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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926814/the-economic-impact-of-insulin-related-hypoglycemia-in-denmark-an-analysis-using-the-local-impact-of-hypoglycemia-tool
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Nicki Hoskins, Christian Klyver Tikkanen, Ulrik Pedersen-Bjergaard
AIMS: To estimate the direct cost of hypoglycemia in insulin-treated adults with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) and type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in Denmark. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Local Impact of Hypoglycemia Tool (LIHT) was used to estimate the costs associated with insulin-related hypoglycemia. Average utilization of healthcare resources, including the costs of pre-hospitalization, hospital admission, healthcare professional contact and follow-up, glucose/glucagon, and extra SMBG tests to monitor blood glucose following an episode, was used to calculate an average cost per severe and per non-severe hypoglycemic episode...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926742/modeling-deficits-from-early-auditory-information-processing-to-psychosocial-functioning-in-schizophrenia
#2
Michael L Thomas, Michael F Green, Gerhard Hellemann, Catherine A Sugar, Melissa Tarasenko, Monica E Calkins, Tiffany A Greenwood, Raquel E Gur, Ruben C Gur, Laura C Lazzeroni, Keith H Nuechterlein, Allen D Radant, Larry J Seidman, Alexandra L Shiluk, Larry J Siever, Jeremy M Silverman, Joyce Sprock, William S Stone, Neal R Swerdlow, Debby W Tsuang, Ming T Tsuang, Bruce I Turetsky, David L Braff, Gregory A Light
Importance: Neurophysiologic measures of early auditory information processing (EAP) are used as endophenotypes in genomic studies and biomarkers in clinical intervention studies. Research in schizophrenia has established correlations among measures of EAP, cognition, clinical symptoms, and functional outcome. Clarifying these associations by determining the pathways through which deficits in EAP affect functioning would suggest when and where to therapeutically intervene. Objectives: To characterize the pathways from EAP to outcome and to estimate the extent to which enhancement of basic information processing might improve cognition and psychosocial functioning in schizophrenia...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925656/mold-and-dampness-exposure-and-allergic-outcomes-from-birth-to-adolescence-data-from-the-bamse-cohort
#3
Jesse D Thacher, Olena Gruzieva, Göran Pershagen, Erik Melén, Johnny C Lorentzen, Inger Kull, Anna Bergström
BACKGROUND: Exposure to moldy or damp indoor environments is associated with allergic disease in young children, but it is unclear if the effects persist to adolescence. Our objective was to assess if exposure to mold or dampness during infancy increases the risk of asthma, rhinitis, or IgE sensitization in children followed from birth to 16 years of age. METHODS: We collected questionnaire derived reports of mold or dampness indicators and allergic outcomes from 3798 children in a Swedish birth cohort (BAMSE)...
December 7, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925484/risk-factors-associated-with-repeated-hiv-testing-among-internet-using-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Brent A Johnson, Jennie McKenney, Alexandra V Ricca, Eli S Rosenberg, Chang Liu, Akshay Sharma, Patrick S Sullivan
: Men who have sex with men (MSM) represent a disproportionately impacted risk group for HIV incidence among at-risk U.S. POPULATIONS: Few studies have identified risk factors associated with HIV testing frequency both within and outside of traditional health care settings. MSM enrolled in a prospective cohort were mailed at-home specimen collection kits and followed for a year. Incidence density rate ratios (IDRR) of testing were calculated, and generalized estimating equations were used to analyze the association between HIV testing and behavioral factors...
December 2016: AIDS Education and Prevention: Official Publication of the International Society for AIDS Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925344/comparison-on-accuracy-of-different-nonlinear-models-in-predicting-growth-of-podolica-bulls
#5
Maria Selvaggi, Vito Laudadio, Angela Gabriella D'Alessandro, Cataldo Dario, Vincenzo Tufarelli
Animal growth does not follow a linear pattern, being explained mathematically by functions that have parameters with biological meaning. These parameters are used to estimate the expected weight of animals at specific ages. Several nonlinear models have been used to describe growth. This study was carried out to estimate the parameters of logistic, Gompertz, Richards and von Bertalanffy growth curve models in a sample of Podolica young bulls to determine the goodness of fit. Animals were weighed every 3 months from birth to 810 days of age...
December 7, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925242/red-blood-cell-mechanical-fragility-test-for-clinical-research-applications
#6
Luke A Ziegler, Salim E Olia, Marina V Kameneva
Red blood cell (RBC) susceptibility to mechanically induced hemolysis, or RBC mechanical fragility (MF), is an important parameter in the characterization of erythrocyte membrane health. The rocker bead test (RBT) and associated calculated mechanical fragility index (MFI) is a simple method for the assessment of RBC MF. Requiring a minimum of 15.5 mL of blood and necessitating adjustment of hematocrit (Ht) to a "standard" value (40%), the current RBT is not suitable for use in most studies involving human subjects...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925034/formulation-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-carbopol-934-based-modified-clotrimazole-gel-for-topical-application
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Muhammad Ubaid, Sadaf Ilyas, Sadullah Mir, Abida K Khan, Rehana Rashid, Muhammad Z U Khan, Zainab G Kanwal, Ahmad Nawaz, Amna Shah, Ghulam Murtaza
The aim of present study was to enhance topical permeation of clotrimazole gel preparation by using various permeability enhancers such as coconut oil, pistachio oil and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). Clotrimazole gel preparations were prepared and optimized by using three factor, five level central composite design. A second-order polynomial equation was generated in order to estimate the effect of independent variables i.e. coconut oil (X1), pistachio oil (X2) and sodium lauryl sulphate (X3) at various dependent variables i...
December 1, 2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924715/perfluoroalkyl-acids-pfaas-and-anthropometric-measures-in-the-first-year-of-life-results-from-the-duisburg-birth-cohort
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Eman Alkhalawi, Monika Kasper-Sonnenberg, Michael Wilhelm, Wolfgang Völkel, Jürgen Wittsiepe
In the context of the Duisburg Birth Cohort, this retrospective cohort study provides results of internal exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) in 156 mother-child pairs, and investigates whether and to what extent in utero exposure of these chemicals at German background levels exerts an effect on newborn and infant weight and length, and weight in relation to length expressed by ponderal index, in order to examine whether any reduction in weight is disproportionate to length...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924623/does-inflammation-mediate-relationships-between-racial-identity-and-onset-of-menopause-among-us-adults
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Alexandra C H Nowakowski, Katelyn Y Graves
We assess how well differences in ethnoracial background may predict timing of menopause among females in the USA and whether or not inflammatory biomarker levels appear to mediate these overall associations. We use data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) to model apparent net effects from race on menopausal onset, as well as possible mediating influences from the inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP). Using continuous time event history analysis, we assess and frame overall relationships between race and menopausal age...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924615/a-model-for-predicting-the-interindividual-variability-of-drug-drug-interactions
#10
M Tod, L Bourguignon, N Bleyzac, S Goutelle
Pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions are frequently characterized and quantified by an AUC ratio (Rauc). The typical value of the AUC ratio in case of cytochrome-mediated interactions may be predicted by several approaches, based on in vitro or in vivo data. Prediction of the interindividual variability of Rauc would help to anticipate more completely the consequences of a drug-drug interaction. We propose and evaluate a simple approach for predicting the standard deviation (sd) of Ln(Rauc), a metric close to the interindividual coefficient of variation of Rauc...
December 6, 2016: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923116/new-evidence-in-support-of-staging-approaches-in-schizophrenia-differences-in-clinical-profiles-between-first-episode-early-stage-and-late-stage
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Bruno Bertolucci Ortiz, Fernanda Dal Medico Eden, Aline Silva Rodrigues de Souza, Carla Agostinho Teciano, Daniela Malatesta de Lima, Cristiano Noto, Cinthia Hiroko Higuchi, Hugo Cogo-Moreira, Rodrigo Affonseca Bressan, Ary Gadelha
Few studies have examined the progression of symptom dimensions in schizophrenia patients over the course of the illness. The objective of this study was to investigate whether clinical and psychopathological differences exist between first-episode schizophrenia (FES) and multiple-episode patients in an inpatient setting. Patients (N=203) were evaluated using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) over time. Five different generalized estimating equations were built for the PANSS factors using the following as covariates: sex, patient's age, assessment time point (i...
November 18, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922939/telomere-length-is-longer-in-women-with-late-maternal-age
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Erin Fagan, Fangui Sun, Harold Bae, Irma Elo, Stacy L Andersen, Joseph Lee, Kaare Christensen, Bharat Thyagarajan, Paola Sebastiani, Thomas Perls, Lawrence S Honig, Nicole Schupf
OBJECTIVE: Maternal age at birth of last child has been associated with maternal longevity. The aim of this study was to determine whether older women with a history of late maternal age at last childbirth had a longer leukocyte telomere length than those with maternal age at last childbirth of 29 years or less. METHODS: A nested case control study was conducted using data from the Long Life Family Study. Three hundred eighty-seven women who gave birth to at least one child and lived to the top fifth percentile of their birth cohort, or died before the top fifth percentile of their birth cohort died, but were at least 70 years old, were studied...
December 5, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922918/real-time-fatigue-and-free-living-physical-activity-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-cancer-survivors-and-healthy-controls-a-preliminary-examination-of-the-temporal-dynamic-relationship
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Eileen Danaher Hacker, Inah Kim, Chang Park, Tara Peters
BACKGROUND: Fatigue and physical inactivity, critical problems facing cancer survivors, impact overall health and functioning. Our group designed a novel methodology to evaluate the temporal, dynamic patterns in real-world settings. OBJECTIVE: Using real-time technology, the temporal, dynamic relationship between real-time fatigue and free-living is described and compared in cancer survivors who were treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (n = 25) and age- and gender-matched healthy controls (n = 25)...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922828/a-new-method-of-estimation-of-dose-conversion-coefficients-for-aquatic-biota
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Yang Li, Jiangguo Li, Huijuan Wang, Aijun Wang
In order to develop the basis of an approach, through which we can comprehend the relationships of radiation exposures and dose, and dose and radiological effects, large numbers of dosimetric data are required. It is complex to estimate the dosimetry involved due to enormous variability of organism shapes, masses, and their natural habitats. This paper aims to develop an empirical equation, which correlates dose conversion coefficients (DCCs) with organism volume V, density ρ, source energy E and curve fitting coefficients...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922522/chronic-kidney-disease-predicts-coronary-plaque-vulnerability-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Jiannan Dai, Lei Xing, Jingbo Hou, Haibo Jia, Sining Hu, Jinwei Tian, Lin Lin, Lulu Li, Yinchun Zhu, Gonghui Zheng, Shaosong Zhang, Bo Yu, Ik-Kyung Jang
OBJECTIVE: The addition of cystatin C to creatinine in calculating the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is known to improve the risk prediction for cardiovascular events. We sought to investigate the associations between eGFRs calculated by three Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equations and coronary plaque phenotype by optical coherence tomography. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed 181 nonculprit plaques from 116 coronary artery disease patients...
December 2, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920366/a-graphical-perspective-of-marginal-structural-models-an-application-for-the-estimation-of-the-effect-of-physical-activity-on-blood-pressure
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Denis Talbot, Amanda M Rossi, Simon L Bacon, Juli Atherton, Geneviève Lefebvre
Estimating causal effects requires important prior subject-matter knowledge and, sometimes, sophisticated statistical tools. The latter is especially true when targeting the causal effect of a time-varying exposure in a longitudinal study. Marginal structural models are a relatively new class of causal models that effectively deal with the estimation of the effects of time-varying exposures. Marginal structural models have traditionally been embedded in the counterfactual framework to causal inference. In this paper, we use the causal graph framework to enhance the implementation of marginal structural models...
December 5, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919515/sexual-dimorphism-of-the-tibia-in-contemporary-greek-cypriots-and-cretans-forensic-applications
#17
E K Kranioti, J G García-Donas, P S Almeida Prado, X P Kyriakou, H C Langstaff
Sex estimation is an essential step in the identification process of unknown heavily decomposed human remains as it eliminates all possible matches of the opposite sex from the missing person's database. Osteometric methods constitute a reliable approach for sex estimation and considering the variation of sexual dimorphism between and within populations; standards for specific populations are required to ensure accurate results. The current study aspires to contribute osteometric data on the tibia from contemporary Greek-Cypriots to assist the identification process...
November 16, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919355/model-observational-bridging-study-on-the-effectiveness-of-ezetimibe-on-cardiovascular-morbidity-and-mortality-in-france-a-population-based-study
#18
Jean Ferrières, Jean Dallongeville, Michel Rossignol, Jacques Bénichou, J Jaime Caro, Denis Getsios, Luis Hernandez, Lucien Abenhaim, Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the real-life impact of ezetimibe on cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in France. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the number of non-fatal and fatal CV events that could be prevented and corresponding number of patients needed to treat (NNT) with ezetimibe to prevent one CV event over 5 years. METHODS: Non-interventional 48-month follow-up cohort conducted in hypercholesterolemic patients starting on ezetimibe <3 months at study entry, either as monotherapy or combined with statins...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919062/epidemiology-of-occupational-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-reports-from-the-sword-scheme%C3%A2-in-the-uk-from-1996-to-2015
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C M Barber, R E Wiggans, M Carder, R Agius
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the reported incidence of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis (OHP) in the UK and to consider whether the pattern of attributed causation has changed over time. METHODS: All cases of OHP reported to the SWORD scheme between January 1996 and December 2015 were classified into 1 of 10 categories of the suspected agent. Cases were grouped into four 5-year time periods to examine any changing pattern in incidence or suspected causation. For each time period, the annual incidence was calculated using the estimated number of reported cases and the working population of the UK...
October 8, 2016: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918976/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-family-oriented-self-management-program-to-improve-self-efficacy-glycemic-control-and-quality-of-life-among-thai-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes
#20
Nutchanath Wichit, George Mnatzaganian, Mary Courtney, Paula Schulz, Maree Johnson
AIMS: We evaluated a theoretically-derived family-oriented intervention aimed to improve self-efficacy, self-management, glycemic control and quality of life in individuals living with Type 2 diabetes in Thailand. METHODS: In a single-blinded randomized controlled trial, 140 volunteer individuals with Type 2 diabetes, recruited from a diabetes clinic in rural Thailand, were randomly allocated to intervention and control arms. Those in the intervention arm received routine care plus a family-oriented program that included education classes, group discussions, a home visit, and a telephone follow-up while the control arm only received routine care...
November 19, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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