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Sarah Schubmehl, Samuel H Barkin, Doug Cort
This study examined the relationship between Allen Cognitive Level (ACL) and psychiatric symptom severity, level of nursing support required to complete activities of daily living (ADLs), and post-hospitalization discharge disposition in a sample of 193 acute psychiatric inpatients. A subsample of 31 participants with acute psychotic disorders were administered three measures of executive functioning in order to examine the convergent validity between ACL and basic sequencing and shifting, phonemic fluency, and visuospatial construction...
October 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
Fulya Aydın Temel, Esin Avcı, Yüksel Ardalı
In the present study, a full scale horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland was designed, constructed and operated to treat domestic wastewater of Kızılcaören village in Samsun city of Turkey. The total surface area of HSFCW was divided into equal parts. The effects of Juncus acutus L. and Cortaderia selloana (Schult.Schult.f.)Asch.&Graebn. on pollutants removal in HSFCWs were evaluated with the meteorological factors. The average removal efficiencies of J. acutus and C. selloana were determined as 60...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Shengju Zhou, Lin Wang, Mengjun Chen, Baoyong Liu, Xiaofeng Sun, Meirong Cai, Hongguang Li
Superstructures from fullerene C60-containing compounds, especially those tethered to rigid functional groups with defined shapes, remain largely unexplored. Being the smallest diamondoid, adamantane (Ad) can be viewed as a promising building block for the construction of well-defined superstructures. Here, we report the syntheses of 1 : 1 (4a) and 2 : 1 (4b) Ad-C60 hybrid molecules, which were then used to construct superstructures in binary solvent mixtures via a modified liquid/liquid interfacial precipitation (LLIP) method using CHCl3 as a good solvent...
October 20, 2017: Nanoscale
Huei-Lih Hwang, Mei-Ling Kuo, Chin-Tang Tu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: To develop a tool for measuring competency in conducting health education and to evaluate its psychometric properties in a population of entry-level nurses. BACKGROUND: Until now, no generic instrument has been developed specifically for measuring competency in health education, which is an essential competency for nurses. Existing scales are either insufficient for psychometric evaluation or are designed specifically for senior nurses. To evaluate curricula and courses designed for entry-level nurses, educators require an instrument for measuring improvement in core competency from baseline to determine whether the minimum level of ability has been achieved...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Matthew D Rocklage, Derek D Rucker, Loran F Nordgren
The rapid expansion of the Internet and the availability of vast repositories of natural text provide researchers with the immense opportunity to study human reactions, opinions, and behavior on a massive scale. To help researchers take advantage of this new frontier, the present work introduces and validates the Evaluative Lexicon 2.0 (EL 2.0)-a quantitative linguistic tool that specializes in the measurement of the emotionality of individuals' evaluations in text. Specifically, the EL 2.0 utilizes natural language to measure the emotionality, extremity, and valence of evaluative reactions and attitudes...
October 19, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
Chenglong Wang, Fei Xu, Ming-Chen Hsu, Adarsh Krishnamurthy
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of flow over complex objects have been performed traditionally using fluid-domain meshes that conform to the shape of the object. However, creating shape conforming meshes for complicated geometries like automobiles require extensive geometry preprocessing. This process is usually tedious and requires modifying the geometry, including specialized operations such as defeaturing and filling of small gaps. Hsu et al. (2016) developed a novel immersogeometric fluid-flow method that does not require the generation of a boundary-fitted mesh for the fluid domain...
March 2017: Computer Aided Geometric Design
Huihui Wang, Jiarui Zhang, Weihua Zeng
Rapid urbanization and population growth have resulted in serious water shortage and pollution of the aquatic environment, which are important reasons for the complex increase in environmental deterioration in the region. This study examines the environmental consequences and economic impacts of water resource shortages under variant economic policies; however, this requires complex models that jointly consider variant agents and sectors within a systems perspective. Thus, we propose a complex system model that couples multi-agent based models (ABM) and system dynamics (SD) models to simulate the impact of alternative economic policies on water use and pricing...
October 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Andrew Lac, Nathaniel Brack
INTRODUCTION: Alcohol myopia theory posits that alcohol consumption attenuates information processing capacity, and that expectancy beliefs together with intake level are responsible for experiences in myopic effects (relief, self-inflation, and excess). METHODS: Adults (N=413) averaging 36.39 (SD=13.02) years of age completed the Comprehensive Effects of Alcohol questionnaire at baseline, followed by alcohol use measures (frequency and quantity) and the Alcohol Myopia Scale one month later...
October 12, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
Santiago José Elías Velazco, Franklin Galvão, Fabricio Villalobos, Paulo De Marco Júnior
Ecological niche modeling (ENM) is a broadly used tool in different fields of plant ecology. Despite the importance of edaphic conditions in determining the niche of terrestrial plant species, edaphic data have rarely been included in ENMs of plant species perhaps because such data are not available for many regions. Recently, edaphic data has been made available at a global scale allowing its potential inclusion and evaluation on ENM performance for plant species. Here, we take advantage of such data and address the following main questions: What is the influence of distinct predictor variables (e...
2017: PloS One
Octavia M Peck Palmer, Gary Rogers, Sachin Yende, Derek C Angus, Michael A Langston, Gilles Clermont
INTRODUCTION: We have previously reported evidence that black individuals appear to have a significantly higher incidence of infection-related hospitalizations compared to white individuals. It is possible that the host immune response is responsible for this vital difference. In support such a hypothesis, the aim of this study was to determine whether black and white individuals exhibit differential whole blood gene network activation. METHODS: We examined whole blood network activation in a subset of patients (n = 22 pairs, propensity score matched (1:1) black and white patients) with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) from the Genetic and Inflammatory Markers of Sepsis study...
October 18, 2017: Shock
Laura C Reigada, Michael T Moore, Christopher F Martin, Michael D Kappelman
Anxiety related to pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common comorbidity; yet, this construct is understudied because of lack of available valid measurement. OBJECTIVE: The present study will report the preliminary validation of the 20-item IBD-Specific Anxiety Scale (IBD-SAS) in a large, geographically diverse sample of adolescents aged 12-18 years with IBD. METHOD: A total of 281 adolescents, ages 12-18 (M = 14.8, SD = 1.78; 51% male), completed the IBD-SAS along with measures of IBD-related quality of life, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and disease activity...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
F Valeriani, G Gianfranceschi, M Vitali, C Protano, V Romano Spica
BACKGROUND: Hygiene and surveillance in swimming pools are established by WHO Guidelines and national laws. Progress in water management and pool construction is revolutionizing the field, introducing new materials, systems, disinfection procedures or monitoring markers. Innovation advances challenge the upgrading of safety and quality in pools and the appropriate implementation of guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: In order to provide a device for laboratory test, a prototype was realized and applied to study and compare swimming pool materials and treatments...
November 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
José A Llosa, Sara Menéndez-Espina, Julio Rodríguez-Suárez, Esteban Agulló-Tomás, Joan Boada-Grau
BACKGROUND: This instrumental study is the Spanish adaptation and validation of the Job Insecurity Scale in its 8-item version (JIS-8). This is one of the reference tests in this field and it also allows the distinction between affect and cognition in quantitative job insecurity to be tested. METHOD: The JIS-8 was carried out on a Spanish sample with 592 participants (186 men, 406 women; Mean age = 36.68), together with mental health and job satisfaction tests. An exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis were carried out, and the relationship between the scale and other variables was examined...
November 2017: Psicothema
Susana Rubio-Valdehita, María I López-Núñez, Ramón López-Higes, Eva M Díaz-Ramiro
BACKGROUND: Mental workload has emerged as one of the most important occupational risk factors present in most psychological and physical diseases caused by work. In view of the lack of specific tools to assess mental workload, the objective of this research was to assess the construct validity and reliability of a new questionnaire for mental workload assessment (CarMen-Q). METHOD: The sample was composed of 884 workers from several professional sectors, between 18 and 65 years old, 53...
November 2017: Psicothema
A Inuwa, A Lunt, C Czuprynski, G Miller, S A Rankin
Although frozen dairy desserts have a strong record of safety, recent outbreaks of foodborne disease linked to ice creams have brought new attention to this industry. There is concern that small-scale frozen dessert equipment may not comply with or be reviewed against published comprehensive design and construction sanitation specifications (National Sanitation Foundation or 3-A sanitary standards). Equipment sanitary design issues may result in reduced efficacy of cleaning and sanitation, thus increasing the likelihood of postprocess contamination with pathogenic bacteria...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
Hanna Weckler, Grace Kong, Helle Larsen, Janna Cousijn, Reinout W Wiers, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
Impulsivity is associated with smoking, difficulties quitting smoking, and approach tendencies toward cigarette stimuli among adolescents. We examined the effects of impulsivity on (a) the association between approach tendencies and adolescents' smoking status and (b) the effectiveness of Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM), a smoking cessation intervention focused on changing approach tendencies, among adolescent smokers. We conducted a secondary analysis of evidence from 2 previous published studies: Study 1: a cross-sectional study comparing impulsivity and approach tendencies between adolescent smokers (n = 67) and nonsmokers (n = 58); Study 2: a treatment study that randomized 60 adolescent smokers to receive either CBM or sham training...
October 2017: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Peng Wang, Jianmei Wang, Jing Xu, Yong Guan, Guanglie Zhang, Ken Chen
The structured light method is an effective non-contact measurement approach. The calibration greatly affects the measurement precision of structured light systems. To construct a large-scale structured light system with high accuracy, a large-scale and precise calibration gauge is always required, which leads to an increased cost. To this end, in this paper, a calibration method with a planar mirror is proposed to reduce the calibration gauge size and cost. An out-of-focus camera calibration method is also proposed to overcome the defocusing problem caused by the shortened distance during the calibration procedure...
May 10, 2017: Applied Optics
Xiao-Yi Zhou, Xi-Ming Xu, Jian-Ping Fan, Fei Wang, Sui-Yi Wu, Zi-Cheng Zhang, Yi-Lin Yang, Ming Li, Xian-Zhao Wei
BACKGROUND: No effective constructs were available in mainland China to assess the whole spine function. The SFI was developed to evaluate spinal function based on the concept of a single kinetic chain concept for whole spine. The SFI has been translated to Spanish and Turkish with accepted psychometric properties. It is imperative to introduce the SFI in mainland China and further to explore the measurement properties. METHODS: The English versions of the SFI was cross-culturally translated according to international guidelines...
October 18, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Yilong Yang, Thomas M Davis
The subgenomic compositions of the octoploid (2n=8x=56) strawberry (Fragaria) species, including the economically important cultivated species Fragaria x ananassa, have been a topic of long-standing interest. Phylogenomic approaches utilizing next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies offer a new window into species relationships and the subgenomic compositions of polyploids. We have conducted a large scale phylogenetic analyses of Fragaria (strawberry) species using the Fluidigm Access Array system and 454 sequencing platform...
October 16, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
Francesca Roda, Maurizio Agosti, Andrea Merlo, Maurizio Maini, Francesco Lombardi, Claudio Tedeschi, Maria Grazia Benedetti, Nino Basaglia, Mara Contini, Domenico Nicolotti, Rodolfo Brianti
In Italy, at present, a well-known problem is inhomogeneous provision of rehabilitative services, as stressed by MoH, requiring appropriate criteria and parameters to plan rehabilitation actions. According to the Italian National Rehabilitation Plan, Comorbidity, Disability and Clinical Complexity should be assessed to define the patient's real needs. However, to date, clinical complexity is still difficult to measure with shared and validated tools. The study aims to psychometrically validate the Italian Rehabilitation Complexity Scale-Extended v13 (RCS-E v13), in order to meet the guidelines requirements...
2017: PloS One
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