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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628778/effects-of-incubation-time-and-filtration-method-on-kd-of-indigenous-selenium-and-iodine-in-temperate-soils
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T Almahayni, E Bailey, N M J Crout, G Shaw
In this study, the effects of incubation time and the method of soil solution extraction and filtration on the empirical distribution coefficient (Kd) obtained by de-sorbing indigenous selenium (Se) and iodine (I) from arable and woodland soils under temperate conditions were investigated. Incubation time had a significant soil- and element-dependent effect on the Kd values, which tended to decrease with the incubation time. Generally, a four-week period was sufficient for the desorption Kd value to stabilise...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627430/kinetic-of-eosinophil-count-during-bacterial-infection-revisiting-an-old-marker-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-antimicrobial-therapy
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B Davido, S Makhloufi, M Matt, R Calin, O Senard, C Perronne, A Dinh, J Salomon
INTRODUCTION: Eosinopenia has been in the centre of debates for decades as a criterion of sepsis. Depending on authors, different cut-off values are proposed. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study, from February to August 2016, of hospitalized adults suffering from bacterial infection with eosinopenia defined by an eosinophil count <100/mm(3). Patients were divided into 2 groups considering the first day of effective antimicrobial therapy. They were observed during 5days (D) in order to evaluate whether recovery from eosinopenia was predictive of an appropriate antibiotic regimen...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620609/antibiotic-resistances-in-livestock-a-comparative-approach-to-identify-an-appropriate-regression-model-for-count-data
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Anke Hüls, Cornelia Frömke, Katja Ickstadt, Katja Hille, Johanna Hering, Christiane von Münchhausen, Maria Hartmann, Lothar Kreienbrock
Antimicrobial resistance in livestock is a matter of general concern. To develop hygiene measures and methods for resistance prevention and control, epidemiological studies on a population level are needed to detect factors associated with antimicrobial resistance in livestock holdings. In general, regression models are used to describe these relationships between environmental factors and resistance outcome. Besides the study design, the correlation structures of the different outcomes of antibiotic resistance and structural zero measurements on the resistance outcome as well as on the exposure side are challenges for the epidemiological model building process...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613402/a-weight-of-evidence-framework-for-environmental-assessments-inferring-quantities
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Glenn Suter, Susan Cormier, Mace Barron
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has developed a generally applicable framework for a weight-of-evidence (WoE) process for deriving quantitative values from multiple estimates. These guidelines are intended for environmental assessments that require the generation of quantitative parameters such as degradation rates or that develop quantitative products such as criterion values or magnitudes of effects. The basic steps are to weigh evidence for the environmental quality to be quantified, generate the value by merging estimates or by identifying the best estimate, and weight the results to determine confidence in the numerical value...
June 14, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604549/transverse-cervical-artery-perforator-flap-standardized-surgical-technique-and-multiple-reconstructive-opportunity-in-head-and-neck-surgery
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Nicola Luca, Maria Josè Santana, Bianca Maria Festa, Fabio Collurà, Stefano Righini
The main purpose of head and neck reconstructive surgery is to provide anatomic restoration of the demolited region and to provide preservation and recovery of function. The anatomical investigations conducted over the years has enabled a detailed knowledge of human body vascularization, giving the opportunity to design and harvest more and more versatile and refined flaps, with increasingly satisfactory results. Even if in the last 2 decades free flaps have been considered a reconstructive criterion standard, they still determine a great physical impact for the patient and require a certain surgical experience...
June 9, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602483/a-hybrid-framework-for-reverse-engineering-of-robust-gene-regulatory-networks
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Mina Jafari, Behnam Ghavami, Vahid Sattari
The inference of Gene Regulatory Networks (GRNs) using gene expression data in order to detect the basic cellular processes is a key issue in biological systems. Inferring GRN correctly requires inferring predictor set accurately. In this paper, a fast and accurate predictor set inference framework which linearly combines some inference methods is proposed. The purpose of the combination of various methods is to increase the accuracy of inferred GRN. The proposed framework offers a linear weighted combination of Pearson Correlation Coefficient (PCC) and two different feature selection approaches, namely: Information Gain (IG) and ReliefF...
June 8, 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589310/optimal-clinical-assessment-strategies-for-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-cipn-a-systematic-review-and-delphi-survey
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J Matt McCrary, David Goldstein, Frances Boyle, Keith Cox, Peter Grimison, Matthew C Kiernan, Arun V Krishnan, Craig R Lewis, Kate Webber, Sally Baron-Hay, Lisa Horvath, Susanna B Park
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a prominent side effect of the treatment of cancer. Despite this frequent complication, there has been no comprehensive review and quality appraisal of CIPN assessments. The purpose of this study is to provide a definitive quality appraisal of CIPN assessment strategies for clinical use. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified through database searches of Medline, Embase, CINAHL, and Cochrane...
June 7, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587720/stabilization-of-systems-with-interval-time-varying-delay-based-on-delay-decomposing-approach
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Wei Qian, Manman Yuan, Lei Wang, Xuhui Bu, Junqi Yang
The paper considers the stabilization for systems with interval time-varying delay. By decomposing the delay interval into multiple equidistant subintervals and considering the triple integral terms, a novel Lyapunov-krasovskii functional(LKF) is defined. Then extended integral inequality and convex combination approach are used to estimate the derivative of the constructed functional, and as a result, the new stability criterion with less conservatism and decision variables is obtained. On this basis, the state feedback controller is designed, by using linearization method, the existence condition of controller is obtained in terms of linear matrix inequalities(LMIs), and the specific form of controller is also given, moreover, by selecting the appropriate parameter value, the stabilization time of the system can be reduced...
June 3, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579858/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-incremental-value-in-a-series-of-361-patients-demonstrating-cost-savings-and-clinical-benefits-an-outcome-based-study
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Vinayak A Hegde, Robert Ww Biederman, J Ronald Mikolich
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to assess the clinical impact and cost-benefit of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). In the face of current health care cost concerns, cardiac imaging modalities have come under focused review. Data related to CMR clinical impact and cost-benefit are lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: Retrospective review of 361 consecutive patients (pts) who underwent CMR exams was conducted. Indications for CMR were tabulated for appropriateness criteria...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574751/athletic-trainers-reasons-for-and-mechanics-of-documenting-patient-care-a-report-from-the-athletic-training-practice-based-research-network
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Sara L Nottingham, Kenneth C Lam, Tricia M Kasamatsu, Bradly L Eppelheimer, Cailee E Welch Bacon
CONTEXT:   Documenting patient care is an important responsibility of athletic trainers (ATs). However, little is known about ATs' reasons for documenting patient care and mechanics of completing documentation tasks. OBJECTIVE:   To understand ATs' perceptions about reasons for and the mechanics of patient care documentation. DESIGN:   Qualitative study. SETTING:   Individual telephone interviews with Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network members...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574038/-prediction-of-ischaemic-lesions-of-the-brain-in-reconstructive-operations-on-internal-carotid-arteries
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M M Tanashian, R B Medvedev, A N Evdokimenko, É G Gemdzhian, S I Ckrylev, O V Lagoda, M V Krotenkova, A S Suslin
The present study was undertaken to examine the relationship between the level of the intensity of the ultrasonic signal reflected from atherosclerotic plaques (ATP) of carotid arteries and the risk for formation of an ischaemic lesion in the brain matter, detected during diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) performed 24 hours after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) or carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS). Our prospective study included a total of 78 patients presenting with stenosis of the sinus of the interior carotid artery...
2017: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555296/acute-kidney-injury-in-premature-newborns-definition-etiology-and-outcome
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Vesna Stojanović, Nenad Barišić, Tanja Radovanović, Milena Bjelica, Borko Milanović, Aleksandra Doronjski
BACKGROUND: Neonatal acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and is associated with poor outcomes. New criteria for the diagnosis of AKI were introduced based on the increase in serum creatinine (SCr) levels and/or reduction of urine output (UOP). Yet, there is no generally accepted opinion so far, which criteria (whether SCr, UOP, or their combination) are the most appropriate to diagnose neonatal AKI. METHODS: The retrospective study included 195 prematurely born neonates who fulfilled all inclusion criteria (with at least two SCr measurements)...
May 29, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550351/diagnostic-and-treatment-guidelines-for-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-ttp-2017-in-japan
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Masanori Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Fujimura, Hideo Wada, Koichi Kokame, Yoshitaka Miyakawa, Yasunori Ueda, Satoshi Higasa, Takanori Moriki, Hideo Yagi, Toshiyuki Miyata, Mitsuru Murata
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) can rapidly progress into a life-threatening condition, thus the importance of appropriate diagnosis and treatment cannot be overstated. Until recently, TTP has mainly been diagnosed by clinical findings such as thrombocytopenia and non-immune hemolytic anemia. In addition to these clinical findings, however, reduced activity of a disintegrin-like and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type 1 motif 13 (ADAMTS13) below 10% has been accepted internationally as a diagnostic criterion for TTP...
July 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546369/the-utility-of-sonographic-assessment-in-selecting-patients-for-percutaneous-insertion-of-peritoneal-dialysis-catheter
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Renuka Shanmugalingam, Angela Makris, Hicham Hassan, Yan Li, Imelda DeGuzman, Hareeshan Nandakoban, Ananthakrishnapuram Aravindan, Govind Narayanan, Jeffrey Wong
♦Background: Percutaneous insertion of peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheters by nephrologists is a safe and effective alternative to open surgical techniques. These patients are usually carefully selected due to anatomical considerations and medical comorbidities, with the current literature suggesting exclusion of patients with prior abdominal surgery. ♦ Method: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of pre-dialysis patients who attended a preprocedural clinic in a tertiary center over 6 years. Procedural complications and catheter survival were assessed...
May 25, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545196/comparison-of-cox-regression-and-parametric-models-application-for-assessment-of-survival-of-pediatric-cases-of-acute-leukemia-in-southern-iran
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Saeed Hosseini Teshnizi, Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Ayatollahi
Background: Finding the most appropriate regression model for survival data in cancer casesin order to determine prognosis is an important issue in medical research. Here we compare Cox and parametric regression models regarding survival of children with acute leukemia in southern Iran. Methods: In a retrospective cohort study, information for 197 children with acute leukemia over 6 years was collected through observation and interviews. In order to identify factors affecting their survival, the Cox and parametric (exponential, Weibull, log-logistic, log-normal, Gompertz and generalized gamma) models were fitted to the data...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544593/performance-of-anti-nuclear-antibodies-for-classifying-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-systematic-literature-review-and-meta-regression-of-diagnostic-data
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Nicolai Leuchten, Annika Hoyer, Ralph Brinks, Monika Schoels, Matthias Schneider, Josef Smolen, Sindhu R Johnson, David Daikh, Thomas Dörner, Martin Aringer, George Bertsias
OBJECTIVE: To review the published literature on the performance of indirect immunofluorescence (IIF)-HEp-2 ANA testing for classification of SLE. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in the MEDLINE, EMBASE and COCHRANE databases for articles published between January 1990 and October 2015. The research question was structured according to PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome) format rules, and PRISMA recommendations were followed where appropriate...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544188/novel-tool-for-deprescribing-in-chronic-patients-with-multimorbidity-list-of-evidence-based-deprescribing-for-chronic-patients-criteria
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Aitana Rodríguez-Pérez, Eva Rocío Alfaro-Lara, Sandra Albiñana-Perez, María Dolores Nieto-Martín, Jesús Díez-Manglano, Concepción Pérez-Guerrero, Bernardo Santos-Ramos
AIM: To create a tool to identify drugs and clinical situations that offers an opportunity of deprescribing in patients with multimorbidity. METHODS: A literature review completed with electronic brainstorming, and subsequently, a panel of experts using the Delphi methodology were applied. The experts assessed the criteria identified in the literature and brainstorming as possible situations for deprescribing. They were also asked to assess the influence of life prognosis in each criterion...
May 21, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543184/a-systematic-review-of-patient-reported-measures-associated-with-vestibular-dysfunction
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Vicky M Stewart, M Dilani Mendis, Nancy Low Choy
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Use of clinical questionnaires to assist in the screening of vestibular disorders in the acute hospital setting is needed. The objective is to detail the clinimetric properties and clinical utility of patient-reported questionnaires for quantifying dizziness/vertigo symptoms associated with vestibular dysfunction, and to determine validity and utility for screening dizziness/vertigo in the emergency department. DATA SOURCES: We performed a systematic review of PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, and Web of Science in May 2015...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538607/evaluation-of-highest-level-pediatric-trauma-activation-criteria
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Jessica A Zagory, Minna M Wieck, Brooke E Lerner, Suzanne Moody, Richard A Falcone, Rita V Burke
BACKGROUND: Despite the presence of a tiered in-hospital trauma triage system for the past decade, trauma centers still struggle with a definitive list of highest level activation criteria. In 2002, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) mandated 6 criteria for highest level activation. However, it is unknown if pediatric trauma centers follow these criteria. The purpose of this study is to identify and categorize the highest level pediatric trauma criteria used by pediatric trauma centers in the United States...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538002/the-cancer-worry-scale-revised-for-breast-cancer-genetic-counseling
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Anita Caruso, Cristina Vigna, Paola Gremigni
BACKGROUND: The Cancer Worry Scale was revised to be used in breast cancer genetic counseling (CWS-GC). This scale is used to identify dimensions that are relevant in the genetic counseling context, such as worry about developing breast cancer, impact of worries on daily life, and risk perception in women attending a counseling session for BRCA1/2 mutations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the psychometric properties of the CWS-GC in a sample of Italian women...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Nursing
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