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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641357/-the-german-thorax-registry-implementation-of-an-established-tool-of-perioperative-health-care-research
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Jérôme Defosse, Mark Schieren, Torsten Loop, Cerstin Arndt, Rainer Röhrig, Erich Stoelben, Corinna Ludwig, Alexander Schleppers, Frank Wappler, Mark Gerbershagen, Alberto Lopez-Pastorini
The collection of clinical treatment data in registry databases is an important aspect of health services research. It allows for a critical evaluation of the safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of clinical treatment concepts in large patient populations. The findings of registry research represent real-world patients and treatment structures as they are not limited by strict inclusion criteria or unrealistic conditions as applied in prospective clinical trials. The implementation of the German Thorax Registry has enabled the collection and analysis of data on the interdisciplinary care (thoracic surgery, anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management) of patients undergoing thoracic surgery...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637215/managerial-ownership-in-nursing-homes-staffing-quality-and-financial-performance
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Sean Shenghsiu Huang, John R Bowblis
Purpose of the Study: Ownership of nursing homes (NHs) has primarily focused broadly on differences between for-profit (FP), nonprofit (NFP), and government-operated facilities. Yet, among FPs, the understanding of detailed ownership structures at individual NHs is rather limited. Particularly, NH administrators may hold significant equity interests in their facilities, leading to heterogeneous financial incentives and NH outcomes. Through the principal-agent theory, this article studies how managerial ownership of individual facilities affects NH outcomes...
June 20, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636762/european-diabetes-research-and-its-funding-2002-2013
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M Begum, G Lewison, S Sommariva, O Ciani, R Tarricone, R Sullivan
AIM: This study examined the outputs of research papers in diabetes from 31 European countries between 2002 and 2013, and their funding. METHODS: Diabetes research papers in the Web of Science were identified by means of a filter based on journals and title words. For 2009-2013 papers, the funders were coded to show their sector and nationality. RESULTS: Europe published 40 547 diabetes papers in the 12 years between 2002 and 2013. Denmark, Sweden and Finland published the most relative to their wealth, but the UK published the most absolutely despite an apparently low burden (as measured by disability-adjusted life years)...
June 21, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635619/on-the-importance-of-accurate-quantification-of-individual-volatile-metabolites-in-exhaled-breath
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David Smith, Patrik Spanel
It is argued that shortcomings of certain approaches to breath analysis research based on superficial interpretation of non-quantitative data are inadvertently inhibiting the progression of non-invasive breath analysis into clinical practice. The objective of this perspective is to suggest more clinically profitable approaches to breath research. Thus, following a discourse on the challenges and expectations in breath research, a brief indication is given of the analytical techniques currently used for the analysis of very humid exhaled breath...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635074/do-sleep-disturbances-mediate-the-association-between-work-family-conflict-and-depressive-symptoms-among-nurses-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yuan Zhang, Jeanne F Duffy, Elizabeth Ronan de Castillero
INTRODUCTION: Depression has been identified as the leading cause of disability worldwide. Nurses report higher rates of depression than the general public. Work-family conflict is challenging for nurses and may lead to depression and poor health. However, the mechanisms for the effect of work-family conflict on depression haven't been well understood. AIM: The objective is to use a cross-sectional design to examine the role of sleep disturbances in the association between work-family conflict and depressive symptoms in nurses...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634462/gender-invariance-of-the-gambling-behavior-scale-for-adolescents-gbs-a-an-analysis-of-differential-item-functioning-using-item-response-theory
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Maria Anna Donati, Francesca Chiesi, Viola A Izzo, Caterina Primi
As there is a lack of evidence attesting the equivalent item functioning across genders for the most employed instruments used to measure pathological gambling in adolescence, the present study was aimed to test the gender invariance of the Gambling Behavior Scale for Adolescents (GBS-A), a new measurement tool to assess the severity of Gambling Disorder (GD) in adolescents. The equivalence of the items across genders was assessed by analyzing Differential Item Functioning within an Item Response Theory framework...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634428/marketization-in-long-term-care-a-cross-country-comparison-of-large-for-profit-nursing-home-chains
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Charlene Harrington, Frode F Jacobsen, Justin Panos, Allyson Pollock, Shailen Sutaria, Marta Szebehely
This article presents cross-country comparisons of trends in for-profit nursing home chains in Canada, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Using public and private industry reports, the study describes ownership, corporate strategies, costs, and quality of the 5 largest for-profit chains in each country. The findings show that large for-profit nursing home chains are increasingly owned by private equity investors, have had many ownership changes over time, and have complex organizational structures...
2017: Health Services Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632933/patient-characteristics-associated-with-a-successful-response-to-nurse-led-care-programs-targeting-the-oldest-old-a-comparison-of-two-rcts
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Nienke Bleijenberg, Lorenz Imhof, Romy Mahrer-Imhof, Margaret I Wallhagen, Niek J de Wit, Marieke J Schuurmans
BACKGROUND: To improve the effectiveness of community-based care programs, especially those targeting the oldest-old population (80+), data are needed that elucidate those factors associated with a successful response to the intervention. Two comparable nurse-led care programs have been evaluated in two large randomized controlled trials (RCTs), one in Switzerland and one in the Netherlands. AIMS: To identify common patient characteristics that are related to a successful response to proactive nurse-led care, we explored if and to what extent, identical factors were present in both study populations...
June 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632444/the-structural-consequences-of-big-data-driven-education
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Elana Zeide
Educators and commenters who evaluate big data-driven learning environments focus on specific questions: whether automated education platforms improve learning outcomes, invade student privacy, and promote equality. This article puts aside separate unresolved-and perhaps unresolvable-issues regarding the concrete effects of specific technologies. It instead examines how big data-driven tools alter the structure of schools' pedagogical decision-making, and, in doing so, change fundamental aspects of America's education enterprise...
June 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632440/call-for-papers-special-issue-on-profit-driven-analytics
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Bart Baesens, Wouter Verbeke, Cristián Bravo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631817/application-of-high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-authenticity-testing-of-valuable-dendrobium-commercial-products
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Xiaoman Dong, Chao Jiang, Yuan Yuan, Daiyin Peng, Yuqin Luo, Yuyang Zhao, Luqi Huang
BACKGROUND: The accurate identification of botanical origin in commercial products is important to ensure food authenticity and safety for consumers. The Dendrobium species have long been commercialized as functional food supplements and herbal medicines in Asia. Three valuable Dendrobium species, namely Dendrobium officinale, D. huoshanense and D. moniliforme, are often mutually adulterated in trade products in pursuit of higher profit. RESULTS: In this paper, a rapid and reliable semi-quantitative method for identifying the botanical origin of Dendrobium products in terminal markets was developed using HRM (High-Resolution Melting) analysis with specific primer pairs to target the trnL-F region...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630429/marine-diatoms-change-their-gene-expression-profile-when-exposed-to-microscale-turbulence-under-nutrient-replete-conditions
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Alberto Amato, Gianluca Dell'Aquila, Francesco Musacchia, Rossella Annunziata, Ari Ugarte, Nicolas Maillet, Alessandra Carbone, Maurizio Ribera d'Alcalà, Remo Sanges, Daniele Iudicone, Maria I Ferrante
Diatoms are a fundamental microalgal phylum that thrives in turbulent environments. Despite several experimental and numerical studies, if and how diatoms may profit from turbulence is still an open question. One of the leading arguments is that turbulence favours nutrient uptake. Morphological features, such as the absence of flagella, the presence of a rigid exoskeleton and the micrometre size would support the possible passive but beneficial role of turbulence on diatoms. We demonstrate that in fact diatoms actively respond to turbulence in non-limiting nutrient conditions...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629438/an-output-evaluation-of-a-health-research-foundation-s-enhanced-grant-review-process-for-new-investigators
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Gregory W Hammond, Mê-Linh Lê, Tannis Novotny, Stephanie P B Caligiuri, Grant N Pierce, John Wade
BACKGROUND: We assessed the ability of the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF, a small not-for-profit foundation affiliated with Manitoba Blue Cross) to determine the best candidates for selection to receive research funding support among new researchers applying to the Research Operating Grants Programme (ROGP). METHODS: Using bibliometric and grants funding analyses, we retrospectively compared indices of academic outputs from five cohorts of MMSF-funded and not MMSF-funded applicants to the annual MMSF ROGP over 2008 to 2012, from 1 to 5 years after having received evaluation decisions from the MMSF enhanced grant review process...
June 19, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628264/controlling-lactation-oestrus-the-final-frontier-for-breeding-herd-management
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REVIEW
William H E J van Wettere, Alice C Weaver, Emma C Greenwood, Robyn Terry, Paul E Hughes, Karen L Kind
Lactation anoestrus limits the flexibility of modern pig production systems such that any increase in lactation length reduces farrowing frequency, and thus profit. This review focuses on post-partum development of the sow's reproductive system, the physiology of lactation anoestrus and how it can be overcome, as well as the fertility of sows mated while lactating. The propensity for sows to ovulate spontaneously while lactating is high (24-31%), and a high proportion of sows will ovulate rapidly and synchronously in response to combinations of altered suckling (split weaning, interrupted suckling), daily boar contact, exogenous gonadotrophins, and group housing...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628255/still-a-reasonable-goal-targeting-cholesterol-in-dialysis-and-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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EDITORIAL
Gunnar H Heine, Kyrill S Rogacev, Oliver Weingärtner, Gunther Marsche
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients have a high burden of cardiovascular disease. In the general population, lipid metabolism disorders, which cause the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic vascular changes, are major targets for preventive and therapeutic strategies in cardiovascular medicine. However, data from large cohort studies and from clinical trials suggest that the treatment guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention and therapy cannot uncritically be transferred from individuals with intact renal function to CKD patients...
June 19, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626952/multivariate-binary-classification-of-imbalanced-datasets-a-case-study-based-on-high-dimensional-multiplex-autoimmune-assay-data
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Laura Schlieker, Anna Telaar, Angelika Lueking, Peter Schulz-Knappe, Carmen Theek, Katja Ickstadt
The classification of a population by a specific trait is a major task in medicine, for example when in a diagnostic setting groups of patients with specific diseases are identified, but also when in predictive medicine a group of patients is classified into specific disease severity classes that might profit from different treatments. When the sizes of those subgroups become small, for example in rare diseases, imbalances between the classes are more the rule than the exception and make statistical classification problematic when the error rate of the minority class is high...
June 19, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625625/economic-burden-of-clinical-trials-in-lung-cancer-in-a-german-comprehensive-cancer-center
#17
F Kron, A Kostenko, M Scheffler, D Müller, J-P Glossmann, R Fischer, S Michels, L Nogova, M Hallek, T Zander, J Wolf
OBJECTIVES: The recent success of individualized lung cancer therapy has triggered fundamental changes in clinical research strategies. To date there is a strong focus on early proof of concept trials in genetically preselected small patient subgroups. This analysis focuses on the economic burden caused by such trials for advanced lung cancer patients in a German Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). METHODS: The profit margins between recruiting groups with ≤3 and >3 patients were compared...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625418/undermining-government-tax-policies-common-legal-strategies-employed-by-the-tobacco-industry-in-response-to-tobacco-tax-increases
#18
H Ross, J Tesche, N Vellios
Effective tobacco tax increases reduce tobacco consumption, threatening the profitability of the tobacco industry. In response, the tobacco industry employs strategies to negate or minimize the full effects of tobacco tax increases. By interacting with various government agencies and non-governmental organizations we identified seven such strategies: stockpiling, changing product attributes or production processes, lowering prices, over-shifting prices, under-shifting prices, timing of price increases, and engaging in price discrimination and/or offering promotions...
June 15, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625368/effect-of-aspirin-on-renal-disease-progression-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-multicenter-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-trial-the-renal-disease-progression-by-aspirin-in-diabetic-patients-leda-trial-rationale-and-study-design
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Francesco Violi, Giovanni Targher, Annarita Vestri, Roberto Carnevale, Maurizio Averna, Alessio Farcomeni, Andrea Lenzi, Francesco Angelico, Francesco Cipollone, Daniele Pastori
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most common causes of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. It has been estimated that the annual decline of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) among patients with T2DM is approximately 2.0-2.5mL min(-1) y(-1). Cyclooxygenase-dependent eicosanoids, such as 11-dehydro-thromboxane (Tx)B2, are increased in T2DM patients and are potentially involved in the regulation of renal blood flow. Animal models showed that cyclooxygenase inhibitors, such as aspirin, are associated with improvements in renal plasma flow and eGFR values...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624829/preoperative-c-reactive-protein-values-as-a-potential-component-in-outcome-prediction-models-of-metastasized-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients-receiving-cytoreductive-nephrectomy
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Charis Kalogirou, Philipp Mulfinger, Ioannis Sokolakis, Markus Krebs, Hubert Kübler, Hubertus Riedmiller, Daniel Vergho
PURPOSE: To validate preoperative C-reactive protein (CRP) levels as a prognostic marker for survival in a metastasized renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patient cohort receiving cytoreductive nephrectomy (CN). PATIENTS AND METHODS: By chart review, 146 mRCC patients receiving CN at our tertiary referral centre from 1997 to 2015 were identified retrospectively. All relevant clinicopathological features including laboratory parameters were collected and correlated to overall survival, progression-free survival and cancer-specific survival (CSS)...
June 17, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
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