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  1. Score Correlation.

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    Fabián, Zden?k

    2010-01-01

    Ro?. 20, ?. 6 (2010), s. 793-798. ISSN 1210-0552 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA205/09/1079 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : score function * correlation * rank correlation coefficient * heavy tails Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research Impact factor: 0.511, year: 2010

  2. Relationship between Praxis 1 Scores and SAT/ACT Scores: A Correlational Study

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    Saravanabhavan, Sheila; Jones, Enid B.; Wilson, Carolyn H.

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to test the premise that there is a significant correlation between Praxis1 scores and SAT scores among African American students who are applying for admission into the teacher education program. Data for the study included the Praxis 1 (reading, writing and math) scores and SAT (reading, writing and math) scores of…

  3. Criteria for measures of quantum correlations

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    Brodutch, Aharon

    2011-01-01

    Entanglement does not describe all quantum correlations and several authors have shown the need to go beyond entanglement when dealing with mixed states. Several different measures have sprung up in the literature, for a variety of reasons, To describe quantum correlations; some are known under the collective name quantum discord. Yet, in the same sprit as the criteria for entanglement measures, there is no general mechanism that determines whether a measure of quantum and classical correlations is a proper measure of correlations. This is partially due to the fact that the answer is a bit muddy. In this article we attempt tackle this muddy topic by writing down several criteria for a "good" measure of correlations. We breakup our list into necessary, reasonable, and debatable conditions. We then proceed to prove several of these conditions for generalized measures of quantum correlations. However, not all conditions are met by all measures; we show this via several examples. The reasonable conditions are rel...

  4. Use of modified Magee equations and histologic criteria to predict the Oncotype DX recurrence score.

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    Turner, Bradley M; Skinner, Kristin A; Tang, Ping; Jackson, Mary C; Soukiazian, Nyrie; Shayne, Michelle; Huston, Alissa; Ling, Marilyn; Hicks, David G

    2015-07-01

    Oncotype DX (Genomic Health, Redwood City, CA, USA, current list price $4,350.00) is a multigene quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction-based assay that estimates the risk of distant recurrence and predicts chemotherapy benefit for patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancers. Studies have suggested that standard histologic variables can provide similar information. Klein and Dabbs et al have shown that Oncotype DX recurrence scores can be estimated by incorporating standard histologic variables into equations (Magee equations). Using a simple modification of the Magee equation, we predict the Oncotype DX recurrence score in an independent set of 283 cases. The Pearson correlation coefficient (r) for the Oncotype DX and average modified Magee recurrence scores was 0.6644 (n=283; P30 (n=8) or an average modified Magee recurrence scoreKi-67, n=5) would have been correctly predicted to have a high or low Oncotype DX recurrence score, respectively. 86% (38/44) of cases with an average modified Magee recurrence score?12, and 89% (34/38) of low grade tumors (NSKi-67<10%, would have been correctly predicted to have a low Oncotype DX recurrence score. Using an algorithmic approach to eliminate high and low risk cases, between 5% and 23% of cases would potentially not have been sent by our institution for Oncotype DX testing, creating a potential cost savings between $56,550.00 and $282,750.00. The modified Magee recurrence score along with histologic criteria may be a cost-effective alternative to the Oncotype DX in risk stratifying certain breast cancer patients. The information needed is already generated by many pathology laboratories during the initial assessment of primary breast cancer, and the equations are free. PMID:25932962

  5. Differences in Overnight Polysomnography Scores Using the Adult and Pediatric Criteria for Respiratory Events in Adolescents

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    Accardo, Jennifer A.; Shults, Justine; Leonard, Mary B.; Traylor, Joel; Marcus, Carole L.

    2010-01-01

    Study Objectives: There was no consensus in the 2007 American Academy of Sleep Medicine scoring manual on whether pediatric or adult respiratory criteria should be used in adolescents due to lack of data. Our objective was to compare pediatric and adult criteria in adolescents referred for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We hypothesized that pediatric criteria would capture more respiratory events than adult criteria. Design: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis. Setting: Clinical sleep laboratory. Participants: 101 subjects aged 13-18 years clinically referred for OSA. Interventions: Overnight polysomnogram. Data were scored using both adult and pediatric AASM criteria. For adult criteria, data were scored using both AASM hypopnea rule A, defined by ? 4% desaturation, and B, defined by ? 3% desaturation or arousal. Results: Median (range) apnea hypopnea index (AHI) by pediatric criteria was 1.7 events/hour (0–42.9). AHI using rule A was 0.4 (0–35.6); rule B, 1.4 (0–38.4). A higher pediatric AHI was associated with greater differences between pediatric and adult AHI using either rule A or B. There was no significant discordance in OSA classification comparing pediatric and adult criteria rule B (P = 0.3), but there was a significant rate of discordance classification comparing pediatric and adult criteria rule A (P < 0.001). Conclusions: Either pediatric or adult criteria rule B can be used in adolescents as few subjects change diagnostic category between these 2 criteria. Use of adult rule A results in fewer children meeting criteria for OSA. Further research into the clinical relevance of the scoring metric in adolescents is warranted. Citation: Accardo JA; Shults J; Leonard MB; Traylor J; Marcus CL. Differences in overnight polysomnography scores using the adult and pediatric criteria for respiratory events in adolescents. SLEEP 2010;33(10):1333-1339. PMID:21061855

  6. The relationship between the ability to identify evaluation criteria and integrity test scores

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    CORNELIUS J. KÖNIG

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available It has been argued that applicants who have the ability to identify what kind of behavior is evaluated positively in a personnel selection situation can use this information to adapt their behavior accordingly. Although this idea has been tested for assessment centers and structured interviews, it has not been studied with regard to integrity tests (or other personality tests. Therefore, this study tested whether candidates’ ability to identify evaluation criteria (ATIC correlates with their integrity test scores. Candidates were tested in an application training setting (N = 92. The results supported the idea that ATIC also plays an important role for integrity tests. New directions for future research are suggested based on this finding.

  7. Factors Correlated with Neuroticism Scores for Married Women.

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    Moffitt, Paul F.; Eisen, Peter

    1982-01-01

    Found a significant positive correlation between wives' (but not husbands') neuroticism scores and the degree to which the couple is apart on Lanyon's extraversion-introversion scale. Further correlations suggest fewer intimate communications and agreements between highly diverging couples. Theorized that this constellation of factors leads to…

  8. Automatic sleep scoring in normals and in individuals with neurodegenerative disorders according to new international sleep scoring criteria

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    Jensen, Peter S.; SØrensen, Helge Bjarup Dissing

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: Reliable polysomnographic classification is the basis for evaluation of sleep disorders in neurological diseases. Aim: To develop a fully automatic sleep scoring algorithm on the basis of a reproduction of new international sleep scoring criteria from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Methods: A biomedical signal processing algorithm was developed, allowing for automatic sleep depth quantification of routine polysomnographic (PSG) recordings through feature extraction, supervised probabilistic Bayesian classification, and heuristic rule-based smoothing. The performance of the algorithm was tested using 28 manually classified day-night PSGs from 18 normal subjects and 10 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) or multiple system atrophy (MSA). This led to quantification of automaticversus- manual epoch-by-epoch agreement rates for both normal and abnormal recordings. Results: Resulting average agreement rates were 87.7% (Cohen’s Kappa: 0.79) and 68.2%(Cohen’s Kappa: 0.26) in the normal and abnormal group, respectively. Based on an observed reliability of the manual scorer of 92.5% (Cohen’s Kappa: 0.87) in the normal group and 85.3% (Cohen’s Kappa: 0.73) in the abnormal group. Conclusion: The developed algorithm was capable of scoring normal sleep with an accuracy around the manual inter-scorer reliability, it failed in accurately scoring abnormal sleep as encountered for the PD/MSA patients, which is due to the abnormal micro- and macrostructure pattern in these patients.

  9. Automatic Sleep Scoring in Normals and in Individuals with Neurodegenerative Disorders According to New International Sleep Scoring Criteria

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    Jensen, Peter S.; SØrensen, Helge Bjarup Dissing

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a fully automatic sleep scoring algorithm on the basis of a reproduction of new international sleep scoring criteria from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. A biomedical signal processing algorithm was developed, allowing for automatic sleep depth quantification of routine polysomnographic recordings through feature extraction, supervised probabilistic Bayesian classification, and heuristic rule-based smoothing. The performance of the algorithm was tested using 28 manually classified day-night polysomnograms from 18 normal subjects and 10 patients with Parkinson disease or multiple system atrophy. This led to quantification of automatic versus manual epoch-by-epoch agreement rates for both normals and abnormals. Resulting average agreement rates were 87.7% (Cohen's Kappa: 0.79) and 68.2% (Cohen's Kappa: 0.26) in the normal and abnormal group, respectively. Based on an observed reliability of the manual scorer of 92.5% (Cohen's Kappa: 0.87) in the normal group and 85.3% (Cohen's Kappa: 0.73) in the abnormal group, this study concluded that although the developed algorithm was capable of scoring normal sleep with an accuracy around the manual interscorer reliability, it failed in accurately scoring abnormal sleep as encountered for the Parkinson disease/multiple system atrophy patients.

  10. A score based on microscopic criteria proposed for analysis of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.

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    Verhulst, Priscilla; Devos, Patrick; Aubert, Sébastien; Buob, David; Cranshaw, Isaac; Do Cao, Christine; Pattou, François; Carnaille, Bruno; Wemeau, Jean-Louis; Leteurtre, Emmanuelle

    2008-03-01

    Morphologic examination is the gold standard for diagnosing papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). This diagnosis, especially for the follicular variant, may be variable even among experts. Our objective was to analyze the frequency of PTC microscopic criteria in a series of thyroid tumors including follicular adenoma (FA) and PTC to build a score which could constitute a novel way for microscopic analysis of such thyroid tumors. Sixty-six PTC and 66 FA were matched for age, sex, and thyroiditis. Two independent observers delineated the classical PTC microscopic criteria. PTC microscopic criteria were variably expressed in individual tumors. Under univariate analysis, all criteria were significantly more frequent in PTC than in FA (p25%, nuclear grooves, enlarged nuclei, ovoid nuclei >5% of tumor cells, and lack of polarization. Using linear discriminant analysis, these five criteria allowed us to build a scaled score. The score proposed did not allow the making of a definite distinction between FA and PTC in routine practice. It represents the variety of microscopic presentations of FA and PTC on the basis of a statistical analysis and could help in further evaluation of immunohistochemical or molecular markers. PMID:18239937

  11. Diffusion abnormality maps in demyelinating disease: Correlations with clinical scores

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    Background and purpose: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been explored as a noninvasive tool to assess pathology in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. However, the correlation between classical MRI measures and physical disability is modest in MS. The diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) MRI technique holds particular promise in this regard. The present study shows brain regions where FA and individual diffusivities abnormalities are present and check their correlations with physical disability clinical scores. Methods: Eight patients and 12 matched healthy controls were recruited. The Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite was administered. For MR-DTI acquisitions, a Genesis Signa 1.5T MR system, an EP/SE scanning sequence, 25 gradient directions were used. Results: Tract Based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) group comparisons showed reduced FA and increased individual diffusivities in several brain regions in patients. Significant correlations were found between FA and: EDSS, 9-HPT(NON)DOM and 25FW score; between ?2 and: P100 (r and l), 9-HPT(NON)DOM and 25FW; between ?3 and: 9-HPT(NON)DOM and 25FW score. Conclusions: Fractional anisotropy and individual radial diffusivities proved to be important markers of motor disabilities in MS patients when the disease duration mean and the disability scores values range are relatively high.

  12. Spectrophotometric skin measurements correlate with EORTC/RTOG-common toxicity criteria

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    Purpose: it was investigated whether the elementary EORTC/RTOG-CTC score (Common Toxicity Criteria) for radiotherapy skin reactions correlates with spectrophotometric measurements of the skin color. Patients, material, and methods: in 41 patients irradiated for unilateral breast cancer the regular scoring by CTC was done during radiotherapy. In parallel, a total of 4,920 spectrophotometric measurements to determine the skin color were performed at baseline, at the beginning of radiotherapy, and at 20, 40 and 60 Gy. The nonirradiated contralateral breast was used for control measurements. Results: as expected, the skin color (especially red) depended on the radiation dose applied to the skin. The objective spectrophotometric measurements were found to correlate well with the subjective CTC scores. Conclusion: for classification of acute radiation toxicity there seems to be no need to replace the common CTC scoring by technical methods. (orig.)

  13. A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) severity score based on case designation criteria

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    Baraniuk, James N.; Adewuyi, Oluwatoyin; Merck, Samantha Jean; Ali, Mushtaq; Ravindran, Murugan K.; Timbol, Christian R.; Rayhan, Rakib; Zheng, Yin; Le, Uyenphuong; Esteitie, Rania; Petrie, Kristina N.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome case designation criteria are scored as physicians’ subjective, nominal interpretations of patient fatigue, pain (headaches, myalgia, arthralgia, sore throat and lymph nodes), cognitive dysfunction, sleep and exertional exhaustion. Methods: Subjects self-reported symptoms using an anchored ordinal scale of 0 (no symptom), 1 (trivial complaints), 2 (mild), 3 (moderate), and 4 (severe). Fatigue of 3 or 4 distinguished “Fatigued” from “Not Fatigued”...

  14. Prediction of kidney transplant outcome by donor quality scoring systems: expanded criteria donor and deceased donor score.

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    Arnau, A; Rodrigo, E; Miñambres, E; Ruiz, J C; Ballesteros, M A; Piñera, C; Fernandez-Fresnedo, G; Palomar, R; Arias, M

    2012-11-01

    Due to disparity between organ supply and demand, use of kidneys from suboptimal donors has become increasingly common. Several donor quality systems have been developed to identify kidneys with an increased risk for graft dysfunction and loss. The purpose of our study was to compare the utility of deceased donor score (DDS) and expanded criteria donor (ECD) status to predict kidney transplant outcomes in a single center. We analysed 280 deceased donor renal transplantation procedures, collecting data from the prospectively maintained institutional database. Kidney transplant outcome variable included delayed graft function, 1-year glomerular filtration rate (GFR1y), and death-censored graft loss (DCGL). Kidneys were obtained from marginal donors in 45.7% of transplant recipients by DDS and in 24.9% by ECD. DDS-defined marginal donors suffered delayed graft function (DGF) more frequently than nonmarginal donors (40.8% vs 25.0%; P = .006), whereas ECD did not develop DGF at a greater rate. GFR1Y was significantly worse among patients receiving kidneys from marginal donors: DDS 40.3 ± 12.9 vs 57.7 ± 19.4 mL/min/1.73 m(2) (P donor category defined by DDS (grade D) showed an independently worse death-censored graft survival hazard rate [HR] 2.661, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.076-6.582; P = .034). DDS and ECD scoring systems are based on donor information available at the time of transplantation that predict 1-year graft function. Moreover in our center, DDS was better to predict DGF and death-censored graft survival than ECD. PMID:23146452

  15. Evaluation of utility in shoulder pathology: Correlating the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and Constant scores to the EuroQoL

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    Blaine T Bafus

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To study whether health utility scores can be derived from shoulder-specific scores. METHODS: Authors investigated two questions: (1 do the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES score and the Constant score correlate with the EuroQoL (EQ-5D, a measure of health utility? (2 can the ASES and Constant scores be obtained from a complete study sample without bias? Thirty subjects with various shoulder diagnoses completed ASES, Constant, and EQ-5D instruments. Pearson correlations were calculated to assess the associations between EQ-5D score and ASES and Constant scores. RESULTS: The correlation between EQ-5D score and ASES score was 0.60 (P < 0.001; it was 0.54 for EQ-5D and Constant scores (P < 0.003. A multiple regression model containing ASES score, Constant score, age, and gender failed to adequately predict EQ-5D. Moreover, 25% of patients meeting the inclusion criteria did not complete the ASES questionnaire because they did not feel that specific questions, such as “do usual sport - list” and “throw ball overhand,” applied to them. CONCLUSION: Authors’ results do not support the use of the ASES and Constant scores in predicting EuroQol health utility values. However, the Constant score was more suitable for this patient population because all patients were able to complete it.

  16. The relationship between the ability to identify evaluation criteria and integrity test scores

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    Ko?nig, Cornelius J.; Melchers, Klaus G.; MARTIN KLEINMANN; Richter, Gerald M.; UTE-CHRISTINE KLEHE

    2006-01-01

    It has been argued that applicants who have the ability to identify what kind of behavior is evaluated positively in a personnel selection situation can use this information to adapt their behavior accordingly. Although this idea has been tested for assessment centers and structured interviews, it has not been studied with regard to integrity tests (or other personality tests). Therefore, this study tested whether candidates’ ability to identify evaluation criteria (ATIC) correlates with th...

  17. Clinical utility of the new ASAS criteria for spondyloarthritis and the disease activity score.

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    Castillo-Gallego, Concepción; Aydin, Sibel Z; Marzo-Ortega, Helena

    2011-10-01

    The advent of new therapeutic agents that are efficacious in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis and related spondyloarthropathies has highlighted important unmet needs in our understanding of these conditions. Chief among these is the possibility of making a diagnosis at the early, nonradiographic phase, when the burden of disease is substantial and comparable to that of more advanced stages. The new Assessments in Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) classification criteria provide a unique tool to allow research standardization in this area and may also be of clinical utility. The development of the disease activity index ASDAS (Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score) aims to provide a composite measure that can discriminate and show sensitivity to change while incorporating measurable biomarkers. Both instruments represent a major step forward in the research field of spondyloarthritis, although further validation is now required. PMID:21748416

  18. Diagnostic accuracy of modified kenneth jones scoring criteria (mkjsc) in confirmed cases of tuberculosis in children

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    Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is a granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The gold standard for the diagnosis of tuberculosis is detection of Mycobacterium tubercle bacilli. However, clinical scoring systems are most widely used for the diagnosis of TB in children. Objective: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of modified Kenneth Jones scoring criteria (MKJSC) in conformed cases of tuberculosis. Methodology: This cross-sectional comparative study was conducted in the department of Paediatrics, King Edward Medical University / Mayo Hospital, Lahore from January to June 2007. One hundred children below 15 years of age were enrolled. They were diagnosed as suspected cases of TB on the basis of fever and cough for more than 15 days. MKJSC was applied and each child was subjected to confirmatory test for TB. Results: There was an overall male preponderance of 54%. The mean age of study population was 1.8 +- 0.7 years. Out of 100 children, 66% were diagnosed as TB cases (23 with confirmatory tests and 43 with MKJSC of 5 or more). Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value of MKJSC was 73.91%, 44.16%, 28.33%, and 85% respectively. Diagnostic accuracy of MKJSC was 51%. Conclusion: Present study does not support the hypothesis that MKJSC is a good alternative to confirmatory tests to diagnose tuberculosis in children. However, MKJSC is a simple tool, which can be applied to improve the case detection rate in the absence of sophisticated tests. (author)

  19. Correlation of Pain Scores, Analgesic Use, and Beck Anxiety Inventory Scores During Hospitalization in Lower Extremity Amputees

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    Trame, Cathy D.; Greene, Erin; Moddeman, Gail; Booth, Branyan A.; Konstantakos, Emmanuel K.; Parada, Stephen; Siebuhr, Karl; Laughlin, Richard T.

    2008-01-01

    Post amputation pain can be debilitating for patients and families. Chronic pain is a common phenomenon after lower extremity amputation, occurring in up to 80% of this population. The purpose of this pilot study was to correlate post amputation pain scores to opioid analgesic consumption and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) scores. Twenty-three patients with lower extremity amputation at an 827-bed acute care inner-city hospital were surveyed pre-operatively and post-operatively to determine if ...

  20. Apparent diffusion coefficient ratio correlates significantly with prostate cancer gleason score at final pathology

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    Boesen, Lars; Chabanova, Elizaveta

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the correlation between apparent diffusion coefficient measurements (ADCtumor and ADCratio ) and the Gleason score from radical prostatectomy specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-one patients with clinically localized prostate cancer scheduled for radical prostatectomy were prospectively enrolled. Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed prior to prostatectomy and mean ADC values from both cancerous (ADCtumor ) and benign (ADCbenign ) tissue were measured to calculate the ADCratio (ADCtumor divided by ADCbenign ). The ADC measurements were correlated with the Gleason score from the prostatectomy specimens. RESULTS: The association between ADC measurements and Gleason score showed a significant negative correlation (P?score for all tumors (P?=?0.001). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed an overall area under the curve (AUC) of 0.73 (ADCtumor ) to 0.80 (ADCratio ) in discriminating Gleason score 6 from Gleason score ?7 tumors. The AUC changed to 0.72 (ADCtumor ) and 0.90 (ADCratio ) when discriminating Gleason score ?7(3+4) from Gleason score ?7(4+3). CONCLUSION: ADC measurements showed a significant correlation with tumor Gleason score at final pathology. The ADCratio demonstrated the best correlation compared to the ADCtumor value and radically improved accuracy in discriminating Gleason score ?7(3+4) from Gleason score ?7(4+3) tumors. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2014.

  1. SCORE: a novel multi-criteria decision analysis approach to assessing the sustainability of contaminated land remediation.

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    Rosén, Lars; Back, Pär-Erik; Söderqvist, Tore; Norrman, Jenny; Brinkhoff, Petra; Norberg, Tommy; Volchko, Yevheniya; Norin, Malin; Bergknut, Magnus; Döberl, Gernot

    2015-04-01

    The multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) method provides for a comprehensive and transparent basis for performing sustainability assessments. Development of a relevant MCDA-method requires consideration of a number of key issues, e.g. (a) definition of assessment boundaries, (b) definition of performance scales, both temporal and spatial, (c) selection of relevant criteria (indicators) that facilitate a comprehensive sustainability assessment while avoiding double-counting of effects, and (d) handling of uncertainties. Adding to the complexity is the typically wide variety of inputs, including quantifications based on existing data, expert judgements, and opinions expressed in interviews. The SCORE (Sustainable Choice Of REmediation) MCDA-method was developed to provide a transparent assessment of the sustainability of possible remediation alternatives for contaminated sites relative to a reference alternative, considering key criteria in the economic, environmental, and social sustainability domains. The criteria were identified based on literature studies, interviews and focus-group meetings. SCORE combines a linear additive model to rank the alternatives with a non-compensatory approach to identify alternatives regarded as non-sustainable. The key strengths of the SCORE method are as follows: a framework that at its core is designed to be flexible and transparent; the possibility to integrate both quantitative and qualitative estimations on criteria; its ability, unlike other sustainability assessment tools used in industry and academia, to allow for the alteration of boundary conditions where necessary; the inclusion of a full uncertainty analysis of the results, using Monte Carlo simulation; and a structure that allows preferences and opinions of involved stakeholders to be openly integrated into the analysis. A major insight from practical application of SCORE is that its most important contribution may be that it initiates a process where criteria otherwise likely ignored are addressed and openly discussed between stakeholders. PMID:25594905

  2. Ultrafast CT scoring system for assessing bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Reproducibility and clinical correlation

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    To evaluate the reproducibility of the Ultrafast CT (UFCT) scoring system and assess its usefulness in monitoring clinical severity in infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). UFCT scoring was done in 22 infants (15 boys and 7 girls aged 1 to 37 months) with BPD. A total of 258 lung fields were evaluated for the presence of hyperaeration, linear opacities, triangular subpleural opacities, and bronchovascular bundle distortion or thickening, and UFCT scores were given. Intraobserver and interobserver agreement and reproducibility of UFCT scores were statistically analyzed. In 12 patients, UFCT scores were linearly correlated with clinical severity scores based on respiratory dysfunction and complexity of care. 'Hyperaeration,' which was the most frequent (18 of 22, 81.8%) finding, showed high concordance (?=0.73, p<0.001, ?=0.59, p<0.001), and its UFCT scores significantly correlated with intraobserver and interobserver analyses (r=0.94, p<0.001, r=0.82, p<0.001, respectively). UFCT scores for hyperaeration significantly correlated with clinical scores (r=0.75, p<0.01), whereas those for the others did not. UFCT is useful for assessing BPD. Hyperaeration was the most common and reproducible finding, and its extent significantly correlated with clinical severity. (author)

  3. Correlations Between Chiropractic National Board (Part I) Scores and Basic Science Course Grades and Related Data.

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    Wolfenberger, Virginia

    1999-01-01

    A study at one institution found significant correlations between students' scores on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners test and academic achievement data. Results indicate that it is not always course subject matter that influences the relationship between course grade and board scores, but may instead be the ability to assimilate…

  4. Correlated Errors in True Score Models and Their Effect on Coefficient Alpha.

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    Green, Samuel B.; Hershberger, Scott L.

    2000-01-01

    Proposes true score models that can account for correlated errors and their effect on coefficient alpha. These models allow random measurement errors on earlier items to affect directly or indirectly the scores on later items. Conditions under which coefficient alpha may yield spuriously high estimates or reliability are discussed. (SLD)

  5. CEEB SAT Mathematic Scores and Their Correlation With College Performance in Math.

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    Grougeon, Deborah

    1985-01-01

    This study investigated whether the constant decline in Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) mathematics scores since 1963 reflected a decrease in student mathematical ability or the SAT's inadequacy in measuring mathematical ability. Findings indicated a very low correlation between SAT math scores and overall college math grades of six graduating…

  6. THE INFLUENCE OF PRIOR EXPERIENCE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF SCORING CRITERIA FOR ESL COMPOSITIONS: A CASE STUDY

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    Usman Erdosy, M.

    2001-01-01

    Before a principled explanation of variability in raters' judgements of ESL compositions can be offered, the process of constructing scoring criteria and the manner in which prior experience enters this process must be analyzed. Therefore, utilizing protocol and intewiew data collected in the context of a comparative study, a case study will describe how one experienced rater dealt with the following operations while assessing a corpus of 60 TOEFL essays: establishing the purpose of assessmen...

  7. Malnutrition-Inflammation Score and Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients: Is There Any Correlation?

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    Sohrabi, Zahra; Eftekhari, Mohammad Hassan; Eskandari, Mohammad Hadi; Rezaeianzadeh, Abbas; Sagheb, Mohammad Mahdi

    2015-01-01

    Background: Malnutrition, inflammation and poor quality of life are prevalent among hemodialysis (HD) patients. Health-related quality of life is an important determinant of hospitalization and mortality in HD patients. Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between quality of life and malnutrition-inflammation status according to subjective global assessment (SGA) and malnutrition-inflammation scores (MIS) in HD patients. Patients and Methods: We randomly selected 87 of 180 stable HD patients from two HD centers. Those on hemodialysis for at least three months and with malnutrition according to the SGA scores were included in this study. They were divided into two groups of mild to moderate malnutrition (n = 39) and severe malnutrition (n = 49) based on the SGA scores. Serum levels of transferrin, albumin, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, kt/v, body mass index and malnutrition-inflammation scores were measured in all patients. Health-related quality of life was assessed by validated short form-12 (SF-12) questionnaire for each patient. These values were compared between the two groups of patients by independent sample t-test and Mann-Whitney U test. The correlations of nutritional variables with SGA and MIS scores were determined by Pearson and Spearman correlation tests. Results: There were no differences in measured parameters between the two groups except for MIS scores. Those with severe malnutrition showed higher MIS scores. All quality of life aspects and total scores (PCS, MCS) (rather than social functioning (SF) aspect) were significantly different between the two groups, which showed lower physical and mental scores in severely-malnourished patients. Physical functioning (PF), role limitations due to physical heath (RP), general health (GH), mental health (MH), SF, role limitation due to emotional health (RE), vitality (VT) aspects and total scores (PCS and MCS) had negative significant correlations with MIS and SGA scores (All P values < 0.05). No correlation was found between MIS and SGA scores and other measured variables. Conclusions: This study focused on important effects of malnutrition and inflammation on health-related quality of life aspects, both physically and mentally in HD patients. SGA and MIS are highly correlated with quality of life in HD patients.

  8. High resolution CT in children with cystic fibrosis: correlation with pulmonary functions and radiographic scores

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    Objective: To compare the high resolution CT (HRCT) scores of the Bhalla system with pulmonary function tests and radiographic and clinical points of the Shwachman-Kulczycki clinical scoring system. Methods: HRCT of the chest was obtained in 40 children to assess the role of HRCT in evaluating bronchopulmonary pathology in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). The HRCT severity scores of the Bhalla system were compared with chest radiographic and clinical points of the Shwachman-Kulczycki scoring system and pulmonary function tests. Only 14 of the patients older than 6 years cooperated with spirometry. Results: HRCT scores correlated well with radiographic points (r=0.80, P1 (r=0.66, P=0.01). Although radiographic points correlated significantly with FVC (r=0.61, P=0.02) and FEV1 (r=0.56, P=0.04), HRCT provides a more precise scoring than the chest X-ray. Conclusion: The HRCT scoring system may provide a sensitive method of monitoring pulmonary disease status and may replace the radiographic scoring in the Shwachman-Kulczycki system. It may be helpful especially in follow-up of small children too young to cooperate with spirometry

  9. Correlated physical and mental health summary scores for the SF-36 and SF-12 Health Survey, V.1

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    Cunningham William E

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The SF-36 and SF-12 summary scores were derived using an uncorrelated (orthogonal factor solution. We estimate SF-36 and SF-12 summary scores using a correlated (oblique physical and mental health factor model. Methods We administered the SF-36 to 7,093 patients who received medical care from an independent association of 48 physician groups in the western United States. Correlated physical health (PCSc and mental health (MCSc scores were constructed by multiplying each SF-36 scale z-score by its respective scoring coefficient from the obliquely rotated two factor solution. PCSc-12 and MCSc-12 scores were estimated using an approach similar to the one used to derive the original SF-12 summary scores. Results The estimated correlation between SF-36 PCSc and MCSc scores was 0.62. There were far fewer negative factor scoring coefficients for the oblique factor solution compared to the factor scoring coefficients produced by the standard orthogonal factor solution. Similar results were found for PCSc-12, and MCSc-12 summary scores. Conclusion Correlated physical and mental health summary scores for the SF-36 and SF-12 derived from an obliquely rotated factor solution should be used along with the uncorrelated summary scores. The new scoring algorithm can reduce inconsistent results between the SF-36 scale scores and physical and mental health summary scores reported in some prior studies. (Subscripts C = correlated and UC = uncorrelated

  10. Attenuation of the Squared Canonical Correlation Coefficient under Varying Estimates of Score Reliability

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    Wilson, Celia M.

    2010-01-01

    Research pertaining to the distortion of the squared canonical correlation coefficient has traditionally been limited to the effects of sampling error and associated correction formulas. The purpose of this study was to compare the degree of attenuation of the squared canonical correlation coefficient under varying conditions of score reliability.…

  11. THE INFLUENCE OF PRIOR EXPERIENCE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF SCORING CRITERIA FOR ESL COMPOSITIONS: A CASE STUDY

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    M. Usman Erdosy

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Before a principled explanation of variability in raters' judgements of ESL compositions can be offered, the process of constructing scoring criteria and the manner in which prior experience enters this process must be analyzed. Therefore, utilizing protocol and intewiew data collected in the context of a comparative study, a case study will describe how one experienced rater dealt with the following operations while assessing a corpus of 60 TOEFL essays: establishing the purpose of assessment, developing a reading strategy to deal with a corpus of essays, and collecting context-specific information. Within each operation, the influence of background variables such as teaching and assessment experience will be examined, particularly on determining what type of information to collect, and on articulating expectations concerning test takers, test scores and the textual qualities of essays. The results of the study will be used to specific directions for future research into explaining inter-rater variability.

  12. MR imaging of acute pancreatitis: Correlation of abdominal wall edema with severity scores

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    Yang, Ru, E-mail: yangru0904@163.com [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Jing, Zong Lin, E-mail: jzl325@163.com [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Zhang, Xiao Ming, E-mail: zhangxm@nsmc.edu.cn [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Tang, Wei, E-mail: tw-n-g-up@163.com [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Xiao, Bo, E-mail: xiaoboimaging@163.com [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Huang, Xiao Hua, E-mail: nc_hxh1966@yahoo.com.cn [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Yang, Lin, E-mail: llinyangmd@163.com [Sichuan Key laboratory of Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China); Feng, Zhi Song, E-mail: fengzhisong@medmail.com.cn [Department of Gastroenterology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637000 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Objective: To study MRI findings of abdominal wall edema (AWE) in acute pancreatitis as well as correlations between AWE and the severity of acute pancreatitis according to the MR severity index (MRSI) and the Acute Physiology And Chronic Healthy Evaluation III (APACHE III) scoring system. Materials and methods: A total of 160 patients with AP admitted to our institution between December 2009 and March 2011 were included in this study. MRI was performed within 48 h after admission. MRI findings of acute pancreatitis were noted, including AWE on the MRI. The abdominal wall area was divided into quarters, and each area involved was recorded as 1 point to score the severity of AWE. The severity of acute pancreatitis was studied using both the MRSI and the APACHE III scoring system. Spearman correlation of AWE with the MRSI and the APACHE III scoring system was analyzed. Results: In 160 patients with acute pancreatitis, 53.8% had AWE on MRI. The average AWE score was 1.2 {+-} 1.4 points. The prevalence of AWE was 30.5%, 64.5% and 100% in mild, moderate and severe AP, respectively, according to MRSI. AWE on MRI was correlated with MRSI scores (r = 0.441, p = 0.000). According to APACHE III scores, the averages were 2.0 {+-} 1.1 and 2.6 {+-} 1.1 points in mild AP and severe AP, respectively (P = 0.016). AWE was slightly correlated with the APACHE III scores (r = 0.222, p = 0.005). Conclusion: AWE on MRI in acute pancreatitis is common, which may be a supplementary indicator in determining the severity of AP.

  13. MR imaging of acute pancreatitis: Correlation of abdominal wall edema with severity scores

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    Objective: To study MRI findings of abdominal wall edema (AWE) in acute pancreatitis as well as correlations between AWE and the severity of acute pancreatitis according to the MR severity index (MRSI) and the Acute Physiology And Chronic Healthy Evaluation III (APACHE III) scoring system. Materials and methods: A total of 160 patients with AP admitted to our institution between December 2009 and March 2011 were included in this study. MRI was performed within 48 h after admission. MRI findings of acute pancreatitis were noted, including AWE on the MRI. The abdominal wall area was divided into quarters, and each area involved was recorded as 1 point to score the severity of AWE. The severity of acute pancreatitis was studied using both the MRSI and the APACHE III scoring system. Spearman correlation of AWE with the MRSI and the APACHE III scoring system was analyzed. Results: In 160 patients with acute pancreatitis, 53.8% had AWE on MRI. The average AWE score was 1.2 ± 1.4 points. The prevalence of AWE was 30.5%, 64.5% and 100% in mild, moderate and severe AP, respectively, according to MRSI. AWE on MRI was correlated with MRSI scores (r = 0.441, p = 0.000). According to APACHE III scores, the averages were 2.0 ± 1.1 and 2.6 ± 1.1 points in mild AP and severe AP, respectively (P = 0.016). AWE was slightly correlated with the APACHE III scores (r = 0.222, p = 0.005). Conclusion: AWE on MRI in acute pancreatitis is common, which may be a supplementary indicator in determining the severity of AP.

  14. Intuitive sense of number correlates with math scores on college-entrance examination.

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    Libertus, Melissa E; Odic, Darko; Halberda, Justin

    2012-11-01

    Many educated adults possess exact mathematical abilities in addition to an approximate, intuitive sense of number, often referred to as the Approximate Number System (ANS). Here we investigate the link between ANS precision and mathematics performance in adults by testing participants on an ANS-precision test and collecting their scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a standardized college-entrance exam in the USA. In two correlational studies, we found that ANS precision correlated with SAT-Quantitative (i.e., mathematics) scores. This relationship remained robust even when controlling for SAT-Verbal scores, suggesting a small but specific relationship between our primitive sense for number and formal mathematical abilities. PMID:23098904

  15. Firing patterns of pallidal cells in parkinsonian patients correlate with their pre-pallidotomy clinical scores.

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    El-Deredy, W; Branston, N M; Samuel, M; Schrag, A; Rothwell, J C; Thomas, D G; Quinn, N P

    2000-10-20

    It is unclear how the disordered activity of cells in the basal ganglia contributes to the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). We recorded from single neurons extracellularly in 3 regions of the globus pallidus (GPe, GPie and GPii) in patients undergoing pallidotomy for PD. Movement-related cell firing patterns, analysed using hidden Markov models, were significantly correlated with patients' preoperative clinical scores (off drugs). Responses of cells in GPii correlated best with the scores for specific motor tasks, rather than general ones related to activities of daily living, but the reverse was true for responses from GPe. In both GPii and GPe, a higher score (i.e. greater parkinsonian severity) was associated with greater variability in cell firing rather than an increase in firing rate itself. PMID:11059912

  16. Intuitive Sense of Number Correlates With Math Scores on College-Entrance Examination

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    2012-01-01

    Many educated adults possess exact mathematical abilities in addition to an approximate, intuitive sense of number, often referred to as the Approximate Number System (ANS). Here we investigate the link between ANS precision and mathematics performance in adults by testing participants on an ANS-precision test and collecting their scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a standardized college-entrance exam in the USA. In two correlational studies, we found that ANS precision correlated ...

  17. Assessment of arthritis in rats with CIA: : Correlation between thermographic measurements and clinical score.

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    Jasemian, Yousef

    Thermography is the technique of measuring natural thermal radiation from body tissues of clinical interest. It is safe, requires no control of environmental conditions and non invasive. Our study was designed to evaluate a physiological parameter, joint surface temperature, measured with computerized digital infrared thermal imaging, and its association with stages of clinical scores in a rat collagen induced arthritis model. Arthritis was induced with collagen immunization in eight Lewis rats.  Four of the animals were treated with dexamethasone as a negative control. Disease progression was monitored by paw edema and body weight. On the basis of paw edema a clinical score was given each paw of the animals involved in the study. The mean temperature of a region covering the metatarsal joint was compared with a reference area on the back of the same rat. The temperature ratios were compared with the clinical score. The mean joint temperature increased with increasing clinical severity in the acute stage of the disease and there was a correlation between temperature ratio and clinical scores. Joints were warmer at higher score and lower in normal score.  The preliminary data indicates that thermography may be a potent supplemental clinical parameter in the evaluation of the severity of the arthritis in the acute stage and further investigations are underway to evaluate the thermographic assessment of the disease progress and response to therapeutic intervention.

  18. Correlation Between Umbilical Cord pH and Apgar Score in High-Risk Pregnancy

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    Mahmood Hajiahmadi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective:The Apgar score as a proven useful tool for rapid assessment of the neonate is often poorly correlated with other indicators of intrapartum neonatal well-being. This study was carried out to determine the correlation between umbilical cord pH and Apgar score in high-risk pregnancies. Methods:This is a prospective cross-sectional, analytic study performed on 96 mother-fetal pairs during 2004-2005 at Shahid Yahyanejad hospital, which is affiliated to Babol University of Medical Sciences. Apgar score at 1 and 5 minutes after birth was taken and an umbilical cord blood gas analysis was done immediately after birth in both groups. Mothers came with a labor pain and were divided into high-risk and low risk if they have had any perinatal risk factors. Other data like gestational age, birth weight, need for resuscitation and admission to the newborn ward or NICU was gathered by a questionnaire for comparison between the two groups. P-value less than 0.05 was considered being significant. Findings:The gestational age and birth weight were the same in high-risk and low risk mothers. Mean umbilical artery blood pH in high-risk mothers was significantly lower than in low risk mothers (P=0.004. Mean Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes were significantly lower in high-risk mothers than in low risk mothers (P<0.05. According to the Kendal correlation coefficient there was no significant correlation between Apgar score at 1 and 5 minutes and umbilical cord pH in low risk group (r=0.212, P=0.1. But in high-risk group there was significant correlation between Apgar score at 1st and 5th minute and the umbilical cord pH (r=0.01, P=0.036 and r=0.176, P=0.146, respectively. Conclusion:Combination of Apgar score and umbilical cord pH measurement in high-risk pregnant mother could better detect jeopardized baby.

  19. Accurate detection of BRAF p.V600E mutations in challenging melanoma specimens requires stringent immunohistochemistry scoring criteria or sensitive molecular assays.

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    Fisher, Kevin E; Cohen, Cynthia; Siddiqui, Momin T; Palma, John F; Lipford, Edward H; Longshore, John W

    2014-11-01

    Malignant melanoma patients require BRAF mutation testing prior to initiating BRAF inhibitor therapy. Molecular testing remains the diagnostic gold standard, but recent work suggests that BRAF immunohistochemistry (IHC) confers comparable results. Sample attributes and scoring criteria that may affect BRAF IHC interpretation, however, are poorly defined. We investigated formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples with variable challenging interpretative attributes: metastases, core needle biopsies, sample tissues less than 60 mm(2), samples with greater than 50% necrosis, and/or samples with greater than 10% melanin pigmentation. Three pathologists independently scored 122 BRAF V600E IHC-labeled melanoma samples for percentage (0%-100%) of staining intensity (0-3+). Interscorer BRAF IHC discrepancies were resolved by consensus review. Lenient (?1+, >0%) and stringent (?2+, ?10%) IHC scoring criteria were compared to BRAF V600 mutation (cobas) results (n = 118). Specimens with greater than 10% melanin pigmentation and metastatic samples produced the majority of interobserver IHC and IHC/cobas scoring discrepancies. Consensus review using stringent scoring criteria decreased the number of discrepant results, yielded very good interobserver reproducibility, and improved specificity and positive predictive value for BRAF p.V600E detection. BRAF p.V600K mutations accounted for 57.1% of false-negative IHC results when stringent, consensus criteria scoring were used. The cobas test detected 75.0% (8/12) of BRAF IHC-negative BRAF p.V600K mutations confirmed by next-generation sequencing. Molecular BRAF testing is the preferred screening test for BRAF inhibitor therapy eligibility because of superior sensitivity in challenging interpretative melanoma specimens. However, BRAF V600E IHC has excellent specificity and positive predictive value when stringent, consensus scoring criteria are implemented. To decrease IHC scoring discrepancies, pathologists should interpret metastatic and pigmented samples with caution. PMID:25228337

  20. Correlations of visual scores, carcass traits, feed efficiency and retail product yield in Nellore cattle

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    Paulo Henrique, Cancian; Rodrigo da Costa, Gomes; Fernando Ricardo, Manicardi; Andrea Cristina, Ianni; Marina de Nadai, Bonin; Paulo Roberto, Leme; Saulo da Luz e, Silva.

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The growing use of visual scores (VS) and ultrasound (US) for carcass evaluation in breeding programs, calls for a knowledge of the relationships between these traits and other relevant characteristics, such as feed efficiency and production of commercial cuts. The objective of this study was to eva [...] luate correlations between body visual scores and carcass traits identified by ultrasound (US) and feed efficiency (FE), carcass weight (HCW), dressing percentage (DP) and retail product yield (RPY) in beef cattle. Nellore cattle (male), 42 non-castrated [NCAST] and 44 castrated [CAST]) were evaluated by both VS and US, at the postweaning (15-month old) and finishing phases (21-month old). Visual scores of conformation (C), precocity (P) and muscling (M) were assessed and the backfat thickness (UBFT), rump fat thickness (URFT) and ribeye area (UREA) were measured by ultrasound. Gain-to-feed (G:F) ratio and residual feed intake (RFI) were measured in feedlot. Hot carcass weight, DP and RPY were determined at harvest. Non-castrated cattle had greater HCW and RPY but lower UBFT and URFT than CAST. Postweaning VS and US were poorly correlated with FE in both sexual conditions. Finishing VS were negatively correlated with G:F in CAST and finishing URFT was negatively correlated with RPY in NCAST. The relationship of VS and US with feed efficiency and meat yield is affected by age at the date of evaluation and by castration. Feed efficiency is not related to the yield of meat cuts in Nellore cattle

  1. Prostate cancer staging with extracapsular extension risk scoring using multiparametric MRI : a correlation with histopathology

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    Boesen, Lars; Chabanova, Elizaveta

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of preoperative multiparametric MRI with extracapsular extension (ECE) risk-scoring in the assessment of prostate cancer tumour stage (T-stage) and prediction of ECE at final pathology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-seven patients with clinically localised prostate cancer scheduled for radical prostatectomy were prospectively enrolled. Multiparametric MRI was performed prior to prostatectomy, and evaluated according to the ESUR MR prostate guidelines by two different readers. An MRI clinical T-stage (cTMRI), an ECE risk score, and suspicion of ECE based on tumour characteristics and personal opinion were assigned. Histopathological prostatectomy results were standard reference. RESULTS: Histopathology and cTMRI showed a spearman rho correlation of 0.658 (p?scoring showed an AUC of 0.65-0.86 on ROC-curve for both readers, with sensitivity and specificity of 81 % and 78 % at best cutoff level (reader A), respectively. When tumour characteristics were influenced by personal opinion, the sensitivity and specificity for prediction of ECE changed to 61 %-74 % and 77 %-88 % for the readers, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Multiparametric MRI with ECE risk-scoring is an accurate diagnostic technique in determining prostate cancer clinical tumour stage and ECE at final pathology. KEY POINTS: • Multiparametric MRI is an accurate diagnostic technique for preoperative prostate cancer staging • ECE risk scoring predicts extracapsular tumour extension at final pathology • ECE risk scoring shows an AUC of 0.86 on the ROC-curve • ECE risk scoring shows a moderate inter-reader agreement (K?=?0.45) • Multiparametric MRI provides essential knowledge for optimal clinical management.

  2. Correlation between Air Trapping Scoring and Spirometric Findings in Sulfur Mustard Exposed Patients

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    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Pulmonary complains (acute and chronic are known complications of exposure to sulfur mustard gas that for evaluation of them multiple paraclinical methods as HRCT and spirometry were used. HRCT is preferred to plain chest X-ray and conventional CT scan because better detection of both parenchymal and airway abnormalities such as bronchectasia and air trapping. Expiratory HRCT is considered as the imaging modality of choice for evaluation of air trapping."nPatients and Methods: In this study we reviewed medical records of 36 patients with documented exposure to sulfur mustard in Iran-Iraq war in order to evaluate correlation between air trapping scoring and spirometric findings."nResults: In all HRCTs air trapping was present with score ranging from 2 to 18 and mean (±SD was 7.5 (4.2 . Nineteen cases had score over than six that suggest bronchiolitis obliterans. Spirometric indices as patient FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC, MMEF and their percentage to mean values were obtained. We found no correlation between air trapping scoring and spirometric parameters according to r and p-values obtained by SPSS software. "nConclusion: HRCT can be diagnosed bronchiolitis obliterans in earlier stages than spirometry.

  3. Correlation criteria for Bell type inequalities and entanglement detection

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    Li, C M; Chen, Y N; Chuu, D S; Hsu, L Y; Lin, W Y; Brandes, Tobias; Chen, Yueh-Nan; Chuu, Der-San; Hsu, Li-Yi; Li, Che-Ming; Lin, Wei-Yang

    2006-01-01

    We provide a novel criterion for identifying quantum correlation, which allows us to find connections between Bell type inequalities, entanglement detection, and correlation. We utilize the criterion to construct witness operators that can detect genuine multi-qubit entanglement with fewer local measurements. The connection between identifications of quantum correlation and Mermin's inequality is discussed. Detection of genuine four-level tripartite entanglement with two local measurement settings is shown in the same manner. Further, through the criterion of quantum correlation, we derive a new Bell inequality for arbitrary high-dimensional bipartite systems, which requires fewer analyses of the measured outcomes.

  4. Patients Prefer Boarding in Inpatient Hallways: Correlation with the National Emergency Department Overcrowding Score

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    Richards, John R.; Gal Ozery; Mark Notash; Sokolove, Peter E.; Derlet, Robert W.; Panacek, Edward A.

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    Objective. The boarding of patients in Emergency Department (ED) hallways when no inpatient beds are available is a major cause of ED crowding. One solution is to board admitted patients in an inpatient rather than ED hallway. We surveyed patients to determine their preference and correlated their responses to real-time National Emergency Department Overcrowding Score (NEDOCS). Methods. This was a survey of admitted patients in the ED of an urban university level I trauma center serving a com...

  5. Correlation between psychometric test scores and learning tying of surgical reef knots.

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    Dashfield, A. K.; Lambert, A W; Campbell, J. K.; Wilkins, D C

    2001-01-01

    We have investigated the correlation between the scores attained on a computerised psychometric test, measuring psychomotor aptitude and learning tying of a surgical reef knot. Fifteen surgical trainees performed a test of psychomotor aptitude (ADTRACK 2) from the MICROPAT testing system. They then performed a simple test of their ability to tie a surgical reef knot and were assessed by a panel of experts prior to embarking on a standardised course of instruction and practice session. The kno...

  6. A Clinical Prediction Score in Addition to WHO Criteria for Anti-Retroviral Treatment Failure in Resource-Limited Settings - Experience from Lesotho

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    Labhardt, Niklaus Daniel; Lejone, Thabo; Setoko, Matse'liso; Poka, Matalenyane; Ehmer, Jochen; Pfeiffer, Karolin; Kiuvu, Patrice Zinga; Lynen, Lutgarde

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    Objective To assess the positive predictive value (PPV) of a clinical score for viral failure among patients fulfilling the WHO-criteria for anti-retroviral treatment (ART) failure in rural Lesotho. Methods Patients fulfilling clinical and/or immunological WHO failure-criteria were enrolled. The score includes the following predictors: Prior ART exposure (1 point), CD4-count below baseline (1), 25% and 50% drop from peak CD4-count (1 and 2), hemoglobin drop?1 g/dL (1), CD4 count40 copies (95%CI: 84–100), and of 90% to detect a VL?5000 copies (70–97). Within the score, adherence<95%, CD4-count<100/µl and papular pruritic eruption were the strongest single predictors. Among 47 patients failing, 8 (17%) died before or within 4 weeks after being switched. Overall mortality was 4 (20%) among those with score?5 and 4 (5%) if score<5 (OR 4.3; 95%CI: 0.96–18.84, p?=?0.057). Conclusion A score?5 among patients fulfilling WHO-criteria had a PPV of 100% for a detectable VL and 90% for viral failure. In settings without regular access to VL-testing, this PPV may be considered high enough to switch this patient-group to second-line treatment without confirmatory VL-test. PMID:23118910

  7. Evaluation of cytogenetic damage in workers exposed to microwave radiation of GEM radar using new criteria in scoring micronucleus test

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    The cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay is one of the standard cytogenetic tools employed in the assessment of chromosomal damage subsequent to the exposure to genotoxic/cytotoxic agents on human cells. Within the frame of this study, the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay was used to assess the baseline cytogenetic damage in binuclear lymphocytes in workers occupationally exposed to microwave radiation of GEM radar by virtue of measuring the frequency of micronuclei, nucleoplasmic bridges and nuclear buds. Microwave radiation of GEM radar equipment acts within microwave field of 10 ?W/cm2 to 10 mW/cm2 and frequency range of 1.5 GHz to 10.9 GHz that has contradictory cytogenetic effect on human cells and DNA molecule. For that reason we used new criteria in scoring micronucleus assay that allows us to measure nucleoplasmic bridges and nuclear buds in addition to micronucleus frequency for more accurate effect on possible damage on the level of the cells. Parameters of the micronucleus test were studied in workers occupationally exposed to microwave radiation of GEM radar and in corresponding unexposed control subjects. It was found that in the subjects who were occupationally exposed to microwave radiation, the levels of micronuclei increased and showed interindividual variations. In addition, new parameters that were measured; nucleoplasmic bridges and nuclear buds, were detected in exposed group in compare to control group that did not showompare to control group that did not shown this type of damage. Differences between mean group values were statistically significant (P<0.05). Our study indicates that micronucleus assay is a very useful tool in the assessment of cytogenetic damage of individuals exposed to microwave radiation of GEM radar equipment. On the basis of the micronucleus frequency and frequencies of nucleoplasmic bridges and nuclear buds, the micronucleus technique with an easy and short-term application and with an easy scoring can be used for detection of damage induced by this type of radiation. (author)

  8. Prostate cancer staging with extracapsular extension risk scoring using multiparametric MRI: a correlation with histopathology

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    Boesen, Lars; Mikines, Kari [Herlev University Hospital, Department of Urology, Herlev (Denmark); Chabanova, Elizaveta; Loegager, Vibeke; Thomsen, Henrik S. [Herlev University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Herlev (Denmark); Balslev, Ingegerd [Herlev University Hospital, Department of Pathology, Herlev (Denmark)

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    To evaluate the diagnostic performance of preoperative multiparametric MRI with extracapsular extension (ECE) risk-scoring in the assessment of prostate cancer tumour stage (T-stage) and prediction of ECE at final pathology. Eighty-seven patients with clinically localised prostate cancer scheduled for radical prostatectomy were prospectively enrolled. Multiparametric MRI was performed prior to prostatectomy, and evaluated according to the ESUR MR prostate guidelines by two different readers. An MRI clinical T-stage (cT{sub MRI}), an ECE risk score, and suspicion of ECE based on tumour characteristics and personal opinion were assigned. Histopathological prostatectomy results were standard reference. Histopathology and cT{sub MRI} showed a spearman rho correlation of 0.658 (p < 0.001) and a weighted kappa = 0.585 [CI 0.44;0.73](reader A). ECE was present in 31/87 (36 %) patients. ECE risk-scoring showed an AUC of 0.65-0.86 on ROC-curve for both readers, with sensitivity and specificity of 81 % and 78 % at best cutoff level (reader A), respectively. When tumour characteristics were influenced by personal opinion, the sensitivity and specificity for prediction of ECE changed to 61 %-74 % and 77 %-88 % for the readers, respectively. Multiparametric MRI with ECE risk-scoring is an accurate diagnostic technique in determining prostate cancer clinical tumour stage and ECE at final pathology. (orig.)

  9. Prostate cancer staging with extracapsular extension risk scoring using multiparametric MRI: a correlation with histopathology

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    To evaluate the diagnostic performance of preoperative multiparametric MRI with extracapsular extension (ECE) risk-scoring in the assessment of prostate cancer tumour stage (T-stage) and prediction of ECE at final pathology. Eighty-seven patients with clinically localised prostate cancer scheduled for radical prostatectomy were prospectively enrolled. Multiparametric MRI was performed prior to prostatectomy, and evaluated according to the ESUR MR prostate guidelines by two different readers. An MRI clinical T-stage (cTMRI), an ECE risk score, and suspicion of ECE based on tumour characteristics and personal opinion were assigned. Histopathological prostatectomy results were standard reference. Histopathology and cTMRI showed a spearman rho correlation of 0.658 (p < 0.001) and a weighted kappa = 0.585 [CI 0.44;0.73](reader A). ECE was present in 31/87 (36 %) patients. ECE risk-scoring showed an AUC of 0.65-0.86 on ROC-curve for both readers, with sensitivity and specificity of 81 % and 78 % at best cutoff level (reader A), respectively. When tumour characteristics were influenced by personal opinion, the sensitivity and specificity for prediction of ECE changed to 61 %-74 % and 77 %-88 % for the readers, respectively. Multiparametric MRI with ECE risk-scoring is an accurate diagnostic technique in determining prostate cancer clinical tumour stage and ECE at final pathology. (orig.)

  10. Correlacao do EuroSCORE com o surgimento de lesao renal aguda pos-operatoria em cirurgia cardiaca / Correlation of the EuroSCORE with the onset of postoperative acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery

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    Edmilson Bastos de, Moura; Saint-Clair Gomes, Bernardes Neto; Fabio Ferreira, Amorim; Renato Camargo, Viscardi.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar se há correlação entre valores do EuroSCORE e o risco de desenvolver lesão renal aguda em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia cardíaca. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo, realizado em hospital terciário, em pacientes consecutivos com indicação para abordagem cirúrgica cardíaca (val [...] vares, isquêmicas e congênitas) entre outubro de 2010 a julho de 2011. RESULTADOS: Foram avaliados cem pacientes. Destes, seis foram excluídos (cinco por doença renal ou terapia dialítica prévias e um devido a informações incompletas no prontuário médico). As principais indicações cirúrgicas foram revascularização miocárdica em 55 pacientes (58,5% dos casos) e trocas valvares em 28 pacientes (29,8%). Conforme o EuroSCORE, 55 pacientes foram classificados como risco alto (58,5%), 27 pacientes como risco médio (28,7%) e 12 pacientes como risco baixo (12,8%). No período pós-operatório, 31 pacientes (33%) evoluíram com aumento da creatinina sérica (18 (19,1%) RIFLE "R"; 7 (7,4%) RIFLE "I"; e 6 (6,5%) RIFLE "F"). Na amostra considerada de alto risco pelos critérios do EuroSCORE, 24 pacientes (43,6%) apresentaram comprometimento renal agudo. Nos pacientes classificados como de médio e de baixo risco, ocorreu lesão renal aguda em 18,5 e 16,6% dos casos, respectivamente. A associação entre a estratificação de risco (baixo, médio e alto) do EuroSCORE e o escore do RIFLE pós-operatório foi estatisticamente significante (p=0,03). CONCLUSÃO: Na população estudada, houve correlação estatisticamente significante entre o EuroSCORE e o risco de desenvolvimento de lesão renal aguda no pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the correlation between the European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation (EuroSCORE) score and the risk of developing acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery patients. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted at a tertiary hos [...] pital on consecutive cardiac surgery patients (e.g., valvular, ischemic and congenital heart diseases) between October 2010 and July 2011. RESULTS: One hundred patients were assessed. Among the 100 patients, six were excluded, including five because of prior kidney disease or dialysis therapy and one because of incomplete medical records. The primary surgical indications were myocardial revascularization in 55 patients (58.5% of cases) and valve replacement in 28 patients (29.8%). According to the EuroSCORE, 55 patients were classified as high risk (58.5%), 27 patients as medium risk (28.7%) and 12 patients as low risk (12.8%). In the postoperative period, patients were classified with the Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss and End-stage kidney disease (RIFLE) score. Among the 31 patients (33%) who displayed an increase in serum creatinine, 18 patients (19.1%) were classified as RIFLE "R" (risk), seven patients (7.4%) were classified as RIFLE "I" (injury) and six patients (6.5%) were classified as RIFLE "F" (failure). Among the patients who were considered to be high risk according to the EuroSCORE criteria, 24 patients (43.6%) showed acute kidney injury. Among the patients who were classified as medium or low risk, acute kidney injury occurred in 18.5 and 16.6% of the cases, respectively. The correlations between risk stratification (low, medium and high) and the EuroSCORE and postoperative RIFLE scores were statistically significant (p=0.03). CONCLUSION: In the studied population, there was a statistically significant correlation between the EuroSCORE and the risk of developing acute kidney injury in the postoperative period after cardiac surgery.

  11. National Institutes of Health chronic graft-versus-host disease staging in severely affected patients: organ and global scoring correlate with established indicators of disease severity and prognosis.

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    Baird, Kristin; Steinberg, Seth M; Grkovic, Lana; Pulanic, Drazen; Cowen, Edward W; Mitchell, Sandra A; Williams, Kirsten M; Datiles, Manuel B; Bishop, Rachel; Bassim, Carol W; Mays, Jacqueline W; Edwards, Dean; Cole, Kristen; Avila, Daniele N; Taylor, Tiffany; Urban, Amanda; Joe, Galen O; Comis, Leora E; Berger, Ann; Stratton, Pamela; Zhang, Dan; Shelhamer, James H; Gea-Banacloche, Juan C; Sportes, Claude; Fowler, Daniel H; Gress, Ronald E; Pavletic, Steven Z

    2013-04-01

    Between 2004 and 2010, 189 adult patients were enrolled on the National Cancer Institute's cross-sectional chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) natural history study. Patients were evaluated by multiple disease scales and outcome measures, including the 2005 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Project cGVHD severity scores. The purpose of this study was to assess the validity of the NIH scoring variables as determinants of disease severity in severely affected patients in efforts to standardize clinician evaluation and staging of cGVHD. Out of 189 patients enrolled, 125 met the criteria for severe cGVHD on the NIH global score, 62 of whom had moderate disease, with a median of 4 (range, 1-8) involved organs. Clinician-assigned average NIH organ score and the corresponding organ scores assigned by subspecialists were highly correlated (r = 0.64). NIH global severity scores showed significant associations with nearly all functional and quality of life outcome measures, including the Lee Symptom Scale, Short Form-36 Physical Component Scale, 2-minute walk, grip strength, range of motion, and Human Activity Profile. Joint/fascia, skin, and lung involvement affected function and quality of life most significantly and showed the greatest correlation with outcome measures. The final Cox model with factors jointly predictive for survival included the time from cGVHD diagnosis (>49 versus ?49 months, hazard ratio [HR] = 0.23; P = .0011), absolute eosinophil count at the time of NIH evaluation (0-0.5 versus >0.5 cells/?L, HR = 3.95; P = .0006), and NIH lung score (3 versus 0-2, HR = 11.02; P < .0001). These results demonstrate that NIH organs and global severity scores are reliable measures of cGVHD disease burden. The strong association with subspecialist evaluation suggests that NIH organ and global severity scores are appropriate for clinical and research assessments, and may serve as a surrogate for more complex subspecialist examinations. In this population of severely affected patients, NIH lung score is the strongest predictor of poor overall survival, both alone and after adjustment for other important factors. PMID:23340040

  12. CORRELATION BETWEEN SYMPTOM SCORE, WHEEZE, REVERSIBILITY OF PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTS AND TREATMENT RESPONSE IN ASTHMA

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    Full Text Available Asthma management is a major concern because some asthmatic patients either do not respond or else hardly respond to treatment. Therefore in the present study, an attempt has been made to determine the predictors of treatment response in asthmatic patients.Thirty six asthmatic adults including 13 male and 23 female were studied dur¬ing a 3 month treatment period. Asthma symptom score (SS and wheezing were recorded before and after treatment. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs including forced vital capacity (FVC, forced expiratory volume in one second (FEVj, peak expiratory flow (PEF, maximal expiratory measured at the beginning and the end of the study. The increase in PFT values 10 min after 200 ug inhaled salbutamol (in percentage was considered as reversibility in airway constriction.There were significant improvements in SS (/JKO.001 and PFT variables (/;><0.05 topO.001 except of MEF2S due to 3 months treatment. However, the reversibility of airway constriction improved after treatment but these improve¬ments were not statistically significant except that of PEF (p<0.05. There were significant correlations between both baseline symptom score and wheeze with an improvement seen in these two parameters (p<0.05 to p(0.001. There were also significant correlations between reversibility in FEV, with improvement in FEV and MEF25 aftet treatment and between reversibility in PEF and improve¬ment in FEV, at end of the study Q]<0.Q5 to/KO.001.The results of these study showed that a well conducted therapeutic program could lead to improvement in symptoms, wheeze, and PFT values. In addition symptom score, wheeze, and reversibility in FEV1 and PEF could be good indi¬cators of response to treatment in asthma.

  13. Correlación entre score de calcio coronario, esteatosis hepática y síndrome metabólico / Correlation between coronary calcium score, hepatic steatosis and metabolic syndrome

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    Karina, Hermosilla M; Daniela, Pivcevic C; Julia, Alegria B; Claudio, Silva F.

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Demostrar la correlación que existe entre presencia o no de enfermedad coronaria establecida (medida a través del índice de Agatston) y esteatosis hepática en los segmentos visualizados del hígado al momento de realizar el score de calcio. Material y Métodos. Estudio retrospectivo que inc [...] luyó 229 pacientes con factores de riesgo para enfermedad coronaria a los que se les realizó tomografía computada multicorte de arterias coronarias o score de calcio. Se evaluó la presencia de enfermedad ateromatosa en arterias coronarias y aorta torácica y atenuación hepática en los segmentos visualizados del hígado. El análisis estadístico incluyó modelos de regresión lineal, estudio por asociación de múltiples variables y modelo CART. Resultados. 229 pacientes, 78% de sexo masculino y 22% femenino, con edad promedio 56 años. Se demostró asociación estadísticamente significativa entre mayor nivel de score de calcio y menor atenuación hepática, en pacientes de mayor edad y sexo masculino. Se logró definir dos tipos de pacientes con score de calcio elevado, un grupo con hipertensión arterial - esteatosis hepática y otro grupo con hipertensión arterial y diabetes tipo 2; los pacientes solamente obesos no tenían mayores niveles de score de calcio. Conclusiones. Existe asociación entre ateromatosis calcificada y esteatosis hepática. Los pacientes con esteatosis hepática como parte de un síndrome metabólico, tienen mayor riesgo de ateroesclerosis. Puede ser útil incorporar la evaluación de esteatosis hepática en la estratificación de riesgo cardiovascular. Abstract in english Objectives. To demonstrate the correlation between the presence or absence of established coronary disease (as measured by the Agatston index) and hepatic steatosis visualized in liver segments when calculating calcium score. Material and Methods. Retrospective study that included229 patients with r [...] isk factors for coronary disease who underwent multislice computed tomography of coronary arteries or calcium score. We evaluated the presence of atherosclerotic disease in coronary arteries and thoracic aorta and liver attenuation in visualized liver segments. Statistical analysis included linear regression models, association studies of multiple variables and CARTmodel. Results. 229 patients, 78% male, average age 56 years. It values statistically significant association was found between higher levels of calcium score and lower hepatic attenuation in older patients and males. We were to define two types of patients with high calcium score, a group with hypertension - hepatic steatosis and another groups with hypertension and type 2 diabetes; patients that were only obese did not have higher levels of calcium score. Conclusions. A relationship exists between calcified atheromatosis disease and hepatics steatosis. Patients with hepatics steatosis as part of a metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of atherosclerosis. It may be useful to incorporate the assessment of hepatics steatosis in cardiovascular risk stratification.

  14. Evaluation of utility in shoulder pathology: Correlating the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and Constant scores to the EuroQoL

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    Bafus, Blaine T.; Hughes, Richard E.; Miller, Bruce S.; Carpenter, James E.

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To study whether health utility scores can be derived from shoulder-specific scores. METHODS: Authors investigated two questions: (1) do the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) score and the Constant score correlate with the EuroQoL (EQ-5D), a measure of health utility? (2) can the ASES and Constant scores be obtained from a complete study sample without bias? Thirty subjects with various shoulder diagnoses completed ASES, Constant, and EQ-5D instruments. Pearson correlations wer...

  15. Modified Chrispin-Norman chest radiography score for cystic fibrosis: observer agreement and correlation with lung function

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    To test observer agreement and two strategies for possible improvement (consensus meeting and reference images) for the modified Chrispin-Norman score for children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Before and after a consensus meeting and after developing reference images three observers scored sets of 25 chest radiographs from children with CF. Observer agreement was tested for line, ring, mottled and large soft shadows, for overinflation and for the composite modified Chrispin-Norman score. Correlation with lung function was assessed. Before the consensus meeting agreement between observers 1 and 2 was moderate-good, but with observer 3 agreement was poor-fair. Scores correlated significantly with spirometry for observers 1 and 2 (-0.72< R<-0.42, P < 0.05), but not for observer 3. Agreement with observer 3 improved after the consensus meeting. Reference images improved agreement for overinflation and mottled and large shadows and correlation with lung function, but agreement for the modified Chrispin-Norman score did not improve further. Consensus meetings and reference images improve among-observer agreement for the modified Chrispin-Norman score, but good agreement was not achieved among all observers for the modified Chrispin-Norman score and for bronchial line and ring shadows. (orig.)

  16. Modified Chrispin-Norman chest radiography score for cystic fibrosis: observer agreement and correlation with lung function

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    Jong, P.A. de; Achterberg, J.A.; Kessels, O.A.M.; Beek, F.J. [Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, Utrecht (Netherlands); Ginneken, B. van; Hogeweg, L. [Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Department of Radiology, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Image Sciences Institute, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands); Terheggen-Lagro, S.W.J. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2011-04-15

    To test observer agreement and two strategies for possible improvement (consensus meeting and reference images) for the modified Chrispin-Norman score for children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Before and after a consensus meeting and after developing reference images three observers scored sets of 25 chest radiographs from children with CF. Observer agreement was tested for line, ring, mottled and large soft shadows, for overinflation and for the composite modified Chrispin-Norman score. Correlation with lung function was assessed. Before the consensus meeting agreement between observers 1 and 2 was moderate-good, but with observer 3 agreement was poor-fair. Scores correlated significantly with spirometry for observers 1 and 2 (-0.72correlation with lung function, but agreement for the modified Chrispin-Norman score did not improve further. Consensus meetings and reference images improve among-observer agreement for the modified Chrispin-Norman score, but good agreement was not achieved among all observers for the modified Chrispin-Norman score and for bronchial line and ring shadows. (orig.)

  17. Big Macs and Eigenfactor Scores: Don't Let Correlation Coefficients Fool You

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    West, Jevin; Bergstrom, Carl

    2009-01-01

    The Eigenfactor Metrics provide an alternative way of evaluating scholarly journals based on an iterative ranking procedure analogous to Google's PageRank algorithm. These metrics have recently been adopted by Thomson-Reuters and are listed alongside the Impact Factor in the Journal Citation Reports. But do these metrics differ sufficiently so as to be a useful addition to the bibliometric toolbox? Davis (2008) has argued otherwise, based on his finding of a 0.95 correlation coefficient between Eigenfactor score and total citations for a sample of journals in the field of medicine. This conclusion is mistaken; here we illustrate the basic statistical fallacy to which Davis succumbed. We provide a complete analysis of the 2006 Journal Citation Reports and demonstrate that there are important differences between the information provided by the Eigenfactor Metrics and that provided by Impact Factor and Total Citations.

  18. Secondhand smoke exposure and other correlates of susceptibility to smoking: A propensity score matching approach.

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    McIntire, Russell K; Nelson, Ashlyn A; Macy, Jonathan T; Seo, Dong-Chul; Kolbe, Lloyd J

    2015-09-01

    Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is responsible for numerous diseases of the lungs and other bodily systems among children. In addition to the adverse health effects of SHS exposure, studies show that children exposed to SHS are more likely to smoke in adolescence. Susceptibility to smoking is a measure used to identify adolescent never-smokers who are at risk for smoking. Limited research has been conducted on the influence of SHS on susceptibility to smoking. The purpose of this study was to determine a robust measure of the strength of correlation between SHS exposure and susceptibility to smoking among never-smoking U.S. adolescents. This study used data from the 2009 National Youth Tobacco Survey to identify predictors of susceptibility to smoking in the full (pre-match) sample of adolescents and a smaller (post-match) sample created by propensity score matching. Results showed a significant association between SHS exposure and susceptibility to smoking among never-smoking adolescents in the pre-match (OR=1.47) and post-match (OR=1.52) samples. The odds ratio increase after matching suggests that the strength of the relationship was underestimated in the pre-match sample. Other significant correlates of susceptibility to smoking identified include: gender, race/ethnicity, personal income, smoke-free home rules, number of smoking friends, perception of SHS harm, perceived benefits of smoking, and exposure to pro-tobacco media messages. The use of propensity score matching procedures reduced bias in the post-match sample, and provided a more robust estimate of the influence of SHS exposure on susceptibility to smoking, compared to the pre-match sample estimates. PMID:25967679

  19. Development of a New Risk Score for Incident Type 2 Diabetes Using Updated Diagnostic Criteria in Middle-Aged and Older Chinese

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    Ye, Xingwang; Zong, Geng; Liu, Xin; Liu, Gang; Gan, Wei; Zhu, Jingwen; Lu, Ling; Sun, Liang; Li, Huaixing; Hu, Frank B.; Lin, Xu

    2014-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) reaches an epidemic proportion among adults in China. However, no simple score has been created for the prediction of T2DM incidence diagnosed by updated criteria with hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) ?6.5% included in Chinese. In a 6-year follow-up cohort in Beijing and Shanghai, China, we recruited a total of 2529 adults aged 50–70 years in 2005 and followed them up in 2011. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG), HbA1c, and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured and incident diabetes was identified by the recently updated criteria. Of the 1912 participants without T2DM at baseline, 924 were identified as having T2DM at follow-up, and most of them (72.4%) were diagnosed using the HbA1c criterion. Baseline body mass index, FPG, HbA1c, CRP, hypertension, and female gender were all significantly associated with incident T2DM. Based upon these risk factors, a simple score was developed with an estimated area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.714 (95% confidence interval: 0.691, 0.737), which performed better than most of existing risk score models developed for eastern Asian populations. This simple, newly constructed score of six parameters may be useful in predicting T2DM in middle-aged and older Chinese. PMID:24819157

  20. Impact of white matter hyperintensities scoring method on correlations with clinical data: the LADIS study

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    van Straaten, EC; Fazekas, F

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are associated with decline in cognition, gait, mood, and urinary continence. Associations may depend on the method used for measuring WMH. We investigated the ability of different WMH scoring methods to detect differences in WMH load between groups with and without symptoms. METHODS: We used data of 618 independently living elderly with WMH collected in the Leukoaraiosis And DISability (LADIS) study. Subjects with and without symptoms of depression, gait disturbances, urinary incontinence, and memory decline were compared with respect to WMH load measured qualitatively using 3 widely used visual rating scales (Fazekas, Scheltens, and Age-Related White Matter Changes scales) and quantitatively with a semiautomated volumetric technique and an automatic lesion count. Statistical significance between groups was assessed with the chi2 and Mann-Whitney tests. In addition, the punctate and confluent lesion type with comparable WMH volume were compared withrespect to the clinical data using Student t test and chi2 test. Direct comparison of visual ratings with volumetry was done using curve fitting. RESULTS: Visual and volumetric assessment detected differences in WMH between groups with respect to gait disturbances and age. WMH volume measurement was more sensitive than visual scores with respect to memory symptoms. Number of lesions nor lesion type correlated with any of the clinical data. For all rating scales, a clear but nonlinear relationship was established with WMH volume. CONCLUSIONS: Visual rating scales display ceiling effects and poor discrimination of absolute lesion volumes. Consequently, they may be less sensitive in differentiating clinical groups

  1. Ultrasound Doppler Score Correlates with OMERACT RAMRIS Bone Marrow Oedema and Synovitis Score in the Wrist Joint of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Boesen, M; Ellegaard, K

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE: MRI is considered the standard of reference for advanced imaging in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, in daily clinical practice ultrasound (US) imaging with Doppler information is more versatile and often used for fast and dynamic assessment of joint inflammation. The aim was to compare low-field MRI scores with the US Doppler measurements in the wrist joint of patients with RA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty consecutive patients with RA (46 women & 4 men) completed both low-field dedicated extremity MRI (E-scan®, Esaote) and a high-end US (Sequioa®, Siemens) imaging of the wrist before initiating either biological treatment (n = 26) or intraarticular injection of Depomedrole® (n = 24). Mean age was 56 years (range 21 - 83 years); mean disease duration 87.2 months (range 4 - 349 months), mean DAS 28 4,8 (range 2 - 7). MRI was scored according to the OMERACT RAMRIS recommendations and US Doppler colour-fractions were determined. RESULTS: Using Spearman's rho, we found a relatively good to moderate correlation between the US colour-fraction and the total OMERACT bone marrow oedema and synovitis scores on MRI (r = 0.6; p 

  2. Body condition score and its correlation with ultrasonographic back fat thickness in transition crossbred cows

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim was to study the effect of the transition to body condition score (BCS and ultrasonographic back fat thickness (USG BFT in crossbred cows. Materials and Methods: A total of 101 multiparous crossbred cows in advanced pregnancy from organized dairy farm were taken up for study. The cows were grouped according to transition stage, i.e. far off dry (FOD, close up dry (CUD and fresh (F. BCS was estimated by using the five point visual BCS technique with 0.5 increments. The USG BFT was measured by real-time ultrasound using a portable Sonosite instrument. Results: In cows with BCS 2-2.5, the BFT of F period was significantly lower than FOD period. In cows with BCS 3-3.5, the mean BFT at F period was significantly reduced as compared to FOD and CUD period. The overall correlation coefficient between BCS and BFT for different transition stages was 84%, 79% and 75% for FOD, CUD and F period, respectively. Conclusion: The USG BFT gives an accurate measure of fat reserves in cows. The cows with BCS of ?3.5 entering the transition period are more prone to lose body condition and hence require better and robust management during the transition period.

  3. Improvement of a new rotation function for molecular replacement by designing new scoring functions and dynamic correlation coefficient

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    A previously published new rotation function has been improved by using a dynamic correlation coefficient as well as two new scoring functions of relative entropy and mean-square-residues to make the rotation function more robust and independent of a specific set of weights for scoring and ranking. The previously described new rotation function calculates the rotation function of molecular replacement by matching the search model directly with the Patterson vector map. The signal-to-noise ratio for the correct match was increased by averaging all the matching peaks. Several matching scores were employed to evaluate the goodness of matching. These matching scores were then combined into a single total score by optimizing a set of weights using the linear regression method. It was found that there exists an optimal set of weights that can be applied to the global rotation search and the correct solution can be ranked in the top 100 or less. However, this set of optimal weights in general is dependent on the search models and the crystal structures with different space groups and cell parameters. In this work, we try to solve this problem by designing a dynamic correlation coefficient. It is shown that the dynamic correlation coefficient works for a variety of space groups and cell parameters in the global search of rotation function. We also introduce two new matching scores: relative entropy and mean-square-residues. Last but not least, we discussed a valid method for the optimization of the adjustable parameters for matching vectors. (condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties)

  4. Advanced Taste Sensors Based on Artificial Lipids with Global Selectivity to Basic Taste Qualities and High Correlation to Sensory Scores

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    Yoshikazu Kobayashi

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Effective R&D and strict quality control of a broad range of foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical products require objective taste evaluation. Advanced taste sensors using artificial-lipid membranes have been developed based on concepts of global selectivity and high correlation with human sensory score. These sensors respond similarly to similar basic tastes, which they quantify with high correlations to sensory score. Using these unique properties, these sensors can quantify the basic tastes of saltiness, sourness, bitterness, umami, astringency and richness without multivariate analysis or artificial neural networks. This review describes all aspects of these taste sensors based on artificial lipid, ranging from the response principle and optimal design methods to applications in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical markets.

  5. Brochopulmonary dysplasia: New high resolution computed tomography scorting system and correlation between the high resolution computed tomography score and clinical severity

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    To develop an high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scoring system for the assessment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and determine its usefulness as compared with the chest radiographic score. Forty-two very low-birth-weight preterm infants with BPD (25 male, 17 female) were prospectively evaluated with HRCT performed at the mean age of 39.1-week postmenstrual age. Clinical severity of BPD was categorized as mild, moderate or severe. The HRCT score (0-36) of each patient was the sum of the number of bronchopulmonary segments with 1) hyperaeration and 2) parenchymal lesions (linear lesions, segmental atelectasis, consolidation and architectural distortion), respectively. We compared the HRCT scores with the chest radiographic scores (the Toce system) in terms of correlation with clinical severity. The HRCT score had good interobserver (r = 0.969, p < 0.001) and intraobserver (r = 0.986, p < 0.001) reproducibility. The HRCT score showed better correlation (r = 0.646, p < 0.001) with the clinical severity of BPD than the chest radiographic score (r = 0.410, p = 0.007). The hyperaeration score showed better correlation (r = 0.738, p < 0.001) with the clinical severity of BPD than the parenchymal score (r = 0.523, p < 0.001). We have developed a new HRCT scoring system for BPD based on the quantitative evaluation of pulmonary abnormalities of BPD consisting of the hyperaeration score and the parenchymal score. The HRCT score shows better correlation with the clinical severity of BPD than the radiographic score.

  6. Brochopulmonary dysplasia: New high resolution computed tomography scorting system and correlation between the high resolution computed tomography score and clinical severity

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    Shin, Sumi; Kim, Woo Sun; Cheon, Jung Eun; Kim, Han Suk; Lee, Whal; Jung, Ah Young; Kim, In One; Choi, Jung Hwan [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (KR)

    2013-04-15

    To develop an high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scoring system for the assessment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and determine its usefulness as compared with the chest radiographic score. Forty-two very low-birth-weight preterm infants with BPD (25 male, 17 female) were prospectively evaluated with HRCT performed at the mean age of 39.1-week postmenstrual age. Clinical severity of BPD was categorized as mild, moderate or severe. The HRCT score (0-36) of each patient was the sum of the number of bronchopulmonary segments with 1) hyperaeration and 2) parenchymal lesions (linear lesions, segmental atelectasis, consolidation and architectural distortion), respectively. We compared the HRCT scores with the chest radiographic scores (the Toce system) in terms of correlation with clinical severity. The HRCT score had good interobserver (r = 0.969, p < 0.001) and intraobserver (r = 0.986, p < 0.001) reproducibility. The HRCT score showed better correlation (r = 0.646, p < 0.001) with the clinical severity of BPD than the chest radiographic score (r = 0.410, p = 0.007). The hyperaeration score showed better correlation (r = 0.738, p < 0.001) with the clinical severity of BPD than the parenchymal score (r = 0.523, p < 0.001). We have developed a new HRCT scoring system for BPD based on the quantitative evaluation of pulmonary abnormalities of BPD consisting of the hyperaeration score and the parenchymal score. The HRCT score shows better correlation with the clinical severity of BPD than the radiographic score.

  7. Evaluation of selection criteria in Cicer arietinum L. using correlation coefficients and path analysis

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    Full Text Available The study pertaining to the evaluation of selection criteria in chickpea using correlation coefficients and path analysis was carried out in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad for a period of two years. Experimental material comprised of twenty chickpea genotypes. The genotypes demonstrated highly significant differences (P<0.01 for all the traits studied. The results of correlation analysis revealed that that grain yield plant-1 had significant genotypic and highly significant phenotypic relationship with primary branches, pods plant-1, seeds plant-1, seeds pod-1 and total biological yield. The path coefficient analysis based on grain yield plant-1, as a dependent variable, exposed that all of the other traits, except days to flowering, days to maturity and secondary branches exhibited positive direct effects. The path analysis confirmed that biological yield followed by number of seeds pod-1, 100-grain weight, had the maximum positive direct influence on grain yield plant-1. Therefore, this study suggests that chickpea improvement progarmme could be based on these characters as selection criteria.

  8. Assessing Framingham cardiovascular risk scores in subjects with diabetes and their correlation with diabetic retinopathy

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To study the Framingham cardiovascular risk assessment scores in subjects with diabetes and their association with diabetic retinopathy in subjects with diabetes. Materials and Methods: In this population-based prospective study, subjects with diabetes were recruited (n=1248; age ?40 years. The Framingham cardiovascular risk scores were calculated for 1248 subjects with type 2 diabetes. The scores were classified as high risk (>10%, and low risk (<10%. Results: Out of the 1248 subjects, 830 (66.5% patients had a low risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD in 10 years and 418 (33.5% had a high risk of developing CVD in 10 years. The risk of developing CVD was more in males than females (56.8% vs. 7% The prevalence of both diabetic retinopathy and sight-threatening retinopathy was more in the high-risk group (21% and 4.5%, respectively. The risk factors for developing diabetic retinopathy were similar in both the groups (low vs. high - duration of diabetes (OR 1.14 vs. 1.08, higher HbA1c (OR 1.24 vs. 1.22, presence of macro- and microalbuminuria (OR 10.17 vs. 6.12 for macro-albuminuria and use of insulin (OR 2.06 vs. 4.38. The additional risk factors in the high-risk group were presence of anemia (OR 2.65 and higher serum high density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol (OR 1.05. Conclusion: Framingham risk scoring, a global risk assessment tool to predict the 10-year risk of developing CVD, can also predict the occurrence and type of diabetic retinopathy. Those patients with high CVD scores should be followed up more frequently and treated adequately. This also warrants good interaction between the treating physician/cardiologist and the ophthalmologist.

  9. Efficacy of HUMN criteria for scoring the micronucleus assay in human lymphocytes exposed to a low concentration of p,p'-DDT

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    V., Garaj-Vrhovac; G., Gajski; S., Ravli& #263; .

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay is one of the standard cytogenetic tools employed to assess chromosomal damage subsequent to exposure to genotoxic/cytotoxic agents, and is widely applicable to plant, animal and human cells. In the present study, the CBMN assay was used to assess the [...] baseline damage in binuclear human peripheral blood lymphocytes exposed to 25 µg/L p,p'-DDT for 1, 2, 24, and 48 h by measuring the frequency of micronuclei, nucleoplasmic bridges and nuclear buds. These new scoring criteria facilitated the detection of different types of clastogenic and aneugenic effects induced by this type of pollutant. With these criteria, CBMN can also be used to measure nucleoplasmic bridges which are considered to be consequences of chromosome rearrangements and nuclear buds which are biomarkers of altered gene amplification and gene dosage. The total number of micronuclei observed in binuclear human peripheral blood lymphocytes of the exposed samples (ranging from 32 to 47) was significantly greater (P

  10. Scoring of senescence signalling in multiple human tumour gene expression datasets, identification of a correlation between senescence score and drug toxicity in the NCI60 panel and a pro-inflammatory signature correlating with survival advantage in peritoneal mesothelioma

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cellular senescence is a major barrier to tumour progression, though its role in pathogenesis of cancer and other diseases is poorly understood in vivo. Improved understanding of the degree to which latent senescence signalling persists in tumours might identify intervention strategies to provoke "accelerated senescence" responses as a therapeutic outcome. Senescence involves convergence of multiple pathways and requires ongoing dynamic signalling throughout its establishment and maintenance. Recent discovery of several new markers allows for an expression profiling approach to study specific senescence phenotypes in relevant tissue samples. We adopted a "senescence scoring" methodology based on expression profiles of multiple senescence markers to examine the degree to which signals of damage-associated or secretory senescence persist in various human tumours. Results We first show that scoring captures differential induction of damage or inflammatory pathways in a series of public datasets involving radiotherapy of colon adenocarcinoma, chemotherapy of breast cancer cells, replicative senescence of mesenchymal stem cells, and progression of melanoma. We extended these results to investigate correlations between senescence score and growth inhibition in response to ~1500 compounds in the NCI60 panel. Scoring of our own mesenchymal tumour dataset highlighted differential expression of secretory signalling pathways between distinct subgroups of MPNST, liposarcomas and peritoneal mesothelioma. Furthermore, a pro-inflammatory signature yielded by hierarchical clustering of secretory markers showed prognostic significance in mesothelioma. Conclusions We find that "senescence scoring" accurately reports senescence signalling in a variety of situations where senescence would be expected to occur and highlights differential expression of damage associated and secretory senescence pathways in a context-dependent manner.

  11. Changes in metamorphopsia in daily life after successful epiretinal membrane surgery and correlation with M-CHARTS score

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    Full Text Available Takamasa Kinoshita,1,2 Hiroko Imaizumi,1 Hirotomo Miyamoto,1 Utako Okushiba,1 Yuki Hayashi,2 Takashi Katome,2 Yoshinori Mitamura2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Sapporo City General Hospital, Sapporo, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan Purpose: To determine the correlation between the changes in metamorphopsia in daily life environment and the M-CHARTS scores after epiretinal membrane (ERM removal, and to determine the criterion for determining whether clinically significant changes in the metamorphopsia score have occurred in M-CHARTS. Methods: We studied 65 eyes undergoing vitrectomy for unilateral ERM. Self-administered questionnaires were used to examine the metamorphopsia in their daily life. The degree of metamorphopsia was determined by M-CHARTS. The receiver operating characteristic curve was used to determine the best predictor of the changes in metamorphopsia in daily life. To determine the reproducibility of the M-CHARTS score, another set of 56 eyes with ERM was tested twice on two different days. Results: The postoperative changes in the logarithm of the M-CHARTS score was defined as M2-value. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the M2-value as a predictor of the changes in metamorphopsia in daily life was larger than area under the receiver operating characteristic curve obtained for any other parameter. The optimal cutoff value was -0.4. The 95% limits of agreement between test and retest measurements had a reproducibility of ±0.3 logarithm of the M-CHARTS score. Taking into account not only the reproducibility but also the consistency with the subjective changes, we determined the criterion for clinically significant changes in the M-CHARTS scores as a change of the M2-value by ?0.4. Conclusion: Evaluating the changes in the M-CHARTS scores in logarithmic form is favorable not only theoretically but also from the perspective of consistency with the subjective changes. Keywords: metamorphopsia score, ERM, criterion, vitrectomy 

  12. Correlating PSA, bone scan and Gleason score in prostate cancer patients

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    The hypothesis was that Gleason Score was more important than PSA in predicting bone metastases in prostate cancer patients. The objective of the work was to identify a group of low risk in which bone scan could be omitted. Clinical records of 165 patients with recently diagnosed prostate cancer, who had had, between January of 1993 and December of 1995, bone scans, PSA and Gleason determinations, were reviewed. 5,5% had well differentiated cancer. 49,7% had a negative bone scan. The risk of bone metastases in spite of levels of PSA < 10-20 ng / mL is not worthless in patients with prostate cancer Gleason Score 7-9. (author)

  13. CORRELATION BETWEEN SYMPTOM SCORE, WHEEZE, REVERSIBILITY OF PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTS AND TREATMENT RESPONSE IN ASTHMA

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    G.A. Maemoori; M. Fasihfar; Boskabady, M.H.

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    Asthma management is a major concern because some asthmatic patients either do not respond or else hardly respond to treatment. Therefore in the present study, an attempt has been made to determine the predictors of treatment response in asthmatic patients.Thirty six asthmatic adults including 13 male and 23 female were studied dur¬ing a 3 month treatment period. Asthma symptom score (SS) and wheezing were recorded before and after treatment. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) including forced ...

  14. Does coronary calcium scoring with a SCORE better predict significant coronary artery stenosis than without? Correlation with computed tomography coronary angiography

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    Durhan, Gamze; Hazirolan, Tuncay; Karcaaltincaba, Musturay; Akata, Deniz [Hacettepe University Medical School, Department of Radiology, Ankara (Turkey); Sunman, Hamza; Aytemir, Kudret [Hacettepe University Medical School, Department of Cardiology, Ankara (Turkey); Karakaya, Jale; Karaagaoglu, Ergun [Hacettepe University, Department of Biostatistics, Ankara (Turkey)

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    To determine effectiveness of coronary artery calcium score (CACS) alone and combined with Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) in adult patients for significant coronary artery stenosis by using computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) as reference standard. Two thousand twenty-one patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent CACS test and CTCA. Patients were examined with dual-source CT and were grouped according to their age, gender, CACS, and estimated SCORE risk. Coronary plaque existence and degree of stenosis were assessed with CTCA. Sensitivity, specificity, and ROC curves were analyzed. CACS was the single independent variable in estimating relative risk of critical stenosis and had superior outcome when compared with SCORE risk in logistic regression and ROC curve. Area under the ROC curve was greatest in the interval between 50-59 years. When SCORE was combined with CACS in patients with zero CACS, percentage of significant stenosis increased from 1.4% to 7.0% in patients with high or very high SCORE risk, and decreased to 0.9 % in patients with low or moderate SCORE risk. CACS combination with SCORE risk predicts coronary artery stenosis. When CACS is zero, CTCA can be performed in patients with high or very high SCORE risk. (orig.)

  15. Does coronary calcium scoring with a SCORE better predict significant coronary artery stenosis than without? Correlation with computed tomography coronary angiography

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    To determine effectiveness of coronary artery calcium score (CACS) alone and combined with Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) in adult patients for significant coronary artery stenosis by using computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) as reference standard. Two thousand twenty-one patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent CACS test and CTCA. Patients were examined with dual-source CT and were grouped according to their age, gender, CACS, and estimated SCORE risk. Coronary plaque existence and degree of stenosis were assessed with CTCA. Sensitivity, specificity, and ROC curves were analyzed. CACS was the single independent variable in estimating relative risk of critical stenosis and had superior outcome when compared with SCORE risk in logistic regression and ROC curve. Area under the ROC curve was greatest in the interval between 50-59 years. When SCORE was combined with CACS in patients with zero CACS, percentage of significant stenosis increased from 1.4% to 7.0% in patients with high or very high SCORE risk, and decreased to 0.9 % in patients with low or moderate SCORE risk. CACS combination with SCORE risk predicts coronary artery stenosis. When CACS is zero, CTCA can be performed in patients with high or very high SCORE risk. (orig.)

  16. Correlation between PSA, bone scan and Gleason score in patients with prostate cancer

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    Full text: Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer among Peruvian males. Although radionuclide bone scans (BS) are frequently recommended as part of the staging evaluation for newly diagnosed prostate cancer, most scans are negative for metastases. It has been suggested that a routine bone scan is unnecessary in recently diagnosed prostate cancer if serum PSA is under 10 ng/mL. We hypothesized that Gleason score plus prostate-specific antigen (PSA), could predict for a positive bone scan (better that PSA alone), and that a low - risk group of patients could be identified in whom BS might be omitted. All patients who had both pathologic review of their prostate cancer biopsies and radionuclide BS at our institution from 1/93 to 12/95 were studied. Gleason score, PSA, and bone scan (Soloway Index) were determined in 165 patients. Bivariate analysis using chi (x2) was performed. The mean age of the 165 patients was 71.3 years, 109/165 (66.1%) had a 7-9 Gleason score and only 9/165 (5.5%) were well differentiated prostrate cancer. 82/165 (49.7%) had negative BS. When classifying patients according to their histological grade, the PSA median values were 11.8 ng/mL, 74.8 ng/mL and 116.4 ng/mL in well, median and poorly differentiated prostate cancer respectively. Using a cut off point of 10 ng/mL of PSA, the probability of having a positive BS in Gleason 7, 8 and 9 tumors were 0.109, 0.121 and 0.133 respectively. By using a cut off point of 20 ng/mL of PSA the possicut off point of 20 ng/mL of PSA the possibility to have a positive BS in Gleason 7, 8 and 9 tumours were 0.182, 0.206 and 0.224 respectively. Gleason score plus PSA were independent predictors for a positive radionuclide BS in newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. Considering that most of our patients have Gleason 7-9, the risk of bone metastases despite PSA levels between 10 - 20 ng/mL is not negligible. In our opinion, it is important to continue including bone scan in the staging assessment of prostate cancer. (author)

  17. State level correlations between high heart attack and stroke symptomology knowledge scores and CVD risk factors and mortality rates

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In 2008, cardiovascular disease (CVD accounted for one in three deaths in the United States. Epidemiological analyses suggest that two or more risk factors are the indicator of high risk and/or poor CVD outcomes. Knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptomology has been the focus of much research based on the assumption that accurate identification of an event is critical to reducing time to treatment. There is a paucity of research showing a clear association between knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptomology, risk factors, and mortality rates. In this study, we hypothesized that high stroke and heart attack symptomology knowledge scores would correspond to lower stroke or CVD mortality rankings as well as to a lower prevalence of two or more CVD risk factors. Methods: State was the unit of analysis used to examine data from two different sources and combined into a customized database. The first source was a multiyear Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS heart attack and stroke symptom knowledge module database. CVD and stroke mortality data used came from the American Heart Association’s (AHA 2012 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update. Spearman’s Rho was the test statistic. Results: A moderate negative correlation was found between high heart attack and stroke symptom knowledge scores and the percentage of adults with two or more CVD or stroke risk factors. Likewise, a similar correlation resulted from the two variables, high heart attack and stroke symptoms knowledge score and CVD mortality rank. Conclusions: This study demonstrated a significant relationship between high heart attack and stroke symptom knowledge and lower CVD mortality rates and lower prevalence of two or more CVD risk factors at the state level. Our findings suggest that it is important to continue education efforts regarding heart attack and stroke symptom knowledge. Pharmacists are one group of health care providers who could enhance the needed public health education efforts.

  18. Distribution of brain infarction in children with tuberculous meningitis and correlation with outcome score at 6 months

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    Prognostic indicators for tuberculous meningitis (TBM) offer realistic expectations for parents of affected children. Infarctions affecting the basal ganglia are associated with a poor outcome. To correlate the distribution of infarction in children with TBM on CT with an outcome score (OS). CT brain scans in children with TBM were retrospectively reviewed and the distribution of infarctions recorded. The degree of correlation with OS at 6 months was determined. There was a statistically significant association between all sites of infarction (P = 0.0001-0.001), other than hemispheric (P = 0.35), and outcome score. There was also a statistically significant association between all types of infarction (P = 0.0001-0.02), other than hemispheric (P = 0.05), and overall poor outcome. The odds ratio for poor outcome with bilateral basal ganglia and internal capsule infarction was 12. The odds ratio for poor outcome with 'any infarction' was 4.91 (CI 2.24-10.74), with 'bilateral infarctions' 8.50 (CI 2.49-28.59), with basal ganglia infarction 5.73 (CI 2.60-12.64), and for hemispheric infarction 2.30 (CI 1.00-5.28). Infarction is associated with a poor outcome unless purely hemispheric. MRI diffusion-weighted imaging was not part of this study, but is likely to play a central role in detecting infarctions not demonstrated by CT. (orig.)

  19. Distribution of brain infarction in children with tuberculous meningitis and correlation with outcome score at 6 months

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    Andronikou, Savvas [University of Stellenbosch, Department of Radiology, Tygerberg Hospital, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg (South Africa); Wilmshurst, Jo; Hatherill, Mark [University of Cape Town, Pediatric Neurology, Red Cross Children' s Hospital, School of Child and Adolescent Health, Cape Town (South Africa); VanToorn, Ronald [University of Stellenbosch, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town (South Africa)

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    Prognostic indicators for tuberculous meningitis (TBM) offer realistic expectations for parents of affected children. Infarctions affecting the basal ganglia are associated with a poor outcome. To correlate the distribution of infarction in children with TBM on CT with an outcome score (OS). CT brain scans in children with TBM were retrospectively reviewed and the distribution of infarctions recorded. The degree of correlation with OS at 6 months was determined. There was a statistically significant association between all sites of infarction (P = 0.0001-0.001), other than hemispheric (P = 0.35), and outcome score. There was also a statistically significant association between all types of infarction (P = 0.0001-0.02), other than hemispheric (P = 0.05), and overall poor outcome. The odds ratio for poor outcome with bilateral basal ganglia and internal capsule infarction was 12. The odds ratio for poor outcome with 'any infarction' was 4.91 (CI 2.24-10.74), with 'bilateral infarctions' 8.50 (CI 2.49-28.59), with basal ganglia infarction 5.73 (CI 2.60-12.64), and for hemispheric infarction 2.30 (CI 1.00-5.28). Infarction is associated with a poor outcome unless purely hemispheric. MRI diffusion-weighted imaging was not part of this study, but is likely to play a central role in detecting infarctions not demonstrated by CT. (orig.)

  20. Correlation between Grade Point Averages and Student Evaluation of Teaching Scores: Taking a Closer Look

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    Griffin, Tyler J.; Hilton, John, III.; Plummer, Kenneth; Barret, Devynne

    2014-01-01

    One of the most contentious potential sources of bias is whether instructors who give higher grades receive higher ratings from students. We examined the grade point averages (GPAs) and student ratings across 2073 general education religion courses at a large private university. A moderate correlation was found between GPAs and student evaluations…

  1. Correlations of temperament types, intensity of crisis at midlife with scores on a death scale.

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    Waskel, S A; Coleman, J

    1991-06-01

    331 subjects completed the Keirsey-Bates Temperament Sorter and Dickstein's Death Scale and responded to an intensity of midlife crisis probe. Using a Pearson product-moment coefficient, weak but significant correlations were found for the introvert-sensor-thinker-judger temperament type on the Think and Anxiety subscales and the Think subscale for introvert-sensor-thinker-judger (ISTJ) temperament type. PMID:1924616

  2. Big Macs and Eigenfactor Scores: Don't Let Correlation Coefficients Fool You

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    West, Jevin; Bergstrom, Theodore; Bergstrom, Carl

    2009-01-01

    The Eigenfactor Metrics provide an alternative way of evaluating scholarly journals based on an iterative ranking procedure analogous to Google's PageRank algorithm. These metrics have recently been adopted by Thomson-Reuters and are listed alongside the Impact Factor in the Journal Citation Reports. But do these metrics differ sufficiently so as to be a useful addition to the bibliometric toolbox? Davis (2008) has argued otherwise, based on his finding of a 0.95 correlation...

  3. The relationship between observer-based toxicity scoring and patient assessed symptom severity after treatment for head and neck cancer. A correlative cross sectional study of the DAHANCA toxicity scoring system and the EORTC quality of life questionnaires

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    Background and purpose: Morbidity is an important issue in cancer research. The observer-based toxicity scoring system used by DAHANCA (the Danish head and neck cancer study group) has proved itself sensitive to differences in toxicity in a large randomised study, but like other toxicity scoring systems it has not been formally validated. Conversely, the EORTC quality of life questionnaire (QLQ) has been validated as a tool for collecting information about the consequences of disease and treatment on the well being of cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the two methods of side effect recording. Patients and methods: One hundred and sixteen recurrence free patients with laryngeal (n=44), pharyngeal (n=34) and oral cavity (n=38) cancer attending follow-up after radiotherapy (n=83) or surgery (n=33) completed EORTC C30, the core questionnaire concerning general symptoms and function and EORTC H and N35 the head and neck specific questionnaire. The attending physicians in the follow-up clinic evaluated and recorded DAHANCA toxicity scores on the same patients. Results: The DAHANCA toxicity scoring system and the EORTC QLQ correlated with several clinical endpoints. The conceptually similar endpoints of the two methods correlated significantly. The objective endpoints of the DAHANCA scoring system were only correlated with quality of life endpoints to a very low degree. The DAHANCA toxicity scores had a low sensitivity (0.48-0icity scores had a low sensitivity (0.48-0.74) in detecting equivalent subjective complaints from the questionnaires and the observer-based scoring system severely underestimated patient complaints. A specific patient group where the DAHANCA score had a higher tendency to fail could not be detected. Conclusion: The DAHANCA toxicity score is an effective instrument in assessing objective treatment induced toxicity in head and neck cancer patients but insensitive and non-specific with regard to patient assessed subjective endpoints. This weakness seems inherent in an observer-based scoring system, and will probably also apply to newer ones like CTCAE 3.0

  4. Thyroid cancer in egypt: histopathological criteria, correlation with survival and oestrogen receptor protein expression.

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    Ahmed, Rehab Allah; Aboelnaga, Engy M

    2015-07-01

    Thyroid cancer represents approximately 1% of new cancer and oestrogen may play a role in the pathogenesis of thyroid neoplasm. We aimed to study the clinicopathological criteria and ER expression of thyroid cancer in Mansoura University (Egypt), and to correlate the survival to these clinicopathological data and ER expression. This retrospective study reviewed 644 patients with histologically proven thyroid carcinoma during the period from 2003 to 2011. 152 cases during the period between 2008 and 2011 were retrieved from the archive and examined by immunohistochemistry for oestrogen receptor-? (ER) expression. ER-? expression is significantly associated with the female sex, lymph node metastasis, TNM stage, extrathyroid extension, multifocality disease and recurrence and in the whole series (p?correlation with lymph node metastasis and ER expression in whole patient and PTC cases. No difference in survival between the low and high ranges of positive oestrogen expression. The prognosis of thyroid carcinoma in Egypt is similar to that occurs worldwide. ER-? expression was a significant prognostic marker for DFS in thyroid cancer and can be used as a predictive factor of lymph node metastasis. PMID:25576212

  5. Up-Regulation of leucocytes Genes Implicated in Telomere Dysfunction and Cellular Senescence Correlates with Depression and Anxiety Severity Scores

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    Teyssier, Jean-Raymond; Chauvet-Gelinier, Jean-Christophe; Ragot, Sylviane; Bonin, Bernard

    2012-01-01

    Background Major depressive disorder (MDD) is frequently associated with chronic medical illness responsible of increased disability and mortality. Inflammation and oxidative stress are considered to be the major mediators of the allostatic load, and has been shown to correlate with telomere erosion in the leucocytes of MDD patients, leading to the model of accelerated aging. However, the significance of telomere length as an exclusive biomarker of aging has been questioned on both methodological and biological grounds. Furthermore, telomeres significantly shorten only in patients with long lasting MDD. Sensitive and dynamic functional biomarkers of aging would be clinically useful to evaluate the somatic impact of MDD. Methodology To address this issue we have measured in the blood leucocytes of MDD patients (N?=?17) and controls (N?=?16) the expression of two genes identified as robust biomarkers of human aging and telomere dysfunction: p16INK4a and STMN1. We have also quantified the transcripts of genes involved in the repair of oxidative DNA damage at telomeres (OGG1), telomere regulation and elongation (TERT), and in the response to biopsychological stress (FOS and DUSP1). Results The OGG1, p16INK4a, and STMN1 gene were significantly up-regulated (25 to 100%) in the leucocytes of MDD patients. Expression of p16INK4a and STMN1 was directly correlated with anxiety scores in the depression group, and that of p16INK4a, STMN and TERT with the depression and anxiety scores in the combined sample (MDD plus controls). Furthermore, we identified a unique correlative pattern of gene expression in the leucocytes of MDD subjects. Conclusions Expression of p16INK4 and STMN1 is a promising biomarker for future epidemiological assessment of the somatic impact of depressive and anxious symptoms, at both clinical and subclinical level in both depressive patients and general population. PMID:23185405

  6. The relationship between observer-based toxicity scoring and patient assessed symptom severity after treatment for head and neck cancer. A correlative cross sectional study of the DAHANCA toxicity scoring system and the EORTC quality of life questionnaires

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    Jensen, Kenneth; Bonde Jensen, Anders

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Morbidity is an important issue in cancer research. The observer-based toxicity scoring system used by DAHANCA (the Danish head and neck cancer study group) has proved itself sensitive to differences in toxicity in a large randomised study, but like other toxicity scoring systems it has not been formally validated. Conversely, the EORTC quality of life questionnaire (QLQ) has been validated as a tool for collecting information about the consequences of disease and treatment on the well being of cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the two methods of side effect recording. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and sixteen recurrence free patients with laryngeal (n=44), pharyngeal (n=34) and oral cavity (n=38) cancer attending follow-up after radiotherapy (n=83) or surgery (n=33) completed EORTC C30, the core questionnaire concerning general symptoms and function and EORTC H&N35 the head and neck specific questionnaire. The attending physicians in the follow-up clinic evaluated and recorded DAHANCA toxicity scores on the same patients. RESULTS: The DAHANCA toxicity scoring system and the EORTC QLQ correlated with several clinical endpoints. The conceptually similar endpoints of the two methods correlated significantly. The objective endpoints of the DAHANCA scoring system were only correlated with quality of life endpoints to a very low degree. The DAHANCA toxicity scores had a low sensitivity (0.48-0.74) in detecting equivalent subjective complaints from the questionnaires and the observer-based scoring system severely underestimated patient complaints. A specific patient group where the DAHANCA score had a higher tendency to fail could not be detected. CONCLUSION: The DAHANCA toxicity score is an effective instrument in assessing objective treatment induced toxicity in head and neck cancer patients but insensitive and non-specific with regard to patient assessed subjective endpoints. This weakness seems inherent in an observer-based scoring system, and will probably also apply to newer ones like CTCAE 3.0.

  7. The relationship between observer-based toxicity scoring and patient assessed symptom severity after treatment for head and neck cancer. A correlative cross sectional study of the DAHANCA toxicity scoring system      and the EORTC quality of life questionnaires

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    Jensen, Kenneth; Jensen, Anders Bonde

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Morbidity is an important issue in cancer       research. The observer-based toxicity scoring system used by DAHANCA (the       Danish head and neck cancer study group) has proved itself sensitive to       differences in toxicity in a large randomised study, but like other       toxicity scoring systems it has not been formally validated. Conversely,       the EORTC quality of life questionnaire (QLQ) has been validated as a tool       for collecting information about the consequences of disease and treatment       on the well being of cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to       examine the relationship between the two methods of side effect recording.       PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and sixteen recurrence free patients       with laryngeal (n=44), pharyngeal (n=34) and oral cavity (n=38) cancer       attending follow-up after radiotherapy (n=83) or surgery (n=33) completed       EORTC C30, the core questionnaire concerning general symptoms and function       and EORTC H&N35 the head and neck specific questionnaire. The attending       physicians in the follow-up clinic evaluated and recorded DAHANCA toxicity       scores on the same patients. RESULTS: The DAHANCA toxicity scoring system       and the EORTC QLQ correlated with several clinical endpoints. The       conceptually similar endpoints of the two methods correlated       significantly. The objective endpoints of the DAHANCA scoring system were       only correlated with quality of life endpoints to a very low degree. The       DAHANCA toxicity scores had a low sensitivity (0.48-0.74) in detecting       equivalent subjective complaints from the questionnaires and the       observer-based scoring system severely underestimated patient complaints.       A specific patient group where the DAHANCA score had a higher tendency to       fail could not be detected. CONCLUSION: The DAHANCA toxicity score is an       effective instrument in assessing objective treatment induced toxicity in       head and neck cancer patients but insensitive and non-specific with regard       to patient assessed subjective endpoints. This weakness seems inherent in       an observer-based scoring system, and will probably also apply to newer       ones like CTCAE 3.0

  8. Prostate Volumes Derived From MRI and Volume-Adjusted Serum Prostate-Specific Antigen: Correlation With Gleason Score of Prostate Cancer

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    Karademir, Ibrahim; Shen, Dinggang; Peng, Yahui; Liao, Shu; Jiang, Yulei; Yousuf, Ambereen; Karczmar, Gregory; Sammet, Steffen; Wang, Shiyang; Medved, Milica; Antic, Tatjana; Eggener, Scott; Oto, Aytekin

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to study relationships between MRI-based prostate volume and volume-adjusted serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentration estimates and prostate cancer Gleason score. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included 61 patients with prostate cancer (average age, 63.3 years; range 52–75 years) who underwent MRI before prostatectomy. A semiautomated and MRI-based technique was used to estimate total and central gland prostate volumes, central gland volume fraction (central gland volume divided by total prostate volume), PSA density (PSAD; PSA divided by total prostate volume), and PSAD for the central gland (PSA divided by central gland volume). These MRI-based volume and volume-adjusted PSA estimates were compared with prostatectomy specimen weight and Gleason score by using Pearson (r) or Spearman (?) correlation coefficients. RESULTS The estimated total prostate volume showed a high correlation with reference standard volume (r = 0.94). Of the 61 patients, eight (13.1%) had a Gleason score of 6, 40 (65.6%) had a Gleason score of 7, seven (11.5%) had a Gleason score of 8, and six (9.8%) had a Gleason score of 9 for prostate cancer. The Gleason score was significantly correlated with central gland volume fraction (? = ?0.42; p = 0.0007), PSAD (? = 0.46; p = 0.0002), and PSAD for the central gland (? = 0.55; p = 0.00001). CONCLUSION Central gland volume fraction, PSAD, and PSAD for the central gland estimated from MRI examinations show a modest but significant correlation with Gleason score and have the potential to contribute to personalized risk assessment for significant prostate cancer. PMID:24147475

  9. Development and validation of modified disease activity scores in rheumatoid arthritis : superior correlation with magnetic resonance imaging-detected synovitis and radiographic progression

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    Baker, Joshua F; Conaghan, Philip G

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate composite disease activity scores, based on widely available clinical measures, that would demonstrate improved correlation with detection of synovitis on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiographic progression, in comparison with conventional measures, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: This study was conducted as a secondary study of 2 RA clinical trials, GO-BEFORE (development cohort) and GO-FORWARD (validation cohort). Generalized estimating equations were used to evaluate independent cross-sectional associations of component variables (from all time points) with concurrent MRI measures of synovitis and bone edema in the development cohort. Based on regression coefficients, modified versions of the Disease Activity Score in 28 joints (M-DAS28), Simplified Disease Activity Index (M-SDAI), and Clinical Disease Activity Index (M-CDAI) were generated for each subject in the validation cohort. The M-DAS28, M-SDAI, and M-CDAI scores were compared to conventional scores of disease activity with regard to associations with MRI measures of synovitis and radiographic progression, assessed using Pearson's and Spearman's correlations, linear/logistic regression, and receiver operating characteristic analysis. RESULTS: Four variables were independently associated with MRI-detected synovitis and bone edema in the development cohort: C-reactive protein (CRP) level, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), swollen joint count in 28 joints (SJC28), and evaluator's global assessment of disease activity using a visual analog scale (EvGA score). Modified disease activity scores were generated using the regression coefficients obtained in the synovitis models for all subjects in the validation cohort; modified scores were calculated as M-DAS28 = 0.49 × ln(CRP) + 0.15 × SJC28 + 0.22 × EvGA + 1 and M-SDAI = CRP + SJC28 + EvGA. Both modified and conventional disease activity scores correlated significantly with MRI measures of synovitis. Modified scores showed superior correlation with synovitis, as compared to conventional scores, at all time points (P < 0.05). Furthermore, the M-DAS28 and M-SDAI had superior test characteristics for prediction of radiographic progression at 52 weeks (both P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Modified disease activity scores demonstrated superior correlation with MRI detection of synovitis at all time points, and more accurately predicted radiographic progression in patients with RA in a clinical trial setting.

  10. Biochemical Indices and Sensory Scores of Kunu-zaki Beverages Produced from Sprouted and Unsprouted Guinea Corn and Their Correlations

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Kunu-zaki beverage is a popular cereal-grain based non-alcoholic drink traditionally produced from sprouted cereal grains like sorghum, millet, maize or their mixtures. Unsprouted grains can also be used, thereby saving time spent during sprouting without compromising sensory property. The present study sought to investigate, in comparative terms, the biochemical indices and sensory scores of Kunu-zaki beverages produced from Sprouted Guinea Corn (SGC and Unsprouted Guinea Corn (USGC as well as establishing correlation between these parameters. Production of Kunu-zaki beverages from USGC and SGC was carried out using standard procedures. Samples of the beverages were analyzed for glucose, protein and hydrogen ion concentrations in concurrence with sensory evaluation scores. The results indicated that the Kunu-zaki beverages produced were of comparable (p>0.05 acidity values. Protein and glucose concentrations of Kunu-zaki beverage produced from SGC were significantly higher (p Kunu-zaki beverage produced from SGC gave: [protein] = 10.6±2.62 g L-1 and [glucose] = 500.0±4.90 mg dL-1, whereas beverage produced from USGC gave [protein] = 3.0 g L-1 and [glucose] = 335.3±2.8 mg dL-1. Sensory attributes of the beverages were not significantly different (p>0.05. The pH, mouthfeel, protein and glucose contents of the beverages had strong positive effects on their tastes. The protein content of Kunu-Zaki beverage produced from SGC had marginal effect on its taste. Although the levels of some biochemical parameters were reduced when Kunu-zaki beverage was produced from USGC, it did not affect its sensory property.

  11. Comparison of the thermodynamic and correlation criteria for internal standard selection in laser-induced breakdown spectrometry

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    The use of the reference line of an internal standard in LIBS is a usual way to eliminate or reduce the fluctuations of plasma parameters from pulse to pulse as well as from sample to sample. Thermodynamic criterion, i.e. closeness of excitation potentials of the analytical line and the reference one, is often used to select an appropriate reference line. In this work, we propose an alternative criterion based on searching the best correlated pairs of lines under the variations of laser energy. Two criteria were compared for high-alloy steels and soils of different origins. The discrepancy among the values of plasma temperature calculated from Fe I, Mn I and Cr I transitions was found under the conditions of slightly changed laser fluence on steel samples. On the other hand, the agreement between plasma temperatures, obtained for Fe I and Mn I transitions, was demonstrated in plasma on soil samples. Calibration results obtained for manganese in steels and lead in soils show that thermodynamic criterion can be an appropriate way for choosing an internal standard only under LTE conditions. Two lines of Mn I at 403.07 nm and 404.14 nm and Pb I at 405.78 nm were the analytical lines for the quantification of manganese in steels and lead in soils, respectively. The use of the correlative criterion seems to be suitable for internal standardization under LTE or non-LTE conditions. Probable limitations of the correlative criterion and its possibilities to identify weak lines are discussed in the article. - Highlights: • Novel criterion for internal standard selection, based on the correlation of analytical line and reference one • Comparison of correlation and thermodynamic criteriaCorrelation analysis of the spectrum can be useful for atomic line identification. • Correlation approach can be used in LTE and non-LTE conditions

  12. Evaluation of five scoring systems for cervical spondylogenic myelopathy.

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    Dalitz, Kristina; Vitzthum, Hans-Ekkehart

    2008-09-01

    BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Comparison of measured clinical deficits and outcomes is vital for international discussion about the identification and treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). There is currently little information comparing outcomes as assessed by different CSM scoring systems. PURPOSE: To qualitatively and quantitatively analyze five specific CSM outcome scores that are frequently used to assess the grade of severity and outcome after operative decompression. STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective study evaluated the Nurick score, the Japanese Orthopedic Association score (JOA score), the Cooper myelopathy scale (CMS), the Prolo score, and the European myelopathy score (EMS). PATIENT SAMPLE: The study included 43 patients with clinical and morphological signs of CSM, who underwent ventral decompression. Data were evaluated in sufficient detail to objectively assess the scores. OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical findings (funicular and radicular symptoms), recovery rate, symptom duration, age, economic situation, time away from employment, somatic-evoked potentials, and radiological findings were assessed. METHODS: Scores were assessed using both pre- and postoperative clinical data. Correlations between scores, score improvement, and how well the scores reflected the clinical, diagnostic, and anamnestic data were analyzed using nonparametric, descriptive statistical tests. The recovery rate, as a measure of cumulative outcome, was also assessed and compared for each scoring system. RESULTS: All five scores were suitable for qualitatively assessing the clinical characteristics and progression of cervical myelopathy. All showed a statistically significant correlation (p<.05), and measured postoperative improvement (p<.001). All scores also reflected clinical deficits except for the Prolo score, which rates the severity of CSM with an emphasis on data related to the economic impact on the patient's situation rather than on clinical symptoms per se. Quantitative assessment of clinical symptom improvement varied greatly among the scores, for example, Nurick score (33%) versus JOA score (81%). The recovery rates, as a measure of cumulative improvement, showed less variation among most of the scores. The Nurick score and the EMS measured clinical deficit improvements in significantly fewer patients than did the JOA score (p<.05). CONCLUSIONS: Evaluating the recovery rate is essential for comparing the results of the five CSM scores evaluated in this study. There was a large quantitative difference among the scores as the result of the different criteria used to produce each score. Qualitatively, all five scores allowed evaluation of cervical myelopathy, but only the recovery rate allowed for statistical comparison. Advancements in the treatment of CSM depend on the ability of clinicians to evaluate the therapeutic results of CSM studies. This study suggests that using the recovery rate to assess outcome is best for comparing studies that use different scores. PMID:18774750

  13. Refining criteria for diagnosis of cutaneous infections caused by herpes viruses through correlation of morphology with molecular pathology

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Infections of the skin by herpes viruses do not always present themselves in typical fashion. Early diagnosis, however, is crucial for appropriate treatment. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR allows diagnosis and differential diagnosis of herpes virus infections, but the method is not yet available in large parts of the world, where diagnosis is made based on morphology alone. AIM: To refine criteria for the diagnosis of herpes virus infections of the skin by way of correlation of clinical and histopathologic findings with results of PCR studies. METHODS: We studied 75 clinically diagnosed patients of "zoster," "varicella," and "herpes simplex", to correlate clinical and histopathological findings with results of PCR studies on paraffin embedded biopsy specimens. RESULTS: Clinical suspicion of infection by herpes viruses was confirmed by histopathology in 37% of the cases and by PCR studies in 65% of the cases. Zoster was frequently misdiagnosed as infection with herpes simplex viruses (30%. When diagnostic signs of herpes virus infection were encountered histopathologically, PCR confirmed the diagnosis in 94%. By way of correlation with results of PCR studies, initial lesions of herpes virus infections could be identified to have a distinctive histopathological pattern. Herpetic folliculitis appeared to be a rather common finding in zoster, it occurring in 28% of the cases. CONCLUSION: We conclude that correlation of clinical and histopathological features with results of PCR studies on one and the same paraffin embedded specimen permits identification of characteristic morphologic patterns and helps to refine criteria for diagnosis both clinically and histopathologically.

  14. Entorhinal cortex volume measured with 3T MRI is positively correlated with the Wechsler memory scale-revised logical/verbal memory score for healthy subjects

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    Previous studies revealed a correlation between local brain volume and cognitive function. The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between local gray matter volume and the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised (WMS-R) logical/verbal memory (WMS-R-verbal) score in healthy adults using a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance scanner and voxel-based morphometry (VBM). T1-weighted magnetic resonance images were obtained in 1,169 healthy adults. The T1-weighted images in native space were bias-corrected, spatially normalized, and segmented into gray matter, white matter, and cerebrospinal fluid images with Statistical Parametric Mapping 5. To investigate regionally the specific effects of the WMS-R-verbal score on the gray matter images, simple regression analysis was performed by VBM treating age, total intracranial volume, and gender as confounding covariates. A P value of less than 0.05 corrected with false discovery rate in voxel difference was considered to be statistically significant. Our study showed a significant positive correlation between the WMS-R-verbal score and the bilateral entorhinal cortex volume. In the right entorhinal, T value is 4.75, and the size of the clusters is 155 voxels. In the left entorhinal, T value is 4.08, and the size of the clusters is 23 voxels. A significant negative correlation was not found. To our knowledge, this is the first VBM study showing that entorhinal cortex volume is positively correlated with the WMS-R-verbal score fy correlated with the WMS-R-verbal score for healthy subjects. Therefore, in our structural neuroimaging study, we add evidence to the hypothesis that the entorhinal cortex is involved in verbal memory processing. (orig.)

  15. Correlation of CT angiographic pulmonary artery obstruction scores with right ventricular dysfunction and clinical outcome in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To correlate CTA pulmonary artery obstruction scores (OS) with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) and clinical outcome in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: In a prospective study of 50 patients (66 ± 12.9 years) with PE pulmonary artery OS (Qanadli, Mastora, and Mastora central) were assessed by two radiologists. To assess RVD all patients underwent echocardiography within 24 h. Furthermore, RVD on CT was assessed by calculating the right ventricular/left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratios on transverse (RV/LVtrans) and four-chamber views (RV/LV4ch) as well as the RV/LV volume ratio (RV/LVvol). OS were correlated with RVD and the occurrence of adverse clinical outcomes (defined as death, need for intensive care treatment, or cardiac insufficiency ?NYHA III). Results: Mean Mastora, Qanadli, and Mastora central OS were 26.4 ± 17.7, 12.6 ± 9.9 and 7.5 ± 9, respectively. Echocardiography demonstrated moderate and severe RVD in 10 and 5 patients, respectively. Patients with moderate and severe RVD showed significantly higher Mastora central scores than patients without RVD (14 ± 10.8 vs. 5.9 ± 7.8 [p = 0.05]; 17.6 ± 13.2 vs. 5.9 ± 7.8 [p = 0.038]). A relevant correlation (i.e. r ? 0.6) between OS and CT parameters for RVD were only found for the Mastora score and the Mastora central score (RV/LV4ch: r = 0.61 and 0.68, RV/LVvol: r = 0.61 and 0.6). 18 patients experienced an adverse clinical outcome. None of the OS differed significantly between patients with and without adverse clinical outcome. Conclusion: Pulmonary artery obstruction scores can differentiate between patients with and without RVD. However, in this study, obstruction scores were not correlated to adverse clinical outcome

  16. Correlation between Bhalla score and spirometry in children and adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis / Correlação entre escore de Bhalla e espirometria em crianças e adolescentes com fibrose cística

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    Flavia Fajardo Linhares, Pereira; Cassio da Cunha, Ibiapina; Cristina Gonçalves, Alvim; Paulo Augusto Moreira, Camargos; Reginaldo, Figueiredo; Jesiana Ferreira, Pedrosa.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: correlacionar os achados da tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução (TCAR) do tórax, com base no escore de Bhalla, com os dados clínicos e a espirometria em crianças e adolescentes com fibrose cística (FC), além de estudar a concordância entre dois médicos radiologistas para o escor [...] e de Bhalla e suas categorias. Métodos: foram avaliados os prontuários e os exames de 23 pacientes do ambulatório. Os itens avaliados foram idade, peso, altura, escore Z altura/idade, escore Z peso/ idade, índice de massa corpórea (IMC), saturação de O2, espirometria e escore de Bhalla. Resultados: os pacientes avaliados tinham média de idade de 17,4±5,7 anos, sendo 15 do sexo feminino e 8 do sexo masculino. Houve boa correlação entre o escore de Bhalla e a espirometria (CVF-r = 0,718, p 70% já apresentavam alterações na nota final do escore de Bhalla. Na análise da concordância entre os examinadores, foi encontrado coeficiente kappa de 0,81 (p Abstract in english Objective: to correlate the findings of high resolution computed tomography of the chest based on the Bhalla score with the clinical data and spirometry in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, and to study the concordance between two radiologists for the Bhalla score and its categories. [...] Methods: we evaluated the medical records of 23 patients from the outpatient clinic. The items evaluated included age, weight, height, height/age Z-score, weight/age Z-score, body mass index (BMI), O2 saturation, spirometry and Bhalla score. Results: the patients had a mean age of 17.4 years ± 5.7 years, with fifteen females and eight males. There was good correlation between Bhalla score and spirometry (FVC-r =0.718, p 70% already had changes in their final Bhalla score. In the analysis of the concordance between the examiners a Kappa coefficient of 0.81 (p

  17. CORRELATION OF PEMPHIGUS VULGARIS ANTIBODY TITERS BY INDIRECT IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE WITH ACTIVITY OF DISEASE BASED ON PEMPHIGUS AREA AND ACTIVITY SCORE (PAAS

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    Full Text Available Indirect immunofluorescence (IIF has been used to identify and measure autoantibody levels in pemphigus vulgaris but data about relationship between clinical severity of disease and antibody titers by IIF have been conflicting. We conducted this cross-sectional study to correlate the severity of oral and/or cutaneous involvement in patients with pemphigus vulgaris based on Pemphigus Area and Activity Score with IIF titers. Sixty-one new pemphigus vulgaris patients were included in this study. Human prepuce was used as substrate for IIF and assessment of disease severity was based on Pemphigus Area and Activity Score. The mean±SD age was 44.04±30.46 years, with a range of 18 to 79 years. IIF was positive in 56 (91.8% patients. There was a significant relationship between total disease score and IIF titers ((P<0.001. Also a significant relationship was found between skin score (P=0.04 and mucosal score (P=0.04 with IIF titers. Our results show that there is a significant relationship between disease activity based on Pemphigus Area and Activity Score and antibody titers by IIF. Further studies are recommended to determine the usefulness of this technique for monitoring disease.

  18. Proctitis after external-beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer classified by Vienna Rectoscopy Score and correlated with EORTC/RTOG score for late rectal toxicity: Results of a prospective multicenter study of 166 patients

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    Purpose: To evaluate the Vienna Rectoscopy Score (VRS) as a feasible and effective tool for detecting and classifying pathologic changes in the rectal mucosa after radiotherapy (RT) for prostate cancer, and, also, to correlate its findings with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)/Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) score for late rectal toxicity. Methods and Materials: A total of 486 patients with localized prostate cancer underwent external-beam RT up to 70 or 74 Gy within an Austrian-German prospective multicenter trial. In 166 patients, voluntary rectal sigmoidoscopy was performed before and at 12 and/or 24 months after RT. Pathologic findings such as telangiectasia, congested mucosa, and ulcers were graded (Grades 0-3) and summarized according to the VRS. Late rectal side effects (EORTC/RTOG) were documented and correlated with the corresponding VRS. Results: Before RT, 99% had a VRS score of 0. The median follow-up was 40 months. Overall, a late rectal side effects grade or score 1-3 was detected in 43% by EORTC/RTOG compared with 68% by VRS (p < 0.05). Grades 0, 1, 2, and 3 late rectal side effects were found using EORTC/RTOG in 57%, 11%, 28%, and 3%, respectively; the corresponding percentages were 32%, 22%, 32%, and 14% for a VRS of 0, 1, 2, and 3, respectively. A significant coherence between the VRS and EORTC/RTOG was found (p < 0.01). Conclusions: The VRS is a feasible and effective tool for describing and classifying ctive tool for describing and classifying pathologic findings in the rectal mucosa after RT within a multicenter trial. The VRS and EORTC/RTOG showed a high coherence. However the VRS was significantly more sensitive

  19. Estimativas de herdabilidade e correlações para escores visuais, peso e altura ao sobreano em rebanhos da raça Nelore Estimates of heritabilities and correlations for visual scores, weight and height at 550 days of age in Nelore cattle herds

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    William Koury Filho

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Os objetivos neste trabalho foram avaliar as relações entre os escores visuais de estrutura corporal, precocidade e musculosidade ao sobreano (aproximadamente 550 dias de idade com características de crescimento para verificar as possibilidades de utilizar essas características como critérios de seleção. Foram obtidas estimativas dos componentes de covariâncias por máxima verossimilhança restrita empregando-se um modelo animal com o efeito fixo de grupo contemporâneo e a idade como covariável (efeitos linear e quadrático. Os grupos contemporâneos foram definidos pelas variáveis: sexo; ano, estação e fazenda de nascimento; e fazenda e grupo de manejo aos 120, 210, 365 e 550 dias de idade. Foram utilizadas 1.367 observações de estrutura corporal, precocidade e musculosidade. As estimativas de herdabilidade foram de 0,24 ± 0,09 para estrutura corporal; 0,63 ± 0,12 para precocidade e 0,48 ± 0,11 para musculosidade, e as estimativas de correlações genéticas entre os escores foram 0,49 entre estrutura corporal e precocidade; 0,63 entre estrutura corporal e musculosidade; e 0,90 entre precocidade e musculosidade. As correlações genéticas entre os escores de estrutura corporal, precocidade e musculosidade, e o peso ao sobreano foram todas positivas (0,83; 0,42 e 0,50, respectivamente, enquanto as estimativas de correlações genéticas entre altura de posterior e os escores de estrutura corporal, precocidade e musculosidade, respectivamente, foram 0,57, -0,29 e -0,33. As características estrutura corporal, precocidade e musculosidade ao sobreano apresentaram variação genética aditiva de moderada a alta. As correlações genéticas dos escores com altura do posterior indicam que a seleção de animais mais altos, ainda que indireta, pode ocasionar aumento da estrutura corporal média dos animais, que poderão ser menos precoces e menos musculosos ao sobreano. A seleção para os escores visuais, principalmente para estrutura corporal, deve promover aumento no peso ao sobreano dos animais.The objectives of this study were to evaluate the associations between visual scores of body structure, precocity and muscling at 550 days of age and growing traits, and verify the possibilities of applying these traits as selection criteria. (Covariance components were estimated by restricted maximum likelihood, employing an animal model with fixed effects of contemporary group and age as a covariate (linear and quadratic effects. Contemporary groups were defined by variables: sex; year, season and herd of birth; herd and management group at 120, 210, 365 and 550 days of age. Scores from 1,367 animals for body structure, precocity and muscling were evaluated. Heritability estimates for the visual scores were 0.24 ± 0.09 for body structure, 0.63 ± 0.12 for precocity and 0.48 ± 0.11 for muscling. Genetic correlations estimates among the scores were 0.49 for body structure and precocity, 0.63 between body structure and muscling, 0.90 between precocity and muscling. The genetic correlation estimates among the scores of body structure, precocity and muscling and weight at 550 days were all positive (0.83, 0.42 and 0.50, respectively, while the genetic correlation estimates between hip height and body structure, precocity and muscling were 0,57, -0,29 and -0,33, respectively. Scores for body structure, precocity and muscling at 550 days of age presented moderate-to-large additive genetic variability. The genetic correlation estimates between visual scores and hip height indicated that the selection of taller animals, even though indirectly, can increase the body structure of animals and decrease precocity and muscling at 550 days. Selection for visual scores, especially body structure, should increase animal weight at 550 days.

  20. Entorhinal cortex volume measured with 3T MRI is positively correlated with the Wechsler memory scale-revised logical/verbal memory score for healthy subjects

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    Goto, Masami [University of Tokyo Hospital, Department of Radiological Technology, Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Kanazawa University, Tsunomatyou, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa (Japan); Abe, Osamu; Takao, Hidemasa; Inano, Sachiko; Mori, Harushi; Kunimatsu, Akira; Ohtomo, Kuni [University of Tokyo Hospital, Department of Radiology, Tokyo (Japan); Miyati, Tosiaki [Kanazawa University, Tsunomatyou, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa (Japan); Yoshikawa, Takeharu; Hayashi, Naoto [University of Tokyo Hospital, Department of Computational Diagnostic Radiology and Preventive Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Kabasawa, Hiroyuki [GE Healthcare, Japan Applied Science Laboratory, Hino (Japan); Aoki, Shigeki [Juntendo University, Department of Radiology, Tokyo (Japan); Ino, Kenji; Iida, Kyouhito; Yano, Keiichi [University of Tokyo Hospital, Department of Radiological Technology, Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan)

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    Previous studies revealed a correlation between local brain volume and cognitive function. The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between local gray matter volume and the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised (WMS-R) logical/verbal memory (WMS-R-verbal) score in healthy adults using a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance scanner and voxel-based morphometry (VBM). T1-weighted magnetic resonance images were obtained in 1,169 healthy adults. The T1-weighted images in native space were bias-corrected, spatially normalized, and segmented into gray matter, white matter, and cerebrospinal fluid images with Statistical Parametric Mapping 5. To investigate regionally the specific effects of the WMS-R-verbal score on the gray matter images, simple regression analysis was performed by VBM treating age, total intracranial volume, and gender as confounding covariates. A P value of less than 0.05 corrected with false discovery rate in voxel difference was considered to be statistically significant. Our study showed a significant positive correlation between the WMS-R-verbal score and the bilateral entorhinal cortex volume. In the right entorhinal, T value is 4.75, and the size of the clusters is 155 voxels. In the left entorhinal, T value is 4.08, and the size of the clusters is 23 voxels. A significant negative correlation was not found. To our knowledge, this is the first VBM study showing that entorhinal cortex volume is positively correlated with the WMS-R-verbal score for healthy subjects. Therefore, in our structural neuroimaging study, we add evidence to the hypothesis that the entorhinal cortex is involved in verbal memory processing. (orig.)

  1. Correlation of the bottom turn technique with the scores attributed in high performance surfing. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2012v14n5p554

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    Full Text Available The surf contests worldwide have presented a high and homogeneous level of performance by the athletes. Thus, the hypothesis that the bottom turn (BT, curve on the base of the wave which is essential to the construction of subsequent maneuvers, might influence the results in high performance competitions. The objective of this study was to quantify the time taken in the execution of the BT by the athletes and correlate it to the scores awarded. The research sample was composed of four contests of the Surfing World Tour. Four heats of each contest were assessed, in a total of sixteen heats studied. The analysis of each BT was performed by using the video split feature available in the Sony Vegas Pro 10.0 software. The statistic analysis was performed with the software SPSS 18.0. The Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated with a significance level of p<0.01. According to the correlations, there was an association between the variables for 87.5% of the cases. Results show that the increase of the curve in the base of the wave (BT can maximize the performance potential of the surfers, suggesting that BT is a fundamental technical aspect in the construction of subsequent maneuvers that suit the judging criteria of this category.

  2. CORRELATION OF PEMPHIGUS VULGARIS ANTIBODY TITERS BY INDIRECT IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE WITH ACTIVITY OF DISEASE BASED ON PEMPHIGUS AREA AND ACTIVITY SCORE (PAAS)

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    Mortazavi, H.; Kiavash, K.; Chams-davatchi, N. Esmaili C.

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    Indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) has been used to identify and measure autoantibody levels in pemphigus vulgaris but data about relationship between clinical severity of disease and antibody titers by IIF have been conflicting. We conducted this cross-sectional study to correlate the severity of oral and/or cutaneous involvement in patients with pemphigus vulgaris based on Pemphigus Area and Activity Score with IIF titers. Sixty-one new pemphigus vulgaris patients were included in this study...

  3. Does Council Tax Valuation Band (CTVB correlate with Under-Privileged Area 8 (UPA8 score and could it be a better 'Jarman Index'?

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Widespread scepticism persists on the use of the Under-Privileged Area (UPA8 score of Jarman in distributing supplementary resources to so-attributed 'deprived' UK general practices. The search for better 'needs' markers continues. Having already shown that Council Tax Valuation Band (CTVB is a predictor of UK GP workload, we compare, here, CTVB of residence of a random sample of patients with their respective 'Jarman' scores. Methods Correlation coefficient is calculated between (i the CTVB of residence of a randomised sample of patients from an English general practice and (ii the UPA8 scores of the relevant enumeration districts in which they live. Results There is a highly significant correlation between the two measures despite modest study size of 478 patients (85% response. Conclusions The proposal that CTVB is a marker of deprivation and of clinical demand should be examined in more detail: it correlates with 'Jarman', which is already used in NHS resource allocation. But unlike 'Jarman', CTVB is simple, objective, and free of the problems of Census data. CTVB, being household-based, can be aggregated at will.

  4. Segmented corpus callosum diffusivity correlates with the Expanded Disability Status Scale score in the early stages of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis

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    Carolina de Medeiros, Rimkus; Thiago de Faria, Junqueira; Dagoberto, Callegaro; Maria Concepcion Garcia, Otaduy; Claudia da Costa, Leite.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to characterize the microscopic damage to the corpus callosum in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) with diffusion tensor imaging and to investigate the correlation of this damage with disability. The diffusion tensor imaging parameters of fractional [...] anisotropy and mean diffusivity provide information about the integrity of cell membranes, offering two more specific indices, namely the axial and radial diffusivities, which are useful for discriminating axon loss from demyelination. METHOD: Brain magnetic resonance imaging exams of 30 relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were acquired in a 3T scanner. The axial diffusivities, radial diffusivities, fractional anisotropy, and mean diffusivity of five segments of the corpus callosum, correlated to the Expanded Disability Status Scale score, were obtained. RESULTS: All corpus callosum segments showed increased radial diffusivities and mean diffusivity, as well as decreased fractional anisotropy, in the relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis group. The axial diffusivity was increased in the posterior midbody and splenium. The Expanded Disability Status Scale scores correlated more strongly with axial diffusivities and mean diffusivity, with an isolated correlation with radial diffusivities in the posterior midbody of the corpus callosum. There was no significant correlation with lesion loads. CONCLUSION: Neurological dysfunction in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis can be influenced by commissural disconnection, and the diffusion indices of diffusion tensor imaging are potential biomarkers of disability that can be assessed during follow-up.

  5. Correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características reprodutivas em bovinos Nelore usando inferência bayesiana / Genetic correlations between visual scores and reproductive traits in Nelore cattle using Bayesian inference

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    Arione Augusti, Boligon; Lucia Galvão de, Albuquerque.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar a herdabilidade e as correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características reprodutivas de animais da raça Nelore. As características avaliadas foram: precocidade, musculatura, e escores de conformação à desmama (PD, MD e CD, respectivamente) e ao sobrea [...] no (PS, MS e CS, respectivamente); idade ao primeiro parto (IPP); e perímetro escrotal (PE). Foram utilizadas informações de 66.244 animais, nascidos entre 1990 e 2006. Os parâmetros genéticos foram estimados em análises bicaracterísticas, com inferência bayesiana. Foi utilizado um modelo linear para IPP e PE, e um modelo não linear ("threshold") para os escores visuais. As herdabilidades estimadas foram: CD, 0,19±0,02; PD, 0,23±0,02; MD, 0,20±0,02; CS, 0,26±0,01; PS, 0,33±0,02; MS, 0,32±0,02; IPP, 0,16±0,03; e PE, 0,36±0,02. As correlações genéticas estimadas entre os escores visuais e IPP foram negativas, de -0,18±0,03 a -0,29±0,02. Correlações genéticas positivas foram obtidas entre os escores visuais e o PE, de 0,19±0,01 a 0,31±0,01. A seleção de animais com os maiores escores visuais, principalmente ao sobreano, permite melhorar o desempenho reprodutivo dos rebanhos Abstract in english The aim of this work was to estimate the heritability and the genetic correlations between visual scores and reproductive traits of Nelore cattle. The traits evaluated were: finishing, muscling, and conformation scores at weaning (PD, MD, and CD, respectively) and yearling (PS, MS and CS, respective [...] ly); age at the first calving (IPP) and scrotal circumference (PE). The records of 66,244 animals born between 1990 and 2006 were used. The genetic parameters were estimated using bi-trait animal analyses with Bayesian inference. A linear model for IPP and PE and a nonlinear (threshold) model for visual scores were used. The heritability estimates were: CD, 0.19±0.02; PD, 0.23±0.02; MD, 0.20±0.02; CS, 0.26±0.01; PS, 0.33±0.02; MS, 0.32±0.02; IPP, 0.16±0.03; and PE, 0.36±0.02. Genetic correlation estimates between visual scores and IPP were negative, varying from -0.18±0.03 to -0.29±0.02. Positive genetic correlations were obtained between the visual scores and PE, from 0.19±0.01 to 0.31±0.01. Animal selection with the highest visual scores, mainly those taken after the yearling age, allows to improve herd reproductive traits

  6. Correlation between Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) scores and Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ) allows the calculation of percent work productivity loss in patients with psoriasis.

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    Schmitt, Jochen; Küster, Denise

    2015-07-01

    Data on indirect costs are vital for cost-effectiveness studies from a societal perspective. In contrast to quality of life, information on productivity loss is rarely collected in psoriasis trials. We aimed to identify a model to deduce indirect costs (presenteeism and absenteeism) of psoriasis from the Dermatologic Life Quality Index (DLQI) of affected patients to facilitate health economic evaluations for psoriasis. We undertook a cross-sectional mapping study including 201 patients with physician-diagnosed psoriasis and investigated the relationship between quality of life (DLQI) and productivity loss (Work Limitations Questionnaire, WLQ-using the "output demands" subscale) using linear bootstrap regression analysis to set up an equation model allowing the calculation of percent work productivity loss per DLQI unit increase. DLQI and WLQ scores were significantly correlated (r = 0.47; p < 0.0001) The final equation model suggests a 0.545 and 0.560 % decrease in productivity due to presenteeism and absenteeism per DLQI unit increase, with y-intercepts at 1.654 and 0.536, respectively. In the absence of data on indirect cost, work productivity loss due to psoriasis can be estimated from DLQI scores using the equations, Y = 0.545 × DLQI score + 1.654 for presenteeism (%) and Y = 0.560 × DLQI score + 0.536 for absenteeism (%). PMID:25940274

  7. T2-weighted MRI in Parkinson's disease; Substantia nigra pars compacta hypointensity correlates with the clinical scores

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    Atasoy Huseyin Tugrul; Nuyan Oguz; Tunc Tugba; Yorubulut Mehmet; Unal Aysun; Inan Levent

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    Background: Iron accumulation in substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) and related intensity and volumetric changes in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) has been reported previously. There are only a few studies evaluating the relation between neuroradiological findings and clinical scores, with contradictory results. Aims: In this study we aimed to measure the iron-rich brain areas of PD patients and healthy subjects with T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) an...

  8. LACK OF CORRELATION BETWEEN OPIOID DOSE ADJUSTMENT AND PAIN SCORE CHANGE IN A GROUP OF CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS

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    Chen, Lucy; Vo, Trang; Seefeld, Lindsey; Malarick, Charlene; Houghton, Mary; Ahmed, Shihab; Zhang, Yi; Cohen, Abigail; Retamozo, Cynthia; Hilaire, Kristen St; Zhang, Vivian; Mao, Jianren

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    Despite the increasing use of opioid analgesics for chronic pain management, it is unclear whether opioid dose escalation leads to better pain relief during chronic opioid therapy. In this study, we retrospectively analyzed clinical data collected from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Pain Medicine over a 7-year period. We examined 1) the impact of opioid dose adjustment (increase or decrease) on clinical pain score, 2) gender and age differences in response to opioid thera...

  9. Derivation of water quality criteria of phenanthrene using interspecies correlation estimation models for aquatic life in China.

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    Wu, Jiangyue; Liu, Zhengtao; Yan, Zhenguang; Yi, Xianliang

    2015-06-01

    Species sensitivity distribution (SSD) method has been widely used to derive water quality criteria (WQC). However, the toxicity data of some environmental pollutants are not easily accessible, especially for endangered and threatened species. Thus, it would be very desirable and economical to predict the toxicity of those species not subjected to toxicity test with the aid of a mathematical model. The interspecies correlation estimation (ICE) model (developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)) uses the initial toxicity estimate for one species to produce correlated toxicity values for multiple species, and it can be utilized to develop SSD and HC5 (hazardous concentration, 5th percentile). In this study, we explored the applicability of ICE to predict toxicity of phenanthrene to various species. ICE-based SSDs were generated using three surrogate species (Oncorhynchus mykiss, Lepomis macrochirus, and Daphnia magna) and compared with the metrical-based SSD. The corresponding HC5 of both models were also compared. The results showed there were no significant differences between HC5 derived from measured acute and ICE-based predicted values. The ICE model was verified as a valid approach for generating SSDs with limited toxicity data and deriving WQC for phenanthrene. PMID:25608455

  10. Correlación entre índices de bioimpedancia eléctrica y score Apache II en pacientes con shock séptico / Correlation between indexes of electrical bioimpedance and Apache II score in patients with septic shock

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    Manuel, Díaz-De Los Santos; Javier, Cieza; Raúl, Valenzuela.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la correlación entre diversos índices de bioimpedancia eléctrica (IBE) y el score APACHE II (sAII) en pacientes con shock séptico. Material y métodos: Se incluyeron 30 pacientes >14 años con shock séptico de la unidad de cuidados intensivos (UCI) adultos del Hospital Nacional Ca [...] yetano Heredia-Perú a quienes se calculó el (sAII) y se midió el ángulo de fase, índice de impedancia y relación LIC/LEC, correlacionándolos posteriormente mediante Pearson y regresión lineal múltiple. Resultados: El 60% fueron varones, la edad promedio fue 60 ± 20,92 años, talla 1,61 ± 0,06m, peso 65,46 ± 8,7 Kg. y tiempo de ingreso a UCI 8,4 ± 5,99 horas. El 86,6% requirió ventilación mecánica, el foco infeccioso más frecuente fue respiratorio (63,3%). El promedio del sAII fue 18,83 ± 9,23, la permanencia en UCI 8,4 ± 5,99 días y la letalidad al mes 50%. Solamente se encontró correlación negativa con significancia estadística (r = -0,46; p = 0,01) entre el ángulo de fase (AF) y el (sAII). Ni el índice de impedancia ni la relación LIC/LEC tuvieron correlación significativa. El mejor predictor de mortalidad fue el AF: todos los que fallecieron tuvieron un AF Abstract in english Objective: Objective: To determine the correlation between various indexes of bioelectrical impedance (IBE) and APACHE II score (sAII) in patients with septic shock. Material and methods: We included 30 patients > 14 years old with septic shock admitted to the Adults intensive care unit (ICU) at the [...] Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia – Peru. The (sAII) was calculated and various IBE parameters were measured (phase angle, impedance index and relationship ICF/ECF). Correlations were calculated by multiple linear regression and Pearson. Results: 60% were male, mean age was 60 ± 20.92 years, height 161 ± 6 cm, weight 65.46 ± 8.7 kg and time of admission ICU was 8.4 ± 5.99 hours. 86.6% required mechanical ventilation, the most common infection was respiratory in origin (63.3%). The mean sAII was 18.8 ± 9.2, ICU stay was 8.4 ± 5.99 days and mortality was 50% per month. We only found a statistically significant negative correlation (r = - 0.46, p = 0.01) between the phase angle (FA) and (sAII). Neither the impedance index nor the relationship ICF/ECF had significant correlation. The best predictor of mortality was FA: those who died had an FA

  11. A new scoring method with magnetic resonance imagings for prediction of the postoperative results in cervical myelopathy

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    An evaluating method that uses scoring of preoperative magnetic resonance imagings (MRI) (preoperative MRI cumulative score) was devised to predict the postoperative results of dilation of the spinal canal for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. The usefulness of the method is reported. The subjects were 38 patients, and the mean preoperative MRI cumulative score was 9.2 points. The coefficient of correlation between the score and the postoperative improvement rate according to the criteria for results of treatment for spondylotic cervical myelopathy of the neck (established by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association) was -0.462, a significantly negative correlation. (author)

  12. Analysis of genetic correlations between multivariate measures of lactation persistency and somatic cell score in Italian Simmental cattle

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    N.P.P. Macciotta; A. Cappio-Borlino; R. Steri; D. Vicario

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    Genetic relationships between lactation curve traits and Somatic Cell Count are of great interest for dairy cattle breeding. Factor Analysis (MFA) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) can be used to extract from the correlation matrix of milk test day records new unobservable (latent) variables that can be related to lactation curve shape. Previous researches report that MFA is particularly able to extract two latent variables related with level of production in early lactation ...

  13. Insulin-like growth factor (IgF)-I, IgF binding protein-3, and prostate cancer: correlation with gleason score

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    Lívia L., Corrêa; Leonardo, Vieira Neto; Giovanna A. Balarini, Lima; Rafael, Gabrich; Luiz Carlos D. de, Miranda; Mônica R., Gadelha.

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    Full Text Available Introduction Non-androgenic growth factors are involved in the growth regulation of prostate cancer (PCa). Objective This is the first Brazilian study to correlate, in a population of patients operated for PCa, PSA, total testosterone, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth fa [...] ctor-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) with Gleason score and to compare with a control group with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Materials and Methods This retrospective single-center study included 49 men with previously diagnosed PCa and 45 with previously diagnosed BPH. PSA, testosterone, IGF-I, IGFBP-3 were determined in both groups. Results PSA and IGFBP-3 levels were significantly higher in the PCa group as compared to the BPH group (p

  14. The Impact of Overreporting on MMPI-2-RF Substantive Scale Score Validity

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    Burchett, Danielle L.; Ben-Porath, Yossef S.

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    This study examined the impact of overreporting on the validity of Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) substantive scale scores by comparing correlations with relevant external criteria (i.e., validity coefficients) of individuals who completed the instrument under instructions to (a) feign psychopathology…

  15. Correlations between mini-mental state examination score, cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers, and pathology observed in brain biopsies of patients with normal-pressure hydrocephalus.

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    Elobeid, Adila; Laurell, Katarina; Cesarini, Kristina Giuliana; Alafuzoff, Irina

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    Alzheimer disease (AD)-related pathology was assessed in cortical biopsy samples of 111 patients with idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus. Alzheimer disease hallmark lesions-?-amyloid (A?) and hyperphosphorylated tau (HPtau)-were observed in 47% of subjects, a percentage consistent with that for whole-brain assessment reported postmortem in unselected cohorts. Higher-immunostained area fraction of AD pathology corresponded with lower preoperative mini-mental state examination scores. Concomitant A? and HPtau pathology, reminiscent of that observed in patients with AD, was observed in 22% of study subjects. There was a significant correlation between A?-immunostained area fraction in tissue and A?42 (42-amino-acid form of A?) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Levels of A?42 were significantly lower in CSF in subjects with concomitant A? and HPtau pathology compared with subjects lacking pathology. Moreover, a significant correlation between HPtau-immunostained area fraction and HPtau in CSF was noted. Both HPtau and total tau were significantly higher in CSF in subjects with concomitant A? and HPtau pathology compared with subjects lacking pathology. The 42-amino-acid form of A? (A?42) and HPtau in CSF were the most significant predictors of the presence of AD pathology in cortical biopsies. Long-term follow-up studies are warranted to assess whether all patients with idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus with AD pathology progress to AD and to determine the pathologic substrate of idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus. PMID:25868149

  16. Measurement of coronary sinus blood flow after first anterior myocardial infarction transthoracic echocardiography and its correlation with wall motion scoring lndex

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    The aim of this study was measurement of Coronary Sinus Blood Flow (CSBF) and Coronary Sinus Velocity time Integral (CSVTI) via transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in association with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), wall motion scoring index (WMSI) and in-hospital mortality. Twenty patients with anterior AMI and 20 healthy individuals as controls, were studied in 6 months period in 2005 in Madani Heart Center in Tabriz, Iran. All received same drugs for AMI treatment (e.g. fibrinolytic). CSBF, CSVTI, WMSI and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) data were obtained via TTE and compared between the two groups. Baseline variables were similar between two groups (p>0.05). CSBF in AMI group was 287.8 +- 128 ml/min and 415 +- 127 ml/min in control group (p=0.001). CSVTI was significantly lower in AMI group than control group (11.16 +- 2.85 and 17.56 +- 2.72 mm, respectively; p = 0.003). There was significant correlation between CSBF and LVEF (r = 0.52, p= 0.01), WMSI (r -0.77, p = 0.0001) and in-hospital mortality (r=0.58 p= 0.03), also between CSVTI and LVEF (r = 0.85, p = 0.0001), WMSI (r = -0.57, p = 0.0009) and in hospital-mortality rate (r = 0.69, p = 0.02). CSBF and CSVTI had good correlation with TDI findings: Em (peak early diastolic velocity in the myocardium) and Sm (peak systolic velocity in the myocardium). Our study demonstrated good correlation between measured CSBF and CSVTI by 2D, Doppler TTE and LVEF, WF and CSVTI by 2D, Doppler TTE and LVEF, WMSI, in-hospital mortality and also TDI findings; also we found that CSBF and CSVTI were independent predictors in AMI patients. (author)

  17. Systematic review and network meta-analysis of combination and monotherapy treatments in disease-modifying antirheumatic drug-experienced patients with rheumatoid arthritis: analysis of American College of Rheumatology criteria scores 20, 50, and 70

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    Full Text Available Michelle E Orme,1 Katherine S MacGilchrist,2 Stephen Mitchell,2 Dean Spurden,3 Alex Bird31Icera Consulting, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK; 2Systematic Review Department, Abacus International, Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK; 3Pfizer UK Limited, Tadworth, Surrey, UKBackground: Biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs extend the treatment choices for rheumatoid arthritis patients with suboptimal response or intolerance to conventional DMARDs. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to compare the relative efficacy of EU-licensed bDMARD combination therapy or monotherapy for patients intolerant of or contraindicated to continued methotrexate.Methods: Comprehensive, structured literature searches were conducted in Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library, as well as hand-searching of conference proceedings and reference lists. Phase II or III randomized controlled trials reporting American College of Rheumatology (ACR criteria scores of 20, 50, and 70 between 12 and 30 weeks' follow-up and enrolling adult patients meeting ACR classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis previously treated with and with an inadequate response to conventional DMARDs were eligible. To estimate the relative efficacy of treatments whilst preserving the randomized comparisons within each trial, a Bayesian network meta-analysis was conducted in WinBUGS using fixed and random-effects, logit-link models fitted to the binomial ACR 20/50/70 trial data.Results: The systematic review identified 10,625 citations, and after a review of 2450 full-text papers, there were 29 and 14 eligible studies for the combination and monotherapy meta-analyses, respectively. In the combination analysis, all licensed bDMARD combinations had significantly higher odds of ACR 20/50/70 compared to DMARDs alone, except for the rituximab comparison, which did not reach significance for the ACR 70 outcome (based on the 95% credible interval. The etanercept combination was significantly better than the tumor necrosis factor-? inhibitors adalimumab and infliximab in improving ACR 20/50/70 outcomes, with no significant differences between the etanercept combination and certolizumab pegol or tocilizumab. Licensed-dose etanercept, adalimumab, and tocilizumab monotherapy were significantly better than placebo in improving ACR 20/50/70 outcomes. Sensitivity analysis indicated that including studies outside the target population could affect the results.Conclusion: Licensed bDMARDs are efficacious in patients with an inadequate response to conventional therapy, but tumor necrosis factor-? inhibitor combination therapies are not equally effective.Keywords: bDMARD, rheumatoid arthritis, etanercept, systematic review, network meta-analysis, comparative effectiveness

  18. Correlação da técnica bottom turn com as notas atribuídas no surf de alto rendimento / Correlation of the bottom turn technique with the scores attributed in high performance surfing

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    Pedro Caetano, Souza; Marcos Augusto, Rocha; Juarez Vieira do, Nascimento.

    Full Text Available As competições de surf no cenário mundial têm apresentado um alto e homogêneo nível de desempenho entre os atletas. Assim, atentou-se à hipótese de que o bottom turn (BT), curva na base da onda essencial para a construção de manobras subsequentes, pode afetar os resultados alcançados em baterias de [...] surf de alto rendimento. O estudo teve como objetivo quantificar o tempo que os atletas levam na execução de BT em suas ondas e correlacioná-lo com as notas atribuídas. A amostra foi composta por quatro eventos do World Tour de Surf, sendo avaliadas 4 baterias de cada evento, perfazendo um total de 16 baterias investigadas. A análise de cada BT foi realizada por meio do recurso de corte de vídeo disponível no programa Sony Vegas Pro 10.0. A análise estatística foi implementada no software SPSS 18.0, sendo calculado o coeficiente de correlação de Pearson, com nível de significância de p Abstract in english The surf contests worldwide have presented a high and homogeneous level of performance by the athletes. Thus, the hypothesis that the bottom turn (BT), curve on the base of the wave which is essential to the construction of subsequent maneuvers, might influence the results in high performance compet [...] itions. The objective of this study was to quantify the time taken in the execution of the BT by the athletes and correlate it to the scores awarded. The research sample was composed of four contests of the Surfing World Tour. Four heats of each contest were assessed, in a total of sixteen heats studied. The analysis of each BT was performed by using the video split feature available in the Sony Vegas Pro 10.0 software. The statistic analysis was performed with the software SPSS 18.0. The Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated with a significance level of p

  19. Insulin-like growth factor II mRNA binding protein 3 (IMP3 is overexpressed in prostate cancer and correlates with higher Gleason scores

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    Mortezavi Ashkan

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The oncofetal protein insulin-like growth factor II mRNA binding protein 3 (IMP3 is an important factor for cell-migration and adhesion in malignancies. Recent studies have shown a remarkable overexpression of IMP3 in different human malignant neoplasms and also revealed it as an important prognostic marker in some tumor entities. To our knowledge, IMP3 expression has not been investigated in prostate carcinomas so far. Methods Immunohistochemical stainings for IMP3 were performed on tissue microarray (TMA organized samples from 507 patients: 31 normal prostate tissues, 425 primary carcinomas and 51 prostate cancer metastases or castration-resistant prostate cancers (CRPC. IMP3 immunoreactivity was semiquantitatively scored and correlated with clinical-pathologic parameters including survival. Results IMP3 is significantly stronger expressed in prostate carcinomas compared to normal prostate tissues (p Conclusions Although IMP3 is overexpressed in a significant proportion of prostate cancer cases, which might be of importance for novel therapeutic approaches, it does not appear to possess any immediate diagnostic or prognostic value, limiting its potential as a tissue biomarker for prostate cancer. These results might be corroborated by the fact, that two independent tumor cohorts were separately reviewed.

  20. Correlação dos escores de risco com a anatomia coronária na síndrome coronária aguda sem supra-ST / Correlation of risk scores with coronary anatomy in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome

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    Elizabete Silva dos, Santos; Luciano de Figueiredo, Aguiar Filho; Daniela Menezes, Fonseca; Hugo José, Londero; Rogério Martins, Xavier; Marcos Paulo, Pereira; Luiz, Minuzzo; Roberta de, Souza; Ari, Timerman.

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO:Há poucas publicações sobre a correlação entre escores de risco e anatomia coronária na síndrome coronária aguda (SCA). OBJETIVO: Correlacionar os escores de risco com a gravidade da lesão coronária na SCA sem supra-ST. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 582 pacientes entre julho de 2004 e outubro [...] de 2006. Avaliou-se a correlação entre os escores de risco TIMI, GRACE hospitalar e em seis meses com lesão coronária > 50%, por método não paramétrico de Spearman. Modelo de regressão logística múltipla foi realizado para determinar a habilidade preditiva dos escores em discriminar quem terá ou não lesão coronária > 50%. RESULTADOS: Foram 319 (54,8%) homens e a média de idade era 59,9 (± 10,6) anos. Correlação positiva foi observada entre a pontuação dos escores de risco e lesão coronária > 50% (escore de risco TIMI r = 0,363 [p 50% foi: TIMI = 0,704 [IC95% 0,656-0,752; p Abstract in english BACKGROUND: The literature lacks studies regarding the correlation between risk scores and coronary anatomy in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) OBJECTIVE: Correlate risk scores with the severity of the coronary lesion in ACS with non-ST elevation. METHODS: A total of 582 patients were analyzed between [...] July 2004 and October 2006. The correlation between TIMI risk scores and GRACE (hospital and six months) scores was performed for patients with coronary lesion > 50%, using Spearman´s non-parametric method. Multiple regression logistics was used to determine the predictive ability of the scores to discriminate to discriminate who will have a coronary lesion > 50%. RESULTS: Most subjects were male (319 or 54.8%), mean age of 59.9 (± 10.6) years. A positive correlation was observed between risk scores and >coronary lesion > 50% (TIMI r = 0.363 [p 50% was: TIMI = 0.704 [CI95% 0.656-0.752; p

  1. The Influence of Therapist Variance on the Dependability of Therapists' Alliance Scores: A Brief Comment on "The Dependability of Alliance Assessments: The Alliance-Outcome Correlation Is Larger than You Think" (Crits-Christoph et al., 2011)

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    Baldwin, Scott A.; Imel, Zac E.; Atkins, David C.

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    Objective: Crits-Christoph, Connolly Gibbons, Hamilton, Ring-Kurtz, and Gallop (2011) used generalizability theory to critique the measurement of the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy research, showing that the dependability of alliance scores may be quite low, which in turn can lead to attenuated alliance-outcome correlation estimates. Method…

  2. SOCIAL SCORING ?????????? ???????

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    Full Text Available The new approach to the classification of the client by a method of credit scoring on the basis of the profiles of social networks is considered in the article. The approach illustrates interaction with social networks as new data source in credit process. Statistical methods of data processing and corresponding to them mathematical tools were involved in the analysis. The description of this approach is kept within the made experiment

  3. Change in CD3 positive T-cell expression in psoriatic arthritis synovium correlates with change in DAS28 and magnetic resonance imaging synovitis scores following initiation of biologic therapy--a single centre, open-label study.

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    Pontifex, Eliza K

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    With the development of increasing numbers of potential therapeutic agents in inflammatory disease comes the need for effective biomarkers to help screen for drug efficacy and optimal dosing regimens early in the clinical trial process. This need has been recognized by the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Clinical Trials (OMERACT) group, which has established guidelines for biomarker validation. To seek a candidate synovial biomarker of treatment response in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), we determined whether changes in immunohistochemical markers of synovial inflammation correlate with changes in disease activity scores assessing 28 joints (?DAS28) or magnetic resonance imaging synovitis scores (?MRI) in patients with PsA treated with a biologic agent.

  4. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Chronic GVHD Staging in Severely Affected Patients: Organ and Global Scoring Correlate with Established Indicators of Disease Severity and Prognosis

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    Baird, K.; Steinberg, S. M.; Grkovic, L.; Pulanic, D.; Cowen, E. W.; Mitchell, S. A.; Williams, K. M.; Datiles, M. B.; Bishop, R.; Bassim, C. W.; Mays, J. W.; Edwards, D.; Cole, K.; Avila, D. N.; Taylor, T.

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    Between 2004 and 2010, 189 adult patients were enrolled on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) cross-sectional chronic Graft-versus-Host disease (cGVHD) natural history study. Patients were evaluated by multiple disease scales and outcome measures including the 2005 NIH Consensus Project cGVHD severity score. The purpose of this study is to assess the validity of the NIH scoring variables as determinants of disease severity in severely affected patients in order to standardize clinician evalu...

  5. Diagnostic value of a breast MRI score for the prediction of malignancy of breast lesions detected solely with MRI

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    Purpose: to determine whether lesion scoring allows valid BI-RADS registered classification and prediction of malignancy of breast lesions detectable solely with MRI. Materials and methods: retrospective analysis of 86 patients who underwent MRI-guided localization and excisional biopsy of 100 breast lesions detectable only with MRI. Breast MRI was performed at 1.5 Tesla by means of a T1w dynamic GE sequence. The positive predictive value (PPV) for malignancy was calculated for each score criterion separately, for the total score, and for corresponding BI-RADS registered classes. The PPV was correlated with histology. Results: 31% (31/100) of breast lesions detectable only with MRI were malignant. Of the single score criteria only the lesion morphology criterion was significantly correlated with malignancy. The malignancy rate according to the breast MRI score was 0% for score 3, 18.2% for score 4, 32.1% for score 5 and each 50% for lesions of score 6 and 7. After translation into BI-RADS registered the malignancy rates were 0% for BI-RADS registered 3, 24.6% for BI-RADS registered 4 and 48.5% for BI-RADS registered 5 lesions. The thus defined BI-RADS registered classes were significantly correlated with malignancy. (orig.)

  6. Comparison between Oncotype DX test and standard prognostic criteria in estrogen receptor positive early-stage breast cancer

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    Full Text Available Objective: To compare the prognosis estimated by standardprognostic criteria versus the prognosis estimated by the OncotypeDX. Methods: A retrospective study was performed on 22 patientswith positive estrogen receptor, early-stage breast cancer whohad an Oncotype DX recurrence score available. Results: Kappavalue between Oncotype DX and standard prognostic criteriawas: Adjuvant! (K = 0.091, Adjuvant! (Transbig (K = 0.182 andNational Comprehensive Cancer Network (K = 0.091. The Fisher’sexact test did not show correlation between Oncotype and standardprognostic criteria. Conclusion: Standard prognostic criteria showedno correlation with Oncotype DX.

  7. Change in CD3 positive T-cell expression in psoriatic arthritis synovium correlates with change in DAS28 and magnetic resonance imaging synovitis scores following initiation of biologic therapy - a single centre, open-label study

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    Pontifex, Eliza K

    2011-01-27

    Abstract Introduction With the development of increasing numbers of potential therapeutic agents in inflammatory disease comes the need for effective biomarkers to help screen for drug efficacy and optimal dosing regimens early in the clinical trial process. This need has been recognized by the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Clinical Trials (OMERACT) group, which has established guidelines for biomarker validation. To seek a candidate synovial biomarker of treatment response in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), we determined whether changes in immunohistochemical markers of synovial inflammation correlate with changes in disease activity scores assessing 28 joints (?DAS28) or magnetic resonance imaging synovitis scores (?MRI) in patients with PsA treated with a biologic agent. Methods Twenty-five consecutive patients with PsA underwent arthroscopic synovial biopsies and MRI scans of an inflamed knee joint at baseline and 12 weeks after starting treatment with either anakinra (first 10 patients) or etanercept (subsequent 15 patients) in two sequential studies of identical design. DAS28 scores were measured at both time points. Immunohistochemical staining for CD3, CD68 and Factor VIII (FVIII) was performed on synovial samples and scored by digital image analysis (DIA). MRI scans performed at baseline and at 12 weeks were scored for synovitis semi-quantitatively. The ?DAS28 of the European League Against Rheumatism good response definition (>1.2) was chosen to divide patients into responder and non-responder groups. Differences between groups (Mann Whitney U test) and correlations between ?DAS28 with change in immunohistochemical and MRI synovitis scores (Spearman\\'s rho test) were calculated. Results Paired synovial samples and MRI scans were available for 21 patients (8 anakinra, 13 etanercept) and 23 patients (8 anakinra, 15 etanercept) respectively. Change in CD3 (?CD3) and CD68 expression in the synovial sublining layer (?CD68sl) was significantly greater in the disease responders compared to non-responders following treatment (P = 0.005 and 0.013 respectively). ?CD3, but not ?CD68 or ?FVIII, correlated with both ?DAS28 (r = 0.49, P = 0.025) and ?MRI (r = 0.58, P = 0.009). Conclusions The correlation of ?CD3 with ?DAS28 and ?MRI following biologic treatment in this cohort contributes to the validation of ?CD3 as a synovial biomarker of disease response in PsA, and supports the further evaluation of ?CD3 for predictive properties of future clinical outcomes.

  8. Magnetic resonance imaging versus Acute Physiology And Chronic Healthy Evaluation II score in predicting the severity of acute pancreatitis

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    Objective: To study the correlation between established magnetic resonance (MR) imaging criteria of disease severity in acute pancreatitis and the Acute Physiology And Chronic Healthy Evaluation II (APACHE II) score, and to assess the utility of each prognostic indicators in acute pancreatitis. Materials and methods: In this study there were 94 patients with acute pancreatitis (AP), all had abdominal MR imaging. MR findings were categorized into edematous and necrotizing AP and graded according to the MR severity index (MRSI). The APACHE II score was calculated within 24 h of admission, and local complications, death, duration of hospitalization and ICU were recorded. Statistical analysis was performed to determine their correlation. Results: In patients with pancreatitis, no significant correlation can be found between the APACHE II score and the MRSI score (P = 0.196). The MRSI score correlated well with morbidity (P = 0.006) but not with mortality (P = 0.137). The APACHE II score correlated well with mortality (P = 0.002) but not with the morbidity (P = 0.112). The MRSI score was superior to the APACHE II score as a predictor of the length of hospitalization (r = 0.52 vs. r = 0.35). A high MRSI and APACHE II score correlated with the need for being in the intensive care unit (ICU) (P = 0.000 and P = 0.000, respectively). Conclusion: In patients with pancreatitis, MRSI is superior to APACHE II in assessing local complications from pancreatitis but has a limited roles from pancreatitis but has a limited role in determining systemic complications in which the APACHE II score excels.

  9. Dependence between criteria and multiple criteria decision aid

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    Marichal, Jean-Luc; Roubens, Marc

    1998-01-01

    In this paper, we present a model allowing to determine the weights related to interacting (correlated) criteria. This is done on the basis of the knowledge of a partial ranking over a reference set of alternatives (prototypes), a partial ranking over the set of criteria, and a partial ranking over the set of interactions between pairs of criteria.

  10. Correlation between computer-aided dynamic gadolinium-enhanced MRI assessment of inflammation and semi-quantitative synovitis and bone marrow oedema scores of the wrist in patients with rheumatoid arthritis--a cohort study

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    Boesen, Mikael; Kubassova, Olga

    2012-01-01

    Objective. To test the correlation between assessment of inflammation using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) analysed by a novel computer-aided approach and semi-quantitative scores of synovitis and bone marrow oedema (BME) using the OMERACT-RA MRI Scoring (RAMRIS) system, in the wrist of patients with RA. Methods. Fifty-four RA patients had conventional and DCE-MRI of a symptomatic wrist using a low-field 0.2T extremity scanner. RAMRIS synovitis and BME of the wrist joint were done. DCE-MRI data were analysed in three ways: (i) in all images (fully automated approach), (ii) within a large extended region of interest (ROI) placed around the wrist joint (semi-automated approach) and (iii) within a small ROI placed in the area with most visual enhancement (semi-automated approach). Time spent on each procedure was noted. Spearman's rank correlation test was applied to assess the correlation between RAMRIS and the computer-generated dynamic parameters. Results. RAMRIS synovitis (range 2-9), BME (range 0-39) and the dynamic parameters reflecting the number of enhancing voxels were significantly correlated, especially when an extended ROI around the wrist was used (??=?0.74; P?

  11. Guidelines for Item Selection in Inventories Yielding Score Profiles.

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    Meir, Elchanan I.; Gati, Itamar

    1981-01-01

    In many personality and interest inventories, a score profile, rather than a single score, is attributed to each subject. Six applicable criteria are suggested for use in examining the adequacy of items in such inventories. These criteria relate to the items' response distributions, internal consistency, and discriminative value. (Author/BW)

  12. Correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características de carcaça medidas por ultrassom em bovinos de corte / Genetic correlations between visual scores and carcass traits measured by real-time ultrasound in beef cattle

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    Marcos Jun Iti, Yokoo; Juliana Nunes, Werneck; Márcio Cinachi, Pereira; Lucia Galvão de, Albuquerque; William, Koury Filho; Roberto Daniel, Sainz; Raysildo Barbosa, Lobo; Fabiano Rodrigues da Cunha, Araujo.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar correlações genéticas e fenotípicas entre escores visuais e características de carcaça medidas por ultrassom, para verificar a eficácia desses escores na determinação da musculosidade e na avaliação da carcaça. As características de carcaça medidas por ultrassom [...] foram área de olho de lombo (AOL) e espessura de gordura subcutânea (EG), mensuradas entre a região da 12ª e 13ª costelas, bem como a espessura de gordura subcutânea na garupa (EGP8). As características de estrutura (E), precocidade (P) e musculosidade (M) foram avaliadas por meio de escores visuais. Os componentes de covariância usados para estimar as correlações genéticas e fenotípicas foram obtidos pelo método da máxima verossimilhança restrita, em uma análise multicaracterística. As estimativas de correlações genéticas entre AOL e E, P e M foram 0,54, 0,58 e 0,61, respectivamente, e indicaram que, a longo prazo, a utilização da AOL como critério de seleção poderá produzir animais com maiores escores visuais para essas características. As correlações genéticas estimadas entre as espessuras de gordura (EG e EGP8) e os escores P e M apresentaram comportamento semelhante. Entretanto, as correlações genéticas entre as espessuras de gordura (EG e EGP8) e E foram próximas de zero. As correlações fenotípicas seguiram as mesmas tendências das respectivas correlações genéticas. Essas estimativas indicam que os escores visuais são determinados, em parte, pelos mesmos conjuntos de genes que influenciam a AOL. Abstract in english The aim of this work was to evaluate the genetic and phenotypic correlations between carcass traits measured by real-time ultrasound and by visual scores, in order to verify the effectiveness of these scores in determining muscularity and carcass fat. Carcass traits measured by real-time ultrasound [...] were longissimus muscle area (LMA) and backfat thickness (BF), obtained between the 12th and 13th ribs, as well as the rump fat thickness (RF). The visual scores for the traits of body structure (E), precocity (P), and muscle (M) were evaluated individually. The genetic and phenotypic parameters were estimated by multivariate analysis, using restricted maximum likelihood methodology. The estimated genetic correlations between LMA and E, P and M were 0.54, 0.58 and 0.61, respectively, indicating that, in the long term, the use of LMA as a selection criterion might produce animals with higher visual scores. Similar genetic correlations were found between both subcutaneous fat measures (BF and RF) and P and M scores. However, genetic correlations between both subcutaneous fat measures and E were close to zero. The phenotypic correlations followed the same trends of their respective genetic correlations. These estimates indicate that the visual scores and LMA are, in part, determined by the same groups of genes.

  13. Adrenoleucodistrofia ligada ao X: correlação entre o escore de Loes e parâmetros do tensor de difusão / X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy: correlation between Loes score and diffusion tensor imaging parameters

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    Sergio Eiji, Ono; Arnolfo de, Carvalho Neto; Emerson Leandro, Gasparetto; Luiz Otávio de Mattos, Coelho; Dante Luiz, Escuissato; Carmem Maria Sales, Bonfim; Lisandro Lima, Ribeiro.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a correlação dos parâmetros do tensor de difusão com o escore de Loes e se os parâmetros do tensor de difusão poderiam indicar alterações estruturais precoces. Materiais e Métodos: As medidas do tensor de difusão foram obtidas em 30 exames de 14 pacientes com adrenoleucodistrofi [...] a ligada ao X e foram correlacionadas com o escore de Loes. Um grupo controle de 28 pacientes masculinos foi avaliado para estabelecer medidas do tensor de difusão pareadas por idade. Análises estatísticas intra e interobservador foram feitas. Resultados: As medidas do tensor de difusão apresentam forte correlação com o escore de Loes segundo o coeficiente de Pearson (r), com valores de –0,86, 0,89, 0,89 e 0,84 para a fração de anisotropia e difusibilidades média, radial e axial (p Abstract in english Objective: The present study was aimed at evaluating the correlation between diffusion tensor imaging parameters and Loes score as well as whether those parameters could indicate early structural alterations. Materials and Methods: Diffusion tensor imaging measurements were obtained in 30 studies [...] of 14 patients with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy and were correlated with Loes scores. A control group including 28 male patients was created to establish agematched diffusion tensor imaging measurements. Inter- and intraobserver statistical analyses were undertaken. Results: Diffusion tensor imaging measurements presented strong Pearson correlation coefficients (r) of –0.86, 0.89, 0.89 and 0.84 for fractional anisotropy and mean, radial and axial diffusivities (p

  14. Adrenoleucodistrofia ligada ao X: correlação entre o escore de Loes e parâmetros do tensor de difusão / X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy: correlation between Loes score and diffusion tensor imaging parameters

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    Sergio Eiji, Ono; Arnolfo de, Carvalho Neto; Emerson Leandro, Gasparetto; Luiz Otávio de Mattos, Coelho; Dante Luiz, Escuissato; Carmem Maria Sales, Bonfim; Lisandro Lima, Ribeiro.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a correlação dos parâmetros do tensor de difusão com o escore de Loes e se os parâmetros do tensor de difusão poderiam indicar alterações estruturais precoces. Materiais e Métodos: As medidas do tensor de difusão foram obtidas em 30 exames de 14 pacientes com adrenoleucodistrofia [...] ligada ao X e foram correlacionadas com o escore de Loes. Um grupo controle de 28 pacientes masculinos foi avaliado para estabelecer medidas do tensor de difusão pareadas por idade. Análises estatísticas intra e interobservador foram feitas. Resultados: As medidas do tensor de difusão apresentam forte correlação com o escore de Loes segundo o coeficiente de Pearson (r), com valores de –0,86, 0,89, 0,89 e 0,84 para a fração de anisotropia e difusibilidades média, radial e axial (p Abstract in english Objective: The present study was aimed at evaluating the correlation between diffusion tensor imaging parameters and Loes score as well as whether those parameters could indicate early structural alterations. Materials and Methods: Diffusion tensor imaging measurements were obtained in 30 studies o [...] f 14 patients with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy and were correlated with Loes scores. A control group including 28 male patients was created to establish agematched diffusion tensor imaging measurements. Inter- and intraobserver statistical analyses were undertaken. Results: Diffusion tensor imaging measurements presented strong Pearson correlation coefficients (r) of –0.86, 0.89, 0.89 and 0.84 for fractional anisotropy and mean, radial and axial diffusivities (p

  15. Burning mouth syndrome as a trigeminal small fibre neuropathy: Increased heat and capsaicin receptor TRPV1 in nerve fibres correlates with pain score.

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    Yilmaz, Z.; Renton, T; Yiangou, Y.; Zakrzewska, J.; Chessell, IP; Bountra, C; Anand, P

    2007-01-01

    Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is often an idiopathic chronic and intractable pain condition, affecting 1.5-5.5% of middle-aged and elderly women. We have studied the heat and capsaicin receptor TRPV1, and its regulator nerve growth factor (NGF), in BMS. Patients with BMS (n=10) and controls (n=10) were assessed for baseline and post-topical capsaicin pain scores, and their tongue biopsies immunostained for TRPV1, NGF, and structural nerve markers neurofilament and peripherin. Nerve fibres pene...

  16. Correlation

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    2008-11-01

    This chapter will discuss the concept of correlation , which is used in later chapters that will explain the concepts of validity and reliability. Here, the authors introduce the Pearson correlation coefficient, a statistic that is used with ratio

  17. Assessment of lung disease in children with cystic fibrosis using hyperpolarized 3-Helium MRI: comparison with Shwachman score, Chrispin-Norman score and spirometry

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    This study assesses the feasibility of hyperpolarized 3-Helium MRI in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and correlates the findings with standard clinical parameters based on chest radiograph (CXR) and pulmonary function tests (PFT). An uncontrolled, observational study in eighteen children with cystic fibrosis aged 5 - 17 years (median 12.1 years), with different severity of disease was carried out. All subjects underwent routine clinical assessment including PFT and standard auxology; CXR was obtained and Shwachman and Chrispin-Norman scores calculated. Hyperpolarized 3-He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was carried out using a spin-exchange polarizer and a whole body 1.5 T scanner. Ventilation distribution images were obtained during a 21-second breath-hold and scored according to previously defined criteria. Spearman's non-parametric correlations test was performed to assess for statistical significance at the p<0.05 level. The children tolerated the procedure well. No desaturation events were observed during 3-He MRI. A significant, albeit moderate, correlation was found between MRI score and FEV1% predicted (r=-0.41; p=0.047) and FVC% predicted (r=-0.42; p=0.04), while there were trends of correlations between Shwachman score and MRI score (r=-0.38; p=0.06) and Shwachman score and FEV1% predicted (r=0.39; p=0.055). The feasibility of hyperpolarized 3-He MRI in children with CF was demonstrated. MRI appears to be able to demonstrate functional lung changes, alto demonstrate functional lung changes, although correlations with routine clinical tests are only moderate to poor. This non-ionising radiation technique could be useful for monitoring lung disease and assessing therapy in this patient population. (orig.)

  18. Assessment of lung disease in children with cystic fibrosis using hyperpolarized 3-Helium MRI: comparison with Shwachman score, Chrispin-Norman score and spirometry

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    Beek, Edwin J.R. van [University of Sheffield, Unit of Academic Radiology, Sheffield (United Kingdom); University of Iowa, Department of Radiology, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City (United States); University of Iowa, Department of Radiology, Iowa City, IA (United States); Hill, Catherine; Woodhouse, Neil; Fichele, Stanislao; Fleming, Sally; Wild, Jim M. [University of Sheffield, Unit of Academic Radiology, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Howe, Bridget; Bott, Sandra; Taylor, Christopher J. [University of Sheffield, Academic Unit of Child Health, Sheffield (United Kingdom)

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    This study assesses the feasibility of hyperpolarized 3-Helium MRI in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and correlates the findings with standard clinical parameters based on chest radiograph (CXR) and pulmonary function tests (PFT). An uncontrolled, observational study in eighteen children with cystic fibrosis aged 5 - 17 years (median 12.1 years), with different severity of disease was carried out. All subjects underwent routine clinical assessment including PFT and standard auxology; CXR was obtained and Shwachman and Chrispin-Norman scores calculated. Hyperpolarized 3-He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was carried out using a spin-exchange polarizer and a whole body 1.5 T scanner. Ventilation distribution images were obtained during a 21-second breath-hold and scored according to previously defined criteria. Spearman's non-parametric correlations test was performed to assess for statistical significance at the p<0.05 level. The children tolerated the procedure well. No desaturation events were observed during 3-He MRI. A significant, albeit moderate, correlation was found between MRI score and FEV1% predicted (r=-0.41; p=0.047) and FVC% predicted (r=-0.42; p=0.04), while there were trends of correlations between Shwachman score and MRI score (r=-0.38; p=0.06) and Shwachman score and FEV1% predicted (r=0.39; p=0.055). The feasibility of hyperpolarized 3-He MRI in children with CF was demonstrated. MRI appears to be able to demonstrate functional lung changes, although correlations with routine clinical tests are only moderate to poor. This non-ionising radiation technique could be useful for monitoring lung disease and assessing therapy in this patient population. (orig.)

  19. Use of Averaged Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire Scores

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    Background. Averaged Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ) support scores remove the influence of network size variability but may unduly lower scores for participants with large networks. Objectives. To evaluate the use of averaged NSSQ scores. Method. Pearson correlations determined if averaged scores decreased as network size increased across three samples. Then, Pearson correlations between a criterion variable and both averaged and raw support scores were computed along with the re...

  20. Using Minimum Acceptable GRE Scores for Graduate Admissions Suppresses Diversity

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    Miller, Casey

    2014-01-01

    I will present data showing that significant performance disparities on the GRE general test exist based on the test taker's race and gender [1]. Because of the belief that high GRE scores qualify one for graduate studies, the diversity issues faced by STEM fields may originate, at least in part, in misuse of the GRE scores by graduate admissions committees. I will quantitatively demonstrate this by showing that the combination of a hard cut-off and the different score distributions leads to the systematic underrepresentation of certain groups. I will present data from USF’s PhD program that shows a lack of correlation between GRE scores and research ability; similar null results are emerging from numerous other programs. I will then discuss how assessing non-cognitive competencies in the selection process may lead to a more enlightened search for the next generation of scientists. [1] C. W. Miller, "Admissions Criteria and Diversity in Graduate School", APS News Vol 22, Issue 2, The Back Page (2013) http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201302/backpage.cfm

  1. Correlação de três variáveis na descrição da permeabilidade nasal (HD, MCA, escala NOSE de pacientes saudáveis Correlation of three variables describing nasal patency (HD, MCA, NOSE score in healthy subjects

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    Full Text Available Rinoresistometria e rinometria acústica são dois métodos utilizados na avaliação da função respiratória nasal. Ambos utilizam variáveis diferentes para descrever a permeabilidade nasal: o diâmetro hidráulico, HD, na rinoresistometria; e as áreas mínimas da seção transversal, MCA1 (istmo nasal e MCA2 (cabeça do corneto inferior e corpo cavernoso do septo nasal, na rinometria acústica. OBJETIVO: Analisar a relação entre HD e MCA em pacientes sem afecções nasais e identificar se tais variáveis objetivas apresentam correlação com a escala NOSE, uma ferramenta validada para avaliar a percepção subjetiva de permeabilidade nasal. MÉTODO: Coleta estruturada dos dados de 24 indivíduos saudáveis sem afecções nasais. RESULTADOS: Correlações estatisticamente significativas de fracas a moderadas foram identificadas entre HD e MCA2 antes do descongestionamento. Foi identificada correlação moderada entre HD, MCA2 e escala NOSE no lado mais estreito. CONCLUSÃO: Na avaliação de permeabilidade nasal, parece ser recomendável determinar HD, MCA1 e MCA2, bem como uma variável subjetiva como a escala NOSE, que não aparentam ser variáveis completamente redundantes. Estudos futuros devem avaliar a correlação destas variáveis em pacientes com afecções nasais.Rhinoresistometry and acoustic rhinometry are two established apparative methods to objectify the respiratory function of the nose. Both methods use different variables to describe nasal patency: "hydraulic diameter", HD, in rhinoresistometry, and "minimal cross-sectional area", MCA1 (nasal isthmus and MCA2 (head of the inferior turbinate and cavernous body of the nasal septum, in acoustic rhinometry. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzes the mutual correlation of HD and MCA as a pilot study in patients without nasal pathologies. Additionally, we investigated if these objective variables correlate with the NOSE score, a validated tool to measure subjective perception of nasal patency. METHOD: Planned data collection in a collective of 24 healthy subjects without nasal pathologies. RESULTS: Statistically significant, weak to moderate correlations were found between HD and MCA2 before decongestion. A moderate correlation was found between both HD and MCA2 and the NOSE score on the narrower side. CONCLUSION: In the assessment of nasal patency, it seems advisable to determine HD, MCA1 and MCA2, but also a subjective variable such as the NOSE score, which all seem to be not fully redundant variables. In further studies, the correlation of the variables should be assessed in patients with nasal pathologies.

  2. Correlação de três variáveis na descrição da permeabilidade nasal (HD, MCA, escala NOSE) de pacientes saudáveis / Correlation of three variables describing nasal patency (HD, MCA, NOSE score) in healthy subjects

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    Thomas, Braun; Maria, Rich; Matthias F., Kramer.

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    Full Text Available Rinoresistometria e rinometria acústica são dois métodos utilizados na avaliação da função respiratória nasal. Ambos utilizam variáveis diferentes para descrever a permeabilidade nasal: o diâmetro hidráulico, HD, na rinoresistometria; e as áreas mínimas da seção transversal, MCA1 (istmo nasal) e MCA [...] 2 (cabeça do corneto inferior e corpo cavernoso do septo nasal), na rinometria acústica. OBJETIVO: Analisar a relação entre HD e MCA em pacientes sem afecções nasais e identificar se tais variáveis objetivas apresentam correlação com a escala NOSE, uma ferramenta validada para avaliar a percepção subjetiva de permeabilidade nasal. MÉTODO: Coleta estruturada dos dados de 24 indivíduos saudáveis sem afecções nasais. RESULTADOS: Correlações estatisticamente significativas de fracas a moderadas foram identificadas entre HD e MCA2 antes do descongestionamento. Foi identificada correlação moderada entre HD, MCA2 e escala NOSE no lado mais estreito. CONCLUSÃO: Na avaliação de permeabilidade nasal, parece ser recomendável determinar HD, MCA1 e MCA2, bem como uma variável subjetiva como a escala NOSE, que não aparentam ser variáveis completamente redundantes. Estudos futuros devem avaliar a correlação destas variáveis em pacientes com afecções nasais. Abstract in english Rhinoresistometry and acoustic rhinometry are two established apparative methods to objectify the respiratory function of the nose. Both methods use different variables to describe nasal patency: "hydraulic diameter", HD, in rhinoresistometry, and "minimal cross-sectional area", MCA1 (nasal isthmus) [...] and MCA2 (head of the inferior turbinate and cavernous body of the nasal septum), in acoustic rhinometry. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzes the mutual correlation of HD and MCA as a pilot study in patients without nasal pathologies. Additionally, we investigated if these objective variables correlate with the NOSE score, a validated tool to measure subjective perception of nasal patency. METHOD: Planned data collection in a collective of 24 healthy subjects without nasal pathologies. RESULTS: Statistically significant, weak to moderate correlations were found between HD and MCA2 before decongestion. A moderate correlation was found between both HD and MCA2 and the NOSE score on the narrower side. CONCLUSION: In the assessment of nasal patency, it seems advisable to determine HD, MCA1 and MCA2, but also a subjective variable such as the NOSE score, which all seem to be not fully redundant variables. In further studies, the correlation of the variables should be assessed in patients with nasal pathologies.

  3. Rape Myth Acceptance, Hypermasculinity, and SAT Scores as Correlates of Moral Development: Understanding Sexually Aggressive Attitudes in First-Year College Men

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    Tatum, Jerry L.; Foubert, John D.

    2009-01-01

    Male perpetrated sexual aggression has long been recognized as a serious problem on college campuses. The purpose of this multiple regression correlation study was to assess the relationship between levels of moral development (measured by the Defining Issues Test) and the degree to which first-year college men (N = 161) ascribed to rape…

  4. Relationships between gifted selection criteria and performance in sixth-grade gifted science

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    Miller, Roxanne Greitz

    This study examined the relationships between gifted selection criteria used in the Dade County Public Schools of Miami, Florida and performance in sixth grade gifted science classes. The goal of the study was to identify significant predictors of performance in sixth grade gifted science classes. Group comparisons of performance were also made. Performance in sixth grade gifted science was defined as the numeric average of nine weeks' grades earned in sixth grade gifted science classes. The sample consisted of 100 subjects who were formerly enrolled in sixth grade gifted science classes over two years at a large, multiethnic public middle school in Dade County. The predictors analyzed were I.Q. score (all scales combined), full scale I.Q. score, verbal scale I.Q. score, performance scale I.Q. score, combined Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) score (Reading Comprehension plus Math Applications), SAT Reading Comprehension score, and SAT Math Applications score. Combined SAT score and SAT Math Applications score were significantly positively correlated to performance in sixth grade gifted science. Performance scale I.Q. score was significantly negatively correlated to performance in sixth grade gifted science. The other predictors examined were not significantly correlated to performance. Group comparison results showed the mean average of nine weeks grades for the full scale I.Q. group was greater than the verbal and performance scale I.Q. groups. Females outperformed males to a highly significant level. Mean g.p.a. for ethnic groups was greatest for Asian students, followed by white non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and black. Students not receiving a lunch subsidy outperformed those receiving subsidies. Comparisons of performance based on gifted qualification plan showed the mean g.p.a. for traditional plan and Plan B groups were not different. Mean g.p.a. for students who qualified for gifted using automatic Math Applications criteria was highest, followed by automatic Reading Comprehension criteria and Plan B Matrix score. Both automatic qualification groups outperformed the traditional group. The traditional group outperformed the Plan B Matrix group. No significant differences in mean g.p.a. between the Plan B subgroups and the traditional plan group were found.

  5. Three-dimensional (3D) microarchitecture correlations with 2D projection image gray-level variations assessed by trabecular bone score using high-resolution computed tomographic acquisitions: effects of resolution and noise.

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    Winzenrieth, Renaud; Michelet, Franck; Hans, Didier

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the present study is to determine the level of correlation between the 3-dimensional (3D) characteristics of trabecular bone microarchitecture, as evaluated using microcomputed tomography (?CT) reconstruction, and trabecular bone score (TBS), as evaluated using 2D projection images directly derived from 3D ?CT reconstruction (TBS?CT). Moreover, we have evaluated the effects of image degradation (resolution and noise) and X-ray energy of projection on these correlations. Thirty human cadaveric vertebrae were acquired on a microscanner at an isotropic resolution of 93 ?m. The 3D microarchitecture parameters were obtained using MicroView (GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa, MI). The 2D projections of these 3D models were generated using the Beer-Lambert law at different X-ray energies. Degradation of image resolution was simulated (from 93 to 1488 ?m). Relationships between 3D microarchitecture parameters and TBS?CT at different resolutions were evaluated using linear regression analysis. Significant correlations were observed between TBS?CT and 3D microarchitecture parameters, regardless of the resolution. Correlations were detected that were strongly to intermediately positive for connectivity density (0.711 ? r² ? 0.752) and trabecular number (0.584 ? r² ? 0.648) and negative for trabecular space (-0.407 ? r² ? -0.491), up to a pixel size of 1023 ?m. In addition, TBS?CT values were strongly correlated between each other (0.77 ? r² ? 0.96). Study results show that the correlations between TBS?CT at 93 ?m and 3D microarchitecture parameters are weakly impacted by the degradation of image resolution and the presence of noise. PMID:22749406

  6. Evaluation Criteria

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    Evaluation Criteria Stage I: Scientific Merit (non-NCI reviewers): Strength of scientific evidence and hypothesis Certification (biochemical or physiological validation) Potential clinical impact Feasibility Novelty Stage II: Operational Feasibility

  7. Classicality Criteria

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    Classical and quantum mechanics provide two alternative descriptions of an arbitrary dynamical system. It is an evidence that fundamentally all systems have a quantum nature. Yet, many admit a fairly precise classical description. This paper intends to study the properties that a general quantum system should satisfy so that its time evolution is consistent with the classical predictions. As a result two different criteria quantifying the degree of classicality of an arbitrary dynamical system are proposed. The inputs for these criteria are the classical dynamical structure of the system together with the quantum and the classical data providing the two alternative descriptions of its initial time configuration. For a general quantum system the satisfaction of the criteria up to some extend implies that its time evolution will be consistent with the classical predictions up to some degree. Therefore it is argued that the criteria provide a suitable measure of classicality. Finally, some possible applications ...

  8. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry diagnostic discordance between Z-scores and T-scores in young adults.

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    2009-01-01

    Diagnostic criteria for postmenopausal osteoporosis using central dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) T-scores have been widely accepted. The validity of these criteria for other populations, including premenopausal women and young men, has not been established. The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) recommends using DXA Z-scores, not T-scores, for diagnosis in premenopausal women and men aged 20-49 yr, though studies supporting this position have not been published. We examined diagnostic agreement between DXA-generated T-scores and Z-scores in a cohort of men and women aged 20-49 yr, using 1994 World Health Organization and 2005 ISCD DXA criteria. Four thousand two hundred and seventy-five unique subjects were available for analysis. The agreement between DXA T-scores and Z-scores was moderate (Cohen\\'s kappa: 0.53-0.75). The use of Z-scores resulted in significantly fewer (McNemar\\'s p<0.001) subjects diagnosed with "osteopenia," "low bone mass for age," or "osteoporosis." Thirty-nine percent of Hologic (Hologic, Inc., Bedford, MA) subjects and 30% of Lunar (GE Lunar, GE Madison, WI) subjects diagnosed with "osteoporosis" by T-score were reclassified as either "normal" or "osteopenia" when their Z-score was used. Substitution of DXA Z-scores for T-scores results in significant diagnostic disagreement and significantly fewer persons being diagnosed with low bone mineral density.

  9. Analysis of Project Success Criteria in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Full Text Available This paper examined the relative importance of the project success criteria in the Nigerian construction industry. It also determined the correlation among the project success criteria. Based on the literatures reviewed, the study proposed a framework for measuring project success in the construction industry. The respondents for the study were the government, private clients, consultants and contractors. Three hundred copies of questionnaires were distributed to capture data on the subject, but only 86 were returned and used for the study. The paper captured respondents that are resident in Lagos state, Nigeria and chosen by convenience from selected organizations used for the study. The data were analysed with SPSS 16 through the use of frequencies, mean scores, factor analysis and correlation. Factor analysis was employed because the mean scores showed that all the project success criteria were at least important. Nine principal components were finally merged into 4 through the factor analysis using the Varimax rotation with Keiser normalization. The study found out that all the project success criteria were important but their level of importance differs according to the factor analysis carried out. Therefore, it was concluded that there are four major components of construction project success in Nigeria- user-related factors, professionals’ factors, organisational factors and other minor factors. The minor factors were found to be related to both organizations and projects but were not highly rated by respondents for determining construction project success. The study also concludes that project success criteria goes beyond meeting cost, time and quality target, it includes users’ satisfaction, professionals’ fulfilment and achievement of organizational goals. The recommendation of the study was that for construction projects to be successful, attention must be paid to users’ related factors, professionals’ factors and organizations’ factors.

  10. 2011 Y?l? Yönetici Atama ve Yer De?i?tirme Yönetme?i’nin ?çeri?ine ve Puanlama Ölçütlerine ?li?kin Yönetici Görü?lerinin ?ncelenmesi Investigation of Manager Opinions on the Content and Scoring Criteria of the 2011 Manager Appointment and Rotation Regulations

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    Selçuk Be?ir DEM?R

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    Full Text Available Purpose: This study aims at determining the opinions of managersrelating to the Manager Appointment and Rotation Regulations dated2011, the scoring criteria included in the regulations and the troublesexperienced throughout the implementation process of the regulations.Method: In this research, a qualitative approach was adopted sothat the issue can be examined thoroughly. In this research, thephenomenological pattern was employed. In the research, participantswere determined by way of sampling for maximum diversity-one of theintentional sampling methods. The study group of the research consistsof 8 managers holding Office in the city X (pseudonym. Terms of Officeof the participants varies between 25 and 8 years. Semi-structuredinterview form was used as data collection tools in the research. All theinterviews were recorded on a tape recorder throughout the research. A240-minute interview was had within the scope of the research; the taperecording was computerized through the Microsoft Word processingprogram as raw data without being subjected to any screening.Line by line analysis described by Patton, (2002 was employed todescribe opinions expressed clearly and directly or implied in anindirect manner by the participants on the aim of the study withoutmanipulating them. Inductive descriptive analysis, content analysis andthe constant comparison technique was used in the interpretation ofthe interview data. The descriptive analysis project is made up of fourmain stages, namely, building up the thematic framework, processingdata according to the thematic framework, identifying the findings andinterpreting the findings.During content analysis, on the other hand, the data was dividedinto parts first and then these parts were investigated and compared.Later, meaningful concepts were built from these parts and the codesevoking the same concepts were grouped under a joint category. In thefinal stage, content integrity was derived from the themes stemmingfrom the data and interpreted.While developing an interview form, a conceptual frameworkrelating to the subject matter was formed by investigating the relatedbody of literature for the purposes of increasing credibility/ internalvalidity of the research. Each stage of the research process wasprovided to the reader in a detailed manner so that thetransferability/external validity of the research could be insured. Theresearcher has watched over to write his research report in detail andtried to present detailed descriptions in the findings part.All the data obtained throughout the research process wasevaluated and separately coded by the researcher and an instructor,who has a command of qualitative research methods and a consensuswas reached on the codings in general terms. Results: As a result of analysis of the data, three main subjects, namely, 1. Evaluations relating to the appointment and change of Office of managers, 2. Evaluations relating to the content of the Manager Appointment and Change of Office Regulations and to the scoring principles, 3. Evaluations relating to compulsory rotation appeared.As a result of the story, it was concluded that the belief that the awards (certificates of appreciation and high achievement granted by the Ministry of National Education central organization and provincial organizations and by the related civilian authority are not offered based on merits, justice and qualification and in line with objective criteria dominated the participants and based on this idea, they had the idea that scoring of these awards in the manager appointment process may lead to unfair competition and injustice.It was found out in the study that the participants objected not to the scoring of the awards in the appointment of manager; just to the contrary, they argued against the scoring of these awards in the manager appointment process based on the idea that the awards granted were not given according to objective criteria.It was observed that the participants believing that there is a relationship between the term of Office and experience an

  11. Prediction of bronchopulmonary dysplasia by chest radiographic scoring system at seven days of age

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    Recent trials of preventive dexamethasone therapy in preterm neonates at high risk of developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) have required the objective criteria for prediction of BPD in the early neonatal period. The purpose of this study is to determine whether a chest radiographic scoring system at 7 days of age can be used to predict BPD. Chest radiographs taken at 7 days and 28 days of age in 59 preterm neonates(gestational age of less than 33 weeks) were scored prospectively according to the consensus of two radiologists. The 7-day radiographs were scored according to a system derived from Yuksel's method:endotracheal tube insertion, degree of lung inflation, lung opacification, interstitial changes and cardiomegaly were measured. The radiographs taken at 28 days were scored according to a modification of Toce's method. The BPD group was defined as consisting of patients who needed oxygen therapy for more than 28 days and showed abnormality on chest radiographs. Scores were analysed to determine whether there were any statistical differences between the BPD and non-BPD groups, whether there was a significant correlation between scores at 7 days and 28 days, and whether there was any relationship between scores at 7 days of age and the development of BPD. We tried to determine which factors, as indicated by the scores at 7 days, significantly contributed to the development of BPD. The mean scores at 7 days of age in the BPD group (n=18) were 4.3±1.5 (2-7), the BPD group (n=18) were 4.3±1.5 (2-7), and those in the non-BPD group (n=41) were 2.2±1.2 (0-4). The differences were statistically significant (p<.0001). Significant correlation was found between scores at 7 days and at 28 days of age(r:0.57, p<.0001). Analysis showed that endotracheal tube insertion, cardiomegaly, and degree of interstitial change, as seen on radiographs at 7 days, were factors which significantly contributed to the development of BPD (p<0.05 each). All neonates with a score of 5 or more developed BPD (7/7), while those with a score of less than 2 did not (0/11). The chest radiographic scoring system used at 7 days of age can be helpful in predicting the development of BPD. We believe that this system can be used to indicate the need for early preventive steroid therapy

  12. Image quality criteria in cardiology

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    Image quality evaluation plays a key role in the process of optimisation in radiological procedures. Image quality criteria for cardiac cine-angiography were recently agreed as part of a European Research Project, and a scoring system based on these criteria has been developed to allow an 'objective' measurement of the quality of cardiac angiograms. Two studies aimed at the evaluation of the methodology have been completed, demonstrating that the method can be applied to cardiac images and translated into a scoring system that yields reproducible data. Based on the results of these studies, quality criteria have been further reviewed by DIMOND III panel and the updated version is presented in this paper. (authors)

  13. Assessing Equating Results on Different Equating Criteria

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    Tong, Ye; Kolen, Michael

    2005-01-01

    The performance of three equating methods--the presmoothed equipercentile method, the item response theory (IRT) true score method, and the IRT observed score method--were examined based on three equating criteria: the same distributions property, the first-order equity property, and the second-order equity property. The magnitude of the…

  14. The Superiority of Factor Scores as Predictors

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    Morris, John D.; Guertin, Wilson H.

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    Common factor scores were compared to unfactored data-level variables as predictors in terms of the correlation of a criterion with the predicted value in multiple regression equations applied to replication (cross-validation) samples. (Editor)

  15. The Relationship of Scores on Elizur's Hostility System on the Rorschach to the Acting-Out Score on the Hand Test.

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    Martin, John D.; And Others

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    The relationship between Elizur's Hostility Scoring on the Rorschach Test and the Acting-Out Score on the Hand Test was examined. Correlations between the two measures (using several scoring procedures) ranged from .40 to .64. (JKS)

  16. Various criteria in the evaluation of biomedical named entity recognition

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    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Text mining in the biomedical domain is receiving increasing attention. A key component of this process is named entity recognition (NER. Generally speaking, two annotated corpora, GENIA and GENETAG, are most frequently used for training and testing biomedical named entity recognition (Bio-NER systems. JNLPBA and BioCreAtIvE are two major Bio-NER tasks using these corpora. Both tasks take different approaches to corpus annotation and use different matching criteria to evaluate system performance. This paper details these differences and describes alternative criteria. We then examine the impact of different criteria and annotation schemes on system performance by retesting systems participated in the above two tasks. Results To analyze the difference between JNLPBA's and BioCreAtIvE's evaluation, we conduct Experiment 1 to evaluate the top four JNLPBA systems using BioCreAtIvE's classification scheme. We then compare them with the top four BioCreAtIvE systems. Among them, three systems participated in both tasks, and each has an F-score lower on JNLPBA than on BioCreAtIvE. In Experiment 2, we apply hypothesis testing and correlation coefficient to find alternatives to BioCreAtIvE's evaluation scheme. It shows that right-match and left-match criteria have no significant difference with BioCreAtIvE. In Experiment 3, we propose a customized relaxed-match criterion that uses right match and merges JNLPBA's five NE classes into two, which achieves an F-score of 81.5%. In Experiment 4, we evaluate a range of five matching criteria from loose to strict on the top JNLPBA system and examine the percentage of false negatives. Our experiment gives the relative change in precision, recall and F-score as matching criteria are relaxed. Conclusion In many applications, biomedical NEs could have several acceptable tags, which might just differ in their left or right boundaries. However, most corpora annotate only one of them. In our experiment, we found that right match and left match can be appropriate alternatives to JNLPBA and BioCreAtIvE's matching criteria. In addition, our relaxed-match criterion demonstrates that users can define their own relaxed criteria that correspond more realistically to their application requirements.

  17. Relationship between hand-skill exercises and other admissions criteria and students' performance in dental school.

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    Ballard, Richard W; Hagan, Joseph L; Cheramie, Toby

    2015-05-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the existence of correlations between dental admissions criteria, including a chalk carving exercise, and students' subsequent academic performance. The retrospective cohort study examined the records of dental students at Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Dentistry for the years 1998 to 2008. Only those students who could be categorized into the following four groups were included: 1) those who graduated in the top 10% of their class, 2) those who graduated in the bottom 10% of their class, 3) those who repeated a year of dental school, and 4) those who were dismissed or resigned. The study sample consisted of 176 students: 62 in the first group, 62 in the second group, 25 in the third group, and 27 in the fourth group. Data collected were each student's undergraduate grade point average (GPA); chalk carving score; undergraduate biology, chemistry, physics (BCP) GPA; Dental Admission Test (DAT) Academic Average; Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) score of the DAT; total DAT score; grade in preclinical operative dentistry class; grade in morphology and occlusion class; and dental school GPA at graduation. The results showed that only the undergraduate GPA and BCP GPA were significantly higher for students in the top 10% of their class than for other groups. The only positive correlation involving the chalk carving scores was with the preclinical operative dentistry course grade. This study thus found limited correlations between this institution's admissions criteria and its students' success in dental school. PMID:25941149

  18. Super Bowl Scores

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    2009-01-01

    This Illumination activity focuses on analyzing the scores for football games. Students study combinations of numbers to produce possible scores for football games. The lesson includes a student worksheet and extension questions.

  19. Evaluation of a nutrient-rich food index score in the Netherlands.

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    Sluik, Diewertje; Streppel, Martinette T; van Lee, Linde; Geelen, Anouk; Feskens, Edith J M

    2015-01-01

    Nutrient-rich food (NRF) index scores are dietary quality indices based on nutrient density. We studied the design aspects involved in the development and validation of NRF index scores, using the Dutch consumption data and guidelines as an example. We evaluated fifteen NRF index scores against the Dutch Healthy Diet Index (DHD-index), a measure of adherence to the Dutch dietary guidelines, and against energy density. The study population included 2106 adults from the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2007-2010. The index scores were composed of beneficial nutrients (protein, fibre, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals), nutrients to limit (saturated fat, sugar, Na) or a combination. Moreover, the influence of methodological decisions was studied, such as the choice of calculation basis (100 g or 100 kcal (418 kJ)). No large differences existed in the prediction of the DHD-index by the fifteen NRF index scores. The score that best predicted the DHD-index included nine beneficial nutrients and three nutrients to limit on a 100-kcal basis, the NRF9.3 with a model R (2) of 0·34. The scores were quite robust with respect to sex, BMI and differences in calculation methods. The NRF index scores were correlated with energy density, but nutrient density better predicted the DHD-index than energy density. Consumption of vegetables, cereals and cereal products, and dairy products contributed most to the individual NRF9.3 scores. In conclusion, many methodological considerations underlie the development and evaluation of nutrient density models. These decisions may depend upon the purpose of the model, but should always be based upon scientific, objective and transparent criteria. PMID:26097700

  20. Understanding the Apgar score.

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    Letko, M D

    1996-05-01

    Apgar scores are determined for every neonate born in a U.S. hospital. Despite the frequency with which the scores are calculated, they are not always accurate. In addition, some individuals attempt to use the scores to substantiate certain claims, such as birth asphyxia. This article discusses some of the common misunderstandings and limitations of the Apgar score and suggests measures for improvement. PMID:8708830

  1. Fratura na coluna vertebral por mieloma múltiplo: correlação entre sobrevida e índices de Tomita e Tokuhashi Fractura de la columna vertebral por mieloma múltiple: correlación entre sobrevida e índices de Tomita y Tokuhashi Multiple myeloma and vertebral fractures: correlation between survival rate and Tomita and Tokuhashi scores

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    Osmar Avanzi

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o mieloma múltiplo (MM é a neoplasia óssea primária mais freqüente na coluna vertebral. Em razão da grande morbi-mortalidade destas lesões, discute-se qual o melhor tratamento nestes pacientes. Na prática, observamos similaridade das opções de tratamento entre os pacientes portadores de metástases ósseas e MM. Os índices de sobrevida de Tomita e Tokuhashi são utilizados com o intuito de auxiliar na escolha do tratamento nos portadores de metástases. Faltam estudos sobre a aplicabilidade destes índices em pacientes portadores de MM. Neste trabalho vamos avaliar a aplicabilidade dos índices de Tomita e Tokuhashi nos pacientes portadores de MM e lesão vertebral. MÉTODOS: estudo retrospectivo mediante avaliação de prontuários e radiografias de portadores de MM por meio da aplicação dos critérios de Tomita e Tokuhashi. RESULTADOS: em um ano, 19 (63,3% estavam vivos, em dois anos 13 (43,3% e em cinco anos quatro (13,3% pacientes estavam vivos. Não houve correlação entre os índices (Tomita e Tokuhashi e a taxa de sobrevida nestes pacientes (p= 0,2255. CONCLUSÃO: há necessidade de adaptação dos índices de Tomita e Tokuhashi para apresentarem aplicabilidade nos portadores de MM na coluna.OBJETIVO: el Mieloma Múltiple (MM es la neoplasia ósea primaria más frecuente en la columna vertebral. En razón de la gran morbimortalidad de estas lesiones, se discute cuál sería el mejor tratamiento en estos pacientes. En la práctica observamos semejanza de las opciones de tratamiento entre los pacientes portadores de metástasis óseas y MM. Los índices de sobrevida de Tomita y Tokuhashi son utilizados con el objetivo de auxiliar en la opción del tratamiento en los portadores de metástasis. Faltan estudios sobre la aplicabilidad de estos índices en pacientes portadores de MM. En este trabajo vamos a evaluar la aplicabilidad de los índices de Tomita y Tokuhashi en los pacientes portadores de MM y lesión vertebral. MÉTODOS: estudio retrospectivo mediante evaluación de historias clínicas y radiografías de portadores de MM por medio de la aplicación de los criterios de Tomita y Tokuhashi. RESULTADOS: En un año 19 estuvieron vivos (63.3%, en 2 años fueron 13 (43.3% y en 5 años fueron 4 los que estuvieron vivos (13.3%. No hubo correlación entre los índices (Tomita y Tokuhashi y la tasa de sobrevida en estos pacientes (p= 0.2255. CONCLUSIÓN: Hay necesidad de adaptación de los índices de Tomita y Tokuhashi para presentar una aplicabilidad en los portadores de MM en la columna.OBJECTIVE: multiple myeloma (MM is the most common primary neoplasm tumor in the spine. Due to the high morbidity and mortality of these spinal lesions, it is of important to discuss the best treatment in these patients. In clinical practice, there are similarities in the treatment options for patients with bone metastasis and MM. The survival rates of Tomita and Tokuhashi scores are used in order to assist in the choice of treatment patients with metastasis. No studies about the applicability of these scores in patients with MM were found. The objective of this study is to evaluate the applicability of Tomita and Tokuhashi scores in patients with MM and vertebral lesions. METHODS: Retrospective study on evaluation of radiographs and medical records of patients with MM using the criteria of Tomita and Tokuhashi. RESULTS: At 1 year 19 (63.3% were alive, 2 years 13 (43.3% and 5 years 4 (13.3% patients were alive. There was no correlation between the scores (Tomita and Tokuhashi and survival rate in these patients (p = 0.2255. CONCLUSION: There is a need for adjustment or alterations of the scores of Tomita and Tokuhashi to have applicability in patients with MM in column.

  2. Fratura na coluna vertebral por mieloma múltiplo: correlação entre sobrevida e índices de Tomita e Tokuhashi / Multiple myeloma and vertebral fractures: correlation between survival rate and Tomita and Tokuhashi scores / Fractura de la columna vertebral por mieloma múltiple: correlación entre sobrevida e índices de Tomita y Tokuhashi

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    Osmar, Avanzi; Elcio, Landim; Robert, Meves; Maria Fernanda Silber, Caffaro; Marcos Vaz de, Lima.

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o mieloma múltiplo (MM) é a neoplasia óssea primária mais freqüente na coluna vertebral. Em razão da grande morbi-mortalidade destas lesões, discute-se qual o melhor tratamento nestes pacientes. Na prática, observamos similaridade das opções de tratamento entre os pacientes portadores de m [...] etástases ósseas e MM. Os índices de sobrevida de Tomita e Tokuhashi são utilizados com o intuito de auxiliar na escolha do tratamento nos portadores de metástases. Faltam estudos sobre a aplicabilidade destes índices em pacientes portadores de MM. Neste trabalho vamos avaliar a aplicabilidade dos índices de Tomita e Tokuhashi nos pacientes portadores de MM e lesão vertebral. MÉTODOS: estudo retrospectivo mediante avaliação de prontuários e radiografias de portadores de MM por meio da aplicação dos critérios de Tomita e Tokuhashi. RESULTADOS: em um ano, 19 (63,3%) estavam vivos, em dois anos 13 (43,3%) e em cinco anos quatro (13,3%) pacientes estavam vivos. Não houve correlação entre os índices (Tomita e Tokuhashi) e a taxa de sobrevida nestes pacientes (p= 0,2255). CONCLUSÃO: há necessidade de adaptação dos índices de Tomita e Tokuhashi para apresentarem aplicabilidade nos portadores de MM na coluna. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: el Mieloma Múltiple (MM) es la neoplasia ósea primaria más frecuente en la columna vertebral. En razón de la gran morbimortalidad de estas lesiones, se discute cuál sería el mejor tratamiento en estos pacientes. En la práctica observamos semejanza de las opciones de tratamiento entre los p [...] acientes portadores de metástasis óseas y MM. Los índices de sobrevida de Tomita y Tokuhashi son utilizados con el objetivo de auxiliar en la opción del tratamiento en los portadores de metástasis. Faltan estudios sobre la aplicabilidad de estos índices en pacientes portadores de MM. En este trabajo vamos a evaluar la aplicabilidad de los índices de Tomita y Tokuhashi en los pacientes portadores de MM y lesión vertebral. MÉTODOS: estudio retrospectivo mediante evaluación de historias clínicas y radiografías de portadores de MM por medio de la aplicación de los criterios de Tomita y Tokuhashi. RESULTADOS: En un año 19 estuvieron vivos (63.3%), en 2 años fueron 13 (43.3%) y en 5 años fueron 4 los que estuvieron vivos (13.3%). No hubo correlación entre los índices (Tomita y Tokuhashi) y la tasa de sobrevida en estos pacientes (p= 0.2255). CONCLUSIÓN: Hay necesidad de adaptación de los índices de Tomita y Tokuhashi para presentar una aplicabilidad en los portadores de MM en la columna. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: multiple myeloma (MM) is the most common primary neoplasm tumor in the spine. Due to the high morbidity and mortality of these spinal lesions, it is of important to discuss the best treatment in these patients. In clinical practice, there are similarities in the treatment options for pati [...] ents with bone metastasis and MM. The survival rates of Tomita and Tokuhashi scores are used in order to assist in the choice of treatment patients with metastasis. No studies about the applicability of these scores in patients with MM were found. The objective of this study is to evaluate the applicability of Tomita and Tokuhashi scores in patients with MM and vertebral lesions. METHODS: Retrospective study on evaluation of radiographs and medical records of patients with MM using the criteria of Tomita and Tokuhashi. RESULTS: At 1 year 19 (63.3%) were alive, 2 years 13 (43.3%) and 5 years 4 (13.3%) patients were alive. There was no correlation between the scores (Tomita and Tokuhashi) and survival rate in these patients (p = 0.2255). CONCLUSION: There is a need for adjustment or alterations of the scores of Tomita and Tokuhashi to have applicability in patients with MM in column.

  3. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) predictors of police officer problem behavior and collateral self-report test scores.

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    Tarescavage, Anthony M; Fischler, Gary L; Cappo, Bruce M; Hill, David O; Corey, David M; Ben-Porath, Yossef S

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    The current study examined the predictive validity of Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF; Ben-Porath & Tellegen, 2008/2011) scores in police officer screenings. We utilized a sample of 712 police officer candidates (82.6% male) from 2 Midwestern police departments. The sample included 426 hired officers, most of whom had supervisor ratings of problem behaviors and human resource records of civilian complaints. With the full sample, we calculated zero-order correlations between MMPI-2-RF scale scores and scale scores from the California Psychological Inventory (Gough, 1956) and Inwald Personality Inventory (Inwald, 2006) by gender. In the hired sample, we correlated MMPI-2-RF scale scores with the outcome data for males only, owing to the relatively small number of hired women. Several scales demonstrated meaningful correlations with the criteria, particularly in the thought dysfunction and behavioral/externalizing dysfunction domains. After applying a correction for range restriction, the correlation coefficient magnitudes were generally in the moderate to large range. The practical implications of these findings were explored by means of risk ratio analyses, which indicated that officers who produced elevations at cutscores lower than the traditionally used 65 T-score level were as much as 10 times more likely than those scoring below the cutoff to exhibit problem behaviors. Overall, the results supported the validity of the MMPI-2-RF in this setting. Implications and limitations of this study are discussed. PMID:25383586

  4. Interpreting force concept inventory scores: Normalized gain and SAT scores

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    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Preinstruction SAT scores and normalized gains (G on the force concept inventory (FCI were examined for individual students in interactive engagement (IE courses in introductory mechanics at one high school (N=335 and one university (N=292 , and strong, positive correlations were found for both populations ( r=0.57 and r=0.46 , respectively. These correlations are likely due to the importance of cognitive skills and abstract reasoning in learning physics. The larger correlation coefficient for the high school population may be a result of the much shorter time interval between taking the SAT and studying mechanics, because the SAT may provide a more current measure of abilities when high school students begin the study of mechanics than it does for college students, who begin mechanics years after the test is taken. In prior research a strong correlation between FCI G and scores on Lawson’s Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning for students from the same two schools was observed. Our results suggest that, when interpreting class average normalized FCI gains and comparing different classes, it is important to take into account the variation of students’ cognitive skills, as measured either by the SAT or by Lawson’s test. While Lawson’s test is not commonly given to students in most introductory mechanics courses, SAT scores provide a readily available alternative means of taking account of students’ reasoning abilities. Knowing the students’ cognitive level before instruction also allows one to alter instruction or to use an intervention designed to improve students’ cognitive level.

  5. Minimum scoring rule inference

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    Dawid, Philip; Musio, Monica; Ventura, Laura

    2014-01-01

    Proper scoring rules are methods for encouraging honest assessment of probability distributions. Just like likelihood, a proper scoring rule can be applied to supply an unbiased estimating equation for any statistical model, and the theory of such equations can be applied to understand the properties of the associated estimator. In this paper we develop some basic scoring rule estimation theory, and explore robustness and interval estimation properties by means of theory and...

  6. Correlation between the concentration of serum polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in pregnant cynomolgus monkeys and their offspring's behavioral scores in eye-contact test and finger maze learning test

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    Negishi, T. [Aoyama Gakuin Univ., Kanagawa (Japan); Takasuga, T. [Shimadzu Techno-Research Inc., Kyoto (Japan); Kawasaki, K. [Hoshi Univ., Tokyo (Japan); Kuroda, Y. [CREST Japan Science and Technology Corp., Saitama (Japan); Yoshikawa, Y. [The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

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    A recent review suggested that pre- or perinatal exposure of developing fetuses to dioxins, the widespread environmental contaminants, such as polychrorinated biphenlys (PCBs), induce the irreversible abnormalities in the functions of central nervous system (CNS) in human. These chemicals can be transferred to each fetus and naonate transplacentally and lactationally in rhesus monkey. Several studies also reported the adverse effect of PCB on CNS development in rodents and monkeys as well as on behavior in rodents and monkeys. In the present study, we show a preliminary data about the correlation between the serum concentrations of PCBs in pregnant cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) and the scores of two behavioral tests, eye-contact test and four-step finger maze test, which evaluate consciousness against human observer and learning ability, respectively, in their offspring. This experimental surveillance system using non-human primates would be useful to predict the risk of PCBs exposure in human fetuses because of the similarities of cynomolgus monkey to human with regard to reproduction, developmental parameter, and others.

  7. Automated scoring of CDMAM: a dose study

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    Rico, Ruben; Muller, Serge L.; Peter, Guillaume; Noel, Alain; Stines, Joseph

    2003-05-01

    Digital mammography detectors have a large linear dynamic range that allows dose optimization. CD-MAM phantom is widely used in image quality assessment on mammography systems. Currently human readers score the phantom, which is time-consuming and leads to intra and inter observer variability. We discuss the design and validation of an algorithm based on the Non-Prewhitening Matched Filter observer that intends to replace human observers in the task of CDMAM 3.4 phantom scoring. Correlation between both observers has been evaluated through a dose study. Correlation has been established between scores obtained by both observers. The algorithm presents a higher sensitivity and a better discrimination power to dose variations, which makes automated scoring of CDMAM phantom a potential tool, free of observer variability, for quality control in screening mammography.

  8. 7 CFR 1703.126 - Criteria for scoring grant applications.

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    ...effectiveness of the system (up to 35 points...explaining the economic, education, or health care...that economic, education, or health care...support by recognized experts in the related...to attend higher education institutions...projects. Under this system, the end...

  9. SCORING SYSTEMS IN PEMPHIGUS

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    Grover, Sanjiv

    2011-01-01

    Pemphigus is a dreaded disease encountered not infrequently in dermatology settings. While scoring systems in various dermatological conditions exist, objective parameters for assessing disease activity and therapeutic responses in pemphigus are not uniform and foolproof. This article presents various scoring systems in pemphigus.

  10. Genetic parameters for androstenone, skatole, indole, and human nose scores as measures of boar taint and their relationship with finishing traits

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    Windig, J. J.; Mulder, H. A.; Napel, J.; Knol, E. F.; Mathur, P. K.; Crump, R. E.

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate measures of boar (Sus scrofa) taint as potential selection criteria to reduce boar taint so that castration of piglets will become unnecessary. Therefore, genetic parameters of boar taint measures and their genetic correlations with finishing traits were estimated. In particular, the usefulness of a human panel assessing boar taint (human nose score) was compared with chemical assessment of boar taint compounds, androstenone, skatole, and indole. Heri...

  11. A visual system for scoring body condition of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

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    Wijeyamohan, Shanmugasundaram; Treiber, Kibby; Schmitt, Dennis; Santiapillai, Charles

    2015-01-01

    A body condition score (BCS) may provide information on the health or production potential of an animal; it may also reflect the suitability of the environment to maintain an animal population. Thus assessing the BCS of Asian elephants is important for their management. There is a need for a robust BCS applicable to both wild and captive elephants of all age categories based on the minimum and maximum possible subcutaneous body fat and muscle deposits. The visually based system for scoring the body condition of elephants presented here satisfies these criteria and is quick, inexpensive, non-invasive and user-friendly in the field. The BCS scale correlates (P?

  12. A new electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy prognostic score.

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    Jindal, Akash; Singla, Varun; Pargaonkar, Vedant; Froelicher, Victor

    2015-04-01

    This report determines if the classic Romhilt-Estes score would predict better if points for its components were determined using a Cox hazard model and if the Cornell voltage criteria should replace the original criteria. Of the 20,903 subjects, the mean age was 43 ± 10 years and 90.6% were men. The mean follow-up for the population was 17 years, with 881 cardiovascular deaths; they were tested from 1987 to 1999 and followed until 2013. The new score was created with multipliers based on the Cox hazards of its elements with age bracket and gender included. The Cornell criteria were analyzed individually using Cox hazards with and without adjustments for age, gender, and African-American ethnicity and subsequently incorporated into the new score for analysis. For the new score, all 7 components were significant predictors of cardiovascular mortality with gender producing the greatest hazard ratio (HR) and left axis deviation and QRS duration >110 ms producing the lowest. For the original Romhilt-Estes score, 367 patients (1.8%) met the "definite" cutoff and had an HR of 5.6 (95% confidence interval 4.3 to 7.1). For the new score, 208 patients (1.0%) met the "definite" left ventricular hypertrophy cutoff and had an HR of 13.6 (95% confidence interval 10.8 to 17.3). The Romhilt-Estes had an area under the curve of 0.63, whereas the new score and new score with Cornell voltage both had an area under the curve of 0.7. In conclusion, our modified Romhilt-Estes score with new multipliers and without voltage criteria outperformed the original score. PMID:25700803

  13. Introduction of a new standardized assessment score of spine morphology in osteogenesis imperfecta

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    Purpose: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare hereditary disease leading to multiple bone deformities and fractures. In the absence of causal therapy, a symptomatic approach is based on treatment with bisphosphonates and physiotherapy. The clinical and radiological manifestations vary. Therefore, standardization and quantification for an objective comparison, especially during therapy, are required. In this paper, radiological changes of the spine are quantified according to their clinical relevance to define a scoring system that transfers the morphological changes into a single value representing the severity of the disease. Materials and Methods: 268 lateral spine X-rays of 95 patients with OI (median age 5.6 years) were assessed. The findings were classified based on their clinical relevance. Results: The three criteria, vertebral compression, thoracolumbar kyphosis and deformity type, were quantified in a new grading system. Based on this, a 'severity classification' (1 to 5) was defined with implications for diagnostics and treatment. A mathematical formula that takes into account the three criteria and their correlations to clinical relevance, resulting in a 'severity score', was developed. Conclusion: 'Severity classification' and 'severity score' introduce a new concept for a standardized evaluation of spine X-rays in patients with OI. For both scientific and routine purposes, it provides the user with a simple and easy-to-handle tool for assessing and compeasy-to-handle tool for assessing and comparing different stages of severity prior to and during therapy with detailed accuracy. (orig.)

  14. Introduction of a new standardized assessment score of spine morphology in osteogenesis imperfecta

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    Koerber, F.; Schulze Uphoff, U.; Koerber, S.; Maintz, D. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Schoenau, E.; Semler, O. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Children' s Hospital

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare hereditary disease leading to multiple bone deformities and fractures. In the absence of causal therapy, a symptomatic approach is based on treatment with bisphosphonates and physiotherapy. The clinical and radiological manifestations vary. Therefore, standardization and quantification for an objective comparison, especially during therapy, are required. In this paper, radiological changes of the spine are quantified according to their clinical relevance to define a scoring system that transfers the morphological changes into a single value representing the severity of the disease. Materials and Methods: 268 lateral spine X-rays of 95 patients with OI (median age 5.6 years) were assessed. The findings were classified based on their clinical relevance. Results: The three criteria, vertebral compression, thoracolumbar kyphosis and deformity type, were quantified in a new grading system. Based on this, a 'severity classification' (1 to 5) was defined with implications for diagnostics and treatment. A mathematical formula that takes into account the three criteria and their correlations to clinical relevance, resulting in a 'severity score', was developed. Conclusion: 'Severity classification' and 'severity score' introduce a new concept for a standardized evaluation of spine X-rays in patients with OI. For both scientific and routine purposes, it provides the user with a simple and easy-to-handle tool for assessing and comparing different stages of severity prior to and during therapy with detailed accuracy. (orig.)

  15. College Math Assessment: SAT Scores vs. College Math Placement Scores

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    Foley-Peres, Kathleen; Poirier, Dawn

    2008-01-01

    Many colleges and university's use SAT math scores or math placement tests to place students in the appropriate math course. This study compares the use of math placement scores and SAT scores for 188 freshman students. The student's grades and faculty observations were analyzed to determine if the SAT scores and/or college math assessment scores

  16. Comparative Evaluation of Urinary PCA3 and TMPRSS2: ERG Scores and Serum PHI in Predicting Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness

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    Lucile Tallon

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available It has been suggested that urinary PCA3 and TMPRSS2:ERG fusion tests and serum PHI correlate to cancer aggressiveness-related pathological criteria at prostatectomy. To evaluate and compare their ability in predicting prostate cancer aggressiveness, PHI and urinary PCA3 and TMPRSS2:ERG (T2 scores were assessed in 154 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy for biopsy-proven prostate cancer. Univariate and multivariate analyses using logistic regression and decision curve analyses were performed. All three markers were predictors of a tumor volume ?0.5 mL. Only PHI predicted Gleason score ?7. T2 score and PHI were both independent predictors of extracapsular extension (?pT3, while multifocality was only predicted by PCA3 score. Moreover, when compared to a base model (age, digital rectal examination, serum PSA, and Gleason sum at biopsy, the addition of both PCA3 score and PHI to the base model induced a significant increase (+12% when predicting tumor volume >0.5 mL. PHI and urinary PCA3 and T2 scores can be considered as complementary predictors of cancer aggressiveness at prostatectomy.

  17. Volleyball Scoring Systems.

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    Calhoun, William; Dargahi-Noubary, G. R.; Shi, Yixun

    2002-01-01

    The widespread interest in sports in our culture provides an excellent opportunity to catch students' attention in mathematics and statistics classes. One mathematically interesting aspect of volleyball, which can be used to motivate students, is the scoring system. (MM)

  18. Impartial Scoring Play Games

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    Stewart, Fraser

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we will be examining impartial scoring play games. We first give the basic definitions for what impartial scoring play games are and look at their general structure under the disjunctive sum. We will then examine the game of nim and all octal games, and define a function that can help us analyse these games. We will finish by looking at the properties this function has and give many conjectures about the behaviour this function exhibits.

  19. The Bayesian Score Statistic

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    Kleibergen, F.R.; Kleijn, R.H.; Paap, R.

    2000-01-01

    We propose a novel Bayesian test under a (noninformative) Je?reys’ prior speci?ca- tion. We check whether the ?xed scalar value of the so-called Bayesian Score Statistic (BSS) under the null hypothesis is a plausible realization from its known and standard- ized distribution under the alternative. Unlike highest posterior density regions the BSS is invariant to reparameterizations. The BSS equals the posterior expectation of the classical score statistic and it pro...

  20. Comparison of Prognosis in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis and its Correlation with the Model for the End-Stage Liver Disease and Child-PughChild-Pugh Scores in Patients with Esophageal or Gastric Variceal Bleeding

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    Mohammadreza Sheikhian

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background:Variceal bleeding is one of the most serious complications of cirrhosis. Up to now different methods are created for predicting the complications and mortality of cirrhosis. Child- Pugh score and MELD score are two methods for this use. In this study we investigated and compared survival prognosis of cirrhotic patients by the Child-Pugh or MELD score in two groups of esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional trial, patients with upper GI bleeding were followed up for a 6 months period. The source of hemorrhage was determined by endoscopy, then patients distributed in two groups of esophageal and gastric variceal hemorrhage. Finally we investigated and compared the relationship between the variables and mortality rates in these two groups by means of the Child-Pugh and the MELD scores. The Student’s t-test and Receiver Operating Characteristic were used for statistical analysis.Results: 34 patients (12 with gastric varices, 22 with esophageal varices were investigated. No significant difference between these two groups was observed. In this study mean MELD score was 16.67±8.75 and mean Child-Pugh score was 9.37±2.54. Eight patients (5 with gastric varices and 3 with esophageal varices expired before 6 weeks and 2 patients (one four each group expired after 6 weeks. The best cut-off points are 15.5 and 10.5 for MELD and Child-Pugh scores respectively (sensitivity and specificity are 0.75 and 0.98, respectively for both scores.Conclusion:Sensitivity and specificity of both scores were the same in prediction of mortality. However, the chance ratio defined that Child-Pugh score was a better predictor of mortality than MELD score, since the chance of death will increase 2.51 and 1.62 fold per each unit increase in the Child-Pugh and the MELD scores, respectively. However, no significant difference found between Child-Pugh and MELD score between two groups of patients.

  1. Description and validation of a scoring system for tomosynthesis in pulmonary cystic fibrosis

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    Vult von Steyern, Kristina; Bjoerkman-Burtscher, Isabella M.; Bozovic, Gracijela; Wiklund, Marie; Geijer, Mats [Skaane University Hospital, Lund University, Centre for Medical Imaging and Physiology, Lund (Sweden); Hoeglund, Peter [Skaane University Hospital, Competence Centre for Clinical Research, Lund (Sweden)

    2012-12-15

    To design and validate a scoring system for tomosynthesis (digital tomography) in pulmonary cystic fibrosis. A scoring system dedicated to tomosynthesis in pulmonary cystic fibrosis was designed. Three radiologists independently scored 88 pairs of radiographs and tomosynthesis examinations of the chest in 60 patients with cystic fibrosis and 7 oncology patients. Radiographs were scored according to the Brasfield scoring system and tomosynthesis examinations were scored using the new scoring system. Observer agreements for the tomosynthesis score were almost perfect for the total score with square-weighted kappa >0.90, and generally substantial to almost perfect for subscores. Correlation between the tomosynthesis score and the Brasfield score was good for the three observers (Kendall's rank correlation tau 0.68, 0.77 and 0.78). Tomosynthesis was generally scored higher as a percentage of the maximum score. Observer agreements for the total score for Brasfield score were almost perfect (square-weighted kappa 0.80, 0.81 and 0.85). The tomosynthesis scoring system seems robust and correlates well with the Brasfield score. Compared with radiography, tomosynthesis is more sensitive to cystic fibrosis changes, especially bronchiectasis and mucus plugging, and the new tomosynthesis scoring system offers the possibility of more detailed and accurate scoring of disease severity. (orig.)

  2. La evaluación de revistas de psicología: correlación entre el factor de impacto, el índice h y los criterios de Latindex / Assessment of psychology journals: correlation of impact factor and h-index vs. Latindex criteria

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    A. Matías, Gámez.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue comprobar el grado en que dos criterios basados en el recuento de citas, como el factor de impacto propuesto por el Journal Citation Reports y el índice h de Hirsch (2005), y otro criterio más relacionado con la calidad del proceso editorial, como el grado de cumplimi [...] ento de los criterios propuestos por el catálogo Latindex, ordenan de forma similar un conjunto de revistas de psicología. Utilizamos estos tres criterios para confeccionar sendas clasificaciones de estas revistas y encontramos que la correlación entre la clasificación Latindex y cualquiera de las otras dos no fue significativamente distinta de cero. Se discute la conveniencia de disponer de criterios ajenos al recuento de citas para evaluar la calidad de las revistas científicas de psicología y se propone el uso combinado de criterios como la difusión, la internacionalidad, el proceso de revisón de los manuscritos o la política editorial de la revista. Abstract in english The goal of this study is to explore the extent to which several psychology journals may be similarly classified on the basis of citation count through the impact factor proposed by Journal Citation Reports and the hindex (Hirsch, 2005), against a given journal's compliance with the Latindex Catalog [...] ue criteria for assessing editorial quality. Using these parameters, we carried out three separate journal rankings and found that the correlation between the Latindex ranking and either of the former is not statistically distinct from zero. The suitability of applying editorial- rather than citation-based criteria to evaluate the quality of psychology journals is discussed. This discussion proposes using a mix of editorial criteria such as circulation, international reach and the journal's manuscript review process and editorial policies.

  3. The Relationship between Odour Annoyance Scores and Modelled Ambient Air Pollution in Sarnia, “Chemical Valley”, Ontario

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    Dominic Odwa Atari

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed at establishing the relationship between annoyance scores and modelled air pollution in “Chemical Valley”, Sarnia, Ontario (Canada. Annoyance scores were taken from a community health survey (N = 774; and respondents’ exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2 and sulphur dioxide (SO2 were estimated using land use regression (LUR models. The associations were examined by univariate analysis while multivariate logistic regression was used to examine the determinants of odour annoyance. The results showed that odour annoyance was significantly correlated to modelled pollutants at the individual (NO2, r = 0.15; SO2, r = 0.13 and census tract (NO2, r = 0.56; SO2, r = 0.67 levels. The exposure-response relationships show that residents of Sarnia react to very low pollution concentrations levels even if they are within the Ontario ambient air quality criteria. The study found that exposure to high NO2 and SO2 concentrations, gender, and perception of health effects were significant determinants of individual odour annoyance reporting. The observed association between odour annoyance and modelled ambient pollution suggest that individual and census tract level annoyance scores may serve as proxies for air quality in exposed communities because they capture the within area spatial variability of pollution. However, questionnaire-based odour annoyance scores need to be validated longitudinally and across different scales if they are to be adopted for use at the national level.

  4. The relationship between odour annoyance scores and modelled ambient air pollution in Sarnia, "Chemical Valley", Ontario.

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    Atari, Dominic Odwa; Luginaah, Isaac N; Fung, Karen

    2009-10-01

    This study aimed at establishing the relationship between annoyance scores and modelled air pollution in "Chemical Valley", Sarnia, Ontario (Canada). Annoyance scores were taken from a community health survey (N = 774); and respondents' exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) and sulphur dioxide (SO(2)) were estimated using land use regression (LUR) models. The associations were examined by univariate analysis while multivariate logistic regression was used to examine the determinants of odour annoyance. The results showed that odour annoyance was significantly correlated to modelled pollutants at the individual (NO(2), r = 0.15; SO(2), r = 0.13) and census tract (NO(2), r = 0.56; SO(2), r = 0.67) levels. The exposure-response relationships show that residents of Sarnia react to very low pollution concentrations levels even if they are within the Ontario ambient air quality criteria. The study found that exposure to high NO(2) and SO(2) concentrations, gender, and perception of health effects were significant determinants of individual odour annoyance reporting. The observed association between odour annoyance and modelled ambient pollution suggest that individual and census tract level annoyance scores may serve as proxies for air quality in exposed communities because they capture the within area spatial variability of pollution. However, questionnaire-based odour annoyance scores need to be validated longitudinally and across different scales if they are to be adopted for use at the national level. PMID:20054461

  5. FDG-PET scan in assessing lymphomas and the application of Deauville Criteria

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    To evaluate the role of Fluorine-18-fluorodexoyglucose Positron Emission Tomography (FDG-PET) scan in staging and its implications on the treatment of lymphoma, and to study the concordance between visual assessment and Deauville criteria for the interpretation of interim scans. Methods: The prospective single-arm experimental study was conducted at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Lahore, from May 2011 to October 2011. It comprised 53 newly diagnosed lymphoma patients who agreed to participate in the study. All patients underwent scans with contrast-enhanced computerised tomography at baseline. Treatment plan was formulated based on the final stage. Interim scans were acquired after 2 cycles of chemotherapy and were reported using visual criteria and compared with the 5-point Deauville criteria. Score of 1-3 was taken as disease-negative, while 4-5 was taken as disease-positive. SPSS 19 was used for statistical analysis. Results: Of the 53 patients, 35 (66%) had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, while 18 (34%) had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Scans resulted in disease upstaging in 4 (7.5%) patients, and detecting increased disease burden in 12 (23%). On interim scans, complete remission was achieved in 38 (71%) patients (Deauville score 1-3); 12 (23%) showed partial response (Deauville score 4-5); and 3 (6%) had progression. Kappa test was statistically significant (kappa 0.856; p <0.001). Conclusion: The positron emission tomography helped to upstage lymphoma and reflectedy helped to upstage lymphoma and reflected increased disease burden. The Deauville criteria correlated very well with visual assessment criteria and can be applied in the patient population. (author)

  6. Satisfaction in hospitality on TripAdvisor.com: An analysis of the correlation between evaluation criteria and overall satisfaction / A satisfação na hotelaria pelo TripAdvisor: uma análise da correlação entre os critérios de avaliação e satisfação geral

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    Pablo Flôres, Limberger; Francisco Antonio dos, Anjos; Jéssica Vieira de Souza, Meira; Sara Joana Gadotti dos, Anjos.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As mídias sociais alteraram a forma dos turistas buscarem e trocarem informações, determinando mudanças gerenciais para as empresas turísticas, incluindo os meios de hospedagem. Os comentários e avaliações de hóspedes têm impactado na reputação das organizações, tanto positivamente como negativament [...] e. Os sítios de conteúdo gerado pelos usuários permitem que estas informações cheguem a outros turistas, através da avaliação do serviço prestado e influenciando na decisão de novos visitantes. Desta forma, esta investigação procurou identificar a correlação entre a satisfação geral e os critérios de avaliação. Para isto, foram analisadas 660 avaliações (236 nos hotéis 03 estrelas, 125 nos hotéis 04 estrelas e 299 nos hotéis 05 estrelas) no Tripadvisor, que continham de forma independente, avaliações sobre: satisfação geral, valor (custo-benefício), localização, qualidade do sono, quartos, limpeza e serviço. Os resultados apontaram para um maior índice de correlação da satisfação geral com os critérios quarto, serviço ofertado e custo-benefício. Abstract in english Social media has changed the way tourists seek and exchange information, resulting in changes in the management of tourism businesses including hospitality facilities. Guest reviews and comments have had an impact on the reputation of organisations, both positive and negative. Websites with user-gen [...] erated content spread this information to other tourists through the evaluation of service provided and thereby influence the decision of new visitors. Accordingly, this research sought to identify the correlation between overall satisfaction and the evaluation criteria used on a website. For this, we analysed 660 reviews (236 of three-star hotels, 125 of four-star hotels and 299 of five-star hotels) on TripAdvisor, containing independent reviews including overall satisfaction, value (cost-benefit), location, sleep quality, rooms, cleanliness and service. Results showed a strong correlation of overall satisfaction with the criteria of room, service provided and cost-benefit.

  7. Instant MuseScore

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    Shinn, Maxwell

    2013-01-01

    Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. Instant MuseScore is written in an easy-to follow format, packed with illustrations that will help you get started with this music composition software.This book is for musicians who would like to learn how to notate music digitally with MuseScore. Readers should already have some knowledge about musical terminology; however, no prior experience with music notation software is necessary.

  8. Validity and predictive ability of the juvenile arthritis disease activity score based on CRP versus ESR in a Nordic population-based setting

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    Nordal, E B; Zak, Marek Stanislaw

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the juvenile arthritis disease activity score (JADAS) based on C reactive protein (CRP) (JADAS-CRP) with JADAS based on erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (JADAS-ESR) and to validate JADAS in a population-based setting.METHODS: The CRP and ESR values and the corresponding JADAS scores (JADAS10/27/71) were compared in a longitudinal cohort study of 389 children newly diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in the Nordic JIA study. The construct validity and the discriminative and predictive ability of JADAS were assessed during a median disease course of 8 years by comparing JADAS with other measures of disease activity and outcome.RESULTS: At the first study visit the correlation between JADAS27-CRP and JADAS27-ESR was r=0.99 whereas the correlation between CRP and ESR was r=0.57. Children with higher JADAS scores had an increased risk of concomitant pain, physical disability and use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A higher JADAS score at the first study visit also significantly predicted physical disability, damage and no remission off medication at the final study visit, and also use of DMARDs during the disease course. Sensitivity to change, demonstrated as change in JADAS score compared with the American College of Rheumatology paediatric measures of improvement criteria, mostly showed excellent classification ability.CONCLUSION: The JADAS-CRP and JADAS-ESR correlate closely, show similar test characteristics and are feasible and valid tools for assessing disease activity in JIA.

  9. Criteria for performance evaluation

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    David J. Weiss

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Using a cognitive task (mental calculation and a perceptual-motor task (stylized golf putting, we examined differential proficiency using the CWS index and several other quantitative measures of performance. The CWS index (Weiss and Shanteau, 2003 is a coherence criterion that looks only at internal properties of the data without incorporating an external standard. In Experiment 1, college students (n = 20 carried out 2- and 3-digit addition and multiplication problems under time pressure. In Experiment 2, experienced golfers (n = 12, also college students, putted toward a target from nine different locations. Within each experiment, we analyzed the same responses using different methods. For the arithmetic tasks, accuracy information (mean absolute deviation from the correct answer, MAD using a coherence criterion was available; for golf, accuracy information using a correspondence criterion (mean deviation from the target, also MAD was available. We ranked the performances of the participants according to each measure, then compared the orders using Spearman's rextsubscript{s}. For mental calculation, the CWS order correlated moderately (rextsubscript{s} =.46 with that of MAD. However, a different coherence criterion, degree of model fit, did not correlate with either CWS or accuracy. For putting, the ranking generated by CWS correlated .68 with that generated by MAD. Consensual answers were also available for both experiments, and the rankings they generated correlated highly with those of MAD. The coherence vs. correspondence distinction did not map well onto criteria for performance evaluation.

  10. Association between eating behavior scores and obesity in Chilean children

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    Amador Paola; Obregón Ana M; Cataldo Rodrigo; Domínguez-Vásquez Patricia; Smalley Susan V; González Andrea; Ho-Urriola Judith A; Santos José L; Weisstaub Gerardo; Hodgson M Isabel

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Inadequate eating behavior and physical inactivity contribute to the current epidemic of childhood obesity. The aim of this study was to assess the association between eating behavior scores and childhood obesity in Chilean children. Design and methods We recruited 126 obese, 44 overweight and 124 normal-weight Chilean children (6-12 years-old; both genders) according to the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) criteria. Eating behavior scores were calculated using the ...

  11. Score Moment Estimators.

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    Paris, 2010. s. 72-72. [COMPSTAT 2010. International Conference on Computational Statistics /19./. 22.08.2010-27.08.2010, Paris] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : generalized moments * score moments * robust estimators Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  12. Criteria for nonoperative management of blunt splenic trauma

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    Sarmast Shoushtary MH

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Although nonoperative management is as an alternative method for surgery in the management of blunt splenic trauma, there are many contraversies in criteria for appropriate selection of the best method of management in patients. This study was conducted to find clinical and diagnostic criteria for selection of patients for surgery. "nMethods: One hundred and one patients with blunt splenic injury entered in our prospective observational and cross sectional study. Patients with unstable hemodyna-mics and obvious abdominal symptoms underwent emergency splenectomy was performed. In stable patients, abdominal and pelvic CT scan with IV contrast was performed. Patients with stable hemodynamics who lack obvious abdominal symptoms, admitted in ICU ward. Patients' demographics, blood pressure changes, hemoglobin concertration, severity of trauma with injury severity score (ISS scoring system, CT scan findings, amount of blood transfusion; Hospitalization time and mechanism of injury were recorded. "nResults: From 101 patients, 61(60.3% underwent early laparotomy. 40 patients were planned for conservative management. In 30 patients (29.7% nonoperative management was successful. In 10 patients (9.9% This management failed and they underwent surgery. Hypotension, hemoglobin concentration dropping more than one episode and blood transfusion requirement more than one time, increased the risk of operation. Higher ISS number and ISS?16 had a direct relation with operative management. In patients who underwent early laparotomy CT grade of injury was higher. CT findings correlated well with laparotomy findings. "nConclusion: Nonoperative management was successful in 75% of selected patients. With correct selection of patients and concerning to homodynamic status, hemoglobin concentration changes and injury severity score in conjunction with CT findings, we can use this management in greater number of patients.

  13. Fetal Biophysical Profile Scoring

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    H.R. HaghighatKhah

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available   "nFetal biophysical profile scoring is a sonographic-based method of fetal assessment first described by Manning and Platt in 1980. "nThe biophysical profile score was developed as a method to integrate real-time observations of the fetus and his/her intrauterine environment in order to more comprehensively assess the fetal condition. These findings must be evaluated in the context of maternal/fetal history (i.e., chronic hypertension, post-dates, intrauterine growth restriction, etc, fetal structural integrity (presence or absence of congenital anomalies, and the functionality of fetal support structures (placental and umbilical cord. For example, acute asphyxia due to placental abruption may result in an absence of the acute variables of the biophysical profile score (fetal breathing movements, fetal movement, fetal tone, and fetal heart rate reactivity with a normal amniotic fluid volume. With post maturity the asphyxial event may be intermittent and chronic resulting in a decrease in amniotic fluid volume, but with the acute variables remaining normal. "nWhile the 5 components of the biophysical profile score have remained unchanged since 1980 (Manning, 1980, the definitions of a normal and abnormal parameter have evolved with increasing experience. "nIn 1984 the definition of oligohydramnios was increased from < 1cm pocket of fluid to < 2.0 x 1.0 cm pocket. Oligohydramnios is now defined as a pocket of amniotic fluid < 2.0 x 2.0 cm (Manning, 1995a "nIf the four ultrasound variables are normal, the accuracy of the biophysical profile score was not found to be significantly improved by adding the non-stress test. As a result, in 1987 the profile score was modified to incorporate the non-stress test only when one of the ultrasound variables was abnormal (Manning 1987. Table 1 outlines the current definitions for quantifying a variable as present or absent. "nEach of the 5 components of the biophysical profile score does not have equal significance. Fetal breathing movements, amniotic fluid volume, and the non-stress test are the most powerful variables. For example, when the biophysical profile score is 2, the perinatal mortality varies between 428/1000 with only fetal movement present to 66/1000 if the non-stress test is reactive and all of the ultrasound parameters are absent (Manning 1990b. Some authors have, therefore, proposed utilization of a modified biophysical profile that incorporates only the non-stress test and amniotic fluid volume (Miller 1996. Although the positive predictive value of these 2 tests is equivalent to a biophysical profile score of 6, the perinatal mortality is still increased over a normal test score of 8 or 10 (Manning 1990b. The false positive rate with the modified biophysical profile score is also substantially higher. "nConclusions: The fetus expresses its well being or compromised status through a number of different biophysical activities that are controlled by different central nervous system centers. The utilization of the biophysical score for antepartum surveillance in high-risk patients has resulted in a reduction in perinatal mortality when compared to historical controls. The appropriate management of the viable fetus with an abnormal biophysical profile score may also decrease long-term neurological morbidity (Manning 1998. "nIt is unlikely that in the future additional variables will be added to the biophysical profile score. However, perhaps the incorporation of the fetal state (i.e., eye movements and Doppler flow studies of specific fetal vessels (umbilical artery, middle cerebral artery, ductus venosus will be incorporated into a complete assessment of the fetal condition "n "nTable 1. Components of the 30 Minute Biophysical Profile Score "nComponent "nDefinition "nFetal movements "n> 3 body or limb movements "nFetal tone "nOne episode of active extension and flexion of the limbs; opening and closing of hand "nFetal breathing movements "n>1

  14. Criteria for the diagnosis of corticobasal degeneration

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    Armstrong, Melissa J.; Litvan, Irene; Lang, Anthony E; Bak, Thomas H.; Bhatia, Kailash P.; Borroni, Barbara; Boxer, Adam L.; Dickson, Dennis W.; Grossman, Murray; Hallett, Mark; Josephs, Keith A; Kertesz, Andrew; Lee, Suzee E.; Miller, Bruce L.; Reich, Stephen G.

    2013-01-01

    Current criteria for the clinical diagnosis of pathologically confirmed corticobasal degeneration (CBD) no longer reflect the expanding understanding of this disease and its clinicopathologic correlations. An international consortium of behavioral neurology, neuropsychology, and movement disorders specialists developed new criteria based on consensus and a systematic literature review. Clinical diagnoses (early or late) were identified for 267 nonoverlapping pathologically confirmed CBD cases...

  15. Comparison of tumour-based (Petersen Index) and inflammation-based (Glasgow Prognostic Score) scoring systems in patients undergoing curative resection for colon cancer

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    Roxburgh, C S D; Crozier, J E M; Maxwell, F.; Foulis, A.K.; Brown, J.; McKee, R.F.; Anderson, J.H.; Horgan, P G; McMillan, D. C.

    2009-01-01

    After resection, it is important to identify colon cancer patients, who are at a high risk of recurrence and who may benefit from adjuvant treatment. The Petersen Index (PI), a prognostic model based on pathological criteria is validated in Dukes' B and C disease. Similarly, the modified Glasgow Prognostic Score (mGPS) based on biochemical criteria has also been validated. This study compares both the scores in patients undergoing curative resection of colon cancer. A total of 244 patients un...

  16. Uncertainty and scoring systems.

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    Ridley, S A

    2002-08-01

    Estimating risks for individual patients facilitates communication with patients, relatives and colleagues, and determines whether further treatment is futile. The process of estimating risks involves mathematics (i.e. scoring systems) and human experience and expertise. Understanding how risks are estimated is important because prognostication is an integral part of any medical specialty. In the USA, such treatment limitation or withdrawal decisions were made on only 7% of all intensive care unit patients but this represented 47% of all deaths on such units. In the UK, data reported by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre suggest that although treatment limitation decisions are made on only 11.8% of patients, this accounts for over 50% of deaths on intensive care. Scoring systems offer a useful adjunct in identifying futility but there are important inherent weaknesses that limit their performance. This review aims to discuss some of these limitations. PMID:12133088

  17. Score Moment Estimation.

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    Heidelberg : Physica Verlag, 2010 - (Lechevallier, Y.; Saporta, G.), s. 975-982 ISBN 978-3-7908-2603-6. [COMPSTAT 2010. International Conference on Computational Statistics /19./. Paris (FR), 22.08.2010-27.08.2010] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA205/09/1079 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : generalized moments * score moments * robust estimators Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  18. Fico credit scores

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    A credit score is index, which measures the credit risk. It absorbs the information from your credit history into a single number at a particular point of time. This forms a basis for the assessment of your credit report and rating your credit risk by lenders. When you are citing the document, use the following link http://essuir.sumdu.edu.ua/handle/123456789/34934

  19. Credit scoring methods.

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    Vojtek, Martin; Ko?enda, Evžen

    2006-01-01

    Ro?. 56, 3-4 (2006), s. 152-167. ISSN 0015-1920 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA402/05/0931 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z70850503 Keywords : banking sector * credit scoring * discrimination analysis Subject RIV: AH - Economics Impact factor: 0.190, year: 2006 http:// journal .fsv.cuni.cz/storage/1050_s_152_167.pdf

  20. Credit scoring for individuals

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Lending money to different borrowers is profitable, but risky. The profits come from the interest rate and the fees earned on the loans. Banks do not want to make loans to borrowers who cannot repay them. Even if the banks do not intend to make bad loans, over time, some of them can become bad. For instance, as a result of the recent financial crisis, the capability of many borrowers to repay their loans were affected, many of them being on default. That’s why is important for the bank to monitor the loans. The purpose of this paper is to focus on credit scoring main issues. As a consequence of this, we presented in this paper the scoring model of an important Romanian Bank. Based on this credit scoring model and taking into account the last lending requirements of the National Bank of Romania, we developed an assessment tool, in Excel, for retail loans which is presented in the case study.

  1. Ki-67 expression score correlates to survival rate in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) / Escore de expressão de Ki-67 correlaciona-se com taxa de sobrevida em tumores estromais gastrointestinais (GIST)

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    Ricardo, Artigiani Neto; Angela Flavia, Logullo; João Norberto, Stávale; Laércio Gomes, Lourenço.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a expressão imunoistoquímica de p16, Ki-67, p53 e Bcl-2 proteínas em tumores gastrointestinais estromais (GIST); determinar a possível associação entre essas variáveis e fatores clínicos e histopatológicos de câncer, e para verificar o valor prognóstico destas variáveis (sobrevivên [...] cia e recorrência). MÉTODOS: Uma amostra de 55 pacientes tratados cirurgicamente para GIST em três hospitais foi estudada. Os tumores extirpados cirurgicamente foram confirmados como GIST por KIT, vimentina, proteína desmina S100, CD117, 1A4 e avaliação de CD34 em blocos de parafina. RESULTADOS: Apenas nove (16%) casos de GIST foram positivos para p53, p16 foi positiva em 43,6%, 80% dos GIST apresentaram coloração para Bcl-2. O índice proliferativo (expresso como a proporção de células positivas), avaliado pela expressão imunoistoquímica de Ki-67, foi elevado em 49% dos casos. Escores de Ki-67 elevados foram associados com alto grau histológico (p=0,0026) e índice de mitose, MI (p=0,0001). Alto índice de Ki-67 foi associado à morte. Expressão da p53, p16 e Bcl-2 não se correlacionou com as variáveis morfológicas ou clínicas. CONCLUSÕES: A avaliação imunoistoquímica de Ki-67 deve ser incluída na avaliação pré-operatória de biópsias ou peças cirúrgicas de GIST como uma ferramenta prognóstica para o estadiamento clínico, e todas as outras proteínas estudadas (Bcl-2, p53 e p16) não desempenharam um papel no processo metabólico ou carcinogênico em GIST, mantendo-se sem valor prognóstico. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To evaluate the immunohistochemical expression of p16, Ki-67, p53 and Bcl-2 proteins in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST); to assess the possible association between these variables and clinical and histopathological factors of cancer; and to check for prognostic value of these variabl [...] es (survival and recurrence). METHODS: A sample of 55 patients treated surgically for GIST in three hospitals was studied. The surgically excised tumors were confirmed as GIST by KIT, vimentin, desmin S100 protein, CD117, 1A4 and CD34 assessment in paraffin blocks. RESULTS: Only 9 (16%) cases of GIST were positive for p53, p16 was positive among 43.6%; 80% of GISTs showed staining for Bcl-2. The proliferative index (expressed as the proportion of positive cells) assessed by immunohistochemical expression of Ki-67 was high in 49% of cases. Elevated Ki-67 scores were associated to high histological grade (p=0.0026) and mitosis index, MI (p=0.0001). High Ki-67 index was associated to death. Expression of p53, p16 and Bcl-2 did not correlate to morphological or clinical variables. CONCLUSIONS: Ki-67 immunohistochemical evaluation should be included in preoperative evaluation of GIST biopsies or surgical specimens as a prognostic tool for clinical staging; and all other proteins studied (Bcl-2, p53 and p16) did not play a role in GIST metabolic or carcinogenic process, remaining without prognostic value.

  2. Credit scores, cardiovascular disease risk, and human capital.

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    Israel, Salomon; Caspi, Avshalom; Belsky, Daniel W; Harrington, HonaLee; Hogan, Sean; Houts, Renate; Ramrakha, Sandhya; Sanders, Seth; Poulton, Richie; Moffitt, Terrie E

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    Credit scores are the most widely used instruments to assess whether or not a person is a financial risk. Credit scoring has been so successful that it has expanded beyond lending and into our everyday lives, even to inform how insurers evaluate our health. The pervasive application of credit scoring has outpaced knowledge about why credit scores are such useful indicators of individual behavior. Here we test if the same factors that lead to poor credit scores also lead to poor health. Following the Dunedin (New Zealand) Longitudinal Study cohort of 1,037 study members, we examined the association between credit scores and cardiovascular disease risk and the underlying factors that account for this association. We find that credit scores are negatively correlated with cardiovascular disease risk. Variation in household income was not sufficient to account for this association. Rather, individual differences in human capital factors—educational attainment, cognitive ability, and self-control—predicted both credit scores and cardiovascular disease risk and accounted for ?45% of the correlation between credit scores and cardiovascular disease risk. Tracing human capital factors back to their childhood antecedents revealed that the characteristic attitudes, behaviors, and competencies children develop in their first decade of life account for a significant portion (?22%) of the link between credit scores and cardiovascular disease risk at midlife. We discuss the implications of these findings for policy debates about data privacy, financial literacy, and early childhood interventions. PMID:25404329

  3. Night cough counts and diary card scores in asthma.

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    Archer, L. N.; Simpson, H.

    1985-01-01

    A tape recording system for recording night cough in asthmatics at home is described. Objective cough counts and half hour periods containing cough did not correlate with diary card scores awarded to eight children on seven nights each. Night cough diary scores may mislead in the assessment of symptom severity.

  4. National Board Scores versus Student GPA's in Chiropractic Education.

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    Kalthoff, Theodore J.

    1985-01-01

    The relationship between student GPAs and scores on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners tests was investigated in an effort to determine if the chiropractic curriculum was properly preparing students to be licensed. The study found that there was a significant correlation between GPAs and board scores. (Author/MLW)

  5. Prognostic criteria in acute pancreatitis: importance of assessment of pancreatic necrosis by contrast-enhanced CT

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    To compare the value of the clinical criteria of Ranson, the classical tomographic criteria of Balthzar and the severity of illness index according to CT in predicting the development of complications of acute pancreatitis. A retrospective study was performed in 100 patients with clinical and analytical evidence of acute pancreatitis. All patients were assessed according to Ranson score at admission and 48 hours later, and contrast-enhanced abdominal CT was carried out. The tomographic images were analyzed on the basis of the classical criteria of Balthazar and the new CT severity of illness index, which includes the assessment of pancreatic necrosis, identified as the areas of the pancreas that are not enhanced by the administration of the contrast material. These three criteria were then correlated with onset of medical and surgical implications. Our findings show that, of the three criteria analyzed, the CT severity of illness index presents the greatest specificity, sensitivity and positive and negative predictive values in the prediction of complications of acute pancreatitis. We conclude that the inclusion of pancreatic necrosis in the tomographic study improves the early assessment of the prognosis of acute pancreatitis. (Author) 20 refs

  6. Disease activity score in rheumatoid arthritis with or without secondary fibromyalgia

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    Objective: To correlate disease activity score (DAS-28) in the patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with and without secondary fibromyalgia. Study Design: Comparative cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Rheumatology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad, from November 2011 to April 2012. Methodology: Patients aged above 16 years diagnosed to have rheumatoid arthritis according to ACR/EULAR criteria 2010 were included in the study. Fibromyalgia (FM) was diagnosed by ACR 1990 criteria. Patients of other autoimmune diseases or psychiatric illnesses were excluded. DAS was determined and compared using t-test with significance at p < 0.05. Results: The mean age of study subjects was 42.9 years. Thirty one out of total 138 patients had fibromyalgia (22.4%). Female gender was predominant (92.0%); being 96.8% in patients with and in 88.2% without fibromyalgia. The average DAS score was high (5.3 + 1.5) in fibromyalgia patients compared to those without fibromyalgia (3.9 + 1.2); this difference in mean value was statistically significant (p = < 0.001). Conclusion: DAS-28 is a useful tool for assessing rheumatoid arthritis disease status in outpatient setting, however, increased disease activity must be assessed for possible co-existence of fibromyalgia which can spuriously give high DAS value and adversely affect treatment decision. (author)

  7. Predicting executive function task scores with the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure.

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    Ogino, Tatsuya; Watanabe, Kiyoko; Nakano, Kousuke; Kado, Yoko; Morooka, Teruko; Takeuchi, Akihito; Oka, Makio; Sanada, Satoshi; Ohtuska, Yoko

    2009-01-01

    The Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) is one of the scoring methods of the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (ROCF). With BQSS, 17 qualitative ratings are generated, and subsequently 6 summary scores are calculated by combining several qualitative scores. Previously we showed that 5 of 6 BQSS summary scores were correlated with the scores of the several executive function tests in children. The objective of this study was to develop a new summary score which correlates with the executive function test scores more strongly than the existing summary scores. For this purpose, we conducted multiple regression analysis to predict PEN, CA, DSM of the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test Keio Version, and the Mazes scores from WISC-III, by the BQSS qualitative scores derived from ROCF drawings in copy condition. The subjects were 78 children with various neuropsychological disorders (5 years 5 months-14 years 11 months; mean: 9 years 2 months; F 22, M 56). Significant predictive models were generated for PEN, CA, and Mazes scores. Among them the models for the Mazes scores were the most accurate. The second model for the Mazes scores was most suitable for a new summary score. Its degree-of-freedom-adjusted coefficient of multiple determination and multiple correlation coefficient reached 0.467 and 0.695, respectively. A new summary score should be applied in future studies to evaluate its clinical usefulness. PMID:18723303

  8. Correlación entre las buenas prácticas de manufactura y el cumplimiento de los criterios microbiológicos en la fabricación de helados en Chile / Correlation between the good manufacturing practices and compliance with microbiological criteria in the manufacture of ice cream in Chile

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    José Miguel, Bastías M; Marcela, Cuadra H; Ociel, Muñoz F; Roberto, Quevedo L.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Las Buenas Prácticas de Manufacturas (BPM) son una herramienta básica para obtener un producto alimenticio seguro para consumo humano. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar el porcentaje de cumplimiento de BPM y su correlación con la aceptación de criterios microbiológicos en fábricas y muestra [...] s de helados de Ñuble, Chile, de acuerdo al Reglamento Sanitario de Alimentos chilenos. Se analizaron auditorías de BPM aplicadas por fiscalizadores de Secretaría Regional Ministerial (SEREMI) de Salud Ñuble, a 40 fábricas de helados y los resultados microbiológicos de 435 muestras de helados entre los años 2005 y 2010. Se determinó que el 55,2% de las muestras no cumplieron para RAM (105 UFC/g) y coliformes (102 UFC/g) y 4,6% para Staphylococcus aureus (102 UFC/g), en cambio el 100% cumplieron para Salmonella spp. Los mayores RAM fueron en verano con 60% de rechazo. El 67% de auditorías de BPM alcanzaron valores superiores al mínimo (70% de cumplimiento), las instalaciones fue el ítem mejor evaluado (88,4%), y capacitación del personal el peor (20,3 %). La correlación entre los resultados de auditorías de BPM y criterios microbiológicos permitió comprobar que con un porcentaje igual o superior al 80% de cumplimiento de BPM se aseguraría la calidad microbiológica de helados, disminuyendo con ello el riesgo en la salud del consumidor. Abstract in english The Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is a basic tool to obtain safe foodstuffs for human consumption. The main goal of this research was to determine the percentage of compliance with GMP in ice cream factories and its correlation with the acceptance of microbiological criteria in samples of ice c [...] ream, according to the Sanitary Chilean Food Regulation. Inspectors from the Ministerial Regional Secretariat (SEREMI) of Health Ñuble audited GMP in 40 ice cream factories and 435 microbial analyses from ice cream samples taken between the years 2005 and 2010 were analyzed. Results showed that 55.2% of samples failed in RAM (105 UFC/g) and coliform (102 UFC/g) and 4.6% for Staphylococcus aureus (102 UFC/g) and 100% for Salmonella spp. The biggest RAM was during summer with 60% rejection. Sixty seven% of inspections of GMP reached values above the minimum (70% compliance). Facilities were the best item assessed (88.4%), and training was the worst (20.3%). The correlation between the results of audits of GMP and microbiological criteria allowed proving that with a percentage equal to or greater than 80% compliance with GMP would ensure the microbiological quality of ice cream, thereby decreasing the risk for consumer health.

  9. Local Observed-Score Equating with Anchor-Test Designs

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    van der Linden, Wim J.; Wiberg, Marie

    2010-01-01

    For traditional methods of observed-score equating with anchor-test designs, such as chain and poststratification equating, it is difficult to satisfy the criteria of equity and population invariance. Their equatings are therefore likely to be biased. The bias in these methods was evaluated against a simple local equating method in which the…

  10. An examination of the correlates of fearless dominance and self-centered impulsivity among high-frequency gamblers.

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    Maples, Jessica L; Miller, Joshua D; Fortune, Erica; MacKillop, James; Campbell, W Keith; Lynam, Donald R; Lance, Chuck E; Goodie, Adam S

    2014-06-01

    The Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI) is a commonly used assessment of psychopathy. Questions have been raised, however, regarding the validity of its Fearless Dominance (FD) factor. In the current study, the correlations manifested by FD and Self-centered Impulsivity (ScI) in relation to external criteria were examined in a sample of gamblers. Two key hypotheses were also tested: (a) does FD perform differently when paired with high scores on ScI, and (b) does FD serve as an index of narcissism. As expected, FD and ScI manifested a divergent pattern of correlations such that only ScI was associated with psychopathology or impairment. FD's relations with the external criteria were not generally moderated by scores on ScI. FD was significantly correlated with narcissism, but the two differed such that only narcissism was associated with any degree of maladaptivity. It remains unclear whether FD should be considered a core component of psychopathy. PMID:24344842

  11. Criterios ecográficos diagnósticos de neoplasia maligna en el nódulo tiroideo: correlación con la punción por aspiración con aguja fina y la anatomía patológica Ultrasound diagnostic criteria of malignancy in a thyroid nodule: correlation with fine needle aspiration and pathology

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    Andrés Ignacio Chala

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    Full Text Available Introducción. La ecografía de tiroides ha mejorado la certeza diagnóstica para neoplasia maligna del nódulo tiroideo. Es importante definir qué nódulos requieren biopsia por aspiración con aguja fina (BACAF para disminuir el costo de un procedimiento innecesario y evitar que pase inadvertido el diagnóstico de neoplasia maligna. Objetivo. Validar los criterios ecográficos de neoplasia maligna que indican la punción por aspiración con aguja fina de tiroides. Materiales y métodos. Se diseñó un estudio prospectivo a tres años para evaluar la concordancia entre los hallazgos ecográficos y la punción por aspiración con aguja fina de tiroides comparada con el estudio final de histopatología. Se evaluó la sensibilidad, la especificidad, el valor diagnóstico positivo y negativo, la concordancia medida por el coeficiente kappa y el coeficiente de correlación. Resultados. Se estudiaron 1.467 pacientes, 10,2 % hombres y 89,8 % mujeres, con edades entre los 10 y los 95 años; el tamaño promedio del nódulo fue de 16 mm. Un total de 623 requirieron tiroidectomía; al resto se les hizo seguimiento por ecografía. Se presentaron 269 carcinomas papilares, 14 foliculares, 4 indiferenciados, 159 bocios, 74 adenomas y 101 tiroiditis. Se obtuvo sensibilidad de 86,4 %, especificidad de 89,4 %, valor diagnóstico de un resultado positivo de 87,5 % y uno negativo de 84,1 %. Los hallazgos ecográficos relacionados con cáncer fueron: hipoecogenicidad, microcalcificaciones, papilas y flujo intranodular. Individualmente, la concordancia fue baja, pero con la combinación de hipoecogenicidad, microcalcificaciones y papilas fue media y, con la adición de aumento del flujo intranodular, resultó alta. Conclusiones. La combinación de hipoecogenicidad, microcalcificaciones, papilas y alto flujo intranodular tiene alta concordancia con neoplasia maligna; sin embargo, cada criterio por separado no la tiene, y no pueden usarse individualmente para predecir o descartar neoplasia maligna.Introduction. Thyroid ultrasound has improved the diagnostic accuracy in the diagnosis of malignant neoplasia in thyroid nodules. It is important to define which nodules require fine needle aspiration so as to diminish the costs of unnecessary procedures and at the same time avoid unnoticed malignancy. Objective. To validate the echographic criteria of malignant neoplasia that validate fine needle aspiration of the thyroid nodule. Material and methods. Three-year prospective study to assess correlation between the ultrasound findings and fine needle aspiration with pathology findings, including sensibility, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and concordance measured by Kappa coefficient, and correlation coefficient. Results. The study included 1,467 patients, 10,2% males and 89,8% females, with ages ranging from 10 years to 95 years; average size of the nodule was 16 mm; 623 patients required thyroidectomy, while the remainder were followed by ultrasound. There were 269 papillary carcinomas, 14 follicular carcinomas, 4 anaplastic carcinomas, 159 goiters, 74 adenomas, and 101 thyroiditis. Sensibility was 86,4%, specificity was 89,4%, positive predictive value 87,5%, and negative predictive value 84,1%. Ultrasound findings related with cancer were hypoechogenicity, microcalcifications, papillae, and intranodal flow; when adding intranodal flow, concordance was high. Conclusions. The combination of hypoechogenicity, microcalcifications, papillae and high intranodal flow exhibit high concordance with malignancy; however, echographic criteria considered individually does not, and those individual criteria cannot be used to predict or rule out malignant neoplasia.

  12. Criterios ecográficos diagnósticos de neoplasia maligna en el nódulo tiroideo: correlación con la punción por aspiración con aguja fina y la anatomía patológica / Ultrasound diagnostic criteria of malignancy in a thyroid nodule: correlation with fine needle aspiration and pathology

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    Andrés Ignacio, Chala; Rafael, Pava; Humberto Ignacio, Franco; Andrés, Álvarez; Armando, Franco.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La ecografía de tiroides ha mejorado la certeza diagnóstica para neoplasia maligna del nódulo tiroideo. Es importante definir qué nódulos requieren biopsia por aspiración con aguja fina (BACAF) para disminuir el costo de un procedimiento innecesario y evitar que pase inadvertido el dia [...] gnóstico de neoplasia maligna. Objetivo. Validar los criterios ecográficos de neoplasia maligna que indican la punción por aspiración con aguja fina de tiroides. Materiales y métodos. Se diseñó un estudio prospectivo a tres años para evaluar la concordancia entre los hallazgos ecográficos y la punción por aspiración con aguja fina de tiroides comparada con el estudio final de histopatología. Se evaluó la sensibilidad, la especificidad, el valor diagnóstico positivo y negativo, la concordancia medida por el coeficiente kappa y el coeficiente de correlación. Resultados. Se estudiaron 1.467 pacientes, 10,2 % hombres y 89,8 % mujeres, con edades entre los 10 y los 95 años; el tamaño promedio del nódulo fue de 16 mm. Un total de 623 requirieron tiroidectomía; al resto se les hizo seguimiento por ecografía. Se presentaron 269 carcinomas papilares, 14 foliculares, 4 indiferenciados, 159 bocios, 74 adenomas y 101 tiroiditis. Se obtuvo sensibilidad de 86,4 %, especificidad de 89,4 %, valor diagnóstico de un resultado positivo de 87,5 % y uno negativo de 84,1 %. Los hallazgos ecográficos relacionados con cáncer fueron: hipoecogenicidad, microcalcificaciones, papilas y flujo intranodular. Individualmente, la concordancia fue baja, pero con la combinación de hipoecogenicidad, microcalcificaciones y papilas fue media y, con la adición de aumento del flujo intranodular, resultó alta. Conclusiones. La combinación de hipoecogenicidad, microcalcificaciones, papilas y alto flujo intranodular tiene alta concordancia con neoplasia maligna; sin embargo, cada criterio por separado no la tiene, y no pueden usarse individualmente para predecir o descartar neoplasia maligna. Abstract in english Introduction. Thyroid ultrasound has improved the diagnostic accuracy in the diagnosis of malignant neoplasia in thyroid nodules. It is important to define which nodules require fine needle aspiration so as to diminish the costs of unnecessary procedures and at the same time avoid unnoticed malignan [...] cy. Objective. To validate the echographic criteria of malignant neoplasia that validate fine needle aspiration of the thyroid nodule. Material and methods. Three-year prospective study to assess correlation between the ultrasound findings and fine needle aspiration with pathology findings, including sensibility, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and concordance measured by Kappa coefficient, and correlation coefficient. Results. The study included 1,467 patients, 10,2% males and 89,8% females, with ages ranging from 10 years to 95 years; average size of the nodule was 16 mm; 623 patients required thyroidectomy, while the remainder were followed by ultrasound. There were 269 papillary carcinomas, 14 follicular carcinomas, 4 anaplastic carcinomas, 159 goiters, 74 adenomas, and 101 thyroiditis. Sensibility was 86,4%, specificity was 89,4%, positive predictive value 87,5%, and negative predictive value 84,1%. Ultrasound findings related with cancer were hypoechogenicity, microcalcifications, papillae, and intranodal flow; when adding intranodal flow, concordance was high. Conclusions. The combination of hypoechogenicity, microcalcifications, papillae and high intranodal flow exhibit high concordance with malignancy; however, echographic criteria considered individually does not, and those individual criteria cannot be used to predict or rule out malignant neoplasia.

  13. Statistical Significance of Threading Scores

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    Fayyaz Movaghar, Afshin; Launay, Guillaume; Schbath, Sophie; Gibrat, Jean-François; Rodolphe, François

    2012-01-01

    We present a general method for assessing threading score significance. The threading score of a protein sequence, thread onto a given structure, should be compared with the threading score distribution of a random amino-acid sequence, of the same length, thread on the same structure; small p-values point significantly high scores. We claim that, due to general protein contact map properties, this reference distribution is a Weibull extreme value distribution whose parameters depend on the th...

  14. Anatomy of the Credit Score

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    Arya, Shweta; Eckel, Catherine; Colin, Wichman

    2013-01-01

    This paper addresses the question of what determines a poor credit score. We compare estimated credit scores with measures of impulsivity, time preference, risk attitude and trustworthiness, in an effort to determine the preferences that underlie credit behavior. Data are collected using an incentivized decision making lab experiment, together with financial and psychological surveys. Credit scores are estimated using an online FICO credit score estimator based on survey data supplied by t...

  15. Reliability and validity of a scoring system for measuring organizational approach in the Complex Figure Test.

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    Deckersbach, T; Savage, C R; Henin, A; Mataix-Cols, D; Otto, M W; Wilhelm, S; Rauch, S L; Baer, L; Jenike, M A

    2000-10-01

    The Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (RCFT) is a widely-used measure of visuospatial construction and nonverbal memory. One of the critical aspects of this test is that organizing the figure into meaningful perceptual units during copy enhances its subsequent free recall from memory. This study examined the psychometric properties of a new system for quantifying the organizational approach to the RCFT figure and compared it to another compatible scoring system. We investigated interrater reliability of both systems and explored the influences of copy organization and copy accuracy on immediate recall. Seventy-one participants meeting DSM-IV criteria for obsessive-compulsive disorder and 55 healthy control participants completed the copy and immediate free recall condition of the RCFT. Interrater reliability was evaluated by Kappa coefficients and Pearson correlations. The effects of copy organization and copy accuracy on immediate recall were evaluated using multiple regression analyses. Results indicated that the organizational approach could be assessed with high reliability using both scoring systems. Organization during copy was a strong predictor for subsequent free recall from memory using both approaches. Multiple regression analysis indicated that all organizational elements were not equally predictive of memory performance. This new system represents a very simple and reliable approach to scoring organization on the RCFT, since it requires the identification of only 5 figure components. These characteristics should contribute to its clinical utility. PMID:11094399

  16. Association between value-based purchasing score and hospital characteristics

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Medicare hospital Value-based purchasing (VBP program that links Medicare payments to quality of care will become effective from 2013. It is unclear whether specific hospital characteristics are associated with a hospital’s VBP score, and consequently incentive payments. The objective of the study was to assess the association of hospital characteristics with (i the mean VBP score, and (ii specific percentiles of the VBP score distribution. The secondary objective was to quantify the associations of hospital characteristics with the VBP score components: clinical process of care (CPC score and patient satisfaction score. Methods Observational analysis that used data from three sources: Medicare Hospital Compare Database, American Hospital Association 2010 Annual Survey and Medicare Impact File. The final study sample included 2,491 U.S. acute care hospitals eligible for the VBP program. The association of hospital characteristics with the mean VBP score and specific VBP score percentiles were assessed by ordinary least square (OLS regression and quantile regression (QR, respectively. Results VBP score had substantial variations, with mean score of 30 and 60 in the first and fourth quartiles of the VBP score distribution. For-profit status (vs. non-profit, smaller bed size (vs. 100–199 beds, East South Central region (vs. New England region and the report of specific CPC measures (discharge instructions, timely provision of antibiotics and beta blockers, and serum glucose controls in cardiac surgery patients were positively associated with mean VBP scores (p Conclusions Although hospitals serving the poor and the elderly are more likely to score lower under the VBP program, the correlation appears small. Profit status, geographic regions, number and type of CPC measures reported explain the most variation among scores.

  17. Effects of two MMPI-2 validity scales on basic scale relations to external criteria.

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    Archer, R P; Fontaine, J; McCrae, R R

    1998-02-01

    Many clinicians have come to rely on the broad array of validity scales available on the MMPI and the MMPI-2. In this study, we evaluated the utility of 2 MMPI-2 validity scales, the K scale and VRIN scale, in a sample of 692 psychiatric inpatients. Specifically, the effects of the K-correction procedure and the exclusion of protocols based on VRIN scale elevations were examined on the relation between MMPI-2 basic clinical scales and external criteria including both self-report and clinician ratings of psychopathology. Results indicated that the K-correction procedure commonly used with the MMPI and MMPI-2 did not result in higher correlations with external criteria in comparison to non-K-corrected scores. In contrast, MMPI-2 protocols that produced VRIN T-score values > or = 80 generally produced lower correlations with patients self-reports and clinician ratings of psychopathology in comparison to protocols judged to be valid based on VRIN scale results. PMID:9615425

  18. An international study to increase concordance in Ki67 scoring.

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    Polley, Mei-Yin C; Leung, Samuel C Y; Gao, Dongxia; Mastropasqua, Mauro G; Zabaglo, Lila A; Bartlett, John M S; McShane, Lisa M; Enos, Rebecca A; Badve, Sunil S; Bane, Anita L; Borgquist, Signe; Fineberg, Susan; Lin, Ming-Gang; Gown, Allen M; Grabau, Dorthe; Gutierrez, Carolina; Hugh, Judith C; Moriya, Takuya; Ohi, Yasuyo; Osborne, C Kent; Penault-Llorca, Frédérique M; Piper, Tammy; Porter, Peggy L; Sakatani, Takashi; Salgado, Roberto; Starczynski, Jane; Lænkholm, Anne-Vibeke; Viale, Giuseppe; Dowsett, Mitch; Hayes, Daniel F; Nielsen, Torsten O

    2015-06-01

    Although an important biomarker in breast cancer, Ki67 lacks scoring standardization, which has limited its clinical use. Our previous study found variability when laboratories used their own scoring methods on centrally stained tissue microarray slides. In this current study, 16 laboratories from eight countries calibrated to a specific Ki67 scoring method and then scored 50 centrally MIB-1 stained tissue microarray cases. Simple instructions prescribed scoring pattern and staining thresholds for determination of the percentage of stained tumor cells. To calibrate, laboratories scored 18 'training' and 'test' web-based images. Software tracked object selection and scoring. Success for the calibration was prespecified as Root Mean Square Error of scores compared with reference 0.70 but aiming for observed intraclass correlation ?0.90. Laboratory performance showed non-significant but promising trends of improvement through the calibration exercise (mean Root Mean Square Error decreased from 0.6 to 0.4, Maximum Absolute Deviation from 1.6 to 0.9; paired t-test: P=0.07 for Root Mean Square Error, 0.06 for Maximum Absolute Deviation). For tissue microarray scoring, the intraclass correlation estimate was 0.94 (95% credible interval: 0.90-0.97), markedly and significantly >0.70, the prespecified minimum target for success. Some discrepancies persisted, including around clinically relevant cutoffs. After calibrating to a common scoring method via a web-based tool, laboratories can achieve high inter-laboratory reproducibility in Ki67 scoring on centrally stained tissue microarray slides. Although these data are potentially encouraging, suggesting that it may be possible to standardize scoring of Ki67 among pathology laboratories, clinically important discrepancies persist. Before this biomarker could be recommended for clinical use, future research will need to extend this approach to biopsies and whole sections, account for staining variability, and link to outcomes. PMID:25698062

  19. Sample quality criteria.

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    Ramsey, Charles A; Wagner, Claas

    2015-01-01

    The concept of Sample Quality Criteria (SQC) is the initial step in the scientific approach to representative sampling. It includes the establishment of sampling objectives, Decision Unit (DU), and confidence. Once fully defined, these criteria serve as input, in addition to material properties, to the Theory of Sampling for developing a representative sampling protocol. The first component of the SQC establishes these questions: What is the analyte(s) of concern? What is the concentration level of interest of the analyte(s)? How will inference(s) be made from the analytical data to the DU? The second component of the SQC establishes the DU, i.e., the scale at which decisions are to be made. On a large scale, a DU could be a ship or rail car; examples for small-scale DUs are individual beans, seeds, or kernels. A well-defined DU is critical because it defines the spatial and temporal boundaries of sample collection. SQC are not limited to a single DU; they can also include multiple DUs. The third SQC component, the confidence, establishes the desired probability that a correct inference (decision) can be made. The confidence level should typically correlate to the potential consequences of an incorrect decision (e.g., health or economic). The magnitude of combined errors in the sampling, sample processing and analytical protocols determines the likelihood of an incorrect decision. Thus, controlling error to a greater extent increases the probability of a correct decision. The required confidence level directly affects the sampling effort and QC measures. PMID:25806499

  20. A scoring system for the assessment of angiographic findings in non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI)

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    Minko, P.; Stroeder, J.; Miodek, J.; Buecker, A.; Katoh, M. [Saarland Univ. Hospital, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Groesdonk, H.; Schaefers, H.J. [Saarland Univ. Hospital, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Dept. of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Graeber, S. [Saarland Univ. Hospital, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Inst. of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics

    2012-09-15

    Purpose: To establish a standardized scoring system for angiographic findings in patients with non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI). Materials and Methods: In 36 patients (mean age: 72 years), 53 angiographies of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) were performed for suspected NOMI after cardiac or major aortic surgery. All examinations were performed using a standardized DSA technique. Two experienced radiologists performed a consensus reading blinded to the clinical information, on two occasions with an interval of two weeks. In order to investigate the reproducibility of the criteria, the images were assessed once by an intensivist and a medical student. Image analysis was performed with respect to vessel morphology, reflux of contrast medium into the aorta, small bowel parenchymal contrast enhancement and distension and the delay between arterial injection and portal vein filling. Results: Almost perfect intra-observer correlation was obtained for the assessment of the contrast medium reflux ({kappa} = 0.82) and substantial correlation for the time of portal vein filling ({kappa} = 0.66). Moderate correlations were obtained for the vessel morphology ({kappa} = 0.51), small bowel enhancement ({kappa} = 0.63) and distension ({kappa} = 0.53). Contrast medium reflux into the aorta ({kappa} = 0.77 and 0.63) and the time of portal vein filling ({kappa} = 0.42 and 0.58) resulted in the highest inter-observer correlations between the radiologists and the intensivist as well as the radiologists and the student. Conclusion: In patients with suspected NOMI, using our scoring system yields high intra- and inter-observer correlations, allowing a standardized evaluation of angiographic findings. (orig.)

  1. Do medical students’ scores using different assessment instruments predict their scores in clinical reasoning using a computer-based simulation?

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    Fida, Mariam; Kassab, Salah Eldin

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The development of clinical problem-solving skills evolves over time and requires structured training and background knowledge. Computer-based case simulations (CCS) have been used for teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning skills. However, previous studies examining the psychometric properties of CCS as an assessment tool have been controversial. Furthermore, studies reporting the integration of CCS into problem-based medical curricula have been limited. Methods This study examined the psychometric properties of using CCS software (DxR Clinician) for assessment of medical students (n=130) studying in a problem-based, integrated multisystem module (Unit IX) during the academic year 2011–2012. Internal consistency reliability of CCS scores was calculated using Cronbach’s alpha statistics. The relationships between students’ scores in CCS components (clinical reasoning, diagnostic performance, and patient management) and their scores in other examination tools at the end of the unit including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and real patient encounters were analyzed using stepwise hierarchical linear regression. Results Internal consistency reliability of CCS scores was high (?=0.862). Inter-item correlations between students’ scores in different CCS components and their scores in CCS and other test items were statistically significant. Regression analysis indicated that OSCE scores predicted 32.7% and 35.1% of the variance in clinical reasoning and patient management scores, respectively (P<0.01). Multiple-choice question scores, however, predicted only 15.4% of the variance in diagnostic performance scores (P<0.01), while students’ scores in real patient encounters did not predict any of the CCS scores. Conclusion Students’ scores in OSCE are the most important predictors of their scores in clinical reasoning and patient management using CCS. However, real patient encounter assessment does not appear to test a construct similar to what is tested in CCS. PMID:25759603

  2. Rethinking Convenience Sampling: Defining Quality Criteria

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    Farahman Farrokhi; Asgar Mahmoudi-Hamidabad

    2012-01-01

    Convenience sampling is one of the most commonly used sampling procedures in second language acquisition studies, but this non-random sampling procedure suffers from a lot of problems including the inability of controlling for initial differences between experimental and control groups. The present study tries to introduce conditions and criteria which enable researchers to account for these drawbacks and at the same time make validity claims. Individual scores and group statistics are compar...

  3. Credit Scoring Modeling

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    Siana Halim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available It is generally easier to predict defaults accurately if a large data set (including defaults is available for estimating the prediction model. This puts not only small banks, which tend to have smaller data sets, at disadvantage. It can also pose a problem for large banks that began to collect their own historical data only recently, or banks that recently introduced a new rating system. We used a Bayesian methodology that enables banks with small data sets to improve their default probability. Another advantage of the Bayesian method is that it provides a natural way for dealing with structural differences between a bank’s internal data and additional, external data. In practice, the true scoring function may differ across the data sets, the small internal data set may contain information that is missing in the larger external data set, or the variables in the two data sets are not exactly the same but related. Bayesian method can handle such kind of problem.

  4. Influence of low-stress handling on reactivity score and pregnancy rate during fixed-time artificial insemination in Nellore cows

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    Rayf Roberto, Tirloni; Fábio Alcântara, Rocha; Fábio José, Lourenço; Lílian Rigatto, Martins.

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the influence of low-stress handling (LSH) on reactivity score and pregnancy rate during fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI) for extensively raised Nellore cows. Multiparous cows (n = 126) were randomly allocated into two groups: G1 (n = 66) and G2, t [...] he control group (n = 60). Group G1 was subjected to LSH, in which the animals were handled in a calm and quiet manner, without loud noises or physical aggression, using the point of balance, respecting the flight zone and using flags to supplement handling. Group G2 was handled following the typical procedure, with yelling, kicking and the use of electric prods and sticks. On D0, D8 and D10, FTAI was performed in both groups. Reactivity was scored on D0, D8 and D10 at the squeeze chute, based on the tension score, breathing score, and bellowing score. Using the three criteria above, the reactivity scores were defined as follows: R1 (calm); R2 (slightly reactive); R3 (moderately reactive); R4 (reactive); and R5 (highly reactive). Thirty-five days after artificial insemination, pregnancy was determined using ultrasonography. There was no significant correlation between reactivity score and pregnancy rate in each group or between the pregnancy rates in both groups. However, there was a statistically significant difference between the G1 and G2 groups with regard to reactivity score (1.62±0.05 vs. 2.12±0.07). Low-stress handling influenced reactivity but did not affect pregnancy rate in extensively raised Nellore cows subjected to FTAI.

  5. Empathic veterinarians score cattle pain higher.

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    Norring, Marianna; Wikman, Ingela; Hokkanen, Ann-Helena; Kujala, Miiamaaria V; Hänninen, Laura

    2014-04-01

    The treatment of cattle pain often relies upon veterinarians. The aim of this study was to qualify the influence of veterinarians skills, attitudes, and empathy on cattle pain assesment and consequently disbudding pain management. A web-based questionnaire was sent to Finnish veterinary students in either the preclinical or clinical stage, and also to production-animal practice oriented veterinarians. The questionnaire recorded demographics, statements of opinions, pain scoring of cattle conditions and procedures. Empathy towards humans (Interpersonal Reactivity Index, IRI) and reworded IRI to measure empathy towards animals were also covered. The overall response rate was approximately 40%. The association between pain and empathy scores were analyzed by Pearson?s correlation, and the factors affecting pain scores and empathy towards animals analyzed using linear models. The need for pain medication of calves during disbudding was well recognized and the intention to treat such pain was very common. Higher mean scores for cattle pain were associated with greater empathy towards humans. On average, respondents' empathy towards animals was greater than towards humans, and was associated with respondents' empathy towards humans, family size and attachment to family pet. PMID:24685101

  6. Provable Deterministic Leverage Score Sampling

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    Papailiopoulos, Dimitris; Kyrillidis, Anastasios; Boutsidis, Christos

    2014-01-01

    We explain theoretically a curious empirical phenomenon: "Approximating a matrix by deterministically selecting a subset of its columns with the corresponding largest leverage scores results in a good low-rank matrix surrogate". To obtain provable guarantees, previous work requires randomized sampling of the columns with probabilities proportional to their leverage scores. In this work, we provide a novel theoretical analysis of deterministic leverage score sampling. We...

  7. Propensity score matching in SPSS

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    Thoemmes, Felix

    2012-01-01

    Propensity score matching is a tool for causal inference in non-randomized studies that allows for conditioning on large sets of covariates. The use of propensity scores in the social sciences is currently experiencing a tremendous increase; however it is far from a commonly used tool. One impediment towards a more wide-spread use of propensity score methods is the reliance on specialized software, because many social scientists still use SPSS as their main analysis tool. Th...

  8. Development of a software tool and criteria evaluation for efficient design of small interfering RNA.

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    Chaudhary, Aparna; Srivastava, Sonam; Garg, Sanjeev

    2011-01-01

    RNA interference can be used as a tool for gene silencing mediated by small interfering RNAs (siRNA). The critical step in effective and specific RNAi processing is the selection of suitable constructs. Major design criteria, i.e., Reynolds's design rules, thermodynamic stability, internal repeats, immunostimulatory motifs were emphasized and implemented in the siRNA design tool. The tool provides thermodynamic stability score, GC content and a total score based on other design criteria in the output. The viability of the tool was established with different datasets. In general, the siRNA constructs produced by the tool had better thermodynamic score and positional properties. Comparable thermodynamic scores and better total scores were observed with the existing tools. Moreover, the results generated had comparable off-target silencing effect. Criteria evaluations with additional criteria were achieved in WEKA. PMID:21145307

  9. Score_set: a CAPRI benchmark for scoring protein complexes.

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    Lensink, Marc F; Wodak, Shoshana J

    2014-11-01

    Critical Assessment of PRedicted Interactions (CAPRI) has proven to be a catalyst for the development of docking algorithms. An essential step in docking is the scoring of predicted binding modes in order to identify stable complexes. In 2005, CAPRI introduced the scoring experiment, where upon completion of a prediction round, a larger set of models predicted by different groups and comprising both correct and incorrect binding modes, is made available to all participants for testing new scoring functions independently from docking calculations. Here we present an expanded benchmark data set for testing scoring functions, which comprises the consolidated ensemble of predicted complexes made available in the CAPRI scoring experiment since its inception. This consolidated scoring benchmark contains predicted complexes for 15 published CAPRI targets. These targets were subjected to 23 CAPRI assessments, due to existence of multiple binding modes for some targets. The benchmark contains more than 19,000 protein complexes. About 10% of the complexes represent docking predictions of acceptable quality or better, the remainder represent incorrect solutions (decoys). The benchmark set contains models predicted by 47 different predictor groups including web servers, which use different docking and scoring procedures, and is arguably as diverse as one may expect, representing the state of the art in protein docking. The data set is publicly available at the following URL: http://cb.iri.univ-lille1.fr/Users/lensink/Score_set. PMID:25179222

  10. An assessment of the subjectivity of sperm scoring.

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    Tobe, Shanan S; Dennany, Lynn; Vennemann, Marielle

    2015-06-01

    Current histological investigation of vaginal swabs after alleged sexual assault includes the scoring of spermatozoa (0, + to ++++) and the recording of visible tails. It is a method that is universally employed. Despite this method being used for 40 years, there has never been a study investigating its suitability for forensic science. Here, we investigate the reproducibility and subjectivity of sperm scoring among different investigators. Dilutions of seminal fluid were randomly distributed onto 20 slides, stained with haematoxylin/eosin and assessed by 37 investigators, over 2 years. Slides were assessed for levels of spermatozoa and the presence of tails. Each slide was scored by a minimum of 25 investigators. On no slide was there a consensus between all scores. Standard deviation remained below 1, but relative standard deviation (RSD) ranged from 6 to 105% in a positive correlation as the average score decreased. Spermatozoa were not observed 56 times (9.6%) and 27 investigators (73%) did not observe spermatozoa on at least one slide. Spermatozoa with tails were observed on every slide by at least 10 examiners, but as the average score of the slide decreased, so did the observation of tails. The current sperm scoring method is highly subjective with a particularly high %RSD in slides with low overall sperm counts. Moreover, the recording of tails does not add value to the current technique of sperm scoring. Further research might improve the objectivity of sperm scoring and the reliability of recording of tails. PMID:25863702

  11. Estimating WISC-III Scores for Special Education Students Using the Dumont-Faro Short Form.

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    Comninel, Mary E.; Bordieri, James E.

    2001-01-01

    Uses the Dumont-Faro short form to estimate the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children-III (WISC-III) Full Sale IQ scores for 45 special education students. Results demonstrate that IQ scores were positively correlated with the WISC-III Full Scale scores. However an IQ miscalculation rate of 44% challenges the utility of the Dumont-Faro short…

  12. Clinical performance of two visual scoring systems in detecting and assessing activity status of occlusal caries in primary teeth

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    Braga, M M; Ekstrand, K R

    2010-01-01

    This study aimed to compare the clinical performance of two sets of visual scoring criteria for detecting caries severity and assessing caries activity status in occlusal surfaces. Two visual scoring systems--the Nyvad criteria (NY) and the ICDAS-II including an adjunct system for lesion activity assessment (ICDAS-LAA)--were compared using 763 primary molars of 139 children aged 3-12 years. The examinations were performed by 2 calibrated examiners. A subsample (n = 50) was collected after extraction and histology with 0.1% red methyl dye was performed to validate lesion depth and activity. The reproducibility of the indices was calculated (kappa test) and ROC analysis was performed to assess their validity and related parameters were compared using McNemar's test. The association between the indices and with the histological examination was evaluated using Spearman's correlation coefficient (r(s)). Visual criteria showed excellent reproducibility both regarding severity (NY: 0.94; ICDAS-II: 0.91) and activity(NY: 0.90; LAA: 0.91). The NY and LAA showed good association in caries activity assessment (r(s) = 0.88; 95% CI = 0.86-0.89; p 0.05). Concerning the severity, both indices presented similar validity parameters. At D2 threshold, the sensitivity was higher for NY (NY = 0.87; ICDAS = 0.61, p <0.05). Regarding activity status, NY showed higher specificities and accuracies. In conclusion, NY and ICDAS-II criteria are comparable and present good reproducibility and validity to detect caries lesions and estimate their severities, but the LAA seems to overestimate the caries activity assessment of cavitated lesions compared to NY.

  13. International Validation of the Low Anterior Resection Syndrome Score

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    Juul, Therese; Ahlberg, Madelene

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE:: The aims of this study were to investigate the convergent and discriminative validity and reliability of the low anterior resection syndrome (LARS) score in an international setting. BACKGROUND:: The LARS score is a simple self-administered questionnaire measuring bowel dysfunction after rectal cancer surgery. The score is intended to be commonly used in international research and clinical practice in the future. Therefore, a thorough validation in an international setting is of utmost importance. METHODS:: The LARS score was translated using methods in keeping with current international recommendations. A total of 801 patients operated for rectal cancer in Sweden, Spain, Germany, and Denmark completed the LARS score questionnaire, including an anchor question assessing the impact of bowel function on quality of life. A subgroup of 218 patients completed the LARS score twice. Data were analyzed per country. RESULTS:: The LARS score has demonstrated a high convergent validity in terms of a high correlation between LARS score and quality of life (P <0.001). Sensitivity ranged from 67.7% to 88.3% and specificity from 58.1% to 86.3%. The LARS score was able to discriminate between groups of patients differing with regard to radiotherapy, surgery, and age (P <0.05). The score also demonstrated high reliability at test-retest with narrow limits of agreement and no statistically significant difference between scores at the first and second test. CONCLUSIONS:: The Swedish, Spanish, German, and Danish versions of the LARS score have proven to be valid and reliable tools for measuring LARS in European rectal cancer patients.

  14. Association of Apgar scores with death and neurologic disability

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    Vera Ehrenstein

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Vera EhrensteinDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, DenmarkAbstract: Apgar score was devised with the aim to standardize the assessment of newborns. It has been used worldwide to evaluate infants’ condition immediately after birth, to determine their need for resuscitation, and to evaluate the effectiveness of resuscitation. Apgar score was never intended for prediction of outcome beyond the immediate postnatal period; however, since low scores correlate with prenatal and perinatal adversities, multiple studies have examined the relation between the value of Apgar score and duration of low (<7 Apgar score and subsequent death or neurologic disability. This article reviews such studies. The author concludes that the overall evidence shows consistent association of low Apgar scores with increased risks of neonatal and infant death and with neurologic disability, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cognitive impairment. Dose-response patterns have been shown for the value of Apgar score and duration of low score and the outcomes of mortality and neurologic disability. The association of Apgar score <7 at five minutes with increased risks of neurologic disability seems to persist many years postnatally. Some corresponding relative risk estimates are large (eg, four to seven for epilepsy or more than 20 for cerebral palsy, while others are modest (eg, 1.33 for impaired cognitive function. The absolute risks, however, are low (<5% in for most neurologic conditions, and majority of surviving babies with low Apgar scores grow up without disability. The low magnitude of absolute risks makes Apgar score a poor clinical predictor of long-term outcome. Nevertheless, the observed associations point to the importance of fetal and perinatal periods for neurodevelopment.Keywords: Apgar score, epidemiology, neonatal death, neurologic disorders

  15. Neurointerventional Treatment in Acute Stroke. Whom to Treat? (Endovascular Treatment for Acute Stroke: Utility of THRIVE Score and HIAT Score for Patient Selection)

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    Purpose: Intra-arterial therapy (IAT) is used increasingly as a treatment option for acute stroke caused by central large vessel occlusions. Despite high rates of recanalization, the clinical outcome is highly variable. The authors evaluated the Houston IAT (HIAT) and the totaled health risks in vascular events (THRIVE) score, two predicting scores designed to identify patients likely to benefit from IAT. Methods: Fifty-two patients treated at the Stavanger University Hospital with IAT from May 2009 to June 2012 were included in this study. We combined the scores in an additional analysis. We also performed an additional analysis according to high age and evaluated the scores in respect of technical efficacy. Results: Fifty-two patients were evaluated by the THRIVE score and 51 by the HIAT score. We found a strong correlation between the level of predicted risk and the actual clinical outcome (THRIVE p = 0.002, HIAT p = 0.003). The correlations were limited to patients successfully recanalized and to patients <80 years. By combining the scores additional 14.3 % of the patients could be identified as poor candidates for IAT. Both scores were insufficient to identify patients with a good clinical outcome. Conclusions: Both scores showed a strong correlation to poor clinical outcome in patients <80 years. The specificity of the scores could be enhanced by combining them. Both scores were insufficient to identify patients with a good clinical outcome and showed no association to clinical outcome in patients aged ?80 years

  16. Characterization of Tripartite Quantum States with Vanishing Monogamy Score

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    Bera, Manabendra N; De, Aditi Sen; Sen, Ujjwal

    2012-01-01

    Quantum discord, an information-theoretic quantum correlation measure, can satisfy as well as violate monogamy, for three-party quantum states. We quantify the feature using the concept of discord monogamy score. We find a necessary condition of vanishing discord monogamy score for arbitrary three-party states. A necessary and sufficient condition is obtained for pure states. We prove that the class of states having a vanishing discord monogamy score cannot have arbitrarily high genuine multipartite entanglement, as quantified by generalized geometric measure. In the special case of three-qubit pure states, their classification with respect to the discord monogamy score, reveals a rich structure that is different from that had been obtained by using the monogamy score corresponding to the entanglement measure called concurrence. We investigate properties like genuine multipartite entanglement and violation of multipartite Bell inequality for these states.

  17. A New Clinical Scoring System for Adenoid Hypertrophy in Children

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Chronic nasal obstruction due to adenoid hypertrophy is a very common disorder. Although the clinical assessment of adenoid hypertrophy is essential, its real value in young children is difficult to evaluate. The purpose of this prospective study was to validate a simple clinical score to predict the severity of adenoid obstruction and to evaluate the relationship between this method of clinical scoring with radiography and nasopharyngeal endoscopy.   Materials and Methods: Ninety symptomatic children were enrolled into this study. The clinical score included difficulty of breathing during sleep, apnea, and snoring. We investigated the relationship between clinical scoring, nasal endoscopy, and radiographic findings.   Results: The clinical score correlated very well with endoscopic findings (P0.05 and endoscopic findings and imaging (P>0.05 was weak.    Conclusion:  Clinical findings could be used to select children for adenoidectomy, especially when endoscopic examination is not available or cannot be performed.

  18. The Machine Scoring of Writing

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    McCurry, Doug

    2010-01-01

    This article provides an introduction to the kind of computer software that is used to score student writing in some high stakes testing programs, and that is being promoted as a teaching and learning tool to schools. It sketches the state of play with machines for the scoring of writing, and describes how these machines work and what they do.…

  19. Interpreting Linked Psychomotor Performance Scores

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    Looney, Marilyn A.

    2013-01-01

    Given that equating/linking applications are now appearing in kinesiology literature, this article provides an overview of the different types of linked test scores: equated, concordant, and predicted. It also addresses the different types of evidence required to determine whether the scores from two different field tests (measuring the same…

  20. Scalar Score and Huberized Estimators.

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    Valladolid : Iniversidade de Valladolid, 2011. s. 46-46. [ICORS 2011. International Conference on Robust Statistics. 27.06.2011-01.07.2011, Valladolid] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : point estimation * score function * Huber score function Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  1. More than Just Test Scores

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    Levin, Henry M.

    2012-01-01

    Around the world we hear considerable talk about creating world-class schools. Usually the term refers to schools whose students get very high scores on the international comparisons of student achievement such as PISA or TIMSS. The practice of restricting the meaning of exemplary schools to the narrow criterion of achievement scores is usually…

  2. Trace-Based Weighting Approach for Multiple Criteria Decision Making

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    Hoang Nam Ho

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Decision-making has evolved as an interesting research problem for decision community. We consider a decision problem that takes into account several criteria called Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM in an interactive application for adaptive execution. In this paper, we present a method for automatically weighting criteria generation based on users’ traces. In our method, we suggest a process that contains all steps describing alternately what is necessary to prepare in order to weight all criteria. We propose a modified method using Naïve Bayes network to exploit the traces (the past of users, there will be used as information for estimating the score of criteria. Experimental results are presented to illustrate a full process and an automatic generation of weighting criteria by a set of values.

  3. The Effect of Logical Choice Weight and Corrected Scoring Methods on Multiple Choice Agricultural Science Test Scores

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    B. K. Ajayi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The study focused on the effect of logical choice weight and corrected scoring methods on multiple choice Agricultural science test scores the study also investigated the interaction effect of logical choice weight and corrected scoring methods in schools ,and types of school in multiple choice agricultural science test. The researcher used a combination of survey type and one short experimental design. The sample for the study consisted of 600 students selected by stratified random sampling techniques in south western Nigeria. Overall performance of students in percentage, and correlation was analyzed. The hypotheses were generated and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that there was a significant difference in the academic performance of students in logical choice weight and corrected scoring methods in multiple choice agricultural science test scores. The result also shown that there was no interaction effect on the two scoring methods in the type of schools, the location of schools in multiple choices agricultural science test. The study revealed that logical choice weight scoring method was the best method that favoured the scoring of the students’ scripts in multiple choices agricultural science test. On the basis of these findings, logical choice weight should be introduced to the teachers to use in the classroom as a new method of scoring multiple choice agricultural science the logical choice weight method is recommended in the ministry of education, in Examination Division, and to junior secondary schools for scoring JSS (3 three multiple choice test. Examination bodies such as West Africa Examination Council (WAEC, National Examination Council (NECO, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB should adopt the use of logical choice weight method in scoring multiple choice tests. The method could be used in tertiary institutions for post ‘JAMB’ Unify Matriculation Examination (UME test. It is also recommended for all states of the federation as well the West African countries public service could also adopt the use of logical choice weight scoring method.

  4. Unified EEG terminology and criteria for nonconvulsive status epilepticus

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    Beniczky, Sándor; Hirsch, Lawrence J

    2013-01-01

    The diagnosis of nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) relies largely on electroencephalography (EEG) findings. The lack of a unified EEG terminology, and of evidence-based EEG criteria, leads to varying criteria for and ability to diagnose NCSE. We propose a unified terminology and classification system for NCSE, using, as a template, the Standardised Computer-based Organised Reporting of EEG (SCORE). This approach integrates the terminology recently proposed for the rhythmic and periodic patterns in critically ill patients, the electroclinical classification of NCSE (type of NCSE) and the context for the pathologic conditions and age-related epilepsy syndromes. We propose flexible EEG criteria that employ the SCORE system to assemble a database for determining evidence-based EEG criteria for NCSE.

  5. Effects of credit scores on consumer payment choice

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    Hayashi, Fumiko; Stavins, Joanna

    2012-01-01

    This paper investigates the effects of credit scores on consumer payment behavior, especially on debit and credit card use. Anecdotally, a negative relationship between debit card use and credit score has been reported; however, it is not clear whether that relationship is related to other factors, such as education or income, or whether it is a mere correlation. We use a new consumer survey dataset to examine whether this negative relationship holds after controlling for various consumer cha...

  6. Optimal Utilization of Donor Grafts With Extended Criteria

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    Cameron, Andrew M.; Ghobrial, R Mark; Yersiz, Hasan; Farmer, Douglas G.; Lipshutz, Gerald S.; Gordon, Sherilyn A.; Zimmerman, Michael; Hong, Johnny; Collins, Thomas E.; Gornbein, Jeffery; Amersi, Farin; Weaver, Michael; Cao, Carlos; Chen, Tony; Hiatt, Jonathan R.; Busuttil, Ronald W.

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    Objective: Severely limited organ resources mandate maximum utilization of donor allografts for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). This work aimed to identify factors that impact survival outcomes for extended criteria donors (ECD) and developed an ECD scoring system to facilitate graft-recipient matching and optimize utilization of ECDs. Methods: Retrospective analysis of over 1000 primary adult OLTs at UCLA. Extended criteria (EC) considered included donor age (>55 years), donor hospital stay (>5 days), cold ischemia time (>10 hours), and warm ischemia time (>40 minutes). One point was assigned for each extended criterion. Cox proportional hazard regression model was used for multivariate analysis. Results: Of 1153 allografts considered in the study, 568 organs exhibited no extended criteria (0 score), while 429, 135 and 21 donor allografts exhibited an EC score of 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Overall 1-year patient survival rates were 88%, 82%, 77% and 48% for recipients with EC scores of 0, 1, 2 and 3 respectively (P < 0.001). Adjusting for recipient age and urgency at the time of transplantation, multivariate analysis identified an ascending mortality risk ratio of 1.4 and 1.8 compared to a score of 0 for an EC score of 1, and 2 (P < 0.01) respectively. In contrast, an EC score of 3 was associated with a mortality risk ratio of 4.5 (P < 0.001). Further, advanced recipient age linearly increased the death hazard ratio, while an urgent recipient status increased the risk ratio of death by 50%. Conclusions: Extended criteria donors can be scored using readily available parameters. Optimizing perioperative variables and matching ECD allografts to appropriately selected recipients are crucial to maintain acceptable outcomes and represent a preferable alternative to both high waiting list mortality and to a potentially futile transplant that utilizes an ECD for a critically ill recipient. PMID:16772778

  7. Critical Care Nurses Inadequately Assess SAPS II Scores of Very Ill Patients in Real Life

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    Paolo Merlani; Marco Previsdomini; Andreas Perren; Ilaria Perren

    2012-01-01

    Background. Reliable ICU severity scores have been achieved by various healthcare workers but nothing is known regarding the accuracy in real life of severity scores registered by untrained nurses. Methods. In this retrospective multicentre audit, three reviewers independently reassessed 120 SAPS II scores. Correlation and agreement of the sum-scores/variables among reviewers and between nurses and the reviewers' gold standard were assessed globally and for tertiles. Bland and Altman (gold st...

  8. The APGAR rubric for scoring online discussion boards.

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    Phillippi, Julia C; Schorn, Mavis N; Moore-Davis, Tonia

    2015-05-01

    The World Health Organization has called for a dramatic increase in the number of midwives and supports the use of innovative programs to assist students in achieving midwifery competencies. Online discussion boards are excellent educational tools for stimulating in-depth student engagement. However, complex discussions can be difficult to grade without a well-constructed rubric. The 'discussion-board APGAR' provides clear scoring criteria for discussions of midwifery care. The discussion-board APGAR has 5 components: Application, Professionalism, Group work, Analysis, and Rationale and provides scoring criteria for unacceptable, marginal, and proficient performance. The discussion-board APGAR is based on the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice in the United States (US), consistent with the International Confederation of Midwives Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, and can be adjusted to be congruent with other midwifery standards. PMID:25735842

  9. Grado de correlación en la percepción de la dinámica familiar entre ambos padres de preescolares que acuden a Guarderías del DIF Jalisco / Correlation of the family dinamic score between fathers and mothers of preschool children attending the integral development of the family system (DIF) of Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

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    Francisco, Nápoles-Rodríguez; Angélica, Cevallos-González; Eva, Sánchez-Talamantes; José Luis, González-Rico; Enrique, Romero-Velarde; Edgar M., Vásquez-Garibay.

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. Objetivo: identificar la correlación entre la calificación de dinámica familiar de papá y mamá de preescolares que acuden a Guarderías del Sistema Nacional del Desarrollo Integral de la Familia Jalisco. Material y métodos. Estudio transversal analítico. Se incluyeron 138 encuestas de d [...] inámica familiar aplicadas a ambos padres. Se utilizó un instrumento de medición con 8 áreas: I. Dinámica de pareja; II. Formación de identidad; III. Comunicación, expresión, solidaridad; IV. Estructura de autoridad; V. Manejo del conflicto y agresividad;VI. Disciplina y método; VII. Sistema de Valores; VIII.Aislamiento e integración sociocultural. Resultados. No hubo diferencia en la calificación entre ambos padres ni entre los promedios de las 8 áreas. Hubo una correlación significativa entre ambos padres (r = 0.759, P Abstract in english Introduction. Objective: to test the correlation of the family dynamic score between fathers and mothers of preschool children attending the Integral Development of the Family System (DIF) of Guadalajara City. Material and methods. In a cross sectional study design 140 family dynamic surveys were in [...] cluded. Eight areas of the dynamic of the family of both parents were explored: I. Dynamic of the couple; II. Formation of identity; III. Communication, expression and solidarity; IV. Structure of the authority;V. Management of the conflict and aggressiveness;VI. Discipline and method;VII. System of values;VIII. Socio cultural integration and isolation. Results. There were not differences between fathers and mothers in the eight explored areas.The score of fathers and mothers had a significant correlation (r =0.759). Area I had the higher correlation with the rest of the areas (P

  10. Development of a software tool and criteria evaluation for efficient design of small interfering RNA

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    Research highlights: ? The developed tool predicted siRNA constructs with better thermodynamic stability and total score based on positional and other criteria. ? Off-target silencing below score 30 were observed for the best siRNA constructs for different genes. ? Immunostimulation and cytotoxicity motifs considered and penalized in the developed tool. ? Both positional and compositional criteria were observed to be important. -- Abstract: RNA interference can be used as a tool for gene silencing mediated by small interfering RNAs (siRNA). The critical step in effective and specific RNAi processing is the selection of suitable constructs. Major design criteria, i.e., Reynolds's design rules, thermodynamic stability, internal repeats, immunostimulatory motifs were emphasized and implemented in the siRNA design tool. The tool provides thermodynamic stability score, GC content and a total score based on other design criteria in the output. The viability of the tool was established with different datasets. In general, the siRNA constructs produced by the tool had better thermodynamic score and positional properties. Comparable thermodynamic scores and better total scores were observed with the existing tools. Moreover, the results generated had comparable off-target silencing effect. Criteria evaluations with additional criteria were achieved in WEKA.

  11. Development of a software tool and criteria evaluation for efficient design of small interfering RNA

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    Chaudhary, Aparna; Srivastava, Sonam [Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, UP 208 016 (India); Garg, Sanjeev, E-mail: sgarg@iitk.ac.in [Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, UP 208 016 (India)

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    Research highlights: {yields} The developed tool predicted siRNA constructs with better thermodynamic stability and total score based on positional and other criteria. {yields} Off-target silencing below score 30 were observed for the best siRNA constructs for different genes. {yields} Immunostimulation and cytotoxicity motifs considered and penalized in the developed tool. {yields} Both positional and compositional criteria were observed to be important. -- Abstract: RNA interference can be used as a tool for gene silencing mediated by small interfering RNAs (siRNA). The critical step in effective and specific RNAi processing is the selection of suitable constructs. Major design criteria, i.e., Reynolds's design rules, thermodynamic stability, internal repeats, immunostimulatory motifs were emphasized and implemented in the siRNA design tool. The tool provides thermodynamic stability score, GC content and a total score based on other design criteria in the output. The viability of the tool was established with different datasets. In general, the siRNA constructs produced by the tool had better thermodynamic score and positional properties. Comparable thermodynamic scores and better total scores were observed with the existing tools. Moreover, the results generated had comparable off-target silencing effect. Criteria evaluations with additional criteria were achieved in WEKA.

  12. Plutonium storage criteria

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    Chung, D. [Scientech, Inc., Germantown, MD (United States); Ascanio, X. [Dept. of Energy, Germantown, MD (United States)

    1996-05-01

    The Department of Energy has issued a technical standard for long-term (>50 years) storage and will soon issue a criteria document for interim (<20 years) storage of plutonium materials. The long-term technical standard, {open_quotes}Criteria for Safe Storage of Plutonium Metals and Oxides,{close_quotes} addresses the requirements for storing metals and oxides with greater than 50 wt % plutonium. It calls for a standardized package that meets both off-site transportation requirements, as well as remote handling requirements from future storage facilities. The interim criteria document, {open_quotes}Criteria for Interim Safe Storage of Plutonium-Bearing Solid Materials{close_quotes}, addresses requirements for storing materials with less than 50 wt% plutonium. The interim criteria document assumes the materials will be stored on existing sites, and existing facilities and equipment will be used for repackaging to improve the margin of safety.

  13. Plutonium storage criteria

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    The Department of Energy has issued a technical standard for long-term (>50 years) storage and will soon issue a criteria document for interim (<20 years) storage of plutonium materials. The long-term technical standard, open-quotes Criteria for Safe Storage of Plutonium Metals and Oxides,close quotes addresses the requirements for storing metals and oxides with greater than 50 wt % plutonium. It calls for a standardized package that meets both off-site transportation requirements, as well as remote handling requirements from future storage facilities. The interim criteria document, open-quotes Criteria for Interim Safe Storage of Plutonium-Bearing Solid Materialsclose quotes, addresses requirements for storing materials with less than 50 wt% plutonium. The interim criteria document assumes the materials will be stored on existing sites, and existing facilities and equipment will be used for repackaging to improve the margin of safety

  14. The value of CT score in predicting surgical methods and difficulty of hepatic cystic echinococcosis

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    Objective: To evaluate the value of MSCT scores on surgery method selection and its difficulty estimation for hepatic cystic echinococcosis. Methods: Based on the CT features of hepatic cystic echinococcosis (HCE), an integral system including 7 items was established. Images of preoperative CT examination performed on 71 cases of hepatic cystic echinococcosis were retrospectively analyzed by the integral system and compared with actual surgical. Total 93 cystic lesions were divided into 3 groups based on CT scores: Group A suitable for total cystectomy (0 to 5 score), Group B suitable for subtotal cystectomy (6 to 10 score), and Group C suitable forendocystectomy ( ? 11 scores, or 4 score in one item), Spearman rank correlation was used to analyze the relationship between WHO classification of cystic echinococcosis and actual surgery methods, the relationship between operation mode forecasted by CT scores and actual surgery methods, the relationship between vessel scores of cyst and actual surgery methods, and that between biliary score of cyst and actual surgery methods. Fisher exact test and Chi-square test were used to evaluate the incidence of residual cavity in patients with different biliary scores. Results: Thirty nine cysts got 0 to 5 scores, 45 cysts got 6 to 10 scores and 9 cysts got more than 10 scores. Total cystectomy was performed on 30 cysts, subtotal cystectomy on 40 cysts and performed endocystectomy on 23 cysts, actually. Actual operation methods were correlated with that predicated by CT scores (r=0.741, P<0.01), and with vessels score and biliary score (r=0.587, 0.327 respectively, P<0.01). The higher the biliary score, the higher the incidence of postoperative biliary tract complications. Conclusions: Preoperative CT scoring was an easy and objective way to accurately predict the surgery methods and its difficulty for hepatic cystic echinococcosis. (authors)

  15. Docking and scoring of metallo-beta-lactamases inhibitors

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    Olsen, Lars; Pettersson, Ingrid

    2004-01-01

    The performance of the AutoDock, GOLD and FlexX docking programs was evaluated for docking of dicarboxylic acid inhibitors into metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs). GOLD provided the best overall performance, with RMSDs between experimental and docked structures of 1.8-2.6 A and a good correlation between the experimentally determined MBL-inhibitor affinities and the GOLD scores. GOLD was selected for a test including a broad spectrum of inhibitors for which experimental MBL-inhibitor binding affinities are available. This study revealed that (1) for most compound classes (dicarboxylic acids, tetrazoles, sulfonylhydrazones, and peptide-like compounds) there is a good correlation between the experimentally determined MBL-inhibitor affinities and the GOLD scores, (2) the correlation only holds within a given class, that is, scores of compounds from different classes cannot be directly compared, (3) for some compound classes (e.g. small sulphur compounds) there is no direct correlation between the experimentally determined MBL-inhibitor affinities and the GOLD scores. Using partial least squares methods, a model with R2 = 0.82 and Q2 = 0.78 for the training set was obtained based on the GOLD score and descriptors associated with binding of the IMP-1 inhibitors to the enzyme. The external Q2 for the test set is 0.73. This final model for prediction of IMP-1 MBL-inhibitor affinity handled all known classes of MBL-inhibitors, except small sulphur compounds.

  16. Sensibilidad y especificidad de la escala de Alvarado en apendicitis aguda en el Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de Veracruz / Sensitivity and specificity of the Alvarado score in acute appendicitis, and its anatomopatological correlation at the High Specialty Regional Hospital of Veracruz

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    Luis, Hernández Miguelena; David Román, Domínguez Solano.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la sensibilidad y especificidad de la escala de Alvarado en el diagnóstico de apendicitis aguda en el Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de Veracruz. Sede: Hospital de alta especialidad de Veracruz. Diseño: Estudio transversal, ambispectivo, descriptivo, observacional. Análi [...] sis estadístico: Regresión logística binaria, chi cuadrada (?²), razón de momios y curvas ROC. Resultados: Se incluyeron 384 (293 retrospectivos y 91 prospectivos) pacientes con diagnóstico de probable apendicitis y que fueron operados. Mediante un análisis estadístico se encontró que con la escala de Alvarado en el punto de corte >5 se obtiene una mayor precisión diagnóstica, con sensibilidad de 0.96%, especificidad de 0.72, valor predictivo positivo de 0.93% y valor predictivo negativo de 0.82. El criterio más encontrado fue el dolor en fosa iliaca derecha, positivo en el 100% de pacientes intervenidos con apendicitis; sin embargo, el más específico fue el rebote con 94.3% de los pacientes. Conclusión: Los criterios de Alvarado son una herramienta útil para el diagnóstico de apendicitis aguda, son aplicables en todos los pacientes con dolor abdominal agudo sugestivo de apendicitis como prueba al ingreso y para descartar patología apendicular en 5 puntos o menos. Abstract in english Objective: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of the Alvarado Score for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis at a high specialty regional hospital. Setting: High specialty regional hospital in the city of Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico. Design: Cross-sectional, descriptive, ambispective observa [...] tional study. Statistical analysis: Binary logistic regression, chi square (?2), odds ratio and ROC curves. Results: The study included 384 (293 retrospective and 91 prospective) patients with a diagnosis of probable appendicitis and who were operated. Statistical analysis revealed that a better diagnostic accuracy is achieved with the Alvarado Score at a cut off >5, with a sensitivity of 0.96%, specificity of 0.72, positive predictive value of 0.93% and negative predictive value of 0.82. The most frequently found criterion was pain in the right iliac fossa positive in 100% of patients with appendicitis subjected to surgery; however, the most specific criterion was the rebound with 94.3% of patients. Conclusion: Criteria of the Alvarado Score are a useful tool for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis, it is applicable to all patients with acute abdominal pain suggestive of appendicitis as an admittance test, and to discard appendicular pathology in 5 points or less.

  17. piano_prosthesis: indicative score

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    Young, Michael W.

    2009-01-01

    This score can be used as a creative starting point, as a open-form score that defines all materials you use, or ignored. The overall aim is to establish clearly differentiated musical materials, characterised by pitch, loudness, density, rhythmic activity, sustained-ness and the degree of internal variation (within a timeframe of 10-20 sec.) Having decided upon materials, either in advance or during the performance, the improvisation should focus on recalling and varying these types. Sile...

  18. A comprehensive score to diagnose Hashimoto's thyroiditis: a proposal.

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    Grani, Giorgio; Carbotta, Giovanni; Nesca, Angela; D'Alessandri, Mimma; Vitale, Martina; Del Sordo, Marianna; Fumarola, Angela

    2015-06-01

    The heterogeneity of diagnostic criteria of Hashimoto's thyroiditis leads to overdiagnosis and prevents strong conclusions from being drawn in clinical studies. The aim of this study is to propose a comprehensive scoring system. A case-control study compared a set of presurgical features of patients with lymphocytic infiltration of the thyroid (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) and controls, in order to design a multi-criteria scoring system. Given a dichotomous outcome (lymphocytic infiltration of the thyroid), a set of covariates was analyzed in 180 patients after total thyroidectomy. A different validation cohort of 1,171 patients was reviewed and classified according to the score. Variables associated with the diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis were first assessed by univariate analysis. Analysis showed that TPOAb (area under the ROC curve (AUC), 0.67; 95 % CI 0.57-0.77) and TgAb (0.63; 95 % CI 0.54-0.74) were univariate predictors of the diagnosis of HT, which is largely recognized. Combined covariates were then tested using stepwise logistic regression analysis. The final regression model included TPOAb, TgAb, and thyroid vascularity (AUC 0.72; 95 % CI 0.62-0.81). A scoring system was developed, which has a sensitivity of 45.5 % and a specificity of 89.0 %, with a cutoff of 1.7. The likelihood of incident hypothyroidism was higher (OR 2.30; p = 0.004) in the positive (?1.7) score group. A scoring system has a better performance than any single predictor and is able to identify the subgroup of individuals at higher risk to develop subsequent hypothyroidism. PMID:25280964

  19. Reproducibility of scoring emphysema by HRCT

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    Purpose: We evaluated the reproducibility of three visual scoring methods of emphysema and compared these methods with pulmonary function tests (VC, DLCO, FEV1 and FEV%) among farmer's lung patients and farmers. Material and Methods: Three radiologists examined high-resolution CT images of farmer's lung patients and their matched controls (n=70) for chronic interstitial lung diseases. Intraobserver reproducibility and interobserver variability were assessed for three methods: severity, Sanders' (extent) and Sakai. Pulmonary function tests as spirometry and diffusing capacity were measured. Results: Intraobserver -values for all three methods were good (0.51-0.74). Interobserver varied from 0.35 to 0.72. The Sanders' and the severity methods correlated strongly with pulmonary function tests, especially DLCO and FEV1. Conclusion: The Sanders' method proved to be reliable in evaluating emphysema, in terms of good consistency of interpretation and good correlation with pulmonary function tests

  20. Video National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale criteria survey results

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    Young, Darrell; Yen, James; Petitti, Fred; Bakir, Tariq; Brennan, Michelle; Butto, Robert, Jr.

    2009-05-01

    The Video National Imagery Interpretability Rating Standard (V-NIIRS) consists of a ranked set of subjective criteria to assist analysts in assigning an interpretability quality level to a motion imagery clip. The V-NIIRS rating standard is needed to support the tasking, retrieval, and exploitation of motion imagery. A criteria survey was conducted to yield individual pair-wise criteria rankings and scores. Statistical analysis shows good agreement with expectations across the 9-levels of interpretability, for each of the 7 content domains.

  1. Interobserver agreement for diagnostic MRI criteria in suspected multiple sclerosis

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    MRI is the paraclinical test most widely used to support the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). We evaluated interobserver agreement in applying diagnostic criteria to MRI obtained at first presentation. Five experienced observers scored 25 sets of images consisting of unenhanced T2- and gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted images (approximately half the sets were normal). We scored frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital, infratentorial and basal ganglia lesions and the total number of lesions on T2-weighted images; periventricular, callosal, juxtacortical and ovoid lesions and those > 5 mm in maximum diameter; contrast-enhancing and hypointense lesions. Based on a combination of imaging findings patients were classified as compatible or not compatible with MS according to composite criteria. Observer concordance was characterised by weighted kappa values (?) and mean average difference to the median (MADM) scores. Using the raw scores, there was poor agreement for the total number of lesions on T2-weighted images, and for occipital, oval, juxtacortical and hypointense lesions. Moderate agreement was found for frontal, callosal, basal ganglia and large lesions on T2 weighting. Good agreement was attained for parietal, temporal, infratentorial and periventricular lesions. After dichotomisation according to accepted cut-off values, most criteria performed better, especially the number of lesions on T2-weighted images (P < 0.05). Good agreement was found for the criteria ood agreement was found for the criteria of Paty and Fazekas and moderate agreement for those of Barkhof. While experienced observers may not agree on the total number of lesions, they show quite good agreement for commonly used cut-off points and elements in the composite criteria. This validates the use of MRI in the diagnosis of MS, and the use of dichotomised and composite criteria. (orig.)

  2. Use of e-rater[R] in Scoring of the TOEFL iBT[R] Writing Test. Research Report. ETS RR-11-25

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    Haberman, Shelby J.

    2011-01-01

    Alternative approaches are discussed for use of e-rater[R] to score the TOEFL iBT[R] Writing test. These approaches involve alternate criteria. In the 1st approach, the predicted variable is the expected rater score of the examinee's 2 essays. In the 2nd approach, the predicted variable is the expected rater score of 2 essay responses by the…

  3. Early stroke risk and ABCD2 score performance in tissue- vs time-defined TIA: A multicenter study

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    Giles, MF; Albers, GW; Amarenco, P; Arsava, EM; Asimos, AW; Ay, H; Calvet, D.; Coutts, SB; Cucchiara, BL; Demchuk, AM; Johnston, SC; Kelly, PJ (Paul); Kim, AS; Labreuche, J; Lavallee, PC

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Stroke risk immediately after TIA defined by time-based criteria is high, and prognostic scores (ABCD2 and ABCD3-I) have been developed to assist management. The American Stroke Association has proposed changing the criteria for the distinction between TIA and stroke from time-based to tissue-based. Research using these definitions is lacking. In a multicenter observational cohort study, we have investigated prognosis and performance of the ABCD2 score in TIA, subcategorized as ti...

  4. Translatability scoring in drug development: eight case studies

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    Wendler Alexandra

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Translational medicine describes the transfer of basic in vitro and in vivo data into human applications. In the light of low rates of market approvals for new medical entities, better strategies to predict the risk of drug development should be used to increase output and reduce costs. Recently, a scoring system to assess the translatability of early drug projects has been proposed. Here eight drugs from different therapeutic areas have been subjected to a retrospective test-run in this system fictively located at the phase II-III transition. The scores gained here underline the importance of biomarker quality which is pivotal to decrease the risk of the project in all cases. This is particularly evident for gefitinib. The EGFR mutation status is a breakthrough biomarker to predict therapeutic success which made this compound clinically acceptable, and this is plausibly reflected by a considerable increase of the translatability score. For psychiatric and Alzheimer's drugs, and for a CETP-inhibitor, the lack of suitable biomarkers and animal models is reflected by a low translatability score, well correlating with the excessive translational risk in these areas. These case studies document the apparent utility of the scoring system, at least under retrospective conditions, as the scores correlate with the outcomes at the level of market approval. Prospective validation is still missing, but these case studies are encouraging.

  5. Translatability scoring in drug development: eight case studies.

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    Wendler, Alexandra; Wehling, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Translational medicine describes the transfer of basic in vitro and in vivo data into human applications. In the light of low rates of market approvals for new medical entities, better strategies to predict the risk of drug development should be used to increase output and reduce costs. Recently, a scoring system to assess the translatability of early drug projects has been proposed. Here eight drugs from different therapeutic areas have been subjected to a retrospective test-run in this system fictively located at the phase II-III transition. The scores gained here underline the importance of biomarker quality which is pivotal to decrease the risk of the project in all cases. This is particularly evident for gefitinib. The EGFR mutation status is a breakthrough biomarker to predict therapeutic success which made this compound clinically acceptable, and this is plausibly reflected by a considerable increase of the translatability score. For psychiatric and Alzheimer's drugs, and for a CETP-inhibitor, the lack of suitable biomarkers and animal models is reflected by a low translatability score, well correlating with the excessive translational risk in these areas. These case studies document the apparent utility of the scoring system, at least under retrospective conditions, as the scores correlate with the outcomes at the level of market approval. Prospective validation is still missing, but these case studies are encouraging. PMID:22397594

  6. Classification criteria for spondyloarthropathies

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    Ozgur Akgul

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Spondyloarthropathies (SpA are a group of inflammatory arthritis which consist of ankylosing spondylitis (AS, reactive arthritis, arthritis/spondylitis associated with psoriasis (PsA, and arthritis/spondylitis associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. It is now more important than ever to diagnose and treat SpA early. New therapeutic agents including blockers of tumor necrosis factor have yielded tremendous responses not only in advanced disease but also in the early stages of the disease. Sacroiliitis on conventional radiography is the result of structural changes which may appear late in the disease process. However, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI can visualize active inflammation at sacroiliac joints and spine in recent onset disease. The modified New York criteria, the European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group criteria and the Amor criteria do not include advanced imaging techniques like MRI which is very sensitive to the early Inflammatory changes. Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society has defined MRI methods for the assessment of sacroiliac joints and spine, criteria for inflammatory back pain and developed new criteria for classification of axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis. These new criteria are intended to be used for patients with SpA at the very early stage of their disease. Also, classification of psoriatic arthritis study group developed criteria for the classification of PsA. The widespread use of these criteria in clinical trials will provide evidence for a better definition of early disease and recognize many patients who may further develop classical AS or PsA. These efforts will guide therapeutic trials of potent drugs like biological agents in the early stage of these diseases.

  7. A stage is a stage is a stage: a direct comparison of two scoring systems.

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    Dawson, Theo L

    2003-09-01

    L. Kohlberg (1969) argued that his moral stages captured a developmental sequence specific to the moral domain. To explore that contention, the author compared stage assignments obtained with the Standard Issue Scoring System (A. Colby & L. Kohlberg, 1987a, 1987b) and those obtained with a generalized content-independent stage-scoring system called the Hierarchical Complexity Scoring System (T. L. Dawson, 2002a), on 637 moral judgment interviews (participants' ages ranged from 5 to 86 years). The correlation between stage scores produced with the 2 systems was .88. Although standard issue scoring and hierarchical complexity scoring often awarded different scores up to Kohlberg's Moral Stage 2/3, from his Moral Stage 3 onward, scores awarded with the two systems predominantly agreed. The author explores the implications for developmental research. PMID:14521216

  8. Do medical students’ scores using different assessment instruments predict their scores in clinical reasoning using a computer-based simulation?

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    Full Text Available Mariam Fida,1 Salah Eldin Kassab2 1Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain; 2Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt Purpose: The development of clinical problem-solving skills evolves over time and requires structured training and background knowledge. Computer-based case simulations (CCS have been used for teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning skills. However, previous studies examining the psychometric properties of CCS as an assessment tool have been controversial. Furthermore, studies reporting the integration of CCS into problem-based medical curricula have been limited. Methods: This study examined the psychometric properties of using CCS software (DxR Clinician for assessment of medical students (n=130 studying in a problem-based, integrated multisystem module (Unit IX during the academic year 2011–2012. Internal consistency reliability of CCS scores was calculated using Cronbach's alpha statistics. The relationships between students' scores in CCS components (clinical reasoning, diagnostic performance, and patient management and their scores in other examination tools at the end of the unit including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE, and real patient encounters were analyzed using stepwise hierarchical linear regression. Results: Internal consistency reliability of CCS scores was high (?=0.862. Inter-item correlations between students' scores in different CCS components and their scores in CCS and other test items were statistically significant. Regression analysis indicated that OSCE scores predicted 32.7% and 35.1% of the variance in clinical reasoning and patient management scores, respectively (P<0.01. Multiple-choice question scores, however, predicted only 15.4% of the variance in diagnostic performance scores (P<0.01, while students’ scores in real patient encounters did not predict any of the CCS scores. Conclusion: Students’ scores in OSCE are the most important predictors of their scores in clinical reasoning and patient management using CCS. However, real patient encounter assessment does not appear to test a construct similar to what is tested in CCS. Keywords: medical education, computer-based simulations, virtual patients, student assessment, PBL, Bahrain

  9. Validation of Automated Scores of TOEFL iBT Tasks against Non-Test Indicators of Writing Ability

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    Weigle, Sara Cushing

    2010-01-01

    Automated scoring has the potential to dramatically reduce the time and costs associated with the assessment of complex skills such as writing, but its use must be validated against a variety of criteria for it to be accepted by test users and stakeholders. This study approaches validity by comparing human and automated scores on responses to…

  10. Acceptance criteria for determining armed response force size at nuclear power plants

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    This guidance document contains acceptance criteria to be used in the NRC license review process. It consists of a scored worksheet and guidelines for interpreting the worksheet score that can be used in determining the adequacy of the armed response force size at a nuclear power reactor facility

  11. Critérios de julgamento em campeonatos internacionais de surfe profissional / Judging criteria in international professional surfing championships

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    Rosemeri, Peirão; Saray Giovana dos, Santos.

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou verificar a relação entre as notas dos árbitros com variáveis representantes dos critérios de julgamento do surfe. Para tanto, foram filmadas e analisadas 164 ondas surfadas por 21 atletas em duas etapas brasileiras do ASP World Tour (2007 e 2010). Foram utilizados a estatístic [...] a descritiva e os testes de Kolmogorov Smirnov, teste 't' de Student, Anova (one-way), Post Hoc de Tukey e Pearson (p Abstract in english This study investigated the association between judges' scores and the variables that represent judging criteria of surfing events. A total of 164 waves ridden by 21 international surfers were recorded and analyzed in two stages of the Brazilian ASP World Tour (2007 and 2010). The following tests we [...] re used for descriptive analysis of data: the Kolmogorov-Smirnov and the Student t test, one-way ANOVA, the Tukey post-hoc test and Pearson correlation analysis (p

  12. Score Function of Distribution and Heavy-tails.

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    Fabián, Zden?k

    ISI, 2014. s. 49-49. [COMPSTAT 2014. International Conference on Computational Statistics /21./. 19.08.2014-22.08.2014, Geneva] Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : score function * point estimation * correlation * heavy-tailed distributions Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  13. Woodcock and PIAT Reading Scores: A Lack of Equivalency.

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    Caskey, William E., Jr.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Analysis of comparisons of subtest scores of 76 students (grades two - six) on the Peabody Individual Achievement Test and the Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests revealed that, although correlations for the total group were highly significant in both comparisons, a grade level analysis demonstrated wide variability in results. (CL)

  14. Use of a Simulated MCAT to Predict Real MCAT Scores.

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    Pohlman, Mary; And Others

    1979-01-01

    A simulated Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) was administered to 39 premedical students two weeks prior to the new MCAT. High correlations between simulated and active test scores were obtained in the biology, chemistry, physics, science problems, reading, and quantitative areas. (MH)

  15. Erroneous Interpretation of Difference Scores: Application to a Recent Example.

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    Humphreys, Lloyd G.

    1990-01-01

    The hypothesis that coping with novelty is a key aspect of intelligence is not supported by the data of Sternberg and Gastel. It is contended that these authors committed a common error by interpreting correlations involving difference scores without reference to the properties of the components of the difference. (SLD)

  16. Technical Quality Criteria for Evaluating District Assessment Portfolios Used in the Nebraska STARS

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    Plake, Barbara S.; Impara, James C.; Buckendahl, Chad W.

    2004-01-01

    Nebraska districts use different strategies for measuring student performance on the state's content standards. District assessments differ in type and technical quality. Six quality criteria were endorsed by the state. These criteria cover content and curricular validity, fairness, and appropriateness of score interpretations. District assessment…

  17. Assessment of the pathological grade of astrocytic gliomas using an MRI score

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    To evaluate the usefulness of an MRI score for identifying tumour tissue characteristics, 41 histologically verified supratentorial astrocytic gliomas, including 13 low-grade astrocytomas 14 anaplastic astrocytomas and 14 glioblastoma multiformes, were examined with a 0.5 T superconductive MR imager. Nine MRI criteria were used: heterogeneity, cyst formation or necrosis, haemorrhage, crossing the midline, oedema or mass effect, border definition, flow void, degree and heterogeneity of contrast enhancement; Gd-enhanced T1-weighted images were obtained in 32 cases. Each of the criteria was scored and analysed statistically. (orig./MG)

  18. Confidence scores for prediction models

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    Gerds, Thomas Alexander; van de Wiel, MA

    2011-01-01

    In medical statistics, many alternative strategies are available for building a prediction model based on training data. Prediction models are routinely compared by means of their prediction performance in independent validation data. If only one data set is available for training and validation, then rival strategies can still be compared based on repeated bootstraps of the same data. Often, however, the overall performance of rival strategies is similar and it is thus difficult to decide for one model. Here, we investigate the variability of the prediction models that results when the same modelling strategy is applied to different training sets. For each modelling strategy we estimate a confidence score based on the same repeated bootstraps. A new decomposition of the expected Brier score is obtained, as well as the estimates of population average confidence scores. The latter can be used to distinguish rival prediction models with similar prediction performances. Furthermore, on the subject level a confidence score may provide useful supplementary information for new patients who want to base a medical decision on predicted risk. The ideas are illustrated and discussed using data from cancer studies, also with high-dimensional predictor space.

  19. LSAT Scores of Economics Majors.

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    Nieswiadomy, Michael

    1998-01-01

    Argues that economics education provides many benefits to students, including preparation for law school. Examines the ranking of economics majors on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Finds that among the 14 majors having more than 2,000 students take the LSAT, economics students received the highest average score. (DSK)

  20. Summarized water quality criteria

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    The available world literature from 27 sources on existing water quality criteria are summarized for the 15 main uses of water. The minimum, median and maximum specified values for 96 different determinands are included. Under each water use the criteria are grouped according to the functional significance of the determinands e.g. aesthetic/physical effects, high toxic potential, low toxic potential etc. A synopsis is included summarizing salient facts for each determinand such as the conditions under which it is toxic and its relationship to other determinands. The significance of the criteria is briefly discussed and the importance of considering functional interactions between determinands emphasized in evaluating the potential for toxic or beneficial effects. From the source literature it appears that the toxic potential, in addition to being determined by concentration, is also affected by the origin of the substance concerned, i.e. whether from natural sources or from anthropogenic pollution

  1. Dual Criteria Decisions

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    Andersen, Steffen; Harrison, Glenn W.

    2014-01-01

    The most popular models of decision making use a single criterion to evaluate projects or lotteries. However, decision makers may actually consider multiple criteria when evaluating projects. We consider a dual criteria model from psychology. This model integrates the familiar tradeoffs between risk and utility that economists traditionally assume, allowance for rank-dependent decision weights, and consideration of income thresholds. We examine the issues involved in full maximum likelihood estimation of the model using observed choice data. We propose a general method for integrating the multiple criteria, using the logic of mixture models, which we believe is attractive from a decision-theoretic and statistical perspective. The model is applied to observed choices from a major natural experiment involving intrinsically dynamic choices over highly skewed outcomes. The evidence points to the clear role that income thresholds play in such decision making, but does not rule out a role for tradeoffs between riskand utility or probability weighting.

  2. Correlação entre Inventário de Depressão de Beck e cortisol urinário em diabéticos tipo 2 / Correlation between urine cortisol and scores on the Beck Depression inventory in patients with type 2 diabetes / Correlación entre el inventario de Depresión de Beck y el cortisol urinario en diabeticos tipo 2

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    Alexandra Bulgarelli do, Nascimento; Eliane Corrêa, Chaves; Sônia Aurora Alves, Grossi; Simão Augusto, Lottenberg.

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a correlação entre o cortisol urinário e o Inventário de Depressão de Beck em diabéticos do tipo 2. MÉTODOS: O cortisol urinário foi avaliado em uma amostra composta por 40 pacientes da Liga de Controle de Diabetes da Disciplina de Endocrinologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Facul [...] dade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo e para a avaliação dos sintomas de depressão foi aplicado o Inventário de Depressão de Beck. RESULTADOS: Alta confiabilidade para o Inventário de Depressão de Beck(Alfa de Cronbach=0,920)e correlação significativa foi observada entre cortisol urinário e Inventário de Depressão de Beck(Spearman,r=0.523,p Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Verificar la correlación entre el cortisol urinario y el Inventario de Depresión de Beck en diabéticos del tipo 2. MÉTODOS: El cortisol urinario fue evaluado en una muestra compuesta por 40 pacientes de la Liga de Control de Diabetes de la Disciplina de Endocrinología del Hospital de las C [...] línicas de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Sao Paulo y para la evaluación de los síntomas de depresión fue aplicado el Inventario de Depresión de Beck. RESULTADOS: Alta confiabilidad para el Inventario de Depresión de Beck(Alfa de Cronbach=0,920) y correlación significativa observada entre el cortisol urinario e Inventario de Depresión de Beck (Spearman,r=0.523,p Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between urinary cortisol and scores on the Beck Depression Inventory in type 2 diabetics. METHODS: The sample consisted of 40 patients with type 2 diabetes from the diabetes control league of the discipline of endocrinology of the HCFM-USP. Measures consisted [...] of urinary cortisol and depression symptoms using the Beck Depression Inventory. RESULTS: The Beck Depression Inventory had a Cronbach's alpha of 0.92. There was a statistically significant correlation between urinary cortisol and scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (Spearman r = 0.52, p

  3. Maturidade perceptomotora e reconhecimento de palavras: estudo correlacional entre o Bender - Sistema de Pontuação Gradual e o Teste de Reconhecimento de Palavras / Perceptive-motor maturity and word recognition: a correlational study between Bender - Scoring System for Grades and Word Recognition test

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    Laura de, Carvalho; Ana Paula Porto, Noronha; Lariana Paula, Pinto; Luana, Luca.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo objetivou investigar evidências de validade para o Bender - Sistema de Pontuação Gradual, pela relação com o Teste de Reconhecimento de Palavras, partindo da premissa de que os testes apresentariam comunalidade em certos aspectos. Além disso, a pesquisa buscou verificar se o Bender [...] é sensível para captar diferenças de média por idade. Participaram do estudo 297 crianças, sendo 153 do sexo masculino (51,5%), com idade entre 7 e 10 anos (M=9,04, DP=0,88). Cursavam do 2º ao 5º ano do ensino fundamental, em escola particular (27,3%) ou pública (72,7%) do interior do estado de São Paulo. Os instrumentos foram aplicados coletivamente, sendo que as figuras do Bender foram projetadas. Foram evidenciadas correlações significativas entre os instrumentos. Verificou-se também que o Bender mostrou-se sensível em captar as diferenças relacionadas à idade, revelando o aspecto maturacional avaliado pelo teste, assim como também revelou relação com a escolaridade. Abstract in english The aim of this study was to investigate evidence of validity of the Bender - Scoring System for Grades, by comparison with the Word Recognition Test, starting with the premise that the tests would show commonality in certain aspects. In addition, the study sought to verify whether the B-SPG is sens [...] itive to capture differences in mean for age. The study participants included 297 children, 153 being boys (51.5%) aged between 7 and 10 years (M=9.04, SD=0.88). They were in the 2nd to the 5th year of elementary schooling, at private (27.3%) and public (72.7%) schools, in the interior of State of São Paulo. The instruments were applied collectively, and the Bender - Gradual Scoring System pictures were projected. Significant correlations were observed between the instruments. Furthermore, it was found that the Bender - Gradual Scoring System was shown to be sensitive in capturing differences related to age, revealing the aspect of maturity assessed by testing, and also revealed relationship with progress in school stages.

  4. Relación entre el índice CHA2DS2-VASc y la presencia de trombo auricular en pacientes con fibrilación auricular en plan de cardioversión / Correlation Between CHA2DS2-VASc Score and Atrial Thrombus in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Cardioversion

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    Norberto G, Allende; Carlos, Rodríguez Pagani; Eduardo, Carrasco; Gerardo, Marmbio; Guillermo, López Soutric; Federico, Cintora; Fanny, Calvo; Ricardo, Pérez De La Hoz.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introducción Los pacientes con fibrilación auricular representan un grupo de riesgo para el desarrollo de complicaciones tromboembólicas, con consecuencias devastadoras cuando afectan el sistema nervioso central. El rendimiento de los índices de riesgo para predecir eventos clínicos se ha evaluado e [...] n numerosas publicaciones, mientras que su relación con la presencia de trombo en la aurícula izquierda o su orejuela se ha explorado menos. Recientemente se ha propuesto la utilización del índice conocido con el acrónimo CHA2DS2-VASc para la estratificación de riesgo cardioembólico. Objetivo Evaluar la prevalencia de trombo en la aurícula izquierda y su relación con las variables del índice CHA2DS2-VASc y la función sistólica del ventrículo izquierdo en pacientes con fibrilación auricular que serán sometidos a cardioversión eléctrica. Material y métodos Se efectuó un registro prospectivo de los antecedentes clínicos de pacientes con fibrilación auricular de tiempo indeterminado o > 48 horas, a los que se les realizó un eco transesofágico previo a una cardioversión eléctrica. Se analizó la relación de las variables que conforman el índice CHA2DS2-VASc y del puntaje total para predecir trombo en el eco transesofágico. Se evaluó además un modelo que resultó de sumar al CHA2DS2-VASc un puntaje según la función sistólica del ventrículo izquierdo: normal = 0, deterioro leve = 1, moderado = 2, grave = 3. Resultados Se incluyeron 129 pacientes con edad media de 70 ± 12 años, de los cuales 21 (16%) presentaron trombo. Este hallazgo fue más prevalente en pacientes con factores de riesgo, pero alcanzó nivel de significación solo para insuficiencia cardíaca y diabetes. Se observó un incremento progresivo del riesgo de trombo en relación con el CHA2DS2-VASc (3,6 ± 1,6 con trombo vs. 2,7 ± 1 sin trombo; p = 0,024, área bajo la curva ROC = 0,65). La asociación se ve reforzada cuando se incluye la función sistólica del ventrículo izquierdo (p = 0,006, área bajo la curva ROC = 0,69). Un puntaje de CHA2DS2-VASc Abstract in english Background Patients with atrial fibrillation represent a group of risk for thromboembolic complications, with catastrophic consequences when affecting the central nervous system. The performance of risks scores to predict clinical events has been evaluated by several publications; yet, its correlati [...] on with the presence of thrombi in the left atrium or left atrial appendage has been poorly investigated. The use of the CHA2DS2-VASc score has been recently proposed for stratification of throm-boembolic risk. Objective To evaluate the prevalence of left atrial thrombus and its correlation with the components of the CHA2DS2-VASc score and with left ventricular systolic function in patients scheduled for electrical cardioversion. Methods A prospective registry of the medical history of patients with atrial fibrillation of unknown duration or lasting >48 hours, undergoing transesophageal echocardiography before scheduled electrical cardioversion was conducted. The correlation of the components of the CHA2DS2-VASc scores and of the total score with the presence of thrombi in transesophageal echocardiography was analyzed. The result of the sum of the CHA2DS2-VASc score plus a score of left ventricular systolic function (normal = 0, mild dysfunction = 1, moderate dysfunction = 2, severe dysfunction = 3) was also evaluated. Results A total of 129 patients (mean age 70±12 years) were included; 21 (16%) had thrombus. This finding was more prevalent in patients with risk factors, but was only statistically significant for heart failure and diabetes. The risk of thrombus in the LA/LAA progressively increased at higher CHA2DS2-VASc (3.6±1.6 with thrombus vs. 2.7±1 without thrombus; p = 0.024, area under the ROC curve = 0.65). This association was greater when left ventricular systolic function was included (p = 0.006, area under the ROC curve = 0.69). A CHA2DS2-VASc

  5. Flame temperature criteria tests

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    Since the Lewis-Karlovitz flame temperature criteria had been based on data obtained from hydrogen flammability tests using hydrogen-air mixtures at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, a test program was conducted at Fenwal Incorporated to evaluate its applicability to a post-accident containment atmosphere at elevated temperature and pressure. Another objective of this test program was to obtain laminar burning velocities under post-accident containment atmospheric conditions. These velocities are needed for estimating the hydrogen burn time in containments. This paper presents the results obtained from this test program, which are then used to validate the Lewis-Karlovitz flame temperature criteria

  6. Detection sensitivity criteria

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    The determination is discussed of detection limits for extremely low counting techniques. The criteria involved are based on statistical considerations. In deriving suitable criteria, the signal-to-noise ratio should be respected. The determination of detection sensitivity is based on suitably formulated statistical tests whose aim is to prove the presence of a radioactive substance in the sample; to determine the least activity offering a positive finding at a preset confidence level; to determine the least activity comparable with the required standard error. (M.S.)

  7. Lung donor selection criteria

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    Chaney, John; Suzuki, Yoshikazu; Cantu, Edward; van Berkel, Victor

    2014-01-01

    The criteria that define acceptable physiologic and social parameters for lung donation have remained constant since their empiric determination in the 1980s. These criteria include a donor age between 25-40, a arterial partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2)/FiO2 ratio greater than 350, no smoking history, a clear chest X-ray, clean bronchoscopy, and a minimal ischemic time. Due to the paucity of organ donors, and the increasing number of patients requiring lung transplant, finding a donor that me...

  8. Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Developmental Criteria for Young Children: A Preliminary Psychometric Study

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    Faridah Yunus

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Authentic assessment approach applies naturalistic observation method to gather and analyse data about children’s development that are socio-culturally appropriate to plan for individual teaching and learning needs. This article discusses the process of adapting an authentic developmental instrument for children of 3-6 years old. The instrument consists of 217 criteria of development for children between the ages of 36-72 months; grouped under six domains, which are fine motor, gross motor, adaptive, cognitive, socio-communication, and social. It is a criterion measurement tool, which was developed for the American context. This instrument needed to be adapted into the Malay socio-cultural context before it could be applied in local setting. The adaptation process involved directly translating the items; investigating the items/criteria’s score format; examining the items by a panel of experts; observing the real setting to investigate the score patterns and calculating observer agreement index. 103 children from the Malay ethnic group aged between 36-72 months, six field experts, and twelve observers were involved as participants. The researcher and an editor translated all the criteria for development; novice observers carried out a pilot study to test the suitability of score format; six children’s specialists examined the translated criteria; and lastly, the researcher observed activities in the preschool setting to score the criteria in naturalistic manner. The translated criteria, checklists; and developmental scores were analysed through visual and descriptive statistics. Content analyses showed that most of the developmental criteria were suitable to be applied in the research context. However, there are a few criteria considered as not appropriate and scores between observers indicated low agreement on how they interpreted the criteria.

  9. Interpreting Scores from Standardized Achievement Tests.

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    Green, Donald Ross

    Uses of the variety of scores generated by standardized achievement tests are discussed. Desirable characteristics of scales, raw score scales, percent of correct items, percentile ranks, grade equivalents, normal curve equivalents, and scale scores are considered. The various meanings and purposes of each type of score are discussed. It is…

  10. Pemphigus Vulgaris Activity Score and Assessment of Convergent Validity

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    Cheyda Chams-Davatchi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune blistering disease with different phenotypes. The evaluation of therapeutic interventions requires a reliable, valid and feasible to use measurement. However, there is no gold standard to measure the disease activity in clinical trials. In this study we aimed to introduce the pemphigus vulgaris activity score (PVAS measurement and to assess the convergent validity with the experts’ opinion of disease activity. In PVAS scoring, the distribution of pemphigus vulgaris antigen expression in different anatomical regions is taking in to account with special consideration of the healing process. PVAS is a 0-18 scale, based on the extent of mucocutaneous involvement, type of lesion and the presence of Nikolsky’s sign. The sum of the scores of total number of lesions, number of different anatomic regions involvement and Nikolsky’s sign is weighted by the type of lesion. In the present study, PVAS was assessed in 50 patients diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris by one dermatologist. Independently, five blinded experts scored all the patients through physician’s global assessment (PGA. The convergent validity with experts’ opinion was assessed. The Spearman coefficient of correlation showed the acceptable value of 0.751 (95%CI: 0.534- 0.876. PVAS is a valid, objective and simple-to-use scoring measurement. It showed a good correlation with PGA of pemphigus disease activity in Iranian patients with pemphigus vulgaris

  11. Scoring of treatment-related late effects in prostate cancer

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    Background and purpose: To assess the correlation between different general and organ specific quality of life and morbidity scoring methods in a cohort of men treated with radical radiotherapy for prostate cancer. Materials and methods: Men who had been treated with radical radiotherapy (50 Gy in 16 fractions over 21 days) for localized prostate cancer more than 3 years previously and who had no evidence of recurrent disease were invited to take part in the study. A total of 101 of 135 invited patients agreed and completed LENT/SOMA, UCLA Prostate Cancer Index, and 36 item RAND Health survey questionnaires. Results: The patients had comparable results with other published series with respect to the UCLA and SF-36 indices. There was significant correlation between the corresponding parts of the UCLA and LENT/SOMA scales (P<0.0005). However, for the same symptoms, a patient tended to score lower (worse) on the UCLA scale in comparison to LENT/SOMA. The relationship between the average LENT/SOMA score and maximum score was also not straightforward with each set of data revealing different information. Conclusions: The LENT/SOMA questions were, in the main, more wide-ranging and informative than the UCLA index. It is helpful to give both the overall and maximum LENT/SOMA scores to most efficiently use all of the data. There may need to be a further LENT/SOMA question to allow both symptoms of tenesmus and faecal urgency to be fully addressedly addressed

  12. Argyrophilic nucleolar organizer region counts and Ki-67 scores in human renal cell carcinoma.

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    PICH, Achille

    1991-01-01

    The proliferative activity of 21 cases of renal cell carcinoma has been investigated by means of monoclonal antibody Ki-67 and Nucleolar Organizer Regions (AgNORs) analysis. The correlation between AgNOR counts and Ki-67 scores was only slightly significant (r = 0.53, r2 = 0.28) as determined by linear regression. Positive correlation was found between Ki-67 scores and tumour histologic grade. However, no correlation was observed between Ki-67 scores and tumour pathologic stage and between Ag...

  13. EuroSCORE II e a importância de um modelo local, InsCor e o futuro SP-SCORE / EuroSCORE II and the importance of a local model, InsCor and the future SP-SCORE

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    Luiz Augusto Ferreira, Lisboa; Omar Asdrubal Vilca, Mejia; Luiz Felipe Pinho, Moreira; Luís Alberto Oliveira, Dallan; Pablo Maria Alberto, Pomerantzeff; Luís Roberto Palma, Dallan; Maria Raquel B., Massoti; Fabio B., Jatene.

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    Full Text Available Introdução: O modelo mais utilizado para predição de mortalidade em cirurgia cardíaca foi recentemente remodelado, mas dúvidas referentes à sua metodologia e desenvolvimento têm sido relatadas. Objetivo: O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o desempenho do EuroSCORE II na predição de mortalidade e [...] m pacientes submetidos a cirurgia de coronária e/ou valva na instituição. Métodos: Mil pacientes, operados consecutivamente de coronária e/ou valva, entre outubro de 2008 e julho de 2009, foram analisados. O desfecho de interesse foi mortalidade intra-hospitalar. A calibração foi realizada pela correlação entre mortalidade esperada e observada por meio do teste de Hosmer Lemeshow. A discriminação foi calculada pela área abaixo da curva ROC. O desempenho do EuroSCORE II foi comparado com os modelos EuroSCORE e InsCor (modelo local). Resultados: Na calibração, o teste de Hosmer Lemeshow foi inadequado para o EuroSCORE II (P=0,0003) e bom para os modelos EuroSCORE (P=0,593) e InsCor (P=0,184). No entanto, na discriminação, a área abaixo da curva ROC para o EuroSCORE II foi de 0,81 [IC 95% (0,76-0,85), P Abstract in english Introduction: The most widely used model for predicting mortality in cardiac surgery was recently remodeled, but the doubts regarding its methodology and development have been reported. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the EuroSCORE II to predict mortality in pati [...] ents undergoing coronary artery bypass grafts or valve surgery at our institution. Methods: One thousand consecutive patients operated on coronary artery bypass grafts or valve surgery, between October 2008 and July 2009, were analyzed. The outcome of interest was in-hospital mortality. Calibration was performed by correlation between observed and expected mortality by Hosmer Lemeshow. Discrimination was calculated by the area under the ROC curve. The performance of the EuroSCORE II was compared with the EuroSCORE and InsCor (local model). Results: In calibration, the Hosmer Lemeshow test was inappropriate for the EuroSCORE II (P=0.0003) and good for the EuroSCORE (P=0.593) and InsCor (P=0.184). However, the discrimination, the area under the ROC curve for EuroSCORE II was 0.81 [95% CI (0.76 to 0.85), P

  14. Comments on confinement criteria

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    For a QED2 model with SU(n) flavour, the nature of the physical states space is more subtle than one expects on the basis of the loop criterion for confinement. One may have colour confinement without confinement of the fundamental flavour representation. Attempts to formulate confinement criteria in which the quark fields play a more fundamental role are discussed

  15. Practical way to assess metabolic syndrome using a continuous score obtained from principal components analysis.

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    Hillier, Teresa; Rousseau, A.; Lange, Céline; Lépinay, P.; Cailleau, Martine; NOVAK, M; Calliez, Etienne; Ducimetière, Pierre; Balkau, Beverley

    2006-01-01

    AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We devised a practical continuous score to assess the metabolic syndrome, and assessed whether this syndrome score predicts incident diabetes and cardiovascular disease. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Among 5,024 participants of the Data from an Epidemiological Study on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome (D.E.S.I.R.) cohort, we defined a metabolic syndrome score by the first principal component (PC1), using only the correlations between continuous metabolic syndrome measures (glucose, wa...

  16. Credit Scoring Model Hybridizing Artificial Intelligence with Logistic Regression

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    Han Lu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Today the most commonly used techniques for credit scoring are artificial intelligence and statistics. In this paper, we started a new way to use these two kinds of models. Through logistic regression filters the variables with a high degree of correlation, artificial intelligence models reduce complexity and accelerate convergence, while these models hybridizing logistic regression have better explanations in statistically significance, thus improve the effect of artificial intelligence models. With experiments on German data set, we find an interesting phenomenon defined as ‘Dimensional interference’ with support vector machine and from cross validation it can be seen that the new method gives a lot of help with credit scoring.

  17. Estimation using t-scores.

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    Parma : Universita degli Studi di Parma, 2009 - (Agostinelli, C.; Cerioli, A.; Perrotta, D.; Riani, M.). s. 44-45 ISBN 978-88-903330-0-2. [ICORS 2009. International Conference on Robust Statistics. 14.06.2009-16.06.2009, Parma] R&D Projects: GA AV ?R 1ET400300513 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : t-scores * generalized moments * robust estimates Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  18. Team Performance with Test Scores

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    Kleinberg, Jon; Raghu, Maithra

    2015-01-01

    Team performance is a ubiquitous area of inquiry in the social sciences, and it motivates the problem of team selection -- choosing the members of a team for maximum performance. Influential work of Hong and Page has argued that testing individuals in isolation and then assembling the highest-scoring ones into a team is not an effective method for team selection. For a broad class of performance measures, based on the expected maximum of random variables representing individ...

  19. EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST SCORES

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    Pershad, Dwarka; S. K. Verma

    1980-01-01

    Education, a long neglected variable affecting psychological test score, is in search of reemphasis. Some evidence for this has accumulated on the psychological tests constructed and standardized here at the department of Psychiatry, P.G.I., Chandigarh. Tentative norms prepared education wise on WAIS-Verbal section, PGI-Memory Scale, Proverb and Similarity Tests, Psychoticism Questionnaire, and PGI MQN 2, for adults, in the age range of 16-50, are reported. The results showed marked differenc...

  20. Relation of computer esthesiometry and symptom scores in diagnostics of diabetic polyneuropathy

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    Olga Darsavelidze

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of our research was to define the most important diagnostic criteria in early diagnosis of distal polyneuropathy in diabetic patients. Participants included 175 patients with diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2 (male-to-female ratio 89:86, mean (±SD age 42.02±15.27 years with risk diabetic polyneuropathy. Research included Total Symptom Score, Neuropathy Symptom Score, Neuropathy Impairment Score, Visual Analog Score, standard somatic and neurologic status were evaluated in all patients at the beginning of the study. Vibration sensitivity investigated on lower extremities by means of the computer diagnostic equipment " Vibrotester - MBN" (Moscow, Russian Federation in a wide range of vibration frequencies (8, 16, 32, 63, 125, 250, 500 Hz. Statistical data processing was using Statistica v.8.0 (StatSoft, USA. Diabetic polyneuropathy was diagnosed in 166 (94.7% patients with diabetes mellitus. The most sensitive methods were computer esthesiometry method, Neuropathy Impairment Score, and their combination.

  1. Critical Care Nurses Inadequately Assess SAPS II Scores of Very Ill Patients in Real Life.

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    Perren, Andreas; Previsdomini, Marco; Perren, Ilaria; Merlani, Paolo

    2012-01-01

    Background. Reliable ICU severity scores have been achieved by various healthcare workers but nothing is known regarding the accuracy in real life of severity scores registered by untrained nurses. Methods. In this retrospective multicentre audit, three reviewers independently reassessed 120 SAPS II scores. Correlation and agreement of the sum-scores/variables among reviewers and between nurses and the reviewers' gold standard were assessed globally and for tertiles. Bland and Altman (gold standard-nurses) of sum scores and regression of the difference were determined. A logistic regression model identifying risk factors for erroneous assessments was calculated. Results. Correlation for sum scores among reviewers was almost perfect (mean ICC = 0.985). The mean (±SD) nurse-registered SAPS II sum score was 40.3 ± 20.2 versus 44.2 ± 24.9 of the gold standard (P 32 points) scores. The lowest agreement was found in high SAPS II tertiles for haemodynamics (k = 0.45-0.51). Conclusions. In real life, nurse-registered SAPS II scores of very ill patients are inaccurate. Accuracy of scores was not associated with nurses' characteristics. PMID:22548157

  2. Evaluation of association between obstructive sleep apnea and coronary risk scores predicted by tomographic coronary calcium scoring in asymptomatic patients

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    Alper Kepez

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: This cross-sectional observational study is designed to evaluate direct effects of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA on presence and extent of coronary atherosclerosis by using tomographic coronary calcification scoring on a population asymptomatic for coronary artery disease.Methods: Ninety-seven consecutive patients (49.17±0.86 years who were evaluated with sleep study for the suspicion of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome underwent tomographic coronary calcium scoring test. Cardiovascular risk factors, current medications and sleep study recordings of all patients were recorded. Patients were classified into 4 groups according to the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI. Linear and logistic regression analyses were used for assessment of association between variables.Results: Coronary risk scores of patients, assessed by tomographic coronary calcium scoring, were observed to increase linearly from simple snoring group to severe OSA groups (p=0.046. When patients were classified according to their gender, AHI and parameters reflecting severity of OSA-related hypoxia were found to correlate significantly with coronary risk scores of women but not with scores of men. Linear regression analysis revealed age as the only independent associated variable with cardiovascular risk scores assessed by tomographic coronary calcification scoring (Beta coefficient: 0.27, 95% CI 0.007-0.087, p=0.018. Binary logistic regression analysis also revealed age as the only variable which independently predicted the presence of coronary calcification (OR:1.11, 95% CI 1.039-1.188, p=0.002.Conclusion: These results suggest that presence of OSA may contribute to coronary artery disease risk of patients in association with its severity; however, association between OSA and subclinical atherosclerosis seems to be primarily dependent on age.

  3. An Iranian scoring system for diagnosing Buerger's disease.

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    Ramin, Mohammad; Salimi, Javad; Meysamie, Alipasha

    2014-01-01

    Buerger's disease or thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO) seems to be common in IR Iran, The present study aimed to evaluate an Iranian population with Buerger's disease in order to suggest a diagnostic criterion for Buerger's disease based on the most frequent findings and to compare it with Papa diagnostic criteria. In a cross-sectional study, all patients with resting limb pain, limb ischemic ulcers, intermittent claudication and limb ischemia who referred to the Vascular Clinic of Sina Hospital during 2009-2011 were evaluated. The patients were allocated to Buerger's and non-Buerger's groups; Evaluating 122 patients (61 in each group), according to the model each clinical manifestations and risk factors in the patients with Buerger's disease obtained a score. Absent pulsation, abnormal distal Doppler sonography and ischemic ulcer were respectively present in 58 (95.1%), 58 (95.1%) and 49 (80.3%) individuals with Buerger's disease. Multivariate linear regression analysis and multivariate logistic regression analysis were used for modeling. Considering the model finding findings, diagnostic criteria including age, sex, smoking, Raynaud's phenomenon, abnormal proximal Doppler, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia were suggested (R2=0.582); the sensitivity and specificity of the criteria was respectively 95.1% and 78.7%. Compared with Papa criteria, Kappa coefficient was measured at 0.66 with a P-value<0.001. It seems that the recommended criteria have an acceptable accuracy in diagnosing Buerger's disease, especially in the Iranian population; however, it is necessary to conduct more studies with larger sample sizes to evaluate the criteria, especially in other populations. PMID:24658990

  4. Pre-validation of the WHO organ dysfunction based criteria for identification of maternal near miss

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    Parpinelli Mary A

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To evaluate the performance of the WHO criteria for defining maternal near miss and identifying deaths among cases of severe maternal morbidity (SMM admitted for intensive care. Method Between October 2002 and September 2007, 673 women with SMM were admitted, and among them 18 died. Variables used for the definition of maternal near miss according to WHO criteria and for the SOFA score were retrospectively evaluated. The identification of at least one of the WHO criteria in women who did not die defined the case as a near miss. Organ failure was evaluated through the maximum SOFA score above 2 for each one of the six components of the score, being considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of maternal near miss. The aggregated score (Total Maximum SOFA score was calculated using the worst result of the maximum SOFA score. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of these WHO criteria for predicting maternal death and also for identifying cases of organ failure were estimated. Results The WHO criteria identified 194 cases of maternal near miss and all the 18 deaths. The most prevalent criteria among cases of maternal deaths were the use of vasoactive drug and the use of mechanical ventilation (?1 h. For the prediction of maternal deaths, sensitivity was 100% and specificity 70.4%. These criteria identified 119 of the 120 cases of organ failure by the maximum SOFA score (Sensitivity 99.2% among 194 case of maternal near miss (61.34%. There was disagreement in 76 cases, one organ failure without any WHO criteria and 75 cases with no failure but with WHO criteria. The Total Maximum SOFA score had a good performance (area under the curve of 0.897 for prediction of cases of maternal near miss according to the WHO criteria. Conclusions The WHO criteria for maternal near miss showed to be able to identify all cases of death and almost all cases of organ failure. Therefore they allow evaluation of the severity of the complication and consequently enable clinicians to build a plan of care or to provide an early transfer for appropriate reference centers.

  5. Undervoltage Breakdown Threshold Criteria

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    Cooley, James; Choueiri, Edgar

    2006-10-01

    Undervoltage breakdown, the process by which a pulse of electrons induces a discharge gap to break down when it is near but has not achieved its self-breakdown conditions, is discussed. Specifically, threshold criteria that determine the number of electrons required to induce breakdown both to glow and arc discharges are presented. Numerical and theoretical predictions of these criteria are compared with experimental results. Undervoltage breakdown is the phenomenon that governs discharge initiation in gas-fed pulsed plasma thrusters, the device of primary interest to the authors. The phenomenon is also relevant to several other applications including psuedospark switches and other command-triggering devices as well as gas avalanche particle detectors.

  6. Criteria of amorphous solidification

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    Diamant, Haim

    2014-01-01

    A different perspective on the long-standing problem of amorphous solidification is offered, based on an alternative definition of a solid as a porous medium. General, model-free results are obtained concerning the growing dynamic length accompanying solidification and its relation to the growing relaxation time. Criteria are derived for the dynamic length to diverge and for its divergence to entail the arrest of particle motion.

  7. Automatic scoring of the severity of psoriasis scaling

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    Gomez, David Delgado; ErsbØll, Bjarne Kjær

    2004-01-01

    In this work, a combined statistical and image analysis method to automatically evaluate the severity of scaling in psoriasis lesions is proposed. The method separates the different regions of the disease in the image and scores the degree of scaling based on the properties of these areas. The proposed method provides a solution to the lack of suitable methods to assess the lesion and to evaluate changes during the treatment. An experiment over a collection of psoriasis images is conducted to test the performance of the method. Results show that the obtained scores are highly correlated with scores made by doctors. This and the fact that the obtained measures are continuous indicate the proposed method is a suitable tool to evaluate the lesion and to track the evolution of dermatological diseases.

  8. Comparison of Selvester QRS score with magnetic resonance imaging measured infarct size in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction

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    Carlsen, Esben A; Bang, Lia E

    2012-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that the Selvester QRS score is significantly correlated with delayed enhancement-magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) measured myocardial infarct (MI) size in reperfused ST elevation MI (STEMI). This study further tests the hypothesis that Selvester QRS score correlates well with MI size determined by DE-MRI in reperfused STEMI.

  9. An Inmate Classification System Based on PCL: SV Factor Scores in a Sample of Prison Inmates

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    Wogan, Michael; Mackenzie, Marci

    2007-01-01

    Psychopaths represent a significant management challenge in a prison population. A sample of ninety-five male inmates from three medium security prisons was tested using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV). Using traditional criteria, 22% of the inmates were classified as psychopaths. Scores on the two factor dimensions of…

  10. Bias Adjusted Precipitation Threat Scores

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    F. Mesinger

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Among the wide variety of performance measures available for the assessment of skill of deterministic precipitation forecasts, the equitable threat score (ETS might well be the one used most frequently. It is typically used in conjunction with the bias score. However, apart from its mathematical definition the meaning of the ETS is not clear. It has been pointed out (Mason, 1989; Hamill, 1999 that forecasts with a larger bias tend to have a higher ETS. Even so, the present author has not seen this having been accounted for in any of numerous papers that in recent years have used the ETS along with bias "as a measure of forecast accuracy".

    A method to adjust the threat score (TS or the ETS so as to arrive at their values that correspond to unit bias in order to show the model's or forecaster's accuracy in extit{placing} precipitation has been proposed earlier by the present author (Mesinger and Brill, the so-called dH/dF method. A serious deficiency however has since been noted with the dH/dF method in that the hypothetical function that it arrives at to interpolate or extrapolate the observed value of hits to unit bias can have values of hits greater than forecast when the forecast area tends to zero. Another method is proposed here based on the assumption that the increase in hits per unit increase in false alarms is proportional to the yet unhit area. This new method removes the deficiency of the dH/dF method. Examples of its performance for 12 months of forecasts by three NCEP operational models are given.

  11. A novel scoring system for evaluation of results of autologous transplantation methods in vitiligo

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    Gupta Somesh

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Autologous transplantation of melanocyte/melanocytes bearing epidermis for vitiligo can be done by mini-punch grafting (MPG, suction blister epidermal grafting (SBEG, thin split -thickness skin grafting (TSTG, transplantation of basal cell layer enriched suspension and cultured epithelial/melanocyte transplantation. To date no comparative study of these transplantation procedures has been published. Comparison of different studies carried out at different centers may be difficult in the absence of uniform evaluation criteria. In most of the published studies, the results were evaluated in terms of extent of pigmentation. Complictions and color match were evaluated separately. This approach, however, may not give a fair idea about the results. We have developed a scoring system with holistic approach considering the extent of pigmentation, color match and the complications of both the donor and the recipient areas, all taken together. In the scoring system, the score for individual criteria was multiplied with a factor, the value of which was decided on the basis of relative importance of each criteria. The use of this scoring system is exemplified in twelve patients who underwent TSTG, SBEG and MPG. In the scoring system the results were judged as excellent and fair in 3 patients each, as good in 4 patients and as poor in 2 patients.

  12. Modified PADSS (Post Anaesthetic Discharge Scoring System) for monitoring outpatients discharge.

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    Palumbo, Piergaspare; Tellan, Guglielmo; Perotti, Bruno; Pacilè, Maria Antonietta; Vietri, Francesco; Illuminati, Giulio

    2013-01-01

    The decision to discharge a patient undergoing day surgery is a major step in the hospitalization pathway, because it must be achieved without compromising the quality of care, thus ensuring the same assistance and wellbeing as for a long-term stay. Therefore, the use of an objective assessment for the management of a fair and safe discharge is essential. The authors propose the Post Anaesthetic Discharge Scoring System (PADSS), which considers six criteria: vital signs, ambulation, nausea/vomiting, pain, bleeding and voiding. Each criterion is given a score ranging from 0 to 2. Only patients who achieve a score of 9 or more are considered ready for discharge. Furthermore, PADSS has been modified to ensure a higher level of safety, thus the "vital signs" criteria must never score lower than 2, and none of the other five criteria must ever be equal to 0, even if the total score reaches 9. The effectiveness of PADSS was analyzed on 2432 patients, by recording the incidence of postoperative complications and the readmission to hospital. So far PADDS has proved to be an efficient system that guarantees safe discharge. PMID:23165318

  13. Elevated plasma concentrations of IL-6 and elevated APACHE II score predict acute kidney injury in patients with severe sepsis.

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    Chawla, Lakhmir S; Seneff, Michael G; Nelson, David R; Williams, Mark; Levy, Howard; Kimmel, Paul L; Macias, William L

    2007-01-01

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in critically ill patients with severe sepsis (SS), and the predictors of AKI in this population have not been well characterized. The study group was the placebo group of the Prospective Recombinant Human Activated Protein C Worldwide Evaluation in Severe Sepsis (PROWESS) data set. PROWESS is a prospective, randomized, controlled study of the use of drotrecogin alpha (activated) for the treatment of SS. Placebo patients who had an admission renal sepsis organ failure score of 2 or more were excluded. AKI was defined as an increase in serum creatinine of 25% or 0.3 mg/dl during the first week postbaseline. The incidence of relevant parameters was then compared in patients with and without AKI. Half of the patients were randomly assigned to a model-building data set, and multivariable Cox regression was used to determine risk factors. Factors that remained significant in the remaining "model validation" data set were considered significant. Of the 840 patients in the placebo group, 547 met inclusion criteria. Of the 547 patients, 127 (23.2%) patients met criteria for AKI. The mean age of the 547 patients was 59.8 +/- 17.0, and 43.3% of the cohort were female. The ethnicity breakdown was as follows: White 83.2%, black 5.9%, and other 11%. Univariate analyses indicated that patients with AKI had a higher incidence of a dependence on the basis of activity of daily living scale (38.6 versus 26.7%; P = 0.01), a lower baseline platelet count (193,000 versus 222,000; P = 0.02), a higher baseline respiratory Sepsis Organ Failure Assessment score (2.9 versus 2.7; P = 0.02), higher preinfusion Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) score (24.8 versus 22.0; P = 0.0002), older age (63.7 versus 58.7 yr; P = 0.008), and higher log IL-6 (6.6 versus 5.8; P = 0.0006). In a multivariable Cox regression, the predictors of AKI were log IL-6 (P < 0.0001) and APACHE II (P = 0.0008). Increased log IL-6 and APACHE II score are significant risk factors of AKI in patients with SS. IL-6 data and the absence of correlation with measures of hypotension (e.g., mean arterial pressure, dosage of vasopressors) support the notion that inflammation is a significant component of AKI in SS. PMID:17699383

  14. Correlação entre Inventário de Depressão de Beck e cortisol urinário em diabéticos tipo 2 Correlación entre el inventario de Depresión de Beck y el cortisol urinario en diabeticos tipo 2 Correlation between urine cortisol and scores on the Beck Depression inventory in patients with type 2 diabetes

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a correlação entre o cortisol urinário e o Inventário de Depressão de Beck em diabéticos do tipo 2. MÉTODOS: O cortisol urinário foi avaliado em uma amostra composta por 40 pacientes da Liga de Controle de Diabetes da Disciplina de Endocrinologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo e para a avaliação dos sintomas de depressão foi aplicado o Inventário de Depressão de Beck. RESULTADOS: Alta confiabilidade para o Inventário de Depressão de Beck(Alfa de Cronbach=0,920e correlação significativa foi observada entre cortisol urinário e Inventário de Depressão de Beck(Spearman,r=0.523,pOBJETIVO: Verificar la correlación entre el cortisol urinario y el Inventario de Depresión de Beck en diabéticos del tipo 2. MÉTODOS: El cortisol urinario fue evaluado en una muestra compuesta por 40 pacientes de la Liga de Control de Diabetes de la Disciplina de Endocrinología del Hospital de las Clínicas de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Sao Paulo y para la evaluación de los síntomas de depresión fue aplicado el Inventario de Depresión de Beck. RESULTADOS: Alta confiabilidad para el Inventario de Depresión de Beck(Alfa de Cronbach=0,920 y correlación significativa observada entre el cortisol urinario e Inventario de Depresión de Beck (Spearman,r=0.523,pOBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between urinary cortisol and scores on the Beck Depression Inventory in type 2 diabetics. METHODS: The sample consisted of 40 patients with type 2 diabetes from the diabetes control league of the discipline of endocrinology of the HCFM-USP. Measures consisted of urinary cortisol and depression symptoms using the Beck Depression Inventory. RESULTS: The Beck Depression Inventory had a Cronbach's alpha of 0.92. There was a statistically significant correlation between urinary cortisol and scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (Spearman r = 0.52, p < .001. CONCLUSIONS: The Beck Depression Inventory was found to be a reliable indicator of depressive symptoms in patients with type 2 diabetes. Urine cortisol is associated with the presence of depressive symptoms.

  15. Scoring system in cirrhotics due to viral hepatitis

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    Objective: To determine the association of serum cholesterol levels with Child-Pugh class in patients with decompensated chronic liver disease due to viral hepatitis. Methodology: Consecutive patients attending outpatient department or admitted in medical unit III were eligible if they had a diagnosis of cirrhosis secondary to viral hepatitis. Patients were excluded if alcoholic, diabetic, hypertensive, or with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune, metabolic, cardiovascular, cerebrovascular or kidney diseases and recent use of lipid-regulating drugs. Serum lipid profile was determined after an overnight fast of 12 hours. On the basis of serum total cholesterol, patients were divided into four groups; Group I with serum total cholesterol = 100 mg/dl, Group II with level of 101-150 mg/dl, Group III with level of 151-200 mg/dl and Group IV with serum total cholesterol level of > 200 mg/dl. Hepatic dysfunction was categorized according to Child-Pugh scoring system. Chi-square and Spearman's correlation testing with p < 0.05 was accepted as significant. Results: One hundred and fourteen patients met the inclusion criteria with a mean age of 40.32 +- 13.59 years. Among these 32 were females (28.1%) while 82 were males (71.9%). According to Child-Pugh class; 34 patients (29.8%) presented with Child-Pugh class A, 34 (29.8%) in class B and 46 (40.4%) were in class C. Serum cholesterol (total) and triglycerides had significant association with Child-Pugh class (p = 0.0association with Child-Pugh class (p = 0.0001 and p = 0.004 respectively) suggesting that as severity of liver dysfunction increases; serum cholesterol and triglycerides levels decrease. Results also revealed that males were significantly more hypocholesterolemic than females (p = 0.006). Conclusion: Hypocholesterolemia is a common finding in decompensated chronic liver disease and has got significant association with Child-Pugh class. It may increase the reliability of Child-Pugh classification in assessment of severity and prognosis in chronic liver disease patients. (author)

  16. A simplified version of Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Sommerfleck, Fernando A; Schneeberger, Emilce E; Buschiazzo, Emilio E; Maldonado Cocco, José A; Citera, Gustavo

    2012-11-01

    This study aimed to develop a simplified version of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS). The study included consecutive patients with ankylosing spondylitis according to modified New York and/or Assessment in Ankylosing Spondylitis 2009 criteria. Sociodemographic data and characteristics of the disease (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), and Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQoL)) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) were collected. ASDAS simplified version (SASDAS) was calculated as the simple linear sum of the five components of ASDAS which include: patient global assessment using visual analogue scale, back pain (BASDAI question no. 2), peripheral pain and swelling (BASDAI question no. 3), morning stiffness (BASDAI question no. 6), and ESR in millimeters per hour, divided by 10 so as to make it equivalent to the other scale's components. Eighty-six patients were included: 69 (80.2 %) were men with a median age of 46 years and median disease duration of 19 years. SASDAS showed an excellent correlation with the ASDAS (r?=?0.93). SASDAS also showed a good correlation with night pain (r?=?0.60), global pain (r?=?0.69), ASQoL (r?=?0.70), BASFI (r?=?0.75), and BASDAI (r?=?0.96). Using ASDAS cut-off values previously suggested, the corresponding cut-off values for SASDAS were as follows: from 0 to 7.8 (inactive disease), from 7.9 to 13.8 (moderate disease activity), from 13.9 to 27.6 (high disease activity), and above 27.6 (very high disease activity) with optimum sensitivity and specificity. SASDAS showed an excellent correlation with conventional clinical measures of disease activity, and it can be easily calculated and is simple to use in daily clinical practice. PMID:22895877

  17. Prognóstico dos casos de pancreatite aguda pelo escore de PANC 3 / Prognosis of acute pancreatitis by PANC 3 score

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    James Ken, Fukuda; Orli, Franzon; Fernando de Oliveira, Resende-Filho; Nicolau Fernandes, Kruel; Thiago Alessandro, Ferri.

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    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A pancreatite aguda é doença de grande importância na prática clínica, definida como inflamação do pâncreas podendo levar ao envolvimento de tecidos locais ou acometimento de outros órgãos de forma sistêmica, necessitando nesses casos de cuidados em terapia intensiva. OBJETIVO: Analisar o [...] sistema simplificado de estratificação de PANC 3, correlacionando-o com o escore de Ranson para definição prognóstica de casos de pancreatite aguda. MÉTODO: Foi realizado um estudo observacional, prospectivo em que foram avaliados 65 pacientes que foram diagnosticados com quadro de pancreatite aguda. RESULTADOS: Obteve para o PANC 3 sensibilidade de 31,25%; especificidade de 100%; valor preditivo positivo de 100%; valor preditivo negativo de 81,66% e acurácia de 83,07%. CONCLUSÕES: Os critérios de PANC 3 têm sua validade na definição de gravidade e prognóstico da pancreatite aguda, não como método substituto, mas como método a ser associado aos critérios de Ranson, principalmente pela sua alta acurácia, valor preditivo positivo e especificidade. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis is a disease of great importance in clinical practice, defined as an inflammatory process of the pancreas that may involve local tissues or affect other organs in a systemic manner, requiring, in such cases, an intensive care. AIM: To analyze the simplified stratificat [...] ion system of the PANC 3 score, correlating it with the Ranson score, for the prognostic definition of cases of acute pancreatitis. METHOD: Was conducted a prospective, observational study in which were evaluated 65 patients who were diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. RESULTS: PANC 3 showed sensitivity, 31.25%; specificity,100%; positive predictive value, 100%; negative predictive value, 81.66% and accuracy, 83.07%. CONCLUSIONS: The PANC 3 criteria are applicable to define the severity and the prognosis of acute pancreatitis, and are not a substitute method, but rather a method to be associated with the Ranson criteria, mainly due to its high accuracy, positive predictive value and specificity.

  18. Score lists in multipartite hypertournaments

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    Pirzada, Shariefuddin; Iványi, Antal

    2010-01-01

    Given non-negative integers $n_{i}$ and $\\alpha_{i}$ with $0 \\leq \\alpha_{i} \\leq n_i$ $(i=1,2,...,k)$, an $[\\alpha_{1},\\alpha_{2},...,\\alpha_{k}]$-$k$-partite hypertournament on $\\sum_{1}^{k}n_{i}$ vertices is a $(k+1)$-tuple $(U_{1},U_{2},...,U_{k},E)$, where $U_{i}$ are $k$ vertex sets with $|U_{i}|=n_{i}$, and $E$ is a set of $\\sum_{1}^{k}\\alpha_{i}$-tuples of vertices, called arcs, with exactly $\\alpha_{i}$ vertices from $U_{i}$, such that any $\\sum_{1}^{k}\\alpha_{i}$ subset $\\cup_{1}^{k}U_{i}^{\\prime}$ of $\\cup_{1}^{k}U_{i}$, $E$ contains exactly one of the $(\\sum_{1}^{k} \\alpha_{i})!$ $\\sum_{1}^{k}\\alpha_{i}$-tuples whose entries belong to $\\cup_{1}^{k}U_{i}^{\\prime}$. We obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for $k$ lists of non-negative integers in non-decreasing order to be the losing score lists and to be the score lists of some $k$-partite hypertournament.

  19. Accurate and diverse recommendations via eliminating redundant correlations

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    Zhou, Tao; Su, Ri-Qi; Liu, Run-Ran; Jiang, Luo-Luo; Wang, Bing-Hong; Zhang, Yi-Cheng

    2009-12-01

    In this paper, based on a weighted projection of a bipartite user-object network, we introduce a personalized recommendation algorithm, called network-based inference (NBI), which has higher accuracy than the classical algorithm, namely collaborative filtering. In NBI, the correlation resulting from a specific attribute may be repeatedly counted in the cumulative recommendations from different objects. By considering the higher order correlations, we design an improved algorithm that can, to some extent, eliminate the redundant correlations. We test our algorithm on two benchmark data sets, MovieLens and Netflix. Compared with NBI, the algorithmic accuracy, measured by the ranking score, can be further improved by 23 per cent for MovieLens and 22 per cent for Netflix. The present algorithm can even outperform the Latent Dirichlet Allocation algorithm, which requires much longer computational time. Furthermore, most previous studies considered the algorithmic accuracy only; in this paper, we argue that the diversity and popularity, as two significant criteria of algorithmic performance, should also be taken into account. With more or less the same accuracy, an algorithm giving higher diversity and lower popularity is more favorable. Numerical results show that the present algorithm can outperform the standard one simultaneously in all five adopted metrics: lower ranking score and higher precision for accuracy, larger Hamming distance and lower intra-similarity for diversity, as well as smaller average degree for popularity.

  20. Accurate and diverse recommendations via eliminating redundant correlations

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    In this paper, based on a weighted projection of a bipartite user-object network, we introduce a personalized recommendation algorithm, called network-based inference (NBI), which has higher accuracy than the classical algorithm, namely collaborative filtering. In NBI, the correlation resulting from a specific attribute may be repeatedly counted in the cumulative recommendations from different objects. By considering the higher order correlations, we design an improved algorithm that can, to some extent, eliminate the redundant correlations. We test our algorithm on two benchmark data sets, MovieLens and Netflix. Compared with NBI, the algorithmic accuracy, measured by the ranking score, can be further improved by 23 per cent for MovieLens and 22 per cent for Netflix. The present algorithm can even outperform the Latent Dirichlet Allocation algorithm, which requires much longer computational time. Furthermore, most previous studies considered the algorithmic accuracy only; in this paper, we argue that the diversity and popularity, as two significant criteria of algorithmic performance, should also be taken into account. With more or less the same accuracy, an algorithm giving higher diversity and lower popularity is more favorable. Numerical results show that the present algorithm can outperform the standard one simultaneously in all five adopted metrics: lower ranking score and higher precision for accuracy, larger Hamming distance and lower intra-similarity for divestance and lower intra-similarity for diversity, as well as smaller average degree for popularity.

  1. Coronary artery calcium scoring in myocardial infarction

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    Background. The aim of this study was to evaluate coronary artery calcium scoring and the assessment of the risk factors in patients with myocardial infarction (MI). Methods. During the period of three years, 27 patients with MI were analyzed. The average age of patients was 66.1 years (46 to 81). Coronary arteries calcium was evaluated by multi row detector computed tomography (MTDC) Somatom Volume Zoom Siemens, and, retrospectively by ECG gating data acquisition. Semi automated calcium quantification to calculate Agatston calcium score (CS) was performed with 4 x 2.5 mm collimation, using 130 ml of contrast medium, injected with an automatic injector, with the flow rate of 4 ml/sec. The delay time was determined empirically. At the same time several risk factors were evaluated. Results. Out of 27 patients with MI, 3 (11.1%) patients had low CS (10- 100), 5 (18.5%) moderate CS (101- 499), and 19 (70.4%) patients high CS (>500). Of risk factors, smoking was confirmed in 17 (63.0%), high blood pressure (HTA) in 10 (57.0%), diabetes mellitus in 7 (25.9%), positive family history in 5 (18.5%), pathological lipids in 5 (18.5%), alcohol abuse in 4 (1.8%) patients. Six (22.2%) patients had symptoms of angina pectoris. Conclusions. The research showed high correlation of MI and high CS (>500). Smoking, HTA, diabetes mellitus, positive family history and hypercholesterolemia are significant risk factors. Symptoms are relatively poor in large number of pa are relatively poor in large number of patients. (author)

  2. An Objective Fluctuation Score for Parkinson's Disease

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    Horne, Malcolm K.; McGregor, Sarah; Bergquist, Filip

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Establishing the presence and severity of fluctuations is important in managing Parkinson’s Disease yet there is no reliable, objective means of doing this. In this study we have evaluated a Fluctuation Score derived from variations in dyskinesia and bradykinesia scores produced by an accelerometry based system. Methods The Fluctuation Score was produced by summing the interquartile range of bradykinesia scores and dyskinesia scores produced every 2 minutes between 0900-1800 for at least 6 days by the accelerometry based system and expressing it as an algorithm. Results This Score could distinguish between fluctuating and non-fluctuating patients with high sensitivity and selectivity and was significant lower following activation of deep brain stimulators. The scores following deep brain stimulation lay in a band just above the score separating fluctuators from non-fluctuators, suggesting a range representing adequate motor control. When compared with control subjects the score of newly diagnosed patients show a loss of fluctuation with onset of PD. The score was calculated in subjects whose duration of disease was known and this showed that newly diagnosed patients soon develop higher scores which either fall under or within the range representing adequate motor control or instead go on to develop more severe fluctuations. Conclusion The Fluctuation Score described here promises to be a useful tool for identifying patients whose fluctuations are progressing and may require therapeutic changes. It also shows promise as a useful research tool. Further studies are required to more accurately identify therapeutic targets and ranges. PMID:25928634

  3. Web site Evaluation Criteria

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    Mojdgan binesh

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The ever-increasing evolution of the Internet and the growing number of the resources accessible through this medium, has turned the issue of resource evaluation of the internet-based information into a controversial and cogent issue. By nature, the internet milieu is uncontrollable. It concomitantly contains both verifiable and unverifiable information. Thus it behooves the internet users to develop resource evaluation and critical thinking skills in order to discern appropriate quality resources. Through review and comparison of the available checklists, the present paper endeavors to offer criteria for website evaluation

  4. Score Function of Distribution and Heavy-Tails.

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    Geneva : Centre International de Conferences, 2014 - (Gilli, M.; Nieto-Reyes, A.; González- Rodríguez , G.), s. 657-664 ISBN 978-2-8399-1347-8. [COMPSTAT 2014. International Conference on Computational Statistics /21./. Geneva (CH), 19.08.2014-22.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LG12020 Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : score function * point estimation * correlation * heavy-tailed distributions Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  5. Single-sided Real-time PESQ Score Estimation

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    Basterrech, Sebastia?n; Rubino, Gerardo; Varela, Marti?n

    2012-01-01

    For several years now, the ITU-T's Perceptual Evaluation of Speech Quality (PESQ) has been the reference for objective speech quality assessment. It is widely deployed in commercial QoE measurement products, and it has been well studied in the literature. While PESQ does provide reasonably good correlation with subjective scores for VoIP applications, the algorithm itself is not usable in a real-time context, since it requires a reference signal, which is usually not availab...

  6. Scoring sacroiliac joints by magnetic resonance imaging. A multiple-reader reliability experiment.

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    Landewe, Robert B.M.; Hermann, Kay Geert A

    2005-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the sacroiliac (SI) joints and the spine is increasingly important in the assessment of inflammatory activity and structural damage in clinical trials with patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). We investigated inter-reader reliability and sensitivity to change of several scoring systems to assess disease activity and change in disease activity in patients with AS. Twenty sets of consecutive MRI, derived from a randomized clinical trial comparing an active drug with placebo and selected on the basis of the presence of activity at baseline, were presented electronically to 7 experienced readers from different countries (Europe, Canada). Readers scored the MRI by 3 different methods including: a global score (grading activity per SI joint); a more comprehensive global score (grading activity per SI joint per quadrant); and a detailed scoring system [Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) scoring system], which scores 6 images, divided into quadrants, with additional scores for 'depth' and 'intensity.' A fourth and a fifth scoring system were constructed afterwards. The fourth method included the SPARCC score minus the additional scores for 'depth' and 'intensity,' and the fifth method included the SPARCC slice with the maximum score. Inter-reader reliability was investigated by calculating intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) for all readers together and for all possible reader pairs. Sensitivity to change was investigated by calculating standardized response means (SRM) on change scores that were made positive. Overall inter-reader ICC per method were between 0.47 and 0.58 for scoring status, and between 0.40 and 0.53 for scoring change. ICC per possible reader pairs showed much more fluctuation per method, with lowest observed values close to zero (no agreement) and highest observed values over 0.80 (excellent agreement). In general, agreement of status scores was somewhat better than agreement of change scores, and agreement of the comprehensive SPARCC scoring system was somewhat better than agreement of the more condensed systems. Sensitivity to change differed per reader, but in general was somewhat better for the comprehensive SPARCC system. This experiment under 'real life,' far from optimal conditions demonstrates the feasibility of scoring exercises for method comparison, provides evidence for the reliability and sensitivity to change of scoring systems to be used in assessing activity of SI joints in clinical trials, and sets the conditions for further validation research in this field

  7. Safety and reliability criteria

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    Nuclear power plants and, in particular, reactor pressure boundary components have unique reliability requirements, in that usually no significant redundancy is possible, and a single failure can give rise to possible widespread core damage and fission product release. Reliability may be required for availability or safety reasons, but in the case of the pressure boundary and certain other systems safety may dominate. Possible Safety and Reliability (S and R) criteria are proposed which would produce acceptable reactor design. Without some S and R requirement the designer has no way of knowing how far he must go in analysing his system or component, or whether his proposed solution is likely to gain acceptance. The paper shows how reliability targets for given components and systems can be individually considered against the derived S and R criteria at the design and construction stage. Since in the case of nuclear pressure boundary components there is often very little direct experience on which to base reliability studies, relevant non-nuclear experience is examined. (author)

  8. Improving personality facet scores with multidimensional computer adaptive testing : an illustration with the NEO PI-R

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    Makransky, Guido; Mortensen, Erik Lykke

    2013-01-01

    Narrowly defined personality facet scores are commonly reported and used for making decisions in clinical and organizational settings. Although these facets are typically related, scoring is usually carried out for a single facet at a time. This method can be ineffective and time consuming when personality tests contain many highly correlated facets. This article investigates the possibility of increasing the precision of the NEO PI-R facet scores by scoring items with multidimensional item response theory and by efficiently administering and scoring items with multidimensional computer adaptive testing (MCAT). The increase in the precision of personality facet scores is obtained from exploiting the correlations between the facets. Results indicate that the NEO PI-R could be substantially shorter without attenuating precision when the MCAT methodology is used. Furthermore, the study shows that the MCAT methodology is particularly appropriate for constructs that have many highly correlated facets.

  9. Shwachman-Kulczycki score still useful to monitor cystic fibrosis severity

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    Fabíola Stollar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The Shwachman-Kulczycki score was the first scoring system used in cystic fibrosis to assess disease severity. Despite its subjectivity, it is still widely used. OBJECTIVE: To study correlations among forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1, chest radiography, chest computed tomography, 6-minute walk test, and Shwachman-Kulczycki score in patients with cystic fibrosis and to test whether the Shwachman-Kulczycki score is still useful in monitoring the severity of the disease. METHODS: A cross-sectional prospective study was performed to analyze the correlations (Spearman. Patients with clinically stable cystic fibrosis, aged 3-21 years, were included. RESULTS: 43 patients, 19F/24M, mean age 10.5 + 4.7 years, with a median Shwachman-Kulczycki score of 70 were studied. The median Brasfield and Bhalla scores were 17 and 10, respectively. The mean Z score for the 6-minute walk test was -1.1 + 1.106 and the mean FEV1 was 59 + 26 (as percentage of predicted values. The following significant correlations versus the Shwachman-Kulczycki score were found: FEV1 (r = 0.76, 6-minute walk test (r = 0.71, chest radiography (r = 0.71 and chest computed tomography (r = -0.78. When patients were divided according to FEV1, a statistically significantly correlation with the Shwachman-Kulczycki score was found only in patients with FEV1 <70% (r = 0.67. CONCLUSIONS: The Shwachman-Kulczycki score remains an useful tool for monitoring the severity of cystic fibrosis, adequately reflecting the functional impairment and chest radiography and tomography changes, especially in patients with greater impairment of lung function. When assessing patients with mild lung disease its limitations should be considered and its usefulness in such patients should be evaluated in larger populations.

  10. [Diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome].

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    Tanaka, Kyoko; Uchiyama, Tokio

    2007-03-01

    The diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome (AS) are still controversial. ICD-10 and DSM-IV are usually used as a formal diagnostic criteria for AS. However, many papers point out there are many problems in ICD-10/DSM-IV. It is indicated that the diagnosis of AS using ICD-10/DSM-IV criteria is virtually impossible due to the rule of onset and precedence. ICD-10/DSM-IV criteria don't include core symptoms of AS, such as odd speech and limited intelligent interests reported by Hans Asperger. Most of the cases which are diagnosed as AS clinically meet the diagnostic criteria for autism or atypical autism(PDD-NOS) in ICD-10/DSM-IV. ICD-10/DSM-IV criteria is too narrow to diagnose AS. This causes much confusion and disadvantage for families, clinicians and researchers. We need to establish the clinically useful and reliable diagnostic criteria for AS. PMID:17354560

  11. Decision criteria in PSA applications

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    Holmberg, J.E.; Pulkkinen, U.; Rosqvist, T.; Simola, K. [VTT Automation (Finland)

    2001-11-01

    Along with the adoption of risk informed decision making principles, the need for formal probabilistic decision rule or criteria has been risen. However, there are many practical and theoretical problems in the application of probabilistic criteria. One has to think what is the proper way to apply probabilistic rules together with deterministic ones and how the criteria are weighted with respect to each other. In this report, we approach the above questions from the decision theoretic point of view. We give a short review of the most well known probabilistic criteria, and discuss examples of their use. We present a decision analytic framework for evaluating the criteria, and we analyse how the different criteria behave under incompleteness or uncertainty of the PSA model. As the conclusion of our analysis we give recommendations on the application of the criteria in different decision situations. (au)

  12. Decision criteria in PSA applications

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    Along with the adoption of risk informed decision making principles, the need for formal probabilistic decision rule or criteria has been risen. However, there are many practical and theoretical problems in the application of probabilistic criteria. One has to think what is the proper way to apply probabilistic rules together with deterministic ones and how the criteria are weighted with respect to each other. In this report, we approach the above questions from the decision theoretic point of view. We give a short review of the most well known probabilistic criteria, and discuss examples of their use. We present a decision analytic framework for evaluating the criteria, and we analyse how the different criteria behave under incompleteness or uncertainty of the PSA model. As the conclusion of our analysis we give recommendations on the application of the criteria in different decision situations. (au)

  13. Sibley Music Library: Musical Scores

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    With over 10,000 digitized pieces of music in their online archive, the University of Rochester's Sibley Music Library is a force to be reckoned with for performers, musicologists, and others. The works in the archive come from the Eastman School of Music, and they are meant to be a performance resource, as well as a resource for those with a passion for music composition. Visitors can get started by looking over the "Musical Scores Recent Submissions" area near the top of the page. Here visitors can peruse romantic songs by G.W. Chadwick, a violin concerto by Carl von Reinecke, and a concert fantasy for piano and orchestra by Tchaikovsky. Also, visitors can use their search engine to look for favorite works and they can also subscribe to the RSS feed here.

  14. The Bandim tuberculosis score : Reliability and comparison with the Karnofsky performance score

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    Rudolf, Frauke; Joaquim, Luis Carlos

    2012-01-01

    Background: This study was carried out in Guinea-Bissau ’ s capital Bissau among inpatients and outpatients attending for tuberculosis (TB) treatment within the study area of the Bandim Health Project, a Health and Demographic Surveillance Site. Our aim was to assess the variability between 2 physicians in performing the Bandim tuberculosis score (TBscore), a clinical severity score for pulmonary TB (PTB), and to compare it to the Karnofsky performance score (KPS). Method : From December 2008 to July 2009 we assessed the TBscore and the KPS of 100 PTB patients at inclusion in the TB cohort and/or at 1 or more follow-up visits; 61 baseline and 130 follow-up double assessments were obtained. Results : The inter-observer variability of the TBscore (5 symptoms and 6 clinical fi ndings) varied from slight to almost perfect agreement. For the TBscore, all 3 severity classes (SC I – III) were observed, while the KPS only yielded 2 of its 3 possible classes. The grading of PTB patients into severity classes showed moderate agreement for both the TBscore ( ? w 0.52, 95% confi dence interval 0.46 – 0.56) and the KPS ( ? w 0.49, 95% confi dence interval 0.33 – 0.65). The intra-class correlation coeffi cient (ICC) was larger for the TBscore than for the KPS (0.822 vs 0.632). Conclusions : The Bandim TBscore had an acceptable inter-observer variability, seemed to be more disease-related, and performed better than the KPS.

  15. Evaluation of a Lameness Scoring System for Dairy Cows

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    Thomsen, P T; Munksgaard, L

    2008-01-01

    Lameness is a major problem in dairy production both in terms of reduced production and compromised animal welfare. A 5-point lameness scoring system was developed based on previously published systems, but optimized for use under field conditions. The scoring system included the words "in most cases" in the descriptions of the clinical signs evaluated. This was done to avoid a situation in which cows might not fit into any of the categories. Additionally, a number of clinical signs used in other lameness scoring systems, considered of less importance in relation to lameness, were not included. Only clinical signs were included that could easily be assessed within a few seconds from a distance. The scoring system was evaluated with intra-and interobserver agreement using kappa statistics. The evaluation was done before and after training 5 observers. Weighted kappa values ranged from 0.38 to 0.78 for intraobserver agreement, with mean kappa values across all observers of 0.60 and 0.53 before and after training, respectively. Weighted kappa values ranged from 0.24 to 0.68 for interobserver agreement, with mean kappa values across all pairs of observers of 0.48 and 0.52 before and after training, respectively. Training had only a limited positive effect on intra- and interobserver agreement. Additionally, how the different lameness categories are distributed along a theoretical scale representing the full spectrum of lameness from "absolutely normal gait" to "as lame as a cow can possibly be" was evaluated. This evaluation was done using the polychoric correlation coefficient. The estimated within-observer polychoric correlation coefficient ranged from 0.76 to 0.96, and there were no significant differences between the thresholds used to classify cows into different lameness categories by different observers before or after training. In conclusion, the results suggest that the lameness categories were not equidistant and the scoring system has reasonable reliability in terms of intra- and interobserver agreement

  16. Utilidad de una escala diagnóstica en casos de apendicitis aguda Utility of a diagnostic scale scoring system in acute appendicitis

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    Juan Manuel Ospina

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Evaluar las puntuaciones de la escala diagnóstica de Alvarado en una serie de casos clínicos intervenidos quirúrgicamente con diagnóstico de apendicitis aguda. Materiales y métodos. Se trata de un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal. Se revisaron los registros clínicos de 101 casos sometidos a cirugía con diagnóstico de apendicitis aguda en el Hospital Regional de Duitama de enero a marzo de 2010. Para cada uno se estimó la puntuación alcanzada en la escala diagnóstica de Alvarado y se correlacionó con el resultado histopatológico, el tiempo de evolución, el sexo y la edad del paciente. Resultados. El 56,6 % correspondió a hombres y hubo 65,4 % de menores de 30 años. El tiempo promedio de evolución fue de de 44,6 horas. Se encontró asociación positiva entre evoluciones mayores de 36 horas y necrosis del apéndice (pObjective. To assess the Alvarado's diagnosis scores in a series of patients undergoing surgery with diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Materials and Methods. Descriptive, cross sectional study. The medical records of 101 cases that underwent surgery with diagnosis of acute appendicitis at Duitama's Regional Hospital, Duitama, Colombia, during the period January to March of 2010 were reviewed. The scores of the Alvarado's diagnostic scale were correlated with the histopathological results, time evolved before diagnosis, gender and age of the patient. Results. There were 56.6% male and 65.4% of patients were less than 30 years of age, median time evolved before diagnosis was 44.6 hours. Positive association was found between evolved time over 36 hours before diagnosis and necrosis of the appendix (p <0.01. Correlation of the diagnostic Alvarado score and histopathologic findings was 75.2%. The criteria that showed higher discriminating capacity were abdominal pain localized in the lower right quadrant, migration of pain, Blumberg´s sign, leukocytosis and neutrophilia (p <0.001; less discriminatory power were nausea/vomiting, fever, and anorexia. Conclusion. The Alvarado's diagnosis score, can be a very useful diagnostic tool to improve the timely and diagnostic efficacy in the acute appendicitis, especially in the outpatient and emergency services where high-level diagnostic aids such as images are not available.

  17. Endorsement of definitions of disease activity states and improvement scores for the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score: results from OMERACT 10.

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    Machado, Pedro M M C; Landewé, Robert B M; van der Heijde, Désirée M

    2011-07-01

    The Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) is a new composite index to assess disease activity in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Criteria for disease activity states and improvement scores are important for use in clinical practice, observational studies, and clinical trials, and have been proposed by the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS). At OMERACT 10, our aim was to obtain endorsement from OMERACT for the ASDAS disease activity states and response criteria proposed by the ASAS membership. This article summarizes the associated discussions, the scientific basis of the validation process, and the results from the voting sessions, and identifies areas for research using the ASDAS. OMERACT participants agreed with the selection of cutoff values, which now have the combined endorsement of ASAS and OMERACT and are ready to be used in clinical practice and in research settings. PMID:21724723

  18. Restoration principles and criteria

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    Under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates licensing and decommissioning operations involving commercial and non-US Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. DOE manages the cleanup of DOE facilities. The NRC is developing its standard review plan (SRP) and decommissioning guidance using a risk informed approach, ensuring that safety is maintained while achieving greater effectiveness and efficiency in the use of resources, In 1997, the NRC established radiological criteria to support license termination decisions. One provision of the criteria was that a site may be released for unrestricted use, and the license terminated, if the dose to the average member of a critical group does not exceed 0.25 mSv/a, with a provision that the dose also be as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). The 0.25 mSv per year limit was adopted because it was considered to be a reasonable fraction of the public dose limit which is 1 mSv (100 mrem) per year and it was consistent with the recommendations from national and international standard setting bodies. NRC has co-operated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies in the development of dose conversion factors for risk assessments (e.g., Federal Guidance Reports No. 11 and No. 12). NRC is also working with the EPA and other Federal agencies to prepare a ''Multi-Agency Radiation Laboratory Protocols'' (MARLAP) manual, MARLAP will provide an updated set of approvRLAP will provide an updated set of approved radionuclide laboratory analysis procedures for licensee activities. (author)

  19. Laser Safety Inspection Criteria

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    A responsibility of the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) is to perform laser audits. The American National Standard Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers references this requirement through several sections. One such reference is Section 1.3.2.8, Safety Features Audits, ''The LSO shall ensure that the safety features of the laser installation facilities and laser equipment are audited periodically to assure proper operation''. The composition, frequency and rigor of that inspection/audit rests in the hands of the LSO. A common practice for institutions is to develop laser audit checklists or survey forms It is common for audit findings from one inspector or inspection to the next to vary even when reviewing the same material. How often has one heard a comment, ''well this area has been inspected several times over the years and no one ever said this or that was a problem before''. A great number of audit items, and therefore findings, are subjective because they are based on the experience and interest of the auditor to particular items on the checklist. Beam block usage, to one set of eyes might be completely adequate, while to another, inadequate. In order to provide consistency, the Laser Safety Office of the National Ignition Facility Directorate has established criteria for a number of items found on the typical laser safety audit form. The criteria are distributed to laser users. It serves two broad purposes; first, it gives the user an expectation of what will be reviewed by an xpectation of what will be reviewed by an auditor. Second, it is an opportunity to explain audit items to the laser user and thus the reasons for some of these items, such as labelling of beam blocks

  20. Awareness and use of cardiovascular risk scores by family physicians in southeastern Ontario

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    Full Text Available Background: Our objective was to determine the assessment of cardiovascular risk by family physicians. Methods: A questionnaire was sent by mail or fax regarding both awareness and use of the various CV risk scores in southeastern Ontario. Results: Of 181 family physicians surveyed, 96% were aware of at least one CV risk score and 40% were aware of the JUPITER study. Despite this awareness, 72% simply counted risk factors to assess risk, rather than to calculate risk using established scoring methods. Only 23% used the JUPITER study criteria. This suggests an under-estimated of overall CV risk by family physician’s practicing in southeastern Ontario. Interpetation: Cardiovascular risk in primary care is being underestimated in southeastern Ontario. Additional knowledge translation strategies are required to enhance the family physician’s awareness and use of established risk scoring methods if we are to reduce the burden of CV disease.

  1. Overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor as a prognostic factor in colorectal cancer on the basis of the Allred scoring system

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    Rokita M

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    Full Text Available Marta Rokita,1 Rafal Stec,1 Lubomir Bodnar,1 Radoslaw Charkiewicz,2 Jan Korniluk,1 Marta Smoter,1 Marzena Cichowicz,3 Lech Chyczewski,4 Jacek Nikli?ski,2 Wojciech Koz?owski,3 Cezary Szczylik11Department of Oncology, Military Institute of Medicine, Central Teaching Hospital, Warsaw, Poland; 2Department of Clinical Molecular Biology, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok, Poland; 3Department of Pathology, Military Institute of the Health Services in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; 4Department of Clinical Pathology, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok, PolandBackground: Overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR is found in many types of neoplasms. The aim of the study was to evaluate EGFR expression in colorectal cancer (CRC specimens and to determine whether EGFR expression correlates with clinicopathological data and overall survival.Patients and methods: Tissue specimens from 181 consecutive CRC patients treated at the Military Institute of Medicine in 2006–2010 were collected and examined for EGFR expression, by immunohistochemistry staining. The staining intensity and percentage of cells with membranous EGFR expression were scored and then grouped according to the parameters of the Allred Scoring system. Cutoff values were subjected to further statistical analysis. Univariate tests and a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model were used in data analysis.Results: EGFR was overexpressed in 96 of 181 CRC specimens (53%. EGFR expression was not correlated with other clinicopathological variables. On univariate analysis, overexpression of EGFR, determined by PS (percentage score (>3 and total score (sum of PS and intensity score (>4, was associated with poor overall survival. On multivariate analysis, EGFR overexpression (PS > 3 was an independent adverse prognostic factor (hazard ratio [HR] 1.62; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.03–2.53. Elevated carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA serum concentration before treatment, performance status (Word Health Organization [WHO]-2, and tumor localized in colon and liver metastases were also independent unfavorable prognostic factors.Conclusion: EGFR overexpression (PS > 3 in a CRC patient population was an independent adverse prognostic factor. Implementation of the Allred Scoring system criteria into clinical practice might facilitate treatment decisions in CRC patients.Keywords: expression, receptor, prognosis, cancer

  2. Sonographic Scoring for Operating Room Triage in Trauma

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    Raghavendran, Krishnan MD

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST exam is a routine diagnostic adjunct in the initial assessment of blunt trauma victims but lacks the ability to reliably predict which patients require laparotomy. Physiologic data play a major role in decision making regarding the need for emergent laparotomy versus further diagnostic testing or observation. The need for laparotomy often influences the decision to transfer the patient to a trauma center. We set out to derive a simple scoring system using both ultrasound findings and immediately available physiologic data that would predict which patients require laparotomy.Methods: We conducted a prospective observational study of victims of blunt trauma who presented to a Level 1 Trauma Center. We collected FAST findings, physiologic data, and lab values. A previously-developed ultrasound scoring system was applied to the FAST findings. Patients were followed to determine if they underwent laparotomy. We used logistic regression analysis to determine which variables correlated with laparotomy and developed a new scoring system.Results: We enrolled a convenience sample of 1,393 patients. A simple scoring system (range 0-6 was developed that included both FAST findings and vital signs (heart rate and blood pressure. Patients with a score of 0 or 1 had a less than 1% chance of requiring laparotomy.Conclusion: The combination of FAST findings with vital signs in our scoring system predicted which victims of blunt trauma did not undergo laparotomy. Applying this to trauma patients who present to non-trauma centers could help prevent unnecessary patient transfers. This derivation set must be validated prior to use in patient care. [West J Emerg Med. 2010; 11(2:138-143.

  3. Primary graft dysfunction; possible evaluation by high resolution computed tomography, and suggestions for a scoring system

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    Belmaati, Esther; Jensen, Claus

    2009-01-01

    We have reviewed and discussed current knowledge on existing scoring systems regarding high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) images for the assessment of primary graft dysfunction (PGD) after lung transplantation. Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has been more widely studied and appears to have many morphological features similar to what is found in PGD, and might, therefore, be usefully extrapolated to PGD. Principles of HRCT, scoring systems based on HRCT and various terms describing PGD were reviewed and summarized. The sensitivity, inter-intra observer variability, and reproducibility of these systems were discussed. Lastly, the future perspectives for 64-multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) in relation to PGD were discussed. Few studies on scoring systems of lung tissue by HRCT in ARDS patients and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients were found. Most studies were performed on patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Sensitivity of HRCT for the detection of parenchymal changes is superior to other imaging methods. High levels of reproducibility are achievable amongst observers who score HRCT lung images. Development of standardized criteria that specify the inclusion/exclusion criteria of patients, pilot testing, and training investigators through review of disagreements, were possibilities suggested for decreasing inter/intra observer variability. Factors affecting the image attenuation (Hounsfield numbers) and thus, the reproducibility of CT densitometric measurements were of minimal influence. Studies have reported on how lung tissue images, derived by HRCT, can be scored and graded. There does not seem to be a golden standard for evaluating these images, which makes comparison between methods challenging. These scoring systems assess the presence, severity, and extent of parenchymal change in the lung. HRCT is considered relevant and superior in evaluating disease severity, disease progression, and in evaluating the effects of therapy regimes in the lung. It is, however, not clear to what extent these scoring methods may be implemented for grading PGD. Further efforts could be made to standardize scoring methods for lung tissue with regards to PGD.

  4. The Stroop Color-Word Test: Genetic and Environmental Influences; Reading, Mental Ability, and Personality Correlates.

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    Johnson, Wendy; Bouchard, Thomas J., Jr.; Segal, Nancy L.; Keyes, Margaret; Samuels, Jay

    2003-01-01

    Evaluates prior findings of reading, mental ability, and personality correlates of Stroop Color-Word Test (SCWT) scores. In spite of significant correlations between the SCWT scores and selected measures of mental ability, genetic influence on SCWT scores was relatively unaffected when the influences of correlated ability measures were removed.…

  5. 7 CFR 1740.8 - Scoring criteria for the grant competition.

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    ...will be overcome with public television station services; (4...met only with digital public television station broadcast capabilities...that have placed the public television station in severe financial...purposes will specifically benefit the rural...

  6. 7 CFR 1783.9 - What are the criteria for scoring applications?

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    ...WATER AND WASTEWATER PROJECTS (REVOLVING FUND...be served by the project, clearly articulates the problem/issues to be addressed...loan recipient's project. In-kind contributions...and the amount of financial assistance...

  7. Random Walk Picture of Basketball Scoring

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    Gabel, Alan

    2011-01-01

    We present evidence, based on play-by-play data from all 6087 games from the 2006/07--2009/10 seasons of the National Basketball Association (NBA), that basketball scoring is well described by a weakly-biased continuous-time random walk. The time between successive scoring events follows an exponential distribution, with little memory between different scoring intervals. Using this random-walk picture that is augmented by features idiosyncratic to basketball, we account for a wide variety of statistical properties of scoring, such as the distribution of the score difference between opponents and the fraction of game time that one team is in the lead. By further including the heterogeneity of team strengths, we build a computational model that accounts for essentially all statistical features of game scoring data and season win/loss records of each team.

  8. Local Proper Scoring Rules of Order Two

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    2011-01-01

    Scoring rules assess the quality of probabilistic forecasts, by assigning a numerical score based on the predictive distribution and on the event or value that materializes. A scoring rule is proper if it encourages truthful reporting. It is local of order $k$ if the score depends on the predictive density only through its value and the values of its derivatives of order up to $k$ at the realizing event. Complementing fundamental recent work by Parry, Dawid and Lauritzen (2011), we characterize the local proper scoring rules of order two relative to a broad class of Lebesgue densities on the real line, using a different approach. In a data example, we use local and non-local proper scoring rules to assess statistically postprocessed ensemble weather forecasts.

  9. Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache and the Oral Proficiency Interview: A Comparison of Test Scores and Examinations.

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    Lalande, John F.; Schweckendiek, Jurgen

    1986-01-01

    Investigates what correlations might exist between an individual's score on the Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache and on the Oral Proficiency Interview. The tests themselves are briefly described. Results indicate that the two tests appear to correlate well in their evaluation of speaking skills. (SED)

  10. Kernel score statistic for dependent data

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    Malzahn, Dörthe; Friedrichs, Stefanie; Rosenberger, Albert; Bickeböller, Heike

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    The kernel score statistic is a global covariance component test over a set of genetic markers. It provides a flexible modeling framework and does not collapse marker information. We generalize the kernel score statistic to allow for familial dependencies and to adjust for random confounder effects. With this extension, we adjust our analysis of real and simulated baseline systolic blood pressure for polygenic familial background. We find that the kernel score test gains appreciably in power ...

  11. Tame and Wild Scoring Play Games

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    In this paper, we will be proving mathematically that scoring play combinatorial game theory covers all combinatorial games. That is, there is a sub-set of scoring play games that are identical to the set of normal play games, and a different sub-set that is identical to the set of mis\\`ere play games. This proves conclusively, that scoring play combinatorial game theory is a complete theory for combinatorial games, and that every combinatorial game, regardless of the r...

  12. Efficient entanglement criteria beyond Gaussian limits using Gaussian measurements

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    Nha, Hyunchul; Ji, Se-Wan; Kim, M S

    2012-01-01

    We present a formalism to derive entanglement criteria beyond the Gaussian regime that can be readily tested by only homodyne detection. The measured observable is the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) correlation. Its arbitrary functional form enables us to detect non-Gaussian entanglement even when an entanglement test based on second-order moments fails. We illustrate the power of our experimentally friendly criteria for a broad class of non-Gaussian states under realistic conditions. We also show rigorously that quantum teleportation for continuous variables employs a specific functional form of EPR correlation.

  13. Scoring Function Based on Weighted Residue Network

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Molecular docking is an important method for the research of protein-protein interaction and recognition. A protein can be considered as a network when the residues are treated as its nodes. With the contact energy between residues as link weight, a weighted residue network is constructed in this paper. Two weighted parameters (strength and weighted average nearest neighbors’ degree are introduced into this model at the same time. The stability of a protein is characterized by its strength. The global topological properties of the protein-protein complex are reflected by the weighted average nearest neighbors’ degree. Based on this weighted network model and these two parameters, a new docking scoring function is proposed in this paper. The scoring and ranking for 42 systems’ bound and unbounded docking results are performed with this new scoring function. Comparing the results obtained from this new scoring function with that from the pair potentials scoring function, we found that this new scoring function has a similar performance to the pair potentials on some items, and this new scoring function can get a better success rate. The calculation of this new scoring function is easy, and the result of its scoring and ranking is acceptable. This work can help us better understand the mechanisms of protein-protein interactions and recognition.

  14. FHR Generic Design Criteria

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    Flanagan, G.F.; Holcomb, D.E.; Cetiner, S.M.

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    The purpose of this document is to provide an initial, focused reference to the safety characteristics of and a licensing approach for Fluoride-Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactors (FHRs). The document does not contain details of particular reactor designs nor does it attempt to identify or classify either design basis or beyond design basis accidents. Further, this document is an initial attempt by a small set of subject matter experts to document the safety and licensing characteristics of FHRs for a larger audience. The document is intended to help in setting the safety and licensing research, development, and demonstration path forward. Input from a wider audience, further technical developments, and additional study will be required to develop a consensus position on the safety and licensing characteristics of FHRs. This document begins with a brief overview of the attributes of FHRs and then a general description of their anticipated safety performance. Following this, an overview of the US nuclear power plant approval process is provided that includes both test and power reactors, as well as the role of safety standards in the approval process. The document next describes a General Design Criteria (GDC)–based approach to licensing an FHR and provides an initial draft set of FHR GDCs. The document concludes with a description of a path forward toward developing an FHR safety standard that can support both a test and power reactor licensing process.

  15. ACR appropriateness Criteria® infertility.

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    Wall, Darci J; Javitt, Marcia C; Glanc, Phyllis; Bhosale, Priyadarshani R; Harisinghani, Mukesh G; Harris, Robert D; Khati, Nadia J; Mitchell, Donald G; Nyberg, David A; Pandharipande, Pari V; Pannu, Harpreet K; Shipp, Thomas D; Siegel, Cary Lynn; Simpson, Lynn; Wong-You-Cheong, Jade J; Zelop, Carolyn M

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    Appropriate imaging for women undergoing infertility workup depends upon the clinician's suspicion for potential causes of infertility. Transvaginal US is the preferred modality to assess the ovaries for features of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the leading cause of anovulatory infertility. For women who have a history or clinical suspicion of endometriosis, which affects at least one third of women with infertility, both MRI and pelvic US can provide valuable information. If tubal occlusion is suspected, whether due to endometriosis, previous pelvic inflammatory disease, or other cause, hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is the preferred method of evaluation. To assess for anatomic causes of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) such as Müllerian anomalies, synechiae, and leiomyomas, saline infusion sonohysterography, MRI and 3-D US are most appropriate. Up to 10% of women suffering recurrent pregnancy loss have a congenital Müllerian anomaly. When assessment of the pituitary gland is indicated, MRI is the imaging exam of choice.The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every three years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances where evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. PMID:25706363

  16. Vestibular migraine : Diagnostic criteria

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    2012-01-01

    This paper presents diagnostic criteria for vestibular migraine, jointly formulated by the Committee for Classification of Vestibular Disorders of the Bárány Society and the Migraine Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society (IHS). The classification includes vestibular migraine and probable vestibular migraine. Vestibular migraine will appear in an appendix of the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) as a first step for new entities, in accordance with the usual IHS procedures. Probable vestibular migraine may be included in a later version of the ICHD, when further evidence has been accumulated. The diagnosis of vestibular migraine is based on recurrent vestibular symptoms, a history of migraine, a temporal association between vestibular symptoms and migraine symptoms and exclusion of other causes of vestibular symptoms. Symptoms that qualify for a diagnosis of vestibular migraine include various types of vertigo as well as head motion-induced dizziness with nausea. Symptoms must be of moderate or severe intensity. Duration of acute episodes is limited to a window of between 5 minutes and 72 hours.

  17. Morphologic and functional scoring of cystic fibrosis lung disease using MRI

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) gains increasing importance in the assessment of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. The aim of this study was to develop a morpho-functional MR-scoring-system and to evaluate its intra- and inter-observer reproducibility and clinical practicability to monitor CF lung disease over a broad severity range from infancy to adulthood. 35 CF patients with broad age range (mean 15.3 years; range 0.5–42) were examined by morphological and functional MRI. Lobe based analysis was performed for parameters bronchiectasis/bronchial-wall-thickening, mucus plugging, abscesses/sacculations, consolidations, special findings and perfusion defects. The maximum global score was 72. Two experienced radiologists scored the images at two time points (interval 10 weeks). Upper and lower limits of agreement, concordance correlation coefficients (CCC), total deviation index and coverage probability were calculated for global, morphology, function, component and lobar scores. Global scores ranged from 6 to 47. Intra- and inter-reader agreement for global scores were good (CCC: 0.98 (R1), 0.94 (R2), 0.97 (R1/R2)) and were comparable between high and low scores. Our results indicate that the proposed morpho-functional MR-scoring-system is reproducible and applicable for semi-quantitative evaluation of a large spectrum of CF lung disease severity. This scoring-system can be applied for the routine assessment of CF lung disease and maybe as endpoint for clinical trse and maybe as endpoint for clinical trials.

  18. Validación del Score de BISAP como Sistema Pronóstico en Pancreatitis Aguda / Score Bisap validation as a prognostic system in acute pancreatitis

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    Ximena, Villacís; Priscila, Calle; Juan, Patiño; Gustavo, Calle.

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: El score de BISAP es un sistema no complicado y factible de realizar en hospitales de referencia como el nuestro, engloba variables clínicas, de laboratorio y de imagen, permitiendo predecir la mortalidad por pancreatitis aguda, dentro de las 24 horas de inicio del cuadro clínico. OBJE [...] TIVO: Determinar la validez del score de BISAP en la gravedad y el pronóstico de la Pancreatitis Aguda. MÉTODO: Estudio de validación del score de BISAP en 57 pacientes consecutivos con diagnóstico de pancreatitis aguda al ingreso. Prueba de referencia: los criterios de Atlanta confirmados por evolución clínica grave más allá del quinto día, apoyados en muchos casos por TAC. RESULTADOS: El 71.9% fueron de sexo femenino. La media de edad fue de 45.33 años. La litiasis biliar fue la causa más frecuente (66.7%). Según la prueba de referencia, el 71.9% de casos fueron leves y el 28.1% graves. Según el score de BISAP el 77.2% leves y el 22.8% graves. La sensibilidad y especificidad para el score de BISAP fue del 75% y del 97.56% respectivamente. El valor predictivo positivo fue del 92.31% y el valor predictivo negativo, del 90.91%. CONCLUSIONES: El score de BISAP permite predecir la severidad en la pancreatitis aguda. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: The BISAP score is a simple system, which englobes clinical features (laboratory and imagenology tests) allowing to predict the mortality in acute pancreatitis within the first 24 hours of hospitalization. OBJECTIVE: To determine the validity of the BISAP score in the prediction of progn [...] osis and severity of acute pancreatitis. METHOD: In order to validate the BISAP score, a study was performed in 57 patients with a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis at the moment of admission. The reference test was the Atlanta criteria which confirmed severe clinical course beyond the fifth day, in many cases supported by CT. RESULTS: 71.9% were women. The mean age was 45.33 years. Biliary lithiasis was the most frequent cause (66.7%). According to the reference test 71.9% were mild and 28.1% severe. According to the BISAP score 77.2% mild and 22.8% severe. The sensitivity and specificity for the BISAP score was of 75% and 97.56% respectively. The predictive positive value was 92.31% and the predictive negative value was 90.91%. CONCLUSIONS: The BISAP score allows to predict the severity of the acute pancreatitis.

  19. Proposta para estadiamento do câncer colorretal baseada em critérios morfofuncionais: correlação com níveis séricos do antígeno carcinoembrionário Proposal for colorectal cancer stages based on morphofunctional criteria: correlation with carcinoembryonic antigen levels

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    Denise Gonçalves Priolli

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A análise de características morfofuncionais pode ser útil na predição evolutiva do câncer colorretal, especialmente se relacionadas aos níveis séricos de antígeno carcinoembrionário. A pesquisa de instabilidades de cromossomos e genes e alterações da expressão tecidual de proteínas por eles codificadas, tornam atraente a possibilidade do emprego de fatores funcionais como variáveis potencialmente válidas na compreensão do prognóstico do carcinoma colorretal.¹ OBJETIVO: Propor estadiamento baseado nas características morfológicas e funcionais do carcinoma colorretal, valorizando o poder prognóstico do antígeno carcinoembrionário. MÉTODO: Acompanhou-se 35 pacientes em estágios diferentes da evolução do adenocarcinoma colorretal no período de 2001 a 2007. A medida sérica do antígeno carcinoembrionário foi executada pela técnica de quimioluminescência. Realizou-se estudo anatomopatológico para determinação do grau histológico e estádio TNM, e análise imunohistoquímica para determinação da polarização tecidual do antígeno carcinoembrionário. A classificação morfofuncional foi determinada pela combinação entre grau histológico e polarização do antígeno. O estadiamento morfofuncional baseou-se na associação entre classificação morfofuncional e estadiamento TNM, por pontuação atribuída a cada uma das classificações. As variáveis estudadas foram: CEA sérico, classificação morfofuncional, estadiamento TNM e morfofuncional. Os resultados foram analisados por análise variância, teste de correlação e análise de sobrevivência (Kaplan-Meier e Modelo de Regressão de Cox, adotando-se p>0,05% para rejeição da hipótese de nulidade. RESULTADOS: A curva de sobrevida no estadiamento morfofuncional apresentou resultados semelhantes aos encontrados no estadiamento TNM. Houve relação entre a nova proposta de estadiamento e o tempo de sobrevida do paciente. Observou-se relação entre o tempo de sobrevida, a classificação morfofuncional e o nível sérico de antígeno carcinoembrionário. CONCLUSÃO: O estadiamento morfofuncional é válido para a avaliação prognóstica dos pacientes com adenocarcinoma colorretal, e relaciona-se com os níveis séricos do CEA.The analysis of morphofunctions characteristics can be useful in the colorectal cancer evolution, especially if related to the serum carcinoembryonic antigen levels. The research of chromosomes and genes instability, as well as the alterations of tissue protein codified, makes attractive the possibility to use potentially valid functional factors as variables for the understanding of colorectal carcinoma prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To consider classes based on morphologic and functional colorectal carcinoma characteristics, valuing serum carcinoembryonic antigen levels prognostic power. METHOD: Third-five patients in different stages of colorectal carcinoma underwent operations from 2001 to 2007. Serum CEA levels, histological grade, tissue CEA cell polarization capacity were analyzed. Colorectal carcinoma was classified according to TNM stages. The morphofunctional classification was determined by the combination between histological grade and antigen polarization, morphofunctional stages have been based in association between morphofunctional classification and stages TNM, by punctuation attributed to each one classification. The results had been analyzed by variance analysis, correlation test and survival analysis (Kaplan-Meier and Cox Model Regression, adopting p<0.05. RESULTS: Morphofunctional stages survival curve resulted similar to the joined ones in stages TNM. It had relation between new classification proposed and patient survival time. They had observed relation among survival time, morphofunctional classification and serum carcinoembryonic antigen. CONCLUSION: Morphofunctional classification is valid for colorectal cancer patient's prognostic evaluation and is related with the serum CEA levels.

  20. Proposta para estadiamento do câncer colorretal baseada em critérios morfofuncionais: correlação com níveis séricos do antígeno carcinoembrionário / Proposal for colorectal cancer stages based on morphofunctional criteria: correlation with carcinoembryonic antigen levels

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    Denise Gonçalves, Priolli; Izilda Aparecida, Cardinalli; Helenice, Piovesan; Nelson Fontana, Margarido; Carlos Augusto Real, Martinez.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A análise de características morfofuncionais pode ser útil na predição evolutiva do câncer colorretal, especialmente se relacionadas aos níveis séricos de antígeno carcinoembrionário. A pesquisa de instabilidades de cromossomos e genes e alterações da expressão tecidual de proteínas por eles codific [...] adas, tornam atraente a possibilidade do emprego de fatores funcionais como variáveis potencialmente válidas na compreensão do prognóstico do carcinoma colorretal.¹ OBJETIVO: Propor estadiamento baseado nas características morfológicas e funcionais do carcinoma colorretal, valorizando o poder prognóstico do antígeno carcinoembrionário. MÉTODO: Acompanhou-se 35 pacientes em estágios diferentes da evolução do adenocarcinoma colorretal no período de 2001 a 2007. A medida sérica do antígeno carcinoembrionário foi executada pela técnica de quimioluminescência. Realizou-se estudo anatomopatológico para determinação do grau histológico e estádio TNM, e análise imunohistoquímica para determinação da polarização tecidual do antígeno carcinoembrionário. A classificação morfofuncional foi determinada pela combinação entre grau histológico e polarização do antígeno. O estadiamento morfofuncional baseou-se na associação entre classificação morfofuncional e estadiamento TNM, por pontuação atribuída a cada uma das classificações. As variáveis estudadas foram: CEA sérico, classificação morfofuncional, estadiamento TNM e morfofuncional. Os resultados foram analisados por análise variância, teste de correlação e análise de sobrevivência (Kaplan-Meier e Modelo de Regressão de Cox), adotando-se p>0,05% para rejeição da hipótese de nulidade. RESULTADOS: A curva de sobrevida no estadiamento morfofuncional apresentou resultados semelhantes aos encontrados no estadiamento TNM. Houve relação entre a nova proposta de estadiamento e o tempo de sobrevida do paciente. Observou-se relação entre o tempo de sobrevida, a classificação morfofuncional e o nível sérico de antígeno carcinoembrionário. CONCLUSÃO: O estadiamento morfofuncional é válido para a avaliação prognóstica dos pacientes com adenocarcinoma colorretal, e relaciona-se com os níveis séricos do CEA. Abstract in english The analysis of morphofunctions characteristics can be useful in the colorectal cancer evolution, especially if related to the serum carcinoembryonic antigen levels. The research of chromosomes and genes instability, as well as the alterations of tissue protein codified, makes attractive the possibi [...] lity to use potentially valid functional factors as variables for the understanding of colorectal carcinoma prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To consider classes based on morphologic and functional colorectal carcinoma characteristics, valuing serum carcinoembryonic antigen levels prognostic power. METHOD: Third-five patients in different stages of colorectal carcinoma underwent operations from 2001 to 2007. Serum CEA levels, histological grade, tissue CEA cell polarization capacity were analyzed. Colorectal carcinoma was classified according to TNM stages. The morphofunctional classification was determined by the combination between histological grade and antigen polarization, morphofunctional stages have been based in association between morphofunctional classification and stages TNM, by punctuation attributed to each one classification. The results had been analyzed by variance analysis, correlation test and survival analysis (Kaplan-Meier and Cox Model Regression), adopting p

  1. Criteria for controlled atmosphere chambers

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    The criteria for design, construction, and operation of controlled atmosphere chambers intended for service at ORNL are presented. Classification of chambers, materials for construction, design criteria, design, controlled atmosphere chamber systems, and operating procedures are presented. ORNL Safety Manual Procedure 2.1; ORNL Health Physics Procedure Manual Appendix A-7; and Design of Viewing Windows are included in 3 appendices

  2. Development of residual radioactivity criteria

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    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing public health radiation protection criteria for residual radioactivity following cleanup of contaminated lands and facilities. Satisfaction of the criteria will allow the site to be safely released from all controls based on radioactivity. The criteria may be issued as broad Federal guidance, specific environmental standards, or both. The criteria will apply to sites owned or used by licensees of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or its Agreement States, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the former Atomic Energy Commission and Manhattan Engineering District, and where naturally-occurring or accelerator-produced materials have been used. The EPA is supporting the development of this project with the following activities. First, an inventory of never licensed or otherwise poorly documented sites is being compiled in conjunction with the National Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, to ensure that the criteria are appropriate for all site types and satisfy existing and future decommissioning needs. Second, the relationship between residual radioactivity and public exposures under a variety of site and future use conditions is being studied. This information will enable EPA to evaluate the health impacts of alternative levels of residual radioactivity. Finally, non-technical issues to be resolved include how the criteria and the supporting analyses could apply to recycled materialsanalyses could apply to recycled materials, how these criteria will relate to below regulatory concern wastes, and whether the criteria should include limits on planned reliance on institutional controls

  3. Diagnostic criteria for traumatic grief.

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    Jacobs, S; Mazure, C; Prigerson, H

    2000-01-01

    This article reviews the rationale for the development of diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Grief. Traumatic Grief is a new nosologic entity that a panel of experts recently proposed. It is a direct descendent of the concept of pathologic grief, and it has roots in attachment behavior, separation distress, and traumatic distress. We present consensus, diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Grief and discuss them in relation to another recently proposed set of criteria. In conclusion, we recommend the development of empirically tested, consensus, diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Grief. Diagnostic criteria would facilitate early detection and intervention for those bereaved persons afflicted by this disorder and lead to additional studies of the prevalence, the nature, and the treatment of the disorder. PMID:11010626

  4. Bimodal score distributions and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: fact or artifact?

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    Bess, Tammy L; Harvey, Robert J

    2002-02-01

    We examined Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) score distributions computed using item response theory (IRT) to assess the generalizability of earlier bimodality reports that have been cited in support of the "type" versus "trait" view of personality. Using the BILOG IRT program to score a sample of approximately 12,000 individuals who participated in leadership development programs, theta score distributions for the 4 dimensions of the MBTI computed using 10 (the BILOG default) versus 50 quadrature points were compared. Results indicated that past reports of bimodality were artifacts caused by BILOG's default use of a small number of quadrature points; when larger numbers of points were used, score distributions became strongly center-weighted. Although our findings are not supportive of the "type"-based hypothesis, the extremely high correlations between theta scores (rs > .996) suggest that no practical differences would be expected as a function of the number-of-quadrature-points decision. PMID:11936208

  5. On Linear Combinations Of Binary Item Scores

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    Krishnan, T.

    1973-01-01

    Scores on different items of a test are often combined linearly (sometimes with equal weights) to form the test score, mainly for the sake of computational convenience. In this paper, the author studies the consequences of doing this, and also studies the problems involved in finding a suitable linear combination. (Author/RK)

  6. On k-hypertournament losing scores

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    Pirzada, Shariefuddin

    2010-01-01

    We give a new and short proof of a theorem on k-hypertournament losing scores due to Zhou et al. [G. Zhou, T. Yao, K. Zhang, On score sequences of k-tournaments, European J. Comb., 21, 8 (2000) 993-1000.

  7. Coefficient Alpha and Reliability of Scale Scores

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    Almehrizi, Rashid S.

    2013-01-01

    The majority of large-scale assessments develop various score scales that are either linear or nonlinear transformations of raw scores for better interpretations and uses of assessment results. The current formula for coefficient alpha (a; the commonly used reliability coefficient) only provides internal consistency reliability estimates of raw…

  8. A Guide for Interpreting Standardized Test Scores.

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    Green, Donald Ross

    1987-01-01

    Explains achievement test scores, focusing on types, uses, meanings, and relative importance. Describes currently used scales, normal distribution curves, percentile ranks, grade equivalents, and other rating systems. Advises inclusion of more than one kind of standardized test score, since each provides different information. Includes three…

  9. More Issues in Observed-Score Equating

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    van der Linden, Wim J.

    2013-01-01

    This article is a response to the commentaries on the position paper on observed-score equating by van der Linden (this issue). The response focuses on the more general issues in these commentaries, such as the nature of the observed scores that are equated, the importance of test-theory assumptions in equating, the necessity to use multiple…

  10. ACR appropriateness Criteria® first trimester bleeding.

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    Lane, Barton F; Wong-You-Cheong, Jade J; Javitt, Marcia C; Glanc, Phyllis; Brown, Douglas L; Dubinsky, Theodore; Harisinghani, Mukesh G; Harris, Robert D; Khati, Nadia J; Mitchell, Donald G; Pandharipande, Pari V; Pannu, Harpreet K; Podrasky, Anne E; Shipp, Thomas D; Siegel, Cary Lynn; Simpson, Lynn; Wall, Darci J; Zelop, Carolyn M

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    Vaginal bleeding is not uncommon in the first trimester of pregnancy. Ultrasound is the foremost modality for evaluating normal development of the gestational sac and embryo and for discriminating the causes of bleeding. While correlation with quantitative ?HCG and clinical presentation is essential, sonographic criteria permit diagnosis of failed pregnancies, ectopic pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease and spontaneous abortion. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria guidelines have been updated to incorporate recent data. A failed pregnancy may be diagnosed when there is absence of cardiac activity in an embryo exceeding 7 mm in crown rump length or absence of an embryo when the mean sac diameter exceeds 25 mm. In a stable patient with no intrauterine pregnancy and normal adnexae, close monitoring is advised. The diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy should be based on positive findings rather than on the absence of an intrauterine sac above a threshold level of ?HCG. Following abortion, ultrasound can discriminate retained products of conception from clot and arteriovenous fistulae. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria® are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every two years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances where evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. PMID:23665531

  11. Z Score Estimation for Indian Banking Sector

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available From traditional times the Z score values have been constantly used for prediction of Bankruptcy. This has been vital to both the lenders and investors whose returns are based on solvency estimates. The terms of credit have gone a U turn from the traditional times to the modern scenario today. The basic concern of prediction is to evaluate the terms of credit and ensure repayment safely. Z score has been used as a tool to evaluate the credibility of the firms. This paper provides the Z score value for the public sector banks. This value is useful when these banks demand loans from the RBI or any other funding agency. The usage of back propagation neural network is to forecast the internal parameters of Z score and then use these internal parameters to forecast the Z score value up to 2020. Thus the paper emphasizes the usage of BPNN for prediction of bankruptcy for public sector banks in India.

  12. Optimization of continuous ranked probability score using PSO

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Weather forecast has been a major concern in various industries such as agriculture, aviation, maritime, tourism, transportation, etc. A good weather prediction may reduce natural disasters and unexpected events. This paper presents an empirical investigation to predict weather temperature using continuous ranked probability score (CRPS. The mean and standard deviation of normal density function are linear combination of the components of ensemble system. The resulted optimization model has been solved using particle swarm optimization (PSO and the results are compared with Broyden–Fletcher–Goldfarb–Shanno (BFGS method. The preliminary results indicate that the proposed PSO provides better results in terms of root-mean-square deviation criteria than the alternative BFGS method.

  13. Role of international criteria in the diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis

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    Full Text Available AIM: To study the clinical and laboratory characteristics of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH, and compare them with International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group (IAHG criteria. METHODS: Sixty consecutive patients with AIH attended the University Clinic at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran for a 12 mo period and were assessed in a case series study. Serological and biochemical evaluations were carried out in all patients. Autoantibodies, such as antinuclear antibody (ANA, anti-smooth muscle antibody (ASMA, anti-liver-kidney microsomal antibody (ALKM-1 type 1, and perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA were evaluated in these patients. A liver biopsy was performed after diagnosis of the disease. Patients were evaluated in terms of their signs and symptoms, and laboratory results and the degree to which they corresponded with the diagnostic criteria of IAHG. In this study, both a comprehensive diagnostic scoring system and a simplified diagnostic scoring system were employed for AIH. RESULTS: Sixty patients, 20 male, 40 female, mean age 39.45 ± 17.50 years, participated in the study. Treatment began immediately after enrolment into the study. The percent distribution of the study population into definite and probable did not change after the treatment. The most common symptoms in descending order were fatigue (100%, icter (66.7%, abdominal discomfort (33.3%, abdominal distension (28.3%, dark urine (23.3%, edema (23.3%, hematemesis (20.0%, pruritus (20.0%, melena (11.7% and pale stool (10.0%. At the physical examination, splenomegaly, ascites, hepatomegaly, epigastric tenderness and an abdominal mass were found in 50.0%, 16.7%, 13.3%, 5.0% and 3.3% of patients, respectively. Hypergammaglobulinemia was detected in 95.0% of cases. ALKM-1, P-ANCA, ANA and ASMA were positive in 71.4%, 66.7%, 42.4% and 19.4% of cases, respectively. Portal hypertensive gastropathy (45.0%, esophageal varices (41.7% and cirrhosis (40.0% were the most prevalent complications of AIH, and there was no evidence of primary sclerosing cholangitis, ulcerative colitis and overlap syndrome in these patients. According to IAHG criteria, 80.0% of cases had a definite diagnosis, 15.0% had a probable diagnosis and 5.0% had no AIH. The percent distribution of the study population into definite, probable and no AIH did not change after using the simplified diagnostic scoring system for AIH. CONCLUSION: This research showed that the majority of cases in our study were appropriately diagnosed according to the IAHG criteria and simplified scoring system. Thus, these criteria are very useful.

  14. Sonographic criteria for therapy follow-up in the course of ultrasound-guided intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid in hand osteoarthritis

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    Objective: To assess the value of sonographic criteria, based on measurements of joint capsule distension and synovial hyperemia, during the course of repeated ultrasound (US)-guided intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) in hand osteoarthritis (OA). Materials and methods: Thirty-three patients (28 females/5 males), with hand OA in 78 joints, were included in this study. Patients underwent sonographic evaluation at baseline and consecutively for 4 weeks at weekly US-guided intra-articular injections of HA (Hyalgan®). Measurements of joint thickening and joint inflammation were performed with Grey-scale and semi-quantitative Power-Doppler US (PDUS). Sonographic values were correlated with weekly patients self-assessment of pain for each treated joint. Results: The mean (SD) patients self-assessment of pain statistically significantly (p < 0.0001) decreased from the first [68.3(22.3)] to the last week [37.3(30.34)]. A steady pain relief could be noticed in 67 (86%) of all treated joints. Over the whole observation period, the mean (SD) joint thickening of all joints markedly decreased from 15.6 mm (5.3) to 13.1 mm (6.4) (p < 0.0001). The PDUS-score before initiation of HA treatment was statistically significantly higher than at the end of therapy (p < 0.0001). The decrease in pain statistically significantly correlated with the decrease of joint thickening and PDUS-score between baseline and the end of therapy (p < 0.001). Conclusion: In this sturapy (p < 0.001). Conclusion: In this study, we demonstrate the meaningfulness of sonographic evaluation criteria including measurements of joint capsule distension and PDUS vascularization, both significantly correlating with the decrease of pain, during the therapy follow-up of US-guided intra-articular HA-injections in patients with hand OA.

  15. Teachers' Use of Rubrics to Score Non-traditional Tasks: Factors Related to Discrepancies in Scoring

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    Meier, Sherry L.; Rich, Beverly S.; Cady, JoAnn

    2006-01-01

    This study considered middle school mathematics teachers use of rubrics to score non-traditional tasks. A group of eighth-grade teachers attended a two-day workshop where they evaluated assessment tasks and discussed the use of an associated scoring rubric. Scored samples of student work submitted by the teachers indicated that they had difficulty…

  16. Rapid Conversion of Adolescent MMPI Raw Scores to T Scores Using the HP-67 Programmable Calculator.

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    Hembling, David W.

    1984-01-01

    Used a programmable Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator to rapidly convert raw scores from adolescent MMPI protocols to T scores, scale by scale. The K factor is handled, as needed, automatically. Complete scoring and profiling of the R-form MMPI can be done in less than 10 minutes. (Author/JAC)

  17. Potentially inappropriate prescribing in institutionalised older patients in Spain: the STOPP-START criteria compared with the Beers criteria

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aims of this study were to identify potentially inappropriate prescribing using the Beers and STOPP criteria. The START criteria were applied to detect prescription omission in the geriatric population. We compared the utility of these criteria in institutionalised older people.Methods: Descriptive study reviewing the medication and clinical records of 81 residents (aged 65 years and more by pharmacists in a nursing home in the Lleida region (Spain.Results: The mean patients’ age was 84 (SD=8 years, with an average of 5 drugs per resident (total prescriptions: 416 medicines. The Beers criteria identified potentially inappropriate medication use in 25% of patients and 48% of patients used at least 1 inappropriate medication according to STOPP criteria. The most frequent potentially inappropriate medications for both criteria were long-acting benzodiazepines and NSAIDs. START detected 58 potential prescribing omissions in 44% of patients. Calcium-vitamin D supplementation in osteoporosis was the most frequent rule (15%, but omissions corresponding to the cardiovascular system implied 23% of patients.Conclusion: The STOPP-START criteria reveal that potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP is a highly prevalent problem among Spanish nursing home residents, and a statistically significant positive correlation was found between the number of medicines prescribed and the number of PIP detected in this study. The STOPP criteria detect a larger number of PI medications in this geriatric population than the Beers criteria. The prescribing omissions detected by the START criteria are relevant and require intervention. Pharmacists’ review of medications may help identify potentially inappropriate prescribing and, through an interdisciplinary approach, working with physicians may improve prescribing practices among geriatric residents of nursing homes.

  18. Validity of a Neurological Scoring System for Canine X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy.

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    Snyder, Jessica M; Meisner, Allison; Mack, David; Goddard, Melissa; Coulter, Ian T; Grange, Robert; Childers, Martin K

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    A simple clinical neurological test was developed to evaluate response to gene therapy in a preclinical canine model of X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM). This devastating congenital myopathy is caused by mutation in the myotubularin (MTM1) gene. Clinical signs include muscle weakness, early respiratory failure, and ventilator dependence. A spontaneously occurring canine model has a similar clinical picture and histological abnormalities on muscle biopsy compared with patients. We developed a neuromuscular assessment score, graded on a scale from 10 (normal) to 1 (unable to maintain sternal recumbency). We hypothesize that this neurological assessment score correlates with genotype and established measures of disease severity and is reliable when performed by an independent observer. At 17 weeks of age, there was strong correlation between neurological assessment scores and established methods of severity testing. The neurological severity score correctly differentiated between XLMTM and wild-type dogs with good interobserver reliability, on the basis of strong agreement between neurological scores assigned by independent observers. Together, these data indicate that the neurological scoring system developed for this canine congenital neuromuscular disorder is reliable and valid. This scoring system may be helpful in evaluating response to therapy in preclinical testing in this disease model, such as response to gene therapy. PMID:26086764

  19. Use of a radiographic scoring technique for the assessment of dogs with elbow osteochondrosis

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    A retrospective study was made of 335 dogs with elbow osteochondrosis that had been seen at the Royal Veterinary College in 1977 to 1987. The most commonly affected breeds were the labrador, retriever and rottweiler. Males were affected more often than females. The condition was bilateral in 50 per cent of cases and the peak age for the onset of lameness was four to six months. In rottweilers, the lesions found at exploratory arthrotomy were predominantly abnormalities of the coronoid process, while in retrievers and labradors lesions most commonly affected the medial humeral condyle or the coronoid process. A scoring system for grading the standard projection (lateral and postero-anterior) radiographs was devised and the score was correlated with the lesion found at surgery. Some cases were reviewed radiographically and any alteration in the degree of periarticular arthrosis, seen as an increase in radiographic score, was noted. The exact extent of the lesion found at surgery was recorded diagrammatically in 65 cases. It did not prove possible to predict from the radiographic score the nature and extent of the lesion and no correlation could be found between the radiographic score [and clinical degree of lameness. The scoring system did have some merit for reviewing cases because an increase in score indicated the extent to which joint changes had advanced

  20. Scoring fast-start climate finance: leaders and laggards in transparency

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    Ciplet, David; Roberts, J. Timmons [Brown University (United States); Stadelmann, Martin [University of Zurich (Switzerland); Huq, Saleemul; Chandani, Achala

    2011-09-15

    In 2009, developed countries pledged US$30 billion of 'fast-start climate finance' — new and additional funding, with 'balanced' allocation between mitigation and adaptation, to be provided during 2010–12. The need for transparency in how these promises are fulfilled is plain: unless developing countries know how much money to expect, when and for what, they cannot effectively plan their efforts to address and respond to climate change. But a new scorecard, based on the extent to which developed countries meet a set of common-sense criteria in their climate finance reports to the UN, reveals that we have a long way to go in making climate finance transparent. Even the highest-scoring countries — Norway and Japan — barely reach a 50 per cent score across the 25 criteria evaluated. We urgently need an international registry of funds that provides comprehensive, detailed, consistent and transparent accounting and reporting measures at the project level.

  1. Clicker Score Trajectories and Concept Inventory Scores as Predictors for Early Warning Systems for Large STEM Classes

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    Lee, Un Jung; Sbeglia, Gena C.; Ha, Minsu; Finch, Stephen J.; Nehm, Ross H.

    2015-05-01

    Increasing the retention of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors has recently emerged as a national priority in undergraduate education. Since poor performance in large introductory science and math courses is one significant factor in STEM dropout, early detection of struggling students is needed. Technology-supported "early warning systems" (EWSs) are being developed to meet these needs. Our study explores the utility of two commonly collected data sources—pre-course concept inventory scores and longitudinal clicker scores—for use in EWS, specifically, in determining the time points at which robust predictions of student success can first be established. The pre-course diagnostic assessments, administered to 287 students, included two concept inventories and one attitude assessment. Clicker question scores were also obtained for each of the 37 class sessions. Additionally, student characteristics (sex, ethnicity, and English facility) were gathered in a survey. Our analyses revealed that all variables were predictive of final grades. The correlation of the first 3 weeks of clicker scores with final grades was 0.53, suggesting that this set of variables could be used in an EWS starting at the third week. We also used group-based trajectory models to assess whether trajectory patterns were homogeneous in the class. The trajectory analysis identified three distinct clicker performance patterns that were also significant predictors of final grade. Trajectory analyses of clicker scores, student characteristics, and pre-course diagnostic assessment appear to be valuable data sources for EWS, although further studies in a diversity of instructional contexts are warranted.

  2. Coronary artery calcification score by multislice computed tomography predicts the outcome of dobutamine cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging

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    Janssen, Caroline H.C.; Vliegenthart, Rozemarijn; Overbosch, Jelle; Oudkerk, Matthijs [University Hospital Groningen, Department of Radiology, Groningen (Netherlands); Kuijpers, Dirkjan [University Hospital Groningen, Department of Radiology, Groningen (Netherlands); Bronovo Hospital, Department of Radiology, The Hague (Netherlands); Dijkman, Paul R.M. van [Bronovo Hospital, Department of Cardiology, The Hague (Netherlands); Zijlstra, Felix [University Hospital Groningen, Department of Cardiology, Groningen (Netherlands)

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    The aim of this study was to determine whether a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score of less than 11 can reliably rule out myocardial ischemia detected by dobutamine cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in patients suspected of having myocardial ischemia. In 114 of 136 consecutive patients clinically suspected of myocardial ischemia with an inconclusive diagnosis of myocardial ischemia, dobutamine CMR was performed and the CAC score was determined. The CAC score was obtained by 16-row multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and was calculated according to the method of Agatston. The CAC score and the results of the dobutamine CMR were correlated and the positive predictive value (PPV) and the negative predictive value (NPV) of the CAC score for dobutamine CMR were calculated. A total of 114 (87%) of the patients were eligible for this study. There was a significant correlation between the CAC score and dobutamine CMR (p<0.001). Patients with a CAC score of less than 11 showed no signs of inducible ischemia during dobutamine CMR. For a CAC score of less than 101, the NPV and the PPV of the CAC score for the outcome of dobutamine CMR were, respectively, 0.96 and 0.29. In patients with an inconclusive diagnosis of myocardial ischemia a MDCT CAC score of less than 11 reliably rules out myocardial ischemia detected by dobutamine CMR. (orig.)

  3. Coronary artery calcification score by multislice computed tomography predicts the outcome of dobutamine cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging

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    The aim of this study was to determine whether a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score of less than 11 can reliably rule out myocardial ischemia detected by dobutamine cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in patients suspected of having myocardial ischemia. In 114 of 136 consecutive patients clinically suspected of myocardial ischemia with an inconclusive diagnosis of myocardial ischemia, dobutamine CMR was performed and the CAC score was determined. The CAC score was obtained by 16-row multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and was calculated according to the method of Agatston. The CAC score and the results of the dobutamine CMR were correlated and the positive predictive value (PPV) and the negative predictive value (NPV) of the CAC score for dobutamine CMR were calculated. A total of 114 (87%) of the patients were eligible for this study. There was a significant correlation between the CAC score and dobutamine CMR (p<0.001). Patients with a CAC score of less than 11 showed no signs of inducible ischemia during dobutamine CMR. For a CAC score of less than 101, the NPV and the PPV of the CAC score for the outcome of dobutamine CMR were, respectively, 0.96 and 0.29. In patients with an inconclusive diagnosis of myocardial ischemia a MDCT CAC score of less than 11 reliably rules out myocardial ischemia detected by dobutamine CMR. (orig.)

  4. Predictive and Incremental Validity of the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide Scores with Male and Female Jail Inmates

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    Hastings, Mark E.; Krishnan, Shilpa; Tangney, June P.; Stuewig, Jeffrey

    2011-01-01

    The present study examines the predictive and incremental validity of Violence Risk Appraisal Guide scores in a sample of 328 male and 145 female jail inmates held on felony charges. Significant gender differences were observed in VRAG item and total score means, as well as in correlations between the VRAG and concurrent measures of aggression.…

  5. Spearman's Rank-Difference Coefficient of Correlation

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    This tutorial, created by Thomas W. MacFarland of Nova Southeastern University, explains the theory and use of the Spearman's Rank-Difference Correlation Coefficient and demonstrates it with an example on exam scores, homework scores, and project scores. Data sets are provided in both SPSS and Minitab code. This is a great resource for anyone interested in a more in-depth study of statistics.

  6. Frailty score on admission predicts outcomes in elderly burn injury.

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    Romanowski, Kathleen S; Barsun, Alura; Pamlieri, Tina L; Greenhalgh, David G; Sen, Soman

    2015-01-01

    With longer life expectancy, the number of burn injuries in the elderly continues to increase. Prediction of outcomes for the elderly is complicated by preinjury physical fitness and comorbid illness. The authors hypothesize that admission frailty assessment would be predictive of outcomes in the elderly burn population. Our primary aim was to determine if higher frailty scores were associated with higher risk of mortality for elderly burn patients. The secondary aims were to assess if higher frailty scores were associated with increased length of stay, increased needs for mechanical ventilation and poor discharge disposition. A 2-year retrospective chart review was performed of all admitted acute burn patients 65 years or older. Data collected included: age, gender, %TBSA of burn injury, presence of inhalation injury, in hospital mortality, hospital length of stay, ventilator days, ICU length of stay, surgical procedures, insurance status, and discharge disposition. Frailty scores were assessed from admission data and calculated using the Canadian Study of Health and Aging clinical frailty scale. A total of 89 patients met entry criteria. Mean age was 75.3 ± 8.1 years and consisted of 62 men and 27 women. Mean %TBSA was 9.6 ± 9.1% and mean frailty score (FS) was 4.5 ± 1.2. Eighty patients survived to discharge and nine died. Nonsurvivors had significantly higher FS compared to survivors (5.2 ± 1.2 vs 4.4 ± 1.2). FS were also significantly higher in patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) (5.34 ± 0.9) compared to those who were discharged home (4.1 ± 1.2) or to physical rehabilitation facilities (4 ± 1.5). Multivariate linear regression analysis revealed that age (B = 0.04) and discharge to SNF (B = 1.2) are independently associated with higher FS. However, survivors were independently associated with a significantly lower FS (B = -1.3). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed high admission FS independently increased the risk of discharge to SNF (odds ratio of 2.5 [1.3-4.8, 95% confidence interval]) and increased the risk of mortality (odds ratio of 1.67 [1.01-2.7, 95% confidence interval]). Frailty scores on admission allow for a more complete assessment of elderly patients and can be used to establish benchmark models for burn injury outcomes. In addition FS can be used as a research tool to improve outcomes for elderly burn injured patients. PMID:25383979

  7. Judging criteria in international professional surfing championships. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2012v14n4p439

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    Full Text Available DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2012v14n4p439This study investigated the association between judges’ scores and the varia­bles that represent judging criteria of surfing events. A total of 164 waves ridden by 21 international surfers were recorded and analyzed in two stages of the Brazilian ASP World Tour (2007 and 2010. The following tests were used for descriptive analysis of data: the Kolmogorov-Smirnov and the Student t test, one-way ANOVA, the Tukey post-hoc test and Pearson correlation analysis (p?0.05. Significant differences were found between the scores of waves with bad, average and exceptional take-offs (p?0.05 and with controlled exit, fall in the main section of the wave (MSW and after the MSW (p?0.001. There was a significant correlation (p?0.05 between wave scores and the following variables: frequency of imbalance in the maneuvers (r=-0.30, percentage of maneuvers in the critical section of the wave (r=0.68, variety of maneuvers (r=0.62, frequency of carving (r=0.51, re-entry (r=0.43, floater (r=0.23 and cut-back (r=0.27 maneuvers, length of ride (r=0.76 and total frequency of maneuvers (r=0.79 for the ASP World Tour 2007; percentage of maneuvers in the critical section of the wave (r=0.34, variety of maneuvers (r=0.70, frequency of carving (r=0.46, re-entry (r=0.51, cut-back (r=0.30 and aerial maneuvers (r=0.30, length of ride (r=0.71 and total frequency of maneuvers (r=0.75 for the ASP World Tour 2010. The results showed that all surfing criteria used by judges in this study correlated significantly with scores in the ASP World Tour 2007 and 2010, except for frequency of imbalances in the second competition.

  8. Comparison of Duke ergo-metric score and of the classification based on scintigraphic data in the stratification of coronaries

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    Stratification of risk (sudden death and infarction) remains a major problem of the way the coronaries are cared. Since 1987, a score based on the test-to-effort data was proposed by Mark and coll. of 'Duke University' team. They tried to demonstrate that this score provides a reliable classification of patients. We have compared the results obtained by using this score with those issued from the simultaneous analysis of the left ventricle (LV) function and LV perfusion. A hundred patients afflicted with coronaries (stenoses > 50%) benefited by a coupled study of the LV function and perfusion at rest and under effort made by means of MIBI scintigraphy. The effort test allowed calculating the 'Duke' score by means of a formula in terms of the angor index defined as follows: 0 for absence, 1 for angor and 2 for angor motivating cessation. According to Duke score three classes can be defined: patients of low risk, score ? 5; patients of intermediate risk, score in between 5 and -10; patients of high risk, score ? -10. Ejection fraction at effort acme was measured in every patient as well as the extension of perfusion defect, evaluated semi-quantitatively at effort and rest on the basis of bull's eye. Three groups of patients were created according to the results of perfusion+function couple): (A)- normal perfusion and function, the case of good prognostication; (B)- patients slightly afflicted (FEVeffort > 50% and in-effort defect extension effort 50%). The last criteria were proved by several studies as bad prognostication. A table presents the risks according the Duke score for the three classes. One can observe that one third of the patients severely afflicted by confirmed ischemia are classified in the low-risk class. Besides, the majority of patients are ranked with intermediary risk, independently of scintigraphic results. In conclusion, these results concerning the stratification of coronaries show the superiority of the criteria based on scintigraphy over the score extracted from the effort test

  9. Enhancement of transparency and accuracy of credit scoring models through genetic fuzzy classifier

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    2010-01-01

    Credit risk evaluation systems play an important role in the financial decision-making by enabling faster credit decisions, reducing the cost of credit analysis and diminishing possible risks. Credit scoring is the most commonly used technique for evaluating the creditworthiness of the credit applicants. The credit models built with this technique should satisfy two important criteria, namely accuracy, which measures the capability of predicting the behaviour of the customers, and transparenc...

  10. Consensus scoring for ligand/protein interactions.

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    Clark, Robert D; Strizhev, Alexander; Leonard, Joseph M; Blake, James F; Matthew, James B

    2002-01-01

    Several different functions have been put forward for evaluating the energetics of ligand binding to proteins. Those employed in the DOCK, GOLD and FlexX docking programs have been especially widely used, particularly in connection with virtual high-throughput screening (vHTS) projects. Until recently, such evaluation functions were usually considered only in conjunction with the docking programs that relied on them. In such studies, the evaluation function in question actually fills two distinct roles: it serves as the objective function being optimized (fitness function), but is also the scoring function used to compare the candidate docking configurations generated by the program. We have used descriptions available in the open literature to create free-standing scoring functions based on those used in DOCK and GOLD, and have implemented the more recently formulated PMF [J. Med. Chem. 42 (1999) 791] scoring function as well. The performance of these functions was examined individually for each of several data sets for which both crystal structures and affinities are available, as was the performance of the FlexX scoring function. Various ways of combining individual scores into a consensus score (CScore) were also considered. The individual and consensus scores were also used to try to pick out configurations most similar to those found in crystal structures from among a set of candidate configurations produced by FlexX docking runs. We find that the reliability and interpretability of results can be improved by combining results from all four functions into a CScore. PMID:11858637

  11. THE EFFICIENCY OF TENNIS DOUBLES SCORING SYSTEMS

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a family of scoring systems for tennis doubles for testing the hypothesis that pair A is better than pair B versus the alternative hypothesis that pair B is better than A, is established. This family or benchmark of scoring systems can be used as a benchmark against which the efficiency of any doubles scoring system can be assessed. Thus, the formula for the efficiency of any doubles scoring system is derived. As in tennis singles, one scoring system based on the play-the-loser structure is shown to be more efficient than the benchmark systems. An expression for the relative efficiency of two doubles scoring systems is derived. Thus, the relative efficiency of the various scoring systems presently used in doubles can be assessed. The methods of this paper can be extended to a match between two teams of 2, 4, 8, …doubles pairs, so that it is possible to establish a measure for the relative efficiency of the various systems used for tennis contests between teams of players.

  12. Comparisons of criteria in the assessment model parameter optimizations

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    Three criteria (chi square, relative chi square and correlation coefficient) used in model parameter optimization (MPO) process that aims at significant reduction of prediction uncertainties were discussed and compared to each other with the aid of a well-controlled tracer experiment

  13. Highlighting ethical decisions underlying the scoring of animal welfare in the Welfare Quality® scheme

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    Veissier, I.; Jensen, Karsten Klint

    2011-01-01

    All systems of scoring animal units (groups, farms, slaughter plants, etc.) according to the level of the animals’ welfare are based inevitably on normative decisions. Similarly, all methods of labelling, in terms of acceptability, are based on choices reflecting ethical values. The evaluative dimension of scoring and labelling does not mean that we should reject them, but it does mean that we need to make the normative and ethical background explicit. The Welfare Quality® scoring system is used as a case study in order to highlight the role of underlying value-based decisions. In this scoring system, which was designed in accordance with assessments and judgments from experts in animal and social sciences and stakeholders, we identify value-based decisions at the following five levels. First, there are several definitions of animal welfare (eg hedonist, perfectionist, and preferentialist), and any welfare scoring system will reflect a focus upon one or other definition. In Welfare Quality® 12 welfare criteria were defined, and the entire list of criteria was intended to cover relevant definitions of animal welfare. Second, two dimensions can structure an overall evaluation of animal welfare: the individual animals and the welfare criteria (here 12). Hence a choice needs to be made between the aggregation of information at the individual level (which results in a proportion of animals from the unit in a good vs bad state) and the aggregation at criterion level (which results in a proportion of criteria to which the unit complies vs does not comply). Welfare Quality® opted for the second alternative to facilitate the provision of advice to farmers on solving the welfare problems associated with their farms. Third, one has to decide whether the overall welfare assessment should reflect the average state of the animals or give priority to worse-off animals. In the Welfare Quality® scoring system the worse-off animals are treated as much more important than the others, but all welfare problems, major or minor, count. Fourth, one has to decide whether good scores on certain criteria can compensate for bad scores on others. In the opinion of most people, welfare scores do not compensate each other. This was taken into account in the Welfare Quality® scoring system by using a specific operator instead of mere weighted sums. Finally, a scoring system may either reflect societal demands for high levels of welfare or be based on what can be achieved in practice – in other words, an absolute assessment or a relative one may be proposed. Welfare Quality® adopted an intermediate strategy: absolute limits between welfare categories (Not classified, Acceptable, Enhanced, or Excellent level of welfare) were set, but the rules governing the assignment of an animal unit to a category take into account what had been observed on European farms. The scientists behind Welfare Quality® are keen to make the value-based choices underlying assessments of animal welfare transparent. This is essential to allow stakeholder groups to understand the extent to which their views are acknowledged and acted upon.

  14. Lack of consensus on tests and criteria for generalized joint hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome : Hypermobile type and joint hypermobility syndrome

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    Remvig, Lars; Flycht, Lise

    2014-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to register clinicians performance and opinion of importance of clinical tests for generalized joint hypermobility (GJH), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type (EDS-HT) and joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS), and to reach a consensus among clinicians on criteria for diagnosing GJH, EDS-HT and JHS. A panel of clinicians answered questions about how to perform and interpret clinical tests and rated test importance on an 11-box scale. The questionnaire was developed on the basis of information from focus groups and the literature. Cronbach's ? was used as a measure of internal consistency/consensus among the panelists. The results showed Cronbach's ? on importance score of items for diagnosing GJH, EDS-HT and JHS was 0.61, 0.79, and 0.44, respectively. Panelist-group correlation for the three conditions varied substantially (-0.46 to 0.89, 0.03 to 0.68, and -0.07 to 0.68) indicating heterogeneity among the panelists. There was agreement on which tests to use, but performance of the tests (i.e., the specific maneuvers) varied considerably inclusive use of tests with unknown reliability. Furthermore, agreement on the diagnostic criteria varied. We conclude that the level of consensus for the importance of various items for diagnosing GJH, EDS-HT and JHS, was below the required limit (Cronbach's ? >0.90) for clinical decision-making and diagnosing. Consensus on tests and criteria through a Delphi process could not be reached. Better descriptions of, and reliability studies on, test maneuvers and criteria sets for these conditions are needed. Subsequent intensive training and implementation of these tests and criteria, nationally as well as internationally should be established. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Lack of consensus on tests and criteria for generalized joint hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome : hypermobile type and joint hypermobility syndrome

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    Remvig, Lars; Flycht, Lise

    2014-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to register clinicians performance and opinion of importance of clinical tests for generalized joint hypermobility (GJH), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type (EDS-HT) and joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS), and to reach a consensus among clinicians on criteria for diagnosing GJH, EDS-HT and JHS. A panel of clinicians answered questions about how to perform and interpret clinical tests and rated test importance on an 11-box scale. The questionnaire was developed on the basis of information from focus groups and the literature. Cronbach's ? was used as a measure of internal consistency/consensus among the panelists. The results showed Cronbach's ? on importance score of items for diagnosing GJH, EDS-HT and JHS was 0.61, 0.79, and 0.44, respectively. Panelist-group correlation for the three conditions varied substantially (-0.46 to 0.89, 0.03 to 0.68, and -0.07 to 0.68) indicating heterogeneity among the panelists. There was agreement on which tests to use, but performance of the tests (i.e., the specific maneuvers) varied considerably inclusive use of tests with unknown reliability. Furthermore, agreement on the diagnostic criteria varied. We conclude that the level of consensus for the importance of various items for diagnosing GJH, EDS-HT and JHS, was below the required limit (Cronbach's ? >0.90) for clinical decision-making and diagnosing. Consensus on tests and criteria through a Delphi process could not be reached. Better descriptions of, and reliability studies on, test maneuvers and criteria sets for these conditions are needed. Subsequent intensive training and implementation of these tests and criteria, nationally as well as internationally should be established.

  16. Acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: high-resolution CT scores predict mortality

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    Fujimoto, Kiminori [Kurume University School of Medicine, and Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Kurume University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kurume, Fukuoka (Japan); Taniguchi, Hiroyuki; Kondoh, Yasuhiro; Kataoka, Kensuke [Tosei General Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Seto, Aichi (Japan); Johkoh, Takeshi [Kinki Central Hospital of Mutual Aid Association of Public School Teachers, Department of Radiology, Itami (Japan); Ichikado, Kazuya [Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Kumamoto (Japan); Sumikawa, Hiromitsu [Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Ogura, Takashi; Endo, Takahiro [Kanagawa Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Yokohama, Kanagawa (Japan); Kawaguchi, Atsushi [Kurume University School of Medicine, Biostatistics Center, Kurume (Japan); Mueller, Nestor L. [University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital, Department of Radiology, Vancouver, B.C. (Canada)

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    To determine high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings helpful in predicting mortality in patients with acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (AEx-IPF). Sixty patients with diagnosis of AEx-IPF were reviewed retrospectively. Two groups (two observers each) independently evaluated pattern, distribution, and extent of HRCT findings at presentation and calculated an HRCT score at AEx based on normal attenuation areas and extent of abnormalities, such as areas of ground-glass attenuation and/or consolidation with or without traction bronchiectasis or bronchiolectasis and areas of honeycombing. The correlation between the clinical data including the HRCT score and mortality (cause-specific survival) was evaluated using the univariate and multivariate Cox-regression analyses. Serum KL-6 level, PaCO{sub 2}, and the HRCT score were statistically significant predictors on univariate analysis. Multivariate analysis revealed that the HRCT score was an independently significant predictor of outcome (hazard ratio, 1.13; 95% confidence interval, 1.06-1.19, P = 0.0002). The area under receiver operating characteristics curve for the HRCT score was statistically significant in the classification of survivors or nonsurvivors (0.944; P < 0.0001). Survival in patients with HRCT score {>=}245 was worse than those with lower score (log-rank test, P < 0.0001). The HRCT score at AEx is independently related to prognosis in patients with AEx-IPF. (orig.)

  17. Acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: high-resolution CT scores predict mortality

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    To determine high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings helpful in predicting mortality in patients with acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (AEx-IPF). Sixty patients with diagnosis of AEx-IPF were reviewed retrospectively. Two groups (two observers each) independently evaluated pattern, distribution, and extent of HRCT findings at presentation and calculated an HRCT score at AEx based on normal attenuation areas and extent of abnormalities, such as areas of ground-glass attenuation and/or consolidation with or without traction bronchiectasis or bronchiolectasis and areas of honeycombing. The correlation between the clinical data including the HRCT score and mortality (cause-specific survival) was evaluated using the univariate and multivariate Cox-regression analyses. Serum KL-6 level, PaCO2, and the HRCT score were statistically significant predictors on univariate analysis. Multivariate analysis revealed that the HRCT score was an independently significant predictor of outcome (hazard ratio, 1.13; 95% confidence interval, 1.06-1.19, P = 0.0002). The area under receiver operating characteristics curve for the HRCT score was statistically significant in the classification of survivors or nonsurvivors (0.944; P < 0.0001). Survival in patients with HRCT score ?245 was worse than those with lower score (log-rank test, P < 0.0001). The HRCT score at AEx is independently related to prognosis in patients with AEx-IPF. (orig.)patients with AEx-IPF. (orig.)

  18. Discrimination ability of the Energy score

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    Pinson, Pierre; Tastu, Julija

    2013-01-01

    Research on generating and verification of multivariate probabilistic forecasts has gained increased interest over the last few years. Emphasis is placed here on the evaluation of forecast quality with the Energy score, which is based on a quadratic scoring rule. While this score may be seen as appealing since being proper, we show that its discrimination ability may be limited when focusing on the dependence structure of multivariate probabilistic forecasts. For the case of multivariate Gaussian process, a theoretical upper for such discrimination ability is derived and discussed. This limited discrimination ability may eventually get compromised by computational and sampling issues, as dimension increases.

  19. Exercise Testing Score for Myocardial Ischemia Gradation

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    Full Text Available Scores aimed at contributing to the optimization of exercise testing (ET have been developed and the experience with their application in coronary artery disease (CAD has proven to be favorable1. Although there is debate on the use of scores in clinical practice, those that stand for it argue that they may decrease the rate of undiagnosed CAD, besides reducing the number of patients without disease that undergo highly expensive tests2. Additionally, scores may be helpful, in a more consistent and organized fashion, in prognosis evaluation and in the adoption of an appropriate plan of action for the triage of this disease in the general population.

  20. Correlation between margin fit and microleakage in complete crowns cemented with three luting agents

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    Paulo Henrique Orlato Rossetti

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Microleakage can be related to margin misfit. Also, traditional microleakage techniques are time-consuming. This study evaluated the existence of correlation between in vitro margin fit and a new microleakage technique for complete crowns cemented with 3 different luting agents. Thirty human premolars were prepared for full-coverage crowns with a convergence angle of 6 degrees, chamfer margin of 1.2 mm circumferentially, and occlusal reduction of 1.5 mm. Ni-Cr cast crowns were cemented with either zinc phosphate (ZP (S.S. White, resin-modified glass-ionomer (RMGI (Rely X Luting Cement or a resin-based luting agent (RC (Enforce. Margin fit (seating discrepancy and margin gap was evaluated according to criteria in the literature under microscope with 0.001 mm accuracy. After thermal cycling, crowns were longitudinally sectioned and microleakage scores at tooth-cement interface were obtained and recorded at ×100 magnification. Margin fit parameters were compared with the one-way ANOVA test and microleakage scores with Kruskal-Wallis and Dunn's tests (alpha=0.05. Correlation between margin fit and microleakage was analyzed with the Spearman's test (alpha=0.05. Seating discrepancy and marginal gap values ranged from 81.82 µm to 137.22 µm (p=0.117, and from 75.42 µm to 78.49 µm (p=0.940, respectively. Marginal microleakage scores were ZP=3.02, RMGI=0.35 and RC=0.12 (p0.05. Conclusion: Margin fit parameters and microleakage showed no strong correlations; cast crowns cemented with RMGI and RC had lower microleakage scores than ZP cement.

  1. Correlation between margin fit and microleakage in complete crowns cemented with three luting agents

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    Paulo Henrique Orlato, Rossetti; Accacio Lins do, Valle; Ricardo Marins de, Carvalho; Mario Fernando De, Goes; Luiz Fernando, Pegoraro.

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    Full Text Available Microleakage can be related to margin misfit. Also, traditional microleakage techniques are time-consuming. This study evaluated the existence of correlation between in vitro margin fit and a new microleakage technique for complete crowns cemented with 3 different luting agents. Thirty human premola [...] rs were prepared for full-coverage crowns with a convergence angle of 6 degrees, chamfer margin of 1.2 mm circumferentially, and occlusal reduction of 1.5 mm. Ni-Cr cast crowns were cemented with either zinc phosphate (ZP) (S.S. White), resin-modified glass-ionomer (RMGI) (Rely X Luting Cement) or a resin-based luting agent (RC) (Enforce). Margin fit (seating discrepancy and margin gap) was evaluated according to criteria in the literature under microscope with 0.001 mm accuracy. After thermal cycling, crowns were longitudinally sectioned and microleakage scores at tooth-cement interface were obtained and recorded at ×100 magnification. Margin fit parameters were compared with the one-way ANOVA test and microleakage scores with Kruskal-Wallis and Dunn's tests (alpha=0.05). Correlation between margin fit and microleakage was analyzed with the Spearman's test (alpha=0.05). Seating discrepancy and marginal gap values ranged from 81.82 µm to 137.22 µm (p=0.117), and from 75.42 µm to 78.49 µm (p=0.940), respectively. Marginal microleakage scores were ZP=3.02, RMGI=0.35 and RC=0.12 (p0.05). Conclusion: Margin fit parameters and microleakage showed no strong correlations; cast crowns cemented with RMGI and RC had lower microleakage scores than ZP cement.

  2. Differential Predictive Validity of High School GPA and College Entrance Test Scores for University Students in Yemen

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    Al-Hattami, Abdulghani Ali Dawod

    2012-01-01

    High school grade point average and college entrance test scores are two admission criteria that are currently used by most colleges in Yemen to select their prospective students. Given their widespread use, it is important to investigate their predictive validity to ensure the accuracy of the admission decisions in these institutions. This study…

  3. The danish version of the modified constant-murley shoulder score : reliability, agreement, and construct validity

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    Moeller, Anders D; Thorsen, Rikke R

    2014-01-01

    Study Design Test-retest study. Objectives To assess the reliability, agreement, and validity of the Danish version of the modified Constant-Murley score (CMS). Background Modified CMS guidelines were published in 2008. These modifications have recently been translated and cross-culturally adapted into a Danish version. However, the reliability and the validity of this version have yet to be established. Methods A total of 45 patients with shoulder impingement syndrome were examined by 2 raters using the modified version of the CMS and a questionnaire that included the Oxford shoulder score. Both raters had a minimum of experience using the CMS. Intrarater and interrater agreement and reliability were examined and compared. Construct validity was assessed by the correlation between the scores of the CMS and the Oxford shoulder score. Results The minimal detectable change was estimated to be 13 and 11 points for raters A and B, respectively. The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.93 for rater A and 0.95 for rater B. Interrater comparison demonstrated a minimal detectable change of 12 points and an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.94. The correlation coefficient between the CMS and the Oxford shoulder score was 0.76. Conclusion The intrarater and interrater reliability and agreement of the Danish version of the modified CMS were found to be acceptable, and construct validity was confirmed. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2014;44(5):336-340. Epub 27 March 2014. doi:10.2519/jospt.2014.5008.

  4. Reliability criteria for voltage stability

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    Taylor, Carson W.; Silverstein, Brian L. [Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR (United States)

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    In face of costs pressures, there is need to allocate scare resources more effectively in order to achieve voltage stability. This naturally leads to development of probabilistic criteria and notions of rick management. In this paper it is presented a discussion about criteria for long term voltage stability limited to the case in which the time frames are topically several minutes. (author) 14 refs., 1 fig.

  5. Diagnostic criteria for neurocysticercosis, revisited

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    2012-01-01

    Diagnosis of neurocysticercosis (NCC) can be a challenge. Clinical manifestations are non-specific, most neuroimaging findings are non-pathognomonic, and some serologic tests have low sensitivity or specificity. A set of diagnostic criteria was proposed in 2001 to avoid the over diagnosis of NCC that occurs in epidemiologic surveys, and to help clinicians evaluating patients with suspected NCC. The set included four stratified categories of criteria, including: (1) absolute: histological demo...

  6. Lidar Rayleigh-fit criteria

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    The talk explains how aerosol-free regions in a lidar signal can be determined by means of the so-called Rayleigh-fit. Criteria based on statistical analyses of the residuals are proposed and explained in detail, which allow to assess the quality of the Rayleigh-fit. Some of the methods can be used to develop quantitative criteria for the uncertainty in the retrieved reference value for the lidar signal inversion.

  7. Automatic computation of CHA2DS2-VASc score: information extraction from clinical texts for thromboembolism risk assessment.

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    Grouin, Cyril; Deléger, Louise; Rosier, Arnaud; Temal, Lynda; Dameron, Olivier; Van Hille, Pascal; Burgun, Anita; Zweigenbaum, Pierre

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    The CHA2DS2-VASc score is a 10-point scale which allows cardiologists to easily identify potential stroke risk for patients with non-valvular fibrillation. In this article, we present a system based on natural language processing (lexicon and linguistic modules), including negation and speculation handling, which extracts medical concepts from French clinical records and uses them as criteria to compute the CHA2DS2-VASc score. We evaluate this system by comparing its computed criteria with those obtained by human reading of the same clinical texts, and by assessing the impact of the observed differences on the resulting CHA2DS2-VASc scores. Given 21 patient records, 168 instances of criteria were computed, with an accuracy of 97.6%, and the accuracy of the 21 CHA2DS2-VASc scores was 85.7%. All differences in scores trigger the same alert, which means that system performance on this test set yields similar results to human reading of the texts. PMID:22195104

  8. Toxic chemical risk acceptance criteria

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    This paper presents recommendations of a subcommittee of the Westinghouse M ampersand 0 Nuclear Facility Safety Committee concerning toxic chemical risk acceptance criteria. Two sets of criteria have been developed, one for use in the hazard classification of facilities, and the second for use in comparing risks in DOE non-reactor nuclear facility Safety Analysis Reports. The Emergency Response Planning Guideline (ERPG) values are intended to provide estimates of concentration ranges for specific chemicals above which exposure would be expected to lead to adverse heath effects of increasing severity for ERPG-1, -2, and -3s. The subcommittee recommends that criteria for hazard class or risk range be based on ERPGs for all chemicals. Probability-based Incremental Cancer Risk (ICR) criteria are recommended for additional analyses of risks from all known or suspected human carcinogens. Criteria are given for both on-site and off-site exposure. The subcommittee also recommends that the 5-minute peak concentration be compared with the relevant criterion with no adjustment for exposure time. Since ERPGs are available for only a limited number of chemicals, the subcommittee has developed a proposed hierarchy of concentration limit parameters for the different criteria

  9. Utility view of relicensing criteria

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    The relicensing of a nuclear plant is a new and major US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) action that will undoubtedly require rule making before it can take place. What should be submitted and reviewed for relicensing is entirely unknown at this time. As a extreme approach to relicensing, the NRC could require a plant evaluation against the standard review plan. Plants would then have to meet all current interpretations of the regulations that exist at the time of the license renewal application. Few plants could economically meet this criteria and the rationale for this approach seems difficult to fathom. A more workable approach recognizes the plant as a entirely known entity, and so, focuses the renewal evaluation on age-related degradation of safety-significant equipment. Essentially this is the approach espoused by NUPLEX (the utility organization formed to deal with life extension issues). It would require that a plant maintain the licensing basis and the corresponding level of safety that have evolved during its initial term. The promulgation of relicensing criteria will not be forthcoming for at least several years. Yet, such criteria are required now to guide licensee evaluations for plants that have the earliest license expirations. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a regime for this set of licensing criteria, which might serve as reasonable license renewal criteria. With these, utilities could conduct engineering evaluations for license renewal wineering evaluations for license renewal with some comfort that such evaluations might conform somewhat to the criteria eventually promulgated by NRC

  10. Rules for Scoring Respiratory Events in Sleep: Update of the 2007 AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events

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    Berry, Richard B.; Budhiraja, Rohit; Gottlieb, Daniel J.; Gozal, David; Iber, Conrad; Kapur, Vishesh K.; Marcus, Carole L.; Mehra, Reena; Parthasarathy, Sairam; Quan, Stuart F.; Redline, Susan; Strohl, Kingman P.; Ward, Sally L. Davidson; Tangredi, Michelle M.

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    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Sleep Apnea Definitions Task Force reviewed the current rules for scoring respiratory events in the 2007 AASM Manual for the Scoring and Sleep and Associated Events to determine if revision was indicated. The goals of the task force were (1) to clarify and simplify the current scoring rules, (2) to review evidence for new monitoring technologies relevant to the scoring rules, and (3) to strive for greater concordance between adult and pediatric rules. The task force reviewed the evidence cited by the AASM systematic review of the reliability and validity of scoring respiratory events published in 2007 and relevant studies that have appeared in the literature since that publication. Given the limitations of the published evidence, a consensus process was used to formulate the majority of the task force recommendations concerning revisions. The task force made recommendations concerning recommended and alternative sensors for the detection of apnea and hypopnea to be used during diagnostic and positive airway pressure (PAP) titration polysomnography. An alternative sensor is used if the recommended sensor fails or the signal is inaccurate. The PAP device flow signal is the recommended sensor for the detection of apnea, hypopnea, and respiratory effort related arousals (RERAs) during PAP titration studies. Appropriate filter settings for recording (display) of the nasal pressure signal to facilitate visualization of inspiratory flattening are also specified. The respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP) signals to be used as alternative sensors for apnea and hypopnea detection are specified. The task force reached consensus on use of the same sensors for adult and pediatric patients except for the following: (1) the end-tidal PCO2 signal can be used as an alternative sensor for apnea detection in children only, and (2) polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) belts can be used to monitor respiratory effort (thoracoabdominal belts) and as an alternative sensor for detection of apnea and hypopnea (PVDFsum) only in adults. The task force recommends the following changes to the 2007 respiratory scoring rules. Apnea in adults is scored when there is a drop in the peak signal excursion by ? 90% of pre-event baseline using an oronasal thermal sensor (diagnostic study), PAP device flow (titration study), or an alternative apnea sensor, for ? 10 seconds. Hypopnea in adults is scored when the peak signal excursions drop by ? 30% of pre-event baseline using nasal pressure (diagnostic study), PAP device flow (titration study), or an alternative sensor, for ? 10 seconds in association with either ? 3% arterial oxygen desaturation or an arousal. Scoring a hypopnea as either obstructive or central is now listed as optional, and the recommended scoring rules are presented. In children an apnea is scored when peak signal excursions drop by ? 90% of pre-event baseline using an oronasal thermal sensor (diagnostic study), PAP device flow (titration study), or an alternative sensor; and the event meets duration and respiratory effort criteria for an obstructive, mixed, or central apnea. A central apnea is scored in children when the event meets criteria for an apnea, there is an absence of inspiratory effort throughout the event, and at least one of the following is met: (1) the event is ? 20 seconds in duration, (2) the event is associated with an arousal or ? 3% oxygen desaturation, (3) (infants under 1 year of age only) the event is associated with a decrease in heart rate to less than 50 beats per minute for at least 5 seconds or less than 60 beats per minute for 15 seconds. A hypopnea is scored in children when the peak signal excursions drop is ? 30% of pre-event baseline using nasal pressure (diagnostic study), PAP device flow (titration study), or an alternative sensor, for ? the duration of 2 breaths in association with either ? 3% oxygen desaturation or an arousal. In children and adults, surrogates of the arterial PCO2

  11. Melanoma maligno cutâneo: sistema de pontos (scoring system para auxílio no diagnóstico histopatológico Cutaneous malignant melanoma: scoring system to assist in the histopathologic diagnosis

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    Luiz Alberto Veronese

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O diagnóstico histopatológico de algumas lesões melanocíticas pode ser muito difícil, mesmo para especialistas, mas há casos em que a dificuldade surge pela inadequada e subjetiva aplicação dos critérios diagnósticos. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo é desenvolver um método de aplicação sistemática desses critérios, atribuindo valores para os mais importantes. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Selecionaram-se os critérios mais relevantes para o diagnóstico de melanoma, atribuindo valores de 1 a 5 de acordo com sua importância. Foram escolhidos 101 casos de melanomas de tipo extensivo-superficial com menos de 2mm de espessura para análise comparativa com 33 lesões melanocíticas benignas (13 nevos de Spitz, seis de Reed, seis displásicos, três congênitos, três adquiridos, um combinado e um recorrente. RESULTADOS: A soma dos valores dados aos critérios (score apresentou diferença significativa entre lesões malignas e benignas, mostrando que esse método pode ser útil ao patologista cirúrgico generalista em sua rotina diária. CONCLUSÃO: A aplicação objetiva e sistemática dos critérios histopatológicos pelo sistema de pontos (scoring system pode ajudar o diagnóstico diferencial entre maligno e benigno em muitas lesões, porém não tendo o efeito desejado nas lesões melanocíticas de comportamento biológico indeterminado.INTRODUCTION: The histopathological diagnosis of melanocytic lesions may be very difficult, even by experts within the field. The challenge can come from inaccurate and/or subjective application of the diagnosis criteria. AIM: The goal of this study was to develop a method of systematic application of histopathological criteria as a result of the most relevant microscopic characteristics. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The most important criteria to diagnosing melanoma on histopathological bases were selected and given points ranging from 1 to 5 according to their relevance to the melanoma diagnosis. A total of 101 cases of extensive-superficial melanoma less than 2mm thick were comparatively analysed with 33 benign melanocytic lesions (thirteen Spitz nevi, six Reed nevi, six dysplastic nevi, three congenital nevi, three acquired nevi, one combined nevus and one recurrent nevus. RESULTS: The total amount of values obtained on histopathological criteria (scores pointed out significant statistical differences between benign and malignant lesions, what makes this method useful for surgical pathologist in daily routines. CONCLUSION: The objective and systematic application of histopathological criteria by means of the scoring system may be helpful in the differential diagnosis between benign and malignant melanocytic neoplasms, but the approach was not able to distinguish melanocytic lesions of unknown biological behavior.

  12. Data Mining the University: College GPA Predictions from SAT Scores

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    Hsu, Stephen D H

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    We analyze a data set comprised of academic records of undergraduates at the University of Oregon from 2000-2004. We find correlations of roughly 0.35 to 0.5 between SAT scores and upper division, in-major GPA (henceforth, GPA). Interestingly, low SAT scores do not preclude high performance in most majors. That is, the distribution of SAT scores after conditioning on high GPA (e.g., 3.5 or even 4.0) typically extends below 1000 (the average among test takers). We hypothesize that "overachievers" overcome cognitive deficits through hard work, and discuss to what extent they can be identified from high school records. Only a few majors seem to exhibit a "cognitive threshold" -- such that high GPA (mastery of the subject matter) is very unlikely below a certain SAT threshold (i.e., no matter how dedicated or hard working the student). Our results suggest that almost any student admitted to university can achieve academic success, if they work hard enough. In addition to our primary result, we find that the best ...

  13. GMAT Scores of Undergraduate Economics Majors

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    Nelson, Paul A.; Monson, Terry D.

    2008-01-01

    The average score of economics majors on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exceeds those of nearly all humanities and arts, social sciences, and business undergraduate majors but not those of most science, engineering, and mathematics majors. (Contains 1 table.)

  14. Comparability of IQ Scores over Time

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    Must, Olev; te Nijenhuis, Jan; Must, Aasa; van Vianen, Annelies E. M.

    2009-01-01

    This study investigates the comparability of IQ scores. Three cohorts (1933/36, 1997/98, 2006) of Estonian students (N = 2173) are compared using the Estonian National Intelligence Test. After 72 years the secular rise of the IQ test scores is 0.79 SD. The mean 0.16 SD increase in the last 8 years suggests a rapid increase of the Flynn Effect (FE)…

  15. Quality Scores for 32,000 Genomes

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    Land, Miriam L [ORNL; Hyatt, Philip Douglas [ORNL; Jun, Se Ran [ORNL; Kora, Guruprasad H [ORNL; Hauser, Loren John [ORNL; Ussery, David W [ORNL

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    More than 80% of the microbial genomes in GenBank are of draft quality (12,553 draft vs. 2,679 finished, as of October, 2013). We examined the microbial DNA sequences available for complete, draft, and Sequence Read Archive genomes in GenBank as well as three other major public databases and assigned quality scores for more than 30,000 prokaryotic genome sequences. Scores were assigned using four categories: the completeness of the assembly, the presence of full-length rRNA genes, tRNA composition and the presence of a set of 120 conserved genes in prokaryotes. Most (~87.6%) of the genomes had quality scores of 0.8 or better and can be safely used for standard comparative genomics analysis, although only 6.1% of the genomes had a perfect quality score. We find that about 2.9% of the genomes had a score below 0.6 and probably have too low a quality to yield reliable analysis. This score corresponds to more than 1000 contigs. Comparison of the codon usage across 15,000 quality genomes found that anti-codons beginning with an A (codons ending with a U ) are almost non-existent, with the exception of one arginine codon (CGU).

  16. A developmental study of scores of the Boston Qualitative Scoring System.

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    Nakano, Kousuke; Ogino, Tatsuya; Watanabe, Kiyoko; Hattori, Junri; Ito, Minako; Oka, Makio; Ohtsuka, Yoko

    2006-11-01

    To elucidate developmental changes of the Summary Scores of the Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) for the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure (ROCF). One hundred healthy children aged 6-16 (average 9.7 +/- 2.4; 60 boys, 40 girls). The ROCF was administered and graded based on the BQSS. The subjects were classified in four age-groups: 6- and 7-year-olds; 8- and 9-year-olds; 10- and 11-year-olds; and 12- and 16-year-olds. The differences in Summary Scores were examined among age-groups. All BQSS Summary Scores except Delayed Retention showed clear developmental changes. The Copy Presence Accuracy, the Immediate Presence Accuracy, the Delayed Presence Accuracy, and the Immediate Retention showed continuous development throughout childhood, though some differences were noted in the age ranges during which each score showed the most rapid development. The Organization score showed a somewhat peculiar pattern, with rapid development during the age ranges of 8-9 and 10-11 and with no distinctive development before and after these ranges. Five of the six BQSS Summary Scores showed clear developmental changes with a different developmental pattern in each score. Especially, the Organization score was unique and was supposed to reflect a different underlying process than the other Summary Scores, which might relate to the local and global processing style. BQSS is a promising tool for the evaluation of higher brain functions in childhood. PMID:16781105

  17. Breast Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound: Is a Scoring System Feasible? ----A Preliminary Study in China

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    Xiao, Xiaoyun; Ou, Bing; Yang, Haiyun; Wu, Huan; Luo, Baoming

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Although many studies about breast contrast-enhanced ultrasound had been conducted, clear diagnostic criteria for evaluating enhancement patterns are still lacking. This study aims to identify significant indicators for breast contrast-enhanced ultrasound and to establish an initial scoring system. Materials and Methods Totally 839 patients were included in the study. This study was divided into two parts. 364 patients were included in part 1 while 475 in part 2. Conventional ultrasound and contrast-enhanced ultrasound were used to examine each lesion. Only the cases in part 2 were also examined by elastography. In part 1, Logistic regression analysis was performed to predict significant variables. A 5-point scoring system was developed based on the results. In part 2, the scoring system was used to evaluate all the breast lesions. To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of the new scoring system, it was compared with the system established for elastography and conventional ultrasound (BI-RADS). Results Three independent variables, namely, lesion scope, margin, and shape were selected in the final step of the logistic regression analysis in part 1. In part 2, the area under the ROC (receiver operating characteristic) curve for the contrast-enhanced scoring system was 0.912. The difference in the diagnostic capabilities of the contrast-enhanced scoring system and elastography was not statistically significant (P?=?0.17). The difference in the diagnostic capabilities of the contrast-enhanced scoring system and BI-RADS was statistically significant (P<0.001). Conclusions The contrast-enhanced patterns of benign and malignant breast tumors are different. The application of a 5-point scoring system for contrast-enhanced ultrasound is clinically promising. PMID:25133534

  18. A multi-criteria analysis approach to evaluate GHG mitigation and development

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    Howells, M. [Cape Town Univ., (South Africa). Energy Research Centre; Laitner, J. [United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (United States). Technology Policy

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    Improving industrial energy efficiency as a greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measure offers the potential to influence other sustainable development goals. Although South Africa currently has no obligation to reduce GHG emissions under agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, it is advantageous to investigate mitigation options that would promote development and reduce GHG emissions, and then to evaluate these options in terms of national development or government policy goals. Although strategies such as fuel switching, along with more efficient methods of energy transformation and supply can also reduce emission levels, this paper focused on electrical energy efficiency measures because these have been identified as a key priority in national planning. The correlation between GHG mitigation measures, such as improved energy efficiency, and benefits such as job creation was emphasized. The paper presented a hypothetical case study of industry in South Africa to demonstrate how certain industrial electrical energy efficiency measures can meet national development goals while reducing GHG emissions. The measures were evaluated in 3 scenarios, and then assessed in terms of their desirability. The Energy Research Center developed the CLIMAX tool based on multi-criteria analysis (MCA) for this purpose. The analysis was based on several studies that provided the data used in the MCA framework. The tool was designed to evaluate scenarios of decision criteria, and to find their changes over time and their uncertainty. The 3 scenarios included a base case in which government development goals such as job creation were emphasized; a profit-driven case in which profitability and ease of implementation were favoured above development goals such as job creation; and, an environmental interest case, in which aspects such as water conservation were the focus. Each scenario involved at least one objective and different groups of candidates emerged according to their preference scores. 4 refs., 1 tab., 1 fig.

  19. Scheuermann's Disease: Evaluation of Radiological Criteria and Population Prevalence.

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    Makurthou, Ater A; Oei, Ling; Saddy, Salih El; Breda, Stephan J; Castaño-Betancourt, Martha C; Hofman, Albert; van Meurs, Joyce B J; Uitterlinden, André G; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Oei, Edwin H G

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    Study Design: Observational population-based studyObjective: Determine the prevalence of radiographic Scheuermann's disease in a Dutch population and evaluate the consistency of diagnostic criteria.Summary of Background Data: Scheuermann's disease is a form of osteochondrosis characterized by increased posterior rounding of the thoracic spine with structural vertebral deformity. Different expert-opinion based radiological criteria exist, yet these have not been validated. The prevalence in the general population reported ranges from 1% to 10%.Methods: Lateral spine radiographs of 2,753 Rotterdam Study participants (aged 45-89) were assessed for Scheuermann's disease using Sørensen and Sachs' radiographic criteria in two phases. Cohen's kappa statistics were calculated for inter-rater agreement. Prevalence estimates were calculated and gender differences were tested with Pearson's chi-square test. We evaluated if varying the kyphosis angle criterion would change the prevalence estimate.Results: 677 individuals (24.6%) had endplate irregularities and 140 (5.1%) had vertebral wedging. Abnormalities were significantly more prevalent among men (pdefinition, standardized scoring of independent features resulted in substantial inter-observer agreement, and different applications of diagnostic criteria did not significantly alter the classification. PMID:23759818

  20. Inter-expert and intra-expert reliability in sleep spindle scoring

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    Wendt, Sabrina Lyngbye; Welinder, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Objectives To measure the inter-expert and intra-expert agreement in sleep spindle scoring, and to quantify how many experts are needed to build a reliable dataset of sleep spindle scorings. Methods The EEG dataset was comprised of 400 randomly selected 115 s segments of stage 2 sleep from 110 sleeping subjects in the general population (57 ± 8, range: 42–72 years). To assess expert agreement, a total of 24 Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs) scored spindles in a subset of the EEG dataset at a single electrode location (C3-M2). Intra-expert and inter-expert agreements were calculated as F1-scores, Cohen’s kappa (?), and intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC). Results We found an average intra-expert F1-score agreement of 72 ± 7% (?: 0.66 ± 0.07). The average inter-expert agreement was 61 ± 6% (?: 0.52 ± 0.07). Amplitude and frequency of discrete spindles were calculated with higher reliability than the estimation of spindle duration. Reliability of sleep spindle scoring can be improved by using qualitative confidence scores, rather than a dichotomous yes/no scoring system. Conclusions We estimate that 2–3 experts are needed to build a spindle scoring dataset with ‘substantial’ reliability (?: 0.61–0.8), and 4 or more experts are needed to build a dataset with ‘almost perfect’ reliability (?: 0.81–1). Significance Spindle scoring is a critical part of sleep staging, and spindles are believed to play an important role in development, aging, and diseases of the nervous system.

  1. Evidence-based decision about test scoring rules in clinical anatomy multiple-choice examinations.

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    Severo, Milton; Gaio, A Rita; Povo, Ana; Silva-Pereira, Fernanda; Ferreira, Maria Amélia

    2015-05-01

    In theory the formula scoring methods increase the reliability of multiple-choice tests in comparison with number-right scoring. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of the formula scoring method in clinical anatomy multiple-choice examinations, and to compare it with that from the number-right scoring method, hoping to achieve an evidence-based decision about test scoring rules. Two hundred and ninety-eight students completed an examination in clinical anatomy which included 40 multiple-choice questions with five response options each. Among these, 245 (82.2%) examinees were assessed according to the number-right scoring method (group A) while 53 (17.8%) were assessed according to the formula scoring method (group B). The prevalence of passing was significantly higher in group A than in group B, after correction of the pass and fail cutoffs for guessing (84.9% vs. 62.3%, P?=?0.005), keeping a similar reliability in both groups (0.7 vs. 0.8, P?=?0.094). Pearson Correlation coefficients between practical and theoretical examination scores were 0.66 [95%CI?=?(0.58-0.73)] and 0.72 [95%CI?=?(0.56-0.83)] for groups A and B, respectively. Based solely on the reliability and validity assessments, the test-maker could therefore use either scoring rules; however, if the test-maker also takes into account the students' ability to deduce answers with partial knowledge, then the number-right score rule is most appropriate. Anat Sci Educ 8: 242-248. © 2014 American Association of Anatomists. PMID:25053378

  2. An ultrasound score for knee osteoarthritis: a cross-sectional validation study

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    Riecke, B. F.; Christensen, Robin Daniel Kjersgaard

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To develop standardized musculoskeletal ultrasound (MUS) procedures and scoring for detecting knee osteoarthritis (OA) and test the MUS score's ability to discern various degrees of knee OA, in comparison with plain radiography and the 'Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score' (KOOS) domains as comparators. Method: A cross-sectional study of MUS examinations in 45 patients with knee OA. Validity, reliability, and reproducibility were evaluated. Results: MUS examination for knee OA consists of five separate domains assessing (1) predominantly morphological changes in the medial compartment, (2) predominantly inflammation in the medial compartment, (3) predominantly morphological changes in the lateral compartment, (4) predominantly inflammation in the lateral compartment, and (5) effusion. MUS scores displayed substantial reliability and reproducibility, with interclass correlations coefficients ranging from 0.75 to 0.97 for the five domains. Construct validity was confirmed with statistically significant correlation coefficients (0.47-0.81, P <0.01). Conclusion: The MUS score suggested in this study was reliable and valid in detecting knee OA. In comparison with standing radiographs of the knees, the score detected all aspects of knee OA with relevant precision. (C) 2014 Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. An ultrasound score for knee osteoarthritis : a cross-sectional validation study

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    Riecke, B F; Christensen, R

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To develop standardized musculoskeletal ultrasound (MUS) procedures and scoring for detecting knee osteoarthritis (OA) and test the MUS score's ability to discern various degrees of knee OA, in comparison with plain radiography and the 'Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score' (KOOS) domains as comparators. METHOD: A cross-sectional study of MUS examinations in 45 patients with knee OA. Validity, reliability, and reproducibility were evaluated. RESULTS: MUS examination for knee OA consists of five separate domains assessing (1) predominantly morphological changes in the medial compartment, (2) predominantly inflammation in the medial compartment, (3) predominantly morphological changes in the lateral compartment, (4) predominantly inflammation in the lateral compartment, and (5) effusion. MUS scores displayed substantial reliability and reproducibility, with interclass correlations coefficients ranging from 0.75 to 0.97 for the five domains. Construct validity was confirmed with statistically significant correlation coefficients (0.47-0.81, P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: The MUS score suggested in this study was reliable and valid in detecting knee OA. In comparison with standing radiographs of the knees, the score detected all aspects of knee OA with relevant precision.

  4. A histopathological score on baseline biopsies from elderly donors predicts outcome 1 year after renal transplantation

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    Toft, Birgitte G; Federspiel, Birgitte H

    2012-01-01

    Kidneys from elderly deceased patients and otherwise marginal donors may be considered for transplantation and a pretransplantation histopathological score for prediction of postoperative outcome is warranted. In a retrospective design, 29 baseline renal needle biopsies from elderly deceased donors (age: 63 ± 4 years; mean ± SD) were evaluated independently by three pathologists and with ten or more glomeruli and one artery present the biopsy was histopathologically scored (numeric score: 0-12) according to the presence of glomerulosclerosis, tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis and increased wall thickness of arteries and/or arterioles. Nineteen renal baseline biopsies from 15 donors (age: 64 ± 10 years) were included and following consensus the histopathological score was 4.3 ± 2.1 (intraclass correlation coefficient: 0.81; confidence interval: 0.66-0.92). The donor organs were used for single renal transplantation (recipient age: 47 ± 3 years). Two grafts were lost after the transplantation. In the remaining 17 recipients the 1-year creatinine clearance (54 ± 6 mL/min) correlated to the baseline histopathological score (r(2) = 0.59; p <0.01). This study demonstrates that in elderly Danish donors a histopathological score on baseline renal needle biopsies, with at least ten glomeruli and one artery present, predicts graft function 1 year after transplantation.

  5. Reactor tank UT acceptance criteria

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    The SRS reactor tanks are constructed of type 304 stainless steel, with 0.5 inch thick walls. An ultrasonic (UT) in-service inspection program has been developed for examination of these tanks, in accordance with the ISI Plan for the Savannah River Production Reactors Process Water System (DPSTM-88-100-1). Prior to initiation of these inspections, criteria for the disposition of any indications that might be found are required. A working group has been formed to review available information on the SRS reactor tanks and develop acceptance criteria. This working group includes nationally recognized experts in the nuclear industry. The working group has met three times and produced three documents describing the proposed acceptance criteria, the technical basis for the criteria and a proposed initial sampling plan. This report transmits these three documents, which were prepared in accordance with the technical task plan and quality assurance plan for this task, task 88-001-A- 1. In addition, this report summarizes the acceptance criteria and proposed sampling plan, and provides further interpretation of the intent of these three documents where necessary

  6. A Comparative Study of RIPASA Score and ALVARADO Score in the Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis

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    N, Nanjundaiah; Mohammed, Ashfaque; Shanbhag, Venkatesh; Ashfaque, Kalpana; S A, Priya

    2014-01-01

    Background: Acute appendicitis is one of the most common surgical emergencies. Different techniques have been devised to assist in equivocal cases in attempts to decrease negative appendicectomy rates. A number of scoring systems have been used for aiding in early diagnosis of acute appendicitis and its prompt management of which Alvarado score is the most popular. The accuracy of Alvarado score in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis is disappointingly low in Asian population and RIPASA scori...

  7. A subtype prediction score for primary aldosteronism.

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    Nanba, K; Tsuiki, M; Nakao, K; Nanba, A; Usui, T; Tagami, T; Hirokawa, Y; Okuno, H; Suzuki, T; Shimbo, T; Shimatsu, A; Naruse, M

    2014-12-01

    Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common cause of endocrine hypertension. Although adrenal venous sampling (AVS) is recommended as the gold standard procedure for subtype classification in PA, it is a specialized technique with limited availability. The objective of this study was to develop a scoring system that predicted PA subtype using clinical characteristics. Seventy-one patients with PA were studied. The subjects were diagnosed as having either unilateral (n=32) or bilateral disease (n=39) based on AVS, surgery and/or the postoperative clinical course. Variables associated with laterality in the univariate analysis were entered into multivariable logistic regression models and the regression coefficients were used to construct a subtype prediction score. The diagnostic significance of the score was then evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. The subtype prediction score was calculated as follows: serum potassium ?3.4?mEq?l(-1), 2 points; plasma aldosterone concentration ?165?pg?ml(-1), 3 points; and aldosterone to renin ratio ?1000 in a post-captopril challenge test (plasma renin activity in ng?ml(-1)?h(-1)), 3 points. ROC curve analysis for the ability to discriminate between unilateral and bilateral PA showed that a score of 5 points had 75% sensitivity and 95% specificity, and a score of 3 points had a sensitivity of 97% and a specificity of 59%. The area under the ROC curve was 0.920 (95% confidence interval, 0.859-0.979). Our subtype prediction score could discriminate between unilateral and bilateral PA and is useful for selecting patients who should undergo AVS before surgery. PMID:24694802

  8. Evaluation of arthroscopy and macroscopic scoring

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    af Klint, Erik; Catrina, Anca I; Matt, Peter; Neregråd, Petra; Lampa, Jon; Ulfgren, Ann-Kristin; Klareskog, Lars; Lindblad, Staffan

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique for retrieving synovial biopsies in rheumatology during the past 20 years. Vital for its use is continual evaluation of its safety and efficacy. Important for sampling is the fact of intraarticular variation for synovial markers. For microscopic measurements scoring systems have been developed and validated, but for macroscopic evaluations there is a need for further comprehensive description and validation of equivalent scoring systems. Methods We studied the complication rate and yield of arthroscopies performed at our clinic between 1998 and 2005. We also created and evaluated a macroscopic score set of instructions for synovitis. Results Of 408 procedures, we had two major and one minor complication; two haemarthrosis and one wound infection, respectively. Pain was most often not a problem, but 12 procedures had to be prematurely ended due to pain. Yield of biopsies adequate for histology were 83% over all, 94% for knee joints and 34% for smaller joints. Video printer photographs of synovium taken during arthroscopy were jointly and individually reviewed by seven raters in several settings, and intra and inter rater variation was calculated. A macroscopic synovial scoring system for arthroscopy was created (Macro-score), based upon hypertrophy, vascularity and global synovitis. These written instructions were evaluated by five control-raters, and when evaluated individual parameters were without greater intra or inter rater variability, indicating that the score is reliable and easy to use. Conclusions In our hands rheumatologic arthroscopy is a safe method with very few complications. For knee joints it is a reliable method to retrieve representative tissue in clinical longitudinal studies. We also created an easy to use macroscopic score, that needs to be validated against other methodologies. We hope it will be of value in further developing international standards in this area. PMID:19490631

  9. NCACO-score: An effective main-chain dependent scoring function for structure modeling

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    Dong Xiaoxi

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Development of effective scoring functions is a critical component to the success of protein structure modeling. Previously, many efforts have been dedicated to the development of scoring functions. Despite these efforts, development of an effective scoring function that can achieve both good accuracy and fast speed still presents a grand challenge. Results Based on a coarse-grained representation of a protein structure by using only four main-chain atoms: N, C?, C and O, we develop a knowledge-based scoring function, called NCACO-score, that integrates different structural information to rapidly model protein structure from sequence. In testing on the Decoys'R'Us sets, we found that NCACO-score can effectively recognize native conformers from their decoys. Furthermore, we demonstrate that NCACO-score can effectively guide fragment assembly for protein structure prediction, which has achieved a good performance in building the structure models for hard targets from CASP8 in terms of both accuracy and speed. Conclusions Although NCACO-score is developed based on a coarse-grained model, it is able to discriminate native conformers from decoy conformers with high accuracy. NCACO is a very effective scoring function for structure modeling.

  10. Determining utility values in patients with anterior cruciate ligament tears using clinical scoring systems

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    Szucs Thomas

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several instruments and clinical scoring systems have been established to evaluate patients with ligamentous knee injuries. A comparison of individual articles in the literature is challenging, not only because of heterogeneity in methodology, but also due to the variety of the scoring systems used to document clinical outcomes. There is limited information about the correlation between used scores and quality of life with no information being available on the impact of each score on the utility values. The aim of this study was to compare the most commonly used scores for evaluating patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL injuries, and to establish corresponding utility values. These values will be used for the interpretation and comparison of outcome results in the currently available literature for different treatment options. Methods Four hypothetical vignettes were defined, based on different levels of activities after rupture of the ACL to simulate typical situations seen in daily practice. A questionnaire, including the Health Utility Index (HUI for utility values, the IKDC subjective score, the Lysholm and the Tegner score, was created and 25 orthopedic surgeons were asked to fill the questionnaire for each hypothetical patient as proxies for all patients they had treated and who would fit in that hypothetical vignette. Results The utility value as an indicator for quality of life increased with the level of activity. Having discomforts already during normal activities of daily living was rated with a mean utility value of 0.37 ± 0.19, half of that of a situation where mild sport activity was possible without discomfort (0.78 ± 0.11. All investigated scores were able to distinguish clearly (p Conclusions Here we report the correlation between the most commonly used scores for the assessment of patients with a ruptured ACL and utility values as an indicator of quality of life. Assumptions were based on expert opinions to provide a possible transformation algorithm. The IKDC subjective knee score showed the highest correlation to the quality of life (i.e. HUI in patients with a ruptured ACL. Confirmation of our results is needed by systematic inclusion of a measurement instrument for utility values in future clinical studies beside the already used clinical knee scoring systems.

  11. Reevaluation of the pretransplant assessment of mortality score after allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation.

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    Au, Brandon K C; Gooley, Ted A; Armand, Philippe; Fang, Min; Madtes, David K; Sorror, Mohamed L; Boeckh, Michael J; Gibson, Christopher J; Deeg, Hans Joachim; Storb, Rainer; Appelbaum, Frederick R; Chien, Jason W; Martin, Paul J

    2015-05-01

    The Pretransplant Assessment of Mortality (PAM) score was developed in 2006 to predict risk of mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Transplant practices have evolved during the past decade, suggesting the need to reevaluate the performance of the PAM score. We used statistical modeling to analyze and recalibrate mortality based on overall PAM scores, its components, and conditioning regimen in a retrospective cohort of 1549 patients who had HCT from 2003 through 2009. PAM scores correlated with mortality, but the effect size was smaller in the current study than in previous studies. PAM scores also demonstrated a stronger association with mortality in patients who received myeloablative conditioning than in those who received reduced-intensity conditioning. In contrast to the original study, carbon monoxide diffusing capacity, serum alanine aminotransferase, and serum creatinine concentrations were no longer significantly associated with 2-year mortality, whereas patient and donor cytomegalovirus serology was associated with mortality in the current cohort. Based on our findings, we developed and tested a revised PAM score for clinicians to estimate survival after allogeneic HCT with myeloablative conditioning regimens for patients with hematologic malignancy. Prognostic models such as the PAM score should be updated and recalibrated periodically to accommodate changes in clinical practice. PMID:25644959

  12. Interobserver agreement among pathologists for semiquantitative hormone receptor scoring in breast carcinoma.

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    Cohen, David A; Dabbs, David J; Cooper, Kristine L; Amin, Milon; Jones, Terrell E; Jones, Mirka W; Chivukula, Mamatha; Trucco, Giuliana A; Bhargava, Rohit

    2012-12-01

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology/College of American Pathologists (ASCO/CAP) guidelines recommend reporting of hormone receptor test results in a semiquantitative manner. This study used 74 resected estrogen receptor (ER)-positive invasive breast cancers to determine reproducibility of semiquantitative scoring of hormone receptors using the H-score method. Four pathologists independently scored each slide. Agreement among observers was analyzed via Fleiss ? statistics on ER and progesterone receptor (PR) categorical scores. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was used to estimate the interobserver agreement for ER and PR H-scores on a continuous scale (0-300). There was 100% agreement for categorical ER results (? = 1) and 97% agreement (? = 0.823, P < .001) for categorical PR results. For quantitative H-scores, ICC agreement was 0.85 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.79-0.90) for ER and 0.87 (95% CI = 0.82-0.92) for PR. Because the H-score provides a continuous measure of tumor hormone receptor content, we suggest universal adoption of this method. PMID:23161712

  13. Staging of prostate cancer. Value of the combined information of endorectal MRI, biopsy gleason score, and preoperative PSA level

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    Purpose: To evaluate the predictive value of MR imaging criteria, the biopsy Gleason score, and preoperative PSA levels for differentiating between T2 and T3 prostate carcinomas. Materials and Methods: Endorectal MR images of 81 patients (median age: 65 years, range: 48 to 81 years) who had biopsy-proven prostate cancer and underwent a radical prostatectomy were analyzed retrospectively. The existence of different imaging features were recorded for each patient. A radiological analysis comprising all used imaging criteria was also performed for every patient. Optimal cut-off levels for the biopsy Gleason score and preoperative PSA levels were obtained using ROC analyses. Subsequently, a logistic regression analysis was performed to identify features which make a significant contribution to the prediction of the tumor stage. Results: Histological examination showed that 24 patients (29.6%) had a T3 tumor and 57 patients (70.4%) had a T2 tumor. The mean preoperative PSA level was 9.4 ng/ml (±7 ng/ml), and the median Gleason score was 6 with a range of 4 to 8. The radiological judgment comprising all imaging criteria led to a sensitivity of 54.2% and specificity of 79% for the detection of a T3 tumor. The obliteration of the rectoprostatic angle (regression coefficient B=2.30; standard error (se)=0.80; p=0.002) and the biopsy Gleason score (B=1.16; se=0.3; p=0.001) were the parameters with the highest independent predictive value for the diagnosis of an extracapsular tu for the diagnosis of an extracapsular tumor spread. The other radiological criteria and the preoperative PSA level were not statistically significant. A combination of the parameters 'obliteration of the rectoprostatic angle' and 'biopsy Gleason score' led to a sensitivity and specificity of 75% and 79%, respectively (existence of one parameter sufficient). The optimal cut-off value was a Gleason score of 7 for the differentiation between T2 and T3 prostate carcinomas. Conclusion: In our study, only the criteria 'obliteration of the rectoprostatic angle' and 'biopsy Gleason score' were of predictive value for the diagnosis of a T3 prostate carcinoma. The other MR imaging criteria and the preoperative PSA levels had no additional benefit. (orig.)

  14. Effects of high-order correlations on personalized recommendations for bipartite networks

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    Liu, Jian-Guo; Zhou, Tao; Che, Hong-An; Wang, Bing-Hong; Zhang, Yi-Cheng

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, we introduce a modified collaborative filtering (MCF) algorithm, which has remarkably higher accuracy than the standard collaborative filtering. In the MCF, instead of the cosine similarity index, the user-user correlations are obtained by a diffusion process. Furthermore, by considering the second-order correlations, we design an effective algorithm that depresses the influence of mainstream preferences. Simulation results show that the algorithmic accuracy, measured by the average ranking score, is further improved by 20.45% and 33.25% in the optimal cases of MovieLens and Netflix data. More importantly, the optimal value ? depends approximately monotonously on the sparsity of the training set. Given a real system, we could estimate the optimal parameter according to the data sparsity, which makes this algorithm easy to be applied. In addition, two significant criteria of algorithmic performance, diversity and popularity, are also taken into account. Numerical results show that as the sparsity increases, the algorithm considering the second-order correlation can outperform the MCF simultaneously in all three criteria.

  15. Comparative characteristics of diabetes risk scores

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The worldwide prevalence of diabetes among adults (aged 20–79 years was 8.35% in 2013, and this is expected to increase by 55% (592 million adults by 2035. To avoid the increase in the prevalence of diabetes, primary prevention and early diagnosis of prediabetes are required. It is important to identify individuals at a high risk of hyperglycaemia using inexpensive and available methods. At present, risk score is an alternative to identify the risk of developing diabetes. There are approximately 10 types of risk scores in the world, and further research for the development and adaptation of risk scores for various populations are being conducted. The use of risk score methods for prediction allows the setting of the level of total risk, identification of high-risk patients and prescription of necessary preventive measures. Actual validation of existing diabetes risk score for the Russian population is being conducted. Assessment of the risk of diabetes is simple, fast, inexpensive, non-invasive and reliable.

  16. Gambling scores for earthquake predictions and forecasts

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    Zhuang, Jiancang

    2010-04-01

    This paper presents a new method, namely the gambling score, for scoring the performance earthquake forecasts or predictions. Unlike most other scoring procedures that require a regular scheme of forecast and treat each earthquake equally, regardless their magnitude, this new scoring method compensates the risk that the forecaster has taken. Starting with a certain number of reputation points, once a forecaster makes a prediction or forecast, he is assumed to have betted some points of his reputation. The reference model, which plays the role of the house, determines how many reputation points the forecaster can gain if he succeeds, according to a fair rule, and also takes away the reputation points betted by the forecaster if he loses. This method is also extended to the continuous case of point process models, where the reputation points betted by the forecaster become a continuous mass on the space-time-magnitude range of interest. We also calculate the upper bound of the gambling score when the true model is a renewal process, the stress release model or the ETAS model and when the reference model is the Poisson model.

  17. Design criteria for advanced reactors

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    Design criteria for advanced reactors are discussed, including safety aspects, site selection, problems related to maintenance and possibility of repairing or replacing structures or components of a nuclear power plant, the human factor considerations. Bearing in mind that some of these criteria are the subject of consensus at international level, the author suggests to establish a table of different operator requirements, to prepare a dossier on the comparison of input data for probabilistic risk analysis, to take into consideration the means to control a severe accident from the very start of the design

  18. FFTF fuel systems design criteria

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    The purpose of this paper is to first enumerate the design considerations that were given to the fuel system, then secondly, show how these design allowances, methods, and criteria compare to the subsequent irradiation data. This comparison will show that decisions made by the design team were generally correct and, if in error, tended to be conservative. The FFTF driver fuel assemblies addressed by this paper are composed of the duct, a spacer system, and 217 fuel pins. Each of these subcomponents is described as the criteria are discussed and important parameters noted

  19. Enhancement of transparency and accuracy of credit scoring models through genetic fuzzy classifier

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    Full Text Available Credit risk evaluation systems play an important role in the financial decision-making by enabling faster credit decisions, reducing the cost of credit analysis and diminishing possible risks. Credit scoring is the most commonly used technique for evaluating the creditworthiness of the credit applicants. The credit models built with this technique should satisfy two important criteria, namely accuracy, which measures the capability of predicting the behaviour of the customers, and transparency, which reflects the ability of the model to describe the input-output relation in an understandable way. In our paper, two credit scoring models are proposed using two types of fuzzy systems, namely Takagi-Sugeno (TS and Mamdani types. The accuracy and transparency of these two models have been optimised. The TS fuzzy credit scoring model is generated using subtractive clustering method while the Mamdani fuzzy system is extracted using fuzzy C-means clustering algorithm. The accuracy and transparency of the two resulting fuzzy credit scoring models are optimised using two multi-objective evolutionary techniques. The potential of the proposed modelling approaches for enhancing the transparency of the credit scoring models while maintaining the classification accuracy is illustrated using two benchmark real world data sets. The TS fuzzy system is found to be highly accurate and computationally efficient while the Mamdani fuzzy system is highly transparent, intuitive and humanly understandable.

  20. The DAS28-ESR cutoff value necessary to achieve remission under the new Boolean-based remission criteria in patients receiving tocilizumab

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    Hirabayashi, Yasuhiko; Ishii, Tomonori

    2012-01-01

    To seek the cutoff value of the 28-joint disease activity score using erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR) that is necessary to achieve remission under the new Boolean-based criteria, we analyzed the data for 285 patients with rheumatoid arthritis registered between May 2008 and November 2009 by the Michinoku Tocilizumab Study Group and observed for 1 year after receiving tocilizumab (TCZ) in real clinical practice. Remission rates under the DAS28-ESR criteria and the Boolean criteria ...

  1. NIH response criteria measures are associated with important parameters of disease severity in patients with chronic GVHD.

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    Curtis, L M; Grkovic, L; Mitchell, S A; Steinberg, S M; Cowen, E W; Datiles, M B; Mays, J; Bassim, C; Joe, G; Comis, L E; Berger, A; Avila, D; Taylor, T; Pulanic, D; Cole, K; Baruffaldi, J; Fowler, D H; Gress, R E; Pavletic, S Z

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    Lack of standardized criteria measuring therapeutic response remains an obstacle to the development of better treatments for chronic GVHD (cGVHD). This cross-sectional prospective study examined the concurrent and predictive validity of 18 clinician-reported ('Form A') and 8 patient-reported ('Form B') response measures proposed by NIH criteria. Concurrent parameters of interest were NIH global score, cGVHD activity, Lee symptom score and SF36 PCS. Patient cohort included 193 adults with moderate-to-severe cGVHD. Measures associated with the highest number of outcomes were lung function score (LFS), 2-min walk, grip strength, 4-point health-care provider (HCP) and patient global scores, 11-point clinician- and patient-reported global symptom severity scores, and Karnofsky performance score (KPS). Measures associated with survival in univariate analyses led to a Cox model containing skin erythema, LFS, KPS, eosinophil count and interval from cGVHD diagnosis to enrollment as jointly associated with survival. In conclusion, 4-point HCP and patient global scores and 11-point clinician- and patient-reported global symptom severity scores are associated with the majority of concurrent outcomes. Skin erythema is a potentially reversible sign of cGVHD that is associated with survival. These results define a subset of measures that should be prioritized for evaluation in future studies. PMID:25153693

  2. Translation, cross-culturally adaptation and validation of the Danish version of Oxford Hip Score (OHS)

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    Paulsen, Aksel

    Objective: The Oxford Hip Score is a patient reported outcome questionnaire designed to assess pain and function in patients undergoing total hip arthroplaty (THA). The Oxford Hip Score is valid, reliable and consistent, and different language versions have been developed. Since there was no properly translated, adapted and validated Danish language version available, a translation to Danish, cross-culturally adaptation and validation of the Danish Oxford Hip Score was warranted. Material and Methods: We translated and cross-culturally adapted the Oxford Hip Score into Danish, in accordance with the ISPOR Task Force guidelines. We tested the Danish language version on clinimetric quality on 1992 patients in a cohort from the Danish Hip Arthroplasty Register (DHR). Results: Response rate in our Danish language version of Oxford Hip Score measured 87.4 %. We found 0.0 % floor effect but 19.9 % ceiling effect on this cohort of postoperative patients. Only in 1.2 % of the patients no sum score could be calculated, due to missing items. In relation to construct validity 80 % of predefined hypothesis were confirmed. The different items had an intraclass correlation in the range of 0.80-0.95. The average limits of agreement was -0.05-0.06. The internal consistency was found to be high with a Cronbachs alpha of 0.99, and the average inter-item correlation was 0.88. Conclusions: The Danish translation of the Oxford Hip Score is a valid and reliable patient reported outcome measurement instrument with comparable qualities as the original English version. Based on this study, we recommend the use of the Danish Oxford Hip Score in hip registry settings.

  3. Scoring Rules for Subjective Probability Distributions

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    Harrison, Glenn W.; Martínez-Correa, Jimmy

    2012-01-01

    The theoretical literature has a rich characterization of scoring rules for eliciting the subjective beliefs that an individual has for continuous events, but under the restrictive assumption of risk neutrality. It is well known that risk aversion can dramatically affect the incentives to correctly report the true subjective probability of a binary event. Alternatively, one must carefully calibrate inferences about true subjective probabilities from elicited subjective probabilities over binary events, recognizing the incentives that risk averse agents have to report the same probability for the two outcomes and reduce the variability of payoffs from the scoring rule. We characterize the comparable implications of the general case of a risk averse agent when facing a popular scoring rule over continuous events, and find that these concerns do not apply with anything like the same force. For empirically plausible levels of risk aversion, one can reliably elicit most important features of the latent subjective belief distribution without undertaking calibration for risk attitudes.

  4. The Relation between Scores on Noise Annoyance and Noise Disturbed Sleep in a Public Health Survey

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    Frits van den Berg; Claudia Verhagen; Daan Uitenbroek

    2014-01-01

    The relation between responses to survey questions on noise annoyance and self-reported sleep disturbance has been analysed to gain insight in its dependency on noise source or noise type and on individual characteristics. The results show a high correlation between responses (scores 0–10) with Pearson’s correlation coefficient close to 0.8 for respondents who report hearing the source. At the same level of annoyance, scooters and neighbours are associated with more sleep disturbance, air and...

  5. Developing and Evaluating Criteria to Help Reviewers of Biomedical Informatics Manuscripts

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    Ammenwerth, Elske; Wolff, Astrid C.; Knaup, Petra; Ulmer, Hanno; Skonetzki, Stefan; van Bemmel, Jan H.; McCray, Alexa T.; Haux, Reinhold; Kulikowski, Casimir

    2003-01-01

    Peer-reviewed publication of scientific research results represents the most important means of their communication. The authors have annually reviewed a large heterogeneous set of papers to produce the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Yearbook of Medical Informatics. To support an objective and high-quality review process, the authors attempted to provide reviewers with a set of refined quality criteria, comprised of 80 general criteria and an additional 60 criteria for specific types of manuscripts. Authors conducted a randomized controlled trial, with 18 reviewers, to evaluate application of the refined criteria on review outcomes. Whereas the trial found that reviewers applying the criteria graded papers more strictly (lower overall scores), and that junior reviewers appreciated the availability of the criteria, there was no overall change in the interrater variability in reviewing the manuscripts. The authors describe their experience as a “case report” and provide a reference to the refined quality review criteria without claiming that the criteria represent a validated instrument for quantitative quality measurement. PMID:12807814

  6. SU-E-T-192: FMEA Severity Scores - Do We Really Know?

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    Tonigan, J; Johnson, J; Kry, S; Balter, P; Court, L; Stingo, F; Followill, D [UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is a subjective risk mitigation technique that has not been applied to physics-specific quality management practices. There is a need for quantitative FMEA data as called for in the literature. This work focuses specifically on quantifying FMEA severity scores for physics components of IMRT delivery and comparing to subjective scores. Methods: Eleven physical failure modes (FMs) for head and neck IMRT dose calculation and delivery are examined near commonly accepted tolerance criteria levels. Phantom treatment planning studies and dosimetry measurements (requiring decommissioning in several cases) are performed to determine the magnitude of dose delivery errors for the FMs (i.e., severity of the FM). Resultant quantitative severity scores are compared to FMEA scores obtained through an international survey and focus group studies. Results: Physical measurements for six FMs have resulted in significant PTV dose errors up to 4.3% as well as close to 1 mm significant distance-to-agreement error between PTV and OAR. Of the 129 survey responses, the vast majority of the responders used Varian machines with Pinnacle and Eclipse planning systems. The average years of experience was 17, yet familiarity with FMEA less than expected. Survey reports perception of dose delivery error magnitude varies widely, in some cases 50% difference in dose delivery error expected amongst respondents. Substantial variance is also seen for all FMs in occurrence, detectability, and severity scores assigned with average variance values of 5.5, 4.6, and 2.2, respectively. Survey shows for MLC positional FM(2mm) average of 7.6% dose error expected (range 0–50%) compared to 2% error seen in measurement. Analysis of ranking in survey, treatment planning studies, and quantitative value comparison will be presented. Conclusion: Resultant quantitative severity scores will expand the utility of FMEA for radiotherapy and verify accuracy of FMEA results compared to highly variable subjective scores.

  7. SU-E-T-192: FMEA Severity Scores - Do We Really Know?

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    Purpose: Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is a subjective risk mitigation technique that has not been applied to physics-specific quality management practices. There is a need for quantitative FMEA data as called for in the literature. This work focuses specifically on quantifying FMEA severity scores for physics components of IMRT delivery and comparing to subjective scores. Methods: Eleven physical failure modes (FMs) for head and neck IMRT dose calculation and delivery are examined near commonly accepted tolerance criteria levels. Phantom treatment planning studies and dosimetry measurements (requiring decommissioning in several cases) are performed to determine the magnitude of dose delivery errors for the FMs (i.e., severity of the FM). Resultant quantitative severity scores are compared to FMEA scores obtained through an international survey and focus group studies. Results: Physical measurements for six FMs have resulted in significant PTV dose errors up to 4.3% as well as close to 1 mm significant distance-to-agreement error between PTV and OAR. Of the 129 survey responses, the vast majority of the responders used Varian machines with Pinnacle and Eclipse planning systems. The average years of experience was 17, yet familiarity with FMEA less than expected. Survey reports perception of dose delivery error magnitude varies widely, in some cases 50% difference in dose delivery error expected amongst respondents. Substantial variance is also seen for all FMs in occurrence, detectability, and severity scores assigned with average variance values of 5.5, 4.6, and 2.2, respectively. Survey shows for MLC positional FM(2mm) average of 7.6% dose error expected (range 0–50%) compared to 2% error seen in measurement. Analysis of ranking in survey, treatment planning studies, and quantitative value comparison will be presented. Conclusion: Resultant quantitative severity scores will expand the utility of FMEA for radiotherapy and verify accuracy of FMEA results compared to highly variable subjective scores

  8. A score model for the continuous grading of early allograft dysfunction severity.

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    Pareja, Eugenia; Cortes, Miriam; Hervás, David; Mir, José; Valdivieso, Andrés; Castell, José V; Lahoz, Agustín

    2015-01-01

    Early allograft dysfunction (EAD) dramatically influences graft and patient outcomes. A lack of consensus on an EAD definition hinders comparisons of liver transplant outcomes and management of recipients among and within centers. We sought to develop a model for the quantitative assessment of early allograft function [Model for Early Allograft Function Scoring (MEAF)] after transplantation. A retrospective study including 1026 consecutive liver transplants was performed for MEAF score development. Multivariate data analysis was used to select a small number of postoperative variables that adequately describe EAD. Then, the distribution of these variables was mathematically modeled to assign a score for each actual variable value. A model, based on easily obtainable clinical parameters (ie, alanine aminotransferase, international normalized ratio, and bilirubin) and scoring liver function from 0 to 10, was built. The MEAF score showed a significant association with patient and graft survival at 3-, 6- and 12-month follow-ups. Hepatic steatosis and age for donors; cold/warm ischemia times and postreperfusion syndrome for surgery; and intensive care unit and hospital stays, Model for End-Stage Liver Disease and Child-Pugh scores, body mass index, and fresh frozen plasma transfusions for recipients were factors associated significantly with EAD. The model was satisfactorily validated by its application to an independent set of 200 patients who underwent liver transplantation at a different center. In conclusion, a model for the quantitative assessment of EAD severity has been developed and validated for the first time. The MEAF provides a more accurate graft function assessment than current categorical classifications and may help clinicians to make early enough decisions on retransplantation benefits. Furthermore, the MEAF score is a predictor of recipient and graft survival. The standardization of the criteria used to define EAD may allow reliable comparisons of recipients' treatments and transplant outcomes among and within centers. PMID:25204890

  9. Performance of the PIRO score for predicting mortality in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia.

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    Furtado, G H; Wiskirchen, D E; Kuti, J L; Nicolau, D P

    2012-03-01

    The ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) PIRO score is a new scoring system based on the PIRO concept. The aim of this study was to validate the PIRO score against the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II and VAP APACHE II in an independent group of VAP patients. Areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves were compared to determine the tests' abilities to predict intensive care unit and 28-day mortality. Variables associated with intensive care unit mortality were evaluated. One hundred and forty-eight intensive care unit patients who met radiographic and clinical criteria for VAP were included. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curves for predicting intensive care unit mortality with the PIRO, APACHE II and VAP APACHE II scores were 0.605 (P=0.03), 0.631 (P=0.01) and 0.724 (P <0.0001), respectively. Areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve for predicting 28-day mortality were 0.614 (P=0.01) for PIRO, 0.633 (P=0.01) for APACHE II and 0.697 (P=0.002) for VAP APACHE II. No differences in area under the receiver operating characteristic curve between scores were found at either endpoint. Variables independently associated with intensive care unit mortality were bacteraemia (adjusted odds ratio 7.16, 95% confidence interval 1.19 to 42.98, P=0.03) and APACHE II (1.06, 1.01 to 1.11, P=0.006). VAP PIRO score was not a good predictor of intensive care unit and 28-day mortality. The low sensitivity and specificity of VAP PIRO score preclude its use clinically. PMID:22417023

  10. Neuropsychology and its correlation with cerebral blood flow in patients with Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and normal seniors

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    Objective: To study the psychological, functional imaging findings and the relationship between them in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), vascular dementia (VD) and normal seniors (NS). Methods: Psychological evaluation with rating scales and functional imaging examination with single photon emission computed tomography were conducted to AD, VD (both met the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria) and NS. Results: In psychological examination, AD and VD showed significantly lower scores in every scale than NS, and in Fuld goods memory test (FOM), AD appeared even worse than VD. In functional imaging examination, at most brain areas, radioactive ratio (RAR) in AD and VD were obviously lower than that in NS. While in right parietal lobe and bilateral frontal lobes, RAR in AD showed significantly lower than in VD. FOM score of NS was correlated with RAR in several brain areas. RARs of right parietal lobe in AD and of left parietal lobe in VD showed correlation with scores of most rating scales. Conclusions: Hypoperfusion in right parietal lobe of AD and in left parietal lobe of VD contributes mainly to their cognitive deficiency, this may further suggest the different right or left hemisphere mechanism in AD and VD

  11. Correlation between serum E-selectin levels and panoramic nailfold capillaroscopy in systemic sclerosis

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    Valim V.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available E-selectin is expressed by the activated endothelium and its plasma levels are increased in patients with systemic sclerosis. Eighteen patients fulfilling the American Rheumatism Association criteria for systemic sclerosis, 15 females and 3 males, 42-70 years old, 9 with diffuse and 9 with limited forms, were sequentially recruited for this study. Serum E-selectin levels were determined by commercially available ELISA and their association with nailfold capillaroscopic abnormalities was investigated. Nailfold capillaries were analyzed by 16X magnification wide-field capillaroscopy. Two parameters on capillaroscopy were used to correlate to serum E-selectin: deletion and ectasia. Data were analyzed statistically by the Student t-test and Spearman correlation. Two-tailed P values below 0.05 were considered significant. E-selectin range was 38 to 200 ng/ml (80 ± 39.94. There was a correlation between serum E-selectin levels and the deletion capillaroscopic score (r = 0.50, P < 0.035. This correlation was even stronger within the first 48 months of diagnosis (r = 0.63, P < 0.048. On the other hand, no association was observed between selectin and ectasia. Patients with diffuse disease presented higher serum E-selectin levels than patients with limited disease, although the difference was not statistically significant (96.44 ± 48.04 vs 63.56 ± 21.77 ng/dl; P = 0.08. The present study is the first showing a correlation between soluble serum E-selectin levels and alterations in capillaroscopy. The stronger correlation of deletion score in capillaroscopy in early disease suggests that serum E-selectin levels might be a useful biochemical marker of disease activity in systemic sclerosis.

  12. Correlation between serum E-selectin levels and panoramic nailfold capillaroscopy in systemic sclerosis

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    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available E-selectin is expressed by the activated endothelium and its plasma levels are increased in patients with systemic sclerosis. Eighteen patients fulfilling the American Rheumatism Association criteria for systemic sclerosis, 15 females and 3 males, 42-70 years old, 9 with diffuse and 9 with limited forms, were sequentially recruited for this study. Serum E-selectin levels were determined by commercially available ELISA and their association with nailfold capillaroscopic abnormalities was investigated. Nailfold capillaries were analyzed by 16X magnification wide-field capillaroscopy. Two parameters on capillaroscopy were used to correlate to serum E-selectin: deletion and ectasia. Data were analyzed statistically by the Student t-test and Spearman correlation. Two-tailed P values below 0.05 were considered significant. E-selectin range was 38 to 200 ng/ml (80 ± 39.94. There was a correlation between serum E-selectin levels and the deletion capillaroscopic score (r = 0.50, P < 0.035. This correlation was even stronger within the first 48 months of diagnosis (r = 0.63, P < 0.048. On the other hand, no association was observed between selectin and ectasia. Patients with diffuse disease presented higher serum E-selectin levels than patients with limited disease, although the difference was not statistically significant (96.44 ± 48.04 vs 63.56 ± 21.77 ng/dl; P = 0.08. The present study is the first showing a correlation between soluble serum E-selectin levels and alterations in capillaroscopy. The stronger correlation of deletion score in capillaroscopy in early disease suggests that serum E-selectin levels might be a useful biochemical marker of disease activity in systemic sclerosis.

  13. The Relationship between Career Maturity Test Scores and Appropriateness of Career Choices: A Replication.

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    Westbrook, Bert W.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Attempted to replicate study determining relationship between appropriateness of career choices and career maturity test scores in rural ninth grade students (N=112) using Goal Selection scale of Career Maturity Inventory Competence Test and American College Testing Program Career Planning Program. Found two career maturity measures correlated

  14. Evaluating the Effects of Multidimensionality on IRT True-Score Equating.

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    Bolt, Daniel M.

    1999-01-01

    Examined whether the item response theory (IRT) true-score equating method is more adversely affected by the presence of multidimensionality than two conventional equating methods, linear and equipercentile equating. Results of two simulation studies suggest that the IRT method performs as well as the conventional methods when the correlation

  15. Brief, unidimensional melancholia rating scales are highly sensitive to the effect of citalopram and may have biological validity: Domain Criteria (RDoC) : Implications for the Research

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    Ostergaard, SØren D; Bech, Per

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Most depression rating scales are multidimensional and the resulting heterogeneity may impede identification of coherent biomarkers. The aim of this study was to compare the psychometric performance of the multidimensional 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D17) and the 30-item Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS-C30) to that of their unidimensional six-item melancholia subscales (HAM-D6 and IDS-C6). METHODS: A total of 2242 subjects from level 1 (citalopram) of the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR* study were included in the analysis. Symptom change, response and remission rates were compared for HAM-D6 versus HAM-D17 and for IDS-C6 versus IDS-C30. The changes in total scores on these scales were compared to the change in Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (QLES-Q) score using correlation analysis. RESULTS: The response to treatment was significantly greater according to the HAM-D6 and IDS-C6. Furthermore, the correlation of changes in depression-ratings with changes in QLES-Q scores were comparable for the subscales and full scales. LIMITATIONS: STAR*D was not designed to answer the research questions addressed in this analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that the HAM-D6 and IDS-C6 melancholia scales capture a coherent construct in depression. The syndrome reflected in these scales is unidimensional, sensitive to specific pharmacological intervention, and therefore likely to have biological validity. We therefore believe that "melancholia" thus defined could be a valuable construct under the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), which specifically aims at identifying the neurobiology underlying mental disorders and providing drugable targets.

  16. Brief, unidimensional melancholia rating scales are highly sensitive to the effect of citalopram and may have biological validity : implications for the research domain criteria (RDoC)

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    Østergaard, SØren Dinesen; Bech, Per

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Most depression rating scales are multidimensional and the resulting heterogeneity may impede identification of coherent biomarkers. The aim of this study was to compare the psychometric performance of the multidimensional 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D17) and the 30-item Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS-C30) to that of their unidimensional six-item melancholia subscales (HAM-D6 and IDS-C6). METHODS: A total of 2242 subjects from level 1 (citalopram) of the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR* study were included in the analysis. Symptom change, response and remission rates were compared for HAM-D6 versus HAM-D17 and for IDS-C6 versus IDS-C30. The changes in total scores on these scales were compared to the change in Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (QLES-Q) score using correlation analysis. RESULTS: The response to treatment was significantly greater according to the HAM-D6 and IDS-C6. Furthermore, the correlation of changes in depression-ratings with changes in QLES-Q scores were comparable for the subscales and full scales. LIMITATIONS: STAR*D was not designed to answer the research questions addressed in this analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that the HAM-D6 and IDS-C6 melancholia scales capture a coherent construct in depression. The syndrome reflected in these scales is unidimensional, sensitive to specific pharmacological intervention, and therefore likely to have biological validity. We therefore believe that "melancholia" thus defined could be a valuable construct under the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), which specifically aims at identifying the neurobiology underlying mental disorders and providing drugable targets.

  17. Fuzzy weighted average based on left and right scores in Malaysia tourism industry

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    Kamis, Nor Hanimah; Abdullah, Kamilah; Zulkifli, Muhammad Hazim; Sahlan, Shahrazali; Mohd Yunus, Syaizzal

    2013-04-01

    Tourism is known as an important sector to the Malaysian economy including economic generator, creating business and job offers. It is reported to bring in almost RM30 billion of the national income, thanks to intense worldwide promotion by Tourism Malaysia. One of the well-known attractions in Malaysia is our beautiful islands. The islands continue to be developed into tourist spots and attracting a continuous number of tourists. Chalets, luxury bungalows and resorts quickly develop along the coastlines of popular islands like Tioman, Redang, Pangkor, Perhentian, Sibu and so many others. In this study, we applied Fuzzy Weighted Average (FWA) method based on left and right scores in order to determine the criteria weights and to select the best island in Malaysia. Cost, safety, attractive activities, accommodation and scenery are five main criteria to be considered and five selected islands in Malaysia are taken into accounts as alternatives. The most important criteria that have been considered by the tourist are defined based on criteria weights ranking order and the best island in Malaysia is then determined in terms of FWA values. This pilot study can be used as a reference to evaluate performances or solving any selection problems, where more criteria, alternatives and decision makers will be considered in the future.

  18. VBAC Scoring: Successful vaginal delivery in previous one caesarean section in induced labour

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    Objective: To develop a scoring system for the prediction of successful vaginal birth after caesarean section, following induction of labour with intra-vaginal E2 gel (Glandin). Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted from January 2010 to August 2011, at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. Trial of labour in previous one caesarean section, undergoing induction with intra-vaginal E2 gel, was attempted in 100 women. They were scored according to six variables; maternal age; gestation; indications of previous caesarean; history of vaginal birth either before or after the previous caesarean; Bishop score and body mass index. Multivariate and univariate logistic regression analysis was used to develop the scoring system. Results: Of the total, 67 (67%) women delivered vaginally, while 33 (33%) ended in repeat caesarean delivery. Among the subjects, 55 (55%) women had no history of vaginal delivery either before or after previous caesarean section; 15 (15%) had history of vaginal births both before and after the previous caesarean; while 30 (30%) had vaginal delivery only after the previous caesarean section. Rates of successful vaginal birth after caesarean increased from 38% in women having a score of 0-3 to 58% in patients scoring 4-6. Among those having a score of 7-9 and 10-12, the success rates were 71% and 86% respectively. Conclusion: Increasing scores correlated with the increasing probability of vaginal birth after caesarean undergoinof vaginal birth after caesarean undergoing induction of labour. The admission VBAC scoring system is useful in counselling women with previous caesarean for the option of induction of labour or repeat caesarean delivery. (author)

  19. SELF- ASSESSMENT WITH REGARD TO EFQM MODEL AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ITS CRITERIA AND ORGANIZATION'S PERFORMANCE

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    Mohammadbagher Gorji

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of the present study is to assess a hospital's Performance assessment with regard to EFQM model and then determining the relationship between nine criteria and Organizational model of excellence with hospital's Performance. The research method was Survey –Correlation and the selected sample included all managers and 203 employees were selected. To collect data a standard questionnaire of Performance assessment, and two questionnaires of relationship assessment one for Enablers criteria and another for results` criteria with Organizational Performance. For self- assessment performance, Radar logic and for hypothesis testing, Pearson correlation coefficient, factor analysis, and T-test was employed. Research Findings show that the received points regarding self- assessment of the hospital's performance(from 1000 points was 562.2(Enablers criteria= 319.2 and results` criteria= 243 respectively, from among them, people criterion received the highest(%69.1 and Society's criterion received the lowest(%36. So the results showed that all research hypotheses were accepted and there was a significant relationship between hospital's Performance and nine criteria EFQM model. The priority of effectiveness of Enablers criteria on hospital's performance are as follows: processes criteria, partners and resources, leadership, People, policies and strategies and results` criteria includes: people results, Key performance results, customers and society results.