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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352688/the-association-between-readmission-and-patient-experience-in-a-total-hip-arthroplasty-population
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BACKGROUND: Our goal was to determine whether readmissions within 30 or 90 days following discharge are associated with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores for total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients. METHODS: HCAHPS surveys from all patients who underwent THA between January 2016 and September 2016 in our institution were analyzed. Readmissions, demographics, baseline joint pain, joint function, and Veterans RAND-12 scores were collected...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352529/measuring-and-improving-the-quality-of-mental-health-care-a-global-perspective
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Amy M Kilbourne, Kathryn Beck, Brigitta Spaeth-Rublee, Parashar Ramanuj, Robert W O'Brien, Naomi Tomoyasu, Harold Alan Pincus
Mental disorders are common worldwide, yet the quality of care for these disorders has not increased to the same extent as that for physical conditions. In this paper, we present a framework for promoting quality measurement as a tool for improving quality of mental health care. We identify key barriers to this effort, including lack of standardized information technology-based data sources, limited scientific evidence for mental health quality measures, lack of provider training and support, and cultural barriers to integrating mental health care within general health environments...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352494/the-effects-of-late-gestation-nutrient-restriction-of-dams-on-beef-heifer-intake-metabolites-and-hormones-during-an-ad-libitum-feeding-trial
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J E Tipton, R E Ricks, C T LeMaster, N M Long
This study's objective was to determine if nutrient restriction during late gestation affected beef heifer feed intake, body weight (BW) gain and endocrine regulation during a 10-week feeding trial. During the last 100 days of gestation, control (CON) dams were fed to increase body condition score (BCS). Whereas, nutrient-restricted dams (NR) and NR dams protein supplemented 3 days/week (NRS) were fed to decrease BCS by 1.2. After parturition, all cow-calf pairs were moved to a common pasture and fed in excess of requirements until weaning...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352401/does-giving-parents-their-choice-of-interventions-for-child-behavior-problems-improve-child-outcomes
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Abigail H Gewirtz, Susanne S Lee, Gerald J August, Yaliu He
Empowering consumers to be active decision-makers in their own care is a core tenet of personalized, or precision medicine. Nonetheless, there is a dearth of research on intervention preferences in families seeking interventions for a child with behavior problems. Specifically, the evidence is inconclusive as to whether providing parents with choice of intervention improves child/youth outcomes (i.e., reduces externalizing problems). In this study, 129 families presenting to community mental health clinics for child conduct problems were enrolled in a doubly randomized preference study and initially randomized to choice or no-choice conditions...
January 20, 2018: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352385/outer-wall-segmentation-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-by-variable-neighborhood-search-through-intensity-and-gradient-spaces
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Thanongchai Siriapisith, Worapan Kusakunniran, Peter Haddawy
Aortic aneurysm segmentation remains a challenge. Manual segmentation is a time-consuming process which is not practical for routine use. To address this limitation, several automated segmentation techniques for aortic aneurysm have been developed, such as edge detection-based methods, partial differential equation methods, and graph partitioning methods. However, automatic segmentation of aortic aneurysm is difficult due to high pixel similarity to adjacent tissue and a lack of color information in the medical image, preventing previous work from being applicable to difficult cases...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352079/identification-and-validation-of-a-new-source-of-low-grain-cadmium-accumulation-in-durum-wheat
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Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi, Ajay Kumar, Seyed Pirseyedi, Evan Salsman, Marina Dobrydina, Roshan Sharma Poudel, Wesam A AbuHammad, Shiaoman Chao, Justin D Faris, Elias M Elias
Cadmium (Cd) is a heavy metal that has no known biological function and is toxic for many living organisms. The maximum level of Cd concentration allowed in the international market for wheat grain is 0.2 mg kg-1. Because phenotyping for Cd uptake is expensive and time consuming, molecular markers associated with genes conferring low Cd uptake would expedite selection and lead to the development of durum cultivars with reduced Cd concentrations. Here, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with a novel low Cd uptake locus in the durum experimental line D041735, which has hexaploid common wheat in its pedigree...
January 19, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351988/confirmation-of-intersubunit-connectivity-and-topology-of-designed-protein-complexes-by-native-ms
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Aniruddha Sahasrabuddhe, Yang Hsia, Florian Busch, William Sheffler, Neil P King, David Baker, Vicki H Wysocki
Computational protein design provides the tools to expand the diversity of protein complexes beyond those found in nature. Understanding the rules that drive proteins to interact with each other enables the design of protein-protein interactions to generate specific protein assemblies. In this work, we designed protein-protein interfaces between dimers and trimers to generate dodecameric protein assemblies with dihedral point group symmetry. We subsequently analyzed the designed protein complexes by native MS...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351697/roles-of-transit-time-flow-measurement-for-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
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Yoshiyuki Takami, Yasushi Takagi
Transit-time flow measurement (TTFM) has been increasingly applied to detect graft failure during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), because TTFM is less invasive, more reproducible, and less time consuming. Many authors have attempted to validate TTFM and to gain the clear cutoff values and algorithm in TTFM to predict graft failure. The TTFM technology has also been shown to be a useful tool to investigate CABG graft flow characteristics and coronary circulation physiology. It is important to recognize the practical roles of TTFM in the cardiac operating room by review and summarize the literatures...
January 19, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351665/swiss-consumers-willingness-to-pay-and-attitudes-regarding-dual-purpose-poultry-and-eggs
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I D M Gangnat, S Mueller, M Kreuzer, R E Messikommer, M Siegrist, V H M Visschers
Chick culling is an efficient and cost-effective method in modern poultry farming, but it raises ethical concerns. Dual-purpose poultry (DP), in which males are fattened and females are used for egg production, is currently the most realistic alternative to culling, as in ovo sexing is not yet viable for practical application. Consumers' acceptance of DP products and their willingness to pay (WTP) for them have not been studied yet, and we expect that both aspects are closely related to the acceptance of and WTP for products from systems claiming beyond-conventional animal welfare, such as organic products...
January 17, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351616/deficient-glucagon-response-to-hypoglycemia-during-a-mixed-meal-in-total-pancreatectomy-islet-autotransplantation-recipients
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L D Bogachus, M D Bellin, A Vella, R P Robertson
Context: Total pancreatectomy and intrahepatic islet autotransplantation (TP/IAT) is performed to alleviate severe abdominal pain, avoid narcotic use, maintain islet function, and avoid diabetes in patients with chronic pancreatitis. However, many TP/IAT recipients complain of post-prandial hypoglycemia. Objective: This study was designed to discover mechanisms of this problem. Design: Participants consumed a triple-isotope mixed meal. Setting: Hospital research unit...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351478/pentose-phosphate-pathway-activity-parallels-lipogenesis-but-not-antioxidant-processes-in-rat-liver
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Eunsook S Jin, Min Hee Lee, Rebecca E Murphy, Craig R Malloy
The pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) is widely assumed to play a key role in both reductive biosynthesis and protection from oxidative stress because it is the major source of NADPH. However, little is known about the activity of the PPP in fatty liver which is characterized by both oxidative stress and lipogenesis. This study was designed to test whether the PPP is active in parallel with lipogenesis and antioxidant processes in the fatty liver of whole animals. Eight- and 16-week old, obese Zucker diabetic fatty rats and their lean littermates received [U-13C3]glycerol, and 13C labeling patterns of glucose and triglycerides were analyzed for the assessment of hepatic PPP activity and the potentially-related processes simultaneously...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351425/source-of-dietary-sucrose-influences-development-of-leptin-resistance-in-male-and-female-rats
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Ruth B S Harris
Male rats offered 30% sucrose solution in addition to chow develop leptin resistance without increasing energy intake or body fat. Here we tested whether the leptin resistance was dependent upon the physical form of the sucrose. Sprague Dawley rats were offered a sucrose-free diet (NS), a 66.6% energy as sucrose diet (HS), or NS diet and 30% sucrose solution (LS). Sucrose intake of LS rats equaled that of HS rats, but total carbohydrate intake exceeded that of HS rats. After 33 days male and female LS rats were resistant to the inhibitory effect of peripherally administered leptin on food intake...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351257/modifications-in-the-consumption-of-energy-sugar-and-saturated-fat-among-the-mexican-adult-population-simulation-of-the-effect-when-replacing-processed-foods-that-comply-with-a-front-of-package-labeling-system
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Rosario Mendoza, Lizbeth Tolentino-Mayo, Lucia Hernández-Barrera, Claudia Nieto, Eric A Monterrubio-Flores, Simón Barquera
A Mexican Committee of Nutrition Experts (MCNE) from the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), free from conflict of interest, established food content standards to place the front-of-package (FOP) logo on foods that meet these nutrition criteria. The objectives were to simulate the effect on nutrient intake in the Mexican adult population (20-59 years old) after replacing commonly consumed processed foods with those that meet the FOP nutrition-labeling criteria. Twenty-four hour dietary recalls were collected from the 2012 Mexican National Health and Nutrition Survey (n = 2164 adults)...
January 19, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351250/a-gps-phase-locked-loop-performance-metric-based-on-the-phase-discriminator-output
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Stefan Stevanovic, Boris Pervan
We propose a novel GPS phase-lock loop (PLL) performance metric based on the standard deviation of tracking error (defined as the discriminator's estimate of the true phase error), and explain its advantages over the popular phase jitter metric using theory, numerical simulation, and experimental results. We derive an augmented GPS phase-lock loop (PLL) linear model, which includes the effect of coherent averaging, to be used in conjunction with this proposed metric. The augmented linear model allows more accurate calculation of tracking error standard deviation in the presence of additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) as compared to traditional linear models...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351249/utilizing-dietary-micronutrient-ratios-in-nutritional-research-may-be-more-informative-than-focusing-on-single-nutrients
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Owen J Kelly, Jennifer C Gilman, Jasminka Z Ilich
The 2015 US dietary guidelines advise the importance of good dietary patterns for health, which includes all nutrients. Micronutrients are rarely, if ever, consumed separately, they are not tissue specific in their actions and at the molecular level they are multitaskers. Metabolism functions within a seemingly random cellular milieu however ratios are important, for example, the ratio of adenosine triphosphate to adenosine monophosphate, or oxidized to reduced glutathione. Health status is determined by simple ratios, such as the waist hip ratio, or ratio of fat mass to lean mass...
January 19, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351234/contribution-of-the-ratio-of-tocopherol-homologs-to-the-oxidative-stability-of-commercial-vegetable-oils
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Mathias Zaunschirm, Marc Pignitter, Julia Kienesberger, Natalie Hernler, Christoph Riegger, Manfred Eggersdorfer, Veronika Somoza
The antioxidant activity of tocopherols in vegetable oils was shown to chiefly depend on the amount and the tocopherol homolog present. However, the most effective ratio of tocopherol homologs with regard to the antioxidant capacity has not been elucidated so far. The present study analyzed the effect of different tocopherol concentrations, homologs and ratios of homologs on markers of lipid oxidation in the most commonly consumed vegetable oils (canola, sunflower, soybean oil) stored in a 12 h light/dark cycle at 22 ± 2 °C for 56 days under retail/household conditions...
January 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351175/2017-national-magnet-nurses-of-the-year%C3%A2
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Rebecca Graystone
The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on the Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. The ANCC National Magnet Nurse of the Year® awards were created in 2010 to recognize the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk taking.
February 2018: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351019/keystone-individuals-alter-ecological-and-evolutionary-consumer-resource-dynamics
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Denon Start
Intraspecific variation is central to our understanding of evolution and ecology, but these fields generally consider either the mean trait value or its variance. Alternatively, the keystone individual concept from behavioral ecology posits that a single individual with an extreme phenotype can have disproportionate and irreplaceable effects on group dynamics. Here, I generalize this concept to include nonbehavioral traits and broader ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I test for the effects of individuals with extreme phenotypes on the ecology and evolution of a gall-forming fly and its natural enemies that select for opposite gall sizes...
February 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350952/fast-data-sorting-with-modified-principal-component-analysis-to-distinguish-unique-single-molecular-break-junction-trajectories
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J M Hamill, X T Zhao, G Mészáros, M R Bryce, M Arenz
A simple and fast analysis method to sort large data sets into groups with shared distinguishing characteristics is described and applied to single molecular break junction conductance versus electrode displacement data. The method, based on principal component analysis, successfully sorts data sets based on the projection of the data onto the first or second principal component of the correlation matrix without the need to assert any specific hypothesis about the expected features within the data. This is an improvement on the current correlation matrix analysis approach because it sorts data automatically, making it more objective and less time consuming, and our method is applicable to a wide range of multivariate data sets...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350926/concentrations-and-migratabilities-of-hazardous-elements-in-second-hand-children-s-plastic-toys
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Andrew Turner
About 200 second-hand plastic toys sourced in the UK have been analysed by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry for hazardous elements (As, Ba, Cd, Cr, Hg, Pb, Sb, Se) and Br as a proxy for brominated flame retardants. Each element was detected in > 20 toys or components thereof with the exception of As, Hg and Se, with the frequent occurrence of Br, Cd and Pb and at maximum concentrations of about 16,000, 20,000 and 5000 μg g-1, respectively, of greatest concern from a potential exposure perspective. Migration was evaluated on components of 26 toys under simulated stomach conditions (0...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
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