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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227286/indirect-measurement-of-the-carotid-arterial-pressure-from-vibrocardiographic-signal-calibration-of-the-waveform-and-comparison-with-photoplethysmographic-signal
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L Casacanditella, G Cosoli, S Casaccia, E P Tomasini, L Scalise, L Casacanditella, G Cosoli, S Casaccia, E P Tomasini, L Scalise, G Cosoli, S Casaccia, E P Tomasini, L Casacanditella, L Scalise
The detection of arterial Blood Pressure waveform provides important information about the subject health status. Laser Doppler Vibrometry (LDV) is a non-contact technique with high sensitivity able to detect mechanical movements of the arterial wall; several previous studies have shown that LDV is able to characterize cardiac activity. Photoplethysmogram (PPG) quantifies the digital volume artery pulse, which has been demonstrated to be closely related to the pressure signal measured by an arterial tonometer...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210950/traffic-represents-the-main-source-of-pollution-in-small-mediterranean-urban-areas-as-seen-by-lichen-functional-groups
#2
Esteve Llop, Pedro Pinho, Manuel C Ribeiro, Maria João Pereira, Cristina Branquinho
The land-use type (residential, green areas, and traffic) within relatively small Mediterranean urban areas determines significant changes on lichen diversity, considering species richness and functional groups related to different ecological factors. Those areas with larger volume of traffic hold lower species diversity, in terms of species richness and lichen diversity value (LDV). Traffic areas also affect the composition of the lichen community, which is evidenced by sensitive species. The abundance of species of lichens tolerant to low levels of eutrophication diminishes in traffic areas; oppositely, those areas show a higher abundance of species of lichens tolerating high levels of eutrophication...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203449/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-different-antiviral-medicine-regimens-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-infection
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Seyed Moayed Alavian, Shekoufeh Nikfar, Abbas Kebriaeezadeh, Farhad Lotfi, Ehsan Sanati, Mohsen Rezaei Hemami, Khosro Keshavarz
BACKGROUND: Despite the introduction of new drug regimens with high effectiveness for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients, especially in HCV genotype 1, no cost-effectiveness study on the selection of the superior drug strategy in Iran has been conducted yet. OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of the three drug regimens of pegylated interferon and ribavirin (PR), sofosbuvir (SOF) + PR and ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) in patients with HCV genotype 1 in Iran in the year 2014...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193102/identification-of-predictors-for-treatment-failure-in-hepatitis-c-virus-patients-treated-with-ledipasvir-and-sofosbuvir
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Jeffrey W Jansen, Gillian M Powderly, Travis W Linneman
BACKGROUND: New hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapies report cure rates of ~90% but are expensive. Identification of predictors for treatment failure could help decrease health care costs, limit unnecessary drug exposure and adverse events, and prevent drug-drug interactions. Failure to achieve rapid viral response (RVR), defined as detectable viral load at 4 weeks, has previously been identified as a predictor of treatment failure with some previous HCV therapies. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate RVR, and other potential variables, as predictors of treatment failure in patients treated with ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF)...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157946/self-mixing-birefringent-dual-frequency-laser-doppler-velocimeter
#5
Junbao Chen, Hongbin Zhu, Wei Xia, Dongmei Guo, Hui Hao, Ming Wang
A self-mixing birefringent dual-frequency laser Doppler velocimeter (SBD-LDV) for high-resolution velocity measurements is presented in this paper. The velocity information of the object can be accurately extracted from the self-mixing Doppler frequency shift of the birefringent light-carried microwave signal. We generate a virtual stable light-carried microwave by using a birefringent dual-frequency He-Ne laser which further simplifies the structure of the light source. Moreover, the optical configuration based on the laser self-mixing interference brings benefits of compact optical setup, self-alignment, and direction discriminability...
January 23, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157929/estimation-of-position-and-velocity-for-a-low-dynamic-vehicle-in-near-space-using-nonresolved-photometric-and-astrometric-data
#6
Nan Jing, Chuang Li, Yaqin Chong
An estimation method for indirectly observable parameters for a typical low dynamic vehicle (LDV) is presented. The estimation method utilizes apparent magnitude, azimuth angle, and elevation angle to estimate the position and velocity of a typical LDV, such as a high altitude balloon (HAB). In order to validate the accuracy of the estimated parameters gained from an unscented Kalman filter, two sets of experiments are carried out to obtain the nonresolved photometric and astrometric data. In the experiments, a HAB launch is planned; models of the HAB dynamics and kinematics and observation models are built to use as time update and measurement update functions, respectively...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143559/health-utilities-using-sf-6d-scores-in-japanese-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-treated-with-sofosbuvir-based-regimens-in-clinical-trials
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Zobair Younossi, Maria Stepanova, Masao Omata, Masashi Mizokami, Mercedes Walters, Sharon Hunt
BACKGROUND: Health utilities are preference-based measures for health states which are typically used in economic analyses to estimate quality-adjusted life years. Our aim is to report the standard SF-6D health utility scores in Japanese patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) during treatment with different regimens. METHODS: Japanese patients were enrolled in clinical trials of sofosbuvir (SOF) used in combination with or without ledipasvir (LDV) and/or ribavirin (RBV)...
January 31, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134353/baseline-quasispecies-selection-and-novel-mutations-contribute-to-emerging-resistance-associated-substitutions-in-hepatitis-c-virus-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment
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Yugo Kai, Hayato Hikita, Naoki Morishita, Kazuhiro Murai, Tasuku Nakabori, Sadaharu Iio, Hideki Hagiwara, Yasuharu Imai, Shinji Tamura, Syusaku Tsutsui, Masafumi Naito, Meiko Nishiuchi, Yasuteru Kondo, Takanobu Kato, Hiroshi Suemizu, Ryoko Yamada, Tsugiko Oze, Takayuki Yakushijin, Naoki Hiramatsu, Ryotaro Sakamori, Tomohide Tatsumi, Tetsuo Takehara
Resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) in hepatitis C virus (HCV) appear upon failure of treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). However, their origin has not been clarified in detail. Among 11 HCV genotype 1b patients who experienced virologic failure with asunaprevir (ASV)/daclatasvir (DCV), 10 had major NS5A L31M/V-Y93H variants after treatment. L31M/V-Y93H variants were detected as a minor clone before therapy in 6 patients and were the most closely related to the post-treatment variants by phylogenetic tree analysis in 4 patients...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130599/progress-in-eradication-of-hcv-in-hiv-positive-patients-with-significant-liver-fibrosis-in-vienna
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Sebastian Steiner, Theresa Bucsics, Philipp Schwabl, Mattias Mandorfer, Bernhard Scheiner, Maximilian Christopher Aichelburg, Katharina Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, Peter Ferenci, Michael Trauner, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Thomas Reiberger
AIM: We aimed to investigate the efficacy of interferon and ribavirin-free sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (SOF/LDV) and ritonavir boosted paritaprevir/ombitasvir with or without dasabuvir (2D/3D) regimens in a real-life cohort of human immunodeficiency virus/hepatitis C virus (HIV/HCV) coinfected patients. The study focused on efficacy, need for changes in antiretroviral therapy (ART) due to drug-drug interaction (DDI), and treatment-associated changes in liver stiffness. METHODS: In this study 36 patients (n = 21 SOF/LDV and n = 15 2D/3D) were retrospectively analyzed...
January 27, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108232/ns5a-resistance-associated-substitutions-in-patients-with-genotype-1-hepatitis-c-virus-prevalence-and-effect-on-treatment-outcome
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Stefan Zeuzem, Masashi Mizokami, Stephen Pianko, Alessandra Mangia, Kwang-Hyub Han, Ross Martin, Evguenia Svarovskaia, Hadas Dvory-Sobol, Brian Doehle, Charlotte Hedskog, Chohee Yun, Diana M Brainard, Steven Knox, John G McHutchison, Michael D Miller, Hongmei Mo, Wan-Long Chuang, Ira Jacobson, Gregory J Dore, Mark Sulkowski
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of NS5A inhibitors for the treatment of patients chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be affected by the presence of NS5A resistance-associated substitutions (RASs). We analyzed data from 35 phase 1, 2, and 3 studies in 22 countries to determine the pretreatment prevalence of various NS5A RASs, and their effect on outcomes of treatment with ledipasvir-sofosbuvir in patients with genotype 1 HCV. METHODS: NS5A gene deep sequencing analysis was performed on samples from 5,397 patients in Gilead clinical trials...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079680/middle-ear-sound-transmission-under-normal-damaged-repaired-and-reconstructed-conditions
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Wei Dong, Ying Tian, Xin Gao, Timothy T K Jung
HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesize that current clinical treatment strategies for the disarticulated or eroded incus have the effect of combining the incus and stapes of the human middle ear (ME) into one rigid structure, which, while capable of adequately transmitting lower-frequency sounds, fails for higher frequencies. BACKGROUND: ME damage causes conductive hearing loss (CHL) and while great progress has been made in repairing or reconstructing damaged MEs, the outcomes are often far from ideal...
January 10, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078723/real-world-use-effectiveness-and-safety-of-anti-viral-treatment-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-3-infection
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M Cornberg, J Petersen, A Schober, S Mauss, K H W Böker, R Link, R Günther, Y Serfert, H Pfeiffer-Vornkahl, M P Manns, C Sarrazin, D Hüppe, T Berg, C Niederau
BACKGROUND: Treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotype 3 (GT3) is more challenging compared with other genotypes. Since 2014, several new treatment regimens have been approved but sometimes based on limited data. AIM: To validate the use, effectiveness and safety of anti-viral treatment in chronic hepatitis C genotype 3 infection under real-word conditions. METHODS: The German Hepatitis C-Registry is a large national non-interventional real-world study for patients with chronic hepatitis C...
January 12, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078644/eight-or-12-week-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-with-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-real-world-experience-in-a-large-integrated-health-system
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Jennifer B Lai, Maxwell A Witt, Mary Patricia Pauly, Joanna Ready, Michael Allerton, Suk Seo, David J Witt
BACKGROUND: Second-generation direct-acting antiviral agents are integral to treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) infection. Eight-week courses of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) have been supported in some studies, but data are limited on efficacy in real-world use. Controversy exists regarding applicability of clinical trials to real-world effectiveness. We report virologic responses of patients with HCV genotype 1 infection receiving LDV/SOF for 8 or 12 weeks in a large integrated healthcare system...
January 11, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070175/a-special-meeting-review-edition-advances-in-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-from-the-2016-easl-meeting-the-annual-meeting-of-the-european-association-for-the-study-of-the-liver-%C3%A2-april-13-17-2016-%C3%A2-barcelona-spainspecial-reporting-on-%C3%A2-six-weeks
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059297/absolute-distance-measurement-system-with-micron-grade-measurement-uncertainty-and-24-m-range-using-frequency-scanning-interferometry-with-compensation-of-environmental-vibration
#15
Cheng Lu, Guodong Liu, Bingguo Liu, Fengdong Chen, Yu Gan
We establish a theoretical model of the Doppler effect in absolute distance measurements using frequency scanning interferometry (FSI) and propose a novel FSI absolute distance measurement system. This system incorporates a basic FSI system and a laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV). The LDV results are used to correct for the Doppler effect in the absolute distance measurement signal obtained by the basic FSI system. In the measurement of a target located at 16 m, a measurement resolution of 65.5 μm is obtained, which is close to the theoretical resolution, and a standard deviation of 3...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059254/nonmechanical-scanning-laser-doppler-velocimetry-for-distribution-measurements-of-two-dimensional-velocity-vectors-based-on-optical-quadrature-detection
#16
Koichi Maru
This paper proposes a nonmechanical scanning laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV) for measuring the distribution of two-dimensional velocity vectors. In the proposed LDV, an optical quadrature detection technique and a nonmechanical axial scanning technique are introduced into a reference-type LDV. Consequently, the LDV has a simple optical system without multiple light sources or frequency shifting and does not have any moving mechanisms in the probe. The experimental results obtained using a sensor probe setup indicate that the function of measuring two-dimensional velocity vectors and the scanning function are successfully demonstrated...
December 20, 2016: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052633/hepatitis-c-efficacy-and-safety-in-real-life
#17
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Robert Flisiak, Joanna Pogorzelska, Marta Flisiak-Jackiewicz
Interferon-free combinations were registered in 2014 and 2015 for the treatment of chronic HCV infection. As a result, real-world experience has been gathered in the last year and this paper presents data available in September 2016. Real-world studies on the efficacy of the ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF)±ribavirin (RBV) regimen showed a sustained virologic response (SVR) rate of between 91% and 98%. The SVR rate in the 13858 patients included in this paper was 94%, and 92% in the 3506 patients with cirrhosis...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050236/hepatitis-c-eradication-with-sofosbuvir-leads-to-significant-metabolic-changes
#18
Amilcar L Morales, Zachary Junga, Manish B Singla, Maria Sjogren, Dawn Torres
AIM: To assess the effect of sofosbuvir (SOF) based regimens on glycemic and lipid control. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients treated and cured with a SOF regimen [SOF/ribavirin/interferon, SOF/simeprevir, or SOF/ledipasvir (LDV) ± ribavirin] from January 2014 to March 2015. Patients with hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) and lipid panels within six months before and six months after therapy were identified and included in our study...
December 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046099/cost-effectiveness-of-treating-hepatitis-c-with-sofosbuvir-ledipasvir-in-germany
#19
Jona T Stahmeyer, Siegbert Rossol, Sebastian Liersch, Ines Guerra, Christian Krauth
BACKGROUND: Infections with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are a global public health problem. Long-term consequences are the development of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Newly introduced direct acting antivirals, especially interferon-free regimens, have improved rates of sustained viral response above 90% in most patient groups and allow treating patients who were ineligible for treatment in the past. These new regimens have replaced former treatment and are recommended by current guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040553/efficacy-and-safety-of-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-with-and-without-ribavirin-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-infection-a-meta-analysis
#20
Tingting Tao, Xuehua Jiang, Yuehong Chen, Yiran Song
BACKGROUND: The addition of ribavirin (RBV) to the combination treatment of Ledipasvir (LDV) and Sofosbuvir (SOF) remains controversial in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We performed a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy and safety of the LDV-SOF with and without RBV in treating HCV genotype 1 patients. METHOD: The electronical databases of PubMed Medline, EMBASE database, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and ClinicalTrials...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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