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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348163/ifcc-working-group-recommendations-for-assessing-commutability-part-1-general-experimental-design
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W Greg Miller, Heinz Schimmel, Robert Rej, Neil Greenberg, Ferruccio Ceriotti, Chris Burns, Jeffrey R Budd, Cas Weykamp, Vincent Delatour, Göran Nilsson, Finlay MacKenzie, Mauro Panteghini, Thomas Keller, Johanna E Camara, Ingrid Zegers, Hubert W Vesper
Commutability is a property of a reference material (RM) that relates to the closeness of agreement between results for an RM and results for clinical samples (CSs) when measured by ≥2 measurement procedures (MPs). Commutability of RMs used in a calibration traceability scheme is an essential property for them to be fit for purpose. Similarly, commutability of trueness controls or external quality assessment samples is essential when those materials are used to assess trueness of results for CSs. This report is part 1 of a 3-part series describing how to assess commutability of RMs...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343935/effectiveness-of-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-in-patients-with-bipolar-affective-disorder-a-case-series
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Suvarna Shirish Joshi, Mahendra Prakash Sharma, Shivarama Varambally
The present investigation was undertaken to examine the effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on interepisodic symptoms, emotional regulation, and quality of life in patients with bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) in remission. The sample for the study comprised a total of five patients with the diagnosis of BPAD in partial or complete remission. Each patient was screened to fit the inclusion and exclusion criteria and later assessed on the Beck Depressive Inventory I, Beck Anxiety Inventory, Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale, Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II, and The World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment-BREF...
January 2018: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341684/first-simultaneous-extraction-of-spin-dependent-parton-distributions-and-fragmentation-functions-from-a-global-qcd-analysis
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J J Ethier, N Sato, W Melnitchouk
We perform the first global QCD analysis of polarized inclusive and semi-inclusive deep-inelastic scattering and single-inclusive e^{+}e^{-} annihilation data, simultaneously fitting the parton distribution and fragmentation functions using the iterative Monte Carlo method. Without imposing SU(3) symmetry relations, we find the strange polarization to be very small, consistent with zero for both inclusive and semi-inclusive data, which provides a resolution to the strange quark polarization puzzle. The combined analysis also allows the direct extraction from data of the isovector and octet axial charges, and is consistent with a small SU(2) flavor asymmetry in the polarized sea...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338767/effect-of-exercise-versus-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-or-no-intervention-on-anxiety-depression-fitness-and-quality-of-life-in-adults-with-previous-methamphetamine-dependency-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Linzette Morris, Jessica Stander, Wardah Ebrahim, Stephanie Eksteen, Orissa Anna Meaden, Ané Ras, Annemarie Wessels
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (MA) is a highly addictive psychostimulant used by approximately 52 million people worldwide. Chronic MA abuse leads to detrimental physiological and neurological changes, as well as increases in anxiety and depression, and decreases in overall fitness and quality of life. Exercise has been reported to possibly reverse physiological and neurological damage caused by previous MA use, and to reduce anxiety and depression in this population. The aim of this systematic review was to identify, clinically appraise and synthesise the available evidence for the effectiveness of exercise, compared to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), standard care or no intervention, on decreasing anxiety and depression and improving fitness and quality of life in previous MA users...
January 16, 2018: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336645/physical-exercise-prior-to-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-feasibility-study
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Inge E P M van Haren, J Bart Staal, Carin M Potting, Femke Atsma, Thomas J Hoogeboom, Nicole M A Blijlevens, Maria W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden
PURPOSE: This study explores the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an exercise program in people scheduled for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). METHODS: In this controlled clinical trial, we compare pre-transplantation exercise to no exercise in the waiting period for an allogeneic of autologous HSCT. The supervised individually tailored exercise program (4-6 weeks) consisted of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, and relaxation exercises, administered twice a week in the period prior to HSCT...
January 16, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334417/combining-allele-frequency-and-tree-based-approaches-improves-phylogeographic-inference-from-natural-history-collections
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M Ruffley, M L Smith, A Espíndola, B C Carstens, J Sullivan, D C Tank
Model selection approaches in phylogeography have allowed researchers to evaluate the support for competing demographic histories, which provides a mode of inference and a measure of uncertainty in understanding climatic and spatial influences on intraspecific diversity. Here, to rank all models in the comparison set, and determine what proportion of the total support the top-ranked model garners, we conduct model selection using two analytical approaches -allele frequency-based, implemented in fastsimcoal2, and gene tree-based, implemented in PHRAPL...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332746/is-pilates-an-effective-rehabilitation-tool-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Keira Byrnes, Ping-Jung Wu, Stephney Whillier
BACKGROUND: Pilates is a system of exercise focusing upon controlled movement, stretching and breathing. Pilates is popular today not only for physical fitness but also for rehabilitation programs. This paper is a review of the literature on the effectiveness of Pilates as a rehabilitation tool in a wide range of conditions in an adult population. METHODS: A systematic literature review was carried out according to the PRISMA guidelines. Electronic databases were searched for cohort studies or randomised controlled trials (RCTs), and inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331101/theory-analysis-for-pender-s-health-promotion-model-hpm-by-barnum-s-criteria-a-critical-perspective
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Zohreh Khoshnood, Masoud Rayyani, Batool Tirgari
Background Analysis of nursing theoretical works and its role in knowledge development is presented as an essential process of critical reflection. Health promotion model (HPM) focuses on helping people achieve higher levels of well-being and identifies background factors that influence health behaviors. Objectives This paper aims to evaluate, and critique HPM by Barnum's criteria. Methods The present study reviewed books and articles derived from Proquest, PubMed, Blackwell Databases. The method of evaluation for this model is based on Barnum's criteria for analysis, application and evaluation of nursing theories...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330217/a-systematic-review-of-network-meta-analyses-for-pharmacological-treatment-of-common-mental-disorders
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REVIEW
Taryn Williams, Dan J Stein, Jonathan Ipser
QUESTION: Network meta-analyses (NMAs) of treatment efficacy across different pharmacological treatments help inform clinical decision-making, but their methodological quality may vary a lot depending also on the quality of the included primary studies. We therefore conducted a systematic review of NMAs of pharmacological treatment for common mental disorders in order to assess the methodological quality of these NMAs, and to relate study characteristics to the rankings of efficacy and tolerability...
January 12, 2018: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329670/motor-skill-interventions-in-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jane J Yu, Cindy H P Sit, Angus F Burnett
OBJECTIVES: To determine the characteristics and effectiveness of motor skill interventions in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and to identify potential moderators of training effects using meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: A search was conducted in six databases (CINAHL Plus, Cochrane Library, Embase, Eric, PsycInfo, and PubMed) for papers published between 1995 and August 2017 using search items which were grouped in three components (motor skill interventions, DCD, and age group of interest)...
January 9, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326858/improving-management-of-paediatric-buckle-fracture-in-orthopaedic-outpatients-a-completed-audit-loop
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M N Baig, C Egan
Introduction Paediatric patient bone fractures are the source of a large number of orthopaedic outpatient visits, especially for fracture clinics. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline NG38 provides guidance on assessing and managing non-complex fractures, such as buckle (i.e., torus) fractures in paediatric patients. Objective We retrospectively audited outpatient records of children younger than 12 years presenting with distal radius buckle fractures for May and June 2017...
November 8, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325578/effects-of-a-peer-led-walking-in-schools-intervention-the-wish-study-on-physical-activity-levels-of-adolescent-girls-a-cluster-randomised-pilot-study
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Angela Carlin, Marie H Murphy, Alan Nevill, Alison M Gallagher
BACKGROUND: School-based interventions may be effective at increasing levels of physical activity (PA) among adolescents; however, there is a paucity of evidence on whether walking can be successfully promoted to increase PA in this age group. This pilot study aimed to assess the effects of a 12-week school-based peer-led brisk walking programme on levels of school-time PA post intervention. METHODS: Female participants, aged 11-13 years, were recruited from six post-primary schools in Northern Ireland...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324265/bayesian-spatiotemporal-crash-frequency-models-with-mixture-components-for-space-time-interactions
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Wen Cheng, Gurdiljot Singh Gill, Yongping Zhang, Zhong Cao
The traffic safety research has developed spatiotemporal models to explore the variations in the spatial pattern of crash risk over time. Many studies observed notable benefits associated with the inclusion of spatial and temporal correlation and their interactions. However, the safety literature lacks sufficient research for the comparison of different temporal treatments and their interaction with spatial component. This study developed four spatiotemporal models with varying complexity due to the different temporal treatments such as (I) linear time trend; (II) quadratic time trend; (III) Autoregressive-1 (AR-1); and (IV) time adjacency...
January 8, 2018: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318172/clinical-factors-that-predict-a-second-acl-injury-after-acl-reconstruction-and-return-to-sport-preliminary-development-of-a-clinical-decision-algorithm
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Mark V Paterno, Bin Huang, Staci Thomas, Timothy E Hewett, Laura C Schmitt
Background: Biomechanical predictors of a second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) and return to sport (RTS) have been identified; however, these measures may not be feasible in a standard clinical environment. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether standard clinical measures predicted the risk of second ACL injuries. The hypothesis tested was that a combination of strength, function, and patient-reported measures at the time of RTS would predict the risk of second ACL injuries with high sensitivity and specificity...
December 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316849/adaptive-mesh-refinement-for-elastic-modulus-reconstruction-in-elastography
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Wenxia Wang, Wei Zou, Danfeng Hu, Jiajun Wang
Meshes play a crucial role in determining the accuracy of the elastic modulus reconstruction in the elastography when the finite element method is employed. In this article, we propose an adaptive mesh refinement strategy which can ensure the coincidence of the meshes with the shape of the inclusions in the observed tissue. This strategy is based on the intensity distribution of the strain image where the variance of the strain distribution in each element of the meshes is used to measure the homogeneity of the element, that is, the larger the strain variance is the more inhomogeneous the element will be and hence more detailed information will be included in this element...
January 1, 2018: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306819/psychometric-properties-of-the-purpose-in-life-test-and-age-related-differences-among-women-diagnosed-with-eating-disorders
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Joaquín García-Alandete, Montserrat Cañabate Ros, José Heliodoro Marco Salvador, Sandra Pérez Rodríguez
The aim of this study was to analyze the psychometric properties of the Purpose-In-Life Test (PIL), as well as the age-related differences in meaning in life in women diagnosed with eating disorders. Participants were 250 Spanish women diagnosed with eating disorders who ranged from 12 to 60 years old. Confirmatory Factor Analysis, descriptive analyses, estimation of the internal consistency of the PIL, correlations between the PIL and the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), Overweight Preoccupation Scale (OPS), and Body Investment Scale (BIS), and age differences were calculated...
December 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305176/content-and-accuracy-of-vaccine-information-on-pediatrician-blogs
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Mersine A Bryan, Hailey Gunningham, Megan A Moreno
BACKGROUND: Parents often use social media such as blogs to inform decisions about vaccinations, however little is known about pediatrician blogs addressing vaccines. The objective of this study was to assess content, citations, audience engagement and accuracy of vaccine information on pediatrician blogs. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a content analysis of vaccine information on pediatrician blogs. A national sample of pediatrician blogs was identified using a search rubric of terms applied to multiple search engines...
January 2, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304835/a-systematic-review-of-clinic-and-community-intervention-to-increase-fecal-testing-for-colorectal-cancer-in-rural-and-low-income-populations-in-the-united-states-how-what-and-when
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Melinda M Davis, Michele Freeman, Jackilen Shannon, Gloria D Coronado, Kurt C Stange, Jeanne-Marie Guise, Stephanie B Wheeler, David I Buckley
BACKGROUND: Interventions to improve fecal testing for colorectal cancer (CRC) exist, but are not yet routine practice. We conducted this systematic review to determine how implementation strategies and contextual factors influenced the uptake of interventions to increase Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) and Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) for CRC in rural and low-income populations in the United States. METHODS: We searched Medline and the Cochrane Library from January 1998 through July 2016, and Scopus and clinicaltrials...
January 6, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302372/extensive-lymph-node-dissection-improves-survival-among-american-patients-with-gastric-adenocarcinoma-treated-surgically-analysis-of-the-national-cancer-database
#19
Samer A Naffouje, George I Salti
Introduction: The extent of lymphadenectomy in the surgical treatment of gastric cancer is a topic of controversy among surgeons. This study was conducted to analyze the American National Cancer Database (NCDB) and conclude the optimal extent of lymphadenectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma. Methods: The NCDB for gastric cancer was utilized. Patients who received at least a partial gastrectomy were included. Patients with metastatic disease, unknown TNM stages, R1/R2 resection, or treated with a palliative intent were excluded...
December 2017: Journal of Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301472/factors-associated-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-peruvian-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Claudia Elera-Fitzcarrald, Magaly Alva, Rocío Gamboa-Cardenas, Claudia S Mora-Trujillo, Francisco Zevallos, Augusto García-Poma, Mariela Medina, Zoila Rodriguez-Bellido, Risto A Perich-Campos, César A Pastor-Asurza, María I Segami, Manuel F Ugarte-Gil
Objective In this paper, we aim to define factors associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in Mestizo patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods We evaluated patients with SLE from Peru's two largest hospitals between October 2012 and July 2015 to ascertain HRQoL. Using a standard protocol, we incorporated demographic characteristics, clinical manifestations and treatment in our analysis. HRQoL was measured with the LupusQoL, disease activity was ascertained with the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI), and damage was appraised with the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC)/American College of Rheumatology (ACR) damage index (SDI)...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
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