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Sarah V Stevenage, Christy Pitfield
The data described here provide standard performance measures following administration of a fingerprint matching task to expert analysts, trained students and novice control participants. Measures include accuracy on 'same' and 'different' trials, and the associated measures of sensitivity of discrimination (d') and response bias (C). In addition, speed of correct response is provided. The provision of these data will enable the interested reader to conduct meta-analyses relating to questions of fingerprint expertise and fingerprint training (see "Fact or friction: examination of the transparency, reliability and sufficiency of the ACE-V method of fingerprint analysis" (Stevenage and Pitfield, in press) [1])...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Jason W Beckstead
BACKGROUND: Brunswik's Lens Model and lens model equation (LME) have been applied extensively in medical decision making. Clinicians often face the dual challenge of formulating a judgment of patient risk for some adverse outcome and making a yes or no decision regarding a particular risk-reducing treatment option. OBJECTIVE: In this article, I examine the correlation between clinical risk judgments and treatment-related decisions, referring to this linkage as "cohesion"...
October 20, 2016: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Vahideh Lajevardi, Afsaneh Ghayoumi, Robabeh Abedini, Hamed Hosseini, Azadeh Goodarzi, Zahra Akbari, Kosar Hedayat
BACKGROUND: Melasma's high prevalence and profound psychological impact on patients necessitate efficacious, economical, and safe therapeutic interventions. Adjunctive therapies such as tranexamic acid (TA) can enhance the therapeutic effect of standard treatments like hydroquinone 4% cream (HQ). OBJECTIVE: To conduct an assessor- and analyst-blinded, parallel, superiority, randomized controlled trial to compare the clinical efficacy and safety of oral TA plus HQ vs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
M H Reiskind, R H Griffin, M S Janairo, K A Hopperstad
Knowledge of the distribution of arthropod vectors across a landscape is important in determining the risk for vector-borne disease. This has been well explored for ticks, but not for mosquitoes, despite their importance in the transmission of a variety of pathogens. This study examined the importance of habitat, habitat edges, and the scale at which mosquito abundance and diversity vary in a rural landscape by trapping along transects from grassland areas into forest patches. Significant patterns of vector diversity and distinct mosquito assemblages across habitats were found...
October 19, 2016: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Junfei Feng, Xuehui Wang, Xing Li, Dejun Zhao, Jinquan Xu
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been suggested to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in China. However, current evidence is insufficient to draw a firm conclusion regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture in COPD. Therefore, this multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treating patients with COPD. METHODS: This is a two-arm, parallel group, multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial with concealed allocation, and participants, assessor, and analyst blinding...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Stephen Choi, Turlough O'Hare, Jeffrey Gollish, James E Paul, Hans Kreder, Kevin E Thorpe, Joel D Katz, Muhammad Mamdani, Peter Moisiuk, Colin J McCartney
BACKGROUND: This randomized trial compared (1) continuous femoral nerve block (cFNB), (2) single femoral nerve block (sFNB), and (3) local infiltration analgesia (LIA) with respect to analgesic and functional outcomes after primary tricompartmental knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS: One hundred twenty patients undergoing primary tricompartmental knee arthroplasty were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 interventions for postoperative analgesia: (1) cFNB-preoperative bolus of ropivacaine 0...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Chris Jeynes, Julien L Colaux
The analysis of thin films is of central importance for functional materials, including the very large and active field of nanomaterials. Quantitative elemental depth profiling is basic to analysis, and many techniques exist, but all have limitations and quantitation is always an issue. We here review recent significant advances in ion beam analysis (IBA) which now merit it a standard place in the analyst's toolbox. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) has been in use for half a century to obtain elemental depth profiles non-destructively from the first fraction of a micron from the surface of materials: more generally, "IBA" refers to the cluster of methods including elastic scattering (RBS; elastic recoil detection, ERD; and non-Rutherford elastic backscattering, EBS), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA: including particle-induced gamma-ray emission, PIGE), and also particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE)...
October 17, 2016: Analyst
Yibin Xie, Young-Jin Kim, Jianing Pang, Jung-Sun Kim, Qi Yang, Janet Wei, Christopher T Nguyen, Zixin Deng, Byoung Wook Choi, Zhaoyang Fan, C Noel Bairey Merz, Prediman K Shah, Daniel S Berman, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Debiao Li
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work is the development of coronary atherosclerosis T1-weighted characterization with integrated anatomical reference (CATCH) technique and the validation by comparison with high-risk plaque features (HRPF) observed on intracoronary optical coherence tomography (OCT) and invasive coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: T1-weighted cardiac magnetic resonance with or without contrast media has been used for characterizing coronary atherosclerosis showing promising prognostic value...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Daan Botje, Guus Ten Asbroek, Thomas Plochg, Helen Anema, Dionne S Kringos, Claudia Fischer, Cordula Wagner, Niek S Klazinga
BACKGROUND: Hospitals are under increasing pressure to share indicator-based performance information. These indicators can also serve as a means to promote quality improvement and boost hospital performance. Our aim was to explore hospitals' use of performance indicators for internal quality management activities. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative interview study among 72 health professionals and quality managers in 14 acute care hospitals in The Netherlands. Concentrating on orthopaedic and oncology departments, our goal was to gain insight into data collection and use of performance indicators for two conditions: knee and hip replacement surgery and breast cancer surgery...
October 13, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
R T Spence, E Zargaran, M Hameed, D Fong, E Shangguan, R Martinez, P Navsaria, A Nicol
BACKGROUND: The cost of Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) coding has limited its utility in areas of the world with the highest incidence of trauma. We hypothesised that emerging mobile health (m-health) technology could offer a cost-effective alternative to the current gold-standard AIS mechanism in a high-volume trauma centre in South Africa. METHODS: A prospectively collected sample of consecutive patients admitted following a traumatic injury that required an operation during a 1-month period was selected for the study...
September 8, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Ryan Breighner, David R Holmes, Shuai Leng, Kai-Nan An, Cynthia McCollough, Kristin Zhao
In image-based biomechanical analyses, registration transformations are the data of interest. In dynamic 4DCT imaging the capitate is often partially imaged. While alignment of incomplete objects poses a significant registration challenge, the established spin-image surface-matching algorithm can be utilized to align two surfaces representing disparate but overlapping portions of an object. For this reason the spin-image algorithm was chosen for the registration of partial bone geometry in 4DCT of the wrist...
2016: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. Imaging & Visualization
Maria D Radu, Kyohei Yamaji, Hector M García-García, Serge Zaugg, Masanori Taniwaki, Konstantinos C Koskinas, Patrick W Serruys, Stephan Windecker, Jouke Dijkstra, Lorenz Räber
AIMS: The minimum fibrous cap thickness (FCT) is considered a major criterion of coronary plaque vulnerability according to autopsy studies. We aimed to assess the reproducibility in the measurement of the optical coherence tomography (OCT)-detected minimum FCT and the agreement in the classification of thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), by a software-based semi-automatic method compared with the manual method. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 50 frames with fibroatheromas (FA) were randomly selected from the Integrated Biomarker Imaging Study-4 (IBIS-4)...
October 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
Anders Buchard, Marie-Louise Kampmann, Lena Poulsen, Claus Børsting, Niels Morling
The HID-Ion AmpliSeq™ Identity Panel is a next-generation sequencing assay with 90 autosomal and 34 Y-chromosome SNPs that are amplified in one PCR step and subsequently sequenced using the Ion Personal Genome Machine (Ion PGM™) System. This assay was validated for relationship testing in our ISO 17025 accredited laboratory in 2015. Here, the essential parts of the validation report submitted to the Danish Accreditation Fund are presented. A total of 100 unrelated Danes were typed in duplicates and the locus balance, heterozygote balance (Hb) and noise levels were analysed in detail...
October 6, 2016: Electrophoresis
Duarte Araújo, Keith Davids
Individual players act as a coherent unit during team sports performance, forming a team synergy. A synergy is a collective property of a task-specific organization of individuals, such that the degrees of freedom of each individual in the system are coupled, enabling the degrees of freedom of different individuals to co-regulate each other. Here, we present an explanation for the emergence of such collective behaviors, indicating how these can be assessed and understood through the measurement of key system properties that exist, considering the contribution of each individual and beyond These include: to (i) dimensional compression, a process resulting in independent degree of freedom being coupled so that the synergy has fewer degrees of freedom than the set of components from which it arises; (ii) reciprocal compensation, if one element do not produce its function, other elements should display changes in their contributions so that task goals are still attained; (iii) interpersonal linkages, the specific contribution of each element to a group task; and (iv), degeneracy, structurally different components performing a similar, but not necessarily identical, function with respect to context...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Richard B Zimmer
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October 2016: Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Judith Fingert Chused
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October 2016: Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Judith Fingert Chused
The motivations for choosing psychoanalysis as a profession are many and differ depending on the psychology of the analyst. However, common to most psychoanalysts is the desire to forge a helpful relationship with the individuals with whom they work therapeutically. This article presents an example of what happens when an analyst is confronted by a patient for whom being in a relationship and being helped are intolerable.
October 2016: Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Aisha Abbasi
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October 2016: Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Mitchell Wilson
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October 2016: Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Romana Jarošová, Joy Rutherford, Greg M Swain
Correction for 'Evaluation of a nitrogen-incorporated tetrahedral amorphous carbon thin film for the detection of tryptophan and tyrosine using flow injection analysis with amperometric detection' by Romana Jarošová, et al., Analyst, 2016, DOI: .
October 17, 2016: Analyst
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