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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214114/effects-of-salvage-logging-on-soil-properties-and-vegetation-recovery-in-a-fire-affected-mediterranean-forest-a-two-year-monitoring-research
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F García-Orenes, V Arcenegui, K Chrenková, J Mataix-Solera, J Moltó, A B Jara-Navarro, M P Torres
Post-fire management can have an additional impact on the ecosystem; in some cases, even more severe than the fire. Salvage logging (SL) is a common practice in most fire-affected areas. The management of burnt wood can determine microclimatic conditions and seriously affect soil properties. In some cases, the way of doing it, using heavy machinery, and the vulnerability of soils to erosion and degradation can make this management potentially aggressive to soil. Research was done in "Sierra de Mariola Natural Park" (E Spain)...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213843/effect-of-biofeedback-therapy-on-anorectal-physiological-parameters-among-patients-with-fecal-evacuation-disorder
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Abhai Verma, Asha Misra, Uday C Ghoshal
BACKGROUND: Though biofeedback therapy is often effective in patients with fecal evacuation disorder (FED), a common cause of chronic constipation (CC) in tertiary practice, data on anorectal physiological parameters following it are scanty. METHODS: Consecutive patients with FED with CC diagnosed by abnormalities in at least two of the three tests (anorectal manometry, defecography, and balloon expulsion test [BET]) undergoing biofeedback (two sessions per day, 30 min each, for 2 weeks) during a 3-year period were analyzed...
February 18, 2017: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213678/unifying-differential-item-functioning-in-factor-analysis-for-categorical-data-under-a-discretization-of-a-normal-variant
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Yu-Wei Chang, Nan-Jung Hsu, Rung-Ching Tsai
The multiple-group categorical factor analysis (FA) model and the graded response model (GRM) are commonly used to examine polytomous items for differential item functioning to detect possible measurement bias in educational testing. In this study, the multiple-group categorical factor analysis model (MC-FA) and multiple-group normal-ogive GRM models are unified under the common framework of discretization of a normal variant. We rigorously justify a set of identified parameters and determine possible identifiability constraints necessary to make the parameters just-identified and estimable in the common framework of MC-FA...
February 17, 2017: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213060/prediction-of-cesarean-delivery-in-the-term-nulliparous-woman-results-from-the-prospective-multi-center-genesis-study
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Naomi Burke, Gerard Burke, Fionnuala Breathnach, Fionnuala Mcauliffe, John J Morrison, Michael Turner, Samina Dornan, John R Higgins, Amanda Cotter, Michael Geary, Peter Mcparland, Sean Daly, Fiona Cody, Pat Dicker, Elizabeth Tully, Fergal D Malone
BACKGROUND: In contemporary practice many nulliparous women require intervention during childbirth such as operative vaginal delivery or Cesarean delivery (CD). Despite the knowledge that the rising CD rate is associated with increasing maternal age, obesity and larger infant birthweight, we lack a reliable method to predict the requirement for such potentially hazardous obstetric procedures during labor and delivery. This issue is important as there are higher rates of morbidity and mortality associated with unplanned CD performed in labor compared to scheduled Cesarean deliveries...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212079/multi-view-multi-instance-learning-based-on-joint-sparse-representation-and-multi-view-dictionary-learning
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Bing Li, Chunfeng Yuan, Weihua Xiong, Weiming Hu, Houwen Peng, Xinmiao Ding, Stephen Maybank
In multi-instance learning (MIL), the relations among instances in a bag convey important contextual information in many applications. Previous studies on MIL either ignore such relations or simply model them with a fixed graph structure so that the overall performance inevitably degrades in complex environments. To address this problem, this paper proposes a novel multi-view multi-instance learning algorithm (M2IL) that combines multiple context structures in a bag into a unified framework. The novel aspects are: (i) we propose a sparse "-graph model that can generate different graphs with different parameters to represent various context relations in a bag, (ii) we propose a multi-view joint sparse representation that integrates these graphs into a unified framework for bag classification, and (iii) we propose a multi-view dictionary learning algorithm to obtain a multi-view graph dictionary that considers cues from all views simultaneously to improve the discrimination of the M2IL...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211481/effects-of-strength-training-on-osteogenic-differentiation-and-bone-strength-in-aging-female-wistar-rats
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Monique Patricio Singulani, Camila Tami Stringhetta-Garcia, Leandro Figueiredo Santos, Samuel Rodrigues Lourenço Morais, Mário Jefferson Quirino Louzada, Sandra Helena Penha Oliveira, Antonio Hernandes Chaves Neto, Rita Cássia Menegati Dornelles
The effects of strength training (ST) on the mechanical bone strength and osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) from adult, aged and exercised aged rats were determined. The exercised aged animals displayed higher values of areal bone mineral density, compression test, alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP) and biological mineralization, while oil red O staining for adipocytes was lower. ST increased gene expression of runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), osterix (Osx) as well as bone matrix protein expression, and reduced expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (Pparγ)...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210658/patellar-maltracking-persists-in-adolescent-females-with-patellofemoral-pain-a-longitudinal-study
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Victor R Carlson, Barry P Boden, Aricia Shen, Jennifer N Jackson, Katharine E Alter, Frances T Sheehan
BACKGROUND: Patellofemoral pain is one of the most common conditions seen in sports medicine practices, particularly among adolescent females. However, the natural history of the underlying pathology in patellofemoral pain during puberty remains poorly understood. PURPOSE: The purpose of this longitudinal study is to assess changes in patellar maltracking patterns in subjects with patellofemoral pain as they mature from mid- to late adolescence. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3...
February 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210394/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-novel-100-silicone-scar-gel-treatment-for-early-intervention-in-scar-management
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David J Goldberg
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a new topical silicone gel for the early intervention in the management of scars. Design: In this 12-week, observational study, healthy subjects (n=15) with an accessible linear or hypertrophic scar were given the test product and instructed to apply twice daily. Subjects returned 14, 28, 56, and 84 days later for evaluation and recording of adverse events. Setting: Private practice of the author. Participants: Eligible subjects had a scar with a Vancouver Scar Scale total score ≥3 at baseline...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208479/self-tuning-bistable-parametric-feedback-oscillator-near-optimal-amplitude-maximization-without-model-information
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David J Braun, Andrius Sutas, Sethu Vijayakumar
Theory predicts that parametrically excited oscillators, tuned to operate under resonant condition, are capable of large-amplitude oscillation useful in diverse applications, such as signal amplification, communication, and analog computation. However, due to amplitude saturation caused by nonlinearity, lack of robustness to model uncertainty, and limited sensitivity to parameter modulation, these oscillators require fine-tuning and strong modulation to generate robust large-amplitude oscillation. Here we present a principle of self-tuning parametric feedback excitation that alleviates the above-mentioned limitations...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208395/collective-dynamics-of-time-delay-coupled-phase-oscillators-in-a-frustrated-geometry
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Bhumika Thakur, Devendra Sharma, Abhijit Sen, George L Johnston
We study the effect of time delay on the dynamics of a system of repulsively coupled nonlinear oscillators that are configured as a geometrically frustrated network. In the absence of time delay, frustrated systems are known to possess a high degree of multistability among a large number of coexisting collective states except for the fully synchronized state that is normally obtained for attractively coupled systems. Time delay in the coupling is found to remove this constraint and to lead to such a synchronized ground state over a range of parameter values...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207918/disruptive-mood-dysregulation-disorder-and-its-effect-on-bipolar-disorder
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Shama Faheem, Victoria Petti, George Mellos
BACKGROUND: In the last few decades, a noticeable increase in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BD) in youth has raised concerns, particularly because of a consequent increase in the use of psychotropic medications with adverse side effects. After observing the development of those youth into adulthood, clinicians and researchers have questioned the notion of expanding the diagnostic boundaries of BD to encapsulate these youth. METHODS: Our research is aimed at gleaning further information on disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) and to observe whether its introduction has affected the rates of BD in children and adolescents...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry: Official Journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207296/gambit-a-parameterless-model-based-evolutionary-algorithm-for-mixed-integer-problems
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Krzysztof L Sadowski, Dirk Thierens, Peter A N Bosman
Learning and exploiting problem structure is one of the key challenges in optimization. This is especially important for black-box optimization (BBO) where prior structural knowledge of a problem is not available. Existing model-based Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) are very efficient at learning structure in both the discrete, and in the continuous domain. In this paper, discrete and continuous model-building mechanisms are integrated for the Mixed-Integer (MI) domain, comprising discrete and continuous variables...
February 16, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206667/geometry-calibration-method-for-a-cone-beam-ct-system
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Hongkai Yang, Kejun Kang, Yuxiang Xing
PURPOSE: The positioning accuracy of each component is important to ensure the image quality of cone-beam CT. However, accurate positioning is not easy and requires experience and time. The option is to calibrate the geometric parameters and then plug them into a reconstruction algorithm which is the preferred solution in practice. In this case, the image quality is determined by the accuracy and precision of the calibration method. This work describes a method to independently calibrate an imaging system in each pose (projection angle) for a cone-beam CT with a non-ideal-circular trajectory...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205483/plate-fixation-versus-percutaneous-pinning-for-unstable-metacarpal-fractures-a-meta-analysis
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Eitan Melamed, LiJin Joo, Edward Lin, Donato Perretta, John T Capo
BACKGROUND: Whether percutaneous pinning or plate fixation is more appropriate for metacarpal fractures is still open to debate. Our study purpose was to review the current literature in an attempt to determine the optimal treatment modality for metacarpal fractures on the basis of functional outcomes, radiographic outcome and rates of complications. METHODS: We selected Pubmed, Cochrane library, EMBASE and the relevant English orthopedic journals and pooled data from eligible trials including four comparative studies and one retrospective review...
March 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205345/differential-diagnosis-of-well-differentiated-squamous-cell-carcinoma-from-non-neoplastic-oral-mucosal-lesions-new-cytopathologic-evaluation-method-dependent-on-keratinization-related-parameters-but-not-nuclear-atypism
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Hitoshi Hara, Tsuneo Misawa, Eri Ishii, Miki Nakagawa, Saki Koshiishi, Kenji Amemiya, Toshio Oyama, Kazuya Tominaga, Jun Cheng, Akio Tanaka, Takashi Saku
BACKGROUND: The cytology of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is challenging because oral SCC cells tend to be well differentiated and lack nuclear atypia, often resulting in a false negative diagnosis. The purpose of this study was to establish practical cytological parameters specific to oral SCCs. METHODS: We reviewed 123 cases of malignancy and 53 of non-neoplastic lesions of the oral mucosa, which had been diagnosed using both cytology and histopathology specimens...
February 16, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204847/retrospective-25-year-follow-up-of-treatment-outcomes-in-angle-class-iii-patients-success-versus-failure
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Brigitte Wendl, A Kamenica, H Droschl, N Jakse, F Weiland, T Wendl, M Wendl
OBJECTIVES: Despite recommendations for early treatment of hereditary Angle Class III syndrome, late pubertal growth may cause a relapse requiring surgical intervention. This study was performed to identify predictors of successful Class III treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-eight Class III patients treated with a chincup were retrospectively analyzed. Data were collected from the data archive, cephalograms, and casts, including pretreatment (T0) and posttreatment (T1) data, as well as long-term follow-up data collected approximately 25 years after treatment (T2)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204813/homeostasis-and-the-concept-of-interstitial-fluids-hierarchy-relevance-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-sodium-concentrations-and-brain-temperature-control%C3%A2-review
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Luigi F Agnati, Manuela Marcoli, Giuseppina Leo, Guido Maura, Diego Guidolin
In this review, the aspects and further developments of the concept of homeostasis are discussed also in the perspective of their possible impact in the clinical practice, particularly as far as psychic homeostasis is concerned. A brief historical survey and comments on the concept of homeostasis and allostasis are presented to introduce our proposal that is based on the classical assumption of the interstitial fluid (ISF) as the internal medium for multicellular organisms. However, the new concept of a hierarchic role of ISF of the various organs is introduced...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203409/practice-patterns-in-venous-thromboembolism-vte-prophylaxis-in-thoracic-surgery-a-comprehensive-canadian-delphi-survey
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John Agzarian, Lori-Ann Linkins, Laura Schneider, Waël C Hanna, Christian J Finley, Colin Schieman, Marc De Perrot, Mark Crowther, James Douketis, Yaron Shargall
BACKGROUND: The incidence of venous thromboembolic events (VTE) after resection of thoracic malignancies can reach 15%, but prophylaxis guidelines are yet to be established. We aimed to survey Canadian practitioners regarding perioperative risk factors for VTE, impact of those factors on extended prophylaxis selection, type of preferred prophylaxis, and timing of initiation and duration of thromboprophylaxis. METHODS: A modified Delphi survey was undertaken over three rounds with thoracic surgeons, thoracic anesthesiologists and thrombosis experts across Canada...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202349/muscle-ultrasound-and-sarcopenia-in-older-individuals-a-clinical-perspective
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Andrea Ticinesi, Tiziana Meschi, Marco V Narici, Fulvio Lauretani, Marcello Maggio
INTRODUCTION: A precise quantitative measurement of skeletal muscle mass is fundamental for diagnosing sarcopenia in older individuals. The current techniques of assessment, including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are either difficult to perform in everyday clinical practice or biased by concurrent clinical confounders. B-mode muscle ultrasound can be helpful in assessing muscle mass and architecture, and thus possibly useful for diagnosing or screening sarcopenia...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201877/practical-approximation-of-the-non-adiabatic-coupling-terms-for-same-symmetry-interstate-crossings-by-using-adiabatic-potential-energies-only
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Kyoung Koo Baeck, Heesun An
A very simple equation, Fij(App)=[(∂(2)(Vi(a)-Vj(a))/∂Q(2))/(Vi(a)-Vj(a))](1/2)/2, giving a reliable magnitude of non-adiabatic coupling terms (NACTs, Fij's) based on adiabatic potential energies only (Vi(a) and Vj(a)) was discovered, and its reliability was tested for several prototypes of same-symmetry interstate crossings in LiF, C2, NH3Cl, and C6H5SH molecules. Our theoretical derivation starts from the analysis of the relationship between the Lorentzian dependence of NACTs along a diabatization coordinate and the well-established linear vibronic coupling scheme...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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