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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215045/a-generalized-partially-linear-mean-covariance-regression-model-for-longitudinal-proportional-data-with-applications-to-the-analysis-of-quality-of-life-data-from-cancer-clinical-trials
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Xueying Zheng, Guoyou Qin, Dongsheng Tu
Motivated by the analysis of quality of life data from a clinical trial on early breast cancer, we propose in this paper a generalized partially linear mean-covariance regression model for longitudinal proportional data, which are bounded in a closed interval. Cholesky decomposition of the covariance matrix for within-subject responses and generalized estimation equations are used to estimate unknown parameters and the nonlinear function in the model. Simulation studies are performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed estimation procedures...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215044/developing-caring-conversations-in-care-homes-an-appreciative-inquiry
#2
Belinda Dewar, Tamsin MacBride
Relationship-centred practice is key to delivering quality care in care homes. Evidence is strong about the centrality of human interaction in developing relationships that promote dignity and compassion. The Caring Conversations framework is a framework for delivering compassionate care based on human interactions that was developed in the acute healthcare setting. The key attributes are: be courageous, connect emotionally, be curious, consider other perspectives, collaborate, compromise and celebrate. This paper reports on a study to explore its relevance to the care home setting and the development of an educational intervention, based on the framework, to enhance development of human interaction...
February 19, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215043/is-the-change-of-percutaneous-oxygen-pressure-available-to-judge-the-effects-of-brachial-plexus-block
#3
Tomoki Nishiyama
BACKGROUND: To know the objective methods of the effects of the brachial plexus block, we studied the changes in percutaneous oxygen pressure (tcPO₂) with the hypothesis that tcPO₂ increases significantly on the blocked arm in comparison with the non-blocked arm, a phenomenon which is connected with vasodilation following the brachial plexus block. METHODS: Fifteen patients scheduled for upper extremity surgery, aged 20 to 70 years, with ASA physical status I or II were included...
February 19, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215042/platelet-mediated-modulation-of-fibrinolysis
#4
Claire S Whyte, Joanne L Mitchell, Nicola J Mutch
Platelets are crucial to the hemostatic response. Their role in coagulation is well documented and they have been considered for some time to promote resistance of thrombi to fibrinolysis. Platelets confer resistance to lysis by promoting clot retraction of the immediate fibrin network and through release of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 from their α-granules. However, recent developments in the field indicate that the role of platelets in fibrinolysis is much more diverse. Indeed, novel studies suggest that platelets form different subpopulations upon activation that play varied roles in regulating hemostasis...
February 19, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215030/remote-monitoring-to-reduce-heart-failure-readmissions
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REVIEW
Sitaramesh Emani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rehospitalization for heart failure remains a challenge in the treatment of affected patients. The ability to remotely monitor patients for worsening heart failure may provide an avenue through which therapeutic interventions can be made to prevent a rehospitalization. Available data on remote monitoring to reduce heart failure rehospitalizations are reviewed within. RECENT FINDINGS: Strategies to reduce readmissions include clinical telemonitoring, bioimpedance changes, biomarkers, and remote hemodynamic monitoring...
February 18, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215029/an-introduction-to-the-pathophysiology-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#6
REVIEW
Jasper H van Lieshout, Maxine Dibué-Adjei, Jan F Cornelius, Philipp J Slotty, Toni Schneider, Tanja Restin, Hieronymus D Boogaarts, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Athanasios K Petridis, Marcel A Kamp
Pathophysiological processes following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) present survivors of the initial bleeding with a high risk of morbidity and mortality during the course of the disease. As angiographic vasospasm is strongly associated with delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) and clinical outcome, clinical trials in the last few decades focused on prevention of these angiographic spasms. Despite all efforts, no new pharmacological agents have shown to improve patient outcome. As such, it has become clear that our understanding of the pathophysiology of SAH is incomplete and we need to reevaluate our concepts on the complex pathophysiological process following SAH...
February 18, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215027/economic-burden-of-patients-affected-by-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-the-life-study
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Maria Rita Migliorino, Antonio Santo, Giampiero Romano, Diego Cortinovis, Domenico Galetta, Oscar Alabiso, Giacomo Cartenì, Sabrina Vari, Gianpiero Fasola, Antonio Pazzola, Dario Giuffrida, Alberto Zaniboni, Alberto Caprioli, Flavia Longo, Valentina Acciai, Filippo de Marinis
PURPOSE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a condition with significant clinical burden for patients and relevant economic impact. Limited evidence exists on the management costs of NSCLC patients, especially in the late phases of the disease. The main objective of this analysis was to evaluate the economic impact of clinical management of NSCLC patients in the Italian population. METHODS: This evaluation was an economic analysis of the observational and multicentre study LIFE, which described the therapeutic approach in routine clinical practice for NSCLC patients, progressing after first-line treatment...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215022/reciprocal-relations-between-the-trajectories-of-mothers-harsh-discipline-responsiveness-and-aggression-in-early-childhood
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Nazli Baydar, Berna Akcinar
Theoretical advances in the study of the development of aggressive behaviors indicate that parenting behaviors and child aggression mutually influence one another. This study contributes to the body of empirical research in this area by examining the development of child aggression, maternal responsiveness, and maternal harsh discipline, using 5-year longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of Turkish children (n = 1009; 469 girls and 582 boys). Results indicated that: (i) maternal responsiveness and harsh discipline at age 3 were associated with the subsequent linear trajectory of aggression; (ii) reciprocally, aggressive behaviors at age 3 were associated with the subsequent linear trajectories of these two types of parenting behaviors; (iii) deviations from the linear trajectories of the child and mother behaviors tended to be short lived; and, (iv) the deviations of child behaviors from the linear trajectories were associated with the subsequent changes in mother behaviors after age 5...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215021/sluggish-cognitive-tempo-processing-speed-and-internalizing-symptoms-the-moderating-effect-of-age
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Lisa A Jacobson, Megan Geist, E Mark Mahone
Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) has been defined by a constellation of caregiver-reported symptoms that includes daydreaming, difficulty initiating and sustaining effort, lethargy, and physical underactivity. These symptoms have been observed in both typically developing children and in some children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-especially those with the predominantly inattentive presentation. Symptoms of SCT (typically identified via rating scales) appear separable from DSM inattentive ADHD symptoms, but have also been associated with internalizing symptoms...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215020/climate-change-and-national-crop-wild-relative-conservation-planning
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Jade Phillips, Joana Magos Brehm, Bob van Oort, Åsmund Asdal, Morten Rasmussen, Nigel Maxted
Climate change is likely to be one of the most important factors affecting our future food security. To mitigate negative impacts, we will require our crops to be more genetically diverse. Such diversity is available in crop wild relatives (CWRs), the wild taxa relatively closely related to crops and from which diverse traits can be transferred to the crop. Conservation of such genetic resources resides within the nation where they are found; therefore, national-level conservation recommendations are fundamental to global food security...
February 18, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215019/goose-management-in-scotland-an-overview
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Ian Bainbridge
This paper reviews the changing status of goose populations in Scotland since the 1940s, and the changing policies and management activities employed over that time. The size of all goose populations has risen since the 1940s due to protection measures, changes in agriculture and levels of shooting, in the UK and elsewhere. The development of goose policies in response to public interest and pressures is described. Some changes in goose populations since 2000 can be linked to this policy development. Policy is now split between protective measures for some species and adaptive management approaches encompassing control measures for others...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215015/goose-management-schemes-to-resolve-conflicts-with-agriculture-theory-practice-and-effects
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Einar Eythórsson, Ingunn M Tombre, Jesper Madsen
In 2012, the four countries hosting the Svalbard population of pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus along its flyway launched an International Species Management Plan for the population. One of the aims was to reduce conflicts between geese and agriculture to an acceptable level. Since 2006, Norway has offered subsidies to farmers that provide refuge areas for geese on their land. We evaluate the mid-Norwegian goose management subsidy scheme, with a view to its adjustment to prevailing ecological and socio-economic parameters...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215009/why-geese-benefit-from-the-transition-from-natural-vegetation-to-agriculture
#13
Anthony D Fox, Kenneth F Abraham
The energy and nutrient content of most agricultural crops are as good as or superior to natural foods for wild geese and they tend to be available in agricultural landscapes in far greater abundance. Artificial grasslands (fertilised native swards and intensively managed reseeds) offer far superior quality forage and higher intake rates than seminatural or natural grasslands. The availability of such abundant artificial food explains the abandonment of traditional habitats for farmland by geese over the last 50-100 years and favours no reduction in current levels of exploitation of agriculture...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215008/the-greater-snow-goose-anser-caerulescens-atlanticus-managing-an-overabundant-population
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Josée Lefebvre, Gilles Gauthier, Jean-François Giroux, Austin Reed, Eric T Reed, Luc Bélanger
Between the early 1900s and the 1990s, the greater snow goose Anser caerulescens atlanticus population grew from 3000 individuals to more than 700 000. Because of concerns about Arctic degradation of natural habitats through overgrazing, a working group recommended the stabilization of the population. Declared overabundant in 1998, special management actions were then implemented in Canada and the United States. Meanwhile, a cost-benefit socioeconomic analysis was performed to set a target population size. Discussions aiming towards attaining a common vision were undertaken with stakeholders at multiple levels...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214989/exposure-response-analyses-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-changes-for-methylphenidate-in-healthy-adults
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Liang Li, Yaning Wang, Ramana S Uppoor, Mehul U Mehta, Tiffany Farchione, Mitchell V Mathis, Hao Zhu
The aim of the study was to evaluate the exposure-response (E-R) relationships of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) changes in healthy adults taking methylphenidate (MPH). Intensive time profiles of BP and HR from healthy adults in placebo and MPH treatment arms of seven clinical trials from the FDA internal database were utilized for this analysis. The analysis model contains a circadian component for placebo effect and an E-R component to describe drug effect. Internal validation was performed using goodness-of-fit plots and visual predictive check...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214976/defining-the-optimal-use-of-ablation-for-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-to-the-liver-without-high-level-evidence
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REVIEW
Rafael Diaz-Nieto, Stephen Fenwick, Hassan Malik, Graeme Poston
The role of physical interventions (surgical resection and surgical/radiological ablation) for liver metastases of colorectal cancer has changed dramatically over the last 10-15 years. Whereas in the 1990s, when only those patients with up to three unilobar metastases were considered for any form of such intervention, our present approach to these physical interventions is determined by how much viable disease-free liver can be preserved (most authorities accepting 25-30% disease-free future remnant liver volume) and the possibility of further such interventions if the disease recurs in the liver...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214975/surveillance-scans-in-lymphoma-friend-or-foe
#17
REVIEW
Tycel Phillips, Jessica Mercer
Advancements in the treatment of lymphoma over the last few decades have allowed more patients to achieve a remission after the completion of therapy. Due to the improvement in response rates, methods to detect recurrence early and accurately during follow-up, especially in patients with potential curable aggressive lymphomas, are a key. Observation has always involved close clinical follow-up with the use of physical exams and routine labs, but rapid changes in technology have allowed CT scans, PET scans, and MRIs to become an integral part of managing patients with lymphoma...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
#18
Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214960/axonal-disruption-in-white-matter-underlying-cortical-sulcus-tau-pathology-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
#19
Laurena Holleran, Joong Hee Kim, Mihika Gangolli, Thor Stein, Victor Alvarez, Ann McKee, David L Brody
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disorder associated with repetitive traumatic brain injury. One of the primary defining neuropathological lesions in CTE, based on the first consensus conference, is the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau in gray matter sulcal depths. Post-mortem CTE studies have also reported myelin loss, axonal injury and white matter degeneration. Currently, the diagnosis of CTE is restricted to post-mortem neuropathological analysis. We hypothesized that high spatial resolution advanced diffusion MRI might be useful for detecting white matter microstructural changes directly adjacent to gray matter tau pathology...
February 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214948/reduced-anticoagulation-variability-in-patients-on-warfarin-monitored-with-fiix-prothrombin-time-associates-with-reduced-thromboembolism-the-fiix-trial
#20
Alma Rut Oskarsdóttir, Brynja R Gudmundsdottir, Olafur S Indridason, Sigrun H Lund, David O Arnar, Einar S Bjornsson, Magnus K Magnusson, Hulda M Jensdottir, Brynjar Vidarsson, Charles W Francis, Pall T Onundarson
Fiix-prothrombin time (Fiix-PT) differs from traditional PT in being affected by reduced factor (F) II or FX only. In the randomized controlled Fiix-trial, patients on warfarin monitored with Fiix-PT (Fiix-warfarin patients) had fewer thromboembolisms (TE), similar major bleeding (MB) and more stable anticoagulation than patients monitored with PT (PT-warfarin patients). In the current Fiix-trial report we analyzed how reduced anticoagulation variability during Fiix-PT monitoring was reflected in patients with TE or bleeding...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
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