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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913557/translation-and-validation-of-the-cancer-related-fatigue-scale-in-greek-in-a-sample-of-patients-with-advanced-prostate-cancer
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Andreas Charalambous, Charis Kaite, Marianna Constantinou, Christiana Kouta
OBJECTIVE: To translate and validate the Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) Scale in the Greek language. DESIGN: A cross-sectional descriptive design was used in order to translate and validate the CRF Scale in Greek. Factor analyses were performed to understand the psychometric properties of the scale and to establish construct, criterion and convergent validity. SETTING: Outpatients' oncology clinics of two public hospitals in Cyprus. PARTICIPANTS: 148 patients with advanced prostate cancer undergoing chemotherapy...
December 2, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913064/the-development-and-initial-psychometric-evaluation-of-a-measure-assessing-adherence-to-prescribed-exercise-the-exercise-adherence-rating-scale-ears
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Naomi A Newman-Beinart, Sam Norton, Dominic Dowling, Dimitri Gavriloff, Chiara Vari, John A Weinman, Emma L Godfrey
OBJECTIVES: There is no gold standard for measuring adherence to prescribed home exercise. Self-report diaries are commonly used however lack of standardisation, inaccurate recall and self-presentation bias limit their validity. A valid and reliable tool to assess exercise adherence behaviour is required. Consequently, this article reports the development and psychometric evaluation of the Exercise Adherence Rating Scale (EARS). DESIGN: Development of a questionnaire...
November 9, 2016: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912737/hcv-prevalence-can-predict-hiv-epidemic-potential-among-people-who-inject-drugs-mathematical-modeling-analysis
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Vajiheh Akbarzadeh, Ghina R Mumtaz, Susanne F Awad, Helen A Weiss, Laith J Abu-Raddad
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV are both transmitted through percutaneous exposures among people who inject drugs (PWID). Ecological analyses on global epidemiological data have identified a positive association between HCV and HIV prevalence among PWID. Our objective was to demonstrate how HCV prevalence can be used to predict HIV epidemic potential among PWID. METHODS: Two population-level models were constructed to simulate the evolution of HCV and HIV epidemics among PWID...
December 3, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911541/multipartite-entanglement-detection-with-minimal-effort
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Lukas Knips, Christian Schwemmer, Nico Klein, Marcin Wieśniak, Harald Weinfurter
Certifying entanglement of a multipartite state is generally considered a demanding task. Since an N qubit state is parametrized by 4^{N}-1 real numbers, one might naively expect that the measurement effort of generic entanglement detection also scales exponentially with N. Here, we introduce a general scheme to construct efficient witnesses requiring a constant number of measurements independent of the number of qubits for states like, e.g., Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger states, cluster states, and Dicke states...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911135/development-of-a-new-measurement-scale-for-interprofessional-collaborative-competency-the-chiba-interprofessional-competency-scale-cics29
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Ikuko Sakai, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yoshinori Takahashi, Takashi Maeda, Yuuko Kunii, Kana Kurokochi
AVSTRACT The purpose of this study was to refine the items on a scale measuring interprofessional collaborative competency that was developed by the authors in an earlier pilot study. A questionnaire-based study was conducted with a sample of 2133 health professionals using the reformulated questionnaire. Construct validity was tested by comparing the survey results with a covariance structure analysis and the domains of interprofessional collaboration competencies presented in previous studies. A second survey was conducted 2 weeks later with a sample of 571 nursing professionals, using the same survey form to test its reliability...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911032/a-dermal-equivalent-engineered-with-tgf-%C3%AE-3-expressing-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-and-amniotic-membrane-cosmetic-healing-of-full-thickness-skin-wounds-in-rats
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Ali Samadikuchaksaraei, Ahmad Mehdipour, Mehryar Habibi Roudkenar, Javad Verdi, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Kamran As'adi, Fatemeh Amiri, Mozhgan Dehghan Harati, Mazaher Gholipourmalekabadi, Nushin Karkuki Osguei
Transforming growth factor beta-3 (TGF-β3) has been shown to decrease scar formation after scheduled topical applications to the cutaneous wounds. This study aimed to continuously deliver TGF-β3, during the early phase of wound healing, by engineering a dermal equivalent (DE) using TGF-β3 expressing bone marrow stromal cells (BM-SCs) and human dehydrated amniotic membrane (hDAM). To engineer a DE, rat BM-SCs were seeded on the hDAM and TGF-β3 was transiently transfected into the BM-SCs using a plasmid vector...
December 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911002/what-is-quality-of-life-and-how-do-we-measure-it-relevance-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Pablo Martinez-Martin
Health-related quality of life is a patient-reported outcome that complements clinical evaluation and provides information about disease activity and effects of the treatment. The objective of this review is to present the conceptual framework, the measures, and some of their most relevant applications in the field of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Health-related quality of life is a subjective, individual, and multidimensional construct, and its main dimensions are physical, mental, and social, besides global perceptions of health and personal domains...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910736/note-to-pore-scale-observation-of-deposit-within-the-gravel-matrix-of-a-vertical-flow-constructed-wetland
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910305/comparison-of-polystyrene-scintillator-fiber-array-and-monolithic-polystyrene-for-neutron-imaging-and-radiography
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R Simpson, T E Cutler, C R Danly, M A Espy, J H Goglio, J F Hunter, A C Madden, D R Mayo, F E Merrill, R O Nelson, A L Swift, C H Wilde, T G Zocco
The neutron imaging diagnostic at the National Ignition Facility has been operating since 2011 generating neutron images of deuterium-tritium (DT) implosions at peak compression. The current design features a scintillating fiber array, which allows for high imaging resolution to discern small-scale structure within the implosion. In recent years, it has become clear that additional neutron imaging systems need to be constructed in order to provide 3D reconstructions of the DT source and these additional views need to be on a shorter line of sight...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909940/enhancement-of-rapamycin-production-by-metabolic-engineering-in-streptomyces-hygroscopicus-based-on-genome-scale-metabolic-model
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Lanqing Dang, Jiao Liu, Cheng Wang, Huanhuan Liu, Jianping Wen
Rapamycin, as a macrocyclic polyketide with immunosuppressive, antifungal, and anti-tumor activity produced by Streptomyces hygroscopicus, is receiving considerable attention for its significant contribution in medical field. However, the production capacity of the wild strain is very low. Hereby, a computational guided engineering approach was proposed to improve the capability of rapamycin production. First, a genome-scale metabolic model of Streptomyces hygroscopicus ATCC 29253 was constructed based on its annotated genome and biochemical information...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909649/in-silico-profiling-of-cell-growth-and-succinate-production-in-escherichia-coli-nzn111
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Xingxing Jian, Ningchuan Li, Cheng Zhang, Qiang Hua
BACKGROUND: Succinic acid is a valuable product due to its wide-ranging utilities. To improve succinate production and reduce by-products formation, Escherichia coli NZN111 was constructed by insertional inactivation of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and pyruvate formate lyase (PFL) encoded by the genes ldhA and pflB, respectively. However, this double-deletion mutant is incapable of anaerobically growing on glucose in rich or minimal medium even with acetate supplementation. A widespread hold view is that the inactivation of NADH-dependent LDH limits the regeneration of NAD(+) and consequently disables proper growth under anaerobic conditions...
2016: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909423/how-do-you-play-a-comparison-among-children-aged-4-10
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Elisa Delvecchio, Jian-Bin Li, Chiara Pazzagli, Adriana Lis, Claudia Mazzeschi
Pretend play has a central role for children's development and psychological well-being. However, there is a paucity of standardized and valid measures specifically devoted to assess the core domains involved in play activities in preschool and primary school children. The Affect in Play Scale-Preschool (4-5 years) and the Affect in Play Scale-Preschool Extended Version (6-10 years) are semi-structured parallel tools designed to explore child's cognitive and affective processes using a standardized play task...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909393/a-comparison-of-multiple-behavior-models-in-a-simulation-of-the-aftermath-of-an-improvised-nuclear-detonation
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Nidhi Parikh, Harshal G Hayatnagarkar, Richard J Beckman, Madhav V Marathe, Samarth Swarup
We describe a large-scale simulation of the aftermath of a hypothetical 10kT improvised nuclear detonation at ground level, near the White House in Washington DC. We take a synthetic information approach, where multiple data sets are combined to construct a synthesized representation of the population of the region with accurate demographics, as well as four infrastructures: transportation, healthcare, communication, and power. In this article, we focus on the model of agents and their behavior, which is represented using the options framework...
November 2016: Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908160/correspondence-optimization-in-2d-standardized-carotid-wall-thickness-map-by-description-length-minimization-a-tool-for-increasing-reproducibility-of-3d-ultrasound-based-measurements
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Yimin Chen, Bernard Chiu
PURPOSE: The previously described 2D standardized vessel-wall-plus-plaque thickness (VWT) maps constructed from 3D ultrasound vessel wall measurements using an arc-length (AL) scaling approach adjusted the geometric variability of carotid arteries and has allowed for the comparisons of VWT distributions in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. However, this mapping technique did not optimize point correspondence of the carotid arteries investigated. The potential misalignment may lead to errors in point-wise VWT comparisons...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908146/energy-deposition-clustering-as-a-functional-radiation-quality-descriptor-for-modeling-relative-biological-effectiveness
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Fernanda Villegas, Gloria Bäckström, Nina Tilly, Anders Ahnesjö
PURPOSE: To explore the use of the frequency of the energy deposition (ED) clusters of different sizes (cluster order, CO) as a surrogate (instead of, e.g., LET) classification of the physical characteristics of ionizing radiation at a nanometer scale, to construct a framework for the calculation of relative biological effectiveness (RBE) with cell survival as endpoint. METHODS: The frequency of cluster order fCO is calculated by sorting the ED sites generated with the Monte Carlo track structure code LIonTrack into clusters based on a single parameter called the cluster distance dC being the maximum allowed distance between two neighboring EDs belonging to a cluster...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908088/acoustically-diverse-vocalization-repertoire-in-the-himalayan-leaf-nosed-bat-a-widely-distributed-hipposideros-species
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Aiqing Lin, Tinglei Jiang, Jiang Feng, Jagmeet S Kanwal
Insectivorous bats vocalize to both communicate with conspecifics and to echolocate. The communicative vocalizations or "calls" of bats either consist of or are constructed from discrete acoustic units, termed "syllables." This study examined syllable diversity in the Himalayan leaf-nosed bat, Hipposideros armiger, a species that is widely distributed across Southeast Asia. This social species' vocalizations were hypothesized to consist of a wide variety of syllables facilitating its social interactions. To test this hypothesis, multiple acoustic parameters were measured from recorded vocalizations to map the acoustic boundaries of syllables...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907111/measuring-psychobiosocial-states-in-sport-initial-validation-of-a-trait-measure
#17
Claudio Robazza, Maurizio Bertollo, Montse C Ruiz, Laura Bortoli
We examined the item characteristics, the factor structure, and the concurrent validity of a trait measure of psychobiosocial states. In Study 1, Italian athletes (N = 342, 228 men, 114 women, Mage = 23.93, SD = 6.64) rated the intensity, the frequency, and the perceived impact dimensions of a psychobiosocial states scale, trait version (PBS-ST), which is composed of 20 items (10 functional and 10 dysfunctional) referring to how they usually felt before an important competition. In Study 2, the scale was cross validated in an independent sample (N = 251, 181 men, 70 women, Mage = 24...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907107/a-time-calibrated-mitogenome-phylogeny-of-catfish-teleostei-siluriformes
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Ilias Kappas, Spiros Vittas, Chrysoula N Pantzartzi, Elena Drosopoulou, Zacharias G Scouras
A very significant part of the world's freshwater ichthyofauna is represented by ancient, exceptionally diverse and cosmopolitan ray-finned teleosts of the order Siluriformes. Over the years, catfish have been established as an exemplary model for probing historical biogeography at various scales. Yet, several tantalizing gaps still exist in their phylogenetic history, timeline and mode of diversification. Here, we re-examine the phylogeny of catfish by assembling and analyzing almost all publicly available mitogenome data...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906351/mitigating-transverse-mode-instability-in-all-fiber-laser-oscillator-and-scaling-power-up-to-2-5-kw-employing-bidirectional-pump-scheme
#19
Baolai Yang, Hanwei Zhang, Chen Shi, Xiaolin Wang, Pu Zhou, Xiaojun Xu, Jinbao Chen, Zejin Liu, Qisheng Lu
Transverse mode instability (TMI) is one of the main limiting factors in kW-level fiber lasers. Unlike fiber amplifiers, TMI in fiber laser oscillators attracts less attention from researchers. In this work, we construct an all-fiber ytterbium-doped laser oscillator and investigate the performance in co-pumping and bidirectional-pumping configurations, respectively. In the co-pumping scheme, TMI occurs at ~1.6kW and restricts further output power scaling. Different from the characteristic of dynamic TMI in fiber amplifiers, quasi-static TMI is observed in the laser oscillator...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905520/a-parallel-adaboost-backpropagation-neural-network-for-massive-image-dataset-classification
#20
Jianfang Cao, Lichao Chen, Min Wang, Hao Shi, Yun Tian
Image classification uses computers to simulate human understanding and cognition of images by automatically categorizing images. This study proposes a faster image classification approach that parallelizes the traditional Adaboost-Backpropagation (BP) neural network using the MapReduce parallel programming model. First, we construct a strong classifier by assembling the outputs of 15 BP neural networks (which are individually regarded as weak classifiers) based on the Adaboost algorithm. Second, we design Map and Reduce tasks for both the parallel Adaboost-BP neural network and the feature extraction algorithm...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
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