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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334337/birth-outcomes-among-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-survivors
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Chelsea Anderson, Stephanie M Engel, Jennifer E Mersereau, Kristin Z Black, William A Wood, Carey K Anders, Hazel B Nichols
Importance: Cancer diagnosis and treatment may adversely affect reproductive outcomes among female cancer survivors. Objective: To compare the birth outcomes of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors (AYA [diagnosed at ages 15-39 years]) with those of women without a cancer diagnosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: The North Carolina Central Cancer Registry (CCR) was used to identify female AYA cancer survivors diagnosed from January 2000 to December 2013; CCR records were linked to statewide birth certificate files from January 2000 to December 2014 to identify postdiagnosis live births to AYA survivors (n = 2598)...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334261/penalized-likelihood-estimation-of-a-trivariate-additive-probit-model
#2
Panagiota Filippou, Giampiero Marra, Rosalba Radice
This article proposes a penalized likelihood method to estimate a trivariate probit model, which accounts for several types of covariate effects (such as linear, nonlinear, random, and spatial effects), as well as error correlations. The proposed approach also addresses the difficulty in estimating accurately the correlation coefficients, which characterize the dependence of binary responses conditional on covariates. The parameters of the model are estimated within a penalized likelihood framework based on a carefully structured trust region algorithm with integrated automatic multiple smoothing parameter selection...
March 4, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334089/does-florivory-by-helicoverpa-zea-lepidoptera-noctuidae-cause-yield-loss-in-soybeans
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Dominic Reisig, Rachel Suits, Hannah Burrack, Jack Bacheler, Jim E Dunphy
Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), corn earworm, is a damaging insect pest of many crops, including soybeans. An economic threshold for soybeans during the pod-filling stages exists to prevent economic damage to seeds. However, the impact of florivory (flower feeding) by H. zea larvae on seed yield is poorly understood and there is no economic threshold for flowering-stage soybeans. Four small plot experiments were conducted in North Carolina during 2011 and 2012 to assess the impact of H. zea feeding during the flowering stages of determinate soybeans on various yield components...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332036/the-committed-intimate-partnerships-of-incarcerated-african-american-men-implications-for-sexual-hiv-transmission-risk-and-prevention-opportunities
#4
Maria R Khan, Nabila El-Bassel, Carol E Golin, Joy D Scheidell, Adaora A Adimora, Ashley M Coatsworth, Hui Hu, Selena Judon-Monk, Katie P Medina, David A Wohl
Incarceration is thought to influence HIV transmission by disrupting partnerships that provide support and protect against sex risk-taking. Current correctional facility-based family-strengthening programs focus on marital partnerships, a minority of inmates' partnerships. Research on the sex partnerships of incarcerated African-American men and the types of partnerships most likely to protect against HIV-related sex risk is limited. Improved understanding can inform expansion of correctional facility-based family-strengthening programs to a greater proportion of protective partnerships and HIV risk reduction programs to partnerships vulnerable to sex risk...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329626/associations-between-indoor-tanning-and-risky-health-related-behaviors-among-high-school-students-in-the-united-states
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Stephanie Chapman, Kurt Ashack, Eric Bell, Myra Ann Sendelweck, Robert Dellavalle
Understanding of the associations between indoor tanning and risky health related behaviors such as sexual activity and substance abuse among adolescents across the United States is incomplete. The purpose of this study is to identify risky health related behaviors among high school students utilizing indoor tanning according to region. We analyzed the results from surveys of adolescents in 14 different states administered as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) 2013. Data were collected and analyzed over a 4-month period from January 2016 to April 2016...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329559/factors-correlated-with-residents-decisions-to-enter-academic-dermatology
#6
Brenda M Morales-Pico, Cary C Cotton, Dean S Morrell
The demand for dermatologic services and training at academic medical centers has outpaced the growth in the field's academic workforce. Recruitment of graduating residents has been proposed as a solution to the shortage of academic dermatologists. The purpose of this study was to further our current understanding of the factors that support the recruitment and retention of academicians. A survey questionnaire was mailed to graduates of the dermatology residency program at the University of North Carolina, and data were gathered retrospectively from participants' residency application materials...
November 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325866/temporal-and-demographic-trends-in-glomerular-disease-epidemiology-in-the-southeastern-united-states-1986-2015
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Michelle M O'Shaughnessy, Susan L Hogan, Caroline J Poulton, Ronald J Falk, Harsharan K Singh, Volker Nickeleit, J Charles Jennette
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Large-scale, contemporary studies exploring glomerular disease epidemiology in the United States are lacking. We aimed to determine 30-year temporal and demographic trends in renal biopsy glomerular disease diagnosis frequencies in the southeastern United States. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: In this cross-sectional, observational study, we identified all patients with a native kidney biopsy specimen showing one of 18 widely recognized glomerular disease diagnoses referred to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Division of Nephropathology between 1986 and 2015...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324092/association-between-choice-of-radical-prostatectomy-external-beam-radiotherapy-brachytherapy-or-active-surveillance-and-patient-reported-quality-of-life-among-men-with-localized-prostate-cancer
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Ronald C Chen, Ramsankar Basak, Anne-Marie Meyer, Tzy-Mey Kuo, William R Carpenter, Robert P Agans, James R Broughman, Bryce B Reeve, Matthew E Nielsen, Deborah S Usinger, Kiayni C Spearman, Sarah Walden, Dianne Kaleel, Mary Anderson, Til Stürmer, Paul A Godley
Importance: Patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer have to decide among treatment strategies that may differ in their likelihood of adverse effects. Objective: To compare quality of life (QOL) after radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, and brachytherapy vs active surveillance. Design, Setting, and Participants: Population-based prospective cohort of 1141 men (57% participation among eligible men) with newly diagnosed prostate cancer were enrolled from January 2011 through June 2013 in collaboration with the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320649/the-2016-vgtc-virtual-reality-best-dissertation-award
#9
Ravish Mehra
The 2016 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Best Dissertation Award goes to Ravish Mehra, a 2014 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for his dissertation entitled: "Efficient Techniques for Wave-Based Sound Propagation in Interactive Applications".
April 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316359/family-matters-promoting-the-academic-adaptation-of-latino-youth-in-new-and-established-destination
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Lisa Spees, Krista M Perreira, Andrew Fuligni
As primary agents of socialization, families and schools can powerfully shape the academic adaptation of youth. Using data from the SIAA studies, we compare the family and school environments of Latino high school seniors living in a new destination, North Carolina, with those living in an established destination, Los Angeles. We then evaluate how family and school environments influence their educational aspirations, expectations, and performance. We find that parents' achievement expectations promote Latino youths' academic success while perceived future family obligations inhibit them...
March 2017: Journal of Family Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315540/hazardous-drugs-legislative-and-regulatory-efforts-to-improve-safe-handling%C3%A2
#11
AnnMarie L Walton, Seth Eisenberg, Christopher R Friese
Several organizations have safety guidelines regarding handling of hazardous drugs. That said, only Washington and California have enforceable laws that regulate these practices. This article shares the experiences of three states-Washington, Michigan, and North Carolina-in advancing legislative and regulatory efforts. It also offers guidance to nurses seeking to improve the way hazardous drugs are handled and how and where to begin.
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314707/biometrics-and-policing-a-protocol-for-multichannel-sensor-data-collection-and-exploratory-analysis-of-contextualized-psychophysiological-response-during-law-enforcement-operations
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Robert D Furberg, Travis Taniguchi, Brian Aagaard, Alexa M Ortiz, Meghan Hegarty-Craver, Kristin H Gilchrist, Ty A Ridenour
BACKGROUND: Stress experienced by law enforcement officers is often extreme and is in many ways unique among professions. Although past research on officer stress is informative, it is limited, and most studies measure stress using self-report questionnaires or observational studies that have limited generalizability. We know of no research studies that have attempted to track direct physiological stress responses in high fidelity, especially within an operational police setting. The outcome of this project will have an impact on both practitioners and policing researchers...
March 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304215/use-of-statistical-and-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-modeling-and-simulation-to-improve-decision-making-a-section-summary-report-of-the-trends-and-innovations-in-clinical-trial-statistics-conference
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Holly Kimko, Seth Berry, Michael O'Kelly, Nitin Mehrotra, Matthew Hutmacher, Venkat Sethuraman
The application of modeling and simulation (M&S) methods to improve decision-making was discussed during the Trends & Innovations in Clinical Trial Statistics Conference held in Durham, North Carolina, USA on May 1-4, 2016. Uses of both pharmacometric and statistical M&S were presented during the conference, highlighting the diversity of the methods employed by pharmacometricians and statisticians to address a broad range of quantitative issues in drug development. Five presentations are summarized herein, which cover the development strategy of employing M&S to drive decision-making; European initiatives on best practice in M&S; case studies of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics modeling in regulatory decisions; estimation of exposure-response relationships in the presence of confounding; and the utility of estimating the probability of a correct decision for dose selection when prior information is limited...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301447/mercury-spill-responses-five-states-2012-2015
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Ryan J Wozniak, Anne E Hirsch, Christina R Bush, Stuart Schmitz, Jeff Wenzel
Despite measures to educate the public about the dangers of elemental mercury, spills continue to occur in homes, schools, health care facilities, and other settings, endangering the public's health and requiring costly cleanup. Mercury is most efficiently absorbed by the lungs, and exposure to high levels of mercury vapor after a release can cause cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and visual disturbances (1). Children and fetuses are most susceptible to the adverse effects of mercury vapor exposure...
March 17, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293145/nursing-home-nurses-and-community-dwelling-older-adults-reported-knowledge-attitudes-and-behavior-toward-antibiotic-use
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Christine E Kistler, Anna Beeber, Sylvia Becker-Dreps, Kimberly Ward, Megan Meade, Brittany Ross, Philip D Sloane
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic overuse causes antibiotic resistance, one of the most important threats to human health. Older adults, particularly those in nursing homes, often receive antibiotics when they are not indicated. METHODS: To understand knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of nursing home (NH) nurses and community-dwelling older adults towards antibiotic use, especially in clinical situations consistent with antibiotic overuse, we conducted a mixed-method survey in two NHs and one Family Medicine clinic in North Carolina, among English-speaking nurses and community-dwelling, cognitively intact adults aged 65 years or older...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288595/mindful-yoga-for-women-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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James W Carson, Kimberly M Carson, Maren K Olsen, Linda Sanders, Laura S Porter
BACKGROUND: Women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) have average life expectancies of about 2 years, and report high levels of disease-related symptoms including pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, psychological distress, and functional impairment. There is growing recognition of the limitations of medical approaches to managing such symptoms. Yoga is a mind-body discipline that has demonstrated a positive impact on psychological and functional health in early stage breast cancer patients and survivors, but has not been rigorously studied in advanced cancer samples...
March 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282337/practice-level-costs-of-office-based-hypertension-performance-improvement-the-heart-healthy-lenoir-study
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Primary care practice leaders who consider engaging in quality improvement (QI) need to understand the practice level costs incurred when asking staff to take on new tasks. The Heart Healthy Lenoir study is a prospective cohort trial in which QI methods were used to enhance hypertension (HTN) care and reduce racial disparities in blood pressure control in small rural primary care practices in North Carolina. As part of this effort, we performed an activity-based costing analysis to describe the costs incurred to develop, implement, and maintain key tasks...
March 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282015/relying-on-the-national-mobile-disaster-hospital-as-a-business-continuity-strategy-in-the-aftermath-of-a-tornado-the-louisville-experience
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Randy D Kearns, Lew Stringer, James Craig, Regina Godette-Crawford, Paul S Black, David L Andra, James Winslow
On 28th April, 2014, a tornado left much of Louisville, MS and the local hospital, Winston Medical Center, in ruin. In the USA, temporary hospital solutions have been used to augment the mainstream healthcare system since the American Civil War. As memories fade, however, the necessary readiness for a temporary hospital also fades, at times leaving a patchwork of resources either underfunded or abandoned. With the creation of the Hospital Preparedness Program, several temporary hospital solutions were created in various states across the USA...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277487/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-an-intervention-to-maintain-suppression-of-hiv-viremia-following-prison-release-the-impact-trial
#19
David Alain Wohl, Carol E Golin, Kevin Knight, Michele Gould, Jessica Carda-Auten, Jennifer S Groves, Sonia Napravnik, Stephen R Cole, Becky L White, Cathie Fogel, David L Rosen, Michael J Mugavaro, Brian W Pence, Patrick M Flynn
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected individuals transitioning from incarceration to the community are at risk for loss of viral suppression. We compared the effects of imPACT, a multi-dimensional intervention to promote care engagement after release, to standard care on sustaining viral suppression after community re-entry. METHODS: This trial randomized 405 HIV-infected inmates being released from prisons in Texas and North Carolina with HIV-1 RNA levels <400 copies/mL to imPACT versus standard care...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274988/incorporation-of-lean-methodology-into-pharmacy-residency-programs
#20
Natalie John, Holly Snider, Lisa Edgerton, Laurie Whalin
PURPOSE: The implementation of lean methodology into pharmacy residency programs at a community teaching hospital is described. SUMMARY: New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a community teaching hospital in southeastern North Carolina, fully adopted a lean culture in 2010. Given the success of lean strategies organizationally, this methodology was used to assist with the evaluation and development of its pharmacy residency programs in 2014. Lean tools and activities have also been incorporated into residency requirements and rotation learning activities...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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