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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919286/a-novel-optimized-hybrid-fuzzy-logic-intelligent-pid-controller-for-an-interconnected-multi-area-power-system-with-physical-constraints-and-boiler-dynamics
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A H Gomaa Haroun, Yin-Ya Li
In the fast developing world nowadays, load frequency control (LFC) is considered to be a most significant role for providing the power supply with good quality in the power system. To deliver a reliable power, LFC system requires highly competent and intelligent control technique. Hence, in this article, a novel hybrid fuzzy logic intelligent proportional-integral-derivative (FLiPID) controller has been proposed for LFC of interconnected multi-area power systems. A four-area interconnected thermal power system incorporated with physical constraints and boiler dynamics is considered and the adjustable parameters of the FLiPID controller are optimized using particle swarm optimization (PSO) scheme employing an integral square error (ISE) criterion...
September 14, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917577/direct-pulp-capping-with-calcium-hydroxide-mineral-trioxide-aggregate-and-biodentine-in%C3%A2-permanent-young-teeth-with-caries-a%C3%A2-randomized-clinical-trial
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Claudia Brizuela, Andrea Ormeño, Carolina Cabrera, Roxana Cabezas, Carolina Inostroza Silva, Valeria Ramírez, Montse Mercade
INTRODUCTION: Direct pulp capping treatment is intended to preserve pulp vitality, to avoid or retard root canal treatment, and, in cases with an open apex, to allow continued root development. Historically, calcium hydroxide (CH) was the gold standard material, but nowadays calcium silicate materials (CSMs) are displacing CH because of their high bioactivity, biocompatibility, sealing ability, and mechanical properties. However, more randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm the appropriateness of CSMs as replacement materials for CH in direct pulp capping procedures...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917110/prevalence-and-predictors-of-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-of-central-nervous-system-and-psychotropic-drugs-among-elderly-patients-a-national-population-study-in-korea
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Hyeonseok Cho, Junjeong Choi, Young-Sang Kim, Sang Joon Son, Kang Soo Lee, Hee-Jin Hwang, Hye-Young Kang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) of central nervous system and psychotropic (CNS-PS) drugs to the Korean elderly population, and to identify PIP-associated factors. METHODS: Ambulatory care visits were identified from the 2013 National Aged Patient Sample (HIRA-APS-2013) data, composed of 20% random samples of all enrollees in the universal health security program aged ≥65 years. The CNS-PS section of Screening Tool of Older Person's potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria version 2 was used to identify PIP at these visits...
September 6, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916871/strength-and-functional-symmetry-is-associated-with-post-operative-rehabilitation-in-patients-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Jay R Ebert, Peter Edwards, Luke Yi, Brendan Joss, Timothy Ackland, Richard Carey-Smith, Jens-Ulrich Buelow, Ben Hewitt
PURPOSE: To investigate strength and functional symmetry during common tests in patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), and its association with post-operative rehabilitation. METHODS: At a median 11.0 months post-surgery (range 10-14), 111 ACLR patients were assessed. A rehabilitation grading tool was employed to evaluate the duration and supervision of rehabilitation, as well as whether structured jumping, landing and agility exercises were undertaken...
September 15, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894927/how-to-differentiate-acute-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-from-acute-appendicitis-a-decision-tree-based-on-ct-findings
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Kim El Hentour, Ingrid Millet, Emmanuelle Pages-Bouic, Fernanda Curros-Doyon, Nicolas Molinari, Patrice Taourel
PURPOSE: To construct a decision tree based on CT findings to differentiate acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) from acute appendicitis (AA) in women with lower abdominal pain and inflammatory syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by our institutional review board and informed consent was waived. Contrast-enhanced CT studies of 109 women with acute PID and 218 age-matched women with AA were retrospectively and independently reviewed by two radiologists to identify CT findings predictive of PID or AA...
September 11, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888968/role-of-botulinum-toxin-a-in-treatment-of-intractable-diplopia
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Seyhan B Özkan, Ayşe İpek Akyüz Ünsal
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of botulinum toxin A (BTXA) in patients with intractable diplopia related to intracranial problems or long-term interruption of fusion due to cataract or uncorrected aphakia and to identify the group of resistant cases who have no potential to fuse the two images. Methods; The medical records of patients seen by the senior author (SBÖ) at a single institution over a period of 20 years were reviewed retrospectively to identify those who underwent BTXA treatment for intractable diplopia...
September 6, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885966/the-effect-of-anthropomorphic-test-device-lower-leg-surrogate-selection-on-impact-mitigating-system-evaluation-in-low-and-high-rate-loading-conditions
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Cheryl E Quenneville, Ed Fournier, Nicholas Shewchenko
INTRODUCTION: The lower legs are at risk of substantial injury during events such as frontal automotive crashes and antivehicular mine blasts. Loading to occupants can be assessed using an instrumented anthropomorphic test device (ATD), whose measurements can be compared to established injury criteria. NATO's AEP-55 STANAG 4569 recognizes two surrogates for lower leg injury assessments from impacts with intruding floor pans resulting from underbelly blast loads; (1) the rigid Hybrid III instrumented lower leg, and; (2) the compliant MILitary Lower eXtremity (MIL-LX)...
September 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884291/pre-treatment-carcinoembryonic-antigen-and-outcome-of-patients-with-rectal-cancer-receiving-neo-adjuvant-chemo-radiation-and-surgical-resection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Giuseppe Colloca, Antonella Venturino, Pasquale Vitucci
Neo-adjuvant chemo-radiation is the standard of care for patients with locally advanced rectal carcinoma. The aim of the present paper is to evaluate the relationship of the baseline serologic concentration of the carcinoembryonic antigen with the outcome. Data sources included MEDLINE and Web of Science databases. A systematic search of the databases by a predefined criterion has been conducted. Chemo-radiation followed by surgical resection of rectal tumors was the intervention of interest. From selected studies, the relationships between carcinoembryonic antigen and pathologic complete response, disease-free survival and overall survival were assessed...
September 7, 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876210/statistical-power-in-plant-pathology-research
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David H Gent, Paul Esker, Alissa Kriss
In null hypothesis testing, failure to reject a null hypothesis may have two potential interpretations. One interpretation is that the treatments being evaluated do not have a significant effect, and a correct conclusion was reached in the analysis. Alternatively, a treatment effect may have existed but the conclusion of the study was that there was none. This is termed a Type II error, which is most likely to occur when studies lack sufficient statistical power to detect a treatment effect. In basic terms, the power of a study is the ability to identify a true effect through a statistical test ...
September 6, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869880/psychometric-properties-of-the-adverse-childhood-experiences-abuse-short-form-ace-asf-among-romanian-high-school-students
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Franziska Meinck, Alina Paula Cosma, Christopher Mikton, Adriana Baban
Child abuse is a major public health problem. In order to establish the prevalence of abuse exposure among children, measures need to be age-appropriate, sensitive, reliable and valid. This study aimed to investigate the psychometric properties of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire Abuse Short Form (ACE-ASF). The ACE-ASF is an 8-item, retrospective self-report questionnaire measuring lifetime physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Data from a nationally representative sample of 15-year-old, school-going adolescents (n=1733, 55...
September 1, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864373/significance-of-hyperferritinemia-in-hospitalized-adults
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Meredith Schaffner, Lori Rosenstein, Zuhair Ballas, Manish Suneja
BACKGROUND: Although high ferritin levels are associated with iron overload, it is known that ferritin is also an acute-phase reactant that may be elevated in conditions associated with acute and chronic inflammation. In addition, an elevated ferritin level is a criterion for the diagnosis of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis/macrophage activation syndrome (HLH/MAS). Therefore, the significance of elevated serum ferritin is often unclear. As HLH/MAS is a medical emergency, prompt diagnosis is important to guide appropriate treatment...
August 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858975/development-and-validation-of-a-fertility-intention-scale-in-breast-cancer-survivors
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Chin-Ching Li, Sheng-Miauh Huang, Jerry Cheng-Yen Lai, Yvonne Hsiung, Yi-Heng Chen, Ching-Fang Lee
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates that breast cancer survivors with reproductive concerns have a poorer quality of life than survivors without fertility concerns. There is a lack of reliable and valid assessments of fertility intention among breast cancer survivors. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop and validate the Fertility Intention Scale (FIS) that is sensitive to the fertility intention of women with breast cancer. METHODS: A literature review and a qualitative study were conducted to generate the items in the scale...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853138/eigenvalue-significance-testing-for-genetic-association
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Yi-Hui Zhou, J S Marron, Fred A Wright
Genotype eigenvectors are widely used as covariates for control of spurious stratification in genetic association. Significance testing for the accompanying eigenvalues has typically been based on a standard Tracy-Widom limiting distribution for the largest eigenvalue, derived under white-noise assumptions. It is known that even modest local correlation among markers inflates the largest eigenvalues, even in the absence of true stratification. In addition, a few sample eigenvalues may be extreme, creating further complications in accurate testing...
August 29, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847103/assessing-summertime-urban-warming-and-the-cooling-efficacy-of-adaptation-strategy-in-the-chengdu-chongqing-metropolitan-region-of-china
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Xiaojuan Liu, Guangjin Tian, Jinming Feng, Jun Wang, Lingqiang Kong
Western China has experienced rapid urbanization since the Chinese reform process began in the late 1970s. It is essential to study the spatiotemporal patterns of warming induced by historical and future urban expansion and to evaluate adaptation strategies for the Chengdu-Chongqing metropolitan region (CCMR) in western China. The observed urban heat island intensity was ~1.5K in July 2009-2011. We employed the weather research and forecasting (WRF) model using real and projected urban land-use data to simulate near-surface air temperatures for a crop, urban in 2010 and urban in 2030 scenarios in summer over the CCMR...
August 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831695/evaluation-of-pharmacokinetic-model-designs-for-subcutaneous-infusion-of-insulin-aspart
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Erin J Mansell, Signe Schmidt, Paul D Docherty, Kirsten Nørgaard, John B Jørgensen, Henrik Madsen
Effective mathematical modelling of continuous subcutaneous infusion pharmacokinetics should aid understanding and control in insulin therapy. Thorough analysis of candidate model performance is important for selecting the appropriate models. Eight candidate models for insulin pharmacokinetics included a range of modelled behaviours, parameters and complexity. The models were compared using clinical data from subjects with type 1 diabetes with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion. Performance of the models was compared through several analyses: R(2) for goodness of fit; the Akaike Information Criterion; a bootstrap analysis for practical identifiability; a simulation exercise for predictability...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826809/landfill-gas-distribution-at-the-base-of-passive-methane-oxidation-biosystems-transient-state-analysis-of-several-configurations
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Bahar Ahoughalandari, Alexandre R Cabral
The design process of passive methane oxidation biosystems needs to include design criteria that account for the effect of unsaturated hydraulic behavior on landfill gas migration, in particular, restrictions to landfill gas flow due to the capillary barrier effect, which can greatly affect methane oxidation rates. This paper reports the results of numerical simulations performed to assess the landfill gas flow behavior of several passive methane oxidation biosystems. The concepts of these biosystems were inspired by selected configurations found in the technical literature...
August 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825635/assessing-sensory-processing-dysfunction-in-adults-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Denise DuBois, Erin Lymer, Barbara E Gibson, Pushpal Desarkar, Emily Nalder
Sensory reactivity is a diagnostic criterion for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and has been associated with poorer functional outcomes, behavioral difficulties, and autism severity across the lifespan. Yet, there is little consensus on best practice approaches to assessing sensory processing dysfunction in adolescents and adults with ASD. Despite growing evidence that sensory symptoms persist into adolescence and adulthood, there is a lack of norms for older age groups, and pediatric assessments may not target appropriate functional outcomes or environments...
August 19, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812802/diplomacy-and-health-the-end-of-the-utilitarian-era
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Sebastian Kevany, Marcus Matthews
Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), as a system of allocative efficiency for global health programs, is an influential criterion for resource allocation in the context of diplomacy and inherent foreign policy decisions therein. This is because such programs have diplomatic benefits and costs that can be uploaded from the recipient and affect the broader foreign policy interests of the donor and the diplomacy landscape between both parties. These diplomatic implications are vital to the long-term success of both the immediate program and any subsequent programs; hence it is important to articulate them alongside program performance, in terms of how well their interrelated interventions were perceived by the communities served...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811053/burns-first-aid-treatment-in-remote-northern-australia
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David J Read, Swee Chin Tan, Linda Ward, Kathleen McDermott
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: It is well demonstrated that adequate burns first aid treatment (BFAT) improves clinical outcomes for the injured but adequacy remains low in many studies. This study presents a twelve month assessment of the adequacy of burns first aid treatment for patients managed by the Burns Service, Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). METHODS: Prospective study design of all patients managed by the Burns Service, Royal Darwin Hospital. Data were collated from two sources; RDH Burns Registry, and the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ)...
August 12, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809178/how-can-health-information-technologies-contribute-to-improve-health-care-services-for-high-need-patients
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Christian Nøhr, Lars Botin, Xinxin Zhu
This paper discusses how health information technologies like tele-care, tele-health and tele-medicine can improve the condition for high-need patients, specifically in relation to access. The paper addresses specifically the values of timeliness and equity and how tele technological solutions can support and enhance these values. The paper introduces to the concept of scaffolding, which constitutes the framework for dynamic, appropriate, caring and embracing approaches for engaging and involving high-need patients that are vulnerable and exposed...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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