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Natasa M Milic, Srdjan Masic, Jelena Milin-Lazovic, Goran Trajkovic, Zoran Bukumiric, Marko Savic, Nikola V Milic, Andja Cirkovic, Milan Gajic, Mirjana Kostic, Aleksandra Ilic, Dejana Stanisavljevic
BACKGROUND: The scientific community increasingly is recognizing the need to bolster standards of data analysis given the widespread concern that basic mistakes in data analysis are contributing to the irreproducibility of many published research findings. The aim of this study was to investigate students' attitudes towards statistics within a multi-site medical educational context, monitor their changes and impact on student achievement. In addition, we performed a systematic review to better support our future pedagogical decisions in teaching applied statistics to medical students...
2016: PloS One
Joel D Kaufman, Elizabeth W Spalt, Cynthia L Curl, Anjum Hajat, Miranda R Jones, Sun-Young Kim, Sverre Vedal, Adam A Szpiro, Amanda Gassett, Lianne Sheppard, Martha L Daviglus, Sara D Adar
The MESA Air (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution) leveraged the platform of the MESA cohort into a prospective longitudinal study of relationships between air pollution and cardiovascular health. MESA Air researchers developed fine-scale, state-of-the-art air pollution exposure models for the MESA Air communities, creating individual exposure estimates for each participant. These models combine cohort-specific exposure monitoring, existing monitoring systems, and an extensive database of geographic and meteorological information...
September 2016: Global Heart
Joseph Markowitz, Zachary Abrams, Naduparambil K Jacob, Xiaoli Zhang, John N Hassani, Nicholas Latchana, Lai Wei, Kelly E Regan, Taylor R Brooks, Sarvani R Uppati, Kala M Levine, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Kari L Kendra, Gregory B Lesinski, J Harrison Howard, Thomas Olencki, Philip R Payne, William E Carson
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short noncoding RNAs that function to repress translation of mRNA transcripts and contribute to the development of cancer. We hypothesized that miRNA array-based technologies work best for miRNA profiling of patient-derived plasma samples when the techniques and patient populations are precisely defined. METHODS: Plasma samples were obtained from five sources: melanoma clinical trial of interferon and bortezomib (12), purchased normal donor plasma samples (four), gastrointestinal tumor bank (nine), melanoma tumor bank (ten), or aged-matched normal donors (eight) for the tumor bank samples...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Andrzej Ossowski, Marta Diepenbroek, Tomasz Kupiec, Milena Bykowska-Witowska, Grażyna Zielińska, Teresa Dembińska, Andrzej Ciechanowicz
As the result of the communist terror in Poland, during years 1944-1956 more than 50,000 people died. Their bodies were buried secretly, and most places are still unknown. The research presents the results of identification of people buried in one of many mass graves, which were found at the cemetery Powązki Military in Warsaw, Poland. Exhumation revealed the remains of eight people, among which seven were identified genetically. Well-preserved molars were used for the study. Reference material was collected from the closest living relatives...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
Anthony J Culyer
Daniels, Porteny and Urrutia et al make a good case for the idea that that public decisions ought to be made not only "in the light of" evidence but also "on the basis of" budget impact, financial protection and equity. Health technology assessment (HTA) should, they say, be accordingly expanded to consider matters additional to safety and cost-effectiveness. They also complain that most HTA reports fail to develop ethical arguments and generally do not even mention ethical issues. This comment argues that some of these defects are more apparent than real and are not inherent in HTA - as distinct from being common characteristics found in poorly conducted HTAs...
May 16, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Avijit Hazra, Nithya Gogtay
Determining the appropriate sample size for a study, whatever be its type, is a fundamental aspect of biomedical research. An adequate sample ensures that the study will yield reliable information, regardless of whether the data ultimately suggests a clinically important difference between the interventions or elements being studied. The probability of Type 1 and Type 2 errors, the expected variance in the sample and the effect size are the essential determinants of sample size in interventional studies. Any method for deriving a conclusion from experimental data carries with it some risk of drawing a false conclusion...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology
Jingzhi Yang, Juliane C Finke, Juncong Yang, Andrew J Percy, Uwe von Fritschen, Christoph H Borchers, Michael O Glocker
Although great success of microvascular free-flap transplantation surgery has been achieved in recent years, between 1.5% and 15% of flaps are still lost due to vascular occlusion. The clinical challenge remains to salvage a transplant in the case of vascular complications. Since flap loss is devastating for the patient, it is of utmost importance to detect signs of complications or of conspicuities as soon as possible. Rescue success rates highly depend on early revision. In this study, we collected blood samples during transplantation surgery from either the contributory artery or the effluent vein of the flap and applied a targeted mass spectrometry-based approach to quantify 24 acute phase proteins, cytokines, and growth factors in 63 plasma samples from 21 hospitalized patients, generating a dataset with 9450 protein concentration values...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
S J O'Shea, J R Davies, J A Newton-Bishop
Survival from melanoma is influenced by several, well-established clinical and histopathological factors, e.g. age, Breslow thickness and microscopic ulceration. We (the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds) have carried out research to better understand the biological basis for these observations. Preliminary results indicated a protective role for vitamin D in melanoma relapse and that higher vitamin D was associated with thinner primary melanomas. Funding from the British Skin Foundation enabled JNB to establish a study of the effects of vitamin A in melanoma...
October 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Jennifer M Oshimura, Benjamin D Bauer, Neha Shah, Eugene Nguyen, Jennifer Maniscalco
OBJECTIVES: Pediatric hospitalists report the need for additional training in clinical and nonclinical domains. Pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) fellowships seek to provide this training and produce leaders in the field. Our objective is to describe current roles and perceived training needs of PHM fellowship graduates. METHODS: In 2014, all PHM fellowship graduates were asked to complete a Web-based survey. Survey questions addressed demographics, past training, current roles, and training needs in clinical care, research, education, and administration...
October 2016: Hospital Pediatrics
Bénédicte Delcoigne, Niels Hagenbuch, Maria Ec Schelin, Agus Salim, Linda S Lindström, Jonas Bergh, Kamila Czene, Marie Reilly
The methods developed for secondary analysis of nested case-control data have been illustrated only in simplified settings in a common cohort and have not found their way into biostatistical practice. This paper demonstrates the feasibility of reusing prior nested case-control data in a realistic setting where a new outcome is available in an overlapping cohort where no new controls were gathered and where all data have been anonymised. Using basic information about the background cohort and sampling criteria, the new cases and prior data are "aligned" to identify the common underlying study base...
September 21, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
M D Coble, J Buckleton, J M Butler, T Egeland, R Fimmers, P Gill, L Gusmão, B Guttman, M Krawczak, N Morling, W Parson, N Pinto, P M Schneider, S T Sherry, S Willuweit, M Prinz
The use of biostatistical software programs to assist in data interpretation and calculate likelihood ratios is essential to forensic geneticists and part of the daily case work flow for both kinship and DNA identification laboratories. Previous recommendations issued by the DNA Commission of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) covered the application of bio-statistical evaluations for STR typing results in identification and kinship cases, and this is now being expanded to provide best practices regarding validation and verification of the software required for these calculations...
September 4, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Ian Guyton Munabi, William Buwembo, Ruberwa Joseph, Kawungezi Peter, Francis Bajunirwe, Erisa Sabakaki Mwaka
INTRODUCTION: In this study we used a model of adult learning to explore undergraduate students' views on how to improve the teaching of research methods and biostatistics. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of survey data of 600 undergraduate students from three medical schools in Uganda. The analysis looked at student's responses to an open ended section of a questionnaire on their views on undergraduate teaching of research methods and biostatistics. Qualitative phenomenological data analysis was done with a bias towards principles of adult learning...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Valerie W Rusch, Ritu Gill, Alan Mitchell, David Naidich, David C Rice, Harvey I Pass, Hedy L Kindler, Marc De Perrot, Joseph Friedberg
BACKGROUND: Standard imaging modalities are inaccurate in staging malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Single-institution studies suggest that volumetric computed tomography (CT) is more accurate but labor intensive. We established a multicenter network to test interobserver variability, accuracy (relative to pathologic stage), and the prognostic significance of semiautomated volumetric CT. METHODS: Six institutions electronically submitted to an established multicenter database clinical and pathologic data for patients with MPM who had operations...
October 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Mohammad H Rahbar, Aisha S Dickerson, Chul Ahn, Rickey E Carter, Manouchehr Hessabi, Christopher J Lindsell, Paul J Nietert, Robert A Oster, Brad H Pollock, Leah J Welty
PURPOSE: To learn the size, composition, and scholarly output of biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design (BERD) units in U.S. academic health centers (AHCs). METHOD: Each year for four years, the authors surveyed all BERD units in U.S. AHCs that were members of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium. In 2010, 46 BERD units were surveyed; in 2011, 55; in 2012, 60; and in 2013, 61. RESULTS: Response rates to the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 surveys were 93...
August 30, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Rebecca M Zash, Paige L Williams, Jeanne Sibiude, Hermione Lyall, Fatima Kakkar
INTRODUCTION: The use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in pregnancy to prevent vertical HIV transmission has been one of the most successful public health programs in the last decade. As a result, an unprecedented number of women are taking ART at conception and during pregnancy. Given few randomized studies evaluating safety of different ART regimens in pregnancy, ongoing drug safety surveillance is critical. AREAS COVERED: This review aims to provide a rationale for ART drug safety surveillance, describe changing patterns of ART use and summarize current surveillance efforts in both low-resource and high-resource settings...
August 23, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
John Collins, Paul S Albert
There is a wide body of literature in biostatistics and epidemiology literature about estimating diagnostic accuracy, such as sensitivity and specificity of a binary test, without a gold standard. This methodology is very attractive since obtaining gold standard information is impossible, difficult, or very expensive in some situations. Although there are many proponents of these approaches, there have also been some serious criticisms. We review important methodological developments as well as discuss problems with the approaches...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
Xiaohui Xu, Sandie Uyen Ha, Rakshya Basnet
There is a growing body of epidemiological research reporting the neurological effects of ambient air pollution. We examined current evidence, identified the strengths and weaknesses of published epidemiological studies, and suggest future directions for research in this area. Studies were identified through a systematic search of online scientific databases, in addition to a manual search of the reference lists from the identified papers. Despite being a relatively new area of investigation, overall, there is mounting evidence implicating adverse effects of air pollution on neurobehavioral function in both adults and children...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Jixian Wang
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August 15, 2016: Pharmaceutical Statistics
Clifford C Nwaeburu, Natalie Bauer, Zhefu Zhao, Alia Abukiwan, Jury Gladkich, Axel Benner, Ingrid Herr
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDA) is a highly malignant tumor with poor prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRs) may offer novel therapeutic approaches to treatment. The polyphenol quercetin, present in many fruits and vegetables, possesses anti-carcinogenic properties. To unravel the effect of quercetin to miR signaling we performed miR profiling in PDA cells before and after quercetin treatment, followed by biostatistical analysis. miR let-7c was among the top up-regulated candidates after quercetin treatment, as measured by qRT-PCR and confirmed in two established and one primary PDA cell lines...
August 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Avijit Hazra, Nithya Gogtay
Categorical variables are commonly represented as counts or frequencies. For analysis, such data are conveniently arranged in contingency tables. Conventionally, such tables are designated as r × c tables, with r denoting number of rows and c denoting number of columns. The Chi-square (χ(2)) probability distribution is particularly useful in analyzing categorical variables. A number of tests yield test statistics that fit, at least approximately, a χ(2) distribution and hence are referred to as χ(2) tests...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology
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