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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231678/-application-of-disease-risk-score-in-pharmacoepidemiologic-studies
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H Y Zhao, S Y Zhan
Disease risk score (DRS) can be used to adjust the confounding effects on data with high dimensions and can reduce related bias through balancing the risk or probability, regarding the development of some specific diseases, between the two compared groups. The DRS approach thus can be applied to studies of pharmacoepidemiology when administrative medical database is used for data analysis. Although DRS functions are similarly to the propensity scores (PS) under many situations, even with some advantages over PS or conventional analytical methods in some special exposure settings, the usage of DRS is far limited than the PS method...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231633/barriers-to-regaining-control-within-a-constructivist-grounded-theory-of-family-resilience-in-icu-living-with-uncertainty
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Pauline Wong, Pranee Liamputtong, Susan Koch, Helen Rawson
This paper discusses families' experiences of their interactions when a relative is admitted unexpectedly to an Australian intensive care unit BACKGROUND: The overwhelming emotions associated with the unexpected admission of a relative to an intensive care unit (ICU) are often due to the uncertainty surrounding the condition of their critically ill relative. There is limited in-depth understanding of the nature of uncertainty experienced by families in ICU, and interventions perceived by families to minimise their uncertainty are not well documented...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231626/default-mode-network-deactivation-to-smoking-cue-relative-to-food-cue-predicts-treatment-outcome-in-nicotine-use-disorder
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Claire E Wilcox, Eric D Claus, Vince D Calhoun, Srinivas Rachakonda, Rae A Littlewood, Jessica Mickey, Pamela B Arenella, Natalie Goodreau, Kent E Hutchison
Identifying predictors of treatment outcome for nicotine use disorders (NUDs) may help improve efficacy of established treatments, like varenicline. Brain reactivity to drug stimuli predicts relapse risk in nicotine and other substance use disorders in some studies. Activity in the default mode network (DMN) is affected by drug cues and other palatable cues, but its clinical significance is unclear. In this study, 143 individuals with NUD (male n = 91, ages 18-55 years) received a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan during a visual cue task during which they were presented with a series of smoking-related or food-related video clips prior to randomization to treatment with varenicline (n = 80) or placebo...
February 23, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231466/leaky-gate-model-intensity-dependent-coding-of-pain-and-itch-in-the-spinal-cord
#4
Shuohao Sun, Qian Xu, Changxiong Guo, Yun Guan, Qin Liu, Xinzhong Dong
Coding of itch versus pain has been heatedly debated for decades. However, the current coding theories (labeled line, intensity, and selectivity theory) cannot accommodate all experimental observations. Here we identified a subset of spinal interneurons, labeled by gastrin-releasing peptide (Grp), that receive direct synaptic input from both pain and itch primary sensory neurons. When activated, these Grp(+) neurons generated rarely seen, simultaneous robust pain and itch responses that were intensity dependent...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231458/gate-control-theory-springs-a-leak
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Paula J S Pereira, Ethan A Lerner
Sun and colleagues (2017) find that individual Grp+ spinal interneurons can respond to and distinguish between stimuli that provoke itch or pain. The nociceptive response is limited by enkaphalin-expressing interneurons that are connected synaptically to the Grp+ neurons.
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231324/a-framework-for-analyzing-contagion-in-assortative-banking-networks
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Thomas R Hurd, James P Gleeson, Sergey Melnik
We introduce a probabilistic framework that represents stylized banking networks with the aim of predicting the size of contagion events. Most previous work on random financial networks assumes independent connections between banks, whereas our framework explicitly allows for (dis)assortative edge probabilities (i.e., a tendency for small banks to link to large banks). We analyze default cascades triggered by shocking the network and find that the cascade can be understood as an explicit iterated mapping on a set of edge probabilities that converges to a fixed point...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231266/an-examination-of-the-factorial-and-convergent-validity-of-four-measures-of-conspiracist-ideation-with-recommendations-for-researchers
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Viren Swami, David Barron, Laura Weis, Martin Voracek, Stefan Stieger, Adrian Furnham
A number scales have been developed to measure conspiracist ideation, but little attention has been paid to the factorial validity of these scales. We reassessed the psychometric properties of four widely-used scales, namely the Belief in Conspiracy Theories Inventory (BCTI), the Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (CMQ), the Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale (GCBS), and the One-Item Conspiracy Measure (OICM). Eight-hundred-and-three U.S. adults completed all measures, along with measures of endorsement of 9/11 and anti-vaccination conspiracy theories...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231265/resist-diabetes-a-randomized-clinical-trial-for-resistance-training-maintenance-in-adults-with-prediabetes
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Brenda M Davy, Richard A Winett, Jyoti Savla, Elaina L Marinik, Mary Elizabeth Baugh, Kyle D Flack, Tanya M Halliday, Sarah A Kelleher, Sheila G Winett, David M Williams, Soheir Boshra
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a social cognitive theory (SCT)-based intervention improves resistance training (RT) maintenance and strength, and reduces prediabetes prevalence. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Sedentary, overweight/obese (BMI: 25-39.9 kg/m2) adults aged 50-69 (N = 170) with prediabetes participated in the 15-month trial. Participants completed a supervised 3-month RT (2×/wk) phase and were randomly assigned (N = 159) to one of two 6-month maintenance conditions: SCT or standard care...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230997/universal-exciton-size-in-organic-polymers-is-determined-by-non-local-orbital-exchange-in-tddft
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Stefanie A Mewes, Felix Plasser, Andreas Dreuw
The exciton size of the lowest singlet excited state in a diverse set of organic π-conjugated polymers is studied and found to be a universal, system-independent quantity of approximately 7 Å in the single chain picture. With time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), its value as well as the overall description of the exciton is almost exclusively governed by the amount of non-local orbital exchange. This is traced back to the lack of the Coulomb attraction between the electron and hole quasiparticles in pure TDDFT, which is reintroduced only with the admixture of non-local orbital exchange...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230993/ground-state-properties-of-the-polar-alkali-metal-ytterbium-and-alkaline-earth-metal-ytterbium-molecules-a-comparative-study
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Qinqin Shao, Lijuan Deng, Xiao Dong Xing, Dezhi Gou, Xiaoyu Kuang, Hui Li
The accurate knowledge of electronic properties is important for creating and manufacturing ultracold molecules. We report here the ab initio quantum chemistry calculations on the properties of alkali-metal-ytterbium AM-Yb (AM = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) and alkaline-earth-metal-ytterbium AEM-Yb (AEM = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) molecules for their electronic ground state. The potential energy curves (PECs) and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are calculated based on the multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) level of theory, where the core-valence correlations and scalar relativistic effects are included...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230983/when-anatase-nanoparticles-become-bulk-like-properties-of-realistic-tio2-nanoparticles-in-the-1-6-nm-size-range-from-all-electron-relativistic-density-functional-theory-based-calculations
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Oriol Lamiel-Garcia, Kyoung Chul Ko, Jin Yong Lee, Stefan T Bromley, Francesc Illas
All electron relativistic density functional theory (DFT) based calculations using numerical atom-centered orbitals have been carried out to explore the relative stability, atomic and electronic structure of a series of stoichiometric TiO2 anatase nanoparticles explicitly containing up to 1365 atoms as a function of size and morphology. The nanoparticles under scrutiny exhibit octahedral or truncated octahedral structures and span the 1- 6 nm size range. Initial structures were obtained from a Wulff construction, thus exhibiting the most stable (101) and (001) anatase surfaces...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230973/unique-opto-electronic-structure-and-photo-reduction-properties-of-sulfur-doped-lead-chromates-explaining-their-instability-in-paintings
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Vanousheh Rahemi, Nasrin Sarmadian, Willemien Anaf, Koen Janssens, Dirk Lamoen, Bart Partoens, Karolien De Wael
Chrome yellow refers to a group of synthetic inorganic pigments that became popular as an artist's material from the second quarter of the 19th century. The color of the pigment, in which the chromate ion acts as a chromophore, is related to its chemical composition (PbCr1-xSxO4, with 0≤x≤0.8) and crystalline structure (monoclinic/orthorhombic). Their shades range from the yellow-orange to the paler yellow tones with increasing sulfate amount. These pigments show remarkable signs of degradation after limited time periods...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230869/a-combined-high-temperature-experimental-and-theoretical-kinetic-study-of-the-reaction-of-dimethyl-carbonate-with-oh-radicals
#13
Fethi Khaled, Binod Raj Giri, Milán Szőri, Tam V-T Mai, Lam K Huynh, Aamir Farooq
The reaction kinetics of dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and OH radicals were investigated behind reflected shock waves over the temperature range of 872-1295 K and at pressures near 1.5 atm. Reaction progress was monitored by detecting OH radicals at 306.69 nm using a UV laser absorption technique. The rate coefficients for the reaction of DMC with OH radicals were extracted using a detailed kinetic model developed by Glaude et al. (Proc. Combust. Inst. 2005, 30(1), 1111-1118). The experimental rate coefficients can be expressed in Arrhenius form as: kexpt'l = 5...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230848/computational-approaches-to-fmri-analysis
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Jonathan D Cohen, Nathaniel Daw, Barbara Engelhardt, Uri Hasson, Kai Li, Yael Niv, Kenneth A Norman, Jonathan Pillow, Peter J Ramadge, Nicholas B Turk-Browne, Theodore L Willke
Analysis methods in cognitive neuroscience have not always matched the richness of fMRI data. Early methods focused on estimating neural activity within individual voxels or regions, averaged over trials or blocks and modeled separately in each participant. This approach mostly neglected the distributed nature of neural representations over voxels, the continuous dynamics of neural activity during tasks, the statistical benefits of performing joint inference over multiple participants and the value of using predictive models to constrain analysis...
February 23, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230845/dynamic-models-of-large-scale-brain-activity
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REVIEW
Michael Breakspear
Movement, cognition and perception arise from the collective activity of neurons within cortical circuits and across large-scale systems of the brain. While the causes of single neuron spikes have been understood for decades, the processes that support collective neural behavior in large-scale cortical systems are less clear and have been at times the subject of contention. Modeling large-scale brain activity with nonlinear dynamical systems theory allows the integration of experimental data from multiple modalities into a common framework that facilitates prediction, testing and possible refutation...
February 23, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230763/an-improved-azimuth-angle-estimation-method-with-a-single-acoustic-vector-sensor-based-on-an-active-sonar-detection-system
#16
Anbang Zhao, Lin Ma, Xuefei Ma, Juan Hui
In this paper, an improved azimuth angle estimation method with a single acoustic vector sensor (AVS) is proposed based on matched filtering theory. The proposed method is mainly applied in an active sonar detection system. According to the conventional passive method based on complex acoustic intensity measurement, the mathematical and physical model of this proposed method is described in detail. The computer simulation and lake experiments results indicate that this method can realize the azimuth angle estimation with high precision by using only a single AVS...
February 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230743/quasi-static-calibration-method-of-a-high-g-accelerometer
#17
Yan Wang, Jinbiao Fan, Jing Zu, Peng Xu
To solve the problem of resonance during quasi-static calibration of high-g accelerometers, we deduce the relationship between the minimum excitation pulse width and the resonant frequency of the calibrated accelerometer according to the second-order mathematical model of the accelerometer, and improve the quasi-static calibration theory. We establish a quasi-static calibration testing system, which uses a gas gun to generate high-g acceleration signals, and apply a laser interferometer to reproduce the impact acceleration...
February 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230735/new-evidence-for-the-theory-of-chromosome-organization-by-repetitive-elements-core
#18
Shao-Jun Tang
Repetitive DNA elements were proposed to coordinate chromatin folding and interaction in chromosomes by their intrinsic homology-based clustering ability. A recent analysis of the data sets from chromosome-conformation-capture experiments confirms the spatial clustering of DNA repeats of the same family in the nuclear space, and thus provides strong new support for the CORE theory.
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230575/patients-and-care-partners-perspectives-on-dignity-and-respect-during-acute-care-hospitalization
#19
Priscilla K Gazarian, Constance R C Morrison, Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, Orly Tamir, David W Bates, Ronen Rozenblum
BACKGROUND: Delivering patient-centered care (PCC) is essential to our healthcare system. Patient dignity and respect are foundational elements of PCC. Understanding patients' and their care partner's perspectives on the meaning of dignity and respect within a clinical care environment is critical to achieving our goal of PCC. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to understand how patients and their care partners define, describe, and experience dignity and respect during hospitalization...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230403/development-of-essentialist-thinking-about-religion-categories-in-northern-ireland-and-the-united-states
#20
Kirsty Smyth, Aidan Feeney, R Cole Eidson, John D Coley
Social essentialism, the belief that members of certain social categories share unobservable properties, licenses expectations that those categories are natural and a good basis for inference. A challenge for cognitive developmental theory is to give an account of how children come to develop essentialist beliefs about socially important categories. Previous evidence from Israel suggests that kindergarteners selectively engage in essentialist reasoning about culturally salient (ethnicity) categories, and that this is attenuated among children in integrated schools...
March 2017: Developmental Psychology
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