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Concept: Student's t-test


BACKGROUND: The symptom of tongue deviation is observed in a stroke or transient ischemic attack. Nevertheless, there is much room for the interpretation of the tongue deviation test. The crucial factor is the lack of an effective quantification method of tongue deviation. If we can quantify the features of the tongue deviation and scientifically verify the relationship between the deviation angle and a stroke, the information provided by the tongue will be helpful in recognizing a warning of a stroke. METHODS: In this study, a quantification method of the tongue deviation angle was proposed for the first time to characterize stroke patients. We captured the tongue images of stroke patients (15 males and 10 females, ranging between 55 and 82 years of age); transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients (16 males and 9 females, ranging between 53 and 79 years of age); and normal subjects (14 males and 11 females, ranging between 52 and 80 years of age) to analyze whether the method is effective. In addition, we used the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) for the sensitivity analysis, and determined the threshold value of the tongue deviation angle for the warning sign of a stroke. RESULTS: The means and standard deviations of the tongue deviation angles of the stroke, TIA, and normal groups were: 6.9 [PLUS-MINUS SIGN] 3.1, 4.9 [PLUS-MINUS SIGN] 2.1 and 1.4 [PLUS-MINUS SIGN] 0.8 degrees, respectively. Analyzed by the unpaired Student’s t-test, the p-value between the stroke group and the TIA group was 0.015 (>0.01), indicating no significant difference in the tongue deviation angle. The p-values between the stroke group and the normal group, as well as between the TIA group and the normal group were both less than 0.01. These results show the significant differences in the tongue deviation angle between the patient groups (stroke and TIA patients) and the normal group. These results also imply that the tongue deviation angle can effectively identify the patient group (stroke and TIA patients) and the normal group. With respect to the visual examination, 40% and 32% of stroke patients, 24% and 16% of TIA patients, and 4% and 0% of normal subjects were found to have tongue deviations when physicians “A” and “B” examined them. The variation showed the essentiality of the quantification method in a clinical setting. In the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC), the Area Under Curve (AUC, = 0.96) indicates good discrimination. The tongue deviation angle more than the optimum threshold value (= 3.2[DEGREE SIGN]) predicts a risk of stroke. CONCLUSIONS: In summary, we developed an effective quantification method to characterize the tongue deviation angle, and we confirmed the feasibility of recognizing the tongue deviation angle as an early warning sign of an impending stroke.

Concepts: Student's t-test, Statistical significance, Standard deviation, Stroke, Group theory, Transient ischemic attack, Receiver operating characteristic, Normal distribution


The purpose of this study was to examine the match activity profile of U9 and U10 elite soccer players and to establish if there were any differences between players who were subsequently retained or released by their clubs. Such information should prove valuable in the design of training programs for these very young players and in the talent identification and development process. A Global Positioning System was used to analyze 2-4 inter-academy 6-a-side matches of English Premier League Academy players (U9: N = 22 and U10: N = 12) who trained three times a week (4.5 h) . Speed zones were created based on 5 and 10 m sprint times and an independent sample t-test was employed for a statistical analysis.Both squads covered ∼4000 m in total or ∼4700 m·h during a match (NS between squads), with the U10s tending to cover a greater distance at moderate (p = 0.10) and high speeds (p = 0.08) than the U9s. Retained group covered a greater distance than released group (retained vs. released: 4478 ± 513 m vs. 4091 ± 462 m, p < 0.05) during a match and covered a greater distance during low speed running in absolute (1226 ± 259 m vs. 1005 ± 221 m, p < 0.05) and relative (1325 ± 235 m[BULLET OPERATOR]h vs. 1132 ± 210 m[BULLET OPERATOR]h, p < 0.05) terms.Thus, U9 and U10 players cover over 4000 m in match play and those players who are retained by academies cover a greater distance in total and at low speeds (2.1-3.1 m·s). This information may support the preparation of squad training programs and the talent identification and development process.

Concepts: Positioning system, 1001, Nautical mile, Premier League, Global navigation satellite system, Roman numerals, Global Positioning System, Student's t-test


BACKGROUND: Physical activity is assumed to be important in the prevention and treatment of frailty. It is however unclear to what extent frailty can be influenced, because an outcome instrument is lacking. OBJECTIVES: An Evaluative Frailty Index for Physical activity (EFIP) was developed based on the Frailty Index Accumulation of Deficits and clinimetric properties were tested. DESIGN: The content of the EFIP was determined in a written Delphi procedure. Intra-rater reliability, inter-rater reliability, and construct validity were determined in an observational study (n=24) and to determine responsiveness, the EFIP was used in a physical therapy intervention study (n=12). METHOD: Intra-rater reliability and inter-rater reliability were calculated using Cohen’s kappa, construct validity was determined by correlating the score on the EFIP with those on the Timed Up &Go Test (TUG), the Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA), and the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale for geriatrics (CIRS-G). Responsiveness was calculated by means of the Effect Size (ES), the Standardized Response Mean (SRM), and a paired sample t-test. RESULTS: Fifty items were included in the EFIP. Inter-rater (Cohen’s kappa: 0,72) and intra-rater reliability (Cohen’s kappa: 0,77 and 0,80) were good. A moderate correlation with the TUG, POMA, and CIRS-G was found (0,68 -0,66 and 0,61 respectively, P< 0.001). Responsiveness was moderate to good (ES: -0.72 and SRM:-1.14) for an intervention with a significant effect (P< 0.01). LIMITATIONS: The clinimetric properties of the EFIP have been tested in a small sample and anchor based responsiveness could not be determined. CONCLUSIONS: The EFIP is a reliable, valid, and responsive instrument to evaluate the effect of physical activity on frailty in research and clinical practice.

Concepts: Scientific method, Inter-rater reliability, Fleiss' kappa, Cohen's kappa, Student's t-test, Jacob Cohen, Reliability, Psychometrics


BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of the magnetic resonance (MR) conditional pacemaker (PM) system (Evia SR-T and DR-T with Safio S leads) under MR conditions. METHODS: Patients with standard PM indications and Evia PM were eligible for enrollment in this single center prospective non-randomized pilot study. Patients underwent MR of the brain and lower lumbar spine at 1.5 Tesla. Atrial (RA) und ventricular (RV) lead parameters (sensing, pacing threshold [PTH], pacing impedance) were assessed immediately before (baseline follow-up [FU]) and immediately after MRI (1st FU), after 1 month (2nd FU) and 3 months (3rd FU). The effect of MR on serious adverse device effect (SADE) free-rate, on atrial and ventricular sensing (AS/VS; mV) and atrial (RA) and ventricular (RV) pacing thresholds (PTH; V/0.4 ms) were investigated between baseline and 2nd FU. Continuous variables are expressed as mean +/- SD and were compared using paired Student’s t-test. A p < 0.05 was considered significant. RESULTS: Thirty-one patients were enrolled. One patient had to be excluded because of an enrollment violation. Therefore, data of 30 patients (female 12 [40%], age 73 +/- 12 years, dual chamber PM 15 [50%]) were included in this analysis. No MR related SADE occurred. Lead measurements were not statistically different between the baseline FU and the 2nd FU (AS/VS at baseline 3.2 +/- 2.1/15.0 +/- 6.0, at 2nd FU 3.2 +/- 2.1/14.9 +/- 6.5; p = ns. RA-PTH/RV-PTH at baseline 0.68 +/- 0.18/0.78 +/- 0.22, at 2nd FU 0.71 +/- 0.24/0.78 +/- 0.22; p = ns). The presence of the permanent pacemakers led to MR imaging artifacts on diffusion weighted sequences of the brain, but did not affect other sequences (e.g. FLAIR and T2 weighted spin-echo images). CONCLUSION: The use of the MR conditional Evia PM in a MR environment under predefined conditions is feasible. No MR related SADEs nor clinically relevant changes in device functions occurred.

Concepts: Nuclear magnetic resonance, Transcutaneous pacing, Student's t-test, Statistics, Brain, Lumbar vertebrae, Magnetic resonance imaging, Artificial pacemaker


Abstract Objective: To test the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the effects of fan-type rapid (FRME) and rapid maxillary expansion (RME) used with an acrylic bonded expansion appliance on dentofacial structures in early occlusal stages. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective clinical trial. The FRME group had an anterior constricted maxillary width with a normal intermolar width, and the RME group had bilateral constricted maxillary width. The FRME group consisted of 20 patients (mean age, 8.96 ± 1.19 years), and the RME group consisted of 22 patients (mean age, 8.69 ± 0.66 years). Lateral and frontal cephalometric radiographs and dental casts were taken before and after expansion and 3 months after completing treatment for each patient. The data were compared using repeated-measures analysis of variance. The paired-samples t-test was used to evaluate treatment and retention effects, and the independent samples t-test was used to consider the differences between the two groups. Results: The maxilla moved downward and forward in both groups. The nasal cavity and maxillary width were expanded more in the RME group, and there were only a few relapses in this group during the retention period. There was significant labial tipping of the upper incisors in the FRME expansion group. The expansion of intercanine width was similar in both groups, but the expansion of intermolar width was significantly greater in the RME group. Conclusion: The null hypothesis was rejected. There was a difference between the effects of FRME and RME used with an acrylic bonded expansion appliance on dentofacial structures in the early occlusal stages.

Concepts: Nasal cavity, Snake scales, Levene's test, F-test, Null hypothesis, Statistics, Student's t-test, Normal distribution


Objective: Transfixation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint is a well-established technique for treating Rockwood IV to VI lesions. However, several complications, including pin breakage or pin migration due to incorrect placement, have been reported in the literature. A cadaveric study was performed to investigate whether the use of 3D navigation might improve the accuracy of AC joint transfixation. Methods: Seventeen transfixations of the AC joint (8 non-navigated, 9 navigated) were performed minimally invasively in cadaveric shoulders. For the navigated procedures, a 3D C-arm (Ziehm Vision FD Vario 3D) and a navigation system (BrainLab VectorVision) were used. Reference markers were attached to the spina scapulae, then a 3D scan was performed and the data transferred to the navigation system. Two Kirschner wires (K-wires) were placed either freehand under fluoroscopic control (in the non-navigated group) or with the use of a navigated drill guide. Radiological analysis was performed with OsiriX software, measuring the distance of the K-wires from the center of the AC joint. For statistical analysis, Student’s t-test was performed, with the significance level being set to p < 0.05. Results: The maximum distance of the K-wires from the center of the AC joint was 5.4 ± 1.1 mm for the freehand non-navigated group and 3.1 ± 1.6 mm for the navigated group (p = 0.0054). The minimum distance of the K-wires from the AC joint center was 3.0 ± 0.6 mm for the freehand group and 1.6 ± 0.6 mm for the navigated group (p = 0.0002). The radiation time was significant lower for the freehand group (41.25 ± 20.4 seconds versus 79.5 ± 13.3 seconds for the navigated group, p = 0.004). There was no statistical difference between the groups with respect to the time required for surgery (11.25 ± 3.6 min for the freehand group and 12.6 ± 4.6 min for the navigated group; p = 0.475). In the freehand group, the AC joint was penetrated by both K-wires in 87.5% of the procedures, compared to 100% in the navigated group. Both K-wires were placed completely intraosseously in the clavicula in 50% of the procedures in the freehand group, compared to 88% in the navigated group. Conclusion: Three-dimensional navigation may improve the accuracy of AC joint transfixation techniques. However, the radiation time is increased when using the navigated procedure, while the overall operation time remains comparable. Nevertheless, a 3D C-arm with a variable isocentric design is recommended for the acquisition of the shoulder scans.

Concepts: Synovial joint, Statistical hypothesis testing, Scapula, Clavicle, Student's t-test, Statistical significance, Acromioclavicular joint, Statistics


BACKGROUND: Transradial coronary angiography (CA) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are gaining worldwide popularity due to the low incidence of major vascular complications and early mobilization of patients post procedures. Although post transradial access site complications are generally considered as minor in nature, they are not being routinely recorded in clinical settings. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the incidence of access site complications and level of puncture site pain experienced by patients undergoing transradial coronary procedures and to examine factors associated with access site complications occurrence and puncture site pain severity. METHODS: A cross-sectional correlational study of 85 Chinese speaking adult patients scheduled for elective transradial CA and or PCI. Ecchymosis, bleeding, hematoma and radial artery occlusion (RAO) were assessed through observation, palpation and plethysmographic signal of pulse oximetry after coronary procedures. Puncture site pain was assessed with a 100mm Visual Analogue Scale. Factors that were related to access site complications and puncture site pain were obtained from medical records. RESULTS: Ecchymosis was the most commonly reported transradial access site complication in this study. Paired t-test showed that the level of puncture site pain at 24h was significantly (p<0.001) lower than that at 3h after the procedure. Stepwise multivariable regression showed that female gender and shorter sheath time were found to be significantly associated with bleeding during gradual deflation of compression device. Only longer sheath time was significantly associated with RAO. Female gender and larger volume of compression air were associated with the presence of ecchymosis and puncture site pain at 3h after procedure, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The study findings suggest that common access site complications post transradial coronary procedures among Chinese population are relatively minor in nature. Individual puncture site pain assessment during the period of hemostasis is important. Nurses should pay more attention to factors such as female gender, sheath time and volume of compression that are more likely to be associated with transradial access site complications and puncture site pain.

Concepts: Student's t-test, Radial artery, Myocardial infarction, Bruise, Atheroma, Atherosclerosis, Pulse, Cardiology


Objective The purpose of this study was to examine the heart rate reserve (HRR) at first and second ventilatory thresholds (VT’s) in postmenopausal women and compare it with optimal intensity range recommended by the ACSM (40-84%HRR). An additional aim was to evaluate whether a higher aerobic power level corresponded to a higher HRR at VT’s. Methods Fifty-eight postmenopausal women participated in this study (aged 48-69). A graded 25Wmin(-2) cycle ergometer (Monark E839) exercise protocol was performed in order to assess aerobic power. The heart rate and gas-exchange variables were measured continuously using a portable gas analyzer system (Cosmed K4b). The first (VT(1)) and the second (VT(2)) VT’s were determined by the time course curves of ventilation and O(2) and CO(2) ventilatory equivalents. A K-means clustering analysis was used in order to identify VO(2max) groups (cut-off of 30.5mlkg(-1)min(-1)) and differences were evaluated by an independent sample t-test. Bland-Altman plots were performed to illustrate the agreement between methods. Results The women’s HRR values at VT(1) were similar to 40%HRR in both VO(2max) groups. At VT(2) both VO(2max) groups exhibited negative differences (P<0.01) for the predicted 84%HRR intensity (-14.46% in the lower VO(2max) group and -16.32% in the higher VO(2max) group). Conclusions An upper limit of 84% overestimates the %HRR value for the second ventilatory threshold, suggesting that the cardiorespiratory target zone for this population should be lower and narrower (40-70%HRR).

Concepts: Threshold, Heart rate, Thresholds, K-means clustering, Limit superior and limit inferior, The Higher, Pulse, Student's t-test


Context/Objective Despite availability of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), gaps in autonomic dysreflexia (AD) knowledge and practice persist. A free, online educational module, the “ABCs of AD”, was developed to improve knowledge of the AD-CPGs among emergency healthcare personnel. We examine short-term changes in paramedic and nurse trainees' knowledge of, and social cognitions towards using, the AD-CPGs following module completion. Design Pre-post. Methods Thirty-four paramedic and nurse trainees from two training programs in Canada completed measures immediately before and after viewing the online “ABCs of AD” module. Outcome measures AD knowledge test; Theory of Planned Behavior social cognition questionnaire; module feedback survey. Results Paired samples t-tests revealed significant increases in participants' AD knowledge test scores (M ± SDpre = 9.00 ± 2.46, M ± SDpost = 12.03 ± 4.07, P < 0.001; d = 0.84). Prior to viewing the module, participants reported positive social cognitions for using the AD-CPGs (all Ms ≥ 4.84 out of 7). From pre- to post-module, no significant changes were seen in participants' social cognitions for using the AD-CPGs. Participants' average module viewing time was 36.73 ± 24.17 minutes (range 8-90 minutes). There was a decline in viewing from the first to the last module sections, with only half of participants viewing all six sections. Conclusion Knowledge alone is insufficient for clinical behavior change; as such, social cognitive determinants of behavior should be explicitly targeted in future iterations of the module to increase the likelihood of increased use of the AD-CPGs. To engage viewers across all module sections, the "ABCs of AD" module should include supplementary learning strategies, such as interactive quizzes and peer-to-peer interaction.

Concepts: Test, Educational psychology, Student's t-test, Time, Clinical trial, Practice, Cognition, Psychology


The existing most common semi-quantitative systems used for neuroblastoma diagnosis include Curie and SIOPEN scores, which are based on 123I-MIBG planar scans. The purpose of our study was to find out whether a statistically significant difference exists in evaluation based on planar and SPECT/CT scans. We also compared the Curie and SIOPEN methods in terms of their use in regular practice. Patients; method: 45 patients aged 0-10 years; 213 assessments were done in total, and the Curie and SIOPEN scores were determined in each case based on planar and SPECT/CT scans. Student’s T-test and the Bland-Altman plot were used for the statistical analysis.

Concepts: Ronald Fisher, Philosophy of life, Sociology, Mathematics, Evaluation methods, Statistical significance, Student's t-test, Statistics