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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340359/diabetic-foot-ulcer-development-risk-classifications-validation-a-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study
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M Monteiro-Soares, R Ribas, C Pereira da Silva, T Bral, A Mota, S Pinheiro Torres, A Morgado, R Couceiro, R Ribeiro, V Dias, M Moreira, P Mourão, M J Oliveira, M Madureira, V Paixão-Dias, M Dinis-Ribeiro
AIMS: To prospectively validate the existing classifications to stratify subjects with diabetes mellitus (DM) by their risk of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU), in high and low risk settings. METHODS: A prospective multicentre cohort study was conducted, including 446 subjects with DM without active DFU followed in the hospital or primary care setting. Demographic, clinical characterization variables, and those included in the classifications were collected at baseline...
March 9, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340241/pragmatic-trial-informatics-a-perspective-from-the-nih-health-care-systems-research-collaboratory
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Rachel L Richesson, Beverly B Green, Reesa Laws, Jon Puro, Michael G Kahn, Alan Bauck, Michelle Smerek, Erik G Van Eaton, Meredith Zozus, W Ed Hammond, Kari A Stephens, Greg E Simon
Pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs) are research investigations embedded in health care settings designed to increase the efficiency of research and its relevance to clinical practice. The Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, initiated by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund in 2010, is a pioneering cooperative aimed at identifying and overcoming operational challenges to pragmatic research. Drawing from our experience, we present 4 broad categories of informatics-related challenges: (1) using clinical data for research, (2) integrating data from heterogeneous systems, (3) using electronic health records to support intervention delivery or health system change, and (4) assessing and improving data capture to define study populations and outcomes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340108/cigarette-smoking-and-musculoskeletal-pain-severity-among-male-and-female-afghanistan-iraq-era-veterans
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Kimberly T Green, Sarah M Wilson, Paul A Dennis, Jennifer J Runnals, Rebecca A Williams, Lori A Bastian, Jean C Beckham, Eric A Dedert, Harold S Kudler, Kristy Straits-Tröster, Jennifer M Gierisch, Patrick S Calhoun
Objective.:  Cigarette smoking and musculoskeletal pain are prevalent among Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system users. These conditions frequently co-occur; however, there is limited empirical information specific to Afghanistan/Iraq era veterans. The present study sought to examine gender differences in the association between cigarette smoking and moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain in US veterans with Afghanistan/Iraq era service. Methods.:  A random sample of 5,000 veterans with service after November 11, 2001, participated in a survey assessing health care needs and barriers to care...
March 14, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339966/operational-challenges-and-opportunities-in-pastured-poultry-operations-in-the-united-states
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C Elkhoraibi, M Pitesky, N Dailey, D Niemeier
As pastured poultry production has gained increased popularity in the United States in recent years, there is a growing need for research and outreach efforts aimed at this sector of poultry production. In order to get familiarized with American pastured poultry producers, we conducted an online questionnaire aimed primarily at evaluating what operational challenges are faced by producers and what educational opportunities should be initiated by researchers. Results showed that pastured poultry farms largely vary in total number of acres farmed and total number of birds kept...
March 3, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339680/operations-management-in-distribution-networks-within-a-smart-city-framework
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Raffaele Cerulli, Renata Paola Dameri, Anna Sciomachen
This article studies a vehicle routing problem with environmental constraints that are motivated by the requirements for sustainable urban transport. The empirical research presents a fleet planning problem that takes into consideration both minimum cost vehicle routes and minimum pollution. The problem is formulated as a mixed integer linear programming model and experimentally validated using data collected from a real situation: a grocery company delivering goods ordered via e-channels to customers spread in the urban and metropolitan area of Genoa smart city...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339318/predictors-for-lymph-nodes-involvement-in-low-risk-endometrial-cancer
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Yfat Kadan, Abdul Saied Calvino, Andrew Katz, Steven Katz, Richard G Moore
Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and BMI were examined as pre-operative predictors for lymph node metastases in patients with low-risk endometrial cancer. The study was a retrospective analysis of 534 endometrial cancer patients that underwent hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. Included subjects had a preoperative diagnosis of a grade 1 or 2 endometrioid carcinoma and no macroscopic extrauterine disease. We compared node-negative to node-positive patients to identify correlates of node-positive disease...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335308/probe-microscopic-studies-of-dna-molecules-on-carbon-nanotubes
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REVIEW
Kazuo Umemura, Katsuki Izumi, Shusuke Oura
Hybrids of DNA and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are promising nanobioconjugates for nanobiosensors, carriers for drug delivery, and other biological applications. In this review, nanoscopic characterization of DNA-CNT hybrids, in particular, characterization by scanning probe microscopy (SPM), is summarized. In many studies, topographical imaging by atomic force microscopy has been performed. However, some researchers have demonstrated advanced SPM operations in order to maximize its unique and valuable functions...
October 8, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334554/rapid-establishment-of-the-european-bank-for-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ebisc-the-hot-start-experience
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Paul A De Sousa, Rachel Steeg, Elisabeth Wachter, Kevin Bruce, Jason King, Marieke Hoeve, Shalinee Khadun, George McConnachie, Julie Holder, Andreas Kurtz, Stefanie Seltmann, Johannes Dewender, Sascha Reimann, Glyn Stacey, Orla O'Shea, Charlotte Chapman, Lyn Healy, Heiko Zimmermann, Bryan Bolton, Trisha Rawat, Isobel Atkin, Anna Veiga, Bernd Kuebler, Blanca Miranda Serano, Tomo Saric, Jürgen Hescheler, Oliver Brüstle, Michael Peitz, Cornelia Thiele, Niels Geijsen, Bjørn Holst, Christian Clausen, Majlinda Lako, Lyle Armstrong, Shailesh K Gupta, Alexander J Kvist, Ryan Hicks, Anna Jonebring, Gabriella Brolén, Andreas Ebneth, Alfredo Cabrera-Socorro, Patrik Foerch, Martine Geraerts, Tina C Stummann, Shawn Harmon, Carol George, Ian Streeter, Laura Clarke, Helen Parkinson, Peter W Harrison, Adam Faulconbridge, Luca Cherubin, Tony Burdett, Cesar Trigueros, Minal J Patel, Christa Lucas, Barry Hardy, Rok Predan, Joh Dokler, Maja Brajnik, Oliver Keminer, Ole Pless, Philip Gribbon, Carsten Claussen, Annette Ringwald, Beate Kreisel, Aidan Courtney, Timothy E Allsopp
A fast track "Hot Start" process was implemented to launch the European Bank for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) to provide early release of a range of established control and disease linked human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) lines. Established practice amongst consortium members was surveyed to arrive at harmonised and publically accessible Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for tissue procurement, bio-sample tracking, iPSC expansion, cryopreservation, qualification and distribution to the research community...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334427/capnography-versus-standard-monitoring-for-emergency-department-procedural-sedation-and-analgesia
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REVIEW
Brian F Wall, Kirk Magee, Samuel G Campbell, Peter J Zed
BACKGROUND: Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is used frequently in the emergency department (ED) to facilitate painful procedures and interventions. Capnography, a monitoring modality widely used in operating room and endoscopy suite settings, is being used more frequently in the ED setting with the goal of reducing cardiopulmonary adverse events. As opposed to settings outside the ED, there is currently no consensus on whether the addition of capnography to standard monitoring modalities reduces adverse events in the ED setting...
March 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334094/funnel-gsea-functional-elastic-net-regression-in-time-course-gene-set-enrichment-analysis
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Yun Zhang, David J Topham, Juilee Thakar, Xing Qiu
Motivation: Gene set enrichment analyses (GSEAs) are widely used in genomic research to identify underlying biological mechanisms (defined by the gene sets), such as Gene Ontology terms and molecular pathways. There are two caveats in the currently available methods: (i) they are typically designed for group comparisons or regression analyses, which do not utilize temporal information efficiently in time-series of transcriptomics measurements; and (ii) genes overlapping in multiple molecular pathways are considered multiple times in hypothesis testing...
February 21, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333580/air-quality-measurements-from-rubber-bands-to-tapping-the-rainbow
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George M Hidy, Peter K Mueller, Samuel L Altshuler, Judith C Chow, John G Watson
It is axiomatic that good measurements are integral to good public policy for environmental protection. The generalized term for "measurements" includes sampling and quantitation, data integrity, documentation, network design, sponsorship and operations, and archiving and accessing for applications. Each of these components has evolved and advanced over the last 200 years as knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and physics has matured. Air quality was first detected by what people could see smoke and smell contaminated air...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333525/a-potential-psychological-mechanism-linking-disaster-related-prenatal-maternal-stress-with-child-cognitive-and-motor-development-at-16-months-the-qf2011-queensland-flood-study
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Katrina M Moss, Gabrielle Simcock, Vanessa Cobham, Sue Kildea, Guillaume Elgbeili, David P Laplante, Suzanne King
Fetal exposure to prenatal maternal stress can have lifelong consequences, with different types of maternal stress associated with different areas of child development. Fewer studies have focused on motor skills, even though they are strongly predictive of later development across a range of domains. Research on mechanisms of transmission has identified biological cascades of stress reactions, yet links between psychological stress reactions are rarely studied. This study investigates the relationship between different aspects of disaster-related prenatal maternal stress and child cognitive and motor development, and proposes a cascade of stress reactions as a potential mechanism of transmission...
April 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333497/not-all-nonnormal-distributions-are-created-equal-improved-theoretical-and-measurement-precision
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Harry Joo, Herman Aguinis, Kyle J Bradley
We offer a four-category taxonomy of individual output distributions (i.e., distributions of cumulative results): (1) pure power law; (2) lognormal; (3) exponential tail (including exponential and power law with an exponential cutoff); and (4) symmetric or potentially symmetric (including normal, Poisson, and Weibull). The four categories are uniquely associated with mutually exclusive generative mechanisms: self-organized criticality, proportionate differentiation, incremental differentiation, and homogenization...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333272/family-building-using-embryo-adoption-relationships-and-contact-arrangements-between-provider-and-recipient-families-a-mixed-methods-study
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Lucy Frith, Eric Blyth, Steve Lui
STUDY QUESTION: What contact arrangements are established between providers and recipients of embryos using Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption Program? SUMMARY ANSWER: Contact arrangements varied considerably and were generally positively described, although some challenges were acknowledged. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Reproductive technologies create new and diverse family forms, and the ways in which families created by embryo adoption are negotiated in practice have not been extensively investigated...
March 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333221/surgical-treatment-of-adhesion-related-chronic-abdominal-and-pelvic-pain-after-gynaecological-and-general-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Barend A van den Beukel, Roy de Ree, Suzanne van Leuven, Erica A Bakkum, Chema Strik, Harry van Goor, Richard P G Ten Broek
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is a frequent post-operative complication, affecting ~20-40% of patients who have undergone surgery of the female genital or alimentary tract. Chronic pain is an important risk factor for diminished quality of life after surgery. Adhesions are frequently associated with chronic post-operative pain; however, surgical treatment of adhesion-related pain is controversial. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and harms of surgical interventions for chronic post-operative pain attributable to adhesions...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333081/hyperspectral-monitoring-of-green-roof-vegetation-health-state-in-sub-mediterranean-climate-preliminary-results
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Patrizia Piro, Michele Porti, Simone Veltri, Emanuela Lupo, Monica Moroni
In urban and industrial environments, the constant increase of impermeable surfaces has produced drastic changes in the natural hydrological cycle. Decreasing green areas not only produce negative effects from a hydrological-hydraulic perspective, but also from an energy point of view, modifying the urban microclimate and generating, as shown in the literature, heat islands in our cities. In this context, green infrastructures may represent an environmental compensation action that can be used to re-equilibrate the hydrological and energy balance and reduce the impact of pollutant load on receiving water bodies...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332819/a-path-to-impact-for-autonomous-field-deployable-chemical-sensors-a-case-study-of-in-situ-nitrite-sensors
#17
Tim M Schierenbeck, Matthew C Smith
Natural freshwater systems have been severely affected by excess loading of macronutrients (e.g., nitrogen and phosphorous) from fertilizers, fossil fuels, and human and livestock waste. In the USA, impacts to drinking water quality, biogeochemical cycles, and aquatic ecosystems are estimated to cost US$210 billion annually. Field-deployable nutrient sensors (FDS) offer potential to support research and resource management efforts by acquiring higher resolution data than are currently supported by expensive conventional sampling methods...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332629/plasmonic-metamaterial-for-electromagnetically-induced-transparency-analogue-and-ultra-high-figure-of-merit-sensor
#18
Dong Wu, Yumin Liu, Li Yu, Zhongyuan Yu, Lei Chen, Ruifang Li, Rui Ma, Chang Liu, Jinqiannan Zhang, Han Ye
In this work, using finite-difference time-domain method, we propose and numerically demonstrate a novel way to achieve electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) phenomenon in the reflection spectrum by stacking two different types of coupling effect among different elements of the designed metamaterial. Compared with the conventional EIT-like analogues coming from only one type of coupling effect between bright and dark meta-atoms on the same plane, to our knowledge the novel approach is the first to realize the optically active and precise control of the wavelength position of EIT-like phenomenon using optical metamaterials...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332621/evolution-analysis-of-euv-radiation-from-laser-produced-tin-plasmas-based-on-a-radiation-hydrodynamics-model
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M G Su, Q Min, S Q Cao, D X Sun, P Hayden, G O'Sullivan, C Z Dong
One of fundamental aims of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is to maximize brightness or conversion efficiency of laser energy to radiation at specific wavelengths from laser produced plasmas (LPPs) of specific elements for matching to available multilayer optical systems. Tin LPPs have been chosen for operation at a wavelength of 13.5 nm. For an investigation of EUV radiation of laser-produced tin plasmas, it is crucial to study the related atomic processes and their evolution so as to reliably predict the optimum plasma and experimental conditions...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332446/scaling-effects-in-spiral-capsule-robots
#20
Liang Liang, Rong Hu, Bai Chen, Yong Tang, Yan Xu
Spiral capsule robots can be applied to human gastrointestinal tracts and blood vessels. Because of significant variations in the sizes of the inner diameters of the intestines as well as blood vessels, this research has been unable to meet the requirements for medical applications. By applying the fluid dynamic equations, using the computational fluid dynamics method, to a robot axial length ranging from 10(-5) to 10(-2) m, the operational performance indicators (axial driving force, load torque, and maximum fluid pressure on the pipe wall) of the spiral capsule robot and the fluid turbulent intensity around the robot spiral surfaces was numerically calculated in a straight rigid pipe filled with fluid...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
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