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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340480/using-uhplc-q-trap-ms-as-a-complementary-technique-to-in-depth-mine-uplc-q-tof-ms-data-for-identifying-modified-nucleosides-in-urine
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Zhiwei Lu, Qing Wang, Meiling Wang, Shuang Fu, Qingqing Zhang, Zhixin Zhang, Huizhen Zhao, Yuehong Liu, Zhenhai Huang, Ziye Xie, Honghong Yu, Xiaoyan Gao
Modified nucleosides, metabolites of RNA, are potential biomarkers of cancer before the appearance of morphological abnormalities. It is of great significance to comprehensively detect and identify nucleosides in human urine for discovery of cancer biomarkers. However, the lower abundance, the greater polarity and the matrix effects make it difficult to detect urinary nucleosides. In this paper, an integrated method consisted of sample preparation followed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC Q-TOF/MS) detection and primary identification, then ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometer (UHPLC Q-Trap/MS) further identification and validation were introduced...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340466/a-flexible-and-disposable-battery-powered-by-bacteria-using-eyeliner-coated-paper-electrodes
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Ramya Veerubhotla, Debabrata Das, Debabrata Pradhan
Herein, an environment friendly paper-based biobattery is demonstrated that yields a power of 12.5W/m(3). Whatman filter papers were used not only as support for electrode fabrication but also as separator of the biobattery. To provide electrical conductivity to the paper-based cathode and anode, commercially available eyeliner containing carbon nanoparticles and Fe3O4 was directly employed as conductive ink without any binder. With an instant start-up, the as-fabricated biocompatible electrodes could hold bacteria in an active form at the anode allowing chemical oxidation of organic fuel producing current...
March 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340452/a-study-of-photosynthetic-biogas-upgrading-based-on-a-high-rate-algal-pond-under-alkaline-conditions-influence-of-the-illumination-regime
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Mariana Franco-Morgado, Cynthia Alcántara, Adalberto Noyola, Raúl Muñoz, Armando González-Sánchez
Microalgal-bacterial processes have emerged as environmental friendly systems for the cost-effective treatment of anaerobic effluents such as biogas and nutrients-laden digestates. Environmental parameters such as temperature, irradiation, nutrient concentration and pH effect the performance of the systems. In this paper, the potential of a microalgal-bacterial photobioreactor operated under high pH (≈9.5) and high alkalinity to convert biogas into biomethane was evaluated. The influence of the illumination regime (continuous light supply vs 12h/12h light/dark cycles) on the synthetic biogas upgrading efficiency, biomass productivity and nutrient removal efficiency was assessed in a High-Rate Algal Pond interconnected to a biogas absorption bubble column...
March 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340406/a-local-adjustment-strategy-for-the-initialization-of-dynamic-causal-modelling-to-infer-effective-connectivity-in-brain-epileptic-structures
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Wentao Xiang, Ahmad Karfoul, Huazhong Shu, Régine Le Bouquin Jeannès
This paper addresses the question of effective connectivity in the human cerebral cortex in the context of epilepsy. Among model based approaches to infer brain connectivity, spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling is a conventional technique for which we propose an alternative to estimate cross spectral density. The proposed strategy we investigated tackles the sub-estimation of the free energy using the well-known variational Expectation-Maximization algorithm highly sensitive to the initialization of the parameters vector by a permanent local adjustment of the initialization process...
March 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340293/functional-paper-based-platform-for-rapid-capture-and-detection-of-ceo2-nanoparticles
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Ali Othman, Daniel Andreescu, Dinusha P Karunaratne, Suryadevara V Babu, Silvana Andreescu
Development of systems for capture, sequestration and tracking of nanoparticles (NPs) is becoming a significant focus in many aspects of nanotechnology and environmental research. These systems enable a broad range of applications for evaluating concentration, distribution and effects of NPs for environmental, clinical, epidemiological and occupational exposure studies. Herein, we describe the first example of a ligand-graft multifunctional platform for capture and detection of cerium oxide (CeO2 or ceria) NPs...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340247/usability-testing-of-the-iphone-app-to-improve-pain-assessment-for-older-adults-with-cognitive-impairment-prehospital-setting-a-qualitative-study
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Rachael E Docking, Matthew Lane, Pat A Schofield
Objectives. : Pain assessment in older adults with cognitive impairment is often challenging, and paramedics are not given sufficient tools/training to assess pain. The development of a mobile app may improve pain assessment and management in this vulnerable population. We conducted usability testing of a newly developed iPhone pain assessment application with potential users, in this case as a tool for clinical paramedic practice to improve pain assessment of older adults with cognitive impairment...
March 15, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340143/protecting-pain-patients-the-evaluation-of-a-chronic-pain-educational-intervention
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Simon Holliday, Chris Hayes, Adrian Dunlop, Simon Morgan, Amanda Tapley, Kim Henderson, Briony Larance, Parker Magin
Introduction. : Advocacy and commercially funded education successfully reduced barriers to the provision of long-term opioid analgesia. The subsequent escalation of opioid prescribing for chronic noncancer pain has seen increasing harms without improved pain outcomes. Methods. : This was a one-group pretest-posttest design study. A multidisciplinary team developed a chronic pain educational package for general practitioner trainees emphasizing limitations, risk-mitigation, and deprescribing of opioids with transition to active self-care...
March 13, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340128/crossing-the-health-it-chasm-considerations-and-policy-recommendations-to-overcome-current-challenges-and-enable-value-based-care
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Julia Adler-Milstein, Peter J Embi, Blackford Middleton, Indra Neil Sarkar, Jeff Smith
While great progress has been made in digitizing the US health care system, today's health information technology (IT) infrastructure remains largely a collection of systems that are not designed to support a transition to value-based care. In addition, the pursuit of value-based care, in which we deliver better care with better outcomes at lower cost, places new demands on the health care system that our IT infrastructure needs to be able to support. Provider organizations pursuing new models of health care delivery and payment are finding that their electronic systems lack the capabilities needed to succeed...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340065/the-next-three-decades-of-the-comet-assay-a-report-of-the-11th-international-comet-assay-workshop
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Gudrun Koppen, Amaya Azqueta, Bertrand Pourrut, Gunnar Brunborg, Andrew R Collins, Sabine A S Langie
The International Comet Assay Workshops are a series of scientific conferences dealing with practical and theoretical aspects of the Comet Assay (single-cell gel electrophoresis)-a simple method for detecting DNA strand breaks. The first paper describing such an assay was published over 30 years ago in 1984 by Swedish researchers O. Ostling and K. J. Johanson. Appropriately, the theme for the 2015 meeting was looking to the future: 'The Next 3 Decades of the Comet Assay'. The programme included 25 oral and 43 poster presentations depicting the latest advances in technical developments as well as applications of the comet assay in genotoxicity testing (in vitro and in vivo) and biomonitoring of both humans and the environment...
March 4, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339912/pharmacogenomics-and-patient-treatment-parameters-to-opioid-treatment-in-chronic-pain-a-focus-on-morphine-oxycodone-tramadol-and-fentanyl
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Renae A Lloyd, Elizabeth Hotham, Catherine Hall, Marie Williams, Vijayaprakash Suppiah
Objective. : Opioids are one of the most commonly prescribed medicines for chronic pain. However, their use for chronic pain has been controversial. The objective of this literature review was to identify the role of genetic polymorphisms on patient treatment parameters (opioid dose requirements, response, and adverse effects) for opioids used in malignant and nonmalignant chronic pain. The opioids that this review focuses on are codeine, morphine, oxycodone, tramadol, and fentanyl...
February 24, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339683/addressing-beacon-re-identification-attacks-quantification-and-mitigation-of-privacy-risks
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Jean Louis Raisaro, Florian Tramèr, Zhanglong Ji, Diyue Bu, Yongan Zhao, Knox Carey, David Lloyd, Heidi Sofia, Dixie Baker, Paul Flicek, Suyash Shringarpure, Carlos Bustamante, Shuang Wang, Xiaoqian Jiang, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Haixu Tang, XiaoFeng Wang, Jean-Pierre Hubaux
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) created the Beacon Project as a means of testing the willingness of data holders to share genetic data in the simplest technical context-a query for the presence of a specified nucleotide at a given position within a chromosome. Each participating site (or "beacon") is responsible for assuring that genomic data are exposed through the Beacon service only with the permission of the individual to whom the data pertains and in accordance with the GA4GH policy and standards...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339665/an-evaluation-of-a-public-private-partnership-to-reduce-artificial-trans-fatty-acids-in-england-2011-16
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C Knai, L James, M Petticrew, E Eastmure, M A Durand, N Mays
The Public Health Responsibility Deal (RD) is a public-private partnership in England involving voluntary pledges between government, and business and other public organizations to improve public health. One such voluntary pledge refers to the reduction of trans fatty acids (TFAs) in the food supply in England by either pledging not to use artificial TFAs or pledging artificial TFA removal. This paper evaluates the RD's effectiveness at encouraging signatory organizations to remove artificially produced TFAs from their products...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339626/a-ward-based-time-study-of-paper-and-electronic-documentation-for-recording-vital-sign-observations
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David Wong, Timothy Bonnici, Julia Knight, Stephen Gerry, James Turton, Peter Watkinson
Objective: To investigate time differences in recording observations and an early warning score using traditional paper charts and a novel e-Obs system in clinical practice. Methods: Researchers observed the process of recording observations and early warning scores across 3 wards in 2 university teaching hospitals immediately before and after introduction of the e-Obs system. The process of recording observations included both measurement and documentation of vital signs...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339480/a-new-accuracy-measure-based-on-bounded-relative-error-for-time-series-forecasting
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Chao Chen, Jamie Twycross, Jonathan M Garibaldi
Many accuracy measures have been proposed in the past for time series forecasting comparisons. However, many of these measures suffer from one or more issues such as poor resistance to outliers and scale dependence. In this paper, while summarising commonly used accuracy measures, a special review is made on the symmetric mean absolute percentage error. Moreover, a new accuracy measure called the Unscaled Mean Bounded Relative Absolute Error (UMBRAE), which combines the best features of various alternative measures, is proposed to address the common issues of existing measures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339107/studies-of-signal-estimation-bias-in-grating-based-x-ray-multi-contrast-imaging
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Xu Ji, Yongshuai Ge, Ran Zhang, Ke Li, Guang-Hong Chen
PURPOSE: In grating-based x-ray multi-contrast imaging, signals of three contrast mechanisms-absorption contrast, differential phase contrast (DPC), and dark-field contrast-can be estimated from the same set of acquired data. The estimated sig-nals, N0 (related to absorption), N1 (related to dark-field), and ϕ (related to DPC) may be intrinsically biased. However, it is yet unclear how large these biases are and how the data acquisition parameters affect the biases in the extracted signals...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338940/feasibility-study-for-identification-of-static-and-dynamic-exposure-using-ccd-imaging-technique-for-caso4-dy-tl-dosemeters
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Kshama Srivastava, Seepika Soin, B K Sapra, P Ratna, D Datta
The occupational exposure incurred by the radiation workers due to the external radiation is estimated using personal dosemeter placed on the human body during the monitoring period. In certain situations, it is required to determine whether the dosemeter alone was exposed accidentally/intentionally in radiation field (static exposure) or was exposed while being worn by a worker moving in his workplace (dynamic exposure). The present thermoluminscent (TL) based personnel monitoring systems are not capable of distinguishing between the above stated (static and dynamic) exposure conditions...
March 2, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338752/strategies-for-evaluating-the-assumptions-of-the-regression-discontinuity-design-a-case-study-using-a-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-programme
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Leah M Smith, Linda E Lévesque, Jay S Kaufman, Erin C Strumpf
Background: The regression discontinuity design (RDD) is a quasi-experimental approach used to avoid confounding bias in the assessment of new policies and interventions. It is applied specifically in situations where individuals are assigned to a policy/intervention based on whether they are above or below a pre-specified cut-off on a continuously measured variable, such as birth date, income or weight. The strength of the design is that, provided individuals do not manipulate the value of this variable, assignment to the policy/intervention is considered as good as random for individuals close to the cut-off...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338620/a-secure-and-privacy-preserving-navigation-scheme-using-spatial-crowdsourcing-in-fog-based-vanets
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Lingling Wang, Guozhu Liu, Lijun Sun
Fog-based VANETs (Vehicular ad hoc networks) is a new paradigm of vehicular ad hoc networks with the advantages of both vehicular cloud and fog computing. Real-time navigation schemes based on fog-based VANETs can promote the scheme performance efficiently. In this paper, we propose a secure and privacy-preserving navigation scheme by using vehicular spatial crowdsourcing based on fog-based VANETs. Fog nodes are used to generate and release the crowdsourcing tasks, and cooperatively find the optimal route according to the real-time traffic information collected by vehicles in their coverage areas...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338613/slum-upgrading-and-health-equity
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Jason Corburn, Alice Sverdlik
Informal settlement upgrading is widely recognized for enhancing shelter and promoting economic development, yet its potential to improve health equity is usually overlooked. Almost one in seven people on the planet are expected to reside in urban informal settlements, or slums, by 2030. Slum upgrading is the process of delivering place-based environmental and social improvements to the urban poor, including land tenure, housing, infrastructure, employment, health services and political and social inclusion...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338604/radar-interferometry-for-monitoring-the-vibration-characteristics-of-buildings-and-civil-structures-recent-case-studies-in-spain
#20
Guido Luzi, Michele Crosetto, Enric Fernández
The potential of a coherent microwave sensor to monitor the vibration characteristics of civil structures has been investigated in the past decade, and successful case studies have been published by different research teams. This remote sensing technique is based on the interferometric processing of real aperture radar acquisitions. Its capability to estimate, simultaneously and remotely, the displacement of different parts of the investigated structures, with high accuracy and repeatability, is its main advantage with respect to conventional sensors...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
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