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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735151/do-air-pollution-and-neighborhood-greenness-exposures-improve-the-predicted-cardiovascular-risk
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Maayan Yitshak-Sade, Itai Kloog, Victor Novack
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies show associations between exposure to Particulate Matter and Cardiovascular disease (CVD). Current cardiovascular equations incorporate the major risk factors for CVD. The patients' environment, however, is not incorporated in these equations. METHODS: In a retrospective analysis, we assessed the contribution of neighborhood greenness and particulate matter (coarse-PM and PM<2.5μm-PM2.5) to the development of CVD by analyzing the change in prediction abilities...
July 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735012/fgwas-functional-genome-wide-association-analysis
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Chao Huang, Paul Thompson, Yalin Wang, Yang Yu, Jingwen Zhang, Dehan Kong, Rivka R Colen, Rebecca C Knickmeyer, Hongtu Zhu
Functional phenotypes (e.g., subcortical surface representation), which commonly arise in imaging genetic studies, have been used to detect putative genes for complexly inherited neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. However, existing statistical methods largely ignore the functional features (e.g., functional smoothness and correlation). The aim of this paper is to develop a functional genome-wide association analysis (FGWAS) framework to efficiently carry out whole-genome analyses of functional phenotypes...
July 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734863/significant-linkage-evidence-for-interstitial-cystitis-painful-bladder-syndrome-on-chromosome-3
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Kristina Allen-Brady, Kerry Rowe, Melissa Cessna, Sara Lenherr, Peggy Norton
PURPOSE: Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is a chronic pelvic pain condition with unknown etiology. We hypothesized that related IC/PBS cases were more likely to have a genetic etiology. The purpose of this study was to perform a genetic linkage analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: IC/PBS cases were identified using diagnostic codes linked to a population-based genealogy resource (Utah Population Database) and electronic medical records. For this analysis, 13 high-risk pedigrees (defined as having a statistical excess number of IC/PBS cases among descendants compared to matched hospital population rates) were used...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734793/hardware-failure-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer-to-the-spine
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Rachel Pedreira, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, A Karim Ahmed, Rafael De la Garza-Ramos, C Rory Goodwin, Ziya L Gokaslan, Justin Sacks, Daniel M Sciubba
BACKGROUND: The spine is the most common site of skeletal metastases, affecting approximately 30% of individuals with cancer. The aim of surgical treatment for metastatic spine disease is generally palliative to address pain and/or neurologic compromise, significantly improving patients' quality of life. Patients with metastatic spine disease, however, represent a vulnerable cohort and may have comorbidities or previous treatments that impair the structural integrity of spinal hardware...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734748/effects-of-arginine-based-immunonutrition-on-inpatient-total-costs-and-hospitalization-outcomes-for-patients-undergoing-colorectal-surgery
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Souvik Banerjee, Louis P Garrison, Aurelie Danel, Juan B Ochoa Gautier, David R Flum
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of an arginine-based immunonutrition intervention for patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery on postsurgical utilization and cost outcomes. METHODS: This analysis was based on data from two Washington State databases: Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) linked to the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS). The sample (N=722) comprises adult patients who underwent elective colorectal surgery with anastomosis in a Washington State hospital that participated in the Strong for Surgery (S4S) initiative between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
June 24, 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734742/efficacy-of-a-nonadjuvanted-recombinant-felv-vaccine-and-two-inactivated-felv-vaccines-when-subject-to-consistent-virulent-felv-challenge-conditions
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Deborah A Grosenbaugh, Valérie Frances-Duvert, Shabnam Abedi, Bradley Feilmeier, Hongyu Ru, Hervé Poulet
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of three FeLV vaccines, under identical conditions in a laboratory challenge model that closely mimics natural infection. Four groups of cats (n = 20 per group) were administered two doses of vaccine, 21 days apart, starting at 9-10 weeks of age (Purevax(®) FeLV, Versifel(®) FeLV, Nobivac(®) feline 2-FeLV, and a placebo). Cats were challenged 3 weeks later with a virulent, heterologous FeLV isolate. FeLV antigenemia was determined at weekly intervals from 3 to 15 weeks postchallenge...
July 19, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734504/-relationship-between-family-variables-and-conjugal-adjustment
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Nerea Jiménez-Picón, Joaquín-Salvador Lima-Rodríguez, Marta Lima-Serrano
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether family variables, such as type of relationship, years of marriage, existence of offspring, number of members of family, stage of family life cycle, transition between stages, perceived social support, and/or stressful life events are related to conjugal adjustment. DESIGN: A cross-sectional and correlational study using questionnaires. LOCATION: Primary care and hospital units of selected centres in the province of Seville, Spain...
July 19, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734364/improved-variable-reduction-in-partial-least-squares-modelling-by-global-minimum-error-uninformative-variable-elimination
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Jan P M Andries, Yvan Vander Heyden, Lutgarde M C Buydens
The calibration performance of Partial Least Squares regression (PLS) can be improved by eliminating uninformative variables. For PLS, many variable elimination methods have been developed. One is the Uninformative-Variable Elimination for PLS (UVE-PLS). However, the number of variables retained by UVE-PLS is usually still large. In UVE-PLS, variable elimination is repeated as long as the root mean squared error of cross validation (RMSECV) is decreasing. The set of variables in this first local minimum is retained...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734285/extension-of-the-d3-dispersion-coefficient-model
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Eike Caldeweyher, Christoph Bannwarth, Stefan Grimme
A new model, termed D4, for the efficient computation of molecular dipole-dipole dispersion coefficients is presented. As in the related, well established D3 scheme, these are obtained as a sum of atom-in-molecule dispersion coefficients over atom pairs. Both models make use of dynamic polarizabilities obtained from first-principles time-dependent density functional theory calculations for atoms in different chemical environments employing fractional atomic coordination numbers for interpolation. Different from the D3 model, the coefficients are obtained on-the-fly by numerical Casimir-Polder integration of the dynamic, atomic polarizabilities α(iω)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734284/cage-model-of-polar-fluids-finite-cage-inertia-generalization
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W T Coffey, M Zarifakis, Y P Kalmykov, S V Titov, W J Dowling, A S Titov
The itinerant oscillator model describing rotation of a dipole about a fixed axis inside a cage formed by its surrounding polar molecules is revisited in the context of modeling the dielectric relaxation of a polar fluid via the Langevin equation. The dynamical properties of the model are studied by averaging the Langevin equations describing the complex orientational dynamics of two bodies (molecule-cage) over their realizations in phase space so that the problem reduces to solving a system of three index linear differential-recurrence relations for the statistical moments...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734222/species-sensitivity-distribution-for-pentachlorophenol-to-aquatic-organisms-based-on-interval-ecotoxicological-data
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Jinsong Zhao, Run Zhang
Species sensitivity distribution (SSD) model is often used to extrapolate the chemicals' effects from the ecotoxicological data on individual species to ecosystems, and is widely applied to derive water quality criteria or to assess ecological risk. Because of the influence of various factors, the ecotoxicological data of a specific chemicals to an individual usually exist in a range. The feasibility of interval ecotoxicological data directly applied to build SSD model has not been clearly stated. In the present study, by means of Bayesian statistics, the half maximal effective concentration (EC50) of pentachlorophenol (PCP) to 161 aquatic organisms, which were organized into 7 groups, i...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734189/two-dimensional-modeling-of-elastic-wave-propagation-in-solids-containing-cracks-with-rough-surfaces-and-friction-part-i-theoretical-background
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Vladislav Aleshin, Steven Delrue, Andrey Trifonov, Olivier Bou Matar, Koen Van Den Abeele
Our study aims at the creation of a numerical toolbox that describes wave propagation in samples containing internal contacts (e.g. cracks, delaminations, debondings, imperfect intergranular joints) of known geometry with postulated contact interaction laws including friction. The code consists of two entities: the contact model and the solid mechanics module. Part I of the paper concerns the modeling of internal contacts (called cracks for brevity), while part II is related to the integration of the developed contact model into a solid mechanics module that allows the description of wave propagation processes...
July 13, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733810/precision-of-guided-scanning-procedures-for-full-arch-digital-impressions-in-vivo
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Moritz Zimmermann, Christina Koller, Moritz Rumetsch, Andreas Ender, Albert Mehl
PURPOSE: System-specific scanning strategies have been shown to influence the accuracy of full-arch digital impressions. Special guided scanning procedures have been implemented for specific intraoral scanning systems with special regard to the digital orthodontic workflow. The aim of this study was to evaluate the precision of guided scanning procedures compared to conventional impression techniques in vivo. METHOD: Two intraoral scanning systems with implemented full-arch guided scanning procedures (Cerec Omnicam Ortho; Ormco Lythos) were included along with one conventional impression technique with irreversible hydrocolloid material (alginate)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733768/estimates-of-health-utility-scores-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Nigar Sekercioglu, Bryan Curtis, Sean Murphy, Gord Blackhouse, Brendan Barrett
INTRODUCTION: Coverage decisions in publicly funded healthcare systems require a formal, systematic and transparent assessment process for policies related to distribution of resources. The process is complex and employs multiple types of information, such as clinical effectiveness, costs and health utility scores which are used to produce quality-adjusted life years. The purpose of this study was to create health utility scores for CKD patients within the Canadian population. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of CKD patients...
July 21, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733753/modeling-of-semi-competing-risks-by-means-of-first-passage-times-of-a-stochastic-process
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Beate Sildnes, Bo Henry Lindqvist
In semi-competing risks one considers a terminal event, such as death of a person, and a non-terminal event, such as disease recurrence. We present a model where the time to the terminal event is the first passage time to a fixed level c in a stochastic process, while the time to the non-terminal event is represented by the first passage time of the same process to a stochastic threshold S, assumed to be independent of the stochastic process. In order to be explicit, we let the stochastic process be a gamma process, but other processes with independent increments may alternatively be used...
July 22, 2017: Lifetime Data Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733701/copper-ii-complexes-of-bidentate-ligands-exhibit-potent-anti-cancer-activity-regardless-of-platinum-sensitivity-status
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Mohamed Wehbe, Cody Lo, Ada W Y Leung, Wieslawa H Dragowska, Gemma M Ryan, Marcel B Bally
Insensitivity to platinum, either through inherent or acquired resistance, is a major clinical problem in the treatment of many solid tumors. Here, we explored the therapeutic potential of diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC), pyrithione (Pyr), plumbagin (Plum), 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ), clioquinol (CQ) copper complexes in a panel of cancer cell lines that differ in their sensitivity to platins (cisplatin/carboplatin) using a high-content imaging system. Our data suggest that the copper complexes were effective against both platinum sensitive (IC50 ~ 1 μM platinum) and insensitive (IC50 > 5 μM platinum) cell lines...
July 21, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733688/predicting-pneumonia-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke-comparison-of-five-prediction-scoring-models
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Tian Ming Tu, Sheena Sh Phua, Sanchalika Acharyya, Wai May Ng, Daniel Ct Oh
INTRODUCTION: Although pneumonia is a major complication after acute ischaemic stroke (AIS), pneumonia prediction scores have not been extensively validated. This study aimed to compare the discrimination performance of 5 pneumonia prediction scores in AIS patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all consecutive adult AIS patients whom presented to our emergency department within 4.5 hours of symptom-onset between January 2012 and February 2015...
June 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733466/the-reliability-of-the-american-community-survey-for-injury-surveillance
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Nathaniel Bell, Bo Cai
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the reliability and predictability of 49 socioeconomic indicators constructed from the annual and multiyear American Community Survey (ACS) data cycles for monitoring injury inequalities across the USA. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of the 2006-2013 annual and multiyear county-level ACS data cycles. Indicator reliability was assessed using the margin of error and coefficient of variation (CV). Overlapping multiyear data cycles were assessed for statistical dependence in the estimates...
August 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733440/dose-transition-pathways-the-missing-link-between-complex-dose-finding-designs-and-simple-decision-making
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Christina Yap, Lucinda J Billingham, Ying Kuen Cheung, Charlie Craddock, John O'Quigley
The ever increasing pace of development of novel therapies mandates efficient methodologies for assessment of their tolerability and activity. Evidence increasingly support the merits of model-based dose-finding designs in identifying the recommended Phase II dose compared to conventional rule-based designs such as the 3+3 but despite this, their use remains limited. Here, we propose a useful tool, Dose Transition Pathways (DTP), which helps overcome several commonly-faced practical and methodological challenges in the implementation of model-based designs...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733431/addition-of-24-hour-heart-rate-variability-parameters-to-the-cardiovascular-health-study-stroke-risk-score-and-prediction-of-incident-stroke-the-cardiovascular-health-study
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Rohan K Bodapati, Jorge R Kizer, Willem J Kop, Hooman Kamel, Phyllis K Stein
BACKGROUND: Heart rate variability (HRV) characterizes cardiac autonomic functioning. The association of HRV with stroke is uncertain. We examined whether 24-hour HRV added predictive value to the Cardiovascular Health Study clinical stroke risk score (CHS-SCORE), previously developed at the baseline examination. METHODS AND RESULTS: N=884 stroke-free CHS participants (age 75.3±4.6), with 24-hour Holters adequate for HRV analysis at the 1994-1995 examination, had 68 strokes over ≤8 year follow-up (median 7...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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