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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433877/affordances-in-the-home-environment-for-motor-development-validity-and-reliability-for-the-use-in-daycare-setting
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Alessandra Bombarda Müller, Nadia Cristina Valentini, Paulo Felipe Ribeiro Bandeira
The range of stimuli provided by physical space, toys and care practices contributes to the motor, cognitive and social development of children. However, assessing the quality of child education environments is a challenge, and can be considered a health promotion initiative. This study investigated the validity of the criterion, content, construct and reliability of the Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development - Infant Scale (AHEMD-IS), version 3-18 months, for the use in daycare settings...
April 20, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433536/assessment-of-enamel-cracks-at-adhesive-cavosurface-margin-using-three-dimensional-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography
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Tomoko Tabata, Yasushi Shimada, Alireza Sadr, Junji Tagami, Yasunori Sumi
OBJECTIVES: Swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) can construct cross-sectional images of internal biological structures. The aim of this study was to evaluate enamel cracks at the cavosurface margin of composite restorations using SS-OCT. METHODS: Bowl-shaped cavities were prepared at two locations (mid-coronal and cervical regions) on the enamel surface of 60 bovine teeth. Half of the cavities (30) were treated with phosphoric acid gel. A two-step self-etch adhesive (Clearfil SE Bond) was applied to all cavities and a flowable composite was placed in bulk...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433026/variational-koopman-models-slow-collective-variables-and-molecular-kinetics-from-short-off-equilibrium-simulations
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Hao Wu, Feliks Nüske, Fabian Paul, Stefan Klus, Péter Koltai, Frank Noé
Markov state models (MSMs) and master equation models are popular approaches to approximate molecular kinetics, equilibria, metastable states, and reaction coordinates in terms of a state space discretization usually obtained by clustering. Recently, a powerful generalization of MSMs has been introduced, the variational approach conformation dynamics/molecular kinetics (VAC) and its special case the time-lagged independent component analysis (TICA), which allow us to approximate slow collective variables and molecular kinetics by linear combinations of smooth basis functions or order parameters...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432501/high-scale-yield-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-through-combination-of-mechanical-activation-and-chemical-dispersion
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Xueling Gao, Chunchu Dai, Weiwei Liu, Yumei Liu, Ru Shen, Xiaotong Zheng, Ke Duan, Jie Weng, Shuxin Qu
The aim of this study is to develop a simple, convenient and effective approach to synthesize nano-sized hydroxyapatite (nano-HA) at high-scale yield. Nano-HA was wet synthesized in the presence or absence of alendronate sodium (ALN), one of bisphosphonates for anti-osteoporotic. Then aged and washed nano-HA precipitate was directly treated by mechanical activation combined with the chemical dispersion of ALN to prevent the agglomeration of nano-HA. ALN acted not only as a chemical dispersant but also as an orthopedic drug...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432211/recruiting-and-retaining-youth-and-young-adults-challenges-and-opportunities-in-survey-research-for-tobacco-control
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Jennifer Cantrell, Elizabeth C Hair, Alexandria Smith, Morgane Bennett, Jessica Miller Rath, Randall K Thomas, Mansour Fahimi, J Michael Dennis, Donna Vallone
INTRODUCTION: Evaluation studies of population-based tobacco control interventions often rely on large-scale survey data from numerous respondents across many geographic areas to provide evidence of their effectiveness. Significant challenges for survey research have emerged with the evolving communications landscape, particularly for surveying hard-to-reach populations such as youth and young adults. This study combines the comprehensive coverage of an address-based sampling (ABS) frame with the timeliness of online data collection to develop a nationally representative longitudinal cohort of young people aged 15-21...
April 21, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431587/psychometric-properties-of-the-sdm-q-9-questionnaire-for-shared-decision-making-in-multiple-sclerosis-item-response-theory-modelling-and-confirmatory-factor-analysis
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Javier Ballesteros, Ester Moral, Luis Brieva, Elena Ruiz-Beato, Daniel Prefasi, Jorge Maurino
BACKGROUND: Shared decision-making is a cornerstone of patient-centred care. The 9-item Shared Decision-Making Questionnaire (SDM-Q-9) is a brief self-assessment tool for measuring patients' perceived level of involvement in decision-making related to their own treatment and care. Information related to the psychometric properties of the SDM-Q-9 for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients is limited. The objective of this study was to assess the performance of the items composing the SDM-Q-9 and its dimensional structure in patients with relapsing-remitting MS...
April 22, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431505/using-evaluability-assessment-to-assess-local-community-development-health-programmes-a-scottish-case-study
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Melissa Belford, Tony Robertson, Ruth Jepson
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of the potential effectiveness of a programme's objectives (health or otherwise) is important in demonstrating how programmes work. However, evaluations are expensive and can focus on unrealistic outcomes not grounded in strong theory, especially where there is pressure to show effectiveness. The aim of this research was to demonstrate that the evaluability assessment (a cost-effective pre-evaluation tool that primarily gives quick, constructive feedback) can be used to help develop programme and outcome objectives to improve programmes while they run and to assist in producing more effective evaluations...
April 21, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431260/standardization-of-brief-inventory-of-social-support-exchange-network-bissen-in-japan
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Miyuki Aiba, Hirokazu Tachikawa, Yoshiharu Fukuoka, Adam Lebowitz, Yuki Shiratori, Nagafumi Doi, Yutaka Matsui
This study describes the Brief Inventory of Social Support Exchange Network (BISSEN) as a standardized brief inventory measuring various aspects of social support. We confirmed the reliability and validity for function and direction of support and standardized the BISSEN. For Sample 1, a stratified random sampling method was used to select 5200 residents in Japan. We conducted mail surveys and responses were retrieved from 2274 participants (collection rate 43.7%). Participants completed a questionnaire packet that included BISSEN, suicidal ideation, depression, support seeking, and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS)...
April 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431015/large-scale-collection-of-full-length-cdna-and-transcriptome-analysis-in-hevea-brasiliensis
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Yuko Makita, Kiaw Kiaw Ng, G Veera Singham, Mika Kawashima, Hideki Hirakawa, Shusei Sato, Ahmad Sofiman Othman, Minami Matsui
Natural rubber has unique physical properties that cannot be replaced by products from other latex-producing plants or petrochemically produced synthetic rubbers. Rubber from Hevea brasiliensis is the main commercial source for this natural rubber that has a cis-polyisoprene configuration. For sustainable production of enough rubber to meet demand elucidation of the molecular mechanisms involved in the production of latex is vital. To this end, we firstly constructed rubber full-length cDNA libraries of RRIM 600 cultivar and sequenced around 20,000 clones by the Sanger method and over 15,000 contigs by Illumina sequencer...
April 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430534/chronobiological-factors-for-compassion-satisfaction-and-fatigue-among-ambulatory-oncology-caregivers
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Daniela Bellicoso, Maureen Trudeau, Margaret I Fitch, Martin R Ralph
Primary caregivers for victims of chronic illness and or trauma experience both positive and negative emotional consequences. These are broadly classified as compassion satisfaction (CS) and compassion fatigue (CF). Because one of the components of CF, burnout, varies with chronotype and sleep quality, we assessed the influence of chronobiological features on the broader constructs of CS and CF. Responses from primary ambulatory care oncology staff working dayshifts were assessed for potential relationships of chronotype and sleep quality with CS and CF using the professional quality of life scale...
April 21, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430155/dynamic-construction-scheme-for-virtualization-security-service-in-software-defined-networks
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Zhaowen Lin, Dan Tao, Zhenji Wang
For a Software Defined Network (SDN), security is an important factor affecting its large-scale deployment. The existing security solutions for SDN mainly focus on the controller itself, which has to handle all the security protection tasks by using the programmability of the network. This will undoubtedly involve a heavy burden for the controller. More devastatingly, once the controller itself is attacked, the entire network will be paralyzed. Motivated by this, this paper proposes a novel security protection architecture for SDN...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429787/heat-temperature-and-clausius-inequality-in-a-model-for-active-brownian-particles
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Umberto Marini Bettolo Marconi, Andrea Puglisi, Claudio Maggi
Methods of stochastic thermodynamics and hydrodynamics are applied to a recently introduced model of active particles. The model consists of an overdamped particle subject to Gaussian coloured noise. Inspired by stochastic thermodynamics, we derive from the system's Fokker-Planck equation the average exchanges of heat and work with the active bath and the associated entropy production. We show that a Clausius inequality holds, with the local (non-uniform) temperature of the active bath replacing the uniform temperature usually encountered in equilibrium systems...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429747/imaging-genetics-approach-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-correlation-with-clinical-score
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Mansu Kim, Jonghoon Kim, Seung-Hak Lee, Hyunjin Park
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with both underlying genetic factors and neuroimaging findings. Existing neuroimaging studies related to the genome in PD have mostly focused on certain candidate genes. The aim of our study was to construct a linear regression model using both genetic and neuroimaging features to better predict clinical scores compared to conventional approaches. We obtained neuroimaging and DNA genotyping data from a research database. Connectivity analysis was applied to identify neuroimaging features that could differentiate between healthy control (HC) and PD groups...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429739/a-large-scale-benchmark-of-gene-prioritization-methods
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Dimitri Guala, Erik L L Sonnhammer
In order to maximize the use of results from high-throughput experimental studies, e.g. GWAS, for identification and diagnostics of new disease-associated genes, it is important to have properly analyzed and benchmarked gene prioritization tools. While prospective benchmarks are underpowered to provide statistically significant results in their attempt to differentiate the performance of gene prioritization tools, a strategy for retrospective benchmarking has been missing, and new tools usually only provide internal validations...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429645/homestead-food-production-and-maternal-and-child-dietary-diversity-in-nepal-variations-in-association-by-season-and-agroecological-zone
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Bishnu Dulal, Gary Mundy, Rojee Sawal, Pooja Pandey Rana, Kenda Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Suaahara, a large-scale integrated program, aimed to improve diets and nutritional status among women and children, in part by facilitating enhanced homestead food production (EHFP). OBJECTIVE: This study examines associations between EHFP and maternal and child dietary diversity and variations by season and agroecological zone (AEZ): mountains and terai. METHODS: We used data from household monitoring surveys (n = 2101 mothers; n = 994 children, 6-23 months), which included a 7-day dietary recall and maternal report on participation in 5 EHFP activities-received vegetable seeds, chicks, and technical support and participated in training and EHFP groups...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429046/western-ontario-shoulder-instability-index-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-turkish-version
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Selda Basar, Gurkan Gunaydin, Zeynep Hazar Kanik, Ugur Sozlu, Zeynep Beyza Alkan, Omer Osman Pala, Seyit Citaker, Ulunay Kanatli
One way to measure the effectiveness of a specific treatment is to utilize measurements designed specifically for the disorder. Western Ontario Shoulder Instability Index (WOSI) is a subjective self-report scale indicating the latest condition of the patients with shoulder instability. The objective is to study the cultural adaptation, validity, and reliability of WOSI in Turkish population with shoulder disability. First, WOSI was translated and culturally adapted from English into Turkish. Afterward, in order to determine the level of reliability, internal consistency and test-retest analyses were conducted...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428814/reliability-and-validity-of-the-japanese-version-of-the-community-integration-measure-for-community-dwelling-people-with-schizophrenia
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Ai Shioda, Etsuko Tadaka, Ayako Okochi
BACKGROUND: Community integration is an essential right for people with schizophrenia that affects their well-being and quality of life, but no valid instrument exists to measure it in Japan. The aim of the present study is to develop and evaluate the reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Community Integration Measure (CIM) for people with schizophrenia. METHODS: The Japanese version of the CIM was developed as a self-administered questionnaire based on the original version of the CIM, which was developed by McColl et al...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428643/-misscare-survey-italian-version-findings-from-an-italian-validation-study
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Luisa Sist, Carla Contini, Anna Bandini, Stefania Bandini, Licia Massa, Roberta Zanin, Rita Maricchio, Gloria Gianesini, Erika Bassi, Daniela Tartaglini, Alvisa Palese, Annamaria Ferraresi
BACKGROUND: The Missed Nursing Care (MNC) refers to nursing interventions that are not completed, partially completed, or postponed. Despite the relevance of MNC, no assessment tools are available in the Italian context, and no data regarding the occurrence of this phenomenon has been documented on a large scale to date. OBJECTIVES: The study aims were: (1) to validate the Italian version of the MISSCARE Survey tool; (2) to measure the prevalence of missed interventions and reasons for missed care as perceived by clinical nurses working in Italian health care settings...
January 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427426/the-development-and-validation-of-an-instrument-to-measure-the-quality-of-health-research-reports-in-the-lay-media
#19
Dena Zeraatkar, Michael Obeda, Jeffrey S Ginsberg, Jack Hirsh
BACKGROUND: The media serves as an important link between medical research, as reported in scholarly sources, and the public and has the potential to act as a powerful tool to improve public health. However, concerns about the reliability of health research reports have been raised. Tools to monitor the quality of health research reporting in the media are needed to identify areas of weakness in health research reporting and to subsequently work towards the efficient use of the lay media as a public health tool through which the public's health behaviors can be improved...
April 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427183/random-walk-based-method-to-identify-prognostic-genes-in-colorectal-cancer
#20
Xue Yang, Chen Zhao, Ning An
Currently, colorectal cancer remains one of the major causes of cancer mortality worldwide, despite significant advances in understanding its molecular mechanism. It has been putatively accepted that CRC, in most case, is a highly complicated process through adenoma-carcinoma sequence. Therefore, thorough researches regarding the molecular abnormalities, especially in precancerous stage, might be helpful in discovering potential biomarkers and promising therapeutic targets. Moreover, differentially expressed genes consistently dysregulated throughout the whole carcinogenic process might substantially reduce potential noise created by large-scale tumor heterogeneity...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
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