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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793213/end-stage-renal-disease-models-in-the-americas-optimizing-resources-to-achieve-better-health-outcomes
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Ramiro E Gilardino, Eduardo González-Pier, Claudia Brabata
End-stage renal disease, the last and most severe stage of chronic kidney disease, represents a major and rising concern for countries in Latin America, driven in large part by aging populations and the near-epidemic rises in diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. This places a great clinical, economic, and social burden on the region's health systems. During the ISPOR 6th Latin America Conference held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in September 2017, an educational forum debated on value-based decision making in the treatment of end-stage renal disease in Latin America...
May 21, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793182/healthcare-provider-counseling-to-quit-smoking-and-patient-desire-to-quit-the-role-of-negative-smoking-outcome-expectancies
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Joan S Tucker, Brian D Stucky, Maria Orlando Edelen, William G Shadel, David J Klein
AIMS: The U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline on treating tobacco use and dependence recommends providing advice to quit to every tobacco user seen in a healthcare setting. However, the mechanism through which counseling encourages patients to quit has not been adequately studied. This study tests whether the association between receiving healthcare provider counseling and desire to quit is accounted for by negative health and psychosocial outcome expectancies of smoking...
May 21, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793142/synthesis-of-aryl-pyrazole-via-suzuki-coupling-reaction-in-vitro-mushroom-tyrosinase-enzyme-inhibition-assay-and-in-silico-comparative-molecular-docking-analysis-with-kojic-acid
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Pervaiz Ali Channar, Aamer Saeed, Fayaz Ali Larik, Bakhtawar Batool, Saima Kalsoom, M M Hasan, Mauricio F Erben, Hesham R El-Seedi, Musrat Ali, Zaman Ashraf
Aryl pyrazoles are well recognized class of heterocyclic compounds found in several commercially available drugs. Owing to their significance in medicinal chemistry, in this current account we have synthesized a series of suitably substituted aryl pyrazole by employing Suzuki cross-coupling reaction. All compounds were evaluated for inhibition of mushroom tyrosinase enzyme both in vitro and in silico. Compound 3f (IC50  = 1.568 ± 0.01 µM) showed relatively better potential compared to reference kojic acid (IC50  = 16...
April 30, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793129/global-mittag-leffler-stability-and-synchronization-analysis-of-fractional-order-quaternion-valued-neural-networks-with-linear-threshold-neurons
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Xujun Yang, Chuandong Li, Qiankun Song, Jiyang Chen, Junjian Huang
This paper talks about the stability and synchronization problems of fractional-order quaternion-valued neural networks (FQVNNs) with linear threshold neurons. On account of the non-commutativity of quaternion multiplication resulting from Hamilton rules, the FQVNN models are separated into four real-valued neural network (RVNN) models. Consequently, the dynamic analysis of FQVNNs can be realized by investigating the real-valued ones. Based on the method of M-matrix, the existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium point of the FQVNNs are obtained without detailed proof...
May 4, 2018: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793079/shifts-in-wind-energy-potential-following-land-use-driven-vegetation-dynamics-in-complex-terrain
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Jiannong Fang, Alexander Peringer, Mihai-Sorin Stupariu, Ileana Pǎtru-Stupariu, Alexandre Buttler, Francois Golay, Fernando Porté-Agel
Many mountainous regions with high wind energy potential are characterized by multi-scale variabilities of vegetation in both spatial and time dimensions, which strongly affect the spatial distribution of wind resource and its time evolution. To this end, we developed a coupled interdisciplinary modeling framework capable of assessing the shifts in wind energy potential following land-use driven vegetation dynamics in complex mountain terrain. It was applied to a case study area in the Romanian Carpathians...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793072/leveraging-semantic-labels-for-multi-level-abstraction-in-medical-process-mining-and-trace-comparison
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Giorgio Leonardi, Manuel Striani, Silvana Quaglini, Anna Cavallini, Stefania Montani
Many medical information systems record data about the executed process instances in the form of an event log. In this paper, we present a framework, able to convert actions in the event log into higher level concepts, at different levels of abstraction, on the basis of domain knowledge. Abstracted traces are then provided as an input to trace comparison and semantic process discovery. Our abstraction mechanism is able to manage non trivial situations, such as interleaved actions or delays between two actions that abstract to the same concept...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792983/impact-of-genetic-influence-on-serum-total-and-free-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-in-humans
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Balázs Szili, Boglárka Szabó, Péter Horváth, Bence Bakos, Györgyi Kirschner, János P Kósa, Erzsébet Toldy, Zsuzsanna Putz, Péter Lakatos, Ádám Tabák, István Takács
Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D /25OHD/ levels in humans are determined primarily by environmental factors such as UV-B radiation and diet, including vitamin D intake. Although some genetic determinants of 25OHD levels have been shown, the magnitude of this association has not yet been clarified. The present study evaluates the genetic contribution to total- /t-25OHD/ and free-25OHD /f-25OHD/ in a representative sample of the Hungarian population (n = 462). The study was performed at the end of winter to minimize the effect of sunlight, which is a major determinant of serum vitamin D levels...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792742/screening-mammography-findings-from-one-standard-projection-only-in-the-era-of-full-field-digital-mammography-and-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Ethan O Cohen, Hilda H Tso, Kanchan A Phalak, Ray C Mayo, Jessica W T Leung
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to compare outcomes of findings seen on one view only from screening full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and FFDM plus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of 103,070 consecutive screening mammograms obtained from February 2011 through June 2014 at two community-based breast centers. Recalled findings prospectively seen on one view only were analyzed. Pearson chi-square test and Fisher exact test were performed, and 95% CIs were determined...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792708/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-diabetes-is-associated-with-decreased-cyp3a4-protein-expression-and-activity-in-human-liver
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Rohitash Jamwal, Suzanne M de la Monte, Ken Ogasawara, Sravani Adusumalli, Benjamin B Barlock, Fatemeh Akhlaghi
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a major cause of chronic liver disease in Western population. We investigated the effect of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and diabetes mellitus on CYP3A4 activity in human liver tissue from brain dead donors (N=74). Histopathologically graded livers were grouped into normal (n=24), nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL, n=26) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH, n=24) categories. The rate of conversion of midazolam to its 1-hydroxy metabolite was used to assess in vitro CYP3A4 activity in human liver microsomes (HLM)...
May 24, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792673/recent-advances-on-sodium-oxygen-batteries-a-chemical-perspective
#10
Hossein Yadegari, Xueliang Sun
Releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere because of widespread use of fossil fuels by humankind has resulted in raising the earth's temperature during the past few decades. Known as global warming, increasing the earth's temperature may in turn endanger civilization on the earth by starting a cycle of environmental changes including climate change and sea level rise. Therefore, replacing fossil fuels with more sustainable energy resources has been considered as one of the main strategies to tackle the global warming crisis...
May 24, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792667/control-of-selectivity-in-palladium-ii-catalyzed-oxidative-transformations-of-allenes
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Bin Yang, Youai Qiu, Jan-E Bäckvall
Oxidation reactions play a central role in organic synthesis, and it is highly desirable that these reactions are mild and occur under catalytic conditions. In Nature, oxidation reactions occur under mild conditions via cascade processes, and furthermore, they often occur in an enantioselective manner with many of them involving molecular oxygen or hydrogen peroxide as the terminal oxidant. Inspired by the reactions in Nature, we have developed a number of Pd(II)-catalyzed cascade reactions under mild oxidative conditions...
May 24, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792587/child-abuse-potential-in-mothers-with-early-life-maltreatment-borderline-personality-disorder-and-depression
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Katja Dittrich, Katja Boedeker, Dorothea Kluczniok, Charlotte Jaite, Catherine Hindi Attar, Daniel Fuehrer, Sabine C Herpertz, Romuald Brunner, Sibylle Maria Winter, Andreas Heinz, Stefan Roepke, Christine Heim, Felix Bermpohl
BACKGROUND: Early life maltreatment (ELM), borderline personality disorder (BPD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) have been shown to increase the potential of abuse. Emotion regulation is an identified mediator for the association of ELM and BPD with abuse potential. Until now, there has been no study to account for the co-occurrence of these risk factors in one analysis, although BPD and MDD are known as common sequelae of ELM. This is paired with a lack of studies investigating the effects of abuse potential on child well-being...
May 24, 2018: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792555/vaccine-hesitancy-among-caregivers-and-association-with-childhood-vaccination-timeliness-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Nina B Masters, Yemesrach A Tefera, Abram L Wagner, Matthew L Boulton
INTRODUCTION: Vaccines are vital to reducing childhood mortality, and prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths annually which disproportionately occur in the developing world. Overall vaccine coverage is typically used as a metric to evaluate the adequacy of vaccine program performance, though it does not account for untimely administration, which may unnecessarily prolong children's susceptibility to disease. This study explored a hypothesized positive association between increasing vaccine hesitancy and untimeliness of immunizations administered under the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
May 24, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792538/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-il23r-il12rb2-rs1495965-are-highly-prevalent-in-patients-with-behcet-s-uveitis-and-vary-between-populations
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Michal Kramer, Murat Hasanreisoglu, Shirel Weiss, Deniz Kumova, Michal Schaap-Fogler, Sezen Guntekin-Ergun, Sengul Ozdek, Gokhan Gurelik, Mehmet Ali Ergün, Nitza Goldenberg-Cohen, Yoram Cohen
PURPOSE: To test the frequency of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the IL-10, IL23R-IL12RB2 genes in patients with Behcet's uveitis. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 89 Israeli and Turkish patients, and from healthy control subjects of different origins. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes and genotyped. RESULTS: The risk allele, A, in rs1800871, of IL-10 gene was highly prevalent in Behcet's uveitis and healthy control samples alike; highest among the Turkish groups...
May 24, 2018: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792507/comparing-self-report-measures-of-grandiose-narcissism-vulnerable-narcissism-and-narcissistic-personality-disorder-in-a-male-offender-sample
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Elizabeth A Krusemark, W Keith Campbell, Michael L Crowe, Joshua D Miller
Despite a growing interest in the use of self-report measures of narcissism among student, community, and clinical samples, the research on narcissism in prison samples is sparse, despite elevated rates of narcissism in these samples. The current study examined the relations between commonly used measures of grandiose narcissism (Narcissistic Personality Inventory-13 [NPI-13]), vulnerable narcissism (Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale [HSNS]), and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD; Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire [PDQ]) in a sample of adult male offenders (N = 179)...
May 24, 2018: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792506/testing-the-validity-of-criminal-risk-assessment-tools-in-sexually-abusive-youth
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Steffen Barra, Cornelia Bessler, Markus A Landolt, Marcel Aebi
Although accurate risk appraisals are mandatory to provide effective treatment to juveniles who have sexually offended (JSOs), the current knowledge on the validity of risk assessment instruments for JSOs is inconclusive. We compared the predictive validities of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II (J-SOAP II), the Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism (ERASOR), and the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide-Revised (VRAG-R) scores concerning sexual, nonsexual-violent, and general criminal recidivism (based on both official and nonregistered reoffenses) in a consecutive sample of 597 male JSOs (Mage = 14...
May 24, 2018: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792496/the-big-two-personality-traits-and-adolescents-complete-mental-health-the-mediation-role-of-perceived-school-stress
#17
Lili Tian, Siyi Jiang, E Scott Huebner
Based on Greenspoon and Saklofske's (2001) dual-factor model of mental health, we defined adolescents' mental health as comprised of two distinguishable factors: positive and negative mental health. We tested the direct relations between the Eysenck's (1967) Big Two personality traits (Extraversion and Neuroticism) and positive and negative mental health, and explored the mediation effects of perceived school stress in accounting for the relations. Direct and indirect relations were estimated by using structural equation modeling with data from 1,009 Chinese adolescents in a 3-wave study...
May 24, 2018: School Psychology Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792462/extreme-teams-toward-a-greater-understanding-of-multiagency-teamwork-during-major-emergencies-and-disasters
#18
Nicola Power
Major emergencies are extreme team decision making environments. They are complex, dynamic, high-stakes and fast paced events, wherein successful resolution is contingent upon effective teamwork. Not only do emergency teams coordinate at the intrateam level (e.g., police team), but they are increasingly required to operate at the interteam level (e.g., police, fire and ambulance teams). This is in response to the desire for networked and cost-effective practice and due to the evolving nature of modern threats, such as extreme weather events and terrorist attacks, which require a multi- rather than single-agency response...
May 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792446/an-expanded-theory-of-alzheimer-s-caregiving
#19
Samantha F Lang, Blaine J Fowers
The ancient and cross-culturally prevalent pattern of caregiving suggests that long-term caregiving is species characteristic for humans. If so, then an evolutionary account of the adaptation(s) that underwrite this caregiving is necessary, particularly for the one-sided and long-term nature of Alzheimer's caregiving. Four standard evolutionary explanations are evaluated: kin selection theory, the grandmother hypothesis, direct reciprocity, and indirect reciprocity. Each is found inadequate to explain caregiving because of the lack of reproductive benefits...
May 24, 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792424/comprehensive-investigation-into-luminescent-properties-of-ir-iii-complexes-an-integrated-computational-study-of-radiative-and-nonradiative-decay-processes
#20
Yu Wang, Peng Bao, Jian Wang, Ran Jia, Fu-Quan Bai, Hong-Xing Zhang
A comprehensive and concrete exploration into the deactivation mechanisms of luminescent materials is imperative, with the improvement of simulating and computing technology. In this study, an integrated calculation scheme is employed on five Ir(III) complexes for thorough investigation of their photophysical properties, including radiative ( kr ) and nonradiative ( knr ) decay rates. As a most famous Ir(III) complex with superior quantum efficiency, fac-Ir(ppy)3 herein serves as a reference relative to the other four β-diketonate complexes...
May 24, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
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