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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335014/impact-of-high-intensity-polio-eradication-activities-on-children-s-routine-immunization-status-in-northern-india
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Marco J Haenssgen
The objective of this article is to analyse and quantify the side effects of the Polio Eradication Initiative on routine immunization performance in India. Past studies have faced methodological challenges in assessing these side effects. This article offers a methodological alternative for health policy analysts. The research uses secondary household survey data from the Indian District-Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS), focusing on children aged 10-30 months in the Northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh (n = 34 327) and Bihar (n = 20 525)...
March 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333557/eliciting-provider-and-patient-perspectives-on-new-obesity-management-services-in-a-team-based-primary-care-organization
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Dawna Royall, Paula Brauer, Edwoba Atta-Konadu, John J M Dwyer, A Michelle Edwards, Tracy Hussey, Nick Kates
PURPOSE: Both providers and patients may have important insights to inform the development of obesity prevention and management services in Canadian primary care settings. In this formative study, insights for new obesity management services were sought from both providers and patients in 1 progressive citywide organization (150 physicians, team services, separate offices). METHODS: Seven focus groups with interprofessional health providers (n = 56) and 4 focus groups with patients (n = 34) were conducted...
March 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330409/guidelines-on-constructing-funnel-plots-for-quality-indicators-a-case-study-on-mortality-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
#3
Ilona Wm Verburg, Rebecca Holman, Niels Peek, Ameen Abu-Hanna, Nicolette F de Keizer
Funnel plots are graphical tools to assess and compare clinical performance of a group of care professionals or care institutions on a quality indicator against a benchmark. Incorrect construction of funnel plots may lead to erroneous assessment and incorrect decisions potentially with severe consequences. We provide workflow-based guidance for data analysts on constructing funnel plots for the evaluation of binary quality indicators, expressed as proportions, risk-adjusted rates or standardised rates. Our guidelines assume the following steps: (1) defining policy level input; (2) checking the quality of models used for case-mix correction; (3) examining whether the number of observations per hospital is sufficient; (4) testing for overdispersion of the values of the quality indicator; (5) testing whether the values of quality indicators are associated with institutional characteristics; and (6) specifying how the funnel plot should be constructed...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329723/analysis-of-synthetic-phenethylamine-street-drugs-using-direct-sample-analysis-coupled-to-accurate-mass-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Maura K McGonigal, Joshua A Wilhide, Philip B Smith, Noelle M Elliott, Frank L Dorman
Serious health complications and fatal overdoses have brought phenethylamine, otherwise known as 2C, drug abuse to the public's attention. These compounds are 2C-X series analogs of mescaline. The name "2C" results from the two carbons in the ethyl chain. The substituents on these emerging drugs are constantly changed in order to avoid listing as controlled substances. These synthetic drugs are marketed as having affects similar to LSD and MDMA and are typically consumed sublingually via blotter paper. Twenty-six commercially available standards were analyzed using a direct sample analysis technique coupled to accurate mass time of flight mass spectrometry...
March 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327502/reported-energy-intake-accuracy-compared-to-doubly-labeled-water-and-usability-of-the-mobile-food-record-among-community-dwelling-adults
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Carol J Boushey, Melissa Spoden, Edward J Delp, Fengqing Zhu, Marc Bosch, Ziad Ahmad, Yurii B Shvetsov, James P DeLany, Deborah A Kerr
The mobile Food Record (mFR) is an image-based dietary assessment method for mobile devices. The study primary aim was to test the accuracy of the mFR by comparing reported energy intake (rEI) to total energy expenditure (TEE) using the doubly labeled water (DLW) method. Usability of the mFR was assessed by questionnaires before and after the study. Participants were 45 community dwelling men and women, 21-65 years. They were provided pack-out meals and snacks and encouraged to supplement with usual foods and beverages not provided...
March 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325938/so-doctor-now-what-do-i-do
#6
Eliana Schueler Reis
This paper proposes a discussion about acting on the therapeutic relationship using the notions of playing and the "use of an object" formulated by Winnicott; the formulations of Ferenczi as the concepts of introjection and the "ability to feel with", as well as the concept of cartography from Deleuze and Guattari. It discusses how to manage the meeting with individuals who confront the analyst with sudden questions, gestures and actions. I propose that the management of the acting considers that there is a call for a conversation in which "doing" is in question, and in which the playful dimension of activities without rules is employed as a necessary option...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322885/fluoride-concentration-in-saliva-and-biofilm-fluid-following-the-application-of-three-fluoride-varnishes
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L Al Dehailan, F Lippert, C González-Cabezas, G J Eckert, E A Martinez-Mier
OBJECTIVE: Most of the commercially available fluoride varnishes (FV) have not been evaluated for their cariostatic properties. Consequently, the aim of this in vivo study was to investigate intra-oral fluoride retention and clearance patterns from three different FV. METHODS: Eighteen subjects (7-11 years) participated in a laboratory analyst-blinded, randomized, crossover study comparing the ability of 5% sodium fluoride varnishes (CavityShield-CS, Enamel Pro-EP, Vanish-V) to enhance fluoride concentrations in biofilm fluid, centrifuged and whole saliva over a period of 48h after a single FV application...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321866/bridging-worlds-participatory-thinking-in-jungian-context
#8
Robin S Brown
Introducing the 'participatory' paradigm associated with the work of transpersonalists Richard Tarnas and Jorge Ferrer, the author outlines an approach to Jung's archetypal thinking that might offer a more adequate basis in which to ground a non-reductive approach to practice. In order to demonstrate the relevance of this outlook at the present time, the author begins by examining recent debates concerning the nature of 'truth' in the clinical setting. Reflecting on the difficulties analysts face in attempting to maintain professional authority without falling into an implicit authoritarianism, it is argued that any approach to therapy seeking to orient itself towards 'the unconscious' must posit the challenges of pluralism as a central concern for practice...
April 2017: Journal of Analytical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318667/paying-medicare-advantage-plans-to-level-or-tilt-the-playing-field
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Jacob Glazer, Thomas G McGuire
Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for health insurance through the public option of traditional Medicare (TM) or may join a private Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. Both are highly subsidized but in different ways. Medicare pays for most of costs directly in TM, and subsidizes MA plans based on a "benchmark" for each beneficiary choosing a private plan. The level of this benchmark is arguably the most important policy decision Medicare makes about the MA program. Many analysts recommend equalizing Medicare's subsidy across the options - referred to in policy circles as a "level playing field...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318314/promising-and-established-investigators-experiences-participating-in-the-national-athletic-trainers-association-foundation-research-mentor-program-a
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Sara L Nottingham, Stephanie M Mazerolle, Jessica L Barrett
CONTEXT: Mentorship is a helpful resource for individuals who transition from doctoral student to tenure-track faculty member. The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Research & Education Foundation offers a Research Mentor Program to provide mentorship to promising investigators, particularly as they work to establish independent lines of research. OBJECTIVE: To gain the perspectives of promising and established investigators on their participation in the NATA Foundation Research Mentor Program...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317133/a-common-ground-in-clinical-discussion-groups-intersubjective-resonance-and-implicit-operational-theories
#11
Ricardo Bernardi
Clinical discussion groups based on the Three-Level Model for Observing Patient Transformations (3-LM) enable us to reflect on the clinical common ground shared by psychoanalysts who have different theoretical frameworks. The very existence of this common ground is controversial. While analysts such as Wallerstein support it, others, like Green, think it is just a myth. In their 2005 controversy Wallerstein and Green proposed an observation procedure that might clarify this matter. This procedure bears great similarity to the one used by clinical discussion groups that apply the 3-LM...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Psycho-analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316365/extracting-databases-from-dark-data-with-deepdive
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Ce Zhang, Jaeho Shin, Christopher Ré, Michael Cafarella, Feng Niu
DeepDive is a system for extracting relational databases from dark data: the mass of text, tables, and images that are widely collected and stored but which cannot be exploited by standard relational tools. If the information in dark data - scientific papers, Web classified ads, customer service notes, and so on - were instead in a relational database, it would give analysts a massive and valuable new set of "big data." DeepDive is distinctive when compared to previous information extraction systems in its ability to obtain very high precision and recall at reasonable engineering cost; in a number of applications, we have used DeepDive to create databases with accuracy that meets that of human annotators...
June 2016: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314059/deterrence-and-risk-preferences-in-sequential-attacker-defender-games-with-continuous-efforts
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Vineet M Payappalli, Jun Zhuang, Victor Richmond R Jose
Most attacker-defender games consider players as risk neutral, whereas in reality attackers and defenders may be risk seeking or risk averse. This article studies the impact of players' risk preferences on their equilibrium behavior and its effect on the notion of deterrence. In particular, we study the effects of risk preferences in a single-period, sequential game where a defender has a continuous range of investment levels that could be strategically chosen to potentially deter an attack. This article presents analytic results related to the effect of attacker and defender risk preferences on the optimal defense effort level and their impact on the deterrence level...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302061/subgroup-detection-in-genotype-data-using-invariant-coordinate-selection
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Daniel Fischer, Mervi Honkatukia, Maria Tuiskula-Haavisto, Klaus Nordhausen, David Cavero, Rudolf Preisinger, Johanna Vilkki
BACKGROUND: The current gold standard in dimension reduction methods for high-throughput genotype data is the Principle Component Analysis (PCA). The presence of PCA is so dominant, that other methods usually cannot be found in the analyst's toolbox and hence are only rarely applied. RESULTS: We present a modern dimension reduction method called 'Invariant Coordinate Selection' (ICS) and its application to high-throughput genotype data. The more commonly known Independent Component Analysis (ICA) is in this framework just a special case of ICS...
March 16, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300241/outstanding-reviewers-for-analyst-in-2016
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March 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289050/knowledge-and-attitudes-of-uk-university-students-in-relation-to-ultraviolet-radiation-uvr-exposure-and-their-sun-related-behaviours-a-qualitative-study
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Lucy Kirk, Sheila Greenfield
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether knowledge about the harms of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) influences UK university students' sun-related behaviours and examine in depth their attitudes towards: sun protection, natural and artificial tanning behaviours. DESIGN: Qualitative methodology with 15 semistructured, individual interviews. Thematic analysis using the Framework Method with analyst triangulation and member validation. SETTING: One university in the West Midlands, UK...
March 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288907/in-vivo-quantification-of-amygdala-subnuclei-using-4-7-t-fast-spin-echo-imaging
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Arash Aghamohammadi-Sereshki, Yushan Huang, Fraser Olsen, Nikolai V Malykhin
The amygdala (AG) is an almond-shaped heterogeneous structure located in the medial temporal lobe. The majority of previous structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) volumetric methods for AG measurement have so far only been able to examine this region as a whole. In order to understand the role of the AG in different neuropsychiatric disorders, it is necessary to understand the functional role of its subnuclei. The main goal of the present study was to develop a reliable volumetric method to delineate major AG subnuclei groups using ultra-high resolution high field MRI...
March 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287594/magnetic-stirrer-method-for-the-detection-of-trichinella-larvae-in-muscle-samples
#18
Anne Mayer-Scholl, Edoardo Pozio, Jennifer Gayda, Nora Thaben, Peter Bahn, Karsten Nöckler
Trichinellosis is a debilitating disease in humans and is caused by the consumption of raw or undercooked meat of animals infected with the nematode larvae of the genus Trichinella. The most important sources of human infections worldwide are game meat and pork or pork products. In many countries, the prevention of human trichinellosis is based on the identification of infected animals by means of the artificial digestion of muscle samples from susceptible animal carcasses. There are several methods based on the digestion of meat but the magnetic stirrer method is considered the gold standard...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284763/validation-of-a-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography-method-for-quality-control-testing-of-pharmaceutical-materials
#19
Samuel H Yang, Jenny Wang, Kelly Zhang
Despite the advantages of 2D-LC, there is currently little to no work in demonstrating the suitability of these 2D-LC methods for use in a quality control (QC) environment for good manufacturing practice (GMP) tests. This lack of information becomes more critical as the availability of commercial 2D-LC instrumentation has significantly increased, and more testing facilities begin to acquire these 2D-LC capabilities. It is increasingly important that the transferability of developed 2D-LC methods be assessed in terms of reproducibility, robustness and performance across different laboratories worldwide...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284701/visualizing-stressful-aspects-of-repetitive-motion-tasks-and-opportunities-for-ergonomic-improvements-using-computer-vision
#20
Runyu L Greene, David P Azari, Yu Hen Hu, Robert G Radwin
Patterns of physical stress exposure are often difficult to measure, and the metrics of variation and techniques for identifying them is underdeveloped in the practice of occupational ergonomics. Computer vision has previously been used for evaluating repetitive motion tasks for hand activity level (HAL) utilizing conventional 2D videos. The approach was made practical by relaxing the need for high precision, and by adopting a semi-automatic approach for measuring spatiotemporal characteristics of the repetitive task...
March 9, 2017: Applied Ergonomics
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