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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812834/cost-effectiveness-of-rural-incentive-packages-for-graduating-medical-students-in-lao-pdr
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Eric Keuffell, Wanda Jaskiewicz, Khampasong Theppanya, Kate Tulenko
BACKGROUND: The dearth of health workers in rural settings in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and other developing countries limits healthcare access and outcomes. In evaluating non-wage financial incentive packages as a potential policy option to attract health workers to rural settings, understanding the expected costs and effects of the various programs ex ante can assist policy-makers in selecting the optimal incentive package. METHODS: We use discrete choice experiments (DCEs), costing analyses and recent empirical results linking health worker density and health outcomes to estimate the future location decisions of physicians and determine the cost-effectiveness of 15 voluntary incentives packages for new physicians in Lao PDR...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812209/effect-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-chronic-widespread-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Wai Chung Yong, Anawin Sanguankeo, Sikarin Upala
Chronic non-specific widespread pain (CWP) including fibromyalgia (FMS) is characterized by widespread pain, reduced pain threshold, and multiple tender points on examination, causing disability and decreased quality of life. Vitamin D has been proposed as an associated factor in CWP. This meta-analysis aimed to explore the benefit of vitamin D supplementation in the management of CWP. A comprehensive search of the CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and Embase databases was performed from inception through January 2017. The inclusion criterion was the randomized clinical trials' evaluating the effects of vitamin D treatment in adult subjects with CWP or FMS...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809792/fat-sensation-fatty-acid-taste-and-olfaction-sensitivity-and-the-link-with-disinhibited-eating-behaviour
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Sophie Kindleysides, Kathryn L Beck, Daniel C I Walsh, Lisa Henderson, Shakeela N Jayasinghe, Matt Golding, Bernhard H Breier
Perception of fat taste, aroma, and texture are proposed to influence food preferences, thus shaping dietary intake and eating behaviour and consequently long-term health. In this study, we investigated associations between fatty acid taste, olfaction, mouthfeel of fat, dietary intake, eating behaviour, and body mass index (BMI). Fifty women attended three sessions to assess oleic acid taste and olfaction thresholds, the olfactory threshold for n-butanol and subjective mouthfeel ratings of custard samples. Dietary intake and eating behaviour were evaluated using a Food Frequency and Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire, respectively...
August 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809683/low-rank-latent-pattern-approximation-with-applications-to-robust-image-classification
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Shuo Chen, Jian Yang, Lei Luo, Yang Wei, Kaihua Zhang, Ying Tai
This paper develops a novel method to address the structural noise in samples for image classification. Recently, regression related classification methods have shown promising results when facing the pixel-wise noise. However, they become weak in coping with the structural noise due to ignoring of relationships between pixels of noise image. Meanwhile, most of them need to implement the iterative process for computing representation coefficients, which leads to the high time consumption. To overcome these problems, we exploit a latent pattern model called Low-Rank Latent Pattern Approximation (LLPA) to reconstruct the test image having structural noise...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808943/a-logistic-regression-model-predicting-high-axillary-tumour-burden-in-early-breast-cancer-patients
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I Barco, M García Font, A García-Fernández, N Giménez, M Fraile, J M Lain, E Vallejo, S González, L Canales, J Deu, M C Vidal, M Rodríguez-Carballeira, A Pessarrodona, C Chabrera
PURPOSE: As elective axillary dissection is loosing ground for early breast cancer (BC) patients both in terms of prognostic and therapeutic power, there is a growing interest in predicting patients with (nodal) high tumour burden (HTB), especially after a positive sentinel node biopsy (SNB) because they would really benefit from further axillary intervention either by complete lymph-node dissection or axillary radiation therapy. METHODS/PATIENTS: Based on an analysis of 1254 BC patients in whom complete axillary clearance was performed, we devised a logistic regression (LR) model to predict those with HTB, as defined by the presence of three or more involved nodes with macrometastasis...
August 14, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808732/individualized-risk-assessment-in-neuroblastoma-does-the-tumoral-metabolic-activity-on-123-i-mibg-spect-predict-the-outcome
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Julian M M Rogasch, Patrick Hundsdoerfer, Christian Furth, Florian Wedel, Frank Hofheinz, Paul-Christian Krüger, Holger Lode, Winfried Brenner, Angelika Eggert, Holger Amthauer, Imke Schatka
PURPOSE: Risk-adapted treatment in children with neuroblastoma (NB) is based on clinical and genetic factors. This study evaluated the metabolic tumour volume (MTV) and its asphericity (ASP) in pretherapeutic (123)I-MIBG SPECT for individualized image-based prediction of outcome. METHODS: This retrospective study included 23 children (11 girls, 12 boys; median age 1.8 years, range 0.3-6.8 years) with newly diagnosed NB consecutively examined with pretherapeutic (123)I-MIBG SPECT...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808444/association-of-sudoscan-values-with-vibration-perception-threshold-in-chinese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Xiaoming Zhu, Fei Mao, Siying Liu, Hangping Zheng, Bin Lu, Yiming Li
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: SUDOSCAN has been proved to be an efficient method in detecting diabetic microvascular complications. In this study, we determine to detect the possible relationship between vibration perception threshold (VPT) and cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) values produced by SUDOSCAN. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 920 Chinese patients with T2DM were enrolled in the study. Spearman correlation analysis and multivariate regression analysis were performed to determine the relation between CAN and VPT values...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808013/disaggregating-sorghum-yield-reductions-under-warming-scenarios-exposes-narrow-genetic-diversity-in-us-breeding-programs
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Jesse Tack, Jane Lingenfelser, S V Krishna Jagadish
Historical adaptation of sorghum production to arid and semiarid conditions has provided promise regarding its sustained productivity under future warming scenarios. Using Kansas field-trial sorghum data collected from 1985 to 2014 and spanning 408 hybrid cultivars, we show that sorghum productivity under increasing warming scenarios breaks down. Through extensive regression modeling, we identify a temperature threshold of 33 °C, beyond which yields start to decline. We show that this decline is robust across both field-trial and on-farm data...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807804/joint-parameter-estimation-in-the-qtl-mapping-of-ordinal-traits
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Xiaona Sheng, Yihong Qiu, Ying Zhou, Wensheng Zhu
With the rapid development of statistical genetics, the deep researches of ordinal traits have been gradually emphasized. The data of these traits bear relatively less information than those of continuous phenotypes, therefore it is more complex to map the quantitative trait loci (QTL) of ordinal traits. In this paper, the multiple-interval mapping method is considered in the genetic mapping of ordinal traits. By combining threshold model and statistical model, we build a cumulative logistic regression model to express the relationship between the ordinal data and the QTL genotypes...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807278/helminth-infections-on-organic-dairy-farms-in-spain
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I Orjales, M Mezo, M Miranda, M González-Warleta, F Rey-Crespo, M Vaarst, S Thamsborg, F J Diéguez, J A Castro-Hermida, M López-Alonso
The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of the major helminth infections affecting organic dairy cattle in northern Spain. Milk and faecal samples were obtained from 443 milking cows. Ostertagia ostertargi and Fasciola hepatica exposure was assessed by detection of specific antibodies in milk samples and F. hepatica infection was diagnosed by the detection of coproantigens in faecal samples. Dictyocaulus viviparus and Calicophoron daubneyi infections were diagnosed by conventional coprological techniques...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807203/utilizing-stricture-indices-to-predict-dilation-of-strictures-after-esophageal-atresia-repair
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Rachel M Landisch, Sheila Foster, David Gregg, Thomas Chelius, Laura D Cassidy, Diana Lerner, Dave R Lal
BACKGROUND: Anastomotic stricture is the most common postoperative complication in infants undergoing repair of esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). Stricture indices (SIs) are used to predict infants at risk for stricture requiring dilation. We sought to determine the most accurate SI and optimal timing for predicting anastomotic dilation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of infants undergoing repair of EA/TEF between 2008 and 2013 was performed...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806410/the-influence-of-speed-abilities-and-technical-skills-in-early-adolescence-on-adult-success-in-soccer-a-long-term-prospective-analysis-using-anova-and-sem-approaches
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Oliver Höner, Daniel Leyhr, Augustin Kelava
Several talent development programs in youth soccer have implemented motor diagnostics measuring performance factors. However, the predictive value of such tests for adult success is a controversial topic in talent research. This prospective cohort study evaluated the long-term predictive value of 1) motor tests and 2) players' speed abilities (SA) and technical skills (TS) in early adolescence. The sample consisted of 14,178 U12 players from the German talent development program. Five tests (sprint, agility, dribbling, ball control, shooting) were conducted and players' height, weight as well as relative age were assessed at nationwide diagnostics between 2004 and 2006...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802838/identification-of-immune-correlates-of-protection-in-shigella-infection-by-application-of-machine-learning
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Jorge M Arevalillo, Marcelo B Sztein, Karen L Kotloff, Myron M Levine, Jakub K Simon
BACKGROUND: Immunologic correlates of protection are important in vaccine development because they give insight into mechanisms of protection, assist in the identification of promising vaccine candidates, and serve as endpoints in bridging clinical vaccine studies. Our goal is the development of a methodology to identify immunologic correlates of protection using the Shigella challenge as a model. METHODS: The proposed methodology utilizes the Random Forests (RF) machine learning algorithm as well as Classification and Regression Trees (CART) to detect immune markers that predict protection, identify interactions between variables, and define optimal cutoffs...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801816/are-tkas-performed-in-high-volume-hospitals-less-likely-to-undergo-revision-than-tkas-performed-in-low-volume-hospitals
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Elke Jeschke, Mustafa Citak, Christian Günster, Andreas Matthias Halder, Karl-Dieter Heller, Jürgen Malzahn, Fritz Uwe Niethard, Peter Schräder, Josef Zacher, Thorsten Gehrke
BACKGROUND: High-volume hospitals have achieved better outcomes for THAs and unicompartmental knee arthroplasties (UKAs). However, few studies have analyzed implant survival after primary TKA in high-volume centers. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: Is the risk of revision surgery higher when receiving a TKA in a low-volume hospital than in a high-volume hospital? METHODS: Using nationwide billing data of the largest German healthcare insurer for inpatient hospital treatment, we identified 45,165 TKAs in 44,465 patients insured by Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse who had undergone knee replacement surgery between January 2012 and December 2012...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801025/toward-an-mri-based-nomogram-for-the-prediction-of-transperineal-prostate-biopsy-outcome-a-physician-and-patient-decision-tool
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Su-Min Lee, Sidath H Liyanage, Wahyu Wulaningsih, Konrad Wolfe, Thomas Carr, Choudhry Younis, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Rick Popert, Peter Acher
PURPOSE: To develop and internally validate a nomogram using biparametric magnetic resonance imaging (B-MRI)-derived variables for the prediction of prostate cancer at transperineal sector-guided prostate biopsy (TPSB). SUBJECTS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients referred to our institution with raised prostate-specific antigen (PSA), abnormal prostate examination, or persistent suspicion of prostate cancer after previous transrectal biopsy between July 2012 and November 2015 were reviewed from a prospective database...
August 8, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800019/the-natural-history-of-full-field-stimulus-threshold-decline-in-choroideremia
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Ioannis S Dimopoulos, Paul R Freund, Jacob A Knowles, Ian M MacDonald
PURPOSE: To evaluate full-field sensitivity thresholds (FSTs) across a wide range of choroideremia (CHM) disease stages and to determine their applicability as functional endpoints for CHM clinical trials. METHODS: Thirty CHM subjects (60 eyes) and 50 healthy controls (50 eyes) underwent FST testing under dark-adapted conditions to determine rod- and cone-mediated FSTs. Central retinal structure and function were assessed using fundus autofluorescence and microperimetry...
August 9, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799280/amide-proton-transfer-weighted-imaging-to-differentiate-malignant-from-benign-pulmonary-lesions-comparison-with-diffusion-weighted-imaging-and-fdg-pet-ct
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Yoshiharu Ohno, Yuji Kishida, Shinichiro Seki, Masao Yui, Mitsue Miyazaki, Hisanobu Koyama, Takeshi Yoshikawa
PURPOSE: To compare the capability of amide proton transfer-weighted (APTw) imaging, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), and FDG-PET/CT for the differentiation of malignant from benign pulmonary nodules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 82 consecutive patients with pulmonary nodules underwent APTw imaging and DWI with a 3T system, and FDG-PET/CT. All nodules were divided as either malignant (n = 49) or benign (n = 39) groups based on pathological and follow-up examinations...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799220/c-reactive-protein-concentrations-can-help-to-determine-which-febrile-infants-under-three-months-should-receive-blood-cultures-during-influenza-seasons
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Weiran Li, Shuanghong Luo, Yu Zhu, Yang Wen, Min Shu, Chaomin Wan
AIM: We explored whether C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations could indicate which infants with fever without source (FWS) should receive undergo blood culture tests during influenza seasons. METHODS: This retrospective study focused on patients under three months of age with FWS who had received blood culture tests at the West China Second University Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department during the influenza seasons from June 2013 to January 2015. The statistical analysis comprised: specificity, sensitivity, multilevel likelihood ratios, receiver operating characteristic analysis and a multivariate logistic regression model...
August 11, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796415/white-matter-tract-integrity-is-associated-with-antidepressant-response-to-lurasidone-in-bipolar-depression
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Martin J Lan, Harry Rubin-Falcone, Fatima Motiwala, Ying Chen, Jonathan W Stewart, David J Hellerstein, J John Mann, Patrick J McGrath
OBJECTIVES: Patients with bipolar disorder spend the most time in the depressed phase, and that phase is associated with the most morbidity and mortality. Treatment of bipolar depression lacks a test to determine who will respond to treatment. White matter disruptions have been found in bipolar disorder. Previous reports suggest that white matter disruptions may be associated with resistance to antidepressant medication, but this has never been investigated in a prospective study using a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication...
August 10, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796275/immature-platelets-as-a-novel-biomarker-for-adverse-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-after-non-cardiac-surgery
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Aida Anetsberger, Manfred Blobner, Bernhard Haller, Sebastian Schmid, Katrin Umgelter, Theresa Hager, Clemens Langgartner, Eberhard F Kochs, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Bettina Jungwirth, Isabell Bernlochner
This study evaluates whether immature platelets (IPF) determined in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) can predict major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) or other thromboembolic events after intermediate and high-risk surgery. IPF are increased in patients with acute coronary syndrome and recently gained interest as novel biomarker for risk stratification. In this prospective observational trial 732 patients undergoing intermediate or high-risk non-cardiac surgery were enrolled (NCT02097602). IPF was measured preoperatively and postoperatively in the PACU...
August 10, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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