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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636802/2016-impact-factor-for-acta-physiologica-is-4-9
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EDITORIAL
P B Persson
How should we best measure journal quality? This never-ending-question remains to be resolved, yet the impact factor receives by far most attention.(1) Suggestions for better metrics (e.g. altmetrics(2) or the Eigenfactor(3) ) soon outnumbers the long list of impact factor flaws This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 21, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632945/developing-multidisciplinary-clinics-for-neuromuscular-care-and-research
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REVIEW
Sabrina Paganoni, Katie Nicholson, Fawn Leigh, Kathryn Swoboda, David Chad, Kristin Drake, Kellen Haley, Merit Cudkowicz, James D Berry
Multidisciplinary care is considered the standard-of-care for both adult and pediatric neuromuscular disorders and has been associated with improved quality of life, resource utilization, and health outcomes. Multidisciplinary care is delivered in multidisciplinary clinics that coordinate care across multiple specialties reducing travel burden and streamlining care. In addition, multidisciplinary care setting facilitates the integration of clinical research, patient advocacy, and care innovation (e.g., TeleHealth)...
June 20, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632541/hospital-based-acute-care-within-7-days-of-discharge-after-outpatient-arthroscopic-shoulder-surgery
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Jiabin Liu, David N Flynn, Wai-Man Liu, Lee A Fleisher, Nabil M Elkassabany
BACKGROUND: The rate of hospital-based acute care (defined as hospital transfer at discharge, emergency department [ED] visit, or subsequent inpatient hospital [IP] admission) after outpatient procedure is gaining momentum as a quality metric for ambulatory surgery. However, the incidence and reasons for hospital-based acute care after arthroscopic shoulder surgery are poorly understood. METHODS: We studied adult patients who underwent outpatient arthroscopic shoulder procedures in New York State between 2011 and 2013 using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database...
June 16, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631383/benford-s-law-for-quality-assurance-of-manner-of-death-counts-in-small-and-large-databases
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Jeremy Daniels, Samantha-Jo Caetano, Dirk Huyer, Andrew Stephen, John Fernandes, Alice Lytwyn, Fred M Hoppe
To assess if Benford's law, a mathematical law used for quality assurance in accounting, can be applied as a quality assurance measure for the manner of death determination. We examined a regional forensic pathology service's monthly manner of death counts (N = 2352) from 2011 to 2013, and provincial monthly and weekly death counts from 2009 to 2013 (N = 81,831). We tested whether each dataset's leading digit followed Benford's law via the chi-square test. For each database, we assessed whether number 1 was the most common leading digit...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629955/correlation-study-between-dki-and-conventional-dwi-in-brain-and-head-and-neck-tumors
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Silvia Minosse, Simona Marzi, Francesca Piludu, Antonello Vidiri
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between the Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging (DKI) parameters and conventional metrics provided by Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in patients affected by Brain or Head and Neck (HN) cancer. METHODS: Ten patients affected by brain tumor and nine patients with HN tumor underwent a pre-treatment MR examination at 3 T. The largest tumor section was manually contoured by two expert neuroradiologists. The apparent diffusion coefficient (Dapp) and apparent diffusional kurtosis (Kapp) parameters were determined at the voxel level by using the DKI model, and compared to the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the tissue diffusion coefficient (Dmono) obtained from mono-exponential fitting methods...
June 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626962/three-dimensional-motion-corrected-sensitivity-encoding-reconstruction-for-multi-shot-multi-slice-mri-application-to-neonatal-brain-imaging
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Lucilio Cordero-Grande, Emer J Hughes, Jana Hutter, Anthony N Price, Joseph V Hajnal
PURPOSE: To introduce a methodology for the reconstruction of multi-shot, multi-slice magnetic resonance imaging able to cope with both within-plane and through-plane rigid motion and to describe its application in structural brain imaging. THEORY AND METHODS: The method alternates between motion estimation and reconstruction using a common objective function for both. Estimates of three-dimensional motion states for each shot and slice are gradually refined by improving on the fit of current reconstructions to the partial k-space information from multiple coils...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626881/direct-growth-of-high-mobility-and-low-noise-lateral-mos2-graphene-heterostructure-electronics
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Amirhossein Behranginia, Poya Yasaei, Arnab K Majee, Vinod K Sangwan, Fei Long, Cameron J Foss, Tara Foroozan, Shadi Fuladi, Mohammad Reza Hantehzadeh, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Mark C Hersam, Zlatan Aksamija, Amin Salehi-Khojin
Reliable fabrication of lateral interfaces between conducting and semiconducting 2D materials is considered a major technological advancement for the next generation of highly packed all-2D electronic circuitry. This study employs seed-free consecutive chemical vapor deposition processes to synthesize high-quality lateral MoS2 -graphene heterostructures and comprehensively investigated their electronic properties through a combination of various experimental techniques and theoretical modeling. These results show that the MoS2 -graphene devices exhibit an order of magnitude higher mobility and lower noise metrics compared to conventional MoS2 -metal devices as a result of energy band rearrangement and smaller Schottky barrier height at the contacts...
June 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624414/corneal-kindled-c57bl-6-mice-exhibit-saturated-dentate-gyrus-long-term-potentiation-and-associated-memory-deficits-in-the-absence-of-overt-neuron-loss
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Gregory J Remigio, Jaycie L Loewen, Sage Heuston, Colin Helgeson, H Steve White, Karen S Wilcox, Peter J West
Memory deficits have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients with epilepsy and currently no effective treatments exist to mitigate this comorbidity. While these cognitive comorbidities can be associated with varying degrees of hippocampal cell death and hippocampal sclerosis, more subtle changes in hippocampal physiology independent of cell loss may underlie memory dysfunction in many epilepsy patients. Accordingly, animal models of epilepsy or epileptic processes exhibiting memory deficits in the absence of cell loss could facilitate novel therapy discovery...
June 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623557/proving-value-in-radiology-experience-developing-and-implementing-a-shareable-open-source-registry-platform-driven-by-radiology-workflow
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Judy Wawira Gichoya, Marc D Kohli, Paul Haste, Elizabeth Mills Abigail, Matthew S Johnson
Numerous initiatives are in place to support value based care in radiology including decision support using appropriateness criteria, quality metrics like radiation dose monitoring, and efforts to improve the quality of the radiology report for consumption by referring providers. These initiatives are largely data driven. Organizations can choose to purchase proprietary registry systems, pay for software as a service solution, or deploy/build their own registry systems. Traditionally, registries are created for a single purpose like radiation dosage or specific disease tracking like diabetes registry...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623464/estimating-an-exchange-rate-between-the-eq-5d-3l-and-ascot
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Katherine Stevens, John Brazier, Donna Rowen
BACKGROUND: The aim was to estimate an exchange rate between EQ-5D-3L and the Adult Social Care Outcome Tool (ASCOT) using preference-based mapping via common time trade-off (TTO) valuations. EQ-5D and ASCOT are useful for examining cost-effectiveness within the health and social care sectors, respectively, but there is a policy need to understand overall benefits and compare across sectors to assess relative value for money. Standard statistical mapping is unsuitable since it relies on conceptual overlap of the measures but EQ-5D and ASCOT have different conceptualisations of quality of life...
June 16, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622786/dairy-cow-disability-weights
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Craig S McConnel, Ashleigh A McNeil, Joleen C Hadrich, Jason E Lombard, Franklyn B Garry, Jane Heller
Over the past 175 years, data related to human disease and death have progressed to a summary measure of population health, the Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY). As dairies have intensified there has been no equivalent measure of the impact of disease on the productive life and well-being of animals. The development of a disease-adjusted metric requires a consistent set of disability weights that reflect the relative severity of important diseases. The objective of this study was to use an international survey of dairy authorities to derive disability weights for primary disease categories recorded on dairies...
August 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621745/system-proposal-for-mass-transit-service-quality-control-based-on-gps-data
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Gabino Padrón, Teresa Cristóbal, Francisco Alayón, Alexis Quesada-Arencibia, Carmelo R García
Quality is an essential aspect of public transport. In the case of regular public passenger transport by road, punctuality and regularity are criteria used to assess quality of service. Calculating metrics related to these criteria continuously over time and comprehensively across the entire transport network requires the handling of large amounts of data. This article describes a system for continuously and comprehensively monitoring punctuality and regularity. The system uses location data acquired continuously in the vehicles and automatically transferred for analysis...
June 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620985/development-of-a-patient-and-institutional-based-model-for-estimation-of-operative-times-for-robot-assisted-radical-cystectomy-results-from-the-international-robotic-cystectomy-consortium
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Ahmed A Hussein, Paul R May, Youssef E Ahmed, Matthias Saar, Carl J Wijburg, Lee Richstone, Andrew Wagner, Timothy Wilson, Bertram Yuh, Joan Palou Redorta, Prokar Dasgupta, Omar Kawa, Mohammad Shamim Khan, Mani Menon, James O Peabody, Abolfazl Hosseini, Franco Gaboardi, Giovannalberto Pini, Francis Schanne, Alexandre Mottrie, Koon-Ho Rha, Ashok Hemal, Michael Stockle, John Kelly, Wei Shen Tan, Thomas J Maatman, Vassilis Poulakis, Jihad Kaouk, Abdullah Erdem Canda, Mevlana Derya Balbay, Peter Wiklund, Khurshid A Guru
OBJECTIVES: To design a methodology to predict operative times for robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) based on variation in institutional, patient and disease characteristic to help in operating room scheduling and quality control. METHODS: The model included preoperative variables and therefore can be used for prediction of surgical times: institutional volume, age, gender, BMI, ASA Score, history of prior surgery and radiation, clinical stage, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, type, technique of diversion and the extent of lymph node dissection...
June 16, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619477/a-novel-body-frame-based-approach-to-aerospacecraft-attitude-tracking
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Carlos Ma, Michael Z Q Chen, James Lam, Kie Chung Cheung
In the common practice of designing an attitude tracker for an aerospacecraft, one transforms the Newton-Euler rotation equations to obtain the dynamic equations of some chosen inertial frame based attitude metrics, such as Euler angles and unit quaternions. A Lyapunov approach is then used to design a controller which ensures asymptotic convergence of the attitude to the desired orientation. Although this design methodology is pretty standard, it usually involves singularity-prone coordinate transformations which complicates the analysis process and controller design...
June 12, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619264/institutional-variants-for-lymph-node-counts-after-pancreatic-resections
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Roderich E Schwarz
BACKGROUND: Lymph node (LN) counts from pancreatectomy are postulated as quality metric for surgical therapy of pancreatic malignancy. METHODS: Prospectively collected data from a single surgeon's pancreatectomy experience were analyzed for predictors of LN counts. RESULTS: Of 315 consecutive patients (54% female, median age: 65, range 18-88), 239 had a proven cancer diagnosis (76%). Operations included pancreatoduodenectomy (69%), distal pancreatectomy (26%), total pancreatectomy (1%) and others (4%)...
June 8, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615489/ovarian-fluid-impacts-flagellar-beating-and-biomechanical-metrics-of-sperm-between-alternative-reproductive-tactics
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Ian A E Butts, Galina Prokopchuk, Vojtěch Kašpar, Jacky Cosson, Trevor E Pitcher
Alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs) are prevalent in nature, where smaller parasitic males typically have better sperm quality than larger territorial guard males. At present, it is unclear what is causing this phenomenon. Our objective was to gain insights into sperm form and function by examining flagellar beating patterns (beat frequency, wave amplitude, bend length, bend angle, wave velocity) and biomechanical sperm metrics (velocity, hydrodynamic power output, propulsive efficiency) of wild spawning Chinook salmon ARTs...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614363/rigid-geometry-solves-curse-of-dimensionality-effects-in-clustering-methods-an-application-to-omics-data
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Shun Adachi
The quality of samples preserved long term at ultralow temperatures has not been adequately studied. To improve our understanding, we need a strategy to analyze protein degradation and metabolism at subfreezing temperatures. To do this, we obtained liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) data of calculated protein signal intensities in HEK-293 cells. Our first attempt at directly clustering the values failed, most likely due to the so-called "curse of dimensionality". The clusters were not reproducible, and the outputs differed with different methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609223/the-influence-of-multiple-chemical-and-non-chemical-stressors-on-benthic-communities-in-a-mid-west-agricultural-stream
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Lenwood W Hall, Willian D Killen, Ronald D Anderson, Raymond W Alden
The objective of this 3-year study was to characterize benthic communities and physical habitat in an agricultural stream in the mid-west area of the United States (Big Bureau Creek, Illinois). Concurrent basic water quality parameters and seven nutrients were measured in the water column. Sediment measurements from depositional areas were conducted for bifenthrin, Total Organic Carbon, grain size, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and eight metals. All parameters were measured at 12 sites annually during the late summer for a 3-year period (2014, 2015 and 2016)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607839/gamebird-responses-to-anthropogenic-forest-fragmentation-and-degradation-in-a-southern-amazonian-landscape
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Fernanda Michalski, Carlos A Peres
Although large-bodied tropical forest birds are impacted by both habitat loss and fragmentation, their patterns of habitat occupancy will also depend on the degree of forest habitat disturbance, which may interact synergistically or additively with fragmentation effects. Here, we examine the effects of forest patch and landscape metrics, and levels of forest disturbance on the patterns of persistence of six gamebird taxa in the southern Brazilian Amazon. We use both interview data conducted with long-term residents and/or landowners from 129 remnant forest patches and 15 continuous forest sites and line-transect census data from a subset of 21 forest patches and two continuous forests...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607676/evaluating-the-quality-improvement-impact-of-the-global-tracheostomy-collaborative-in-four-diverse-nhs-hospitals
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Brendan A McGrath, James Lynch, Barbarella Bonvento, Sarah Wallace, Val Poole, Ann Farrell, Cristina Diaz, Sadie Khwaja, David W Roberson
Tracheostomies are predominantly used in Head & Neck Surgery and the critically ill. The needs of these complex patients frequently cross traditional speciality working boundaries and locations and any resulting airway problems can rapidly lead to significant harm. The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) was formed in 2012 with the aim of bringing together international expertise in tracheostomy care in order to bring about rapid adoption of best practices and to improve the quality and safety of care to this vulnerable group...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
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