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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782888/pm-2-5-and-ozone-indicators-of-air-quality-and-acute-deaths-in-california-2004-2007
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Cheng You, Dennis K J Lin, S Stanley Young
Since the London Great Smog of 1952 was estimated to have killed over 4000 people, scientists have studied the relationship between air quality and acute mortality. Currently, the association between air quality and acute deaths is usually taken as evidence for causality. As air quality has markedly improved since 1952, do contemporary datasets support this view? We use a large dataset, eight air basins in California for the years 2004-2007, to examine the possible association of ozone and PM2.5 with acute deaths after statistically removing seasonal and weather effects...
May 18, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782582/surfaces-from-the-visual-past-recovering-high-resolution-terrain-data-from-historic-aerial-imagery-for-multitemporal-landscape-analysis
#2
Christopher Sevara, Geert Verhoeven, Michael Doneus, Erich Draganits
Historic aerial images are invaluable sources of aid to archaeological research. Often collected with large-format photogrammetric quality cameras, these images are potential archives of multidimensional data that can be used to recover information about historic landscapes that have been lost to modern development. However, a lack of camera information for many historic images coupled with physical degradation of their media has often made it difficult to compute geometrically rigorous 3D content from such imagery...
2018: Journal of archaeological method and theory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782534/linear-and-nonlinear-causal-relationship-between-energy-consumption-and-economic-growth-in-china-new-evidence-based-on-wavelet-analysis
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Junsheng Ha, Pei-Pei Tan, Kim-Leng Goh
The energy-growth nexus has important policy implications for economic development. The results from many past studies that investigated the causality direction of this nexus can lead to misleading policy guidance. Using data on China from 1953 to 2013, this study shows that an application of causality test on the time series of energy consumption and national output has masked a lot of information. The Toda-Yamamoto test with bootstrapped critical values and the newly proposed non-linear causality test reveal no causal relationship...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780845/postoperative-numbness-a-survey-of-patients-after-hip-arthroscopic-surgery
#4
Bashar Reda, Ivan Wong
Background: Hip arthroscopic surgery is a rapidly growing procedure that requires distraction of the leg to access the joint. A frequently reported complication of this procedure is postoperative numbness, with rates between 1% and 20% reported in the literature. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to determine the factors contributing to the development and effect of numbness on functional outcomes. We hypothesized that this complication is underreported and that its prevalence is higher than what has been described in the literature...
May 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780728/intimal-re-layering-technique-for-type-a-acute-aortic-dissection-reconstructing-the-intimal-layer-continuity-to-induce-remodeling-of-the-false-channel
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Eugenio Neri, Enrico Tucci, Giulio Tommasino, Giulia Guaccio, Carmelo Ricci, Pierleone Lucatelli, Marco Cini, Roberto Ceresa, Antonio Benvenuti, Luigi Muzzi
Background: Residual false channel is common after repair of type A acute aortic dissection (TAAAD). Starting from our recent series of TAAAD patients we carried out a retrospective analysis, regarding the failure of primary exclusion at the time of the initial operation. We classified the location of the principal entry tears perfusing the residual false channel. The proposed technique represents our attempt to correct the mechanism of false channel perfusion during primary repair. We describe a new technique designed to address some limitations of standard hemiarch aortic replacement...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778769/mandatory-review-of-a-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-and-impact-on-opioid-and-benzodiazepine-dispensing
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Erin L Winstanley, Yifan Zhang, Rebecca Mashni, Sydney Schnee, Jonathan Penm, Jill Boone, Cameron McNamee, Neil J MacKinnon
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to determine whether Ohio House Bill 341, which mandated the use of Ohio's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), was an effective regulatory strategy to reduce opioid and benzodiazepine dispensing. METHOD: Secondary analysis of Ohio's PDMP data on prescription opioids and benzodiazepines dispensed from November 2014 to March 2017. An interrupted time series analysis was conducted to determine if there was a significant change in the quantity of opioids and benzodiazepines dispensed...
May 1, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778415/interchangeability-of-counts-of-cases-and-hours-of-cases-for-quantifying-a-hospital-s-change-in-workload-among-four-week-periods-of-1-year
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Franklin Dexter, Richard H Epstein, Johannes Ledolter, Jonathan P Wanderer
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have made longitudinal assessments of case counts using State (e.g., United States) and Provincial (e.g., Canada) databases. Such databases rarely include either operating room (OR) or anesthesia times and, even when duration data are available, there are major statistical limitations to their use. We evaluated how to forecast short-term changes in OR caseload and workload (hours) and how to decide whether changes are outliers (e.g., significant, abrupt decline in anesthetics)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778098/hydrochlorothiazide-and-risk-of-hearing-disorder-a-case-series
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Natnael Belai, Selamawit Gebrehiwet, Yodit Fitsum, Mulugeta Russom
BACKGROUND: Hydrochlorothiazide is not known to cause hearing disorder. The Eritrean Pharmacovigilance Centre, however, has received cases of hearing disorder, including irreversible deafness, associated with hydrochlorothiazide. The aim of this study is, therefore, to assess the causal relationship between hydrochlorothiazide and hearing disorder. METHODS: Data was retrieved from the WHO global adverse drug reaction database, VigiBase™. A search on VigiBase™ was made on August 6, 2017 using "hydrochlorothiazide" as drug substance, and "ototoxicity", "decreased hearing", and "vestibular disorder" as reaction terms...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778013/using-google-trends-and-ambient-temperature-to-predict-seasonal-influenza-outbreaks
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Yuzhou Zhang, Hilary Bambrick, Kerrie Mengersen, Shilu Tong, Wenbiao Hu
BACKGROUND: The discovery of the dynamics of seasonal and non-seasonal influenza outbreaks remains a great challenge. Previous internet-based surveillance studies built purely on internet or climate data do have potential error. METHODS: We collected influenza notifications, temperature and Google Trends (GT) data between January 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2016. We performed time-series cross correlation analysis and temporal risk analysis to discover the characteristics of influenza epidemics in the period...
May 16, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777992/18-years-of-continuous-observation-of-tritium-and-atmospheric-precipitations-in-ramnicu-valcea-romania-a-time-series-analysis
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Octavian G Duliu, Carmen Varlam, Muataz Dheyaa Shnawaw
To get more information on the origin of tritium and to evidence any possible presence of anthropogenic sources, between January 1999 and December 2016, the precipitation level and tritium concentration were monthly recorded and investigated by the Cryogenic Institute of Ramnicu Valcea, Romania. Compared with similar data covering a radius of about 1200 km westward, the measurements gave similar results concerning the time evolution of tritium content and precipitation level for the entire time interval excepting the period between 2009 and 2011 when the tritium concentrations showed a slight increase, most probable due to the activity of neighboring experimental pilot plant for tritium and deuterium separation...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777828/mutual-connectivity-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-mri-data-with-local-models
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Adora M DSouza, Anas Z Abidin, Udaysankar Chockanathan, Giovanni Schifitto, Axel Wismüller
Functional connectivity analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) can represent brain networks and reveal insights into interactions amongst different brain regions. However, most connectivity analysis approaches adopted in practice are linear and non-directional. In this paper, we demonstrate the advantage of a data-driven, directed connectivity analysis approach called Mutual Connectivity Analysis using Local Models (MCA-LM) that approximates connectivity by modeling nonlinear dependencies of signal interaction, over more conventionally used approaches, such as Pearson's and partial correlation, Patel's conditional dependence measures, etcetera...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777822/effects-of-global-signal-regression-and-subtraction-methods-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-using-arterial-spin-labeling-data
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João Paulo Santos Silva, Luciana da Mata Mônaco, André Monteiro Paschoal, Ícaro Agenor Ferreira de Oliveira, Renata Ferranti Leoni
BACKGROUND: Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is an established magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that is finding broader applications in functional studies of the healthy and diseased brain. To promote improvement in cerebral blood flow (CBF) signal specificity, many algorithms and imaging procedures, such as subtraction methods, were proposed to eliminate or, at least, minimize noise sources. Therefore, this study addressed the main considerations of how CBF functional connectivity (FC) is changed, regarding resting brain network (RBN) identification and correlations between regions of interest (ROI), by different subtraction methods and removal of residual motion artifacts and global signal fluctuations (RMAGSF)...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777726/a-novel-approach-to-probabilistic-characterisation-of-neural-firing-patterns
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Gorana Mijatović, Tatjana Lončar-Turukalo, Emmanuel Procyk, Dragana Bajić
BACKGROUND: The advances in extracellular neural recording techniques result in big data volumes that necessitate fast, reliable, and automatic identification of statistically similar units. This study proposes a single framework yielding a compact set of probabilistic descriptors that characterise the firing patterns of a single unit. NEW METHOD: Probabilistic features are estimated from an inter-spike-interval time series, without assumptions about the firing distribution or the stationarity...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777550/evidence-for-dietary-time-series-in-layers-of-cetacean-skin-using-stable-carbon-and-nitrogen-isotope-ratios
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Lauren A Wild, Ellen M Chenoweth, Franz J Mueter, Janice M Straley
RATIONALE: Stable isotope analysis integrates diet information over a time period specific to the type of tissue sampled. For metabolically active skin of free-ranging cetaceans, cells are generated at the basal layer of the skin and migrate outward until they eventually slough off, suggesting potential for a dietary time series. METHODS: Skin samples from cetaceans were analyzed using continuous-flow elemental analyzer isotope ratio mass spectrometery (EA-IRMS)...
May 18, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776774/association-of-disrupted-circadian-rhythmicity-with-mood-disorders-subjective-wellbeing-and-cognitive-function-a-cross-sectional-study-of-91-105-participants-from-the-uk-biobank
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Laura M Lyall, Cathy A Wyse, Nicholas Graham, Amy Ferguson, Donald M Lyall, Breda Cullen, Carlos A Celis Morales, Stephany M Biello, Daniel Mackay, Joey Ward, Rona J Strawbridge, Jason M R Gill, Mark E S Bailey, Jill P Pell, Daniel J Smith
BACKGROUND: Disruption of sleep and circadian rhythmicity is a core feature of mood disorders and might be associated with increased susceptibility to such disorders. Previous studies in this area have used subjective reports of activity and sleep patterns, but the availability of accelerometer-based data from UK Biobank participants permits the derivation and analysis of new, objectively ascertained circadian rhythmicity parameters. We examined associations between objectively assessed circadian rhythmicity and mental health and wellbeing phenotypes, including lifetime history of mood disorder...
May 15, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776739/morgagni-hernia-repair-in-children-over-two-decades-institutional-experience-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-296-patients
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Yew-Wei Tan, Debasish Banerjee, Kate M Cross, Paolo De Coppi, Simon C Blackburn, Clare M Rees, Stefano Giuliani, Joe I Curry, Simon Eaton
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Morgagni diaphragmatic hernia (MH) is rare. We report our experience based on routine patch use in MH repair to curb recurrence. A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to study the recurrence and complications associated with minimally invasive surgery and the use of patch. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all cases of MH who underwent first-time repair in 2012-2017 in our institution to determine recurrence and complication rate...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776037/zero-crossing-statistics-for-non-markovian-time-series
#17
Markus Nyberg, Ludvig Lizana, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In applications spanning from image analysis and speech recognition to energy dissipation in turbulence and time-to failure of fatigued materials, researchers and engineers want to calculate how often a stochastic observable crosses a specific level, such as zero. At first glance this problem looks simple, but it is in fact theoretically very challenging, and therefore few exact results exist. One exception is the celebrated Rice formula that gives the mean number of zero crossings in a fixed time interval of a zero-mean Gaussian stationary process...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775651/molecular-cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-interleukin-1%C3%AE-and-interleukin-1-receptor-type-i-genes-in-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco-responses-to-challenge-of-edwardsiella-ictaluri
#18
Chen-Lei Liao, Gui-Rong Zhang, Dong-Mei Zhu, Wei Ji, Ze-Chao Shi, Rui Jiang, Qi-Xue Fan, Kai-Jian Wei
Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is one of the pivotal early pro-inflammatory cytokines, which play important roles in regulating immune response and inducing a series of inflammatory reactions to infections. Interleukin-1 type I receptor (IL-1RI) is a receptor of the IL-1β that can mediate IL-1-dependent activation. In this study, partial cDNA sequences of the Pf_IL-1β and Pf_IL-1RI genes were cloned from yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco). The open reading frames (ORF) of Pf_IL-1β and Pf_IL-1RI genes encode putative peptides of 280 and 543 amino acids, respectively...
May 15, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773458/outcomes-of-conventional-phacoemulsification-versus-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery-in-eyes-with-fuchs-endothelial-corneal-dystrophy
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Dagny C Zhu, Parth Shah, William J Feuer, Wei Shi, Ellen H Koo
PURPOSE: To compare the outcomes in eyes with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy after standard phacoemulsification with those of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. SETTING: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Charts from patients diagnosed with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy who had phacoemulsification cataract surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute between January 1, 2014, and January 1, 2017, were reviewed...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772973/evaluation-of-metronomic-cyclophosphamide-chemotherapy-as-maintenance-treatment-for-dogs-with-appendicular-osteosarcoma-following-limb-amputation-and-carboplatin-chemotherapy
#20
Arata Matsuyama, Courtney R Schott, Geoffrey A Wood, Danielle Richardson, J Paul Woods, Anthony J Mutsaers
OBJECTIVE To determine the effectiveness of metronomic cyclophosphamide (MC) chemotherapy (primary treatment of interest) with adjuvant meloxicam administration as maintenance treatment for dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma following limb amputation and carboplatin chemotherapy. DESIGN Retrospective case series with nested cohort study. ANIMALS 39 dogs with a histologic diagnosis of appendicular osteosarcoma that underwent limb amputation and completed carboplatin chemotherapy from January 2011 through December 2015...
June 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
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