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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239850/depressive-symptomology-in-multiple-sclerosis-disability-cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-heart-rate-variability
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I Ensari, L A Pilutti, R W Motl
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate whether neurological disability status, heart rate variability (HRV), cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) explained the variance in depressive symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: Associations between CRF (via maximal oxygen uptake; VO2peak ), HRV indices of normalized ultra-low (nULF) and very low frequency domains (nVLF), neurological disability status and depressive symptoms (using the Depression subscale of the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale; HADS-D) were assessed in 53 participants with MS and 17 matched controls...
February 26, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239834/order-constrained-linear-optimization
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Joe W Tidwell, Michael R Dougherty, Jeffrey S Chrabaszcz, Rick P Thomas
Despite the fact that data and theories in the social, behavioural, and health sciences are often represented on an ordinal scale, there has been relatively little emphasis on modelling ordinal properties. The most common analytic framework used in psychological science is the general linear model, whose variants include ANOVA, MANOVA, and ordinary linear regression. While these methods are designed to provide the best fit to the metric properties of the data, they are not designed to maximally model ordinal properties...
February 27, 2017: British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239695/effects-of-multivalent-hexacyanoferrates-and-their-ion-pairs-on-water-molecule-dynamics-measured-with-terahertz-spectroscopy
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Matthew J DiTucci, Fabian Böhm, Gerhard Schwaab, Evan R Williams, Martina Havenith
The valency of aqueous solutes plays a large role in determining the extent of ion-water dynamics, which can greatly influence the chemical and physical properties of solutions. In these experiments, broadband Fourier transform terahertz spectroscopy is used to probe perturbations to the low-frequency dynamics of water molecules by three different multivalent hexacyanoferrate salts. K3Fe(CN)6, K4Fe(CN)6 and Na4Fe(CN)6 were investigated as a function of concentration up to their solubility limits using spectral subtractions and fitting with damped harmonic lineshapes...
February 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239676/intact-ventral-striatal-prediction-error-signaling-in-medicated-schizophrenia-patients
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Adam J Culbreth, Andrew Westbrook, Ziye Xu, Deanna M Barch, James A Waltz
BACKGROUND: Midbrain dopaminergic neurons code a computational quantity, reward prediction error (RPE), which has been causally related to learning. Recently, this insight has been leveraged to link phenomenological and biological levels of understanding in psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia. However, results have been mixed, possibly due to small sample sizes. Here we present results from two studies with relatively large Ns to assess VS RPE in schizophrenia. METHODS: In the current study we analyzed data from two independent studies, involving a total of 87 chronic medicated schizophrenia patients and 61 controls...
September 2016: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239608/elimination-of-dog-mediated-human-rabies-deaths-by-2030-needs-assessment-and-alternatives-for-progress-based-on-dog-vaccination
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Ryan M Wallace, Eduardo A Undurraga, Jesse D Blanton, Julie Cleaton, Richard Franka
BACKGROUND: Rabies imposes a substantial burden to about half of the world population. The World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization have set the goal of eliminating dog-mediated human rabies deaths by 2030. This could be achieved largely by massive administration of post-exposure prophylaxis-in perpetuity-, through elimination of dog rabies, or combining both. Here, we focused on the resources needed for the elimination of dog rabies virus by 2030...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239545/new-rapid-accurate-t2-quantification-detects-pathology-in-normal-appearing-brain-regions-of-relapsing-remitting-ms-patients
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Timothy M Shepherd, Ivan I Kirov, Erik Charlson, Mary Bruno, James Babb, Daniel K Sodickson, Noam Ben-Eliezer
INTRODUCTION: Quantitative T2 mapping may provide an objective biomarker for occult nervous tissue pathology in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). We applied a novel echo modulation curve (EMC) algorithm to identify T2 changes in normal-appearing brain regions of subjects with RRMS (N = 27) compared to age-matched controls (N = 38). METHODS: The EMC algorithm uses Bloch simulations to model T2 decay curves in multi-spin-echo MRI sequences, independent of scanner, and scan-settings...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239530/hippocampal-atrophy-and-memory-dysfunction-associated-with-physical-inactivity-in-community-dwelling-elderly-subjects-the-sefuri-study
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Manabu Hashimoto, Yuko Araki, Yuki Takashima, Kohjiro Nogami, Akira Uchino, Takefumi Yuzuriha, Hiroshi Yao
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is one of the modifiable risk factors for hippocampal atrophy and Alzheimer's disease. We investigated the relationship between physical activity, hippocampal atrophy, and memory using structural equation modeling (SEM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined 213 community-dwelling elderly subjects (99 men and 114 women with a mean age of 68.9 years) without dementia or clinically apparent depression. All participants underwent Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test (RBMT)...
February 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239514/a-fragmented-adeno-associated-viral-dual-vector-strategy-for-treatment-of-diseases-caused-by-mutations-in-large-genes-leads-to-expression-of-hybrid-transcripts
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Michelle E McClements, Peter Charbel Issa, Véronique Blouin, Robert E MacLaren
OBJECTIVE: Dual vector AAV systems are being utilised to enable gene therapy for disorders in which the disease gene is too large to fit into a single capsid. Fragmented adeno-associated viral (fAAV) vectors containing single inverted terminal repeat truncated transgenes have been considered as one such gene replacement strategy. Here we aim to add to the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms employed by fAAV dual vector systems. METHODS: Oversized (>8kb) transgene constructs containing ABCA4 coding sequence were packaged as truncated fragments <5kb in size into various AAV serotypes...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Genetic Syndrome & Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239512/exploring-the-continuum-of-vaccine-hesitancy-between-african-american-and-white-adults-results-of-a-qualitative-study
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Sandra Quinn, Amelia Jamison, Donald Musa, Karen Hilyard, Vicki Freimuth
Vaccine delay and refusal present very real threats to public health. Since even a slight reduction in vaccination rates could produce major consequences as herd immunity is eroded, it is imperative to understand the factors that contribute to decision-making about vaccines. Recent scholarship on the concept of "vaccine hesitancy" emphasizes that vaccine behaviors and beliefs tend to fall along a continuum from refusal to acceptance. Most research on hesitancy has focused on parental decision-making about childhood vaccines, but could be extended to explore decision-making related to adult immunization against seasonal influenza...
December 29, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239508/empirical-investigation-of-a-model-of-sexual-minority-specific-and-general-risk-factors-for-intimate-partner-violence-among-lesbian-women
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Robin J Lewis, Tyler B Mason, Barbara A Winstead, Michelle L Kelley
OBJECTIVE: This study proposed and tested the first conceptual model of sexual minority specific (discrimination, internalized homophobia) and more general risk factors (perpetrator and partner alcohol use, anger, relationship satisfaction) for intimate partner violence among partnered lesbian women. METHOD: Self-identified lesbian women (N=1048) were recruited from online market research panels. Participants completed an online survey that included measures of minority stress, anger, alcohol use and alcohol-related problems, relationship satisfaction, psychological aggression, and physical violence...
January 2017: Psychology of Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239415/coupling-gene-regulatory-patterns-to-bioprocess-conditions-to-optimize-synthetic-metabolic-modules-for-improved-sesquiterpene-production-in-yeast
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Bingyin Peng, Manuel R Plan, Alexander Carpenter, Lars K Nielsen, Claudia E Vickers
BACKGROUND: Assembly of heterologous metabolic pathways is commonly required to generate microbial cell factories for industrial production of both commodity chemicals (including biofuels) and high-value chemicals. Promoter-mediated transcriptional regulation coordinates the expression of the individual components of these heterologous pathways. Expression patterns vary during culture as conditions change, and this can influence yeast physiology and productivity in both positive and negative ways...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239404/impact-of-a-6-week-non-energy-restricted-ketogenic-diet-on-physical-fitness-body-composition-and-biochemical-parameters-in-healthy-adults
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Paul Urbain, Lena Strom, Lena Morawski, Anja Wehrle, Peter Deibert, Hartmut Bertz
BACKGROUND: The ketogenic diet (KD) is a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat and adequate-protein diet that without limiting calories induces different metabolic adaptations, eg, increased levels of circulating ketone bodies and a shift to lipid metabolism. Our objective was to assess the impact of a 6-week non-energy-restricted KD in healthy adults beyond cohorts of athletes on physical performance, body composition, and blood parameters. METHODS: Our single arm, before-and-after comparison study consisted of a 6-week KD with a previous preparation period including detailed instructions during classes and individual counselling by a dietitian...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239247/bayesian-model-assessment-in-joint-modeling-of-longitudinal-and-survival-data-with-applications-to-cancer-clinical-trials
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Danjie Zhang, Ming-Hui Chen, Joseph G Ibrahim, Mark E Boye, Wei Shen
Joint models for longitudinal and survival data are routinely used in clinical trials or other studies to assess a treatment effect while accounting for longitudinal measures such as patient-reported outcomes (PROs). In the Bayesian framework, the deviance information criterion (DIC) and the logarithm of the pseudo marginal likelihood (LPML) are two well-known Bayesian criteria for comparing joint models. However, these criteria do not provide separate assessments of each component of the joint model. In this paper, we develop a novel decomposition of DIC and LPML to assess the fit of the longitudinal and survival components of the joint model, separately...
2017: Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239223/exercise-reduces-depressive-symptoms-in-adults-with-arthritis-evidential-value
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George A Kelley, Kristi S Kelley
PURPOSE: Determine whether evidential value exists that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. METHODS: Using data from a previous meta-analysis of 29 published studies that included 2449 participants (1470 exercise, 979 control) with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, a novel, recently developed method, p-curve, was used to assess for evidential value and rule out selective reporting of statistically significant findings regarding exercise and depressive symptoms in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases...
May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239208/exploring-the-dimensionality-of-morphological-knowledge-for-adolescent-readers
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Amanda P Goodwin, Yaacov Petscher, Joanne F Carlisle, Alison M Mitchell
This study examined the dimensionality of morphological knowledge. The performance of 371 seventh- and eighth-graders on seven morphological knowledge tasks was investigated using confirmatory factor analysis. Results suggested that morphological knowledge was best fit by a bifactor model with a general factor of morphological knowledge and seven specific factors, representing tasks that tap different facets of morphological knowledge. Next, structural equation modelling was used to explore links to literacy outcomes...
February 2017: Journal of Research in Reading
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239205/a-study-of-the-dissociative-recombination-of-cao-with-electrons-implications-for-ca-chemistry-in-the-upper-atmosphere
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D L Bones, M Gerding, J Höffner, Juan Carlos Gómez Martín, J M C Plane
The dissociative recombination of CaO(+) ions with electrons has been studied in a flowing afterglow reactor. CaO(+) was generated by the pulsed laser ablation of a Ca target, followed by entrainment in an Ar(+) ion/electron plasma. A kinetic model describing the gas-phase chemistry and diffusion to the reactor walls was fitted to the experimental data, yielding a rate coefficient of (3.0 ± 1.0) × 10(-7) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1) at 295 K. This result has two atmospheric implications. First, the surprising observation that the Ca(+)/Fe(+) ratio is ~8 times larger than Ca/Fe between 90 and 100 km in the atmosphere can now be explained quantitatively by the known ion-molecule chemistry of these two metals...
December 28, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239188/a-framework-for-geometry-acquisition-3-d-printing-simulation-and-measurement-of-head-related-transfer-functions-with-a-focus-on-hearing-assistive-devices
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Stine Harder, Rasmus R Paulsen, Martin Larsen, Søren Laugesen, Michael Mihocic, Piotr Majdak
Individual head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) are essential in applications like fitting hearing-assistive devices (HADs) for providing accurate sound localization performance. Individual HRTFs are usually obtained through intricate acoustic measurements. This paper investigates the use of a three-dimensional (3D) head model for acquisition of individual HRTFs. Two aspects were investigated; whether a 3D-printed model can replace measurements on a human listener and whether numerical simulations can replace acoustic measurements...
June 2016: Computer Aided Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238990/factorial-invariance-and-convergent-validity-of-the-group-based-medical-mistrust-scale-across-gender-and-ethnoracial-identity
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Christopher W Wheldon, Stephanie K Kolar, Natalie D Hernandez, Ellen M Daley
The objective of this study was to assess the factorial invariance and convergent validity of the Group-Based Medical Mistrust Scale (GBMMS) across gender (male and female) and ethnoracial identity (Latino and Black). Minority students (N = 686) attending a southeastern university were surveyed in the fall of 2011. Psychometric analysis of the GBMMS was performed. A three-factor solution fit the data after the omission of two problematic items. This revised version of the GBMMS exhibited sufficient configural, metric, and scalar invariance...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238940/dynamic-landscape-models-of-coevolutionary-games
#19
Hendrik Richter
Players of coevolutionary games may update not only their strategies but also their networks of interaction. Based on interpreting the payoff of players as fitness, dynamic landscape models are proposed. The modeling procedure is carried out for Prisoner's Dilemma (PD) and Snowdrift (SD) games that both use either birth-death (BD) or death-birth (DB) strategy updating. The main focus is on using dynamic fitness landscapes as a mathematical model of coevolutionary game dynamics. Hence, an alternative tool for analyzing coevolutionary games becomes available, and landscape measures such as modality, ruggedness and information content can be computed and analyzed...
February 23, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238719/the-contribution-of-poor-and-rural-populations-to-national-trends-in-reproductive-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-coverage-analyses-of-cross-sectional-surveys-from-64-countries
#20
Cesar G Victora, Aluisio J D Barros, Giovanny V A França, Inácio C M da Silva, Liliana Carvajal-Velez, Agbessi Amouzou
BACKGROUND: Coverage levels for essential interventions aimed at reducing deaths of mothers and children are increasing steadily in most low-income and middle-income countries. We assessed how much poor and rural populations in these countries are benefiting from national-level progress. METHODS: We analysed trends in a composite coverage indicator (CCI) based on eight reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health interventions in 209 national surveys in 64 countries, from Jan 1, 1994, to Dec 31, 2014...
February 23, 2017: Lancet Global Health
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