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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335569/a-quantitative-risk-assessment-model-involving-frequency-and-threat-degree-under-line-of-business-services-for-infrastructure-of-emerging-sensor-networks
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Xu Jing, Hanwen Hu, Huijun Yang, Man Ho Au, Shuqin Li, Naixue Xiong, Muhammad Imran, Athanasios V Vasilakos
The prospect of Line-of-Business Services (LoBSs) for infrastructure of Emerging Sensor Networks (ESNs) is exciting. Access control remains a top challenge in this scenario as the service provider's server contains a lot of valuable resources. LoBSs' users are very diverse as they may come from a wide range of locations with vastly different characteristics. Cost of joining could be low and in many cases, intruders are eligible users conducting malicious actions. As a result, user access should be adjusted dynamically...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334409/siapopr-a-computational-method-to-simulate-evolutionary-branching-trees-for-analysis-of-tumor-clonal-evolution
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Thomas O McDonald, Franziska Michor
Summary: SIApopr (Simulating Infinite-Allele populations) is an R package to simulate homogeneous and inhomogeneous stochastic branching processes under a very flexible set of assumptions using the speed of C ++. The software simulates clonal evolution with the emergence of driver and passenger mutations under the infinite-allele assumption. The software is an application of the Gillespie Stochastic Simulation Algorithm expanded to a large number of cell types and scenarios, with the intention of allowing users to easily modify existing models or create their own...
March 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333448/role-of-oxygen-functionalities-in-graphene-oxide-architectural-laminates-goal-sub-nanometer-spacing-and-water-transport
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Carlo Alberto Amadei, Andrea Montessori, Julian P Kadow, Sauro Succi, Chad David Vecitis
Active research in nanotechnology contemplates the use of nanomaterials for environmental engineering applications. However, a primary challenge is understanding the effects of nanomaterial properties on industrial device performance and translating unique nanoscale properties to the macroscale. One emerging example is graphene oxide (GO) membranes for separation processes. Thus, here we investigate how individual GO properties, in particular the GO chemistry, can impact GO membrane characteristics and water permeability...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333347/polymyxin-resistant-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-is-eradicated-by-a-triple-combination-of-agents-that-lack-individual-activity
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Justin R Lenhard, Visanu Thamlikitkul, Fernanda P Silveira, Samira M Garonzik, Xun Tao, Alan Forrest, Beom Soo Shin, Keith S Kaye, Jürgen B Bulitta, Roger L Nation, Jian Li, Brian T Tsuji
Objectives: The emergence of polymyxin resistance threatens to leave clinicians with few options for combatting drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii . The objectives of the current investigation were to define the in vitro emergence of polymyxin resistance and identify a combination regimen capable of eradicating A. baumannii with no apparent drug susceptibilities. Methods: Two clonally related, paired, A. baumannii isolates collected from a critically ill patient who developed colistin resistance while receiving colistin methanesulfonate in a clinical population pharmacokinetic study were evaluated: an A...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332582/light-controlled-assembly-of-silver-nanoparticles
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Andreas Polywka, Christian Tückmantel, Patrick Görrn
Metal nanoparticles show a particularly strong interaction with light, which is the basis for nanoparticle plasmonics. One of the main goals of this emerging research field is the alignment of nanoparticles and their integration into sophisticated nanostructures providing a tailored interaction with light. This assembly of nanoparticles at well-controlled substrate sites often involves expensive technological approaches, such as electron beam lithography in order to fabricate the nanoparticle structures. Furthermore difficult numerical simulations are needed to predict their optical properties...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331189/noise-driven-return-statistics-scaling-and-truncation-in-stochastic-storage-processes
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Tomás Aquino, Antoine Aubeneau, Gavan McGrath, Diogo Bolster, Suresh Rao
In countless systems, subjected to variable forcing, a key question arises: how much time will a state variable spend away from a given threshold? When forcing is treated as a stochastic process, this can be addressed with first return time distributions. While many studies suggest exponential, double exponential or power laws as empirical forms, we contend that truncated power laws are natural candidates. To this end, we consider a minimal stochastic mass balance model and identify a parsimonious mechanism for the emergence of truncated power law return times...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330089/discovery-of-potential-alk-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-approach
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Anish Kumar, V Shanthi, K Ramanathan
Crizotinib is an anticancer drug used for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. Evidences available suggest that there is a development of an acquired resistance against crizotinib action due to the emergence of several mutations in the ALK gene. It is therefore necessary to develop potent anti-cancer drugs for the treatment of crizotinib resistance non-small cell lung cancer types. In the present study, a novel class of lead molecule was identified using virtual screening, molecular docking and molecular dynamic approach...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329015/adaptive-control-paradigm-for-photovoltaic-and-solid-oxide-fuel-cell-in-a-grid-integrated-hybrid-renewable-energy-system
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Sidra Mumtaz, Laiq Khan
The hybrid power system (HPS) is an emerging power generation scheme due to the plentiful availability of renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources are characterized as highly intermittent in nature due to meteorological conditions, while the domestic load also behaves in a quite uncertain manner. In this scenario, to maintain the balance between generation and load, the development of an intelligent and adaptive control algorithm has preoccupied power engineers and researchers. This paper proposes a Hermite wavelet embedded NeuroFuzzy indirect adaptive MPPT (maximum power point tracking) control of photovoltaic (PV) systems to extract maximum power and a Hermite wavelet incorporated NeuroFuzzy indirect adaptive control of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) to obtain a swift response in a grid-connected hybrid power system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328516/anrad-a-neuromorphic-anomaly-detection-framework-for-massive-concurrent-data-streams
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Qiuwen Chen, Ryan Luley, Qing Wu, Morgan Bishop, Richard W Linderman, Qinru Qiu
The evolution of high performance computing technologies has enabled the large-scale implementation of neuromorphic models and pushed the research in computational intelligence into a new era. Among the machine learning applications, unsupervised detection of anomalous streams is especially challenging due to the requirements of detection accuracy and real-time performance. Designing a computing framework that harnesses the growing computing power of the multicore systems while maintaining high sensitivity and specificity to the anomalies is an urgent research topic...
March 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328394/proposing-telecardiology-services-on-cloud-for-different-medical-institutions-a-model-of-reference
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Isabel De la Torre-Díez, Begoña Garcia-Zapirain, Miguel López-Coronado, Joel J P C Rodrigues
INTRODUCTION: For a cloud-based telecardiology solution to be established in any scenario, it is necessary to ensure optimum levels of security, as patient's data will not be in the same place from where access is gained. The main objective of this article is to present a secure, cloud-based solution for a telecardiology service in different scenarios: a hospital, a health center in a city, and a group of health centers in a rural area. METHODS: iCanCloud software is used to simulate the scenarios...
March 1, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327985/the-need-to-approximate-the-use-case-in-clinical-machine-learning
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Sohrab Saeb, Luca Lonini, Arun Jayaraman, David C Mohr, Konrad P Kording
Background: The availability of smartphone and wearable sensor technology is leading to a rapid accumulation of human subject data, and machine learning is emerging as a technique to map that data into clinical predictions. As machine learning algorithms are increasingly used to support clinical decision making, it is vital to reliably quantify their prediction accuracy. Cross-validation is the standard approach where the accuracy of such algorithms is evaluated on data the algorithm has not seen during training...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326032/a-dynamic-circuit-hypothesis-for-the-pathogenesis-of-blepharospasm
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David A Peterson, Terrence J Sejnowski
Blepharospasm (sometimes called "benign essential blepharospasm," BEB) is one of the most common focal dystonias. It involves involuntary eyelid spasms, eye closure, and increased blinking. Despite the success of botulinum toxin injections and, in some cases, pharmacologic or surgical interventions, BEB treatments are not completely efficacious and only symptomatic. We could develop principled strategies for preventing and reversing the disease if we knew the pathogenesis of primary BEB. The objective of this study was to develop a conceptual framework and dynamic circuit hypothesis for the pathogenesis of BEB...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325494/modelling-h5n1-in-bangladesh-across-spatial-scales-model-complexity-and-zoonotic-transmission-risk
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Edward M Hill, Thomas House, Madhur S Dhingra, Wantanee Kalpravidh, Subhash Morzaria, Muzaffar G Osmani, Mat Yamage, Xiangming Xiao, Marius Gilbert, Michael J Tildesley
Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 remains a persistent public health threat, capable of causing infection in humans with a high mortality rate while simultaneously negatively impacting the livestock industry. A central question is to determine regions that are likely sources of newly emerging influenza strains with pandemic causing potential. A suitable candidate is Bangladesh, being one of the most densely populated countries in the world and having an intensifying farming system. It is therefore vital to establish the key factors, specific to Bangladesh, that enable both continued transmission within poultry and spillover across the human-animal interface...
February 21, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323867/understanding-and-coping-with-extremism-in-an-online-collaborative-environment-a-data-driven-modeling
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Csilla Rudas, Olivér Surányi, Taha Yasseri, János Török
The Internet has provided us with great opportunities for large scale collaborative public good projects. Wikipedia is a predominant example of such projects where conflicts emerge and get resolved through bottom-up mechanisms leading to the emergence of the largest encyclopedia in human history. Disaccord arises whenever editors with different opinions try to produce an article reflecting a consensual view. The debates are mainly heated by editors with extreme views. Using a model of common value production, we show that the consensus can only be reached if groups with extreme views can actively take part in the discussion and if their views are also represented in the common outcome, at least temporarily...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323447/injury-mitigation-estimates-for-an-intersection-driver-assistance-system-in-straight-crossing-path-crashes-in-the-u-s
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John M Scanlon, Rini Sherony, Hampton C Gabler
OBJECTIVE: Accounting for one-fifth of all crashes and one-sixth of all fatal crashes in the U.S., intersection crashes are among the most frequent and fatal crash modes. Intersection Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (I-ADAS) are emerging vehicle-based active safety systems that aim to help drivers safely navigate intersections. The objective of this study was to estimate the number of crashes and number of vehicles with a seriously injured driver (MAIS3+) that could be prevented or reduced if, for every straight crossing path (SCP) intersection crash, one of the vehicles had been equipped with an I-ADAS...
March 21, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321576/two-distinct-cinnamoyl-coa-reductases-in-selaginella-moellendorffii-offer-insight-into-the-divergence-of-ccrs-in-plants
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Nan Chao, Shuang Li, Ning Li, Qi Qi, Wen-Ting Jiang, Xiang-Ning Jiang, Ying Gai
Two distinct cinnamoyl-coenzyme A reductases (CCRs) from Selaginella moellendorffii were evaluated, and of these, SmCCR2-1, which has both distinct sequence motifs and catalytic properties, was clustered into a new CCR subgroup. Cinnamoyl-coenzyme A reductases (CCRs) have been reported in many land plants to have critical functions in monolignol biosynthesis. In this study, we performed a genome-wide screen and obtained two distinct SmCCRs from S. moellendorffii. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that SmCCR2 (both SmCCR2-1 and 2-2) and SmCCR3 together with PpaCCR belong to a distinct subgroup of genuine CCRs with variations in the NAD(P)H-binding motif...
March 20, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320654/structured-and-sparse-canonical-correlation-analysis-as-a-brain-wide-multi-modal-data-fusion-approach
#17
Ali-Reza Mohammadi-Nejad, Gholam-Ali Hossein-Zadeh, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh
Multi-modal data fusion has recently emerged as a comprehensive neuroimaging analysis approach, which usually uses canonical correlation analysis (CCA). However, the current CCA-based fusion approaches face problems like high-dimensionality, multi-collinearity, unimodal feature selection, asymmetry, and loss of spatial information in reshaping the imaging data into vectors. This paper proposes a structured and sparse CCA (ssCCA) technique as a novel CCA method to overcome the above problems. To investigate the performance of the proposed algorithm, we have compared three data fusion techniques: standard CCA; regularized CCA; and ssCCA and evaluated their ability to detect multi-modal data associations...
March 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320312/the-effect-of-an-electronic-cognitive-aid-on-the-management-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-during-caesarean-section-a-prospective-randomised-simulation-study
#18
Michael St Pierre, Bjoern Luetcke, Dieter Strembski, Christopher Schmitt, Georg Breuer
BACKGROUND: Cognitive aids have come to be viewed as promising tools in the management of perioperative critical events. The majority of published simulation studies have focussed on perioperative crises that are characterised by time pressure, rare occurrence, or complex management steps (e.g., cardiac arrest emergencies, management of the difficult airway). At present, there is limited information on the usefulness of cognitive aids in critical situations with moderate time pressure and complexity...
March 20, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319122/can-a-simulation-based-training-program-impact-the-use-of-evidence-based-routine-practices-at-birth-results-of-a-hospital-based-cluster-randomized-trial-in-mexico
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Jimena Fritz, Dilys M Walker, Susanna Cohen, Gustavo Angeles, Hector Lamadrid-Figueroa
BACKGROUND: In Mexico, although the majority of births are attended in hospitals, reports have emerged of obstetric violence, use of unsafe practices, and failure to employ evidence-based practices (EBP). Recent attention has refocused global efforts towards provision of quality care that is both patient-centered and evidence-based. Scaling up of local interventions should rely on strong evidence of effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: To perform a secondary analysis to evaluate the impact of a simulation and team-training program (PRONTO) on the performance of EBP in normal births...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315729/pharmacodynamics-of-tigecycline-alone-and-in-combination-with-colistin-against-clinical-isolates-of-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-an-in-vitro-pharmacodynamic-model
#20
Xuejiu Cai, Zhen Yang, Jianqiang Dai, Kun Chen, Huiliang Liu, Wentao Ni, Chuanqi Wei, Junchang Cui
The objectives of this study, which were based on the hypothesis of mutant prevention concentration (MPC), were to compare tigecycline and colistin monotherapy and combination therapy against multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) and to identify changes in the susceptibility of the organism using an in vitro pharmacodynamic model. Human free-drug concentration profiles of colistin and tigecycline used alone and in combination were simulated against four clinical MDR-AB isolates over 24 h. Pharmacodynamic activity was measured as log10 CFU/mL and as the area under the bactericidal curve (AUBC)...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
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