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Elizabeth G Raymond, Tara Shochet, Hillary Bracken
OBJECTIVES: To summarize data on the accuracy and acceptability of a strategy for identifying ongoing pregnancy after medical abortion treatment using a low-sensitivity pregnancy test (LSPT). STUDY DESIGN: We searched PubMed to identify studies that evaluated the use of a single post-treatment LSPT for detection of ongoing pregnancy after treatment with mifepristone and misoprostol. We extracted, assessed, and summarized data from each study. RESULTS: We found 10 studies that evaluated 6 LSPTs with human chorionic gonadotropin detection thresholds of 1000, 1500, or 2000 mIU/ml...
March 10, 2018: Contraception
Christopher A Abeare, Isabelle Messa, Brandon G Zuccato, Bradley Merker, Laszlo Erdodi
Importance: Estimated base rates of invalid performance on baseline testing (base rates of failure) for the management of sport-related concussion range from 6.1% to 40.0%, depending on the validity indicator used. The instability of this key measure represents a challenge in the clinical interpretation of test results that could undermine the utility of baseline testing. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of invalid performance on baseline testing and to assess whether the prevalence varies as a function of age and validity indicator...
March 12, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Anita Harrewijn, Melle J W van der Molen, Irene M van Vliet, Renaud L M Tissier, P Michiel Westenberg
Social anxiety disorder is an invalidating psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme fear and avoidance of one or more social situations in which patients might experience scrutiny by others. The goal of this two-generation family study was to delineate behavioral and electrocortical endophenotypes of social anxiety disorder related to social evaluation. Nine families of patients with social anxiety disorder (their spouse and children, and siblings of these patients with spouse and children) performed a social judgment paradigm in which they believed to be evaluated by peers...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Taly Bonder, Daniel Gopher, Yaffa Yeshurun
The present study examined the mutual influence of cortical neuroenhancement and allocation of spatial attention on perception. Specifically, it explored the effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on visual acuity measured with a Landolt gap task and attentional precues. The exogenous cues were used to draw attention either to the location of the target or away from it, generating significant performance benefits and costs. Anodal tDCS applied to posterior occipital area for 15 min improved performance during stimulation, reflecting heightened visual acuity...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Garrett Jenkinson, Jordi Abante, Andrew P Feinberg, John Goutsias
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation is a stable form of epigenetic memory used by cells to control gene expression. Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) has emerged as a gold-standard experimental technique for studying DNA methylation by producing high resolution genome-wide methylation profiles. Statistical modeling and analysis is employed to computationally extract and quantify information from these profiles in an effort to identify regions of the genome that demonstrate crucial or aberrant epigenetic behavior...
March 7, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Emma van der Weijde, Nabil Saouti, Jan Albert Vos, Selma C Tromp, Robin H Heijmen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the indications, perioperative strategy and postoperative outcome of surgical left subclavian artery (LSA) revascularization combined with thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) covering the LSA. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2017, a total of 101 consecutive patients underwent surgical revascularization of the LSA prior to, concomitant or following TEVAR. Revascularization was performed through a small supraclavicular incision and consisted of a transposition or bypass graft, using intraoperative transcranial Doppler monitoring...
February 28, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Samuel R Walton, Donna K Broshek, Jason Freeman, C Munro Cullum, Jacob E Resch
PURPOSE: To investigate the frequency of valid yet suboptimal Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Test© (ImPACT) performance in university athletes and to explore the benefit of subsequent ImPACT administrations. METHODS: This descriptive laboratory study involved baseline administration of ImPACT to 769 university athletes per the institution's concussion management protocol. Testing was proctored in groups of ≤ 2 participants. Participants who scored below the 16th percentile according to ImPACT normative data were re-administered ImPACT up to two additional times as these scores were thought to be potentially indicative of suboptimal effort or poor understanding of instructions...
February 27, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Laszlo A Erdodi, Sanya Sagar, Kristian Seke, Brandon G Zuccato, Eben S Schwartz, Robert M Roth
This study was designed to develop performance validity indicators embedded within the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function Systems (D-KEFS) version of the Stroop task. Archival data from a mixed clinical sample of 132 patients (50% male; MAge = 43.4; MEducation = 14.1) clinically referred for neuropsychological assessment were analyzed. Criterion measures included the Warrington Recognition Memory Test-Words and 2 composites based on several independent validity indicators. An age-corrected scaled score ≤6 on any of the 4 trials reliably differentiated psychometrically defined credible and noncredible response sets with high specificity (...
February 22, 2018: Psychological Assessment
Thibault Warlop, Christine Detrembleur, Gaëtan Stoquart, Thierry Lejeune, Anne Jeanjean
Variability raises considerable interest as a promising and sensitive marker of dysfunction in physiology, in particular in neurosciences. Both internally (e.g., pathology) and/or externally (e.g., environment) generated perturbations and the neuro-mechanical responses to them contribute to the fluctuating dynamics of locomotion. Defective internal gait control in Parkinson's disease (PD), resulting in typical timing gait disorders, is characterized by the breakdown of the temporal organization of stride duration variability...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
David Merino, Aritz Gil, Jenny Gómez, Luis Ruiz, Miguel Llano, Raquel García, María A Hurlé, J Francisco Nistal
Pressure overload left ventricular hypertrophy is a known precursor of heart failure with ominous prognosis. The development of experimental models that reproduce this phenomenon is instrumental for the advancement in our understanding of its pathophysiology. The gold standard of these models is the controlled constriction of the mid aortic arch in mice according to Rockman's technique (RT). We developed a modified technique that allows individualized and fully controlled constriction of the aorta, improves efficiency and generates a reproducible stenosis that is technically easy to perform and release...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mario Latendresse, Peter D Karp
BACKGROUND: Completion of genome-scale flux-balance models using computational reaction gap-filling is a widely used approach, but its accuracy is not well known. RESULTS: We report on computational experiments of reaction gap filling in which we generated degraded versions of the EcoCyc-20.0-GEM model by randomly removing flux-carrying reactions from a growing model. We gap-filled the degraded models and compared the resulting gap-filled models with the original model...
February 14, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Andreea Iuliana Kui, Anca Jiglău Labuneţ, Codruţa Popescu, Daniela Popa, Liana Lascu
Background and aim: Therapeutic decision in dentistry is a complex cognitive process for the practitioners because it involves taking into consideration several factors, including patients' preferences. The hypothesis of this study was that apicoectomy might be indicated more often than necessary and in order to confirm or invalidate it a survey was designed. We also aimed to explore whether the preferences were associated or not with dentist-related or practice-related characteristics...
2018: Clujul Medical (1957)
Jason S Ng, Warren A Morton
SIGNIFICANCE: The Farnsworth D15 test can be subverted by patients even with severe red-green color deficiency. PURPOSE: To describe a case showing that perfect performance on the Farnsworth D15 is possible after practicing the test. CASE REPORT: A 23-year-old man presented for a comprehensive color vision evaluation. He had only minor complaints with regard to color vision and otherwise normal vision and ocular health. Based on anomaloscope findings, he was diagnosed with protanopia, a form of dichromacy in which the patient does not have any functional L cones, only S and M cones...
February 8, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Clara M A Eichler, Yaoxing Wu, Jianping Cao, Shanshan Shi, John C Little
Phthalates and phthalate alternatives are semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) present in many PVC products as plasticizers to enhance product performance. Knowledge of the mass-transfer parameters, including the equilibrium concentration in the air in contact with the product surface (y0), will greatly improve the ability to estimate the emission rate of SVOCs from these products and to assess human exposure. The objective of this study was to measure y0 for different PVC products and to evaluate its relationship with the material-phase concentrations (C0)...
February 8, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Kristin Verroulx, Rayna B Hirst, George Lin, Shelley Peery
Performance validity testing in children undergoing neuropsychological testing is a growing research area. Accurate identification of performance validity is necessary to avoid invalid assessment conclusions. In the present research, a forced choice (FC) trial was created for the California Verbal Learning Test - Children's Edition (CVLT-C), modeled after the established California Verbal Learning Test - Second Edition (CVLT-II) FC trial. Distractor words were taken directly from the CVLT-II FC Standard Form, with about half being concrete (n = 8) and half abstract (n = 7)...
February 7, 2018: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
Anya Curry, Gillian Bookless, Karen Donaldson, Susan J Knowles
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively evaluate HiberGene's loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for detection of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in maternal recto-vaginal swabs and compare it to enrichment culture. METHODS: Following ethical approval and informed written consent, two low vaginal and rectal swabs were obtained from 400 pregnant women. One swab was tested for GBS using the rapid LAMP assay (index test), the second swab was tested using enrichment culture (reference standard)...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Danielle Chase, Philip Schatz, Nathan Smyk, R Robert Franks
We documented effort stability during neuropsychological (NP) testing examining failure rates on three Performance Validity Tests (PVTs). 65 student athletes, ages 8-21, were evaluated in an outpatient practice, following sports-related concussion over three sessions within 18 months of injury (mean=6 months). 7.7% of student athletes failed PVTs at all three test sessions, 7.7% failed PVTs at two test sessions, and 12.3% failed PVTs at one session; 28% of this sample was sub-optimally engaged for at least one test session, producing invalid neuropsychological data at the time of testing and 72% produced valid neuropsychological data across the comprehensive evaluation...
January 31, 2018: Developmental Neuropsychology
Sabrina Iuglio, Heather Keller, Habib Chaudhury, Susan E Slaughter, Christina Lengyel, Jill Morrison, Veronique Boscart, Natalie Carrier
BACKGROUND: Research has demonstrated the importance of physical environments at mealtimes for residents in long term care (LTC). However, a lack of a standardized measurement to assess physical dining environments has resulted in inconsistent research with potentially invalid and unreliable conclusions. The development of a standardized, construct valid instrument that assesses dining rooms is imperative to systematically examine physical environments in LTC. The purpose of this study was to determine the construct validity of the new Dining Environment Audit Protocol (DEAP) tool...
January 22, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Carolina Baeza-Velasco, Antonio Bulbena, Roberto Polanco-Carrasco, Roland Jaussaud
BACKGROUND: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) hypermobility-type is the most common hereditary disorder of the connective tissue. The tissue fragility characteristic of this condition leads to multi-systemic symptoms in which pain, often severe, chronic, and disabling, is the most experienced. Clinical observations suggest that the complex patient with EDS hypermobility-type is refractory toward several biomedical and physical approaches. In this context and in accordance with the contemporary conceptualization of pain (biopsychosocial perspective), the identification of psychological aspects involved in the pain experience can be useful to improve interventions for this under-recognized pathology...
January 22, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Li-Fei Ji, Jian-Xun Fan, Shou-Feng Zhang, Ai-Min Ren
2,5-Difluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F2-TCNQ) was recently reported to display excellent electron transport properties in single crystal field-effect transistors (FETs). Its carrier mobility can reach 25 cm2 V-1 s-1 in devices. However, its counterparts TCNQ and F4-TCNQ (tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) do not exhibit the same highly efficient behavior. To better understand this significant difference in charge carrier mobility, a multiscale approach combining semiclassical Marcus hopping theory, a quantum nuclear enabled hopping model and molecular dynamics simulations was performed to assess the electron mobilities of the Fn-TCNQ (n = 0, 2, 4) systems in this work...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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