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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432941/validation-of-a-spe-hplc-uv-method-for-the-quantification-of-a-new-er-specific-photosensitizer-or-141-in-blood-serum-using-total-error-concept
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Emilie Bony, Yohan Mace, Adán Pinto, David Delvaux, Robert Kiss, Olivier Riant, Olivier Feron, Joëlle Quetin-Leclercq
The aim of this work is to develop the first validated HPLC-UV method quantification in blood serum for a new endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-specific benzophenazine photosensitizer (OR-141). A fast solid phase extraction (SPE) cleaning sample procedure was achieved on C18 encapped (ec) SPE cartridges and the separation was performed on a RP-18e column (5μM) using an isocratic elution with methanol. The method has been fully validated according to accuracy profiles based on total error and tolerance intervals. Calibration was performed in the matrix and trueness (<4...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432935/accelerometry-based-assessment-and-detection-of-early-signs-of-balance-deficits
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Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Miikka Ermes
Falls are the cause for more than half of the injury-related hospitalizations among older people. Accurate assessment of individuals' fall risk could enable targeted interventions to reduce the risk. This paper presents a novel method for using wearable accelerometers to detect early signs of deficits in balance from gait. Gait acceleration data were analyzed from 35 healthy female participants (73.86±5.40 years). The data were collected with waist-mounted accelerometer and the participants performed three supervised balance tests: Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed-Up-and-Go (TUG) and 4m walk...
April 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432828/quantitative-contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-based-on-photon-counting-detectors-a-feasibility-study
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Huanjun Ding, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer simulation model was developed to evaluate the performance of a photon-counting spectral mammography system in the application of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. A figure-of-merit (FOM), which was defined as the decomposed iodine signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with respect to the square root of the mean glandular dose (MGD), was chosen to optimize the imaging parameters, in terms of beam energy, splitting energy, and pre-filtrations for breasts of various thicknesses and densities...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432784/contributions-of-imprecision-in-pet-mri-rigid-registration-to-imprecision-in-amyloid-pet-suvr-measurements
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Christopher G Schwarz, David T Jones, Jeffrey L Gunter, Val J Lowe, Prashanthi Vemuri, Matthew L Senjem, Ronald C Petersen, David S Knopman, Clifford R Jack
Quantitative measurement of β-amyloid from amyloid PET scans typically relies on localizing target and reference regions by image registration to MRI. In this work, we present a series of simulations where 50 small random perturbations of starting location and orientation were applied to each subject's PET scan, and rigid registration using spm_coreg was performed between each perturbed PET scan and its corresponding MRI. We then measured variation in the output PET-MRI registrations and how this variation affected the resulting SUVR measurements...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432543/understanding-and-improving-decisions-in-clinical-medicine-i-reasoning-heuristics-and-error
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Vincenzo Crupi, Fabrizio Elia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 21, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432468/population-pharmacokinetics-of-intravenous-acetaminophen-in-japanese-patients-undergoing-elective-surgery
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Tsuyoshi Imaizumi, Shinju Obara, Midori Mogami, Yuzo Iseki, Makiko Hasegawa, Masahiro Murakawa
INTRODUCTION: Intravenous (i.v.) acetaminophen is administered during surgery for postoperative analgesia. However, little information is available on the pharmacokinetics of i.v. acetaminophen in Japanese patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia. METHODS: The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board and registered at UMIN-CTR (UMIN000013418). Patients scheduled to undergo elective surgery under general anesthesia were enrolled after obtaining written informed consent...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432456/deregulated-bcl-2-family-proteins-impact-on-repair-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-and-are-targets-to-overcome-radioresistance-in-lung-cancer
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Sarah A Wieczorek, Frank Breitenbuecher, Aashish Soni, Katja Paul-Konietzko, Sophie Ziegler, Ali Sak, George Iliakis, Martin Schuler
PURPOSE: DNA damage-induced cell death is a major effector mechanism of radiotherapy. Aberrant expression of anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins is frequently observed in lung cancers. Against this background, we studied radioresistance mediated by BCL-2 family proteins at the mechanistic level and its potential as target for radiochemotherapy. METHODS: Lung cancer models stably expressing BCL-xL or MCL-1 were irradiated to study cell death, clonogenic survival, and DNA repair kinetics in vitro, and growth suppression of established tumors in vivo...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432447/twofold-minimum-variance-beamforming-for-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging
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Sayed Mahmoud Sakhaei, Seyede Elham Shamsian
PURPOSE: To calculate the optimal weights of a minimum variance (MV) beamformer, the covariance matrix of the received data should be estimated. In ultrasound imaging, it is done through spatial smoothing. However, this technique reduces the effective aperture and consequently limits the attainable resolution. To mitigate this effect, we propose a new configuration for applying an adaptive beamforming method. METHODS: The method is based on applying MV in a twofold configuration such that the outputs of the subarrays are combined through an adaptive MV-like beamformer, instead of simply summing them...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432384/the-probability-of-object-scene-co-occurrence-influences-object-identification-processes
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Geneviève Sauvé, Mariane Harmand, Léa Vanni, Mathieu B Brodeur
Contextual information allows the human brain to make predictions about the identity of objects that might be seen and irregularities between an object and its background slow down perception and identification processes. Bar and colleagues modeled the mechanisms underlying this beneficial effect suggesting that the brain stocks information about the statistical regularities of object and scene co-occurrence. Their model suggests that these recurring regularities could be conceptualized along a continuum in which the probability of seeing an object within a given scene can be high (probable condition), moderate (improbable condition) or null (impossible condition)...
April 21, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432352/low-cost-low-bias-and-low-input-rna-seq-with-high-experimental-verifiability-based-on-semiconductor-sequencing
#10
Zhibiao Mai, Chuanle Xiao, Jingjie Jin, Gong Zhang
Low-input RNA-seq is powerful to represent the gene expression profiles with limited number of cells, especially when single-cell variations are not the aim. However, pre-amplification-based and molecule index-based library construction methods boost bias or require higher throughput. Here we demonstrate a simple, low-cost, low-bias and low-input RNA-seq with ion torrent semiconductor sequencing (LIEA RNA-seq). We also developed highly accurate and error-tolerant spliced mapping algorithm FANSe2splice to accurately map the single-ended reads to the reference genome with better experimental verifiability than the previous spliced mappers...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432189/safety-and-efficiency-of-a-new-generic-package-labelling-a-before-and-after-study-in-a-simulated-setting
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Beate Hennie Garcia, Renate Elenjord, Camilla Bjornstad, Kjell Hermann Halvorsen, Sigurd Hortemo, Steinar Madsen
BACKGROUND: Medication errors are frequent and may cause harm to patients and increase healthcare expenses. AIM: To explore whether a new labelling influences time and errors when preparing medications in accordance with medication charts in an experimental setting. METHOD: We carried out an uncontrolled before and after study with 3 months inbetween experiments. Phase I used original labelling and phase II used new generic labelling. We set up an experimental medicine room, simulating a real-life setting...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432110/anterior-but-not-posterior-choroid-changed-before-and-during-valsalva-manoeuvre-in-healthy-chinese-a-ubm-and-ss-oct-study
#12
Fei Li, Kai Gao, Xingyi Li, Shida Chen, Wenbin Huang, Xiulan Zhang
PURPOSE: To determine if the anterior choroid is involved in ocular change during the Valsalva manoeuvre (VM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-three healthy volunteers aged 18-65 years with normal visual field test results and no history of intraocular pressure (IOP) exceeding 21 mm Hg were recruited. Anterior and posterior choroidal changes before and during VM were recorded by ultrasound microscope and swept-source optical coherence tomography, respectively. Parameters of the anterior segment included ciliary body thickness (CBT0), thickness of the choroid at a distance of 4 mm from the root of the iris (CT4), anterior placement of the ciliary body (APCB) and trabecular-ciliary angle (TCA)...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432040/usability-acceptability-and-adherence-to-an-electronic-self-monitoring-system-in-patients-with-major-depression-discharged-from-inpatient-wards
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Lise Lauritsen, Louise Andersen, Emilia Olsson, Stine Rauff Søndergaard, Lasse Benn Nørregaard, Philip Kaare Løventoft, Signe Dunker Svendsen, Erik Frøkjær, Hans Mørch Jensen, Ida Hageman, Lars Vedel Kessing, Klaus Martiny
BACKGROUND: Patients suffering from depression have a high risk of relapse and readmission in the weeks following discharge from inpatient wards. Electronic self-monitoring systems that offer patient-communication features are now available to offer daily support to patients, but the usability, acceptability, and adherence to these systems has only been sparsely investigated. OBJECTIVE: We aim to test the usability, acceptability, adherence, and clinical outcome of a newly developed computer-based electronic self-assessment system (the Daybuilder system) in patients suffering from depression, in the period from discharge until commencing outpatient treatment in the Intensive Outpatient Unit for Affective Disorders...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431890/which-facilitates-the-evolution-of-cooperation-more-retaliation-or-persistence
#14
Shun Kurokawa
The existence of cooperation in this world is a mysterious phenomenon. One of the mechanisms that explain the evolution of cooperation is repeated interaction. If interactions between the same individuals repeat and individuals cooperate conditionally, cooperation can evolve. A previous study pointed out that if individuals have persistence (i.e., imitate its "own" behavior in the last move), cooperation can evolve. However, retaliation and persistence are not mutually exclusive decisions, but rather a trade-off in the decision making process of individuals...
April 18, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431862/application-of-the-cdc-ebolaresponse-modeling-tool-to-disease-predictions
#15
Robert H Gaffey, Cécile Viboud
Model-based predictions were critical in eliciting a vigorous international public health response to the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa. Here, we describe the performances of an extension of the CDC-initiated EbolaResponse Modeling tool to the Ebola Forecasting Challenge, which offered a controlled environment for epidemiological predictions. In the EbolaResponse tool, transmission risks and proportions of population affected by interventions were fitted to data via least square fitting. Prediction performances were evaluated for 5 prediction time points of 4 synthetic outbreaks...
March 10, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431587/psychometric-properties-of-the-sdm-q-9-questionnaire-for-shared-decision-making-in-multiple-sclerosis-item-response-theory-modelling-and-confirmatory-factor-analysis
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Javier Ballesteros, Ester Moral, Luis Brieva, Elena Ruiz-Beato, Daniel Prefasi, Jorge Maurino
BACKGROUND: Shared decision-making is a cornerstone of patient-centred care. The 9-item Shared Decision-Making Questionnaire (SDM-Q-9) is a brief self-assessment tool for measuring patients' perceived level of involvement in decision-making related to their own treatment and care. Information related to the psychometric properties of the SDM-Q-9 for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients is limited. The objective of this study was to assess the performance of the items composing the SDM-Q-9 and its dimensional structure in patients with relapsing-remitting MS...
April 22, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431570/a-relative-quantitative-methylation-sensitive-amplified-polymorphism-msap-method-for-the-analysis-of-abiotic-stress
#17
Piotr T Bednarek, Renata Orłowska, Agnieszka Niedziela
BACKGROUND: We present a new methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) approach for the evaluation of relative quantitative characteristics such as demethylation, de novo methylation, and preservation of methylation status of CCGG sequences, which are recognized by the isoschizomers HpaII and MspI. We applied the technique to analyze aluminum (Al)-tolerant and non-tolerant control and Al-stressed inbred triticale lines. The approach is based on detailed analysis of events affecting HpaII and MspI restriction sites in control and stressed samples, and takes advantage of molecular marker profiles generated by EcoRI/HpaII and EcoRI/MspI MSAP platforms...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431472/erratum-figure-correction-aeroallergen-sensitization-and-allergic-disease-phenotypes-in-asia
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(no author information available yet)
To the Editor: We would like to make a minor geographical correction to the map in the original article. The revised map is attached (Figure 1). The aeroallergen sensitization distributions remain accurate and this correction does not change the scientific conclusions of the article in any way. The authors take responsibility for the error.
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431419/creation-and-validation-of-an-automated-algorithm-to-determine-postoperative-ventilator-requirements-after-cardiac-surgery
#19
Eilon Gabel, Ira S Hofer, Nancy Satou, Tristan Grogan, Richard Shemin, Aman Mahajan, Maxime Cannesson
BACKGROUND: In medical practice today, clinical data registries have become a powerful tool for measuring and driving quality improvement, especially among multicenter projects. Registries face the known problem of trying to create dependable and clear metrics from electronic medical records data, which are typically scattered and often based on unreliable data sources. The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) is one such example, and it supports manually collected data by trained clinical staff in an effort to obtain the highest-fidelity data possible...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431389/prediction-of-size-fractionated-airborne-particle-bound-metals-using-mlr-bp-ann-and-svm-analyses
#20
Xiang'zi Leng, Jinhua Wang, Haibo Ji, Qin'geng Wang, Huiming Li, Xin Qian, Fengying Li, Meng Yang
Size-fractionated heavy metal concentrations were observed in airborne particulate matter (PM) samples collected from 2014 to 2015 (spanning all four seasons) from suburban (Xianlin) and industrial (Pukou) areas in Nanjing, a megacity of southeast China. Rapid prediction models of size-fractionated metals were established based on multiple linear regression (MLR), back propagation artificial neural network (BP-ANN) and support vector machine (SVM) by using meteorological factors and PM concentrations as input parameters...
April 6, 2017: Chemosphere
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