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Integrated discrimination improvement

Rosalind L Coleman, Susie McLean
INTRODUCTION: The offer of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is recommended as an additional option for HIV prevention for people at substantial risk of HIV infection as part of combination HIV prevention approaches. Implementing this depends on integrating PrEP in public health programmes that address risky practices with evidence-based interventions, and that operate in an enabling legal and policy environment for the delivery of health services to those at higher risk of HIV infection...
2016: Journal of the International AIDS Society
Eric S Orwoll, Jodi Lapidus, Patty Y Wang, Liesbeth Vandenput, Andrew Hoffman, Howard Fink, Gail A Laughlin, Maria Nethander, Östen Ljunggren, Andreas Kindmark, Mattias Lorentzon, Magnus Karlsson, Dan Mellström, Anthony Kwok, Sundeep Khosla, Timothy Kwok, Claes Ohlsson
Measurement of serum testosterone (T) levels is recommended in the evaluation of osteoporosis in older men and estradiol (E2) and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels are associated with the rate of bone loss and fractures, but the clinical utility of sex steroid and SHBG measurements for the evaluation of osteoporosis in men has not been examined. To evaluate whether measurements of T, E2 and/or SHBG are useful for the prediction of fracture risk or the rate of bone loss in older men, we analyzed longitudinal data from 5487 community-based men participating in the MrOS Study in the US, Sweden and Hong Kong...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
P Sneha, C George Priya Doss
The pace of anti-diabetic drug discovery is very slow in spite of increasing rate of prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes which remains a major public health concern. Though extensive research steps are taken in the past decade, yet craves for better of new treatment strategies to overcome the current scenario. One such general finding is the evolution of gliptins which discriminately inhibits DPP4 (Dipeptidyl peptidase-4) enzyme. Although the mechanism of action of gliptin is highly target oriented and accurate, still its long-term use stands unknown...
October 12, 2016: Life Sciences
Ye-Li Wang, Woon-Puay Koh, Jian-Min Yuan, An Pan
AIMS: To assess the association between liver enzymes and the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in a Chinese population. METHODS: A nested case-control study comprising 571 T2D cases and 571 matched controls was conducted within the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were quantified in baseline plasma collected from them, while γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT) was assayed among 255 T2D cases with baseline hemoglobin A1c <6...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
C R Macchi, Rodger Kessler, Andrea Auxier, Juvena R Hitt, Daniel Mullin, Constance van Eeghen, Benjamin Littenberg
Insufficient knowledge exists regarding how to measure the presence and degree of integrated care. Prior estimates of integration levels are neither grounded in theory nor psychometrically validated. They provide scant guidance to inform improvement activities, compare integration efforts, discriminate among practices by degree of integration, measure the effect of integration on quadruple aim outcomes, or address the needs of clinicians, regulators, and policymakers seeking new models of health care delivery and funding...
October 13, 2016: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
Xiaoqing Bu, Hao Peng, Chongke Zhong, Tan Xu, Tian Xu, Yanbo Peng, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Jinchao Wang, Zhong Ju, Qunwei Li, Deqin Geng, Yingxian Sun, Dongsheng Zhang, Jintao Zhang, Jing Chen, Yonghong Zhang, Jiang He
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Antiphosphatidylserine antibodies (aPS) have been associated with the risk of ischemic stroke. However, it remains unclear whether aPS will influence clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: A total of 3013 patients with acute ischemic stroke recruited from 26 hospitals across China from August 2009 to May 2013 were included in the study The primary outcome was a combination of death and major disability (modified Rankin Scale score ≥3) at 3 months after stroke...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Julietta V Rau, Valerio Graziani, Marco Fosca, Chiara Taffon, Massimiliano Rocchia, Pierfilippo Crucitti, Paolo Pozzilli, Andrea Onetti Muda, Marco Caricato, Anna Crescenzi
Recent investigations strongly suggest that Raman spectroscopy (RS) can be used as a clinical tool in cancer diagnosis to improve diagnostic accuracy. In this study, we evaluated the efficiency of Raman imaging microscopy to discriminate between healthy and neoplastic thyroid tissue, by analyzing main variants of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (PTC), the most common type of thyroid cancer. We performed Raman imaging of large tissue areas (from 100 × 100 μm(2) up to 1 × 1 mm(2)), collecting 38 maps containing about 9000 Raman spectra...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Stefanos Eleftheriadis, Ognjen Rudovic, Maja Pantic
Automated analysis of facial expressions can benefit many domains, from marketing to clinical diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. Facial expressions are typically encoded as a combination of facial muscle activations, i.e., action units. Depending on context, these action units co-occur in specific patterns, and rarely in isolation. Yet, most existing methods for automatic action unit detection fail to exploit dependencies among them, and the corresponding facial features. To address this, we propose a novel multi-conditional latent variable model for simultaneous fusion of facial features and joint action unit detection...
October 5, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Thomas Minor, Katja Sutschet, Oliver Witzke, Andreas Paul, Anja Gallinat
BACKGROUND: Post-transplant function of suboptimal kidney grafts can be improved but not accurately predicted by hypothermic machine perfusion. Therefore, a new concept of ex situ pre-implantation machine perfusion with controlled rewarming up to subnormothermic temperatures was developed and evaluated. METHODS: Porcine kidneys (n= 6/ group) were retrieved before or 30 min after cardiac arrest of the donor and subjected to 18 hours of static cold storage. In some cases 90 min of machine controlled oxygenated rewarming (COR) was added thereafter...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Karin Veldman, Sijmen A Reijneveld, Maarten M H Lahr, Ronald J Uittenbroek, Klaske Wynia
BACKGROUND: Self-management is an important asset in helping older adults remain independent and in control for as long as possible. There is no reliable and valid measurement instrument to evaluate self-management behaviour of older adults. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to design a measurement instrument, that is the Partners in Health scale for older adults (PIH-OA), to assess self-management knowledge and behaviour of community-living older adults and to examine its psychometric properties in a Dutch context...
October 7, 2016: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
Glenn S Pransky, Jean-Baptise Fassier, Elyssa Besen, Peter Blanck, Kerstin Ekberg, Michael Feuerstein, Fehmidah Munir
Introduction Many disability prevention strategies are focused on acute injuries and brief illness episodes, but there will be growing challenges for employers to manage circumstances of recurrent, chronic, or fluctuating symptoms in an aging workforce. The goal of this article is to summarize existing peer-review research in this area, compare this with employer discourse in the grey literature, and recommend future research priorities. Methods The authors participated in a year-long sponsored collaboration that ultimately led to an invited 3-day conference, "Improving Research of Employer Practices to Prevent Disability", held October 14-16, 2015, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Michael J Pencina, Jason P Fine, Ralph B D'Agostino
Discrimination slope, defined as the slope of a linear regression of predicted probabilities of event derived from a prognostic model on the binary event status, has recently gained popularity as a measure of model performance. It is as a building block for the integrated discrimination improvement that equals the difference in discrimination slopes between the two models being compared. Several authors have pointed out that it does not make sense to apply the integrated discrimination improvement and discrimination slope when working with mis-calibrated models, whereas others have raised concerns about the ability of improving discrimination slope without adding new information...
October 3, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
Navdeep Tangri, Lesley A Inker, Brett Hiebert, Jenna Wong, David Naimark, David Kent, Andrew S Levey
BACKGROUND: Predicting the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is vital for clinical decision making and patient-provider communication. We previously developed an accurate static prediction model that used single-timepoint measurements of demographic and laboratory variables. STUDY DESIGN: Development of a dynamic predictive model using demographic, clinical, and time-dependent laboratory data from a cohort of patients with CKD stages 3 to 5. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: We studied 3,004 patients seen April 1, 2001, to December 31, 2009, in the outpatient CKD clinic of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Canada...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Qiongmin Zhang, Qizhu Wu, Junran Zhang, Ling He, Jiangtao Huang, Jiang Zhang, Hua Huang, Qiyong Gong
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is by nature a multi-modality technique that provides complementary information about different aspects of diseases. So far no attempts have been reported to assess the potential of multi-modal MRI in discriminating individuals with and without migraine, so in this study, we proposed a classification approach to examine whether or not the integration of multiple MRI features could improve the classification performance between migraine patients without aura (MWoA) and healthy controls...
2016: PloS One
M Cihan Çakır, Deniz Çalışkan, Bayram Bütün, Ekmel Özbay
Metal oxide gas sensors with integrated micro-hotplate structures are widely used in the industry and they are still being investigated and developed. Metal oxide gas sensors have the advantage of being sensitive to a wide range of organic and inorganic volatile compounds, although they lack selectivity. To introduce selectivity, the operating temperature of a single sensor is swept, and the measurements are fed to a discriminating algorithm. The efficiency of those data processing methods strongly depends on temperature uniformity across the active area of the sensor...
2016: Sensors
Xiaodong Zhang, Masahiko Honda, Doug Hamilton
Performance of the Helix MC Plus noble gas mass spectrometer installed at the Australian National University (ANU) is reported. Results for sensitivity, mass discrimination and their linearity against partial pressure of noble gases, and mass resolution of the mass spectrometer are presented, and the results are compared with those of conventional noble gas mass spectrometers. The application of the five detectors on the Helix MC Plus in measuring various noble gas isotopes in multi-collector modes and the integration of the software drivers of peripheral hardware devices into the controlling program Qtegra of the mass spectrometer are discussed...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Amy C Wotherspoon, Ian S Young, David R McCance, Chris C Patterson, Michael J A Maresh, Donald W M Pearson, James D Walker, Valerie A Holmes
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP4) and pre-eclampsia risk in women with type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Serum FABP4 was measured in 710 women from the Diabetes and Pre-eclampsia Intervention Trial (DAPIT) in early pregnancy and in the second trimester (median 14 and 26 weeks' gestation, respectively). RESULTS: FABP4 was significantly elevated in early pregnancy (geometric mean 15...
October 2016: Diabetes Care
Oliver Husser, Julio Núñez, Christof Burgdorf, Andreas Holzamer, Christian Templin, Thorsten Kessler, Vicente Bodi, Juan Sanchis, Costanza Pellegrini, Andreas Luchner, Lars S Maier, Christof Schmid, Thomas F Lüscher, Heribert Schunkert, Adnan Kastrati, Michael Hilker, Christian Hengstenberg
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Conventional risk scores have not been accurate in predicting peri- and postprocedural risk of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Elevated levels of the tumor marker carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) have been linked to adverse outcomes after TAVI. We studied the additional value of CA125 to that of the EuroSCORE in predicting long-term mortality after TAVI. METHODS AND RESULTS: During a median follow-up of 59 weeks, 115 of 422 patients (27%) died after TAVI...
September 9, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Mario Petretta, Emilia Zampella, Roberta Assante, Valentina Mercurio, Wanda Acampa, Marco Salvatore, Alberto Cuocolo
Risk prediction through integration of clinical variables and imaging data into a prognostic model can identify those factors with a high impact on patient outcome. The development of a prognostic model traditionally includes the evaluation of the independent contribution of variables with consideration of covarying factors that may confound risk stratification. Several methods and metrics are available to assess the performance of a prediction model. Traditional measures for binary and survival outcomes include the concordance (C) statistic for discriminative ability, and goodness-of-fit statistics for calibration...
December 2016: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Joo Myung Lee, Chee Hae Kim, Bon-Kwon Koo, Doyeon Hwang, Jonghanne Park, Jinlong Zhang, Yaliang Tong, Ki-Hyun Jeon, Ji-In Bang, Minseok Suh, Jin Chul Paeng, Gi Jeong Cheon, Sang-Hoon Na, Jung-Min Ahn, Seung-Jung Park, Hyo-Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion imaging is improved by quantifying stress myocardial blood flow (MBF) in absolute terms. We evaluated a comprehensive quantitative (13)N-ammonia positron emission tomography ((13)NH3-PET) diagnostic panel, including stress MBF, coronary flow reserve (CFR), and relative flow reserve (RFR) in conjunction with relative perfusion defect (PD) assessments to better detect functionally significant coronary artery stenosis...
September 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
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