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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092917/is-fat-mass-accretion-of-late-preterm-infants-associated-with-insulin-resistance
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Nadia Liotto, Maria Lorella Giannì, Francesca Taroni, Paola Roggero, Chiara Cristiana Condello, Anna Orsi, Camilla Menis, Riccardo Bonfanti, Fabio Mosca
BACKGROUND: Late preterm infants show a major fat mass accretion from birth to term. The contribution of preterm birth to the development of the metabolic syndrome is still under investigation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate body composition changes in late preterm infants during the first 3 months and to investigate their insulin sensitivity and resistance. METHODS: We conducted an observational, longitudinal study. A total of 216 late preterm infants underwent body composition assessment using an air displacement plethysmograph at term and at 3 months of corrected age...
January 17, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092911/behaviour-of-cd11b-positive-cells-in-an-animal-model-of-laser-induced-choroidal-neovascularisation
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Lu Li, Peter Heiduschka, Anne F Alex, Daniel Niekämper, Nicole Eter
BACKGROUND/AIM: Immune cells, e.g. microglial cells of the retina, appear to be involved in pathological processes in neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to immunohistochemically check the expression of various factors and cytokines by CD11b-positive (CD11b+) immune cells in an animal model of choroidal neovascularisation (CNV). METHODS: We used the animal model of laser-induced CNV in mice. Eyes were isolated at 1, 4, 7, and 14 days after laser treatment...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092751/the-effect-of-listing-the-lesser-prairie-chicken-as-a-threatened-species-on-rural-property-values
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Derek C Wietelman, Richard T Melstrom
This paper estimates the effect of Endangered Species Act protections for the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) on rural property values in Oklahoma. The political and legal controversy surrounding the listing of imperiled species raises questions about the development restrictions and opportunity costs the Endangered Species Act imposes on private landowners. Examining parcel-level sales data before and after the listing of the endemic lesser prairie chicken, we employ difference-in-differences (DD) regression to measure the welfare costs of these restrictions...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092609/horse-expert-an-aided-expert-system-for-diagnosing-horse-diseases
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H Qin, J Xiao, X Gao, H Wang
In contrast to the rapid development of the horse husbandry in China, the ability of horse veterinarians to diagnose diseases has not been improved and only a few domain experts have considerable expertise. At present, many expert systems have been developed for diseases diagnosis, but few for horse diseases diagnosis have been studied in depth. This paper presents the design and development of a computer-aided expert system for diagnosing horse diseases. We suggest an approach for diagnosis of horse diseases based on the analysis of diagnostic characteristics and the experiential knowledge of domain experts...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091839/impact-of-the-2014-2015-influenza-season-on-the-activity-of-an-academic-emergency-department
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Nicolas Beysard, Bertrand Yersin, Pascal Meylan, Olivier Hugli, Pierre-Nicolas Carron
The morbidity and mortality of the 2014-2015 influenza season were more important than those in previous years. We assessed the impact of the 2014-2015 influenza season on the length of stay (LOS) and workload in an academic emergency department (ED). This is a monocentric retrospective study. The database of the microbiology laboratory was used to identify influenza nasal swabs performed during the influenza seasons from 2010 to 2015. Patients admitted to the ED during these periods were identified through the administrative database and cross-checked with patients who underwent an influenza nasal swab in the ED...
January 16, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090470/acanthosis-nigricans-as-a-clinical-predictor-of-insulin-resistance-in-obese-children
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Young Kwon Koh, Jae Hee Lee, Eun Young Kim, Kyung Rye Moon
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the utility of acanthosis nigricans (AN) severity as an index for predicting insulin resistance in obese children. METHODS: The subjects comprised 74 obese pediatric patients who attended the Department of Pediatrics at Chosun University Hospital between January 2013 and March 2016. Waist circumference; body mass index; blood pressure; fasting glucose and fasting insulin levels; lipid profile; aspartate transaminase, alanine transaminase, glycated hemoglobin, C-peptide, and uric acid levels; and homeostatic model assessment insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and quantitative insulin check sensitivity index (QUICKI) scores were compared between subjects with AN and those without AN...
December 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090460/efficacy-and-safety-of-dienogest-in-patients-with-endometriosis-a-single-center-observational-study-over-12-months
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So Yun Park, Sung Hoon Kim, Hee Dong Chae, Chung-Hoon Kim, Byung Moon Kang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of dienogest treatment in patients who had received dienogest for 12 months or more to treat endometriosis. METHODS: We analyzed the clinical data of 188 women with endometriosis who had been treated with 2 mg of dienogest once a day for 12 months or more at a single institute. We evaluated changes in endometriosis-associated pain and endometrioma size, recurrence rate, and adverse events following dienogest administration...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090397/insights-about-fall-prevention-of-older-adults-in-the-state-of-hawai-i
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Yuka Yamazaki, Cullen T Hayashida, Valerie Yontz
The senior population in Hawai'i is growing at a dramatic pace. In the older population, falls and fall-related injuries are leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Moreover, the health care costs for falls are very high. The State of Hawai'i has taken measures to prevent falls through the promotion of medication reviews, vision checks, home assessments, and exercise. However, current published examinations of fall preventive measures have been insufficient, and more research is needed to confirm risk factors, effectiveness of preventive measures, and to explore future objectives...
January 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090261/fabry-disease-presenting-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Sang-Cheol Cho, Han-Wook Yoo, Jae Won Lee, Jeong Yoon Jang, Ran Heo, Jong-Min Song
A 71-year-old female who was diagnosed with nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy since 1999 presented with dyspnea and severe edema on both legs. For the management of her symptom, cardiac surgery including tricuspid annuloplasty, Maze operation and right atrial reduction plasty was performed. During follow-up after cardiac surgery, a plasma α-galactosidase activity was checked for the screening of Fabry disease and the result was around lower normal limit. DNA analysis was implemented for confirmation and it revealed a heterozygote α-galactosidase mutation at exon 6 [c...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090123/transfer-standard-uncertainty-can-cause-inconclusive-inter-laboratory-comparisons
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John Wright, Blaza Toman, Bodo Mickan, Gerd Wübbeler, Olha Bodnar, Clemens Elster
Inter-laboratory comparisons use the best available transfer standards to check the participants' uncertainty analyses, identify underestimated uncertainty claims or unknown measurement biases, and improve the global measurement system. For some measurands, instability of the transfer standard can lead to an inconclusive comparison result. If the transfer standard uncertainty is large relative to a participating laboratory's uncertainty, the commonly used standardized degree of equivalence ≤ 1 criterion does not always correctly assess whether a participant is working within their uncertainty claims...
December 2016: Metrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090105/student-knowledge-skills-and-self-efficacy-gains-after-completing-an-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experience-in-geriatrics
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Krista L Donohoe, Aulbrey G Drisaldi, Fawaz M Alotaibi, Tabatha N Bonas, Edward M Shibley, Patricia W Slattum
Objective. To assess changes in pharmacy students' knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy after completing an advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) in geriatrics. Design. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 30 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy students were required to complete a 5-week Geriatrics APPE at Plaza Professional Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia. All students completed a 25-point knowledge-based pre- and post-assessment to measure students' self-efficacy. The average time required to accurately fill one unit dose prescription card before and after completing the APPE was also evaluated...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090100/description-and-evaluation-of-an-mpharm-practice-based-experience-pilot-program
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Philip Winn, Christopher J Turner
Objective. To determine the level of support among pharmacists in central Scotland to serve as mentors and provide practice-based experience to students enrolled in a master of pharmacy degree program. Methods. A study was conducted during the 2011-2012 academic year in which first-year MPharm students in Scotland were paired with practicing pharmacists for 2 half-day visits per month. The students were integrated into the pharmacy workflow and engaged in activities ranging from date checking to counseling patients...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090040/outcomes-of-brugada-syndrome-patients-with-coronary-artery-vasospasm
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Shingo Kujime, Harumizu Sakurada, Naoki Saito, Yoshinari Enomoto, Naoshi Ito, Keijiro Nakamura, Seiji Fukamizu, Tamotsu Tejima, Yuzuru Yambe, Mitsuhiro Nishizaki, Mahito Noro, Masayasu Hiraoka, Kaoru Sugi
Objective To evaluate the outcomes of patients with concomitant Brugada syndrome and coronary artery vasospasm. Methods Patients diagnosed with Brugada syndrome with an implantable cardiac defibrillator were retrospectively investigated, and the coexistence of vasospasm was evaluated. The clinical features and outcomes were evaluated, especially in patients with coexistent vasospasm. A provocation test using acetylcholine was performed in patients confirmed to have no organic stenosis on percutaneous coronary angiography to confirm the presence of vasospasm...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089742/multiple-habp2-variants-in-familial-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-contribution-of-a-group-of-thyroid-checked-controls
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Benjamin Kern, Lucie Coppin, Pauline Romanet, Michel Crépin, Isabelle Szuster, Florence Renaud, Emmanuelle Leteurtre, Frédéric Frénois, Jean-Louis Wemeau, Bruno Carnaille, Catherine Cardot-Bauters, Christine Do Cao, Pascal Pigny
A heterozygous germline variant in the HABP2 gene c.1601G > A (p.Gly534Glu), which negatively impacts its tumor suppressive activity in vitro, has been described in 4-14% of kindreds of European-American ancestry with familial papillary thyroid carcinoma (fPTC). But it is also found in ≈4% of Europeans and European/Americans from public databases that, however, did not provide information on the thyroid function of the controls. To get unbiased results, we decided to compare HABP2 genotypes of patients with fPTC with those of "thyroid-checked" controls...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089673/the-value-of-participatory-development-to-support-antimicrobial-stewardship-with-a-clinical-decision-support-system
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Nienke Beerlage-de Jong, Jobke Wentzel, Ron Hendrix, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Current clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) for antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are guideline- or expert-driven. They are focused on (clinical) content, not on supporting real-time workflow. Thus, CDSSs fail to optimally support prudent antimicrobial prescribing in daily practice. Our aim was to demonstrate why and how participatory development (involving end-users and other stakeholders) can contribute to the success of CDSSs in ASPs. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach was applied, combining scenario-based prototype evaluations (to support verbalization of work processes and out-of-the-box thinking) among 6 medical resident physicians with an online questionnaire (to cross-reference findings of the prototype evaluations) among 54 Dutch physicians...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089317/attitudes-perceptions-and-experiences-of-mealtimes-among-residents-and-staff-in-care-homes-for-older-adults-a-systematic-review-of-the-qualitative-literature
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Ross Watkins, Victoria A Goodwin, Rebecca A Abbott, Amy Backhouse, Darren Moore, Mark Tarrant
Addressing problems associated with malnutrition in care home residents has been prioritized by researchers and decision-makers. This review aimed to better understand factors that may contribute to malnutrition by examining the attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among care home residents and staff. Five databases were searched from inception to November 2015: Medline, Embase, PsychINFO, AMED, and the Cochrane Database. Forward and backward citation checking of included articles was conducted...
January 12, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089249/redundant-and-fault-tolerant-algorithms-for-real-time-measurement-and-control-systems-for-weapon-equipment
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Dan Li, Xiaoguang Hu
Because of the high availability requirements from weapon equipment, an in-depth study has been conducted on the real-time fault-tolerance of the widely applied Compact PCI (CPCI) bus measurement and control system. A redundancy design method that uses heartbeat detection to connect the primary and alternate devices has been developed. To address the low successful execution rate and relatively large waste of time slices in the primary version of the task software, an improved algorithm for real-time fault-tolerant scheduling is proposed based on the Basic Checking available time Elimination idle time (BCE) algorithm, applying a single-neuron self-adaptive proportion sum differential (PSD) controller...
January 12, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089068/the-experimental-design-approach-to-eluotropic-strength-of-20-solvents-in-thin-layer-chromatography-on-silica-gel
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Łukasz Komsta, Barbara Stępkowska, Robert Skibiński
The eluotropic strength on thin-layer silica plates was investigated for 20 chromatographic grade solvents available in current market. 35 model compounds were used as test subjects in the investigation. The use of modern mixture screening design allowed to estimate each solvent as a separate elution coefficient with an acceptable error of estimation (0.0913 of RM value). Additional bootstrapping technique was used to check the distribution and uncertainty of eluotropic estimates, proving very similar confidence intervals to linear regression...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088759/how-accurate-are-accurate-force-fields-for-b-dna
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Pablo D Dans, Ivan Ivani, Adam Hospital, Guillem Portella, Carlos González, Modesto Orozco
Last generation of force-fields are raising expectations on the quality of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DNA, as well as to the belief that theoretical models can substitute experimental ones in several cases. However these claims are based on limited benchmarks, where MD simulations have shown the ability to reproduce already existing 'experimental models', which in turn, have an unclear accuracy to represent DNA conformation in solution. In this work we explore the ability of different force-fields to predict the structure of two new B-DNA dodecamers, determined herein by means of (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)...
January 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088591/specific-agreement-on-dichotomous-outcomes-in-the-situation-of-more-than-two-raters
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Henrica C W de Vet, Rieky E Dikmans, Iris Eekhout
OBJECTIVE: For assessing inter-rater agreement the concepts of observed agreement and specific agreement have been proposed. The situation of two raters and dichotomous outcomes has been described, whereas often times multiple raters are involved. We aim to extend it for more than two raters and examine how to calculate agreement estimates and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: As an illustration we used a reliability study that includes the scores of 4 plastic surgeons classifying photographs of breasts of 50 women, after breast reconstruction into 'satisfied' or 'not satisfied'...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
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