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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331976/nosy-neighbours-large-broods-attract-more-visitors-a-field-experiment-in-the-pied-flycatcher-ficedula-hypoleuca
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Wiebke Schuett, Pauliina E Järvistö, Sara Calhim, William Velmala, Toni Laaksonen
Life is uncertain. To reduce uncertainty and make adaptive decisions, individuals need to collect information. Individuals often visit the breeding sites of their conspecifics (i.e., "prospect"), likely to assess conspecifics' reproductive success and to use such information to identify high-quality spots for future breeding. We investigated whether visitation rate by prospectors and success of visited sites are causally linked. We manipulated the reproductive success (enlarged, reduced, and control broods) in a nest-box population of migratory pied flycatchers, Ficedula hypoleuca, in Finland...
March 22, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327125/facilitating-informed-decisions-about-breast-cancer-screening-development-and-evaluation-of-a-web-based-decision-aid-for-women-in-their-40s
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Elena B Elkin, Valerie H Pocus, Alvin I Mushlin, Tessa Cigler, Coral L Atoria, Margaret M Polaneczky
BACKGROUND: Expert groups and national guidelines recommend individualized decision making about screening mammography for women in their 40s at low-to-average risk of breast cancer. We created Breast Screening Decisions (BSD), a personalized, web-based decision aid, to help women decide when to start and how often to have routine screening mammograms. We evaluated BSD in a large, prospective pilot trial of women and their clinicians. METHODS: Women ages 40-49 were invited to use BSD before a scheduled preventive care visit...
March 21, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326827/factors-influencing-patients-receptiveness-to-evidence-based-recommendations-during-the-clinical-encounter
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Cara Stepanczuk, Nyna Williams, Katie Morrison, Charlene Kemmerer
AIM: To identify the factors that promote or interfere with evidence-based clinical decisions from the patient perspective. MATERIALS & METHODS: We developed four hypothetical scenarios with clinical decisions, such as whether to pursue testing for a chronic condition. We conducted eight focus groups to better understand the influences on individuals' decisions in the context of the scenarios. RESULTS: A patient's relationship with a physician emerged as the strongest influence on whether participants would accept or reject a physician's recommendation...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298025/outcome-after-hunt-and-hess-grade-v-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-comparison-of-pre-coiling-era-1980-1995-versus-post-isat-era-2005-2014
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Juergen Konczalla, Volker Seifert, Juergen Beck, Erdem Güresir, Hartmut Vatter, Andreas Raabe, Gerhard Marquardt
OBJECTIVE Outcome analysis of comatose patients (Hunt and Hess Grade V) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is still lacking. The aims of this study were to analyze the outcome of Hunt and Hess Grade V SAH and to compare outcomes in the current period with those of the pre-International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT) era as well as with published data from trials of decompressive craniectomy (DC) for middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. METHODS The authors analyzed cases of Hunt and Hess Grade V SAH from 1980-1995 (referred to in this study as the earlier period) and 2005-2014 (current period) and compared the results for the 2 periods...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292926/management-of-endocrine-disease-acromegaly-and-pregnancy-a-contemporary-review
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Julio Abucham, M D Bronstein, Monike Lourenço Dias
Although fertility is frequently impaired in women with acromegaly, pregnancy is apparently becoming more common due to improvement in acromegaly treatment as well as in fertility therapy. As a result, several studies on pregnancy in patients with acromegaly have been published in recent years adding new and relevant information to the preexisting literature. Also, new GH assays with selective specificities and the knowledge of the expression of the various GH genes have allowed a better understanding of somatotrophic axis function during pregnancy...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288921/therapy-for-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-results-of-a-prospective-multicenter-study-on-health-related-quality-of-life
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Linda Stöckelmaier, Mirjam Renovanz, Jochem König, Katrin Nickel, Anne-Katrin Hickmann, Regine Mayer-Steinacker, Minou Nadji-Ohl, Oliver Ganslandt, Lars Bullinger, Christian Rainer Wirtz, Jan Coburger
OBJECTIVE: To assess impact of therapy on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in recurrent high-grade glioma (HGG) in an unselected cohort. METHODS: In this prospective multicenter study, we analyzed EORTC QLQ-C30 and BN20 questionnaires of 92 patients within one year after diagnosis of tumor recurrence of a HGG and respective treatment. We evaluated the influence of re-radiation, second and third-line chemotherapies and number of recurrent surgeries on sum scores for functioning, symptoms and total score as well as on sub scores for functioning and neurological symptoms using multivariate mixed models and descriptive statistics...
March 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248694/making-management-skills-a-core-component-of-medical-education
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Christopher G Myers, Peter J Pronovost
Physicians are being called upon to engage in greater leadership and management in increasingly complex and dynamic health care organizations. Yet, management skills are largely undeveloped in medical education. Without formal management training in the medical curriculum, physicians are left to cultivate their leadership and management abilities through a haphazard array of training programs or simply through trial and error, with consequences that may range from frustration among staff to reduced quality of care and increased risk of patient harm...
February 28, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165024/cell-fate-decisions-emerge-as-phages-cooperate-or-compete-inside-their-host
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Jimmy T Trinh, Tamás Székely, Qiuyan Shao, Gábor Balázsi, Lanying Zeng
The system of the bacterium Escherichia coli and its virus, bacteriophage lambda, is paradigmatic for gene regulation in cell-fate development, yet insight about its mechanisms and complexities are limited due to insufficient resolution of study. Here we develop a 4-colour fluorescence reporter system at the single-virus level, combined with computational models to unravel both the interactions between phages and how individual phages determine cellular fates. We find that phages cooperate during lysogenization, compete among each other during lysis, and that confusion between the two pathways occasionally occurs...
February 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164420/an-exploration-of-caregiver-choice-through-the-lens-of-sartrean-existentialism
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Kristin L Corey, Mary K McCurry
There are innumerable social and ethical factors which affect one's decision to become an informal caregiver for someone with chronic illness. The existential philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre provides unique insight into human motivation and choice. The purpose of this paper was to examine the social and ethical influences on the individual's decision to become a caregiver through the lens of Sartrean existentialism and discuss how this unique philosophy can advance nursing knowledge. The factors affecting one's choice to become a caregiver were considered using the Sartrean existential concepts of The Other, human freedom, choice, bad faith, shame and authenticity...
February 6, 2017: Nursing Philosophy: An International Journal for Healthcare Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147366/what-should-be-done-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-with-prior-malignancy
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REVIEW
Jacques Cosnes
BACKGROUND: Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in patients with prior malignancy is challenging because therapeutic immunosuppression required for controlling IBD activity may increase the risk of cancer recurrence. Key Messages: Contrary to the observations in the post-transplant population, retrospective observational studies of IBD patients with prior malignancy have not demonstrated that immunosuppressive drugs increased significantly the risk of new or recurrent cancer...
2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144610/pediatric-hepatocellular-carcinoma-challenges-and-solutions
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REVIEW
Irene Schmid, Dietrich von Schweinitz
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a very rare entity in children, making it nearly impossible to orchestrate Phase II/III studies even as multinational cooperative trials. In contrast to adults, nearly 50% of the children have a response (α-fetoprotein decline and/or tumor shrinkage) to chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatin and doxorubicin (PLADO), demonstrating that HCC in childhood can be chemotherapy sensitive. As a result, the main treatment options in pediatric HCC focus on systemic drug therapies and resection as the central therapy...
2017: Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139196/habitat-and-social-factors-shape-individual-decisions-and-emergent-group-structure-during-baboon-collective-movement
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Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, Damien R Farine, Margaret C Crofoot, Iain D Couzin
For group-living animals traveling through heterogeneous landscapes, collective movement can be influenced by both habitat structure and social interactions. Yet research in collective behavior has largely neglected habitat influences on movement. Here we integrate simultaneous, high-resolution, tracking of wild baboons within a troop with a 3-dimensional reconstruction of their habitat to identify key drivers of baboon movement. A previously unexplored social influence - baboons' preference for locations that other troop members have recently traversed - is the most important predictor of individual movement decisions...
January 31, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131634/comminuted-intraarticular-fractures-of-the-tibial-plateau-lead-to-posttraumatic-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-current-treatment-review
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REVIEW
Matthias Aurich, Veit Koenig, Gunther Hofmann
Posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) of the knee is a common complication after intra- and extra-articular fractures. Moreover, PTOA may also be a result of isolated cartilage defects, meniscus resections, and ligament injuries. There are various methods of treatment of knee joint fractures. However, in the final stage of a PTOA, when nonoperative treatment fails, endoprosthetic joint replacement is the method of choice. Primary total knee replacement (TKR) for the treatment for a fracture of the knee joint is a rare indication, even at major treatment centers...
January 25, 2017: Asian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089723/cost-effectiveness-of-the-decipher-genomic-classifier-to-guide-individualized-decisions-for-early-radiation-therapy-after-prostatectomy-for-prostate-cancer
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Jennifer M Lobo, Daniel M Trifiletti, Vanessa N Sturz, Adam P Dicker, Christine Buerki, Elai Davicioni, Matthew R Cooperberg, R Jeffrey Karnes, Robert B Jenkins, Robert B Den, Timothy N Showalter
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding the effectiveness of early adjuvant versus salvage radiation therapy after prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Estimates of prostate cancer progression from the Decipher genomic classifier (GC) could guide informed decision-making and improve the outcomes for patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a Markov model to compare the costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) associated with GC-based treatment decisions regarding adjuvant therapy after prostatectomy with those of 2 control strategies: usual care (determined from patterns of care studies) and the alternative of 100% adjuvant radiation therapy...
August 17, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072847/heuristic-strategies-for-persuader-selection-in-contagions-on-complex-networks
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Peng Wang, Li-Jie Zhang, Xin-Jian Xu, Gaoxi Xiao
Individual decision to accept a new idea or product is often driven by both self-adoption and others' persuasion, which has been simulated using a double threshold model [Huang et al., Scientific Reports 6, 23766 (2016)]. We extend the study to consider the case with limited persuasion. That is, a set of individuals is chosen from the population to be equipped with persuasion capabilities, who may succeed in persuading their friends to take the new entity when certain conditions are satisfied. Network node centrality is adopted to characterize each node's influence, based on which three heuristic strategies are applied to pick out persuaders...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057832/modification-of-feeding-circuits-in-the-evolution-of-social-behavior
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REVIEW
Eva K Fischer, Lauren A O'Connell
Adaptive trade-offs between foraging and social behavior intuitively explain many aspects of individual decision-making. Given the intimate connection between social behavior and feeding/foraging at the behavioral level, we propose that social behaviors are linked to foraging on a mechanistic level, and that modifications of feeding circuits are crucial in the evolution of complex social behaviors. In this Review, we first highlight the overlap between mechanisms underlying foraging and parental care and then expand this argument to consider the manipulation of feeding-related pathways in the evolution of other complex social behaviors...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999143/aspirin-use-and-reduced-risk-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Harvey A Risch, Lingeng Lu, Samantha A Streicher, Jing Wang, Wei Zhang, Quanxing Ni, Mark S Kidd, Herbert Yu, Yu-Tang Gao
BACKGROUND: Few options besides the avoidance of smoking and obesity are available to prevent pancreatic cancer. The association between aspirin use and risk of pancreatic cancer has been inconsistent across studies. METHODS: We performed a population-based study of 761 case and 794 control subjects frequency matched on sex and age during 2006 to 2011 in Shanghai, China. Participants were asked about episodes of regular use of aspirin, tablets per day or week, and ages that the use started and stopped...
January 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933391/-tapering-and-termination-of-immunosuppressive-treatment-in-spondyloarthritides-including-psoriatic-arthritis
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REVIEW
G Scholz, B Möller
BACKGROUND: Immunomodulatory long-term treatment has also become the standard treatment for spondyloarthritides (SpA), including psoriatic arthritis (PsA); however, uncertainty exists about dose reduction or termination of treatment after remission or low disease activity. OBJECTIVE: When is it possible to reduce medication or terminate treatment for SpA? MATERIAL AND METHODS: An extensive non-systematic literature search was performed focusing on practice guidelines, systematic meta-analyses and clinical trials on medicinal long-term treatment and voluntary medication reduction in axial and peripheral SpA, including PsA...
February 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920788/vegetative-and-adaptive-traits-predict-different-outcomes-for-restoration-using-hybrids
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Philip A Crystal, Nathanael I Lichti, Keith E Woeste, Douglass F Jacobs
Hybridization has been implicated as a driver of speciation, extinction, and invasiveness, but can also provide resistant breeding stock following epidemics. However, evaluating the appropriateness of hybrids for use in restoration programs is difficult. Past the F1 generation, the proportion of a progenitor's genome can vary widely, as can the combinations of parental genomes. Detailed genetic analysis can reveal this information, but cannot expose phenotypic alterations due to heterosis, transgressive traits, or changes in metabolism or development...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919386/donor-s-support-tool-enabling-informed-secondary-use-of-patient-s-biomaterial-and-personal-data
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Haridimos Kondylakis, Lefteris Koumakis, Stephanie Hänold, Iheanyi Nwankwo, Nikolaus Forgó, Kostas Marias, Manolis Tsiknakis, Norbert Graf
PURPOSE: Biomedical research is being catalyzed by the vast amount of data rapidly collected through the application of information technologies (IT). Despite IT advances, the methods for involving patients and citizens in biomedical research remain static, paper-based and organized around national boundaries and anachronistic legal frameworks. The purpose of this paper is to study the current practices for obtaining consent for biobanking and the legal requirements for reusing the available biomaterial and data in EU and finally to present a novel tool to this direction enabling the secondary use of data and biomaterial...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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