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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214925/missed-opportunities-in-neonatal-deaths-in-rwanda-applying-the-three-delays-model-in-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-neonatal-death
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Efua Wilmot, Marcel Yotebieng, Alison Norris, Fidele Ngabo
Objective Administered in a timely manner, current evidence-based interventions could reduce neonatal deaths from infections, intrapartum injuries and complications due to prematurity. The three delays model (delay in seeking care, in arriving at a health facility, and in receiving adequate care), which has been applied to understanding maternal deaths, may be useful for understanding neonatal deaths. We assess the main causes of neonatal deaths in Rwanda and their associated delays. Methods Using a cross-sectional study design, we evaluated data from 2012 from 40 facilities in which babies were delivered...
February 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214912/-the-active-offering-of-measles-rubella-and-mumps-vaccine-in-new-mothers-the-experience-of-health-facilities-in-one-of-the-local-health-unit-of-rome-lazio-italy
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Viviana Santoro, Valentina Pettinicchio, Andreina Lancia, Cristiana Vazzoler, Francesca De Luca, Elisabetta Franco
Rubella is a contagious disease that can be very serious, especially in unvaccinated pregnant women. The best way to be protected is getting vaccinated: MMR vaccine is very effective at protecting people against measles, mumps, and rubella, and preventing the complications caused by these diseases. According to PASSI 2012-2015 (the Italian behavioral risk factor surveillance system) in the territory of ex ASL Roma C only 56% of women between 18 and 49 years were immunized against rubella, thanks to vaccination (34%) or past infection detected by rubeotest (22%); 2% was susceptible and 42% of respondents did not know their immune status against rubella...
November 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214848/human-birth-weight-and-reproductive-immunology-testing-for-interactions-between-maternal-and-offspring-kir-and-hla-c-genes
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Michelle M Clark, Olympe Chazara, Eric M Sobel, Håkon K Gjessing, Per Magnus, Ashley Moffett, Janet S Sinsheimer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Maternal and offspring cell contact at the site of placentation presents a plausible setting for maternal-fetal genotype (MFG) interactions affecting fetal growth. We test hypotheses regarding killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) and HLA-C MFG effects on human birth weight by extending the quantitative MFG (QMFG) test. METHODS: Until recently, association testing for MFG interactions had limited applications. To improve the ability to test for these interactions, we developed the extended QMFG test, a linear mixed-effect model that can use multi-locus genotype data from families...
February 18, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213381/outcomes-of-treatment-with-direct-acting-antivirals-for-infection-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-1-4-in-an-ambulatory-care-setting
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Timothy A Bach, Kathy Zaiken
PURPOSE: Outcomes with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1-4 were determined. METHODS: A total of 360 patients at 36 clinical sites in Massachusetts with HCV genotypes 1-4 and a prescription for at least one DAA medication between May 2011 and October 2015 were included. The primary investigator completed a retrospective and concurrent chart review, and data were collected through April 2016. RESULTS: A total of 446 patients were assessed for eligibility into the study, with 86 patients excluded...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212669/understanding-trophic-interactions-in-host-parasite-associations-using-stable-isotopes-of-carbon-and-nitrogen
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Milen Nachev, Maik A Jochmann, Friederike Walter, J Benjamin Wolbert, S Marcel Schulte, Torsten C Schmidt, Bernd Sures
BACKGROUND: Stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen can deliver insights into trophic interactions between organisms. While many studies on free-living organisms are available, the number of those focusing on trophic interactions between hosts and their associated parasites still remains scarce. In some cases information about taxa (e.g. acanthocephalans) is completely missing. Additionally, available data revealed different and occasionally contrasting patterns, depending on the parasite's taxonomic position and its degree of development, which is most probably determined by its feeding strategy (absorption of nutrients through the tegument versus active feeding) and its localization in the host...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212138/deep-learning-in-mammography-diagnostic-accuracy-of-a-multipurpose-image-analysis-software-in-the-detection-of-breast-cancer
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Anton S Becker, Magda Marcon, Soleen Ghafoor, Moritz C Wurnig, Thomas Frauenfelder, Andreas Boss
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of a multipurpose image analysis software based on deep learning with artificial neural networks for the detection of breast cancer in an independent, dual-center mammography data set. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant study, all patients undergoing mammography in 2012 at our institution were reviewed (n = 3228). All of their prior and follow-up mammographies from a time span of 7 years (2008-2015) were considered as a reference for clinical diagnosis...
February 16, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211951/semiparametric-regression-analysis-of-interval-censored-competing-risks-data
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Lu Mao, Dan-Yu Lin, Donglin Zeng
Interval-censored competing risks data arise when each study subject may experience an event or failure from one of several causes and the failure time is not observed directly but rather is known to lie in an interval between two examinations. We formulate the effects of possibly time-varying (external) covariates on the cumulative incidence or sub-distribution function of competing risks (i.e., the marginal probability of failure from a specific cause) through a broad class of semiparametric regression models that captures both proportional and non-proportional hazards structures for the sub-distribution...
February 17, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211290/is-there-a-short-term-benefit-from-an-intra-articular-steroid-injection-in-female-patients-with-adhesive-capsulitis-of-the-shoulder-treated-with-physiotherapy
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Krishna Kumar, Ancy Thomas, Kevin Tetsworth, Erik Hohmann
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this retrospective study was to investigate the possible short-term benefit of a single intra-articular corticosteroid injection in those patients treated with physiotherapy when compared to a group of patients undergoing physiotherapy only (PT only). METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted to identify eligible patients treated over a 4-year period. All female patients between 40 years and 60 years with a confirmed clinical diagnosis of idiopathic adhesive capsulitis who completed a prescribed physiotherapy program were considered eligible...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211087/semiparametric-pseudoscore-for-regression-with-multidimensional-but-incompletely-observed-regressor
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Zonghui Hu, Jing Qin, Dean Follmann
We study the regression fβ (Y|X,Z), where Y is the response, Z∈Rd is a vector of fully observed regressors and X is the regressor with incomplete observation. To handle missing data, maximum likelihood estimation via expectation-maximisation (EM) is the most efficient but is sensitive to the specification of the distribution of X. Under a missing at random assumption, we propose an EM-type estimation via a semiparametric pseudoscore. Like in EM, we derive the conditional expectation of the score function given Y and Z, or the mean score, over the incompletely observed units under a postulated distribution of X...
February 16, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210934/adarri-a-novel-method-to-detect-spurious-r-peaks-in-the-electrocardiogram-for-heart-rate-variability-analysis-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Dennis J Rebergen, Sunil B Nagaraj, Eric S Rosenthal, Matt T Bianchi, Michel J A M van Putten, M Brandon Westover
We developed a simple and fully automated method for detecting artifacts in the R-R interval (RRI) time series of the ECG that is tailored to the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. From ECG recordings of 50 adult ICU-subjects we selected 60 epochs with valid R-peak detections and 60 epochs containing artifacts leading to missed or false positive R-peak detections. Next, we calculated the absolute value of the difference between two adjacent RRIs (adRRI), and obtained the empirical probability distributions of adRRI values for valid R-peaks and artifacts...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209098/the-predictive-value-of-negative-capsule-endoscopy-for-the-indication-of-obscure-gastrointestinal-bleeding-no-reassurance-in-the-long-term
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C Van de Bruaene, P Hindryckx, C Snauwaert, D Dooremont, B Vanduyfhuys, L Vandenabeele, M De Vos, D De Looze
BACKGROUND: Capsule Endoscopy (CE) has become the first-line tool to identify an underlying etiology for Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding (OGIB) in the small bowel (SB). This study aims to investigate the long-term outcome of patients with a negative CE. METHODS: Retrospective review of standardized application forms of all patients who underwent CE for OGIB at the Ghent University Hospital between 2002 and 2013. Follow-up data on patients with a negative CE result (n=263) were collected by contacting the referring physician...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208621/a-framework-for-bus-trajectory-extraction-and-missing-data-recovery-for-data-sampled-from-the-internet
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Changfei Tong, Huiling Chen, Qi Xuan, Xuhua Yang
This paper presents a novel framework for trajectories' extraction and missing data recovery for bus traveling data sampled from the Internet. The trajectory extraction procedure is composed of three main parts: trajectory clustering, trajectory cleaning and trajectory connecting. In the clustering procedure, we focus on feature construction and parameter selection for the fuzzy C-means clustering method. Following the clustering procedure, the trajectory cleaning algorithm is implemented based on a new introduced fuzzy connecting matrix, which evaluates the possibility of data belonging to the same trajectory and helps detect the anomalies in a ranked context-related order...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208351/effects-of-burstiness-on-the-air-transportation-system
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Hidetaka Ito, Katsuhiro Nishinari
The effects of burstiness in complex networks have received considerable attention. In particular, the effects on temporal distance and delays in the air transportation system are significant owing to their huge impact on our society. Therefore, in this paper, the temporal distance of empirical U.S. flight schedule data is compared with that of regularized data without burstiness to analyze the effects of burstiness. The temporal distance is calculated by a graph analysis method considering flight delays, missed connections, flight cancellations, and congestion...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208174/feasibility-assessment-of-patient-reporting-of-symptomatic-adverse-events-in-multicenter-cancer-clinical-trials
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Ethan Basch, Amylou C Dueck, Lauren J Rogak, Lori M Minasian, William Kevin Kelly, Ann M O'Mara, Andrea M Denicoff, Drew Seisler, Pamela J Atherton, Electra Paskett, Lisa Carey, Maura Dickler, Rebecca S Heist, Andrew Himelstein, Hope S Rugo, William M Sikov, Mark A Socinski, Alan P Venook, Douglas J Weckstein, Diana E Lake, David D Biggs, Rachel A Freedman, Charles Kuzma, Jeffrey J Kirshner, Deborah Schrag
Importance: In cancer clinical trials, symptomatic adverse events (AEs), such as nausea, are reported by investigators rather than by patients. There is increasing interest to collect symptomatic AE data via patient-reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires, but it is unclear whether it is feasible to implement this approach in multicenter trials. Objective: To examine whether patients are willing and able to report their symptomatic AEs in multicenter trials. Design, Setting, and Participants: A total of 361 consecutive patients enrolled in any 1 of 9 US multicenter cancer treatment trials were invited to self-report 13 common symptomatic AEs using a PRO adaptation of the National Cancer Institute's Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) via tablet computers at 5 successive clinic visits...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207981/a-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-based-risk-model-to-determine-the-risk-of-significant-prostate-cancer-prior-to-biopsy
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Pim J van Leeuwen, Andrew Hayen, James E Thompson, Daniel Moses, Ron Shnier, Maret Böhm, Magdaline Abuodha, Anne-Maree Haynes, Francis Ting, Jelle Barentsz, Monique Roobol, Justin Vass, Krishan Rasiah, Warick Delprado, Phillip D Stricker
OBJECTIVES: To develop and externally validate a predictive model for detection of significant prostate cancer (PC). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Development of the model was based on prospective cohort including 393 men who underwent mpMRI prior to biopsy. External validity of the model was then examined retrospectively in 198 men from a separate institution whom underwent a mpMRI followed by biopsy for abnormal PSA/DRE. A model was developed with age, PSA, DRE, prostate volume, previous biopsy and PIRADS score as predictors for significant PC (Gleason 7 with >5% grade 4, ≥ 20% cores positive or ≥ 7mm of PC in any core)...
February 16, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207891/factors-influencing-antiretroviral-treatment-suboptimal-adherence-among-perinatally-hiv-infected-adolescents-in-thailand
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Luyi Xu, Kerim Munir, Cheeraya Kanabkaew, Sophie Le Coeur
BACKGROUND: Existing studies have suggested decreased adherence and rebound in mortality in perinatally HIV-infected adolescents receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) as compared to adults and young children. METHODS: We used both quantitative and qualitative approaches to identify factors influencing adherence among perinatally infected adolescents in Thailand. We analyzed data from 568 pairs of perinatally infected adolescents (aged 12-19) and their primary caregivers in the Teens Living With Antiretrovirals (TEEWA) study, a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2010-2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207831/the-relationship-between-rassf1a-gene-promoter-methylation-and-the-susceptibility-and-prognosis-of-melanoma-a-meta-analysis-and-bioinformatics
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Chihao Shao, Wenzhu Dai, Haili Li, Wenru Tang, Shuting Jia, Xiaoming Wu, Ying Luo
BACKGROUND: The function of the tumor suppressor gene RASSF1A in cancer cells has been detailed in many studies. However, due to the methylation of its promoter, the expression of RASSF1A is missing in most cancers. In the literature, we found that the conclusion regarding the relationship between RASSF1A gene promoter methylation and the susceptibility and prognosis of melanoma was not unified. This study adopts the use of a meta-analysis and bioinformatics to explore the relationship between RASSF1A gene promoter methylation and the susceptibility and prognosis of melanoma...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205185/use-of-an-alpha-lipoic-methylsulfonylmethane-and-bromelain-dietary-supplement-opera-%C3%A2-for-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-management-a-prospective-study
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Isacco Desideri, Giulio Francolini, Carlotta Becherini, Francesca Terziani, Camilla Delli Paoli, Emanuela Olmetto, Mauro Loi, Marco Perna, Icro Meattini, Vieri Scotti, Daniela Greto, Pierluigi Bonomo, Susanna Sulprizio, Lorenzo Livi
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a major clinical problem associated with a number of cytotoxic agents. OPERA(®) (GAMFARMA srl, Milan, Italy) is a new dietary supplement where α-lipoic acid, Boswellia Serrata, methylsulfonylmethane and bromelain are combined in a single capsule. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the efficacy and safety of OPERA(®) supplementation in a series of patients affected by CIPN. We selected 25 subjects with CIPN evolving during or after chemotherapy with potentially neurotoxic agents...
March 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203595/acute-gastrocnemius-soleus-complex-injuries-in-national-football-league-athletes
#19
Brian C Werner, Nicole S Belkin, Steve Kennelly, Leigh Weiss, Ronnie P Barnes, Hollis G Potter, Russell F Warren, Scott A Rodeo
BACKGROUND: Lower extremity muscle injuries are common in professional football. Although less common than hamstring or quadriceps injuries in National Football League (NFL) athletes, calf injuries occur with relative frequency and have not previously been studied. PURPOSE: To evaluate gastrocnemius-soleus complex muscle injuries over the past 13 years from a single NFL team to determine the incidence of such injuries, their imaging characteristics, and return to play after such injuries and any correlation between imaging findings and prolonged return to play...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203277/semantics-based-plausible-reasoning-to-extend-the-knowledge-coverage-of-medical-knowledge-bases-for-improved-clinical-decision-support
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Hossein Mohammadhassanzadeh, William Van Woensel, Samina Raza Abidi, Syed Sibte Raza Abidi
BACKGROUND: Capturing complete medical knowledge is challenging-often due to incomplete patient Electronic Health Records (EHR), but also because of valuable, tacit medical knowledge hidden away in physicians' experiences. To extend the coverage of incomplete medical knowledge-based systems beyond their deductive closure, and thus enhance their decision-support capabilities, we argue that innovative, multi-strategy reasoning approaches should be applied. In particular, plausible reasoning mechanisms apply patterns from human thought processes, such as generalization, similarity and interpolation, based on attributional, hierarchical, and relational knowledge...
2017: BioData Mining
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