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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918412/prediction-of-early-unplanned-intensive-care-unit-readmission-in-a-uk-tertiary-care-hospital-a-cross-sectional-machine-learning-approach
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Thomas Desautels, Ritankar Das, Jacob Calvert, Monica Trivedi, Charlotte Summers, David J Wales, Ari Ercole
OBJECTIVES: Unplanned readmissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) are highly undesirable, increasing variance in care, making resource planning difficult and potentially increasing length of stay and mortality in some settings. Identifying patients who are likely to suffer unplanned ICU readmission could reduce the frequency of this adverse event. SETTING: A single academic, tertiary care hospital in the UK. PARTICIPANTS: A set of 3326 ICU episodes collected between October 2014 and August 2016...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918140/technical-note-feasibility-of-near-infrared-transmittance-spectroscopy-to-predict-cheese-ripeness
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S Currò, C L Manuelian, M Penasa, M Cassandro, M De Marchi
The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of near infrared (NIR) transmittance spectroscopy to predict cheese ripeness using the ratio of water-soluble nitrogen (WSN) to total nitrogen (TN) as an index of cheese maturity (WSN/TN). Fifty-two Protected Designation of Origin cow milk cheeses of 5 varieties (Asiago, Grana Padano, Montasio, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Piave) and different ripening times were available for laboratory and chemometric analyses. Reference measures of WSN and TN were matched with cheese spectral information obtained from ground samples by a NIR instrument that operated in transmittance mode for wavelengths from 850 to 1,050 nm...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917804/development-and-validation-of-a-maleimide-based-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-the-detection-of-tetrodotoxin-in-oysters-and-mussels
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Laia Reverté, Maria Rambla-Alegre, Sandra Leonardo, Carlos Bellés, Katrina Campbell, Christopher T Elliott, Arjen Gerssen, Mirjam D Klijnstra, Jorge Diogène, Mònica Campàs
The recent detection of tetrodotoxins (TTXs) in puffer fish and shellfish in Europe highlights the necessity to monitor the levels of TTXs in seafood by rapid, specific, sensitive and reliable methods in order to protect human consumers. A previous immunoassay for TTX detection in puffer fish, based on the use of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for the immobilization of TTX on maleimide plates (mELISA), has been modified and adapted to the analysis of oyster and mussel samples. Changing dithiol for cysteamine-based SAMs enabled reductions in the assay time and cost, while maintaining the sensitivity of the assay...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917798/perception-of-olive-oils-sensory-defects-using-a-potentiometric-taste-device
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Ana C A Veloso, Lucas M Silva, Nuno Rodrigues, Ligia P G Rebello, Luís G Dias, José A Pereira, António M Peres
The capability of perceiving olive oils sensory defects and intensities plays a key role on olive oils quality grade classification since olive oils can only be classified as extra-virgin if no defect can be perceived by a human trained sensory panel. Otherwise, olive oils may be classified as virgin or lampante depending on the median intensity of the defect predominantly perceived and on the physicochemical levels. However, sensory analysis is time-consuming and requires an official sensory panel, which can only evaluate a low number of samples per day...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917770/applicability-of-the-direct-injection-liquid-chromatographic-tandem-mass-spectrometric-analytical-approach-to-the-sub-ngl-1-determination-of-perfluoro-alkyl-acids-in-waste-surface-ground-and-drinking-water-samples
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Lorenzo Ciofi, Lapo Renai, Daniele Rossini, Claudia Ancillotti, Alida Falai, Donatella Fibbi, Maria Concetta Bruzzoniti, José Juan Santana-Rodriguez, Serena Orlandini, Massimo Del Bubba
The applicability of a direct injection UHPLC-MS/MS method for the analysis of several perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in a wide range of water matrices was investigated. The method is based on the direct injection of 100µL of centrifuged water sample, without any other sample treatment. Very good method detection limits (0.014-0.44ngL(-1)) and excellent intra and inter-day precision (RSD% values in the range 1.8-4.4% and 2.7-5.7%, respectively) were achieved, with a total analysis time of 20min per sample. A high number of samples - i...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917736/off-line-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-combined-with-on-solid-support-derivatization-and-gc-ms-application-for-the-analysis-of-five-pyrethroid-metabolites-in-urine-samples
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Anna Klimowska, Bartosz Wielgomas
A novel, fast and eco-friendly analytical method using microextraction by packed sorbent coupled to large volume injection-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (MEPS-LVI-GC-MS) was developed for the determination of five pyrethroid metabolites (cis-2,2-dimethyl-3-(2-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoro-1-propenyl)-cyclopropanecarboxylic acid, cis/trans-3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane-1-carboxylic acids, cis-(2,2-dibromovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid and 3-phenoxybenzoic acid) in human urine...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917503/food-reluctance-of-preschool-children-attending-daycare-centers-is-associated-with-a-lower-body-mass-index
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Véronique Surette, Stéphanie Ward, Pascale Morin, Hassan Vatanparast, Mathieu Bélanger
BACKGROUND: Food reluctance can present as fussiness, picky eating, slowness in eating, and high satiety responsiveness. It can be associated with inadequate weight gain during early childhood. Although a majority of preschoolers attend daycare centers, associations between their eating behaviors at daycare and their body composition have not been studied. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to develop an estimate of food reluctance and to assess the relationship between food reluctance at daycare and body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference of preschoolers...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917244/dietary-patterns-and-sleep-parameters-in-a-cohort-of-community-dwelling-australian-men
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Yingting Cao, Anne W Taylor, Gary Wittert, Robert Adams, Zumin Shi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Emerging evidence suggests potential effects of nutrients/foods on sleep parameters. However, no studies have addressed the complex interactions among nutrients/foods and relate them to sleep outcomes. To investigate the associations between dietary patterns and sleep parameters (polysomnography (PSG) measured and self-reported sleep symptoms) in a large sample of community dwelling men in South Australia. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis was conducted of participants in the Men Androgen Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress cohort enrolled in a sleep sub-study (n=784, age 35-80 years)...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917221/determining-the-predictive-equation-for-height-from-ulnar-length-in-the-vietnamese-population
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Ana Bonell, Nguyen Nguyen Huyen, Vu Dinh Phu, Heiman Wertheim, Behzad Nadjm
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Height is an essential measurement in clinical medicine. It allows the calculation of body mass index, ideal body weight, basic energy requirements and tidal volumes. In many patient groups, such as the critically ill, height cannot be measured easily and surrogate anthropometric measures are used. Regression equations estimating height are specific to ethnicity. We aimed to develop the regression equation for Vietnamese men and women to predict height from ulna length and so improve prescription of life-saving treatment in the intensive care units...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917134/the-development-of-the-dutch-version-of-the-fremantle-back-awareness-questionnaire
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Lotte Janssens, Nina Goossens, Benedict M Wand, Madelon Pijnenburg, Tinne Thys, Simon Brumagne
BACKGROUND: Disturbed body perception may play a role in the aetiology of chronic low back pain (LBP). The Fremantle Back Awareness Questionnaire (FreBAQ) is currently the only self-report questionnaire to assess back-specific body perception in individuals with LBP. OBJECTIVES: To perform a cross-cultural adaptation of the FreBAQ into Dutch. DESIGN: Psychometric study. METHODS: A Dutch version of the FreBAQ was generated through forward-backward translation, and was completed by 73 patients with LBP and 73 controls to assess discriminant validity...
September 7, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917129/residential-road-traffic-noise-and-general-mental-health-in-youth-the-role-of-noise-annoyance-neighborhood-restorative-quality-physical-activity-and-social-cohesion-as-potential-mediators
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Angel Dzhambov, Boris Tilov, Iana Markevych, Donka Dimitrova
Given the ubiquitous nature of both noise pollution and mental disorders, their alleged association has not escaped the spotlight of public health research. The effect of traffic noise on mental health is probably mediated by other factors, which have not been elucidated sufficiently. Herein, we aimed to disentangle the pathways linking road traffic noise to general mental health in Bulgarian youth, with a focus on several candidate mediators - noise annoyance, perceived restorative quality of the living environment, physical activity, and neighborhood social cohesion...
September 13, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916986/continuous-structured-population-models-for-daphnia-magna
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Erica M Rutter, H T Banks, Gerald A LeBlanc, Kevin B Flores
We continue our efforts in modeling Daphnia magna, a species of water flea, by proposing a continuously structured population model incorporating density-dependent and density-independent fecundity and mortality rates. We collected new individual-level data to parameterize the individual demographics relating food availability and individual daphnid growth. Our model is fit to experimental data using the generalized least-squares framework, and we use cross-validation and Akaike Information Criteria to select hyper-parameters...
September 15, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916538/analysis-of-blood-based-gene-expression-in-idiopathic-parkinson-disease
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Ron Shamir, Christine Klein, David Amar, Eva-Juliane Vollstedt, Michael Bonin, Marija Usenovic, Yvette C Wong, Ales Maver, Sven Poths, Hershel Safer, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Suzanne Lesage, Ofer Lavi, Günther Deuschl, Gregor Kuhlenbaeumer, Heike Pawlack, Igor Ulitsky, Meike Kasten, Olaf Riess, Alexis Brice, Borut Peterlin, Dimitri Krainc
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether gene expression analysis of a large-scale Parkinson disease (PD) patient cohort produces a robust blood-based PD gene signature compared to previous studies that have used relatively small cohorts (≤220 samples). METHODS: Whole-blood gene expression profiles were collected from a total of 523 individuals. After preprocessing, the data contained 486 gene profiles (n = 205 PD, n = 233 controls, n = 48 other neurodegenerative diseases) that were partitioned into training, validation, and independent test cohorts to identify and validate a gene signature...
September 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916243/feasibility-and-accuracy-of-automated-software-for-transthoracic-three-dimensional-left-ventricular-volume-and-function-analysis-comparisons-with-two-dimensional-echocardiography-three-dimensional-transthoracic-manual-method-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Gloria Tamborini, Concetta Piazzese, Roberto M Lang, Manuela Muratori, Elisa Chiorino, Massimo Mapelli, Laura Fusini, Sarah Ghulam Ali, Paola Gripari, Gianluca Pontone, Daniele Andreini, Mauro Pepi
BACKGROUND: Recently, a new automated software package (HeartModel) was developed to obtain three-dimensional (3D) left ventricular (LV) volumes using a model-based algorithm (MBA) with a "one-button" simple system and user-adjustable slider. The aims of this study were to verify the feasibility and accuracy of the MBA in comparison with other commonly used imaging techniques in a large unselected population, to evaluate possible accuracy improvements of free operator border adjustments or changes of the slider's default position, and to identify differences in method accuracy related to specific pathologies...
September 12, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915891/inflammatory-bowel-disease-specific-health-related-quality-of-life-instruments-a-systematic-review-of-measurement-properties
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REVIEW
Xin-Lin Chen, Liang-Huan Zhong, Yi Wen, Tian-Wen Liu, Xiao-Ying Li, Zheng-Kun Hou, Yue Hu, Chuan-Wei Mo, Feng-Bin Liu
BACKGROUND: This review aims to critically appraise and compare the measurement properties of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-specific health-related quality of life instruments. METHODS: Medline, EMBASE and ISI Web of Knowledge were searched from their inception to May 2016. IBD-specific instruments for patients with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or IBD were enrolled. The basic characteristics and domains of the instruments were collected. The methodological quality of measurement properties and measurement properties of the instruments were assessed...
September 15, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915857/validity-and-reproducibility-of-a-short-food-frequency-questionnaire-among-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Aurélie Affret, Sandra Wagner, Douae El Fatouhi, Courtney Dow, Emmanuelle Correia, Maryvonne Niravong, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Julie De Chefdebien, Denis Fouque, Bénédicte Stengel, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Guy Fagherazzi
BACKGROUND: A balanced diet is essential to slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and managing the symptoms. Currently, no tool is available to easily and quickly assess energy and macronutrient intake in patients with non end-stage CKD. We aimed to develop and evaluate the validity and reproducibility of a new short 49-item food frequency questionnaire (SFFQ) adapted to patients with CKD. METHODS: The CKD-REIN study is a prospective cohort that enrolled 3033 patients with moderate or advanced CKD from a national sample of nephrology clinics...
September 15, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915832/dogs-as-victims-of-their-own-worms-serodiagnosis-of-canine-alveolar-echinococcosis
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C F Frey, N Marreros, S Renneker, L Schmidt, H Sager, B Hentrich, S Milesi, B Gottstein
BACKGROUND: Besides acting as definitive hosts for Echinococcus multilocularis, dogs can become infected by the larval form of this parasite and thereby develop life-threatening alveolar echinococcosis (AE). Although AE is a zoonotic disease, most therapeutic and diagnostic approaches have been developed for human patients. In dogs, AE is typically diagnosed in the advanced stage of the disease when the parasitic mass has already caused abdominal distension. At that stage, complete resection of the parasitic mass is often impossible, leaving a guarded prognosis for the affected dogs...
September 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915496/solid-phase-microextraction-coupled-to-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-followed-by-multivariate-data-analysis-for-the-identification-of-volatile-organic-compounds-as-possible-biomarkers-in-lung-cancer-tissues
#18
Federica Bianchi, Nicolò Riboni, Paolo Carbognani, Letizia Gnetti, Enrico Dalcanale, Luca Ampollini, Maria Careri
Solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry followed by multivariate data analysis were used to analyze lung tissues from both healthy and carcinogenic patients. A total of 78 volatile compounds belonging to different chemical classes were identified, seven of which were able to discriminate between the two groups. Discriminant analysis allowed to correctly classify 98.3% of the cases. By using the leave-one-method, 100% of the cross-validated samples belonging to the "tumor" group was correctly classified, whereas 2 cross-validated healthy samples out of 48 were erroneously allocated in the "tumor" group...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915311/can-increased-spatial-resolution-solve-the-crossing-fiber-problem-for-diffusion-mri
#19
Kurt Schilling, Yurui Gao, Vaibhav Janve, Iwona Stepniewska, Bennett A Landman, Adam W Anderson
It is now widely recognized that voxels with crossing fibers or complex geometrical configurations present a challenge for diffusion MRI (dMRI) reconstruction and fiber tracking, as well as microstructural modeling of brain tissues. This "crossing fiber" problem has been estimated to affect anywhere from 30% to as many as 90% of white matter voxels, and it is often assumed that increasing spatial resolution will decrease the prevalence of voxels containing multiple fiber populations. The aim of this study is to estimate the extent of the crossing fiber problem as we progressively increase the spatial resolution, with the goal of determining whether it is possible to mitigate this problem with higher resolution spatial sampling...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915156/a-risk-calculator-using-preoperative-opioids-for-prediction-of-total-knee-revision-arthroplasty
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Jordan Starr, Irene Rozet, Alon Ben-Ari
OBJECTIVES: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a procedure to improve quality of life. However, some patients require early total knee revision (TKR). Chronic opioid use before TKA is associated with TKR. No risk calculator including opioid use or other risk factors is currently available for predicting TKR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed medical records of Veterans Affairs patients who underwent TKA from January 1, 2006 to January 1, 2012. Patients were followed until January 1, 2013...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
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