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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550744/evaluation-of-a-multi-site-program-designed-to-strengthen-relational-bonds-for-siblings-separated-by-foster-care
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Jeffrey Waid, Armeda Stevenson Wojciak
Sibling relationships in foster care settings have received increased attention in recent years. Despite growing evidence regarding the protective potential of sibling relationships for youth in care, some sibling groups continue to experience foster care related separation, and few programs exist to address the needs of these youth. This study describes and evaluates Camp To Belong, a multi-site program designed to provide short-term reunification to separated sibling groups through a week-long summer camp experience...
May 13, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550696/the-case-for-quality-improvement
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Christina Krause
Healthcare systems around the world are facing increasing public and government scrutiny, financial pressures and challenges from growing complexity. There is a need to accelerate the pace of change, and improve the quality of care while reducing cost. These changes must centre on improving care and increasing accountability for quality in the system. But how do we achieve this goal?
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550058/whole-genome-and-core-genome-multilocus-sequence-typing-and-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-analyses-of-listeria-monocytogenes-associated-with-an-outbreak-linked-to-cheese-united-states-2013
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Yi Chen, Yan Luo, Heather Carleton, Ruth Timme, David Melka, Tim Muruvanda, Charles Wang, George Kastanis, Lee S Katz, Lauren Turner, Angela Fritzinger, Terence Moore, Robert Stones, Joseph Blankenship, Monique Salter, Mickey Parish, Thomas S Hammack, Peter S Evans, Cheryl L Tarr, Marc W Allard, Errol A Strain, Eric W Brown
Epidemiological findings of a listeriosis outbreak in 2013 implicated Hispanic-style cheese produced by Company A, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) were performed on clinical isolates and representative isolates collected from Company A cheese and environmental samples during the investigation. The results strengthened the evidence for cheese as the vehicle. Surveillance sampling and WGS three months later revealed that the equipment purchased by Company B from Company A yielded an environmental isolate highly similar to all outbreak isolates...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550017/a-lysine-desert-protects-a-novel-domain-in-the-slx5-slx8-sumo-targeted-ub-ligase-to-maintain-sumoylation-levels-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Pragati Sharma, Janet R Mullen, Minxing Li, Mikel Zaratiegui, Samuel F Bunting, Steven J Brill
Protein modification by the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) plays important roles in genome maintenance. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, proper regulation of sumoylation is known to be essential for viability in certain DNA repair mutants. Here we find the opposite result; proper regulation of sumoylation is lethal in certain DNA repair mutants. Yeast cells lacking the repair factors TDP1 and WSS1 are synthetically lethal due to their redundant roles in removing Top1-DNA covalent complexes (Top1ccs). A screen for suppressors of tdp1∆ wss1∆ synthetic lethality isolated mutations in genes known to control global sumoylation levels including ULP1, ULP2, SIZ2 and SLX5 The results suggest that alternative pathways of repair become available when sumoylation levels are altered...
May 26, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549929/pragmatic-trials-and-real-world-evidence-an-introduction-to-the-series
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Mira Zuidgeest, Iris Goetz, Rolf Groenwold, Elaine Irving, Ghislaine van Thiel, Diederick E Grobbee
This is the introductory paper in a series of 8 papers (see box). In this series we integrate the theoretical design options with the practice of conducting pragmatic trials. For most new market-approved treatments the clinical evidence is insufficient to fully guide physicians and policy makers in choosing the optimal treatment for their patients. Pragmatic trials can fill this gap, by providing evidence on the relative effectiveness of a treatment strategy in routine clinical practice, already in an early phase of development, while maintaining the strength of randomized controlled trials...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549921/two-representations-of-a-high-dimensional-perceptual-space
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Jonathan D Victor, Syed M Rizvi, Mary M Conte
A perceptual space is a mental workspace of points in a sensory domain that supports similarity and difference judgments and enables further processing such as classification and naming. Perceptual spaces are present across sensory modalities; examples include colors, faces, auditory textures, and odors. Color is perhaps the best-studied perceptual space, but it is atypical in two respects. First, the dimensions of color space are directly linked to the three cone absorption spectra, but the dimensions of generic perceptual spaces are not as readily traceable to single-neuron properties...
May 23, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549765/improving-patient-centered-transitional-care-after-complex-abdominal-surgery
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Alexandra W Acher, Stephanie A Campbell-Flohr, Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick, Kristine M Leahy-Gross, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Alexander V Fisher, Suresh Agarwal, Amy J Kind, Caprice C Greenberg, Pascale Carayon, Sharon M Weber
BACKGROUND: Poor-quality transitions of care from hospital to home contribute to high rates of readmission after complex abdominal surgery. The Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program improved readmission rates in medical patients, but evidence-based surgical transitional care protocols are lacking. This pilot study evaluated the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an adapted surgical C-TraC protocol. STUDY DESIGN: The intervention includes in-person enrollment of patients...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549757/mobile-phone-applications-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-review
#8
M Linares-Del Rey, L Vela-Desojo, R Cano-de la Cuerda
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. However, diagnosing, assessing, and treating these patients is a complex process requiring continuous monitoring. In this context, smartphones may be useful in the management of patients with PD. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to perform a systematic review of the literature addressing the use of mobile phone applications (apps) in PD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a literature search of articles published in English or Spanish between 2011 and 2016 analysing or validating apps specifically designed for or useful in PD...
May 23, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549742/a-qualitative-exploratory-study-of-nurses-decision-making-when-interrupted-during-medication-administration-within-the-paediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Rachel A Bower, Jane E Coad, Joseph C Manning, Theresa A Pengelly
OBJECTIVE: In the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), medication administration is challenging. Empirical studies demonstrate that interruptions occur frequently and that nurses are fundamental in the delivery of medication. However, little is known about nurse's decision making when interrupted during medication administration. Therefore, the objective is to understand decision making when interrupted during medication administration within the PICU. RESEARCH DESIGN: A qualitative study incorporating non-participant observation and audio recorded semi-structured interviews...
May 23, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549727/topographic-analysis-by-atomic-force-microscopy-of-proteoliposomes-matrix-vesicle-mimetics-harboring-tnap-and-anxa5
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Maytê Bolean, Ivana A Borin, Ana M S Simão, Massimo Bottini, Luis A Bagatolli, Marc F Hoylaerts, José L Millán, Pietro Ciancaglini
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is one of the most commonly used scanning probe microscopy techniques for nanoscale imaging and characterization of lipid-based particles. However, obtaining images of such particles using AFM is still a challenge. The present study extends the capabilities of AFM to the characterization of proteoliposomes, a special class of liposomes composed of lipids and proteins, mimicking matrix vesicles (MVs) involved in the biomineralization process. To this end, proteoliposomes were synthesized, composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine (DPPS), with inserted tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) and/or annexin V (AnxA5), both characteristic proteins of osteoblast-derived MVs...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549448/statistical-permutation-based-artery-mapping-spam-a-novel-approach-to-evaluate-imaging-signals-in-the-vessel-wall
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Robert Seifert, Aaron Scherzinger, Friedemann Kiefer, Sven Hermann, Xiaoyi Jiang, Michael A Schäfers
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. A prominent cause of cardiovascular events is atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammation of the arterial wall that leads to the formation of so called atherosclerotic plaques. There is a strong clinical need to develop new, non-invasive vascular imaging techniques in order to identify high-risk plaques, which might escape detection using conventional methods based on the assessment of the luminal narrowing. In this context, molecular imaging strategies based on fluorescent tracers and fluorescence reflectance imaging (FRI) seem well suited to assess molecular and cellular activity...
May 26, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549446/-gnparser-a-powerful-parser-for-scientific-names-based-on-parsing-expression-grammar
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Dmitry Y Mozzherin, Alexander A Myltsev, David J Patterson
BACKGROUND: Scientific names in biology act as universal links. They allow us to cross-reference information about organisms globally. However variations in spelling of scientific names greatly diminish their ability to interconnect data. Such variations may include abbreviations, annotations, misspellings, etc. Authorship is a part of a scientific name and may also differ significantly. To match all possible variations of a name we need to divide them into their elements and classify each element according to its role...
May 26, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549368/developing-population-models-a-systematic-approach-for-pesticide-risk-assessment-using-herbaceous-plants-as-an-example
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Amelie Schmolke, Katherine E Kapo, Pamela Rueda-Cediel, Pernille Thorbek, Richard Brain, Valery Forbes
Population models are used as tools in species management and conservation and are increasingly recognized as important tools in pesticide risk assessments. A wide variety of population model applications and resources on modeling techniques, evaluation and documentation can be found in the literature. In this paper, we add to these resources by introducing a systematic, transparent approach to developing population models. The decision guide that we propose is intended to help model developers systematically address data availability for their purpose and the steps that need to be taken in any model development...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
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L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548676/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-chronic-migraine-in-primary-care
#15
Werner J Becker
BACKGROUND: Chronic migraine is common, affecting approximately 1% of the general population, and causes significant disability. OBJECTIVE: To summarize optimal involvement of primary care physicians in chronic migraine care, and to provide algorithms to assist them in the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic migraine. METHODS: An analysis of diagnostic and treatment needs in chronic migraine, based on a synthesis of the medical literature and clinical experience...
May 26, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548622/fungal-contamination-in-green-coffee-beans-samples-a-public-health-concern
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Carla Viegas, Cátia Pacífico, Tiago Faria, Ana Cebola de Oliveira, Liliana Aranha Caetano, Elisabete Carolino, Anita Quintal Gomes, Susana Viegas
Studies on the microbiology of coffee cherries and beans have shown that the predominant toxigenic fungal genera (Aspergillus and Penicillium) are natural coffee contaminants. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of fungi in Coffea arabica L. (Arabica coffee) and Coffea canephora L. var. robusta (Robusta coffee) green coffee samples obtained from different sources at the pre-roasting stage. Twenty-eight green coffee samples from different countries of origin (Brazil, Timor, Honduras, Angola, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, and Uganda) were evaluated...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548473/initial-experience-with-the-e-ventus%C3%A2-stentgraft-for-endovascular-treatment-of-visceral-artery-aneurysms
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Susanne Anton, Erik Stahlberg, Marco Horn, Marcus Wiedner, Markus Kleemann, Joerg Barkhausen, Jan P Goltz
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel balloon-expandable stentgraft for endovascular treatment of visceral artery aneurysms (VAA). METHODS: Between 9/2014 and 1/2017 seven patients (69+/-15y) with true (n=4) and false (n=3) VAAs were treated by implantation of balloon-expandable stentgrafts (E-ventus®, Jotec, Germany) using a trans-femoral (n=2) or -brachial (n=5) vascular access. The stentgraft was placed without prior passing of the landing zone with a sheath...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548196/-declaration-of-the-chilean-academy-of-medicine-of-law-20-850-%C3%A2-on-clinical-trials-of-pharmaceutical-products-and-medical-devices%C3%A2-and-of-the-bylaw-that-will-regulate-its-application
#18
Gloria López S, Gloria Valdés S, Emilio Roessler B, Vicente Valdivieso D
In Chile, high cost treatments required by selected medical conditions are financed by the State, according to Law 20.850. A bylaw under discussion by the Senate regulates clinical trials, posing complex issues that will endanger local interest in front-line research: 1. The exclusive and mandatory control bestowed to the Institute of Public Health during all stages of the trials and also the surveillance of institutions performing clinical trials, overriding their Clinical Research Review Boards; 2.The 10 year period during which any adverse event is assumed to have been caused by the medication or devise evaluated by the trial, unless the contrary is proven in a judicial process; 3...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547806/examining-the-psychological-and-social-impact-of-relative-age-in-primary-school-children-a-cross-sectional-survey
#19
A Price, K Allen, O C Ukoumunne, R Hayes, T Ford
BACKGROUND: A number of studies demonstrate that children who are younger within their school year have poorer academic attainment and are more likely to have special educational needs. Few, however, have considered the impact relative age may have on child mental health, behaviour and happiness in school. METHODS: This paper utilized data from the Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools study (2075 pupils aged 5 to 9 years from 80 primary schools) to explore the relationship among relative age, behaviour and happiness in school...
May 25, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547799/the-effects-of-intransitive-competition-on-coexistence
#20
Laure Gallien, Niklaus E Zimmermann, Jonathan M Levine, Peter B Adler
Coexistence theory has been developed with an almost exclusive focus on interactions between two species, often ignoring more complex and indirect interactions, such as intransitive loops, that can emerge in competition networks. In fact, intransitive competition has typically been studied in isolation from other pairwise stabilising processes, and thus little is known about how intransitivity interacts with more traditional drivers of species coexistence such as niche partitioning. To integrate intransitivity into traditional coexistence theory, we developed a metric of growth rate when rare, Δri¯, to identify and quantify the impact of intransitive competition against a backdrop of pairwise stabilising niche differences...
May 26, 2017: Ecology Letters
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