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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231669/-consistency-analysis-on-acute-hepatitis-b-inpatients-reported-by-hepatitis-b-surveillance-pilot-spots-in-six-provinces-of-china
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N Miao, G M Zhang, F Z Wang, H Zheng, X J Sun, X J Ma, F Q Cui
Objective: To understand the characteristics of acute hepatitis B inpatients reported by the hepatitis B surveillance pilot points and to estimate the consistency between the diagnosed and reported types of hepatitis B by the clinicians involved. Methods: Data related to acute hepatitis B was from the NNDRS and the characteristics of acute hepatitis B were classified by querying Hospital Information System. We recorded the results based on clinical diagnosis and analyzed the consistency between the reported and diagnosed types that the clinicians made, on hepatitis B...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231621/the-biogeography-of-tropical-reef-fishes-endemism-and-provinciality-through-time
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Peter F Cowman, Valeriano Parravicini, Michel Kulbicki, Sergio R Floeter
The largest marine biodiversity hotspot straddles the Indian and Pacific Oceans, driven by taxa associated with tropical coral reefs. Centred on the Indo-Australian Archipelago (IAA), this biodiversity hotspot forms the 'bullseye' of a steep gradient in species richness from this centre to the periphery of the vast Indo-Pacific region. Complex patterns of endemism, wide-ranging species and assemblage differences have obscured our understanding of the genesis of this biodiversity pattern and its maintenance across two-thirds of the world's oceans...
February 23, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231607/position-in-the-second-stage-of-labour-for-women-with-epidural-anaesthesia
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REVIEW
Marion Kibuka, Jim G Thornton
BACKGROUND: Epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour prolongs the second stage of labour and results in more instrumental deliveries. It has been suggested that a more upright position of the mother during all or part of the second stage may counteract these adverse effects. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2013. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of different birthing positions (upright and recumbent) during the second stage of labour, on important maternal and fetal outcomes for women with epidural analgesia...
February 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231492/family-history-density-of-substance-use-problems-among-undergraduate-college-students-associations-with-heavy-alcohol-use-and-alcohol-use-disorder
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Gregory Powers, Lisa Berger, Daniel Fuhrmann, Michael Fendrich
PURPOSE: A family history of alcoholism has been found associated with problematic alcohol use among college students, but less research has examined the effects of family history density of substance use problems in this population. This study examined the prevalence of family history density of substance use problems and its associations with heavy alcohol use, negative alcohol consequences, and alcohol use disorder in a college sample. METHODS: Based on a secondary analysis of a probability sample, data were analyzed from 606 undergraduate students...
February 9, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231380/perioperative-medications-for-preventing-temporarily-increased-intraocular-pressure-after-laser-trabeculoplasty
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REVIEW
Linda Zhang, Jennifer S Weizer, David C Musch
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is the international leading cause of irreversible blindness. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is the only currently known modifiable risk factor; it can be reduced by medications, incisional surgery, or laser trabeculoplasty (LTP). LTP reduces IOP by 25% to 30% from baseline, but early acute IOP elevation after LTP is a common adverse effect. Most of these IOP elevations are transient, but temporarily elevated IOP may cause further optic nerve damage, worsening of glaucoma requiring additional therapy, and permanent vision loss...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231308/diet-diversity-and-nutritional-status-among-adults-in-southwest-china
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Qiang Zhang, Xinguang Chen, Zhitao Liu, Deepthi S Varma, Rong Wan, Shiwen Zhao
BACKGROUND: With rapid urbanization in the past decades, diet diversity continues to increase in China. The present cross-sectional study aims to explore the association between dietary diversity and nutritional status among adults in southwest China. METHODS: This study used data from 2011-2012 National Nutritional Survey in Yunnan Province, southwest China (N = 1105).Data of three consecutive 24-hour dietary recalls were used to calculate dietary diversity scores (DDS) and nutrient adequacy ratio (NAR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231239/surveillance-for-health-care-access-and-health-services-use-adults-aged-18-64-years-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-united-states-2014
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Catherine A Okoro, Guixiang Zhao, Jared B Fox, Paul I Eke, Kurt J Greenlund, Machell Town
PROBLEM/CONDITION: As a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of U.S. adults attained health insurance coverage. However, millions of adults remain uninsured or underinsured. Compared with adults without barriers to health care, adults who lack health insurance coverage, have coverage gaps, or skip or delay care because of limited personal finances might face increased risk for poor physical and mental health and premature mortality. PERIOD COVERED: 2014...
February 24, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231042/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-four-simulated-colorectal-cancer-screening-interventions-north-carolina
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Kristen Hassmiller Lich, David A Cornejo, Maria E Mayorga, Michael Pignone, Florence K L Tangka, Lisa C Richardson, Tzy-Mey Kuo, Anne-Marie Meyer, Ingrid J Hall, Judith Lee Smith, Todd A Durham, Steven A Chall, Trisha M Crutchfield, Stephanie B Wheeler
INTRODUCTION: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are suboptimal, particularly among the uninsured and the under-insured and among rural and African American populations. Little guidance is available for state-level decision makers to use to prioritize investment in evidence-based interventions to improve their population's health. The objective of this study was to demonstrate use of a simulation model that incorporates synthetic census data and claims-based statistical models to project screening behavior in North Carolina...
February 23, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230909/a-general-instrumental-variable-framework-for-regression-analysis-with-outcome-missing-not-at-random
#9
Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen, Kathleen E Wirth
The instrumental variable (IV) design is a well-known approach for unbiased evaluation of causal effects in the presence of unobserved confounding. In this article, we study the IV approach to account for selection bias in regression analysis with outcome missing not at random. In such a setting, a valid IV is a variable which (i) predicts the nonresponse process, and (ii) is independent of the outcome in the underlying population. We show that under the additional assumption (iii) that the IV is independent of the magnitude of selection bias due to nonresponse, the population regression in view is nonparametrically identified...
February 23, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230616/validating-the-postdischarge-surgical-recovery-scale-13-as-a-measure-of-perceived-postoperative-recovery-after-laparoscopic-sacrocolpopexy
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Janet S Carpenter, Michael Heit, Chen X Chen, Ryan Stewart, Jennifer Hamner, Kevin L Rand
OBJECTIVES: No postoperative recovery measurement tools have been validated among women undergoing laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse, which impedes development and testing of strategies to improve recovery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of the Postdischarge Surgical Recovery Scale (PSR) as a measure of perceived recovery in laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy patients. METHODS: Women (N = 120) with stage 2 or higher pelvic organ prolapse undergoing laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy completed a 15-minute postoperative survey (days 7, 14, 42, and 90 [each ± 3 days]) which included the 15-item PSR...
March 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230459/estimated-cost-effectiveness-cost-benefit-and-risk-reduction-associated-with-an-endocrinologist-pharmacist-diabetes-intense-medical-management-tune-up-clinic
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Jan D Hirsch, Mark Bounthavong, Anisa Arjmand, David R Ha, Christine L Cadiz, Andrew Zimmerman, Heather Ourth, Anthony P Morreale, Steven V Edelman, Candis M Morello
BACKGROUND: In 2012 U.S. diabetes costs were estimated to be $245 billion, with $176 billion related to direct diabetes treatment and associated complications. Although a few studies have reported positive glycemic and economic benefits for diabetes patients treated under primary care physician (PCP)-pharmacist collaborative practice models, no studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of an endocrinologist-pharmacist collaborative practice model treating complex diabetes patients versus usual PCP care for similar patients...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229455/maternal-perinatal-and-concurrent-depressive-symptoms-and-child-behavior-problems-a-sibling-comparison-study
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Line C Gjerde, Espen Moen Eilertsen, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Tom A McAdams, Henrik Daae Zachrisson, Imac Maria Zambrana, Espen Røysamb, Kenneth S Kendler, Eivind Ystrom
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have found significant associations between maternal prenatal and postpartum depression and child behavior problems (CBP). The present study investigates whether associations remain in a prospective, longitudinal design adjusted for familial confounding. METHODS: The sample comprised 11,599 families including 17,830 siblings from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study. Mothers reported depressive symptoms at gestational weeks 17 and 30, as well as 6 months, 1...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229257/potential-ecological-risk-assessment-and-predicting-zinc-accumulation-in-soils
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Agnieszka Baran, Jerzy Wieczorek, Ryszard Mazurek, Krzysztof Urbański, Agnieszka Klimkowicz-Pawlas
The aims of this study were to investigate zinc content in the studied soils; evaluate the efficiency of geostatistics in presenting spatial variability of zinc in the soils; assess bioavailable forms of zinc in the soils and to assess soil-zinc binding ability; and to estimate the potential ecological risk of zinc in soils. The study was conducted in southern Poland, in the Malopolska Province. This area is characterized by a great diversity of geological structures and types of land use and intensity of industrial development...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228166/methylene-blue-assay-for-estimation-of-regenerative-re-epithelialization-in-vivo
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Maresha Milyavsky, Renee Dickie
The rapidity with which epithelial cells cover a wound surface helps determine whether scarring or scar-less healing results. As methylene blue is a vital dye that is absorbed by damaged tissue but not undamaged epidermis, it can be used to assess wound closure. We sought to develop a quantitative methylene blue exclusion assay to estimate the timeframe for re-epithelialization in regenerating appendages in zebrafish and axolotls, two classic model systems of regeneration. Following application of methylene blue to the amputation plane and extensive washing, the regenerating tail was imaged in vivo until staining was no longer visible...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228036/estimation-of-the-critical-behavior-in-an-active-colloidal-system-with-vicsek-like-interactions
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Benjamin Trefz, Jonathan Tammo Siebert, Thomas Speck, Kurt Binder, Peter Virnau
We study numerically the critical behavior of a modified, active Asakura-Oosawa model for colloid-polymer mixtures. The colloids are modeled as self-propelled particles with Vicsek-like interactions. This system undergoes phase separation between a colloid-rich and a polymer-rich phase, whereby the phase diagram depends on the strength of the Vicsek-like interactions. Employing a subsystem-block-density distribution analysis, we determine the critical point and make an attempt to estimate the critical exponents...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227754/brain-heart-linear-and-nonlinear-dynamics-during-visual-emotional-elicitation-in-healthy-subjects
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G Valenza, A Greco, C Gentili, A Lanata, N Toschi, R Barbieri, L Sebastiani, D Menicucci, A Gemignani, E P Scilingo, G Valenza, A Greco, C Gentili, A Lanata, N Toschi, R Barbieri, L Sebastiani, D Menicucci, A Gemignani, E P Scilingo, A Lanata, A Gemignani, E P Scilingo, A Greco, D Menicucci, L Sebastiani, C Gentili, N Toschi, R Barbieri, G Valenza
This study investigates brain-heart dynamics during visual emotional elicitation in healthy subjects through linear and nonlinear coupling measures of EEG spectrogram and instantaneous heart rate estimates. To this extent, affective pictures including different combinations of arousal and valence levels, gathered from the International Affective Picture System, were administered to twenty-two healthy subjects. Time-varying maps of cortical activation were obtained through EEG spectral analysis, whereas the associated instantaneous heartbeat dynamics was estimated using inhomogeneous point-process linear models...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227430/a-method-for-coronary-bifurcation-centerline-reconstruction-from-angiographic-images-based-on-focalization-optimization
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E Montin, S Migliori, C Chiastra, C Credi, R Fedele, C Aurigemma, M Levi, F Burzotta, F Migliavacca, L T Mainardi, E Montin, S Migliori, C Chiastra, C Credi, R Fedele, C Aurigemma, M Levi, F Burzotta, F Migliavacca, L T Mainardi, L T Mainardi, C Chiastra, E Montin, S Migliori, F Burzotta, C Credi, R Fedele, M Levi, C Aurigemma, F Migliavacca
A method for the reconstruction of a vessel centerline from angiographic images is outlined in this work. A typical coronary artery segment with bifurcations was emulated with a 3D printed static phantom and several angiograms were acquired at various angular positions on the C-Arm. The effectiveness of the reconstruction turned out to be largely influenced by the intrinsic parameters of the angiographic system, particularly the homogeneous coordinates system scaling factor λ. Therefore, recourse was made to a heuristic optimization method to estimate the optimal value of λ for each view...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227323/estimation-and-modeling-of-eeg-amplitude-temporal-characteristics-using-a-marked-point-process-approach
#18
Carlos A Loza, Jose C Principe, Carlos A Loza, Jose C Principe, Carlos A Loza, Jose C Principe
We propose a novel interpretation of single channel Electroencephalogram (EEG) traces based on the transient nature of encoded processes in the brain. In particular, the proposed framework models EEG as the output of the noisy addition of temporal, reoccurring, transient patterns known as phasic events. This is not only neurophysiologically sound, but it also provides additional information that classical EEG analysis often disregards. Furthermore, by utilizing sparse decomposition techniques, it is possible to obtain amplitude and timing that is further modeled using estimation and fitting techniques...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227307/estimating-the-progression-of-muscle-fatigue-based-on-dependence-between-motor-units-using-high-density-surface-electromyogram
#19
Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar, Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar, Adrian Bingham, Dinesh K Kumar, Sridhar P Arjunan
In this study we have tested the hypothesis regarding the increase in synchronization with the onset of muscle fatigue. For this aim, we have investigated the difference in the synchronicity between high density surface electromyogram (sEMG) channels of the rested muscles and when at the limit of endurance. Synchronization was measured by computing and normalizing the mutual information between the sEMG signals recorded from the high-density array electrode locations. Ten volunteers (Age range: 21 and 35 years; Mean age = 26 years; Male = 6, Female = 4) participated in our experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227302/the-role-of-electromechanical-delay-in-modelling-the-emg-force-relationship-during-quasi-dynamic-contractions-of-the-upper-limb
#20
Gregg Johns, Evelyn Morin, Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad, Gregg Johns, Evelyn Morin, Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad, Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad, Gregg Johns, Evelyn Morin
There is a discontinuity in published electromechanical delays (EMD) in upper-limb muscles and the state-of-the-art in modelling end-point force from electromyographic signals collected from one or more muscles. Published values are typically in the range of 10 to 30ms, depending on the nature of the contraction. In published literature where the EMG-force relationship is modelled, generally a delay of 100ms or more is induced during linear enveloping to match the EMD. The implications of EMD on end-point force prediction were considered using inter-session end-point force modelling with a support-vector-regression model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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