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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441519/grounding-principles-for-inferring-agency-two-cultural-perspectives
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Bethany L Ojalehto, Douglas L Medin, Salino G García
The present research investigates cultural variation in grounding principles for inferring agency in order to address an important theoretical debate: does cultural diversity in agency concepts reflect an animistic overextension of (universal) folkpsychology, as many have argued, or an alternative theory of folkcommunication based on relational principles? In two experiments, mind perception measures were adapted to assess beliefs concerning the agency of non-animal kinds (plants, abiotic kinds, complex artifacts) among Indigenous Ngöbe adults in Panama and US college students...
April 22, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441422/automated-detection-of-hospital-outbreaks-a-systematic-review-of-methods
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Brice Leclère, David L Buckeridge, Pierre-Yves Boëlle, Pascal Astagneau, Didier Lepelletier
OBJECTIVES: Several automated algorithms for epidemiological surveillance in hospitals have been proposed. However, the usefulness of these methods to detect nosocomial outbreaks remains unclear. The goal of this review was to describe outbreak detection algorithms that have been tested within hospitals, consider how they were evaluated, and synthesize their results. METHODS: We developed a search query using keywords associated with hospital outbreak detection and searched the MEDLINE database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440311/efficacy-and-safety-of-rectal-5-aminosalicylic-acid-versus-corticosteroids-in-active-distal-ulcerative-colitis-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Xiaojing Zhao, Changcheng Zhou, Jingjing Ma, Yunjuan Zhu, Min Sun, Peixue Wang, Yi Zhang, Haiqin Ma, Hongjie Zhang
Topical 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) and corticosteroids are used frequently in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis (UC). Our study aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of different topical drugs used to treat active distal UC. A random-effects model within a Bayesian framework was utilized to compare treatment effects and safety as odds ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% credible intervals (CrI). The surface under the cumulative ranking area (SUCRA) and median rank (MR) with corresponding 95% CrI were calculated to rank the treatment outcomes...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440097/exploring-the-role-of-classroom-based-learning-in-professional-identity-formation-of-family-practice-residents-using-the-experiences-trajectories-and-reifications-framework
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Luke Y C Chen, Maria M Hubinette
BACKGROUND: Classroom-based learning such as academic half day has undervalued social aspects. We sought to explore its role in the professional identity development of family medicine residents. METHODS: In this case study, residents and faculty from four training sites in the University of British Columbia Department of Family Practice were interviewed. The "experiences, trajectories, and reifications (ETR) framework" was used as a sensitizing tool for modified inductive (thematic) analysis of the transcripts...
April 25, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439466/arrival-and-diversification-of-mabuyine-skinks-squamata-scincidae-in-the-neotropics-based-on-a-fossil-calibrated-timetree
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Anieli Guirro Pereira, Carlos G Schrago
BACKGROUND: The evolution of South American Mabuyinae skinks holds significant biogeographic interest because its sister lineage is distributed across the African continent and adjacent islands. Moreover, at least one insular species, Trachylepis atlantica, has independently reached the New World through transoceanic dispersal. To clarify the evolutionary history of both Neotropical lineages, this study aimed to infer an updated timescale using the largest species and gene sampling dataset ever assembled for this group...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439403/policy-entrepreneurship-and-policy-networks-in-healthcare-systems-the-case-of-israel-s-pediatric-dentistry-reform
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Nissim Cohen, Tuvia Horev
BACKGROUND: Can the entry of a policy entrepreneur challenge the equilibrium of a policy network and promote changes that might clash with the goals of powerful civil-servants and/or interest groups and, if so, why and how? Our goal is to examine two sides of the same coin: how does an in-depth analysis of Israel's dental care reform enrich our understanding of policy networks and policy entrepreneurship? Second, how does the literature on policy networks and policy entrepreneurship help us understand this reform? Based on a theoretical framework that appears in the literature of policy entrepreneurship and policy networks, we analyze the motivations, goals and strategies of the main actors involved in the process of reforming pediatric dental care in Israel...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439355/using-the-entrustable-professional-activities-framework-in-the-assessment-of-procedural-skills
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Debra Pugh, Rodrigo B Cavalcanti, Samantha Halman, Irene W Y Ma, Maria Mylopoulos, David Shanks, Lynfa Stroud
BACKGROUND: The entrustable professional activity (EPA) framework has been identified as a useful approach to assessment in competency-based education. To apply an EPA framework for assessment, essential skills necessary for entrustment to occur must first be identified. OBJECTIVE: Using an EPA framework, our study sought to (1) define the essential skills required for entrustment for 7 bedside procedures expected of graduates of Canadian internal medicine (IM) residency programs, and (2) develop rubrics for the assessment of these procedural skills...
April 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439228/from-engrams-to-pathologies-of-the-brain
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REVIEW
Christine A Denny, Evan Lebois, Steve Ramirez
Memories are the experiential threads that tie our past to the present. The biological realization of a memory is termed an engram-the enduring biochemical and physiological processes that enable learning and retrieval. The past decade has witnessed an explosion of engram research that suggests we are closing in on boundary conditions for what qualifies as the physical manifestation of memory. In this review, we provide a brief history of engram research, followed by an overview of the many rodent models available to probe memory with intersectional strategies that have yielded unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution over defined sets of cells...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439005/quantifying-the-influence-of-global-warming-on-unprecedented-extreme-climate-events
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Noah S Diffenbaugh, Deepti Singh, Justin S Mankin, Daniel E Horton, Daniel L Swain, Danielle Touma, Allison Charland, Yunjie Liu, Matz Haugen, Michael Tsiang, Bala Rajaratnam
Efforts to understand the influence of historical global warming on individual extreme climate events have increased over the past decade. However, despite substantial progress, events that are unprecedented in the local observational record remain a persistent challenge. Leveraging observations and a large climate model ensemble, we quantify uncertainty in the influence of global warming on the severity and probability of the historically hottest month, hottest day, driest year, and wettest 5-d period for different areas of the globe...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438917/disease-ecology-health-and-the-environment-a-framework-to-account-for-ecological-and-socio-economic-drivers-in-the-control-of-neglected-tropical-diseases
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A Garchitorena, S H Sokolow, B Roche, C N Ngonghala, M Jocque, A Lund, M Barry, E A Mordecai, G C Daily, J H Jones, J R Andrews, E Bendavid, S P Luby, A D LaBeaud, K Seetah, J F Guégan, M H Bonds, G A De Leo
Reducing the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is one of the key strategic targets advanced by the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the unprecedented effort deployed for NTD elimination in the past decade, their control, mainly through drug administration, remains particularly challenging: persistent poverty and repeated exposure to pathogens embedded in the environment limit the efficacy of strategies focused exclusively on human treatment or medical care. Here, we present a simple modelling framework to illustrate the relative role of ecological and socio-economic drivers of environmentally transmitted parasites and pathogens...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438552/immunomodulation-of-autoimmune-arthritis-by-pro-inflammatory-cytokines
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REVIEW
Eugene Y Kim, Kamal D Moudgil
Pro-inflammatory cytokines promote autoimmune inflammation and tissue damage, while anti-inflammatory cytokines help resolve inflammation and facilitate tissue repair. Over the past few decades, this general feature of cytokine-mediated events has offered a broad framework to comprehend the pathogenesis of autoimmune and other immune-mediated diseases, and to successfully develop therapeutic approaches for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) therapy is a testimony in support of this endeavor...
April 21, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438248/program-factor-at-10-origins-development-and-future-directions
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Pere J Ferrando, Urbano Lorenzo-Seva
BACKGROUND: We aim to provide a conceptual view of the origins, development and future directions of FACTOR, a popular free program for fitting the factor analysis (FA) model. METHOD: The study is organized into three parts. In the first part we discuss FACTOR in its initial period (2006-2012) as a traditional FA program with many new and cutting-edge features. The second part discusses the present period (2013-2016) in which FACTOR has developed into a comprehensive program embedded in the framework of structural equation modelling and item response theory...
May 2017: Psicothema
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438178/automatic-construction-of-statistical-shape-models-using-deformable-simplex-meshes-with-vector-field-convolution-energy
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Jinke Wang, Changfa Shi
BACKGROUND: In the active shape model framework, principal component analysis (PCA) based statistical shape models (SSMs) are widely employed to incorporate high-level a priori shape knowledge of the structure to be segmented to achieve robustness. A crucial component of building SSMs is to establish shape correspondence between all training shapes, which is a very challenging task, especially in three dimensions. METHODS: We propose a novel mesh-to-volume registration based shape correspondence establishment method to improve the accuracy and reduce the computational cost...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437869/risk-modeling-of-interdependent-complex-systems-of-systems-theory-and-practice
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Yacov Y Haimes
The emergence of the complexity characterizing our systems of systems (SoS) requires a reevaluation of the way we model, assess, manage, communicate, and analyze the risk thereto. Current models for risk analysis of emergent complex SoS are insufficient because too often they rely on the same risk functions and models used for single systems. These models commonly fail to incorporate the complexity derived from the networks of interdependencies and interconnectedness (I-I) characterizing SoS. There is a need to reevaluate currently practiced risk analysis to respond to this reality by examining, and thus comprehending, what makes emergent SoS complex...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437861/three-stage-decision-making-model-under-restricted-conditions-for-emergency-response-to-ships-not-under-control
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Bing Wu, Xinping Yan, Yang Wang, Di Zhang, C Guedes Soares
A ship that is not under control (NUC) is a typical incident that poses serious problems when in confined waters close to shore. The emergency response to NUC ships is to select the best risk control options, which is a challenge in restricted conditions (e.g., time limitation, resource constraint, and information asymmetry), particularly in inland waterway transportation. To enable a quick and effective response, this article develops a three-stage decision-making framework for NUC ship handling. The core of this method is (1) to propose feasible options for each involved entity (e...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437848/inferring-network-structure-in-non-normal-and-mixed-discrete-continuous-genomic-data
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Anindya Bhadra, Arvind Rao, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani
Inferring dependence structure through undirected graphs is crucial for uncovering the major modes of multivariate interaction among high-dimensional genomic markers that are potentially associated with cancer. Traditionally, conditional independence has been studied using sparse Gaussian graphical models for continuous data and sparse Ising models for discrete data. However, there are two clear situations when these approaches are inadequate. The first occurs when the data are continuous but display non-normal marginal behavior such as heavy tails or skewness, rendering an assumption of normality inappropriate...
April 24, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437843/a-bayesian-belief-network-model-assessing-the-risk-to-wastewater-workers-of-contracting-ebola-virus-disease-during-an-outbreak
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Joseph W Zabinski, Kelsey J Pieper, Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson
During an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), hospitals' connections to municipal wastewater systems may provide a path for patient waste bearing infectious viral particles to pass from the hospital into the wastewater treatment system, potentially posing risks to sewer and wastewater workers. To quantify these risks, we developed a Bayesian belief network model incorporating data on virus behavior and survival along with structural characteristics of hospitals and wastewater treatment systems. We applied the model to assess risks under several different scenarios of workers' exposure to wastewater for a wastewater system typical of a mid-sized U...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437691/midwifery-participatory-curriculum-development-transformation-through-active-partnership
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Mary Sidebotham, Caroline Walters, Janine Chipperfield, Jenny Gamble
Evolving knowledge and professional practice combined with advances in pedagogy and learning technology create challenges for accredited professional programs. Internationally a sparsity of literature exists around curriculum development for professional programs responsive to regulatory and societal drivers. This paper evaluates a participatory curriculum development framework, adapted from the community development sector, to determine its applicability to promote engagement and ownership during the development of a Bachelor of Midwifery curriculum at an Australian University...
April 15, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437426/representational-models-a-common-framework-for-understanding-encoding-pattern-component-and-representational-similarity-analysis
#19
Jörn Diedrichsen, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte
Representational models specify how activity patterns in populations of neurons (or, more generally, in multivariate brain-activity measurements) relate to sensory stimuli, motor responses, or cognitive processes. In an experimental context, representational models can be defined as hypotheses about the distribution of activity profiles across experimental conditions. Currently, three different methods are being used to test such hypotheses: encoding analysis, pattern component modeling (PCM), and representational similarity analysis (RSA)...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437255/capped-carbon-nanotubes-with-a-number-of-ground-state-magnetization-discontinuities-increasing-with-their-size
#20
N P Konstantinidis
The classical ground state magnetic response of fullerene molecules that resemble capped carbon nanotubes is calculated within the framework of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model. It is found that the magnetic response depends subtly on spatial symmetry and chirality. Clusters based on armchair carbon nanotubes which are capped with non-neighboring pentagons and have D 5d spatial symmetry have a number of magnetization discontinuities which increases with their size. This occurs even though the model completely lacks magnetic anisotropy, and even though the only source of frustration are the two groups of six pentagons located at the ends of the molecules, which become more strongly outnumbered as the clusters are filled in the middle with more unfrustrated hexagons with increasing size...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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