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The objective of the study was to assess the agreement of the Lunar Prodigy with the newer Lunar iDXA dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer for determining total body and regional (arms, legs, trunk) bone mineral density (BMD), bone mineral content (BMC), fat mass (FM), lean tissue mass (LTM), total body mass, and percent fat. Ninety-two healthy adult males (n =(More)
BACKGROUND Pressure ulcers are associated with a nearly three-fold increase in in-hospital mortality. It is essential to investigate how other factors besides the Braden scale could enhance the prediction of pressure ulcers. Data mining modeling techniques can be beneficial to conduct this type of analysis. Data mining techniques have been applied(More)
BACKGROUND Many practitioners believe in the phenomenon of either being labeled a "black cloud" or "white cloud" while on-call. A "white-cloud" physician is one who usually gets fewer cases. A "black-cloud" is one who often has more cases. It is unclear if the designation is only superstitious or if there is some merit. Our aim is to objectively assess this(More)
29 Background: Little is known about the impact that having a family caregiver (FCG) has on individuals with advanced cancer. We examined patient characteristics and outcomes most associated with having versus not having a primary FCG. METHODS Secondary data analysis of a randomized controlled trial of an early palliative care intervention (Project ENABLE(More)
OBJECTIVES The Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) is an instrument, which measures the nursing practice environment - defined as factors that enhance or attenuate a nurse's ability to practice nursing skillfully and deliver high quality care. The purpose of this paper is to provide an updated review of the Practice Environment(More)
We conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of an early palliative care intervention (ENABLE: Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends) for persons with advanced cancer and their family caregivers. Not all patient participants had a caregiver coparticipant; hence, we explored whether there were relationships between patient survival, having an(More)
STUDY QUESTION Do the determinants of insulin sensitivity/resistance differ in women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? SUMMARY ANSWER Peri-muscular thigh adipose tissue is uniquely associated with insulin sensitivity/resistance in women with PCOS, whereas adiponectin and thigh subcutaneous adipose are the main correlates of insulin(More)
Syzygium cumini is a folklore plant traditionally indicated to treat various inflammatory disorders. In this study anti rheumatic activity of oral administration of petroleum ether extract of Syzygium cumini stem bark at the doses of 50,500,750,1000, mg/kg on complete Freund's complete adjuvant induced arthritis has been studies in rats. The treatment is(More)
Increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) and reduced ADAMTS13 activity are associated with arterial thrombosis. This may also be the culprit mechanism implicated in delayed cerebral ischaemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). It was our objective to determine plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 in patients with SAH and healthy subjects; and to explore the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this article is to introduce different types of item response theory models and to demonstrate their usefulness by evaluating the Practice Environment Scale. METHODS Item response theory models such as constrained and unconstrained graded response model, partial credit model, Rasch model, and one-parameter logistic(More)