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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215054/semiparametric-modeling-and-analysis-of-longitudinal-method-comparison-data
#1
Lasitha N Rathnayake, Pankaj K Choudhary
Studies comparing two or more methods of measuring a continuous variable are routinely conducted in biomedical disciplines with the primary goal of measuring agreement between the methods. Often, the data are collected by following a cohort of subjects over a period of time. This gives rise to longitudinal method comparison data where there is one observation trajectory for each method on every subject. It is not required that observations from all methods be available at each observation time. The multiple trajectories on the same subjects are dependent...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215052/predicting-pregnancy-outcomes-using-longitudinal-information-a-penalized-splines-mixed-effects-model-approach
#2
Rolando De la Cruz, Claudio Fuentes, Cristian Meza, Dae-Jin Lee, Ana Arribas-Gil
We propose a semiparametric nonlinear mixed-effects model (SNMM) using penalized splines to classify longitudinal data and improve the prediction of a binary outcome. The work is motivated by a study in which different hormone levels were measured during the early stages of pregnancy, and the challenge is using this information to predict normal versus abnormal pregnancy outcomes. The aim of this paper is to compare models and estimation strategies on the basis of alternative formulations of SNMMs depending on the characteristics of the data set under consideration...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215049/laparoscopic-implantation-of-artificial-urinary-sphincter-in-women-with-intrinsic-sphincter-deficiency-mid-term-outcomes
#3
Carlos Ferreira, Pierre-Emannuel Brychaert, Johann Menard, Eric Mandron
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the safety and the mid-term continence rates of laparoscopic implantation of artificial urinary sphincter in women. METHODS: A total of 52 women with intrinsic sphincter deficiency underwent a laparoscopic artificial urinary sphincter implantation from 2005 to 2015 at Surgical Clinic Du Pré, Le Mans, France. The artificial urinary sphincter was implanted around the bladder neck by a transperitoneal laparoscopic approach to the Retzius space...
February 19, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215047/pharyngeal-swallowing-pressures-in-the-base-of-tongue-and-hypopharynx-regions-identified-with-three-dimensional-manometry
#4
Sarah P Rosen, Corinne A Jones, Timothy M McCulloch
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to use three-dimensional (3D) high-resolution manometry to identify circumferential pressure patterns generated within the asymmetrical base-of-tongue and hypopharynx regions of the pharynx during deglutition. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. METHODS: Radial pressures in the regions of interest were evaluated during swallowing events in 12 healthy subjects using 3D high-resolution manometry. RESULTS: Repeated measures analysis of variance revealed asymmetrical pharyngeal clearance pressures in the base-of-tongue and hypopharynx regions during swallowing...
February 19, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215043/is-the-change-of-percutaneous-oxygen-pressure-available-to-judge-the-effects-of-brachial-plexus-block
#5
Tomoki Nishiyama
BACKGROUND: To know the objective methods of the effects of the brachial plexus block, we studied the changes in percutaneous oxygen pressure (tcPO₂) with the hypothesis that tcPO₂ increases significantly on the blocked arm in comparison with the non-blocked arm, a phenomenon which is connected with vasodilation following the brachial plexus block. METHODS: Fifteen patients scheduled for upper extremity surgery, aged 20 to 70 years, with ASA physical status I or II were included...
February 19, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215032/nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-regulated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-dapk-contributed-to-paraquat-induced-acute-kidney-injury
#6
Zhenning Liu, Xiaokai Wang, Yu Wang, Min Zhao
Paraquat can result in dysfunction of multiple organs after ingestion in human. However, the mechanisms of nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation in acute kidney injury have not been clearly demonstrated. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of NLRP3 inflammasome activation and its regulation by nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) and death-associated protein kinase (DAPK). Male Wistar rats were treated with intraperitoneal injection of paraquat at 20 mg/kg, and NF-κB inhibitor BAY 11-7082 was pretreated at 10 mg/kg 1 h before paraquat exposure...
February 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215023/hpa-axis-activation-as-a-key-moderator-of-childhood-trauma-exposure-and-adolescent-mental-health
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Kate R Kuhlman, Elisa G Geiss, Ivan Vargas, Nestor Lopez-Duran
Individual differences in a child's sensitivity to stress may influence whether youth exposed to trauma develop symptoms of psychopathology. We examined the interaction between HPA-axis reactivity to an acute stressor and exposure to different types of childhood trauma as predictors of mental health symptoms in a sample of youth. Youth (n = 121, ages 9-16; 47% female) completed a standardized stress task, including 5 post-stress salivary cortisol samples. Parents also completed the Child Behavior Checklist as a measure of child internalizing and externalizing symptoms in the past month, and completed the Early Trauma Inventory (ETI) as a measure of their child's trauma exposure...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215021/sluggish-cognitive-tempo-processing-speed-and-internalizing-symptoms-the-moderating-effect-of-age
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Lisa A Jacobson, Megan Geist, E Mark Mahone
Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) has been defined by a constellation of caregiver-reported symptoms that includes daydreaming, difficulty initiating and sustaining effort, lethargy, and physical underactivity. These symptoms have been observed in both typically developing children and in some children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-especially those with the predominantly inattentive presentation. Symptoms of SCT (typically identified via rating scales) appear separable from DSM inattentive ADHD symptoms, but have also been associated with internalizing symptoms...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215019/goose-management-in-scotland-an-overview
#9
Ian Bainbridge
This paper reviews the changing status of goose populations in Scotland since the 1940s, and the changing policies and management activities employed over that time. The size of all goose populations has risen since the 1940s due to protection measures, changes in agriculture and levels of shooting, in the UK and elsewhere. The development of goose policies in response to public interest and pressures is described. Some changes in goose populations since 2000 can be linked to this policy development. Policy is now split between protective measures for some species and adaptive management approaches encompassing control measures for others...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215017/scaring-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-crop-damage-by-geese-revealing-differences-between-farmers-perceptions-and-the-scale-of-the-problem
#10
Caroline E Simonsen, Ingunn M Tombre, Jesper Madsen
Expanding populations of farmland foraging geese are causing escalating conflict with agriculture. We used questionnaires to investigate farmers´ perceptions in mid-Norway of spring staging geese and the extent to which they attempt to reduce pasture damage by goose scaring. We predicted farmers' scaring effort (a measure of dissatisfaction) to increase on fields closer to goose roosting sites where goose grazing intensity was highest (measured by dropping counts). Results showed no such relationship, suggesting that farmers' perception of goose use was not linked to actual goose use, but influenced by sociological factors and individual opinion...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215013/crowded-skies-conflicts-between%C3%A2-expanding%C3%A2-goose-populations-and-aviation-safety
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David R Bradbeer, Camilla Rosenquist, Thomas Kjær Christensen, Anthony D Fox
We here review the collision risks posed by large-bodied, flocking geese to aircraft, exacerbated by recent major increases in northern hemisphere goose populations and air traffic volume. Mitigation of goose-aircraft strike risks requires knowledge of local goose movements, global goose population dynamics and ecology. Airports can minimise goose strikes by managing habitats within the airport property, applying deterrents to scare geese away and lethal control, but goose migration and movements at greater spatial scales present greater challenges...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215010/key-actions-towards-the-sustainable-management-of-european-geese
#12
David A Stroud, Jesper Madsen, Anthony D Fox
Increasing abundance of geese in North America and Europe constitutes a major conservation success, but has caused increasing conflicts with economic, health and safety interests, as well as ecosystem impacts. Potential conflict resolution through a single, 'one size fits all' policy is hindered by differences in species' ecology, behaviour, abundance and population status, and in contrasting political and socio-economic environments across the flyways. Effective goose management requires coordinated application of a suite of tools from the local level to strategic flyway management actions...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215008/the-greater-snow-goose-anser-caerulescens-atlanticus-managing-an-overabundant-population
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Josée Lefebvre, Gilles Gauthier, Jean-François Giroux, Austin Reed, Eric T Reed, Luc Bélanger
Between the early 1900s and the 1990s, the greater snow goose Anser caerulescens atlanticus population grew from 3000 individuals to more than 700 000. Because of concerns about Arctic degradation of natural habitats through overgrazing, a working group recommended the stabilization of the population. Declared overabundant in 1998, special management actions were then implemented in Canada and the United States. Meanwhile, a cost-benefit socioeconomic analysis was performed to set a target population size. Discussions aiming towards attaining a common vision were undertaken with stakeholders at multiple levels...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215003/improved-electromagnetic-tracking-for-catheter-path-reconstruction-with-application-in-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy
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Elodie Lugez, Hossein Sadjadi, Chandra P Joshi, Selim G Akl, Gabor Fichtinger
PURPOSE: Electromagnetic (EM) catheter tracking has recently been introduced in order to enable prompt and uncomplicated reconstruction of catheter paths in various clinical interventions. However, EM tracking is prone to measurement errors which can compromise the outcome of the procedure. Minimizing catheter tracking errors is therefore paramount to improve the path reconstruction accuracy. METHODS: An extended Kalman filter (EKF) was employed to combine the nonlinear kinematic model of an EM sensor inside the catheter, with both its position and orientation measurements...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214998/optimal-visual-haptic-integration-with-articulated-tools
#15
Chie Takahashi, Simon J Watt
When we feel and see an object, the nervous system integrates visual and haptic information optimally, exploiting the redundancy in multiple signals to estimate properties more precisely than is possible from either signal alone. We examined whether optimal integration is similarly achieved when using articulated tools. Such tools (tongs, pliers, etc) are a defining characteristic of human hand function, but complicate the classical sensory 'correspondence problem' underlying multisensory integration. Optimal integration requires establishing the relationship between signals acquired by different sensors (hand and eye) and, therefore, in fundamentally unrelated units...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214985/melatonin-alleviates-the-epilepsy-associated-impairments-in-hippocampal-ltp-and-spatial-learning-through-rescue-of-surface-glur2-expression-at-hippocampal-ca1-synapses
#16
Yue Ma, Xiaolong Sun, Juan Li, Ruihua Jia, Fang Yuan, Dong Wei, Wen Jiang
Epilepsy-associated cognitive impairment is common, and negatively impacts patients' quality of life. However, most antiepileptic drugs focus on the suppression of seizures, and fewer emphasize treatment of cognitive dysfunction. Melatonin, an indolamine synthesized primarily in the pineal grand, is reported to be neuroprotective against several central nervous system disorders. In this study, we investigated whether melatonin could reverse cognitive dysfunction in lithium-pilocarpine treated rats. Chronic treatment with melatonin (8 mg/kg daily for 15 days) after induction of status epilepticus significantly alleviated seizure severity, reduced neuronal death in the CA1 region of the hippocampus, improved spatial learning (as measured by the Morris water maze test), and reversed LTP impairments, compared to vehicle treatment...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214968/piloting-the-use-of-patient-specific-cardiac-models-as-a-novel-tool-to-facilitate-communication-during-cinical-consultations
#17
Giovanni Biglino, Despina Koniordou, Marisa Gasparini, Claudio Capelli, Lindsay-Kay Leaver, Sachin Khambadkone, Silvia Schievano, Andrew M Taylor, Jo Wray
This pilot study aimed to assess the impact of using patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) models of congenital heart disease (CHD) during consultations with adolescent patients. Adolescent CHD patients (n = 20, age 15-18 years, 15 male) were asked to complete two questionnaires during a cardiology transition clinic at a specialist centre. The first questionnaire was completed just before routine consultation with the cardiologist, the second just after the consultation. During the consultation, each patient was presented with a 3D full heart model realised from their medical imaging data...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214966/anomalous-coronary-arteries-and-myocardial-bridges-risk-stratification-in-children-using-novel-cardiac-catheterization-techniques
#18
Hitesh Agrawal, Silvana Molossi, Mahboob Alam, S Kristen Sexson-Tejtel, Carlos M Mery, E Dean McKenzie, Charles D Fraser, Athar M Qureshi
The evaluation of the vast majority of children with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) and/or myocardial bridges is performed with non-invasive testing. However, a subset of these patients may benefit from invasive testing for risk stratification. All patients included in the Coronary Anomalies Program (CAP) at Texas Children's Hospital who underwent cardiac catheterization were included. Techniques included selective coronary angiograms (SCA), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurements with provocative testing using adenosine and/or dobutamine infusions...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214961/obesity-and-kidney-disease-hidden-consequences-of-the-epidemic
#19
EDITORIAL
Csaba P Kovesdy, Susan L Furth, Carmine Zoccali
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and its prevalence has been projected to grow by 40% in the next decade. This increasing prevalence has implications for the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and also for Chronic Kidney Disease. A high body mass index is one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset Chronic Kidney Disease. In individuals affected by obesity, a compensatory hyperfiltration occurs to meet the heightened metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in intraglomerular pressure can damage the kidneys and raise the risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease in the long-term...
February 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214947/the-redistribution-of-non-breeding-dunlins-in-response-to-the-post-ddt-recovery-of-falcons
#20
Ronald C Ydenberg, Jennifer Barrett, David B Lank, Cailin Xu, Michiel Faber
Large-scale changes in predator populations are occurring worldwide due to (re-)introductions, over-exploitation, or recovery after decimation by pesticides and persecution. These widespread changes may affect the distribution of their prey. We studied the continental-scale distributions of non-breeding Calidris alpina pacifica and C. a. hudsonia (Pacific and Atlantic dunlins, respectively), as numbers of their major predators-peregrines (Falco peregrinus) and merlins (F. columbarius; together 'falcons')-increased after DDT was banned in 1973...
February 18, 2017: Oecologia
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