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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923240/-a-screening-tool-for-three-dimensions-of-work-related-behavior-and-experience-patterns-in-the-psychosomatic-rehabilitation-a-proposal-for-a-short-form-of-the-occupational-stress-and-coping-inventory-avem-3d
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V Beierlein, V Köllner, R Neu, H Schulz
Objectives: The assessment of work pressures is of particular importance in psychosomatic rehabilitation. An established questionnaire is the Occupational Stress and Coping Inventory (German abbr. AVEM), but it is quite long and with regard to scoring time-consuming in routine clinical care. It should therefore be tested, whether a shortened version of the AVEM can be developed, which is able to assess the formerly described three second-order factors of the AVEM, namely Working Commitment, Resilience, and Emotions, sufficiently reliable and valid, and which also may be used for screening of patients with prominent work-related behavior and experience patterns...
December 2016: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923200/a-quantitative-lc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-cocaine-and-its-metabolites-in-whole-blood
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Xiabin Chen, Xirong Zheng, Kai Ding, Ziyuan Zhou, Chang-Guo Zhan, Fang Zheng
As new metabolic pathways of cocaine were recently identified, a high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously determine cocaine and nine cocaine-related metabolites in whole blood samples. One-step solid phase extraction was used to extract all of the ten compounds and corresponding internal standards from blood samples. All compounds and internal standards extracted were separated on an Atlantis T3 (100Å, 3μm, 2.1mm×150mm I.D) column and detected in positive ion and high sensitivity mode with multiple reaction monitoring...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923172/development-and-validation-of-a-predictive-model-for-chronic-kidney-disease-progression-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-based-on-a-13-year-study-in-singapore
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Serena Low, Su Chi Lim, Xiao Zhang, Shiyi Zhou, Lee Ying Yeoh, Yan Lun Liu, Subramaniam Tavintharan, Chee Fang Sum
AIMS: This study aims to develop and validate a predictive model for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) progression in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: We conducted a prospective study on 1582 patients with T2DM from a Diabetes Centre in regional hospital in 2002-2014. CKD progression was defined as deterioration across eGFR categories with ⩾25% drop from baseline. The dataset was randomly split into development (70%) and validation (30%) datasets. Stepwise multivariable logistic regression was used to identify baseline predictors for model development...
November 22, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923049/expression-of-lncrnas-in-low-grade-gliomas-and-glioblastoma-multiforme-an-in-silico-analysis
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Brian J Reon, Jordan Anaya, Ying Zhang, James Mandell, Benjamin Purow, Roger Abounader, Anindya Dutta
BACKGROUND: Each year, over 16,000 patients die from malignant brain cancer in the US. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently been shown to play critical roles in regulating neurogenesis and brain tumor progression. To better understand the role of lncRNAs in brain cancer, we performed a global analysis to identify and characterize all annotated and novel lncRNAs in both grade II and III gliomas as well as grade IV glioblastomas (glioblastoma multiforme [GBM]). METHODS AND FINDINGS: We determined the expression of all lncRNAs in over 650 brain cancer and 70 normal brain tissue RNA sequencing datasets from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and other publicly available datasets...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923017/expression-of-microrna-328-functions-as-a-biomarker-for-recurrence-of-early-gastric-cancer-egc-after-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-esd-by-modulating-cd44
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Hui-Guang Xue, Ai-Hua Yang, Xue-Guo Sun, Yan-Yan Lu, Zi-Bin Tian
BACKGROUND This study investigated the molecular mechanism of the effect of CD44 on the recurrence of EGC after ESD, including the potential regulator and signaling pathways of CD44. MATERIAL AND METHODS We searched the miRNA online database (www.mirdb.org) with the "seed sequence" located within the 3'-UTR of the target gene, and performed luciferase assay to test the miRNA/mRNA relationship. We also determined the expression of CD44 in the EGC and control samples. In addition, statistical analysis was used to explore the role of miR-328 as a biomarker to predict the recurrence after ECD...
December 6, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922974/training-and-validating-a-deep-convolutional-neural-network-for-computer-aided-detection-and-classification-of-abnormalities-on-frontal-chest-radiographs
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Mark Cicero, Alexander Bilbily, Errol Colak, Tim Dowdell, Bruce Gray, Kuhan Perampaladas, Joseph Barfett
OBJECTIVES: Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) are a subtype of artificial neural network that have shown strong performance in computer vision tasks including image classification. To date, there has been limited application of CNNs to chest radiographs, the most frequently performed medical imaging study. We hypothesize CNNs can learn to classify frontal chest radiographs according to common findings from a sufficiently large data set. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our institution's research ethics board approved a single-center retrospective review of 35,038 adult posterior-anterior chest radiographs and final reports performed between 2005 and 2015 (56% men, average age of 56, patient type: 24% inpatient, 39% outpatient, 37% emergency department) with a waiver for informed consent...
December 5, 2016: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922934/psychometric-properties-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-menopause-specific-quality-of-life-questionnaire
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Guangning Nie, Hongyan Yang, Jian Liu, ChunMei Zhao, Xiaoyun Wang
OBJECTIVE: The Menopause-Specific Quality-of-Life (MENQOL) questionnaire was developed as a specific tool to measure the health-related quality-of-life of postmenopausal women. Thus far, the Chinese version questionnaire has not been subjected to psychometric assessment with a large sample. This study aims to evaluate the validity and reliability of the Chinese version of the MENQOL specific to postmenopausal women in China. METHODS: A total of 1,137 menopausal symptomatic and 491 menopausal asymptomatic women from eight cities in China were recruited using a convenience sampling method...
December 5, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922678/a-novel-rapid-point-of-care-test-for-lung-cancer-patients-to-detect-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-gene-mutations-by-using-real-time-droplet-pcr-and-fresh-liquid-cytology-specimens
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Shiho Asaka, Akihiko Yoshizawa, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Akemi Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Takayuki Shiina, Rie Nakata, Kaoru Ogawa, Meng Zhang, Takayuki Honda
Epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) mutations are associated with response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We developed a novel, rapid EGFR mutation assay using a real-time droplet-polymerase chain reaction machine (EGFR d-PCR assay). The purpose of this study was to validate the performance of the EGFR d-PCR assay using fresh liquid cytology specimens. We analyzed three major EGFR mutations (L858R in exon 21, E746_A750del in exon 19 and T790M in exon 20) in 80 fresh liquid cytology specimens of adenocarcinoma (ADC) or NSCLC-not otherwise specified (NOS) via the EGFR d-PCR assay and conventional real-time PCR assay using the therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR kit (Therascreen assay)...
December 2, 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921071/validation-of-automatic-joint-space-width-measurements-in-hand-radiographs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Olga Schenk, Yinghe Huo, Koen L Vincken, Mart A van de Laar, Ina H H Kuper, Kees C H Slump, Floris P J G Lafeber, Hein J Bernelot Moens
Computerized methods promise quick, objective, and sensitive tools to quantify progression of radiological damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Measurement of joint space width (JSW) in finger and wrist joints with these systems performed comparable to the Sharp-van der Heijde score (SHS). A next step toward clinical use, validation of precision and accuracy in hand joints with minimal damage, is described with a close scrutiny of sources of error. A recently developed system to measure metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints was validated in consecutive hand images of RA patients...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920722/a-new-structure-activity-relationship-sar-model-for-predicting-drug-induced-liver-injury-based-on-statistical-and-expert-based-structural-alerts
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Fabiola Pizzo, Anna Lombardo, Alberto Manganaro, Emilio Benfenati
The prompt identification of chemical molecules with potential effects on liver may help in drug discovery and in raising the levels of protection for human health. Besides in vitro approaches, computational methods in toxicology are drawing attention. We built a structure-activity relationship (SAR) model for evaluating hepatotoxicity. After compiling a data set of 950 compounds using data from the literature, we randomly split it into training (80%) and test sets (20%). We also compiled an external validation set (101 compounds) for evaluating the performance of the model...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920536/evaluation-of-potential-novel-variations-and-their-interactions-related-to-bipolar-disorders-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-study-data
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Cengizhan Acikel, Yesim Aydin Son, Cemil Celik, Husamettin Gul
BACKGROUND: Multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR) is a nonparametric approach that can be used to detect relevant interactions between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). The aim of this study was to build the best genomic model based on SNP associations and to identify candidate polymorphisms that are the underlying molecular basis of the bipolar disorders. METHODS: This study was performed on Whole-Genome Association Study of Bipolar Disorder (dbGaP [database of Genotypes and Phenotypes] study accession number: phs000017...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920348/confirmatory-factor-analysis-alternative-free-accessible-cbid-software
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Marjorie Bott, Alex G Karanevich, Lili Garrard, Larry R Price, Dinesh Pal Mudaranthakam, Byron Gajewski
New software that performs Classical and Bayesian Instrument Development (CBID) is reported that seamlessly integrates expert (content validity) and participant data (construct validity) to produce entire reliability estimates with smaller sample requirements. The free CBID software can be accessed through a website and used by clinical investigators in new instrument development. Demonstrations are presented of the three approaches using the CBID software: (a) traditional confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), (b) Bayesian CFA using flat uninformative prior, and (c) Bayesian CFA using content expert data (informative prior)...
December 5, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920176/laboratory-diagnosis-of-chikungunya-virus-infections-and-commercial-sources-for-diagnostic-assays
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Barbara W Johnson, Brandy J Russell, Christin H Goodman
Detection of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) or viral RNA is the primary laboratory test used to diagnose infection in serum collected <6 days after onset of illness. Two real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) kits are available commercially, but validity data are limited. There are 2 commercial sources of inactivated positive-control CHIKV RNA to be used with purchased primers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides viral RNA-positive controls and primer and probe nucleotide sequences for real-time RT-PCR testing...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920117/reliability-and-validity-of-the-dutch-version-of-the-consultation-and-relational-empathy-measure-in-primary-care
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Inge van Dijk, Nick Scholten Meilink Lenferink, Peter L B J Lucassen, Stewart W Mercer, Chris van Weel, Tim C Olde Hartman, Anne E M Speckens
BACKGROUND: Empathy is an essential skill in doctor-patient communication with positive effects on compliance, patient satisfaction and symptom duration. There are no validated patient-rated empathy measures available in Dutch. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the validity and reliability of a Dutch version of the Consultation and Relational Empathy (CARE) Measure, a widely used 10-item patient-rated questionnaire of physician empathy. METHODS: After translation and back translation, the Dutch CARE Measure was distributed among patients from 19 general practitioners in 5 primary care centers...
December 5, 2016: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919937/primary-care-referral-for-echocardiogram-refer-in-heart-failure-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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Clare J Taylor, Andrea K Roalfe, Rachel Iles, Fd Richard Hobbs, Pelham Barton, Martin R Cowie, Russell C Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton, Lynda Tait
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, and ankle swelling are common in general practice but deciding which patients are likely to have heart failure is challenging. AIM: To evaluate the performance of a clinical decision rule (CDR), with or without N-Terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) assay, for identifying heart failure. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective, observational, diagnostic validation study of patients aged >55 years, presenting with shortness of breath, lethargy, or ankle oedema, from 28 general practices in England...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919876/stability-of-tacrolimus-injection-diluted-in-0-9-sodium-chloride-injection-and-stored-in-excel-bags
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Alan L Myers, Yanping Zhang, Jitesh D Kawedia, Brandon R Shank, Melissa A Deaver, Mark A Kramer
PURPOSE: The chemical stability and physical compatibility of tacrolimus i.v. infusion solutions prepared in Excel bags and stored at 23 or 4 °C for up to nine days were studied. METHODS: Tacrolimus admixtures (2, 4, and 8 μg/mL) were prepared in Excel bags using 0.9% sodium chloride injection and stored at 23 °C without protection from light or at 4 °C in the dark. Test samples were withdrawn from triplicate bag solutions immediately after preparation and at predetermined time intervals (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 days)...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919709/evaluation-of-anti-zika-virus-activities-of-broad-spectrum-antivirals-and-nih-clinical-collection-compounds-using-a-cell-based-high-throughput-screen-assay
#17
Robert S Adcock, Yong-Kyu Chu, Jennifer E Golden, Dong-Hoon Chung
Recent studies have clearly underscored the association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and severe neurological diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Given the historical complacency surrounding this virus, however, no significant antiviral screenings have been performed to specifically target ZIKV. As a result, there is an urgent need for a validated screening method and strategy that is focused on highlighting potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors that can be further advanced via rigorous validation and optimization...
December 2, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919565/examination-of-the-promis-upper-extremity-item-bank
#18
Man Hung, Maren W Voss, Jerry Bounsanga, Anthony B Crum, Andrew R Tyser
STUDY DESIGN: Clinical measurement. INTRODUCTION: The psychometric properties of the PROMIS v1.2 UE item bank were tested on various samples prior to its release, but have not been fully evaluated among the orthopaedic population. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: This study assesses the performance of the UE item bank within the UE orthopaedic patient population. METHODS: The UE item bank was administered to 1197 adult patients presenting to a tertiary orthopaedic clinic specializing in hand and UE conditions and was examined using traditional statistics and Rasch analysis...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919382/a-clinical-decision-support-system-for-prediction-of-pregnancy-outcome-in-pregnant-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Khadijeh Paydar, Sharareh R Niakan Kalhori, Mahmoud Akbarian, Abbas Sheikhtaheri
OBJECTIVE: Pregnancy among systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-affected women is highly associated with poor obstetric outcomes. Predicting the risk of foetal outcome is essential for maximizing the success of pregnancy. This study aimed to develop a clinical decision support system (CDSS) to predict pregnancy outcomes among SLE-affected pregnant women. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 149 pregnant women with SLE, who were followed at Shariati Hospital (104 pregnancies) and a specialized clinic (45 pregnancies) from 1982 to 2014...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919287/chemical-profiling-antimicrobial-and-insecticidal-evaluations-of-polygonum-hydropiper-l
#20
Muhammad Ayaz, Muhammad Junaid, Farhat Ullah, Abdul Sadiq, Muhammad Ovais, Waqar Ahmad, Sajjad Ahmad, Anwar Zeb
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens is of great concern to the global health community. Our ability to effectively treat diseases is based on the discovery of potent drugs for the treatment of these challenging diseases. Traditional medicines are one of the major sources for the discovery of safe, effective and economical drug candidates. In order to validate its antibacterial, antifungal and insecticidal potentials with respect to traditional uses, we have screened for the first time Polygonum hydropiper against pathogenic bacterial, fungal strains and a variety of insects...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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