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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088545/how-do-people-s-perceptions-and-climatic-disaster-experiences-influence-their-daily-behaviors-regarding-adaptation-to-climate-change-a-case-study-among-young-generations
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Ying Deng, Ming Wang, Rasoul Yousefpour
Adaptation is a commonly applied strategy used to address individual behavior changes, in response to climate change. However, in-depth, evidence-based investigations of the relationships among individual perceptions, climatic disaster experiences, and daily behaviors regarding adaptation to climate change remain to be conducted. We obtained survey data from 488 respondents in southwestern China, a region prone to frequent and severe droughts, to assess factors that influence adaptive behaviors and to identify their pathways...
January 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088456/development-of-a-predictive-model-for-the-long-term-stability-assessment-of-drug-in-adhesive-transdermal-films-using-polar-pressure-sensitive-adhesives-as-carrier-matrix
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Clémence Chenevas-Paule, Hans-Michael Wolff, Mark Ashton, Martin Schubert, Kalliopi Dodou
Drug crystallization in transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS) is a critical quality defect. The impact of drug load and hydration on the physical stability of polar (acrylic) drug-in-adhesive (DIA) films was investigated with the objective to identify predictive formulation parameters with respect to drug solubility and long-term stability. Medicated acrylic films were prepared over a range of drug concentrations below and above saturation solubility; and were characterized by FTIR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized microscopy and Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) analysis...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088404/variation-in-fat-globule-size-in-bovine-milk-and-its-prediction-using-mid-infrared-spectroscopy
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A Fleming, F S Schenkel, J Chen, F Malchiodi, R A Ali, B Mallard, M Sargolzaei, M Corredig, F Miglior
The objectives of this study were to investigate the sources of variation in milk fat globule (MFG) size in bovine milk and its prediction using mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy. Mean MFG size was measured in 2,076 milk samples from 399 Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, and Jersey cows, and expressed as volume moment mean (D[4,3]) and surface moment mean (D[3,2]). The mid-infrared spectra of the samples and milk performance data were also recorded during routine milk recording and testing. The effects of breed, herd nested within breed, days in milk, season, milking period, age at calving, parity, and individual animal on the variation observed in MFG size were investigated...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088175/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-cardiovascular-disease-among-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-results-from-the-chinese-cohort-study-of-chronic-kidney-disease-c-stride
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Jun Yuan, Xin-Rong Zou, Si-Ping Han, Hong Cheng, Lan Wang, Jin-Wei Wang, Lu-Xia Zhang, Ming-Hui Zhao, Xiao-Qin Wang
BACKGROUND: Although a high incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is observed among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients in developed countries, limited information is available about CVD prevalence and risk factors in the Chinese CKD population. The Chinese Cohort of Chronic Kidney Disease (C-STRIDE) was established to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of CVD among Chinese CKD patients. METHODS: Participants with stage 1-4 CKD (18-74 years of age) were recruited at 39 clinical centers located in 28 cities from 22 provinces of China...
January 14, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088117/adsorption-of-phosphate-from-aqueous-solution-using-iron-zirconium-modified-activated-carbon-nanofiber-performance-and-mechanism
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Weiping Xiong, Jing Tong, Zhaohui Yang, Guangming Zeng, Yaoyu Zhou, Dongbo Wang, Peipei Song, Rui Xu, Chen Zhang, Min Cheng
Phosphate (P) removal is significant for the prevention of eutrophication in natural waters. In this paper, a novel adsorbent for the removal of P from aqueous solution was synthesized by loading zirconium oxide and iron oxide onto activated carbon nanofiber (ACF-ZrFe) simultaneously. The adsorbent was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that P adsorption was highly pH dependent and the optimum pH was found to be 4...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087402/accuracy-is-in-the-eyes-of-the-pathologist-the-visual-interpretive-process-and-diagnostic-accuracy-with-digital-whole-slide-images
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Tad T Brunyé, Ezgi Mercan, Donald L Weaver, Joann G Elmore
Digital whole slide imaging is an increasingly common medium in pathology, with application to education, telemedicine, and rendering second opinions. It has also made it possible to use eye tracking devices to explore the dynamic visual inspection and interpretation of histopathological features of tissue while pathologists review cases. Using whole slide images, the present study examined how a pathologist's diagnosis is influenced by fixed case-level factors, their prior clinical experience, and their patterns of visual inspection...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086816/rationale-description-and-baseline-findings-of-a-community-based-prospective-cohort-study-of-kidney-function-amongst-the-young-rural-population-of-northwest-nicaragua
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Marvin González-Quiroz, Armando Camacho, Dorien Faber, Aurora Aragón, Catharina Wesseling, Jason Glaser, Jennifer Le Blond, Liam Smeeth, Dorothea Nitsch, Neil Pearce, Ben Caplin
BACKGROUND: An epidemic of Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along the Pacific coast of Central America, but the natural history and aetiology of the disease remain poorly understood. We have recently commenced a community-based longitudinal study to investigate Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Nicaragua. Although logistically challenging, study designs of this type have the potential to provide important insights that other study designs cannot...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081571/robust-inference-from-conditional-logistic-regression-applied-to-movement-and-habitat-selection-analysis
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Marie-Caroline Prima, Thierry Duchesne, Daniel Fortin
Conditional logistic regression (CLR) is widely used to analyze habitat selection and movement of animals when resource availability changes over space and time. Observations used for these analyses are typically autocorrelated, which biases model-based variance estimation of CLR parameters. This bias can be corrected using generalized estimating equations (GEE), an approach that requires partitioning the data into independent clusters. Here we establish the link between clustering rules in GEE and their effectiveness to remove statistical biases in variance estimation of CLR parameters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080092/brief-online-interventions-targeting-risk-and-protective-factors-for-increased-and-problematic-alcohol-use-among-american-college-students-studying-abroad
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Eric R Pedersen, Clayton Neighbors, David C Atkins, Christine M Lee, Mary E Larimer
Research documents increased and problematic alcohol use during study abroad experiences for college students yet no research documents effective preventive programs with these students. The present randomized controlled trial was designed to prevent increased and problematic alcohol use abroad by correcting misperceptions of peer drinking norms abroad and by promoting positive and healthy adjustment into the host culture (i.e., sojourner adjustment) through brief online personalized feedback interventions...
January 12, 2017: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080078/what-to-do-when-scalar-invariance-fails-the-extended-alignment-method-for-multi-group-factor-analysis-comparison-of-latent-means-across-many-groups
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Herbert W Marsh, Jiesi Guo, Philip D Parker, Benjamin Nagengast, Tihomir Asparouhov, Bengt Muthén, Theresa Dicke
Scalar invariance is an unachievable ideal that in practice can only be approximated; often using potentially questionable approaches such as partial invariance based on a stepwise selection of parameter estimates with large modification indices. Study 1 demonstrates an extension of the power and flexibility of the alignment approach for comparing latent factor means in large-scale studies (30 OECD countries, 8 factors, 44 items, N = 249,840), for which scalar invariance is typically not supported in the traditional confirmatory factor analysis approach to measurement invariance (CFA-MI)...
January 12, 2017: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079935/regional-heritability-mapping-and-genome-wide-association-identify-loci-for-complex-growth-wood-and-disease-resistance-traits-in-eucalyptus
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Rafael Tassinari Resende, Marcos Deon Vilela Resende, Fabyano Fonseca Silva, Camila Ferreira Azevedo, Elizabete Keiko Takahashi, Orzenil Bonfim Silva-Junior, Dario Grattapaglia
Although genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have provided valuable insights into the decoding of the relationships between sequence variation and complex phenotypes, they have explained little heritability. Regional heritability mapping (RHM) provides heritability estimates for genomic segments containing both common and rare allelic effects that individually contribute too little variance to be detected by GWAS. We carried out GWAS and RHM for seven growth, wood and disease resistance traits in a breeding population of 768 Eucalyptus hybrid trees using EuCHIP60K...
February 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079724/explaining-how-cognitive-behavioural-approaches-work-for-low-back-pain-mediation-analysis-of-the-back-skills-training-trial
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Bethany Fordham, Chen Ji, Zara Hansen, Ranjit Lall, Sarah E Lamb
STUDY DESIGN: .: This is secondary research examining the longitudinal mediation effect within a structural equation model. OBJECTIVE: .: To identify possible mechanisms which mediate the effects of a cognitive behavioural approach upon disability and pain in low back pain patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: .: Cognitive behavioural interventions (CBIs) can improve pain and disability in low back pain (LBP) but the mechanisms of action are unclear...
January 10, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079214/estimating-carrier-relaxation-times-in-the-ba8ga16ge30-clathrate-in-the-extrinsic-regime
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Robert L González-Romero, A Antonelli
We used a semi-empirical method to extract carrier relaxation times at different temperatures (τ(T)) in thermoelectric materials from a combination of experimental results and first-principles calculations. The methodology is based on the Boltzmann transport equation formalism within the relaxation time approximation. It can be applied to single crystals and polycrystalline materials. We applied the method to investigate the electronic transport properties of the clathrate compound Ba8Ga16Ge30 type-I. The calculations indicate that the carrier relaxation process in single crystals is dominated by electron-phonon scattering (τ ∝ T(-3/2)), while in polycrystalline materials scattering at grain boundaries dominates (τ ∼ cte)...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077899/a-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial-comparing-the-effect-of-neostigmine-and-metoclopramide-on-gastric-residual-volume-of-mechanically-ventilated-icu-patients
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Afshin Gholipour Baradari, Abbas Alipour, Abolfazl Firouzian, Laleh Moarab, Amir Emami Zeydi
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients, enteral feeding through the nasogastric tube is the method of choice for nutritional support. Gastrointestinal feeding intolerance and disturbed gastric emptying are common challenges in these patients. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of Neostigmine and Metoclopramide on gastric residual volume (GRV) in mechanically ventilated ICU patients. METHODS: In a double blind, randomized clinical trial, a total of 60 mechanically ventilated ICU patients with GRV >120 mL (3 hours after the last gavage), were randomly assigned into two groups A and B...
December 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077225/age-does-matter-younger-ppci-patients-profit-more-from-cardiac-rehabilitation-than-older-patients
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Kimberley Pieters, Elisabeth M W J Utens, Nienke Ter Hoeve, Myrna van Geffen, Karolijn Dulfer, Madoka Sunamura, Ron T van Domburg
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is recommended as secondary prevention in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) patients. This study was conducted to expand the knowledge about age-effects of CR in pPCI patients. The aim of this study was to compare changes in subjective health status (SHS) during and after CR between patients <60years and patients ≥60years, who underwent pPCI after myocardial infarction. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2011, in total 282 pPCI patients who participated in CR were included...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077045/association-of-time-to-antibiotics-and-clinical-outcomes-in-adult-hematologic-malignancy-patients-with-febrile-neutropenia
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Allison R Butts, Christina Carracedo Bachmeier, Emily V Dressler, Meng Liu, Ann Cowden, Jeff Talbert, Val R Adams
Objective The objective of this study was to determine the clinical impact of time to antibiotic administration in adult inpatients who have hematologic malignancies and develop febrile neutropenia. Methods A retrospective chart review was conducted to screen for all febrile neutropenia events amongst adult hematologic malignancy patients between 1 January 2010 and 1 September 2014. All included patients were admitted to the hospital at the time of fever onset, having been admitted for a diagnosis other than febrile neutropenia...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076654/estimating-varying-coefficients-for-partial-differential-equation-models
#17
Xinyu Zhang, Jiguo Cao, Raymond J Carroll
Partial differential equations (PDEs) are used to model complex dynamical systems in multiple dimensions, and their parameters often have important scientific interpretations. In some applications, PDE parameters are not constant but can change depending on the values of covariates, a feature that we call varying coefficients. We propose a parameter cascading method to estimate varying coefficients in PDE models from noisy data. Our estimates of the varying coefficients are shown to be consistent and asymptotically normally distributed...
January 11, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076257/physician-advice-for-e-cigarette-use
#18
Christy Kollath-Cattano, James F Thrasher, Amira Osman, Jeannette O Andrews, Scott M Strayer
PURPOSE: To determine characteristics of smokers discussing e-cigarette use with their physician and receiving recommendations from their physician to use e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. METHODS: US adult smokers who had visited a physician in the previous 12 months (n = 2671) were surveyed. Logistic generalized estimating equation models were used to assess the characteristics of smokers who (1) talked to a physician about e-cigarettes, and (2) received physician advice to use e-cigarettes for smoking cessation...
November 2016: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075368/critical-windows-of-prenatal-exposure-to-cadmium-and-size-at-birth
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Lu Cheng, Bin Zhang, Tongzhang Zheng, Jie Hu, Aifen Zhou, Bryan A Bassig, Wei Xia, David A Savitz, Stephen Buka, Chao Xiong, Joseph M Braun, Yaqi Zhang, Yanqiu Zhou, Xinyun Pan, Chuansha Wu, Youjie Wang, Zhengmin Qian, Aimin Yang, Megan E Romano, Kunchong Shi, Shunqing Xu, Yuanyuan Li
Prenatal cadmium (Cd) exposure has been associated with adverse birth outcomes, but the findings of previous studies are inconsistent. We measured Cd concentrations in urine samples at or near 13, 24, and 35 gestational weeks from 282 women in Wuhan, China. We used generalized estimating equation models to assess the associations between maternal creatinine adjusted urinary Cd concentrations at each trimester and birth size. A significant inverse association was observed between higher maternal Cd levels measured during the 1st trimester and birth size in girls...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074483/sample-size-calculations-for-randomised-trials-including-both-independent-and-paired-data
#20
Lisa N Yelland, Thomas R Sullivan, David J Price, Katherine J Lee
Randomised trials including a mixture of independent and paired data arise in many areas of health research, yet methods for determining the sample size for such trials are lacking. We derive design effects algebraically assuming clustering because of paired data will be taken into account in the analysis using generalised estimating equations with either an independence or exchangeable working correlation structure. Continuous and binary outcomes are considered, along with three different methods of randomisation: cluster randomisation, individual randomisation and randomisation to opposite treatment groups...
January 10, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
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