Liming Xiang

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BACKGROUND This intervention aimed to ascertain whether a low-cost, accessible, physical activity and nutrition program could improve physical activity and nutrition behaviours of insufficiently active 60-70 year olds residing in Perth, Australia. METHODS A 6-month home-based randomised controlled trial was conducted on 478 older adults (intervention, n =(More)
To account for the preponderance of zero counts and simultaneous correlation of observations, a class of zero-inflated Poisson mixed regression models is applicable for accommodating the within-cluster dependence. In this paper, a score test for zero-inflation is developed for assessing correlated count data with excess zeros. The sampling distribution and(More)
Leukocyte adhesion deficiency 1 (LAD-1) is caused by defects in the β2 integrin subunit. We studied 18 missense mutations, 14 of which fail to support the surface expression of the β2 integrins. Integrins with the β2-G150D mutation fail to bind ligands, possibly due to the failure of the α1 segment of the βI domain to assume an α-helical structure.(More)
BACKGROUND Automated telephone communication systems (ATCS) can deliver voice messages and collect health-related information from patients using either their telephone's touch-tone keypad or voice recognition software. ATCS can supplement or replace telephone contact between health professionals and patients. There are four different types of ATCS:(More)
Count data with extra zeros are common in many medical applications. The zero-inflated Poisson (ZIP) regression model is useful to analyse such data. For hierarchical or correlated count data where the observations are either clustered or represent repeated outcomes from individual subjects, a class of ZIP mixed regression models may be appropriate.(More)
In many biomedical applications, count data have a large proportion of zeros and the zero-inflated Poisson regression (ZIP) model may be appropriate. A popular score test for zero-inflation, comparing the ZIP model to a standard Poisson regression model, was given by van den Broek. Similarly, for count data that exhibit extra zeros and are simultaneously(More)
The health benefits of physical activity are well known. Various parameters of physical activity, such as time or energy expenditure, are often assessed in observational and experimental studies. This article highlights several methodologic issues concerning the analysis of physical activity. These include non-normality, presence of many zeros, and(More)
The mixture cure model is an effective tool for analysis of survival data with a cure fraction. This approach integrates the logistic regression model for the proportion of cured subjects and the survival model (either the Cox proportional hazards or accelerated failure time model) for uncured subjects. Methods based on the mixture cure model have been(More)