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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813528/maternal-and-fetal-risk-factors-for-stillbirth-in-northern-tanzania-a-registry-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Francisca S Chuwa, Amasha H Mwanamsangu, Benjamin G Brown, Sia E Msuya, Elizabeth E Senkoro, Oresta P Mnali, Festo Mazuguni, Michael J Mahande
BACKGROUND: Stillbirth is a major cause of perinatal mortality and occurs disproportionately in developing countries including Tanzania. However, there is scant information regarding the predictors of this condition in Tanzania. This study aimed to determine maternal and fetal risk factors for stilbirth in northen Tanzania. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective cohort study was performed using maternally-linked data from the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre birth registry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813505/allostatic-load-as-a-predictor-of-all-cause-and-cause-specific-mortality-in-the-general-population-evidence-from-the-scottish-health-survey
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Tony Robertson, Gayle Beveridge, Catherine Bromley
Allostatic load is a multiple biomarker measure of physiological 'wear and tear' that has shown some promise as marker of overall physiological health, but its power as a risk predictor for mortality and morbidity is less well known. This study has used data from the 2003 Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) (nationally representative sample of Scottish population) linked to mortality records to assess how well allostatic load predicts all-cause and cause-specific mortality. From the sample, data from 4,488 men and women were available with mortality status at 5 and 9...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813495/establishing-failure-predictors-for-the-planned-extubation-of-overweight-and-obese-patients
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chih-Cheng Lai, Ai-Chin Cheng, Shyh-Ren Chiang, Wei-Lun Liu, Chung-Han Ho, Shu-Chen Hsing, Chin-Ming Chen, Kuo-Chen Cheng
We investigated failure predictors for the planned extubation of overweight (body mass index [BMI] = 25.0-29.9) and obese (BMI ≥ 30) patients. All patients admitted to the adult intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary hospital in Taiwan were identified. They had all undergone endotracheal intubation for > 48 h and were candidates for extubation. During the study, 595 patients (overweight = 458 [77%]); obese = 137 [23%]) with planned extubation after weaning were included in the analysis; extubation failed in 34 patients (5...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813470/comparison-of-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-and-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-2-to-predict-acute-kidney-injury-after-liver-transplantation-an-observational-pilot-study
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Joanna Baron-Stefaniak, Judith Schiefer, Edmund J Miller, Gabriela A Berlakovich, David M Baron, Peter Faybik
INTRODUCTION: Several biomarkers have been suggested as early predictors of acute kidney injury (AKI) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin-2 (NGAL) appears to be a promising predictor of AKI after OLT, but the clinical benefit remains to be proven. Recently, systemic macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) has been proposed as early indicator for requirement of renal replacement therapy after OLT. The aim of this prospective, observational pilot study was to compare the predictive values of serum and urinary MIF for severe AKI after OLT to those of serum and urinary NGAL...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813336/searching-for-the-elusive-gift-advances-in-talent-identification-in-sport
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REVIEW
David L Mann, Nima Dehghansai, Joseph Baker
The incentives for sport organizations to identify talented athletes from a young age continue to grow, yet effective talent identification remains a challenging task. This opinion paper examines recent advances in talent identification, focusing in particular on the emergence of new approaches that may offer promise to identify talent (e.g., small-sided games, genetic testing, and advanced statistical analyses). We appraise new multi-disciplinary and large-scale population studies of talent identification, provide a consideration of the most recent psychological predictors of performance, examine the emergence of new approaches that strive to diminish biases in talent identification, and look at the rise in interest in talent identification in Paralympic sport...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813287/marital-satisfaction-and-divorce-in-couples-in-stepfamilies
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REVIEW
Anita DeLongis, Amy Zwicker
We review research and theory examining stress and coping in stepfamilies as predictors of marital quality and divorce. Although the divorce rate in first-marriages has stabilized after years of increase in North America, the divorce rate of remarriages continues to increase. We argue that depression and marital distress are both mechanisms through which stepfamily stress impacts marital stability, with parenting stressors particularly potent determinants of divorce. We draw upon our own research predicting divorce across 20 years in 112 married couples in stepfamilies, as well as from the larger literature on stepfamilies...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813281/romantic-relationships-and-mental-health
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REVIEW
Scott Braithwaite, Julianne Holt-Lunstad
This paper reviews the research on relationships and mental health. Individuals who are more mentally healthy are more likely to select into relationships, but relationships are also demonstrably associated with mental health. The type of relationship matters - evidence suggests that more established, committed relationships, such as marriage, are associated with greater benefits than less committed unions such as cohabitation. The association between relationships and mental health is clearly bidirectional, however, stronger effects are observed when mental health is the outcome and relationships are the predictor, suggesting that the causal arrow flows more strongly from relationships to mental health than vice versa...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813273/adoptive-parenting
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REVIEW
Harold D Grotevant, Albert Yh Lo
Challenges in adoptive parenting continue to emerge as adoption policies and practices evolve. We review three areas of research in adoptive parenting that reflect contemporary shifts in adoption. First, we highlight recent findings concerning openness in adoption contact arrangements, or contact between a child's families of birth and rearing. Second, we examine research regarding racial and cultural socialization in transracial and international adoptions. Finally, we review investigations of parenting experiences of lesbian and gay adoptive parents...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813196/hepatic-parenchymal-heterogeneity-as-a-marker-for-oxaliplatin-induced-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome-correlation-with-treatment-response-of-colorectal-cancer-liver-metastases
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Na Yeon Han, Beom Jin Park, Kyung Sook Yang, Min Ju Kim, Deuk Jae Sung, Ki Choon Sim, Sung Bum Cho
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to evaluate the influence of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy (OBC)-induced hepatic parenchymal heterogeneity detected on contrast-enhanced CT scans on response of liver metastasis. We chose to study hepatic parenchymal heterogeneity on the basis of the assumption that hepatic parenchymal heterogeneity may indicate the presence of chemotherapy-induced sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: For this retrospective study, 104 patients with hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer (male-female ratio, 66:38; age range, 20-80 years) who had undergone OBC and serial CT studies were consecutively registered...
August 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813195/prediction-of-therapeutic-response-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-to-transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization-based-on-pretherapeutic-dynamic-ct-and-textural-findings
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Hyun Jeong Park, Jung Hoon Kim, Seo-Youn Choi, Eun Sun Lee, Sang Joon Park, Jae Young Byun, Byung Ihn Choi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to assess the value of CT texture analysis for prediction of therapeutic response of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) with pretherapeutic dynamic CT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 132 HCCs in 96 patients treated with TACE who underwent dynamic CT before initial TACE. Imaging findings and arterial enhancement ratios were analyzed. All HCCs were manually segmented, and their texture features were quantitatively extracted using in-house software...
August 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813187/twelve-steps-two-factors-coping-strategies-moderate-the-association-between-craving-and-daily-12-step-use-in-a-college-recovery-community
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Richard P Wiebe, Amanda M Griffin, Yao Zheng, Kitty S Harris, H Harrington Cleveland
BACKGROUND: Affiliating with 12-step groups appears to reduce relapse risk. By relying on between-person designs, extant research has been unable to examine daily mechanisms through which 12-step group affiliation contributes to recovery. OBJECTIVES: To examine the daily use and factor structure of the 12 steps and intrapersonal predictors and moderators of 12-step use. To determine whether the 12 steps were used in response to daily craving and, if so, which steps and in what contexts...
August 16, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813176/validating-the-concept-of-copd-control-a-real-world-cohort-study-from-the-united-kingdom
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Anjan Nibber, Alison Chisholm, Juan José Soler-Cataluña, Bernardino Alcazar, David Price, Marc Miravitlles
The concept of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) control has been developed to inform therapeutic decision-making. We explored the validity of a definition of COPD control in a representative population of patients with COPD in the United Kingdom. Electronic medical records and linked COPD questionnaire data from the Optimum Patient Care Research Database were used to characterize control status. Patients were aged ≥40 years, with spirometry-confirmed COPD, current or ex-smokers, and continuous records throughout the study period...
August 16, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813114/dimensions-of-youth-psychopathy-differentially-predict-concurrent-pro-and-antisocial-behavior
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Guilherme W Wendt, Alice J Bartoli, Adriane Arteche
Objective: To investigate the unique contribution of narcissism and impulsivity, in addition to callous-unemotional (CU) traits, in explaining concurrent prosocial and antisocial behavior. Method: Two hundred and forty-nine schoolchildren (53% female; age 9-12 years) completed the self-report Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD). Two statistical models were tested, predicting conduct problems (CP) and prosocial behavior (PB)...
July 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813099/leaf-area-estimation-of-cassava-from-linear-dimensions
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Samara Zanetti, Laís F M Pereira, Maria Márcia P Sartori, Marcelo A Silva
The objective of this study was to determine predictor models of leaf area of ​​cassava from linear leaf measurements. The experiment was carried out in greenhouse in the municipality of Botucatu, São Paulo state, Brazil. The stem cuttings with 5-7 nodes of the cultivar IAC 576-70 were planted in boxes filled with about 320 liters of soil, keeping soil moisture at field capacity, monitored by puncturing tensiometers. At 80 days after planting, 140 leaves were randomly collected from the top, middle third and base of cassava plants...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813098/modeling-and-mapping-basal-area-of-pinus-taeda-l-plantation-using-airborne-lidar-data
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Carlos A Silva, Carine Klauberg, Andrew T Hudak, Lee A Vierling, Scott J Fennema, Ana Paula D Corte
Basal area (BA) is a good predictor of timber stand volume and forest growth. This study developed predictive models using field and airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data for estimation of basal area in Pinus taeda plantation in south Brazil. In the field, BA was collected from conventional forest inventory plots. Multiple linear regression models for predicting BA from LiDAR-derived metrics were developed and evaluated for predictive power and parsimony. The best model to predict BA from a family of six models was selected based on corrected Akaike Information Criterion (AICc) and assessed by the adjusted coefficient of determination (adj...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813000/an-ameliorated-prediction-of-drug-target-interactions-based-on-multi-scale-discrete-wavelet-transform-and-network-features
#16
Cong Shen, Yijie Ding, Jijun Tang, Xinying Xu, Fei Guo
The prediction of drug-target interactions (DTIs) via computational technology plays a crucial role in reducing the experimental cost. A variety of state-of-the-art methods have been proposed to improve the accuracy of DTI predictions. In this paper, we propose a kind of drug-target interactions predictor adopting multi-scale discrete wavelet transform and network features (named as DAWN) in order to solve the DTIs prediction problem. We encode the drug molecule by a substructure fingerprint with a dictionary of substructure patterns...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812618/plant-spatial-patterns-identify-alternative-ecosystem-multifunctionality-states-in-global-drylands
#17
Miguel Berdugo, Sonia Kéfi, Santiago Soliveres, Fernando T Maestre
The response of drylands to environmental gradients can be abrupt rather than gradual. These shifts largely occur unannounced and are difficult to reverse once they happen; their prompt detection is of crucial importance. The distribution of vegetation patch sizes may indicate the proximity to these shifts, but the use of this metric is hampered by a lack of large-scale studies relating these distributions to the provision of multiple ecosystem functions (multifunctionality) and comparing them to other ecosystem attributes, such as total plant cover...
January 9, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812538/development-of-pathogenicity-predictors-specific-for-variants-that-do-not-comply-with-clinical-guidelines-for-the-use-of-computational-evidence
#18
Elena Álvarez de la Campa, Natàlia Padilla, Xavier de la Cruz
BACKGROUND: Strict guidelines delimit the use of computational information in the clinical setting, due to the still moderate accuracy of in silico tools. These guidelines indicate that several tools should always be used and that full coincidence between them is required if we want to consider their results as supporting evidence in medical decision processes. Application of this simple rule certainly decreases the error rate of in silico pathogenicity assignments. However, when predictors disagree this rule results in the rejection of potentially valuable information for a number of variants...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812435/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-compared-with-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-anaemia
#19
Paola D'Errigo, Fausto Biancari, Stefano Rosato, Corrado Tamburino, Marco Ranucci, Gennaro Santoro, Marco Barbanti, Martina Ventura, Danilo Fusco, Fulvia Seccareccia
OBJECTIVES: We compared the outcome of anaemic patients undergoing transcatheter (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) for severe aortic valve stenosis. METHODS: Anaemic patients (haemoglobin <13.0 g/dL in men and <12.0 g/dL in women) undergoing TAVI and SAVR from the OBSERVANT study were the subjects of this analysis. RESULTS: Preoperative anaemia was an independent predictor of 3-year mortality after either TAVI (HR 1...
August 16, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812384/identification-of-risk-factors-associated-with-postoperative-acute-kidney-injury-after-cytoreductive-surgery-with-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-a-retrospective-study
#20
Juan P Cata, Acsa M Zavala, Antoinette Van Meter, Uduak U Williams, Jose Soliz, Mike Hernandez, Pascal Owusu-Agyemang
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a postoperative complication associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The incidence and risks factors for AKI after cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS-HIPEC) have not been fully studied. The purpose of this study was to identify perioperative risk factors predictive of AKI after CRS-HIPEC. METHODS: This retrospective study collected demographic, tumor-related, intraoperative and postoperative data from 475 patients who underwent CRS-HIPECs...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
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