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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920348/confirmatory-factor-analysis-alternative-free-accessible-cbid-software
#1
Marjorie Bott, Alex G Karanevich, Lili Garrard, Larry R Price, Dinesh Pal Mudaranthakam, Byron Gajewski
New software that performs Classical and Bayesian Instrument Development (CBID) is reported that seamlessly integrates expert (content validity) and participant data (construct validity) to produce entire reliability estimates with smaller sample requirements. The free CBID software can be accessed through a website and used by clinical investigators in new instrument development. Demonstrations are presented of the three approaches using the CBID software: (a) traditional confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), (b) Bayesian CFA using flat uninformative prior, and (c) Bayesian CFA using content expert data (informative prior)...
December 5, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919819/patterns-of-constitutively-phosphorylated-kinases-in-b-cells-are-associated-with-disease-severity-in-common-variable-immunodeficiency
#2
Eli Taraldsrud, Pål Aukrust, Silje Jørgensen, Ole Christian Lingjærde, Johanna Olweus, June H Myklebust, Børre Fevang
Patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) constitute a clinically and immunologically heterogeneous group characterized by B-cell dysfunction with hypogammaglobulinemia and defective immunoglobulin class switch of unknown etiology. Current classification systems are insufficient to achieve precise disease management. Characterization of signaling pathways essential for B-cell differentiation and class switch could provide new means to stratify patients. We evaluated constitutive and induced signaling by phospho-specific flow cytometry in 26 CVID patients and 18 healthy blood donors...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918396/personalized-progressive-addition-lenses-correlation-between-performance-and-design
#3
Johanne Forkel, Jenny Lorén Reiniger, Adam Muschielok, Andrea Welk, Anne Seidemann, Peter Baumbach
PURPOSE: A continuous set of personalized designs (design space) for progressive addition lenses (PALs) is investigated. The main goals are (1) to study how the subjects' perception of a personalized design depends on its position in the design space and (2) to compare the performance of personalized PALs to a conventional PAL with a fixed design. METHODS: In a double-blind study, 51 subjects compared Rodenstock Impression FreeSign 3, which is a family of PALs with a continuously controllable personalized design, and Rodenstock Progressiv Life Free, which is a conventional PAL with a single fixed design...
December 1, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917433/deaths-among-elderly-patients-in-the-emergency-department-a-needs-assessment-for-end-of-life-care
#4
Rakhee Yash Pal, Win Sen Kuan, Yiwen Koh, Kuhan Venugopal, Irwani Ibrahim
INTRODUCTION: Elderly patients with serious chronic diseases often present to the emergency department (ED) in the last moments of their life, many with identifiable trajectories of dying: organ failure; advanced cancer; and chronic frailty. These patients and their families may benefit more from good end-of-life (EOL) care provision than the standard resuscitative approach. This study aimed to determine the incidence and nature of death among patients aged 65 years and above in an ED, and characterise their trajectories of dying...
December 5, 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917352/interval-valued-fuzzy-formula-see-text-tolerance-competition-graphs
#5
Tarasankar Pramanik, Sovan Samanta, Madhumangal Pal, Sukumar Mondal, Biswajit Sarkar
This paper develops an interval-valued fuzzy [Formula: see text]-tolerance competition graphs which is the extension of basic fuzzy graphs and [Formula: see text] is any real valued function. Interval-valued fuzzy [Formula: see text]-tolerance competition graph is constructed by taking all the fuzzy sets of a fuzzy [Formula: see text]-tolerance competition graph as interval-valued fuzzy sets. Product of two IVFPTCGs and relations between them are defined. Here, some hereditary properties of products of interval-valued fuzzy [Formula: see text]-tolerance competition graphs are represented...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917350/completeness-and-regularity-of-generalized-fuzzy-graphs
#6
Sovan Samanta, Biswajit Sarkar, Dongmin Shin, Madhumangal Pal
Fuzzy graphs are the backbone of many real systems like networks, image, scheduling, etc. But, due to some restriction on edges, fuzzy graphs are limited to represent for some systems. Generalized fuzzy graphs are appropriate to avoid such restrictions. In this study generalized fuzzy graphs are introduced. In this study, matrix representation of generalized fuzzy graphs is described. Completeness and regularity are two important parameters of graph theory. Here, regular and complete generalized fuzzy graphs are introduced...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916299/measurements-of-background-radiation-levels-around-indian-station-bharati-during-33rd-indian-scientific-expedition-to-antarctica
#7
A K Bakshi, Rama Prajith, S Chinnaesakki, Rupali Pal, Deepa Sathian, Ajay Dhar, T Palani Selvam, B K Sapra, D Datta
A comprehensive measurement of radioactivity concentrations of the primordial radionuclides (238)U, (232)Th and (40)K and their decay products in the soil samples collected from the sites of Indian research stations, Bharati and Maitri, at Antarctica was carried out using gamma spectrometric method. The activity concentrations in the soil samples of Bharati site were observed to be few times higher than of Maitri site. The major contributor to radioactivity content in the soil at Bharati site is (232)Th radionuclide in higher concentration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914524/the-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-gene-family-in-isatis-indigotica-fort-molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-analysis
#8
Rui-Fang Ma, Qian-Zi Liu, Ying Xiao, Lei Zhang, Qing Li, Jun Yin, Wan-Sheng Chen
Phenolic compounds, metabolites of the phenylpropanoid pathway, play an important role in the growth and environmental adaptation of many plants. Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) is the first key enzyme of the phenylpropanoid pathway. The present study was designed to investigate whether there is a multi-gene family in I. Indigotic and, if so, to characterize their properties. We conducted a comprehensive survey on the transcription profiling database by using tBLASTn analysis. Several bioinformatics methods were employed to perform the prediction of composition and physicochemical characters...
November 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913849/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-reveals-mody-in-up-to-6-5-of-antibody-negative-diabetes-cases-listed-in-the-norwegian-childhood-diabetes-registry
#9
Bente B Johansson, Henrik U Irgens, Janne Molnes, Paweł Sztromwasser, Ingvild Aukrust, Petur B Juliusson, Oddmund Søvik, Shawn Levy, Torild Skrivarhaug, Geir Joner, Anders Molven, Stefan Johansson, Pål R Njølstad
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: MODY can be wrongly diagnosed as type 1 diabetes in children. We aimed to find the prevalence of MODY in a nationwide population-based registry of childhood diabetes. METHODS: Using next-generation sequencing, we screened the HNF1A, HNF4A, HNF1B, GCK and INS genes in all 469 children (12.1%) negative for both GAD and IA-2 autoantibodies and 469 antibody-positive matched controls selected from the Norwegian Childhood Diabetes Registry (3882 children)...
December 2, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913104/d-ala2-gip-glu-pal-is-neuroprotective-in-a-chronic-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model-and-increases-bndf-expression-while-reducing-neuroinflammation-and-lipid-peroxidation
#10
Yanwei Li, WeiZhen Liu, Lin Li, Christian Hölscher
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). Therefore, treatment to improve insulin resistance in T2DM may be useful for PD patients. Glucose dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) is a member of the incretin hormone family that can promote insulin release and improve insulin resistance. Several GIP analogues have been developed as potential treatments for T2DM. We had shown previously that D-Ala2-GIP-glu-PAL, a novel long-acting GIP analogue, can play a neuroprotective role in the PD mouse model induced by acute MPTP injection...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911909/early-onset-paternal-smoking-and-offspring-adiposity-further-investigation-of-a-potential-intergenerational-effect-using-the-hunt-study
#11
David Carslake, Pia R Pinger, Pål Romundstad, George Davey Smith
Recently it has been suggested that rearing conditions during preadolescence in one generation may affect health outcomes in subsequent generations. Such parental effects, potentially induced by epigenetic modifications in the germ line, have attracted considerable attention because of their implications for public health and social policies. Yet, to date, evidence in humans has been rare due to data limitations and much further investigation in large studies is required. The aim of this paper is to reproduce and extend a recent study which found that paternal smoking before age 11 was associated with elevated body mass index (BMI) among male offspring in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911884/desorption-of-water-from-hydrophilic-mcm-41-mesopores-positron-annihilation-ftir-and-md-simulation-studies
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Priya Maheshwari, D Dutta, T Muthulakshmi, B Chakraborty, N Raje, P K Pujari
The desorption mechanism of water from the hydrophilic mesopores of MCM-41 was studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy supplemented with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. PALS results indicated that water molecules do not undergo sequential evaporation in a simple layer-by-layer manner during desorption from MCM-41 mesopores. The results suggested that the water column inside the uniform cylindrical mesopore become stretched during desorption and induces cavitation (as seen in the case of ink-bottle type pores) inside it, keeping a dense water layer at the hydrophilic pore wall, as well as a water plug at both the open ends of the cylindrical pore, until the water was reduced to a certain volume fraction where the pore catastrophically empties...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911880/study-of-the-sign-change-of-exchange-bias-across-the-spin-reorientation-transition-in-co-cr1-x-fe-x-2o4-x%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-0-00-0-125
#13
R Padam, Swati Pandya, S Ravi, S Ramakrishnan, A K Nigam, A K Grover, D Pal
We present the evolution of novel phenomena of magnetic compensation effect, exchange bias (EB) effect and the field induced anomalies in '[Formula: see text]' substituted multiferroic compound [Formula: see text]. A few percent of '[Formula: see text]' substitution for '[Formula: see text]' in [Formula: see text] results in the reversal of field cooled magnetization under low applied fields below compensation temperature T comp. Further, increase in the field leads to the spin reorientation transition (T SR)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911063/-autologous-blood-pleurodesis-for-treatment-of-spontaneous-pneumothorax-and-persistent-air-leak-in-pediatric-patients
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P Jiménez Arribas, A Laín Fernández, G Guillén Burrieza, S López-Fernández, A Moreno Galdó, J Lloret Roca
AIM OF THE STUDY: Recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) and persistent air leak (PAL) are a therapeutic challenge in some patients. Autologous blood pleurodesis (ABP) is an alternative treatment, but its usefulness in pediatric patients has not been determined yet. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of pediatric patients treated with ABP at our institution between 2010 and 2014, with special assessment of its indications, description of the technique, volume of blood used, complications and outcomes...
January 25, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911049/family-partners-in-lifestyle-support-pals-family-based-weight-loss-for-african-american-adults-with-type-2-diabetes
#15
Carmen D Samuel-Hodge, Judith C Holder-Cooper, Ziya Gizlice, Gwendolyn Davis, Sonia P Steele, Thomas C Keyserling, Shiriki K Kumanyika, Phillip J Brantley, Laura P Svetkey
OBJECTIVE: To develop and test a family-centered behavioral weight loss intervention for African American adults with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: In this randomized trial, dyads consisting of an African American adult with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes (index participant) paired with a family partner with overweight or obesity but not diagnosed with diabetes were assigned in a 2:1 ratio to a 20-week special intervention (SI) or delayed intervention (DI) control group...
December 2, 2016: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911008/comparison-of-neuropathology-in-parkinson-s-disease-subjects-with-and-without-deep-brain-stimulation
#16
Gian D Pal, Bichun Ouyang, Geidy Serrano, Holly A Shill, Christopher Goetz, Glenn Stebbins, Leo Verhagen Metman, Erika Driver-Dunckley, Shyamal H Mehta, John N Caviness, Marwan N Sabbagh, Charles H Adler, Thomas G Beach
BACKGROUND: The aim of this postmortem study was to compare, in Parkinson's disease subjects with and without bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS), the loss of pigmented neurons within the substantia nigra and pathological alpha-synuclein density within the SN and other brain regions. METHODS: PD subjects were identified from the Arizona Study of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders database (STN-DBS = 11, non-DBS = 156). Pigmented neuron loss scores within the substantia nigra as well as alpha-synuclein density scores within the substantia nigra and 9 other brain regions were compared, the latter individually and in summary as the Lewy body brain load score...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910721/care-delivery-considerations-for-widespread-and-equitable-implementation-of-inherited-cancer-predisposition-testing
#17
Deborah Cragun, Anita Y Kinney, Tuya Pal
DNA sequencing advances through next-generation sequencing (NGS) and several practice changing events, have led to shifting paradigms for inherited cancer predisposition testing. These changes necessitated a means by which to maximize health benefits without unnecessarily inflating healthcare costs and exacerbating health disparities. Areas covered: NGS-based tests encompass multi-gene panel tests, whole exome sequencing, and whole genome sequencing, all of which test for multiple genes simultaneously, compared to prior sequencing practices through which testing was performed sequentially for one or two genes...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909217/the-small-foxp1-isoform-predominantly-expressed-in-activated-b-cell-like-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-and-full-length-foxp1-exert-similar-oncogenic-and-transcriptional-activity-in-human-b-cells
#18
Martine van Keimpema, Leonie J Grüneberg, Esther J M Schilder-Tol, Monique E C M Oud, Esther Beuling, Paul J Hensbergen, Johann de Jong, Steven T Pals, Marcel Spaargaren
The forkhead transcription factor FOXP1 is generally regarded as an oncogene in activated B cell-like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Previous studies have suggested that a small isoform of FOXP1 (FOXP1-iso), rather than full-length FOXP1 (FOXP1-FL), may possess this oncogenic activity. Corroborating those studies, we here show that activated B cell-like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cell-lines and primary activated B cell-like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cells predominantly express FOXP1-iso and that the 5-end of the Foxp1 gene is a common insertion site in murine lymphomas in leukaemia virus- and transposon-mediated insertional mutagenesis screens...
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908837/angiotensin-type-1a-receptor-regulates-%C3%AE-arrestin-binding-of-the-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-via-heterodimerization
#19
András D Tóth, Pál Gyombolai, Bence Szalai, Péter Várnai, Gábor Turu, László Hunyady
Heterodimerization between angiotensin type 1A receptor (AT1R) and β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) has been shown to modulate G protein-mediated effects of these receptors. Activation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) leads to β-arrestin binding, desensitization, internalization and G protein-independent signaling of GPCRs. Our aim was to study the effect of heterodimerization on β-arrestin coupling. We found that β-arrestin binding of β2AR is affected by activation of AT1Rs. Costimulation with angiotensin II and isoproterenol markedly enhanced the interaction between β2AR and β-arrestins, by prolonging the lifespan of β2AR-induced β-arrestin2 clusters at the plasma membrane...
November 28, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908058/volterra-model-of-the-parametric-array-loudspeaker-operating-at-ultrasonic-frequencies
#20
Chuang Shi, Yoshinobu Kajikawa
The parametric array loudspeaker (PAL) is an application of the parametric acoustic array in air, which can be applied to transmit a narrow audio beam from an ultrasonic emitter. However, nonlinear distortion is very perceptible in the audio beam. Modulation methods to reduce the nonlinear distortion are available for on-axis far-field applications. For other applications, preprocessing techniques are wanting. In order to develop a preprocessing technique with general applicability to a wide range of operating conditions, the Volterra filter is investigated as a nonlinear model of the PAL in this paper...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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