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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535399/dry-skin-and-pressure-ulcer-risk-a-multi-center-cross-sectional-prevalence-study-in-german-hospitals-and-nursing-homes
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Anna Lechner, Nils Lahmann, Konrad Neumann, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Jan Kottner
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers are a serious health problem in medical and nursing care. Therefore, effective prevention is crucial. Major pressure ulcer risk factors have been identified but the particular role of dry skin (xerosis cutis) is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To investigate possible associations between dry skin and pressure ulcers focusing on the sacrum/trochanter and at heel/ankle skin areas. DESIGN: Two multicenter cross-sectional studies...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535320/effectiveness-of-a-labor-cervical-exam-model-in-family-medicine-and-ob-gyn-residents
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Joshua F Nitsche, Nora F Fino, Jose M Palomo, Abraham Portillo Perdomo, Brian C Brost
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Labor cervical exam accuracy is an essential skill for family medicine and OB-GYN residents to master. To determine the effectiveness of simulation on labor cervical exam training, family medicine and OB-GYN residents were trained using a self-constructed PVC pipe-based cervical exam model during a short and intensive simulation workshop or "boot camp." METHODS: A task trainer was constructed that allows for the blind examination of cervical dilation and effacement...
May 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534796/predicting-progression-from-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-alzheimer-s-disease-using-autoregressive-modelling-of-longitudinal-and-multimodal-biomarkers
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Sidra Minhas, Aasia Khanum, Farhan Riaz, Shoab Khan, Atif Alvi
Mild Cognitive Impairment is a preclinical stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). For effective treatment of AD, it is important to identify MCI patients who are at a high risk of developing AD over the course of time. İn this study, autoregressive modelling of multiple heterogeneous predictors of Alzheimer's dısease is performed to capture their evolution over time. The models are trained using three different arrangements of longitudinal data. These models are then used to estimate future biomarker readings of individual test subjects...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534726/evaluation-of-longevity-modeling-censored-records-in-nellore
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D A Garcia, G J M Rosa, B D Valente, R Carvalheiro, G A Fernandes Júnior, L G Albuquerque
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prediction ability of models that cope with longevity phenotypic expression as uncensored and censored in Nellore cattle. Longevity was defined as the difference between the dates of last weaned calf and cow birth. There were information of 77 353 females, being 61 097 cows with uncensored phenotypic information and 16 256 cows with censored records. These data were analyzed considering three different models: (1) Gaussian linear model (LM), in which only uncensored records were considered; and two models that consider both uncensored and censored records: (2) Censored Gaussian linear model (CLM); and (3) Weibull frailty hazard model (WM)...
May 23, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534723/evaluation-of-a-jugular-venipuncture-alpaca-model-to-teach-the-technique-of-blood-sampling-in-adult-alpacas
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Marjolaine Rousseau, Guy Beauchamp, Sylvain Nichols
The effectiveness of teaching aids in veterinary medical education is not often assessed rigorously. The objective in the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a commercially available jugular venipuncture alpaca model as a complementary tool to teach veterinary students how to perform venipuncture in adult alpacas. We hypothesized that practicing on the model would allow veterinary students to draw blood in alpacas more rapidly with fewer attempts than students without previous practice on the model...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533932/metabolic-parameters-and-responsiveness-of-isolated-iliac-artery-in-ldlr-mice-role-of-aerobic-exercise-training
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Nádia F Garcia, Amanda Cs Sponton, Maria A Delbin, Juliana M Parente, Michele M Castro, Angelina Zanesco, Camila de Moraes
Physical inactivity and dyslipidemia are considered risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. There are few studies evaluating the effects of physical exercise in small-caliber artery in a model that mimics familial hypercholesterolemia. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of exercise training, at moderate intensity, on metabolic parameters and iliac artery responsiveness in LDL(-/-) mice. Sedentary (SD) and trained (TR) mice performed AET (5 days/week, 60 minutes/day at 60-70% of maximum speed) during 8 weeks...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532387/robust-estimation-of-the-expected-survival-probabilities-from-high-dimensional-cox-models-with-biomarker-by-treatment-interactions-in-randomized-clinical-trials
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Nils Ternès, Federico Rotolo, Stefan Michiels
BACKGROUND: Thanks to the advances in genomics and targeted treatments, more and more prediction models based on biomarkers are being developed to predict potential benefit from treatments in a randomized clinical trial. Despite the methodological framework for the development and validation of prediction models in a high-dimensional setting is getting more and more established, no clear guidance exists yet on how to estimate expected survival probabilities in a penalized model with biomarker-by-treatment interactions...
May 22, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531151/an-ensemble-spatiotemporal-model-for-predicting-pm2-5-concentrations
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Lianfa Li, Jiehao Zhang, Wenyang Qiu, Jinfeng Wang, Ying Fang
Although fine particulate matter with a diameter of <2.5 μm (PM2.5) has a greater negative impact on human health than particulate matter with a diameter of <10 μm (PM10), measurements of PM2.5 have only recently been performed, and the spatial coverage of these measurements is limited. Comprehensively assessing PM2.5 pollution levels and the cumulative health effects is difficult because PM2.5 monitoring data for prior time periods and certain regions are not available. In this paper, we propose a promising approach for robustly predicting PM2...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530474/optimising-pre-season-training-loads-in-australian-football
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David L Carey, Justin Crow, Kok-Leong Ong, Peter Blanch, Meg E Morris, Ben J Dascombe, Kay M Crossley
PURPOSE: To investigate whether pre-season training plans for Australian football can be computer generated using current training load guidelines to optimise injury risk reduction and performance improvement. METHODS: A constrained optimisation problem was defined for daily total and sprint distance, using the pre-season schedule of an elite Australian football team as a template. Maximising total training volume and maximising Banister model projected performance were both considered as optimisation objectives...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530452/overground-propulsion-kinematics-and-acceleration-in-elite-wheelchair-rugby
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David S Haydon, Ross A Pinder, Paul N Grimshaw, William S P Robertson
PURPOSE: Maximal acceleration from standstill has been identified as a key performance indicator in wheelchair rugby; however, the impact of classification and kinematic variables on performance has received limited attention. This study aimed to investigate kinematic variables during maximal acceleration, with level of activity limitation accounted for using sport classification scores. METHODS: 25 elite wheelchair rugby players were analysed in high-, mid-, and low-point groups based on their sporting classification score, which reflects the combined trunk, arm, and hand function, before completing five 5m sprints from a stationary position...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529731/a-bayesian-supervised-dual-dimensionality-reduction-model-for-simultaneous-decoding-of-lfp-and-spike-train-signals
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Andrew Holbrook, Alexander Vandenberg-Rodes, Norbert Fortin, Babak Shahbaba
Neuroscientists are increasingly collecting multimodal data during experiments and observational studies. Different data modalities-such as EEG, fMRI, LFP, and spike trains-offer different views of the complex systems contributing to neural phenomena. Here, we focus on joint modeling of LFP and spike train data, and present a novel Bayesian method for neural decoding to infer behavioral and experimental conditions. This model performs supervised dual-dimensionality reduction: it learns low-dimensional representations of two different sources of information that not only explain variation in the input data itself, but also predict extra-neuronal outcomes...
2017: Stat: the ISI's Journal for Rapid Dissemination of Statistics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529695/training-strategies-and-outcomes-of-ab-interno-trabeculectomy-with-the-trabectome
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Katherine Fallano, Igor Bussel, Larry Kagemann, Kira L Lathrop, Nils Loewen
Plasma-mediated ab interno trabeculectomy with the trabectome was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for use in adult and pediatric glaucomas. Since then, increased clinical experience and updated outcome data have led to its expanded use, including a range of glaucomas and angle presentations, previously deemed to be relatively contraindicated. The main benefits are a high degree of safety, ease, and speed compared to traditional filtering surgery and tube shunts. The increasing burden of glaucoma and expanding life expectancy has resulted in demand for well-trained surgeons...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527690/testing-cognitive-functions-in-rodent-disease-models-present-pitfalls-and-future-perspectives
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Heikki Tanila
Testing of cognitive functions in rodent disease models constitutes a substantial sector of behavioral neuroscience. It is most often needed in phenotyping genetically modified new rodent (usually mouse) lines or in preclinical testing of cognitive effects of new CNS drugs. This review concerns present pitfalls and future perspectives in this large field, with an emphasis on memory testing in CNS disease models and their preclinical drug testing. It is important to realize that no behavioral test is specific for a single cognitive domain...
May 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527107/an-immune-related-six-lncrna-signature-to-improve-prognosis-prediction-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
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Meng Zhou, Zhaoyue Zhang, Hengqiang Zhao, Siqi Bao, Liang Cheng, Jie Sun
Recent studies have demonstrated the utility and superiority of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) as novel biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. In the present study, the prognostic value of lncRNAs in glioblastoma multiforme was systematically investigated by performing a genome-wide analysis of lncRNA expression profiles in 419 glioblastoma patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project. Using survival analysis and Cox regression model, we identified a set of six lncRNAs (AC005013.5, UBE2R2-AS1, ENTPD1-AS1, RP11-89C21...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526918/effect-of-problem-and-scripting-based-learning-on-spine-surgical-trainees-learning-outcomes
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Lin Cong, Qi Yan, Chenjing Sun, Yue Zhu, Guanjun Tu
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of problem and scripting-based learning (PSBL) on spine surgical trainees' learning outcomes. METHODS: 30 spine surgery postgraduate-year-1 residents (PGY-1s) from the First Hospital of China Medical University were randomly divided into two groups. The first group studied spine surgical skills and developed individual judgment under a conventional didactic model, whereas the PSBL group used PBL and Scripted model. A feedback questionnaire and the satisfaction of residents were evaluated by the first assistant surgeon immediately following each procedure...
May 19, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526449/predictors-of-vaginal-delivery-in-medically-indicated-early-preterm-induction-of-labor
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Rachel A Sievert, Spencer G Kuper, Victoria C Jauk, Melissa Parrish, Joseph R Biggio, Lorie M Harper
BACKGROUND: When delivery is indicated prior to 34 weeks, many providers perform a cesarean delivery (CD) rather than induce labor based on perceptions of a high failure rate. Given the morbidity of CD, an accurate estimate of the success rate and factors associated with success in preterm induction of labor (IOL) is important in management decisions. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a prediction model for successful induction of labor in preterm patients using factors known at the time the decision is made to deliver...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524201/a-computational-framework-for-distinguishing-direct-versus-indirect-interactions-in-human-functional-protein-protein-interaction-networks
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Suyu Mei, Erik K Flemington, Kun Zhang
Recognition of indirect interactions is instrumental to in silico reconstruction of signaling pathways and sheds light on the exploration of unknown physical paths between two indirectly interacting genes. However, very limited computational methods have explicitly exploited the indirect interactions with experimental evidence thus far. In this work, we attempt to distinguish direct versus indirect interactions in human functional protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks via a predictive l2-regularized logistic regression model built on the experimental data...
May 19, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523948/prediction-accuracy-for-the-cure-probabilities-in-mixture-cure-models
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Wenyu Jiang, Haoyu Sun, Yingwei Peng
Prediction accuracy of a cure model when it is used to predict the cure probability of a patient is an important but not well-addressed issue in survival analysis. We propose a method to assess the prediction accuracy of a mixture cure model in predicting cure probability based on inverse probability of censoring weights to incorporate the censoring and latent cure status in the data. The inverse probability of censoring weight-adjusted estimator is shown to be consistent for the true expected prediction error for cure probability...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523233/a-new-method-allowing-long-term-potentiation-recordings-in-hippocampal-organotypic-slices
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Paula Paci, Sylvain Gabriele, Laurence Ris
BACKGROUND: Hippocampal organotypic slices are used to improve the understanding of synaptic plasticity mechanisms because they allow longer term studies compared to acute slices. However, it is more delicate to keep cultures alive in the recording system outside in vitro conditions. Experiments from the organotypic cultures are common but the handling of slices is rarely described in the literature, even though tissue preservation is crucial. Instruments are sometimes required to extract the slices from the culture inserts but this approach is delicate and can lead to damage, given how strongly the slices are attached to the insert...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
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