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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743105/statistical-interactions-from-a-growth-curve-perspective
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Sean M Devlin, Jaya M Satagopan
Logistic regression is widely used to evaluate the association between risk factors and a binary outcome. The logistic curve is symmetric around its point of inflection. Alternative families of curves, such as the additive Gompertz or Guerrero-Johnson models, have been proposed in various scenarios due to their asymmetry: disease risk may initially increase rapidly and be followed by a longer period where the rate of growth slowly decreases. When modeling binary outcomes in relation to risk factors, an additive logistic model may not provide a good fit to the data...
July 26, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742801/tracking-the-return-of-aedes-aegypti-to-brazil-the-major-vector-of-the-dengue-chikungunya-and-zika-viruses
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Panayiota Kotsakiozi, Andrea Gloria-Soria, Adalgisa Caccone, Benjamin Evans, Renata Schama, Ademir Jesus Martins, Jeffrey R Powell
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti, commonly known as "the yellow fever mosquito", is of great medical concern today primarily as the major vector of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses, although yellow fever remains a serious health concern in some regions. The history of Ae. aegypti in Brazil is of particular interest because the country was subjected to a well-documented eradication program during 1940s-1950s. After cessation of the campaign, the mosquito quickly re-established in the early 1970s with several dengue outbreaks reported during the last 30 years...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742119/doestrare-a-statistical-test-to-identify-local-enrichments-in-rare-genomic-variants-associated-with-disease
#3
Elodie Persyn, Matilde Karakachoff, Solena Le Scouarnec, Camille Le Clézio, Dominique Campion, French Exome Consortium, Jean-Jacques Schott, Richard Redon, Lise Bellanger, Christian Dina
Next-generation sequencing technologies made it possible to assay the effect of rare variants on complex diseases. As an extension of the "common disease-common variant" paradigm, rare variant studies are necessary to get a more complete insight into the genetic architecture of human traits. Association studies of these rare variations show new challenges in terms of statistical analysis. Due to their low frequency, rare variants must be tested by groups. This approach is then hindered by the fact that an unknown proportion of the variants could be neutral...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741600/coverage-based-constraints-for-imrt-optimization
#4
Henning Mescher, Silke Ulrich, Mark Bangert
Radiation therapy treatment planning requires an incorporation of uncertainties in order to guarantee an adequate irradiation of the tumor volumes. In current clinical practice, uncertainties are accounted for implicitly with an expansion of the target volume according to generic margin recipes. Alternatively, it is possible to account for uncertainties by explicit minimization of objectives that describe worst case treatment scenarios, the expectation value of the treatment, or the coverage probability of the target volumes during treatment planning...
July 25, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741360/influence-of-chemical-mechanical-and-transport-processes-on-wellbore-leakage-from-geologic-co2-storage-reservoirs
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Susan A Carroll, Jaisree Iyer, Stuart D C Walsh
Wells are considered to be high-risk pathways for fluid leakage from geologic CO2 storage reservoirs, because breaches in this engineered system have the potential to connect the reservoir to groundwater resources and the atmosphere. Given these concerns, a few studies have assessed leakage risk by evaluating regulatory records, often self-reported, documenting leakage in gas fields. Leakage is thought to be governed largely by initial well-construction quality and the method of well abandonment. The geologic carbon storage community has raised further concerns because acidic fluids in the CO2 storage reservoir, alkaline cement meant to isolate the reservoir fluids from the overlying strata, and steel casings in wells are inherently reactive systems...
July 25, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739609/a-national-quitline-service-and-its-promotion-in-the-mass-media-modelling-the-health-gain-health-equity-and-cost-utility
#6
Nhung Nghiem, Christine L Cleghorn, William Leung, Nisha Nair, Frederieke S van der Deen, Tony Blakely, Nick Wilson
BACKGROUND: Mass media campaigns and quitlines are both important distinct components of tobacco control programmes around the world. But when used as an integrated package, the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness are not well described. We therefore aimed to estimate the health gain, health equity impacts and cost-utility of the package of a national quitline service and its promotion in the mass media. METHODS: We adapted an established Markov and multistate life-table macro-simulation model...
July 24, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739455/decision-making-in-critical-limb-ischemia-a-markov-simulation
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Aaron J Deutsch, C Charles Jain, Kimberly G Blumenthal, Mark W Dickinson, Anne M Neilan
BACKGROUND: Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a feared complication of peripheral vascular disease that often requires surgical management and may require amputation of the affected limb. OBJECTIVE: To use a decision model to inform clinical management for a 63-year-old woman with CLI and multiple medical comorbidities, including advanced heart failure and diabetes. METHODS: Markov decision model evaluating four strategies: amputation, surgical bypass, endovascular therapy (e...
July 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737026/misconceptions-of-spanish-general-practitioners-attitudes-toward-the-management-of-urinary-tract-infections-and-asymptomatic-bacteriuria-an-internet-based-questionnaire-study
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C Llor, A Moragas, S Hernández, S Crispi, J M Cots
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections (UTI) vary widely across countries and practices. The objective of this study was to gain insight into general practitioners' (GP) perceptions on the current management of UTIs and asymptomatic bacteriuria in Spain. METHODS: Cross-sectional, internet-based questionnaire study answered from July to September 2013. GPs affiliated with the largest Spanish scientific society in primary care (Sociedad Española de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria) were invited to participate in the study...
July 24, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736680/spatiotemporal-identification-of-potential-tsunami-vertical-evacuation-sites-a-case-study-of-shizuoka-city-japan
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Gerasimos Voulgaris, Jelena Aleksejeva
INTRODUCTION: The city of Shizuoka directly faces the Nankai Trough (known for its tsunamigenic history), and is facing a potential tsunami threat. In this setting vertical evacuation can be of great significance in reducing loss of life. METHODS: We apply a GIS based method in order to identify sites that could be utilized for vertical evacuation within the existing building stock of the city, under two tsunami scenarios of 5 and 10 meters of run-up. For each building, we estimate the volume that is expected to be lost per scenario, as well as the number of people inside and how that number fluctuates over different times of the day...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736047/health-risk-assessment-as-an-approach-to-manage-an-old-landfill-and-to-propose-integrated-solid-waste-treatment-a-case-study-in-italy
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O Paladino, M Massabò
The aim of the present paper is to show how an approach based on human health risk analysis can be used as a decisional tool for the evaluation of impacts on population and for deciding between different waste treatment processes. The situation in which the increasing production of solid wastes cannot be confined in the old existing Municipal Solid Waste landfill (settled in Genoa, Liguria Region, Italy) is used as a case study. Risk assessment for human health due to air, surface water, groundwater and soil contamination is performed in different scenarios for the old landfill and compared with alternative Waste-to-Energy management solutions that consider thermal treatment by gasification of the total waste or gasification of the dry fraction coupled with anaerobic digestion of the wet fraction, plus biogas combustion with or without sludge and bottom ash/slag disposal in the old landfill...
July 20, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734650/treatment-of-cracked-teeth
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Shaymaa Alkhalifah, Halimah Alkandari, Prem N Sharma, Alex J Moule
Although many options are proposed for the treatment of cracked posterior teeth, most treatment decisions are not evidence based. Thus, considerable individual variation can occur regarding treatment recommendations for the same scenario. To our knowledge, there are no studies in the literature assessing practitioners' attitudes toward the treatment of cracked teeth. This research recorded variations between general practitioners and specialist groups regarding the treatment approaches of cracked teeth. In a cross-sectional structured questionnaire survey, 32 prosthodontists, 34 endodontists, and 29 general practitioners working in public and private dental health services in Kuwait were assessed regarding their treatment approach to 5 different clinical cracked tooth scenarios...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733436/survival-by-birth-weight-and-gestational-age-in-individuals-with-congenital-heart-disease-a-population-based-study
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Kate E Best, Peter W G Tennant, Judith Rankin
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD) survival estimates are important to understand prognosis and evaluate health and social care needs. Few studies have reported CHD survival estimates according to maternal and fetal characteristics. This study aimed to identify predictors of CHD survival and report conditional survival estimates. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cases of CHD (n=5070) born during 1985-2003 and notified to the Northern Congenital Abnormality Survey (NorCAS) were matched to national mortality information in 2008...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731706/automated-construction-of-molecular-active-spaces-from-atomic-valence-orbitals
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Elvira R Sayfutyarova, Qiming Sun, Garnet Kin-Lic Chan, Gerald Knizia
We introduce the atomic valence active space (AVAS), a simple and well-defined automated technique for constructing active orbital spaces for use in multi-configuration and multi-reference (MR) electronic structure calculations. Concretely, the technique constructs active molecular orbitals capable of describing all relevant electronic configurations emerging from a targeted set of atomic valence orbitals (e.g., the metal d orbitals in a redcoordination complex). This is achieved via a linear transformation of the occupied and unoccupied orbital spaces from an easily obtainable single-reference wavefunction (such as from a Hartree-Fock or Kohn-Sham calculations) based on projectors to targeted atomic valence orbitals...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731361/the-impact-of-teaching-prognostication-at-the-end-of-life-a-pre-post-interventional-study
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Alexandria Bear, Tucker Keuter, Jayshil J Patel
BACKGROUND: Providing accurate and valid prognostic information significantly influences end-of-life care. Disclosing a poor prognosis can be among the most difficult of physician responsibilities, thus having appropriate knowledge during training is crucial for appropriate prognostication. OBJECTIVE: To provide internal medicine (IM) house staff with a pre- and posteducational survey to determine their ability to accurately prognosticate 5 common end-stage diseases...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730455/does-professional-experience-save-teeth-a-survey-among-prosthodontists
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Shaza Bishti, Julia Lautensack, Jens C Türp, Stefan Wolfart
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of clinical experience and educational background on clinical decision-making of dentists presented with two prosthodontic cases. METHODS: A questionnaire-based survey was performed among 66 prosthodontists who were divided into two groups. The first group included clinicians from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands covering a wide spectrum of dental experience. The second (specialized) group consisted of German dentists performing their last module of a 3-year postgraduate master program in prosthodontics...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730248/clavicle-anatomical-osteosynthesis-plate-breakage-failure-analysis-report-based-on-patient-morphological-parameters
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Rodica Marinescu, Vasile Iulian Antoniac, Dan Ioan Stoia, Dan Constantin Lăptoiu
Clavicle fracture reported incidence is about 5% of fractures in adult; among them, those located in the middle third of the shaft represent more than 80% from the total of cases. Due to the special morphological and biomechanical constraints of the clavicle, several methods for restoring morphological integrity in these fractures are described, including conservative, non-surgical treatment. The last 10 years of clinical studies in the field have favored the surgical treatment for selected cases; several osteosynthesis implants are in use - mostly anatomical plates with specific advantages and documented complications...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728002/development-of-an-integrated-generic-model-for-multi-scale-assessment-of-the-impacts-of-agro-ecosystems-on-major-ecosystem-services-in-west-africa
#17
Mahamadou Belem, Mehdi Saqalli
This paper presents an integrated model assessing the impacts of climate change, agro-ecosystem and demographic transition patterns on major ecosystem services in West-Africa along a partial overview of economic aspects (poverty reduction, food self-sufficiency and income generation). The model is based on an agent-based model associated with a soil model and multi-scale spatial model. The resulting Model for West-Africa Agro-Ecosystem Integrated Assessment (MOWASIA) is ecologically generic, meaning it is designed for all sudano-sahelian environments but may then be used as an experimentation facility for testing different scenarios combining ecological and socioeconomic dimensions...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727944/computer-based-case-simulations-for-assessment-in-health-care-a-literature-review-of-validity-evidence
#18
Robyn C Ward, Timothy J Muckle, Michael J Kremer, Mary Anne Krogh
Simulation for education and training in health-care professions has been widely applied. However, its value as an assessment tool for competence is not fully known. Logistical barriers of simulation-based assessments have led some health-care organizations to utilize computer-based case simulations (CCSs) for assessment. This article provides a review of the literature on the identification of psychometrically sound, CCS instruments designed to measure decision-making competence in health-care professionals...
January 1, 2017: Evaluation & the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727564/causal-inference-on-multidimensional-data-using-free-probability-theory
#19
Furui Liu, Lai-Wan Chan
In this paper, we deal with the problem of inferring causal relations for multidimensional data. Based on the postulate that the distribution of the cause and the conditional distribution of the effect given cause are generated independently, we show that the covariance matrix of the mean embedding of the cause in reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS) is free independent with the covariance matrix of the conditional embedding of the effect given cause. This, called freeness condition, induces a cause-effect asymmetry that a designed measurement is $0$ in the causal direction but smaller than $0$ in the anticausal direction, and it uncovers the causal direction...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727069/system-dynamics-modeling-in-designing-breeding-schemes-the-case-of-menz-sheep-in-ethiopian-highlands
#20
K T Gebre, M Wurzinger, S Gizaw, A Haile, B Rischkowsky, T Getachew, J Sölkner
A comprehensive dynamic simulation model was developed to describe a community-based breeding program for the Menz sheep population of Ethiopia. Selection of male and female animals based on their own and maternal performance was simulated. The breeding goal traits were 6-mo weight, preweaning survival, and fertility rate. The model input data were obtained from the flock book, questionnaires, and references. The simulation model used a mix of deterministic and stochastic procedures to model the complex system...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
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