple allometry and using correction factors [maximum life span potential (MLP) and brain weight (BW)]...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Monika E Czerwińska, Marta K Dudek, Karolina A Pawłowska, Anna Pruś, Maria Ziaja, Sebastian Granica
Linden flower is a wildly used plant material among patients in the treatment of common cold symptoms and mucosa inflammations. However, the structure and bioactivity of flavan-3-ol derivatives present in infusions from flowers of Tilia cordata have not been studied so far. The aim of current study was to isolate and identify main procyanidins present in the flowers of small-leaved lime and to evaluate their influence on the inflammatory response of human neutrophils ex vivo. The chemical structure of isolated compounds was established by 1D and 2D NMR experiments...
February 12, 2018: Fitoterapia
Katsunori Matsueda, Tatsuya Toyokawa, Masahiro Sakata, Isao Fujita, Jouichiro Horii
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a malignant lymphoma of the gastrointestinal tract that mostly presents as multiple lymphomatous polyposis (MLP); however, MLP with intussusception is rarely reported in MCL. Furthermore, a single protruding lesion with intussusception has never been reported in primary small intestinal MCL. A 70-year-old man presented with pain in the right lower abdomen. Computed tomography and colonoscopy revealed ileocecal intussusception. Ileocecal resection was performed. Histology and immunohistochemistry of the resected specimen showed MCL with a single protruding lesion...
February 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Diana E Kornbrot, Richard Wiseman, George J Georgiou
The quality of psychological studies is currently a major concern. The Many Labs Project (MLP) and the Open-Science-Collaboration (OSC) have collected key data on replicability and statistical effect sizes. We build on this work by investigating the role played by three measurement types: ratings, proportions and unbounded (measures without conceptual upper limits, e.g. time). Both replicability and effect sizes are dependent on the amount of variability due to extraneous factors. We predicted that the role of such extraneous factors might depend on measurement type, and would be greatest for ratings, intermediate for proportions and least for unbounded...
2018: PloS One
Fernando Vaquerizo-Villar, Daniel Álvarez, Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, Gonzalo César Gutiérrez-Tobal, Verónica Barroso-García, Andrea Crespo, Félix Del Campo, David Gozal, Roberto Hornero
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the utility of bispectrum-based oximetry approaches as a complementary tool to traditional techniques in the screening of pediatric sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (SAHS). METHODS: 298 blood oxygen saturation (SpO 2 ) signals from children ranging 0-13 years of age were recorded during overnight polysomnography (PSG). These recordings were divided into three severity groups according to the PSG-derived apnea hypopnea index (AHI): AHI < 5 events per hour (e/h), 5 ≤ AHI < 10 e/h, AHI ≥ 10 e/h...
March 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Akinori Higaki, Masaki Mogi, Jun Iwanami, Li-Juan Min, Hui-Yu Bai, Bao-Shuai Shan, Masayoshi Kukida, Harumi Kan-No, Shuntaro Ikeda, Jitsuo Higaki, Masatsugu Horiuchi
The Morris water maze test (MWM) is one of the most popular and established behavioral tests to evaluate rodents' spatial learning ability. The conventional training period is around 5 days, but there is no clear evidence or guidelines about the appropriate duration. In many cases, the final outcome of the MWM seems predicable from previous data and their trend. So, we assumed that if we can predict the final result with high accuracy, the experimental period could be shortened and the burden on testers reduced...
2018: PloS One
Caroline J Wick, Jeannette Y Wick
Medical providers know that there are some conditions they can't treat because the condition is caused or exacerbated by social conditions and are known as "social determinants of health." ThIs classic example-a patient has asthma, lives in a moldor cockroach-infested apartment, has no resources to move, and has a landlord who refuses to clean or exterminate bugs- exemplifies why patients need legal advocates to improve their health. This article discusses medical-legal partnerships (MLPs), models in which medical providers refer patients to attorneys to represent them to resolve such problems...
February 1, 2018: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Muthu Subash Kavitha, Takio Kurita, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
The objectives of this study are to assess various automated texture features obtained from the segmented colony regions of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and confirm their potential for characterizing the colonies using different machine learning techniques. One hundred and fifty-one features quantified using shape-based, moment-based, statistical and spectral texture feature groups are extracted from phase-contrast microscopic colony images of iPSCs. The forward stepwise regression model is implemented to select the most appropriate features required for categorizing the colonies...
January 25, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Mário W L Moreira, Joel J P C Rodrigues, Neeraj Kumar, Jalal Al-Muhtadi, Valery Korotaev
Nature presents an infinite source of inspiration for computational models and paradigms, in particular for researchers associated with the area known as natural computing. The simultaneous optimization of the architectures and weights of artificial neural networks (ANNs) through biologically inspired algorithms is an interesting approach for obtaining efficient networks with relatively good generalization capabilities. This methodology constitutes a concordance between a low structural complexity model and low training error rates...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
S Bitam, M Hamadache, S Hanini
Numerous studies show that tacrine derivatives exhibit increased inhibitory activity against butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE). However, the screening assays for currently available BuChE inhibitors are expensive, time consuming and dependent on the inhibitory compound. It is therefore desirable to develop alternative methods to facilitate the screening of these derivatives in the early phase of drug discovery. In order to develop robust predictive models, three regression methods were chosen in this study: multiple linear regression (MLR), support vector regression (SVR) and multilayer perceptron network (MLP)...
March 2018: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Deepak Shrestha, Nan Qin, You Zhang, Faraz Kalantari, Shanzhou Niu, Xun Jia, Arnold Pompos, Steve B Jiang, Jing Wang
In heavy ion radiation therapy, improving the accuracy in range prediction of the ions inside the patient's body has become essential. Accurate localization of the Bragg peak provides greater conformity of the tumor while sparing healthy tissues. We investigated the use of carbon ions directly for computed tomography (carbon CT) to create the relative stopping power (RSP) map of a patient's body. The Geant4 toolkit was used to perform Monte Carlo simulation of the carbon ion trajectories, to study their lateral and angular deflections and the most likely paths (MLP), using a water phantom...
January 31, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Yande Xiang, Zhitao Lin, Jianyi Meng
BACKGROUND: The QRS complex is the most noticeable feature in the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, therefore, its detection is critical for ECG signal analysis. The existing detection methods largely depend on hand-crafted manual features and parameters, which may introduce significant computational complexity, especially in the transform domains. In addition, fixed features and parameters are not suitable for detecting various kinds of QRS complexes under different circumstances. METHODS: In this study, based on 1-D convolutional neural network (CNN), an accurate method for QRS complex detection is proposed...
January 29, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Janet Newman, Julie A Sharp, Ashwantha Kumar Enjapoori, John Bentley, Kevin R Nicholas, Timothy E Adams, Thomas S Peat
Monotreme lactation protein (MLP) is a recently identified protein with antimicrobial activity. It is present in the milk of monotremes and is unique to this lineage. To characterize MLP and to gain insight into the potential role of this protein in the evolution of lactation, the crystal structure of duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) MLP was determined at 1.82 Å resolution. This is the first structure to be reported for this novel, mammalian antibacterial protein. MLP was expressed as a FLAG epitope-tagged protein in mammalian cells and crystallized readily, with at least three space groups being observed (P1, C2 and P21)...
January 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Kevin E Houston, Matteo Tomasi, Christina Amaral, Nicole Finch, Michael K Yoon, Hang Lee, Eleftherios I Paschalis
Purpose: We further optimized and evaluated the safety of the magnetic levator prosthesis (MLP) for temporary management of severe blepharoptosis, and compared efficacy and comfort against the ptosis crutch. Methods: The interpalpebral fissure (IPF) of participants (n = 12) with ptosis was measured during attempted eyelid opening, volitional closing, and spontaneous closing with no device, ptosis crutch, or the MLP. A 10-point scale documented comfort. Additionally, a 20 minute and then 1 week trial of the MLP was offered...
January 2018: Translational Vision Science & Technology
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