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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446010/development-of-decision-support-formulas-for-the-prediction-of-bladder-outlet-obstruction-and-prostatic-surgery-in-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptom-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-part-i-development-of-the-formula-and-its-internal-validation
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Min Soo Choo, Changwon Yoo, Sung Yong Cho, Seong Jin Jeong, Chang Wook Jeong, Ja Hyeon Ku, Seung-June Oh
PURPOSE: As the elderly population increases, a growing number of patients have lower urinary tract symptom (LUTS)/benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The aim of this study was to develop decision support formulas and nomograms for the prediction of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and for BOO-related surgical decision-making, and to validate them in patients with LUTS/BPH. METHODS: Patient with LUTS/BPH between October 2004 and May 2014 were enrolled as a development cohort...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445744/nmrbox-a-resource-for-biomolecular-nmr-computation
#2
Mark W Maciejewski, Adam D Schuyler, Michael R Gryk, Ion I Moraru, Pedro R Romero, Eldon L Ulrich, Hamid R Eghbalnia, Miron Livny, Frank Delaglio, Jeffrey C Hoch
Advances in computation have been enabling many recent advances in biomolecular applications of NMR. Due to the wide diversity of applications of NMR, the number and variety of software packages for processing and analyzing NMR data is quite large, with labs relying on dozens, if not hundreds of software packages. Discovery, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of all these packages is a burdensome task. Because the majority of software packages originate in academic labs, persistence of the software is compromised when developers graduate, funding ceases, or investigators turn to other projects...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445499/fine-scale-population-genetic-structure-of-the-bengal-tiger-panthera-tigris-tigris-in-a-human-dominated-western-terai-arc-landscape-india
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Sujeet Kumar Singh, Jouni Aspi, Laura Kvist, Reeta Sharma, Puneet Pandey, Sudhanshu Mishra, Randeep Singh, Manoj Agrawal, Surendra Prakash Goyal
Despite massive global conservation strategies, tiger populations continued to decline until recently, mainly due to habitat loss, human-animal conflicts, and poaching. These factors are known to affect the genetic characteristics of tiger populations and decrease local effective population sizes. The Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) at the foothills of the Himalaya is one of the 42 source sites of tigers around the globe. Therefore, information on how landscape features and anthropogenic factors affect the fine-scale spatial genetic structure and variation of tigers in TAL is needed to develop proper management strategies for achieving long-term conservation goals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444562/infliximab-maintenance-dosing-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-an-example-for-in-silico-assessment-of-adaptive-dosing-strategies
#4
Jessica Wojciechowski, Richard N Upton, Diane R Mould, Michael D Wiese, David J R Foster
Infliximab is an anti-tumour necrosis factor alpha monoclonal antibody used to treat inflammatory diseases. Many patients fail during induction and others respond initially but relapse during maintenance therapy. Although anti-drug antibodies (ADA) are associated with some clinical failures, there is evidence that some failures may be due to subtherapeutic exposure. Adapting doses based on clinical outcomes and trough concentrations can improve response and reduce the proportion that develop ADA, but identification of appropriate doses in the presence of time-varying patient factors is complicated...
April 25, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444381/evidence-for-very-recent-positive-selection-in-mongolians
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Kazuhiro Nakayama, Jun Ohashi, Kazuhisa Watanabe, Lkagvasuren Munkhtulga, Sadahiko Iwamoto
Mongols, the founders of the largest continental empire in history, successfully adapted to the harsh environments of Inner Asia through nomadic pastoralism. Considerable interest exists in ascertaining whether genetic adaptation also contributed to the Mongols' success, and dissecting the genome diversity of present-day populations in Mongolia can help address this question. To this end, we determined the genotypes of nearly 2.4 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 96 unrelated Mongolian individuals in Ulaanbaatar city, and performed genome-wide scans for population-specific positive selection...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444234/inferring-allele-frequency-trajectories-from-ancient-dna-indicates-that-selection-on-a-chicken-gene-coincided-with-changes-in-medieval-husbandry-practices
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Liisa Loog, Mark G Thomas, Ross Barnett, Richard Allen, Naomi Sykes, Ptolemaios D Paxinos, Ophelie Lebrasseur, Keith Dobney, Joris Peters, Andrea Manica, Greger Larson, Anders Eriksson
Ancient DNA provides an opportunity to infer the drivers of natural selection by linking allele frequency changes to temporal shifts in environment or cultural practices. However, analyses have often been hampered by uneven sampling and uncertainties in sample dating, as well as being confounded by demographic processes. Here we present a Bayesian statistical framework for quantifying the timing and strength of selection using ancient DNA that explicitly addresses these challenges. We applied this method to time series data for two loci: TSHR and BCDO2, both argued to have undergone strong and recent selection in domestic chickens...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444109/temporal-changes-in-mortality-related-to-extreme-temperatures-for-15-cities-in-northeast-asia-adaptation-to-heat-and-maladaptation-to-cold
#7
Yeonseung Chung, Heesang Noh, Yasushi Honda, Masahiro Hashizume, Michelle L Bell, Yue-Liang Leon Guo, Ho Kim
Understanding how the temperature-mortality association worldwide changes over time is crucial to addressing questions of human adaptation under climate change. Previous studies investigated the temporal changes in the association over a few discrete time frames or assumed a linear change. Also, most studies focused on attenuation of heat-related mortality and studied the United States or Europe. This research examined continuous temporal changes (potentially nonlinear) in mortality related to extreme temperature (both heat and cold) for 15 cities in Northeast Asia (1972-2009)...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443027/personalized-medication-response-prediction-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-learning-in-the-model-space-vs-learning-in-the-data-space
#8
Hin K Wong, Paul A Tiffin, Michael J Chappell, Thomas E Nichols, Patrick R Welsh, Orla M Doyle, Boryana C Lopez-Kolkovska, Sarah K Inglis, David Coghill, Yuan Shen, Peter Tiño
Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health disorders amongst school-aged children with an estimated prevalence of 5% in the global population (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Stimulants, particularly methylphenidate (MPH), are the first-line option in the treatment of ADHD (Reeves and Schweitzer, 2004; Dopheide and Pliszka, 2009) and are prescribed to an increasing number of children and adolescents in the US and the UK every year (Safer et al., 1996; McCarthy et al...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442566/bayesian-posteriors-for-arbitrarily-rare-events
#9
Drew Fudenberg, Kevin He, Lorens A Imhof
We study how much data a Bayesian observer needs to correctly infer the relative likelihoods of two events when both events are arbitrarily rare. Each period, either a blue die or a red die is tossed. The two dice land on side [Formula: see text] with unknown probabilities [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], which can be arbitrarily low. Given a data-generating process where [Formula: see text], we are interested in how much data are required to guarantee that with high probability the observer's Bayesian posterior mean for [Formula: see text] exceeds [Formula: see text] times that for [Formula: see text] If the prior densities for the two dice are positive on the interior of the parameter space and behave like power functions at the boundary, then for every [Formula: see text] there exists a finite [Formula: see text] so that the observer obtains such an inference after [Formula: see text] periods with probability at least [Formula: see text] whenever [Formula: see text] The condition on [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] is the best possible...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442335/do-impulsive-individuals-benefit-more-from-food-go-no-go-training-testing-the-role-of-inhibition-capacity-in-the-no-go-devaluation-effect
#10
Zhang Chen, Harm Veling, Ap Dijksterhuis, Rob W Holland
Not responding to food items in a go/no-go task can lead to devaluation of these food items, which may help people regulate their eating behavior. The Behavior Stimulus Interaction (BSI) theory explains this devaluation effect by assuming that inhibiting impulses triggered by appetitive foods elicits negative affect, which in turn devalues the food items. BSI theory further predicts that the devaluation effect will be stronger when food items are more appetitive and when individuals have low inhibition capacity...
April 22, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441519/grounding-principles-for-inferring-agency-two-cultural-perspectives
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Bethany L Ojalehto, Douglas L Medin, Salino G García
The present research investigates cultural variation in grounding principles for inferring agency in order to address an important theoretical debate: does cultural diversity in agency concepts reflect an animistic overextension of (universal) folkpsychology, as many have argued, or an alternative theory of folkcommunication based on relational principles? In two experiments, mind perception measures were adapted to assess beliefs concerning the agency of non-animal kinds (plants, abiotic kinds, complex artifacts) among Indigenous Ngöbe adults in Panama and US college students...
April 22, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441518/learning-to-allocate-limited-time-to-decisions-with-different-expected-outcomes
#12
Arash Khodadadi, Pegah Fakhari, Jerome R Busemeyer
The goal of this article is to investigate how human participants allocate their limited time to decisions with different properties. We report the results of two behavioral experiments. In each trial of the experiments, the participant must accumulate noisy information to make a decision. The participants received positive and negative rewards for their correct and incorrect decisions, respectively. The stimulus was designed such that decisions based on more accumulated information were more accurate but took longer...
April 19, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440974/risk-estimation-for-lung-cancer-in-libya-analysis-based-on-standardized-morbidity-ratio-poisson-gamma-model-bym-model-and-mixture-model
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Maryam Ahmed Alhdiri, Nor Azah Samat, Zulkifley Mohamed
Cancer is the most rapidly spreading disease in the world, especially in developing countries, including Libya. Cancer represents a significant burden on patients, families, and their societies. This disease can be controlled if detected early. Therefore, disease mapping has recently become an important method in the fields of public health research and disease epidemiology. The correct choice of statistical model is a very important step to producing a good map of a disease. Libya was selected to perform this work and to examine its geographical variation in the incidence of lung cancer...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440720/the-reliability-of-assessments-the-bayesian-cronbach-s-alpha
#14
Mohsen Tavakol
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440311/efficacy-and-safety-of-rectal-5-aminosalicylic-acid-versus-corticosteroids-in-active-distal-ulcerative-colitis-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Xiaojing Zhao, Changcheng Zhou, Jingjing Ma, Yunjuan Zhu, Min Sun, Peixue Wang, Yi Zhang, Haiqin Ma, Hongjie Zhang
Topical 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) and corticosteroids are used frequently in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis (UC). Our study aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of different topical drugs used to treat active distal UC. A random-effects model within a Bayesian framework was utilized to compare treatment effects and safety as odds ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% credible intervals (CrI). The surface under the cumulative ranking area (SUCRA) and median rank (MR) with corresponding 95% CrI were calculated to rank the treatment outcomes...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440122/effects-of-low-dose-ionizing-radiation-on-dna-damage-caused-pathways-by-reverse-phase-protein-array-and-bayesian-networks
#16
Dong-Chul Kim, Mingon Kang, Ashis Biswas, Chin-Rang Yang, Xiaoyu Wang, Jean X Gao
Ionizing radiation (IR) causing damages to Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) constitutes a broad range of base damage and double strand break, and thereby, it induces the operation of relevant signaling pathways such as DNA repair, cell cycle control, and cell apoptosis. The goal of this paper is to study how the exposure to low dose radiation affects the human body by observing the signaling pathway associated with Ataxia Telangiectasia mutated (ATM) using Reverse-Phase Protein Array (RPPA) and isogenic human Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) cells under different amounts and durations of IR exposure...
April 2017: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439466/arrival-and-diversification-of-mabuyine-skinks-squamata-scincidae-in-the-neotropics-based-on-a-fossil-calibrated-timetree
#17
Anieli Guirro Pereira, Carlos G Schrago
BACKGROUND: The evolution of South American Mabuyinae skinks holds significant biogeographic interest because its sister lineage is distributed across the African continent and adjacent islands. Moreover, at least one insular species, Trachylepis atlantica, has independently reached the New World through transoceanic dispersal. To clarify the evolutionary history of both Neotropical lineages, this study aimed to infer an updated timescale using the largest species and gene sampling dataset ever assembled for this group...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439448/spatial-determinants-of-ebola-virus-disease-risk-for-the-west-african-epidemic
#18
Kate Zinszer, Kathryn Morrison, Aman Verma, John S Brownstein
INTRODUCTION: Although many studies have investigated the probability of Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks while other studies have simulated the size and speed of EVD outbreaks, few have investigated the environmental and population-level predictors of Ebola transmission once an outbreak is underway. Identifying strong predictors of transmission could help guide and target limited public health resources during an EVD outbreak. We examined several environmental and population-level demographic predictors of EVD risk from the West African epidemic...
March 31, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438781/transporter-mediated-disposition-clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-cholestatic-potential-of-glyburide-and-its-primary-active-metabolites
#19
Rui Li, Yi-An Bi, Anna Vildhede, Renato J Scialis, Sumathy Mathialagan, Xin Yang, Lisa D Marroquin, Jian Lin, Manthena V S Varma
Glyburide is widely used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. We studied the mechanisms involved in the disposition of glyburide and its pharmacologically active hydroxy metabolites, M1 and M2b; and evaluated their clinical pharmacokinetics and the potential role in glyburide-induced cholestasis employing physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling. Transport studies of parent and metabolites in human hepatocytes and transfected cell systems imply hepatic uptake mediated by organic anion transporting polypeptides...
April 24, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438318/the-affinities-of-homo-floresiensis-based-on-phylogenetic-analyses-of%C3%A2-cranial-dental-and-postcranial-characters
#20
Debbie Argue, Colin P Groves, Michael S Y Lee, William L Jungers
Although the diminutive Homo floresiensis has been known for a decade, its phylogenetic status remains highly contentious. A broad range of potential explanations for the evolution of this species has been explored. One view is that H. floresiensis is derived from Asian Homo erectus that arrived on Flores and subsequently evolved a smaller body size, perhaps to survive the constrained resources they faced in a new island environment. Fossil remains of H. erectus, well known from Java, have not yet been discovered on Flores...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
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