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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215054/semiparametric-modeling-and-analysis-of-longitudinal-method-comparison-data
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Lasitha N Rathnayake, Pankaj K Choudhary
Studies comparing two or more methods of measuring a continuous variable are routinely conducted in biomedical disciplines with the primary goal of measuring agreement between the methods. Often, the data are collected by following a cohort of subjects over a period of time. This gives rise to longitudinal method comparison data where there is one observation trajectory for each method on every subject. It is not required that observations from all methods be available at each observation time. The multiple trajectories on the same subjects are dependent...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215043/is-the-change-of-percutaneous-oxygen-pressure-available-to-judge-the-effects-of-brachial-plexus-block
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Tomoki Nishiyama
BACKGROUND: To know the objective methods of the effects of the brachial plexus block, we studied the changes in percutaneous oxygen pressure (tcPO₂) with the hypothesis that tcPO₂ increases significantly on the blocked arm in comparison with the non-blocked arm, a phenomenon which is connected with vasodilation following the brachial plexus block. METHODS: Fifteen patients scheduled for upper extremity surgery, aged 20 to 70 years, with ASA physical status I or II were included...
February 19, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215021/sluggish-cognitive-tempo-processing-speed-and-internalizing-symptoms-the-moderating-effect-of-age
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Lisa A Jacobson, Megan Geist, E Mark Mahone
Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) has been defined by a constellation of caregiver-reported symptoms that includes daydreaming, difficulty initiating and sustaining effort, lethargy, and physical underactivity. These symptoms have been observed in both typically developing children and in some children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-especially those with the predominantly inattentive presentation. Symptoms of SCT (typically identified via rating scales) appear separable from DSM inattentive ADHD symptoms, but have also been associated with internalizing symptoms...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215008/the-greater-snow-goose-anser-caerulescens-atlanticus-managing-an-overabundant-population
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Josée Lefebvre, Gilles Gauthier, Jean-François Giroux, Austin Reed, Eric T Reed, Luc Bélanger
Between the early 1900s and the 1990s, the greater snow goose Anser caerulescens atlanticus population grew from 3000 individuals to more than 700 000. Because of concerns about Arctic degradation of natural habitats through overgrazing, a working group recommended the stabilization of the population. Declared overabundant in 1998, special management actions were then implemented in Canada and the United States. Meanwhile, a cost-benefit socioeconomic analysis was performed to set a target population size. Discussions aiming towards attaining a common vision were undertaken with stakeholders at multiple levels...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215003/improved-electromagnetic-tracking-for-catheter-path-reconstruction-with-application-in-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy
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Elodie Lugez, Hossein Sadjadi, Chandra P Joshi, Selim G Akl, Gabor Fichtinger
PURPOSE: Electromagnetic (EM) catheter tracking has recently been introduced in order to enable prompt and uncomplicated reconstruction of catheter paths in various clinical interventions. However, EM tracking is prone to measurement errors which can compromise the outcome of the procedure. Minimizing catheter tracking errors is therefore paramount to improve the path reconstruction accuracy. METHODS: An extended Kalman filter (EKF) was employed to combine the nonlinear kinematic model of an EM sensor inside the catheter, with both its position and orientation measurements...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214966/anomalous-coronary-arteries-and-myocardial-bridges-risk-stratification-in-children-using-novel-cardiac-catheterization-techniques
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Hitesh Agrawal, Silvana Molossi, Mahboob Alam, S Kristen Sexson-Tejtel, Carlos M Mery, E Dean McKenzie, Charles D Fraser, Athar M Qureshi
The evaluation of the vast majority of children with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) and/or myocardial bridges is performed with non-invasive testing. However, a subset of these patients may benefit from invasive testing for risk stratification. All patients included in the Coronary Anomalies Program (CAP) at Texas Children's Hospital who underwent cardiac catheterization were included. Techniques included selective coronary angiograms (SCA), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurements with provocative testing using adenosine and/or dobutamine infusions...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214915/evaluation-of-the-gard-assay-in-a-blind-cosmetics-europe-study
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Henrik Johansson, Robin Gradin, Andy Forreryd, Maria Agemark, Kathrin Zeller, Angelica Johansson, Olivia Larne, Erwin van Vliet, Carl Borrebaeck, Malin Lindstedt
Chemical hypersensitivity is an immunological response towards foreign substances, commonly referred to as sensitizers, which gives rise primarily to the clinical symptoms known as allergic contact dermatitis. For the purpose of mitigating risks associated with consumer products, chemicals are screened for sensitizing effects. Historically, such predictive screenings have been performed using animal models. However, due to industrial and regulatory demand, animal models for the purpose of sensitization assessment are being replaced by animal-free testing methods, a global trend that is spreading across industries and market segments...
February 17, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214892/baicalin-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-and-myocardial-remodeling-in-a-chronic-pressure-overload-mice-model
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Yanqing Zhang, Pingping Liao, Meng'en Zhu, Wei Li, Dan Hu, Siming Guan, Long Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalin has been shown to be effective for various animal models of cardiovascular diseases, such as pulmonary hypertension, atherosclerosis and myocardial ischaemic injury. However, whether baicalin plays a role in cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. Here we investigated the protective effects of baicalin on cardiac hypertrophy induced by pressure overload and explored the potential mechanisms involved. METHODS: C57BL/6J-mice were treated with baicalin or vehicle following transverse aortic constriction or Sham surgery for up to 8 weeks, and at different time points, cardiac function and heart size measurement and histological and biochemical examination were performed...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214843/metabolites-of-hypoxic-cardiomyocytes-induce-the-migration-of-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Huairui Shi, Xuehong Zhang, Zekun He, Zhiyong Wu, Liya Rao, Yushu Li
BACKGROUND: The migration of cardiac fibroblasts to the infarct region plays a major role in the repair process after myocardial necrosis or damage. However, few studies investigated whether early hypoxia in cardiomyocytes induces the migration of cardiac fibroblasts. The purpose of this study was to assess the role of metabolites of early hypoxic cardiomyocytes in the induction of cardiac fibroblast migration. METHODS: Neonatal rat heart tissue was digested with a mixture of trypsin and collagenase at an appropriate ratio...
January 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214841/drug-dosing-and-estimated-renal-function-any-step-forward-from-effersoe
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Mads Hornum, Bo Feldt-Rasmussen
Drug dosing in accordance with the renal function is a long-standing challenge to clinicians. For many years it has been evident that in many clinical situations there is no easy way to correctly dose any drug that is mainly cleared by the kidneys. Despite the development of many formulas for estimating the glomerular filtration rate, they all have serious shortcomings. Much effort has been put in to develop estimation formulas to evaluate the renal function as an alternative to direct methods with the aim of safely dosing drugs that are mainly cleared by the kidneys...
February 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214826/emodin-increases-expression-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-1-through-activation-of-mek-erk-ampk%C3%AE-and-interaction-of-ppar%C3%AE-and-sp1-in-lung-cancer
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Qing Tang, JingJing Wu, Fang Zheng, Swei Sunny Hann, YuQing Chen
BACKGROUND: Emodin has anti-neoplastic activities on multiple tumors. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect still remain to be fully understood. METHODS: Cell viability and cell cycle distribution were measured using 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays and flow cytometry, respectively. Cell invasion and migration were examined by transwell invasion and wound healing assays. Western blot analysis was performed to examine the phosphorylation and protein expression of AMP-activated protein kinase alpha (AMPKα), extracellular signaling-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ), insulin-like growth factor (IGF) binding protein 1 (IGFBP1) and the transcription factor Sp1...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214795/pre-implantation-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty-and-clinical-outcomes-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-propensity-score-analysis-of-the-uk-registry
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Glen P Martin, Matthew Sperrin, Rodrigo Bagur, Mark A de Belder, Iain Buchan, Mark Gunning, Peter F Ludman, Mamas A Mamas
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve predilation with balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) is recommended before transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), despite limited data around the requirement of this preprocedural step and the potential risks of embolization. This study aimed to investigate the trends in practice and associations of BAV on short-term outcomes in the UK TAVI registry. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eleven clinical endpoints were investigated, including 30-day mortality, myocardial infarction, aortic regurgitation, valve dysfunction, and composite early safety...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214792/suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Omar F AbouEzzeddine, Paul M McKie, Shannon M Dunlay, Susanna R Stevens, G Michael Felker, Barry A Borlaug, Horng H Chen, Russell P Tracy, Eugene Braunwald, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) receptor is a biomarker that is elevated in certain systemic inflammatory diseases. Comorbidity-driven microvascular inflammation is postulated to play a key role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) pathophysiology, but data on how sST2 relates to clinical characteristics or inflammatory conditions or biomarkers in HFpEF are limited. We sought to determine circulating levels and clinical correlates of sST2 in HFpEF...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214720/treatment-efficiency-and-economic-feasibility-of-biological-oxidation-membrane-filtration-and-separation-processes-and-advanced-oxidation-for-the-purification-and-valorization-of-olive-mill-wastewater
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L Ioannou-Ttofa, I Michael-Kordatou, S C Fattas, A Eusebio, B Ribeiro, M Rusan, A R B Amer, S Zuraiqi, M Waismand, C Linder, Z Wiesman, J Gilron, D Fatta-Kassinos
Olive mill wastewater (OMW) is a major waste stream resulting from numerous operations that occur during the production stages of olive oil. The resulting effluent contains various organic and inorganic contaminants and its environmental impact can be notable. The present work aims at investigating the efficiency of (i) jet-loop reactor with ultrafiltration (UF) membrane system (Jacto.MBR), (ii) solar photo-Fenton oxidation after coagulation/flocculation pre-treatment and (iii) integrated membrane filtration processes (i...
February 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214697/characterization-of-white-poplar-and-eucalyptus-after-ionic-liquid-pretreatment-as-a-function-of-biomass-loading-using-x-ray-diffraction-and-small-angle-neutron-scattering
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Xueming Yuan, Yonghao Duan, Lilin He, Seema Singh, Blake Simmons, Gang Cheng
A systematic study was performed to understand interactions among biomass loading during ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment, biomass type and biomass structures. White poplar and eucalyptus samples were pretreated using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EmimOAc) at 110°C for 3h at biomass loadings of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25wt%. All of the samples were chemically characterized and tested for enzymatic hydrolysis. Physical structures including biomass crystallinity and porosity were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS), respectively...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214683/neutron-measurements-in-radiotherapy-a-method-to-correct-neutron-sensitive-devices-for-parasitic-photon-response
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L Irazola, J A Terrón, R Bedogni, A Pola, M Lorenzoli, E Jimenez-Ortega, A R Barbeiro, B Sánchez-Nieto, F Sánchez-Doblado
One of the major causes of secondary malignancies after radiotherapy treatments are peripheral doses, known to increase for some newer techniques (such as IMRT or VMAT). For accelerators operating above 10MV, neutrons can represent important contribution to peripheral doses. This neutron contamination can be measured using different passive or active techniques, available in the literature. As far as active (or direct-reading) procedures are concerned, a major issue is represented by their parasitic photon sensitivity, which can significantly affect the measurement when the point of test is located near to the field-edge...
February 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214619/transition-from-non-fickian-to-fickian-longitudinal-transport-through-3-d-rough-fractures-scale-in-sensitivity-and-roughness-dependence
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Lichun Wang, M Bayani Cardenas
Understanding transport in rough fractures from non-Fickian to Fickian regimes and the prediction of non-Fickian transport is critical for the development of new transport theories and many practical applications. Through computational experiments that fall within the macrodispersion regime, we first simulated and analyzed solute transport through synthetic rough fractures with stationary geometrical properties (i.e., fracture roughness σb/〈b〉 and correlation length λ, where b refers to aperture with its standard deviation σb and arithmetic mean 〈b〉) across increasing fracture longitudinal transport domain length L, with L/λ ranging from 2...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214617/demonstrating-construct-validity-of-the-american-board-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-part-i-examination-an-analysis-of-dimensionality
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Mikaela Raddatz, Lawrence R Robinson
BACKGROUND: Ideally, high stakes examinations assess one dimension of medical knowledge to produce precise estimates of a candidate's performance. It has not been reported whether the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Part 1 Certification Examination (ABPMR-CE-1) is unidimensional or not. OBJECTIVE: To examine the ABPMR-CE-1 to measure how many dimensions it assesses. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING: We assessed examination results from the 2015 ABPMR-CE-1...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214614/predicting-medical-professionals-intention-to-allow-family-presence-during-resuscitation-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Meng-Kuan Lai, Bayu Aji Aritejo, Jing-Shia Tang, Chien-Liang Chen, Chia-Chang Chuang
BACKGROUND: Family presence during resuscitation is an emerging trend, yet it remains controversial, even in countries with relatively high acceptance of family presence during resuscitation among medical professionals. Family presence during resuscitation is not common in many countries, and medical professionals in these regions are unfamiliar with family presence during resuscitation. Therefore, this study predicted the medical professionals' intention to allow family presence during resuscitation by applying the theory of planned behaviour...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214613/the-effectiveness-of-standardized-skin-care-regimens-on-skin-dryness-in-nursing-home-residents-a-randomized-controlled-parallel-group-pragmatic-trial
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Elisabeth Hahnel, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Carina Trojahn, Gabor Dobos, Andrea Stroux, Natalie Garcia Bartels, Irina Jahnke, Andrea Lichterfeld-Kottner, Heike Neels-Herzmann, Anja Klasen, Jan Kottner
BACKGROUND: Aged residents of institutional long-term care facilities are at high risk for developing skin and tissue diseases. Besides various common skin problems, dry skin (xerosis cutis) is one of the most frequent skin conditions in this setting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of two structured skin care regimens in comparison to routine skin care on xerosis cutis in nursing home residents. DESIGN: A multi-center, pragmatic, randomized, controlled, investigator blinded study with three parallel groups...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
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