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Millikin University is an American co-educational, comprehensive, private, four-year university with traditional undergraduate programs in arts and science, business, fine arts, and professional studies, as well as non-traditional, adult degree-completion programs and graduate programs in business administration and nursing. Millikin's campus is in Decatur, Illinois and serves approximately 2,400 students with a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and an average class size of 23 students. The school was founded in 1901 by prominent Decatur businessman James Millikin. Wikipedia.

Starnes H.A.,Purdue University | Troped P.J.,Purdue University | Klenosky D.B.,Purdue University | Doehring A.M.,Millikin University
Journal of Physical Activity and Health | Year: 2011

Purpose: To provide a synthesis of research on trails and physical activity from the public health, leisure sciences, urban planning, and transportation literatures. Methods: A search of databases was conducted to identify studies published between 1980 and 2008. Results: 52 studies were identified. The majority were cross-sectional (92%) and published after 1999 (77%). The evidence for the effects of trails on physical activity was mixed among 3 intervention and 5 correlational studies. Correlates of trail use were examined in 13 studies. Several demographic (eg, race, education, income) and environmental factors (eg, land-use mix and distance to trail) were related to trail use. Evidence from 31 descriptive studies identified several facilitators and barriers to trail use. Economic studies (n = 5) examining trails in terms of health or recreational outcomes found trails are cost-effective and produce significant economic benefits. Conclusion: There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating important factors that should be considered in promoting trail use, yet the evidence for positive effects of trails on physical activity is limited. Further research is needed to evaluate the effects of trails on physical activity. In addition, trail studies that include children and youth, older adults, and racial and ethnic minorities are a research priority. © 2011 Human Kinetics, Inc. Source

Zheng Y.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign | John S.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Pesavento J.J.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign | Pesavento J.J.,University of California at Berkeley | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Cell Biology | Year: 2010

Histone H1 phosphorylation affects chromatin condensation and function, but little is known about how specific phosphorylations impact the function of H1 variants in higher eukaryotes. In this study, we show that specific sites in H1.2 and H1.4 of human cells are phosphorylated only during mitosis or during both mitosis and interphase. Antisera generated to individual H1.2/H1.4 interphase phosphorylations reveal that they are distributed throughout nuclei and enriched in nucleoli. Moreover, interphase phosphorylated H1.4 is enriched at active 45S preribosomal RNA gene promoters and is rapidly induced at steroid hormone response elements by hormone treatment. Our results imply that site-specific interphase H1 phosphorylation facilitates transcription by RNA polymerases I and II and has an unanticipated function in ribosome biogenesis and control of cell growth. Differences in the numbers, structure, and locations of interphase phosphorylation sites may contribute to the functional diversity of H1 variants. © 2010 Zheng et al. Source

Bhattacharyya S.,University of Illinois at Chicago | Jha S.,University of New Hampshire | Tharakunnel K.,Millikin University | Westland J.C.,University of Illinois at Chicago
Decision Support Systems | Year: 2011

Credit card fraud is a serious and growing problem. While predictive models for credit card fraud detection are in active use in practice, reported studies on the use of data mining approaches for credit card fraud detection are relatively few, possibly due to the lack of available data for research. This paper evaluates two advanced data mining approaches, support vector machines and random forests, together with the well-known logistic regression, as part of an attempt to better detect (and thus control and prosecute) credit card fraud. The study is based on real-life data of transactions from an international credit card operation. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Olson-Sitki K.,Memorial Medical Center | Wendler M.C.,Memorial Medical Center | Forbes G.,Millikin University
Journal for Nurses in Staff Development | Year: 2012

Nurse residency programs are designed to support graduate nurses as they assume the professional role. Evaluation of these programs has been inconsistent. The purpose of this descriptive research study was to evaluate a year-long nurse residency program using a nonexperimental, repeated measures design with qualitative questions. Results showed statistically significant differences in new nurse confidence, skills, and abilities at 12 months. Nursing turnover was one third of the national average. The metatheme that emerged from the data was "I see that I am not the only one.". Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Prasun M.A.,Millikin University
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing | Year: 2012

BACKGROUND:: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a prevalent arrhythmia. Patients with AF may report a variety of symptoms and often describe compromised quality of life. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality. PURPOSE:: The purpose of this review article was to provide an overview of AF management based on current guidelines and new data. CONCLUSIONS:: The 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society guideline update provides diagnostic and management recommendations for the patient with AF based on the current evidence. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:: Nurses are integral to the care of patients with AF. It is essential for nurses to stay apprised of current guidelines and new evidence so that the assessment, management, and education of the AF patients and their families can be optimized. © 2012 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Source

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