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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214192/land-use-regression-with-long-term-satellite-based-greenness-index-and-culture-specific-sources-to-model-pm2-5-spatial-temporal-variability
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Chih-Da Wu, Yu-Cheng Chen, Wen-Chi Pan, Yu-Ting Zeng, Mu-Jean Chen, Yue Leon Guo, Shih-Chun Candice Lung
This study utilized a long-term satellite-based vegetation index, and considered culture-specific emission sources (temples and Chinese restaurants) with Land-use Regression (LUR) modelling to estimate the spatial-temporal variability of PM2.5 using data from Taipei metropolis, which exhibits typical Asian city characteristics. Annual average PM2.5 concentrations from 2006 to 2012 of 17 air quality monitoring stations established by Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan were used for model development...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213609/gut-microbial-profile-is-altered-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis-and-partially-restored-after-udca-therapy
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Ruqi Tang, Yiran Wei, Yanmei Li, Weihua Chen, Haoyan Chen, Qixia Wang, Fan Yang, Qi Miao, Xiao Xiao, Haiyan Zhang, Min Lian, Xiang Jiang, Jun Zhang, Qin Cao, Zhuping Fan, Maoying Wu, Dekai Qiu, Jing-Yuan Fang, Aftab Ansari, M Eric Gershwin, Xiong Ma
OBJECTIVE: A close relationship between gut microbiota and some chronic liver disorders has recently been described. Herein, we systematically performed a comparative analysis of the gut microbiome in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and healthy controls. DESIGN: We first conducted a cross-sectional study of 60 ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) treatment-naïve patients with PBC and 80 matched healthy controls. Second, an independent cohort composed of 19 treatment-naïve patients and 34 controls was used to validate the results...
February 17, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213209/molecularly-imprinted-solid-phase-extraction-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-seven-nitroimidazoles-from-honey-by-hplc-ms-ms
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Xiu-Chun Guo, Zhao-Yang Xia, Hai-Hui Wang, Wen-Yi Kang, Li-Ming Lin, Wen-Qing Cao, Hong-Wei Zhang, Wen-Hui Zhou
In this work, a selective sample cleanup procedure that combined molecular imprinting technique with solid phase extraction was developed for the simultaneous extraction of the seven nitroimidazoles (NMZs) from honey samples. The molecular imprinting polymers for NMZs were prepared through bulk polymerization method using 2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole as template molecule, methacrylic acid as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross linking agent. The obtained molecular imprinting polymers showed high affinity to template molecule and was used as selective sorbent for simultaneously selective extraction of the seven NMZs from honey matrix...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213120/a-cross-validated-cytoarchitectonic-atlas-of-the-human-ventral-visual-stream
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M Rosenke, K S Weiner, M A Barnett, K Zilles, K Amunts, R Goebel, K Grill-Spector
The human ventral visual stream consists of several areas considered processing stages essential for perception and recognition. A fundamental microanatomical feature differentiating areas is cytoarchitecture, which refers to the distribution, size, and density of cells across cortical layers. Because cytoarchitectonic structure is measured in 20-micron-thick histological slices of postmortem tissue, it is difficult to assess (a) how anatomically consistent these areas are across brains and (b) how they relate to brain parcellations obtained with prevalent neuroimaging methods, acquired at the millimeter and centimeter scale...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212955/health-state-preference-weights-for-the-glasgow-outcome-scale-following-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-mapping-study
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Gordon Ward Fuller, Monica Hernandez, David Pallot, Fiona Lecky, Mathew Stevenson, Belinda Gabbe
BACKGROUND: Valid and relevant estimates of health state preference weights (HSPWs) for Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) categories are a key input of economic models evaluating treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVES: To characterize existing HSPW estimates, and model the EuroQol five-dimensional questionnaire (EQ-5D) from the GOS, to inform parameterization of future economic models. METHODS: A systematic review of HSPWs for GOS categories following TBI was conducted using a highly sensitive search strategy implemented in an extensive range of information sources between 1975 and 2016...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212686/validity-of-a-simplified-screening-instrument-for-assessing-overweight-children-in-a-dental-setting-a-cross-sectional-study
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Amir Azarpazhooh, Anoushe Sekhavat, Michael J Sigal
BACKGROUND: Obesity, with its rising prevalence among Canadians and its estimated cost of $2 billion annually in Canada, is no longer considered a cosmetic issue, but a major health issue that imposes a great burden on the healthcare system and economy. This cross sectional study aims to evaluate the feasibility of identifying the weight status of 6 to 11 year-old children in a university dental clinic using a simplified overweight screening instrument. METHODS: One hundred sixty eight healthy children were enrolled...
February 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212650/skin-cancer-knowledge-and-attitudes-in-the-region-of-fez-morocco-a-cross-sectional-study
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Awatef Kelati, Hanane Baybay, Mariam Atassi, Samira Elfakir, Salim Gallouj, Mariame Meziane, Fatima Zahra Mernissi
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of skin cancers is constantly increasing in Morocco, and they have gradually become more aggressive due to a significant delay in the diagnosis. Our aim was to assess the levels of awareness and the influencing factors related to skin cancer knowledge in Morocco. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out in Morocco through the medium of a validated questionnaire, which contained several items - demographics, skin cancer knowledge and attitudes towards skin cancer patients- during a period of 1 year (2014)...
February 17, 2017: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212555/construction-of-a-pathological-risk-model-of-occult-lymph-node-metastases-for-prognostication-by-semi-automated-image-analysis-of-tumor-budding-in-early-stage-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Nicklas Juel Pedersen, David Hebbelstrup Jensen, Giedrius Lelkaitis, Katalin Kiss, Birgitte Charabi, Lena Specht, Christian von Buchwald
It is challenging to identify at diagnosis those patients with early oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), who have a poor prognosis and those that have a high risk of harboring occult lymph node metastases. The aim of this study was to develop a standardized and objective digital scoring method to evaluate the predictive value of tumor budding. We developed a semi-automated image-analysis algorithm, Digital Tumor Bud Count (DTBC), to evaluate tumor budding. The algorithm was tested in 222 consecutive patients with early-stage OSCC and major endpoints were overall (OS) and progression free survival (PFS)...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212102/prediction-of-patient-controlled-analgesic-consumption-a-multimodel-regression-tree-approach
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Yuh-Jyh Hu, Tien-Hsiung Ku, Yu-Hung Yang, Jia-Ying Shen
Several factors contribute to individual variability in postoperative pain; therefore, individuals consume postoperative analgesics at different rates. Although many statistical studies have analyzed postoperative pain and analgesic consumption, most have identified only the correlation and have not subjected the statistical model to further tests in order to evaluate its predictive accuracy. In this study involving 3052 patients, a multistrategy computational approach was developed for analgesic consumption prediction...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212095/identifying-bacterial-essential-genes-based-on-a-feature-integrated-method
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Yan Lin, Fa-Zhan Zhang, Kai Xue, Yi-Zhou Gao, Feng-Biao Guo
Essential genes are those genes of an organism that are considered to be crucial for its survival. Identification of essential genes is therefore of great significance to advance our understanding of the principles of cellular life. We have developed a novel computational method, which can effectively predict bacterial essential genes by extracting and integrating homologous features, protein domain feature, gene intrinsic features and network topological features. By performing the principal component regression (PCR) analysis for Escherichia coli MG1655, we established a classification model with the average area under curve (AUC) value of 0...
February 15, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211813/classification-of-depression-cognitive-disorders-and-co-morbid-depression-and-cognitive-disorders-with-perfusion-spect-neuroimaging
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Daniel G Amen, Pavitra Krishnamani, Somayeh Meysami, Andrew Newberg, Cyrus A Raji
BACKGROUND: Depression and cognitive disorders (CDs) are two common co-morbid afflictions that commonly present with overlapping symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if perfusion neuroimaging with brain SPECT can distinguish persons with depression from those with CDs or both conditions. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were DSM-IV defined depression or CDs (Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia not otherwise specified, and amnestic disorders not otherwise specified) including persons with both (total n = 4,541; 847 CDs, 3,269 depression, 425 with both)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211594/substance-dependence-among-those-without-symptoms-of-substance-abuse-in-the-world-mental-health-survey
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Luise Lago, Meyer D Glantz, Ronald C Kessler, Nancy A Sampson, Ali Al-Hamzawi, Silvia Florescu, Jacek Moskalewicz, Sam Murphy, Fernando Navarro-Mateu, Yolanda Torres de Galvis, Maria Carmen Viana, Miguel Xavier, Louisa Degenhardt
The World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative uses the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI). The first 13 surveys only assessed substance dependence among respondents with a history of substance abuse; later surveys also assessed substance dependence without symptoms of abuse. We compared results across the two sets of surveys to assess implications of the revised logic and develop an imputation model for missing values of lifetime dependence in the earlier surveys...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211294/hemopred-a-web-server-for-predicting-the-hemolytic-activity-of-peptides
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Thet Su Win, Aijaz Ahmad Malik, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Jarl E S Wikberg, Chanin Nantasenamat, Watshara Shoombuatong
AIM: Toxicity arising from hemolytic activity of peptides hinders its further progress as drug candidates. MATERIALS & METHODS: This study describes a sequence-based predictor based on a random forest classifier using amino acid composition, dipeptide composition and physicochemical descriptors (named HemoPred). RESULTS: This approach could outperform previously reported method and typical classification methods (e.g., support vector machine and decision tree) verified by fivefold cross-validation and external validation with accuracy and Matthews correlation coefficient in excess of 95% and 0...
February 17, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211183/a-comparison-of-the-self-reported-dry-eye-practices-of-new-zealand-optometrists-and-ophthalmologists
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Ally L Xue, Laura E Downie, Susan E Ormonde, Jennifer P Craig
PURPOSE: The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to evaluate the self-reported clinical practices of New Zealand optometrists and ophthalmologists with respect to the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease. It also sought to compare these behaviours with the current research evidence base. METHODS: An anonymous survey was distributed electronically to New Zealand eye care clinicians (optometrists n = 614, ophthalmologists n = 113) to determine practitioner interest in dry eye disease, practice experience, practice modality, preferred diagnostic and management strategies, and information used to guide patient care...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211150/genomic-prediction-of-reproduction-traits-for-merino-sheep
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S Bolormaa, D J Brown, A A Swan, J H J van der Werf, B J Hayes, H D Daetwyler
Economically important reproduction traits in sheep, such as number of lambs weaned and litter size, are expressed only in females and later in life after most selection decisions are made, which makes them ideal candidates for genomic selection. Accurate genomic predictions would lead to greater genetic gain for these traits by enabling accurate selection of young rams with high genetic merit. The aim of this study was to design and evaluate the accuracy of a genomic prediction method for female reproduction in sheep using daughter trait deviations (DTD) for sires and ewe phenotypes (when individual ewes were genotyped) for three reproduction traits: number of lambs born (NLB), litter size (LSIZE) and number of lambs weaned...
February 17, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211115/pharmacy-students-in-private-institutions-of-higher-education-motivating-factors-when-studying-pharmacy-and-influences-on-university-choice
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Jason S E Loo, Shiao Wei Lim, Yew Keong Ng, John J L Tiong
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors influencing the decisions of Malaysian first-year pharmacy undergraduate students in private higher education when choosing to pursue a degree in pharmacy as well as their choice of private university. METHODS: This cross-sectional study employed a validated, self-administered questionnaire which was administered to 543 first-year pharmacy students from nine different private universities. Factor analysis was utilised to extract key factors from the responses...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210480/cross-cultural-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-dutch-mcgill-qol-questionnaire-for-breast-cancer-patients
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T De Vrieze, D Coeck, H Verbelen, N Devoogdt, W Tjalma, N Gebruers
AIM OF THE STUDY: Assessing the cross-cultural psychometric properties of the Dutch-MQoL for breast cancer patients. METHODS: 26 patients were recruited at the Antwerp University Hospital. Eligible patients filled in the MQoL on different moments in time in order to evaluate clinimetric properties. To determine the validity; MQoL was correlated to the EORTC QLQ-C30. Internal consistency was analysed using Cronbach's and test-retest reliability was determined by ICC...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209559/irreversible-electroporation-for-the-ablation-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-prospective-human-in-vivo-study-protocol-ideal-phase-2b
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Mara Buijs, Krijn P van Lienden, Peter Gk Wagstaff, Matthijs Jv Scheltema, Daniel M de Bruin, Patricia J Zondervan, Otto M van Delden, Ton G van Leeuwen, Jean Jmch de la Rosette, M Pilar Laguna
BACKGROUND: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is an emerging technique delivering electrical pulses to ablate tissue, with the theoretical advantage to overcome the main shortcomings of conventional thermal ablation. Recent short-term research showed that IRE for the ablation of renal masses is a safe and feasible treatment option. In an ablate and resect design, histopathological analysis 4 weeks after radical nephrectomy demonstrated that IRE-targeted renal tumors were completely covered by ablation zone...
February 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208817/validity-of-the-food-frequency-questionnaire-assessing-the-folate-intake-in-women-of-reproductive-age-living-in-a-country-without-food-fortification-application-of-the-method-of-triads
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Milica Zekovic, Marija Djekic-Ivankovic, Marina Nikolic, Mirjana Gurinovic, Dusanka Krajnovic, Marija Glibetic
The study aimed to examine the external validity of the Folate Food Frequency Questionnaire (F-FFQ) designed for assessing the folate intake in Serbian women of reproductive age. The F-FFQ was tested against repeated 24 h dietary recalls and correspondent nutritional biomarkers (red blood cells (RBC) and serum folate concentrations) using the method of triads. In a cross sectional study, 503 women aged 18-49 years completed dietary questionnaires and representative validation subsample (n = 50) provided fasting blood samples for biomarker analyses...
February 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208220/allergic-respiratory-disease-different-allergens-different-symptoms
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Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce, Ignacio Dávila, Julio Delgado, Javier Domínguez-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Spanish population is rather homogeneous in its genetic and socio-cultural characteristics, but allergen sensitization shows wide geographical variations. We aimed at assessing whether sensitization to different allergens in the diverse geographical areas induced different clinical and quality of life characteristics in adult patients with a first-time diagnosis of rhinitis and/or asthma. METHODS: Two sequential, identically designed studies were carried out to evaluate such associations (PERFILAR I and II)...
February 16, 2017: Allergy
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