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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911489/palliative-care-interventions-in-advanced-dementia
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Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt, Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea, Elizabeth L Sampson, Dympna Casey, Declan Devane
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease. Advanced dementia is characterised by profound cognitive impairment, inability to communicate verbally and complete functional dependence. Usual care of people with advanced dementia is not underpinned universally by a palliative approach. Palliative care has focused traditionally on care of people with cancer but for more than a decade, there have been increased calls worldwide to extend palliative care services to include all people with life-limiting illnesses in need of specialist care, including people with dementia...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911487/external-inspection-of-compliance-with-standards-for-improved-healthcare-outcomes
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Gerd Flodgren, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Marie-Pascale Pomey
BACKGROUND: Inspection systems are used in healthcare to promote quality improvements (i.e. to achieve changes in organisational structures or processes, healthcare provider behaviour and patient outcomes). These systems are based on the assumption that externally promoted adherence to evidence-based standards (through inspection/assessment) will result in higher quality of healthcare. However, the benefits of external inspection in terms of organisational-, provider- and patient-level outcomes are not clear...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911457/what-is-the-impact-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy-on-semen-parameters-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohammad H Radfar, Nasser Simforoosh, Mehdi Sotoudeh, Mehdi H Ramezani, Mohammad J Mollakoochakian, Maryam Nikravesh, Hamidreza Shemshaki
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is an important tool for the management of urolithiasis. The effects of shockwaves on tissues are established. The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the microscopic semen characteristics of young men before and after ESWL treatment for lower ureteral calculi. METHODS: Literature searches were performed following the Cochrane guidelines. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis that included six trials that investigated the effects of ESWL on semen parameters, including sperm concentration, motility, and hematospermia...
December 2, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911419/methods-of-soil-resampling-to-monitor-changes-in-the-chemical-concentrations-of-forest-soils
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Gregory B Lawrence, Ivan J Fernandez, Paul W Hazlett, Scott W Bailey, Donald S Ross, Thomas R Villars, Angelica Quintana, Rock Ouimet, Michael R McHale, Chris E Johnson, Russell D Briggs, Robert A Colter, Jason Siemion, Olivia L Bartlett, Olga Vargas, Michael R Antidormi, Mary M Koppers
Recent soils research has shown that important chemical soil characteristics can change in less than a decade, often the result of broad environmental changes. Repeated sampling to monitor these changes in forest soils is a relatively new practice that is not well documented in the literature and has only recently been broadly embraced by the scientific community. The objective of this protocol is therefore to synthesize the latest information on methods of soil resampling in a format that can be used to design and implement a soil monitoring program...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911281/polymorphisms-in-promoter-regions-of-mmp-3-and-il-6-genes-are-not-associated-to-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-ais-gender-bias
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Wenyuan Sui, Junlin Yang, Zifang Huang, Qifei Wang, Hengwei Fan, Yaolong Deng
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study in Chinese Han people. PURPOSE: To explore whether promoter polymorphisms of matrix metalloproteinases-3 (MMP-3) (rs3025058) and interleukin-6(IL-6) (rs1800795) genes are associated to AIS gender bias. METHODS: A total of 200 patients (100 boys and 100 girls) with AIS and 200 healthy age-matched adolescents were recruited from July 2008 to August 2013 in our scoliosis center. All AIS patients had Cobb angles larger than 20°, average 43 ± 3...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911019/the-impact-and-measurement-of-social-dysfunction-in-late-life-depression-an-evaluation-of-current-methods-with-a-focus-on-wearable-technology
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REVIEW
Sophie Hodgetts, Peter Gallagher, Daniel Stow, I Nicol Ferrier, John T O'Brien
OBJECTIVE: Depression is known to negatively impact social functioning, with patients commonly reporting difficulties maintaining social relationships. Moreover, a large body of evidence suggests poor social functioning is not only present in depression but that social functioning is an important factor in illness course and outcome. In addition, good social relationships can play a protective role against the onset of depressive symptoms, particularly in late-life depression. However, the majority of research in this area has employed self-report measures of social function...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910941/rapid-mapping-of-polarization-switching-through-complete-information-acquisition
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Suhas Somnath, Alex Belianinov, Sergei V Kalinin, Stephen Jesse
Polarization switching in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials underpins a broad range of current and emergent applications, ranging from random access memories to field-effect transistors, and tunnelling devices. Switching in these materials is exquisitely sensitive to local defects and microstructure on the nanometre scale, necessitating spatially resolved high-resolution studies of these phenomena. Classical piezoresponse force microscopy and spectroscopy, although providing necessary spatial resolution, are fundamentally limited in data acquisition rates and energy resolution...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910923/protein-expression-from-unintegrated-hiv-1-dna-introduces-bias-in-primary-in-vitro-post-integration-latency-models
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Pawel Bonczkowski, Marie-Angélique De Scheerder, Eva Malatinkova, Alexandra Borch, Zora Melkova, Renate Koenig, Ward De Spiegelaere, Linos Vandekerckhove
To understand the persistence of latently HIV-1 infected cells in virally suppressed infected patients, a number of in vitro models of HIV latency have been developed. In an attempt to mimic the in vivo situation as closely as possible, several models use primary cells and replication-competent viruses in combination with antiretroviral compounds to prevent ongoing replication. Latency is subsequently measured by HIV RNA and/or protein production after cellular activation. To discriminate between pre- and post-integration latency, integrase inhibitors are routinely used, preventing novel integrations upon cellular activation...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910873/an-updated-dose-response-meta-analysis-of-coffee-consumption-and-liver-cancer-risk
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Chengbo Yu, Qing Cao, Ping Chen, Shigui Yang, Min Deng, Yugang Wang, Lanjuan Li
Prospective cohort studies of the relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk have drawn different conclusions. Therefore, a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies was performed to disentangle this causal relationship. Prospective cohort studies of the association between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk published prior to Jan 9, 2016 were identified by searching in the PubMed and EMBASE databases. Extracted data were analyzed using a random-effects model. Of the 2892 records identified using the search strategy, a total of twenty cohort studies from ten publications were included in the final meta-analysis...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910804/sudden-cardiac-death-a-nationwide-cohort-study-among-the-young
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Bjarke Risgaard
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a tragic event affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Although several studies have investigated the epidemiology of SCD, these studies may have been affected by reporting and referral biases, which are reflected in the very different incidence rates and causes of deaths that have previously been reported. Among SCD victims aged < 36 years, inherited cardiac diseases are well known to play an important role. However, the extent to which inherited cardiac diseases also play a role in SCD victims aged < 50 years has not been completely described...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910731/selective-attention-to-emotional-prosody-in-social-anxiety-a-dichotic-listening-study
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Virginie Peschard, Eva Gilboa-Schechtman, Pierre Philippot
The majority of evidence on social anxiety (SA)-linked attentional biases to threat comes from research using facial expressions. Emotions are, however, communicated through other channels, such as voice. Despite its importance in the interpretation of social cues, emotional prosody processing in SA has been barely explored. This study investigated whether SA is associated with enhanced processing of task-irrelevant angry prosody. Fifty-three participants with high and low SA performed a dichotic listening task in which pairs of male/female voices were presented, one to each ear, with either the same or different prosody (neutral or angry)...
December 2, 2016: Cognition & Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910724/attentional-networks-and-visuospatial-working-memory-capacity-in-social-anxiety
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Jun Moriya
Social anxiety is associated with attentional bias and working memory for emotional stimuli; however, the ways in which social anxiety affects cognitive functions involving non-emotional stimuli remains unclear. The present study focused on the role of attentional networks (i.e. alerting, orienting, and executive control networks) and visuospatial working memory capacity (WMC) for non-emotional stimuli in the context of social anxiety. One hundred and seventeen undergraduates completed questionnaires on social anxiety...
December 2, 2016: Cognition & Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910674/control-of-secondary-electrons-from-ion-beam-impact-using-a-positive-potential-electrode
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T P Crowley, D R Demers, P J Fimognari
Secondary electrons emitted when an ion beam impacts a detector can amplify the ion beam signal, but also introduce errors if electrons from one detector propagate to another. A potassium ion beam and a detector comprised of ten impact wires, four split-plates, and a pair of biased electrodes were used to demonstrate that a low-voltage, positive electrode can be used to maintain the beneficial amplification effect while greatly reducing the error introduced from the electrons traveling between detector elements...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910669/end-loss-analyzer-system-for-measurements-of-plasma-flux-at-the-c-2u-divertor-electrode
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M E Griswold, S Korepanov, M C Thompson
An end loss analyzer system consisting of electrostatic, gridded retarding-potential analyzers and pyroelectric crystal bolometers was developed to characterize the plasma loss along open field lines to the divertors of C-2U. The system measures the current and energy distribution of escaping ions as well as the total power flux to enable calculation of the energy lost per escaping electron/ion pair. Special care was taken in the construction of the analyzer elements so that they can be directly mounted to the divertor electrode...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910649/upgrades-to-improve-the-usability-reliability-and-spectral-range-of-the-mst-thomson-scattering-diagnostic
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S Z Kubala, M T Borchardt, D J Den Hartog, D J Holly, C M Jacobson, L A Morton, W C Young
The Thomson scattering diagnostic on MST records both equilibrium and fluctuating electron temperature with a range capability of 10 eV-5 keV. Standard operation with two modified commercial Nd:YAG lasers allows measurements at rates of 1 kHz-25 kHz. Several subsystems of the diagnostic are being improved. The power supplies for the avalanche photodiode detectors (APDs) that record the scattered light are being replaced to improve usability, reliability, and maintainability. Each of the 144 APDs will have an individual rack mounted switching supply, with bias voltage adjustable to match the APD...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910602/study-of-a-high-power-hydrogen-beam-diagnostic-based-on-secondary-electron-emission
#16
E Sartori, A Panasenkov, P Veltri, G Serianni, R Pasqualotto
In high power neutral beams for fusion, beam uniformity is an important figure of merit. Knowing the transverse power profile is essential during the initial phases of beam source operation, such as those expected for the ITER heating neutral beam (HNB) test facility. To measure it a diagnostic technique is proposed, based on the collection of secondary electrons generated by beam-surface and beam-gas interactions, by an array of positively biased collectors placed behind the calorimeter tubes. This measurement showed in the IREK test stand good proportionality to the primary beam current...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910575/measurement-of-the-internal-magnetic-fluctuation-by-the-transport-of-runaways-on-j-text
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Z Y Chen, D W Huang, R H Tong, W Yan, Y N Wei, T K Ma, Z H Jiang, X Q Zhang, Z P Chen, Z J Yang, G Zhuang
The measurement of internal magnetic fluctuation is important for the study of transport in tokamak plasmas. The runaway electron transport induced by the sawtooth crash can be used to obtain the internal magnetic fluctuation. Inversed sawtooth-like activities on hard x-ray (HXR) fluxes following sawtooth activities were observed after the application of electrode biasing on J-TEXT tokamak. The runaway diffusion coefficient Dr is deduced to be about 30 m(2)/s according to the time delay of HXR flux peaks to the sawtooth crashes...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910446/self-calibration-method-of-the-bias-of-a-space-electrostatic-accelerometer
#18
Shao-Bo Qu, Xiao-Mei Xia, Yan-Zheng Bai, Shu-Chao Wu, Ze-Bing Zhou
The high precision space electrostatic accelerometer is an instrument to measure the non-gravitational forces acting on a spacecraft. It is one of the key payloads for satellite gravity measurements and space fundamental physics experiments. The measurement error of the accelerometer directly affects the precision of gravity field recovery for the earth. This paper analyzes the sources of the bias according to the operating principle and structural constitution of the space electrostatic accelerometer. Models of bias due to the asymmetry of the displacement sensing system, including the mechanical sensor head and the capacitance sensing circuit, and the asymmetry of the feedback control actuator circuit are described separately...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910432/note-wide-range-and-high-resolution-on-chip-delay-measurement-circuit-with-low-supply-voltage-sensitivity-for-soc-applications
#19
Duo Sheng, Yu-Chan Hung
This paper presents an on-chip delay measurement (OCDM) circuit with a wide delay-measurement range, a high delay-measurement resolution and low supply-voltage sensitivity for efficient detection, and diagnosis in the high-performance system-on-chip (SoC). The proposed cascade-stage measurement structure can simultaneously achieve a delay-measurement range of several nanoseconds and a quantization resolution of several picoseconds. The proposed delay-measurement circuit has a high immunity to supply voltage variations without any additional calibration or self-biasing circuit...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910431/sensitivity-of-chemical-vapor-deposition-diamonds-to-dd-and-dt-neutrons-at-omega-and-the-national-ignition-facility
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N V Kabadi, H Sio, V Glebov, M Gatu Johnson, A MacPhee, J A Frenje, C K Li, F Seguin, R Petrasso, C Forrest, J Knauer, H G Rinderknecht
The particle-time-of-flight (pTOF) detector at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is used routinely to measure nuclear bang-times in inertial confinement fusion implosions. The active detector medium in pTOF is a chemical vapor deposition diamond. Calibration of the detectors sensitivity to neutrons and protons would allow measurement of nuclear bang times and hot spot areal density (ρR) on a single diagnostic. This study utilizes data collected at both NIF and Omega in an attempt to determine pTOF's absolute sensitivity to neutrons...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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