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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437693/an-assessment-of-the-social-cognitive-predictors-of-exclusive-breastfeeding-behavior-using-the-health-action-process-approach
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J L Martinez-Brockman, F M Shebl, N Harari, R Pérez-Escamilla
RATIONALE: In the United States rates of exclusive breastfeeding duration remain exceedingly low. Exclusive breastfeeding is a complex learned behavior that is influenced by social cognitive, interpersonal, and structural factors. Interventions are needed that address factors at multiple levels of the social-ecological model. This study was designed to examine the social cognitive predictors of exclusive breastfeeding behavior in a sample of low-income women attending the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) breastfeeding peer counseling program and enrolled in the Lactation Advice Through Texting Can Help (LATCH) study...
April 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436732/administrative-license-suspension-does-length-of-suspension-matter
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James C Fell, Michael Scherer
OBJECTIVE: Administrative license revocation (ALR) laws, which provide that the license of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration at or over the illegal limit is subject to an immediate suspension by the state department of motor vehicles, are an example of a traffic law in which the sanction rapidly follows the offense. The power of ALR laws has been attributed to how swiftly the sanction is applied, but does the length of suspension matter? Our objectives were to (a) determine the relationship of the ALR suspension length to the prevalence of drinking drivers relative to sober drivers in fatal crashes and (b) estimate the extent that the relationship is associated to the general deterrent effect compared to the specific deterrent effect of the law...
February 10, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436257/brain-temperature-but-not-core-temperature-increases-during-spreading-depolarizations-in-patients-with-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Alois J Schiefecker, Mario Kofler, Max Gaasch, Ronny Beer, Iris Unterberger, Bettina Pfausler, Gregor Broessner, Peter Lackner, Paul Rhomberg, Elke Gizewski, Werner O Hackl, Miriam Mulino, Martin Ortler, Claudius Thome, Erich Schmutzhard, Raimund Helbok
Spreading depolarizations (SDs) are highly active metabolic events, commonly occur in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and may be triggered by fever. We investigated the dynamics of brain-temperature (Tbrain) and core-temperature (Tcore) relative to the occurrence of SDs. Twenty consecutive comatose ICH patients with multimodal electrocorticograpy (ECoG) and Tbrain monitoring of the perihematomal area were prospectively enrolled. Clusters of SDs were defined as ≥2 SDs/h. Generalized estimating equations were used for statistical calculations...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436185/predictive-factors-for-dementia-and-cognitive-impairment-among-residents-living-in-the-veterans-retirement-communities-in-taiwan-implications-for-cognitive-health-promotion-activities
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Liang-Yu Chen, Yi-Hui Wu, Chung-Yu Huang, Li-Kuo Liu, An-Chun Hwang, Li-Ning Peng, Ming-Hsieh Lin, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: To identify potentially modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline among veterans' home residents in Taiwan METHODS: The present retrospective cohort study was part of the Veteran Affairs-Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment study that retrieved data of the comprehensive geriatric assessment for 946 residents living at four veterans' homes in Taiwan. The study participants were interviewed every 3-6 months from January 2012 and December 2014. Demographic characteristics,multimorbidity by Charlson's Comorbidities Index, physical function by the Barthel Index, cognition by the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), depression by the five-item Geriatric Depression Scale and nutritional status by the Mini-Nutrition Assessment-Short Form were collected for analysis...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436047/propensity-scores-based-methods-for-estimating-average-treatment-effect-and-average-treatment-effect-among-treated-a-comparative-study
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Younathan Abdia, K B Kulasekera, Somnath Datta, Maxwell Boakye, Maiying Kong
Propensity score based statistical methods, such as matching, regression, stratification, inverse probability weighting (IPW), and doubly robust (DR) estimating equations, have become popular in estimating average treatment effect (ATE) and average treatment effect among treated (ATT) in observational studies. Propensity score is the conditional probability receiving a treatment assignment with given covariates, and propensity score is usually estimated by logistic regression. However, a misspecification of the propensity score model may result in biased estimates for ATT and ATE...
April 24, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436045/improved-methods-for-the-marginal-analysis-of-longitudinal-data-in-the-presence-of-time-dependent-covariates
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I-Chen Chen, Philip M Westgate
Generalized estimating equations (GEEs) are commonly used for the marginal analysis of longitudinal data. In order to obtain consistent regression parameter estimates, these estimating equations must be unbiased. However, in the presence of certain types of time-dependent covariates, these equations can be biased unless they incorporate the independence working correlation structure. Moreover, in this case, regression parameter estimation can be very inefficient because not all valid moment conditions are incorporated within the corresponding estimating equations...
April 24, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434893/what-makes-people-leave-their-food-the-interaction-of-personal-and-situational-factors-leading-to-plate-leftovers-in-canteens
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Bettina Anne-Sophie Lorenz, Monika Hartmann, Nina Langen
In order to provide a basis for the reduction of food losses, our study analyzes individual food choice, eating and leftover behavior in a university canteen by consideration of personal, social and environmental determinants. Based on an extended literature review, a structural equation model is derived and empirically tested for a sample of 343 students. The empirical estimates support the derived model with a good overall model fit and sufficient R(2) values for dependent variables. Hence, our results provide evidence for a general significant impact of behavioral intention and related personal and social determinants as well as for the relevance of environmental/situational determinants such as portion sizes and palatability of food for plate leftovers...
April 20, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434748/predicting-stage-2-of-calving-in-holstein-friesian-heifers
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K Lange, C Fischer-Tenhagen, W Heuwieser
The objective of this study was to predict stage 2 of calving in Holstein-Friesian heifers. Interobserver reliability and predictive values of relevant signs of imminent parturition (i.e., tail raising, stepping, clear and bloody vaginal discharge, turning the head toward the abdomen, and lying lateral with abdominal contractions) were determined. In the first experiment 32 heifers were included. Three investigators participated as observers in the study. They walked through the precalving pen in pairs and observed pregnant heifers (≥267 d pregnant)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434717/relative-genetic-and-environmental-contributions-to-variations-in-human-retinal-electrical-responses-quantified-in-a-twin-study
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Taha Bhatti, Ambreen Tariq, Ting Shen, Katie M Williams, Christopher J Hammond, Omar A Mahroo
PURPOSE: To estimate heritability of parameters of human retinal electrophysiology and to explore which parameters change with age. DESIGN: Prospective, classic twin study. PARTICIPANTS: Adult monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs recruited from the TwinsUK cohort. METHODS: Electroretinogram responses were recorded using conductive fiber electrodes in response to stimuli incorporating standards set by the International Society for the Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision...
April 20, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434703/glomerular-filtration-rate-estimation-in-people-older-than-85-comparison-between-ckd-epi-mdrd-idms-and-bis1-equations
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Fernando Bustos-Guadaño, José Luis Martín-Calderón, Juan José Criado-Álvarez, Raquel Muñoz-Jara, Adolfo Cantalejo-Gutiérrez, María Concepción Mena-Moreno
BACKGROUND: The evidence of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) estimating with serum creatinine based formulae in the elderly population is scarce. The purpose of this study is to compare CKD-EPI, MRD4-IDMS and BIS1 equations to analyse correlation and concordance in a population older than 85 years old. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We designed a retrospective cross-sectional study, which included data from 600 patients older than 85 years. GFR was estimated by the following equations: CKD-EPI, MDR4-IDMS and BIS1, using as variables sex, age and serum creatinine concentration...
March 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434635/readmissions-unplanned-emergency-room-visits-and-surgical-retreatment-rates-after-anti-reflux-procedures
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Hsin-Hsiao S Wang, Rohit Tejwani, Steven Wolf, John S Wiener, Jonathan C Routh
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: The choice between endoscopic injection (EI) and ureteroneocystotomy (UNC) for surgical correction of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To compare postoperative outcomes of EI vs UNC. STUDY DESIGN: This study reviewed linked inpatient (SID), ambulatory surgery (SASD), and emergency department (SEDD) data from five states in the United States (2007-10) to identify pediatric patients with primary VUR undergoing EI or UNC as an initial surgical intervention...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434096/benefits-and-risks-of-a-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-peg-for-decompression-in-patients-with-malignant-gastrointestinal-obstruction
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Anne Dittrich, Barbara Schubert, Michael Kramer, Felicitas Lenz, Karin Kast, Ulrich Schuler, Markus K Schuler
PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal obstruction presents many burdens for patients with end-stage abdominal cancer, such as nausea and vomiting. Few detailed data on the efficacy of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) for decompression exists. This retrospective cohort study investigates the quantity of symptom relief realized with PEG and the corresponding complications. METHODS: Chart reviews of 75 patients with malignant gastrointestinal obstruction, who received a PEG for decompression, were performed...
April 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433503/mr-fingerprinting-reconstruction-with-kalman-filter
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Xiaodi Zhang, Zechen Zhou, Shiyang Chen, Shuo Chen, Rui Li, Xiaoping Hu
Magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MR fingerprinting or MRF) is a newly introduced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging technique, which enables simultaneous multi-parameter mapping in a single acquisition with improved time efficiency. The current MRF reconstruction method is based on dictionary matching, which may be limited by the discrete and finite nature of the dictionary and the computational cost associated with dictionary construction, storage and matching. In this paper, we describe a reconstruction method based on Kalman filter for MRF, which avoids the use of dictionary to obtain continuous MR parameter measurements...
April 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433392/quantifying-rates-of-cell-migration-and-cell-proliferation-in-co-culture-barrier-assays-reveals-how-skin-and-melanoma-cells-interact-during-melanoma-spreading-and-invasion
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Parvathi Haridas, Catherine J Penington, Jacqui A McGovern, D L Sean McElwain, Matthew J Simpson
Malignant spreading involves the migration of cancer cells amongst other native cell types. For example, in vivo melanoma invasion involves individual melanoma cells migrating through native skin, which is composed of several distinct subpopulations of cells. Here, we aim to quantify how interactions between melanoma and fibroblast cells affect the collective spreading of a heterogeneous population of these cells in vitro. We perform a suite of circular barrier assays that includes: (i) monoculture assays with fibroblast cells; (ii) monoculture assays with SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells; and (iii) a series of co-culture assays initiated with three different ratios of SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells and fibroblast cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433072/correlations-of-dietary-energy-and-protein-intakes-with-renal-function-impairment-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-with-or-without-diabetes
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Mei-En Chen, Shang-Jyh Hwang, Hung-Chun Chen, Chi-Chih Hung, Hsin-Chia Hung, Shao-Chun Liu, Tsai-Jiin Wu, Meng-Chuan Huang
Dietary energy and protein intake can affect progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD complicated with diabetes is often associated with a decline in renal function. We investigated the relative importance of dietary energy intake (DEI) and dietary protein intake (DPI) to renal function indicators in nondiabetic and diabetic CKD patients. A total of 539 Stage 3-5 CKD patients [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)<60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) using the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation] with or without diabetes were recruited from outpatient clinics of Nephrology and Nutrition in a medical center in Taiwan...
May 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433026/variational-koopman-models-slow-collective-variables-and-molecular-kinetics-from-short-off-equilibrium-simulations
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Hao Wu, Feliks Nüske, Fabian Paul, Stefan Klus, Péter Koltai, Frank Noé
Markov state models (MSMs) and master equation models are popular approaches to approximate molecular kinetics, equilibria, metastable states, and reaction coordinates in terms of a state space discretization usually obtained by clustering. Recently, a powerful generalization of MSMs has been introduced, the variational approach conformation dynamics/molecular kinetics (VAC) and its special case the time-lagged independent component analysis (TICA), which allow us to approximate slow collective variables and molecular kinetics by linear combinations of smooth basis functions or order parameters...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432534/individual-differences-in-adolescents-emotional-reactivity-across-relationship-contexts
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Emily C Cook, Bethany L Blair, Cheryl Buehler
Understanding individual differences in adolescents' ability to regulate emotions within interpersonal relationships is paramount for healthy development. Thus, the effect of individual vulnerabilities (depressive affect, social anxiety, self-blame, and coping efficacy problems) on the transmission of emotional reactivity in response to conflict from family to peers (friends and romantic partners) was prospectively examined across six waves of data in a community-based sample of 416 adolescents (Mage Wave 1 = 11...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432209/a-prospective-observational-cohort-study-of-the-seasonal-dynamics-of-airway-pathogens-in-the-aetiology-of-exacerbations-in-copd
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Tom M A Wilkinson, Emmanuel Aris, Simon Bourne, Stuart C Clarke, Mathieu Peeters, Thierry G Pascal, Sonia Schoonbroodt, Andrew C Tuck, Viktoriya Kim, Kristoffer Ostridge, Karl J Staples, Nicholas Williams, Anthony Williams, Stephen Wootton, Jeanne-Marie Devaster
BACKGROUND: The aetiology of acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) is incompletely understood. Understanding the relationship between chronic bacterial airway infection and viral exposure may explain the incidence and seasonality of these events. METHODS: In this prospective, observational cohort study (NCT01360398), patients with COPD aged 40-85 years underwent sputum sampling monthly and at exacerbation for detection of bacteria and viruses. Results are presented for subjects in the full cohort, followed for 1 year...
April 21, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431606/screening-for-cognitive-and-behavioural-impairment-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frequency-of-abnormality-and-effect-on-survival
#19
Zhouwei Xu, Ashwag Rafea S Alruwaili, Robert David Henderson, Pamela Ann McCombe
OBJECTIVE: To screen for cognitive and behavioural impairment in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and controls with neuromuscular disease and to correlate these with clinical features. METHODS: 108 people with ALS and 60 controls with other neuromuscular diseases were recruited and assessed with the Addenbrooke's cognitive examination-III (ACE-III), the frontal assessment battery (FAB), and the executive function component of the Edinburgh cognitive and behavioural ALS screen (ECAS)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431194/closed-form-equation-to-estimate-the-dielectric-properties-of-biological-tissues-as-a-function-of-age
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Beadaa Mohammed, Konstanty Bialkowski, Amin Abbosh, Paul C Mills, Andrew P Bradley
Developing microwave systems for biomedical applications requires accurate dielectric properties of biological tissues for reliable modeling before prototyping and subject testing. Dielectric properties of tissues decrease with age due to the change in their water content, but there are no detailed age-dependent data, especially for young tissue-like newborns, in the literature. In this article, an age-dependent formula to predict the dielectric properties of biological tissues was derived. In the proposed method, the variation of water concentration in each type of tissue as a function of age was used to calculate its relative permittivity and conductivity...
April 21, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
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