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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328038/superbasic-alkyl-substituted-bisphosphazene-proton-sponges-a-new-class-of-deprotonating-matrices-for-negative-ion-matrix-assisted-ionization-laser-desorption-mass-spectrometry-of-low-molecular-weight-hardly-ionizable-analytes
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C D Calvano, T R I Cataldi, J F Kögel, A Monopoli, F Palmisano, J Sundermeyer
RATIONALE: Here hardly ionizable and low molecular weight compounds are detected in negative ion mode by using novel superbasic proton sponges based on 1,8-bisphosphazenylnaphthalene (PN) as MALDI matrices. Among the selected proton sponges, 1,8-bis(trispyrrolidinophosphazenyl)naphthalene (TPPN) has shown the best behaviour as matrix since it allows the direct detection of intact cholesterol without derivatization also in real challenging samples. METHODS: Very weakly acidic compounds such as sterols, steroids, fatty alcohols and saccharides were detected in reflectron negative ion mode by a MALDI TOF/TOF system equipped with a neodymium-doped yttrium lithium fluoride (Nd:YLF) laser (345 nm) with typical mass accuracy of 10 ppm...
July 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325437/a-new-survival-status-prediction-system-for-severe-trauma-patients-based-on-a-multiple-classifier-system
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José Sanz, Daniel Paternain, Mikel Galar, Javier Fernandez, Diego Reyero, Tomás Belzunegui
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Severe trauma patients are those who have several injuries implying a death risk. Prediction systems consider the severity of these injuries to predict whether the patients are likely to survive or not. These systems allow one to objectively compare the quality of the emergency services of trauma centres across different hospitals. However, even the most accurate existing prediction systems are based on the usage of a single model. The aim of this paper is to combine several models to make the prediction, since this methodology usually improves the performance of single models...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302105/wife-beating-refusal-among-women-of-reproductive-age-in-urban-and-rural-ethiopia
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Eshetu Gurmu, Senait Endale
BACKGROUND: Wife beating is the most common and widespread form of intimate partner violence in Ethiopia. It results in countless severe health, socio-economic and psychological problems and has contributed to the violation of human rights including the liberty of women to enjoy conjugal life. The main purpose of this study is to assess the levels and patterns of wife beating refusal and its associated socio-cultural and demographic factors in rural and urban Ethiopia. METHODS: The 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) data based on 11,097 and 5287 women in the reproductive age group (i...
March 16, 2017: BMC International Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293322/development-and-psychometric-properties-of-a-condom-use-and-its-cognitive-determinants-questionnaire-cucdq
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Arezoo Toopchian, Safieh Kanani, Towhid Babazadeh, Hamid Allahverdipour, Haidar Nadrian
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of Condom Use and its Cognitive Determinants Questionnaire (CUCDQ) among married women in Tabriz, Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, applying multistage cluster sampling 388 married women were recruited to participate in the study. A comprehensive literature review was conducted to develop CUCDQ. Face, content, and construct validity, as well as reliability, were investigated...
March 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293132/stokes-phenomena-in-discrete-painlev%C3%A3-ii
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N Joshi, C J Lustri, S Luu
We consider the asymptotic behaviour of the second discrete Painlevé equation in the limit as the independent variable becomes large. Using asymptotic power series, we find solutions that are asymptotically pole-free within some region of the complex plane. These asymptotic solutions exhibit Stokes phenomena, which is typically invisible to classical power series methods. We subsequently apply exponential asymptotic techniques to investigate such phenomena, and obtain mathematical descriptions of the rapid switching behaviour associated with Stokes curves...
February 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291302/psychosocial-group-interventions-to-improve-psychological-well-being-in-adults-living-with-hiv
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REVIEW
Ingrid van der Heijden, Naeemah Abrahams, David Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Being diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and labelled with a chronic, life-threatening, and often stigmatizing disease, can impact on a person's well-being. Psychosocial group interventions aim to improve life-functioning and coping as individuals adjust to the diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness of psychosocial group interventions for improving the psychological well-being of adults living with HIV/AIDS. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following electronic databases up to 14 March 2016: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) published in the Cochrane Library (Issue 2, 2016), PubMed (MEDLINE) (1996 to 14 March 2016), Embase (1996 to 14 March 2016), and Clinical Trials...
March 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280570/a-method-for-detecting-characteristic-patterns-in-social-interactions-with-an-application-to-handover-interactions
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Nikolai W F Bode, Andrew Sutton, Lindsey Lacey, John G Fennell, Ute Leonards
Social interactions are a defining behavioural trait of social animals. Discovering characteristic patterns in the display of such behaviour is one of the fundamental endeavours in behavioural biology and psychology, as this promises to facilitate the general understanding, classification, prediction and even automation of social interactions. We present a novel approach to study characteristic patterns, including both sequential and synchronous actions in social interactions. The key concept in our analysis is to represent social interactions as sequences of behavioural states and to focus on changes in behavioural states shown by individuals rather than on the duration for which they are displayed...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278180/is-the-current-pertussis-incidence-only-the-results-of-testing-a-spatial-and-space-time-analysis-of-pertussis-surveillance-data-using-cluster-detection-methods-and-geographically-weighted-regression-modelling
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Boris Kauhl, Jeanne Heil, Christian J P A Hoebe, Jürgen Schweikart, Thomas Krafft, Nicole H T M Dukers-Muijrers
BACKGROUND: Despite high vaccination coverage, pertussis incidence in the Netherlands is amongst the highest in Europe with a shifting tendency towards adults and elderly. Early detection of outbreaks and preventive actions are necessary to prevent severe complications in infants. Efficient pertussis control requires additional background knowledge about the determinants of testing and possible determinants of the current pertussis incidence. Therefore, the aim of our study is to examine the possibility of locating possible pertussis outbreaks using space-time cluster detection and to examine the determinants of pertussis testing and incidence using geographically weighted regression models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276960/effectiveness-of-a-self-regulated-remedial-program-for-handwriting-difficulties
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Hilde Van Waelvelde, Amy De Roubaix, Lien Steppe, Evy Troubleyn, Barbara De Mey, Griet Dewitte, Julie Debrabant, Dominique Van de Velde
BACKGROUND: Handwriting difficulties may have pervasive effects on a child's school performance. I Can! is a remedial handwriting program with a focus on self-regulated learning and applying motor learning principles combined with a behavioural approach. It is developed for typically developing children with handwriting problems. OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to evaluate the program's effectiveness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-one children aged 7-8 year participated in a cross-over study...
March 5, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276841/effectiveness-of-an-interprofessional-education-model-based-on-the-transtheoretical-model-of-behaviour-change-to-improve-interprofessional-collaboration
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Fatemeh Keshmiri, Mahdi Rezai, Reza Mosaddegh, Kamran Moradi, Peyman Hafezimoghadam, Mohammad Amin Zare, Nader Tavakoli, Mohammad Ali Cheraghi, Mandana Shirazi
This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of an interprofessional education model (IPE) based on the transtheoretical model to improve the participants' interprofessional collaborative practice. The study was conducted in Iran using a controlled before-and-after study design. The participants (n = 91) were the residents of emergency medicine and nurses of the emergency units from two teaching hospitals affiliated to Iran University of Medical Sciences. The participants in the intervention group (n = 40) were 22 residents and 18 nurses...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273915/big-data-analyses-reveal-patterns-and-drivers-of-the-movements-of-southern-elephant-seals
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Jorge P Rodríguez, Juan Fernández-Gracia, Michele Thums, Mark A Hindell, Ana M M Sequeira, Mark G Meekan, Daniel P Costa, Christophe Guinet, Robert G Harcourt, Clive R McMahon, Monica Muelbert, Carlos M Duarte, Víctor M Eguíluz
The growing number of large databases of animal tracking provides an opportunity for analyses of movement patterns at the scales of populations and even species. We used analytical approaches, developed to cope with "big data", that require no 'a priori' assumptions about the behaviour of the target agents, to analyse a pooled tracking dataset of 272 elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) in the Southern Ocean, that was comprised of >500,000 location estimates collected over more than a decade. Our analyses showed that the displacements of these seals were described by a truncated power law distribution across several spatial and temporal scales, with a clear signature of directed movement...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259168/methods-for-designing-interventions-to-change-healthcare-professionals-behaviour-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Heather L Colquhoun, Janet E Squires, Niina Kolehmainen, Cynthia Fraser, Jeremy M Grimshaw
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews consistently indicate that interventions to change healthcare professional (HCP) behaviour are haphazardly designed and poorly specified. Clarity about methods for designing and specifying interventions is needed. The objective of this review was to identify published methods for designing interventions to change HCP behaviour. METHODS: A search of MEDLINE, Embase, and PsycINFO was conducted from 1996 to April 2015. Using inclusion/exclusion criteria, a broad screen of abstracts by one rater was followed by a strict screen of full text for all potentially relevant papers by three raters...
March 4, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253540/payment-methods-for-outpatient-care-facilities
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REVIEW
Beibei Yuan, Li He, Qingyue Meng, Liying Jia
BACKGROUND: Outpatient care facilities provide a variety of basic healthcare services to individuals who do not require hospitalisation or institutionalisation, and are usually the patient's first contact. The provision of outpatient care contributes to immediate and large gains in health status, and a large portion of total health expenditure goes to outpatient healthcare services. Payment method is one of the most important incentive methods applied by purchasers to guide the performance of outpatient care providers...
March 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245844/topical-corticosteroid-phobia-in-parents-of-pediatric-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis-a-multicentre-survey
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Maya El Hachem, Francesco Gesualdo, Giampaolo Ricci, Andrea Diociaiuti, Loredana Giraldi, Orsola Ametrano, Corrado Occella, Anna Belloni Fortina, Mirella Milioto, Fabio Arcangeli, Oriana Simonetti, Simona Giancristoforo, Elisabetta Calamelli, Carlo Mazzatenta, Iria Neri
BACKGROUND: Families of children affected with atopic dermatitis (AD) often report fear and anxiety regarding treatment with topical corticosteroids (TCS), which may lead to reduced compliance. The objective of our study was to measure, through a standardized questionnaire, fear of TCS in families of pediatric patients with AD and to identify items associated with fear. METHODS: Families of pediatric patients with AD were enrolled in 9 Italian centers of pediatric dermatology...
February 28, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240177/formulation-of-niosomal-gel-for-enhanced-transdermal-lornoxicam-delivery-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Mohamed Shafik El-Ridy, Soad Aly Yehia, Amira Mohamed Mohsen, Sally A El-Awdan, Asmaa Badawy Darwish
The objective of this study was to investigate the potential of niosomal gels as a transdermal delivery system to improve the permeation and anti-inflammatory activity of Lornoxicam (LX). LX niosomes were prepared by thin film hydration technique and were characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Particle Size analysis and Zeta potential determination. LX niosomal gel/ LX loaded gel were prepared using Carbopol 934 (2%) and were evaluated for their physical appearance, pH and rheological behaviour...
February 24, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239544/measures-of-metabolism-and-complexity-in-the-brain-of-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness
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Olivier Bodart, Olivia Gosseries, Sarah Wannez, Aurore Thibaut, Jitka Annen, Melanie Boly, Mario Rosanova, Adenauer G Casali, Silvia Casarotto, Giulio Tononi, Marcello Massimini, Steven Laureys
BACKGROUND: Making an accurate diagnosis in patients with disorders of consciousness remains challenging. (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET has been validated as a diagnostic tool in this population, and allows identifying unresponsive patients with a capacity for consciousness. In parallel, the perturbational complexity index (PCI), a new measure based on the analysis of the electroencephalographic response to transcranial magnetic stimulation, has also been suggested as a tool to distinguish between unconscious and conscious states...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228573/grace-under-pressure-a-drama-based-approach-to-tackling-mistreatment-of-medical-students
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Karen M Scott, Špela Berlec, Louise Nash, Claire Hooker, Paul Dwyer, Paul Macneill, Jo River, Kimberley Ivory
A positive and respectful learning environment is fundamental to the development of professional identities in healthcare. Yet medical students report poor behaviour from healthcare professionals that contradict professionalism teaching. An interdisciplinary group designed and implemented a drama-based workshop series, based on applied theatre techniques, to help students develop positive professional qualities and interpersonal skills to deal with challenges in the healthcare setting. We piloted the workshops at the University of Sydney in 2015...
March 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228516/trial-and-error-copying-of-demonstrated-actions-reveals-how-fledglings-learn-to-imitate-their-mothers
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Noa Truskanov, Arnon Lotem
Understanding how humans and other animals learn to perform an act from seeing it done has been a major challenge in the study of social learning. To determine whether this ability is based on 'true imitation', many studies have applied the two-action experimental paradigm, examining whether subjects learn to perform the specific action demonstrated to them. Here, we show that the insights gained from animals' success in two-action experiments may be limited, and that a better understanding is achieved by monitoring subjects' entire behavioural repertoire...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222546/recovering-functional-independence-after-a-stroke-through-modified-constraint-induced-therapy
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A Doussoulin, M Arancibia, J Saiz, A Silva, M Luengo
BACKGROUND: Population ageing and changes in the epidemiological profile of neurological pathologies has resulted in an increase in patients with disabilities. Rehabilitation strategies such as Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMTm) play a key role in treating patients with neurologic deficiencies and motor impairments. This intervention is intended to mitigate disability, promote maximum functional independence, and optimize social and economic participation of patients with upper extremity weakness...
January 31, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220738/the-influence-of-hiv-infection-on-the-age-dependence-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-skin-in-south-africa
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B L Diffey, M Norval, P N Albers, C Y Wright
BACKGROUND: Cancer incidence typically increases with age, but it is not known whether ethnic characteristics influence the age dependence of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin (SCC). OBJECTIVES: (i) To determine the age dependence of SCC in the black African, coloured and white population groups of South Africa (SA); and (ii) to show whether any differences in the rate of change of age dependence could be influenced by diversity in behaviour and lifestyle, especially with regard to the prevalence of HIV infection, rather than by a fundamental variation in cancer biology between the populations...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
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