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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545151/provenance-based-data-integrity-checking-and-verification-in-cloud-environments
#1
Muhammad Imran, Helmut Hlavacs, Inam Ul Haq, Bilal Jan, Fakhri Alam Khan, Awais Ahmad
Cloud computing is a recent tendency in IT that moves computing and data away from desktop and hand-held devices into large scale processing hubs and data centers respectively. It has been proposed as an effective solution for data outsourcing and on demand computing to control the rising cost of IT setups and management in enterprises. However, with Cloud platforms user's data is moved into remotely located storages such that users lose control over their data. This unique feature of the Cloud is facing many security and privacy challenges which need to be clearly understood and resolved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545105/research-on-calibrating-rock-mechanical-parameters-with-a-statistical-method
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Zhen Liu, Ye Guo, Shuheng Du, Gengyu Wu, Mao Pan
Research on the modeling of rock mechanics parameters is of great significance to the exploration of oil and gas. The use of logging data with the Kriging interpolation to study rock mechanics parameters has been proven to be effective in reservoir prediction and other oilfield applications and can provide additional data. However, there will sometimes be a great deviation due to the limited samples and the strong heterogeneity of a layer. To solve this problem, a new approach was proposed to calibrate rock mechanical models through the statistical analysis of logging data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544939/risk-trading-in-flood-management-an-economic-model
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Chiung Ting Chang
Although flood management is no longer exclusively a topic of engineering, flood mitigation continues to be associated with hard engineering options. Flood adaptation or the capacity to adapt to flood risk, as well as a demand for internalizing externalities caused by flood risk between regions, complicate flood management activities. Even though integrated river basin management has long been recommended to resolve the above issues, it has proven difficult to apply widely, and sometimes even to bring into existence...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544769/serum-biomarkers-can-predict-a-change-in-liver-fibrosis-one-year-after-lifestyle-intervention-for-biopsy-proven-nash
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Eduardo Vilar-Gomez, Luis Calzadilla-Bertot, Scott L Friedman, Bienvenido Gra-Oramas, Licet Gonzalez-Fabian, Sacha Lazo-Del Vallin, Moises Diago, Leon A Adams
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The dynamic response of serum fibrosis biomarkers to histological changes within the liver following lifestyle intervention (LI) is unknown. We explored relationships between changes in serum biomarkers and liver fibrosis in NASH patients undergoing LI. METHODS: Paired liver biopsies were performed in 261 NASH patients to assess fibrosis change after 1 year of LI. We explored the utility of serum fibrosis markers to predict changes in hepatic fibrosis and developed and internally validated a model for predicting fibrosis improvement in patients with baseline fibrosis...
May 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544758/neoadjuvant-therapy-in-pancreatic-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-prospective-studies
#5
Han-Xiang Zhan, Jian-Wei Xu, Dong Wu, Zhi-Yang Wu, Lei Wang, San-Yuan Hu, Guang-Yong Zhang
There is a strong rationale and many theoretical advantages for neoadjuvant therapy in pancreatic cancer (PC). However, study results have varied significantly. In this study, a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies were performed in order to evaluate safety and effectiveness of neoadjuvant therapy in PC. Thirty-nine studies were selected (n = 1458 patients), with 14 studies focusing on patients with resectable disease (group 1), and 19 studies focusing on patients with borderline resectable and locally advanced disease (group 2)...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544671/a-common-thermal-niche-among-geographically-diverse-populations-of-the-widely-distributed-tree-species-eucalyptus-tereticornis-no-evidence-for-adaptation-to-climate-of-origin
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John E Drake, Angelica Vårhammar, Dushan Kumarathunge, Belinda E Medlyn, Sebastian Pfautsch, Peter B Reich, David T Tissue, Oula Ghannoum, Mark G Tjoelker
Impacts of climate warming depend on the degree to which plants are constrained by adaptation to their climate-of-origin or exhibit broad climatic suitability. We grew cool-origin, central and warm-origin provenances of Eucalyptus tereticornis in an array of common temperature environments from 18 to 35.5°C to determine if this widely distributed tree species consists of geographically contrasting provenances with differentiated and narrow thermal niches, or if provenances share a common thermal niche. The temperature responses of photosynthesis, respiration, and growth were equivalent across the three provenances, reflecting a common thermal niche despite a 2,200 km geographic distance and 13°C difference in mean annual temperature at seed origin...
May 23, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544650/diverse-application-of-mri-for-mouse-phenotyping
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REVIEW
Yijen L Wu, Cecilia W Lo
Small animal models, particularly mouse models, of human diseases are becoming an indispensable tool for biomedical research. Studies in animal models have provided important insights into the etiology of diseases and accelerated the development of therapeutic strategies. Detailed phenotypic characterization is essential, both for the development of such animal models and mechanistic studies into disease pathogenesis and testing the efficacy of experimental therapeutics. MRI is a versatile and noninvasive imaging modality with excellent penetration depth, tissue coverage, and soft tissue contrast...
May 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544631/spermatozoa-from-males-with-reduced-fecundity-exhibit-differential-dna-methylation-patterns
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M Laqqan, S Tierling, Y Alkhaled, C Lo Porto, E F Solomayer, M Hammadeh
Infertility affects 10-15% of couples, and approximately 50% of cases are linked to male factor infertility. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the DNA methylation patterns in spermatozoa from males who are suffering from a reduction in fecundity. Thirty samples were subjected to 450K arrays as a screening study to evaluate the variation in sperm DNA methylation levels between cases and controls groups, and then four CpG sites (cg05799088, cg07227024, cg16338278, and cg08408433) underwent to deep bisulfite sequencing to validate the observed methylation differences in 111 samples (56 proven fertile males as 'controls' and 55 males suffering from a reduction in fecundity as 'cases')...
May 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544553/dna-barcoding-meets-nanotechnology-development-of-a-smart-universal-tool-for-food-authentication
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Paola Valentini, Andrea Galimberti, Valerio Mezzasalma, Fabrizio De Mattia, Maurizio Casiraghi, Massimo Labra, Pier Paolo Pompa
Food trade globalization and the growing demand for selected food varieties have led to the intensification of adulteration cases, especially in the form of species substitution/mixing with cheaper taxa. This phenomenon acquired huge economic impact and sometimes even public health implications. DNA barcoding represents a well-proven molecular tool to assess the authenticity of food items, although its diffusion is hampered by analytical constraints and timeframes that are often prohibitive for food market...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544497/cell-tracking-using-gold-nanoparticles-and-computed-tomography-imaging
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REVIEW
Rinat Meir, Rachela Popovtzer
Cell-based therapies utilize transplantation of living cells with therapeutic traits to alleviate numerous diseases and disorders. The use of such biological agents is an attractive alternative for diseases that existing medicine cannot effectively treat. Although very promising, translating cell therapy to the clinic has proven to be challenging, due to inconsistent results in preclinical and clinical studies. To examine the underlying cause for these inconsistencies, it is crucial to noninvasively monitor the accuracy of cell injection, and cell survival and migration patterns...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544327/genetic-variation-at-the-th2-immune-gene-il13-is-associated-with-ige-mediated-paediatric-food-allergy
#11
S E Ashley, H-T T Tan, R Peters, K J Allen, P Vuillermin, S C Dharmage, M L K Tang, J Koplin, A Lowe, A-L Ponsonby, J Molloy, M C Matheson, R Saffery, J A Ellis, D Martino
BACKGROUND: Food allergies pose a considerable world-wide public health burden with incidence as high as one in ten in 12-month-old infants. Few food allergy genetic risk variants have yet been identified. The Th2 immune gene IL13 is a highly plausible genetic candidate as it is central to the initiation of IgE class switching in B cells. OBJECTIVE: Here, we sought to investigate whether genetic polymorphisms at IL13 are associated with the development of challenge-proven IgE-mediated food allergy...
April 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543788/automated-verification-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-radiofrequency-and-cryoballoon-guided-ablation
#12
Jan De Pooter, Thomas Phlips, Milad El Haddad, Frederic van Heuverswyn, Liesbeth Timmers, René Tavernier, Sebastien Knecht, Yves Vandekerckhove, Mattias Duytschaever
BACKGROUND: Verification of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) can be challenging due to the coexistence of pulmonary vein potentials (PVP) and far field potentials. This study aimed to prospectively validate a novel algorithm for automated verification of PVI in radiofrequency-guided (RF) and cryoballoon-guided (CB) ablation strategies. METHODS: A dataset of 620 (RF: 516 EGMs and CB: 104 EGMs) bipolar electrograms (EGM), recorded by circular mapping catheter (CMC) placed at the left atrium-pulmonary vein (PV) junction, were prospectively analyzed by a two-step algorithm...
May 25, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543566/preventing-recurrent-ankle-sprains-is-the-use-of-an-app-more-cost-effective-than-a-printed-booklet-results-of-a-rct
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M Van Reijen, I Vriend, W van Mechelen, E A Verhagen
OBJECTIVES: Recurrent ankle sprains can be reduced by following a neuromuscular training (NMT) program via a printed Booklet or a mobile application. Regarding the high incidence of ankle sprains, cost-effectiveness regarding implementation can have a large effect on total societal costs. DESIGN: In this economic analysis we evaluated whether the method of implementing a proven effective NMT program by using an App or a Booklet resulted in differences in injury incidence rates leading to costs and hence to differences in cost-effectiveness...
May 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543186/clinical-biochemical-and-genetic-aspects-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-larsson-syndrome
#14
REVIEW
Kye Hee Cho, Sung Han Shim, MinYoung Kim
Sjögren-Larsson syndrome (SLS) is caused by an autosomal recessive mutation in ALDH3A2, which encodes the fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase responsible for the metabolism of long-chain aliphatic aldehydes and alcohols. The pathophysiologic accumulation of aldehydes in various organs, including the skin, brain, and eyes, leads to characteristic features of ichthyosis, intellectual disability, spastic di-/quadriplegia, and low visual acuity with photophobia. The severity of the clinical manifestations thereof can vary greatly, although most patients are bound to a wheelchair due to contractures...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542872/classification-of-planctonema-like-algae-including-a-new-genus-planctonemopsis-gen-nov-a-new-species-planctonema-gelatinosum-sp-nov-and-a-reinstated-genus-psephonema-trebouxiophyceae-chlorophyta
#15
Xudong Liu, Huan Zhu, Benwen Liu, Guoxiang Liu, Zhengyu Hu
Planctonema-like species consist of planktonic green algae and are found throughout the world. Their characteristic morphology, which includes short and slender filaments consisting of side-by-side or distant cylindrical cells enclosed in a fine and hyaline sheath, makes them easily distinguishable. To date, Planctonema lauterbornii was the only taxon accepted for this group. However, descriptions from different materials have revealed notable morphological differences, including the presence/absence of a pyrenoid, a mucilage sheath and an apical thickening of the cell wall...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542799/global-sensitivity-analysis-for-repeated-measures-studies-with-informative-drop-out-a-semi-parametric-approach
#16
Daniel Scharfstein, Aidan McDermott, Iván Díaz, Marco Carone, Nicola Lunardon, Ibrahim Turkoz
In practice, both testable and untestable assumptions are generally required to draw inference about the mean outcome measured at the final scheduled visit in a repeated measures study with drop-out. Scharfstein et al. (2014) proposed a sensitivity analysis methodology to determine the robustness of conclusions within a class of untestable assumptions. In their approach, the untestable and testable assumptions were guaranteed to be compatible; their testable assumptions were based on a fully parametric model for the distribution of the observable data...
May 23, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542724/viruses-and-endogenous-retroviruses-in-multiple-sclerosis-from-correlation-to-causation
#17
REVIEW
A-F A Mentis, E Dardiotis, N Grigoriadis, E Petinaki, G M Hadjigeorgiou
Multiple sclerosis is an immune-mediated disease with an environmental component. According to a long-standing but unproven hypothesis dating to initial descriptions of multiple sclerosis (MS) at the end of the 19th century, viruses are either directly or indirectly implicated in MS pathogenesis. Whether viruses in MS are principally causal or simply contributory remains to be proven, but many viruses or viral elements-predominantly Epstein-Barr virus, human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) and human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) but also less common viruses such as Saffold and measles viruses-are associated with MS...
May 23, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542412/low-rates-of-antibiotic-resistance-and-infectious-mortality-in-a-cohort-of-high-risk-hematology-patients-a-single-center-retrospective-analysis-of-blood-stream-infection
#18
Jason R Conn, Elizabeth M Catchpoole, Naomi Runnegar, Sally J Mapp, Kate A Markey
Febrile neutropenia (FN) is a medical emergency and can represent a life-threatening complication for hematology patients treated with intensive chemotherapy regimens. In clinical practice, the diagnostic yield of blood cultures and other investigations which aim to identify a causative organism or site of infection is low. We have retrospectively examined all blood cultures collected in a "real world" cohort of patients receiving chemotherapy for acute leukemia and patients with aggressive lymphoma treated with Hyper-CVAD/MTX-cytarabine, at a single tertiary center over a five-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542396/using-stochastic-language-models-slm-to-map-lexical-syntactic-and-phonological-information-processing-in-the-brain
#19
Alessandro Lopopolo, Stefan L Frank, Antal van den Bosch, Roel M Willems
Language comprehension involves the simultaneous processing of information at the phonological, syntactic, and lexical level. We track these three distinct streams of information in the brain by using stochastic measures derived from computational language models to detect neural correlates of phoneme, part-of-speech, and word processing in an fMRI experiment. Probabilistic language models have proven to be useful tools for studying how language is processed as a sequence of symbols unfolding in time. Conditional probabilities between sequences of words are at the basis of probabilistic measures such as surprisal and perplexity which have been successfully used as predictors of several behavioural and neural correlates of sentence processing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542221/urinary-leakage-during-sexual-intercourse-among-women-with-incontinence-incidence-and-risk-factors
#20
Hui-Hsuan Lau, Wen-Chu Huang, Tsung-Hsien Su
BACKGROUND: Coital incontinence is an under-reported disorder among women with urinary incontinence. Women seldom voluntarily report this condition, and as such, related data remains limited and is at times conflicting. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the incidence and quality of life in women with coital incontinence and to determine associated predictors. METHODS: This observational study involved 505 sexually active women attending the urogynecologic clinic for symptomatic urinary incontinence at a tertiary medical center...
2017: PloS One
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