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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934814/prenatal-diagnosis-of-agenesis-of-ductus-venosus-a-retrospective-study-of-anatomic-variants-associated-anomalies-and-impact-on-postnatal-outcome
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Brigitte Strizek, Aikaterini Zamprakou, Ingo Gottschalk, Maria Roethlisberger, Astrid Hellmund, Andreas Müller, Ulrich Gembruch, Annegret Geipel, Christoph Berg
Purpose To assess the anatomic variants, associated anomalies and postnatal outcome of fetuses with a prenatally diagnosed agenesis of ductus venosus (ADV). Materials and Methods Retrospective study of 119 cases with agenesis of ductus venosus diagnosed by prenatal ultrasound in two tertiary referral centers from 2006 to 2014. The type and location of the umbilical venous drainage site was noted. Charts were reviewed for associated structural or chromosomal anomalies, pregnancy outcome and postnatal course...
September 21, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934790/factors-associated-with-successful-responses-to-transforaminal-balloon-adhesiolysis-for-chronic-lumbar-foraminal-stenosis-retrospective-study
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Doo Hwan Kim, Seong-Sik Cho, Yeon-Jin Moon, Koo Kwon, Kunhee Lee, Jeong-Gil Leem, Jin-Woo Shin, Ji Hyun Park, Seong-Soo Choi
BACKGROUND: Recently, transforaminal balloon adhesiolysis was introduced to manage patients with chronic radicular pain occurring with or without low back pain. However, the factors associated with successful responses to transforaminal balloon adhesiolysis are not known. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the factors associated with successful responses to transforaminal balloon adhesiolysis for chronic lumbar spinal stenosis. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective observational study...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934673/an-analysis-of-chemicals-and-other-constituents-found-in-produced-water-from-hydraulically-fractured-wells-in-california-and-the-challenges-for-wastewater-management
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Emily A Chittick, Tanja Srebotnjak
As high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HF) has grown substantially in the United States over the past decade, so has the volume of produced water (PW), i.e., briny water brought to the surface as a byproduct of oil and gas production. According to a recent study (Groundwater Protection Council, 2015), more than 21 billion barrels of PW were generated in 2012. In addition to being high in TDS, PW may contain hydrocarbons, PAH, alkylphenols, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), metals, and other organic and inorganic substances...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934641/graph-construction-using-adaptive-local-hybrid-coding-scheme
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Fadi Dornaika, Mahdi Tavassoli Kejani, Alireza Bosaghzadeh
It is well known that dense coding with local bases (via Least Square coding schemes) can lead to large quantization errors or poor performances of machine learning tasks. On the other hand, sparse coding focuses on accurate representation without taking into account data locality due to its tendency to ignore the intrinsic structure hidden among the data. Local Hybrid Coding (LHC) (Xiang et al., 2014) was recently proposed as an alternative to the sparse coding scheme that is used in Sparse Representation Classifier (SRC)...
August 24, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934628/the-heat-exposure-integrated-deprivation-index-heidi-a-data-driven-approach-to-quantifying-neighborhood-risk-during-extreme-hot-weather
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Nikolas Krstic, Weiran Yuchi, Hung Chak Ho, Blake B Walker, Anders J Knudby, Sarah B Henderson
Mortality attributable to extreme hot weather is a growing concern in many urban environments, and spatial heat vulnerability indexes are often used to identify areas at relatively higher and lower risk. Three indexes were developed for greater Vancouver, Canada using a pool of 20 potentially predictive variables categorized to reflect social vulnerability, population density, temperature exposure, and urban form. One variable was chosen from each category: an existing deprivation index, senior population density, apparent temperature, and road density, respectively...
September 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934597/the-recent-atlantic-cold-anomaly-causes-consequences-and-related-phenomena
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Simon A Josey, Joel J-M Hirschi, Bablu Sinha, Aurélie Duchez, Jeremy P Grist, Robert Marsh
Cold ocean temperature anomalies have been observed in the mid- to high-latitude North Atlantic on interannual to centennial timescales. Most notably, a large region of persistently low surface temperatures accompanied by a sharp reduction in ocean heat content was evident in the subpolar gyre from the winter of 2013-2014 to 2016, and the presence of this feature at a time of pervasive warming elsewhere has stimulated considerable debate. Here, we review the role of air-sea interaction and ocean processes in generating this cold anomaly and place it in a longer-term context...
September 15, 2017: Annual Review of Marine Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934554/improvements-in-clinical-practice-for-fertility-preservation-among-young-cancer-patients-results-from-bundled-interventions
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Natalie K Bradford, Roderick Walker, Roslyn Henney, Po Inglis, Raymond J Chan
AIMS: The consequences of cancer and treatment on fertility can be a continuing source of distress for adolescents and young adults. The study aims were to assess the effects of bundled interventions on clinical practice concerning fertility in young people aged 14-25 years with cancer. METHODS: Bundled interventions, including development of quality indicators, resources, and targeted education, were introduced during 2015 across five cancer centers. Data before interventions (2012-2014) were compared with data prospectively collected during 2015-2016...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934516/large-scale-analysis-evaluating-regional-variability-in-the-request-of-laboratory-tests-in-primary-care-and-its-potential-economic-impact
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Maria Salinas, Maite López-Garrigós, Emilio Flores, Carlos Leiva-Salinas
Objective: To compare the ratios of requests of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) to alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and urea to creatinine (Crea); to investigate the variability among regions and to calculate the potential savings if a target is reached. Methods: Laboratories were invited to fill out a registration form on the number of AST, ALT, Urea and Crea requested in 2014, and to provide the reagent price of urea and AST. AST:ALT and Urea:Crea were calculated and compared; also compared were potential savings if each laboratory would have reached the target...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934515/utility-of-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-panel-for-myelodysplastic-syndrome-in-evaluation-of-cytopenia-in-a-pediatric-hospital-a-5-year-retrospective-review-and-utilization-management
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Cynthia T Bunting, Tal Senior, Yehuda Susson, Alethia Rivera, Debra Saxe, Silvia T Bunting
Background: MDS FISH was routinely ordered together with chromosome analysis for patients with cytopenia in our hospital. The utility of MDS FISH in the pediatric population is unknown. Objective: To analyze the utility of fluorescence in situ hybridization panel for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS FISH) in the management of patients with cytopenia. Methods: We performed a retrospective review over a 5-year period, from 2009 to 2014 to determine whether chromosome analysis (CA) plus MDS FISH added useful information compared to chromosome analysis alone...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934363/sex-related-differences-in-the-risk-factors-for-in-hospital-mortality-and-outcomes-of-ischemic-stroke-patients-in-rural-areas-of-taiwan
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Cheung-Ter Ong, Yi-Sin Wong, Sheng-Feng Sung, Chi-Shun Wu, Yung-Chu Hsu, Yu-Hsiang Su, Ling-Chien Hung
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Sex-related differences in the clinical presentation and outcomes of stroke patients are issues that have attracted increased interest from the scientific community. The present study aimed to investigate sex-related differences in the risk factors for in-hospital mortality and outcome in ischemic stroke patients. METHODS: A total of 4278 acute ischemic stroke patients admitted to a stroke unit between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2014 were included in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934344/care-requirements-for-clients-who-present-after-rape-and-clients-who-presented-after-consensual-sex-as-a-minor-at-a-clinic-in-harare-zimbabwe-from-2011-to-2014
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Rebecca E Harrison, Linda Pearson, Michael Vere, Prosper Chonzi, Brian Tafadzwa Hove, Sharon Mabaya, Margaret Chigwamba, Juliana Nhamburo, Juliet Gura, An Vandeborne, Sandra Simons, Daphne Lagrou, Eva De Plecker, Rafael Van den Bergh
STUDY GOALS: To describe the differences between clients presenting after rape and clients who have consented to sex as a minor to an SGBV clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe, and how these differences affect their care requirements. BACKGROUND: Adolescents and adults presenting at the specialized Sexual and Gender Based Violence clinic in Harare are offered a standardised package of free medical and psychosocial care. Zimbabwe has an HIV prevalence of 14%, so prevention of HIV infection using PEP for those that present within 72 hours is a key part of the response...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934326/the-effect-of-electronic-health-record-software-design-on-resident-documentation-and-compliance-with-evidence-based-medicine
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Yasaira Rodriguez Torres, Jordan Huang, Melanie Mihlstin, Mark S Juzych, Heidi Kromrei, Frank S Hwang
This study aimed to determine the role of electronic health record software in resident education by evaluating documentation of 30 elements extracted from the American Academy of Ophthalmology Dry Eye Syndrome Preferred Practice Pattern. The Kresge Eye Institute transitioned to using electronic health record software in June 2013. We evaluated the charts of 331 patients examined in the resident ophthalmology clinic between September 1, 2011, and March 31, 2014, for an initial evaluation for dry eye syndrome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934320/household-costs-and-time-to-seek-care-for-pregnancy-related-complications-the-role-of-results-based-financing
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Jobiba Chinkhumba, Manuela De Allegri, Jacob Mazalale, Stephan Brenner, Don Mathanga, Adamson S Muula, Bjarne Robberstad
Results-based financing (RBF) schemes-including performance based financing (PBF) and conditional cash transfers (CCT)-are increasingly being used to encourage use and improve quality of institutional health care for pregnant women in order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in low-income countries. While there is emerging evidence that RBF can increase service use and quality, little is known on the impact of RBF on costs and time to seek care for obstetric complications, although the two represent important dimensions of access...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934311/characteristics-and-risk-of-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease-of-liver-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Chien-Ting Chen, Chun-Yu Liu, Yuan-Bin Yu, Chia-Jen Liu, Liang-Tsai Hsiao, Jyh-Pyng Gau, Tzeon-Jye Chiou, Jing-Hwang Liu, Yao-Chung Liu
Chronic graft-versus-host-disease (cGvHD) is a serious complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Among various organ-specific cGvHD, the cGvHD of liver is less well-characterized. In this study, we applied the National Institutes of Health 2014 scoring criteria of cGvHD to analyze a retrospective cohort of 362 allo-HSCT recipients focusing on cGvHD of liver. The overall incidence of liver cGvHD with a score of 3 by 1.5 years post-transplant was 5.8% (21/362). Poor outcome, in terms of overall survival (OS), were observed in patients with scores of 3 liver cGvHD, comparing to those with scores less than 3 (hazard ratio [HR] 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934280/recurrent-deletions-of-the-x-chromosome-linked-cnv64-cnv67-and-cnv69-shows-geographic-differences-across-china-and-no-association-with-idiopathic-infertility-in-men
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Xiulan Ma, Martin Kuete, Xiuli Gu, Hui Zhou, Chengliang Xiong, Honggang Li
A recent study found that three recurrent deletions of X chromosome linked copy number variations (CNVs), CNV64, CNV67 and CNV69 were associated with idiopathic male infertility in Spanish and Italian populations, especially CNV67 resembling the azoospermia factor deletions. That merits further investigations among different populations. This study was conducted to examine the prevalence of the three CNVs deletions and their associations with idiopathic male infertility in Chinese Han population. The present study included a large population of 1550 Chinese Han subjects recruited between 2014 and 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934277/double-edged-sword-of-interdisciplinary-knowledge-flow-from-hard-sciences-to-humanities-and-social-sciences-evidence-from-china
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Meijun Liu, Dongbo Shi, Jiang Li
Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) increasingly absorb knowledge from Hard Sciences, i.e., Science, Technology, Agriculture and Medicine (STAM), as testified by a growing number of citations. However, whether citing more Hard Sciences brings more citations to HSS remains to be investigated. Based on China's HSS articles indexed by the Web of Science during 1998-2014, this paper estimated two-way fixed effects negative binomial models, with journal effects and year effects. Findings include: (1) An inverse U-shaped curve was observed between the percentage of STAM references to the HSS articles and the number of citations they received; (2) STAM contributed increasing knowledge to China's HSS, while Science and Technology knowledge contributed more citations to HSS articles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934257/slow-fetal-growth-between-first-and-early-second-trimester-ultrasound-scans-and-risk-of-small-for-gestational-age-sga-birth
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Marija Simic, Olof Stephansson, Gunnar Petersson, Sven Cnattingius, Anna-Karin Wikström
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between fetal growth between first and early second trimester ultrasound scan and the risk of severe small for gestational age (SGA) birth. METHODS: This cohort study included 69 550 singleton pregnancies with first trimester dating and an early second trimester growth scan in Stockholm and Gotland Counties, Sweden between 2008 and 2014. Exposure was difference in biparietal diameter growth between observed and expected at the second trimester scan, calculated by z-scores...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934197/updated-estimation-of-the-impact-of-a-japanese-encephalitis-immunization-program-with-live-attenuated-sa-14-14-2-vaccine-in-nepal
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Shyam Raj Upreti, Nicole P Lindsey, Rajendra Bohara, Ganga Ram Choudhary, Sushil Shakya, Mukunda Gautam, Jagat Narain Giri, Marc Fischer, Susan L Hills
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a mosquito-borne disease that is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in many Asian countries. The objective of this study was to describe the impact of the JE immunization program using SA 14-14-2 JE vaccine implemented in Nepal during 2006 through 2011. A previous assessment after the initial program implementation phase described a significantly lower post-campaign JE incidence compared to expected incidence; however, the previous evaluation had limited post-campaign data for some districts...
September 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934185/hiv-care-outcomes-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-with-diagnosed-hiv-infection-united-states-2015
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Sonia Singh, Andrew Mitsch, Baohua Wu
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (collectively referred to as MSM) represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population (1), yet in 2015, MSM accounted for 70% of all diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, including 3% who also were persons who inject drugs (2). During 2008-2014, incidence of HIV infection decreased for groups in all transmission categories except MSM (3). Testing, linkage to and retention in care, and viral suppression are important in reducing HIV transmission...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934184/rural-and-urban-differences-in-passenger-vehicle-occupant-deaths-and-seat-belt-use-among-adults-united-states-2014
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Laurie F Beck, Jonathan Downs, Mark R Stevens, Erin K Sauber-Schatz
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Motor-vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. Compared with urban residents, rural residents are at an increased risk for death from crashes and are less likely to wear seat belts. These differences have not been well described by levels of rurality. REPORTING PERIOD: 2014. DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEMS: Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) were used to identify passenger-vehicle-occupant deaths from motor-vehicle crashes and estimate the prevalence of seat belt use...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
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