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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445836/a-forensic-multiplex-of-nine-novel-pentameric-repeat-strs
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M de la Puente, C Phillips, M Fondevila, M Gelabert-Besada, Á Carracedo, M V Lareu
Pentameric-repeat short tandem repeats (STRs), consisting of loci with repeat units of five base-pairs, have the advantage of reduced stutter products compared to their tetrameric-repeat STR counterparts. This characteristic potentially helps the interpretation of mixed DNA profiles when minor component alleles may coincide with stutter peaks from the major components. To develop a simple but informative forensic multiplex with the capability to aid mixture interpretation, we designed an 11-plex assay of nine pentameric STRs new to forensic analysis plus two male- specific markers: DYS391 and the Y-Indel rs2032678 used in GlobalFiler™ (Life Technologies)...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445801/an-ahp-based-evaluation-method-for-teacher-training-workshop-on-information-and-communication-technology
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Rochelle Irene Lucas, Michael Angelo Promentilla, Aristotle Ubando, Raymond Girard Tan, Kathleen Aviso, Krista Danielle Yu
The emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) has created opportunities for enhancing the learning process at different educational levels. However, its potential benefits can only be fully realized if teachers are properly trained to utilize such tools. The rapid evolution of ICT also necessitates rigorous assessment of training programs by participants. Thus, this study proposes an evaluation framework based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to systematically evaluate such workshops designed for teachers...
April 19, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445696/which-factors-affect-citation-rates-in-the-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-literature
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Kristie Cheng, Thomas B Dodson, Mark A Egbert, Srinivas M Susarla
PURPOSE: Citation rate is one of several tools to measure academic productivity. The purposes of this study were to estimate and identify factors associated with citation rates in the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective longitudinal study of publications in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS), International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (IJOMS), and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology from January through December 2012...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445559/association-of-us-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-hospital-30-day-risk-standardized-readmission-metric-with-care-quality-and-outcomes-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-findings-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-acute-coronary-treatment
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Ambarish Pandey, Harsh Golwala, Hurst M Hall, Tracy Y Wang, Di Lu, Ying Xian, Karen Chiswell, Karen E Joynt, Abhinav Goyal, Sandeep R Das, Dharam Kumbhani, Howard Julien, Gregg C Fonarow, James A de Lemos
Importance: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalizes hospitals with higher-than-expected risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (excess readmission ratio [ERR] > 1) after acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, the association of ERR with MI care processes and outcomes are not well established. Objective: To evaluate the association between ERR for MI with in-hospital process of care measures and 1-year clinical outcomes...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445485/validity-and-reliability-of-the-physical-activity-questionnaire-for-children-paq-c-and-adolescents-paq-a-in-individuals-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Christine Voss, Paige H Dean, Ross F Gardner, Stephanie L Duncombe, Kevin C Harris
OBJECTIVE: To assess the criterion validity, internal consistency, reliability and cut-point for the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (PAQ-C) and Adolescents (PAQ-A) in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease-a special population at high cardiovascular risk in whom physical activity has not been extensively evaluated. METHODS: We included 84 participants (13.6±2.9 yrs, 50% female) with simple (37%), moderate (31%), or severe congenital heart disease (27%), as well as cardiac transplant recipients (6%), from BC Children's Hospital, Canada...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444952/similarity-in-volatile-communities-leads-to-increased-herbivory-and-greater-tropical-forest-diversity
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Tara Joy Massad, Marcílio Martins de Moraes, Casey Philbin, Celso Oliveira, Gerardo Cebrian Torrejon, Lydia Fumiko Yamaguchi, Christopher S Jeffrey, Lee A Dyer, Lora A Richards, Massuo Jorge Kato
A longstanding paradigm in ecology is that there are positive associations between herbivore diversity, specialization, and plant species diversity, with a focus on taxonomic diversity. However, phytochemical diversity is also an informative metric, as insect herbivores interact with host-plants not as taxonomic entities, but as sources of nutrients, primary metabolites, and mixtures of attractant and repellant chemicals. The present research examines herbivore responses to phytochemical diversity measured as volatile similarity in the tropical genus Piper...
April 26, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444896/agreement-between-finger-plethysmography-and-brachial-oscillometry-derived-blood-pressure-measurements
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Philip D Allan, Terrence O'Donnell, Yu-Chieh Tzeng
PURPOSE: Blood pressure (BP) is commonly assessed by brachial oscillometry in clinical practice, whereas in physiological studies, finger plethysmography is often employed. This study assessed the limits of agreement between BP metrics obtained from each device. METHODS: In 96 participants, we simultaneously recorded BP by brachial oscillometry (BP+; Uscom, Sydney, NSW, Australia) and finger plethysmography (Finometer MIDI, MLE1054-V; Finapres Medical Systems B...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444772/multi-atlas-approach-with-local-registration-goodness-weighting-for-mri-based-electron-density-mapping-of-head-and-neck-anatomy
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Reza Farjam, Neelam Tyagi, Harini Veeraraghavan, Aditya Apte, Kristen Zakian, Margie A Hunt, Joseph O Deasy
PURPOSE: The growing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a substitute for computed tomography-based treatment planning requires the development of effective algorithms to generate electron density maps for treatment planning and patient setup verification. The purpose of this work was to develop a method to synthesize computerized tomography (CT) for MR-only radiotherapy of head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: The algorithm is based on registration of multiple patient datasets containing both MRI and CT images (a "multi-atlas" algorithm)...
April 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444753/examination-of-toxicity-and-collagen-linearity-after-the-administration-of-the-protein-cross-linker-genipin-in-equine-tendon-and-dermis-a-pilot-study
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M Bellefeuille, D F Peters, M Nolin, P Slusarewicz, D Telgenhoff
OBJECTIVE: Collagen cross-linking is an attractive therapeutic route aimed at supplementing natural collagen stabilisation. In this study the toxicity of the cross-linker genipin (GP) was examined in avascular (tendon) and vascular (dermis) tissue. METHODS: High doses of GP were injected intratendinously into three yearling horses and evaluated at various time points up to 30 days. A second group of three yearlings were injected into the dermis and evaluated at various time points up to 1 year...
May 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444524/in-vitro-optical-quality-of-monofocal-aspheric-toric-intraocular-lenses-effect-of-cylindrical-power
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Teresa Ferrer-Blasco, Alberto Domínguez-Vicent, Santiago García-Lázaro, María Amparo Diez, José F Alfonso, José J Esteve-Taboada
PURPOSE: To assess the in vitro optical quality of monofocal aspheric toric intraocular lenses (IOLs) as a function of the cylindrical power. METHODS: The in vitro optical quality of the AcrySof IQ Toric IOLs SN6AT2, SN6AT3, SN6AT4, SN6AT5 and SN6AT6 (Alcon Laboratories Inc., Forth Worth, TX, USA) was assessed with an instrument conceived for measuring Zernike's coefficients at 3.0- and 5.0-mm apertures. As a reference, the aspheric monofocal lens AcrySof IQ Aspheric SN60WF (Alcon Laboratories Inc...
April 25, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444495/establishing-meaningful-benchmarks-the-development-of-a-formative-feedback-tool-for-advanced-laparoscopic-suturing
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Katherine M McKendy, Yusuke Watanabe, Elif Bilgic, Ghada Enani, Amani Munshi, Lawrence Lee, Liane S Feldman, Gerald M Fried, Melina C Vassiliou
BACKGROUND: Time and accuracy are commonly used metrics to assess laparoscopic skills in a simulated environment. However, they do not provide trainees with meaningful information about how to improve their skills. The objective of this study was to provide preliminary validity evidence for the creation a formative feedback tool (FFT) for advanced laparoscopic suturing skills. METHODS: Videotapes of senior surgical residents (PGY3-5; SRs) and minimally invasive surgeons (MIS) performing 3 advanced laparoscopic suturing tasks were analyzed: needle handling (NH), suturing under tension (UT), and continuous suturing (CS)...
April 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444139/multi-label-classifier-based-on-histogram-of-gradients-for-predicting-the-anatomical-therapeutic-chemical-class-classes-of-a-given-compound
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Loris Nanni, Sheryl Brahnam
Motivation: Given an unknown compound, is it possible to predict its ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical) class/classes? This is a challenging yet important problem since such a prediction could be used to deduce not only a compound's possible active ingredients but also its therapeutic, pharmacological, and chemical properties, thereby substantially expediting the pace of drug development. The problem is challenging because some drugs and compounds belong to two or more ATC classes, making machine learning extremely difficult...
April 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444027/precarious-employment-in-chile-psychometric-properties-of-the-chilean-version-of-employment-precariousness-scale-in-private-sector-workers
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Alejandra Vives-Vergara, Francisca González-López, Orielle Solar, Pamela Bernales-Baksai, María José González, Joan Benach
The purpose of this study is to perform a psychometric analysis (acceptability, reliability and factor structure) of the Chilean version of the new Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES). The data is drawn from a sample of 4,248 private salaried workers with a formal contract from the first Chilean Employment Conditions, Work, Health and Quality of Life (ENETS) survey, applied to a nationally representative sample of the Chilean workforce in 2010. Item and scale-level statistics were performed to assess scaling properties, acceptability and reliability...
April 20, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443820/a-comprehensive-online-calculator-for-pediatric-endocrinologists-%C3%A3-edd-%C3%A3-%C3%A3-z%C3%A3-m-tpeds-metrics
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Korcan Demir, Samim Özen, Ergun Konakçı, Murat Aydın, Feyza Darendeliler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443285/high-grade-gliomas-exhibit-higher-peritumoral-fractional-anisotropy-and-lower-mean-diffusivity-than-intracranial-metastases
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Kevin S Holly, Benjamin J Barker, Derrick Murcia, Rebekah Bennett, Piyush Kalakoti, Christina Ledbetter, Eduardo Gonzalez-Toledo, Anil Nanda, Hai Sun
Differentiating high-grade gliomas and intracranial metastases through non-invasive imaging has been challenging. Here, we retrospectively compared both intratumoral and peritumoral fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) measurements between high-grade gliomas and metastases. Two methods were utilized to select peritumoral region of interest (ROI). The first method utilized the manual placement of four ROIs adjacent to the lesion. The second method utilized a semiautomated and proprietary MATLAB script to generate an ROI encompassing the entire tumor...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443205/a-pilot-study-of-radiologic-measures-of-abdominal-adiposity-weighty-contributors-to-early-pancreatic-carcinogenesis-worth-evaluating
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Jennifer B Permuth, Jung W Choi, Dung-Tsa Chen, Kun Jiang, Gina DeNicola, Jian-Nong Li, Domenico Coppola, Barbara A Centeno, Anthony Magliocco, Yoganand Balagurunathan, Nipun Merchant, Jose G Trevino, Daniel Jeong
OBJECTIVE: Intra-abdominal fat is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer (PC), but little is known about its contribution to PC precursors known as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs). Our goal was to evaluate quantitative radiologic measures of abdominal/visceral obesity as possible diagnostic markers of IPMN severity/pathology. METHODS: In a cohort of 34 surgically-resected, pathologically-confirmed IPMNs (17 benign; 17 malignant) with preoperative abdominal computed tomography (CT) images, we calculated body mass index (BMI) and four radiologic measures of obesity: total abdominal fat (TAF) area, visceral fat area (VFA), subcutaneous fat area (SFA), and visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio (V/S)...
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443036/auditory-motor-rhythms-and-speech-processing-in-french-and-german-listeners
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Simone Falk, Chloé Volpi-Moncorger, Simone Dalla Bella
Moving to a speech rhythm can enhance verbal processing in the listener by increasing temporal expectancies (Falk and Dalla Bella, 2016). Here we tested whether this hypothesis holds for prosodically diverse languages such as German (a lexical stress-language) and French (a non-stress language). Moreover, we examined the relation between motor performance and the benefits for verbal processing as a function of language. Sixty-four participants, 32 German and 32 French native speakers detected subtle word changes in accented positions in metrically structured sentences to which they previously tapped with their index finger...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442706/nitric-oxide-no-mediates-the-inhibition-of-form-deprivation-myopia-by-atropine-in-chicks
#18
Brittany J Carr, William K Stell
Myopia is the most common childhood refractive disorder. Atropine inhibits myopia progression, but its mechanism is unknown. Here, we show that myopia-prevention by atropine requires production of nitric oxide (NO). Form-deprivation myopia (FDM) was induced in week-old chicks by diffusers over the right eye (OD); the left eye (OS) remained ungoggled. On post-goggling days 1, 3, and 5, OD received intravitreally 20 µL of phosphate-buffered saline (vehicle), or vehicle plus: NO source: L-arginine (L-Arg, 60-6,000 nmol) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 10-1,000 nmol); atropine (240 nmol); NO inhibitors: L-NIO or L-NMMA (6 nmol); negative controls: D-Arg (10 µmol) or D-NMMA (6 nmol); or atropine plus L-NIO, L-NMMA, or D-NMMA; OS received vehicle...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442433/electronic-health-record-as-a-research-tool-frequency-of-exposure-to-targeted-clinical-problems-and-health-care-providers-clinical-proficiency
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Tim Wysocki, Maria Carmen G Diaz, James H Crutchfield, James P Franciosi, Lloyd N Werk
OBJECTIVES: The Electronic Health Record (EHR) could provide insight into possible decay in health care providers' (HCP) clinical knowledge and cognitive performance. Analyses of the contributions of variables such as frequency of exposure to targeted clinical problems could inform the development and testing of appropriate individualized interventions to mitigate these threats to quality and safety of care. MATERIALS/METHODS: Nine targeted clinical problems (TCP) were selected for further study, and de-identified, aggregated study data were obtained for one calendar year...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442320/people-with-multiple-sclerosis-report-significantly-worse-symptoms-and-health-related-quality-of-life-than-the-us-general-population-as-measured-by-promis-and-neuroqol-outcome-measures
#20
Dagmar Amtmann, Alyssa M Bamer, Jiseon Kim, Hyewon Chung, Rana Salem
BACKGROUND: Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) report fatigue, pain, depression, cognitive difficulties, and other symptoms. It is often difficult to compare symptoms across studies and populations because scales used to measure individual symptoms or quality of life indicators (QOLI) use different metrics and often do not provide norms. PROMIS and Neuro-QOL measures, developed with modern psychometric methods, use a common metric and provide population norms. OBJECTIVE: To create symptom profiles and compare symptoms and QOLIs of people living with MS to a US general population sample...
April 21, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
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