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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934769/assessment-and-modelling-of-general-practice-and-community-setting-capacity-for-medical-trainees-in-northern-new-zealand
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Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Abbas Al-Murrani
AIMS: To estimate the capacity of general practice to accommodate undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees, and model efficient ways to utilise identified capacity and increase capacity. METHODS: We conducted an online survey, with phone follow-up to non-responders, of all general practices in the northern half of New Zealand. The main outcome measures were current placements and future intentions for taking medical trainees; factors influencing decisions and possible incentives to take trainees...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934766/new-zealand-women-have-suboptimal-intakes-of-long-chain-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-during-pregnancy-a-cross-sectional-study
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Michele Eickstaedt, Kathryn L Beck, Cathryn A Conlon
AIM: To investigate dietary intakes and food sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids in New Zealand pregnant women. METHOD: Women (n=596) 16 years plus in trimester three of pregnancy completed an online food frequency questionnaire validated for omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. RESULTS: Estimated median [25th, 75th percentile] intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were: 1,300 [790, 2,120] mg/d alpha-linolenic acid (adequate intake 1,000mg/d); 220 [120, 520] mg/d total long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (adequate intake 115mg/d); and 110 [50, 250] mg/d docosahexaenoic acid (recommended 200mg/d)...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934764/assessment-of-training-capacity-in-new-zealand-general-practices-a-stocktake-in-the-lower-north-island-and-south-island
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Samantha A Murton, Susan Rh Pullon
AIM: General practices are providing clinically-based training for rapidly increasing numbers of medical (and other health professional) trainees. This study investigated capacity and intention of general practices to additionally teach junior doctors (now required to undertake community-based attachments by the New Zealand Medical Council) alongside current trainees in their service. METHODS: A web-based/telephone survey of all general practices was developed and administered November 2015-April 2016...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934743/early-electroencephalography-suppression-and-postnatal-morbidities-correlate-with-cerebral-volume-at-term-equivalent-age-in-very-preterm-infants
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Sverre Wikström, Holger Hövel, Ingrid Hansen Pupp, Vineta Fellman, Petra S Hüppi, David Ley, Lena Hellström-Westas
BACKGROUND: Early brain activity is associated with long-term outcome. Establishing a relation also with postnatal brain growth may increase our understanding of early life influences on preterm brain development. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether early electroencephalography (EEG) activity in infants born very preterm is associated with brain volumes at term, and whether postnatal morbidity affects this association. METHODS: Very preterm infants (n = 38) with a median gestational age (GA) of 25...
September 22, 2017: Neonatology
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/28934624/gamification-of-medication-adherence-in-epilepsy
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Mohammad Izzat Abdul Rahim, Rhys Huw Thomas
Adherence to medication regimens is a crucial factor in seizure-freedom and well-being for people with epilepsy. In contrast, taking medication inconsistently increases the risk of not only seizures and their adverse effects, but drug side-effects and unnecessary modifications to treatment plans. Epilepsy is prevalent across all age groups and we have been slow to utilise both the technologies and psychologies derived from computer gaming. Gaming has broken through to the mainstream and is no longer the preserve of younger males, mirroring the adoption of smart-phones...
September 14, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934605/individual-differences-in-switching-and-inhibition-predict-perspective-taking-across-the-lifespan
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Madeleine R Long, William S Horton, Hannah Rohde, Antonella Sorace
Studies exploring the influence of executive functions (EF) on perspective-taking have focused on inhibition and working memory in young adults or clinical populations. Less consideration has been given to more complex capacities that also involve switching attention between perspectives, or to changes in EF and concomitant effects on perspective-taking across the lifespan. To address this, we assessed whether individual differences in inhibition and attentional switching in healthy adults (ages 17-84) predict performance on a task in which speakers identified targets for a listener with size-contrasting competitors in common or privileged ground...
September 18, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934586/improving-student-outcomes-in-higher-education-the-science-of-targeted-intervention
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Judith M Harackiewicz, Stacy J Priniski
Many theoretically based interventions have been developed over the past two decades to improve educational outcomes in higher education. Based in social-psychological and motivation theories, well-crafted interventions have proven remarkably effective because they target specific educational problems and the processes that underlie them. In this review, we evaluate the current state of the literature on targeted interventions in higher education with an eye to emerging theoretical and conceptual questions about intervention science...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934562/the-enduring-legacy-of-250-years-of-pharmacology-in-edinburgh
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John S Kelly, Angus V P Mackay
Two hundred fifty years ago, the University of Edinburgh appointed Francis Home to the first chair of materia medica, the accumulated knowledge of materials used in healing. Francis Home and his colleagues were determined to improve the quality of medical training in Edinburgh by introducing a final examination and compiling a catalog of medicines validated by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The catalog, known as the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia, was a great success, partly due to the orderly nature of its contents, its routine editing to eliminate worthless entries, and the introduction of new treatments whose preparation was precisely documented...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934490/number-of-inadvertent-rna-targets-for-morpholino-knockdown-in-danio-rerio-is-largely-underestimated-evidence-from-the-study-of-ser-arg-rich-splicing-factors
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Marine Joris, Marie Schloesser, Denis Baurain, Marc Hanikenne, Marc Muller, Patrick Motte
Although the involvement of Ser/Arg-rich (SR) proteins in RNA metabolism is well documented, their role in vertebrate development remains elusive. We, therefore, elected to take advantage of the zebrafish model organism to study the SR genes' functions using the splicing morpholino (sMO) microinjection and the programmable site-specific nucleases. Consistent with previous research, we revealed discrepancies between the mutant and morphant phenotypes and we show that these inconsistencies may result from a large number of unsuspected inadvertent morpholino RNA targets...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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/28934343/disparate-gain-and-loss-of-parasitic-abilities-among-nematode-lineages
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Martijn Holterman, Akbar Karegar, Paul Mooijman, Hanny van Megen, Sven van den Elsen, Mariette T W Vervoort, Casper W Quist, Gerrit Karssen, Wilfrida Decraemer, Charles H Opperman, David M Bird, Jan Kammenga, Aska Goverse, Geert Smant, Johannes Helder
Plant parasitism has arisen time and again in multiple phyla, including bacteria, fungi, insects and nematodes. In most of these organismal groups, the overwhelming diversity hampers a robust reconstruction of the origins and diversification patterns of this trophic lifestyle. Being a moderately diversified phylum with ≈ 4,100 plant parasites (15% of total biodiversity) subdivided over four independent lineages, nematodes constitute a major organismal group for which the genesis of plant parasitism could be mapped...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934333/supermarket-purchase-contributes-to-nutrition-related-non-communicable-diseases-in-urban-kenya
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Kathrin M Demmler, Stephan Klasen, Jonathan M Nzuma, Matin Qaim
BACKGROUND: While undernutrition and related infectious diseases are still pervasive in many developing countries, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD), typically associated with high body mass index (BMI), is rapidly rising. The fast spread of supermarkets and related shifts in diets were identified as possible factors contributing to overweight and obesity in developing countries. Potential effects of supermarkets on people's health have not been analyzed up till now. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the effects of purchasing food in supermarkets on people's BMI, as well as on health indicators such as fasting blood glucose (FBG), blood pressure (BP), and the metabolic syndrome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934312/clinical-characteristics-and-12-month-outcomes-of-patients-with-valvular-and-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-kenya
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Tecla M Temu, Kathleen A Lane, Changyu Shen, Loise Ng'ang'a, Constantine O Akwanalo, Peng-Sheng Chen, Wilfred Emonyi, Susan R Heckbert, Myra M Koech, Imran Manji, Matteo Vatta, Eric J Velazquez, Jennifer Wessel, Sylvester Kimaiyo, Thomas S Inui, Gerald S Bloomfield
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major contributor to the global cardiovascular disease burden. The clinical profile and outcomes of AF patients with valvular heart diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have not been adequately described. We assessed clinical features and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular AF (vAF) in comparison to AF patients without valvular heart disease (nvAF) in western Kenya. METHODS: We performed a cohort study with retrospective data gathering to characterize risk factors and prospective data collection to characterize their hospitalization, stroke and mortality rates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934310/sanger-and-next-generation-sequencing-data-for-characterization-of-ctl-epitopes-in-archived-hiv-1-proviral-dna
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Camille Tumiotto, Lionel Riviere, Pantxika Bellecave, Patricia Recordon-Pinson, Alice Vilain-Parce, Gwenda-Line Guidicelli, Hervé Fleury
One of the strategies for curing viral HIV-1 is a therapeutic vaccine involving the stimulation of cytotoxic CD8-positive T cells (CTL) that are Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA)-restricted. The lack of efficiency of previous vaccination strategies may have been due to the immunogenic peptides used, which could be different from a patient's virus epitopes and lead to a poor CTL response. To counteract this lack of specificity, conserved epitopes must be targeted. One alternative is to gather as many data as possible from a large number of patients on their HIV-1 proviral archived epitope variants, taking into account their genetic background to select the best presented CTL epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934243/time-to-publication-of-oncology-trials-and-why-some-trials-are-never-published
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Paul B Chapman, Nathan J Liu, Qin Zhou, Alexia Iasonos, Sara Hanley, George J Bosl, David R Spriggs
BACKGROUND: Very little is known about the proportion of oncology trials that get published, the time it takes to publish them, or the reasons why oncology trials do not get published. METHODS: We analyzed all clinical trials that closed to accrual at our cancer center between 2009-2013. Trials were categorized by study purpose (therapeutic vs. diagnostic), phase (pilot, phase I, II, or III), and sponsor (industrial, cooperative group, institutional, or peer-reviewed)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934236/automated-computer-assisted-quantitative-analysis-of-intact-murine-lungs-at-the-alveolar-scale
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Goran Lovric, Ioannis Vogiatzis Oikonomidis, Rajmund Mokso, Marco Stampanoni, Matthias Roth-Kleiner, Johannes C Schittny
Using state-of-the-art X-ray tomographic microscopy we can image lung tissue in three dimensions in intact animals down to a micrometer precision. The structural complexity and hierarchical branching scheme of the lung at this level of details, however, renders the extraction of biologically relevant quantities particularly challenging. We have developed a methodology for a detailed description of lung inflation patterns by measuring the size and the local curvature of the parenchymal airspaces. These quantitative tools for morphological and topological analyses were applied to high-resolution murine 3D lung image data, inflated at different pressure levels under immediate post mortem conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934228/knowledge-about-tuberculosis-transmission-and-prevention-and-perceptions-of-health-service-utilization-among-index-cases-and-contacts-in-brazil-understanding-losses-in-the-latent-tuberculosis-cascade-of-care
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Flavia Matos Salame, Márcia Danielle Ferreira, Marcia Teresa Belo, Eleny Guimarães Teixeira, Marcelo Cordeiro-Santos, Ricardo Arraes Ximenes, Maria de Fátima Militão de Albuquerque, Philip C Hill, Dick Menzies, Anete Trajman
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis contacts are candidates for active and latent tuberculosis infection screening and eventual treatment. However, many losses occur in the different steps of the contacts' cascade of care. Reasons for this are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To describe the different steps where losses in the contact cascade occur and to explore knowledge and attitudes regarding tuberculosis transmission/prevention and perceptions about tuberculosis services in order to understand the reasons for losses from the tuberculosis service users' perspective...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934171/design-and-analysis-of-an-efficient-energy-algorithm-in-wireless-social-sensor-networks
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Naixue Xiong, Longzhen Zhang, Wei Zhang, Athanasios V Vasilakos, Muhammad Imran
Because mobile ad hoc networks have characteristics such as lack of center nodes, multi-hop routing and changeable topology, the existing checkpoint technologies for normal mobile networks cannot be applied well to mobile ad hoc networks. Considering the multi-frequency hierarchy structure of ad hoc networks, this paper proposes a hybrid checkpointing strategy which combines the techniques of synchronous checkpointing with asynchronous checkpointing, namely the checkpoints of mobile terminals in the same cluster remain synchronous, and the checkpoints in different clusters remain asynchronous...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934157/complete-systematic-error-model-of-ssr-for-sensor-registration-in-atc-surveillance-networks
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Ángel J Jarama, Jaime López-Araquistain, Gonzalo de Miguel, Juan A Besada
In this paper, a complete and rigorous mathematical model for secondary surveillance radar systematic errors (biases) is developed. The model takes into account the physical effects systematically affecting the measurement processes. The azimuth biases are calculated from the physical error of the antenna calibration and the errors of the angle determination dispositive. Distance bias is calculated from the delay of the signal produced by the refractivity index of the atmosphere, and from clock errors, while the altitude bias is calculated taking into account the atmosphere conditions (pressure and temperature)...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
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