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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331973/family-focused-practices-in-addictions-a-scoping-review-protocol
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Toula Kourgiantakis, Rachelle Ashcroft
INTRODUCTION: Families are significantly impacted by addictions and family involvement in treatment can reduce the harms and can also improve treatment entry, treatment completion and treatment outcomes for the individual coping with an addiction. Although the benefits of family-focused practices in addictions have been documented, services continue to have an individual focus and research on this topic is also limited. The objective of this study is to map the extent, range and nature of evidence available examining family interventions in addictions and identify gaps to guide future research, policy and practice...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328879/modeling-health-care-expenditures-and-use
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Partha Deb, Edward C Norton
Health care expenditures and use are challenging to model because these dependent variables typically have distributions that are skewed with a large mass at zero. In this article, we describe estimation and interpretation of the effects of a natural experiment using two classes of nonlinear statistical models: one for health care expenditures and the other for counts of health care use. We extend prior analyses to test the effect of the ACA's young adult expansion on three different outcomes: total health care expenditures, office-based visits, and emergency department visits...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326183/transvaginal-natural-orifice-transluminal-endoscopic-surgery-vnotes-adnexectomy-for-benign-pathology-compared-with-laparoscopic-excision-notable-a-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jan Filip Baekelandt, Peter A De Mulder, Ilse Le Roy, Chantal Mathieu, Annouschka Laenen, Paul Enzlin, Steven Weyers, Ben W J Mol, Jan J A Bosteels
INTRODUCTION: Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) uses natural orifices to access the cavities of the human body to perform surgical interventions. NOTES limits the magnitude of surgical trauma and potentially reduces postoperative pain. Our group published a protocol on a randomised study comparing transvaginal NOTES (vNOTES) versus laparoscopy for hysterectomy (HALON). We simultaneously designed a similar randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing vNOTES with laparoscopy for adnexectomy...
January 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325598/influence-of-peer-review-on-the-reporting-of-primary-outcome-s-and-statistical-analyses-of-randomised-trials
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Sally Hopewell, Claudia M Witt, Klaus Linde, Katja Icke, Olubusola Adedire, Shona Kirtley, Douglas G Altman
BACKGROUND: Selective reporting of outcomes in clinical trials is a serious problem. We aimed to investigate the influence of the peer review process within biomedical journals on reporting of primary outcome(s) and statistical analyses within reports of randomised trials. METHODS: Each month, PubMed (May 2014 to April 2015) was searched to identify primary reports of randomised trials published in six high-impact general and 12 high-impact specialty journals. The corresponding author of each trial was invited to complete an online survey asking authors about changes made to their manuscript as part of the peer review process...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323223/on-the-efficiency-of-nature-inspired-metaheuristics-in-expensive-global-optimization-with-limited-budget
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Ya D Sergeyev, D E Kvasov, M S Mukhametzhanov
Global optimization problems where evaluation of the objective function is an expensive operation arise frequently in engineering, decision making, optimal control, etc. There exist two huge but almost completely disjoint communities (they have different journals, different conferences, different test functions, etc.) solving these problems: a broad community of practitioners using stochastic nature-inspired metaheuristics and people from academia studying deterministic mathematical programming methods. In order to bridge the gap between these communities we propose a visual technique for a systematic comparison of global optimization algorithms having different nature...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320646/transfer-of-fresh-versus-frozen-embryos-in-ovulatory-women
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Yuhua Shi, Yun Sun, Cuifang Hao, Heping Zhang, Daimin Wei, Yunshan Zhang, Yimin Zhu, Xiaohui Deng, Xiujuan Qi, Hong Li, Xiang Ma, Haiqin Ren, Yaqin Wang, Dan Zhang, Bo Wang, Fenghua Liu, Qiongfang Wu, Ze Wang, Haiyan Bai, Yuan Li, Yi Zhou, Mei Sun, Hong Liu, Jing Li, Lin Zhang, Xiaoli Chen, Songying Zhang, Xiaoxi Sun, Richard S Legro, Zi-Jiang Chen
BACKGROUND: Elective frozen-embryo transfer has been shown to result in a higher live-birth rate than fresh-embryo transfer among anovulatory women with the polycystic ovary syndrome. It is uncertain whether frozen-embryo transfer increases live-birth rates among ovulatory women with infertility. METHODS: In this multicenter, randomized trial, we randomly assigned 2157 women who were undergoing their first in vitro fertilization cycle to undergo either fresh-embryo transfer or embryo cryopreservation followed by frozen-embryo transfer...
January 11, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317417/patients-and-therapists-experiences-with-a-new-treatment-programme-for-eating-disorders-that-combines-physical-exercise-and-dietary-therapy-the-ped-t-trial-a-qualitative-study-protocol
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Gunn Pettersen, Jan H Rosenvinge, Maria Bakland, Rolf Wynn, Therese Fostervold Mathisen, Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen
INTRODUCTION: Women with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder often suffer for many years before they seek professional help. Evidence-based treatments like cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) might be poorly accessible, and about 50% of those who receive CBT respond to it. Such outcome may reflect the heterogeneous nature of eating disorders, and addressing this heterogeneity calls for expanding the portfolio of treatment options. In particular, it is important to explore such options' acceptability, tolerability and affordability expressed through experiences with the treatment...
January 8, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306372/twitter-journal-clubs-and-continuing-professional-development-an-analysis-of-a-medradjclub-tweet-chat
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A Bolderston, J Watson, N Woznitza, A Westerink, L Di Prospero, G Currie, C Beardmore, J Hewis
INTRODUCTION: Online Twitter journal clubs are a recent and popular innovation with the potential to increase research awareness and inform practice. The medical radiation sciences' MedRadJournalClub (MJRC) is a Twitter-based event that attracts a global group of participants at the monthly chats. An analysis of a recent MedRadJournalClub discussion evaluated the perceived benefits and limitations of medical radiation practitioners participating in an online journal club. METHODS: The February 2017 chat used for analysis was based on the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences article by Currie et al...
February 2018: Radiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304110/local-chatter-or-international-buzz-language-differences-on-posts-about-zika-research-on-twitter-and-facebook
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Germana Barata, Kenneth Shores, Juan Pablo Alperin
BACKGROUND: When the Zika virus outbreak became a global health emergency in early 2016, the scientific community responded with an increased output of Zika-related research. This upsurge in research naturally made its way into academic journals along with editorials, news, and reports. However, it is not yet known how or whether these scholarly communications were distributed to the populations most affected by Zika. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: To understand how scientific outputs about Zika reached global and local audiences, we collected Tweets and Facebook posts that linked to Zika-related research in the first six months of 2016...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291453/climate-change-and-landscape-development-in-post-closure-safety-assessment-of-solid-radioactive-waste-disposal-results-of-an-initiative-of-the-iaea
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T Lindborg, M Thorne, E Andersson, J Becker, J Brandefelt, T Cabianca, M Gunia, A T K Ikonen, E Johansson, V Kangasniemi, U Kautsky, G Kirchner, R Klos, R Kowe, A Kontula, P Kupiainen, A-M Lahdenperä, N S Lord, D J Lunt, J-O Näslund, M Nordén, S Norris, D Pérez-Sánchez, A Proverbio, K Riekki, A Rübel, L Sweeck, R Walke, S Xu, G Smith, G Pröhl
The International Atomic Energy Agency has coordinated an international project addressing climate change and landscape development in post-closure safety assessments of solid radioactive waste disposal. The work has been supported by results of parallel on-going research that has been published in a variety of reports and peer reviewed journal articles. The project is due to be described in detail in a forthcoming IAEA report. Noting the multi-disciplinary nature of post-closure safety assessments, here, an overview of the work is given to provide researchers in the broader fields of radioecology and radiological safety assessment with a review of the work that has been undertaken...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283091/the-management-of-rectal-bleeding-following-transrectal-prostate-biopsy-a-review-of-the-current-literature
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Mark R Quinlan, Bolton D Damien, Rowan G Casey
INTRODUCTION: Since the advent of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based testing, transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy has become a standard part of the diagnostic pathway for prostate cancer (PCa). Rectal bleeding is one of the common side effects of this transrectal route. While rectal bleeding is usually mild and self-limiting, it can be life-threatening. In this article, we examine rectal bleeding post TRUS-guided prostate biopsy and explore the literature to evaluate techniques and strategies aimed at preventing and managing this common and important complication...
December 22, 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280979/perturbation-theory-for-scattering-from-multilayers-with-randomly-rough-fractal-interfaces-remote-sensing-applications
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Pasquale Imperatore, Antonio Iodice, Daniele Riccio
A general, approximate perturbation method, able to provide closed-form expressions of scattering from a layered structure with an arbitrary number of rough interfaces, has been recently developed. Such a method provides a unique tool for the characterization of radar response patterns of natural rough multilayers. In order to show that, here, for the first time in a journal paper, we describe the application of the developed perturbation theory to fractal interfaces; we then employ the perturbative method solution to analyze the scattering from real-world layered structures of practical interest in remote sensing applications...
December 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279054/the-dilemma-of-allergy-to-food-additives
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Sami L Bahna, Joshua G Burkhardt
OBJECTIVE: To provide a brief summary on food additives and to outline a practical approach for evaluating subjects suspected of having reactions to food additives. DATA SOURCES: Information was derived from selected reviews and original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, supplemented by the clinical experience of the authors. STUDY SELECTION: Priority was given to studies that used blinded, placebo controlled, oral challenges to confirm adverse reactions to food additives...
January 1, 2018: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242675/charge-transport-and-structure-in-semimetallic-polymers
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Sam Rudd, Juan F Franco-Gonzalez, Sandeep Kumar Singh, Zia Ullah Khan, Xavier Crispin, Jens W Andreasen, Igor Zozoulenko, Drew Evans
Owing to changes in their chemistry and structure, polymers can be fabricated to demonstrate vastly different electrical conductivities over many orders of magnitude. At the high end of conductivity is the class of conducting polymers, which are ideal candidates for many applications in low-cost electronics. Here, we report the influence of the nature of the doping anion at high doping levels within the semi-metallic conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) on its electronic transport properties...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237136/biomimetic-structural-materials-inspiration-from-design-and-assembly
#15
Nicholas A Yaraghi, David Kisailus
Nature assembles weak organic and inorganic constituents into sophisticated hierarchical structures, forming structural composites that demonstrate impressive combinations of strength and toughness. Two such composites are the nacre structure forming the inner layer of many mollusk shells, whose brick-and-mortar architecture has been the gold standard for biomimetic composites, and the cuticle forming the arthropod exoskeleton, whose helicoidal fiber-reinforced architecture has only recently attracted interest for structural biomimetics...
December 13, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234856/modified-island-technique-for-prominent-ears
#16
Horacio F Mayer, Hugo D Loustau
There have been several methods described for the correction of prominent ears, including techniques that excise, bend, suture, score, or cut the auricular cartilage. The Island Technique, proposed by Pitanguy, is based on the creation of a cartilage island to define the antihelix and correct the conchoscaphal angle. Visibility of sharp edges has been the main criticism of this technique. To avoid them, we advise performing an internal bevel incision to round off the edges and achieve a more natural look. Also, sometimes prominent ears are asymmetric with different conchoscaphal angles, determining a residual but protruding upper pole, thus requiring different treatment on each side...
December 12, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233132/intraoral-scanners-in-dentistry-a-review-of-the-current-literature
#17
Francesco Mangano, Andrea Gandolfi, Giuseppe Luongo, Silvia Logozzo
BACKGROUND: Intraoral scanners (IOS) are devices for capturing direct optical impressions in dentistry. The purpose of this narrative review on the use of IOS was to: (1) identify the advantages/disadvantages of using optical impressions compared to conventional impressions; (2) investigate if optical impressions are as accurate as conventional impressions; (3) evaluate the differences between the IOS currently available commercially; (4) determine the current clinical applications/limitations in the use of IOS...
December 12, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218477/safety-and-efficacy-of-facial-fat-grafting-under-local-anesthesia
#18
Xiaorong Ma, Liming Wu, Tianxiang Ouyang, Wenjia Ge, Jingwen Ke
BACKGROUND: Facial fat grafting under local anesthesia has been widely performed in outpatient departments and private settings in China. The present study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of facial fat grafting under local anesthesia. METHOD: A retrospective study was conducted on 155 patients who underwent facial fat grafting. The clinical data were recorded. Preoperative and postoperative two-dimensional images were acquired to evaluate the effect of facial fat grafting on refining facial contouring, rejuvenation as well as deformity reconstruction...
December 7, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214334/using-four-layer-sculpted-rib-cartilage-framework-to-increase-transverse-height-of-the-reconstructive-ear-in-one-operative-stage-for-microtia-patients
#19
Rui Wan, Xingyuan Pang, Jun Ren
PURPOSE: This case study improves an operative method of ear reconstruction for microtia patients by using a four-layer rib cartilage framework to increase transverse height of the reconstructive ear to a natural level in one operative stage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The procedures of ear reconstruction were conducted from February 2014 to May 2016. The ear framework used in the procedures was fabricated from autologous rib cartilage into a four-layer spliced sculpture...
December 6, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211473/comment-on-natural-bond-orbitals-and-the-nature-of-the-hydrogen-bond
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Frank Weinhold, Eric D Glendening
We reply to the recent comments of Prof. A. J. Stone in this Journal [J. Phys. Chem. A 2017, 121, 1531-1534].
December 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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