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  1. Score Calculation in Informatics Contests Using Multiple Criteria Decision Methods

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    Jurate SKUPIENE

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The Lithuanian Informatics Olympiad is a problem solving contest for high school students. The work of each contestant is evaluated in terms of several criteria, where each criterion is measured according to its own scale (but the same scale for each contestant. Several jury members are involved in the evaluation. This paper analyses the problem how to calculate the aggregated score for whole submission in the above mentioned situation. The chosen methodology for solving this problem is Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA. The outcome of this paper is the score aggregation method proposed to be applied in LitIO developed using MCDA approaches.

  2. 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...

  3. Personality and Examination Score Correlates of Abnormal Psychology Course Ratings.

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    Pauker, Jerome D.

    The relationship between the ratings students assigned to an evening undergraduate abnormal psychology class and their scores on objective personality tests and course examinations was investigated. Students (N=70) completed the MMPI and made global ratings of the course; these scores were correlated separately by sex with the T scores of 13 MMPI…

  4. 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…

  5. Score Calculation in Informatics Contests Using Multiple Criteria Decision Methods

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    Skupiene, Jurate

    2011-01-01

    The Lithuanian Informatics Olympiad is a problem solving contest for high school students. The work of each contestant is evaluated in terms of several criteria, where each criterion is measured according to its own scale (but the same scale for each contestant). Several jury members are involved in the evaluation. This paper analyses the problem…

  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. Vitiligo Extent Tensity Index (VETI) score: a new definition, assessment and treatment evaluation criteria in vitiligo

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    Feily, Amir

    2014-01-01

    Although skin is the largest organ of the body, there are no standardized reproducible methods for assessing severity of many skin diseases. Due to lack of consensus, methods of assessment and inexistence of precise scoring system, there is no application for vitiligo estimation in real practice. In this paper the author describes VETI score as a new treatment evaluation criteria and severity assessment method for vitiligo. This new tool, as does the PASI score in psoriasis, may be able to pr...

  8. Correlation of admission criteria with dental school performance and attrition.

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    Sandow, Pamela L; Jones, Anne C; Peek, Chuck W; Courts, Frank J; Watson, Ronald E

    2002-03-01

    This study was conducted to provide current information on the relationship between admission criteria and dental school performance, including the association of admission criteria and dental school outcomes such as remediation and attrition. Standard tests of bivariate association and multivariate regression models appropriate for continuous and discrete dependent variables were used to examine the relationship between multiple indicators of admission criteria and dental school performance for six recent classes at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD). The admission criteria included the undergraduate science grade point average (GPA), undergraduate non-science GPA, Dental Admissions Test (DAT) academic score, Perceptual Motor Aptitude Test (PMAT) score, and admission interview score. Measures of dental school performance were the National Dental Board Examination Part I and Part II (NB-I, NB-II) scores, yearly and final dental school GPA, and academic progress through the UFCD program. In general, most admission criteria were good bivariate indicators of dental school performance. Multivariate analyses indicated that students with higher undergraduate science GPAs and DAT academic scores were more likely to achieve higher NB-I and NB-II scores. The undergraduate science GPA and admission interview score were the most consistent determinants of dental school GPA. Students with lower undergraduate science GPAs, DAT academic scores, and PMAT scores were more likely to remediate, to repeat an academic year, or to be dismissed. Although bivariate differences were observed in several admission criteria of students who remediated one or more courses, repeated an academic year, or were dismissed only the undergraduate science GPA and the PMAT score were indicators of programmatic progress in the multivariate analysis. PMID:11936229

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  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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    James N. BARANIUK; 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” subjects....

  14. Estimates of genetic parameters for visual scores and their correlation with production and reproductive traits in Brahman cattle

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    Tássia Souza, Bertipaglia; Luis Orlando Duitama, Carreño; Carlos Henrique Cavallini, Machado; Cristiana, Andrighetto; Ricardo da, Fonseca.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of visual scores of body structure, precocity and muscularity with production (body weight at 18 months and average daily gain) and reproductive (scrotal circumference) traits in Brahman cattle in order to determine the possible use of thes [...] e scores as selection criteria to improve carcass quality. Covariance components were estimated by the restricted maximum likelihood method using an animal model that included contemporary group as fixed effect. A total of 1,116 observations of body structure, precocity and muscularity were used. Heritability was 0.39, 043 and 0.40 for body structure, precocity and muscularity, respectively. The genetic correlations were 0.79 between body structure and precocity, 0.87 between body structure and muscularity, and 0.91 between precocity and muscularity. The genetic correlations between visual scores and body weight at 18 months were positive (0.77, 0.57 and 0.59 for body structure, precocity and muscularity, respectively). Similar genetic correlations were observed between average daily gain and visual scores (0.60, 0.57 and 0.48, respectively), whereas the genetic correlations between scrotal circumference and these scores were low (0.13, 0.02, and 0.13). The results indicate that visual scores can be used as selection criteria in Brahman breeding programs. Favorable correlated responses should be seen in average daily gain and body weight at 18 months. However, no correlated response is expected for scrotal circumference.

  15. Correlations between Knee Society Function Scores and Functional Force Measures

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    Jacobs, Cale A; Christensen, Christian P

    2009-01-01

    Subjective evaluations often are used after knee arthroplasty to quantify function; however, these scores may be influenced by pain and/or function of the nonoperated limb. Multiple influences increase variability of these scores, which in turn may result in a greater change in score required to be considered clinically important. We determined the relationships among the Knee Society pain and function scores, range of motion (ROM), and functional force measures of the surgically treated and ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Correlation of the score for subjective pain with physical disability, clinical and radiographic scores in recent onset rheumatoid arthritis

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    Turiel Maurizio

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To analyse the relationship between subjective pain score and other measures of clinical, radiographic and functional status; in particular Larsen radiographic scores and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ; in patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA with a disease duration of less than 3 years. Methods In this cross sectional study of 105 patients with RA (76 women, 29 men: mean age 50.93; mean disease duration 15.86 months; 71% rheumatoid factor positive subjective pain was assessed according to the Visual Analog Scale (VAS. Correlation coefficients between pain score and disease activity measures (patients' global assessment of disease by VAS, number of tender and swollen joints, morning stiffness, erythrocyte sedimentation rate [ESR], C-reactive protein [CRP] and titre of rheumatoid factor, radiographic evaluations (Larsen-Dale scores for radiographic damage of the small joints of the hands, wrist and feet, disability measures (health assessment questionnaire [HAQ], and demographic variables were calculated; hierarchical regression analysis was done with subjective pain score as the dependent variable. Results The Spearman's correlation coefficient comparing subjective pain and HAQ was 0.421 (p 0.05. In regression analysis, global assessment of disease by patients explained 32.8% of the variation in pain intensity score, morning stiffness 10.7%, CRP 4.0%, HAQ 3.8% and Larsen-Dale scores explained 2.1%; other variables were not significant in the model. Conclusions Pain scores of patients with early severe rheumatoid arthritis are correlated at higher levels with patients' global assessment of disease and with morning stiffness rather than with radiographic or other clinical variables such as number of tender and swollen joints.

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

  20. Automatic Evaluation of Machine Translation : Correlating Post-editing Effort and Translation Edit Rate (TER) Scores

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    Martinez, Mercedes Garcia; Koglin, Arlene

    2015-01-01

    The availability of systems capable of producing fairly accurate translations has increased the popularity of machine translation (MT). The translation industry is steadily incorporating MT in their workflows engaging the human translator to post-edit the raw MT output in order to comply with a set of quality criteria in as few edits as possible. The quality of MT systems is generally measured by automatic metrics, producing scores that should correlate with human evaluation.In this study, we investigate correlations between one of such metrics, i.e. Translation Edit Rate (TER), and actual post-editing effort as it is shown in post-editing process data collected under experimental conditions. Using the CasMaCat workbench as a post-editing tool, process data were collected using keystrokes and eye-tracking data from five professional translators under two different conditions: i) traditional post-editing and ii) interactive post-editing. In the second condition, as the user types, the MT system suggests alternative target translations which the post-editor can interactively accept or overwrite, whereas in the first condition no aids are provided to the user while editing the raw MT output. Each one of the five participants was asked to post-edit 12 different texts using the interactivity provided by the system and 12 additional texts without interactivity (i.e. traditional post-editing) over a period of 6 weeks.Process research in post-editing is often grounded on three different but related categories of post-editing effort, namely i) temporal (time), ii) cognitive (mental processes) and iii) technical (keyboard activity). For the purposes of this research, TER scores were correlated with two different indicators of post-editing effort as computed in the CRITT Translation Process Database (TPR-DB) *. On the one hand, post-editing temporal effort was measured using FDur values (duration of segment production time excluding keystroke pauses >_200 seconds) and KDur values (duration of coherent keyboard activity excluding keystroke pauses >_ 5 seconds). On the other hand, post-editing technical effort was measured using Mdel values (number of manually generated deletions) and Mins values (number of manually generated insertions).Results show that TER scores have a positive correlation with actual post-editing effort as reflected in the form of manual insertions and deletions (Mins/Mdel) as well as time to perform the task (KDur/FDur).

  1. The correlative analysis between volume measurement by SPECT and the clinical scoring in cerebral infarction

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    The reliability of the clinical scoring system by the volume measurement of cerebral infarction with SPECT was assessed. The volume measurement of left and right brain in 20 healthy subjects was used as control. We studied the correlations between the volume of infarcted lesion measured by SPECT and two kinds of clinical scoring system in 31 patients who suffered from simple unilateral cerebral infarction. The correlation coefficient between volume and score was 0.631?0.795 (P<0.001). The coincidence rate was rather good. SPECT study has objectively showed that these 2 kinds of clinical scoring system are quite reliable

  2. Correlation Between Students' Dental Admission Test Scores and Performance on a Dental School's Competency Exam.

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    Carroll, Alexander M; Schuster, Gregory M

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether there was a statistically significant positive correlation between dental students' Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores, particularly on the Perceptual Ability Test (PAT), and their performance on a dental school's competency exam. Scores from the written and clinical competency exam administered in the fall quarter of the fourth year of the curriculum at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona were compared to DAT scores of all 216 members of the graduating classes of 2012 and 2013. It was hypothesized that students who performed highly on one or more sections of the DAT would perform highly on the competency exam. Backward stepwise regression analyses were used to analyze the data. The results showed that the PAT scores were most strongly correlated with the competency exam scores and were a positive predictor for all three clinical sections of the exam (operative dentistry, periodontics, and endodontics). Positive predictors for the written portion of the exam were total DAT score for patient assessment and treatment planning and the DAT reading comprehension score for prosthodontics; there were no predictors for periodontics. The total variance explained by the results ranged from 4% to 15%. While statistically significant relationships were found between the students' PAT scores and clinical performance, DAT scores explained relatively little variance in the competency exam scores. According to these findings, neither the PAT nor any of the DAT components contributed to predicting these students' clinical performance. PMID:26522638

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

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    Demirkazik, Figen Basaran E-mail: demirkaz@dialup.ankara.edu.tr; Ariyuerek, O. Macit; Oezcelik, Ugur; Goecmen, Ayhan; Hassanabad, Hossein K.; Kiper, Nural

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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, P<0.0001) and clinical points (r=0.67, P<0.0001) of the Shwachman-Kulczycki system, FVC (r=0.71 P=0.004) and FEV{sub 1} (r=0.66, P=0.01). Although radiographic points correlated significantly with FVC (r=0.61, P=0.02) and FEV{sub 1} (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.

  6. 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.…

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Correlation between Umbilical Cord pH and Apgar Score in High-Risk Pregnancy

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    Mahmood Hajiahmadi; Maryam Javadian; Nesa Asnafi1; Mousa Ahmadpour-Kacho; Nazila Hosseini Taleghani

    2010-01-01

    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 Scienc...

  11. Criteria of quantum correlation in the measurement of continuous variables in optics

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    Treps, Nicolas; Fabre, Claude

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this short tutorial paper is to review various criteria that have been used to characterize the quantum character of correlations in optical systems, such as \\"gemellity\\", QND correlation, intrication, EPR correlation and Bell correlation, to discuss and compare them. This discussion, restricted to the case of measurements of continuous optical variables, includes also an extension of known criteria for \\"twin beams\\" to the case of imbalanced correlations.

  12. High PCA3 scores in urine correlate with poor-prognosis factors in prostate cancer patients

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    Wei, Wei; Leng, Jiangyong; Shao, Hongxiang; Wang, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    Background: To improve the prediction of prostate cancer (PCA) risk and pathological type of PCA by non-invasive approaches before performing prostatic biopsy are the current challenges for the management of PCA. The aim of this present study was evaluate the clinical validity of prostate cancer associated 3 (PCA3) gene in the prediction of PCA and the correlations between the PCA3 level and prognostic factors. Methods: A total of 207 patients with suspected prostate cancer in Ningbo No. 2 hospital between June 2012 and July 2014 were enrolled in this study. All patients included underwent prostate biopsy under the direction of digital rectal examination (DRE) and were divided into PCA group and no evidence of malignancy (NEM) group according to the pathological diagnosis. We analyzed the association between PCA3 score and indicators of prognosis (Gleason score, percentage of positive cores and clinical stage) by multivariate analysis. Results: The levels of total prostate-specific antigen (t-PSA), prostate health index (PHI) and PCA3 score in patients with PCA were significantly higher than those in NEM group (P<0.05). In PCA group, PHI value and t-PSA were both factors significantly correlated with high Gleason score and clinical stage (P<0.05). A high PCA3 score in urine was significantly correlated with a high Gleason score, % positive cores and an advanced clinical stage (P<0.05). Conclusion: PCA3 score might be one of useful diagnostic tools for determining suitable therapeutic programs for PCa and predicting the prognosis.

  13. Genetic correlations among body condition score, yield and fertility in multiparous cows using random regression models

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    Bastin, Catherine; Gillon, Alain; Massart, Xavier; Bertozzi, Carlo; Vanderick, Sylvie; Gengler, Nicolas

    2010-01-01

    Genetic correlations between body condition score (BCS) in lactation 1 to 3 and four economically important traits (days open, 305-days milk, fat, and protein yields recorded in the first 3 lactations) were estimated on about 12,500 Walloon Holstein cows using 4-trait random regression models. Results indicated moderate favorable genetic correlations between BCS and days open (from -0.46 to -0.62) and suggested the use of BCS for indirect selection on fertility. However, unfavorable genetic c...

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

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    Boesen, Lars; Chabanova, Elizaveta; Løgager, Vibeke; Balslev, Ingegerd; Thomsen, Henrik S

    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 m...

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

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Correlation between quantitative traits and correlation between corresponding LOD scores: detection of pleiotropic effects

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    Li Wentian; Han Zhihua; Ulgen Ayse

    2003-01-01

    Abstract Background We address the question of whether statistical correlations among quantitative traits lead to correlation of linkage results of these traits. Five measured quantitative traits (total cholesterol, fasting glucose, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides), and one derived quantitative trait (total cholesterol divided by the HDL cholesterol) are used for phenotype correlation studies. Four of them are used for linkage analysis. Results We show that although correla...

  18. Do hospital-acquired condition scores correlate with patients' perspectives of care?

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    Menendez, Mariano E; Ring, David

    2015-01-01

    Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the federal Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reduce payments by 1% for hospitals in the top quartile of risk-adjusted national HAC scores. The HAC penalty underscores the need for hospitals to become increasingly quality- and safety-focused, which could negatively affect their performance on patient satisfaction with care, another key performance metric tied to reimbursement. Using publicly available data through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare program, we assessed the correlation between preliminary HAC scores and patients' perspectives of care, as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Higher quality of care (lower HAC score) was modestly associated with a better patient experience (r = -0.090, P policy efforts are not working at cross purposes and there need not be a trade-off between delivering high quality of care and patient satisfaction. PMID:25830614

  19. 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

  20. PASI and PQOL-12 score in psoriasis : Is there any correlation?

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    Vikas Shankar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Psoriasis, a common papulo-squamous disorder of the skin, is universal in occurrence and may interfere with the quality of life adversely. Whether extent of the disease has any bearing upon the patients? psychology has not much been studied in this part of the world. Aims: The objective of this hospital-based cross-sectional study was to assess the disease severity objectively using Psoriasis area and severity index (PASI score and the quality of life by Psoriasis quality-of-life questionnaire-12 (PQOL-12 and to draw correlation between them, if any. Materials and Methods PASI score denotes an objective method of scoring severity of psoriasis, reflecting not only the body surface area but also erythema, induration and scaling. The PQOL-12 represents a 12-item self-administered, disease-specific psychometric instrument created to specifically assess quality-of-life issues that are more important with psoriasis patients. PASI and PQOL-12 score were calculated in each patient for objectively assessing their disease severity and quality of life. Results: In total, 34 psoriasis patients (16 males, 18 females, of age ranging from 8 to 55 years, were studied. Maximum and minimum PASI scores were 0.8 and 32.8, respectively, whereas maximum and minimum PQOL-12 scores were 4 and 120, respectively. PASI and PQOL-12 values showed minimal positive correlation (r = +0.422. Conclusion: Disease severity of psoriasis had no direct reflection upon their quality of life. Limited psoriasis on visible area may also have greater impact on mental health.

  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. 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; Farivar Sepideh S; Hays Ron D

    2007-01-01

    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 eac...

  3. Correlation between Body Condition Score, Blood Biochemical Metabolites, Milk Yield and Quality in Algerian Montbéliarde Cattle

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    Charef-Eddine Mouffok1,2,*, Toufik Madani1,2, Lounis Semara1, Nadhira Ayache1 and Amina Rahal1

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    This study aimed to investigate the correlation between body condition score (BCS), blood biochemical metabolites, milk yield (MY) and quality (Mfat) in Montbéliarde cattle (31 cows) reared in 5 farms of Algerian semi arid area. The BCS was measured in dry and peak of lactation (6 weeks after calving). Blood samples were taken at the time of body condition (BC) measurement for determination of energy (Glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and B-Hydroxybutyrate), nitrogen (urea and albumin) and ...

  4. Correlation between clinical and MRI disease activity scores in axial spondyloarthritis.

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    MacKay, James W; Aboelmagd, Sharief; Gaffney, J Karl

    2015-09-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-based disease activity scores (DAS) in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) are rarely employed in the normal clinical setting, whereas clinical DAS are used routinely to monitor disease activity and set thresholds for biologic treatment. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the correlation between MR and clinical DAS in a general axSpA outpatient population and to assess the difference in MR DAS in individuals with high and low clinical DAS. This was a prospective, cross-sectional observational study. Forty participants with axSpA who presented for MR of the whole spine and sacroiliac joints as part of ongoing management were included. Completion of Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) was performed at the time of MR examination. MR images were scored by two independent observers using the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) MR DAS. There were weak, non-significant correlations between total SPARCC score and BASDAI (r?=?0.18, p?=?0.26), ASDAS using erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ASDAS-ESR) (r?=?0.31, p?=?0.07) and ASDAS using C-reactive protein level (ASDAS-CRP) (r?=?0.31, p?=?0.05). There was no significant difference in the SPARCC score of participants with high and low clinical DAS. MR DAS may provide information about disease activity not provided by the current standard of clinical DAS and may be considered as a useful adjunct in clinical practice. PMID:25894437

  5. Correlation of the score for subjective pain with physical disability, clinical and radiographic scores in recent onset rheumatoid arthritis

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    Turiel Maurizio; Panni Benedetta; Fiorini Tania; Sarzi-Puttini Piercarlo; Cazzola Marco; Atzeni Fabiola

    2002-01-01

    Abstract Background To analyse the relationship between subjective pain score and other measures of clinical, radiographic and functional status; in particular Larsen radiographic scores and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ); in patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with a disease duration of less than 3 years. Methods In this cross sectional study of 105 patients with RA (76 women, 29 men: mean age 50.93; mean disease duration 15.86 months; 71% rheumatoid factor positive) subjec...

  6. 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.)

  7. 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.)

  8. Massa ventricular e critérios eletrocardiográficos de hipertrofia: avaliação de um novo escore / Ventricular mass and electrocardiographic criteria of hypertrophy: evaluation of new score

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    Cléber do Lago, Mazzaro; Francisco de Assis, Costa; Maria Teresa Nogueira, Bombig; Bráulio, Luna Filho; Ângelo Amato Vincenzo de, Paola; Antonio Carlos de Camargo, Carvalho; William da, Costa; Francisco Antonio Helfenstein, Fonseca; Rui Manoel dos Santos, Póvoa.

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A hipertrofia ventricular esquerda (HVE) é um importante e independente fator de risco cardiovascular. Inexistem, no Brasil, estudos desenhados para testar a eficácia do eletrocardiograma (ECG) no diagnóstico desse grave processo patológico. OBJETIVO: Avaliar um novo escore eletrocardiog [...] ráfico para diagnóstico de HVE pelo ECG: soma da maior amplitude da onda S com a maior da onda R no plano horizontal, multiplicando-se o resultado pela duração do QRS [(S+R) X QRS)] e comparando-o com os critérios eletrocardiográficos clássicos. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados os ecocardiogramas e ECG de 1.204 pacientes hipertensos em tratamento ambulatorial. Avaliou-se o índice de massa do ventrículo esquerdo (IMVE) pelo ecocardiograma, firmando-se o diagnóstico de HVE quando > 96 g/m² para mulheres e > 116 g/m² para homens. No ECG analisaram-se quatro critérios clássicos de HVE, além do novo escore a ser testado. RESULTADOS: Todos os índices estudados tiveram correlação estatisticamente significativa com a massa calculada do ventrículo esquerdo (VE). Porém, o novo escore foi o que apresentou maior correlação (r = 0,564). Os outros critérios apresentaram as seguintes correlações: Romhilt-Estes (r = 0,464); Sokolow-Lyon (r = 0,419); Cornell voltagem (r = 0,377); Cornell duração (r = 0,444). Para avaliação da acurácia do índice testado, utilizou-se o ponto de corte de 2,80 mm.s. Com esse valor foram obtidas as seguintes cifras para sensibilidade e especificidade: 35,2% e 88,7%, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Todos os critérios eletrocardiográficos para avaliação da massa do VE apresentaram baixa sensibilidade. O novo escore foi o que apresentou melhor correlação com o IMVE em relação aos outros avaliados. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: The left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an important and independent cardiovascular risk factor. There is a scarcity of studies in Brazil designed to test the efficacy of the electrocardiogram (ECG) in the diagnosis of this important pathological process. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a new e [...] lectrocardiographic score for the diagnosis of LVH by ECG: the sum of the highest amplitude of the S wave and the highest amplitude of the R wave on the horizontal plane, multiplied by the result of the QRS duration [(S+R) X QRS)] and comparing it with the classic electrocardiographic criteria. METHODS: The echocardiograms and ECG of 1,204 hypertensive patients receiving outpatient care were evaluated. The left ventricular mass index (LVMI) was assessed by the echocardiogram, with a diagnosis of LVH when the LVMI was > 96 g/m² for women and > 116 g/m² for men. Four classic criteria of LVH were analyzed at the ECG, in addition to the new score to be tested. RESULTS: In general, the studied ECG-LVH criteria showed significant statistical correlation to the echocardiographic LVMI. The (R+S) X QRS index, using 2.80 mm.s as the cutoff value, provided test accuracy regarding sensibility and specificity of 35.2% and 88.71%, respectively, representing the best correlation to LVMI (r=0.564) when compared to the other indexes: Romhilt-Estes (r=0.464); Sokolow-Lyon (r=0.419); Cornell voltage (r=0.377); Cornell product r=0.444). CONCLUSION: All the electrocardiographic criteria used for the assessment of the LV mass presented low sensitivity. The new score presented the best correlation with LVMI when compared to the other indexes.

  9. Using IQ Discrepancy Scores To Examine the Neural Correlates of Specific Cognitive Abilities

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    Margolis, Amy; Bansal, Ravi; Hao, Xuejun; Algermissen, Molly; Erickson, Cole; Klahr, Kristin W.; Naglieri, Jack A.

    2013-01-01

    The underlying neural determinants of general intelligence have been studied intensively, and seem to derive from the anatomical and functional characteristics of a frontoparietal network. Little is known, however, about the underlying neural correlates of domain-specific cognitive abilities, the other factors hypothesized to explain individual performance on intelligence tests. Previous preliminary studies have suggested that spatially distinct neural structures do not support domain-specific cognitive abilities. To test whether differences between abilities that affect performance on verbal and performance tasks derive instead from the morphological features of a single anatomical network, we assessed in two independent samples of healthy human participants (N = 83 and N = 58; age range, 5–57 years) the correlation of cortical thickness with the magnitude of the verbal intelligence quotient (VIQ)-performance intelligence quotient (PIQ) discrepancy. We operationalized the VIQ-PIQ discrepancy by regressing VIQ onto PIQ (VIQ-regressed-on-PIQ score), and by regressing PIQ onto VIQ (PIQ-regressed-on-VIQ score). In both samples, a progressively thinner cortical mantle in anterior and posterior regions bilaterally was associated with progressively greater (more positive) VIQ-regressed-on-PIQ scores. A progressively thicker cortical mantle in anterior and posterior regions bilaterally was associated with progressively greater (more positive) PIQ-regressed-on-VIQ scores. Variation in cortical thickness in these regions accounted for a large portion of the overall variance in magnitude of the VIQ-PIQ discrepancy. The degree of hemispheric asymmetry in cortical thickness accounted for a much smaller but statistically significant portion of variance in VIQ-PIQ discrepancy. PMID:23986248

  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.

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    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. Correlation between Apgar score and urinary uric acid to creatinine ratio in perinatal asphyxia

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    Basu, Pallab; Som, Sabyasachi; Choudhuri, Nabendu; Das, Harendranath

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    A randomized case control hospital based study was conducted over 12 months time on 31 asphyxiated and 31 normal newborn to see whether urinary uric acid can be used as a marker of perinatal asphyxia and can be correlated with the clinical diagnosis by Apgar score. Uric acid and creatinine were estimated in spot urine within 24 hours after birth in both cases and controls. A ratio between concentrations of uric acid to creatinine was estimated and compared between cases and controls. It was f...

  12. GENETIC CORRELATION ESTIMATES AMONG BODY CONDITION SCORE, DAIRY FORM, DAYS OPEN AND PRODUCTION TRAITS FOR US HOLSTEINS

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    The objectives of this study were to estimate genetic correlations among body condition score (BCS), dairy form (DF), days open (DO), ME milk, ME fat and ME protein production. Body condition score and DF obtained from the Holstein Association USA Inc. were merged with DO and production data from th...

  13. 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 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)

  14. 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; Masaaki Habara; Hidekazu Ikezazki; Ronggang Chen; Yoshinobu Naito; Kiyoshi Toko

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    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 t...

  15. Prognostic Factors for Open Globe Injuries and Correlation of Ocular Trauma Score in Tianjin, China

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    Meng, Yu; Yan, Hua

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate prognostic factors that influence the final visual acuity (VA) and to correlate the ocular trauma score (OTS) with the final VA in open globe injuries. Methods. A retrospective review of 298 patients with open globe injuries admitted to Tianjin Medical University General Hospital was carried out from January 1, 2010, till December 31, 2014. Prognostic factors influencing the final VA in patients with open globe injuries and the correlation between OTS and the final VA were examined. Results. Three hundred and fourteen eyes from 298 patients with open globe injuries were analyzed. Males had a higher rate of open globe injury than females (83.56% versus 16.44%). Mean age was 45.46 ± 17.48 years (5–95 years). In a univariate analysis, prognostic factors influencing the final VA included initial VA, relative afferent papillary defect (RAPD), vitreous hemorrhage, lens injury, endophthalmitis, hyphema, retinal detachment, and the zone of injury. In a multiple logistic regression analysis, initial VA, RAPD, and the zone of injury were considered to be independent risk factors. The OTS correlated with final VA (r = 0.988, p = 0.000). Conclusion. In our study, the most important prognostic factors influencing the final VA were initial VA, RAPD, and the zone of injury. The OTS was of great importance for patients and ophthalmologists. PMID:26491549

  16. 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.)

  17. 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)

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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 (-0.72correlation 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.)

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Correlation between Body Condition Score, Blood Biochemical Metabolites, Milk Yield and Quality in Algerian Montbéliarde Cattle

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    Charef-Eddine Mouffok1,2,*, Toufik Madani1,2, Lounis Semara1, Nadhira Ayache1 and Amina Rahal1

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    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate the correlation between body condition score (BCS, blood biochemical metabolites, milk yield (MY and quality (Mfat in Montbéliarde cattle (31 cows reared in 5 farms of Algerian semi arid area. The BCS was measured in dry and peak of lactation (6 weeks after calving. Blood samples were taken at the time of body condition (BC measurement for determination of energy (Glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and B-Hydroxybutyrate, nitrogen (urea and albumin and mineral (calcium metabolites. Milk yield was recorded in the 6th week of lactation (peak. A sample of milk for each cow was used to determinate milk fat, density and acidity. The results showed a significant decrease in postpartum BCS accompanied by an increase in cholesterol and B-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB concentration. The correlation analysis showed that BHB concentration in pre calving was negatively correlated with BCS (r=-0.321; P<0.05 and cholesterol (r=-0.308; P<0.05. In postpartum, BCS was negatively correlated with cholesterol (r=-0.416; P<0.05, urea (r=-0.366; P<0.05 and BHB (r=-0.487; P<0.05. However, the level of milk production decreased significantly with high glucose (r=-0.449; P<0.05 and BHB (r=-0.514; P<0.05. The fat content increased significantly with blood triglycerides (r=0.681; P<0.05 and BHB (r=0.522; P<0.05 concentration, indicating a high mobilization of body reserves used for the synthesis of milk fat. In conclusion, it can be assumed that the rate of BHB seems to be the best indicator of the nutritional status of dairy cows that determines their production level and quality.

  1. A STUDY OF PREDICTION OF DIFFICULT INTUBATION USING MALLAMPATI AND WILSON SCORE CORRELATING WITH CORMACK LEHANE GRADING

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : This study was carried out to evaluate usefulness of preoperative Mallampati & Wilson’s score grading as a predictor for difficult laryngoscopy & intubation . AIMS : To determine the accuracy of the modified Mallampati test and Wilson score for predicting difficult tracheal intubation and correlation with Cormack Lehane grading . METHODS : This prospective randomized cross sectional Study carried out in 200 patients , posted for surgical procedure under GA with ETT intubation. Preoperative airway assessment using Mallampati grading (MPG & Wilson score done. Conventional anesthesia t echnique followed. Cormack Lehane grading done at laryngoscopy & correlated with previous scores for each patient. RESULTS : A MPG of I/II was found in 140 patients (70% , while 60 patients (30% were class III/IV. 138 patients (69% had a Wilson score of 0 /1 , while 60(30% had a score of 2/3 and 2 patients (1% scored ?4. One hundred & eighty patients (90% were classified as Cormack - Lehane grade I/II , while 20 patients (10% were considered grade III/IV. Of the 60 patients with a Wilson score of 2/3 , 6 cas es (10% two attempts were required and in 2 cases (3.3% in spite of more than two attempts intubation proved impossible with the conventional laryngoscope , articulated McCoy blade was used. Two patients with a Wilson score ?4 were intubated with gum elas tic bougie , using articulated McCoy blade. Overall , out of 200 , in 6 patients (3% two attempts of intubation was required and 4 patients (2% intubation required the use of some kind of gadget other than conventional laryngoscope and more than 2 attempts. The correlation between the Cormack - Lehane classification and the number of endotracheal intubation attempts showed that of the 180 patients with I / II grade , 4 patients (1.3% two attempts were required. Of the 20 patients classified as Cormack - Lehane III/IV , 4 cases (20% intubation proved impossible with conventional technique. This correlation was statistically significant. DISCUSSION : The Wilson score can successfully predict the patients in whom laryngoscopy may prove dif ficult (Wilson 2/3 (p = 0. 01. This reflects the good sensitivity. CONCLUSIONS : Wilson score , despite being seldom used in clinical practice , is a highly sensitive predictor of a difficult airway , although its specificity is low. KEYWORDS : Difficult intubation Prediction , Mallampa ti , Wilson score , Cormack Lehane grading , Specificity & Sensitivity.

  2. 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

  3. A new scoring system in cancer genetics: application to criteria for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation screening.

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    Bonaïti, Bernard; Alarcon, Flora; Andrieu, Nadine; Bonadona, Valérie; Dondon, Marie-Gabrielle; Pennec, Sophie; Stoppa-Lyonnet, Dominique; Bonaïti-Pellié, Catherine; Perdry, Hervé

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    BACKGROUND: In hereditary forms of cancer due to mutations of genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, methods have been proposed to predict the presence of a mutation in a family. METHODS: Relying on carriage probability computation is the most predictive, but scores are a good proxy and avoid using computer software. An empirical method, the Manchester scoring system, has been elaborated for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation identification. We propose a general scoring system based on a transformation of the ...

  4. Augmenting Species Diversity in Water Quality Criteria Derivation using Interspecies Correlation Models

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    The specific requirements for taxa diversity of the 1985 guidelines have limited the number of ambient water quality criteria (AWQC) developed for aquatic life protection. The EPA developed the Web-based Interspecies Correlation Estimation (Web-ICE) tool to allow extrapolation of...

  5. 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 

  6. Balthazar computed tomography severity index is superior to Ranson criteria and APACHE II scoring system in predicting acute pancreatitis outcome

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    Leung, Ting-Kai; Lee, Chi-Ming; Lin, Shyr-Yi; Chen, Hsin-Chi; Wang, Hung-Jung; Shen, Li-Kuo; Chen, Ya-Yen

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    AIM: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a process with variable involvement of regional tissues or organ systems. Multifactorial scales included the Ranson, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II) systems and Balthazar computed tomography severity index (CTSI). The purpose of this review study was to assess the accuracy of CTSI, Ranson score, and APACHE II score in course and outcome prediction of AP.

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

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    Randhir Singh

    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.

  8. Rheumatoid arthritis bone erosion volumes on CT and MRI: reliability and correlations with erosion scores on CT, MRI and radiography.

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    MØller DØhn, Uffe; Ejbjerg, Bo J

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To investigate intramodality and intermodality agreements of CT and MRI erosion volumes in metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to compare the volumes with erosion scores for CT, MRI and radiography. METHODS: In total, 17 patients with RA and four healthy controls underwent unilateral CT, MRI and radiography of second to fifth MCP joints in one hand. Erosion volumes (using OSIRIS software) and scores were determined from CT, MRI and radiography (scores only). RESULTS: CT, MRI and radiography detected 77, 62 and 12 erosions, respectively. On CT, the mean erosion volume was 26 mm(3) (median 10; range 0 to 248) and 30 mm(3) (18; 1 to 163) on MRI. Total erosion volumes (per patient/control) were 97 mm(3) (29; 0 to 485) on CT and 90 mm(3) (46; 0 to 389) on MRI. For volumes, Spearman correlation coefficients were 0.96 to 0.99 (CT vs CT), 0.95 to 0.98 (MRI vs MRI) and 0.64 to 0.89 (CT vs MRI), all p<0.01. MRI erosion volumes correlated with the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Clinical Trials/Rheumatoid Arthritis Magnetic Resonance Imaging Score (OMERACT RAMRIS) erosion scores (0.91 to 0.99; p<0.01) and the Sharp/van der Heijde erosion score (0.49 to 0.63; p<0.01). CONCLUSION: Very high intramodality and high intermodality agreements of CT and MRI erosion volumes were found, encouraging further testing in longitudinal studies. A close correlation with CT and MRI erosion volumes supports the OMERACT RAMRIS erosion score as a valid measure of joint destruction in RA. Udgivelsesdato: 2007-Oct

  9. A circulating biomarker risk-prediction model correlates with CHADS-2 risk score in chronic atrial fibrillation

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    Smita I. Negi

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    Conclusions: A biomarker risk-model using a combination of hs-CRP and DROMs correlates well with CHADS-2 risk scores in chronic AF. Either or both of these markers may add predictive power to future stroke risk prediction models.

  10. Improved correlation between carotid and coronary atherosclerosis SYNTAX score using automated ultrasound carotid bulb plaque IMT measurement.

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    Ikeda, Nobutaka; Gupta, Ajay; Dey, Nilanjan; Bose, Soumyo; Shafique, Shoaib; Arak, Tadashi; Godia, Elisa Cuadrado; Saba, Luca; Laird, John R; Nicolaides, Andrew; Suri, Jasjit S

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    Described here is a detailed novel pilot study on whether the SYNTAX (Synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with TAXUS and cardiac surgery) score, a measure of coronary artery disease complexity, could be better predicted with carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) measures using automated IMT all along the common carotid and bulb plaque compared with manual IMT determined by sonographers. Three hundred seventy consecutive patients who underwent carotid ultrasound and coronary angiography were analyzed. SYNTAX score was determined from coronary angiograms by two experienced interventional cardiologists. Unlike most methods of cIMT measurement commonly used by sonographers, our method involves a computerized automated cIMT measurement all along the carotid artery that includes the bulb region and the region proximal to the bulb (under the class of AtheroEdge systems from AtheroPoint, Roseville, CA, USA). In this study, the correlation between automated cIMT that includes bulb plaque and SYNTAX score was found to be 0.467 (p < 0.0001), compared with 0.391 (p < 0.0001) for the correlation between the sonographer's IMT reading and SYNTAX score. The correlation between the automated cIMT and the sonographer's IMT was 0.882. When compared against the radiologist's manual tracings, automated cIMT system performance had a lumen-intima error of 0.007818 ± 0.0071 mm, media-adventitia error of 0.0179 ± 0.0125 mm and automated cIMT error of 0.0099 ± 0.00988 mm. The precision of automated cIMT against the manual radiologist's reading was 98.86%. This current automated algorithm revealed a significantly stronger correlation between cIMT and coronary SYNTAX score as compared with the sonographer's cIMT measurements with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. We benchmarked our correlation between the automated cIMT that includes bulb plaque and SYNTAX score against a previously published (Ikeda et al. 2013) AtheroEdgeLink (AtheroPoint) correlation between the automated cIMT that does not include bulb plaque and SYNTAX score and had an improvement of 44.58%. By sampling cIMT in the bulb region, the automated cIMT technique improves the degree of correlation between coronary artery disease lesion complexity and carotid atherosclerosis characteristics. PMID:25638311

  11. Correlation of proton MR spectroscopic imaging with Galena's score based on step-section pathologic analysis after radical prostatectomy

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    Purpose: To determine whether hydrogen 1 magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopic imaging can be used to predict aggressiveness of prostate cancer. Materials and Methods: All patients gave informed consent according to an institutionally approved research protocol. A total of 123 patients (median age, 58 years; age range, 40-74 years) who underwent endorectal MR imaging and MR spectroscopic imaging between January 2000 and December 2002 were included. MR imaging and spectroscopy were performed by using combined pelvic phased-array and endorectal probe. Water and lipids were suppressed, and phase-encoded data were acquired with 6.2-mm resolution. Voxels in the peripheral zone were considered suspicious for cancer if (Cho + Cr)/Cit was at least two standard deviations above the normal level, where Cho represents choline-containing compounds, Cr represents creatine and phosphocreatine, and Cit represents citrate. Correlation between metabolite ratio and four Gleason score groups identified at step-section pathologic evaluation (3 + 3, 3 + 4, 4 + 3, and > or =4 + 4) was assessed with generalized estimating equations. Results: Data from 94 patients were included. Pathologic evaluation was used to identify 239 lesions. Overall sensitivity of MR spectroscopic imaging was 56% for tumor detection, increasing from 44% in lesions with Gleason score of 3 + 3 to 89% in lesions with Gleason score greater than or equal to 4 + 4. There was a trend toward increasing (Cho + Cr)/Cit with increasing Gleason score in lesions identified correctly with MR spectroscopic imaging. Tumor volume assessed with MR spectroscopic imaging increased with increasing Gleason score. Conclusion: MR spectroscopic imaging measurement of prostate tumor (Cho + Cr)/Cit and tumor volume correlate with pathologic Gleason score. There is overlap between MR spectroscopic imaging parameters at various Gleason score levels, which may reflect methodologic and physiologic variations. MR spectroscopic imaging has potential in noninvasive assessment of prostate cancer aggressiveness. (author)

  12. 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)

  13. A Study on the Correlation between Cord Blood Glucose Level and the Apgar Score

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    Khan, Kalyan; Saha, Ashis Ranjan

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The study of the biochemical parameters of cord blood acts as a mirror, which usually reflects the neonatal status. The widely used system for the evaluation of a neonate is the Apgar score. There is no comprehensive published data which has established the association between the cord blood glucose level and the Apgar score. Similarly, there is also no well accepted reference range of the cord blood glucose level.

  14. Quantification of Emphysema with a Three-Dimensional Chest CT Scan: Correlation with the Visual Emphysema Scoring on Chest CT, Pulmonary Function Tests and Dyspnea Severity

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    We wanted to prospectively evaluate the correlation between the quantification of emphysema using 3D CT densitometry with the visual emphysema score, pulmonary function tests (PFT) and the dyspnea score in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Non-enhanced chest CT with 3D reconstruction was performed in 28 men with COPD (age 54-88 years). With histogram analysis, the total lung volume, mean lung density and proportion of low attenuation lung volume below predetermined thresholds were measured. The CT parameters were compared with the visual emphysema score, the PFT and the dyspnea score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was well correlated with the DLco and FEV1/FVC. A Low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU and -930 HU was correlated with visual the emphysema score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was correlated with the dyspnea score, although the correlations between the other CT parameters and the dyspnea score were not significant. Objective quantification of emphysema using 3D CT densitometry was correlated with the visual emphysema score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was correlated with the DLco, the FEV1/FVC and the dyspnea score.

  15. Quantification of Emphysema with a Three-Dimensional Chest CT Scan: Correlation with the Visual Emphysema Scoring on Chest CT, Pulmonary Function Tests and Dyspnea Severity

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    Park, Hyun Jeong; Hwang, Jung Hwa [Dept. of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-09-15

    We wanted to prospectively evaluate the correlation between the quantification of emphysema using 3D CT densitometry with the visual emphysema score, pulmonary function tests (PFT) and the dyspnea score in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Non-enhanced chest CT with 3D reconstruction was performed in 28 men with COPD (age 54-88 years). With histogram analysis, the total lung volume, mean lung density and proportion of low attenuation lung volume below predetermined thresholds were measured. The CT parameters were compared with the visual emphysema score, the PFT and the dyspnea score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was well correlated with the DLco and FEV{sub 1}/FVC. A Low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU and -930 HU was correlated with visual the emphysema score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was correlated with the dyspnea score, although the correlations between the other CT parameters and the dyspnea score were not significant. Objective quantification of emphysema using 3D CT densitometry was correlated with the visual emphysema score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was correlated with the DLco, the FEV{sub 1}/FVC and the dyspnea score.

  16. 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 di...

  17. 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.

  18. Correlation of Ischemia-Modified Albumin with SOFA and APACHE II Scores in Preoperative Patients with Colorectal Cancer

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    Satoh, Masaaki; Kotani, Kazuhiko; Gugliucci, Alejandro; Horie, Hisanaga; Caccavello, Russell; Takeuchi, Mamoru

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Critical illnesses are assessed according to the sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) and acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE) II. Circulating ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) is a biomarker generated under ischemic and oxidative conditions and may reflect disease severity in preoperative patients. This study investigated the correlations of IMA with SOFA and APACHE II scores in inpatients admitted for colorectal surgery. Methods. We examined 27 patients with ...

  19. Correlation between Grades in the Medical Basic Science Course and Scores on the Comprehensive Basic Sciences Exam in Iran

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    Hamidreza Mahboobi; Ebrahim Khajeh; Nazanin Sharif; Zahra Jahangiri; Tahereh Khorgoei; Keramat Allah Jahanshahi; Mohammad Esmaeil Shahrzad; Elizabeth Cottrell

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: Medical students in Iran are required to undertake a Basic Sciences Comprehensive Exam (BSCE) at the end of their BS course in order to progress to the next stage of medical education. BSCE results are widely used to evaluate medical education programs among different medical universities. The aim of this study is to explore the correlation between BSCE results and students’ mean BS course scores.Methods: A cross-sectional study, using secondary data analysis, was carried out in...

  20. Radiological evaluation of chronic hemophilic arthropathy by the Pettersson score: Problems in correlation in adult patients

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    This study deals with the distribution and extent of hemophilic arthropathy (HA) in 52 adult patients suffering from severe hemophilia A. A clinical and radiological evaluation was undertaken and the results were compared. The limitations of the currently used radiological scoring system are discussed. (orig.)

  1. A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis based methodology for quantitatively scoring the reliability and relevance of ecotoxicological data.

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    Isigonis, Panagiotis; Ciffroy, Philippe; Zabeo, Alex; Semenzin, Elena; Critto, Andrea; Giove, Silvio; Marcomini, Antonio

    2015-12-15

    Ecotoxicological data are highly important for risk assessment processes and are used for deriving environmental quality criteria, which are enacted for assuring the good quality of waters, soils or sediments and achieving desirable environmental quality objectives. Therefore, it is of significant importance the evaluation of the reliability of available data for analysing their possible use in the aforementioned processes. The thorough analysis of currently available frameworks for the assessment of ecotoxicological data has led to the identification of significant flaws but at the same time various opportunities for improvement. In this context, a new methodology, based on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) techniques, has been developed with the aim of analysing the reliability and relevance of ecotoxicological data (which are produced through laboratory biotests for individual effects), in a transparent quantitative way, through the use of expert knowledge, multiple criteria and fuzzy logic. The proposed methodology can be used for the production of weighted Species Sensitivity Weighted Distributions (SSWD), as a component of the ecological risk assessment of chemicals in aquatic systems. The MCDA aggregation methodology is described in detail and demonstrated through examples in the article and the hierarchically structured framework that is used for the evaluation and classification of ecotoxicological data is shortly discussed. The methodology is demonstrated for the aquatic compartment but it can be easily tailored to other environmental compartments (soil, air, sediments). PMID:26298253

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

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    Deepali R Damkondwar

    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.

  3. Increased Resistin Levels in Intra-abdominal Sepsis: Correlation with proinflammatory cytokines & Acute Physiology & Chronic Health Evaluation II scores

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    Tonguç U. Yilmaz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Resistin, a hormone secreted from adipocytes and considered to be a likely cause of insulin resistance, has recently been accepted as a proinflammatory cytokine. This study aimed to determine the correlation between resistin levels in patients with intra-abdominal sepsis and mortality. Methods: Of 45 patients with intraabdominal sepsis, a total of 35 adult patients were included in the study. This study was undertaken from December 2011 to December 2012 and included patients who had no history of diabetes mellitus and who were admitted to the general surgery intensive care units of Gazi University and Bülent Ecevit University School of Medicine, Turkey. Evaluations were performed on 12 patients with sepsis, 10 patients with severe sepsis, 13 patients with septic shock and 15 healthy controls. The patients’ plasma resistin, interleukin-6 (IL-6, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-?, interleukin-1 beta (IL-1?, procalcitonin, lactate and glucose levels and Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II scores were studied daily for the first five days after admission. A correlation analysis of serum resistin levels with cytokine levels and APACHE II scores was performed. Results: Serum resistin levels in patients with sepsis were significantly higher than in the healthy controls (P <0.001. A significant correlation was found between serum resistin levels and APACHE II scores, serum IL-6, IL-1?, TNF-?, procalcitonin, lactate and glucose levels. Furthermore, a significant correlation was found between serum resistin levels and all-cause mortality (P = 0.02. Conclusion: The levels of resistin were significantly positively correlated with the severity of disease and were a possible mediator of a prolonged inflammatory state in patients with intra-abdominal sepsis.

  4. Correlation between Grades in the Medical Basic Science Course and Scores on the Comprehensive Basic Sciences Exam in Iran

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    Hamidreza Mahboobi

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Medical students in Iran are required to undertake a Basic Sciences Comprehensive Exam (BSCE at the end of their BS course in order to progress to the next stage of medical education. BSCE results are widely used to evaluate medical education programs among different medical universities. The aim of this study is to explore the correlation between BSCE results and students’ mean BS course scores.Methods: A cross-sectional study, using secondary data analysis, was carried out in 2007 in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences (HUMS in Iran. Data from the 20th BSCE (held in 1998 to the 36th BSCE (held in 2006 was collected. All medical students who took these exams and for whom the mean results of the BS course and the BSCE were available were eligible for inclusion in the study. For each medical student, data were obtained regarding age at the time of participation in BSCE, together with sex, entrance year, zone as categorised by the national quota system, mean BS course scores, BSCE result, duration of BS course (number of semesters and number of failed semesters. Students whose data was not complete were excluded from the study. Data was analysed by using SPSS 15 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA software.Results: 372 students undertook the BSCE during the research study period. Complete data was available for 365 medical students (98.1%. Among the participants, 224 (61.4% were female and 141 (38.6% were male. The mean age at the time of sitting the BSCE was 22.01±1.22. Mean BSCE scores were higher among students who had not previously failed a semester and who also finished the BS course within five semesters. Students with higher BS course scores had higher BSCE scores (P=0.000.Conclusions: Students’ BS course scores were found to correlate to BSCE results. Hence it may be prudent to identify medical students with low BS course scores, in order to provide additional educational support to improve their medical knowledge and thereby enhance their performance on the BSCE.

  5. 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 

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

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    van Straaten, EC; Fazekas, F; Rostrup, Egill; Scheltens, P; Schmidt, R; Pantoni, L; Inzitari, D; Waldemar, Gunhild; Erkinjuntti, T; Mantyla, R; Wahlund, LO; Barkhof, F; Group, LADIS

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    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 ...

  7. Serum Gamma-Glutamyltransferase Concentration Correlates with Framingham Risk Score in Koreans

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    Kim, Kyu-Nam; Kim, Kwang-Min; Lee, Duck-Joo; Joo, Nam-Seok

    2011-01-01

    Gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) is a novel coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factor, but its use as an independent factor for CAD risk prediction remains unclear in Asian population. This study examined the association between serum GGT concentration and Framingham risk score (FRS) in the Korean population. This cross-sectional study was performed on 30,710 Koreans. Besides FRS, body mass index, fasting blood glucose, liver enzymes, lipid profile, uric acid and high sensitive C-reactive prot...

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.)

  10. 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 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)

  11. Time course of lesion development in patients with acute brain stem infarction and correlation with NIHSS score

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    Background and purpose: diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is highly sensitive in detecting acute supratentorial cerebral ischemia and Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) lesion size has been shown to correlate strongly with the neurologic deficit in middle cerebral artery territory stroke. However, data concerning infratentorial strokes are rare. We examined the size and evolution of acute brain stem ischemic lesions and their relationship to neurological outcome. Methods: brain stem infarctions of 11 patients were analyzed. We performed DWI in all patients and in 7/11 patients within 24 h, T2W sequences within the first 2 weeks (10/11 patients) and follow-up MRI (MR2) within 3-9 months (median 4.8 months) later (12/12 patients). Lesion volumes were compared with early and follow-up neurologic deficit as determined by National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score. Results: the relative infarct volumes--with MR2 lesion size set to 100%--decreased over the time (P<0.02) with a mean shrinking factor of 3.3 between DWI (MR0) and the follow-up MRT (P<0.02), and 1.6 between early T2W (MR1) and MR2 (P<0.04). The mean DWI volume size (MR0) was larger than the early T2W (P<0.02). Although neurological outcome was good in all patients (mean NIHSS score of 1.3 at follow-up), early NIHSS and follow-up NIHSS scores were strongly correlated (r=0.9, P<0.00). NIHSS score at follow-up was highly correlated with lesion size of DWI (MR0; r=0.71, P<0.04) and T2W of MR1 (r=0.86, P<0.001). Conclusions: in this study, we saw a shrinking of the brain stem infarct volume according to clinical improvement of patients. Great extension of restricted diffusion in the acute stage does not necessarily implicate a large resulting infarction or a bad clinical outcome

  12. Feeding practices correlated with authoritative parenting style and responsive feeding style scores

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    Study objective was to identify correlations of authoritative parenting and responsive feeding styles with parental practices and child behaviors previously found to protect children from or increase risk of child obesity. Participants were 144 low-income mothers of 3- to 5-year-old children (71 gir...

  13. 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.)

  14. Correlation between a new visual prostate symptom score (VPSS) and uroflowmetry parameters in men with lower urinary tract symptoms

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    C F, Heyns; C L E, van der Walt; A E, Groeneveld.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: A visual prostate symptom score (VPSS) compared with the international prostate symptom score (IPSS) for evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) can be completed without physician assistance by a significantly larger proportion of men with limited education. We aimed to evaluate [...] the correlation of the VPSS and IPSS with uroflowmetry parameters. METHODS: Men with LUTS were requested to complete the IPSS and VPSS, consisting of pictograms to evaluate urinary frequency, nocturia, force of the stream and quality of life. The maximum (Qmax) and average urinary flow rate (Qave), voided volume (VV) and post-void residual (PVR) urine volumes were measured. Statistical analysis was performed using the Mann-Whitney and Spearman's tests. RESULTS: The study included 93 men (mean age 64 years, range 33 -85), with VV >150 ml in 66 (71%) and 150 ml there were significant negative correlations between the IPSS and Qmax (r=-0.30, p=0.016), the IPSS and Qave (r=-0.29, p=0.018), the VPSS and Qmax (r=-0.38, p

  15. 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...

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Lack of a correlation between micronucleus scores in cytokinesis - blocked lymphocytes and cancer patient response to radiotherapy

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    In the present study, we have used a retrospective approach in order to investigate a range of radiosensitivities measured by micronucleus (Mn) assay in lymphocytes of head and neck, and cervix cancer patients. There were treatment failures and tumor free patients in both groups. The aim therefore was to establish the possible role of MN scores in identifying these different responses. Peripheral blood samples were collected from 15 patients for head and neck cancer group, and from 16 patients for cervix group. The samples were irradiated with 3 Gy of Co-60 gamma irradiation. Micronucleus values which determine the cellular radiosensitivity ranged between 0.03 and 0.39 with the average value of 0.23 for head and neck cancer patients and ranged between 0.05 and 0.48 with the average value of 0.25. Statistically, there was no difference between radiosensitivity of two patients groups (p=0.33). In cervix cancer group, there were four treatment failure patients and there were six treatment failure patients in head and neck cancer group. MN frequencies of all the failure patients generated more micronuclei following in vitro test irradiation and were above the average sensitivity value of 0.25. The results in the present paper provide an evidence that although we investigated two different cancer groups, the quantitative similarities in the radiosensitivity range measured by MN assay exist. However, within the radiosensitivity range of each group, there was lack of a correlation between MN scores and patient response. It could be concluded that MN test applied to lymphocytes does not have a predictive value in patient prognosis. (authors)

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

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    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.

  1. Correlation of phantom-based and log file patient-specific QA with complexity scores for VMAT.

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    Agnew, Christina E; Irvine, Denise M; McGarry, Conor K

    2014-01-01

    The motivation for this study was to reduce physics workload relating to patient- specific quality assurance (QA). VMAT plan delivery accuracy was determined from analysis of pre- and on-treatment trajectory log files and phantom-based ionization chamber array measurements. The correlation in this combination of measurements for patient-specific QA was investigated. The relationship between delivery errors and plan complexity was investigated as a potential method to further reduce patient-specific QA workload. Thirty VMAT plans from three treatment sites - prostate only, prostate and pelvic node (PPN), and head and neck (H&N) - were retrospectively analyzed in this work. The 2D fluence delivery reconstructed from pretreatment and on-treatment trajectory log files was compared with the planned fluence using gamma analysis. Pretreatment dose delivery verification was also car- ried out using gamma analysis of ionization chamber array measurements compared with calculated doses. Pearson correlations were used to explore any relationship between trajectory log file (pretreatment and on-treatment) and ionization chamber array gamma results (pretreatment). Plan complexity was assessed using the MU/ arc and the modulation complexity score (MCS), with Pearson correlations used to examine any relationships between complexity metrics and plan delivery accu- racy. Trajectory log files were also used to further explore the accuracy of MLC and gantry positions. Pretreatment 1%/1 mm gamma passing rates for trajectory log file analysis were 99.1% (98.7%-99.2%), 99.3% (99.1%-99.5%), and 98.4% (97.3%-98.8%) (median (IQR)) for prostate, PPN, and H&N, respectively, and were significantly correlated to on-treatment trajectory log file gamma results (R = 0.989, p 0.57, p < 0.001), but not with MU/arc. Average MLC position and gantry angle errors were 0.001 ± 0.002 mm and 0.025° ± 0.008° over all treatment sites and were not found to affect delivery accuracy. However, vari- ability in MLC speed was found to be directly related to MLC position accuracy. The accuracy of VMAT plan delivery assessed using pretreatment trajectory log file fluence delivery and ionization chamber array measurements were strongly correlated with on-treatment trajectory log file fluence delivery. The strong corre- lation between trajectory log file and phantom-based gamma results demonstrates potential to reduce our current patient-specific QA. Additionally, insight into MLC and gantry position accuracy through trajectory log file analysis and the strong cor- relation between gamma analysis results and the MCS could also provide further methodologies to both optimize the VMAT planning and QA process.  PMID:25493524

  2. Complex versus Simple Modeling for DIF Detection: When the Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (?) of the Studied Item Is Less Than the ? of the Total Score

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    Jin, Ying; Myers, Nicholas D.; Ahn, Soyeon

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    Previous research has demonstrated that differential item functioning (DIF) methods that do not account for multilevel data structure could result in too frequent rejection of the null hypothesis (i.e., no DIF) when the intraclass correlation coefficient (?) of the studied item was the same as the ? of the total score. The current study extended…

  3. 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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    Apfaltrer, P., E-mail: paul.apfaltrer@medma.uni-heidelberg.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Henzler, T.; Meyer, M. [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Roeger, S.; Haghi, D.; Gruettner, J.; Süselbeck, T. [Department of Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Wilson, R.B.; Schoepf, U.J. [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, 25 Courtenay Drive, MSC 226, Charleston, SC 29401 (United States); Schoenberg, S.O.; Fink, C. [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany)

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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.

  4. Correlation of the modified Glasgow coma scale and Ramsay sedation scale scores with bispectral index monitoring in unconscious critically ill patients

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Monitoring critically ill patients with a decreased level of consciousness is challenging. It is suggested that bispectral index monitoring (BIS may be useful in the assessment of neurologic functions for critical care patients because simplicity is its essence. The aim of this randomised, prospective study was to assess the correlation of BIS with the Glasgow coma score modified by Cook and Palma (GCSC and Ramsay sedation scale (RSS for the measurement of neurologic status in critically ill patients. Material and Methods: Thirty-eight patients ranged from 15 to 65 years of age were evaluated for level of consciousness using BIS, GCSC and RSS in addition to standard intensive care monitorization. Spearman’s correlation coefficient was used to correlate the BIS scores with clinical scales. Results: BIS values correlated significantly with RSS (r= -0,388; p= 0,016 and GCSC (r= 0,629; p= 0,001. GCSC was significantly correlated with RSS (r= -0,518; p= 0,001. Conclusion: It was concluded that BIS is suitable for monitoring the neurologic status in unsedated critically ill patients. BIS was well correlated with the clinical assessment based on various scores.

  5. Comparisons of bone mass measurements on various skeletal sites including quantitative ultrasonography of the calcaneus for assessing age-related losses, their correlations, and diagnostic agreement using the Japanese and WHO criteria for osteoporosis

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    The aim of this study was to compare age-related bone losses and correlations among several bone mass measurements and to evaluate diagnostic agreement among them using the Japanese and World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for osteoporosis. A total of 846 women (mean±standard deviation (SD): age 54±9 years) were evaluated. Bone mineral densities of the lumbar spine, femoral neck, and calcaneus were measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry and distal radius by peripheral computed tomography. Quantitative ultrasonography (QUS) parameters of the calcaneus were also measured. The age-related bone losses after 50 years of age and correlations among bone mass results were evaluated using linear regression analysis. Diagnostic agreement was evaluated by kappa statistics. The annual losses ranged from 1.0% to 1.6%. The correlation coefficients ranged from 0.54 to 0.78. The kappa scores ranged from 0.52 to 0.30 for all subjects using the Japanese criteria and from 0.38 to 0.15 using the WHO criteria. Bone mass measurements including QUS on various skeletal sites documented age-related changes similarly, and their bone masses correlated moderately. The diagnostic agreements among them were fair to poor. To screen out women with a risk of osteoporosis, it is important to choose which technique to use and which skeletal site to measure. (author)

  6. Could near-infrared Raman spectroscopy be correlated with the METAVIR scores in liver lesions induced by hepatitis C virus?

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    Gaggini, Marcio Cesar Reino; Navarro, Ricardo Scarparo; Stefanini, Aline Reis; Sano, Rubens Sato; Silveira, Landulfo

    2013-03-01

    The liver is responsible for several basic functions in human body how the syntheses of the most main proteins and degradation process of toxins, drugs and alcohols. In present days, the viral hepatitis C is one of the highest causes of chronic hepatic illness worldwide, affecting around 3% of the world population. The liver biopsy is considered the gold standard for diagnosing hepatic fibrosis; however, the biopsies may be questioned because of potential sampling error, morbidity, possible mortality and relatively high costs. Spectroscopy techniques such as Raman spectroscopy have been used for diagnosis of human tissues, with favorable results. Raman spectroscopy has been employed to distinguish normal from hepatic lesions through spectral features mainly of proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. In this study, eleven patients with diagnoses of chronic hepatitis C underwent hepatic biopsies having two hepatic fragments collected: one was scored through METAVIR system and the other one was submitted to near-infrared Raman spectroscopy using a dispersive spectrometer (830 nm wavelength, 300 mW laser power and 20 s exposure time). Five spectra were collected in each fragment and submitted to Principal Components Analysis (PCA). Results showed a good correlation between the Raman spectroscopy features and the stage of hepatic fibrosis and inflammation. PCA showed that samples with higher degree of fibrosis presented higher amount of protein features (collagen), whereas samples of higher degree of inflammation presented higher features of hemoglobin, in accordance to the expected evolution of the chronic hepatitis. It has been found an important biomarker for the beginning of hepatic lesion (quinone) with a spectral feature at 1595 cm-1.

  7. 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

  8. Correlation of proton MR spectroscopic imaging with Galena's score based on step-section pathologic analysis after radical prostatectomy

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    Zakian, K.L.; Sircar, K.; Hricak, H.; Chen, H.N.; Shukla-Dave, A.; Eberhardt, S.; Muruganandham, M.; Ebora, L.; Kattan, M.W.; Reuter, V.E.; Scardino, P.T.; Koutcher, J.A. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Medical Physics

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    Purpose: To determine whether hydrogen 1 magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopic imaging can be used to predict aggressiveness of prostate cancer. Materials and Methods: All patients gave informed consent according to an institutionally approved research protocol. A total of 123 patients (median age, 58 years; age range, 40-74 years) who underwent endorectal MR imaging and MR spectroscopic imaging between January 2000 and December 2002 were included. MR imaging and spectroscopy were performed by using combined pelvic phased-array and endorectal probe. Water and lipids were suppressed, and phase-encoded data were acquired with 6.2-mm resolution. Voxels in the peripheral zone were considered suspicious for cancer if (Cho + Cr)/Cit was at least two standard deviations above the normal level, where Cho represents choline-containing compounds, Cr represents creatine and phosphocreatine, and Cit represents citrate. Correlation between metabolite ratio and four Gleason score groups identified at step-section pathologic evaluation (3 + 3, 3 + 4, 4 + 3, and > or =4 + 4) was assessed with generalized estimating equations. Results: Data from 94 patients were included. Pathologic evaluation was used to identify 239 lesions. Overall sensitivity of MR spectroscopic imaging was 56% for tumor detection, increasing from 44% in lesions with Gleason score of 3 + 3 to 89% in lesions with Gleason score greater than or equal to 4 + 4. There was a trend toward increasing (Cho + Cr)/Cit with increasing Gleason score in lesions identified correctly with MR spectroscopic imaging. Tumor volume assessed with MR spectroscopic imaging increased with increasing Gleason score. Conclusion: MR spectroscopic imaging measurement of prostate tumor (Cho + Cr)/Cit and tumor volume correlate with pathologic Gleason score. There is overlap between MR spectroscopic imaging parameters at various Gleason score levels, which may reflect methodologic and physiologic variations. MR spectroscopic imaging has potential in noninvasive assessment of prostate cancer aggressiveness. (author)

  9. Heritabilities and genetic correlations of body condition score and muscularity with productive traits and their trend functions in Italian Simmental cattle

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    Alessandro Bagnato; Ottavia Pedron; Daniele Vicario; Antonia B. Samorè; Erika Frigo

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    With the aim to study the genetics of energy and muscle balance in the Italian Simmental breed, the objectives of this study were: i) the estimation of the genetic parameters for body condition score (BCS) and muscularity (MU) score; ii) the estimation of genetic correlations of BCS and MU with productive traits; iii) the estimation of the expected pattern of BCS and MU over lactation. A total of 47,839 records of first-parity lactating cows, collected from 1999 to 2007 in 2794 herds, were us...

  10. 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.

  11. Correlation of histological risk assessment/ scoring system with lymph node metastasis and recurrence/progression of disease in oral squamous cell carcinoma

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    Objective: To correlate the scoring system using histopathologic parameters; worst pattern of invasion (WPOI), lymphocytic host response (LHR) and peri-neural invasion (PNI), with disease recurrence, overall survival and cervical lymph node metastasis in OSCC patients. Study Design: Cross sectional. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Histopathology, Shaukat Khanam Memorial Cancer and Research Hospital, Lahore in collaboration with Department of Histopathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi. Study completed in 2 years. Material and Methods: A Risk Scoring system was applied to 50 cases of OSCC with 2 years follow-up data, based on histopathologic parameters WPOI, LHR and PNI. The cases were divided into High risk and Non-High risk categories according to the specified parameters and then correlated with disease recurrence, overall survival and cervical lymph node metastasis. Results: There were 7 low risk, 17 intermediate risk and 26 high risk cases. No correlation was seen between the risk groups and disease recurrence, overall survival or cervical lymph node metastasis. However, when assessing the individual parameters, significant correlation was observed between PNI with disease recurrence (p = 0.03), and between WPOI and overall survival (p = 0.02) and cervical lymph node metastasis (p = 0.005). Conclusion: The individual parameters, peri-neural invasion and worst pattern of invasion are observed to be significant prognostic indicators in OSCC patients. A study with a larger number of cases is required to truly assess the value of the scoring system in Pakistani patients. (author)

  12. 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 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.)

  13. 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.)

  14. Correlation of regional distribution and morphological pattern of calcification at CT coronary artery calcium scoring with non-calcified plaque formation and stenosis

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    To investigate whether regional calcification patterns at CT coronary artery calcium scoring (CCS) correlate with stenosis and non-calcified plaque formation. We studied 106 patients with quantitative catheter angiography (QCA), CCS, and coronary CT angiography (cCTA). CCS was determined globally and for each artery separately. The morphological pattern of each calcification was classified as calcified nodule, shell-like, or diffuse. cCTA studies were evaluated for non-calcified plaque. The global and regional CCS and the calcification pattern were correlated with stenosis ?50% and non-calcified plaque. A total of 48/106 patients had stenosis ?50% on QCA. There was weak correlation (r = 0.36) of the global CCS with stenosis. Correlation was stronger per vessel (r = 0.55-r = 0.67). Shell-like and diffuse calcifications were significantly (p = 0.0001) more frequently associated with ?50% stenosis and non-calcified plaque (p = 0.04) than calcified nodules. As shown before, the global CCS does not correlate well with stenosis. However, regional calcium distribution and specific patterns of calcification are correlated with stenosis and non-calcified plaque. Thus, the specificity of CT calcium scoring for identifying individuals with obstructive disease could be improved by vessel-based rather than global quantification of calcium and by differentiating specific morphological patterns of calcification. (orig.)

  15. 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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    Taylor Gordon

    2001-11-01

    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.

  16. 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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    de Medeiros Rimkus, Carolina; de Faria Junqueira, Thiago; Callegaro, Dagoberto; Otaduy, Maria Concepción García; da Costa Leite, Claudia

    2013-01-01

    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. PMID:24037007

  17. 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.

    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.

  18. Do Standardized Tests Penalize Deep-Thinking, Creative, or Conscientious Students?: Some Personality Correlates of Graduate Record Examinations Test Scores

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    Powers, Donald E.; Kaufman, James C.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of the study reported here was to explore the relationship of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores to selected personality traits--conscientiousness, rationality, ingenuity, quickness, creativity, and depth. A sample of 342 GRE test takers completed short personality inventory scales for each trait. Analyses…

  19. Correlation of histopathologic features of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast with the oncotype DX DCIS score.

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    Knopfelmacher, Adriana; Fox, Jana; Lo, Yungtai; Shapiro, Nella; Fineberg, Susan

    2015-09-01

    The Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay for ductal carcinoma in situ is used to determine local recurrence risk in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ. The results help select patients with low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ who could forgo radiation therapy after conservative surgery. The genes assessed include five proliferation genes, progesterone receptor (PR), and GSTM-1. Our objective was to determine if PR, mitotic counting, or any other pathologic feature of ductal carcinoma in situ could predict the Oncotype DX DCIS Score. We identified 46 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ with a Oncotype DX DCIS Score. In addition to information obtained from routine pathology, we counted mitotic figures in the ductal carcinoma in situ and noted presence of dense chronic inflammatory infiltrate surrounding ductal carcinoma in situ. We found that PR ? 90% (P = 0.004), mitotic count ? 1 (P = 0.045), estrogen receptor ? 90% (P = 0.046), and low nuclear grade (P figure and absence of dense chronic inflammation around ductal carcinoma in situ had a low score (100% specificity). A low score was not observed in any case with at least two of the following--negative PR, >1 mitotic figure, and/or presence of dense chronic inflammation around ductal carcinoma in situ (100% specificity). Our study suggests using a combination of PR (? 90% vs negative) with mitotic count in ductal carcinoma in situ (? 1 vs >1) and dense chronic inflammation around ductal carcinoma in situ one could predict the Oncotype DX DCIS score. Mitotic counting and evaluation of immune response might provide prognostic information in ductal carcinoma in situ. PMID:26111975

  20. 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

  1. Vacuolization, Dilatation, Hyaline Cast, Debris or Degeneration: Which One Is the Most Correlated Item to Score the Kidney Damage Pathologically in Cisplatin Induced Nephrotoxicity Model?

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    Ashrafi, Farzaneh; Nematbakhsh, Mehdi; Nasri, Hamid; Talebi, Ardeshir; Hosseini, Sayed Mohsen; Ashrafi, Mehdi

    2013-01-01

    Background Nephrotoxicity is characterized and scored by many parameters such as vacuolization, dilatation, hyaline cast, debris or degeneration in injured renal tissue. In this short report, we attempt to find, the most correlated parameters with kidney tissue pathology damage score (PDS) in Cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity. Method A total of 207 normal and toxic rats’ kidney tissue (induced by Cisplatin) were evaluated for toxicity intensity by two methods. In the first method, the tissue damage was scored from 0 to 4, and in the second method the percentage of vacuolization, dilatation, hyaline cast, debris or degeneration were determined. The data was analyzed using stepwise discriminant function and regression analysis. Results The variables having the higher discriminant function coefficient were hyaline cast, dilatation, and degeneration. The linear regression model and the prediction function to determine the kidney tissue PDS were generated as below. PDS = 0.445 + 0.035 × hyaline cast + 0.013 × dilatation + 0.020 × degeneration Conclusion According to this finding it is suggested that presence of hyaline cast and dilatation, and then degeneration in the sample of toxic renal tissue are the most important item to score the damage intensity. PMID:24350092

  2. 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 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

  3. 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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    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. 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. IMP3 is significantly stronger expressed in prostate carcinomas compared to normal prostate tissues (p < 0.0001), but did not show significant correlation with the pT-stage, the proliferation index (MIB1), preoperative serum PSA level and the margin status. Only a weak and slightly significant correlation was found with the Gleason score and IMP3 expression failed to show prognostic significance in clinico-pathological correlation-analyses. 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

  4. Genetic Risk Score Does Not Correlate with Body Mass Index of Latina Women in a Clinical Trial

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    Coenen, Kimberly R.; Sharon M. Karp; Sabina B. Gesell; Dietrich, Mary S.; Morgan, Thomas M.; Shari L. Barkin

    2011-01-01

    Obesity disproportionately affects Latina women. Common genetic variants are convincingly associated with BMI and may be used to create genetic risk scores (GRS) for obesity that could define genetically influenced forms of obesity and alter response to clinical trial interventions. The objective of this study was: 1) to identify the frequency and effect size of common obesity genetic variants in Latina women; 2) to determine the clinical utility of a GRS for obesity with Latina women partici...

  5. 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

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    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 1.0 (log2-transformed data). Prespecified success criteria for tissue microarray scoring required intraclass correlation significantly >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

  6. Correlation between IQIs- criteria of utilization from the level of required sensitivity

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    The correct selection and utilization of the image quality indicators (IQI) is indispensable to assure the detection and allow the dimensioning of the gaps in the radiographic test. Its use by the industries lead to an inadequate use of IQI, distortioning the specifications adopted. From this observations the authors show the essentials parameters of IQIs in a way to facilitate, without quality damage or distortion of specifications, the correlation among the several types. (E.G.)

  7. 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

  8. Diagnostic yield of MRI for audiovestibular dysfunction using contemporary referral criteria: correlation with presenting symptoms and impact on clinical management

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    Vandervelde, C. [Department of Radiology, Guy' s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)], E-mail: clivevandervelde@gmail.com; Connor, S.E.J. [Department of Radiology, Guy' s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom); Department of Neuroradiology, King' s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London (United Kingdom)

    2009-02-15

    Aim: To investigate the diagnostic yield of T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening for vestibular schwannoma and other relevant conditions in the setting of audiovestibular symptoms, given the more liberal contemporary referral criteria. To determine whether presenting clinical symptoms correlate with imaging outcome in order to guide future protocols for MRI referral. Materials and methods: Eight hundred and eighty-one consecutive MRI examinations performed in patients with audiovestibular dysfunction were reviewed. Clinical indications and findings were recorded. Case notes were reviewed in patients with positive imaging findings. Two-way, cross-tabulation, Chi-square analysis was performed to assess the relationship between presenting symptoms and imaging outcome. Results: Twelve of the 881 (1.4%) were positive for vestibular schwannoma. A further four of 881 (0.4%) revealed other relevant conditions. Incidental conditions, felt to be irrelevant to the presenting symptoms, were noted in 12 of the 881 (1.4%). In all 12 cases that were positive for vestibular schwannoma, either tinnitus or hearing loss was present. Conclusion: The yield for T2-weighted MRI to diagnose vestibular schwannoma and other relevant retrocochlear conditions was lower than for previous studies, which is likely to reflect trends in referral criteria. No single audiovestibular symptom or combination of symptoms is a statistically significant predictor of imaging outcome.

  9. Diagnostic yield of MRI for audiovestibular dysfunction using contemporary referral criteria: correlation with presenting symptoms and impact on clinical management

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    Aim: To investigate the diagnostic yield of T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening for vestibular schwannoma and other relevant conditions in the setting of audiovestibular symptoms, given the more liberal contemporary referral criteria. To determine whether presenting clinical symptoms correlate with imaging outcome in order to guide future protocols for MRI referral. Materials and methods: Eight hundred and eighty-one consecutive MRI examinations performed in patients with audiovestibular dysfunction were reviewed. Clinical indications and findings were recorded. Case notes were reviewed in patients with positive imaging findings. Two-way, cross-tabulation, Chi-square analysis was performed to assess the relationship between presenting symptoms and imaging outcome. Results: Twelve of the 881 (1.4%) were positive for vestibular schwannoma. A further four of 881 (0.4%) revealed other relevant conditions. Incidental conditions, felt to be irrelevant to the presenting symptoms, were noted in 12 of the 881 (1.4%). In all 12 cases that were positive for vestibular schwannoma, either tinnitus or hearing loss was present. Conclusion: The yield for T2-weighted MRI to diagnose vestibular schwannoma and other relevant retrocochlear conditions was lower than for previous studies, which is likely to reflect trends in referral criteria. No single audiovestibular symptom or combination of symptoms is a statistically significant predictor of imaging outcome

  10. Apgar score

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    ... baby's: Breathing effort Heart rate Muscle tone Reflexes Skin color Each category is scored with 0, 1, or ... cry, the infant scores 2 for reflex irritability. Skin color: If the skin color is pale blue, the ...

  11. Restaurant Scores

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Health Department has developed an inspection report and scoring system. After conducting an inspection of the facility, the Health Inspector calculates a score...

  12. Incidence of BCR-ABL transcript variants in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia: Their correlation with presenting features, risk scores and response to treatment with imatinib mesylate

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    Full Text Available Context: The exact role of the different transcript variants of BCR-ABL in the pathogenesis of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML and their impact on prognosis is yet to be definitely enumerated. Aims: In this study, we have tried to correlate the presenting features, risk scores and treatment response with the BCR-ABL variants detected in our patients. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional unicentric hospital-based study on 80 patients diagnosed to have CML by bone marrow cytogenetics and confirmed by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR. Materials and Methods: RT-PCR for BCR-ABL was performed on consecutive patients with CML attending the CML clinic from January 2010 to December 2010.The medical charts of these patients were analyzed after a follow-up of 18 months in a retrospective manner. Statistical Analysis: Box plot and histogram was used to see the distribution of variables. t-test was performed to enumerate the difference between risk scores in two populations of patients carrying two different BCR-ABL transcript variants. Results: Nearly 56.25% of patients had b3a2 (e14a2 while 41.25% of patients showed b2a2 (e13a2 transcripts. The rest 2.5% (two patients expressed the rare e19b2 variant. Patients with b2a2 presented with higher Sokal, Hasford and European Treatment and Outcomes Study score than their b3a2 counterpart. Different parameters such as the platelet count, leukocyte count, hemoglobin and splenomegaly showed a minor difference between the groups. More patients in the b2a2 group achieved complete hematologic response at 3 months, but it was not significant. Conclusions: Patients with b2a2 variant CML tend to present with higher risk score, but do not behave in a vastly different manner than their b3a2 counterparts.

  13. Estimating a Multivariate Familial Correlation Using Joint Models for Canonical Correlations: Application to Memory Score Analysis from Familial Hispanic Alzheimer's Disease Study

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    Lee, Hye-Seung; Paik, Myunghee Cho; Lee, Joseph H

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    Analysis of multiple traits can provide additional information beyond analysis of a single trait, allowing better understanding of the underlying genetic mechanism of a common disease. To accommodate multiple traits in familial correlation analysis adjusting for confounders, we develop a regression model for canonical correlation parameters and propose joint modeling along with mean and scale parameters. The proposed method is more powerful than the regression method modeling pairwise correla...

  14. Pre-Transplant CDKN2A Expression in Kidney Biopsies Predicts Renal Function and Is a Future Component of Donor Scoring Criteria

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    Gingell-Littlejohn, Marc; McGuinness, Dagmara; McGlynn, Liane M.; Kingsmore, David; Stevenson, Karen S.; Koppelstaetter, Christian; Clancy, Marc J.; Shiels, Paul G.

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    CDKN2A is a proven and validated biomarker of ageing which acts as an off switch for cell proliferation. We have demonstrated previously that CDKN2A is the most robust and the strongest pre-transplant predictor of post- transplant serum creatinine when compared to “Gold Standard” clinical factors, such as cold ischaemic time and donor chronological age. This report shows that CDKN2A is better than telomere length, the most celebrated biomarker of ageing, as a predictor of post-transplant renal function. It also shows that CDKN2A is as strong a determinant of post-transplant organ function when compared to extended criteria (ECD) kidneys. A multivariate analysis model was able to predict up to 27.1% of eGFR at one year post-transplant (p?=?0.008). Significantly, CDKN2A was also able to strongly predict delayed graft function. A pre-transplant donor risk classification system based on CDKN2A and ECD criteria is shown to be feasible and commendable for implementation in the near future. PMID:23861858

  15. Criteria of GenCall score to edit marker data and methods to handle missing markers have an influence on accuracy of genomic predictions

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different strategies for handling low-quality or missing data on prediction accuracy for direct genomic values of protein yield, mastitis and fertility using a Bayesian variable model and a GBLUP model in the Danish Jersey population. The data contained 1071 Jersey bulls that were genotyped with the Illumina Bovine 50K chip. After preliminary editing, 39227 SNP remained in the dataset. Four methods to handle missing genotypes were: 1) BEAGLE: missing markers were imputed using Beagle 3.3 software, 2) COMMON: missing genotypes at a locus were replaced by the most common genotype at this locus observed in the marker data, 3) EX-ALLELE: missing marker genotypes at a locus were treated as an extra allele, and 4) POP-EXP: missing genotypes at a locus were replaced with population expectation at this locus. It was shown that among the methods used in this study, imputation with Beagle was the best approach to handle missing genotypes. Treating missing markers as a pseudo-allele, replacing missing markers with a population average or substituting the most common alleles each reduced the accuracy of genomic predictions. The results from this study suggest that missing genotypes should be imputed in order to improve genomic prediction. Editing the marker data with stringent threshold on GenCall (GC) scores and then imputing the discarded genotypes did not lead to higher accuracy. All marker genotypes with a GC score over 0.15 should be retained for genomic prediction

  16. Histopathological differences utilizing the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease activity score criteria in diabetic (type 2 diabetes mellitus) and non-diabetic patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

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    Puchakayala, Bharat K; Verma, Siddharth; Kanwar, Pushpjeet; Hart, John; Sanivarapu, Raghavendra R; Mohanty, Smruti R

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    AIM: To study clinical and histopathological features of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in patients with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) using updated nonalcoholic steatohepatitis clinical research network (NASH-CRN) grading system. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data of 235 patients with biopsy proven NAFLD with and without T2DM. This database was utilized in the previously published study comparing ethnicity outcomes in NAFLD by the same corresponding author. The pathology database from University of Chicago was utilized for enrolling consecutive patients who met the criteria for NAFLD and their detailed clinical and histopathology findings were obtained for comparison. The relevant clinical profile of patients was collected from the Electronic Medical Records around the time of liver biopsy and the histology was read by a single well-trained histopathologist. The updated criteria for type 2 diabetes have been utilized for analysis. Background data of patients with NASH and NAFLD has been included. The mean differences were compared using ?2 and t-test along with regression analysis to evaluate the predictors of NASH and advanced fibrosis. RESULTS: Patients with NAFLD and T2DM were significantly older (49.9 vs 43.0, P high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level (42.7 vs 48.1, P = 0.01) was lower among patients with NASH compared to patients with steatosis. CONCLUSION: Patients with NAFLD and T2DM tend to have more advanced stages of NAFLD, particularly advanced fibrosis and higher rate of ballooning than patients with NAFLD without T2DM.

  17. 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)

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

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    Kasai, Yuichi; Hatanaka, Setsuo; Nakaseko, Takeshi; Shiokawa, Yasuo; Ogihara, Yoshiro [Mie Univ., Tsu (Japan). School of Medicine; Asama, Shinji

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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).

  19. Assessment of the metabolic flow phenotype of primary colorectal cancer: correlations with microvessel density are influenced by the histological scoring method

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    To investigate how the histological scoring of microvessel density affects correlations between integrated 18F-FDG-PET/perfusion CT parameters and CD105 microvessel density. A total of 53 patients were enrolled from 2007 to 2010. Integrated 18F-FDG-PET/perfusion CT was successful in 45 patients, 35 of whom underwent surgery without intervening treatment. Tumour SUVmax, SUVmean and regional blood flow (BF) were derived. Immunohistochemical staining for CD105 expression and analysis were performed for two hot spots, four hot spots and the Chalkley method. Correlations between metabolic flow parameters and CD105 expression were assessed using Spearman's rank correlation. Mean (SD) for tumour size was 38.5 (20.5) mm, for SUVmax, SUVmean and BF it was 19.1 (4.5), 11.6 (2.5) and 85.4 (40.3) mL/min/100 g tissue, and for CD105 microvessel density it was 71.4 (23.6), 66.8 (22.9) and 6.18 (2.07) for two hot spots, four hot spots and the Chalkley method, respectively. Positive correlation between BF and CD105 expression was modest but higher for Chalkley than for four hot spots analysis (r = 0.38, P = 0.03; r = 0.33, P = 0.05, respectively). There were no significant correlations between metabolic parameters (SUVmax or SUVmean) and CD105 expression (r = 0.08-0.22, P = 0.21-0.63). The histological analysis method affects correlations between tumour CD105 expression and BF but not SUVmax or SUVmean. (orig.)

  20. Assessment of the metabolic flow phenotype of primary colorectal cancer: correlations with microvessel density are influenced by the histological scoring method

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    Goh, Vicky [King' s College London, Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, London (United Kingdom); Rodriguez-Justo, Manuel [University College Hospital, Department of Histopathology, London (United Kingdom); Engledow, Alec; Peck, Jacqui [University College Hospital, Department of Surgery, London (United Kingdom); Shastry, Manu; Endozo, Raymondo; Meagher, Marie; Groves, Ashley M. [University College Hospital, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom); Taylor, Stuart A.; Halligan, Steve [University College Hospital, Specialist Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

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    To investigate how the histological scoring of microvessel density affects correlations between integrated {sup 18}F-FDG-PET/perfusion CT parameters and CD105 microvessel density. A total of 53 patients were enrolled from 2007 to 2010. Integrated {sup 18}F-FDG-PET/perfusion CT was successful in 45 patients, 35 of whom underwent surgery without intervening treatment. Tumour SUV{sub max}, SUV{sub mean} and regional blood flow (BF) were derived. Immunohistochemical staining for CD105 expression and analysis were performed for two hot spots, four hot spots and the Chalkley method. Correlations between metabolic flow parameters and CD105 expression were assessed using Spearman's rank correlation. Mean (SD) for tumour size was 38.5 (20.5) mm, for SUV{sub max}, SUV{sub mean} and BF it was 19.1 (4.5), 11.6 (2.5) and 85.4 (40.3) mL/min/100 g tissue, and for CD105 microvessel density it was 71.4 (23.6), 66.8 (22.9) and 6.18 (2.07) for two hot spots, four hot spots and the Chalkley method, respectively. Positive correlation between BF and CD105 expression was modest but higher for Chalkley than for four hot spots analysis (r = 0.38, P = 0.03; r = 0.33, P = 0.05, respectively). There were no significant correlations between metabolic parameters (SUV{sub max} or SUV{sub mean}) and CD105 expression (r = 0.08-0.22, P = 0.21-0.63). The histological analysis method affects correlations between tumour CD105 expression and BF but not SUV{sub max} or SUV{sub mean}. (orig.)

  1. INVESTIGATING THE CORRELATION BETWEEN ACADEMIC AVARAGES OF ELEMENTARY ENGLISH COURSE AND ENGLISH SUB-TEST SCORES IN LEVEL DETERMINATION EXAMINATION WITH STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELLING

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    Full Text Available Purpose and Significance: The central examinations have been per¬formed with the aim of selecting and placing the students in the various education institutions for a long time in Turkey. Among these central examinations come the ones that are performed in the transition from elementary education to secondary education first (Karakaya, 2012. In the transition from elementary education to sec¬ondary education, the results of the Level Determination Examination, known as SBS are used. In order to select students and place them in second¬ary schools, the Level Determination Examination (LDE has been performed for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades since the academic year 2007–2008 (MEB, 2010a. The Level Determination Examination includes five sub-tests, which are Turkish, mathematics, science and technology, social sciences, and foreign languages (MEB, 2010b. After the elementary curriculum has been renewed in 2005-2006 academic year, alternative measurement and assessment approaches are being used in the classrooms such as project work, classroom involvement, performance work, portfolio, etc. (At?lgan, Kan & Do?an, 2011. Amongst these, project work, classroom involvement, performance work, and formal examinations at school are being used for the transition from elementary education to sec¬ondary education as well as the result of the Level Determination Examination (MEB, 2010a. When the related literature is viewed, it is seen that there are many studies on the effects of the LDE (Sevindik, 2009; Üzkurt & Koçako?lu, 2009; An?l et al., 2010; Güler, 2010; Erdo?an, Giorgietti & Çifçili, 2010; Kelecio?lu, Atalay & Öztürk, 2010; Kurt, 2010; Y?lmaz, 2010; An?l & Güzeller, 2011; Bal, 2011; ?ahin, 2011; Güzeller, 2012; Karakaya, 2012; Karakaya & Kutlu, 2012. These studies are seen that they have mostly focused on mathematics and science and technology sub-tests in the LDE. However, it is understood that there are no studies which focuses on other sub-tests of the LDE such as Turkish, social sciences, and foreign languages. Therefore, more studies are needed in order to investigate factors affecting students’ performance in the LDE. Hence, it is thought to be important to analyze the relationship between the means of the academic achievement scores of the students in English course that they had from different means of measurement and the raw scores of LDT English sub-test. In this regard, the purpose of this study is to investigate the correlation between academic averages of elementary English course and English sub-test scores in the Level Determination Examination (LDE with structural equation modelling. Method: The correlative investigation model was used in the research (McMillan & Schumacher, 2006. This model is one of the most commonly applied models in the related literature (Cohen, Manion & Morrison, 2003. A struc¬tural equation model was formed in order to better illustrate the correlation between variables in the research (Brown, 2006. Structural equation model connects the predictive structural correlations holding between the variables in the regression model to the covered factor structures in the factor analysis through a comprehensive analysis (Sümer, 2000. The population of this study consisted of students in elementary schools within the borders of Nigde province of Turkey. In order to detect the sampling of the study, from elementary schools in cosmos, 375 students from six public elementary schools were chosen according to random sampling method (Karasar, 2005. In this research, LISREL 8.51 structural equation programme was used in model establishing by using the observed variables predicted. Discussion: It was found a linear positive significant high correlation between written exams variable to academic scores in relation to the Level Determination Examination English sub-test in the research. Verim (2006 and Güzeller (2012 found similar findings to the related finding of this study. Also, Sevindik (2009 and Üzkurt and Koçako?lu (2009 found similar findings which

  2. Value of CT and clinical criteria in assessment of patients with acute pancreatitis

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    Ju Shenghong [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China); Chen Feng [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China)]. E-mail: chenfengbe@yahoo.com.cn; Liu Shengli [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China); Zheng Kaier [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China); Teng Gaojun [Department of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, 87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2006-01-15

    Objective: To re-assess the value of CT and clinical criteria as prognostic and severity indicators in acute pancreatitis and the correlation between them. Methods: Sixty-five cases with acute pancreatitis (AP) were included in the study. The hospitalization days, fevering days and overall complications were regarded as clinical endpoints for the patient group. CT criteria used for AP evaluation included Balthazar's plain CT scan score, CT severity index (CTSI) and London's pancreatic size index (PSI) score. Clinical criteria was Ranson score. The correlations between each criterion and the clinical endpoints, and the relation between CT and clinical criteria were analyzed. The power of each criterion and combination of CT and clinical criteria in predicting overall complications of AP were assessed and compared by using a receiver operative characteristic curve (ROC) analysis. Results: The mean scores of PSI, Ranson among the three groups classified according to overall complications were significantly different. Except Balthazar's plain CT scan criterion, each criterion's mean score in-groups with local complications was significantly higher than that in-group without. The overall complications were significantly more in severe group than that in mild group classified according to each criterion except plain CT scan criterion. Mean days of hospital stay and fevering were significantly longer in severe group with Ranson score than that in mild group. PSI and Ranson score had a linear correlation with fevering days, and Ranson score had a linear correlation with hospitalization days. In CT criteria, only PSI had a linear correlation with Ranson score. The findings of plain CT scan was found to be some laggard compared with that of clinic. ROC analysis showed the largest A {sub Z} of Ranson score, and there was no A {sub Z} increase when CT criteria were added to clinical criteria. Conclusion: The predictive values of Ranson and PSI score in AP patients are superior to that of other criteria. CT criteria are superior to clinical criterion in predicting local complications, and short-term CT follow-up examination is important in the evaluation of AP.

  3. 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

  4. Cervical lymph node metastasis: correlative study of CT, ultrasound and pathology. Pt. 1. Criteria for evaluating cervical lymph node metastasis

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    Purpose: To evaluate the criteria of CT, ultrasonography and combination of the two in the diagnosis of cervical lymph node metastases. Materials and methods: Sixty patients were prospectively studied by CT and ultrasonography prior to cervical lymph node dissection, and correlated with pathologic specimens. The results were studied in double-blind way. Results: The minimal nodal diameter?8 mm as the diagnosis threshold was used for deep jugular chain nodes for CT or US, the sensitivity was 91.67%, 83.33% and specificity was 98.61% and 97.22% respectively. For level VII (nodes located in tracheoesophageal groove), minimal diameter?5 mm was used as diagnostic threshold of CT, the sensitivity was 69.23%, specificity was 100%. With contrast enhanced CT, nodes with enhancing rim and central low attenuation were shown in 44 nodal regions, all were proved pathologically as metastases (specificity, 100%). Conclusion: Using contrast enhanced CT as the basic imaging modality, the minimal diameter?8 mm can be used as the criterion of size of metastasis in deep jugular chain (level II?IV) nodes. For the tracheoesophageal groove node (level VII), minimal diameter?5 mm is more acceptable. Enhancing rim with central low attenuation is a reliable sign for diagnosing cervical lymph node metastases, in patients with known primary cancer

  5. Bone mineral density (BMD) composite index scores developed from bone densitometry (DXA and QCT) simplifies correlative and predictive analyses in adolescent's bone health

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    Full text: Introduction and aim. Adolescence is a critical period to accumulate 50-70% of adult's bone mass. Hence, precise bone mass determination is important to monitor BMD development among adolescents in health and disease. It is uncertain at which skeletal site BMD is best predicted by bone-mass determinants. Besides, BMD measured at different sites of an individual can be condensed into a composite-index-score to simplify correlation, outcome prediction and data interpretation. This study describes the development of BMD composite index scores (BMD-CISs) to correlate with bone growth determinants in adolescents. Subjects and methods BMD measurements using DXA: Norland-XR36 (spine, femoral-neck, trochanter and Ward's triangle) and pQCT: Denisiscan-2000 (distal-radius and tibia) were obtained from 101 healthy girls aged 12-15 years to develop the BMD-CISs. Adolescent bone growth predictors (weight, height, pubertal-status, weight-bearing physical-exercise and bone-turnover markers) were evaluated to correlate with BMD-CISs. Factor and principle-component analyses were used to examine the internal structure of 11 BMD skeletal sites and variables, and to create new BMD-CISs which summarize the characteristics of parent BMD-variables. Correlations between the BMD-CISs and parent BMD variables were performed. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed to associate BMD-CISs with bone growth predictors for examining the strength of correlations and predictions when compared with the original BMD variables. Results. Two independent DXA-generated BMD-CIS and pQCT-generated BMD-CIS were obtained to summarize the 11 original BMD variables. Each BMD-CIS correlated highly with respective DXA or pQCT variable (r=0.32-0.92; P<0.05 - P<0.001). DXA generated BMD-CIS (r=0.24 - 0.73; P<0.05-P<0.001) and pQCT-generated BMD-CIS (r=0.24-0.39; P<0.05-P<0.001) were significantly correlated with most bone growth predictors. In multiple regression analysis, R-square of DXA-BMD-CIS (66.4% vs. 36.3%-66.1%) and pQCT-BMD- CIS (25.1% vs. 12.2%-42.2%) have similar predicting values when compared with parent BMD variables demonstrated that the two new BMD-CISs summarized well the characteristics of the parent BMD variables. Furthermore, areal spinal BMD (by DXA) and volumetric tibial integral BMD (by pQCT) were the BMD sites better predicted by bone-mass determinants (R-squares 0.6-0.8) in multiple regression analysis. Discussion and conclusions. The newly developed BMD-CISs correlated well with original variables and have similar predicting powers when compared with the original BMD variables. The use of BMD-CISs would reduce workload of data analysis and simplify correlation and comparisons between multiple BMD measurements and other predicting variables. Identification of 1-2 skeletal sites better associated with health predictive variables could help reduce the number of skeletal sites for BMD measurement, thus, reducing subject's exposure to unnecessary X ray irradiation. (author)

  6. Assessment of Communications-related Admissions Criteria in a Three-year Pharmacy Program.

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    Parmar, Jayesh R; Tejada, Frederick R; Lang, Lynn A; Purnell, Miriam; Acedera, Lisa; Ngonga, Ferdinand

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    Objective. To determine if there is a correlation between TOEFL and other admissions criteria that assess communications skills (ie, PCAT variables: verbal, reading, essay, and composite), interview, and observational scores and to evaluate TOEFL and these admissions criteria as predictors of academic performance. Methods. Statistical analyses included two sample t tests, multiple regression and Pearson's correlations for parametric variables, and Mann-Whitney U for nonparametric variables, which were conducted on the retrospective data of 162 students, 57 of whom were foreign-born. Results. The multiple regression model of the other admissions criteria on TOEFL was significant. There was no significant correlation between TOEFL scores and academic performance. However, significant correlations were found between the other admissions criteria and academic performance. Conclusion. Since TOEFL is not a significant predictor of either communication skills or academic success of foreign-born PharmD students in the program, it may be eliminated as an admissions criterion. PMID:26430273

  7. Assessment of Communications-related Admissions Criteria in a Three-year Pharmacy Program

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    Tejada, Frederick R.; Lang, Lynn A.; Purnell, Miriam; Acedera, Lisa; Ngonga, Ferdinand

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To determine if there is a correlation between TOEFL and other admissions criteria that assess communications skills (ie, PCAT variables: verbal, reading, essay, and composite), interview, and observational scores and to evaluate TOEFL and these admissions criteria as predictors of academic performance. Methods. Statistical analyses included two sample t tests, multiple regression and Pearson’s correlations for parametric variables, and Mann-Whitney U for nonparametric variables, which were conducted on the retrospective data of 162 students, 57 of whom were foreign-born. Results. The multiple regression model of the other admissions criteria on TOEFL was significant. There was no significant correlation between TOEFL scores and academic performance. However, significant correlations were found between the other admissions criteria and academic performance. Conclusion. Since TOEFL is not a significant predictor of either communication skills or academic success of foreign-born PharmD students in the program, it may be eliminated as an admissions criterion. PMID:26430273

  8. Correlation of the National Board of Medical Examiners Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination given in July to intern American Board of Emergency Medicine in-training examination scores, a predictor of performance?

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: There is great variation in the knowledge base of Emergency Medicine (EM interns in July. The first objective knowledge assessment during residency does not occur until eight months later, in February, when the American Board of EM (ABEM administers the in-training examination (ITE. In 2013, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME released the EM Advanced Clinical Examination (EM-ACE, an assessment intended for fourth-year medical students. Administration of the EM-ACE to interns at the start of residency may provide an earlier opportunity to assess the new EM residents’ knowledge base. The primary objective of this study was to determine the correlation of the NBME EM-ACE, given early in residency, with the EM ITE. Secondary objectives included determination of the correlation of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE Step 1 or 2 scores with early intern EM-ACE and ITE scores and the effect, if any, of clinical EM experience on examination correlation. Methods: This was a multi-institutional, observational study. Entering EM interns at six residencies took the EM-ACE in July 2013 and the ABEM ITE in February 2014. We collected scores for the EMACE and ITE, age, gender, weeks of clinical EM experience in residency prior to the ITE, and USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores. Pearson’s correlation and linear regression were performed. Results: Sixty-two interns took the EM-ACE and the ITE. The Pearson’s correlation coefficient between the ITE and the EM-ACE was 0.62. R-squared was 0.5 (adjusted 0.4. The coefficient of determination was 0.41 (95% CI [0.3-0.8]. For every increase of one in the scaled EM-ACE score, we observed a 0.4% increase in the EM in-training score. In a linear regression model using all available variables (EM-ACE, gender, age, clinical exposure to EM, and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores, only the EM-ACE score was significantly associated with the ITE (p<0.05. We observed significant colinearity among the EM-ACE, ITE and USMLE scores. Gender, age and number of weeks of EM prior to the ITE had no effect on the relationship between EM-ACE and the ITE. Conclusion Given early during intern year, the EM-ACE score showed positive correlation with ITE. Clinical EM experience prior to the in-training exam did not affect the correlation.

  9. 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

  10. 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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    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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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    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 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 <0.0001]; hospital GRACE = 0.623 [CI95% 0.573-0.673; p < 0.0001]; GRACE at six months= 0.562 [CI95% 0.510-0.613; p ;= 0.0255]. Comparing the areas under the ROC curve, it was found: TIMI versus hospital GRACE: p = 0.01; TIMI versus GRACE at six months:p < 0.0001; hospital GRACE versus GRACE at six months: p = 0.0461. CONCLUSION: Risk scores correlate with the severity of coronary lesions, and the TIMI risk score showed the best predictive ability.

  13. 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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    2012-12-01

    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

  14. Genetic effect on apgar score

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    Franchi-Pinto Carla; Colletto Glória Maria Duccini Dal; Krieger Henrique; Beiguelman Bernardo

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    Intraclass correlation coefficients for one- and five-min Apgar scores of 604 twin pairs born at a southeastern Brazilian hospital were calculated, after adjusting these scores for gestational age and sex. The data support a genetic hypothesis only for 1-min Apgar score, probably because it is less affected by the environment than 4 min later, after the newborns have been under the care of a neonatology team. First-born twins exhibited, on average, better clinical conditions than second-born ...

  15. Critical power concept adapted for the specific table tennis test: comparisons between exhaustion criteria, mathematical modeling, and correlation with gas exchange parameters.

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    Zagatto, A; Miranda, M F; Gobatto, C A

    2011-07-01

    The purposes of this study were to determine and to compare the critical power concept adapted for the specific table tennis test (critical frequency - C F ) estimated from 5 mathematical models and using 2 different exhaustion criteria (voluntary and technical exhaustions). Also, it was an aim to assess the relationship between C F estimated from mathematical models and respiratory compensation point (RCP), peak oxygen uptake ( V?O (2PEAK)) and minimal intensity at which V?O (2PEAK) ( F V?O (2PEAK)) appears. 9 male table tennis players [18(1) years; 62.3(4.4) kg] performed the maximal incremental test and 3-4 exhaustive exercise bouts to estimate C F s (balls · min (-1)). The exhaustion time and C F obtained were independent of the exhaustion criteria. The C F from 3-parameter model [45.2(7.0)-voluntary, 43.2(5.6)-technical] was lower than C F estimated by linear 2-parameter models, frequency-time (-1) [53.5(3.6)-voluntary, 53.5(3.5)-technical] and total ball thrown-time [52.2(3.5)-voluntary, 52.2(3.5)-technical] but significantly correlated. C F values from 2 linear models were significantly correlated with RCP [47.4(3.4) balls · min (-1)], and C F values of the linear and nonlinear models were correlated with F V?O (2PEAK) [56.7(3.4) balls · min (-1)]. However, there were no significant correlations between C F values and V?O (2PEAK) [49.8(1.1)ml · kg (-1) · min (-1)]. The results were not modified by exhaustion criteria. The 2 linear and non-linear 2-parameter models can be used to estimate aerobic endurance in specific table tennis tests. PMID:21563021

  16. 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

    2011-01-01

    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.

  17. A Simple Clinical Score “TOPRS” to Predict Outcome in Pediatric Emergency Department in a Teaching Hospital in India

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    Full Text Available Objective: To develop a simple clinical scoring system for severity of illness to help prioritize care and predict outcome in emergency department.Methods: Prospective hospital based observational study. Out of a total of 874 children who attended emergency department in one year, 777 were included in the study. Data was collected at the time of admission in emergency department. The baseline information like age, gender, etc and variables of ‘toprs’ score viz temperature, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, respiratory rate, sensorium and seizures were recorded. Variables were categorized as normal (score zero or abnormal (score 1 based on systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS criteria and criteria mentioned in advanced pediatric life support (APLS and the total scores were computed for each child. The outcome (death/discharge was correlated with the study variables and total score. The predictive ability of score was calculated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve analysis.Findings: Of the six variables, temperature, oxygen saturation and respiratory rate were found to be significantly associated with mortality. Mortality increased with the increase in the number of abnormal variables. Based on the regression coefficients, maximum possible score was 6.68. The predictive ability of score was 81.7 calculated using ROC curve. Maximum discrimination was observed at a score of 2.5.Conclusion: For triage in emergency, any patient with 2 or more abnormal variables should be closely monitored and evaluated. These patients require admission as they have a potential risk of death.

  18. 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...

  19. Assessment of an implant-skin interface scoring system for external skeletal fixation of dogs.

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    McDonald-Lynch, Mischa B; Marcellin-Little, Denis J; Roe, Simon C; Lascelles, B Duncan X; Trumpatori, Brian J; Griffith, Emily H

    2015-11-01

    OBJECTIVE To assess intraobserver repeatability and interobserver and in vivo versus photographic agreement of a scoring system for the implant-skin interface (ISI) of external skeletal fixation (ESF). SAMPLE 42 photographs of ISIs from 18 dogs for interobserver agreement and intraobserver repeatability and 27 photographs of ISIs from 6 dogs for in vivo versus photograph agreement. PROCEDURES An ISI inflammation scoring system was developed. It included scales for 6 metrics (erythema, drainage amount, drainage type, swelling, hair loss or lack of hair regrowth, and granulation tissue). Photographs of the ISI of ESF were obtained by use of a standard protocol and evaluated to determine intraobserver repeatability and interobserver agreement (Cronbach ?; 4 raters) of the ISI score. Agreement between in vivo and photographic ISI scores (2 raters) and correlation between median scores across metrics were evaluated. RESULTS 42 photographs met the inclusion criteria. Overall intraclass correlation coefficients ranged from 0.922 to 0.975. Interobserver overall Cronbach ? ranged from 0.835 to 0.943. For in vivo versus photographic assessment, 27 ISIs in 6 dogs and their photographs were evaluated. The Cronbach ? for both raters ranged from 0.614 to 0.938. Overall, the Cronbach ? ranged from 0.725 to 0.932. Mean photographic scores were greater than mean in vivo scores for each metric. Pearson correlation coefficients ranged from 0.221 to 0.923. Erythema, swelling, and granulation were correlated with all other metrics. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE In this study, an ISI scoring system used in this study had high repeatability and agreement and may therefore be considered for use in clinical situations. Photographic scores were not equivalent to in vivo scores and should not be used interchangeably. PMID:26512537

  20. 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.

  1. 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 role in determining systemic complications in which the APACHE II score excels.

  2. 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?

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

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    Marcelo Roberto Pereira Freitas

    2011-09-01

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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, 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.)

  7. 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.)

  8. Use of Averaged Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire Scores

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    2011-01-01

    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...

  9. 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…

  10. 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

  11. Semantic Verbal Fluency Pattern, Dementia Rating Scores and Adaptive Behavior Correlate With Plasma A?42 Concentrations in Down Syndrome Young Adults

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    Hoyo, Laura Del; Xicota, Laura; Sánchez-Benavides, Gonzalo; Cuenca-Royo, Aida; de Sola, Susana; Langohr, Klaus; Fagundo, Ana B.; Farré, Magí; Dierssen, Mara; de la Torre, Rafael

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    Down syndrome (DS) is an intellectual disability (ID) disorder in which language and specifically, verbal fluency are strongly impaired domains; nearly all adults show neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including amyloid deposition by their fifth decade of life. In the general population, verbal fluency deficits are considered a strong AD predictor being the semantic verbal fluency task (SVFT) a useful tool for enhancing early diagnostic. However, there is a lack of information about the association between the semantic verbal fluency pattern (SVFP) and the biological amyloidosis markers in DS. In the current study, we used the SVFT in young adults with DS to characterize their SVFP, assessing total generated words, clustering, and switching. We then explored its association with early indicators of dementia, adaptive behavior and amyloidosis biomarkers, using the Dementia Questionnaire for Persons with Intellectual Disability (DMR), the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-Second Edition (ABAS-II), and plasma levels of A? peptides (A?40 and A?42), as a potent biomarker of AD. In DS, worse performance in SVFT and poorer communication skills were associated with higher plasma A?42 concentrations, a higher DMR score and impaired communication skills (ABAS–II). The total word production and switching ability in SVFT were good indicators of plasma A?42 concentration. In conclusion, we propose the SVFT as a good screening test for early detection of dementia and amyloidosis in young adults with DS. PMID:26635555

  12. Knowing the Score

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    Strouse, Lewis H.

    2009-01-01

    Before rehearsals begin, conductors need to thoroughly study the score. What elements go into a comprehensive score preparation? To learn music scores efficiently, having a detailed and systematic study method helps. The author has developed a score preparation guide that works for directors of bands, choruses, and orchestras, even when there's…

  13. Correlation of myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography with coronary artery calcium score in coronary artery disease- An Indian perspective

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    Full text: Objectives: The consequences of atherosclerosis can be detected by coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and stress induced myocardial ischemia on myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (MPS). We assessed the relationship between stress induced myocardial ischemia on (MPS) and magnitude of CACS by 64 slice computed tomography (CT) in patients undergoing both tests. Methods: Our study included 59 patients with no earlier history of coronary artery disease (CAD) of both sexes (males-47, females-12) in age group of 34-69 years. Our patients were referred by cardiologists after they underwent CACS. Of these 37 patients (63%) presented with symptoms which included chest pain (non-anginal, anginal, atypical) presence or absence of shortness of breath, and rest (37%) were asymptomatic. For each patient coronary risk factors were noted. All these patients underwent CACS and rest and stress MPS one-day protocol with Tc99m sestamibi within 7 days. According to CACS and symptoms, patients were divided into four groups, group A - asymptomatic 100 n=13, group D - symptomatic >100 (n=11). The incidence of inducible ischemia in MPS was compared to the magnitude of CACS abnormality. Results: There were 21 patients (36%) with ischemic MPS. According to groups, group A - 11%(n=1), groupB- 38%(n=10), groupC- 30%(n=4) and group D- 54%(n=6) had ischemic MPS. From the above we observed that incidence of ischemic MPS is more with increasing CACS. And also it is noted that it is more frequent in patients who presented with symptoms irrespective of CACS who are at short-term risk. In negative MPS, CACS may be useful in long term risk stratification in finding out subclinical atherosclerosis. Conclusion: The general perception is that the CACS is a good tool for long-term risk stratification but it may be applicable to those patients with no significant risk factors. When there are risk factors MPS is a better indicator for risk stratification for CAD irrespective of CACS. Further studies incorporating prognostic follow- up are required. (author)

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

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    Carey, John J

    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.

  15. A comparative study of conservation and variation scores

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Conservation and variation scores are used when evaluating sites in a multiple sequence alignment, in order to identify residues critical for structure or function. A variety of scores are available today but it is not clear how different scores relate to each other. Results We applied 25 conservation and variation scores to alignments from the Catalytic Site Atlas (CSA. We calculated distances among scores based on correlation coefficients, and constructed a dendrogram of the scores by average linking cluster analysis. The cluster analysis showed that most scores fall into one of two groups--substitution matrix based group and frequency based group respectively. We also evaluated the scores' performance in predicting catalytic sites and found that frequency based scores generally perform best. Conclusions Conservation and variation scores can be classified into mainly two large groups. When using a score to predict catalytic sites, frequency based scores that also consider a background distribution are most successful.

  16. Coupling of system thermal–hydraulics and Monte-Carlo code: Convergence criteria and quantification of correlation between statistical uncertainty and coupled error

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    Highlights: • Coupling of Monte Carlo code Serpent and thermal–hydraulics code RELAP5. • A convergence criterion is developed based on the statistical uncertainty of power. • Correlation between MC statistical uncertainty and coupled error is quantified. • Both UO2 and MOX single assembly models are used in the coupled simulation. • Validation of coupling results with a multi-group transport code DeCART. - Abstract: Coupled multi-physics approach plays an important role in improving computational accuracy. Compared with deterministic neutronics codes, Monte Carlo codes have the advantage of a higher resolution level. In the present paper, a three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code, Serpent, is coupled with a thermal–hydraulics safety analysis code, RELAP5. The coupled Serpent/RELAP5 code capability is demonstrated by the improved axial power distribution of UO2 and MOX single assembly models, based on the OECD-NEA/NRC PWR MOX/UO2 Core Transient Benchmark. Comparisons of calculation results using the coupled code with those from the deterministic methods, specifically heterogeneous multi-group transport code DeCART, show that the coupling produces more precise results. A new convergence criterion for the coupled simulation is developed based on the statistical uncertainty in power distribution in the Monte Carlo code, rather than ad-hoc criteria used in previous research. The new convergence criterion is shown to be more rigorous, equally convenient to use but requiring a few more coupling steps to converge. Finally, the influence of Monte Carlo statistical uncertainty on the coupled error of power and thermal–hydraulics parameters is quantified. The results are presented such that they can be used to find the statistical uncertainty to use in Monte Carlo in order to achieve a desired precision in coupled simulation

  17. Observed Score Linear Equating with Covariates

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    Branberg, Kenny; Wiberg, Marie

    2011-01-01

    This paper examined observed score linear equating in two different data collection designs, the equivalent groups design and the nonequivalent groups design, when information from covariates (i.e., background variables correlated with the test scores) was included. The main purpose of the study was to examine the effect (i.e., bias, variance, and…

  18. Correlation Analysis of the quality of medical quality economic and financial management using correlation coefficients based on nonparametric data

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    Starting from the idea that the use of multi-criteria analysis of performance within the hospital system allows a more accurate validation of employment, compared to the current methodology and seeking correlations between scores practiced economic efficiency and technical competence for all hospitals analyzed we see that there is a correlation between these values which suggests that hospital management's performance is a delusion because subordanarea different and multiple units of the heal...

  19. 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), 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

  20. 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.

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    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.

  1. What Is the Apgar Score?

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    ... Safe Concussions: What to Know What Is the Apgar Score? KidsHealth > Parents > Pregnancy & Newborn Center > Q&As > ... Apgar Score What Apgar Scores Mean About the Apgar Score The Apgar score, the very first test ...

  2. CT densitovolumetry in children with obliterative bronchiolitis: correlation with clinical scores and pulmonary function test results / Densitovolumetria pulmonar por TC em criancas com bronquiolite obliterante: correlacao com escores clinicos e testes de funcao pulmonar

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    Helena, Mocelin; Gilberto, Bueno; Klaus, Irion; Edson, Marchiori; Edgar, Sarria; Guilherme, Watte; Bruno, Hochhegger.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar as correlações entre o volume de aprisionamento aéreo em relação ao volume pulmonar total (AA%) e parâmetros clínicos e funcionais em crianças com bronquiolite obliterante (BO). MÉTODOS: Técnicas de pós-processamento de imagem foram usadas em imagens de TC de 19 crianças c [...] om BO para quantificar AA% por meio de um limiar fixo de ?950 UH (AA%950) e de limiares selecionados por meio de máscaras de densidade (AA%MD). Os pacientes foram divididos em três grupos, de acordo com a gravidade de AA%. Foram examinadas as correlações entre AA% e a saturação de oxigênio (SO2) em repouso, a distância percorrida no teste de caminhada de seis minutos (DTC6), a SO2 mínima durante o teste de caminhada de seis minutos (SO2_TC6), a CVF, o VEF1, a relação VEF1/CVF e parâmetros clínicos. RESULTADOS: A DTC6 foi maior nos pacientes com maiores volumes pulmonares normais (r = 0,53). Na amostra como um todo, encontramos (antes e depois da exclusão de valores extremos, respectivamente), correlações estatisticamente significativas entre AA%950 e o escore clínico (r = 0,72; 0,80), a CVF (r = 0,24; 0,59), o VEF1 (r = ?0,58; ?0,67) e a relação VEF1/CVF (r = ?0,53; r = ?0,62), bem como entre AA%MD e o escore clínico (r = 0,58; r = 0,63), a SO2 em repouso (r = ?0,40; r = ?0,61), a SO2_TC6 (r = ?0,24; r = ?0,55), a CVF (r = ?0,44; r = ?0,80), o VEF1 (r = ?0,65; r = ?0,71) e a relação VEF1/CVF (r = ?0,41; r = ?0,52). CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados deste estudo mostram que AA% correlaciona-se significativamente com escores clínicos e testes de função pulmonar em crianças com BO. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To determine whether air trapping (expressed as the percentage of air trapping relative to total lung volume [AT%]) correlates with clinical and functional parameters in children with obliterative bronchiolitis (OB). METHODS: CT scans of 19 children with OB were post-processed for A [...] T% quantification with the use of a fixed threshold of ?950 HU (AT%950) and of thresholds selected with the aid of density masks (AT%DM). Patients were divided into three groups by AT% severity. We examined AT% correlations with oxygen saturation (SO2) at rest, six-minute walk distance (6MWD), minimum SO2 during the six-minute walk test (6MWT_SO2), FVC, FEV1, FEV1/FVC, and clinical parameters. RESULTS: The 6MWD was longer in the patients with larger normal lung volumes (r = 0.53). We found that AT%950 showed significant correlations (before and after the exclusion of outliers, respectively) with the clinical score (r = 0.72; 0.80), FVC (r = 0.24; 0.59), FEV1 (r = ?0.58; ?0.67), and FEV1/FVC (r = ?0.53; r = ?0.62), as did AT%DM with the clinical score (r = 0.58; r = 0.63), SO2 at rest (r = ?0.40; r = ?0.61), 6MWT_SO2 (r = ?0.24; r = ?0.55), FVC (r = ?0.44; r = ?0.80), FEV1 (r = ?0.65; r = ?0.71), and FEV1/FVC (r = ?0.41; r = ?0.52). CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that AT% correlates significantly with clinical scores and pulmonary function test results in children with OB.

  3. 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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    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

  4. 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

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    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

  5. Skin scoring in systemic sclerosis

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    Zachariae, Hugh; Bjerring, Peter; Halkier-Sørensen, Lars; Heickendorff, Lene; Søndergaard, Klaus

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    Forty-one patients with systemic sclerosis were investigated with a new and simple skin score method measuring the degree of thickening and pliability in seven regions together with area involvement in each region. The highest values were, as expected, found in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (type III SS) and the lowest in limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (type I SS) with no lesions extending above wrists and ancles. A positive correlation was found to the aminoterminal propeptide of t...

  6. The Apgar Score.

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    The Apgar score provides an accepted and convenient method for reporting the status of the newborn infant immediately after birth and the response to resuscitation if needed. The Apgar score alone cannot be considered as evidence of, or a consequence of, asphyxia; does not predict individual neonatal mortality or neurologic outcome; and should not be used for that purpose. An Apgar score assigned during resuscitation is not equivalent to a score assigned to a spontaneously breathing infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage use of an expanded Apgar score reporting form that accounts for concurrent resuscitative interventions. PMID:26416932

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

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    Oluwaseun Sunday Dosumu

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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.

  8. Correlações genéticas de características de tamanho corporal e condição corporal com características de eficiência produtiva de fêmeas da raça Canchim / Genetic correlations among cow body size, condition score and productive traits in Canchim cows

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    Fernando, Baldi; Mauricio Mello de, Alencar; Alfredo Ribeiro de, Freitas.

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    Full Text Available Os objetivos neste trabalho foram estimar a herdabilidade do número (NBZ10 e NBZT) e quilogramas de bezerros desmamados (QBD10 e QBDT) pela vaca até dez anos de idade e durante a permanência da fêmea no rebanho e de quilogramas de bezerros desmamados pela vaca por ano de permanência no rebanho (QTPR [...] ) e as correlações genéticas dessas características com os pesos ajustados e não-ajustados para condição corporal, índice de tamanho corporal e condições corporais à primeira monta, ao primeiro parto e à idade adulta, idades ao primeiro, segundo e terceiro partos e tempo de permanência no rebanho. Os componentes de variância e de co-variância foram estimados pelo método da máxima verossimilhança restrita livre de derivadas, usando-se análises uni e bicaracterísticas. Os modelos estatísticos incluíram o efeito genético aditivo direto, como aleatório, e o efeito fixo de grupo de contemporâneos. As estimativas de herdabilidade obtidas das análises unicaracterísticas foram 0,10 ± 0,05 (NBZT), 0,10 ± 0,03 (QBDT), 0,12 ± 0,05 (NBZ10), 0,13 ± 0,05 (QBD10) e 0,15 ± 0,05 (QTPR), indicando que baixa resposta à seleção será obtida para essas características. A seleção para redução na idade ao primeiro parto não incrementará a produtividade das vacas. A seleção para aumentar o peso adulto das fêmeas acarretará redução em QTPR, NBZ10 e NBZT. A seleção para os índices de tamanho corporal ou para os pesos ajustados para condição corporal deve apresentar respostas correlacionadas com as características produtivas das fêmeas com tendências semelhantes, mas de maior magnitude que a seleção para peso da fêmea sem ajuste. Abstract in english The objectives of this study were to obtain heritability estimates for number (NBZ10 and NBZT) and kilograms (QBD10 and QBDT) of calves weaned up to ten years of age and during herd life, kilograms of calves weaned per year in herd (QTPR) and their genetic correlations with culling age, ages at firs [...] t, at second and at third calving, adjusted and unadjusted weights for condition score, body size indexes and condition score at first mating, at first calving and at mature age. Variance and covariance components were estimated by REML using univariate and bivariate models including the fixed effect of contemporary group and additive direct genetic and residual as random effects. Heritability estimates obtained from univariate analyses were 0.10 ± 0.05 (NBZT), 0.10 ± 0.03 (QBDT), 0.12 ± 0.05 (NBZ10), 0.13 ± 0.05 (QBD10) and 0.15 ± 0.05 (QTPR) and indicate low response by selection on these traits. Genetic correlation estimate suggest that selection for reducing age at first calving will not improve cow productivity. Selection for increasing mature weight will reduce kilograms of calves weaned per year in herd and the number of calves weaned up to ten years of age and during herd life. Selection on body size indexes and on cow weights adjusted for condition score may result in similar correlated responses in productive traits of cows, which would be higher than those from selection on unadjusted cow weights.

  9. 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

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

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    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.

  11. How Holistic Scoring Kept Writing Alive in Chemistry.

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    Rodgers, M. L.

    1995-01-01

    Development and implementation of a holistic method for scoring writing assignments in a college general education chemistry course are described. The system included assessment of discrete elements in the paper's focus, appearance, content, and structure according to specific criteria. The approach saved considerable scoring time and enhanced…

  12. 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.

  13. The Bandim tuberculosis score

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    Rudolf, Frauke; Joaquim, Luis Carlos; Vieira, Cesaltina; Bjerregaard-Andersen, Morten; Andersen, Andreas; Erlandsen, Mogens; Sodemann, Morten; Andersen, Paul Lehm; Wejse, Christian

    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 Ju...

  14. The Bandim tuberculosis score

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    Rudolf, Frauke; Joaquim, Luis Carlos; Vieira, Cesaltina; Andersen, Morten Bjerregaard; Andersen, Andreas; Erlandsen, Mogens; Sodemann, Morten; Andersen, Paul Lehm; Wejse, Christian

    2013-01-01

    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 Ju...

  15. Scoring Play Combinatorial Games

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    Stewart, Fraser

    2012-01-01

    This thesis will be discussing scoring play combinatorial games and looking at the general structure of these games under different operators. I will also be looking at the Sprague-Grundy values for scoring play impartial games, and demonstrating that there is an easily computable function that will solve a large range of octal games easily. I will also be demonstrating that my theory can readily be applied to the scoring play game of Go and can lead to a much greater unders...

  16. 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)

    2004-09-15

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Scoring Play Combinatorial Games

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    Stewart, Fraser

    2012-01-01

    This thesis will be discussing scoring play combinatorial games and looking at the general structure of these games under different operators. I will also be looking at the Sprague-Grundy values for scoring play impartial games, and demonstrating that there is an easily computable function that will solve a large range of octal games easily. I will also be demonstrating that my theory can readily be applied to the scoring play game of Go and can lead to a much greater understanding of the game.

  19. 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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    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.

  20. Comparison of BISAP Score with Ranson Score in Determining the Severity of Acute Pancreatitis

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    Objective:To determine the accuracy of BISAPscore in finding out the frequency of severity and mortality in patients with acute pancreatitis by comparing it with Ranson score. Study Design: Crosse-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Surgery, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad, from April to December 2010. Methodology: A total of 80 patients who presented in emergency with acute pancreatitis were included by consecutive non probability sampling technique. Cases of acute pancreatitis were classified as mild or severe based on the organ failure criteria and/or local complications according to the Atlanta Symposium. All patients were scored according to both Ranson score and BISAP score. Results: Out of 80 patients, 35 (44 percentage) were males and 45 (56 percentage) were females. The mean age was 46.89 ± 15.75 years. Twenty five patients (31.25 percentage) were classified as severe acute pancreatitis and 3 patients (3.75 percentage) had evidence of pancreatic necrosis on CT scan. The duration of hospital stay was 1 - 54 days with a mean of 13.12 ± 12.83 days and mortality rate was 5 percentage. The number of patients with a BISAP score of =3 was 15 and Ranson score =3 was 25. The observed incidence of severe disease stratified by the BISAP score has (p greater than 0.001) and by Ranson score has (p greater than 0.001). In regards to mortality, patients having BISAP score =3 has p=0.003, while patients having Ranson score =3 has p=0.002, both are statistically significant. Conclusion:The newly proposed BISAPscore is a simple and accurate tool for severity stratification and is equally effective in finding out frequency of severity and in turns mortality in patients with acute pancreatitis as Ranson score. (author)

  1. 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.)

  2. 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 comparing different stages of severity prior to and during therapy with detailed accuracy. (orig.)

  3. 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)

  4. Scoring Play Combinatorial Games

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    Stewart, Fraser

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we will discuss scoring play games. We will give the basic definitions for scoring play games, and show that they form a well defined set, with clear and distinct outcome classes under these definitions. We will also show that under the disjunctive sum these games form a semi-group that is closed, partially ordered with distinct equivalence classes that have a unique representative or canonical form.

  5. 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.

  6. Neurogenic bowel dysfunction score

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    Krogh, Klaus; Christensen, Peter; Sabroe, S; Laurberg, S

    2005-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional questionnaire study. OBJECTIVES: To develop and validate a symptom-based score for neurogenic bowel dysfunction (NBD): NBD score. SETTING: University Hospital of Aarhus, Denmark. METHODS: A questionnaire including questions about background parameters (n=8), faecal incontinence (n=10), constipation (n=10), obstructed defecation (n=8), and impact on quality of life (QOL) (n=3) was sent to 589 Danish spinal cord injured (SCI) patients. The reproducibility and validity...

  7. Fetal Biophysical Profile Scoring

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    H.R Haghighatkhah; M. Sanei Taheri

    2009-01-01

      "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 rest...

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

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    2010-01-01

    ...RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, DEPARTMENT... Distance Learning and Telemedicine...The need for services and benefits derived from...or medical services which are needed...provide direct benefits to rural residents...lifetime learning,...

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

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    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.)

  10. 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.)

  11. Calculating a Score of Sustainable Development

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    Fatih ÇEMREK

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    Full Text Available Sustainable development is considered to be one of the most important economic issues today. Sustainable development indicators are taken into account when comparing the countries in terms of the level of development. Besides, these indicators are taken to be a major source of information in deciding the development policies the countries will follow as well as for a wide range of investment decisions. In this study, by using sustainable development indicators, we develop scores of sustainable development for the Commonwealth of Indepen-dent States (CIS, the Baltic Republics (BC and Russia in the context of principal components analysis. Subsequently, the sustainable development scores of the investigated countries and the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI scores were compared, and the relationship between the two was evaluated. The correlation coefficient between the two scores was found to be 0.872 and statistically significant at 1 % level.

  12. Increasing Score Reliability with Item-Pattern Scoring: An Empirical Study in Five Score Metrics.

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    Yen, Wendy M.; Candell, Gregory L.

    1991-01-01

    Empirical reliabilities of scores based on item-pattern scoring, using 3-parameter item-response theory and number-correct scoring, were compared within each of 5 score metrics for at least 900 elementary school students for 5 content areas. Average increases in reliability were produced by item-pattern scoring. (SLD)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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.

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    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.

  19. Correlation between Teacher Turnover Rates in the State of Alaska and Standardized Test Scores in the Area of Mathematics on the Standards Based Assessments/High School Qualifying Exam

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    Roehl, Roy F., II

    2010-01-01

    This study utilized bivariate correlations, partial correlations, multivariate analysis including Hotelling-T, and observed power to investigate the possible correlations and connections of teacher turnover in Alaska's public school system to performance on the standards-based assessment of the Alaska High School Qualifying Exam (HSQE). The study…

  20. 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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    Full Text Available 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 variables (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.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 (sobrevivência 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.

  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.

    2012-05-01

    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. Association between scores in high school, aptitude and achievement exams and early performance in health science college

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This retrospective study was carried out to assess the correlation between admi-ssion criteria to health science colleges, namely, final high school grade and Saudi National Apti-tude and Achievement exams, and early academic performance in these colleges. The study inclu-ded 91 male students studying in the two-year pre-professional program at the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Records of these students were used to extract relevant information and their academic performance (based on the grade point average achieved at the end of the first semester of the pre-professional program, which were analytically studied. Pearson correlation coefficient was used to assess the associa-tions between the different scores. SPSS statistical program (version 12.0 was used for data ana-lyses. We found a strong correlation between the academic performance and the Achievement Exam, Aptitude Exam and high school final grade, with Pearson Correlation Coefficients of 0.96, 0.93, 0.87, respectively. The Saudi National Achievement Exam showed the most significant correla-tion. Our results indicate that academic performance showed good correlation with the admission criteria used, namely final high school grade, Saudi National Aptitude and Achievement Exams.

  3. Association between scores in high school, aptitude and achievement exams and early performance in health science college.

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    Al-Alwan, Ibrahim A

    2009-05-01

    This retrospective study was carried out to assess the correlation between admission criteria to health science colleges, namely, final high school grade and Saudi National Aptitude and Achievement exams, and early academic performance in these colleges. The study included 91 male students studying in the two-year pre-professional program at the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Records of these students were used to extract relevant information and their academic performance (based on the grade point average achieved at the end of the first semester of the pre-professional program), which were analytically studied. Pearson correlation coefficient was used to assess the associations between the different scores. SPSS statistical program (version 12.0) was used for data analyses. We found a strong correlation between the academic performance and the Achievement Exam, Aptitude Exam and high school final grade, with Pearson Correlation Coefficients of 0.96, 0.93, 0.87, respectively. The Saudi National Achievement Exam showed the most significant correlation. Our results indicate that academic performance showed good correlation with the admission criteria used, namely final high school grade, Saudi National Aptitude and Achievement Exams. PMID:19414949

  4. Structured Interactive Music Scores

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    Toro, Mauricio

    2015-01-01

    Interactive Scores is a formalism for the design and performance of interactive scenarios that provides temporal relations (TRs) among the objects of the scenario. We can model TRs among objects in Time Stream Petri nets, but it is difficult to represent global constraints. This can be done explicitly in the Non-deterministic Timed Concurrent Constraint (ntcc) calculus. We want to formalize a heterogeneous system that controls in one subsystem the concurrent execution of the...

  5. 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

  6. Association of Apgar scores with death and neurologic disability

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    2009-01-01

    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 ...

  7. Análise bayesiana na estimação de correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características reprodutivas de bovinos Nelore utilizando modelos linear-limiar / Bayesian analysis in the estimation of genetic correlations between visual scores and reproductive traits in Nelore cattle using linear-threshold models

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    C.U., Faria; C.U., Magnabosco; L.G., Albuquerque; A., de los Reyes; L.A.F., Bezerra; R.B., Lôbo.

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    Full Text Available Estimaram-se as correlações genéticas entre os escores visuais e as características reprodutivas, utilizando a estatística bayesiana sob modelo animal linear-limiar, em bovinos da raça Nelore. Foram estudadas características categóricas morfológicas, avaliadas visualmente aos oito, 15 e 22 meses de [...] idade; e características contínuas de perímetro escrotal padronizado aos 365 e 450 dias de idade, além da idade ao primeiro parto. As estimativas de correlações genéticas foram de sentido favorável à seleção, apresentando magnitudes moderadas, sugerindo que a seleção de animais para um biótipo desejável pode levar a animais com maior fertilidade e precocidade sexual. As estimativas de correlação genética para o perímetro escrotal padronizado aos 450 dias e a idade ao primeiro parto com as características morfológicas avaliadas aos 22 meses de idade foram maiores do que as obtidas entre as características de escores visuais avaliadas aos oito e 15 meses de idade. A utilização de escores visuais como critério de seleção trará progresso genético também para as características reprodutivas. Abstract in english The genetic correlations between visual scores and reproductive traits, using the bayesian statistic under the linear-threshold animal model, in bovines of the Nelore breed were estimated. Categorical morphological traits were also evaluated at eight, 15, and 22 month-old, concerning musculature, ph [...] ysical structure, conformation and sacrum, the escrotal circumferences measured at the ages of 365 and 450-day-old, and the age at first calving. The estimates of genetic correlations were moderates, suggesting that the selection of animals with better morphological conformation may lead to animals more precocious and with greater fertility. The estimates of genetic correlation concerning the escrotal circumference at 450 day-old and the age at first calving with the evaluated visual scores at 22 month-old were higher than the ones obtained between visual scores at eight and 15 month-old. The use of these visual scores as a criterion of selection may also bring genetic progress to the reproductive traits.

  8. Earthquake forecast enrichment scores

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    Christine Smyth

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability (CSEP is a global project aimed at testing earthquake forecast models in a fair environment. Various metrics are currently used to evaluate the submitted forecasts. However, the CSEP still lacks easily understandable metrics with which to rank the universal performance of the forecast models. In this research, we modify a well-known and respected metric from another statistical field, bioinformatics, to make it suitable for evaluating earthquake forecasts, such as those submitted to the CSEP initiative. The metric, originally called a gene-set enrichment score, is based on a Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic. Our modified metric assesses if, over a certain time period, the forecast values at locations where earthquakes have occurred are significantly increased compared to the values for all locations where earthquakes did not occur. Permutation testing allows for a significance value to be placed upon the score. Unlike the metrics currently employed by the CSEP, the score places no assumption on the distribution of earthquake occurrence nor requires an arbitrary reference forecast. In this research, we apply the modified metric to simulated data and real forecast data to show it is a powerful and robust technique, capable of ranking competing earthquake forecasts.

  9. Longitudinal Factor Score Estimation Using the Kalman Filter.

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    1990-01-01

    How longitudinal factor score estimation--the estimation of the evolution of factor scores for individual examinees over time--can profit from the Kalman filter technique is described. The Kalman estimates change more cautiously over time, have lower estimation error variances, and reproduce the LISREL program latent state correlations more…

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

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    Archer, L N; H Simpson

    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.

  11. Differences in gestational weight gain between pregnancies before and after maternal bariatric surgery correlate with differences in birth weight but not with scores on the body mass index in early childhood

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    Berglind, D; Willmer, M

    2013-01-01

    Large maternal gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with increased birth weight and increased risk of obesity in offspring, but these associations may be confounded by genetic and environmental factors. The aim was to investigate the effects of differences in GWG in all three trimesters on differences in birth weight and in body mass index (BMI) scores at 4 and 6 years of age, within siblings born before and after bariatric surgery.

  12. 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)

  13. eGrader, A Software Application that Automatically Scores Student Essays: with a Postscript on Ethical Complexities

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Online and traditional teachers face several instructional challenges with regard to assessing student learning. This paper focuses on a software application that automatically scores student essay. The first part gives a brief overview of three commercial automated essay scoring systems. Then it describes the technical aspects of the machine grader developed by the authors, including an assessment of its performance. Although the statistical results were significant in finding a strong correlation between human and machine scorers and the other measures, follow-up non-quantitative evaluations led the researchers to discontinue using the eGrader. They concluded that while the eGrader's ability to measure objective evaluation criteria was successful, measuring subjective ideas proved to more complex and problematic.

  14. Decisions during courtship by male and female medflies (Diptera, Tephritidae): Correlated changes in male behavior and female acceptance criteria in mass-reared flies

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    Analyses of more than 300 videotaped courtships of wild and mass-reared medflies from Costa Rica showed that the tendency for male and female to align themselves facing directly toward each other increased, and that the distance between them decreased as courtship proceeded. More direct alignments and shorter distances between the flies at the moment the male jumped onto the female were correlated with greater female acceptance of copulation. There were no consistent differences in durations of components of intermittent buzzing songs or male size between successful and unsuccessful courtship in either strain. Several possible cues may release different courtship responses: males of both strains tend to initiate both continuous vibration and intermittent buzzing after reduction of the distance to the female; slow creeping toward the female was associated with longer courtships that had failed to lure the female close; and females tended to turn to face more directly toward the male soon after the male began continuous vibration, and especially after he began intermittent buzzing. Females became progressively more immobile as courtship progressed, especially soon after intermittent buzzing began. There were numerous differences between strains. Mass-reared males were more likely to mount females without previous courtship than were wild males. Wild males initiated continuous wing vibration when farther from the female and when the female was looking less directly toward them, but the two strains did not differ in the distances and angles at which males initiated intermittent buzzing and jumped. Wild males were more likely to creep toward the female during intermittent buzzing. Mass-reared females but not wild females were more likely to copulate when the proportion of time the male had spent in intermittent buzzing was low, and if the courtship began when the flies were nearer each other. Wild but not mass-reared females were less likely to copulate if courtship was shorter. Possible co-evolution of female responses with the five different male courtship traits that differ between mass-reared and wild flies are discussed. (author)

  15. Pasture Condition Score Indicators: Controls on Plant and Forage Diversity

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    The USDA-NRCS Pasture Condition Score (PCS) system was developed for evaluating pastures and making management recommendations. Four of the ten rating criteria relate to plant species diversity and composition: percent desirable plants, plant cover, plant diversity, and percent legume. Baseline data...

  16. Chest computed tomography-based scoring of thoracic sarcoidosis: Inter-rater reliability of CT abnormalities

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    To determine inter-rater reliability of sarcoidosis-related computed tomography (CT) findings that can be used for scoring of thoracic sarcoidosis. CT images of 51 patients with sarcoidosis were scored by five chest radiologists for various abnormal CT findings (22 in total) encountered in thoracic sarcoidosis. Using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) analysis, inter-rater reliability was analysed and reported according to the Guidelines for Reporting Reliability and Agreement Studies (GRRAS) criteria. A pre-specified sub-analysis was performed to investigate the effect of training. Scoring was trained in a distinct set of 15 scans in which all abnormal CT findings were represented. Median age of the 51 patients (36 men, 70 %) was 43 years (range 26 - 64 years). All radiographic stages were present in this group. ICC ranged from 0.91 for honeycombing to 0.11 for nodular margin (sharp versus ill-defined). The ICC was above 0.60 in 13 of the 22 abnormal findings. Sub-analysis for the best-trained observers demonstrated an ICC improvement for all abnormal findings and values above 0.60 for 16 of the 22 abnormalities. In our cohort, reliability between raters was acceptable for 16 thoracic sarcoidosis-related abnormal CT findings. (orig.)

  17. Chest computed tomography-based scoring of thoracic sarcoidosis: Inter-rater reliability of CT abnormalities

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    Heuvel, D.A.V. den; Es, H.W. van; Heesewijk, J.P. van; Spee, M. [St. Antonius Hospital Nieuwegein, Department of Radiology, Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Jong, P.A. de [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Zanen, P.; Grutters, J.C. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Division Heart and Lungs, Utrecht (Netherlands); St. Antonius Hospital Nieuwegein, Center of Interstitial Lung Diseases, Department of Pulmonology, Nieuwegein (Netherlands)

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    To determine inter-rater reliability of sarcoidosis-related computed tomography (CT) findings that can be used for scoring of thoracic sarcoidosis. CT images of 51 patients with sarcoidosis were scored by five chest radiologists for various abnormal CT findings (22 in total) encountered in thoracic sarcoidosis. Using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) analysis, inter-rater reliability was analysed and reported according to the Guidelines for Reporting Reliability and Agreement Studies (GRRAS) criteria. A pre-specified sub-analysis was performed to investigate the effect of training. Scoring was trained in a distinct set of 15 scans in which all abnormal CT findings were represented. Median age of the 51 patients (36 men, 70 %) was 43 years (range 26 - 64 years). All radiographic stages were present in this group. ICC ranged from 0.91 for honeycombing to 0.11 for nodular margin (sharp versus ill-defined). The ICC was above 0.60 in 13 of the 22 abnormal findings. Sub-analysis for the best-trained observers demonstrated an ICC improvement for all abnormal findings and values above 0.60 for 16 of the 22 abnormalities. In our cohort, reliability between raters was acceptable for 16 thoracic sarcoidosis-related abnormal CT findings. (orig.)

  18. 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.

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    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.

  19. Correlations between radiographic assessments and MRI features of knee osteoarthritis--a cross-sectional study

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    Gudbergsen, H; Lohmander, L S; Jones, G; Christensen, R; Bartels, E M; Danneskiold-Samsøe, B; Bliddal, H; Boesen, M

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    OBJECTIVES: To assess correlations between Kellgren & Lawrence Gradings (KL), minimum joint space width measurements (mJSW) and the Boston-Leeds Osteoarthritis of the Knee Score (BLOKS) within a cohort of obese patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: 192 participants were recruited from an outpatient clinic (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00655941). Inclusion criteria were age ?50 years, body mass index (BMI) ?30 kg/m(2) plus symptomatic and verified KOA. 1.5 T MRI scans were assessed using BL...

  20. Correlations between radiographic assessments and MRI features of knee osteoarthritis - a cross sectional study

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    Gudbergsen, Henrik Rindel; Lohmander, Stefan; Jones, Graeme; Christensen, Robin; Bartels, Else Marie; Danneskiold-Samsøe, Bente; Bliddal, Henning; Boesen, Mikael

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    OBJECTIVES: To assess correlations between Kellgren & Lawrence Gradings (KL), minimum joint space width measurements (mJSW) and the Boston-Leeds Osteoarthritis of the Knee Score (BLOKS) within a cohort of obese patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: 192 participants were recruited from an outpatient clinic (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00655941). Inclusion criteria were age ?50 years, body mass index (BMI) ?30 kg/m(2) plus symptomatic and verified KOA. 1.5 T MRI scans were assessed using BL...

  1. Optical syntactic pattern recognition by fuzzy scoring

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    A novel syntactic approach is introduced to treat particular problems in pattern recognition. The procedure is implemented by the use of optical correlation methods for identifying the various primitives that appear in the input pattern, and their importance is determined by fuzzy relational scoring. Robust pattern recognition with tolerance to normal variations is demonstrated, indicating an efficient new approach for optical pattern recognition. copyright 1996 Optical Society of America

  2. Validation of WHO classification-based Prognostic Scoring System (WPSS) for myelodysplastic syndromes and comparison with the revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R). A study of the International Working Group for Prognosis in Myelodysplasia (IWG-PM).

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    Della Porta, M G; Tuechler, H; Malcovati, L; Schanz, J; Sanz, G; Garcia-Manero, G; Solé, F; Bennett, J M; Bowen, D; Fenaux, P; Dreyfus, F; Kantarjian, H; Kuendgen, A; Levis, A; Cermak, J; Fonatsch, C; Le Beau, M M; Slovak, M L; Krieger, O; Luebbert, M; Maciejewski, J; Magalhaes, S M M; Miyazaki, Y; Pfeilstöcker, M; Sekeres, M A; Sperr, W R; Stauder, R; Tauro, S; Valent, P; Vallespi, T; van de Loosdrecht, A A; Germing, U; Haase, D; Greenberg, P L; Cazzola, M

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    A risk-adapted treatment strategy is mandatory for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). We refined the World Health Organization (WHO)-classification-based Prognostic Scoring System (WPSS) by determining the impact of the newer clinical and cytogenetic features, and we compared its prognostic power to that of the revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R). A population of 5326 untreated MDS was considered. We analyzed single WPSS parameters and confirmed that the WHO classification and severe anemia provide important prognostic information in MDS. A strong correlation was found between the WPSS including the new cytogenetic risk stratification and WPSS adopting original criteria. We then compared WPSS with the IPSS-R prognostic system. A highly significant correlation was found between the WPSS and IPSS-R risk classifications. Discrepancies did occur among lower-risk patients in whom the number of dysplastic hematopoietic lineages as assessed by morphology did not reflect the severity of peripheral blood cytopenias and/or increased marrow blast count. Moreover, severe anemia has higher prognostic weight in the WPSS versus IPSS-R model. Overall, both systems well represent the prognostic risk of MDS patients defined by WHO morphologic criteria. This study provides relevant in formation for the implementation of risk-adapted strategies in MDS. PMID:25721895

  3. Fingerprinting of music scores

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    Irons, Jonathan; Schmucker, Martin

    2004-06-01

    Publishers of sheet music are generally reluctant in distributing their content via the Internet. Although online sheet music distribution's advantages are numerous the potential risk of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement, e.g. illegal online distributions, disables any innovation propensity. While active protection techniques only deter external risk factors, additional technology is necessary to adequately treat further risk factors. For several media types including music scores watermarking technology has been developed, which ebeds information in data by suitable data modifications. Furthermore, fingerprinting or perceptual hasing methods have been developed and are being applied especially for audio. These methods allow the identification of content without prior modifications. In this article we motivate the development of watermarking and fingerprinting technologies for sheet music. Outgoing from potential limitations of watermarking methods we explain why fingerprinting methods are important for sheet music and address potential applications. Finally we introduce a condept for fingerprinting of sheet music.

  4. 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

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

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    Borah Bijan J

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    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.

  6. Increasing Score Reliability with Item-Pattern Scoring: An Empirical Study in Several Score Metrics.

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    Yen, Wendy M.; Candell, Gregory L.

    Reliabilities are compared for two types of test score data: number correct, and item response patterns. Item-pattern scoring using three-parameter item response theory takes into account how many and which items a student answers correctly. This procedure theoretically results in greater reliability than does number-correct scoring. Empirical…

  7. Cardiovascular risk scores do not account for the effect of treatment: a review

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    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the strengths and limitations of cardiovascular risk scores available for clinicians in assessing the global (absolute) risk of cardiovascular disease. DESIGN: Review of cardiovascular risk scores. DATA SOURCES: Medline (1966 to May 2009) using a mixture of MeSH terms and free text for the keywords 'cardiovascular', 'risk prediction' and 'cohort studies'. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: A study was eligible if it fulfilled the following criteria: (1) it was a...

  8. 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.

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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 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.

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

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    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 (? = 0.82) and substantial correlation for the time of portal vein filling (? = 0.66). Moderate correlations were obtained for the vessel morphology (? = 0.51), small bowel enhancement (? = 0.63) and distension (? = 0.53). Contrast medium reflux into the aorta (? = 0.77 and 0.63) and the time of portal vein filling (? = 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.)

  10. 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

  11. What is healthy food? Objective nutrient profile scores and subjective lay evaluations in comparison.

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    Bucher, T; Müller, B; Siegrist, M

    2015-12-01

    To date, it is unclear how consumers evaluate the healthiness of individual foods and meals and how consumers' perceptions are related to expert opinions. This knowledge is essential for efficient communication of nutrition information with the goal of promoting healthy eating. This study used the fake food buffet method to investigate health perceptions of selected meals and of 54 individual foods and beverages. Lay consumers' subjective healthiness evaluations of meals and foods were compared to objective nutrient profile scores, which were previously shown to correlate highly with expert opinions. The results show that nutrition profile scores and lay evaluations were highly correlated, which indicates that lay people used similar criteria as experts to evaluate the healthiness of foods. However, lay consumers tended to neglect the amount of saturated fat, protein and sodium for their judgments. Also, it was found that while lay consumers were quite able to evaluate single food products, they had difficulties in evaluating entire meals. Future interventions should focus particularly on educating the consumer about the negative effects of diets high in salt and saturated fat and they should improve the consumer's abilities to evaluate entire meals. PMID:26256557

  12. The SYNTAX score and SYNTAX-based clinical risk scores.

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    Farooq, Vasim; Brugaletta, Salvatore; Serruys, Patrick W

    2011-01-01

    Risk stratification is an important and essential component in appropriately informing patients electing to undergo coronary artery bypass graft or percutaneous coronary intervention. This process is an integral part of the SYNTAX pioneered Heart Team approach in selecting the most appropriate revascularization modality in patients with complex coronary artery disease. The SYNTAX score was pioneered as an anatomical-based risk score that aided in this decision-making process. The purpose of this review is to examine the SYNTAX score and subsequent risk models that have been developed on the basis of this landmark anatomical-based risk score. PMID:22041038

  13. 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.

  14. Propensity score matching in SPSS

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    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...

  15. 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.

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    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.

  16. Development of Automated Scoring Algorithms for Complex Performance Assessments: A Comparison of Two Approaches.

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    Clauser, Brian E.; Margolis, Melissa J.; Clyman, Stephen G.; Ross, Linette P.

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    Research on automated scoring is extended by comparing alternative automated systems for scoring a computer simulation of physicians' patient management skills. A regression-based system is more highly correlated with experts' evaluations than a system that uses complex rules to map performances into score levels, but both approaches are feasible.…

  17. Extended score interval in the assessment of basic surgical skills

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The Basic Surgical Skills course uses an assessment score interval of 0–3. An extended score interval, 1–6, was proposed by the Swedish steering committee of the course. The aim of this study was to analyze the trainee scores in the current 0–3 scored version compared to a proposed 1–6 scored version. Methods: Sixteen participants, seven females and nine males, were evaluated in the current and proposed assessment forms by instructors, observers, and learners themselves during the first and second day. In each assessment form, 17 tasks were assessed. The inter-rater reliability between the current and the proposed score sheets were evaluated with intraclass correlation (ICC with 95% confidence intervals (CI. Results: The distribution of scores for ‘knot tying’ at the last time point and ‘bowel anastomosis side to side’ given by the instructors in the current assessment form showed that the highest score was given in 31 and 62%, respectively. No ceiling effects were found in the proposed assessment form. The overall ICC between the current and proposed score sheets after assessment by the instructors increased from 0.38 (95% CI 0.77–0.78 on Day 1 to 0.83 (95% CI 0.51–0.94 on Day 2. Discussion: A clear ceiling effect of scores was demonstrated in the current assessment form, questioning its validity. The proposed score sheet provides more accurate scores and seems to be a better feedback instrument for learning technical surgical skills in the Basic Surgical Skills course.

  18. 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.

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    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

  19. Estimativas de correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características de carcaça medidas por ultrassonografia em bovinos Nelore utilizando modelos bayesianos linear-limiar Genetic correlation estimates between visual scores and carcass traits measured by ultrasound in Nelore cattle using linear-threshold bayesian models

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    Carina Ubirajara de Faria

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    Full Text Available O objetivo neste estudo foi estimar as correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características de carcaça medidas por ultrassonografia em bovinos da raça Nelore utilizando a estatística bayesiana por meio da Amostragem de Gibbs, sob modelo animal linear-limiar. Foram estudadas as características categóricas morfológicas de musculosidade, estrutura física, conformação e sacro, avaliadas aos 15 e 22 meses de idade. Para as características de carcaça, foram avaliadas as características área de olho-de-lombo, espessura de gordura subcutânea, espessura de gordura subcutânea na garupa e altura na garupa. Os escores visuais devem ser empregados como critérios de seleção para aumentar o progresso genético para a característica área de olhode-lombo e, consequentemente, melhorar o rendimento de carcaça. As estimativas de correlação genética obtidas para musculosidade com espessura de gordura subcutânea e espessura de gordura subcutânea na garupa indicaram que a seleção para musculosidade pode levar a animais com melhor acabamento de carcaça. A seleção para a estrutura física e conformação aos 15 e 22 meses de idade pode promover resposta correlacionada para o aumento da altura na garupa.The objective of this study was to estimate the genetic correlations between visual scores and the carcass traits measured by ultrasound, in Nellore breed cattle, using the bayesian statistics by Gibbs Sampling, in the linear-threshold model. The morphological categorical traits of musculature, physical structure, conformation and sacrum were studied, evaluated at 15 and 22 months. The carcass traits of the longissimus muscle area, backfat thickness, rump fat thickness and hip height were evaluated. Visual scores should be used as selection criterion to increase genetic progress for the longissumus muscle area. The estimates of genetic correlations obtained between musculature and backfat thickness and rump fat thickness indicated that the selection for musculature may lead to animals with better carcass finishing. Selection for physical structure and conformation, at 15 and 22 months, should promote response correlated with the hip height.

  20. Estimativas de correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características de carcaça medidas por ultrassonografia em bovinos Nelore utilizando modelos bayesianos linear-limiar / Genetic correlation estimates between visual scores and carcass traits measured by ultrasound in Nelore cattle using linear-threshold bayesian models

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    Carina Ubirajara de, Faria; Cláudio de Ulhôa, Magnabosco; Lucia Galvão de, Albuquerque; Luiz Antônio Framartino, Bezerra; Raysildo Barbosa, Lôbo.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo neste estudo foi estimar as correlações genéticas entre escores visuais e características de carcaça medidas por ultrassonografia em bovinos da raça Nelore utilizando a estatística bayesiana por meio da Amostragem de Gibbs, sob modelo animal linear-limiar. Foram estudadas as característic [...] as categóricas morfológicas de musculosidade, estrutura física, conformação e sacro, avaliadas aos 15 e 22 meses de idade. Para as características de carcaça, foram avaliadas as características área de olho-de-lombo, espessura de gordura subcutânea, espessura de gordura subcutânea na garupa e altura na garupa. Os escores visuais devem ser empregados como critérios de seleção para aumentar o progresso genético para a característica área de olhode-lombo e, consequentemente, melhorar o rendimento de carcaça. As estimativas de correlação genética obtidas para musculosidade com espessura de gordura subcutânea e espessura de gordura subcutânea na garupa indicaram que a seleção para musculosidade pode levar a animais com melhor acabamento de carcaça. A seleção para a estrutura física e conformação aos 15 e 22 meses de idade pode promover resposta correlacionada para o aumento da altura na garupa. Abstract in english The objective of this study was to estimate the genetic correlations between visual scores and the carcass traits measured by ultrasound, in Nellore breed cattle, using the bayesian statistics by Gibbs Sampling, in the linear-threshold model. The morphological categorical traits of musculature, phys [...] ical structure, conformation and sacrum were studied, evaluated at 15 and 22 months. The carcass traits of the longissimus muscle area, backfat thickness, rump fat thickness and hip height were evaluated. Visual scores should be used as selection criterion to increase genetic progress for the longissumus muscle area. The estimates of genetic correlations obtained between musculature and backfat thickness and rump fat thickness indicated that the selection for musculature may lead to animals with better carcass finishing. Selection for physical structure and conformation, at 15 and 22 months, should promote response correlated with the hip height.

  1. 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.…

  2. Trends in Classroom Observation Scores

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    Casabianca, Jodi M.; Lockwood, J. R.; McCaffrey, Daniel F.

    2015-01-01

    Observations and ratings of classroom teaching and interactions collected over time are susceptible to trends in both the quality of instruction and rater behavior. These trends have potential implications for inferences about teaching and for study design. We use scores on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System-Secondary (CLASS-S) protocol from…

  3. Classification of current scoring functions.

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    Liu, Jie; Wang, Renxiao

    2015-03-23

    Scoring functions are a class of computational methods widely applied in structure-based drug design for evaluating protein-ligand interactions. Dozens of scoring functions have been published since the early 1990s. In literature, scoring functions are typically classified as force-field-based, empirical, and knowledge-based. This classification scheme has been quoted for more than a decade and is still repeatedly quoted by some recent publications. Unfortunately, it does not reflect the recent progress in this field. Besides, the naming convention used for describing different types of scoring functions has been somewhat jumbled in literature, which could be confusing for newcomers to this field. Here, we express our viewpoint on an up-to-date classification scheme and appropriate naming convention for current scoring functions. We propose that they can be classified into physics-based methods, empirical scoring functions, knowledge-based potentials, and descriptor-based scoring functions. We also outline the major difference and connections between different categories of scoring functions. PMID:25647463

  4. 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

  5. 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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    Fjetland, Lars, E-mail: lars.fjetland@lyse.net; Roy, Sumit, E-mail: sumit.roy@sus.no; Kurz, Kathinka D., E-mail: kathinka.dehli.kurz@sus.no [Stavanger University Hospital, Department of Radiology (Norway); Solbakken, Tore, E-mail: tore.solbakken@sus.no [Stavanger University Hospital, Department of Neurology (Norway); Larsen, Jan Petter, E-mail: jan.petter.larsen@sus.no; Kurz, Martin W., E-mail: martin.kurz@sus.no [The Norwegian Center for Movement Disorders, Stavanger University Hospital (Norway)

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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.

  6. 2012 provisional classification criteria for polymyalgia rheumatica

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    Dasgupta, Bhaskar; Cimmino, Marco A; Maradit-Kremers, Hilal; Schmidt, Wolfgang A; Schirmer, Michael; Salvarani, Carlo; Bachta, Artur; Dejaco, Christian; Duftner, Christina; Jensen, Hanne Slott; Duhaut, Pierre; Poór, Gyula; Kaposi, Novák Pál; Mandl, Peter; Balint, Peter V; Schmidt, Zsuzsa; Iagnocco, Annamaria; Nannini, Carlotta; Cantini, Fabrizio; Macchioni, Pierluigi; Pipitone, Nicolò; Amo, Montserrat Del; Espígol-Frigolé, Georgina; Cid, Maria C; Martínez-Taboada, Víctor M; Nordborg, Elisabeth; Direskeneli, Haner; Aydin, Sibel Zehra; Ahmed, Khalid; Hazleman, Brian; Silverman, Barbara; Pease, Colin; Wakefield, Richard J; Luqmani, Raashid; Abril, Andy; Michet, Clement J; Marcus, Ralph; Gonter, Neil J; Maz, Mehrdad; Carter, Rickey E; Crowson, Cynthia S; Matteson, Eric L

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop EULAR/ACR classification criteria for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Candidate criteria were evaluated in a 6-month prospective cohort study of 125 patients with new onset PMR and 169 non-PMR comparison subjects with conditions mimicking PMR. A scoring algorithm was developed based on morning stiffness >45 minutes (2 points), hip pain/limited range of motion (1 point), absence of RF and/or ACPA (2 points), and absence of peripheral joint pain (1 point). ...

  7. 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...

  8. Data Mining the University: College GPA Predictions from SAT Scores

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    Hsu, Stephen D H; Schombert, James

    2010-01-01

    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...

  9. 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...

  10. Locomotion problems of broiler chickens and its relationship with the gait score

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    Barbara Cristina da Silva Fernandes

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the ability to walk (gait score, incidence of femoral degeneration, tibial dyschondroplasia, valgus and varus deformity and leg symmetry of broiler chickens. Male chickens of the Cobb strain from a commercial poultry farm were utilized in this experiment. Fifty 35 and 42-day-old birds were evaluated according to the gait score and valgus or varus incidence. To assess the bilateral symmetry and the lesion score for femoral degeneration and tibial dyschondroplasia, broilers were weighed and euthanized for the removal of the femur and tibia of both legs. The lesion scores for femoral degeneration and tibial dyschondroplasia, varus or valgus deformity, bone symmetry and gait scores of the chickens were then correlated. It was found that weight, age and the incidence of femoral degeneration and tibial dyschondroplasia are not always correlated with the gait score and that only valgus deformity is more correlated.

  11. Evidence-based provisional clinical classification criteria for autoinflammatory periodic fevers

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    Federici, Silvia; Sormani, Maria Pia

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this work was to develop and validate a set of clinical criteria for the classification of patients affected by periodic fevers. Patients with inherited periodic fevers (familial Mediterranean fever (FMF); mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD); tumour necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic fever syndrome (TRAPS); cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS)) enrolled in the Eurofever Registry up until March 2013 were evaluated. Patients with periodic fever, aphthosis, pharyngitis and adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome were used as negative controls. For each genetic disease, patients were considered to be 'gold standard' on the basis of the presence of a confirmatory genetic analysis. Clinical criteria were formulated on the basis of univariate and multivariate analysis in an initial group of patients (training set) and validated in an independent set of patients (validation set). A total of 1215 consecutive patients with periodic fevers were identified, and 518 gold standard patients (291 FMF, 74 MKD, 86 TRAPS, 67 CAPS) and 199 patients with PFAPA as disease controls were evaluated. The univariate and multivariate analyses identified a number of clinical variables that correlated independently with each disease, and four provisional classification scores were created. Cut-off values of the classification scores were chosen using receiver operating characteristic curve analysis as those giving the highest sensitivity and specificity. The classification scores were then tested in an independent set of patients (validation set) with an area under the curve of 0.98 for FMF, 0.95 for TRAPS, 0.96 for MKD, and 0.99 for CAPS. In conclusion, evidence-based provisional clinical criteria with high sensitivity and specificity for the clinical classification of patients with inherited periodic fevers have been developed.

  12. 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.

  13. Criteria for site selection

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    This article begins by examining the sense and purpose of the lists of criteria used as a basis for repository site selection. This, in turn, allows a more accurate appraisal of existing criteria, particularly those identified in international studies. The following chapter looks at the criteria used in assessing Swiss repository projects; HLW and LLW/ILW are considered separately. The article closes with a list of the official site selection criteria in Switzerland. (author) 15 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

  14. 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...

  15. The Inter-rater Reliability in Scoring Composition

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    Ping Wang

    2009-01-01

    This paper makes a study of the rater reliability in scoring composition in the test of English as a foreign language (EFL) and focuses on the inter-rater reliability as well as several interactions between raters and the other facets involved (that is examinees, rating criteria and rating methods). Results showed that raters were fairly consistent in their overall ratings. This finding has the great implications for controlling and assuring the quality of the rater-mediated assessment system.

  16. RANKING CHEMISTRY JOURNALS USING THE HIRSCH INDEX AND ARTICLE INFLUENCE SCORE

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    SILVIU JIPA; LAURA MONICA GORGHIU; CRINELA DUMITRESCU; CALIN OROS

    2012-01-01

    This study presents the Hirsch-index, impact factor and article influence score for the ranking of Chemistry journals. The study concludes that the Hirsch-index exhibits a good correlation with the influence score. A correlation of 60 Chemistry journals is analyzed.

  17. Validation of the Rheumatoid and Arthritis Outcome Score (RAOS for the lower extremity

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    Petersson Ingemar F

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with inflammatory joint diseases tend due to new treatments to be more physically active; something not taken into account by currently used outcome measures. The Rheumatoid and Arthritis Outcome Score (RAOS is an adaptation of the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS and evaluates functional limitations of importance to physically active people with inflammatory joint diseases and problems from the lower extremities. The aim of the study was to test the RAOS for validity, reliability and responsiveness. Methods 119 in-patients with inflammatory joint disease (51% RA admitted to multidisciplinary care, mean age 56 (±13, 73% women, mean disease duration 18 (±14 yr were consecutively enrolled. They all received the RAOS, the SF-36, the HAQ and four subscales of the AIMS2 twice during their stay for test of validity and responsiveness. Test-retest reliability of the RAOS questionnaire was calculated on 52 patients using the first or second administration and an additional mailed questionnaire. Results The RAOS met set criteria of reliability and validity. The random intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC 2,1 for the five subscales ranged from 0.76 to 0.92, indicating that individual comparisons were possible except for the subscale Sport and Recreation Function. Inter-item correlation measured by Cronbach's alpha ranged from 0.78 to 0.95. When measuring construct validity the highest correlations occurred between subscales intended to measure similar constructs. Change over time (24 (± 7 days due to multidisciplinary care was significant for all subscales (p Conclusion It is possible to adapt already existing outcome measures to assess other groups with musculoskeletal difficulties in the lower extremity. The RAOS is a reliable, valid and responsive outcome instrument for assessment of multidisciplinary care. To fully validate the RAOS further studies are needed in other populations.

  18. 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...

  19. Image scoring in great apes.

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    Russell, YI; Call, J.; Dunbar, RI

    2008-01-01

    'Image scoring' occurs when person A monitors the giving behaviour of person B towards person C. We tested for 'image scoring' in chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans. Subjects passively observed two types of incident: (i) a 'nice' person gave grapes to a human beggar, and (ii) a 'nasty' person refused to give. The subject witnessed both incidents in succession (but was unable to obtain the grapes). Shortly after, the ape had an opportunity to approach one or both human actors (nice...

  20. A new scoring system for predicting survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Schild, Steven E; Tan, Angelina D; Wampfler, Jason A; Ross, Helen J; Yang, Ping; Sloan, Jeff A

    2015-09-01

    This analysis was performed to create a scoring system to estimate the survival of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Data from 1274 NSCLC patients were analyzed to create and validate a scoring system. Univariate (UV) and multivariate (MV) Cox models were used to evaluate the prognostic importance of each baseline factor. Prognostic factors that were significant on both UV and MV analyses were used to develop the score. These included quality of life, age, performance status, primary tumor diameter, nodal status, distant metastases, and smoking cessation. The score for each factor was determined by dividing the 5-year survival rate (%) by 10 and summing these scores to form a total score. MV models and the score were validated using bootstrapping with 1000 iterations from the original samples. The score for each prognostic factor ranged from 1 to 7 points with higher scores reflective of better survival. Total scores (sum of the scores from each independent prognostic factor) of 32-37 correlated with a 5-year survival of 8.3% (95% CI = 0-17.1%), 38-43 correlated with a 5-year survival of 20% (95% CI = 13-27%), 44-47 correlated with a 5-year survival of 48.3% (95% CI = 41.5-55.2%), 48-49 correlated to a 5-year survival of 72.1% (95% CI = 65.6-78.6%), and 50-52 correlated to a 5-year survival of 84.7% (95% CI = 79.6-89.8%). The bootstrap method confirmed the reliability of the score. Prognostic factors significantly associated with survival on both UV and MV analyses were used to construct a valid scoring system that can be used to predict survival of NSCLC patients. Optimally, this score could be used when counseling patients, and designing future trials. PMID:26108458

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

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    2012-01-01

    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<0.01 in all). Total number of CPC measures reported, bed size of 400–499 (vs. 100–199 beds), a few geographic regions (Mid-Atlantic, West North Central, Mountain and Pacific) compared to the New England region were negatively associated with mean VBP score (p<0.01 in all). Disproportionate share index, proportion of Medicare and Medicaid days to total inpatient days had significant (p<0.01) but small effects. QR results indicate evidence of differential effects of some of the hospital characteristics across low-, medium- and high-quality providers. 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. PMID:23244445

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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; Martignon, S; Imparato, J C P; Ricketts, D N J; Pedersen, Lia Mendes

    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 extrac...

  5. A novel cleansing score system for capsule endoscopy

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    Sung Chul Park, Bora Keum, Jong Jin Hyun, Yeon Seok Seo, Yong Sik Kim, Yoon Tae Jeen, Hoon Jai Chun, Soon Ho Um, Chang Duck Kim, Ho Sang Ryu

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To suggest a new cleansing score system for small bowel preparation and to evaluate its clinical efficacy.METHODS: Twenty capsule endoscopy cases were reviewed and small bowel preparation was assessed with the new scoring system. For the assessment, two visual parameters were used: proportion of visualized mucosa and degree of obscuration. Representative frames from small bowel images were serially selected and scored at 5-min intervals. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC was obtained to assess the reliability of the new scoring system. For efficacy evaluation and validation, scores of our new scoring system were compared with another previously reported cleansing grading system.RESULTS: Concordance with the previous system, inter-observer agreement, and intra-patient agreement were excellent with ICC values of 0.82, 0.80, and 0.76, respectively. The intra-observer agreements at four-week intervals were also excellent. The cut-off value of adequate image quality was found to be 2.25.CONCLUSION: Our new scoring system is simple, efficient, and can be considered to be applicable in clinical practice and research.

  6. Quantifying radioxerostomia: salivary flow rate, examiner's score, and quality of life questionnaire

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    Al-Nawas, B.; Al-Nawas, K.; Kunkel, M.; Groetz, K.A. [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hospital of the Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany)

    2006-06-15

    Background and purpose: salivary flow rates alone are not sufficient to quantify all aspects of radioxerostomia. This is a problem in studies aiming to reduce radioxerostomia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between objectively measured salivary flow rate and subjective xerostomia ratings by the physician (RTOG scale) or the patients (quality of life [QoL] questionnaire). Patients and methods: in a case-control study patients who underwent recall for oral cancer were screened. Inclusion criteria for this diagnostic, noninterventional study were: history of oral carcinoma, surgical and radiation therapy, time interval from start of radiation therapy > 90 days, salivary glands within the radiation field. The control group consisted of patients, who had not received radiotherapy. RTOG salivary gland score, quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30 and H and N35), and sialometry were recorded. Results: patients with RTOG score 0 had mean salivary flow rates of 0.3 ml/min, those with RTOG 1 0.12 ml/min, RTOG 2 0.02 ml/min, and RTOG 3 < 0.01 ml/min. RTOG score 4 (total fibrosis) did not occur. Based on salivary flow rates, all patients were grouped into xerostomia < 0.2 ml/min (30 patients) and nonxerostomia (twelve patients). QoL results revealed significant differences between patients with xerostomia and nonxerostomia for physical function, dyspnea, swallowing, social eating, dry mouth, nutritional support, and a tendency to higher values for appetite loss. Conclusion: the correlation between ''subjective'' QoL parameters and salivary flow was confirmed. The different subjective aspects of radioxerostomia seem to be better differentiated by the EORTC QoL questionnaire. (orig.)

  7. Disease Severity Indexes and Treatment Evaluation Criteria in Vitiligo

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    Tamihiro Kawakami; Takashi Hashimoto

    2011-01-01

    There is a current lack of consensus regarding methods of assessment of vitiligo. Recently, the Vitiligo Area Scoring Index (VASI) and the Vitiligo European Task Force (VETF) were proposed to offer more accurate measures of disease severity indexes and treatment evaluation criteria. It would make sense to combine the VASI with the VETF system. We proposed an original scale for treatment evaluation criteria in vitiligo based on VASI. We plan to add the digital image analysis system, health-rel...

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

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    2015-02-01

    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. Association between eating behavior scores and obesity in Chilean children

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    Amador Paola

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available 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 Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ. Factorial analysis in the culturally-adapted questionnaire for Chilean population was used to confirm the original eight-factor structure of CEBQ. The Cronbach's alpha statistic (>0.7 in most subscales was used to assess internal consistency. Non-parametric methods were used to assess case-control associations. Results Eating behavior scores were strongly associated with childhood obesity in Chilean children. Childhood obesity was directly associated with high scores in the subscales "enjoyment of food" (P Conclusion Our study shows a strong and graded association between specific eating behavior scores and childhood obesity in Chile.

  10. Score Function of Distribution and Heavy-tails.

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    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

  11. 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)

  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. A validation study of the New Zealand score for hip and knee surgery.

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    Toyé, F; Barlow, J.; WRIGHT, C; Lamb, SE

    2007-01-01

    UNLABELLED: In the absence of consensus over criteria for performing total knee arthroplasty, the variability of symptom burden, and limited resources, some ways to prioritize whether and when to treat would be useful. In the UK, some payers use the New Zealand score to determine access to an orthopaedic surgeon despite limited validation. We tested convergent validity of this score and ascertained its ability to discriminate between groups of patients with high or low disease burden as deter...

  14. Re-Scoring the Game’s Score

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    Gasselseder, Hans-Peter

    2014-01-01

    This study explores immersive presence as well as emotional valence and arousal in the context of dynamic and non-dynamic music scores in the 3rd person action-adventure video game genre while also considering relevant personality traits of the player. 60 subjects answered self-report questionnaires of experiential states each time after playing the game 'Batman: Arkham City' in one of three randomized conditions accounting for [1] dynamic music, [2] non-dynamic music/low arousal potential and [...

  15. Correlation between HRCT and pulmonary functional tests in cystic fibrosis

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    Purpose. To compare the HRCT score by Oikonottlou and air trapping in expiratory scans with pulmonary functional tests and evaluate which radiological criteria are more useful to predict clinical impairment. Materials and methods. From January to September 2003, pulmonary HRCT study was performed in 37 patients (23 males), aged between 7 and 41 years, with cystic fibrosis. In the same day of CT examination they also received a complete functional evaluation. HRCT studies were evaluated by three radiologists blinded to the clinical data and were correlated with the lung function tests. Results. We obtained a high correlation (p=0.01) for two of the HRCT signs: extent of mucus plugging and mosaic perfusion pattern and all function tests. Discussion. Previous studies have demonstrated good correlation between lung function tests, in particular with FEV1 and HRCT signs. Our study differed from previous ones in that we analysed the correlation between lung function tests and with both single and combined CT criteria. Conclusion. Our results suggest that a simplified HRCT store could be useful to evaluate patients with cystic fibrosis

  16. 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

  17. 7 CFR 658.4 - Guidelines for use of criteria.

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    ...land evaluation system design is needed, NRCS will...the criteria scoring process, but are intended simply...160 or more, agency personnel consider: (i) Use...sites, locations and designs that would serve the...early in the planning process before a site or...

  18. Does Work Environment Affect Faculty Health Scores?

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    Rhonda C. Magel

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    This study investigates the relationship between self-reported health scores with work environment and various components of a women faculty score at a Research 1 University in the Midwest USA. The study examines the differences between male and female faculty responses in the various components making up the women faculty score and also gender differences in self-reported health scores and work environment scores. Differences between STEM and Non-STEM faculty are examined. A significant...

  19. Representación del "score" Gleason en la biopsia prostática del "score" Gleason definitivo de la prostatectomía radical / Evidence of the radical prostatectomy Gleason score in the biopsy Gleason score

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    F., Algaba Arrea; A., Chivite de León; J.Mª, Santaularia Segura; A., Oliver Samper.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: El grado de diferenciación del adenocarcinoma de próstata por el método de Gleason ("score" Gleason) (sG) es un factor pronóstico post-prostatectomía radical, por lo que su representatividad en la biopsia es de sumo interés. PACIENTES Y MÉTODOS: Doscientos quince pacientes con determin [...] ación del sG en la biopsia y la pieza de prostatectomía, determinado a ciegas por el mismo equipo de tres patólogos. RESULTADOS: Coincidencia exacta en un 49,7%, infravaloración en la biopsia en un 38,6% y sobrevaloración en la biopsia en un 11,6%. El análisis por sG revela: ausencia de casos con sG 2 en la biopsia. No-reproducibilidad en la pieza de los sG 3 y 4 de las biopsias. Coincidencia de los sG 5, 6, 7, 8 y 9 en biopsia del 25%, 45%, 72,7%, 36,8% y 60%, respectivamente (? global 0,32 ± 0,047, p Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: The Gleason score (Gs) for prostatic cancer has a good prognosis correlation after radical prostatectomy, for this reason its correlation with the Gs in the biopsy can be useful. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two hundred fifteen patients with blind evaluation among three pathologists of their [...] Gs in biopsy and in the corresponding radical prostatectomy specimen are presented. RESULTS: The exact coincidence is present in 49.7% of cases, 38.6% of cases are under graded in the biopsy and 11.6% of them over graded in the biopsy. No cases of Gs 2 in the biopsy are found. Any case with Gs 3 and 4 in the biopsy are reproduced in the radical prostatectomy specimen. The exact coincidence for biopsy Gs 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are 25%, 45%, 72.7%, 36.6% and 60% respectively (? 0.32 ± 0.047, p

  20. Fire protection design criteria

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    This Standard provides supplemental fire protection guidance applicable to the design and construction of DOE facilities and site features (such as water distribution systems) that are also provided for fire protection. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the applicable building code, national Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards, and any other applicable DOE construction criteria. This Standard, along with other delineated criteria, constitutes the basic criteria for satisfying DOE fire and life safety objectives for the design and construction or renovation of DOE facilities.

  1. Systemic Risk Score: A Suggestion

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    Hurlin, Christophe; Pérignon, Christophe

    2013-01-01

    We identify a potential bias in the methodology disclosed in July 2013 by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) for identifying systemically important financial banks. Contrary to the original objective, the relative importance of the five categories of risk importance (size, cross-jurisdictional activity, interconnectedness, substitutability/financial institution infrastructure, and complexity) may not be equal and the resulting systemic risk scores are mechanically dominated by ...

  2. Bootstrapping Manski's Maximum Score Estimator

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    Seijo, Emilio

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we study the applicability of the bootstrap to do inference on Manski's maximum score estimator under the full generality of the model. We propose three new, model-based bootstrap procedures for this problem and show their consistency. Simulation experiments are carried out to evaluate their performance and to compare them with subsampling methods. Additionally, we prove a uniform convergence theorem for triangular arrays of random variables coming from binary choice models, which may be of independent interest.

  3. 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...

  4. Determining utility values in patients with anterior cruciate ligament tears using clinical scoring systems

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    Farshad, M.; Gerber, C.; Szucs, T; Meyer, D C

    2011-01-01

    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 s...

  5. 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

  6. Evaluation of initial diffusion-weighted image findings in acute stroke patients using a semiquantitative score

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    We evaluated the usefulness of rating diffusion-weighted images (DWI) using a semiquantitative score modified from the Alberta Stroke Programme Early CT Score (ASPECTS) to predict deterioration of neurological symptoms in patients with hyperacute ischemic stroke who had undergone thrombolytic therapy with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA). We examined 22 patients with acute stroke (14 men, 8 women, mean age 72.5 years) treated with intravenous rt-PA. All were assessed using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) and underwent emergent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging within 3 hours and 24 hours of stroke onset. Patients were divided into a deteriorated group (16 patients), in which NIHSS scores were increased after thrombolysis, and a non-deteriorated group (6 patients). We compared the DWI score, ASPECTS, and volume of hyperintense ischemic lesion on DWI (DWI volume) of the 2 groups and examined correlations between these scores and initial NIHSS score or DWI volume. The DWI score and ASPECTS tended to be lower in the deteriorated group than the non-deteriorated group. In addition, with a cutoff value ?7, the DWI score could discriminate the deteriorated group from the non-deteriorated group with a sensitivity of 50% and specificity of 87.5%, whereas for ASPECTS, sensitivity was 50% and specificity, 81.2%. The DWI score, ASPECTS, and DWI volume had no correlation with NIHSS score but weak negative correlations with the DWI volume (P<0.01; Spearman's test). Comparing initial NIHSS score with each DWI score and DWI volume, the non-deteriorated group tended to have higher DWI scores and smaller DWI volumes than the deteriorated group, but there was no statistical difference between initial NIHSS and DWI scores. Though the DWI score was not statistically different, the threshold would be set to 6 points or above. Comparing initial DWI score with volume, patients with low DWI scores tended to show large variation in DWI volume and patients with small DWI volume showed large variation in DWI scores. There was no relation between hemorrhagic change and symptoms in either group. The semiquantitative DWI score easily evaluated extent of acute ischemic lesion on DWI and might be used to predict patient outcome after thrombolytic therapy more accurately than ASPECTS or DWI volume. (author)

  7. Explicit criteria for prioritization of cataract surgery

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Consensus techniques have been used previously to create explicit criteria to prioritize cataract extraction; however, the appropriateness of the intervention was not included explicitly in previous studies. We developed a prioritization tool for cataract extraction according to the RAND method. Methods Criteria were developed using a modified Delphi panel judgment process. A panel of 11 ophthalmologists was assembled. Ratings were analyzed regarding the level of agreement among panelists. We studied the effect of all variables on the final panel score using general linear and logistic regression models. Priority scoring systems were developed by means of optimal scaling and general linear models. The explicit criteria developed were summarized by means of regression tree analysis. Results Eight variables were considered to create the indications. Of the 310 indications that the panel evaluated, 22.6% were considered high priority, 52.3% intermediate priority, and 25.2% low priority. Agreement was reached for 31.9% of the indications and disagreement for 0.3%. Logistic regression and general linear models showed that the preoperative visual acuity of the cataractous eye, visual function, and anticipated visual acuity postoperatively were the most influential variables. Alternative and simple scoring systems were obtained by optimal scaling and general linear models where the previous variables were also the most important. The decision tree also shows the importance of the previous variables and the appropriateness of the intervention. Conclusion Our results showed acceptable validity as an evaluation and management tool for prioritizing cataract extraction. It also provides easy algorithms for use in clinical practice.

  8. Pretreatment Beck Depression Inventory score is an important predictor for Post-treatment score in infertile patients: a before-after study

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    Ramezanzadeh Fatemeh

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The experience of infertility can be extremely stressful. Some of the risk factors for depression in infertility are being female, repeated unsuccessful treatment cycles or a 2 to 3 year history of infertility, low socioeconomic status, foreign nationality, lack of partner support, life events and previous depression. In this study, we analyzed the Beck Depression Inventory score at the beginning and the end of infertility treatment, to determine which factors may influence the BDI score after treatment of infertility. Methods In a before-after study, in a university-affiliated teaching hospital, 251 women who had been visited for assisted reproductive technology infertility treatment participated in the study. BDI score was assessed before and after treatment of infertility. Results The mean BDI score rose after unsuccessful treatment and dropped after successful treatment. Those with lower education levels had a higher BDI score before treatment. BDI score after treatment was positively correlated with pretreatment BDI scoreand duration of infertility. Conclusion BDI score after treatment was strongly connected to the BDI score before treatment, the result of therapy and to the duration of infertility. The influence of duration of infertility on BDI score after treatment of infertility is weak. So a simple method to screen patients at risk of depression after infertility treatment is determining pretreatment BDI score and predicting the result of infertility treatment by other risk factors.

  9. Classification criteria for spondyloarthropathies

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    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.

  10. CPQ Validity: The Relationship Between Children's Personality Questionnaire Scores and Teacher Ratings

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    Willis, Jerry; Seymour, Gail

    1978-01-01

    Scores on the Children's Personality Questionnaire (CPQ) were correlated with scores from rating scale items measuring the same behavior as a CPQ scale for a normal sample of school children in grades 3 to 6 and on two referred groups, underachievers and children with behavior or social problems. (Author)

  11. Geospatial analysis of HCAHPS pain management experience scores in U.S. hospitals

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    Tighe, Patrick J; Fillingim, Roger B.; Hurley, Robert W.

    2014-01-01

    Although prior work has investigated the interplay between demographic and intra-survey correlations of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores, these prior studies have not included geospatial analyses, or analyses which take into account location effects. Here, we report the results of a geospatial analysis (not equivalent to simple geographical analysis) of patient experience scores pertaining to pain.

  12. 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

  13. Preoperative prediction of neurovascular bundle involvement of localized prostate cancer by combined T2 and diffusion-weighted imaging of magnetic resonance imaging, number of positive biopsy cores, and Gleason score.

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    Naiki, Taku; Okamura, Takehiko; Nagata, Daisuke; Mori, Yuji; Kawai, Noriyasu; Ogawa, Kumiko; Akita, Hidetoshi; Hashimoto, Yoshihiro; Tozawa, Keiichi; Kohri, Kenjiro

    2011-01-01

    Because recovery of erectile function and avoidance of positive surgical margins are important but competing outcomes with prostate cancer therapy, the decision to preserve or resect a neurovascular bundle (NVB) during laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) should be firmly based on information concerning the presence and location of extracapsular extension. In the current retrospective study, the propriety of actual decisions was assessed using preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), combining T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), numbers of positive biopsy cores, tumor volume and the Gleason score. MRI before prostate biopsy was performed in 35 patients who underwent LRP for clinically localized prostate cancer. A single radiologist retrospectively assessed whether the tumor localization, capsular penetration, seminal vesicle invasion, NVB involvement, and MRI findings correlated with the postoperative histological results. With the postoperative specimens, 83 lesions demonstrated a Gleason score of 6 or more. Using T2WI with and without DWI and ADC, 39 and 27 of 54 lesions were correctly identified, respectively, the difference being significant. For cancers in the transitional zone, using a threshold Gleason score of 3 or greater, sensitivity was also significantly higher for T2+DWI+ADC than for T2WI alone. Of 35 patients, using all available clinical information (biopsy results including Gleason score, tumor location, percentage of positive biopsy cores, and the percentage of tumor-involved core tissue), we found that the preoperative and postoperative staging were concordant in 25 cases. There is no universal consensus for nerve-sparing LRP; therefore, we performed an additional analysis using simplified clinically defined selection criteria (PSA level >15ng/mL, cT2, less than two positive biopsy scores in the unilateral lobe and less than 30% tumor volume, and a Gleason score of 6). Using this criteria, we selected 12 of 35 patients, and the detection rate of NVB involvement by MRI combined T2WI + DWI + ADC maps was 100% in their 30 lesions, and therefore we consider it safe to perform nerve-sparing LRP using our criteria. Our findings suggest that NVB can be safely preserved in patients with low-grade tumors using simplified clinically defined selection criteria to determine margin involvement. PMID:21790224

  14. Validating a Prognostic Scoring System for Postmastectomy Locoregional Recurrence in Breast Cancer

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    Purpose: This study is designed to validate a previously developed locoregional recurrence risk (LRR) scoring system and further define which groups of patients with breast cancer would benefit from postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). Methods and Materials: An LRR risk scoring system was developed previously at our institution using breast cancer patients initially treated with modified radical mastectomy between 1990 and 2001. The LRR score comprised 4 factors: patient age, lymphovascular invasion, estrogen receptor negativity, and number of involved lymph nodes. We sought to validate the original study by examining a new dataset of 1545 patients treated between 2002 and 2007. Results: The 1545 patients were scored according to the previously developed criteria: 920 (59.6%) were low risk (score 0-1), 493 (31.9%) intermediate risk (score 2-3), and 132 (8.5%) were high risk (score ?4). The 5-year locoregional control rates with and without PMRT in low-risk, intermediate-risk, and high-risk groups were 98% versus 97% (P=.41), 97% versus 91% (P=.0005), and 89% versus 50% (P=.0002) respectively. Conclusions: This analysis of an additional 1545 patients treated between 2002 and 2007 validates our previously reported LRR scoring system and suggests appropriate patients for whom PMRT will be beneficial. Independent validation of this scoring system by other institutions is recommended

  15. 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.

  16. A Comparison of Scores on the WISC-R and Lorge-Thorndike Intelligence Test for Disadvantaged Black Elementary School Children

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    It is indicated that, although the scores [obtained on both tests] are significantly correlated, the tests yield significantly different scores with the Lorge-Thorndike consistently overestimating the WISC-R full scale I.Q. (Author)

  17. Tradução e validação do questionário FAOS - FOOT and ankle outcome score para língua portuguesa Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of FOOT and ankle outcome score (FAOS questionnaire into portuguese

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: (1 traduzir e validar a versão original da avaliação funcional de tornozelo e pé Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS da língua inglesa para a portuguesa em pacientes com história de entorse de tornozelo em inversão, (2 adaptar culturalmente à população brasileira e (3 correlacionar com o questionário de qualidade de vida SF-36. MÉTODO: O método de tradução e validação utilizado seguiu os critérios descritos por Guillemin et al. Foram incluídos 50 indivíduos com diagnóstico clínico de lesão ligamentar lateral do tornozelo por entorse. RESULTADOS: O questionário FAOS mostrou-se com reprodutibilidade de grau forte para todos os domínios intra e inter-examinador (pOBJECTIVE: (1 to translate and validate the original version of the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS questionnaire from English into Portuguese in patients with diagnosis of lateral ligament injuries with ankle sprain history,(2 to provide cultural adaptation for Brazilian patients (3 to correlate it with the quality of life SF_36 questionnaire. METHOD: The method of translation and validation followed the criteria described by Guillemin et al. Fifty patients with ankle sprain were included. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: FAOS questionnaire showed good reproducibility for patients with ankle sprain and good reliability for all intraand inter-interviewer sub-scales (p<0.05. The translation and cultural adaptation of FAOS questionnaire had its properties of assessment, reliability and validity measured, showing that this questionnaire is suitable for use in Brazilian patients with lateral ligament ankle injuries.

  18. Observed score equating with covariates

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    2010-01-01

    In test score equating the focus is on the problem of finding the relationship between the scales of different test forms. This can be done only if data are collected in such a way that the effect of differences in ability between groups taking different test forms can be separated from the effect of differences in test form difficulty. In standard equating procedures this problem has been solved by using common examinees or common items. With common examinees, as in the equivalent groups des...

  19. A new diagnostic score to detect osteoporosis in patients undergoing lumbar spine MRI

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    Signal intensity of lumbar-spine at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) correlates to bone mineral density (BMD). Our aim was to define a quantitative MRI-based score to detect osteoporosis on lumbar-spine MRI. After Ethics Committee approval, we selected female patients who underwent both lumbar-spine MRI and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and a reference group of 131 healthy females (20-29 years) who underwent lumbar-spine MRI. We measured the intra-vertebral signal-to-noise ratio in L1-L4. We introduced an MRI-based score (M-score), on the model of T-score. M-score diagnostic performance in diagnosing osteoporosis was estimated against DXA using receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis. We included 226 patients (median age 65 years), 70 (31 %) being osteoporotic at DXA. MRI signal-to-noise ratio correlated to BMD (r = -0.677, P < 0.001). M-score negatively correlated to T-score (r = -0.682, P < 0.001). Setting a 90 %-specificity, an M-score threshold of 5.5 was found, distinguishing osteoporosis from non-osteoporosis (sensitivity 54 %; ROC AUC 0.844). Thirty-one (14 %) patients had a fragility fracture, with osteoporosis detected in 15 (48 %) according to M-score and eight (26 %) according to T-score (P = 0.016). M-score obtained on lumbar spine MRI is a quantitative method correlating with osteoporosis. Its diagnostic value remains to be demonstrated on a large prospective cohort of patients. (orig.)

  20. Criteria for the diagnosis of corticobasal degeneration

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    Armstrong, Melissa J.; 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.; Riley, David E.; Tolosa, Eduardo; Tröster, Alexander I.; Vidailhet, Marie; Weiner, William J.

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    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 from published reports and brain banks. Combined with consensus, 4 CBD phenotypes emerged: corticobasal syndrome (CBS), frontal behavioral-spatial syndrome (FBS), nonfluent/agrammatic variant of primary progressive aphasia (naPPA), and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS). Clinical features of CBD cases were extracted from descriptions of 209 brain bank and published patients, providing a comprehensive description of CBD and correcting common misconceptions. Clinical CBD phenotypes and features were combined to create 2 sets of criteria: more specific clinical research criteria for probable CBD and broader criteria for possible CBD that are more inclusive but have a higher chance to detect other tau-based pathologies. Probable CBD criteria require insidious onset and gradual progression for at least 1 year, age at onset ?50 years, no similar family history or known tau mutations, and a clinical phenotype of probable CBS or either FBS or naPPA with at least 1 CBS feature. The possible CBD category uses similar criteria but has no restrictions on age or family history, allows tau mutations, permits less rigorous phenotype fulfillment, and includes a PSPS phenotype. Future validation and refinement of the proposed criteria are needed. PMID:23359374

  1. Like father, like son? A note on the intergenerational transmission of IQ scores

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    Black , Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar

    2008-01-01

    More able parents tend to have more able children. While few would question the validity of this statement, there is little large-scale evidence on the intergenerational transmission of IQ scores. Using a larger and more comprehensive dataset than previous work, we are able to estimate the intergenerational correlation in IQ scores, examining not just average correlations but also how this relationship varies for different subpopulations. We find that there is substantial intergenerational tr...

  2. Like father, like son? A note on the intergenerational transmission of IQ scores

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    Devereux, Paul J.

    2008-01-01

    More able parents tend to have more able children. While few would question the validity of this statement, there is little large-scale evidence on the intergenerational transmission of IQ scores. Using a larger and more comprehensive dataset than previous work, we are able to estimate the intergenerational correlation in IQ scores, examining not just average correlations but also how this relationship varies for different subpopulations. We find that there is substantial intergenerational...

  3. Total Mini-Mental State Examination score and regional cerebral blood flow using Z score imaging and automated ROI analysis software in subjects with memory impairment

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    The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) is considered a useful supplementary method to diagnose dementia and evaluate the severity of cognitive disturbance. However, the region of the cerebrum that correlates with the MMSE score is not clear. Recently, a new method was developed to analyze regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) using a Z score imaging system (eZIS). This system shows changes of rCBF when compared with a normal database. In addition, a three-dimensional stereotaxic region of interest (ROI) template (3DSRT), fully automated ROI analysis software was developed. The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between rCBF changes and total MMSE score using these new methods. The association between total MMSE score and rCBF changes was investigated in 24 patients (mean age±standard deviation (SD) 71.5±9.2 years; 6 men and 18 women) with memory impairment using eZIS and 3DSRT. Step-wise multiple regression analysis was used for multivariate analysis, with the total MMSE score as the dependent variable and rCBF change in 24 areas as the independent variable. Total MMSE score was significantly correlated only with the reduction of left hippocampal perfusion but not with right (P<0.01). Total MMSE score is an important indicator of left hippocampal function. (author)

  4. How does emergency department overcrowding affect medical student test scores and clerkship evaluations?

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The effect of emergency department (ED crowding has been recognized as a concern for more than 20 years; its effect on productivity, medical errors, and patient satisfaction has been studied extensively. Little research has reviewed the effect of ED crowding on medical education. Prior studies that have considered this effect have shown no correlation between ED crowding and resident perception of quality of medical education. Objective: To determine whether ED crowding, as measured by the National ED Overcrowding Scale (NEDOCS score, has a quantifiable effect on medical student objective and subjective experiences during emergency medicine (EM clerkship rotations. Methods: We collected end-of-rotation examinations and medical student evaluations for 21 EM rotation blocks between July 2010 and May 2012, with a total of 211 students. NEDOCS scores were calculated for each corresponding period. Weighted regression analyses examined the correlation between components of the medical student evaluation, student test scores, and the NEDOCS score for each period. Results: When all 21 rotations are included in the analysis, NEDOCS scores showed a negative correlation with medical student tests scores (regression coefficient= -0.16, p=0.04 and three elements of the rotation evaluation (attending teaching, communication, and systems-based practice; p<0.05. We excluded an outlying NEDOCS score from the analysis and obtained similar results. When the data were controlled for effect of month of the year, only student test score remained significantly correlated with NEDOCS score (p=0.011. No part of the medical student rotation evaluation attained significant correlation with the NEDOCS score (p?0.34 in all cases. Conclusion: ED overcrowding does demonstrate a small but negative association with medical student performance on end-of-rotation examinations. Additional studies are recommended to further evaluate this effect.

  5. The relationship between 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT and the scores of real life rating scale in autistic children.

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    Kaya, Meryem; Karasaliho?lu, Serap; Ustün, Funda; Gültekin, Aziz; Cermik, Tevfik Fikret; Fazlio?lu, Ye?im; Türe, Mevlüt; Yi?itba?i, Omer N; Berkarda, Sakir

    2002-03-01

    Childhood autism is a developmental disability of unknown origin with probable multiple etiologies. The purpose of this study was to compare the changes of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in autistic and non-autistic controls, and to determine the relationship between rCBF on 99mTc-hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) brain SPECT and the scores of the Ritvo-Freeman Real Life Rating Scale (RLRS), IQ levels, and age of autistic children. Eighteen autistic children (four girls, 14 boys; mean age: 6.13 +/- 1.99 years) and 11 non-autistic controls (five girls, six boys, mean age: 6.5 +/- 3.39 years) were examined using 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT. All the children satisfying DSM-IV criteria for autistic disorder were taken into evaluation, and scored by the Ritvo-Freeman RLRS. IQ levels of these children were determined by Goodenough IQ test. Six cortical regions of interest (ROIs; frontal (F), parietal (P), frontotemporal (FT), temporal (T), temporo-occipital (TO), and occipital (O)) were obtained on transaxial slices for count data acquisition. The ratio of average counts in each ROI to whole-slice counts for the autistic children was correlated with the scores of Ritvo-Freeman RLRS. Hypoperfusion in rCBF in autistic children compared with the control group were identified in bilateral F, FT, T, and TO regions. We found no relationship between rCBF on 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT and the scores of the Ritvo-Freeman RLRS. There was a relationship between bilateral F regions perfusion on 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT and the age of autistic children. There was also a negative correlation between IQ levels and the scores of sensory responses, social relationship to people, and sensory-motor responses. Our results suggest that 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT is helpful to locate the perfusion abnormalities but no correlation is found between rCBF on 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT and the scores of Ritvo-Freeman RLRS. PMID:11891096

  6. 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

  7. Proposal of a CT scoring system of the paranasal sinuses in diagnosing cystic fibrosis

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    The purpose of this study was to develop a paranasal sinus CT scoring system that could be used as a diagnostic tool to discriminate cystic fibrosis (CF) patients from control patients examined for sinonasal disease. The model should include as few and easily applicable criteria as possible, supported by statistical analyses and clinical judgement. We used data from 116 CF and 136 control patients. The CF patients were grouped according to the number of confirmed CF mutations: genetically verified (CF-2), or based on sweat testing and clinical findings alone (CF-1, CF-0). Nine paranasal sinus CT criteria, including development, pneumatisation variants and inflammatory patterns, were evaluated. The final model included three criteria: (a) frontal and (b) sphenoid sinus development, and (c) absence of three pneumatisation variants. This model discriminated CF-2 from controls with overlap of summed scores in only 8 of 206 patients. When this model was applied in the CF-1 and CF-0 groups, two populations seemed to exist. A larger group with summed scores overlapping that of the CF-2 group and a smaller group with summed scores overlapping that of the control group. We conclude that this CT scoring system may support, as well as exclude, a CF diagnosis in cases of diagnostic uncertainty. (orig.)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Bispectral index score and observer?s assessment of awareness/sedation score may manifest divergence during onset of sedation: Study with midazolam and propofol

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    Dipanjan Bagchi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Correlation between the clinical and electroencephalogram-based monitoring has been documented sporadically during the onset of sedation. Propofol and midazolam have been studied individually using the observer?s assessment of awareness/sedation (OAA/S score and Bispectral index score (BIS. The present study was designed to compare the time to onset of sedation for propofol and midazolam using both BIS and OAA/S scores, and to find out any correlation. Methods: A total of 46 patients (18-60 years, either sex, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA I/II posted for infraumbilical surgeries under spinal anaesthesia were randomly allocated to receive either injection propofol 1 mg/kg bolus followed by infusion 3 mg/kg/h (Group P, n=23 or injection midazolam 0.05 mg/kg bolus followed by infusion 0.06 mg/kg/h (Group M, n=23. Spinal anaesthesia was given with 2.5 ml to 3.0 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine heavy. When sensory block reached T6 level, sedation was initiated. The time to reach BIS score 70 and time to achieve OAA/S score 3 from the start of study drug were noted. OAA/S score at BIS score 70 was noted. Data from 43 patients were analyzed using SPSS 12 for Windows. Results: Time to reach BIS score 70 using propofol was significantly lower than using the midazolam (P<0.05. Time to achieve OAA/S score 3 using propofol was comparable with midazolam (P=0.358. Conclusion: A divergence exists between the time to reach BIS score 70 and time to achieve OAA/S score 3 using midazolam, compared with propofol, during the onset of sedation.

  11. Reversed Score and Likelihood Ratio Tests

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    Dhaene, Geert; Scaillet, Olivier

    2000-01-01

    Two extensions of a parametric model are proposed, each one involving the score function of an alternative parametric model. We show that the encompassing hypothesis is equivalent to standard conditions on the score of each of the extended models. The condition on the first extension gives rise to the standard score encompassing test, while the condition on the second extension induces a so-called reversed score encompassing test. A similar logic is applied to the likelihood ratio, generating...

  12. 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 patients. (author)

  13. 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.

    2013-06-01

    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.

  14. Credit Scores, Race, and Residential Sorting

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    Nelson, Ashlyn Aiko

    2010-01-01

    Credit scores have a profound impact on home purchasing power and mortgage pricing, yet little is known about how credit scores influence households' residential location decisions. This study estimates the effects of credit scores on residential sorting behavior using a novel mortgage industry data set combining household demographic, credit, and…

  15. Documentation of radiation-induced oral mucositis. Scoring Systems

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    Background: Radiation therapy of tumors in the head and neck region is frequently associated with severe side effects in the oral mucosa which often necessitate interruption of the prescribed treatment protocol. In order to compare therapeutic strategies and, more important, in order to perform multicenter studies, generally accepted scoring systems have to be applied for uniform documentation of the oral mucosal response. Methods: Different scoring protocols are found in the literature. The scoring protocols most widely accepted are the CTC classification and the RTOG/EORTC classification. These are compared with more detailed systems. Results: In the CTC classification, grading of stomatitis is included in the responses of the gastrointestinal tract and emphasizes dietary effects. For effects of radiation alone or of radiochemotherapy, the RTOG/EORTC system, focusing on therapeutic interventions, has been established. However, there are only minor differences in the grading of mucositis between these 2 protocols. Based on the RTOG/EORTC classification, Maciejewski et al. introduced a classification system with inclusion of the area affected, but also changed the sensitivity of the scores. The latter may be confusing if the source of the system used is not cited in a report. An alternative system was proposed by Dische, which in addition to objective morphologic criteria also includes the symptoms induced by the mucosal response, and hence includes some subjective aspects reported by the patient. Conclusions: For routine documentation of acute radiation side effects in the oral cavity, the German version of the RTOG/EORTC classification can be recommended. In studies with particular interest in oral mucositis, a more sensitive scoring system may be applied. In any publication concerning mucositis, a table or a detailed description of the system used should be included. (orig.)

  16. 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.

  17. 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

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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

  19. Development of the knowledge-based and empirical combined scoring algorithm (KECSA) to score protein-ligand interactions.

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    Zheng, Zheng; Merz, Kenneth M

    2013-05-24

    We describe a novel knowledge-based protein-ligand scoring function that employs a new definition for the reference state, allowing us to relate a statistical potential to a Lennard-Jones (LJ) potential. In this way, the LJ potential parameters were generated from protein-ligand complex structural data contained in the Protein Databank (PDB). Forty-nine (49) types of atomic pairwise interactions were derived using this method, which we call the knowledge-based and empirical combined scoring algorithm (KECSA). Two validation benchmarks were introduced to test the performance of KECSA. The first validation benchmark included two test sets that address the training set and enthalpy/entropy of KECSA. The second validation benchmark suite included two large-scale and five small-scale test sets, to compare the reproducibility of KECSA, with respect to two empirical score functions previously developed in our laboratory (LISA and LISA+), as well as to other well-known scoring methods. Validation results illustrate that KECSA shows improved performance in all test sets when compared with other scoring methods, especially in its ability to minimize the root mean square error (RMSE). LISA and LISA+ displayed similar performance using the correlation coefficient and Kendall ? as the metric of quality for some of the small test sets. Further pathways for improvement are discussed for which would allow KECSA to be more sensitive to subtle changes in ligand structure. PMID:23560465

  20. 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

  1. Thyroid hormone profile and PELOD score in children with sepsis

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    Agung G. Tanurahardja

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Background Thyroid hormonal dysfunction, also known as euthyroid sick syndrome or nonthyroidal illness, can be seen in sepsis. There have been few studies on thyroid hormone dysfunction in septic children, as well as on a relationship between their thyroid hormone profiles and pediatric logistic organ dysfunction (PELOD scores. Procalcitonin (PCT is one of the sepsis biomarker. Objective To evaluate the thyroid hormone profile in children with sepsis as well as to assess for a correlation between the thyroid levels and PELOD scores, PCT levels, and patient outcomes. Methods This cross-sectional study included children aged 1-18 years admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU with a primary diagnosis of sepsis. PELOD scores and thyroid hormonal levels were assessed once during the first 24 hours after PICU admission. Results Thirty subjects were included in the study. The median values of T3, free T4, and TSH were 45 (range 17-133 ng/dL, 0.81 (range 0.3-1.57 ng/dL, and 1.36 (range 0.05-7.78 ?IU/L, respectively. The T3, free T4, and TSH levels were decreased in 97%, 50% and 40% of the subjects. There were no significant differences between low and normal to high TSH with regards to the PELOD score (P=0.218, PCT level (P=0.694, or patient outcomes (P=0.55. The risk of death increased by 15 times among the subjects with PELOD score >20 compared to those with PELOD score <20 (OR 15; 95%CI: 1.535 to 146.545; P=0.012. Conclusion Thyroid hormones are decreased in septic children with the majority having low T3. A high PELOD score is strongly correlated with mortality and can be used as a prognostic parameter for septic children in the PICU, but there is no correlation with decreased TSH.[Paediatr Indones. 2014;54:245-50.].

  2. Committee Opinion No. 644: The Apgar Score.

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    2015-10-01

    The Apgar score provides an accepted and convenient method for reporting the status of the newborn infant immediately after birth and the response to resuscitation if needed. The Apgar score alone cannot be considered to be evidence of or a consequence of asphyxia, does not predict individual neonatal mortality or neurologic outcome, and should not be used for that purpose. An Apgar score assigned during a resuscitation is not equivalent to a score assigned to a spontaneously breathing infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage use of an expanded Apgar score reporting form that accounts for concurrent resuscitative interventions. PMID:26393460

  3. Enhancing reuse of structured eligibility criteria and supporting their relaxation.

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    Milian, Krystyna; Hoekstra, Rinke; Bucur, Anca; Ten Teije, Annette; van Harmelen, Frank; Paulissen, John

    2015-08-01

    Patient recruitment is one of the most important barriers to successful completion of clinical trials and thus to obtaining evidence about new methods for prevention, diagnostics and treatment. The reason is that recruitment is effort consuming. It requires the identification of candidate patients for the trial (the population under study), and verifying for each patient whether the eligibility criteria are met. The work we describe in this paper aims to support the comparison of population under study in different trials, and the design of eligibility criteria for new trials. We do this by introducing structured eligibility criteria, that enhance reuse of criteria across trials. We developed a method that allows for automated structuring of criteria from text. Additionally, structured eligibility criteria allow us to propose suggestions for relaxation of criteria to remove potentially unnecessarily restrictive conditions. We thereby increase the recruitment potential and generalizability of a trial. Our method for automated structuring of criteria enables us to identify related conditions and to compare their restrictiveness. The comparison is based on the general meaning of criteria, comprised of commonly occurring contextual patterns, medical concepts and constraining values. These are automatically identified using our pattern detection algorithm, state of the art ontology annotators and semantic taggers. The comparison uses predefined relations between the patterns, concept equivalences defined in medical ontologies, and threshold values. The result is a library of structured eligibility criteria which can be browsed using fine grained queries. Furthermore, we developed visualizations for the library that enable intuitive navigation of relations between trials, criteria and concepts. These visualizations expose interesting co-occurrences and correlations, potentially enhancing meta-research. The method for criteria structuring processes only certain types of criteria, which results in low recall of the method (18%) but a high precision for the relations we identify between the criteria (94%). Analysis of the approach from the medical perspective revealed that the approach can be beneficial for supporting trial design, though more research is needed. PMID:26015310

  4. Breast diagnosis: Concordance analysis between the BI-RADS classification and Tsukuba sonoelastography score

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    Maria Magdalena Duma

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Aims. To establish the correlations between the ultrasound (US BI-RADS classification and Tsukuba elastography score when assessing breast lesions. To determine which type of breast lesion (BI-RADS category would benefit most from an elastographic assessment.Patients and Methods. The investigated sample of imaging comprised a number of 129 images belonging to 92 subjects examined with a Hitachi 8500 US device. Each lesion was assessed according to the BI-RADS and Tsukuba elastography score. Histopathology was obtained by means of percutaneous biopsy or post-surgery. Fibroadenoma-like lesions unchanged over a period of 3 years were considered benign.Results. The 1, 2 and BGR Tsukuba scores mostly correlated with BI-RADS II and III lesions such as cysts, hamartomas, lipomas, hematomas, non-palpable fibroadenomas. Palpable fibroadenomas initially included in BI-RADS IVa/b category, usually received benign elasticity scores (1 or 2, the exception being represented by a minority of cases of old, fibrotic or calcified lesions (elastic score 3 or 4. Non-specific  BI-RADS IVa/b lesions, such as mastopathic nodules demonstrated rather soft, elastic properties on elastogram (score 1 or 2. The 4 and 5 Ueno-Itoh scores were predominantly correlated with BI-RADS IVc and V categories represented by high risk lesions (radial scar, papillomas, atypical epithelial ductal hyperplasia and in situ or invasive carcinomas.Conclusions. Generally the BI-RADS classification correlates well with the Tsukuba elasticity score, the main exception being represented by fibrotic, calcified lesions which falsely appear more suspicious post-elastography. BI-RADS III and IV lesions would benefit most from an elastographic assessment, a low Tsukuba score allowing a less invasive approach, while a high score imposes histopathological evaluation. 

  5. Sensory Intolerance: Latent Structure and Psychopathologic Correlates

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    Taylor, Steven; Conelea, Christine A.; McKay, Dean; Crowe, Katherine B.; Abramowitz, Jonathan S.

    2014-01-01

    Background Sensory intolerance refers to high levels of distress evoked by everyday sounds (e.g., sounds of people chewing) or commonplace tactile sensations (e.g., sticky or greasy substances). Sensory intolerance may be associated with obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms, OC-related phenomena, and other forms of psychopathology. Sensory intolerance is not included as a syndrome in current diagnostic systems, although preliminary research suggests that it might be a distinct syndrome. Objectives First, to investigate the latent structure of sensory intolerance in adults; that is, to investigate whether it is syndrome-like in nature, in which auditory and tactile sensory intolerance co-occur and are associated with impaired functioning. Second, to investigate the psychopathologic correlates of sensory intolerance. In particular, to investigate whether sensory intolerance is associated with OC-related phenomena, as suggested by previous research. Method A sample of 534 community-based participants were recruited via Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk program. Participants completed measures of sensory intolerance, OC-related phenomena, and general psychopathology. Results Latent class analysis revealed two classes of individuals: Those who were intolerant of both auditory and tactile stimuli (n = 150), and those who were relatively undisturbed by auditory or tactile stimuli (n = 384). Sensory intolerant individuals, compared to those who were comparatively sensory tolerant, had greater scores on indices of general psychopathology, more severe OC symptoms, a higher likelihood of meeting caseness criteria for OC disorder, elevated scores on measures of OC-related dysfunctional beliefs, a greater tendency to report OC-related phenomena (e.g., a greater frequency of tics), and more impairment on indices of social and occupational functioning. Sensory intolerant individuals had significantly higher scores on OC symptoms even after controlling for general psychopathology. Conclusions Consistent with recent research, these findings provide further evidence for a sensory intolerance syndrome. The findings provide a rationale for conducting future research for determining whether a sensory intolerance syndrome should be included in the diagnostic nomenclature. PMID:24703593

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. On-farm animal welfare assessment in beef bulls: consistency over time of single measures and aggregated Welfare Quality(®) scores.

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    Kirchner, M K; Schulze Westerath, H; Knierim, U; Tessitore, E; Cozzi, G; Winckler, C

    2014-03-01

    Consistency over time of (on-farm) animal welfare assessment systems forms part of reliability, meaning that results of the assessment should be representative of the longer-term welfare state of the farm as long as the housing and management conditions have not changed considerably. This is especially important if assessments are to be used for certification purposes. It was the aim of the present study to investigate consistency over time of the Welfare Quality(®) (WQ(®)) assessment system for fattening cattle at single measure level, aggregated criterion and principle scores, and overall classification across short-term (1 month) and longer-term periods (6 months). We hypothesized that consistency over time of aggregated criterion and principle scores is higher than that of single measures. Consistency was also expected to be lower with longer intervals between assessments. Data were obtained using the WQ(®) protocol for fattening cattle during three visits (months 0, 1 and 7) on 63 beef farms in Austria, Germany and Italy. Only data from farms where no major changes in housing and management had taken place were considered for analysis. At the single measure level, Spearman rank correlations between visits were >0.7 and variance was lower within farms than between farms for six and two of 19 measures after 1 month and 6 months, respectively. After aggregation of single measures into criterion and principle scores, five and two of 10 criteria and three and one of four principles were found reliable after 1 and 6 months, respectively. At the WQ(®) principle level, this was the case for three and one of four principles. Seventy-nine per cent and 75% of the farms were allocated to the same overall welfare category after 1 month and 6 months. Possible reasons for a lack of consistency are seasonal effects or short-term fluctuations that occur under normal farm conditions, low prevalence of clinical measures and probably insufficient sample size, whereas poor inter-observer agreement leading to inflation of correlation can be ruled out. At the criterion and principle level, aggregation of information into scores appears to partly smoothen undirected variation at the single measure level without losing sensitivity in terms of welfare evaluation. Reliable on-farm animal welfare assessments should therefore be based on repeated assessments. Further long-term studies are recommended to better understand the factors influencing consistency over time. PMID:24330803

  9. 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

    2013-07-01

    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

  10. Systemic Sclerosis Classification Criteria: Developing methods for multi-criteria decision analysis with 1000Minds

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    Johnson, Sindhu R.; Naden, Raymond P.; Fransen, Jaap; van den Hoogen, Frank; Pope, Janet E.; Baron, Murray; Tyndall, Alan; Matucci-Cerinic, Marco; Denton, Christopher P.; Distler, Oliver; Gabrielli, Armando; van Laar, Jacob M.; Mayes, Maureen; Steen, Virginia; Seibold, James R.; Clements, Phillip; Medsger, Thomas A.; Carreira, Patricia E.; Riemekasten, Gabriela; Chung, Lorinda; Fessler, Barri J.; Merkel, Peter A.; Silver, Richard; Varga, John; Allanore, Yannick; Mueller-Ladner, Ulf; Vonk, Madelon C.; Walker, Ulrich A.; Cappelli, Susanna; Khanna, Dinesh

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    Objective Classification criteria for systemic sclerosis (SSc) are being developed. The objectives were to: develop an instrument for collating case-data and evaluate its sensibility; use forced-choice methods to reduce and weight criteria; and explore agreement between experts on the probability that cases were classified as SSc. Study Design and Setting A standardized instrument was tested for sensibility. The instrument was applied to 20 cases covering a range of probabilities that each had SSc. Experts rank-ordered cases from highest to lowest probability; reduced and weighted the criteria using forced-choice methods; and re-ranked the cases. Consistency in rankings was evaluated using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC). Results Experts endorsed clarity (83%), comprehensibility (100%), face and content validity (100%). Criteria were weighted (points): finger skin thickening (14–22), finger-tip lesions (9–21), friction rubs (21), finger flexion contractures (16), pulmonary fibrosis (14), SSc-related antibodies (15), Raynaud’s phenomenon (13), calcinosis (12), pulmonary hypertension (11), renal crisis (11), telangiectasia (10), abnormal nailfold capillaries (10), esophageal dilation (7) and puffy fingers (5). The ICC across experts was 0.73 (95%CI 0.58,0.86) and improved to 0.80 (95%CI 0.68,0.90). Conclusions Using a sensible instrument and forced-choice methods, the number of criteria were reduced by 39% (23 to 14) and weighted. Our methods reflect the rigors of measurement science, and serves as a template for developing classification criteria. PMID:24721558

  11. 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.

  12. Common Criteria design toolbox

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    SØRENSEN, MICHAEL

    2010-01-01

    The Common Criteria (CC) is an international recognized standard used for certification of secure IT products. CC can be used as the base for a design methodology which involves creation of a Protection Profile (PP) that gives an abstract description of a product type and Security Target (ST) that gives a more concrete description of a product within that category. Both the PP and the ST must follow a specific structure defined by the CC and the content must follow certain r...

  13. Intelligent intefrace design criteria

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    Optimum adequation between control means and the capacities of the teams of operators is sought for to achieve computerization of control and monitoring interfaces. Observation of the diagnosis activity of populations of operators in incident situations on a simulator enables design criteria well-suited to the characteristics of the detection, interpretation of symptoms and incident location tasks to be defined. A software tool based on a qualitative approach enables the design process to be systematized

  14. Radiographic scoring methods in psoriatic arthritis.

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    Wassenberg, Siegfried

    2015-01-01

    Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) leads to structural damage that can be an important driver for disability and handicap associated with the disease. Serial radiographs, usually of hands and feet, facilitate follow-up documentation of development of these changes. Semi-quantitative scoring methods are designed to measure the degree of radiographically detectable joint damage, and of changes over time. Several radiographic scoring methods that had been developed originally for rheumatoid arthritis have been adopted for the use in PsA. Four different scoring methods used in PsA are presented with instructions on how to use them: modified Steinbrocker global scoring method; PsA scoring method based on Sharp method for RA; Sharp van der Heijde modified method; and PsA Ratingen score (PARS). Available data on the reliability, sensitivity to change, and use in clinical trials, of these four methods are presented. PMID:26472605

  15. 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.

  16. An assessment of the test–retest reliability of the New Nordic Diet score

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    Bjørnarå, Helga Birgit; Hillesund, Elisabet Rudjord; Torstveit, Monica Klungland; Stea, Tonje Holte; Øverby, Nina Cecilie; Bere, Elling

    2015-01-01

    Background There is a growing interest in the New Nordic Diet (NND) as a potentially health promoting, environmentally friendly, and palatable regional diet. Also, dietary scores are gaining ground as a complementary approach for examining relations between dietary patterns and various health outcomes. A score assessing adherence to the NND has earlier been published, yet not tested for reliability. Objective To assess the test–retest reliability of the NND score in a sample of parents of toddlers, residing in Southern Norway. Design A questionnaire survey was completed on two occasions, approximately 14 days apart, by 67 parents of toddlers [85% females, mean age 34 years (SD=5.3 years)]. The NND score was constructed from 24 items and comprised 10 subscales that summarize meal pattern and intake of typical Nordic foods. Each subscale was dichotomized by the median and assigned values of ‘0’ or ‘1’. Adding the subscales yielded a score ranging from 0 to 10, which was further trichotomized. Test–retest reliability of the final NND score and individual subscales was assessed by Pearson's correlation coefficient and Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, respectively. Additionally, cross tabulation and kappa measure of agreement (k) were used to assess the test–retest agreement of classification into the NND score, and the subscales. Results Test–retest correlations of the NND score and subscales were r=0.80 (Pearson) and r=0.54–0.84 (Spearman), respectively, all p<0.001. There were 69% (k=0.52) and 67–88% (k=0.32–0.76) test–retest correct classification of the trichotomized score and the dichotomized subscales, respectively. Conclusion The NND score and the 10 subscales appear to have acceptable test–retest reliability when tested in a sample of parents of toddlers. PMID:26268707

  17. An assessment of the test–retest reliability of the New Nordic Diet score

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    Helga Birgit Bjørnarå

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: There is a growing interest in the New Nordic Diet (NND as a potentially health promoting, environmentally friendly, and palatable regional diet. Also, dietary scores are gaining ground as a complementary approach for examining relations between dietary patterns and various health outcomes. A score assessing adherence to the NND has earlier been published, yet not tested for reliability. Objective: To assess the test–retest reliability of the NND score in a sample of parents of toddlers, residing in Southern Norway. Design: A questionnaire survey was completed on two occasions, approximately 14 days apart, by 67 parents of toddlers [85% females, mean age 34 years (SD=5.3 years]. The NND score was constructed from 24 items and comprised 10 subscales that summarize meal pattern and intake of typical Nordic foods. Each subscale was dichotomized by the median and assigned values of ‘0’ or ‘1’. Adding the subscales yielded a score ranging from 0 to 10, which was further trichotomized. Test–retest reliability of the final NND score and individual subscales was assessed by Pearson's correlation coefficient and Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, respectively. Additionally, cross tabulation and kappa measure of agreement (k were used to assess the test–retest agreement of classification into the NND score, and the subscales. Results: Test–retest correlations of the NND score and subscales were r=0.80 (Pearson and r=0.54–0.84 (Spearman, respectively, all p<0.001. There were 69% (k=0.52 and 67–88% (k=0.32–0.76 test–retest correct classification of the trichotomized score and the dichotomized subscales, respectively. Conclusion: The NND score and the 10 subscales appear to have acceptable test–retest reliability when tested in a sample of parents of toddlers.

  18. Clinical correlates of high intraprostatic brachytherapy dose volumes

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    Purpose: To determine if high intraprostatic dose regions correlate with postimplant urinary or rectal morbidity, potentially providing some objective basis for recommendations regarding dose homogeneity. Methods: Eighty-two patients with 1997 AJC clinical stage T1c-T2a prostatic carcinoma (Gleason Grade 2-6, PSA 4-10 ng/ml) were randomized to implantation with 125I (144 Gy) vs. 103Pd (125 Gy, NIST-1999). Isotope implantation was performed by standard techniques, using a modified peripheral loading pattern. The 125I source strength ranged from 0.4 to 0.89 mCi (median: 0.55 mCi), and the 103Pd source strength ranged from 1.3 to 1.6 mCi (median: 1.5 mCi). The total number of 125I sources implanted ranged from 30 to 186 (median: 69). The total number of 103Pd sources ranged from 60 to 182 (median: 106). A postimplant computed tomography scan was obtained within 2 to 4 hours postimplant. The V100, V200, and V300s were calculated as the percent of the total prostate receiving greater than two, three, or four times the prescription dose, respectively. Treatment-related morbidity was monitored by mailed questionnaires using standard American Urologic Association and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group criteria at 1, 3, 6, 12, and 24 months. The ?AUA score was taken as the AUA (American Urologic Association) score at the time of interest minus the preimplant score. Results: The mean V100, V200, and V300 were 90% (±8%), 35% (±13%), and 14% (±7%), respectively. Higher-dose parameters (V300) correlated more closely with each other than lower-dose parameters. The ?AUA at 1 month had increasing association with higher-dose volumes, the closest association being with V300. However, there was substantial scatter in the data, as evidenced by the low r values. There was no correlation between high-dose volumes and ?AUA at 12 months. Urinary morbidity scores were greatest at the 1-month time point, with no correlation between urinary morbidity and high-dose volumes. There was no correlation between rectal morbidity and high-dose volumes. Conclusion: Expending substantial effort to monitor and modify higher-dose volumes, at least in the setting of modified peripheral loading patterns, is unlikely to substantially decrease implant-related morbidity

  19. 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)

  20. Tame and Wild Scoring Play Games

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    Stewart, Fraser

    2013-01-01

    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...

  1. Score tests for heteroscedasticity: a new perspective

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    CAROTA, Cinzia

    2002-01-01

    In questo lavoro si ricavano delle diagnostiche bayesiane per l'eteroschedasticità dei residui in un modello di regressione multipla che risultano imperniate sulla funzione score alla base di molti score tests classici. Questo risultato apre una nuova prospettiva di indagine consistente nella ricerca delle condizioni sotto le quali le statistiche caratterizzanti gli score tests classici possono essere utilizzate piu' o meno direttamente in ambito bayesiano.

  2. Scoring Play Combinatorial Games Under Different Operators

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    Stewart, Fraser

    2012-01-01

    Scoring play games were first studied by Fraser Stewart for his PhD thesis. He showed that under the disjunctive sum, scoring play games are partially ordered, but do not have the same "nice" structure of normal play games. In this paper I will be considering scoring play games under three different operators given by John Conway and William Stromquist and David Ullman, namely the conjunctive sum, selective sum and sequential join.

  3. Random Walk Picture of Basketball Scoring

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    Gabel, Alan; Redner, S.

    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 ...

  4. LIPID PROFILE OF CIRRHOTIC PATIENTS AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH PROGNOSTIC SCORES: a cross-sectional study

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    Lílian BASSANI

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundIn cirrhosis the production of cholesterol and lipoproteins is altered.ObjectiveEvaluate the lipid profile by measuring total cholesterol, very low-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, high-density lipoprotein and triglyceride levels in patients with cirrhosis caused by alcoholism and/or hepatitis C virus infection and determine its association with Child-Pugh and MELD scores.MethodsCross-sectional retrospective study of patients treated at the outpatient clinic in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 2006 to 2010.ResultsIn total, 314 records were reviewed, and 153 (48.7% met the inclusion criteria, of which 82 (53.6% had cirrhosis that was due to hepatitis C virus infection, 50 (32.7% were due to alcoholism, and 21 (13.7% were due to alcoholism and hepatitis C virus infection. The total cholesterol levels diminished with a Child-Pugh progression (P20 was associated with lower total cholesterol levels (<100mg/dL; P<0.001, very low-density lipoprotein (<16 mg/dL; P=0.006, and low-density lipoprotein (<70 mg/dL; P=0.003. Inverse and statistically significant correlations were observed between Child-Pugh and all the lipid fractions analyzed (P<0.001. The increase in MELD was inversely correlated with reduced levels intotal cholesterol (P<0.001, high-density lipoprotein (P<0.001, low-density lipoprotein (P<0.001, very low-density lipoprotein (P=0.030 and triglyceride (P=0.003.ConclusionA reduction in the lipid profile in patients with cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus infection and/or alcoholism was significantly associated with the Child-Pugh and MELD prognostic markers. These results suggest that the lipid profile may be used as a tool to assist in evaluating liver disease.

  5. The correlation between cardiovascular risk and functional disability and disease activity in the patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Güler, Mustafa; UMUT, Saadet YAZGAN; Teoman AYDIN; REZVAN?, Aylin; POYRAZ, Emine

    2013-01-01

    To determine the cardiovascular risk (CVR) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and its correlation with disease activity and functional ability by using the Framingham risk score (FRS) and to compare the CVR of the RA patients with the control group with the help of the FRS. Materials and methods: Seventy-four RA patients, who were in conformity with the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology, were included in this study at Bezmialem Vak?f University Hospital. A total of 39...

  6. Dismissal Criteria in Voice Therapy

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    1974-01-01

    Five criteria to systematize the results of voice remediation and provide the therapist with criteria for terminating therapy in cases of hyperfunctional voice disorders were developed and applied to 73 patients aged from early childhood through adulthood. (DB)

  7. [The cardiovascular surgeon and the Syntax score].

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    Gómez-Sánchez, Mario; Soulé-Egea, Mauricio; Herrera-Alarcón, Valentín; Barragán-García, Rodolfo

    2015-01-01

    The Syntax score has been established as a tool to determine the complexity of coronary artery disease and as a guide for decision-making among coronary artery bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention. The purpose of this review is to systematically examine what the Syntax score is, and how the surgeon should integrate the information in the selection and treatment of patients. We reviewed the results of the SYNTAX Trial, the clinical practice guidelines, as well as the benefits and limitations of the score. Finally we discuss the future directions of the Syntax score. PMID:25595855

  8. Low amniotic fluid index in high risk pregnancy and poor apgar score at birth

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    To determine the accuracy of antepartum Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) of 5 cm was labeled as predictor of good outcome at birth. The subjects in both the groups were demographically matched and fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The Apgar score was calculated at 5 minutes of birth. The newborns, with Apgar score 6 were labeled as healthy. AFI was compared with Apgar score, using Chi-square and a p-value was calculated to determine the statistical significance. Sensitivity, specificity, efficiency and the predictive values of AFI at a cut off point of < 5 cm as a predictor of adverse outcome at birth (Apgar score of < 6 at 5 minutes of birth) in high-risk pregnancy were calculated. Only 8 neonates of 50 women with low AFI had low Apgar score. Similarly, 6 neonates of 50 women with normal AFI had poor Apgar score. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and efficiency of AFI as test were 57.1%, 51.3%, 16%, 88% and 52% respectively. Low AFI is a poor predictor of adverse outcome for high-risk term patients. AFI is not a good screening test for high-risk pregnant women at term for birth of an infant with low Apgar score. (author)

  9. Sustainable Criteria for Environmental Technology

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    Kjellberg, Kristin

    2004-01-01

    The demand for sustainable criteria for environmental technology has over the past few years increaseddue to competition amongst companies in the business due to legal demands. Using criteria for environmentaltechnology is a way for companies to show buyers that their product is a long term investment. Byimplementing sustainable criteria for environmental technology, companies can be sure they are buying andusing the best available technology adjusted to their economy. Sustainable criteria fo...

  10. 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 trials.

  11. 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.

  12. Widening clinical applications of the SYNTAX Score.

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    Farooq, Vasim; Head, Stuart J; Kappetein, Arie Pieter; Serruys, Patrick W

    2014-02-01

    The SYNTAX Score (http://www.syntaxscore.com) has established itself as an anatomical based tool for objectively determining the complexity of coronary artery disease and guiding decision-making between coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Since the landmark SYNTAX (Synergy between PCI with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery) Trial comparing CABG with PCI in patients with complex coronary artery disease (unprotected left main or de novo three vessel disease), numerous validation studies have confirmed the clinical validity of the SYNTAX Score for identifying higher-risk subjects and aiding decision-making between CABG and PCI in a broad range of patient types. The SYNTAX Score is now advocated in both the European and US revascularisation guidelines for decision-making between CABG and PCI as part of a SYNTAX-pioneered heart team approach. Since establishment of the SYNTAX Score, widening clinical applications of this clinical tool have emerged. The purpose of this review is to systematically examine the widening applications of tools based on the SYNTAX Score: (1) by improving the diagnostic accuracy of the SYNTAX Score by adding a functional assessment of lesions; (2) through amalgamation of the anatomical SYNTAX Score with clinical variables to enhance decision-making between CABG and PCI, culminating in the development and validation of the SYNTAX Score II, in which objective and tailored decisions can be made for the individual patient; (3) through assessment of completeness of revascularisation using the residual and post-CABG SYNTAX Scores for PCI and CABG patients, respectively. Finally, the future direction of the SYNTAX Score is covered through discussion of the ongoing development of a non-invasive, functional SYNTAX Score and review of current and planned clinical trials. PMID:23878176

  13. Effects of an integrated Yoga Program on Self-reported Depression Scores in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Conventional Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Rao, Raghavendra Mohan; Raghuram, Nagarathna; Nagendra, HR; Usharani, MR; Gopinath, KS; Diwakar, Ravi B; Patil, Shekar; Bilimagga, Ramesh S; Rao, Nalini

    2015-01-01

    Aim: To compare the effects of yoga program with supportive therapy on self-reported symptoms of depression in breast cancer patients undergoing conventional treatment. Patients and Methods: Ninety-eight breast cancer patients with stage II and III disease from a cancer center were randomly assigned to receive yoga (n = 45) and supportive therapy (n = 53) over a 24-week period during which they underwent surgery followed by adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) or chemotherapy (CT) or both. The study stoppage criteria was progressive disease rendering the patient bedridden or any physical musculoskeletal injury resulting from intervention or less than 60% attendance to yoga intervention. Subjects underwent yoga intervention for 60 min daily with control group undergoing supportive therapy during their hospital visits. Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI) and symptom checklist were assessed at baseline, after surgery, before, during, and after RT and six cycles of CT. We used analysis of covariance (intent-to-treat) to study the effects of intervention on depression scores and Pearson correlation analyses to evaluate the bivariate relationships. Results: A total of 69 participants contributed data to the current analysis (yoga, n = 33, and controls, n = 36). There was 29% attrition in this study. The results suggest an overall decrease in self-reported depression with time in both the groups. There was a significant decrease in depression scores in the yoga group as compared to controls following surgery, RT, and CT (P < 0.01). There was a positive correlation (P < 0.001) between depression scores with symptom severity and distress during surgery, RT, and CT. Conclusion: The results suggest possible antidepressant effects with yoga intervention in breast cancer patients undergoing conventional treatment. PMID:26009671

  14. Design criteria and analysis methods for a CIRENE reactor core

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    This paper describes the design criteria and the analysis methods of a CIRENE reactor core. The design criteria are based on thermal-hydraulic considerations, and imply, in particular, a limitation of the Minimum Critical Power Ratio for the fuel channel. A survey is given in this paper of the validity of the adopted thermal-hydraulics correlations and the main neutronic and thermal-hydraulic calculation tools are illustrated, the accuracy and efficiency of which are also indicated

  15. Clinical scoring scales in thyroidology: A compendium

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    Kalra, Sanjay; Khandelwal, Sachin K.; Goyal, Aakshit

    2011-01-01

    This compendium brings together traditional as well as contemporary scoring and grading systems used for the screening and diagnosis of various thyroid diseases, dysfunctions, and complications. The article discusses scores used to help diagnose hypo-and hyperthyroidism, to grade and manage goiter and ophthalmopathy, and to assess the risk of thyroid malignancy.

  16. Clinical scoring scales in thyroidology: A compendium

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    Kalra, Sanjay; Khandelwal, Sachin K.; Goyal, Aakshit

    2011-01-01

    This compendium brings together traditional as well as contemporary scoring and grading systems used for the screening and diagnosis of various thyroid diseases, dysfunctions, and complications. The article discusses scores used to help diagnose hypo-and hyperthyroidism, to grade and manage goiter and ophthalmopathy, and to assess the risk of thyroid malignancy. PMID:21966660

  17. Causal Moderation Analysis Using Propensity Score Methods

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    Dong, Nianbo

    2012-01-01

    This paper is based on previous studies in applying propensity score methods to study multiple treatment variables to examine the causal moderator effect. The propensity score methods will be demonstrated in a case study to examine the causal moderator effect, where the moderators are categorical and continuous variables. Moderation analysis is an…

  18. On k-hypertournament losing scores

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    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.

  19. Clinical scoring scales in thyroidology: A compendium

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    Sanjay Kalra

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    Full Text Available This compendium brings together traditional as well as contemporary scoring and grading systems used for the screening and diagnosis of various thyroid diseases, dysfunctions, and complications. The article discusses scores used to help diagnose hypo-and hyperthyroidism, to grade and manage goiter and ophthalmopathy, and to assess the risk of thyroid malignancy.

  20. 7 CFR 1740.8 - Scoring criteria for the grant competition.

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    ...by multiplying the rural population for the...average of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP...percentages for all school districts within...by the urgency and importance of the project to the rural community the...

  1. 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

  2. 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. VRAG scores significantly predicted institutional misconduct during incarceration and recidivism in the first year post-release for male inmates, but ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

  9. Correlation of adjusted blood requirement index with treatment intervention and outcome in patients presenting with acute variceal bleeding

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    To determine the correlation of ABRI with treatment intervention and outcome as discharged or expired in patients of acute variceal bleed. Records of all the patients admitted in Medical Unit-IV, Civil Hospital Karachi with acute variceal bleeding during January 2004 to October 2006 were retrieved. Use of vasoactive agents (Terlipressin/Octreotide), endoscopic band ligation (EBL) and outcome (Discharged/Expired) were noted. ABRI was calculated by the following formula. ABRI= Blood Units Transfused/((Final Hematocrit-Initial Hematocrit)+0.01) Mean ABRI were compared by student's 't' test according to vasoactive therapy, EBL and outcome. Correlation of ABRI with the same variables was also studied by plotting Receiver Operative Curves (ROC). Seventy six patients fulfilling inclusion criteria were selected. No statistically significant difference was observed in the mean ABRI scores when compared according to vasoactive drug administration, EBL and outcome. Significant correlation with mortality was seen on ROC plot with significantly larger area under the curve. (author)

  10. 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

  11. 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; Glas, Cees A. W.

    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

  12. Like Father, Like Son? A Note on the Intergenerational Transmission of IQ Scores. NBER Working Paper No. 14274

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    Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell G.

    2008-01-01

    More able parents tend to have more able children. While few would question the validity of this statement, there is little large-scale evidence on the intergenerational transmission of IQ scores. Using a larger and more comprehensive dataset than previous work, we are able to estimate the intergenerational correlation in IQ scores, examining not…

  13. 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.)

  14. 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)

    2005-06-01

    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.)

  15. Relación entre score Gleason biópsico y score Gleason tras prostatectomía radical en pacientes sometidos a biopsia sextante vs 12 cilindros / Relationship between biopsy Gleason score and radical prostatectomy specimen Gleason score in patients undergoing sextant vs 12 core biopsies

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    Miguel Ángel, Arrabal-Polo; Antonio, Jiménez-Pacheco; José Luis, Mijan-Ortiz; Miguel, Arrabal-Martín; Francisco, Valle-Díaz de la Guardia; Fernando, López-Carmona Pintado; Víctor Manuel, López-León; Sergio, Merino-Salas; Javier, Tinaut-Ranera; Armando, Zuluaga-Gómez.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: El cáncer de próstata es una patología cada vez más prevalente por la longevidad de la población. Es por ello que cada vez con más frecuencia se somete a los pacientes a realización de biopsia prostática para realizar su diagnóstico de certeza. Nuestro objetivo fue analizar la relación del [...] score gleason obtenido en la biopsia de próstata con el obtenido tras prostatectomía radical. Se pretendió analizar si la obtención de 12 cilindros en lugar de 6 (biopsia sextante) mejora o no esta relación. Métodos: Se realizó un estudio de casos y controles con 128 pacientes (98 casos en los que se obtuvó 6 cilindros y 30 controles en los que se obtuvieron 12 cilindros) que fueron sometidos a biopsia de próstata y posterior prostatectomía radical. Para ello se seleccionaron a pacientes con Gleason biópsico mayor o igual de 6 y candidatos a prostatectomía radical. Resultados: La media de edad de los 128 pacientes incluidos en el estudio fue de 62,9 años, con una media de PSA de 8,53 ng/ml. Se observó igualdad de Score Gleason biopsia/prostatectomía en el 63,28 % de los pacientes y desigualdad en el 36,72 %. Tras comparar los resultados obtenidos entre la relación del score gleason tras extracción de 6 o 12 cilindros y tras prostatectomía radical no se apreciaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas Conclusiones: La correlación gleason biopsia-prostatectomía radical es baja. No apreciamos mejoría significativa para esta correlación el obtener 12 cilindros en lugar de 6. Abstract in english Objectives: Our goal is to analyze the degree of concordance between the Gleason score (GS) obtained in prostate biopsies and the one after radical prostatectomy. The intention is to know whether 12-core biopsy, instead of 6 (sextant biopsy), improves, or not, this correlation. Methods: A Cohort/pre [...] valence study was conducted on 128 patients who underwent prostate biopsy and subsequent radical prostatectomy. Patients showing biopsy Gleason values greater or equal to 6 were selected as candidates for radical prostatectomy. Results: Mean age of the group of 128 patients was 62.9 years, with a mean PSA value of 8.53ng/ml. There was concordance between biopsy Gleason score and that obtained after radical prostatectomy in 63.28% of cases, while discordance was found in 36.72% of cases. There were not significant statistical differences after comparing results obtained between Gleason score concordance after 6 or 12-core biopsies and that obtained after radical prostatectomy. Conclusions: We have noticed a low correlation between Gleason score after biopsy when it was com-pared with that obtained after radical prostatectomy, while these results are similar to those found in the literature. We did not find better results regarding Gleason score correlation after biopsies performed with 12 cores instead of 6.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Laser Safety Inspection Criteria

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    A responsibility of the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) is to perform laser safety audits. The American National Standard Z136.1 Safe use of Lasers references this requirement in several sections: (1) Section 1.3.2 LSO Specific Responsibilities states under Hazard Evaluation, ''The LSO shall be responsible for hazards evaluation of laser work areas''; (2) 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''; and (3) Appendix D, under Survey and Inspections, it states, ''the LSO will survey by inspection, as considered necessary, all areas where laser equipment is used''. Therefore, for facilities using Class 3B and or Class 4 lasers, audits for laser safety compliance are expected to be conducted. The composition, frequency and rigueur 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. In many institutions, a sole Laser Safety Officer (LSO) or a number of Deputy LSO's perform these audits. For that matter, there are institutions that request users to perform a self-assessment audit. Many items on the common audit list and the associated findings are subjective because they are based on the experience and interest of the LSO or auditor in particular items on the checklist. Beam block usage is an example; to one set of eyes a particular arrangement might be completely adequate, while to another the installation may be inadequate. In order to provide more consistency, the National Ignition Facility Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (NIF-LLNL) has established criteria for a number of items found on the typical laser safety audit form. These criteria are distributed to laser users, and they serve two broad purposes: first, it gives the user an expectation of what will be reviewed by an auditor, and second, it is an opportunity to explain audit items to the laser user and thus the reasons for some of these items. Some examples are given from the audit criteria handout. As an explanatory key to the reader, an Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) as a formally reviewed safety procedure required for all Class 3B and Class 4 laser installations. An ''OSP Binder'' contains all safety documentation related to a given laser operation and serves as a central repository for documents, such as the OSP, interlock logs, lessons learned, contact information etc. ''Unattended Operation'' refers to approved procedures for unattended operation of the laser installation and may include operation beyond normal working hours. ''L-train'' is the LLNL training tracking system

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    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 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.

  1. Exercise Testing Score for Myocardial Ischemia Gradation

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    2007-01-01

    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.

  2. Efficient entanglement criteria beyond Gaussian limits using Gaussian measurements.

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    Nha, Hyunchul; Lee, Su-Yong; Ji, Se-Wan; Kim, M S

    2012-01-20

    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. PMID:22400723

  3. Divergent selection for reproduction affects dag score, breech wrinkle score and crutching time in Merinos

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    A.J., Scholtz; S.W.P., Cloete; J.J.E., Cloete; A.C.M., Kruger; J.B., van Wyk; K., van der Linde.

    Full Text Available Merino lines that were divergently selected from the same base population from 1986 to 2009 for their ability to rear multiples were assessed for dag score in autumn and spring, breech wrinkle score, and crutching time. Animals in the Low (L) line had higher dag and breech wrinkle scores and took lo [...] nger to be crutched than High (H) line contemporaries. Expressed relative to H line least squares means, means of L line individuals were respectively 54%, 65%, 42% and 40% higher for autumn dag score, spring dag score, breech fold score, and crutching time. Gender effects for dag score were inconclusive, as ewe hoggets were more daggy than rams in autumn, with an opposite trend in spring. Shearer (n = 6) also affected crutching times, with an almost twofold difference in mean crutching time from the quickest shearer (27.7 ± 3.1 seconds) to the slowest shearer (49.4 ± 3.7 seconds). The inclusion of dag score and breech wrinkle score as linear covariates in an analysis on crutching time eliminated the effect of selection line. It thus seems that the quicker crutching times of H line animals may be related to line differences for dag score and, to a lesser extent, for breech wrinkle score.

  4. Automated coronary artery calcium scoring from non-contrast CT using a patient-specific algorithm

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    Ding, Xiaowei; Slomka, Piotr J.; Diaz-Zamudio, Mariana; Germano, Guido; Berman, Daniel S.; Terzopoulos, Demetri; Dey, Damini

    2015-03-01

    Non-contrast cardiac CT is used worldwide to assess coronary artery calcium (CAC), a subclinical marker of coronary atherosclerosis. Manual quantification of regional CAC scores includes identifying candidate regions, followed by thresholding and connected component labeling. We aimed to develop and validate a fully-automated, algorithm for both overall and regional measurement of CAC scores from non-contrast CT using a hybrid multi-atlas registration, active contours and knowledge-based region separation algorithm. A co-registered segmented CT atlas was created from manually segmented non-contrast CT data from 10 patients (5 men, 5 women) and stored offline. For each patient scan, the heart region, left ventricle, right ventricle, ascending aorta and aortic root are located by multi-atlas registration followed by active contours refinement. Regional coronary artery territories (left anterior descending artery, left circumflex artery and right coronary artery) are separated using a knowledge-based region separation algorithm. Calcifications from these coronary artery territories are detected by region growing at each lesion. Global and regional Agatston scores and volume scores were calculated in 50 patients. Agatston scores and volume scores calculated by the algorithm and the expert showed excellent correlation (Agatston score: r = 0.97, p < 0.0001, volume score: r = 0.97, p < 0.0001) with no significant differences by comparison of individual data points (Agatston score: p = 0.30, volume score: p = 0.33). The total time was <60 sec on a standard computer. Our results show that fast accurate and automated quantification of CAC scores from non-contrast CT is feasible.

  5. 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.)

  6. 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.)

  7. 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 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

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    The radon issue is complex and differs from the substances dealt with so far in the series of integrated criteria documents. In chapter 1 general information on the properties of the element radon and a brief description of the existing standards and guidelines is given. In chapter 2 the sources are dealt with and an estimation of the 222Rn and 220Rn emissions in the Netherlands is presented. A general description of the dispersion of radon in the atmosphere and the deposition of radon daughters can be found in Chapter 3 where also the behaviour of radon in the soil and its entry into dwellings is discussed. The measurement techniques for 222Rn and 220Rn in the various environmental compartments, including the important compartment 'air', are presented in Chapter 4. The concentrations observed in the measurement programmes are described in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 includes general information on human toxicity, with the emphasis on dosimetric models and the conversion coefficients from exposure to risk derived from these models. In Chapter 7 human risks and the results of applying the risk coefficients for radon to the exposure of the Dutch population are described. In Chapter 8 a general description of a physical model, specifically developed for the Dutch situation, for the entry of radon into and its behaviour inside a dwelling, is given. This description is included because virtually all control measures proposed for the Netherlands are based on model results. In addition, the control measures which can be applied in the Netherlands are catalogued and their cost-effectiveness is indicated, and a number of policy-relevant scenarios are presented. In Chapter 9 the economic consequences of measures for reducing the radon exposure in the Netherlands are estimated. Finally, in Chapter 10 the information in this integrated criteria document is evaluated. 22 figs., 42 tabs., refs

  9. Comparison of various RAVLT scores in the detection of noncredible memory performance.

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    Boone, Kyle Brauer; Lu, Po; Wen, Johnny

    2005-05-01

    Sixty-one noncredible patients (as documented by psychometric and behavioral criteria) scored significantly below 25 controls and 88 credible clinic patients with no motive to feign on most RAVLT scores, including added indices of implicit and "automatic" memory. A combination of true recognition (i.e., recognition minus false positives) + implicit memory score (i.e., the number of word stems completed with RAVLT items) + "automatic" memory score (i.e., the number of correct temporal order judgments) associated with 75.7% sensitivity with specificity at 91.5%. However, sensitivity was nearly as high when scores available from the standard RAVLT administration alone (i.e., no word stem or temporal order trials) were combined. Specifically, a cut-off of false positives) + primacy recognition (i.e., number of words recognized from the first third of the test) was associated with 73.8% sensitivity at 90% specificity. These results indicate that combined indices of recognition memory from the RAVLT are effective in identifying noncredible memory performance in "real world" samples and are modestly superior to the 67.2% sensitivity obtained with the standard recognition score. PMID:15797167

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. The Correlation between Serum Concentration of Vitamin D with Vitamin D Receptor Expression and Disease Activity in Indonesian Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Preliminary Study

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    Full Text Available The vitamin D role on the immune response of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE patient is mediated by vitamin D receptor (VDR. Low level of vitamin D correlated with disease activity in SLE patients, and circulating levels of activated vitamin D (1,25(OH2D contribute to VDR protein levels and its function. The objective of this study was to determine the correlation between vitamin D status with expression of VDR in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC and the disease activity in SLE patients. The Research Subjects were 15 SLE patients (ACR 1997 criteria from the Rheumato-Immunology Division, dr. Saiful Anwar Hospital, Malang and 5 healthy controls. Serum vitamin D (25(OHD3 level was assessed using ELISA method. VDR expression in PBMC was assessed using immunocytochemistry technique. The disease activity was measured by Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI score. This study showed no difference on VDR expression in PBMC between patient and healthy control group, but patient with vitamin D deficiency had lower VDR expression in PBMC than the other group. No difference on SLEDAI score between the group. Vitamin D status correlated positively with VDR expression in PBMC (p < 0,035, r = 0,473. However vitamin D status did not correlate with disease activity scores (p = 0,686.

  13. Principles and Criteria for Design

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    Beghin, D.; Cervetto, D.; Hansen, Peter Friis

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    The mandate of ISSC Committee IV.1 on principles and Criteria for Design is to report on the following:The ongoing concern for quantification of general economic and safety criteria for marine structures and for the development of appropriate principles for rational life cycle design using such criteria. Reassessment of existing structures shall also be addressed. Special attention shall be given to issues affecting code formulation and development, with accounting of all uncertainties affecting...

  14. Modern digital plain-radiography of the whole spine in scoliosis patients. Dose reduction and quality criteria

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    To reduce the radiation exposure of plain radiographs of the entire spine depending on specific indications, since these are frequently performed examinations of children and young adults with scoliosis and to determine objective quality control criteria to ensure accurate assessment. In this prospective randomized study 323 patients underwent plain-radiography of the entire spine with standard and 50 % reduced dose. In an experimental pilot-study this target-dose was determined using an Alderson-Phantom. The evaluation of the experimental radiographs, as well as, the randomized plain-radiographs was conducted using the following criteria: endplates (Cobb-angle), spinal process and pedicel (rotation), lateral margin of the vertebral body (lateral alignment), identification of C7 / S1 (perpendicular). Two radiologists evaluated these criteria using a score ranging from 1 (definitely assessable) to 4 (not assessable). If one single criteria was evaluated with a score of 3 or more points or more than 2 criteria with 2 points, the radiograph was scored as ''not assessable''. The statistical analysis was conducted as a non-inferiority-trial. Seven (2.4 %) of the 290 examined x-rays were scored as not assessable. There was no statistic inferiority between the examinations with standard or reduced dose, while singular assessment of the defined criteria was likewise dose-independent. Plain-radiography of the total spine in patients with scoliosis can be performed with a dose reduction of 50 % without a loss of validity. The obtained quality control criteria were clinically applicable. (orig.)

  15. Data Mining the University: College GPA Predictions from SAT Scores

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    2010-01-01

    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 ...

  16. Physics GRE Scores of Prize Postdoctoral Fellows in Astronomy

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    The Physics GRE is currently a required element of the graduate admissions process in nearly all U.S. astronomy programs; however, its predictive power and utility as a means of selecting "successful" applicants has never been examined. We circulated a short questionnaire to 271 people who have held U.S. prize postdoctoral fellowships in astrophysics between 2010-2015, asking them to report their Physics GRE scores (this should not in any way be interpreted as a belief that a prize fellowship is the best or only metric of "success" in astronomy). The response rate was 64%, and the responding sample is unbiased with respect to the overall gender distribution of prize fellows. The responses reveal that the Physics GRE scores of prize fellows do not adhere to any minimum percentile score and show no statistically significant correlation with the number of first author papers published. As an example, a Physics GRE percentile cutoff of 60% would have eliminated 44% of 2010-2015 U.S. prize postdoctoral fellows, in...

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    ... STUDENT ASSISTANCE GENERAL PROVISIONS Approval...Independently Administered Tests; Specification of Passing...to demonstrate that a test taker has the ability to benefit from the...score on each approved test is one standard...

  18. Film scoring today - Theory, practice and analysis

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    2012-01-01

    This thesis considers film scoring by taking a closer look at the theoretical discourse throughout the last decades, examining current production practice of film music and showcasing a musical analysis of the film Inception (2010).

  19. Radioactive waste package acceptance criteria

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    Preliminary acceptance criteria have been developed for packages containing nuclear waste which must be stored or disposed of by the US Department of Energy. Acceptance criteria are necessary to ensure that the waste packages are compatible with all elements of the Waste Management System. The acceptance criteria are subject to revision since many of the constraints that will be imposed on the waste packages by the Waste Management System have either not been defined or are being revised. Delineation of the acceptance criteria will provide bases for handling, transporting and disposing of the commercial waste

  20. Schooling in adolescence raises IQ scores

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    Brinch, Christian N.; Galloway, Taryn Ann

    2011-01-01

    Although some scholars maintain that education has little effect on intelligence quotient (IQ) scores, others claim that IQ scores are indeed malleable, primarily through intervention in early childhood. The causal effect of education on IQ at later ages is often difficult to uncover because analyses based on observational data are plagued by problems of reverse causation and self-selection into further education. We exploit a reform that increased compulsory schooling from 7 to 9 y in Norway...

  1. Credit scoring with boosted decision trees

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    Bastos, Joao

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    The enormous growth experienced by the credit industry has led researchers to develop sophisticated credit scoring models that help lenders decide whether to grant or reject credit to applicants. This paper proposes a credit scoring model based on boosted decision trees, a powerful learning technique that aggregates several decision trees to form a classifier given by a weighted majority vote of classifications predicted by individual decision trees. The performance of boosted decision trees ...

  2. Approximate Bayesian Computation with composite score functions

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    Ruli, Erlis; Sartori, Nicola; Ventura, Laura

    2013-01-01

    Both Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) and composite likelihood methods are useful for Bayesian and frequentist inference, respectively, when the likelihood function is intractable. We propose to use composite likelihood score functions as summary statistics in ABC in order to obtain accurate approximations to the posterior distribution. This is motivated by the use of the score function of the full likelihood, and extended to general unbiased estimating functions in co...

  3. 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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    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.

  4. 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 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.

  5. Total knee arthroplasty: good agreement of clinical severity scores between patients and consultants

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    Walley Gayle

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nearly 20,000 patients per year in the UK receive total knee arthroplasty (TKA. One of the problems faced by the health services of many developed countries is the length of time patients spend waiting for elective treatment. We therefore report the results of a study in which the Salisbury Priority Scoring System (SPSS was used by both the surgeon and their patients to ascertain whether there were differences between the surgeon generated and patient generated Salisbury Priority Scores. Methods The Salisbury Priority Scoring System (SPSS was used to assign relative priority to patients with knee osteoarthritis as part of a randomised controlled trial comparing the standard medial parapatellar approach versus the sub-vastus approach in TKA. The operating surgeons and each patient completed the SPSS at the same pre-assessment clinic. The SPSS assesses four criteria, namely progression of disease, pain or distress, disability or dependence on others, and loss of usual occupation. Crosstabs and agreement measures (Cohen's kappa were performed. Results Overall, the four SPSS criteria showed a kappa value of 0.526, 0.796, 0.813, and 0.820, respectively, showing moderate to very good agreement between the patient and the operating consultant. Male patients showed better agreement than female patients. Conclusion The Salisbury Priority Scoring System is a good means of assessing patients' needs in relation to elective surgery, with high agreement between the patient and the operating surgeon.

  6. Doppler ultrasound scoring to predict chemotherapeutic response in advanced breast cancer

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    Singh Tej B

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Doppler ultrasonography (US is increasingly being utilized as an imaging modality in breast cancer. It is used to study the vascular characteristics of the tumor. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is the standard modality of treatment in locally advanced breast cancer. Histological examination remains the gold standard to assess the chemotherapy response. However, based on the color Doppler findings, a new scoring system that could predict histological response following chemotherapy is proposed. Methods Fifty cases of locally advanced infiltrating duct carcinoma of the breast were studied. The mean age of the patients was 44.5 years. All patients underwent clinical, Doppler and histopathological assessment followed by three cycles of CAF (Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin and 5-Fluorouracil chemotherapy, repeat clinical and Doppler examination and surgery. The resected specimens were examined histopathologically and histological response was correlated with Doppler findings. The Doppler characteristics of the tumor were graded as 1–4 for 50% and complete disappearance of flow signals respectively. A cumulative score was calculated and compared with histopathological response. Results were analyzed using Chi square test, sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values. Results The maximum Doppler score according to the proposed scoring system was twelve and minimum three. Higher scores corresponded with a more favorable histopathological response. Twenty four patients had complete response to chemotherapy. Sixteen of these 24 patients (66.7% had a cumulative Doppler score more than nine. The sensitivity of cumulative score >5 was 91.7% and specificity was 38.5%. The area under the ROC curve of the cumulative score >9 was 0.72. Conclusion Doppler scoring can be accurately used to objectively predict the response to chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced breast cancer and it correlates well with histopathological response.

  7. The clinical utility of prognostic scoring systems in patients with brain metastases treated with radiosurgery

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    Purpose: The RTOG recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) classification is the gold standard for assessing the prognosis of patients with brain metastases (BM). Newer prognostic scoring systems for BM patients have been proposed, but their superiority over RPA needs to be established for patients treated with radiosurgery. Methods: 380 patients with 1–3 BM were treated at the VUmc with radiosurgery (RS) from 2002 to 2011. Using baseline characteristics, patient scores were calculated for RPA, the Rotterdam-system, the score index for radiosurgery (SIR), the basic score for BM (BSBM), the graded prognostic assessment (GPA), the diagnosis-specific GPA, the Rades score, and the Golden grading system (GGS) for comparison with survival time and survival classification (?3 months or ?12 months). Results: Median survival after RS was 7.7 months, with 3-month and 1-year overall survival (OS) of 76% and 39%, respectively. Multivariate analysis confirmed the prognostic value of performance status, age, absence of extracranial metastases, primary tumor site, gender, and steroid response for OS. The percentage of patients included within the intermediate prognostic classes ranged from 48% to 77%, and was 64% for the RPA. All scoring systems highly correlated with OS (p < 0.001). The specificity for predicting early death ranged from 85% to 98% (RPA 88%), with the unfavorable classes of Rades, GGS, BSBM and SIR performing best. The sensitivity for predicting long-term survival ranged from 10% to 69% (RPA 29%), and was highest for the favorable classes of Rades and GGS. Conclusions: All prognostic scoring systems correlated very well with OS. All scores shared the limitation of unbalanced proportions of patients within the prognostic classes. As the clinical superiority of more recently developed prognostic scoring systems was only modest in predicting early death and long term survival, the well-known and easy to use RPA system currently remains the standard

  8. 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

    2014-01-01

    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).

  9. Prediction of malnutrition using modified subjective global assessment-dialysis malnutrition score in patients on hemodialysis

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    Vasantha Janardhan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Malnutrition is widely prevalent among patients on hemodialysis. Malnutrition can be estimated using a fully quantitative scoring system Subjective Global Assessment-Dialysis Malnutrition Score which is simple, reliable and dynamic. The primary objective of the study was to assess the severity of malnutrition in patients with end stage renal disease and undergoing hemodialysis in a tertiary care teaching hospital in Chennai, using Subjective Global Asses sment-Dialysis Malnutrition Score and correlate it with standard indicators of malnutrition like anthropometric and biochemical parameters of the study population by Pearson?s correlation. Anthropometric assessment included height, body weight, triceps skin fold thickness, mid arm circumference, mid arm muscle circumference % and biochemical parameters included serum albumin, transferrin, ferritin, total protein, total cholesterol, blood urea nitrogen and creatinine. Based on the scores, of the 66 patients, 91% were moderately malnourished. There was a significant negative correlation between modified Subjective Global Assessment-Dialysis Malnutrition Score and anthropometric measures such as triceps skin fold thickness, mid arm circumference, mid arm muscle circumference; biochemical markers such as albumin, transferrin and ferritin. The data obtained from this study confirm that a high degree of malnutrition was prevalent in patients on hemodialysis, as shown by anthropometric assessment, biochemical markers of malnutrition and Subjective Global Assessment-Dialysis Malnutrition Score. Nutritional status as determined by Subjective Global Assessment-Dialysis Malnutrition Score is a useful and reliable index for identifying patients at risk for malnutrition and it correlates well with anthropometric and biochemical assessment. may be integrated in regular assessment of malnutrition in patients on maintenance hemodialysis.

  10. Validation of Walk Score® for Estimating Neighborhood Walkability: An Analysis of Four US Metropolitan Areas

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    Steven J. Melly

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Neighborhood walkability can influence physical activity. We evaluated the validity of Walk Score® for assessing neighborhood walkability based on GIS (objective indicators of neighborhood walkability with addresses from four US metropolitan areas with several street network buffer distances (i.e., 400-, 800-, and 1,600-meters. Address data come from the YMCA-Harvard After School Food and Fitness Project, an obesity prevention intervention involving children aged 5–11 years and their families participating in YMCA-administered, after-school programs located in four geographically diverse metropolitan areas in the US (n = 733. GIS data were used to measure multiple objective indicators of neighborhood walkability. Walk Scores were also obtained for the participant’s residential addresses. Spearman correlations between Walk Scores and the GIS neighborhood walkability indicators were calculated as well as Spearman correlations accounting for spatial autocorrelation. There were many significant moderate correlations between Walk Scores and the GIS neighborhood walkability indicators such as density of retail destinations and intersection density (p < 0.05. The magnitude varied by the GIS indicator of neighborhood walkability. Correlations generally became stronger with a larger spatial scale, and there were some geographic differences. Walk Score® is free and publicly available for public health researchers and practitioners. Results from our study suggest that Walk Score® is a valid measure of estimating certain aspects of neighborhood walkability, particularly at the 1600-meter buffer. As such, our study confirms and extends the generalizability of previous findings demonstrating that Walk Score is a valid measure of estimating neighborhood walkability in multiple geographic locations and at multiple spatial scales.

  11. Exploiting Uncertain and Temporal Information in Correlation

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    Bigham, John

    2013-01-01

    A modelling language is described which is suitable for the correlation of information when the underlying functional model of the system is incomplete or uncertain and the temporal dependencies are imprecise. An efficient and incremental implementation is outlined which depends on cost functions satisfying certain criteria. Possibilistic logic and probability theory (as it is used in the applications targetted) satisfy these criteria.

  12. Correlación entre el Puntaje Obtenido en la Prueba "Timed up and go" y Momentos Articulares del Miembro Inferior Registrados Durante la Transferencia de Sedente a Bípedo en Adultos Mayores con Antecedentes de Caídas Frecuentes Correlation between the Scores of "Timed up and go" Test and Registered Joint Moments of Lower Limb During the Sit-to-Stand Transfer in Elderly with Antecedents of Frequent Falls

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    R. A Guzmán

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Los cambios producidos durante el envejecimiento predisponen al adulto mayor a las caídas frecuentes, en el ambiente clínico el riesgo de caída es valorado mediante pruebas clínicas que muchas veces carecen de poder analítico, por lo cual es necesario describir cual de dichas pruebas puede tener mayor relación con parámetros biomecánicos analíticos con la finalidad de conferirle a dichas pruebas funcionales tales características. El objetivo de este trabajo fue describir la existencia de correlación entre los puntajes obtenidos en la prueba funcional "Timed up and go" (TUG y momentos articulares del miembro inferior obtenidos durante la ejecución de la transferencia de sedente a bípedo (TSB en sujetos adultos mayores con antecedentes de caídas frecuentes. Se obtuvo una muestra de 30 voluntarios, todos adultos mayores con antecedentes de caídas frecuentes, los que fueron evaluados con la prueba funcional de TUG. También se evaluó mediante un sistema de análisis de movimiento la TSB donde se registraron los parámetros biomecánicos necesarios para determinar los momentos articulares del miembro inferior. Existió una correlación significativa (r=-0,39; p=0,03 entre el puntaje obtenido en el TUG y el momento articular máximo de rodilla. Para la muestra evaluada, el tiempo de ejecución de la prueba "Timed up and go" fue indicador de la capacidad de generar momento articular por parte de los músculos flexo-extensores de rodilla en sujetos con antecedentes de caídas frecuentes.The changes that take place during aging predispose the elder adult to frequent falls. In clinical practice fall risk is assessed by clinical tests that many times lack analytical power, therefore making it necessary to describe which of the clinical tests are related to the analytical biomechanical parameters in order to assign such characteristics to these functional tests. The objective of this work was to describe the existence of a correlation between the score of the functional test "Timed up and go" (TUG and the joint moments of lower limb obtained during the execution of the sit to stand (STS transfer in elderly subjects with a history of frequent falls. A sample of 30 volunteers was obtained; all were elders with a history of frequent falls. They were assessed with the functional test of TUG. Also assessed were the joint moments of the lower limb with motion analysis system. There is significant correlation (r=0.39; p=0.03 between the score obtained in the TUG and the maximum joint moment of the knee. For the sample assessed, the time of execution of the test "Timed up and go" was indicative of the capacity to generate a joint moment by the flexion-extensor muscles of the knee in subjects with a history of frequent falls.

  13. Readmissions of medical patients : an external validation of two existing prediction scores

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    Cooksley, T; Nanayakkara, P W B

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hospital readmissions are increasingly used as a quality indicator with a belief that they are a marker of poor care and have led to financial penalties in UK and USA. Risk scoring systems, such as LACE and HOSPITAL, have been proposed as tools for identifying patients at high risk of readmission but have not been validated in international populations. AIM: To perform an external independent validation of the HOSPITAL and LACE scores. DESIGN: An unplanned secondary cohort study. METHODS: Patients admitted to the medical admission unit at the Hospital of South West Jutland (10/2008-2/2009; 2/2010-5/2010) and the Odense University Hospital (6/2009-8/2011) were analysed. Validation of the scores using 30 day readmissions as the endpoint was performed. RESULTS: A total of 19?277 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Median age was 67 (range 18-107) years and 8977 (46.6%) were female. The LACE score had a discriminatory power of 0.648 with poor calibration and the HOSPITAL score had a discriminatory power of 0.661 with poor calibration. The HOSPITAL score was significantly better than the LACE score for identifying patients at risk of 30 day readmission (P?scores decreased with increasing age. CONCLUSION: Readmissions are a complex phenomenon with not only medical conditions contributing but also system, cultural and environmental factors exerting a significant influence. It is possible that the heterogeneity of the population and health care systems may prohibit the creation of a simple prediction tool that can be used internationally.

  14. Radiosurgery for brain metastases: a score index for predicting prognosis

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    Purpose: To analyze a prognostic score index for patients with brain metastases submitted to stereotactic radiosurgery (the Score Index for Radiosurgery in Brain Metastases [SIR]). Methods and Materials: Actuarial survival of 65 brain metastases patients treated with radiosurgery between July 1993 and December 1997 was retrospectively analyzed. Prognostic factors included age, Karnofsky performance status (KPS), extracranial disease status, number of brain lesions, largest brain lesion volume, lesions site, and receiving or not whole brain irradiation. The SIR was obtained through summation of the previously noted first five prognostic factors. Kaplan-Meier actuarial survival curves for all prognostic factors, SIR, and recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) (RTOG prognostic score) were calculated. Survival curves of subsets were compared by log-rank test. Application of the Cox model was utilized to identify any correlation between prognostic factors, prognostic scores, and survival. Results: Median overall survival from radiosurgery was 6.8 months. Utilizing univariate analysis, extracranial disease status, KPS, number of brain lesions, largest brain lesion volume, RPA, and SIR were significantly correlated with prognosis. Median survival for the RPA classes 1, 2, and 3 was 20.19 months, 7.75 months, and 3.38 months respectively (p = 0.0131). Median survival for patients, grouped under SIR from 1 to 3, 4 to 7, and 8 to 10, was 2.91 months, 7.00 months, and 31.38 months respectively (p = 0.0001). Using the Cox model, extracranial disease status and KPS demonstrated significant correlation with prognosis (p 0.0001 and 0.0004 respectively). Multivariate analysis also demonstrated significance for SIR and RPA when tested individually (p = 0.0001 and 0.0040 respectively). Applying the Cox Model to both SIR and RPA, only SIR reached independent significance (p = 0.0004). Conclusions: Systemic disease status, KPS, SIR, and RPA are reliable prognostic factors for patients with brain metastases submitted to radiosurgery. Applying SIR and RPA classifications to our patients' data, SIR demonstrated better accuracy in predicting prognosis. SIR should be further tested with larger patient accrual and for all patients with brain metastases subjected or not to stereotactic radiosurgery

  15. FHR Generic Design Criteria

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

    2012-06-15

    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.

  16. 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

  17. Vestibular migraine : Diagnostic criteria

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    Lempert, Thomas; Olesen, Jes

    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.

  18. New Criteria to Identify Spectrum

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    A. Jensen; M. Krishna

    2005-05-01

    In this paper we give some new criteria for identifying the components of a probability measure, in its Lebesgue decomposition. This enables us to give new criteria to identify spectral types of self-adjoint operators on Hilbert spaces, especially those of interest.

  19. Inter-expert and intra-expert reliability in sleep spindle scoring

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    Wendt, Sabrina Lyngbye; Welinder, Peter

    2015-01-01

    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.

  20. 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.

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

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    Mohammad Reza Abdollahi

    2013-01-01

    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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Validation of the English Translation of the Low Anterior Resection Syndrome Score (The LARS score)

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    Juul, Therese; Battersby, Nicholas J; Christensen, Peter; Janjua, Ahmed Z; Branagan, Graham; Laurberg, Søren; Emmertsen, Katrine J; Moran, Brendan

    2015-01-01

    AIM: Many patients having anterior resection for rectal cancer suffer from severe long-term bowel dysfunction known as low anterior resection syndrome (LARS). The LARS score was developed in Denmark and Swedish, Spanish, and German versions have been validated. The aim of this study was to validate the English translation of the LARS score in British rectal cancer patients. METHOD: Rectal cancer patients, who underwent an anterior resection in twelve UK centres, received the LARS score questionn...

  6. Prognostic Value of TIMI Score versus GRACE Score in ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction

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    Luis C. L. Correia

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: The TIMI Score for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI was created and validated specifically for this clinical scenario, while the GRACE score is generic to any type of acute coronary syndrome. Objective: Between TIMI and GRACE scores, identify the one of better prognostic performance in patients with STEMI. Methods: We included 152 individuals consecutively admitted for STEMI. The TIMI and GRACE scores were tested for their discriminatory ability (C-statistics and calibration (Hosmer-Lemeshow in relation to hospital death. Results: The TIMI score showed equal distribution of patients in the ranges of low, intermediate and high risk (39 %, 27 % and 34 %, respectively, as opposed to the GRACE Score that showed predominant distribution at low risk (80 %, 13 % and 7%, respectively. Case-fatality was 11%. The C-statistics of the TIMI score was 0.87 (95%CI = 0.76 to 0.98, similar to GRACE (0.87, 95%CI = 0.75 to 0.99 - p = 0.71. The TIMI score showed satisfactory calibration represented by ?2 = 1.4 (p = 0.92, well above the calibration of the GRACE score, which showed ?2 = 14 (p = 0.08. This calibration is reflected in the expected incidence ranges for low, intermediate and high risk, according to the TIMI score (0 %, 4.9 % and 25 %, respectively, differently to GRACE (2.4%, 25% and 73%, which featured middle range incidence inappropriately. Conclusion: Although the scores show similar discriminatory capacity for hospital death, the TIMI score had better calibration than GRACE. These findings need to be validated populations of different risk profiles.

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

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    Ubeda, Amalia; Ferrándiz, Luisa; Maicas, Nuria; Gomez, Cristina; Bonet, Montserrat; Peris, Jose E.

    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. Conclusions 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. PMID:24155822

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

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    Bonet M

    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.

  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. Collagen I and III and metalloproteinase gene and protein expression in prostate cancer in relation to Gleason score

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    Antonio H. Duarte

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate if the expression of metalloproteinase, collagen I and III are related to Gleason score, preoperative PSA and pathological stage in prostate cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our study group included radical prostatectomy specimens of 33 patients with prostatic adenocarcinoma who underwent surgery from 2001 to 2009. Patients were divided into 3 groups: Gleason score=6 (13 patients, Gleason score=7 (10 patients, Gleason score>8 (10 patients. The control group included prostates of patients submitted to cystoprostatectomy and benign prostatic tissues adjacent to the cancer area. Specific areas of tissues were selected under microscope and further processed for collagen I and III analysis by real time PCR. In addition, 10 deparaffined sections of each group were used to evaluate collagen I, III and metalloproteinase immune expression. The results were correlated with Gleason score, preoperative PSA and pathological stage. RESULTS: We found significant difference in both collagen I and III gene expression between benign and tumoral areas in the prostate samples from Gleason score=6 (collagen I=0.4±0.2 vs 5±2.4, p8 (collagen I=8±3.4 vs 1.4±0.8, p<0.07; collagen III=1.8±0.5 vs 0.6±0.1, p<0.05. There was no correlation of collagen expression with Gleason score, preoperative PSA or pathological stage. There was a positive correlation between metalloproteinase expression and Gleason score (r²=0.47. CONCLUSIONS: The positive correlation between metalloproteinase expression and Gleason score suggests that metalloproteinase could be a promising factor to improve Gleason score evaluation. Its expression and regulation do not seem to be related with collagen degradation.

  11. 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.

  12. Flux selection criteria

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    Full text: The XRF analysis is a method based on comparison of a sample with standards of calibration. All things being equal the accuracy of XRF analysis depends of the sample preparation method. In order to obtain the most reliable and the most accurate analysis results, the specimen to be analysed must have the same overall composition chemical and physical as the control standards. The fusion technique based on a homogeneous dissolution and dispersion of oxides in an appropriate flux eliminates matrix effect and the various undesirable effects due to the heterogeneity of a powder. According to the laboratory equipment and the nature of the sample to be analysed the various parameters to obtain a homogeneous bead will be examined. The selection criteria, of the most appropriate flux of system of flux in relation with the expected results, will be discussed. The choice of a particular flux or mixture of flux depends not only on the acido-basic character of the specimen to be analysed but also on the temperature of fusion. Anhydrous homogeneous pre-fused fluxes and mixture of fused fluxes with additives having practically no loss of increase the quality of the final results. The particles size distribution of the flux improves the dissolution and homogenisation rate. The free flowing and non-dusty characteristic of the anhydrous pre-fused flux are perfectly suitable for automatic weighing system and safety. Additives may improve the process and in particular the addition of halides to avoid sticking and cracking of beads. Suggestions for the treatment of difficult samples such as ferro alloys, ores and high silicium content samples will be given. Pre-oxidation with various nitrates for samples containing reduced species and sulphur will be discussed. The use of high purity fluxes increases the accuracy of analysis of light or trace elements. Copyright (1999) Australian X-ray Analytical Association Inc

  13. A scoring framework for predicting protein structures

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    Zou, Xiaoqin

    2013-03-01

    We have developed a statistical mechanics-based iterative method to extract statistical atomic interaction potentials from known, non-redundant protein structures. Our method circumvents the long-standing reference state problem in deriving traditional knowledge-based scoring functions, by using rapid iterations through a physical, global convergence function. The rapid convergence of this physics-based method, unlike other parameter optimization methods, warrants the feasibility of deriving distance-dependent, all-atom statistical potentials to keep the scoring accuracy. The derived potentials, referred to as ITScore/Pro, have been validated using three diverse benchmarks: the high-resolution decoy set, the AMBER benchmark decoy set, and the CASP8 decoy set. Significant improvement in performance has been achieved. Finally, comparisons between the potentials of our model and potentials of a knowledge-based scoring function with a randomized reference state have revealed the reason for the better performance of our scoring function, which could provide useful insight into the development of other physical scoring functions. The potentials developed in the present study are generally applicable for structural selection in protein structure prediction.

  14. 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

  15. Validation of the use of radiographic fracture-healing scores in a small animal model.

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    Tawonsawatruk, Tulyapruek; Hamilton, David F; Simpson, A Hamish R W

    2014-09-01

    Precise assessment of fracture-healing is vital in both clinical and research settings, where therapies are typically assessed using animal models with union as the study end point. Radiographic scoring systems have been developed for clinical use; however have not been validated in pre-clinical models. Thirty sets of radiographs of rat tibial shaft fractures, treated with external fixation were reviewed by six observers using the Radiographic Union in Tibia (RUST) scale, the Lane & Sandhu score, and an overall impression of union. Fleiss's kappa and Intra-class Correlation Coefficients (ICC) were used to determine reliability. Inter-observer and intra-observer agreement using the general impression score were moderate [kappa; 0.58; 95%CI (0.49-0.65) and 0.66 (0.43-0.89), respectively]. Inter-observer and intra-observer agreement were excellent using both the RUST score [ICC; 0.81 (0.72-0.89) and 0.86 (0.74-0.93), respectively], and Lane & Sandhu score [ICC; 0.88 (0.81-0.93) and 0.90 (0.81-0.95), respectively]. Employing a defined scoring system enhances both the reproducibility and repeatability of bone healing assessment in a small animal model. Routine reporting of fracture scoring methodology should be encouraged to enrich results and facilitate data synthesis across studies. PMID:24895294

  16. Exploratory study of factors related to educational scores of first preclinical year medical students.

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    Sitticharoon, Chantacha; Srisuma, Sorachai; Kanavitoon, Sawita; Summachiwakij, Sarayut

    2014-03-01

    The relationships among the scores of major subjects taught in the first preclinical year of a Thai medical school, previous academic achievements, and daily life activities are rarely explored. We therefore performed an exploratory study identifying various factors possibly related to the educational scores of these medical students. Questionnaires were sent out to all first preclinical year medical students, with 79.8% being returned (245/307 questionnaires). Positive correlations were revealed between the premedical year grade point average (pre-MD GPA) and anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry scores (R = 0.664, 0.521, and 0.653, respectively, P sleeping periods near exam time (R = 0.773, R(2) = 0.598, P performance expectations (R = 0.794, R(2) = 0.630, P academic results in the first preclinical year. Anatomy and biochemistry, but not physiology, scores are influenced by satisfaction. PMID:24585466

  17. Optimized swimmer tracking system by a dynamic fusion of correlation and color histogram techniques

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    Benarab, D.; Napoléon, T.; Alfalou, A.; Verney, A.; Hellard, P.

    2015-12-01

    To design a robust swimmer tracking system, we took into account two well-known tracking techniques: the nonlinear joint transform correlation (NL-JTC) and the color histogram. The two techniques perform comparably well, yet they both have substantial limitations. Interestingly, they also seem to show some complementarity. The correlation technique yields accurate detection but is sensitive to rotation, scale and contour deformation, whereas the color histogram technique is robust for rotation and contour deformation but shows low accuracy and is highly sensitive to luminosity and confusing background colors. These observations suggested the possibility of a dynamic fusion of the correlation plane and the color scores map. Before this fusion, two steps are required. First is the extraction of a sub-plane of correlation that describes the similarity between the reference and target images. This sub-plane has the same size as the color scores map but they have different interval values. Thus, the second step is required which is the normalization of the planes in the same interval so they can be fused. In order to determine the benefits of this fusion technique, first, we tested it on a synthetic image containing different forms with different colors. We thus were able to optimize the correlation plane and color histogram techniques before applying our fusion technique to real videos of swimmers in international competitions. Last, a comparative study of the dynamic fusion technique and the two classical techniques was carried out to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed technique. The criteria of comparison were the tracking percentage, the peak to correlation energy (PCE), which evaluated the sharpness of the peak (accuracy), and the local standard deviation (Local-STD), which assessed the noise in the planes (robustness).

  18. Validity of Criteria-Based Content Analysis (CBCA) at Trial in Free-Narrative Interviews

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    Roma, Paolo; San Martini, Pietro; Sabatello, Ugo; Tatarelli, Roberto; Ferracuti, Stefano

    2011-01-01

    Objective: The reliability of child witness testimony in sexual abuse cases is often controversial, and few tools are available. Criteria-Based Content Analysis (CBCA) is a widely used instrument for evaluating psychological credibility in cases of suspected child sexual abuse. Only few studies have evaluated CBCA scores in children suspected of…

  19. 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.

  20. A structured interview guide for global impressions: increasing reliability and scoring accuracy for CNS trials

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    Targum Steven D

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The clinical global impression of severity (CGI-S scale is a frequently used rating instrument for the assessment of global severity of illness in Central Nervous System (CNS trials. Although scoring guidelines have been proposed to anchor these scores, the collection of sufficient documentation to support the derived score is not part of any standardized interview procedure. It is self evident that the absence of a standardized, documentary format can affect inter-rater reliability and may adversely affect the accuracy of the resulting data. Method We developed a structured interview guide for global impressions (SIGGI and evaluated the instrument in a 2-visit study of ambulatory patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD or schizophrenia. Blinded, site-independent raters listened to audio recorded SIGGI interviews administered by site-based CGI raters. We compared SIGGI-derived CGI-S scores between the two separate site-based raters and the site-independent raters. Results We found significant intraclass correlations (p = 0.001 on all SIGGI-derived CGI-S scores between two separate site-based CGI raters with each other (r = 0.768 and with a blinded, site-independent rater (r = 0.748 and r = 0.706 respectively and significant Pearson’s correlations between CGI-S scores with all MADRS validity comparisons for MDD and PANSS comparisons for schizophrenia (p- 0.001 in all cases. Compared to site-based raters, the site-independent raters gave identical “dual” CGI-S scores to 67.6% and 68.2% of subjects at visit 1 and 77.1% at visit 2. Conclusion We suggest that the SIGGI may improve the inter-rater reliability and scoring precision of the CGI-S and have broad applicability in CNS clinical trials.

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. Use of factor scores for determining the relationship between body measurements and semen traits of cocks

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    Udeh Ifeanyichukwu

    2012-01-01

    Semen evaluation is required to predict fertility. In most rural African communities, facilities for microscopic evaluation of semen are not available. Therefore, an indirect method of predicting semen traits of cocks is required by poultry farmers. The objective of this study was to use factor scores derived from factor analysis of body measurements to predict some semen traits of cocks. Correlation matrix was obtained by calculating the correlations between body measurements and semen trait...

  4. The FAt Spondyloarthritis Spine Score (FASSS)

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    Pedersen, Susanne Juhl; Zhao, Zheng; Lambert, Robert Gw; Wichuk, Stephanie; Østergaard, Mikkel; Weber, Ulrich; Maksymowych, Walter P

    2013-01-01

    Studies have shown that fat lesions follow resolution of inflammation in the spine of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). Fat lesions at vertebral corners have also been shown to predict development of new syndesmophytes. Therefore, scoring of fat lesions in the spine may constitute both an important measure of treatment efficacy as well as a surrogate marker for new bone formation. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a new scoring method for fat lesions in the spine, the ...

  5. Association between maternal obesity and offspring Apgar score or cord pH: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Zhu, Tingting; Tang, Jun; Zhao, Fengyan; Qu, Yi; Mu, Dezhi

    2015-01-01

    Previous results are inconsistent regarding the association between maternal obesity and Apgar score or cord pH in humans. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between maternal pre-pregnancy and pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and infant Apgar score or cord pH. We conducted a systematic review of studies published in English before 20 August 2015 using PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library. Eleven cohort studies with a total of 2,586,265 participants finally met our inclusion criteria. Pooled results revealed the following factors associated with Apgar score score condition immediately after birth in general. More studies are needed to confirm these results and detect the influence of variables across studies. PMID:26692415

  6. The Brain and Spinal Injury Center score: a novel, simple, and reproducible method for assessing the severity of acute cervical spinal cord injury with axial T2-weighted MRI findings.

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    Talbott, Jason F; Whetstone, William D; Readdy, William J; Ferguson, Adam R; Bresnahan, Jacqueline C; Saigal, Rajiv; Hawryluk, Gregory W J; Beattie, Michael S; Mabray, Marc C; Pan, Jonathan Z; Manley, Geoffrey T; Dhall, Sanjay S

    2015-10-01

    OBJECT Previous studies that have evaluated the prognostic value of abnormal changes in signals on T2-weighted MRI scans of an injured spinal cord have focused on the longitudinal extent of this signal abnormality in the sagittal plane. Although the transverse extent of injury and the degree of spared spinal cord white matter have been shown to be important for predicting outcomes in preclinical animal models of spinal cord injury (SCI), surprisingly little is known about the prognostic value of altered T2 relaxivity in humans in the axial plane. METHODS The authors undertook a retrospective chart review of 60 patients who met the inclusion criteria of this study and presented to the authors' Level I trauma center with an acute blunt traumatic cervical SCI. Within 48 hours of admission, all patients underwent MRI examination, which included axial and sagittal T2 images. Neurological symptoms, evaluated with the grades according to the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale (AIS), at the time of admission and at hospital discharge were correlated with MRI findings. Five distinct patterns of intramedullary spinal cord T2 signal abnormality were defined in the axial plane at the injury epicenter. These patterns were assigned ordinal values ranging from 0 to 4, referred to as the Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) scores, which encompassed the spectrum of SCI severity. RESULTS The BASIC score strongly correlated with neurological symptoms at the time of both hospital admission and discharge. It also distinguished patients initially presenting with complete injury who improved by at least one AIS grade by the time of discharge from those whose injury did not improve. The authors' proposed score was rapid to apply and showed excellent interrater reliability. CONCLUSIONS The authors describe a novel 5-point ordinal MRI score for classifying acute SCIs on the basis of axial T2-weighted imaging. The proposed BASIC score stratifies the SCIs according to the extent of transverse T2 signal abnormality during the acute phase of the injury. The new score improves on current MRI-based prognostic descriptions for SCI by reflecting functionally and anatomically significant patterns of intramedullary T2 signal abnormality in the axial plane. PMID:26161519

  7. Properties of the Narrative Scoring Scheme Using Narrative Retells in Young School-Age Children

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    Heilmann, John; Miller, Jon F.; Nockerts, Ann; Dunaway, Claudia

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the clinical utility of the narrative scoring scheme (NSS) as an index of narrative macrostructure for young school-age children. Method: Oral retells of a wordless picture book were elicited from 129 typically developing children, ages 5-7. A series of correlations and hierarchical regression equations were completed using…

  8. Test-Retest Reliability of Computer Based MCW-APM Test Scoring Methods.

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    Abedi, Jamal; Bruno, James

    1989-01-01

    Reports the results of several test-reliability experiments which compared a modified confidence weighted-admissible probability measurement (MCW-APM) with conventional forced choice or binary type (R-W) test scoring methods. Psychometric properties using G theory and conventional correlational methods are examined, and their implications for…

  9. Network Approach to Autistic Traits: Group and Subgroup Analyses of ADOS Item Scores

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    Anderson, George M.; Montazeri, Farhad; de Bildt, Annelies

    2015-01-01

    A network conceptualization might contribute to understanding the occurrence and interacting nature of behavioral traits in the autism realm. Networks were constructed based on correlations of item scores of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule for Modules 1, 2 and 3 obtained for a group of 477 Dutch individuals with developmental disorders.…

  10. 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.

  11. 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 devel